Top 15 Films of 2007
15. 28 Weeks Later
14. Bourne Ultimatum
13. This Is England
12. Shrek The Third
11. Resident Evil 3: Extinction
9. Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
7. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
6. I Am Legend
5. Golden Compass
3. The Simpsons Movie
2007 was a much weaker year for films than 2006. The Top 4 really stood out from the rest of the crop but to be honest only Stardust and The Transformers would have stood a chance in making the top 4 in recent years. Control – the story of Ian Curtis from Joy Division – is a fantastic film, but probably only worth watching if you are interested in the band or the alternative music scene of the late 70’s. I have a feeling that I may look back at giving The Simpsons Movie a number 3 position this time next year and wonder what I was doing – I really enjoyed the film but have only seen it the once. I know from previous years that some of my Top 10’s/15’s would now be placed in different orders after seeing some of the films again on DVD. Of all the films on my list I found it interesting that the only two films I saw twice on the big screen this year also got the #1 and #2 spots in my list. Glad that double money was worth it!
Whereas the years best films would have struggled against the Class of ’06, the years worse films would have had a bit of a battle with last years crop. I know one of my choices for worst film will be very controversial amongst my friends but the list is my opinion and also based upon the films that I saw in the cinema. There will undoubtably be worse films released this year – but luckily I didn’t pay money to go and see them! With this in mind my person 'worst three' are as follows:
Worst films of 2007 in descending order have to be:
3. Hot Fuzz
1. Deja Vu
I saw 27 films at the cinema this year (2 up from 2006 but still 7 short of the 2005 and 2004 tallies). There were a host of films I missed on the Silver Screen that I wanted to catch – mainly due to other things vying for my time this year – and I am aiming to try and see more films next year if possible. The above list is only taken from films I actually saw on the 'Big Screen'.
Top 15 Live Bands of 2007
15. Birthday Massacre
14. Emilie Autumn
7. Fields of the Nephilim
6. Pet Shop Boys
5. Ashbury Heights
4. Carter Unstoppable Sex Machine
3. Nine Inch Nails
2. New Model Army
1. Enter Shikari
2006 saw a dip in my live music intake – both in number of gigs and number of bands seen. Not going to a single festival this year also hit home with last years total of 88 live acts seen crumbling away to just 34! What makes it worse is that from that 34 I saw Nine Inch Nails and Ladytron four times each when they played London together back in March!
Unlike other years when I have a host of bands ‘bubbling under’ which deserve a mention there are none this year which would warrant a special mention. To be honest The Birthday Massacre and Emilie Autumn would never have made it onto the Top 15 had I seen more bands this year – both were acts I really looked forward to seeing who disappointed me. Emilie because she had no band (just pre-recorded music) and Birthday Massacre because live they just ended up sounding very samey and the vocalists limited range really hit home.
I was glad to see that New Model Army have bounced back towards the top of the list – largely thanks to actually seeing the entire gig this year and being very bouncy but the surprise band of the year has to be Enter Shikari whom I saw supporting The Lost Prophets at The Astoria in February and whom absolutely rocked. I love their CD and live the power really strikes home! Ashbury Heights (#5 band) also deserve a special mention as they were very good and I hope they come back to play the UK again next year.
As for my worst bands this year... Hmmm, tricky again this year as I seem to have had a fair share of pretty dire bands = especially considering the fact I only saw a few bands live this year in the first place! Not sure what that says about my musical gig-going choices of 2007?
Worst bands of 2007 in descending order have to be:
3. Bang Tango
2. Psycho Luna
1. Vile Evils
To be honest Mechanical Cabaret or Love/Hate could also have made the list but the above three did, somehow, manage to pip them...
Top 5 Books of 2007
5. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling
4. The Prestige by Christopher Priest
3. Lucifer by Mike Carey
2. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
1. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
It seems a trend this year that I’ve not managed to do as well in 2007 as I did in 2006. Books continues that trend as I miserably failed my 25 books a year target (I’m a slow reader) and certainly fell short of 2006’s 34 completed books. I managed a miserable 13 completed books in the last 12 months. Disgraceful.
Top 10 DVDs of 2007
10. The Girl Next Door
9. Kung Fu Hustle
8. The Host
7. The Illusionist
5. The Cider House Rules
3. Thank You For Smoking
1. Last King of Scotland
(Any film that I had previously seen on DVD or at the cinema was not eligible for the Top 5)
DVDs was one area I did really well at in 2007. I reckon I easily doubled the number of DVDs watched this year over 2006.
Anyway, that's my "Best Of's" from 2007. I wonder what the next 12 months will bring?
2006 Top 15's
2005 Top 15's
2004 Top 10's