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Angus' Top 15 of 2007

Following on from my tradition of the last few years here is my Top 15's of 2007!

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
10. Babel
9. Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
8. Apocalypto
7. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
6. I Am Legend
5. Golden Compass
4. Control
3. The Simpsons Movie
2. Stardust
1. Transformers

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
2. Sunshine
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
13. Client
12. Pinstickers
11. Covenant

10. Lahannya
9. Rubicks
8. Ladytron
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

6. Go

5. The Cider House Rules
4. Hollywoodland

3. Thank You For Smoking

2. Bobby

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


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 1st, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
3. Hot Fuzz

No argument here. The last ten minutes are good but the ninety leading up to them are just laborious.
Jan. 1st, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
On the contrary, I found Hot Fuzz to be quite amusing and entertaining. I think it's an excellent parody and while it didn't quite match up to Shaun of the Dead it was well worth seeing. I enjoyed it much more than Stardust or Transformers, both of which I felt were following too many formulas just for the sake of following them (right down to Stardust's tacked on "oh they both live happily ever after" ending, which differs from the original story). Hot Fuzz followed formulas too, but it was for the sake of poking fun at how ridiculous those formulas are.
Jan. 1st, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
I can't speak for Stardust or Transformers as I've seen neither (and have only fleeting interest in seeing either).

I agree that Hot Fuzz followed formulas but I don't quite buy that it poked fun at any of them. It more used the formulas to set up the last ten minutes of the film. So it's setup, setup, setup, setup, setup, setup, setup and then, finally, payoff. But around the third setup, I was quite tired of being set up and wanted something to finally happen. I don't expect full payoff thirty minutes in the film but I do expect a film to hit certain satisfactory beats that keep the viewer's interest and build upon or cement other things in the film. Hot Fuzz had none of that. Just as it was chugging along one path, it jumped track onto another path. It was paced far too slowly to do something like that and still keep me engaged. (I have nothing against slowly-paced films--quite contrary, actually--but slowly-paced films can not as neatly pull off the above, and Hot Fuzz did not.)

Still, the last ten minutes is quite good, especially the Point Break bit and the jumping over the fences.

My opinion, of course, and all that. I recognize that a lot of folks loved the film.
Jan. 1st, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
The last 10 minutes or so are fantastic. Hot Fuzz was playing on the plane back from the States in August and I purposefully waited until the last bit to plug in the earphones and take attention - the fight scenes are very well done.

It was just a shame that it waited so long to grab my attention and appreciation.
Jan. 1st, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
You saw Emilie Autumn!


I hate you! ;)

(Admittedly, upon your mention I looked into her work and was delightfully impressed with what I found. Still....want!)

Also, mention Squidgey to Dave...
Jan. 1st, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
She's playing again next year (February or March I think) although I've decided not to go and see her again until I know for sure she's playing live with a proper band and not putting on a school play to a backing track.
Jan. 1st, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I'd rather see a live *effort*, as opposed to a recital.

She is pretty(nay, stunning!), talented and hyped. I suspect she knows it, unfortunately.

Then again, VNV were great this year in Bristol...
Jan. 1st, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Dude! The Transformers movie was AWFUL ;-)
Jan. 1st, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
I came at the Transformers movie with absolutely no knowledge of The Transformers at all. The only thing I knew of them was the jingle from the toy adverts back in the 80's.

I have no idea how the film compares to the original cartoon series at all and I've heard horror stories of people watching the old series again so don't want to go there at present. All I can say is that I absolutrly adored the film as a very fun action-packed flick and cab't wait for the sequel :)
Jan. 2nd, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Circumlocution, Mr Croup?
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