Not much going on this weekend, so once again I present my 10 Best and Worst movies of the previous year list. The Oscars will be February 22, so you have until then to see how wrong they were in their selections!
10 BEST MOVIES OF 2008 ACCORDING TO ME
10. X-Files 2: I Want to Believe. The only thing that disappointed me about this is that it got bad reviews and nobody went to see it. Billy Connolly should have gotten an Oscar nomination – he was THAT GOOD.
9. Kung Fu Panda/Horton Hears a Who (TIE). I couldn’t decide one over the other since they were both great on the same points.
8. Igor. It’s a bummer that more people didn’t see this movie. It was awesome! WAY better than Oscar-nominated Bolt.
7. Run Fat Boy Run. This was a very funny romantic comedy about an out-of-shape (however, not fat at all) British guy who decides to run a marathon to impress the mother of his child and show-up her new American fiancé played by Hank Azaria. I usually hate romantic comedies.
6. Son of Rambow. A very clever story about 2 little boys in the early 80’s who start making their own Rambo film. One belongs to a religious sect that bans him from tv, music and movies and the other is the class bully. Stealing all his scenes – French child star Jules Sitruk playing a very suave French exchange student who’s too cool for school.
5. Gran Torino. The first “serious drama” I’ve liked in a long time. I would say that even if my high school psychology teacher Mr. Johns didn’t have the first line of the movie!
4. Role Models. I expect this to be another batch of offensive drivel along the lines of Seth Rogan movies and the like, but was happy to discover this was actually very clever and hilarious.
3. Happy Go Lucky. When this began I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but after about 15 minutes I really got into it. It includes another couple of Oscar-worthy performances – all for naught! (Curse you, Oscar voters!) A young woman takes driving lessons after her bike is stolen. She has a VERY positive attitude. Her driving instructor – not so much.
2. Young@Heart. Oh man, I want to start a group like this! I have no idea how to be a choir director but I think I could find some pretty awesome songs for senior citizens to sing. This documentary follows one such choir through a concert season filled with loss.
1. Man on Wire. Inspirational! Lots of good quotes and moving recollections by Philippe Petit and his partners-in-crime as they plot to string a high wire between the roofs of the
Center. I was scared for him the whole time even though everyone knows how it turned out.
Barely missed making the good list: Baby Mama, Religulous, Mummy 3, Semi-Pro, Tale of Despereaux, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D, Ghost Town, Step Brothers, Sex and the City
10 WORST MOVIES OF 2008 ACCORDING TO ME
10. The Dark Knight. Too dark to be enjoyable. I can’t cheer for any guy into wire-tapping, whether he be real or fictional.
9. Hamlet 2. I wanted this SO BADLY to be good, but it wasn’t. Not one laugh in the whole 92 minutes.
8. Hulk. He’s so destructive and unsympathetic! He causes more damage than he helps out! What’s with Superheroes suddenly being so woefully flawed?
7. The Strangers. It was scary, but the end was very disappointing.
6. The Bank Job. Supposedly based on the true story, everything about it was boring.
5. Stop Loss. This should have been great, but this was another one that lets you down at the end. Unfortunately, the bad ending was based in reality.
4. Burn After
Reading. I don’t like the Cohen brothers or Frances McDormand. I knew I wouldn’t like it going in, but I didn’t realize how much.
3. Hancock. What the heck?!!! The story made no sense AT ALL.
2. Strange Wilderness. Left me feeling absolutely nothing. I barely even remember it. I went to see it in that late- winter lull between seeing the Oscar movies and the spring movies coming out. I wanted to go to a movie and this was the only thing on. Bad choice.
1. Harold and Kumar Escape from
Bay. Strange Wilderness was probably a worse production but it wasn’t nearly as offensive as this. Usually I’m just disappointed in bad movies – but this one I actually felt hatred for.
Barely missed making the bad list: Tropic Thunder, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Wall-e, Don’t Mess with the Zohan, 88 Minutes.
I can’t wait until after work today! Coraline is going to be AWESOME!!! I already know from the trailer it’s going to be on the best 10 list next year.
Have a good one! Gretchen