The Year in Movies, 2007

It seems that my exercise to keep track of every single movie I watched last year actually worked. Here’s how 2007 turned out for me:

  • 5th of January: Blood Diamond (Hoyts Broadway, 8/10)
  • 1st of February: Perfume (Hoyts Cinema Paris, 7/10)
  • 4th of February: The Fountain (Hoyts George St City, 8/10)
  • 10th of February: Fight Club (DVD, repeat viewing, 8/10)
  • 11th of February: Pan’s Labyrinth (Hoyts George St City, 7/10)
  • 10th of March: Quand j’étais chanteur, a.k.a The Singer (Palace Academy Paddington, 6.5/10)
  • 18th of March: Hors de Prix, a.k.a. Priceless (Palace Academy Leichardt, 7/10)
  • 24th of March: The Illusionist (Greater Union Tuggerah, 7/10)
  • 3rd of April: Hot Fuzz (Hoyts Fox Studios, 8.5/10).
  • 10th of April: 300 (Hoyts Westfield Chatswood, 7.5/10).
  • 7th of May: La Science des rêves, a.k.a. The Science of Sleep (Hayden Orpheum, 7/10).
  • 12th of May: Spider-man 3 (Hoyts Westfield Chatswood, 7.5/10)
  • 22nd of May: Shooter (Greater Union Macquarie, 7/10).
  • 27th of May: Tales from Earthsea (Dendy Newtown, 6.5/10).
  • 30th of May: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Hayden Orpheum, 7/10).
  • 27th of June: Knocked Up (AMC Pacific Theatres, The Grove, Los Angeles, 8/10).
  • 29th of June: Blades of Glory (Air New Zealand LAX to SYD, 8/10).
  • 1st of July: Transformers (Hoyts Broadway, 8/10)
  • 8th of July: Ocean’s Thirteen (Greater Union Bondi Junction, 7/10).
  • 17th of July: Harry Potter and the Order Of the Phoenix (special groovy RSP screening at Hoyts, Fox Studios, 7/10).
  • 2nd of August: Notes on a Scandal (DVD, 7/10).
  • 5th of August: Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Le, a.k.a. Amélie (DVD, 8.5/10)
  • 7th of August: The Simpsons Movie (Hoyts Fox Studios, 7.5/10).
  • 17th of August: Die Hard 4.0 (Hoyts Broadway, 7.5/10).
  • 14th of September: The Bourne Ultimatum (Greater Union Bondi Junction, 6.5/10)
  • 22nd of September: Ratatouille (Hoyts Broadway, 8.5/10)
  • 23rd of September: An Inconvenient Truth (DVD, 8.5/10).
  • 30th of September: The Holiday (DVD, 7/10)
  • 5th of October: Shaun of the Dead (DVD, 7.5/10).
  • 6th of October: Rush Hour 3 (Hoyts Chatswood Westfield, 6.5/10).
  • 13th of October: Resident Evil: Extinction (Shaw Cinemas, Isetan Singapore, 6.5/10).
  • 4th of November: A Chinese Odyssey (DVD, 6.5/10).
  • 18th of November: Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Reading Cinemas at Rhodes, 7/10).
  • 2nd of December: Stranger Than Fiction (DVD, 8/10).
  • 9th of December: Ghost in the Shell S.A.C.: Solid State Society (DVD, 9/10)
  • 16th of December: The Prestige (DVD, 8.5/10).
  • 24th of December: National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Hoyts Chatswood Westfield, 7.5/10)
  • 28th of December: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (Hoyts Chatswood Mandarin, 7.5/10)

All in all, a pretty good movie year, with Solid State Society topping the list, and The Prestige, Stranger than Fiction, An Inconvenient Truth, Ratatouille, Amélie, Transformers, Blades of Glory, Knocked Up, Hot Fuzz, The Fountain, and Blood Diamond as my personal A-graders. Reflecting back, about the only two ratings I disagree with are Pan’s Labyrinth (should’ve been way higher, probably 8 or 8.5) and An Inconvenient Truth (which I don’t think quite deserved an 8.5).

I await the arrival of Wall•E this year. The trailer looks like, well, it was done by Pixar. Great humour, fantastic graphics (thank you 1080p), kid-friendly, and with the director and writer of Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, and Toy Story 2. I’m actually beginning to believe that Pixar have actually built a self-reinforcing system of awesome that is going to be impossible to knock down for at least the next fifty years. It’s pretty incredible that most of their blockbuster movies have been directed and produced by completely different people.

To all my friends working at Pixar, I love you. Please continue doing what you do best.

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