Top Eight of Oh Eight: Movies

16 01 2009

So this year end list is bringing up the rear, because I was waiting around until the last minute to see a few late releases… which ended up being a bunch of empty promises and wishful thinking since I didn’t get to see most of them. So had I seen Benjamin Button or The Visitor, or had The Wrestler been in wide-release before the end of January, this list might look a little different. Whatever. It’s my list, and no one really cares anyway. With that said, the envelope please…

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1. Wall-E
The first 30 minutes of this movie is one of the most heartfelt and sincere displays of persistent and unconditional love I’ve ever seen. And no one says a word. PIXAR’s best work since the original Toy Story.

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2. The Dark Knight

Saw this in IMAX… twice. And once in regular theaters for good measure. The Joker is the greatest villain ever – and if you disagree, you have nothing to support that. Consider this checkered franchise completely redeemed.

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3. Iron Man
I stand by my belief that this is the best superhero movie ever made. Why? Add the originality of having a hero who’s not a boy scout – a role Robert Downey Jr. flat out owns – with the fact that everything from effects to humor to conflict to character development aren’t sacrificed on the altar of the summer blockbuster, and you have an unarguable success.

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4. Slumdog Millionaire

The most refreshing feel-good movie of the year. Proves better than most that favorite idealistic movie mantra – fate and love conquer all.

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5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Nearly as funny as Knocked Up and Superbad, and without the same level of vulgarity (minus Jason Segel and his glory), opting instead for a solid heartbreak love story.

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6. Burn After Reading

The smartest comedy I’ve seen about such frustratingly stupid people. Brad Pitt’s hair alone is worth the viewing.

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7.  Cloverfield

The YouTube era of suspense movies has begun – add a healthy dose of JJ Abrams conspiracy and calamity, and you have a grossly underrated monster movie.

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8. Tropic Thunder
I liked this better when it was called Three Amigos. Still hilarious though, and beyond the star-studded cast, Danny McBride steals the show and for a few minutes, you can forget that Tom Cruise is an obnoxious, couch jumping crazy.

The Next Three: Be Kind Rewind, Pineapple Express, In Bruges

Intentionally Left Off Due to Terribleness: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Wanted, Semi-Pro, Step Brothers, The Happening, Don’t Mess With The Zohan

Potentially List Changing Movies I Still Want to See: American Teen, The Visitor, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Wrestler, Kung Fu Panda, JCVD, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Man On Wire, Frost/Nixon

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4 responses

16 01 2009
kelly mcnamara

Kung Fu Panda is a new favorite of mine. It’s a really phenomenal mix that makes a funny, heartfelt/inspirational/touching (take your pick) and really bad-a** movie. Seriously. So good.
I feel dumb getting excited about a cartoon movie, but you had Wall-E (another favorite of mine) so.. that makes it ok.

16 01 2009
Meg Smith

Really?? You didn’t like step brothers??

Wait. Maybe that says something about me that I did….

16 01 2009
Katherine

Ryan, could i ask you just one question, How did WALLE get 1st infront of THE DARK NIGHT…..??? I agree Walle was great, but it lost me after the fat people started rolling around at the end. I mean the Joker never goes bad ?(coming from a person who saw it about 6 times- my brother) But fat people?? PLEASE!!

16 01 2009
clairsworth

frost/nixon= you & me + a friday night

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