January 5th, 2009


Film 2008

Yes I'm still doing reviews of 2008. I only managed 28 films last year, as recorded on 52 Film Challenge. Barely over halfway!

1. I Am Legend - Misjudged CGI but darker and less linear than expected.
2. Charlie Wilson's War - Political black comedy with Sorkin's trademark wit.
3. No Country for Old Men - Quiet, deliberate and gripping. Great dialogue.
4. Sweeney Todd - Every inch a traditional musical, just a really macabre one.
5. 3:10 To Yuma - Interesting characters but the ending feels unearned.
6. Flags Of Our Fathers - Thoughtful but meandering.
7. Letters From Iwo Jima - Beautiful and powerful though not quite a classic.
8. The Lives of Others - Bleak yet life affirming.
9. Iron Man - Effortlessly propped up by Robert Downey Jr.
10. Michael Clayton - Numb but quietly satisfying thriller.
11. Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull - Nostalgic but misjudged.
12. Cloverfield - More like a First-Person Shooter than a film.
13. Jumper - Even more under-developed than you'd expect.
14. Enemy of the State - Flips from conspiracy thriller to actioner much too abruptly.
15. The Wind That Shakes The Barley - Strong IRA tale with an awkward second half.
16. Hollywoodland - Noirish and melancholy. In a good way.
17. The Bourne Ultimatum - Consistently entertaining but never raises your heart rate.
18. The Dark Knight - Hardboiled organised crime flick with supervillains.
19. The Searchers - Stunning cinematography but dated and uneven.
20. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army - Fantastic art design, cartoonish characterisation.
21. Transformers - Moronic.
22. Them! - Admirably naturalistic, but very slow.
23. Pi - a deeply weird, stylistically beautiful movie.
24. Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs - hilarious in places, but runs out of steam.
25. Wanted - so hugely over-impressed with itself you just want to slap it.
26. Seraphim Falls - a sparse Western about vengeance and forgiveness.
27. The Day The Earth Stood Still (the remake) - preachy but still interesting.
28. Quantum of Solace - Decent Bond flick, but always in the shadow of Casino Royale.

We also caught up with a fair few rewatches. Over the Christmas period I ended up watching A Muppet Christmas Carol, Patrick Stewart's A Christmas Carol, and Bill Murray's Scrooged. That's quite enough epiphanies for one year.