Top Ten 2008
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MUSIC - FILM
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End of year awards

FILM
first, some thoughts:

  • a bad year for films, but i still had a tough time putting together the list. i saw a lot of shit this year and a lot of the supposedly better films didn't really live up to expectations.
  • had a good year in my personal movie watching in that i saw the remaining best picture winners and knocked a bunch of films off the evergrowing to see list. hopefully next year will be even better.

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    Best:
    click on title for original review
    10. Quarantine
    9. In Bruges
    8. Iron Man
    7. RocknRolla
    6. Doomsday
    5. Lakeview Terrace
    4. Step Brothers
    3. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    2. Dark Knight
    1. Slumdog Millionaire

    Honorable Mention:
    4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
    - released in 2007, but didn't come to america until 2008. would have been in the top 3, maybe #1 or #2 if it were eligible. great film.
     

    Meryl's Picks in GREEN
    10. Iron Man
    9. Happening
    8. In Bruges
    7. Smart People
    6. Boy In The Striped Pajamas
    5. Step Brothers
    4. Pineapple Express
    3. Dark Knight
    2. Role Models
    1. Slumdog Millionaire

    Worst:
    click on title for original review
    5. Red Belt
    4. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
    3. Rachel Getting Married
    2. Made Of Honor
    1. Twilight

    5b. What Happens In Vegas
    5a. Made Of Honor
    4. Jumper
    3. Twilight
    2. Hancock
    1. Meet The Browns

    AWARDS
    Best Actor
    Greg Kinnear - Flash Of Genius
    Sean Penn - Milk

    Best Actress
    Meryl Streep - Doubt
    none were good enough, but Kate Winslet in The Reader would win if we had seen it in 2008

    Best Supporting Actor
    Heath Ledger - Dark Knight
    Bobb'e J. Thompson - Role Models

    Best Supporting Actress
    Gwenyth Paltrow - Iron Man
    Vera Farmiga - Boy In The Striped Pajamas

    Best Screenplay (Original/Adapted)
    Adapted:
    Slumdog Millionaire
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Original:
    Lakeview Terrace
    Role Models

    Best Director
    Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
    Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire

    Best Cinematography
    Wally Pfister - Dark Knight
    Anthony Dod Mantle - Slumdog Millionaire

    Best Ensemble Cast
    Doubt
    Valkyrie

    of the following: (* indicates that meryl saw it too)
    Yes Man*
    Valkyrie*
    Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
    Doubt
    Frost/Nixon *
    Day The Earth Stood Still *
    Milk *
    Twilight *
    Boy In The Striped Pajamas *
    Slumdog Millionaire *
    Transporter 3 *
    Four Christmases *
    Rachel Getting Married *
    Quantum Of Solace *
    Role Models *
    RocknRolla *
    Zack And Miri Make A Porno *
    Changeling *
    Frontrunners *
    What Just Happened? *
    W. *
    Max Payne *
    Quarantine
    Express *
    Flash Of Genius *
    Body Of Lies *
    Choke *
    Religulous *
    Eagle Eye *
    Ghost Town *
    Lakeview Terrace *
    Burn After Reading *
    Transiberian *
    Death Race *
    Traitor *
    Tropic Thunder *
    House Bunny *
    American Teen *
    Pineapple Express *
    Step Brothers *
    Dark Knight *
    Hancock *
    Kung Fu Panda
    Wanted
    Bigger, Stronger, Faster* *
    Get Smart *
    Love Guru *
    Incredible Hulk *
    Happening *
    Forbidden Kingdom
    Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull *
    Sex And The City *
    Recount
    Made Of Honor *
    Iron Man *
    Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed *
    What Happens In Vegas *
    Red Belt *
    Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay *
    Baby Mama *
    Forgetting Sarah Marshall *
    88 Minutes *
    Smart People *
    Street Kings *
    Leatherheads *
    In Bruges *
    21 *
    Stop-Loss *
    Doomsday *
    Meet The Browns *
    Horton Hears A Who *
    Bank Job *
    Vantage Point *
    Be Kind Rewind *
    Definitely, Maybe *
    Jumper *
    Untraceable *
    Cloverfield *
    27 Dresses *

    Meryl saw, but i didn't:
    Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian
    Other Boleyn Girl
    Enchanted

    MUSIC
    SINGLES:
    Artist - Track (Album)
    10. Gnarls Barkley - Run (I'm A Natural Disaster) (Odd Couple)
    10. NIN - Discipline (Slip)
    9. Weezer - Pork And Beans (Red Album)
    8. Murs - Lookin' Fly (Murs For President)
    7. Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
    6. Autechre - Altibzz (Quaristice)
    5. Bones Domingo - Perfect Meltdown (n/a)
    4. Immortal Technique - Mistakes (3rd World)
    3. Ruby Suns - Tane Mahuta (Sea Lion)
    2. Roots - Rising Down (Rising Down)
    1. Dengue Fever - Seeing Hands (Venus On Earth)
     

    ALBUMS:
    5. ?
    4. Murs - Murs For President
    3. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
    2. Roots - Rising Down
    1. Dengue Fever - Venus On Earth