Monday, November 17, 2008

2008: A Rundown (so far)

Same as the last post.

Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (****)
Andrew Stanton's WALL-E (****)
Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder (****)
Clint Eastwood's Changeling (****)
Matt Reeves' Cloverfield (****)
Stephen Walker's Young @ Heart (****)
Timur Bekmambetov's Wanted (****)
Jon Favreau's Iron Man (****)
Mark Palansky's Penelope (****)
Hammer & Tongs' Son of Rambow (****)

Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (****)
Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army (****)
M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening (****)
Hayward and Martino's Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (****)
John Erick Dowdle's Quarantine (****)
Chris Carter's The X-Files: I Want to Believe (***1/2)
Ira Sachs's Married Life (***1/2)
Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind (***1/2)
David Schwimmer's Run Fatboy Run (***1/2)
Osborne and Stevenson's Kung Fu Panda (***1/2)

Pete Travis' Vantage Point (***)
Fumihiko Sori's Vexille (***)
Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (***)
Michael McCullers's Baby Mama (***)
Craig Mazin's Superhero Movie (***)
Anne Fletcher's 27 Dresses (***)
Paul Weiland's Made of Honor (***)
Rob Cohen's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (***)
Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk (***)
Peter Segal's Get Smart (***)

Patricia Rozema's Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (***)
Marco Schnabel's The Love Guru (***)
Eric Brevig's Journey to the Center of the Earth (***)
Oliver Stone's W. (**1/2)
Moreau and Palud's The Eye (**1/2)
Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace (**)
Peter Berg's Hancock (**)
Doug Liman's Jumper (**)
Bryan Bertino's The Strangers (**)
Brian Robbins's Meet Dave (**)

Eric Valette's One Missed Call (*1/2)
Andy Tennant's Fool's Gold (*)
Roland Emmerich's 10,000 B.C. (*)
The Wachowskis' Speed Racer (*)
Kirk De Micco's Space Chimps (1/2*)
Friedberg and Seltzer's Meet the Spartans (1/2*)
Dennis Dugan's You Don't Mess with the Zohan (1/2*)
Uwe Boll's In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (zero)*

*This is also the worst film of all time, in my opinion.

4 comments:

Actionman said...

Nice top 10, but I have Wanted and Iron Man as ***1/2 rather than ****.

Penelope? Really? Maybe I should check it out...

I am bummed I missed The X-Files from last summer...was moving when it opened and never got to it...same with Hellboy 2. Both films are in my Netflix queue.

Didn't see Married Life but want too. Very surprised to see Run Fatboy Run so high on the list as I thought the film looked like dog-doo...

We disagree on Baby Mama; I thought it was a missed opportunity.

You saw Made of Honor? I got roped into 27 Dresses by my fiancee but I thought it was cute for what it was. Thankfully, she didn't want to see Made of Honor so that one snuck by me.

We disagree -- big time -- on Hancock and Quantum. Hancock comes out next week on DVD in an unrated director's cut; can't wait to check that out. I also thought that Get Smart was pretty terrible.

Speed Racer's that bad, huh? I skipped it theatrically but it's been in my queue for a while...just no real desire to sit through it. And I consider myself a fan of the Wachoski's overall (Bound is their best and the original Matrix is more or less a masterpiece of science-fiction).

Actionman said...

And WOW, you actually saw In the Name of the King? And Space Chimps? Were you forced at gun point?

(j/k)

Joel said...

"In the Name of My Sorry A"--ahem, uh..."the King" is literally (not figuratively, mind you) cinematic torture. If you think "The Happening" was bad, wait'll you see this. Same with "Space Chimps."

"Speed Racer" should have been called "Rainbow Poop." Pretty colors. Completely empty.

Rent "Penelope" immediately. It's underrated, HORRIFICALLY overlooked, and the best (live-action) romance this year.

About being forced at gun point, I might've given in to watching "Space Chimps," but would've died before seeing "In the Name of the King." Can't believe I sat through it. Ugh.

Matthew said...

You stole "In the Name of My Sorry (Oops!)" from me! I AM OFFENDED D=<