Whoa, doggie! I'm perusing the list of the highest grossing films of 2007 and, to my astonishment, I've seen fourteen of the top twenty! Furthermore, I've even seen a few more that didn't place as highly, meaning I actually averaged over a movie a month last year. Once upon a time, I averaged nearly four a month, but those days are long over. Here is the list, with an asterisk (*) beside those I saw theatrically and two (**) beside those I saw on DVD:
Shrek the Third*
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End*
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Simpsons Movie*
Rush Hour 3
Live Free or Die Hard
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer**
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry*
Blades of Glory*
Interestingly, for those who care to know, 2007's paying audience fit a Chosen Adventurer Cinescope Personality Type. Of the top seven films, only Shrek the Third does not carry the label.
I also saw Epic Movie and Black Snake Moan, among 2007 releases. And, not that they count, but since I'm on the subject, I attended a midnight screening of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and a once-in-a-lifetime showing of Goldfinger at Fort Knox. Had it not been for Goldfinger, the most thrilling movie-going experience of 2007 for me would have been hearing Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime again. As great as that was for a geek like me, though, it's hard to compete with the surrealism of sitting outside at night, watching Goldfinger literally across the street from the gold depository. As a James Bond fan, I've missed out on all the other really cool, exciting 007 events mostly because they either occurred before I was into Bond (or, for that matter, born) or they were held somewhere other than Kentucky or a reasonable distance therefrom. Thank you, once again, to the Alamo Roadshow for bringing 007 to the Bluegrass State.