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My Favorite Movie and TV Shows of 2008

I’ve been hesitant about posting this blog, as there simply haven’t been enough movies this year I really loved, but you guys have been requesting it, so here we go anyway…

MY 6 FAVORITE MOVIES OF 2008

1. CLOVERFIELD
2. THE WRESTLER
3. ROLE MODELS
4. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
5. THE WACKNESS
6. IRON MAN

I know a lot of you had problems with CLOVERFIELD, but I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for a giant monster movie/teen drama, and I finally got it this year by way of Drew Goddard and J.J. Abrams.  And even though I felt like I stepped off a rocky boat at the end of it, I still enjoyed every minute of it.  AND I actually got a bit scared, which almost never happens to me.

This year I also liked THE VISITOR, RED BELT, MILK, FROST/NIXON, APPALOOSA, WALL-E, THE DARK KNIGHT, and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

If my Questions of the Day are any indication, the favorite film of MOST of you is SLUMDOG.  For me, the first half was incredible — by the mid-point I thought I was watching an all-time classic.  But then the romance took over, which had about as much depth as a Harlequin novel.  (Actually, I’ve never read a Harlequin novel.  I’m judging it more by the covers: it had as much depth as a Harlequin romance novel cover.)  Most folks I talk to agree that the last half to a third is rather treacly, but forgive it because by that time they were already hooked.  I certainly forgive many failings in my favorite six above, so I can’t really blame you.  But overall I much prefer Boyle’s earlier film, 28 DAYS LATER.  That’s the one that should have won the Academy Award.

And, also, for the heck of it, here are —

MY 4 FAVORITE TV SHOWS OF 2008

1. LOST
2. THE WIRE
3. FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS
4. DEXTER

I probably like both LOST and THE WIRE more than any movie that came out this year.  This may be related to my belief that television is still a living medium, and films are, on the whole, a dying art.  But that’s a subject for another blog.

Feel free to rail against my choices below, or to praise them.  But first, of course, you must watch PG PORN: ROADSIDE ASS-SISTANCE one more time HERE.  (We’re currently over 450,000 hits — please help to keep spreading the word!)

Go fuck yourselves (but look into your own eyes lovingly while you do it),

James


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  • Cait

    Slumdog Millionaire is a fairytale story. That’s what it sat out to be and it did a great job at being just that. Of course the romance was Harlequin novel like because of that.
    But I agree, 28 Days Later is better.

  • faisal

    OMG I LOVED THE SHIT OUT OF THE WACKNESS!!! it really irritates that movies like the wackness stay in theatres for only 1 week and movies like beverly hills chiuaua stay in theatres for fuckin months!



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