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:

(Updated)

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)

2 comments:

  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

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  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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