My 2007 Film Viewing Journal

There is a link to this post on the side-bar of the Looking Closer blog. This is the post where I’ll catalog every film I see in 2007. (Click here for the 2006 Viewing Journal, and here for the 2005 journal.)* = indicates first-time viewing.

2007

December

  • There Will Be Blood*…..A+
  • Lars and the Real Girl*…..A
  • Juno (second viewing, DVD screener)*…..A-
  • Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis (DVD) (second viewing)…..A-

November

  • Oceans Thirteen* (DVD)…..B-
  • Days of Heaven (Criterion DVD)*…..A+
  • The Golden Compass*…..C+
  • Juno*….B
  • 3:10 to Yuma*…..B+
  • The Namesake* (DVD)…..B+
  • Margot at the Wedding*…..B
  • Becket* (DVD)……(still deciding)
  • I’m Not There*…..B+
  • The Savages*…..A-
  • Into the Wild*…..B+
  • The Wind that Shakes the Barley* (DVD)…..A-
  • Diggers* (DVD)…..B+

October

  • Invisibles…..A-
  • Unforgiven…..A+
  • The Devil Came on Horseback*…..A
  • Norma Rae*…..A-
  • Bella*…..B+
  • No Country for Old Men…..A
  • The Lookout* (DVD)…..B+
  • Dan in Real Life*…..B+
  • Mostly Martha (DVD)*….A-
  • Raising Arizona (DVD)…..A+
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford*…..A-

September

  • Eastern Promises*…..C+
  • Offside*…..B+
  • This is England*…..A-
  • No End in Sight*……A

August

  • La Vie en Rose*……A-
  • In the Valley of Elah*……B
  • The Simpsons Movie*…..B+
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer* (DVD)…..B+
  • The Unbelievable Truth (seen it many times)…..A+
  • The Simpsons Movie*…..B+
  • The Bourne Ultimatum*…..B

July

  • Once*…..A-
  • Paprika*…..A
  • Sweet Land*…..A-
  • Harry Potter and the Oh, Never Mind, I Don’t Care*……C+
  • The Prestige (second viewing)…..B+
  • Miller’s Crossing (DVD)…..A

June

  • Nacho Libre*(DVD)…..B-
  • Evening*…..C+
  • Away from Her*…..A-
  • Ratatouille*…..A

May

  • Waitress*…..B+
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End*…..C

April

  • The Host*…..B+
  • Spider-man 3* ….. B
  • Steven Wright: When the Leaves Blow Away (DVD)…..B+
  • Deep Cover (televised) …..B
  • Jindabyne*…..A-
  • Blood Diamond* (DVD)…..B-
  • The Sacrifice* (DVD)…..A
  • Hot Fuzz*……B
  • Grindhouse*……C+
  • Into Great Silence…..A
  • The Departed (DVD)…..A-
  • The Science of Sleep (DVD)…..A-

March

  • Into Great Silence* (DVD screener)…..A
  • Lantana (DVD, fourth viewing)…..A
  • Heaven* (DVD)…..B+
  • The Departed (DVD, second viewing)…..B+
  • The Lives of Others* …..A
  • Lady in the Water (DVD, second viewing)….C+
  • Nobody’s Fool (DVD)…..A+
  • Breach*…..B
  • When the Levees Broke* (DVD)….A

February

  • My Neighbor Totoro (DVD)…..A
  • Zodiac* …..A-
  • Children of Men* (third viewing)…..A

January

  • Amazing Grace*…..B
  • God Grew Tired of Us*…..A-
  • Jane Eyre* (Parts 1 and 2, Masterpiece Theater, TV)…..B+
  • The Descent*(DVD)…..C+
  • Inland Empire* (special screening and Q&A with David Lynch)…..B+
  • Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et Le Bette)* (Criterion DVD)…..A
  • The Black Dahlia*(DVD)…..B
  • Little Miss Sunshine (second viewing, DVD)…..A-
  • For Your Consideration*…..B
    Hilarious, as always, with impressive turns by Catherine O’Hara, Harry Shearer, and Parker Posey. About as enjoyable as A Mighty Wind, but not nearly as original or clever as Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show.
  • James and the Giant Peach (DVD, third viewing)…..C+
  • The Death of Mr. Lazrescu* (DVD)…..A
  • Facebook
A Conversation with Sam Phillips: Revisiting The Image 20th Anniversary Interview
An Hour of Wisdom and Storytelling with Joe Henry
Memento or Vertigo? What’s Your Favorite Film About Memory?
Soundtrack for a Day Job: Great Songs About Hard Times
About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Ah. Gotcha. I’ve fixed that.

  • Clint

    Thanks for the shout out. FYI though, The Deserted is a feature, not a short film.

  • Elizabeth

    Sounds like a good time–except for the spider!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your comments.

    I also enjoyed Ralph Winter with Susana Zepeda and ten stupid ideas about making movies…

    Also attended a surprisingly amazing new media session with Matthew Phillips and John Carley dealing with Social Media MySpace and YouTube and how they are evangelizing old media.

    Found Mark Joseph and Phil Cooke enjoyable and thought provoking as usual.

  • Stuart B

    Did you ever write a review for Click? Finally saw it last night…derivative, sometimes crude, but has three very good things going for it.

    Christopher Walken
    U2
    and Kate Beckinsale.

  • Adam Walter

    Looks like it’s time to watch Brick again, Jeff. :)

    I liked Lazrescu. It was interesting, but didn’t wow me in any way. I guess this is the thing: it was flawless at what it did, but what it set out to do was so minor in the first place. Definitely worth seeing, but I’d never watch it again.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X