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WHere's the "Time to throw down our top 10 of 2008" thread?

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Fred Bang, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Fred Bang

    Fred Bang Stunt Coordinator

    May 7, 2000
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    For old time's sake, here are the links to the previous years:

    Our top of 2005

    Our top of 2006

    Our top of 2007

    Okay here's my tentative list which will change for sure in the coming weeks.

    1- THe Dark Knight
    I was surprised how good it was despite the enormous hype. A great thriller that appeals even to those who don't like superhero movies. The Bat-Pod is the coolest scene I've seen in years.

    2- Wall-E
    Pixar are amazing. Each movie is better than the previous one. This one could have been filmed as a sci-fi drama and it would have worked.

    3- Iron Man
    Despite a so-so ending with a so-so villain, Robert Downey Jr absolutely is amazing and delivers the most entertaining performance of the year.

    4- Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
    My surprise of the year. Didn't like the first one too much, but this one as so much energy and is so much fun. Hellboy is the coolest hero of the year.

    5- Revolutionary Road
    The best acting I saw this year!

    6- Cloverfield
    I saw this as a truly amazing experience. Like the Blair Witch Project, I was able to convince myself that this was all true and was on the edge of my seat all along.

    7- The Visitor
    A movie I had no idea what it was about. Great subdued performances.

    8- Burn after Reading
    The funniest movie of the year. I particularily liked Malkovich in it.

    9- Kung Fu Panda
    A beautiful movie that I discovered on Blu-Ray.

    10- Tropic Thunder
    Somehow not as funny as I thought it would be, but a must see for Downey Jr and Cruise.

    Guiltiest Pleasure: Mamma Mia!

    Worst movie of the year: What Happens in Vegas

    Most disappointing (but still entertaining): Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Still left to see (and will probably make the list): THe Wrestler, THe Curious Case of Benjamin BUtton
  2. Jason Roer

    Jason Roer Supporting Actor

    Oct 5, 2004
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    You just started it and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button tops my list. I'll have to think about what follows. I really haven't seen many films this year being busy as a first year daddy.


    In no particular order:
    The Dark Knight, Iron Man, HellBoy 2, WallE, Speed Racer, Cloverfield...

    I'll have to come back with some more. I guess I only saw blockbusters this year. Oh well. I might as well just move out to the suburbs, purchase a riding lawnmower, and get real fat eating Mickey D's!


  3. Adam Lenhardt

    Adam Lenhardt Executive Producer

    Feb 16, 2001
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    Albany, NY
    This is the time of year when I always regret not keeping on top of my annual Film List. The few years I made it to the end made crafting a top ten list much easier.
  4. Holadem

    Holadem Lead Actor

    Nov 4, 2000
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    Down. It's "Throw Down". [​IMG]

    I've seen very few movies this year, making the following list largely useless, but this would be my top 5, in order:

    Slumdog Millionaire
    Vicki Christina Barcelona
    Gran Torino
    The Dark Knight

    I've seen as many more flicks, that's it. But I look at the the '08 lists, and frankly, I don't feel too terrible, doesn't look like I've missed much, at least as far as the mainstream stuff goes. I intend the check out a few more, but that's it. There may have been tons of awesome indie/foreign flicks but I've not heard much there either.

    Personally, this has been an "off year"...

  5. Greg Layton

    Greg Layton Second Unit

    Oct 12, 2004
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    1. Gran Torino
    2. Encounters at the End of the World
    3. Milk
    4. Revolutionary Road
    5. The Visitor
    6. Slumdog Millionaire
    7. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    8. Man on Wire
    9. The Dark Knight
    10. Wall-E

    2008 movies seen so far: 43
  6. Brian.L

    Brian.L Supporting Actor

    Feb 5, 2004
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    Top Ten of 2008

    1. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 Luni, 3 Saptamani si 2 Zile)

    2. The Wrestler

    3. The Dark Knight

    4. Synecdoche, New York

    5. In Bruges

    6. WALL·E

    7. Frozen River

    8. Boy A

    9. The Fall

    10. Let the Right One In (Låt Den Rätte Komma In)

    Honorable Mentions:
    Snow Angels, Wendy and Lucy, The Class (Entre les Murs), Man on Wire, Reprise, The Counterfeiters (Die Fälscher), Bigger Stronger Faster*, Waltz with Bashir, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Standard Operating Procedure, Hunger, Happy-Go-Lucky, Recount, Burn After Reading, Che: Part Two, Frost/Nixon, Transsiberian, Cloverfield, Gomorra

    EDIT 01/03/11: Shuffled Things around a bit.
  7. Michael Elliott

    Michael Elliott Lead Actor

    Jul 11, 2003
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    Michael Elliott
    I still have plenty to see but.....

    01. Wrestler, The
    02. Reader, The
    03. Slumdog Millionaire
    04. Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The
    05. Gran Torino
    06. Shine a Light
    07. Doubt
    08. Frost/Nixon
    09. Revolutionary Road
    10. Changeling

    Runner up's:


    Wendy and Lucy
    Frozen River
    The Dark Knight
    Tropic Thunder
    Last Chance Harvey
    Encounters at the End of the World
    Man on Wire


    Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The
    Iron Man
    The Visitor
    Mother of Tears: The Third Mother

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Films:

    Strangers, The
    Street Kings
    Righteous Kill
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    Step Brothers
    Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Films:

    Happening, The
    88 Minutes
    Day of the Dead

    [​IMG][​IMG] Films:

    Zombie Strippers
    Death Race
    Day the Earth Stood Still, The
    Chapter 27
    Saw V
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    [​IMG] Films:

    Midnight Meat Train, The

    [​IMG] Films:

    What Happens in Vegas
    Prom Night
  8. Jose Martinez

    Jose Martinez Screenwriter

    Dec 18, 2003
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    OK, here's my list (theatrical viewings only). Almost complete. Still waiting to see: Defiance (maybe)

    1. Slumdog Millionaire
    2. Gran Torino
    3. Marley and Me
    4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    5. Frost/Nixon
    6. Changeling
    7. Adoration
    8. The Dark Knight
    9. Revolutionary Road
    10. Australia
    11. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    12. The Wrestler
    13. Cloverfield
    14. Iron Man
    15. Wall E
    16. Rachel Getting Married
    17. The Reader
    18. W.
    19. Blindness
    20. Miracle at St. Anna
    21. Hell Boy 2: The Golden Army
    22. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    23. Yes Man
    24. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
    25. Synecdoche, New York
    26. Doubt
    27. Traitor
    28. Frozen River
    29. Seven Pounds
    30. The Incredible Hulk
    31. Quantum of Solace
    32. City of Ember
    33. Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls
    34. Hancock
    35. Wanted
    36. The Bank Job
    37.The Chronicles of Narnia : Prince Caspian
    38. Be Kind Rewind
    39. The Forbidden Kingdom
    40. Burn After Reading
    41. Appaloosa
    42. Tropic Thunder
    43. Transporter 3
    44. Doomsday
    45. 10,000 BC
    46. The Day The Earth Stood Still
  9. Justin_S

    Justin_S Producer

    Mar 4, 2001
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    1: The Signal
    2: Revolutionary Road
    3: The Wrestler
    4: Let the Right One In
    5: Cloverfield
    6: Snow Angels
    7: Stuck
    8: Boy A
    9: Teeth
    10: Henry Poole is Here
  10. Kevin Hewell

    Kevin Hewell Cinematographer

    Mar 28, 2003
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    The top two films for me aren't a surprise. They're The Dark Knight and Wall-E. Two blockbusters that remind me that when Hollywood gets it right they get it very right.

    I wasn't as disappointed with the Indiana Jones movie that some seem to be here. I loved it.

    My sentimental favorite was Milk. What a wonderful showcase for a very talented actor.
  11. Fred Bang

    Fred Bang Stunt Coordinator

    May 7, 2000
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    I also though Indiana Jones was entertaining, and upon multiple viewing, some of the irritants disappears (like the three fall or the groundhogs). I still can't get over Tarzan-Shia thought.

    I really liked the sci-fi approach.
  12. Tarkin The Ewok

    Tarkin The Ewok Supporting Actor

    Apr 15, 2004
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    My votes may not count as much this year as in the past since I didn't see 10 films deserving of a place on a Best Of 2008 list. This year, it's a Top 7 list for me.

    1. Wall-E
    2. Bolt
    3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    4. The Dark Knight
    5. Iron Man
    6. The Forbidden Kingdom
    7. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  13. John Stell

    John Stell Supporting Actor

    Jun 12, 2002
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    Columbia, MD
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    John Stell
    Final list now that I think I've all I'm going to see.

    1)The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttion (2008)
    2)The Dark Knight (2008)
    3)Changeling (2008)
    4)Frost / Nixon (2008)
    5)Milk (2008)
    6)Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    7)Wall*E (2008)
    8)Doubt (2008)
    9)The Reader (2008)
    10)Rachel Getting Married (2008)
  14. Cory S.

    Cory S. Supporting Actor

    Sep 7, 2004
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    Well, wonderful and terrible circumstances dramatically affected my theatrical experience in 2008. The wonderful part was the arrival of my first child at the very beginning of May. The terrible part was my family and I relocated away from Los Angeles to Durham, NC. So, this list is very incomplete and will more than likely change once I get out and see certain films, time permitting of course.

    One thing I know that will not change and that's the number film on my list this year. Without further ado, here's the list.

    The Dark Knight
    My Blueberry Nights
    Pixar’s Wall E
    Gran Torino
    Revolutionary Road
    The Wrestler
    Nothing But The Truth
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Speed Racer

    Honorable Mentions of 2008

    Quantum of Solace
    The Reader
    Tropic Thunder Director's Cut
    Seven Pounds
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    More than likely, The Reader, Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road, Gran Torino, and Slumdog Millionaire could dramatically alter this list.

    EDIT (1.9.2009): Saw Gran Torino this past evening and it immediately shot up into the Top 5. For Eastwood, not as great as Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby or Letters from Iwo Jima, but damn, it's entertaining as hell. Probably the most fun I've had in the theatre since The Dark Knight.

    EDIT (1.11.2009) Wasn't expecting to be taken that much by The Reader, but I was. Still, I really need to see it again for Kate Winslet's character. I think I've figured her out but I'm not entirely sure. But, a film worth seeing for sure. She should win the Oscar for Supporting Actress with this performance. It's just raw.

    EDIT (1.12.2009) Revolutionary Road and The Wrestler make a serious dent into my Top Ten.

    EDIT (1.25.2009) I thought I was done for the year until Meryl Streep blew up the list with Doubt. Stunning film and yet, I have to hate it a bit because Streep's performance will ultimately make Kate Winslet a six time Academy Award nominee without a win come February 22nd. I desperately want Kate Winslet to win an Oscar because she more than deserves it but Streep's performance in this film trumps Winslet's in the Reader by a wide margin. Everyone else is also excellent in this film.

    EDIT 92.19.2009) Really, the last edit but it had to be made because of Lurie's Nothing But The Truth. Utterly fantastic. It changed my list from a Top Ten to a Top Eleven. It's that fantastic. Beckinsale and Fermiga were severely overlooked during the awards season.
  15. Matt Butler

    Matt Butler Screenwriter

    Jun 23, 2001
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    Top Five for me. Didnt see a huge amount of movies this year:

    1) Dark Knight
    2) Iron Man
    3) Wall *E

    I may add more but those were my fav 3 as of now
  16. streeter

    streeter Screenwriter

    May 24, 2001
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    1. The Dark Knight
    2. Wall-E
    3. The Wrestler
    4. Let the Right One In
    5. Rachel Getting Married
    6. Snow Angels
    7. In Bruges
    8. Milk
    9. Gran Torino
    10. The Wackness

    These came in close:
    -The Reader
    -Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about His Father
    -Man on Wire
    -Last Chance Harvey
  17. Thi Them

    Thi Them Producer

    Apr 20, 1999
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    The #1 Movie of the Year is ....


    Go Speed, Go!!!

    Nothing could compare to this movie, in terms of it's filmmaking and what I experienced in the theater while watching it. It's managed to hold up just as well, having seen it three times now.

    Other of my favorites of 2008 in no order include:

    • The Wrestler
    • Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    • Ashes of Time Redux
    • Slumdog Millionaire
    • The Dark Knight

  18. Steve Christou

    Steve Christou Long Member

    Apr 25, 2000
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    London, England
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    Steve Christou
    Oh Thi you're so shameless, Speed Racer for chrissakes? [​IMG]

    I still have a whole bunch of films to watch but from the ones I did my two favourites this year both begin with the later 'I'.

    In Bruges


    Iron Man

    Others I've enjoyed include -

    Hellboy 2 The Golden Army
    The Dark Knight
    Quantum of Solace
    Tropic Thunder

    Disappointments include -

    Indiana Jones and the Legend of the Flying Fridge
    The Incredible Sulk

    The Mummy III Return of the Yeti
    Cloverfield... in glorious shakyscope and bouncycam (my head!)
  19. Chuck Mayer

    Chuck Mayer Lead Actor

    Aug 6, 2001
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    Northern Virginia
    Real Name:
    Chuck Mayer
    Placeholder for me. I wanted to tease Steve and say that Speed Racer will be near the top of my list...and so will In Bruges.
  20. TerryRL

    TerryRL Producer

    Sep 12, 2001
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    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
    "The Dark Knight"
    "Gran Torino"
    "Kung Fu Panda"
    "Let the Right One In"
    "Rachel Getting Married"
    "Revolutionary Road"
    "The Wrestler"

    Leonardo DiCarpio "Revolutionary Road"
    Clint Eastwood "Gran Torino"
    Brad Pitt "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
    Sean Penn "Milk"
    Mickey Rourke "The Wrestler"

    Cate Blanchett "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
    Anne Hathaway "Rachel Getting Married"
    Lina Leanderson "Let the Right One In"
    Julianne Moore "Blindness"
    Kate Winslet "Revolutionary Road"

    Josh Brolin "Milk"
    Robert Downey Jr. "Tropic Thunder"
    Emile Hirsch "Milk"
    Heath Ledger "The Dark Knight"
    Gary Oldman "The Dark Knight"

    Penelope Cruz "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
    Rosario Dawson "Seven Pounds"
    Rosemarie DeWitt "Rachel Getting Married"
    Marisa Tomei "The Wrestler"
    Kate Winslet "The Reader"

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