Best (and Worst) of 2007: Theatrical Releases

Best (and Worst) of 2007: Theatrical Releases By Kenneth Holm Senior Staff Writer
            Herein lies a few surprises, as we chronicle the best and worst to hit theaters in 2007. Agree or disagree, and some of you will strongly do both. As with anything we publish, feel free to share your opinion! Notice, however, that the films on the Best list aren't all high-brow mularky and not all the films on the Worst list are genre films. Better yet, we've got a middle list, because that's how we roll. Read on and see if we're full of it or not! Top 10 Best Theatrical Releases of 2007 Children Of Men             - I thought this movie had it all. It had action, suspense, and a killer performance by Clive Owen. Julianne Moore and Michael Caine turn in gangbuster performances, as well. The plot line of a child being born in a time when it could mean the survival of the human race is kind of dicey, but it is ultimately made interesting by the actors and the spot-on direction and writing of Alfonso Cuarón. Yeah, this is the movie that has since made me forgive Cuarón for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. That’s pretty powerful mojo, folks. Pan’s Labyrinth             - Seriously, what can be said about this flick that can improve on the critical blowjob it has received from about every critic on the face of the Earth? The fantastical elements blend seamlessly with the Spanish Civil War, and with Guillermo del Toro’s direction, it hard to pick the greater of two evils. Sure, one realm has The Pale Man, an entity who likes to pull a Fat Bastard and eat babies. The other side of the coin is Capitán Vidal, a cruel and merciless Army officer and our heroine’s stepfather. While the choice is never easy to make, the characters in and outside the labyrinth make for some of the most engaging viewing this side of… The Last King Of Scotland             - Now, this seems like a “gimmie”. Forest Whittaker plays Idi Amin with an incredible power that I had never thought him capable of. Whenever an actor wins me over with a new role that spellbinds, it guarantees inclusion in the best. Whittaker’s dictator, whose real life title was “His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”, holds down the cinematic fort with a show that equal parts terrifying and touching. Also great is James McAvoy (the upcoming Wanted) as Amin’s fictional personal physician. This movie blends reality with falsehoods so seamlessly that even local villagers outside a shooting location thought it was really Idi Amin delivering the powerful speeches instead of Forest Whittaker. This film is top shelf all the way. The Queen             - While this film started to be released in 2006 in a few other countries, it was not until Helen Mirren’s Oscar win in 2007 that saw wide distribution in the US and around the world. It was a rightly deserved win, too. Helen Mirren portrays Queen Elizabeth the Deuce with a marked reserve that only cracks at key moments that allow the viewer to see the hidden tenderness. This film won many critical awards, and when it hit big in the US (finally), the general public was finally privileged to see one of the best performances of the year. If you have not seen this movie yet, please do so as soon as possible. You may just be missing on of the best movies released in the past ten years. Grindhouse             - Ah, Grindhouse. Unfortunately, this movie failed rather spectacularly at the box office. Why, you ask? Well, it has everything the film-going Dork could ask for: hot chicks, zombies, explosions, and Bruce Willis. Regrettably, a marketing mishap doomed this movie. It bombed so completely that The Weinstein Company decided to split the double bill of Planet Terror and Death Proof when it was released overseas, depriving the audience of its biggest draw. No one seemed to get that these movies were supposed to be cheesy. This film is ultimately a love letter to the old grindhouse cinemas that Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino spent a lot of time in. While the DVD releases saw them “expanded” and released separately, I will continue to hold my breath for the whole theatrical release, complete with cheesy trailers. This film was a joy to watch, and an even bigger joy to experience with friends. Hot Fuzz             - When Shaun of the Dead was released, everyone suddenly began singing the praises of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost. Being one of the few who had seen Spaced, I already knew these boys were fried gold. When it was announced that they were doing a cop movie, everyone thought it would be a parody like Shaun. Instead, they found out that Hot Fuzz was a knowing and loving homage to the cop / buddy flick. When super-cop Nicolas Angel is promoted out of London, all bets are off in this incredibly able picture. If you look closely, you can see a veritable treasure trove of Dork favorite actors, including Paul Freeman (Raiders Of The Lost Ark), Edward Woodward (The Wicker Man), and many more. For tongue-in-cheek action and humor, there is none better. Superbad             - I wrote a review of the DVD that just came out, so read that for more information. I will say, however, that no other movie this year has as much heart as Superbad. Sure, it is quite ribald and lacks a certain amount of taste, but it brought back memories from my own time in high school, which I hold as some of the best years of my life. I knew these people, I was some of these people, and I got in many of the same misadventures as they did. It brought back a sense of wistfulness that I totally dug on. I only wish more movies could be this honest with their characters and still be able to evoke both belly laughs and a tear or two. Exceptionally funny and brutally honest, Superbad was the best comedy of the year in my opinion. American Gangster             - Much has been said of this movie, from the shockingly villainous performance of Denzel Washington to the solid and exceptional work of Russell Crowe. Ridley Scott proves that he is more than Replicants, gladiators, and aliens with this down to Earth, yet larger than life depiction of crime in America. What I liked best about it was that no one was clear-cut good or evil. Everyone has a good and bad side to him or her; just some had one side more pronounced than the other. It shows strong supporting roles by Chiwetel Ejifor (a personal favorite), Josh Brolin, and the RZA (of Wu-Tang fame), and is truly a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. While I took issue with the seeming cop out of an ending, it is based on real life, going to prove that truth is less riveting than fiction. Still, though, this is my only gripe about the movie, which has earned a venerated spot in my Top 100 of all time. Absolutely superb. No Country For Old Men             - Following his performances in Grindhouse andAmerican Gangster, this seems to be the year of Josh Brolin. Toss always-reliable Tommy Lee Jones and an exceptionally frightening Javier Bardem in with the Coen brothers, and you have a wonderfully taught thriller that will keep you enthralled until the final minutes. Taking a simple plotline reminiscent of A Simple Plan from the book of the same name by one of my new favorite authors Cormac McCarthy, No Country… takes a look at what happens when a dude finds a shitload of heroin, a Mexican hitman tracks him down, and a local sheriff stops being polite and starts getting real. While Tommy Lee Jones does a wonderful job as the local flatfoot, and Josh Brolin hands in an exceptional performance as the regular dude who gets some money and heroin the easy way, it is Bardem’s Anton Chigurth that takes the movie in hand. Javier Bardem plays Chigurth as a man of principle, even though he’s a cold-blooded killer. When the tense finale finally subsides, you are left with a feeling that you have just seen something amazing happen before your eyes. This will be a permanent part of my collection once it hits DVD, make no bones about it. The Mist             - Rounding out my Top Ten Best of 2007 is a movie that a lot of people found fault with. Frank Darabont’s The Mist in an intense meditation on evil, both in human and otherworldly forms. Scope out the review I wrote for plot details, because I will not go into the story here. All you need to know is that this is the best Stephen King adaptation since The Green Mile, also directed by Darabont. When the shit hits the proverbial fan, three camps take bets as to what is going on. There is the logical camp, which believes that there has to be an explanation; there is the zealot camp, which believes that this is God’s vengeance upon a willfully straying flock; and there is the camp that just wants to survive. While the CGI and practical monsters occupy most of the antagonistic spots in the flick, there are the all-too-human monsters that provide the biggest chills. When you are faced with a traumatic event, what lengths are you willing to go to in order to survive? This movie answers that question time and time again, with many events sitting unpleasantly for quite some time after you have seen the movie. Many people have maligned the ending, which was rewritten by Darabont, but I think it is the best way to end it. Not to spoil anything, but what will you do when all hope is lost? Can you do the unthinkable? This film earns the final spot on my list for bringing up the biggest elephant in the room, and I cannot recommend it enough. Middle 10 Theatrical Releases Of 2007 Catch and Release             - This movie, while good, was not up to snuff with the best of the best. Jennifer Garner plays a grieving wife convincingly, while Kevin Smith plays himself and Timothy Olyphant plays a role that I would love to see him play more of, if for no other reason than it would keep him away from Hitman. Garner loses her husband, and is helped back to a more normal state by his three closest friends as she learns of his devastating, long-kept secret. While it is primarily a fluff piece, it has a good heart and will be remembered for being a movie with good performances and being a chick flick most guys will sit through. Black Snake Moan             - This movie followed hot on the heels of Craig Brewer’s award winning Hustle and Flow. When the town nympho is beaten almost to death, the local bluesman, battling his own demons, decides he can help this girl out. Over time, they develop a relationship that is only strengthened by the forty-foot chain he has tied around her. This movie was absolutely amazing with top-notch performances all around, but it has a few quibbles that lead to it not being included in the Top Ten. It is interesting to note that Samuel Jackson learned to play guitar for this movie, so we are seeing the real deal when he plays. In any other year, this would have been tops, but 2007 offered such a great lineup that it was hard to choose. If it were a Top 11, this would have made it, hands down. See it now, and discuss its themes of redemption with others in the mindset. It is a great conversation starter. I Think I Love My Wife             - A lot of people dissed this movie while in the theaters. While I do not think most of the criticism it was hit with was valid, it did seem to drag a bit. Still, this directorial debut from Chris Rock still has a lot going for it. While the plot of a man whose marital vows are tested by a fine looking hussy is kind of old hat, Rock and co-writer Louis C.K. find new and fun ways of exploiting every hook in the book. Hell, watch it for Gina Torres’s great line delivery. Watch it for Rock’s amusing one-liners. Watch it for Kerry Washington’s semi-naked scene. It’s just fun all around and will probably hit a note with every married man who watches it. This was originally based on Eric Rohmer’s 1972 movie L’Amour l’après-midi, which is less funny and more of a morality tale. Good movie, though. TMNT             - Where can I begin? I had exceptionally high hopes for this movie. I really did. I remember the heady joy that the original live action movie and its sequel (fuck the third one) elicited in my youthful brain. So, naturally, when I took the kids to see this one, I expected greatness. Turns out if I had planned on mediocrity, I would have been better off. The jokes are kind of flat, the characters are pretty one-dimensional, and the storyline is weak. Why is it one of the middle ten, though? All told, it’s fun. The CGI that Imagi Studios whipped up is impressive, if not totally mind-blowing. Even the voices of Patrick Stewart, Chris Evans, and the recently deceased Mako cannot save this from mediocrity. The kids loved it, though. Ate it up as if it was candy-coated Prozac. If you want something to shut the screaming kids up, this will do it. You might even begin to enjoy it yourself, if you are not careful. Disturbia             - If the superb Rear Window ever needed to be remade, I would imagine it would be pretty close to this flick. While the plot is almost a direct retread of the James Stewart thriller, enough liberties are taken to make it seem fresh. Shia LeBeouf proves that he is an actor worth watching, and David Morse plays creepy like he owns it. This movie elevated itself above other 2007 horror / thrillers with its lack of constant blood. I prefer my scares to be intelligent, but drowned in gore. It addresses many modern fears while still throwing a lot of clichés on the skewer. It, as usual, comes down to the cat-and-mouse routine, but it has a fun time getting there. Overall, it was acceptable, but not totally noteworthy. I liked it enough to buy it, but only watch it when nothing else is on. 28 Weeks Later             - This movie is the direct younger brother of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, but it is plagued with “sequel-itis”. While the first film had scares that seemed rather contained, this film follows the “bigger+badder=better” formula. It succeeds in some parts, while other parts leave you remembering the first movie and wishing you were watching that one instead. This movie does have Robert Carlyle going for it, though. I have been a huge RC fan since Trainspotting and The Full Monty, so I love it when he gets work, and he works for every second of screen time here. While this movie does, unfortunately, set up the requisite sequel, rumors abound that Boyle will be returning for that one. I will wait, but this one still gets a spin in the old DVD player every now and then. A passable effort, if overblown and dragged down by plot inconsistencies. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End             - The third installment of the Pirate trilogy starts out where the second ended, with Captain Jack Sparrow in need of some dire rescuing and Barbossa leading a determined crew to the ends of the Earth. If you have not seen it, and I am sure someone out there has not yet, do not worry about spoilers here. I will say that Davy Jones gets a preposterous side story and villainous Cutler Beckett seems to step into sidekick mode a bit early, while Will and Elizabeth have their stories wrapped up in a typical fashion. The only reason it ranked in the mid 10 is that it was exceptionally entertaining overall. If you can turn your brain off long enough, that is. The double, triple, and even quadruple crosses will make your head spin and just might distract you from the plot holes big enough to drive a caravan through. However, it is a popcorn movie like none before it, and is a fitting close to the trilogy. Now, if only Disney can keep from reviving it… Knocked Up             -Overall, I did not like this movie as much as Superbad. Sure, it applies to me more as a father, but I thought it lacked the heart that Superbad had. Plus, Katherine Heigl came out last month and said she did not like the negative stereotypes that the movie portrayed. I think I’m in agreement with her on that count. Everyone in the flick seems to be some sort of stereotype or another. That’s not to say that it is a terrible movie, but only one that could have better if it had been written from a more realistic point of view. I went through a lot of issues when we had our first child (before we were married), and I think I could have written a more heartfelt movie and still kept it funny. This one merely induces smirks. It is still a good flick, though. A couple of the one-liners still have me chuckling. Transformers             - Let us dwell on something for just a second. In a movie about giant fucking robots, should you not focus more on the robots? Michael Bay brought us this typical summer blockbuster and added a human element to it. While I think a movie only showcasing the robots would have been crap, I felt this movie did not show enough of the robots, instead sticking with a laughable human subplot that just hurt my head. Not even Jon Voight could save this one from being merely acceptable. However, it did accomplish its mission of being a summer popcorn movie, so I really cannot fault it too much on this line of thought. I just wish that Bay were not attached to the sequel so we could spend a little more time on the bots. It was not that terrible, but it could have been so much better. Perhaps my expectations were just too damn high in the first place, though. 30 Days Of Night             - Here’s another movie that should have been better. I absolutely love the graphic novel this was based on, but this movie felt way too long. Hell, depending on the day, I think it might not have been long enough. While the vampires were cool, and Ben Foster’s character of “The Stranger” was superb, I felt not enough time was devoted to depict the state of helplessness that the people who stayed behind felt. I also felt that the chemistry between Eban (Josh Hartnett) and Stella (Melissa George) felt really forced. Maybe it is just because I never liked Josh Hartnett. I feel he did his best work on TV in the show Cracker, and never really enjoyed him in any movie other than Sin City. The director, David Slade, has done good things before (2005’s Hard Candy), but this just felt off. When it hits DVD, I’ll give it another shot, but I just thought it felt flat and somewhat uninteresting. I will say, though, that Danny Huston, who played Marlow, was one of the best performances. I hope to see more of him again soon. The 10 Worst Theatrical Releases of 2007 Epic Movie             - Yeah, whoever thought this was funny needs to be kicked in the scrotum repeatedly. This film, brought to us by the same bastards who are supplying 2008’s Meet The Spartans, takes most of the comic book and fantasy releases of recent memory and spoofs them in the same fashion as Scary Movie, but without the laughs. Somehow, it takes usually entertaining actors like Kal Penn, Darrell Hammond, and Carmen Electra and reduces them to half-note jokes. Fuck, man, they even take Crispin Mothafuckin’ Glover and make him suck. This movie took The Chronicles Of Narnia, X-Men, and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and spoofed them all into a movie that put me to sleep. It’s a fucking horrendous movie, and should be avoided at all cost. The real crime here is that more people watched this piece of crap instead of Zodiac. Truly abominable, if you ask me. Primeval             - As if the world needed another killer crocodile movie. This movie was part of the reprehensible duo that also included killer-croc flick Rogue, but that one has not been released yet in the States, so it does not qualify. This movie even had Jurgen Prochnow in it, and it still sucked day-old balls. To top it all off, the croc was not enough, so they threw a warlord into the mix. This flick is poison. Norbit             - When Eddie Murphy was poised to regain his comedic crown, he released this stinker to show the world he was funny. I would have rather had Beverly Hills Cop 4. While the fact that nothing in this movie is funny is bad enough, it managed to offend damn near anyone who watched this crap. The director, Brian Robbins, has made some fun movies in the past (Good Burger, anyone?), but he should be ashamed of himself for this one. Hell, Murphy even co-wrote the movie with his brother, Charlie Murphy. Guess what? It still fucking sucks! The one-note fat jokes, crude and disgusting sex gags, and the utter lack of intelligence make this one for the ages. One to avoid, that is… Ghost Rider             - Now, I love me some Ghost Rider. I love the comic character, I love the books, and I even like the game. This movie does none of them justice, however. It feels like the execs in charge just said, “How can we piss off comic fans?” This movie dumbed down the whole story and made a movie that is perfect for kindergartners and adults with severe ADD. Nicolas Cage, while an interesting choice, was not right for Johnny Blaze. Sorry, but it is true. Throw in amateur level CGI effects and a shitload of crappy supporting characters, and you have a perfect hat trick. Sam Elliot and Peter Fonda were in this crapfest, but it seemed like they were in a better movie. One that I would much rather watch. Besides, when was the last time anyone in their right mind found Wes Bentley scary? This movie was total gunk, and had me screaming for a refund. I never got it, and am currently in a class action suit with the director for my nine bucks back. Are we surprised that this was brought to us by the guy who directed Electra and Daredevil and wrote Grumpy Old Men? Nope, not in the slightest. Fuck this movie. Fuck it in its big, stupid ass. It’s fucking clown shoes. The Reaping             - Hilary Swank needs to stop doing horror flicks. Fucking now. This tepid thriller only made me want to punch people in the face repeatedly. There have been so many other better religious-based horror thrillers. Why anyone would waste time with this piece of shit is beyond me. The overblown story, the hackneyed script, and the over-the-top acting all combine to make this movie one of the worst of 07. If you have already seen it, I am truly sorry for you. I really feel your pain. Spiderman 3             - Now, a lot of you may think I’m overreacting on this one, but this sucked. It sucked big floppy donkey dick. Firstly, it gives us a version of Peter Parker who obviously listens to Fall-Out Boy way too damn much. Secondly, it takes all of Mary Jane’s strength away and makes her a younger version of the cinematic old biddy. Thirdly, the version of Venom, my favorite Spiderman villain, is just laughable and totally against type. The only thing it did right was Thomas Hayden Church’s Sandman, and I suspect that had more to do with the actor and not the script. Oh, I forgot the “New Goblin”. WHAT THE BLOODY FUCK IS THIS SHIT??? Seriously, the Green Goblin did not need to drink more Mountain Dew to be more “extreme”, did he? Why does this one decide to do so? We could have benefited much more from Hobgoblin, don’t you think? The dance sequence alone was enough for me to hate this festering turd. Now, people are talking about Sam Raimi for The Hobbit? Fuck that mess, yo. Look at this movie to see the kind of damage he can to do an established property. It’s kind of sad, since the first two movies were so good, to watch this and wish it was never made. Daddy Day Camp             - Eddie Murphy again. I’m not going to say anything more. War             - Jet-Li and Jason Statham in the same action movie? They’re playing opposing forces? Fucking say no more and sign me up! That was my thought process going into this flop. Afterwards, though, I found myself hoping these two champs found something better to do. Even though the face-off was highly touted, it was kind of stale in the long run. Their final fight scene was boring, which is a capital crime in a movie like this. Add in all of the unnecessary plot twists and double crosses, and it turns out that this flick would have better left on the cutting room floor. Shit, I could have spliced The Transporter and Romeo Must Die and I would have made a better movie than this. It is coming soon to DVD, so check it out at your own peril. Me? I’ll stay far away from this shit. I will not make the same mistake twice. Halloween 08             - Yet another movie that should have been a lot cooler. I read someone’s opinion that Rob Zombie should have taken this movie, changed the names of characters, and just released it as an original property. I agree with this, as it does not manage to live up to the Halloween pedigree. Sure, some of the ideas were cool, but Tyler Mane is too good to be saying nothing. He infused Myers with a new, menacing demeanor, and was rewarded for his work with a tepid movie. Now, I have not seen the “unrated” version of this yet, so I cannot say whether or not it is any better, but I will go on record as saying that the theatrical version kind of sucked. I love Zombie as a filmmaker, but this one should have been more thought out by everyone involved. Alvin & The Chipmunks             - Not only did this movie suck the life out of me, but it also managed to be one of the total worst movies of the decade. Jason Lee’s performance of Dave Seville feels totally phoned-in, and David Cross’s villainous Ian is pathetic. Even the Chipmunks themselves are a little flat, though they look pretty nice with the whole CGI thing. The movie starts out with a wonderful rendition of Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day”, but quickly goes downhill. I reviewed this flick earlier; so hit the review up for more info, but stay far away from this movie. If you have any affection for the ‘Munks at all, just pop in the DVD of the 80s classic The Chipmunk Adventure instead. This movie is totally without any heart and provides only a marketing platform. Fucking boo-urns.

Comments

Halloween '08!!

I am not surprised about your reaction to the newest version of the Halloween but I would like to point out a couple of things most people overlooked. 1) The fact the movie was shot with three different types of cameras, 2) the more humanistic approach that Zombie gave to Myers and the wonderful performance of Malcolm McDowell and 3) The fact that Mane was so menacing in the film that he still had the silent killer mystique to him along with an intimidating physical. All in All I was glad to see that Zombie did something that we should all thank him for and that is not try to emulate the original like so many others but take the characters and story and put a no bullshit spin on them, I think that is why I would actually put this movie as one of the mid films of 2007, just my opinion.

True

I, for one, am glad he didn't try to take the Gus Van Sant route and emulate Halloween frame-by-frame, but to call this Halloween seemed liked it was almost a punch in the sack. The only similarities were that there was a crazy killer, a slightly less crazy doctor, and a nerdy chick who got chased a lot. If this was released under a different name, I probably would have rated it much higher. However, since it was Halloween, it has to take the brunt of all the comparisons that go along with it. I thought it was an okay movie. I liked McDowell and Mane. I liked the look.

But, it wasn't Halloween.

Also True

That is also true however in a conversation that Zombie had with Carpenter, he was told by the director to do what he wanted and that is the same thing that Carpenter has done for years and the unrated DVD has an interview where Zombie says himself that he did not want to go shot for shot because that movie has already been made but I think overall I understand that most of us want to compare it to original because of the high standards that we have but, this movie is not that film and I think that Zombie did a great job in putting his vision of Halloween on screen. If the comparison stops at the title then this is one of the truly great horror films of 2007 but that will not happen. Though I think so of us are overlooking the fact this was going for even more realism by grounding the character and trying to make him even more inhuman and Sherri Moon Zombie does a great job in helping that along.

WTF! Grindhouse, are you

WTF! Grindhouse, are you kidding? What a horrible piece of schlock! There is a reason the "grindhouse" films that Tarantino and Rodriguez enjoyed when they were younger didn't survive. It's because they were huge pieces of shit, just like these two "films".

Disagree!!

I would definiately have to disagree with that, the grindhouse cinema stuff is the foundation of horror movies in the past 20 years. The grindhouse films are absolutely fantastic, for one Planet
Terror does not pretend to be a anything that is not, it is meant to shock, disgust and entertain. The Characters are fantastic and it has some terrific action sequences. Deathproof on the other hand has the most gruesome car wreck I have seen in a film and has the end all be all of car chases in it. Not to mention Kurt Russell's fantastic performance as Stuntman Mike and the whole shift his character goes through at the end. I say bravo to Tarantino and Rodriguez for staying true to there roots and making movies regardless of how people perceive them and I think that is why these two movies shine in 2007.

I Think You Missed The Point

Planet Terror and Death Proof were enjoyable, I thought at least. As for the reason that the "grindhouse" films didn't survive, in a way they did. They live on in every direct-to-video sequel of The Reanimator and every single Troma Studios release. What stopped the mainstream viewing of them is a little something I call "the continual pussification of America". Grindhouse was more than the two movies, it was the experience of being part of something that has long since faded away. If you closed your eyes, you could imagine being in a dank, water-damaged filmhouse with people in overcoats panting wildly. It was all part of the movie, and I am happy to have seen it in the theaters.

I could go on for pages, but I'll stop. Oh, I saw it with a stripper, too.

Zodiac?

No Zodiac, eh? Fincher's masterpiece was IMO the most impressive achievement of the year, if not the decade. It's one of those movies that you can't take your eyes off of- it puts you under it's spell and keeps you parked in front of the screen until the final credits roll. Great story, great cinematography and great acting. Great stuff period, and I assume you either just forgot about it, or haven't had the pleasure of seeing it yet. It gets my highest recommendation.

Otherwise, not too many problems with your list outside of maybe flipping Spiderman 3 from your worst list and putting it on your best list (just wait, time will be the true judge on that films quality). I know I'm in the minority on this one, but I like it the most of the three Raimi Spidermans.

I take it you have kids? Movies like Alvin & The Chimpmunks and Norbit are precisely the reason I never plan on having any of my own. Don't think I could handle monthly trips to see disgusting kids movies. Cuz, well, you know, Pixar only releases one film a year and that's just not enough.

Zodiac

I absolutely loved Zodiac, but I didn't love it until 2008. I watched it for the first time, and I didn't appreciate it until after I watched it again. After the second time, it quickly became one of my favorites, but at that time, I had already written the list. All ten of the best hit me immediately when I saw them. If Zodiac had done that, it would have been in the top 10 for sure. Perhaps I was just having a bad day when I saw it...

If Spiderman 3 gets judged better further down the line, I'll eat my hat, sir. I found it over-reaching. I think that was the biggest problem. It tried to be so many things that it forgot to be a Spiderman movie. I love the others, though. And yeah. I do have kids. When you have to see schlock like Alvin, sometimes it just ain't worth it...

Okay, I thought SM3 and Ghost Rider were bad, but

Dude, Resident Evil Extinction.
A turd with burning hair on it would haven't offended my senses as much as this movie.
Total suck.
Oh, and um, did you forget a little movie called 300 came out in 07?
Thats not in the best or the middle?
Unforgiveable

Sacrilege

I didn't even waste my time on Resident Evil Extinction. After the first one, I tuned all of them out. I saw the first one once, and have never seen it or another one again.

Now, to the sacrilege part. Never saw 300. Still haven't. It came out at a time when I had no dough, and I cannot make excuses for it. As for buying it, I know there's going to be a huge fuck-off edition, and I am not going to waste any more money buying the regular editions. I have been screwed seven times on that one.

So, no Resident Evil and no 300. I now hang my head in shame.