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Most Enjoyable & Most
Disappointing of 2008
by Tony Medley
Here’s my list
of the most enjoyable and least enjoyable/most disappointing/most
overrated films I saw during 2008. The negative category includes some
films that, while not the worst, were disappointing or overrated, or,
while enjoyable, had huge flaws. The positive category is just how much
I enjoyed them, not rated as I would rate an Oscar.
The best movie of the year in
was made in
Curious Case of Benjamin Button:
If I could sit through 165 minutes and still be moved, it must be
Beautifully made with a great performance by Keira Knightley
Clint Eastwood sticks to the facts and lovingly recreates 1928
coaxing a big performance out of Angelina Jolie.
Gad Elmaleh was terrific in 2006’s farce, “The Valet.” He’s better
here, joined by Audrey Tatou.
this better than the French.
Nobody got this story about the difficulty smart people have
relating to people not as smart; it was brilliant.
Kate Winslet is often stark naked in this metaphor for how the
Germans acted under the Nazis. But I was able to overcome that and
enjoy the story and acting.
Christopher Nolan brilliantly directs his second good Batman film in
a row and Heath Ledger gives a performance for the ages.
Woody Allen at the top of his game with an A-list cast of
Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, and Penélope Cruz, even though
the top acting honors go to Rebecca Hall.
A surprise thriller, like a movie from the ‘40s.
Michael Caine and Demi Moore in a heist film that not many saw, to
Pettigrew Lives for a Day:
With scintillating performances by Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, could this be
the perfect comedy?
Ryan Reynolds shines in a film that was apparently seen by
approximately three. I laughed out loud.
A wonderfully told, beautifully filmed retelling of Evelyn
Despite the abundance of special effects, this was very entertaining
with a terrific performance by Robert Downey Jr., who is
one of the best actors extant.
A Walk to
A wonderful, touching documentary about the fistula epidemic in
African women that causes them to be outcasts, and the people who
River: Despite a remarkably low budget and basically unknown
actors, this was one of the most realistic, memorable movies of the
Clint Eastwood continues his fetish with death, but at least he’s in
his Dirty Harry mode.
Woody Allen again, with another great cast, this time
Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Wilkinson.
A captivating, atmospheric comedic thriller in which Chris
Cooper wants to murder his wife, Patricia Clarkson, because he
doesn’t want to hurt her feelings
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian:
A terrific, popular fantasy and now Disney is dragging its feet on
making the third in the series.
A slam-bang, violent, profane, non-stop action police
Entrancing story of how Jewish prisoners of the Nazis made
counterfeit allied currency during WWII.
Cut in Two:
78-year-old French filmmaker Claude Chabrol, who was a charter
member of the French New Wave, along with Jean-Luc Godard, François
Truffaut, and Éric Rohmer, proves he still has it in this
interesting story, starring the lovely Ludivine Sangier.
A thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Apparently nobody liked this story of a superhero (Will Smith) with
big psychological problems but me.
to the Center of the Earth 3-D:
The best 3-D film ever made.
Background & Man on Wire:
Two of the three best documentaries of the year, the former about
extras and the latter about the man who tightrope-walked from one
to the other.
Would you pay money to go to the Hollywood Bowl to see Meryl Streep
and Pierce Brosnan in concert? Then why cast them to sing some of
the best music of the ‘70s? This was like rubbing your fingernails
across a blackboard. Fifty years from now this will still stand as
the most boneheaded casting of the century.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly
as adults with infantile IQs. They didn’t have to make this movie to
make me believe that.
Mess with the Zohan:
But for “Step Brothers” this Adam Sandler idiocy would have been the
most insultingly dumb movie of the year.
Tina Fey and Greg Kinnear in a stunningly low-intellect,
SNL-inspired stinker, lowlighted by at least one truly disgusting
scene involving Amy Poehler.
Kevin Costner desperately trying to be funny and charming.
the King of
Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro prove it’s not the ‘70s anymore and they
aren’t leading men anymore.
Poor Oliver Stone, his consistently unentertaining films validate
Samuel Goldwyn’s advice, “If you want to send a message, use
Norman Z. McLeod, Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Alan
Mowbray, and Co. must be turning over in their graves to see this is
what their brilliance in the first two “Topper” films has wrought.
The worst chick flick of the year, and that’s saying a lot.
The only thing that could make this worse would be if it were
animated. What? It was animated?
Intriguing idea, horrible execution.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall:
A pretty easy task.
Did Renée Zellweger look like she just sucked a lemon throughout
this film because the material was so bad or was it something about
Tomb of the Dragon Emperor:
After two hits, this was a major disappointment.
Gabe Kaplan, Jason Alexander, and Ray Romano work so hard
to get laughs, they prove that when comedy isn’t effortless, it’s
I didn’t think Colin Farrell could make something more inept than
“Alexander.” I was wrong.
Even though the two leading actresses, Kate Hudson and
Alexis Dziena, spend much of their time in bikinis, the largest
breasts in the film belong to Matthew McConaughey.
The most expensive flop of the century.
Maybe Al Pacino was really trying to poke fun at himself. He
couldn’t have been serious, could he?
Blacks denigrating blacks. Do people participating in films like
this think they have a positive influence, or are they just
masochistic or mean-spirited?
A pathetically uninvolving rendering of an interesting event.
Much ado about nothing.
Another ineffective remake of a mediocre sitcom. Why?
A film told entirely in the subjunctive. You could look it up.
I’ve been kung fooed to death. Enough!