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Top 10 Best: Chris

12.31.2008

Overall, I found 2008 to be a somewhat underwhelming year at the multiplexes. Donít get me wrong, there were lots of great, fun, blockbusters, like IRON MAN, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, HELLBOY 2, & TROPIC THUNDER. Still, I found there was a definite lack of sleepers, or good, adult dramas. The fall season was particularly weak, with some highly anticipated films (particularly BODY OF LIES) falling flat. Another problem was that the studios held all their best films until the last two weeks of December- so while thereís tons of great stuff out now, it would have been nice if they had been spread out somewhat.

Still, there were a lot of good films that came out this year, and the following are my choices for the top ten films of í08. Thereís still a bunch of big films that I need to see, which is why you wonít see THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON or GRAN TORINO on this list. Iím sure both; particularly BUTTON would rank highly on my list.

10. SNOW ANGELS

Ok, so technically you could call this one of the best films of í07, but as it never got a general release until March, Iím counting it as this year. I absolutely loved this film. David Gordon Green is a real talent, and I think this is his best film so far. He had a really interesting year, going from this to THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, which demonstrates a versatility I had no idea he possessed. Prior to this film, I never really understood the appeal of Sam Rockwell, but his work here blew me away. His final scenes with Kate Beckinsale (whoís also excellent) stuck in my head for a long time after seeing this. I canít wait to see what Green does next.

9. BOY A

This is a really great little British indie that got totally overlooked this summer. Happily, itís out on DVD, which is where I caught up with it. Itís about a young offender whoís released from prison around the time he reaches adulthood, and shows how he reintegrates himself into society. Andrew Garfield (who was in LIONS FOR LAMBS) plays the boy, and heís extremely likable throughout, even when his original, heinous crime is finally revealed. This is probably the only film I saw this year that actually had me in tears by the closing credits. See it!

8. IN BRUGES

If the film world was fair, IN BRUGES would have been a huge sleeper hit when it came out in February, but sadly, people were too busy checking out MEET THE SPARTANS or 27 DRESSES to give it a shot. Iím happy that itís ending up on some best of lists (including JimmyOís!). Between this, and the similarly underappreciated CASSANDRAíS DREAM, Colin Farrell demonstrated how much heís matured as an actor over the last few years. I also loved Brendan Gleeson as his older, world weary partner in crime, but for me, the real scene stealer was Ralph Fiennes as an unbelievably foul mouthed (but likable) crime lord.

7. THE HURT LOCKER

Iíd say that this is probably the best American war film since SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, and probably the definitive film on Iraq. It still hasnít gone into wide release yet (and I wonder if it ever will), but this is definitely a film worth checking out. THE HURT LOCKER gets right something a lot of other war films donít- namely that it never tries to be preachy. Itís first and foremost a kickass action film, and also features a star making performance by Jeremy Renner, as an adrenaline junkie, half crazed, bomb disposal unit commander. Awesome film, and if itís marketed properly, I could see it breaking the Iraq movie curse at the box office.

6. HAMLET 2

I know, I know- how the hell can I put a film like HAMLET 2 in my top 10??? The thing is, I havenít laughed at a film like I did at this one in a long time. This is really right up my alley in terms of humor, and I loved every second of it. Not many people checked this one out, but now that itís on DVD you have the chance to catch up. Basically, if you like Coogan, or shows like ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, youíre in for a treat.

5. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

Please Hollywood, leave this film alone. Remaking it would be sacrilege, as itís pretty much a perfect film, and to attempt to approve upon perfection is really a foolís errand. That said, Iím sure the inevitable remake will have little to nothing in common with this film, other than the title, and the fact that itís about vampires.

4. WALL-E

Ok, so BOY A might have been the only film that made me cry, but WALL-E came pretty damn close. I loved this film, and for me itís Pixarís definitive film, and one that will be remembered for generations to come. Itís a truly beautiful film in every sense of the world, and probably the best genre film to come out since CHILDREN OF MEN. Also, that robot is pretty damn cute.

3. THE WRESTLER

And the award goes toÖMickey Rourke. Basically, this is the film heís been working towards his whole career, and itís truly an incredible, and surprisingly touching film.

2. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

This film totally blew me away, as itís probably the only film Iíve seen over the last year that truly made me run the film gamut of emotions over the course of the film. At times it made me sad, other times it made me laugh. Some scenes were frightening, others absolutely heart-warming and inspiring. Truly a great film, and another triumph for the one and only Danny Boyle.

1. THE DARK KNIGHT

What can I say about this film that hasnít been said already? Easily the best superhero film ever made, and I really hope that it gets some love from the academy during Oscar season.

Honorable mentions: MILK (very, very close to being on the top 10), IRON MAN, TROPIC THUNDER, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, VALKYRIE

And the 5 worst of í08Ö

5. BANGKOK DANGEROUS

Nic, Nic, Nic- please stop pissing away your career on crap like this, and please, cut your hair (or change you hairpiece).

4. THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE

I too wanted to believe. I hoped this would re-launch one of my all time favorite shows, but sadly this was the final nail in its coffin. Just awful, itís like a terrible episode that wouldnít end.

3. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

Why Fox? Why? Even IMAX couldnít make this film watchable.

2. 10,000 B.C

Ugh, the only way any one could possibly enjoy this film is for camp valueÖ or if they smoked a lot of weed (A LOT!!!).

1. RIGHTEOUS KILL

This film isnít only bad, itís downright tragic to see two icons paired in a film that plays like a below average episode of COLD CASE.

Source: JoBlo.com

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