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Jan 21, 2009

A really long-winded intro to...The Films I Saw In 2008

For last year's Blog Cabins' End of Year Spectacular, I merely listed all of the films that I had seen in 2007, then went along with the business of handing out the awards, so to speak. This year, however, I've decided to mix things up a bit, as I'm wont to do.

What you'll see below is a listing of every film that I saw in the theater in 2008, plus the handful that I've viewed thus far into 2009. Reviews were written for all except the few where noted, and reviews will be coming for those in the very near future. The films are sorted first b the rating I gave them, from best to worst, then by date order - so the top of every rating is the first film of that rating I saw and the last is the last.

If that weren't complicated enough, I've added up or down arrow images to a handful of films. As I'm sure many of you do or did, when I looked back on the films I saw and the ratings I ave, some of them didn't sit well with me. What can I say - we're entitled to alter our opinion on these things, no? In other words, just because a film earned an "It's in the hole!" rating some months back, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll place in my Top 5 or 10.

So what you have is the official per-cursor to the End of Year Spectacular, which I've been putting off not for procrastination's sake (a first), but so that I could see a number of the prestige films before the Academy Awards hit. I'll by no means catch them all, but damnit, I'm holding out for Waltz with Bashir, and it arrives in town this Friday (I may see The Reader before then as well, but am not nearly as concerned with seeing it, as my hunch tells me it won't be amongst my favorites anyhow).

There are 81 films in all, 78 viewed in 2008 (up from 75 in 2007) and 3 from 2009. To view a review of any of these film, either use that search bar at the top of the page, check The Rundown of the last ten seen (in the sidebar), or, uh, wait for me to finish my review index. But don't hold your breath on that last one...

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The Dark Knight
Man on Wire

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The Savages
There Will Be Blood
El Orfanato (The Orphanage)
Be Kind Rewind
Roman de Gare
Tropic Thunder
Slumdog Millionaire
Synecdoche, New York
The Wrestler (viewed in '09; not yet reviewed)

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Iron Man
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Pineapple Express

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Definitely, Maybe
In Bruges
Horton Hears a Who
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Hors de Prix (Priceless)
The Visitor
The Fall
Swing Vote
American Teen
Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist
Rachel Getting Married
Burn After Reading
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
What Just Happened?
Role Models
The Tale of Desperaux
Valkyrie (viewed in '09)
Revolutionary Road (viewed in '09; not yet reviewed)

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Sweeney Todd
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Bank Job
Chaos Theory
Drillbit Taylor
Smart People
You Don't Mess With the Zohan
War, Inc.
Henry Poole is Here
Tell No One
Babylon A.D.
Gran Torino (viewed in '09)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (viewed in '09)

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National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets

Cassandra's Dream
Vantage Point
Get Smart
The Promotion
Step Brothers
Pride and Glory
Four Christmases
Nobel Son
Seven Pounds

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Run Fatboy Run
Street Kings

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Incredible Hulk
The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Strange Wilderness

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Sea_of_Green said...

Damn. I saw nowhere NEAR that number of movies this year -- unless you count all the classic films I watched on Turner Classic Movies. Becoming a mommy tends to put a damper on going to the theater. :-(

The Fraze said...

I did get paid, haha - it was a press screening deal and jess, my girlfriend, wanted to see it, so it was one of those 2 birds 1 stone kinda deals

Sarah said...


I saw roughly that many films in the theater last year but I'd be pressed to name them all. (I go back and forth as to whether collecting ticket stubs is really worth the bother.) However, I think I'll resolve to start keeping better track of my viewing habits -- in the theater, on video and online.

Fletch said...

S_o_G - I can certainly understand how having a little one in the house would put a damper on moviegoing. It's one of the things Mrs. Fletch and I dread (we're in the process of trying to adopt). Still, we'll find a way...

Sarah - I used to keep my movie stubs. I started with Cliffhanger in 1993 and kept them all the way until 2000-something. Eventually, I grew tired of it, and they were a mess. Starting this blog was a surrogate for that. It's a record of what I saw, when I saw it, and what I thought of it at the time of viewing. It can be a lot of work, but it's worth it for sure.

Nick said...

Fletch: Ha! I've done the movie stubs collection thing, too. But they're quite messy, a third of them faded... and I just really don't care anymore. So I know what you mean :P

Mikey Filmmaker said...

I also collect movie stubs. Although, the novelty for me is starting to wear. Plus, they are just a waste of space and really have no value.

Kyle said...

Fletch, the "It's In The Hole!" for Juno is a real credibility killer man. Not anymore so than being a Sun Devil, but still...

Fletch said...

I'll stand by the Academy on this one. It's not like I gave Jumper a rating that high or anything...

Bricks, is that you?

Kyle said...

Indubitably! Jumper, you say? Whoda thought Sam Jackson would lend his name to bad film...besides The Spirit, Snakes on a Plane, Lakeview Terrace *posts for another five hours to complete the list*

Reel Whore said...

I'm a movie stub collector too! I actually started keeping a spreadsheet (nerd that I am) a couple years back to track how much I spend on films and how many I get into for free. It's amazing that I'll see so many but with the freebies, it's really a very cheap past time.