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My Top 28 Movies of 2008 (and Bottom 10)

In 2008, I have seen 128 movies. Actually, this isn't true, I have seen many, many more, but in terms of movies that had a wide-release in 2008, I have seen 128. So I figured that I would take the time to do what many movie enthusiasts do this time of year and give you a best of (and a worst of) list.

Note: Some movies, such as The Visitor, had a limited released in 2007. If it got a wide-release in 2008, it goes on my 2008 list.

Note: I have already looked at dozens of "Best of 2008" lists, and every time that I scan over people's lists, I skip over the commentary unless I see a different, more curious choice. If you want my professional opinion, just ask.

Disclaimer: This list is subject to change, due to the fact that many of the best films of the year get released in Oscar season, and many of those movies look excellent. I have not seen The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Gran Torino, Milk, Revolutionary Road, Synecdoche, New York and The Wrestler.

With all that in mind, here we go: 

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Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for reading.
Eat that baby

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Today at work, stocking the freezers with Nick, a lady came up to me and asked where breakfast biscuits are. I showed her our marginal selection, mostly just Jimmy Dean sausage biscuits. She said "no, just the biscuit." I said "Oh, you don't want any sausage in your biscu..." and froze.

Thank God she wasn't looking at me, because she would have seen me looking mortified. And thank GOD she didn't notice the unintentional double entendre. Nick was laughing his ass off for half an hour.

I should really think before I talk.
Peeping Tom

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The most recent addition to my top 20 touts one of my favorite trailers:

This is the way a movie trailer should be made. It doesn't give away any of the movie's best scenes (it actually doesn't give away any scenes at all, as footage in the trailer isn't even in the movie), it just gives you a tiny morsel of the juicy meat of the movie. Compare to the trailer of it's remake, Quarantine (I am assuming you have already seen this trailer, as the trailer itself contains huge spoilers).

Every single big shock or scare is given away in a 2:11 trailer. Why would you do that? Why not save your big punches for the theaters? ::spoilers:: The last big scare in the movie, the child in the attic, didn't have as large of an impact on me as it should have, as I remembered it from the trailer and knew it was coming. ::end spoilers::

Quarantine, in my book, is still a very good movie, even for a remake. [Rec] is in an entirely different league. I rewatched it today with two good friends (their first time), and one of them "watched" it through her hands for the final 20 minutes (it's only really 70 minutes long). I wish to God I saw [Rec] before Quarantine, but that just wasn't meant to be. It's the same movie shot for shot, except [Rec] is in Spanish and handled supremely. See this movie if you get the chance, and definitely see it before Quarantine if you are considering going to the theaters for that.  I cannot praise it enough.

Sidenote: I got one of my favorite compliments the other day from Ryan saying I have good taste in movies, and that he even brings up my opinion amongst strangers I barely/do not know when it comes to movies. At least one person's reading my reviews, so I'll keep writing them.
Peeping Tom

Dick Laurent is dead.

Whelp, I am now on vacation.  My first vacation from Target in a year and a half, and I'm taking a whole week away from that place.  And golly gee, it feels good not waking up at 3 AM and delving into the monotony.  The only real plans I have come at the tail end, where I go to Gennie Springs with some of my stage friends.  I've heard stories about what happens in Gennie, it should be a fun time.

Apart from Gennie Springs, all of my plans will be improvised, if at all.  Mostly just movies.  Speaking of movies...

This movie left a big impression on me.  There aren't too many movies out there that leave me thinking about it a week after I have watched it.  I think the last one was Punch-Drunk Love.  And I've seen a couple of movies.

The film starts off at a crawl.  I thought I was going to hate it because it was moving so slowly and many lines delivered were especially wooden.  But, much like Lynch's Eraserhead, it starts to snowball in intensity.  The beginning moves slowly because that's how hollow and fake Fred Madison's life is, choosing to turn the other cheek with his cheating wife.

It picks up in intensity (and interest) at the party, where we are introduced to the Mystery Man, played by Robert Blake.

Seriously, this guy will give you nightmares.  It's here where Lynch takes a turn for the psychological and makes you work if you want understand the movie, kind of like yet another Lynch movie, Mulholland Dr..  There are theories that the Mystery Man is Fred's jealousy, or even the devil himself.  Whatever your interpretation, Blake is riveting. 

Then, Fred Madison as played by Bill Pullman inexplicably turns into Pete Dayton, as played by Balthazar Getty.  This might loose some people, but not all in Lost Highway is reality; over half of it is this character Pete's story, a fabrication of Fred's conscience.  This really made me dwell on how often people do this; that is, believe truth the way they want to, so as not to feel the pangs of guilt and remorse.

Lost Highway is not for everybody.  It is undeniably well-done, but I will admit, you need to be a David Lynch fan to enjoy this.