2007 has gone down as not a particularly good year for film. This summer’s blockbusters were ‘meh’ and sadly, although the indie scene had a few stellar moments, very few were “good” enough to grace small town multiplexes such as ours. That said, there were a few bright moments and since we’re not getting any younger, how’s about we jump right to the hands down best.
Fido. This BC hometown production is nothing short of a masterpiece in the relatively new genre called zom-com (zombie-comedy). Fido brilliantly combines 1950’s kitsch culture with the domestication of zombies. How can you loose? You can’t. Plus, Billy Connolly is amazing without a single line.
Pan’s Labyrinth. (released in Canada 2007) Dark fairytales don’t get any better than this. Just as good as City of Lost Children (find it!) it combines childlike innocence with a feeling very bad things are going to happen. Hollywood has watered down the fairytale leaving only the sap and sugar. Pan’s Labyrinth takes you back to when a good fairytale couldn’t have light without incredible dark.
Knocked up/Superbad. I’m combining these because it’s the same group of people and they outdid themselves this year. The first it should win a freak of nature award just for being a relationship comedy that made an end of the year list. And Superbad? These days smart adolescent humor is just as rare as a good relationship movie.
Monkey Warfare. It doesn’t have monkeys and has limited warfare but it does have one of Canada’s most trusted names in cinema: Don McKellar. An activist couple is forced to live off the grid and everything was going just fine till ‘she’ came along. If nothing else it has the best/hottest bike scene ever involving ladies riding in the city.
Eastern Promises. Yet another Canadian film to grace my top spots. This Cronenberg classic breathes new life into the well worn mafia movie genre. Focusing on the Russian mafia, the acting, story and action combine to make it a definite masterpiece.
Blood Diamond. – Although Michael Moore’s Sico was good I put Blood diamond on the list because it’s comments on the evil diamond trade instantly made every bling gangster look like a complete idiot. It’s a fine action movie with a message. The message? Chances are the diamond you’re wearing directly caused the death of an African adult and the birth of two child death soldiers. A girl’s best friend indeed.
No Country for Old Men. This should probably be considered an asterix submission or perhaps even a prediction since I have not seen it. Sadly our multiplex didn’t get a copy (don't get me started...) but I stand by this film on two counts. First, the Cormack McCarthy book is nothing short of spellbindingly fantastic. Second, it reads exactly like a Cohen brother’s classic. This combo is about as guarantee able as a Tim Burton/Johnny Depp matchup. There is simply no way this movie can be anything short of fantastic.