Great Movies of 2008

It’s Oscar time and as such I have decided to make my first annual great movie list for 2008. In doing this I have to tell you that I haven’t seen a lot of the movies nominated for this year’s Oscars because they are full of trash and naked people.
My list in no way reflects that of the Academy but are just good movies I have seen this year.

Fistful of Quarters- This little “gem” was not in theatres very long but it is worth seeing. It is a documentary about competitive arcade video gaming. It centers on two men who are competing for the world championship of, that’s right, “Donkey Kong Jr.”. Trust me when I say, these people will make you laugh and then cry at how pathetic their lives are.

Quantum of Solace- I don’t know who was in charge of re-tooling the James Bond franchise but let me thank them publicly for that. Remember how Mr. Bond seemed so outdated and cartoony before Daniel Craig came on the scene? Yeah, I do, and it was about as lame as watching Pierce Brosnan trying to sing ABBA in Mama Mia. If you haven’t seen Casino Royale or Quantum of Solace they don’t disappoint. It is the perfect combination of toughness and style.

Hell Boy II: The Golden Army- Let’s be honest, I wasn’t blown away by the first Hellboy, but I thought it was an interesting idea for a movie so I thought I would give the sequel a try. It turned out to be really entertaining, minus Selma Blair who shouldn’t be in movies any more I have decided. It was weird and funny and just a good time.

Persuasion- I saw this on video at a friend’s house and really liked it. It is a Jane Austen book made by the BBC and it was hot! Man, the Jane A. can write a killer story of betrayal, and regretted love, and then end the movie with the lovers running across the city into each others arms. Good stuff.

LOST- I know this isn’t a movie but it is just as good. Friends if I had copies of the complete box set I would pass them out and at the trax station. I don’t usually get wrapped up in a TV show but the adventures of Kate and Jack and company, (I have excluded Sawyer because I don’t really care for him so much) is some of the best entertainment on the big screen or small. The great thing is that it is free and you can watch it in your PJ’s if you want. Check it out at your local library. It will change you forever.
I would like to take this moment to give a shout out to REDBOX who has made movie watching cheap and affordable. The man who invented that little contraption should win an Oscar for bringing entertainment to the masses. Bless him.

Honorable Mentions: WALL-E, Kung Fu Panda, Iron Man, The Dark Knight.


Heidi said…
I have an official ILM Crew Gear "Iron Man" shirt, but I have not seen the film yet. Which makes me a LOSER.
kmb said…
Rob...I have to say just how impressed I am with your movie list. We loved Fistful of Quarters and I am so pleased to see Persuasion on your list along with Lost. I convinced Mitch to watch Persuasion with me and he enjoyed it! He is still resistant to fully appreciating Lost however...
Carrot Jello said…
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Carrot Jello said…
That was like...Mad Libs. I just inserted my answers into your post. Genius!
Erin said…
I'm so glad you put 'Persuasion' on your list! Truly, it is a gem.
'Lost' is getting so good right now! Holy moly, did you see it last night?
What am I saying? Of course you did.
Friend of a Carrot said…
Loved the nod to Steel Magnolias, also a great film.

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