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The 2008 Movies I’ve Seen

Once again it’s time for the annual list of movies from the previous year which I’ve seen, timed with the Oscars to give me a chance to see the films that take some time to make their way to Ohio.

January, 18 Cloverfield
January, 18 Cassandra’s Dream
January, 25 Rambo
February, 8 In Bruges
February, 14 Definitely, Maybe
February, 14 Jumper
February, 22 Be Kind Rewind
February, 22 Vantage Point
February, 29 The Other Boleyn Girl
March, 7 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
March, 7 The Bank Job
March, 14 Horton Hears a Who
March, 21 The Hammer
March, 28 21
March, 28 Run, Fat Boy, Run
April, 4 Leatherheads
April, 11 The Visitor
April, 18 Forgetting Sarah Marshall
April, 25 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
May, 2 Iron Man
May, 9 Speed Racer
May, 16 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
May, 22 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
June, 6 Kung Fu Panda
June, 13 The Incredible Hulk
June, 13 The Happening
June, 20 Get Smart
June, 27 Wanted
June, 27 WALL-E
July, 2 Hancock
July, 11 Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
July, 11 Journey to the Center of the Earth
July, 18 The Dark Knight
July, 25 The X-Files: I Want to Believe
July, 25 Man on Wire
August, 1 Frozen River
August, 6 The Pineapple Express
August, 13 Tropic Thunder
August, 15 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
August, 22 Hamlet 2
September, 12 Burn After Reading
September, 19 The Duchess
September, 26 Eagle Eye
October, 3 Rachel Getting Married
October, 3 Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
October, 3 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
October, 10 City of Ember
October, 10 Happy-Go-Lucky
October, 24 Synecdoche, New York
October, 24 The Changeling
October, 31 Zack and Miri Make a Porno
November, 7 Role Models
November, 12 Slumdog Millionaire
November, 14 Quantum of Solace
November, 21 Bolt
November, 26 Milk
November, 26 Australia
December, 5 Frost/Nixon
December, 10 The Reader
December, 12 The Day the Earth Stood Still
December, 12 Gran Torino
December, 12 Doubt
December, 17 The Wrestler
December, 19 Yes Man
December, 25 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
December, 25 Valkyrie
December, 26 Revolutionary Road

That’s 67, the most since I’ve started keeping track.

2007
2006
2005
2004

My 2009 Oscar Checklist

“X” marks the movies I’ve seen.
Best Picture
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “Frost/Nixon”
X – “Milk”
X – “The Reader”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Actor
X – Richard Jenkins – “The Visitor”
X – Frank Langella – “Frost/Nixon”
X – Sean Penn – “Milk”
X – Brad Pitt – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – Mickey Rourke – “The Wrestler”
Best Supporting Actor
X – Josh Brolin – “Milk”
X – Robert Downey Jr. – “Tropic Thunder”
X – Philip Seymour Hoffman – “Doubt”
X – Heath Ledger – “The Dark Knight”
X – Michael Shannon – “Revolutionary Road”
Best Actress
X – Anne Hathaway – “Rachel Getting Married”
X – Angelina Jolie – “Changeling”
X – Melissa Leo – “Frozen River”
X – Meryl Streep – “Doubt”
X – Kate Winslet – “The Reader”
Best Supporting Actress
X – Amy Adams – “Doubt” (Miramax)
X – Penelope Cruz – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
X – Viola Davis – “Doubt”
X – Taraji P. Henson – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – Marisa Tomei – “The Wrestler”
Best Director
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – David Fincher
X – “Frost/Nixon” – Ron Howard
X – “Milk” – Gus Van Sant
X – “The Reader” – Stephen Daldry
X – “Slumdog Millionaire” – Danny Boyle
Best Animated Feature Film
X – “Bolt”
X – “Kung Fu Panda”
X – “WALL-E”
Best Adapted Screenplay
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “Doubt”
X – “Frost/Nixon”
X – “The Reader”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Original Screenplay
X – “Frozen River
X – “Happy-Go-Lucky”
X – “In Bruges”
X – “Milk”
X – “WALL-E”
Best Cinematography
X – “Changeling”
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “The Reader”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Art Direction
X – “Changeling”
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “The Duchess”
X – “Revolutionary Road”
Best Costume Design
X – “Australia”
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Duchess”
X – “Milk”
X – “Revolutionary Road”
Best Documentary Feature
   – “The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)”
   – “Encounters at the End of the World”
   – “The Garden”
X – “Man on Wire”
   – “Trouble the Water”
Best Documentary Short Subject
   – “The Conscience of Nhem En”
   – “The Final Inch”
   – “Smile Pinki”
   – “The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306”
Best Editing
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “Frost/Nixon”
X – “Milk”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Foreign Language Film
   – “The Baader Meinhof Complex” – Germany
   – “The Class” – France
   – “Departures” – Japan
   – “Revanche” – Austria
   – “Waltz with Bashir” – Israel
Best Makeup
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
Best Original Score
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “Defiance”
X – “Milk”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
X – “WALL-E”
Best Original Song
X – “Down to Earth” – “WALL-E”
X – “Jai Ho” – “Slumdog Millionaire”
X – “O Saya” – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Animated Short
   – “La Maison en Petits Cubes”
   – “Lavatory – Lovestory”
   – “Oktapodi”
X – “Presto”
   – “This Way Up”
Best Live Action Short
   – “Auf der Strecke (On the Line)”
   – “Manon on the Asphalt”
   – “New Boy”
   – “The Pig”
   – “Spielzeugland (Toyland)”
Best Sound Editing
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “Iron Man”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
X – “WALL-E”
X – “Wanted”
Best Sound Mixing
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “Slumdog Millionaire”
X – “WALL-E”
X – “Wanted”
Best Visual Effects
X – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
X – “The Dark Knight”
X – “Iron Man”
–1/26: Added “The Wrestler” and “Rachel Getting Married”
–2/7: Added “Revolutionary Road”, “The Duchess”, “Man On Wire”, and “The Visitor”
–2/9: Added “Happy-Go-Lucky”
–2/14: Added “Frozen River”
–2/22: Added “Defiance”

On “Juno”

The people who are of the opinion that this film is trying to be “too hip” are totally missing the point. Yes, Juno is too hip for her own good, but the whole point of this is to set up a parallel between her and Jason Bateman’s character. Juno and Bateman are really on the same path and I think the whole point of the film is that Juno realizes just how frivolous her current path is. Yes, she could continue as she is on her “honest to blog” path but she realizes in the end that isn’t how she want’s to end up. She could follow the more childish path but unlike Bateman she has realized that that path will bring her nothing but heartbreak. No matter how “square” she may have found Garner’s character to be in the beginning, she realizes that that kind of love is what is needed to raise a child in this world.

My top and bottom movies of 2007

Limited of course to the movies I’ve seen.

The Best of 2007:
1. Once
2. There Will Be Blood
3. Juno
4. No Country for Old Men
5. Charlie Wilson’s War
6. Atonement
7. 3:10 to Yuma
8. Across the Universe
9. Michael Clayton
10. Paris, je t’aime

The Worst of 2007:

1. 28 Weeks Later

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2. The Ex

3. License to Wed

4. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

5. Shrek the Third

6. Hot Rod

The 2007 Movies I’ve Seen

Once again it’s time for the annual list of movies from the previous year which I’ve seen, timed with the Oscars to give me a chance to see the films that take some time to make their way to Ohio.

January 26 Catch and Release
February 9 The Lives of Others
February 16 Bridge to Terabithia
February 16 Breach
March 9 300
March 30 The Lookout
March 30 Meet the Robinsons
April 6 Grindhouse
April 20 Hot Fuzz
May 4 Paris, je t’aime
May 4 Away From Her
May 4 Spider-Man 3
May 11 28 Weeks Later
May 11 The Ex
May 16 Once
May 18 Shrek the Third
May 25 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
May 25 Angel-A
June 1 Knocked Up
June 8 Surf’s Up
June 8 La Vie En Rose
June 8 Ocean’s Thirteen
June 15 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
June 22 1408
June 27 Live Free or Die Hard
June 29 Ratatouille
July 3 The Transformers
July 3 License to Wed
July 11 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
July 27 The Simpsons Movie
August 3 The Bourne Ultimatum
August 3 Hot Rod
August 10 Stardust
August 17 Superbad
September 7 Shoot ‘Em Up
September 7 3:10 to Yuma
September 14 Across the Universe
September 14 In the Valley of Elah
September 14 Eastern Promises
September 28 The Kingdom
September 29 The Darjeeling Limited
October 5 Michael Clayton
October 12 Elizabeth: The Golden Age
October 19 Gone, Baby, Gone
October 26 Dan in Real Life
November 2 American Gangster
November 9 No Country for Old Men
November 16 Beowulf
November 21 Enchanted
November 21 The Mist
November 28 The Savages
November 30 He Was a Quiet Man
December 5 Juno
December 7 Atonement
December 7 His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
December 14 I am Legend
December 21 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
December 21 Charlie Wilson’s War
December 21 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
December 26 There Will Be Blood

That’s 60.

2006
2005
2004

My 2008 Oscar Checklist

“X” marks the movies I’ve seen.
BEST PICTURE
X – “Atonement”
X – “Juno”
X – “Michael Clayton”
X – “No Country for Old Men”
X – “There Will Be Blood.”
ACTOR
X – George Clooney – “Michael Clayton”
X – Daniel Day-Lewis – “There Will Be Blood”
X – Johnny Depp – “Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
X – Tommy Lee Jones – “In the Valley of Elah”
X – Viggo Mortensen – “Eastern Promises”
BEST ACTRESS
X – Cate Blanchett – “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”
X – Julie Christie – “Away From Her”
X – Marion Cotillard – “La Vie en Rose”
X – Laura Linney – “The Savages”
X – Ellen Page – “Juno”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
   – Casey Affleck – “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
X – Javier Bardem – “No Country for Old Men”
   – Hal Holbrook – “Into the Wild”
X – Philip Seymour Hoffman – “Charlie Wilson’s War”
X – Tom Wilkinson – “Michael Clayton”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
   – Cate Blanchett – “I’m Not There”
X – Ruby Dee – “American Gangster”
X – Saoirse Ronan – “Atonement”
X – Amy Ryan – “Gone Baby Gone”
X – Tilda Swinton – “Michael Clayton”
BEST DIRECTOR
X – Julian Schnabel – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
X – Jason Reitman – “Juno”
X – Tony Gilroy – “Michael Clayton”
X – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – “No Country for Old Men”
X – Paul Thomas Anderson – “There Will Be Blood”
BEST FOREIGN FILM
   – “Beaufort” – Israel
   – “The Counterfeiters” – Austria
   – “Katyn” – Poland
   – “Mongol” – Kazakhstan
   – “12” – Russia
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
X – Christopher Hampton – “Atonement”
X – Sarah Polley – “Away from Her”
X – Ronald Harwood – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
X – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – “No Country for Old Men”
X – Paul Thomas Anderson – “There Will Be Blood”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
X – Diablo Cody – “Juno”
   – Nancy Oliver – “Lars and the Real Girl”
X – Tony Gilroy – “Michael Clayton”
X – Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, and Jim Capobianco – “Ratatouille”
X – Tamara Jenkins – “The Savages”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
   – “Persepolis”
X – “Ratatouille”
X – “Surf’s Up”
BEST ART DIRECTION
X – “American Gangster”
X – “Atonement”
X – “The Golden Compass”
X – “Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
X – “There Will Be Blood”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
   – “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
X – “Atonement”
X – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
X – “No Country for Old Men”
X – “There Will Be Blood”
BEST SOUND MIXING
X – “The Bourne Ultimatum”
X – “No Country for Old Men”
X – “Ratatouille”
X – “3:10 to Yuma”
X – “Transformers”
BEST SOUND EDITING
X – “The Bourne Ultimatum”
X – “No Country for Old Men”
X – “Ratatouille”
X – “There Will Be Blood”
X – “Transformers”
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
X – “Atonement” – Dario Marianelli
   – “The Kite Runner” – Alberto Iglesias
X – “Michael Clayton” – James Newton Howard
X – “Ratatouille” – Michael Giacchino
X – “3:10 to Yuma” – Marco Beltrami
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
X – “Falling Slowly” from “Once” – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
X – “Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted” – Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
   – “Raise It Up” from “August Rush” – Nominees to be determined
X – “So Close” from “Enchanted” – Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
X – “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted” – Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
BEST COSTUME
X – “Across the Universe”
X – “Atonement”
X – “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”
X – “La Vie en Rose”
X – “Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
   – “No End in Sight”
   – “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience”
   – “Sicko”
   – “Taxi to the Dark Side”
   – “War/Dance”
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
   – “Freeheld”
   – “La Corona (The Crown)”
   – “Salim Baba”
   – “Sari’s Mother”
BEST FILM EDITING
X – “The Bourne Ultimatum”
X – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
   – “Into the Wild”
X – “No Country for Old Men”
X – “There Will Be Blood”
BEST MAKEUP
X – “La Vie en Rose”
   – “Norbit”
X – “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
   – “I Met the Walrus”
   – “Madame Tutli-Putli”
   – “Meme Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)”
   – “My Love (Moya Lyubov)”
   – “Peter & the Wolf”
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
   – “At Night”
   – “Il Supplente (The Substitute)”
   – “Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)”
   – “Tanghi Argentini”
   – “The Tonto Woman”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
X – “The Golden Compass”
X – “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
X – “Transformers”
Updates
–Added In the Valley of Elah
–Added Surf’s Up
–Added Elizabeth: The Golden Age
–Added The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
–Added La Vie en Rose
–Added Away From Her
–Added The Savages
–Added Eastern Promises

Just saw “Superbad”. It’s hilarious.

Best way I can describe it is that it’s half American Pie, half 40 Year Old Virgin, and half Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.

28 Weeks Later

So I just saw 28 Weeks Later and… I… honestly… hated it.
And it’s weird how the hatred has grown. Halfway through the movie it was “this is a great movie that, because of incompetent direction is just a good move”. Then 3/4 of the way through it it was “this is a good movie that, because of incompetent direction is just an ok movie”. Then leaving the theater it was “I… kinda… hated that….” Then by the time I got home it was “I haven’t hated a movie this much since Million Dollar Baby”.
Every bit of good directing in this movie was a direct ripoff from Danny Boyle’s directing of the first movie. None of that good directing was used in the scenes featuring The Infected, those were 100% Fresnadillo crap.

————SPOILERS BELOW————


Then you’ve got the fact that the movie ends a good half hour too soon. The escaping group accomplish absolutely nothing. They fight the Infected a grand total of 4 times and aside from being monumentally, earth-shakingly, APOCALYPTICALLY stupid the people in the group itself do absolutely nothing! Sniper guy shoots one soldier and pushes a car. Medical Lady gets her head bashed in. At no point in the chase did you actually have a moment of jeopardy because the bleeping fight scenes were cut so that you had no bleeping clue what was going on. You couldn’t even tell whether the bleeping Infected father had managed to break into the room with the thousand civilians and even if you assumed he did you still couldn’t tell whether he was attacking his son or some other person. People in the escape party just randomly disappear. Suddenly the shots are being cut every 12 frames and when you come to you’re missing 3 more people but because there was no way for you to see how they bit it you don’t give a flying bleep. They needed another half hour or so just to make it seem like they had done something.
And then the kids… the kids are the bad guys in this movie and yet they never get their bleeping comeuppance! They are SOLELY responsible for every death that happened in this movie. The moment they bleeping left the bleeping safe zone they bleeping deserved to die, but no…. And they’re not bleeping satisfied with being responsible for the deaths of fifteen-bleeping-thousand people, no, they go ahead and kill 5 BILLION! If anybody on that bloody island deserves to die it’s these two but they bleeping live through it. I can deal with a downer ending where the good guys die, but nobody involved in this movie seemed to realize that these bleeping kids aren’t the good guys and that they deserve every bleeping thing they got and tons more.

0/4

My top and bottom movies of 2006

Limited of course to the movies I’ve seen.

The Best of 2006:
1. Stranger Than Fiction
2. The Departed
3. V for Vendetta
4. The Queen
5. Dreamgirls
6. Children of Men
7. Pan’s Labyrinth
8. Thank You For Smoking
9. Letters from Iwo Jima
10. Brick
11. The Last Kiss

The Worst of 2006:

1. Pulse

2. Date Movie

3. Failure to Launch

4. Employee of the Month

5. Click

6. Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny

7. The Break Up

The 2006 movies I’ve seen

I give myself until Oscar time to close out the books on the previous year’s movies. So, without further ado, this is the list of the 2006 movies I’ve seen sorted by release date.

February 17 Date Movie
March 10 Failure to Launch
March 17 V for Vendetta
March 17 Thank You For Smoking
March 24 Lonesome Jim
March 24 Inside Man
March 31 Brick
April 7 Lucky Number Slevin
April 28 United 93
May 5 Mission: Impossible III
May 19 Over the Hedge
May 19 The Da Vinci Code
May 26 X-Men: The Last Stand
June 2 The Break Up
June 9 Cars
June 16 The Lake House
June 23 Click
June 28 Superman Returns
July 7 A Scanner Darkly
July 7 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
July 21 Monster House
July 21 Clerks II
July 26 Little Miss Sunshine
July 28 Scoop
August 4 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
August 11 Pulse
August 11 Half Nelson
August 18 The Illusionist
September 15 Jesus Camp
September 15 The Last Kiss
September 30 The Queen
October 6 The Departed
October 6 Employee of the Month
October 20 Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
October 20 The Prestige
October 27 Babel
November 3 Borat
November 3 Volver
November 10 Stranger Than Fiction
November 17 Casino Royale
November 22 Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny
December 1 The Nativity Story
December 8 Blood Diamond
December 8 Apocalypto
December 15 Dreamgirls
December 15 The Pursuit of Happyness
December 20 Letters from Iwo Jima
December 20 Rocky Balboa
December 25 Children of Men
December 29 Pan’s Labyrinth

That’s 50 (If we’re counting The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D.) I’m actually a little surprised that that’s a bit less than last year and the year before.