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I'll have to watch Shooter again. I bought it on strong recommendation from friends, but was bored silly for the duration.

Highlight of the year for me has been Shoot em Up. The perfect antidote to all the po-faced action films, desperately trying to appear more serious than they are. Shoot em Up knew exactly what it was about from the off, and delivered the most entertaining action film of the year as a result. The plane scene still brings a grin to my face today :o

Shooter was the absolute definition of mediocre.

Shoot Em Up was the film 'Shooter' should have been.

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I'll have to watch Shooter again. I bought it on strong recommendation from friends, but was bored silly for the duration.

Highlight of the year for me has been Shoot em Up. The perfect antidote to all the po-faced action films, desperately trying to appear more serious than they are. Shoot em Up knew exactly what it was about from the off, and delivered the most entertaining action film of the year as a result. The plane scene still brings a grin to my face today :o

was "shoot em up" this years "crank"?

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No Crank is much better.

Shooter is better than Shoot 'em up - which I personally found to be a bit shit.

I can perfectly understand people not liking Shoot em Up. It's so singular in it's approach that I'm actually surprised it's got as many fans as it does, but I would like to hear what you enjoyed about Shooter. I've got it upstairs so I've nothing to lose by watching it again, I'd just like to go into it with the right frame of mind, as all I remember from my original viewing of it, was it being an endless build up to a fairly mediocre shoot out.

For the record I loved Crank too, and the whole set up made for a far wittier film than Shoot em Up, but Shoot em Up was so clearly played for laughs, that they just upped the ante way beyond any other film of it's ilk, and for my money, was the better film for it.

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The Bourne Ultimatum for me by far - the ending worked perfectly for me and capped off an absolutely thrilling film perfectly.

Hot Fuzz was out this year right? If so then that was runner up - it was brilliant.

I really enjoyed Beowulf too, but then I haven't really seen that many films this year.

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No Crank is much better.

Shooter is better than Shoot 'em up - which I personally found to be a bit shit.

This post is backwards. It should be -

1. Shoot 'em Up - outrageously mental gun porn played vaguely straight by some decent actors / actresses.

2. Crank - Statham lays the ghost of the abysmal ' Transporter' movies to rest and makes the movie the aforementioned films should have been.

3. Shooter - thinks it's a serious Bourne type thriller and although the essence of how sniping actually works is interesting it's a run of the mill, predictable, mediocre movie and after seeing Wahlberg wipe the floor with The Departed's great cast we now know he's capable of so much more.

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Into the Wild

Control

Assassination of Jesse James

Lives of Others

This is England

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Atonement

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

And many more I can't think of right now. I thought it was a great year for film.

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3. Shooter - thinks it's a serious Bourne type thriller and although the essence of how sniping actually works is interesting it's a run of the mill, predictable, mediocre movie and after seeing Wahlberg wipe the floor with The Departed's great cast we now know he's capable of so much more.

Shooter? Serious?!

I'll say again:

"I don't think you understand. They killed my dog."

His dog. Not his wife, kids, father...his dog. Who gets Budweiser out of the fridge for him without being told. Amazing.

Add to this a 30 second scene were Wahlberg walks out of an aircraft hanger in slow heat haze motion, for little or no dramatic effect. Fucking amazing.

Granted the FBI stuff was a little wishy washy at times, but the film simply set out to entertain- and some of the 'lone ranger' stuff he did on the run was suprisingly enthralling on repeat views.

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Shooter? Serious?!

I'll say again:

"I don't think you understand. They killed my dog."

His dog. Not his wife, kids, father...his dog. Who gets Budweiser out of the fridge for him without being told. Amazing.

Add to this a 30 second scene were Wahlberg walks out of an aircraft hanger in slow heat haze motion, for little or no dramatic effect. Fucking amazing.

Granted the FBI stuff was a little wishy washy at times, but the film simply set out to entertain- and some of the 'lone ranger' stuff he did on the run was suprisingly enthralling on repeat views.

The book (again) is much better.

The FBI agent in the book is just out of Sniper training and idolises Bob Lee Swagger.

We went to watch the film and about half-way through my brother told us that it seemed like a rip off of a book he read ages ago (Dad used to get Reader's Digest and all those abridged books that came with it, it was one of those). So I had a look for it and gave it a read, pretty good stuff.

There just aren't enough 'slow-mo Marky Mark walking towards the camera' scenes in films these days.

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Hairspray.

I've seen it loads now since I got the dvd.

I think Hairspray is probably the best film ive seen this year all in, but I think its a 2006 release no?
Agreed. There will be all too many who refused to watch it at the cinema and wouldn't be seen dead buying the DVD (or the eye-exploding Blu-ray), but when it's shown on TV and they happen across it they'll quickly discover it did for cinema-goers what Super Mario Galaxy did for gamers this year.

I don't get this at all. I went out on a limb and got the DVD at the weekend. Kerraig, what were you thinking? There are a couple of good jokes, but the film I saw was a very pedestrian, uncinematic, by the numbers adaptation of a not very good musical with unmemorable songs. You should all see some proper musicals.

I'm with Phillip French

The film's director and choreographer, Adam Shankman, has never done anything better, but of course the only way for him to go was up after Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and The Pacifier.

I'm still catching up with a few 2007 releases, but I'm plumping for one of Zodiac, Climates, Jindabyne or Jesse James.

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I don't get this at all. I went out on a limb and got the DVD at the weekend. Kerraig, what were you thinking? There are a couple of good jokes, but the film I saw was a very pedestrian, uncinematic, by the numbers adaptation of a not very good musical with unmemorable songs. You should all see some proper musicals.

I'm with Phillip French

I'm still catching up with a few 2007 releases, but I'm plumping for one of Zodiac, Climates, Jindabyne or Jesse James.

I was all disheartened when you didnt like this, but then when K said he liked it I felt vindicated.

You old grouch you. I just found it was so overwhelmingly positive, silly, warm and downright enjoyable that it took me along with it. I also think the songs are great. 'The coolest kids in town' has some wickedly silly choreography and I even loved the fact that the fat chick only had one move.

Look at your movies of the year dude, you're quite obviously turning into a miserable old bastard ;)

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Can you remember any of the songs? I've seen Guys and Dolls once, and I could do a pretty good rendition of Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat, right now, right here in the barn. I could even take a crack at a few High School Musical numbers (but that's cheating, because I can't get away from that pre-teen marketing juggernaut). It was perfectly pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family, but it seemed to fit into the same category as Chicago: workmanlike adaptations of stage shows, and you can do so much more than that with musicals on film. I'd be amazed if Hairspray is still being watched in ten years time.

You're right about my tastes. Watching a few Bergman movies has fucked me right up this year: when I go to a cinema now I'm looking for death, misery and a sense of the numinous, and if I don't get them then there's something missing.

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the songs were one of my favourite aspects. i've see the film 4 times now so its hard to prove impartiality, but even after one viewing I could have easily recited any number of tunes. Good morning baltimore, the nicest kids in town, welcome to the 60's, that one from Negro day (cant remember what its called). i think its a really strong soundtrack.

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I liked the songs in Hairspray as well, and the choreography was ace. This is from watching it on a shitty ten inch screen six feet away, and listening to it on an a knackered set of headphones where only one earpiece worked – if I'd watched it in a decent cinema in 5.1, I'd either have died or become a homosexual, so it's probably for the best.

Having said that, I can't actually remember any of the songs. I just thought it was a really enjoyable film – it had a really nice balance between cynicism and naïve fun, in that it was just subversive enough to keep it interesting but was also really made you care about the characters in an irony-free way. I don't watch many musicals, so this may well not be a very good one, but it certainly beat the Simpsons Movie and Die Hard 4, which were the other films on offer.

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I really liked Hairspray. I had to take my daughter to a film on a horrible wet day and it was the cheap film that morning and she was begging to see it. In I go with heavy heart and then the camera zooms through the clouds as an insistent beat starts and BAM the happiest, most energetic opening to a film I've seen in ages. It actually manages to keep the energy going through most of the film as well. I'm humming Good Morning Baltimore as I type. A surprise hit for me and my daughter loved it.

Most love this year has to go to Stardust which totally surprised me as I knew nothing about it before and Enchanted. I can now see that going to the cinema with my daughter has ruined my film viewing for ever.

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Probably Once for me, the first three scenes are all amazing. Although This Is England was a pretty damn fine movie as well. Still loads I really want to see, I find I'm usually about a year behind when it comes to film.

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My top 5 films for 2007 are;

1. Ratatouille - Pixars best film imo and by far the best film of 2007 for me, loved every minute of it. Great visuals, fantastic voice acting all round and a wonderful story.

2. Hot Fuzz - I prefer this to Shaun, great action that was well done and a very funny story with lots of digs at the hollywood action genre. Timothy Dalton and Jim Broadbent steal the show though.

3. 300 - Shocked that this has not even been mentioned so far in this thread, I take it people forgot that this was a 2007 movie :( Nice visual style, good story with some strong performances.

4. Sunshine - A movie that has seemed to have split everyone down the middle. Personally I loved it, even last act. A visual and aural feast, one of my most watched movies this year.

5. Transformers - Cant believe that I am putting a Bay film in my top 5 but here it is. Transformers is a bad film, the story is crap with the american military obviosly shoehorned into it at the last minute, the transformer designs are terrible and are hard tell each character apart, and the music score was dreadful and sounded like the music from every other bar film, also the film was full of almost every cliche in the book (or Bay's filming style if you like). BUT even with all of this it was still one of the most enjoyable films I have seen all year. I have seen the film about 10 times already and I am still enjoying it. Shia LeBouf is a revelation and there are some geniunelly funny scenes in the film, but obviously the stars of the shows are the robots themselves, although badly designed this is ILM best work to date and is probably the best effects work I have ever seen. Stunning.

Other mentions;

Zodiac - Return to form for Fincher and one of the best crime dramas since se7en

Knocked Up - Very funny comedy if a little by the numbers

Worse films of 2007;

Ghost Rider

Halloween

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