Rewind to 2007
2007 was a bizarre year for discoveries. Astronomers spotted a potentially habitable planet called Gliese 581c, while Japanese archaeologists dug up a 2100-year-old melon. And we discovered these…
Gadget – iPhone
Have we ever been more excited by a gadget launch than we were by the iPhone? Contextual buttons that changed to suit the running application, innovative gesture control, the best touchscreen anyone had ever seen, and that was just January’s splash announcement. Later came the App Store (released without much fanfare in July). Finally, it came to our shores. Then began the interminable wait for cut-and-paste.
Film – No Country for Old Men
The Coen brothers’ slow-burning Texan thriller was a highlight not just of its year, but of the decade. Lucky that, as their other stuff from the naughties wasn’t their best (remember Intolerable Cruelty?). If anyone tries to tell you No Country isn’t destined to become a classic, shoot him in the face with a bolt gun and drive off in his car.
Game – BioShock
While PS3 owners would have to wait until the following year, in 2007 Xbox and PC heads got their first chance to visit Rapture, a strange, undersea steampunk city where a biotech experiment had gone awry. Stunning design combined with eminent playability to make BioShock one of the most immersive game experiences we've ever had.
Music – Burial, Untrue
What difficult second album syndrome? Burial – a then anonymous force of the emergent dubstep scene – made his follow-up to 2006’s acclaimed eponymous debut look easy. Despite garnering album of the year accolades first time around, with Untrue Burial perfected the formula with a record so singular it almost defies description. Then stopped – we’re still waiting for a third offering.
Book – JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Although the Potter books had been fun, the last one proved it was time for the boy wizard to fall on his wand. Deathly Hallows wrapped up the (very) few loose ends in a classic case of massive overclosure and made stacks of cash for Rowling and her publishers, not to mention the endless queue of parasitic film studios, game developers and merchandisers. The film's out later this year. Good riddance.
TV – Mad Men
Don Draper became the coolest man in the world in 2007. And Mad Men instantly started to make The Sopranos worry about its top spot in the all-time TV charts. The Fifth Avenue offices of Sterling Cooper at the turn of the ‘60s are a hotbed of drinking, smoking and womanising. Occasionally, some work gets done. Over a brandy or two.
Pavarotti ate his last pizza and Marcel Marceau might have mimed wiping a fake tear had he not also succumbed to a more permanent stillness. Adrenalin junkies Evel Knieval and Colin McRae shuffled off their mortal coils, while it was also curtains for the US sub-prime lending market.