Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dart Adams presents The Top 50 Films Of 2008

Twelve long months and hundreds of film viewings later we come to the payoff, my Top 50 list of the best (really, just my favorite) movies of 2008. I saw a lot of crap in 'o8 (Speed Racer, I'm looking at you!) and I saw a bunch of excellent indie films that I loved as well (The Air I Breathe, The Signal, How To Rob A Bank, Choke, The Wackness, etc.). If you include all of the international joints to the equation (Adulthood, The Tracey Fragments, Sukiyaki Western Django, Red Cliff, etc.) then it was a great year for film. This is without mentioning the hits and critically acclaimed flicks!

This year belonged to adaptations and comic book films, hands down. The overwhelming success of films like "The Dark Knight", "Iron Man", "The Incredible Hulk", "Wanted" and "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" signalled to Hollywood studios that they need to find even more properties to adapt and remake. It's getting kinda stupid now seeing as how even classic films are getting the remake treatment. Do we really need an updated version of "The Warriors" or "Logan's Run"? I know that "I Am Legend" was huge but damn!

So that leads us to my final list detailing my top 50 films of this past year. Quite a few flicks that many folks liked will be nowhere to be found here, chances are they put my ass to sleep like an episode of "Eli Stone" (Pineapple Express, fuck you very much!). I spent a great amount of manhours watching movies through multiple channels in '08 and this is the end result of a bunch of Dartflix editions. Here it is, my list Top 50 Films of '08 without any further ado. Enjoy:

The Top 50 Films (Domestic & International) Of 2008 (according to me):

Adulthood
Appaloosa
The Bank Job
Blindness
Boy A
Burn After Reading
Cadillac Records
Changeling
Chicago 10
Choke
City Of Men
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Elite Squad (Tropo De Elite)
Gomorrah
Hancock
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
In Bruges
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man
Juno
Meet Bill
Michael Clayton
Mongol
No Country For Old Men
Paranoid Park
Persepolis
Planet B-Boy
Quantum Of Solace
Quarantine
Redbelt
Red Cliff
Religulous
Rocknrolla
Savage Grace
Seven Pounds
Slumdog Millionaire
Smart People
Snow Angels
Stop-Loss
Sukiyaki Western Django
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
There Will Be Blood
Traitor
Valkyrie
The Wackness
Waltz With Bashir
War, Inc.
The Wrestler
Zack & Miri Make A Porno

2008 Honorable Mentions (according to me):

The Air I Breathe
An Empress And The Warriors
Ballast
Chaos Theory
Charlie Bartlett
Cloverfield
Doomsday
Eagle Eye
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Frost/Nixon
Gunnin' For That #1 Spot
Hamlet 2
How To Rob A Bank
Ip Man
Jumper
Mad Detective
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Nitro
Ong Bak 2
Spiral
Street Kings
The Tracey Fragments
Tropic Thunder
Wall-E
Wanted (The graphic novel PWN's this flick)

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7 comments:

Monique R. said...

I'm trilled to see Snow Angels made the top 50...that's certainly my favorite movie of the year, hands down.

I still want to see Hulk and Pineapple Express (which I heard was good?).

I dare you to just list your TOP 10, IN ORDER.

Dart Adams said...

@ Monique R:

There's a calculated reason why I do the lists the way I do. The world zigs, I zag. Anyone could do a Top 10 based on their opinion but not everyone could do a Top 75 off top. Plus I saw so many flicks this year my Top 10 would've become a Top 25 anyways.

Happy New Year, Monique!

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Solo Clubber said...

Good list...I take it you didn't see kung fu panda?

Dart Adams said...

@ Solo Clubber:

Oh, no...I saw it.

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John Tanner said...

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
There Will Be Blood
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
Persepolis

All of these came out in 2007...

Dart Adams said...

@ John Tanner:

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (released on Xmas 2007..didn't see it until 2008)

There Will Be Blood (wide release was January 2008)

Michael Clayton (got me..clerical error)

No Country for Old Men (same thing)

Persepolis (went into limited release in the US on Xmas 2007...didn't see it until 2008)

There ya go.

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Sickamore said...

damn I'm slippin...saw the following out of your 50

Cadillac Records
Choke
City Of Men
The Dark Knight
Hancock
Iron Man
Juno
Michael Clayton
No Country For Old Men
Quantum Of Solace
Rocknrolla
Seven Pounds
Slumdog Millionaire
There Will Be Blood
The Wrestler
Zack & Miri Make A Porno


add Juno to the 2007 list