2008 in Film.

Above, my favorite movie of the year. Wall-E was a close second.

What were yours?

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13 thoughts on “2008 in Film.

  1. universeexpanding January 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm Reply

    I really loved Wall-E, I even teared up at certain points. I haven’t seen enough of this years movies to have a good take on what was “best” yet though. As you know GD I am still hankering to see Rachel Getting Married and The Class. I also need to see Doubt.
    I enjoyed Slumdog Millionaire but I don’t know if I would call it a great movie. It was fun and touching in a cheesy kind of way. I thought of it as a fairytale for grownups.

  2. the black scientist January 7, 2009 at 9:42 pm Reply

    i didnt see too many movies this year but slumdog millionaire was unbelievably beautiful. best cinematography of 08 i’ve seen. wall-e was kind of like a more clever version of idiocracy to me. i still need to see milk, rachel getting married and now, the class. looks like a france’s drug-free multicultural ode to half nelson.

    • G.D. January 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm Reply

      As much as I loved Half Nelson, it’s not fair to compare it to The Class. Nelson was sort of an up-ending of the tropes of all those movies about caring teachers doggedly helping their students overcome long odds. The Class is way more naturalistic — it feels like a documentary — and while Mr. Marin is well-meaning, his years of classroom experience have disabused him of any notions about nobility. He’s impatient and annoyed, and though he pushes and prods his kids, he doesn’t always do it in the most thoughtful or even ethical ways. All of the action takes place in the classroom, too, which narrows its scope but also makes the moments that hint at what life is like outside of the classroom for his kids — they’re all clearly grappling on some level with what it means to be French — especially poignant.

  3. Seanathan January 8, 2009 at 10:46 am Reply

    My top three flicks for the year are Wall-E, The Wrestler and The Dark Knight but I’m a former wrestling fan and a comic book geek so the last two picks should be taken with a grain of salt.

    http://blog.melanism.com/2009/01/02/2008-15-favorite-movies/

  4. ladyfresshh January 8, 2009 at 11:14 am Reply

    iron man i think is my top (love RDJ)
    then dark knight (wow heath just wow)
    but yep wall-e is up there
    i did like be kind rewind
    tropic thunder was the funniest this year
    and i regret not seeing miracle at santa anna and i’ll add this to the list as well

  5. Grump January 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm Reply

    If I do see “The Class”, how hard will it be to draw similarities to that Jon Voight flick he did with the Geechie kids back in the 1970s?

  6. shani-o January 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm Reply

    Hmm. Looking back, I’ve seen so few movies this year and none of them were that good. Let’s see…

    • “I Am Legend” (late 07, so it counts. Also, terrible.)
    • “The Dark Knight” (Didn’t love it. Too dark for my tastes, and Heath, while near to my heart, wasn’t as transcendent as others would have us believe)
    • “The Pineapple Express” (it was funny but entirely too long and self-indulgent)
    • “W” (far too kind to 43)
    • “Seven Pounds” (I’m still galled by how awful it was)

    That’s it. All of these were movies I was dragged to by others (except for “I Am Legend”).

    Even the movies I still want to see like ‘Rachel Getting Married,’ aren’t enough to get me to the theatre, tho.

  7. ladyfresshh January 8, 2009 at 6:20 pm Reply

    GD – yeah, i don’t rely on reviewers for the most part (with an exception for ebert and if he absolutely hates something it gives me pause) i almost can’t explain iteven though his like mcgruders portrayal of women can be =\ it’s still few and far between that i get a black film that isn’t about relationships or ‘cism…ok this is but its set historically different enough(yeah italy) that i still want to see it

    spike’s still trying to ‘talk to me’ as a director and so few directors do so that i feel almost obligated to listen when he does

  8. ding January 9, 2009 at 12:57 am Reply

    my tops for 2008
    Rachel Getting Married – the sisters’ relationship felt so real to me, it made me uncomfortable
    Iron Man – i’m a comic dork but was never about Iron Man (except when he and Storm were a thing) but this one made me buy a few IM titles again
    Milk – i can understand some of the criticisms but i thought it was also full of good performances (franco and penn were wonderful)
    Tropic Thunder – the robert downey jr/tobey mcguire spoof trailer was pitch perfect
    Dark Knight
    Kung Fu Panda (hey, i know that body type!)

    and instead of I Am Legend or 7 lbs, i choose Hancock as the better Will Smith flick.

    I haven’t seen Wrestler or Slumdog Millionaire yet, but will.

  9. ladyfresshh January 9, 2009 at 11:12 am Reply

    ding – storm?! really?

  10. rakia January 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm Reply

    My number one fav this year is Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Loved it with a capital “L.” Rachel Getting Married makes my list, as well. I liked Slumdog Millionaire, but not nearly as much as others’, and I don’t think it really deserves all the notoriety it’s getting now. Seems to be more about the story behind the movie (It’s the little engine that could, and it shows us a world we’ve never seen before, etc.). But really, the guy who plays the adult Jamal wasn’t that great an actor. The kids, however, were stellar.

    Worst movie of the year by far was Seven Pounds.

  11. G.D. January 13, 2009 at 1:49 pm Reply

    ding/rakia: Rachel Getting Married was up there for me, as well.

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