Eric Lim

Unsolicited commentary and thoughts


An (almost) chronological list of all the movies I saw in 2007, either for the first time or for the first time in a long time. I starred my favorites.

I frequently give the impression of being a “film snob” because most movies I see these days I consider to be mediocre, but really I’ve just become more critical and base a lot of my opinion on what I take away from having seen the movie. I shall explain more after the list.

  • TMNT
  • Me and You and Everyone We Know
  • The Fountain
  • Knocked Up
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Brick
  • The Host
  • 28 Weeks Later
  • Shooter
  • Sky High
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Spider-Man 3
  • 300
  • Helvetica
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Zodiac
  • The Illusionist
  • Perfume
  • Borat
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Shrek the Third
  • A History of Violence
  • A Very Long Engagement
  • Happenstance
  • The Spanish Apartment
  • Who Killed the Electric Car?
  • Russian Dolls
  • City of God
  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • Imaginary Heroes
  • Matchstick Men
  • Little Children
  • Central Station
  • Transformers
  • Ratatouille
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Il Postino
  • Live Free or Die Hard
  • All The President’s Men
  • Sunshine
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Bourne Ultimatum
  • The Station Agent
  • Volver
  • Superbad
  • Stardust
  • Chinatown
  • Secretary
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • Amadeus
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Frantic
  • Blood Simple
  • Raising Arizona
  • Miller’s Crossing
  • Barton Fink
  • The Assassination of Jesse James
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Return of the Living Dead
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • O Brother Where Art Thou?
  • The Man Who Wasn’t There
  • American Gangster
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • The French Connection
  • No Country for Old Men
  • The Ice Storm
  • Dark City
  • Driving Lessons
  • The Squid and the Whale
  • Shopgirl
  • Beowulf
  • The Outsiders
  • Juno
  • The Departed
  • I Am Legend
  • Enchanted
  • Sketches of Frank Gehry
  • I’m Not There
  • Yi Yi*
I consider myself a big Wes Anderson fan, placing Rushmore in my personal top 10, and even liked The Life Aquatic despite its extra quirkiness. But The Darjeeling Limited wasn’t memorable, and that’s my key sign for a mediocre movie. I had even forgotten to write it down in my list of movies until something else reminded me I had seen it.

In contrast, I found myself thinking about The Ice Storm weeks after I’d seen it, and that by itself tells me it was a good movie, even if I didn’t think it immediately after seeing it.

Netflix became my best friend this year as I finally got to watch all those movies I never got around to watching, and it’s more fun when I arrange my queue into certain “themes”, like watching all the Coen Brothers’ films I hadn’t seen. Speaking of which…

I’m not a fan of the Coen Brothers. I thought I would be, but their silly slapstick comedies didn’t work for me at all. The crime dramas are great though, and No Country for Old Men is one of their best.

But Russian Dolls was my favorite movie I saw in 2007. It is the sequel to The Spanish Apartment, which is good in its own right, but don’t dawdle so you can move onto the far superior Russian Dolls.

Sunday, January 6, 2008
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