Movies 2008

Well, since I am keeping a list of books I read, I decided to keep one of the movies I watch. Again, I’m sure you have little interest, but this is more just something for me. This year has been off to a great start with some amazing movies. Starting with most recent:

  1. Iron Man (2008). One of the best comic movies ever.
  2. Ninth Gate
  3. 21
  4. Run Fatboy Run
  5. Ape Genius
  6. Jesus Camp (2006). Scary and sad religious arrogance.
  7. Easy Rider (1969).
  8. Bank Job (2008).
  9. Fido (2006). Hilarious spin on the zombie genre a la the 1950’s.
  10. Khubilai Khan: Fall of the Mongol Hordes (2005).
  11. Russia, Land of the Tsars (2003).
  12. Trekkies (1997). Funny ’cause its true. Rabid Star Trek fans.
  13. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007). True story about events that are deeply connected with today’s political affairs. Really enjoyed it.
  14. Jumper (2008). Didn’t really pay attention but it sucked.
  15. Be Kind Rewind (2008). I’ve been waiting for this one… and good reason ’cause I loved it. Gondry always delivers and Jack Black is comedy gold.
  16. The Darjeeling Limited (2007). Quarky Wes Anderson flick with strong visuals. Love the setting, decent story.
  17. The Golden Compass (2008). Not as bad as I expected. But no. And it beat Transformers and Pirates 3 for best effects Oscar? Hellz no.
  18. King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007). Awesome documentary about 2 men: one the long reigning Donkey Kong high score champ and the other a suburban challenger facing the brunt of the “establishment.” Also see my post about it.
  19. Juno (2007). The little indie that could. This movie seems to catch a lot of crap about being undeserving of Oscar nods, but I enjoyed the witty dialogue, though I know 16-year-olds don’t talk like that. Really enjoyed actually.
  20. Barfly (1987). A couchsurfer from France recommended I check out some books by Charles Bukowski, so I thought I’d start with this film adaption since books are expensive to come by in Japan (and Mickey Rourke rocks). I think it was a good recommendation… can’t wait to get some literature.
  21. Shattered/Butterfly on a Wheel (2007). I have to chalk this up to a ‘fail’ for Pierce Brosnan, but just barely.
  22. Into the Wild (2007). This one is best picture material in my mind. One of the few movies I liked better than the book. I think the movie’s solemn depiction of the ‘wild’ and Eddie Vedder’s genius soundtrack are more convincing of the main character’s ideals than maybe any words on a page. That is Christopher McCandless’ rejection of society and the openness of Alaskan wilderness just need to be witnessed, something that even repeating words in your head (ala reading) can’t quite hit.
  23. Meet the Spartans (2008). Spoof movies of popular culture come out every few years. It’s pretty funny too, but I feel dirty saying that.
  24. Rambo (2008). It has a kill count of 236, the most for any Rambo film and it delivers. This time its against Burma.
  25. Across the Universe (2007). Interesting weaving of the Beatles’ song catalog into a narrative story. Song interpretations are really good, though I suppose they are hard to mess up.
  26. He Was A Quiet Man (2007). Christian Slater really surprised me with such a good plot about an unlikely character in the role of a hero.
  27. The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007). This was good with a couple solid performances (especially Casey Affleck), but it just felt a bit slow to me.
  28. Eastern Promises (2007). Viggo Mortensen in a Russian mafia flick. The fight scene in the sauna is quite something.
  29. There Will Be Blood (2007). Daniel Day-Lewis for best actor in this one! This one is based on a novel by Upton Sinclair. UPDATE: He got it.
  30. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007). Title taken from the Irish toast: “May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head; may you be 40 years in heaven, before the devil knows you’re dead.” Solid story and performances, love the ‘neo noir’ style.
  31. No Country For Old Men (2007). My pick for best picture. Not sure where they found the guy who plays the bad guy, but he was good. I am definitely going to have to look into some of Cormac McCarthy’s books.