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

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#1 of 69 OFFLINE   Fred Bang

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Posted December 30 2008 - 07:10 AM

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 of 69 OFFLINE   Jason Roer

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Posted December 30 2008 - 07:46 AM

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. Hmm... 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! Cheers, Jason

#3 of 69 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted December 30 2008 - 09:06 AM

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.

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Posted December 30 2008 - 10:32 AM

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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 of 69 OFFLINE   Greg Layton

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Posted December 30 2008 - 01:15 PM

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

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#6 of 69 OFFLINE   Brian.L


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Posted December 30 2008 - 02:08 PM

Top Ten of 2008

1. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 Luni, 3 Saptamani si 2 Zile)
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2. The Wrestler
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3. The Dark Knight
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4. Synecdoche, New York
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5. In Bruges
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7. Frozen River
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8. Boy A
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9. The Fall
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10. Let the Right One In (Låt Den Rätte Komma In)
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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

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#7 of 69 OFFLINE   Michael Elliott

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Posted December 30 2008 - 02:17 PM

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

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

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

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

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Day of the Dead

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

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Midnight Meat Train, The

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What Happens in Vegas
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#8 of 69 OFFLINE   Jose Martinez

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Posted December 30 2008 - 03:12 PM

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
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Posted December 30 2008 - 10:44 PM

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 of 69 OFFLINE   Kevin Hewell

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Posted December 30 2008 - 11:17 PM

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 of 69 OFFLINE   Fred Bang

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Posted December 30 2008 - 11:58 PM

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 of 69 OFFLINE   Tarkin The Ewok

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Posted December 31 2008 - 12:55 AM

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 of 69 OFFLINE   John Stell

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Posted December 31 2008 - 01:52 AM

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)
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#14 of 69 OFFLINE   Cory S.

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Posted December 31 2008 - 05:14 AM

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.
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Posted December 31 2008 - 10:38 AM

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
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Posted December 31 2008 - 12:02 PM

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 -Doubt -Last Chance Harvey -Changeling
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#17 of 69 OFFLINE   Thi Them

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Posted December 31 2008 - 12:13 PM

The #1 Movie of the Year is ....

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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 of 69 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted December 31 2008 - 12:53 PM

Oh Thi you're so shameless, Speed Racer for chrissakes? Posted Image

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

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Cloverfield... in glorious shakyscope and bouncycam (my head!)

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#19 of 69 OFFLINE   Chuck Mayer

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Posted December 31 2008 - 02:45 PM

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.
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Posted December 31 2008 - 02:53 PM

FAVORITE MOVIES "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" "The Dark Knight" "Gran Torino" "Kung Fu Panda" "Let the Right One In" "Milk" "Rachel Getting Married" "Revolutionary Road" "Wall-E" "The Wrestler" FAVORITE ACTORS Leonardo DiCarpio "Revolutionary Road" Clint Eastwood "Gran Torino" Brad Pitt "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Sean Penn "Milk" Mickey Rourke "The Wrestler" FAVORITE ACTRESSES 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" FAVORITE SUPPORTING ACTORS Josh Brolin "Milk" Robert Downey Jr. "Tropic Thunder" Emile Hirsch "Milk" Heath Ledger "The Dark Knight" Gary Oldman "The Dark Knight" FAVORITE SUPPORTING ACTRESSES 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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