Thursday, January 03, 2008

Stacy's Top 5 Films From 2007

Dialysis, although blatantly evil and lacking in true compassion, has afforded me uncompromising hours of free time to indulge my true Cinephile nature.

What the hell else am I going to do there? Rate the length and duration of the farts of the patient next to me? Count the blood spots on the machine nearby? Wonder aloud whether Superman could take on Godzilla in a no holds barred fight?

But I digress, or redress, depending on the time of day.

I must thank the fine staff at NetFlix for allowing me the bargain of renting roughly fifteen to twenty discs a month and only charging me $19.95. If I were to visit the video store for every film I desired, my income would evaporate exponentially.

And do know that I say "FROM" 2007 because some of the following were released in 2006, but I didn't manage to rent them until this last year.

Dim the lights. Heat the popcorn. Put your feet up. It's a momentous time.


5) "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

Many will dismiss my tastes simply from viewing this on my list. I have never indulged in any of the books, but the film's are true Hollywood magical popcorn escapism. (Keep in mind my rating system is based on whether a film I'm watching at Dialysis can take me so far out of myself that I forget that my arm is burning with rage and that I feel like a used rag doll.) As the final battle takes place and our heroes are fighting for their lives, I glanced up at the ever mocking clock and I had a half hour to go. Thank the Cinema God for these films and I can't wait for the remaining two.

4) "The Pursuit of Happyness"

I've always been a fan of Will Smith. I seem to appreciate actors who I personally feel I'd like to hang out with and Will seems like that kind of dude. This is the ultimate underdog story proving that tenacity and faith add up to an equation of determination that is unstoppable. And give some kudos to his son Jaden who's got some acting chops and made the relationship between the two that much more real. I was a little disappointed to find out in the extras that the character's son, even after all his father sacrificed for him, is simply living off of his father's wealth, but that doesn't take away from the power of this film.

3) "Casino Royale"

Once MGM went back and produced Special Edition's of all the previous James Bond films I started to rent them in order and was fascinated by the extras. "From Russia With Love" is still my all time favorite because it's a simple spy flick but with all the flavoring of a true Bond film. I ended up stopping when I reached the second Roger Moore film because they were starting to dabble in camp. This is the first Bond film in thirty years to get it right. Although I believe Clive Owen may have been an exceptional Bond too, Daniel Craig fills the role nicely, tailoring it to his personal talents. It's a reboot and a retool that works on all levels. And yes, I want to steal away Eva Green and keep her for my own.

2) "Children of Men"

I just squeaked this one in before the end of the year and I was haunted and mesmerized during the entire film. Within the first few minutes you're transported to London in 2027 and not much has changed. Except for the fact that there hasn't been a child born in eighteen years. We're following Clive Owen through the war torn streets and a bomb goes off. The film doesn't let you go until the unfortunate but hopeful end.

1) "Talk to Me"

I can't tell enough people about this film. Don Cheadle (one of my all time favorite actors who can play anybody) stars as an ex-con in the late 60's who somehow talks his way into a radio show on the first R&B radio station in the country. The period detail is fantastic, the civil turmoil is palpable and the entire cast shines. It's a story few know and I was surprised how long the images and feelings from the film stayed with me. Yes, as a radio personality this might seem like a biased choice, but that was merely the template for the entire story to play upon.

In the past, films were merely a vessel to transport me to places and times that I would never fully enjoy in my lifetime.

Now they're medicinal necessities injected into my soul to free me from the indignities of Dialysis.

And thank God for them.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you're blogging again Stacy! You are so talented and I love reading your blogs.