Enjoy my run-down of things great, mediocre, and sucky of 2007.
Did I mention it was released on my birthday?
While THE SIMPSONS MOVIE was not a perfect movie, it did offer a nice, well- intentioned story, Bart's doodle, and perhaps my favorite all time line from Flanders: "And I wish you didn't have the devil's curly hair."
KNOCKED UP was lovely. Since I dedicated a whole column, and then some, to KNOCKED UP, I don't feel it necessary to elaborate here.
SUPERBAD is another example of the Apatow brand genius, and why he was named one of the 50 smartest people in Hollywood by EW. Apatow and co. bring heart and raunch together like no one else. A little context: Did you want Jerry Maguire to make that huge commission off a multi-million dollar football contract, even if that kind of extravagance is against your sensibilities? Were you pulling for all those guys to lose their virginity in AMERICAN PIE, even though they were smarmy and more than a little dishonest? The feminist in me hates to admit that I did. But SUPERBAD's protagonists are much more likable, more sincere. The film is warm, sweet, and poignantly honest. No matter how law abiding, how mature, even how stuffy you may be, you can't help but want these three high school boys to score that booze.
WAITRESS offered some quirky humor, introduced Nathan Fillion to a completely new audience of
non-geeks, and gave Jeremy Sisto a chance to do what Jeremy Sisto does best: Creepy.
Du and Nellie McKay, Milwaukee, Nov. 2007
30 ROCK is not a movie, but was one of the best things about entertainment in 2007. Terrific writing, swift political humor, guest appearance by Edie Falco that complemented the fabulous acting by Alec Baldwin, whose character always gets the best lines, including, "I like it when a woman has ambition; it's like seeing a dog wearing clothes."
Since I've veered from the non-cinematic bests of 2007, and since I'm known the Western Hemisphere over for my digressions, I'll continue: Nellie McKay in concert. She sparkles, sings, yodels, pants, meows, and plays the piano. And the ukulele.
FRUCTIS SLEEK AND SHINE and M A C concealer. Both have probably been around for a very long time, but I discovered both this past year and adore them. Plus, Fructis's advertising has the sexy voice of Justine Shapiro to its advantage. She is my favorite Globetrekker and one of my celebrity crushes.
2007 Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa or Chile. Bargain priced but not cheap in flavor. And great to cook with, because you can have a glass (or two) while you cook sans stomachache.
DAN IN REAL LIFE was surprisingly good for its genre.
KING OF KONG was a terrific documentary that features one of the best prickest antagonists of all time.
JUNO & PERSEPOLIS
I haven't seen either, as they haven't yet come out, but I have a hunch they belong in this section. JUNO, because I've seen the trailer, and PERSEPOLIS, because I've read the books. Marjane Satrapi is fabulous, and she co-authored the film. You can trust me on her fabulousness, because I live with a geek. Not an ordinary geek, but a comic book geek. A grown man (and dad!) with a room full of long boxes and an office full of action figures. Needless to say, I have comics and graphic novels "recommended" to me all the time. But when he came home from a book fair in Madison with a couple of Satrapi books for me, I was hooked, and I found a new favorite author who transcends genre.
SMOKIN'ACES offered every post-Tarantino noir cliché that could fit into one movie. Blech.
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE would have been Super-Good if films were judged on beauty alone. Julie, I'm gonna tell you what I told P.T.—edit!
SPIDER MAN 3 tried to do too much. There were too many villains, too much whining from Mary Jane. And don't even get me started on that silly emo dance scene.
I enjoyed THE DARJEELING LIMITED quite a lot at the time, but I don't feel like seeing it again anytime soon, which must mean it belongs in the mediocre category.
Enjoy the rest of 2007, and I'll catch you on the flip-flop! I'm off to update the old iPod.
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