As I do each year, I’m going to list all of the theatrical releases of 2008 and my impressions of each. At the end, I’ll try to post a top 10. Note that I am posting the movies in order of release date based on Wikipedia’s listing. Here we go:
One Missed Call
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Cloverfield – Did this really come out in 2008? It seems like it has been at least 2 years since it came out. The movie was pretty lame.
Meet the Spartans
Rambo – Another one I’m surprised came out in 2008. I really dug this action flick, but it was too graphic.
Over Her Dead Body
Strange Wilderness – 2008 Mikey Award Nominee for worst movie. All improv and no script makes a horrible movie.
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
The Hottie and the Nottie
Definitely, Maybe – Kind of like the title, I was pretty wish-washy over this movie. It was alright, but nothing I’d kill myself to see again.
Step Up 2 the Streets
The Spiderwick Chronicles – A mess of a kid’s movie. Just another Harry Potter wannabe that was rushed out too quickly.
Diary of the Dead
Be Kind Rewind – I really dug this movie. The whole jazz musician angle didn’t work well for me, but everything else was near spot on. Worth a rental.
Charlie Bartlett – This was supposed to be the next Ferris Bueller, but it didn’t have the comedy or cheekiness to pull it off. It felt more like Igby Goes Down (not a good thing).
The Counterfeiters – A pretty solid foreign flick. It’s worth a rental if you like watching concentration camp movies.
Semi-Pro – Semi good. It had a tough time deciding if it wanted to be the next Anchorman or the next Kingpin. The movie didn’t support the two lead characters.
The Other Boleyn Girl
City of Men
College Road Trip
The Bank Job – I hoped it would be more like Ocean’s 11, but it turned out to be more like Stander. It was okay to watch once, but I wouldn’t revisit it.
CJ7 - Another fun Stephen Chow movie. Not quite on the level of Shaolin Soccer, but it was worth watching.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Snow Angels – One heck of a downer of a movie. I’m not sure what the point of it all was.
Horton Hears a Who
Doomsday – If you took Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Escape from New York, and 28 Days Later, then filter out all the stuff that is good about them, you would have Doomsday.
Never Back Down
Meet the Browns
21 – Another Ocean’s knock-off that wasn’t all that great. They tried to add too much drama into a place where it wasn’t needed.
Run, Fat Boy, Run – I saw this, but I don’t really remember much about it.
Superhero Movie – Middle school me would have loved the hell out of this movie. 27 year old movie thought it had its moments.
Leatherheads – I almost got half way through this movie before deciding to do anything else.
My Blueberry Nights – Tons of hot women (Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, and Norah Jones), but the story was too disjointed.
Young@Heart – A very good documentary about senior citizens singing pop songs. The highlight of the movie, for me, was the music video for their cover of “Golden Years” by Bowie.
The Visitor – I enjoyed this movie, but I wished it was a little happier.
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
The Forbidden Kingdom – I really enjoyed this movie. It is like a combination of the Karate Kid and the Neverending Story, except better than either.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Best comedy of 2008.
Where in the World is Osama bin Laden? – I’ve always been entertained by Morgan Spurlock’s work, and that is the same here. Not as good as Super Size Me, but still watchable.
Baby Mama – This movie didn’t bring anything to the table. Maybe if Tina Fey had written it, it would be better. If you are thinking of renting this, do yourself a favor and rent The Brothers Solomon instead. It is far superior.
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay – I really didn’t like the first Harold and Kumar, but this one was funny and entertaining.
Iron Man – Best comic book movie of 2008. Of course, I hate the Batman character, so I’m a little biased here.
Made of Honor
Son of Rambow – I was hoping for a fun look at a child’s imagination. Instead, I was treated to my 8 year old nephew playing army guys in the backyard for 2 hours.
What Happens in Vegas…
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – I enjoyed it and thought it fit into the general Indiana Jones legacy. There are too many bitchy people on the internet who don’t seem to like to have a good time.
Sex and the City
The Foot Fist Way
Kung Fu Panda – David Cross was way underused. I didn’t like this film overall, but I seem to be the only one.
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan – This comedy was too “one-note” for me. It is somewhere slightly ahead of Little Nicky on the Adam Sandler movie rankings.
Mongol – Reminiscent of movies like Braveheart, this foriegn flick is entertaining but it is a bit long and it doesn’t go into the playa aspect of Ghengis Khan.
The Incredible Hulk – The second best superhero movie of 2008. Really, this is the Hulk done right. You get that build up of excitement right before Bruce Banner becomes the Hulk that is necessary for the movie to work.
Get Smart – The second best comedy of 2008.
The Love Guru – A bit of a mess, but I still laughed out loud at a few parts. It is the Mike Myers equivalent of Zohan.
Wall-e – Pixar movies have been letting me down for some time now, so this was a nice little surprise. I enjoyed it more than I had expected to.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Journey to the Center of the Earth – If you can get past some plot holes, this movie is fun and entertaining.
The Dark Knight
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Man on Wire
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
Beer for my Horses
Tropic Thunder – Should have been one of the top movies of the year, but Tom Cruise absolutely killed the movie. That role should have been cut or at least cast Jerry Stiller in it.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Vicky Christina Barcelona
The House Bunny
Burn After Reading – I enjoyed the film, but I understand most people’s complaints (i.e. what’s the point of the movie?).
The Family the Preys
My Best Friend’s Girl
Eagle Eye – This movie was bashed pretty hard, but I loved it.
Miracle of St. Anna
Nights in Rodanthe
An American Carol
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Flash of Genius
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Rachel Getting Married
Body of Lies
City of Ember
The Secret Life of Bees
What Just Happened
High School Musical 3
Pride and Glory
Synecdoche, New York
The Haunting of Molly Hartley
Zack and Miri Make a Porno – All the crudeness of a Kevin Smith film without any of the heart.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Role Models – A funny movie that shouldn’t have been as good as it was.
Quantum of Solace – I was entertained, but overall it was a pretty weak Bond movie.
Bolt - Fun family movie. Very good in 3D
Punisher: War Zone
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Nothing Like the Holidays
The Tale of Despereaux
Bedtime Stories – Pretty good overall, but a bit fluffy.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marley & Me
Mike’s Top Movies of 2008
8) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
7) The Incredible Hulk
6) The Forbidden Kingdom
5) Be Kind Rewind
4) Eagle Eye
3) Iron Man
2) Get Smart
1) Forgetting Sarah Marshall
So, now you have the full list of movies released and my picks for best movie of the year. Go ahead and post your favorites in the comments section.