Movie Essentials: 2007

In 2007, the Mitchell Report was published, showing the widespread use of steroids in Major League Baseball and forever tarnishing the legacies of some of our biggest idols.  Nancy Pelosi was elected the first female Speaker of the U.S. Congress.  Apple introduced the iPhone.  J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released and became the fastest selling book in history.  Fergie had a solo hit with "Big Girls Don't Cry," dominating the Weekly Top 40 charts for eight weeks straight.  On TV, The Big Bang Theory premiered, while Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars ended their runs.
In theaters, Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen dominated movie news for the year with the one-two punch of Knocked Up and Superbad.  Michael Bay transformed a toy into a hit movie franchise with July's release of Transformers.  Sam Raimi tanked the Spider-Man series by introducing an emo Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3.  And The Simpsons made their big screen debut.
Honorable mention goes to, and it kills me to leave these off the list: The Lookout, Zodiac, Sweeney ToddSunshine, Grindhouse, and Michael Clayton.  Other notable titles include I Am Legend, Hairspray, Atonement, 300, Blades of Glory, Disturbia, Music & Lyrics, 28 Weeks Later, Live Free or Die Hard, 3:10 to Yuma, The Kingdom, Gone Baby Gone, American Gangster, Bee Movie, Enchanted, and Charlie Wilson's War.  And here are your Essentials:
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  • Hot damn, 2007 was a good year for movies. The Lookout, There Will Be Blood, The Orphanage, King of Kong, Hot Fuzz, and (in my opinion) 3:10 to Yuma should be required viewing for all humans. Having rewatched almost all of the Pixar movies over the past year or so, I have to say that Ratatouille is one of the studio's best.

    I pretty much hate Superbad, but I understand its inclusion on this list.

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