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The Year in Review

Not a great year for movies. We were too busy with other things and most of what I saw were kids films (or maybe that's just how it felt).


My Top Picks

  1. Hellboy II: The Golden Army: Wow... I don't even like superhero films but Del Toro's magic still works on me.
  2. Taken: Wow. Liam Neeson rocks!
  3. Gran Torino: Clint Eastwood may just be the best drama director ever.
  4. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: One of the best films of its type - and suitable for children too.
  5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: This felt very much like Bicentennial Man to me but it was still a great story about human nature.
  6. Iron Man: Another superhero film. I generally dislike them but somehow this one was funny enough and human enough to be worthwhile.


Notable Mentions ("Surprise" Films)

  1. The Spiderwick Chronicles: Wow... a lot better than I expected.
  2. City of Ember: We were all watching the biggies like Narnia, and this one sort of slipped by.
  3. Doubt: It looked all serious (and it was) but it wasn't dull and it wasn't quite what I expected.
  4. Nim's Island: A great film with poor advertising.
  5. Blindness: An overlooked horror Gem.
  6. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: They managed to make an Indy film all those years later and it didn't suck (well, not as much as I expected). That's good enough for me. They did nuke the fridge though.
  7. Jumper: It was great to see Hayden Christensen make it into a blockbuster outside of Star Wars.
  8. Rambo: It was nice to just be able to relax and watch a film made in the good old style of the 80's.
  9. Teeth: Definitely a Guilty Pleasure. So bad that it was good.
  10. Changeling: A great and engaging story - very poorly advertised though.
  11. Ghost Town: Pretty Funny
  12. Sex Drive: Yay! An American comedy that shows that they can actually do comedy - sometimes.
  13. Reader, The: A surprise role for Kate Winslet.


The Biggest Disappointments

This is a really difficult category to fill in this year since most films didn't live up to their expectations.

  1. Step Brothers: The trailer made this look really funny but it was gross with two unlikable characters. A great idea done very poorly.
  2. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale: Uwe Boll - 'nuff said.
  3. Wanted: One of the few movies I've ever had to turn off because it was so boring - and even worse, it was an "actioner" with constant movement (just no innovation or story).
  4. James Bond: Quantum of Solace: I hated the last bond film but I didn't think it could get much worse... it did. A poor man's Jason Bourne with absolutely no parts of the funny larger than life series that preceded it for 30+ years. Well done guys, you've taken a franchise I used to call favourite and made it unwatchable.
  5. 10,000 BC: Somehow, they made it boring.
  6. Get Smart: Unfunny. I'd rather watch the TV Series
  7. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor: This was a really terrible idea from the start but I think it really died when the Yeti started doing US culture touchdown dances.
  8. Meet the Spartans: No. I wasn't expecting much from this film but it did manage to get a few laughs out of me with the "happy feet meets 300" bit at the beginning. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there and became a snorefest.
  9. The Eye: When will Hollywood stop remaking films because the language isn't English. Even with subtitles popping up in a happy white font, the Asian version of the Eye was much, much better than this kludgy remake.


All the films I've seen from 2008 for the first time at the Cinema

  1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  2. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  3. The Dark Knight
  4. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  5. Indiana Jones and the Cave of the Crystal Skull
  6. Iron Man
  7. Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa
  8. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  9. Quantum of Solace (James Bond)
  10. Quarantine
  11. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  12. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  13. Tropic Thunder
  14. Twilight

All the films I've seen from 2008 for the first time on the Small Screen

  1. 10,000 BC
  2. 27 Dresses
  3. Australia
  4. Babylon A.D.
  5. Be Kind Rewind
  6. Bedtime Stories
  7. Bolt
  8. Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The
  9. Changeling
  10. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  11. City of Ember
  12. Cloverfield
  13. Day of the Dead
  14. Death Race
  15. Defiance
  16. Definitely, Maybe
  17. Disaster Movie
  18. Doomsday
  19. Doubt
  20. The Eye
  21. Forbidden Kingdom, The
  22. Get Smart
  23. Ghost Town
  24. Gran Torino
  25. Hancock
  26. The Happening
  27. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
  28. Horton Hears a Who
  29. House Bunny
  30. The Incredible Hulk
  31. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
  32. Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  33. Jumper
  34. Kung Fu Panda
  35. Lakeview Terrace
  36. Love Guru, The
  37. Marley & Me
  38. Max Payne
  39. Meet the Spartans
  40. Mirrors
  41. One Missed Call
  42. Nims Island
  43. Rambo
  44. Reader, The
  45. Rogue
  46. The Ruins
  47. Run Fatboy Run
  48. Saw V
  49. Seven Pounds
  50. Sex Drive
  51. Shutter
  52. Sixty-Six
  53. Slumdog Millionaire
  54. The Spirit
  55. Step Brothers
  56. Superhero Movie
  57. Taken
  58. Teeth
  59. Towelhead
  60. Traitor
  61. Transporter 3
  62. Tropic Thunder
  63. Untraceable
  64. Valkyrie
  65. WALL-E
  66. You Don't Mess with the Zohan
  67. Zack and Miri Make a Porno

What's left to see from 2008

There's obviously a lot I haven't seen from 2008. The bold one are the ones I'm most interested in.

  1. 88 Minutes
  2. A Plumm Summer
  3. An American Carol
  4. Appaloosa
  5. Baby Mama
  6. Bangkok Dangerous
  7. Bank Job, The
  8. Beer For My Horses
  9. Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  10. Body of Lies
  11. Boy A
  12. Brideshead Revisited
  13. Burn After Reading
  14. Cadillac Records
  15. Charlie Bartlett
  16. Che
  17. College
  18. College Road Trip
  19. Deception
  20. Delgo
  21. Drillbit Taylor
  22. Duchess, The
  23. Eagle Eye
  24. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
  25. Express, The
  26. Fall, The
  27. Family that Preys, The
  28. Fireproof
  29. First Sunday
  30. Flash of Genius
  31. Fly Me to the Moon
  32. Fool's Gold
  33. Forever Strong
  34. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  35. Four Christmases
  36. Frost/Nixon
  37. Garden Party
  38. Goal! 2: Living the Dream...
  39. Hamlet 2*
  40. Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
  41. Haunting of Molly Hartley, The
  42. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  43. How She Move
  44. How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
  45. Igor*
  46. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  47. Last Chance Harvey
  48. Leatherheads
  49. Longshots, The
  50. Mad Money
  51. Made of Honor
  52. Mamma Mia!
  53. Meet Dave
  54. Meet the Browns
  55. Milk
  56. Miracle at St. Anna
  57. My Best Friend's Girl
  58. Never Back Down
  59. Never Forever
  60. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
  61. Nights in Rodanthe*
  62. Nobel Son
  63. Nothing Like the Holidays
  64. Other Boleyn Girl, The
  65. Over Her Dead Body
  66. Penelope
  67. Pineapple Express
  68. Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie, The
  69. Pride and Glory
  70. Prom Night
  71. Proud American
  72. Punisher: War Zone*
  73. Redbelt
  74. Religulous
  75. Revolutionary Road*
  76. Righteous Kill
  77. Rocker, The
  78. RocknRolla
  79. Role Models
  80. Secret Life of Bees, The
  81. Semi-Pro
  82. Sex and the City
  83. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, The
  84. Smart People
  85. Soul Men
  86. Space Chimps
  87. Speed Racer*
  88. Step Up 2 The Streets
  89. Stone Angel, The
  90. Stop-Loss
  91. Strange Wilderness
  92. Stranger, The
  93. Street Kings
  94. Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers
  95. Swing Vote
  96. Tale of Despereaux, The*
  97. Vantage Point*
  98. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  99. Visitor, The
  100. W.
  101. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  102. What Doesn't Kill You
  103. What Happens in Vegas...
  104. What We Do Is Secret
  105. Witless Protection
  106. Women, The
  107. Wrestler, The
  108. X-Files: I Want to Believe, The
  109. Yes Man