Monday, December 29, 2008

Best Movies I Saw in 2008

Just so you know, I NEVER go to the theatres. Ever. I only went about fourteen times or so, a paltry amount. However, here's what's made my list for what I enjoyed most.

1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
OMG THIS MOVIE IS SO CUTE. I am seriously in love with Jason Segel now, who you will discover upon viewing has absolutely no body hang-ups at all, which is seriously sexy. I left the theater with the dorkiest, most unwipable smile on my face. GO SEE IT NOW. Preferably with friends. You will have a ball, I promise! I would watch it now if I could. Sarah Marshall FTW!!
2. Milk
You've probably heard it everywhere, but really-- this movie is incredible. It's touching without being saccharine, convincing without possession of a bias, and so endlessly human. Sean Penn is so damn snuggly that I found myself wanting to run into the screen and give him a little cuddle. God, did this movie resonate with me-- I only wish I'd cried more. An enthralling story of acceptance and the lengths a human will go to in order to achieve it. Please see it!
3. Slumdog Millionaire
It took awhile, but perhaps my favorite director, Danny Boyle, is finally back in his FIRST Oscar-hyped movie, while his fans are wondering why it hadn't been happening years before. Starring Skins alum Dev Patel in his first onscreen role, this emotionally rich portrayal of childhood, crime, romance and just getting by will certainly steal your breath. As was the case in last year's favorite The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, it doesn't get much prettier than those credits. While it's not Boyle's best, it's very much worth seeing and further proves his chameleonic abilities.
4. The Dark Knight
It's on everyone's list, isn't it? However, it was very, very good. I was disappointed the first time I saw it as, being a Gotham FREAK, I was expecting more. The second time is better! But you know what would have made this movie #1? Harley Quinn. But no. Better luck next time, suckaz (I'm only kidding-- kind of. Step up your game for femme fatales, plz, Poison Ivy's still pissed at Uma Thurman)!
5. Iron Man
After my BFF had me watch this, I could NOT shut up about it. Oh my God, if you haven't seen this yet, you HAVE to! Robert Downey, Jr. is not only awesome, but adorable, making his own robot friends and cute little quips and it's just so damn good in every way. GO SEE!
6. Let the Right One In
This movie, which Erika recommended me, is untouchably cool and very startlingly pretty (that chick on fire on the bed?! OMG). Apparently the dumbass who made Cloverfield wants to remake it, probably never will. Tulsa just now got this movie, so suck it, Tulsa, I saw it without your help!
7. Australia
I don't care what you say, reviewers. This movie is beautiful, and while it was kinda crazy in the third act, I was still so tempted to cry. I didn't, but I wanted to. I miss your crazier side but I love you so, Baz. This was a class act.
8. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
DUH. This movie is way too much fun for me. How much do I love chickflicks? Let me count the ways. You may not rave, but if you rent it with your girls like I did, you'll have a LOT of fun.
9. Pineapple Express
So, yeah, I enjoyed it, but what a massive disappointment. Fun, and I do love bromances (Seth Rogen and James Franco are a great one-- adorbz chemistry), but could've been WAY better. Even if I DID want to hug James Franco, y'know, among other things...
10. 21
So it's not the best movie ever. Believe me. But it's SO FUN and I really enjoyed watching it. It kept me interested on that long, long flight to Japan. So thanks, 21 (even though in-flight Tetris was more than enough to keep me satisfied)! And as I know Vegas quite well, the places they went were pretty instantly recognizable, making for more fun on my part. Big plus!

Movies I Wanted to See... But Never Did (And Still Want To)
The Go-Getter
Hamlet 2 (fourfour's obsession with it exacerbates the desire)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (ALMOST did in New York! Curses!)
Towelhead (don't care if it flopped)
Tropic Thunder
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Wackness
WALL-E (and my family laughs at me)

Still Haven't Seen...
Revolutionary Road


Valentina said...

Aww, I have only seen Let the Right One In and Wall-E. That's super pathetic. Although I plan on seeing Milk and Slumdog Millionaire as soon as possible.

However amusingly enough one of my friends was hired to play the sexy-jesus from Hamlet 2 at some convention (san diego comic perhaps??) to promote the movie. I feel thats all I need to know about this film.

Erika said...

Oh Repo! is great! I loved Let The Right One In! I hope Towelhead is good, I didn't really want to see it, but I do want to know how it was. That sounds weird, but, oh well. Oh and tell me how Doubt is! I want to see it to, but probably won't, since my attention span has decreased from 2 hrs to 2 min these days.

Lolita Hazed said...

EVERY MOVIE IS TWO HOURS NOW. Oh my God, I watched Dirty Dancing the other night and was in awe of how short it is.

Valentina, I think I'd like your friends to be my friends too. I really hope this kid has pictures of said event, because I might have to see this.


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