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Film Prophet's 4th Annual Best & Worst Movie Awards:
2007 Edition

2007 will be remembered for a wide array of huge summer blockbuster movies... more in recent years and more than what it looks to be in the following year. Conversely, most of these movies happened to fall flat to many expectations. As typical, the biggest month for valid movies always happens to be the final month of the year where studios push their top films for award season. To discontent, they tended to be in selected theaters or limited cities reaching other cities late; yuck. There weren't many tremendous films this year that will go down as ultimate classics, though some are notable... same goes for the performances in the movies as no one was truly striking except for a few.

Like usual, some movies had to be ignored. These are movies that are forgotten after its first week at the box office:
License to Wed, Wild Hogs, Stomp the Yard, Bratz, Because I Said So, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Georgia Rule, I Know Who Killed Me, Perfect Strangers, The Reaping, Dragon Wars, Next, Lucky You, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Are We Done Yet?, Shrek the Third, Primeval, The Perfect Holiday, Revolver, Ghost Rider, Evan Almighty, The Game Plan, Fred Claus, Saw IV, Hannibal Rising, Kickin' It Old Skool, Epic Movie, Good Luck Chuck, and Norbit


I try my best to review everything that could be considered prestigious or that may impress, but a few duds usually come and often some buzz may lead to disappointments.
The 10 most disappointing movies released in 2007:

1. Sweeney Todd
2. I Am Legend
3. Lust, Caution
4. Ocean's Thirteen
5. Spider-Man 3
6. Bee Movie
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
8. Zodiac
9. 300
10. Transformers
Others: Eastern Promises, Juno, The Number 23, War, TMNT, Rendition


The 2007 Awards

Most original film:
Atonement
Mentionables - No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood

Most Surprising Film:
Into the Wild
Mentionables - Gone Baby Gone, Grindhouse: Planet Terror, Superbad

Most Overrated Film of the Year:
Michael Clayton
Mentionables - Sweeney Todd, Juno, Eastern Promises, Stardust

Most Underrated Film of the Year:
The Simpsons Movie
Mentionable - Grindhouse

Most disregarded film:
The Lookout
Mentionables - Gone Baby Gone, Away from Her, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Best movies to laugh to:
The Simpsons Movie
Mentionables - Ratatouille, Superbad, Knocked Up, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Charlie Wilson's War

Best Looking Theatrical Trailers:
Atonement
Mentionables - Transformers, Ratatouille, Spider-Man 3

Best Looking Television Trailers:
The Simpsons Movie
Mentionable - Grindhouse

Best Poster:
Atonement
Mentionables - Transformers, 300, Grindhouse, Hot Fuzz

Best Sequel:
Live Free or Die Hard
Mentionable - The Bourne Ultimatum

Best Box Office Hit:
Transformers
Mentionables - The Simpsons Movie, Ratatouille, The Bourne Ultimatum

Worst Movie Character:
Mrs. Carmody in The Mist
Mentionables - Agent Simmons in Transformers, Krysta in Southland Tales

Best Movie Character:
Fogell/McLovin in Superbad
Mentionables - Giselle in Enchanted, Remy in Ratatouille, Patrick Kenzie in Gone Baby Gone,
Christopher McCandless in Into the Wild, Charlie Wilson in Charlie Wilson's War

Worst acting ensemble:
Southland Tales
Mentionables - Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Stardust

Underappreciated performances:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt for The Lookout
Marisa Tomei for Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Gordon Pinsent for Away from Her
Chris Cooper for Breach
Josh Brolin for American Gangster
Paul Dano for There Will Be Blood
Jeff Daniels for The Lookout
Leslie Mann for Knocked Up
Russell Crowe for American Gangster

Overappreciated performances:
George Clooney for Michael Clayton
Johnny Depp for Sweeney Todd

Best Villains:
Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men
Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas in American Gangster
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Andy in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Tyler Mane as Michael Myers in Halloween
David Morse as Robert Turner in Disturbia
Chris Cooper as Robert Hanssen in Breach
Maggie Q as Mai in Live Free or Die Hard
Timothy Olyphant as Thomas Gabriel in Live Free or Die Hard
Susan Sarandon as Queen Narissa in Enchanted

Favorite performances:
Actors - Emile Hirsch for Into the Wild, Josh Brolin for American Gangster, James McAvoy for Atonement,
Denzel Washington for American Gangster, Daniel-Day Lewis for There Will Be Blood, Hal Holbrook for Into the Wild, Bruce Willis for Live Free or Die Hard, Ed Harris for Gone Baby Gone
Actresses - Amy Adams for Enchanted, Keira Knightley for Atonement, Julie Christie for Away from Her,
Marisa Tomei for Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Saoirse Ronan for Atonement,
Amy Ryan for Gone Baby Gone, Megan Fox for Transformers, Maggie Q for Live Free or Die Hard

Best Year:
Josh Brolin
Mentionables - Shia LaBeouf, Judd Apatow

Best Direction:
Joe Wright for Atonement
Mentionable - Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood

Best Scene:
The Bourne Ultimatum - The foot-chase sequence in Tangier with Agent Desh the assassin, who follows up to be Jason Bourne’s best match physically in a one on one challenge, through a maze of alleys, windows, and rooftops
Mentionables -
Atonement - Over five minutes of a continuous, uncut scene of Dunkirk beach accompanied by "Elegy For Dunkirk"; Atonement - Briony at Lola's wedding;
There Will Be Blood - Daniel Day-Lewis' character rescuing his son after an oil strike;
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - Tomei admitting an affair and Hoffman acts emotionless and callous to it before Tomei trembles and walks out;
Eastern Promises - the fighting attack in the men's spa;
There Will Be Blood - "I drink your milkshake, I drink it up!! - Don't bully me Daniel!;"
There Will Be Blood - Eli removing the demon causing an old woman's arthritis during his church sermon

Best Ensemble:
Atonement
Mentionables - American Gangster, Gone Baby Gone