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Film Finders: Exploring Special Topics: 2007 Film & Video Flashback

28 Films for Black History Month, compiled by the New York Times in 2018.

2007 Film & Video Flashback

Celebrate the Student Multimedia Design Center’s 10th Anniversary! 

What was happening in the U.S. in 2007? 

Which shows, movies, and games were popular that year? 

Explore below!

Into the Wild









Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people - a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature. Based on a true story. 

Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

No Country for Old Men









Llewelyn Moss stumbles onto a drug deal gone monumentally wrong while hunting in the parched Texas scrubland near the Mexico border. A satchel filled with $2 million seems to be a ship finally arrived, and he dreams of moving his wife Carla Jean out of the trailer park and into the good life. It isn't long before he's being tracked by Anton Chigurh, a psychopathic "debt collector." Sheriff Bell sets out to find Llewelyn, not so much for the propriety of recovering the money but to protect one of his citizens from Chigurh, an evil like nothing Bell has ever seen.

Available on DVD.

What happened in 2007?

The first iPhone is introduced.


Al Gore and United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change share the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Phoenix-Mars Lander is launched.  
The last book in the original Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is released. 


Filmmaker Michael Moore critiques the American health care system, focusing especially on the HMOs, drug companies, and congressmen who profit from the status quo. Also includes an analysis of the health care systems in Canada, England, France and Cuba, where free universal health care is the norm.

Available on DVD.

Mad Men: Season One

In the glamorous and ego-driven world of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems. Set in 1960 New York, this series reveals the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue's "Golden Age," where key players make an art of the sell while their private world gets sold. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper, the biggest ad man, and ladies' man, in the business.

Available on DVD.


In 1970s Iran, Marjane "Marji" Satrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family. Their long dream is realized when the hated Shah is defeated in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, Marji grows up to witness first hand how the new Iran has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study. This change proves an equally difficult trial for Marji as she finds herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and her homeland have changed and she must decide where she truly belongs.

Available on DVD and Blu-ray.


As a cast-away in Rapture, an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war, the player must come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters.

Available on XBox 360.

Available on PS3.

Available on PS4.

Select Headlines from 2007

California Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman speaker of the House and will preside over the 100th Congress.

The minimum wage increases to $5.85, up from $5.15. It's the first increase in 10 years.

Google Street View is launched.

The world experiences the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, calls it a "once-in-a-century type of event".

The World of 2007

President: George W. Bush
Vice President: Richard Cheney
Population: 300 million


Super Mario Galaxy









Launch Mario through gravity-bending galaxies, shaking and pointing his way across alien worlds. May be played in single player mode or co-star mode. With a 2nd Wii remote, a second player helps grab Star Bits, fires them at enemies, and sweeps aside incoming attacks.

Available on Wii.



Jenna, a waitress at a small-town cafe, has a gift for making great pies. Seeking to make a better life for herself, she decides to compete for a $25,000 baking prize. An obnoxious husband, a potential pregnancy, and a handsome stranger provide further challenges.

Available on DVD.











A film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. These men have been forced to live life sitting down, but in their own version of the full-contact sport, they smash each other in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. Tells the story of a group of world-class athletes unlike any ever shown on screen. In addition to smashing chairs, it will smash every stereotype you ever had about the disabled.

Available on DVD.

Super Bown XLI

Indianapolis Colts-29 Chicago Bears-17

MVP-Peyton Manning

Halftime Show Performer: Prince