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Old 11-26-08, 02:00 AM
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How would you rate this year for movies?

Hi everyone.

I've started this thread because I want to pose the question to people here being how would you rate this year for movies?

What is it a good one? Was it a bad one or was it simply better than average.

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Old 11-26-08, 02:04 AM
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Above average. A few truly great films, but a lot of mediocre filler.
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Old 11-26-08, 08:08 AM
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I typically wait for movies to come out on DVD before watching them so I'm a little behind on this year but from what I've seen its been a decent one.

I started the year with Cloverfield. An interesting action/monster movie which I really enjoyed.

Some very enjoyable comedies came out: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Tropic Thunder and Zack and Miri. Didn't catch a few others like Pineapple Express.

As far as comic book movies we had the slightly above average Incredible Hulk, the excellent Iron Man and the out of this world Dark Knight.

I haven't caught any of the Oscar contenders other than TDK. I plan on seeing Slumdog Millionaire next week. I'm really looking forward to The Wrestler and Benjamin Button as well.
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Old 11-26-08, 08:47 AM
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This has been my favorite year of movies since 1995.
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Old 11-26-08, 08:53 AM
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Good for me, but I really like comedies and comic book movies. It hasn't been great for me so far in the sense of cinematic masterpieces for me, but those are still coming out.
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Old 11-26-08, 09:21 AM
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It's been an entertaining year for me. While there haven't been many truly exceptional movies, the general level of quality/entertainment has been higher than it has been in recent years.

Some ratings/thoughts:
Spoiler:

Basically liked everything here rated 2.5 and above (2.5 being entertaining with some reservations about the movie itself). Everything out of 4. And I'm just getting started (still have to see a lot, a lot of movies from this year including Happy Go-Lucky, Changeling, Zack and Miri, Role Models, Quantum of Solace, Slumdog Millionaire, Body of Lies, W., Religulous, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, so on and so forth)

3.5 - The Dark Knight
3.5 - Forgetting Sarah Marshall

3 - Iron Man
3 - Cloverfield
3 - RocknRolla
3 - Tropic Thunder
3 - Burn After Reading
3 - Wall-E
3 - Kung Fu Panda
3 - Be Kind, Rewind
3 - The Bank Job
3 - Baby Mama
3 - Pineapple Express
3 - Wanted
3 - The Fall
3 - Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
3 - Step Brothers

2.5 - Hellboy II
2.5 - Hancock
2.5 - Run Fatboy Run
2.5 - Doomsday
2.5 - Horton Hears a Who
2.5 - Indiana Jones 4
2.5 - Speed Racer
2.5 - The Ruins
2.5 - The Foot Fist Way

2 - Bustin' Down the Door
2 - Semi-Pro
2 - CJ7
2 - Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day

0.5 - 10,000 BC
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Old 11-26-08, 09:34 AM
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Disappointing, mainly due to the less than stellar fall season.
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Old 11-26-08, 09:42 AM
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I'd say pretty good. The summer season was mediocre in a good way. That is, Iron Man, Indy 4, Incredible Hulk, Hellboy II were all good, but none were spectacular. The Dark Knight is what will set this year apart from others. The only movies from winter/spring that I really liked were Cloverfield and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and I don't think I've seen enough fall movies to really judge.
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Old 11-26-08, 10:56 AM
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Maybe I've gotten better at what I've been seeing, but I've been disappointed less than usual this year.

There's also a few movies that I expect to crack my Top 10 for this year, and I haven't seen them yet.

If I were to compare this year to last, this one had more "good to very good" movies, but last year had more great movies.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:06 AM
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I think also after last summers trilogy of suck (Spider-man 3, Shrek 3, Pirates 3) the fact that this summer's hyped up movies were actually good boosted the years overall image.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:18 AM
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Decent. But it's also been one of the all-time best years for animated films.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:44 AM
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Far too premature a question for most of us who haven't had an opportunity to see the films that receive limited/platform releases toward the end of the year. Ask me again in February/March, when I've seen:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire
The Wrestler
Milk
Frost/Nixon
I've Loved You So Long
Frozen River
Gran Torino
Che
The Reader
Rachel Getting Married
Nothing But the Truth
Happy-Go-Lucky
Man on Wire


See you then!
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Old 11-26-08, 11:51 AM
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In terms of "event" movies, it's been a great year - with Dark Knight, Iron Man, Indy IV, Incredible Hulk, Wall-E, etc.

In terms of serious award contenders, I think the pickings are slim in 2008. That's why Dark Knight has such an excellent shot of a Best Picture nod.
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Old 11-26-08, 12:01 PM
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In terms of "event" movies, it's been a great year - with Dark Knight, Iron Man, Indy IV, Incredible Hulk, Wall-E, etc.
Hulk and Indy were just OK.
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Old 11-26-08, 01:44 PM
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I would say it was a pretty good summer, with a lot of better than expected surprises.
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I was pretty happy with this year, and I was expecting it to be worse...
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Old 11-26-08, 02:20 PM
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I think also after last summers trilogy of suck (Spider-man 3, Shrek 3, Pirates 3) the fact that this summer's hyped up movies were actually good boosted the years overall image.
While I agree with that, don't forget that last summer had Transformers, Live Free or Die Hard, and The Bourne Ultimatum.
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Old 11-26-08, 02:30 PM
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At this point I would say it has been very average. That could all change though in the coming months with several highly anticipated films coming out.

My top film of 2008 at this point is The Visitor.
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Far too premature a question for most of us who haven't had an opportunity to see the films that receive limited/platform releases toward the end of the year.
Exactly. A thread like this is pointless at this point, as most of the worthwhile films haven't been released yet or are in limited release.
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Old 11-26-08, 02:49 PM
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So far, pretty poor. 2007 was by far the best of the decade. There's tons of movies still coming out but the only movies I've really enjoyed were In Bruges, The Dark Knight, and Rock N Rolla. That's it.
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Old 11-26-08, 03:13 PM
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No epic dramas that I've seen or remember but a lot of stuff I've enjoyed and will watch forever - Wall-E, Dark Knight, Kung-Fu Panda, The Bank Job, The Fall.
Pretty average year

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Old 11-26-08, 03:15 PM
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At this point intill the rest of the year flims come out I would say a C+.
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Old 11-27-08, 03:37 AM
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I can't really think of a single movie made in 2008 that I would consider exceptionally good. Granted, I haven't yet seen everything that I would like to see, but then again no movie this year has really been one that I would have been really looking forward to see, therefore making me postpone watching them.

For me, the year has therefore been quite disappointing in terms of new releases. On the other hand, the lack of interesting material in the cinemas has also given me extra time and money to continue exploring older movies on DVD, making the year pretty enjoyable indeed.
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Old 11-27-08, 06:09 AM
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I thought not very good until recently. If you look at the list in my signature, In Bruges and The Signal were previously number ones, but I just saw a slew of great movies, which changed my opinion drastically.
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Old 11-27-08, 06:16 AM
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One of the best years for summer releases.

However spring and fall and been average.
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