The Early Show contributor and People magazine Executive Editor Jess Cagle stopped by to share some of the best and the worst of the 2007 entertainment world.
Five Best Movies
The Bourne Ultimatum - "This was an enormous hit," Cagle says. "It made over $200 million, and it's kind of a Christmas miracle because this was the third Bourne movie, and each one got better and better, not only in quality but they kept making more and more money. There's no other three-part series that has ever done this before."
Juno - "This is a great little comedy," says Cagle, "incredibly moving, a first-time screenwriter, it's going to make a star out of Ellen Page, and it was such a difficult topic to take on, but it did it in such a humane wonderful way. Plus there's a great supporting cast, Jennifer Garner, Allison Janey, Jason Bateman and there's talk that Jennifer Garner is going to get a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role."
Ratatouille - "This was really, really surprising, a Disney animated film. Because it was about a rat, it had a slow start at the box office. But it got incredible word of mouth but went on to make a pile of money. It was one of those rare movies, it was so imaginatively done, had an incredibly unpredictable ending; a masterful story," Cagle says.
There Will Be Blood - "This is NOT a mainstream movie," says Cagle. "It's really for cinefiles, it's based on a novel by Upton Sinclair, and it's about how greed destroys this character played by Daniel Day Lewis. It's an incredibly powerful movie, lot of religious imagery, at its core it's a real indictment of the coming century. It takes place in the early 20th century, but addresses the issue of greed that became such a huge part of the century. It's an incredible, powerful film."
3:10 To Yuma - "A western remake of the 1950's western. Just again, great storytelling, really great performances by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale," Cagle says. "I doubt they'll get nominations, but it's definitely the most underrated of the best movies. The ensemble cast got a SAG nomination, but there's not a whole lot of other buzz. Since it did get some notice from SAG, it could get some more attention. We'll have to wait and see."
Fred Claus - "This just didn't work. It didn't do well, it was really expensive," Cagle says. "I'm sure there was some schlocky horror movie I didn't see that was worse than this, but it couldn't get much worse. There were great expectations, but it was a flop. Instead of being a funny Christmas movie, there was a lot of family psychobabble, Fred went to a support group where there was a Baldwin brother and Sly Stalone's brother. It wasn't lighthearted or funny. And there was a great cast - Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Kevin Spacey, Kathy Bates. It looked great on paper but just didn't translate at all."