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Dec 19, 2007

Lots of LAMBs

(Editor's note: I posted this on the LAMB earlier today, but thought I ought to post it here. As you'll see, the LAMBs have made their choices for the top movies of the year - the official (cheesy) title of the awards is "The LIONs." Also, it gives me a chance to post something here without any extra work, and that's always a bonus.)

A few days ago, I asked my fellow LAMBs to give me their top five films (released) for 2007. Well, the results are in, and they might shock you. There were 16 total entries (including my own), and though I like all of the top five entries that I've seen, I'm a bit surprised at how commercial they are (though it should be noted that a few LAMBs specialize in DVD reviews, thereby taking a number of films out of consideration). Another possible big factor? A total of 51 different films were listed - with 16 entries, the total possible field is 80, which means there weren't a lot of shared films. Therefore, a number of films that might have made one or two people's top spot didn't even sniff the top 5. Without further ado:

1. Hot Fuzz
The Simon Pegg/Nick Frost vehicle was the shocking winner, earning two 1st place votes, one 2nd, one 3rd, and one 4th. Total points earned: 19 (5 points awarded for 1st, 1 point for 5th)

2t. Knocked Up
Judd Apatow strikes again! Off the heels of The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up tied with the next entry for the runner-up spot, but get top billing by way of earning one first place vote, also taking one 2nd, two 4ths and a 5th place vote. Total points: 14

2t. Grindhouse
This wasn't anyone's best film of the year, but still to nab the runner-up spot, earning one 2nd, two 3rds and two 4ths. Total points: 14

4t. 3:10 to Yuma
One 1st, one 2nd and one 3rd were enough to vault the Western remake into the fourth spot. Meanwhile, American Gangster picked up one 2nd place vote and nothing else. Christian Bale > Denzel Washington? Hmm... Total points: 12

4t. Superbad
Judd Apatow might as well just stop making movies - it'll be hard to top his 2007. Don't forget - he's also involved with Walk Hard, which is hitting theaters soon. Hit or miss? Wait and see. Same scoring here. Total points: 12

Just to make this post really, really long, I now give you every LAMBs Top 5, in order of the time I received them. Please pardon the lack of italics used here - it would take a day:

1. Superbad
2. We Own The Night
3. The Simpsons Movie
4. The Condemned
5. Saw IV

Note from Sir Jorge: "I saw only 5...so here are my top 5."

1. Eastern Promises
2. The Mist
3. The Host
4. Sunshine
5. No Country For Old Men

1. Hot Fuzz
2. Knocked Up
3. 3:10 to Yuma
4. Live Free or Die Hard
5. Waitress

1. Into the Wild
2. Black Snake Moan
3. Eastern Promises
4. Grindhouse
5. King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

1. 3:10 to Yuma
2. Hot Fuzz
3. Black Snake Moan
4. 28 Weeks Later...
5. I Am Legend

1. Knocked Up
2. Grindhouse
3. Superbad
4. Hot Fuzz
5. The Darjeeling Limited.

1. Ratatouille
2. The Lives of Others
3. Paprika
4. Across the Universe
5. No Country for Old Men

1. In the Shadow of the Moon
2. 3:10 to Yuma
3. Grindhouse (primarily Planet Terror)
4. Knocked Up
5. 300

1) The Darjeeling Limited
2) American Gangster
3) Fugitive Pieces
4) Into the Wild
5) The Bourne Ultimatum

Marilyn Ferdinand's picks
1. Once
2. Black Book (Zwartboek)
3. Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile)
4. The Host (Gwoemul)
5. Comedy of Power (L'ivresse du pouvoir)

Rod Heath's picks
1. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2. Zodiac
3. Michael Clayton
4. Amazing Grace
5. The Simpsons Movie

1. Hot Fuzz
2. No Country for Old Men
3. Talk To Me
4. Once
5. Knocked Up

1. 300
2. Stardust
3. Enchanted
4. Transformers
5. Seraphim Falls

1. Michael Clayton
2. Across The Universe
3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
4. Reign Over Me
5. Girl 27

1. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
2. Superbad
3. Hot Fuzz
4. Grindhouse
5. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

1. Paris, Je t'aime
2. In the Valley of Elah
3. Grindhouse
4. Knocked Up
5. Southland Tales

I think that just about does it. Email me or comment here if I've made any egregious errors or anything like that. Also, feel free to copy this post to paste on your own site. This was fun, and I look forward to doing it with many more LAMBs next year.

5 people have chosen wisely: on "Lots of LAMBs"

BostonSucksMyBlog said...

that guy in Walk Hard, John C Reilly...I hate that guy. He is teh worst actor, why does he even get roles? I wish they woulda got Ferrell for this flick

Nick said...

Boston: I'm kinda unsure of the relevance of that comment... but apparently you haven't seen John C. Reilly in much else besides his Will Ferrell comedies. He's really a great actor. Take Chicago, for instance. He has one of the best/easily associational (not sure if that's the word I'm looking for) roles of the movie, and you really feel for his character by how he acts it. Reilly is FAR from one of the worst actors out there.

BostonSucksMyBlog said...

i hate him. i think he was a catcher in some baseball movie and i wasnt buying it. i know he was in boogie nights too. i stand by my comments. he sucks.

Fletch said...

I like John C. Reilly. Don't love him or anything, but he's okay in my book. Mrs. Fletch loved him in Chicago. I might agree, but I hated that movie.

David said...

Haha. John C. Reilly argument. I thought this post was about the top five movies. I was surprised to see that Into the Wild was not on the top five, but thank you to those that did. I thought American Gangster could have also hit the list. I did like Hot Fuzz, Knocked Up, and 3:10 to Yuma, but 3:10 I have heard was not as good as the original. I will have to wait and see. Although that would be irrelevant for this list.