THE VERDICT – Best Motion Picture: 2007

After months of wait, here are the results!

# 5 and # 4 were easy. I really had a hard time ranking the top 3 so…

You can just click on the titles for their profiles.

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5. There Will Be Blood

There’s a lot of potential in this movie: there’s Daniel Day-Lewis’s fantastic if uneven performance, picturesque cinematography, good screenplay, and some fantastic scenes – but all of these are wasted by the lazy direction. It just didn’t keep my interest the whole time.

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Best Scene: The oil rig explosion, causing H.W.’s deafness
Best Performance: Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview

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4. Juno

Fantastically written, wonderfully directed, intelligently directed, and directly told, this is a fabulous movie about a generation of women undergoing turbulent times in her growth represented in this smart-ass but definitely approachable woman. It’s having a hard time in defining itself as something special amidst the wave of independent drama comedies, but it’s a damn great one.

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Best Scene: Juno refusing to see her baby
Best Performance: Ellen Page as Juno

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3. Michael Clayton

This film caught me by surprise, much to my delight. We have a great cast in great performances, a direction that keeps the tension throughout the film, and a screenplay that will need multiple viewings to be completely understood. I’m glad I did this year because of the newfound great film. If you haven’t watched this film yet, please do. You’re giving yourself a favor.

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Best Scene: Michael Clayton confronting Karen Crowder about the bribe
Best Performance: George Clooney as Michael Clayton

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2. No Country for Old Men

This was such a hard thing to do. But by preference, I was forced to place this as number two. Still, it doesn’t diminish my high respect and adoration for this fantastic thriller. There is high knowledge in this film that flows through every aspect of the film  – direction, acting, screenplay, cinematography, editing, sound – all. And this serves as one of the best thrillers of recent memory.

Best Scene: Llewelyn running from the unseen killer
Best Performance: Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh

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1. Atonement

I’m really glad I rewatched this film. It’s a testament on how powerful cinema could evoke towards moviegoers. It brings you in the place and never lets go of you for the whole time. Harrowing but definitely romantic, the story is as engaging as it can be, the actors are on the top of their game, and other elements blend well to create a visceral movie experience. I love it.

Best Scene: The Dunkirk sequence
Best Performance: James McAvoy as Robbie Turner

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I think the Academy really hard time picking the best picture winners this year. Four of the nominees make very deserving picks while one, at least, was potentially great.

We all know the battle for the top prize was between Country and Blood, so I think the latter was # 2. Call me crazy, but I think Juno was # 3, given the popularity that it was. Michael Clayton was # 4, and Atonement, sadly, was # 5.

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So, what’s the next year? Drop in your suggestions or you can wait for me to post a poll.

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Thanks for being patient!

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What’s you pick? Do you agree with the Academy, or with me, or you have a different choice?

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4 thoughts on “THE VERDICT – Best Motion Picture: 2007

  1. I agree with you choice. Of course. 🙂

    I also think Blood was 2nd. From there on hard to say.
    Juno is 5th, because we know voters turn really conservative as this stage. [it Little Miss Sunshine didn’t win, it wasn’t gonna happen for Juno, not even close].

    I’d say Atonement 3rd, because it was the ONE film to gain British support, and it had the Bafta win. And Michael C. 4th.

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    • it’s great that we have the same choice.

      I definitely wish they release a ranked list of nominees by the number of votes so we don’t get into a lot of guessing.. 🙂

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  2. Interesting to see Atonement get the top spot, which goes against what I hear from most people. I’d rank them this way:

    1. No Country for Old Men
    2. Michael Clayton
    3. There Will Be Blood
    4. Atonement
    5. Juno

    Looking back, this is actually a pretty strong group, as I enjoyed Juno and did find Atonement to be effective. No big losers on this list.

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    • well, Atonement is absolutely great and it definitely deserves multiple viewings.

      there isn’t any bad films here, just one very disappointing. 🙂

      well, I could say that it was somewhat bad, but not bad bad.

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