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February 22, 2008

>Some of my fav movie scenes in 2007


I know it’s a little too late to start posting a sort of 2007 top list, but since this is not actually a traditional Top 10 list (there’s not even 10 movies mentioned here!), and since it’s Oscar weekend soon, talking about memorable flicks I watched during the past year is not quite such an aged topic. I know some of the films here might have been released earlier than 2007, but well, I’m considering everything I could watch in the theater or on dvd last year (Sofia’s films was the only one listed that unfortunately I couldn’t see in the dark room…) So here it is, in no preference order:

Marie Antoinette (2006)The “I Want Candy scene”

Sofia’s third film is not only as good as her previous ones, but it was one of the best films made in the year of its release. Loved by some, but hated by others, Marie Antoinette could be seriously understood as “the work of a mature filmmaker who has identified and developed a new cinematic vocabulary to describe a new breed of post-postpostfeminist woman”, in the words of a film critic. Nevertheless, this is a film made for girls, that enchants their eyes and understands their inner emotions.

Exiled (2007) – The opening shooting scene

Perhaps only nerds like me loved this film, the greatest surprise I had during a film festival last year. I’m not a big fan of traditional westerns, but I tend to love films that get inspired by this classic Hollywood genre while building it up in a new context. Johnny To’s camera created a beautiful and eye-pleasuring ballet of guns in slow motion. The frame which the shooters are seen from a top angle is a picture to remember. Watch the trailer here.

Death Proof (2007) The second segment’s end

Yes, it was a homage to Grindhouse pictures, but Tarantino is not Rodriguez, and Thank God for that! It’s hard to comment on this particular scene I have in mind without spoiling it to the ones who haven’t seen it, so I shouldn’t say much. Just one advice: don’t take it too seriously and have fun. I laughed a lot.

Eastern Promises (2007)The sauna fight scene

Too bad I didn’t find a picture of it, though the photo up there is another memorable scene from David Cronenberg’s movie. I’ve already said it, but I’ll repeat it: “He (Cronenberg) makes us wonder about the main character’s identity by one single fight scene where a naked Viggo Mortensen brutally manages to defend himself from two men in a bathhouse. Cronenberg tells us stories through blood, and no guns are needed. This is non gratuitous violence in its best shape.”

Ratatouille (2007)The flashback scene

It must be a few people out there who disliked this film, and seriously, not even Freud could explain why. Deep inside, Ratatouille is nothing but that same story already told hundreds of times before, about crossing beyond all borders and prejudices and truly following your heart to achieve your dreams. And yes, it’s told through the point of view of a little mouse who wanted to become a chef in an important parisian restaurant. That’s cinema. This is another scene hard to describe while not spoiling it, but I’m sure many who saw it would agree this is “the scene”.

Michael Clayton (2007) – The “No, the truth cannot be adjusted” scene

I liked Michael Clayton, although I think it was a little overestimated in the current awards season. I found the plot interesting and its editing is really relevant to the story, as that seemed a little confused, and without a good editing, it could have been ruined. This is the scene I truly liked Clooney’s acting. Watch the trailer here.

Enchanted (2007)The scene Pip, the chipmunk, pantomimes to the dumb prince

Pip: HELLhmmOhh… (…) *impersonating Giselle* (…) Ean Appooh? (…) No, thank you. (…) It’s goooh. (…) Hmmmf. Ommk.

The prince: You feel you’d die without me here!
Priceless ^^

Tomorrow, I’ll post some of the most bizarre movie moments.