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Post by silversurfer19 on Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:01 am

Not in competition with Shaan's voting game, but I've been thinking about this for a while, and I just thought it would be cool, like last year, to assemble your top ten cinema viewings of the past year. This, for the sake of non-americans, does not have to be strictly limited to films released in the US in the past year, but just films released in cinemas since last January in your own country. Anyway, I'll start the ball rolling.

1. The Dark Knight
2. Wall-E
3. Lars And The Real Girl
4. The Orphanage
5. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
6. In Bruges
7. The Incredible Hulk
8. Iron Man
9. Juno
10. Choke

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Post by undeadmonkey on Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:08 am

te he, I've been waiting for someone to start this thread. I'll have mine up soon.

SS, you liked The Orphanage that much, y? I thought it was good, but nothing great.
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Post by Buscemi on Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:12 am

I won't be doing mine until February. I still have to see several Oscar-worthy titles.

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Post by numbersix_99 on Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:20 am

Me too Buscemi. In fact some smaller films aren't screened over here until April (like Religulous and Synecdoche NY). I've yet to Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler, Doubt, Benjamin Button, Milk, etc.

So far, my Top 10 would contain the likes of In Bruges, Waltz with Bashir, TDK, Wall E, but I'm holding off for something more definitive.
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Post by JackO on Fri Jan 02, 2009 3:42 am

Good thread. I'll definitely be stopping in after I get to see all the Oscar bait films.
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Post by BanksIsDaFuture on Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:37 am

Along with most everyone else, I want to wait until I've seen all the Oscar bait films, most of which won't go wide for a few weeks.

But I'll go ahead and post my Top 10 from January to late December (just off the top of my head):

1. The Dark Knight
2. Kung Fu Panda
3. The Wackness
4. In Bruges
5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
6. Seven Pounds
7. Be Kind Rewind
8. The Bank Job
9. Changeling
10. Smart People

Honorable Mentions: Yes Man, Cloverfield, Tropic Thunder, Iron Man, Step Brothers, W., Cadillac Records, Bolt, Nick & Norah

I'm sure it'll be drastically different once I catch all of those gems out there - Slumdog Millionaire, Doubt, Benjamin Button, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Defiance, etc


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Post by Chienfantome on Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:52 pm

I should come up with my Top 10 this weekend, I'll post it here next week.
Most of the year-end US films will be nowhere to be seen for they will be released in Paris between January and April, but it seems alright with you Surfer, so be it.
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Post by transformers2 on Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:36 pm

1.Wanted
2.Harold And Kumar 2
3.Iron Man
4.The Dark Knight
5.Zack And Miri Make A Porno
6.Step Brothers
7.Rambo
8.Death Race
9.Street Kings
10.Get Smart

Havent Seen Yet that might effect this The Wrestler,Frost/Nixon,Defiance,Sex Drive,Miracle At St.Anna,Max Payne,Quantum Of Solace,The Spirit[seeing it on sunday],Seven Pounds,
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Post by IPKI$$ on Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:08 pm

10. Twilight
9. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
8. In Bruges
7. Australia
6. The Dark Knight
5. The Happening
4. Iron Man
3. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2. Wall-E
1. Burn After Reading

This is the list as it stands, seeing as I have yet to see quite a few films that would most likely end up here as well. The funny thing about this list is that most of the films on it were movies that I had little to no interest in seeing. I'm always up for pleasant surprises over disappointment when it comes to movies.
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Post by Shrykespeare on Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:25 pm

I have yet to see ANY of the Oscar contenders (Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Gran Torino, Benjamin Button, Wrestler, etc.), so this list is purely perfunctory.

10. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
9. Fool's Gold
8. Body of Lies
7. Get Smart
6. Death Race
5. Iron Man
4. Vantage Point
3. Eagle Eye
(tie) 1. The Dark Knight and Wall-E

I've seen them both multiple times, and I honestly can't decide which I like better, so I'll have to settle for a tie.
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Post by SuperShaan on Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:27 pm

1. Slumdog Millionaire
2. The Dark Knight
3. WALL-E
4. Frost/Nixon
5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
6. The Wrestler
7. In Bruges
8. Iron Man
9. The Visitor
10. The Incredible Hulk
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Re: TOP TEN FAVORITE FILMS OF 2008

Post by mfrendo on Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:44 pm

I want to make a list, but I can't think of one movie, off the top of my head, that deserves the #1 spot...though I did see two 2007 releases this year that would have been good enough (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Once).
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Post by silversurfer19 on Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:53 pm

Did you see them in the theatre Frendo? As if so, they are allowed on the list. Mine contains Juno and Lars and The Real Girl as they were only released in NZ in 2008, so they make the list. This isn't meant to be a definitive list everyone, it is just a list to compile the best movies you saw in theatres last year. If you see them this year it doesn't really count. I just want to find the best movies you had witnessed since January - December 2008.

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Post by Buscemi on Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:37 am

Oh God, someone actually liked Fool's Gold? That film was insufferable and makes us hope that McConaughey and Hudson never team up again. Plus Alexis Dziena (Donald Sutherland's character's daughter) is one of the worst actresses to possibly come from Hollywood. She makes Megan Fox look like Katharine Hepburn.

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Post by silversurfer19 on Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:40 am

I'm more amazed by the fact that IPKI$$ ranked The Happening higher than TDK.... Shocked Shocked

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Post by Buscemi on Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:42 am

silversurfer19 wrote:I'm more amazed by the fact that IPKI$$ ranked The Happening higher than TDK.... Shocked Shocked

He probably liked the scenery (Is Hamilton closer to Philadelphia or New York?).

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Post by mfrendo on Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:46 am

Oh, I didn't realize it was for only things seen in theaters. Here's my list:

10. Dark Knight
9. Igor
8. Frost / Nixon
7. The Changeling
6. Nobel Son
5. Rachel Getting Married
4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
3. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
1. Let the Right One In
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Post by silversurfer19 on Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:48 am

No problem, frendo. Let The Right One In is released next week here in NZ, I'm really looking forward to it, especially now considering you ranked it no.1 too!

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Post by numbersix_99 on Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:01 am

Wow, MrFrendo, did you really like Let the Right one in that much? I watched it over the holidays and while it's quite dark and moody, it really wasn't particularly outstanding. Just another vamp flick, with an added sense of realism, and a really confusing (and pointless) reference to castration that sticks out like a sore genital wound...
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Post by mfrendo on Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:19 am

See, with Let The Right One In, I was transfixed to the screen. The cinematography was excellent, and a work of art in itself. The sense of realism with the vamp genre was pretty new, and having it be children was really new. It didn't try to be ultra-violent, which made the violent scenes more pronounced when they did take place. It was paced well. And I cared about the characters without any contrivance on the part of the filmmaker. So yeah, I liked it that much. I gotta say though, VCB was a VERY close second.

This of course may change when I do my best of 2008 list, as I haven't seen Gran Torino, The Wrestler, or Rev. Road yet, as well as a few others. But it will definitely still be up there!
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Post by undeadmonkey on Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:30 am

Buscemi wrote:Oh God, someone actually liked Fool's Gold? That film was insufferable and makes us hope that McConaughey and Hudson never team up again. Plus Alexis Dziena (Donald Sutherland's character's daughter) is one of the worst actresses to possibly come from Hollywood. She makes Megan Fox look like Katharine Hepburn.

silversurfer19 wrote:I'm more amazed by the fact that IPKI$$ ranked The Happening higher than TDK.... Shocked Shocked


ha ha, i love it. at least they're being honest. I thought Fool's Gold was enjoyable.

Even as huge a fan of shaymalan i am ( i've liked all of his so far or thought they were at least ok, yes, even village and water lady), I didnt like The Happening. I'm curious what he's going to to with Avatar: Airbender. I've never seen the kids show though. This will also be the first movie he didnt write.

My favorite that i've seen so far

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E
Wanted
The Dark Knight
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
Marley and Me
The Hulk
Iron Man



I'm probably going to see Slumdog Millionaire tonight, excited for that. once i get the chance i'm going to make sure to catch, Defiance, Doubt, The Reader, The Visitor, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road, Last Chance Harvey, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Duchess, Apaloosa, A Christmas Tale


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Post by Buscemi on Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:46 am

I don't even understand why they're even making a film version of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The show is basically a cheap attempt at copying anime and as a result, kids once again must wait until adulthood to discover the real thing. Plus, the show really wasn't that popular to begin with. I wonder if this is a hit will we be seeing a Dora The Explorer movie? God I hope it is.

As for Shyamalan as director, expect Asian stereotypes (strangely enough, Shyamalan is South Asian so such a thing may be unlikely) and cliche supernatural elements to clash with bad twist after twist. By the end, it will look like Uwe Boll doing Speed Racer.

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Post by silversurfer19 on Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:02 am

I'll watch it even so, just so when the credits come up I can say, in my best Robot Chicken voice: "What a twist!" Laughing

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Post by mfrendo on Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:42 am

I'll see whatever M. Night Shymalaladingdong makes, as I kinda liked all so far, to an extent. What I don't get is all the love for Wanted on these lists...a pretty second rate action film that tried to deliver style over substance and didn't even do it all that well...
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Post by undeadmonkey on Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:08 am

my reason is that it was just so much fun, frendo

but i do enjoy me other 'more substance' films too, just haven't been able to see much of them
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