Most of my buddies that blog already put out their "best of '08" lists. I realize that I am quite behind with my film list. The reason behind this is simple. I wanted to see as many films as possible before making the final list. I've finally come to a realization that there are many films that I won't see for a while for a few reasons. The first is that I live in Colorado Springs, so specific art house films won't be coming to my town. I'll have to await their arrival on blu-ray. Another is that film is something I enjoy, but not a high priority. I'll rarely make a sacrifice to see a film, but I will sacrifice watching a film for a variety of reasons.
That said, I've decided to do this year's list a bit differently. I was inspired by Roger Ebert's decision to organize his list alphabetically because he could not decide which films were best. He simply enjoyed all of his favorites. I've taken a cue from Netflix and decided to arrange my list based on the way I rated each film on my Netflix account. On this wonderful site, the viewer gives each film a star rating, 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest. Netflix defines the star system this way; 5-loved it, 4-really liked it, 3-liked it, 2-didn't like it, 1-hated it. This year, I'll group my list together based on my Netflix Ratings.
First, a few observations. I am slowly getting better at selecting the films to which I give my time. I saw 39 films released in 2008 and only 5 fell below the 3 star rating. Only 1 received a 1 star rating. Each of these 5 films I really looked forward to as well. I wasn't forced to watch a piece of shit like Sex and the City. Each film on this list, I had a desire to see. Another observation is that of these 39 films, only 3 received a 5 star rating. Most received 3 or 4. The line between a 4 and 5 star film is sometimes thin. I may respect a 4 star film as much as a 5 star film, but the 5 star has to bring me to an emotional level that the 4 does not reach. Often, it does so by surprise. So here they are, from 1 to 5.
Appaloosa - Had potential, which is why its suckiness was so disappointing. I hated this film.
Be Kind Rewind
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Body of Lies
Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian
Hellboy II - The Golden Army
Indiana Jones and the Kingdome of Crystal Skull
Kung Fu Panda
Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist
Quantum of Solace
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Burn After Reading
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Encounters at the End of the World
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The Dark Knight
Films I haven't seen that will impact the list:
Man on Wire
Synechdoche, New York
Rachel Getting Married
Let the Right One In
Miracle at St. Anna
Tell No One
The Hurt Locker
Wendy and Lucy
I anxiously await your comments and criticism. My next blog will address my favorite scenes of the year. Thank you for reading