And the winner is...
Should old acquaintance be forgot...

We sure are cute for two ugly people...

Before we begin, we'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year's Eve and, in case we don't get back to you tomorrow, a Happy New Year as well!

Yes, I say "we" because this post is brought to you by both Katie and Kevin!

Katie's not that into the music scene. Yes, she listens. But not with quite the ravenous love that I do. So she steers clear of that stuff and leaves it to me.

Now that we're talking movies, she's totally into it. So we're both working together to bring you Kapgar's Top Movies of 2007. We may even throw in some comments for you.

At first, we considered the possibility of doing this in Ebert and Roeper format with each of us presenting our own Top 10s, one at a time. But we then discovered a few problems... our top five movies were exactly the same, and my 7-8 were the same as her 6-7 with me adding one movie she hadn't seen to bump them down a bit, and, finally, she couldn't think of anything beyond #7 to fill out a full 10. This made things a bit weird. Not weird that we have almost exactly the same taste in movies, but just weird in that you'd be pretty much reading the same thing twice.

So we are bringing you one list where I have a few thrown in that are slightly different than what she would've done had she compiled her own list. We hope you enjoy it all the same.

And I'd like to note, for the record, that we saw a flippin' load of movies this year. I started putting together the list and it's just ridonkulous how many are on there. I don't even remember seeing this many. But I know we did see them.

Oh yeah, there's also a laundry list of movies we have yet to see as well including:

  • Atonement
  • The Bucket List
  • Charlie Wilson's War
  • Fred Claus
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • The Great Debaters
  • Into the Wild
  • The Kite Runner
  • Michael Clayton
  • No Country For Old Men
  • Once
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

Now on to what we actually did see:

10. Death at a Funeral
This was one I saw without Katie and I loved it. It truly cracked me up to no end and it was fun to see Alan Tudyk feigning a British accent. While this sort of thing may sound like it would be cliche'd, it really did work well and I was laughing throughout. I swear that nobody can make dark comedy quite like our friends across the "pond."

9. 3:10 to Yuma
Here is another one I saw without Katie. I'm not sure if she'd like this or not as it was quite long and slow paced. Plus, she's not much of a sucker for westerns like I am. Plus, I really enjoyed seeing both Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, two of today's better actors, together on the big screen.

8. Ocean's Thirteen
Katie and I both loved Ocean's Eleven and, upon first viewing, didn't much care for Ocean's Twelve. So we were on the fence about the third installment. Not that we were considering not seeing it, we just weren't sure how it would pan out. But the guys came back in fine fashion and added some new crew members, which just made for a fine outing at the cinema.

7. Enchanted
To be honest with you, Katie and I figured this film would be nothing more than an overly cutesy, Disney-fied flick. But it turned out so much better than either of us could have imagined. We actually wanted to see it again immediately afterwards. That doesn't happen too often. And Amy Adams was incredible. If Ellen Page doesn't win a Best Actress Oscar for Juno, the winner had better be Adams.

6. Hot Fuzz
Despite the fact that I never quite cared for Shaun of the Dead, I did go ahead and watch this film that was produced, written, and directed by the same crew (not to mention starring several of the same cast members). and I absolutely loved it. I really think Katie would like it, too, but she has yet to see it. Another British comedy, but severely over the top and I couldn't stop laughing for a minute.

5. American Gangster
Wow. I never thought I'd see Russell Crowe on a top 10 list twice, but the guy certainly seems to know how to pick winners, wouldn't you say? And then, of course, there's Denzel Washington. He is never better than when he plays a guy who is either bad or straddling the moral divide between good and bad. We can't forget the return of Josh Brolin to big budget films. Some critics say he deserves some sort of comeback actor award for his roles in this and No Country For Old Men, but we have yet to see the latter.

4. Ratatouille
This was a first for us. We always see Pixar films in theaters. Always. No questions asked. Yet, for some reason, we never got around to seeing Ratatouille, but it turned out to be one of our favorite Pixar films ever. Luckily, we bought it just before we started compiling this list (we were hoping to receive it as a Christmas gift, but that never happened). A great film that we both highly recommend.

3. The Bourne Ultimatum
As much as I love Indiana Jones films and the Die Hard films and other great action adventure flicks, I don't think any action series quite compares to the Bourne films. All three of the films are consistently enjoyable and leave you breathless. And to see Matt Damon, who has otherwise played relatively meek or restrained roles, as badass CIA operative Jason Bourne is a revelation of casting. I don't know who came up with the idea of turning Damon into an action hero, but s/he should be worshipped.

2. Waitress
For nearly a month, I really believed this movie would wind up in the top spot on my list. It was only a couple days ago that it was bumped, but by a worthy competitor, for sure. I never thought a movie about adultery would be so endearing and enjoyable, yet it was. This is a film that deserves to be purchased and watched multiple times, not just once.

1. Juno
And here we have yet another questionable subject -- teen pregnancy -- turned around on its heels and made into a thoroughly enjoyable movie. There was not a single acting role in this film that wasn't perfectly cast and executed and the script is 100% spot on and viciously funny. As Katie says, there's not a minute of the movie you won't love.

There you have it, our top 10 movies for the year ending 2007. Of course, as we start to watch some on our not-yet-seen list, the order could change. But as of this moment in time, these be they. Heh.


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as i just saw juno last night and the waitress last week, i can totally concur with your top two. frankly, if you like one of them you will definitely enjoy the other. right again my friend! no country for old men is a good flick. definitely worth a viewing.

love the list!


I have only seen one thing on your list, but the rest are movies I really want to see! I have been hearing great things about Juno and can't wait to see it. :)


sizzle, I have heard nothing but good things about No Country and Katie and I both want to see it badly. Soon.

kilax, which one have you seen?


Babygirl just saw "Juno" and she loved it. I will wait and see it on DVD because it isn't Hubs' cup of tea. I LOVED Ellen Page in "Hard Candy" so I really can't wait to see her in this.

I really liked "Waitress" too. This was a surprise because I don't really go for the lovey-dovey type movies and that's what I thought this one was. Kerry Russell was surprisingly good.

Nice lists!


Having been to the cinema a grnad total of twice this year (Pirates 3 and Hot Fuzz) I can only nod sagely at this post... Really want to see, y'know, anything on the screen in 2008.

Speaking of which.

Have a fantastic New Year's Eve. All the best for 2008 - I hope it brings you everything you and Katie desire! X


Your to-see list looks a lot like mine. Except I still need to see Juno. Maybe today.


I saw The Bourne Ultimatum. I bought Steven the three disk special for Christmas and we watched it at home :)


metalmom, I will have to check out Hard Candy. Never heard of it. But if Ellen Page is even a fraction how brilliant she was in Juno, I'm sure we'll love it.

Bec, at least one of the two was Hot Fuzz. That's a good ticket to have bought. Happy New Year to you, too.

Dagny, there's a lot more on the to-see list than in years past. Not good.

kilax, a great film indeed. What else is on the three-disc set? We bought the two-disc Best Buy special edition. Not the whole shebang since we already owned the first two movies.

Eileen Dover

Oh my gosh, I totally agree... Waitress was superb. With all movies, I check out IMDB for more info, and was saddened to see the writer/director/actress (now too lazy to visit IMDB) was murdered before she knew the movie was accepted into Sundance.


Happy New Year Kevin and Katie!

I don't know about Hot Fuzz - it was alright but Shaun of the Dead was 10 times better. I can't believe you didn't care for it!

Thanks to your review I'll be renting Ocean's 13. We never saw it because Ocean's 12 was such a disappointment.

Ratatouille was decent, but my favorite Pixar film would still be Monsters Inc., followed by Finding Nemo.

I definitely plan to see Juno next weekend from all the great buzz it's been generating.


Eileen, did you watch any of the special features on the Waitress disc dedicated to her? Some of them are pretty nice.

nicole, maybe it's just me, but zombie movies do little to nothing for me. Even the comedic type. Hot Fuzz killed me. I loved it (as I've said). Ocean's Thirteen is definitely worth a rental. It was a lot of fun and a nice return to the ways of Eleven. The crew should never be allowed to leave Vegas. Oh, and I'm right there with you on Monsters Inc. It's my fave Pixar as well. But Ratatouille was so good and with a nice collection of not-very-recognizable voices. Heck, the lead mouse was one of the friends from King of Queens, that's how obscure that casting decision was.

Eileen Dover


Yup. As the movie ended, I was wondering the symbolism of Keri Russell and the you-know-what... and it became clear when watching the extra stuff on the DVD. I'm such a sap, I actually cried.

And that's when I went to IMDB to read more.


According to Dagny, her murder inspired an episode of Law and Order. I'm trying to download it but have been having trouble.


Yay - I'm glad to hear your verdict on Waitress as I've not seen it yet, but it was on sale at HMV so I bought it. Mike and I also felt the same about Oceans 13 - so glad it was better than 12.

And you and Katie are not ugly. You're both rather quite cute actually.

Happy New Year!


Waitress is worth every penny. And if you don't like it, I'll buy it off you. Guarantee that one. Canada is Region 1 for DVD, right? Thanks for the "cute" comment. Although that is just a song from Juno. ;-)


Oh, you guys are just too cute.


Muchas gracias!


Yay! Juno started playing in my dinky little town today!


Karl, see it! Run!

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