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Top 10: Films of 2008

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 11, 2008 by kaye

Top 10 Films of 2008

In light of recent “Top 10” film lists posted by various entertainment sites around the interwebs, I would like to post my own Top 10 list of films which came out in 2008, films that I enjoyed the most. In no particular order:

  1. Cloverfield
  2. Wall-E
  3. The Dark Knight
  4. 21
  5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  6. Iron Man
  7. Wanted
  8. Tropic Thunder
  9. Eagle Eye
  10. Twilight

Now, there were many other films which came out in 2008 that I still haven’t seen —The Wrestler, Quantum of Solace, Burn After Reading, The Spirit, Australia, Cadillac Records, Pride and Glory, The Rocker, The Wackness, Pineapple Express, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Other Boleyn Girl, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist — and I’m looking forward to watching them some other time.

There were also, however, movies which I saw this year though I wish I didn’t — Meet the Spartans, The House Bunny, Jumper, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Love Guru, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, for example. Then again, that’s how things work. There are good movies and bad movies.

Next year, I’m really excited for Watchmen and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to come out more than anything else. In the meantime, I still have to watch Rushmore and A Cross the Universe.




Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by kaye

This is a homework assignment in honor of some list posted by The Times or something. I watched a plethora of films this year, from Juno to both Harold & Kumar films to City of God to The Dark Knight, and, being the easily amused person that I am, I fell in love with most of the films that I saw this year. These are my three favorite films which I watched in 2008. I considered other films for this list, such as Iron Man, The Dark Knight, The Darjeeling Limited, Twilight, 21, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, St. Elmo’s Fire and City of God, but the three films I listed here just somehow stood out from all the rest (besides, everyone‘s gonna do TDK or Twilight anyway). None of these films were actually made in 2008, by the way, but I saw them all this year and fell in love instantly:

ONE. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Directed/Written by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow
Genre: Drama

IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Wes Anderson’s 2001 dark comedy, The Royal Tenenbaums, explores the importance of family through its twisted plot, witty dialogue and unique portrayal of every single character in the dysfunctional Tenenbaum family.

TWO. American History X (1998)

Directed by: Tony Kaye
Written by: David McKenna
Starring: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong
Genre: Drama

IMDb rating: 8.6/10 (Top 250: #40)

The brash portrayal of racism in Tony Kaye’s American History X are further developed with the use of stark black and white coloring, slow-motion sequences and a dramatic musical score.

THREE. Across the Universe (2007)

Directed by: Julie Taymor
Written by: Dick Clement
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Anderson
Genre: Romance/Musical

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Across the Universe is easily one of my favorite films, ever, because of its use of special effects and a killer soundtrack to convey the prevalence of love against the chaos of the 1960s.

That’s all for now. I’m really looking forward to next year’s series of films. There are quite a few which I’ll be looking forward to, especially the next Harry Potter film. In the meantime, I have to continue fangirling over Edward Cullen (pictured way above).