Saturday, March 07, 2009

2008: Movies That Ruled

Here's my personal top twenty list of films released in 2008:

1. The Dark Knight
2. Synecdoche, New York
3. Happy-Go-Lucky
4. The Wrestler
5. Låt den rätte komma in / Let the Right One In
6. Rachel Getting Married
7. 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile / 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days*
8. In Bruges
9. Frost/Nixon
10. Gran Torino
11. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
12. WALL·E
13. Los Cronocrímenes / Timecrimes*
14. Transsiberian
15. Doubt
16. Paranoid Park
17. Recount**
18. Iron Man
19. Surfwise
20. Tropic Thunder

*Originally released in 2007, but whatever. It's my list.
**TV movie I think, but again I say "whatever".

(I was going to write about what I liked about each of these movies but then I remembered it's Saturday and SUPERBLOG!!'s readership drops quite a bit during the weekend and nobody reads old posts (right?) so it's not worth the effort. Wait, that's insulting to the people actually reading this. Shit, I've failed again. Now I feel bad.)

If it seems like I left out some great movies (release list on Wikipedia), it is either because I haven't seen them yet (Burn After Reading? Vicky Cristina Barcelona?) or, more likely, because they actually suck and you just don't realize it (I told you about Billy Butt-Head and Slumdog). Or else, actually the most probable scenario, I kind of liked them but didn't really like them (Milk, Pineapple Express, Wendy and Lucy, many others).

So what do you think? I assume I'm right about everything?


Erika said...

Vicky Cristina Barcelona supposedly sucks but I haven't seen it.

Burn After Reading is ok. Frances McDormand is unsurprisingly great in it. Brad Pitt is surprisingly great in it, but the movie itself is kind of meh. It doesn't really have a point.

KM said...

How is VCB supposedly sucky? It's gotten mostly good reviews: 70/100 on Metacritic, 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. (My house god AV Club gave it a B+.) I'll be surprised if it isn't at least okay.

Erika said...

I just heard that it's really dumb and shallow with stupid Latin stereotypes. It might be an okay popcorn movie.

KM said...

I heard it's a witty and ambiguous movie that's simultaneously intoxicating and suffused with sadness and doubt! Also I expect some hot lesbian sex.