2008

November 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Posted in Decade One | Leave a comment

Once again, here’s the list everyone has been screaming for: my ranking of the 64 films from 2008 that I managed to see.  I have included the viewing order in parenthesis for those who might be interested (eg Iron Man is the 11th movie I saw in 2008 but it is the 26th movie on my list).  It is worth noting that I saw 13 of the top 15 films after Thanksgiving this year.  In fact, my overall impression of the year was that it really was not a great one for film until the absolute end, when there was a sudden mad rush of great films.  Though I would never have believed it a couple of months ago (For a couple of months, I was afraid Tropic Thunder was going to be my #1film!), my top 5 films this year could compete with the best films from any year.  In fact, a couple of them are very likely to make my best of the decade list.

Though I saw fewer films overall, more importantly, I saw fewer films I hated.  Two years ago, I saw 79 films, 28 of which I did not like.  Last year, I saw 71 films and 14 were rejects.  This year, I only saw 10 films that I left the theatre thinking, “I shouldn’t have wasted my time.”  So, I think that means I am seeing fewer films because I am seeing fewer truly sucky ones (though I am seeing an awful lot of mediocre ones).

 

1-    The Wrestler  (58)

2-    Waltz with Bashir (60)

3-    Revolutionary Road (56)

4-    Entre les murs (The Class) (63)

5-    Chop Shop (54)

6-    Milk (49)

7-    Frozen River (62)

8-    Frost/Nixon (52)

9-    Tropic Thunder (33)

10- I Loved You So Long (46)

 

Other Movies I Loved:

 

11- Let the Right One In (42)

12- Slumdog Millionaire (50)

13- XXY (20)

14- Synecdoche, New York (43)

15- Changling (41)

16- The Dark Knight (25)

17- The Visitor (26)

Starting Out In the Evening (65)

18- In Bruges (3)

19- Happy-Go-Lucky (40)

20- Rachel Getting Married (37)

21- City of Men (5)

22- ParanoidPark (6)

23- Young@Heart (18)

24- Man on Wire (51)

 

Movies I Liked:

 

25- Iron Man (11)

26- Wendy & Lucy (61)

27- Bolt (45)

28- Gran Torino (55)

29- U2-3D (9)

30- Chris & Don: A Love Story (23)

31- Cloverfield (1)

32- Appaloosa (57)

33- Transsiberian (30)

34- Tell No One (29)

35- Boy A (27)

36- The Fall (35)

37- The Bank Job (10)

38- Les Chansons d’Amour (17)

 

Movies That Were Okay:

 

39- Religulous (36)

40- Mongol (19)

41- Kung Fu Panda (16)

42- Vicky Christina Barcelona (64)

43- The Order of Myths (32)

44- Quantum of Solace (44)

45- W. (38)

46- WALL-E (21)

47- Were the World Mine (47)

48- Indiana Jones (14)

49- Chicago 10 (4)

50- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (53)

51- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian  (13)

52- Frontrunners (39)

53- Roman de Gare (31)

54- Mr. Foe (48)

 

Movies I Should Have Skipped:

 

55- Burn After Reading (34)

56- Otto; Or, Up With Dead People (59)

57- The Hulk (22)

58- Mr. Lonely (15)

59- Speed Racer (12)

60- Jumper (2)

 

Movies that Uber-Completely, Absolutely, Fucking Sucked:

 

61- Hellboy II – The Golden Army (24)

62- 10,000 BC (7)

63- College Road Trip (8)

64-  Bottle Shock (28)

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