Friday, February 20, 2009

2008 in Film

As we approach the actual end of the 2008 film season with the Oscars this Sunday, it is a little frustrating for the average movie go-er. (If a person with four children who need a babysitter, living in Europe where movies are delayed for dubbing, can be considered a normal movie go-er.) It is hard for most people to see enough movies in a year to really know what the best ones for a year were. The reality is that 3 to 5 years will go by before 2008 can be evaluated. That being said it seems like it was a weak year for films overall.

For the past ten years, I have averaged seeing 83 movies a year. Only 19 of those movies were from the current year however. So it is hard to say for any given year what the best ones were. 2008 may have been a weak year for movies, but for Nonmodern it was an active movie year. I saw 94 movies and 26 were from 2008, so there is a little better chance of coming up with a top 5, so here goes:


Top 5 Personal Movies of 2008 (so far):
1. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
2. The Dark Knight
3. Wall-E
4. Slumdog Millionaire
5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
6. (Unapologetically) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
7. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
8. Iron Man
9. Kung Fu Panda
10. Expelled

Bottom 5 Personal Movies of 2008 (so far):
1. I Know Who Killed Me (At least the first 20 minutes before I turned it off.)
2. Lost Boys: The Tribe
3. The Happening
4. Burn After Reading
5. Vantage Point

5 Movies I Still Most Want to See:
1. Man on a Wire
2. In Bruges (seen, ranks at 16)
3. Quantum of Solace (seen, ranks at 13)
4. Happy Go Lucky
5. Let the Right One In (seen, ranks around 20)


  1. You didn't like Vantage Point ? If nothing else for its interesting premise? It attempted more than it achieved, but Jeff and I still found it entertaining. And Indy? Oh, my, I thought it was Horrible!!! I'd love to hear you try to defend it sometime. Thanks for the review. I don't get to watch nearly so many movies so I appreciate the reviews. We just started season 2 of Battlestar Galactica - I'm a fan

  2. Vantage Point was a let down. There are so many other movies dealing with this premise that are better. Try Rashomon for starters.

    As far as Indy goes, what can I say? I had fun with it. As much as I want to be an intelligent critic, I still have the entertainment factor equally weighted with everything else. (One reason why I do NOT agree with those who say Citizen Cane is the best movie ever made.)


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