After taking a year off last year for a variety of reasons, we're back with our annual Top 10 list of favourite movies compiled from our entire staff. We pride ourselves in the fact that not only do our movie critics take part in our year-end favourites poll, but all our employees. Since many awards contenders are only in limited release by the time 2007 ends, and our staff stretches across North America (including markets where these movies often don't open until late January), this often means we're missing out on a few of the highly-lauded motion pictures. But unlike other lists, we have a tendancy to throw on a few movies that don't make the Oscar cut, but still enthralled audiences throughout the year.
Last year brought several huge blockbusters, beginning in the spring and early summer with the third films in the Shrek, Spider-Man, and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises. The heart of the summer season then brought us another third, The Bourne Ultimatum, and a much-anticipated first, The Simpsons Movie. After a mediocre fall at the box office, the year wrapped up with another huge holiday blockbuster in Will Smith's I Am Legend. Along the way, Judd Apatow also managed to put out a couple gross-out/sweet comedies that flew past the $100-million mark in Knocked Up and Superbad, while animated movies like Ratatouille and Alvin and the Chipmunks still brought in big audiences.
Our Top 10 reflects the highlights in fine cinema AND entertainment, so hopefully there's a little something for everyone on our 2007 list. And if you disagree, feel free to leave your own list in the comments section below.
Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of ShowbizMonkeys.com. When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found putting on and promoting music and comedy events with The Purple Room in Winnipeg, or co-producing the live comedy game show Pants on Fire. (@comedygeek)