Thursday, December 11, 2008

Best and Worst Movies 2008

Best of the Year (to date)
Rachel Getting Married
The Reader
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

The Edge of Heaven

Worst of the Year/Jon is an Idiot Because He spent 90 Minutes Watching...
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Indiana Jones and and the Temple of Money-making

Best Summer Pics
The Dark Knight

Best Potential or I'm Sorry I Missed
Revolutionary Road
Wendy and Lucy
The Band's Last Visit
Tropic Thunder

Glad I Missed
Sex and the City (and for the record - 4 of my top five movies had female protagonists)
Quantum of Solace

Best Performance by a German
Bruno Ganz in "The Reader"

Best Performance by Kate Winslet
"The Reader"
[still waiting on "Revolutionary Road"]

Worst Pretty Fluff Nonsense with Good Soundtrack Masquerading as Substance
Slumdog Millionaire - see Anthony Lane's ("The New Yorker") review that says it best

Best One-liner in a Trailer
"I'll go get my ball."


  1. Anonymous12:50 a.m.

    Great list....except that Slumdog Millionaire belongs at the top of the "best of" list. It was a great film. No?


  2. I had problems with it. Looked great. Paced great. But the choice of lead girl, director choosing hottie model instead of actual actress was a dumb, dumb choice. also, and more importantly, i think it somewhat trivializes some serious issues. that all said, the premise and the movie's opening had awesome promise.

  3. Kingsley9:04 a.m.

    Tropic Thunder was or of a "glad I missed it" lol

  4. Anonymous6:47 p.m.

    Mendelsohn, after reading your lists I am now convinced you are weird


  5. Share the love, GR. And what can I say? I AM weird. I'm just not that brave. That's why I have to share my true weirdness on paper. Wave the old freak flag high. Sit in dark art house movie theatres on Sunday afternoons on my own. It's probably one of my greatest pleasures, weird or not.


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