This list should have been presented to you a while ago, if only it weren’t for that pesky Sundance! Basis for judgement: enjoyment. With that, I present 5 films that “inspired” and “entertained” my lame ass…
#5: THE DARK KNIGHT
If you would have asked me on opening night, I would have hands-down told you this was my number one film of the year, simply because I’m such a Batman fanboy; but on repeated viewings of the film, it becomes clear that Nolan’s “real-world superhero film”, has one of the most ludicrous series of events in recent film. People who are crying that the academy should have given it a best picture nomination are convinced this film makes sense.
Any film with CELL PHONE VISION should automatically be disqualified from Oscar contention.
Right now, I promise you this is actually a good movie, I promise that this film is amazing, I promise you I’m not including it just because I know you haven’t seen it… yet. I hate it when people proclaim their love for something that they know that you haven’t seen, just so that someday, they can say they saw it first. I PROMISE to shut the fuck up when you tell me you saw it.
The film stars comedian Zach Galifianakis as George Washington Winsterhammerman, a level 3 “Tunt” who begins to fear that he will soon lay victim to the epidemic of people spontaneously exploding that is spreading across the nation. To prevent this from happening, George must find happiness, something that is not accepted in his society. Think 1984 meets Donnie Darko meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Zach Galifianakis, and you have one of the most original films of 2008. Check it out.
*My number 3 is a tie between…
#3: THE WRESTLER
I’ve been a pro wrestling fan since I was a small boy, so it should come to no surprise that this film has won me over. Or should it? Until now, pro wrestling films have either excluded their fans, or everyone else. The film manages to welcome both sides of the pro-wrestling viewing audience, the true-believers, and the rest of the world.
One of my all time favourite endings to a film.
#3: THE VISITOR
Another film that I run the risk of the “I saw this first” backlash; but thanks to Richard Jenkins’ nomination for Best Actor, I hope that’s not the case. This is the follow up film for Thomas McCarthy whose last film he wrote and directed was The Station Agent, another film that I beg you to go out and watch!
#2: VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
I’ve only started catching up to the cinematic wonder known as Woody Allen this year. I started with Annie Hall (and was completely floored), then made my way to Everyone Says I Love You (similar result), so I decided to give his new film a go.
A film that can make you laugh while questioning the validity of love itself, is worth watching in my books. Very funny, very smart, very beautiful people (touching each other). What’s not to like?
Sadly, after that, I watched Scoop… which rhymes with “poop”. Coincidence?
I watched the Golden Globes a couple weeks ago and I was consistently shocked to see the lack of recognition this film was getting.
Perfect acting is hard to come by, but when you have an ensemble cast achieving the (damn-near) impossible together, with an ultra-talented director at the helm, prepare to sit back and have your ass dazzled. Sean Penn is absolutely stupefying.
Also, I don’t think there’s a more relevant film (in the running for Best Picture) this year, what with Prop 8 passing, and they’re now looking to revoke those little things called “Marriage Licenses” across California.
WARNING: This film will make you gay.