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post #1 of 40
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I'm not really a fan of the big tent pole films everyone else loves, but looking back, it was an absolutely AMAZING year for comedy films.

 

STEP BROTHERS. PINEAPPLE EXPRESS. ZOHAN. BURN AFTER READING. TROPIC THUNDER. SEX DRIVE. SOUL MEN. BE KIND REWIND.  SARAH MARSHALL. ROLE MODELS. THE WACKNESS. RUN FATBOY RUN. FOOT FIST WAY. SON OF RAMBOW(?). IN BRUGES(?).There's some alltimers for me in that mix.

 

The movie that was my favorite at the time was THE WRESTLER, but I haven't revisited since.

 

Overall, for me, a comedown from '07, but if I liked DARK NIGHT or Pixar's stuff, maybe i'd feel differently.

 

What say you?

 

<shout out forgotten sleeper THE RUINS>

post #2 of 40

Ten years? Feels like only yesterday that Rambo was ripping that fella's throat out.

 

Shout-out DOOMSDAY.

post #3 of 40
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DOOMSDAY is one I'm not big on. I guess I just enjoy the movies it's riffing on so much more. Like thanks I'll just watch THE ROAD WARRIOR again.

post #4 of 40
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And apology made to whoever pleases, but VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA is still top 5 of the year for me.

post #5 of 40
It did a nice job riffing on those movies. You could tell Marshall was a fan of them and was having fun paying homage.

It's funny though, if Carpenter could get cash out of Luc Besson via LOCKOUT I'm surprised he never released his hounds on the DOOMSDAY producers.
post #6 of 40
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I should give it another chance.

 

Hey, Molt: I know you love RAMBO, DOOMSDAY, PUNISHER: WZ, any other big faves for you Action or otherwise?

 

Did you dig FOOT FIST WAY?

post #7 of 40
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I just remembered RACHEL GETTING MARRIED was '08. Might be my favorite. (RIP Demme)

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I never got around to TWO LOVERS. I was just reading someone listing that in their top 3.

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SPEEEEED RACERRRRR
post #10 of 40
I remember the 2008 summer blockbuster season being a fart sandwich, besides the surprise of the my opening day Imax viewing of Dark Knight.

Hancock, Terminator Salvation, "Indiana Jones", the dissapointingly mediocre Incredible Hulk and Hellboy 2. X-Files: I Want To Believe was one of my most crushing letdowns ever. Ugh.

The good:

Speed Racer
WallE
Burn After Reading
Body Of Lies
Step Brothers
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doomsday
Synecdoche, NY (best of the year)

Unintentionally good:

The Happening
post #11 of 40

I suppose 2008 was all right

 

but

 

Do we have a 1982 thread because with:

 

Mad Max 2 (well, outside Australia)

Star Trek 2

The Thing

Tron

E.T

Blade Runner

Poltergeist

Conan the Barbarian

 

and who knows what I'm missing ... well, that's yet another reason I need to know if there's a 1982 thread. Just for sci-fi alone, it was an amazing year.

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Fuck.  Those movies were ten years ago?

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Fuck.  Those movies were ten years ago?

 

We're all going to die. Yes, even you Darth Plagueis, so stop trying to forestall the inevitable, it'll only end badly for you.

post #15 of 40
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I never got around to TWO LOVERS. I was just reading someone listing that in their top 3.

 

It's really, really good.  Probably James Gray's best film.

 

I think 2008 was actually one of the best year's of that decade, but it got lost in the wake of 2007, which was one of the best years of any decade.

 

My top ten (which I did a long time ago, but looked up and will just copy and paste here):

 

1) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days*

2) Burn After Reading

3) Synecdoche, New York

4) Let the Right One In

5) Silent Light

6) In Bruges

7) Rachel Getting Married

8) Wendy and Lucy

9) Man on Wire

10) The Wrestler

 

 

* This is easily the standout for me.  One of the best films I have ever seen.

post #16 of 40
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Odd that I own every James Gray film EXCEPT that one. Just added it to the queue.

 

Another I added that I never got around to: Sam Mendes' REVOLUTIONARY ROAD. The Leo + Kate reunion.

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We're all going to die. Yes, even you Darth Plagueis, so stop trying to forestall the inevitable, it'll only end badly for you.

 

UNLIMITED ... NOSTALGIA!!!!

post #18 of 40

What, no love for Quantum of Solace?

 

*crickets chirping*

post #19 of 40
Doubt and Frost/Nixon were 2008 as well. Really enjoyed both of them, particularly Streep's breakdown at the end of Doubt. It's a slow burn to that moment and she just nails it.
post #20 of 40

Thinking back on 2008 it's not a year that makes much impact on me. Here's a top 10 list, but I haven't watched most of these in years:

 

The Brothers Bloom
Rambo
The Dark Knight
Doomsday
Let the Right One In
Role Models
The Wrestler
Baby Mama
Slumdog Millionaire
Kung Fu Panda

 

Iron Man, as well, I used to love but now it kind of gets lost in the shuffle with the rest of the MCU. You'll try to convince me of its greatness, but to the Bart Brain it's been supplanted by later Tony Stark appearances, so it's hard to recapture that old feeling.

post #21 of 40
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THE BROTHERS BLOOM is fantastic. Nobody ever talks about it.

post #22 of 40

My favorite films of 2008 were THE BANK JOB, IRON MAN, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, and PUNISHER: WAR ZONE.

 

I also admired (more than enjoyed) THE WRESTLER and BURN AFTER READING.

post #23 of 40
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Favorite films of 2008 were THE BANK JOB, IRON MAN, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, and PUNISHER: WAR ZONE.

Quantum of Solace!

 

Yes!

 

There is no shame.

 

post #24 of 40

My 10 faves from the year:

 

1. Let The Right One In

2. The Dark Knight

3. Step Brothers

4. Wall-E

5. Burn After Reading

6. Pineapple Express

7. The Wrestler

8. Happy-Go-Lucky

9. Man on Wire

10. Speed Racer

I'd say The Wrestler is the only one on here I don't have much desire to revisit. Step Brothers and Burn After Reading get better with every viewing.

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There is no shame.

 

 

post #26 of 40
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Did you dig FOOT FIST WAY?

 

Not a ton. It was one of those that for every joke that works you get 3 or 4 that don't. I'm glad the right people saw it because I'm a big fan of what those guys have gone on to do. I do see it's on Prime so I'd be willing to see if it has aged well.

 

A comedy from that year that has been lost in the shuffle that does work for me is SEMI-PRO. Caught that one again a couple months ago and it was busting me up. All the bits with Andy Daly and Will Arnett are quality.

post #27 of 40
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Not a ton. It was one of those that for every joke that works you get 3 or 4 that don't. I'm glad the right people saw it because I'm a big fan of what those guys have gone on to do. I do see it's on Prime so I'd be willing to see if it has aged well.

 

A comedy from that year that has been lost in the shuffle that does work for me is SEMI-PRO. Caught that one again a couple months ago and it was busting me up. All the bits with Andy Daly and Will Arnett are quality.

I need to catch back up with Semi-Pro. Tried watching once and wasn't a fan, but I'm guessing I'll like it more when I watch it again. I believe it's currently on HBO Go.

I'm not crazy about Foot Fist Way outside of McBride's break-up monologue towards the end.

post #28 of 40
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I need to catch back up with Semi-Pro. Tried watching once and wasn't a fan, but I'm guessing I'll like it more when I watch it again. I believe it's currently on HBO Go.

 

It was one that didn't do much for me whenever it first hit video. For some reason seeing it now a lot of the gags worked. The poker scene in particular is spectacular.

 

I wouldn't put it ahead of STEP BROTHERS or ANCHROMAN, but it's out in front of the rest of the pack.

post #29 of 40

Wall-E, bitches!

post #30 of 40

Wall-E is half a pretty good movie.

post #31 of 40

Wall-E is half-"The Best Thing Pixar Has Ever Done." The second half is merely very good.

post #32 of 40

In Bruges

The Wrestler

Love Exposure

The Chaser

The Good, the Bad, the Weird

Let the Right One In

The Dark Knight

Burn After Reading

The Wackness

Synedoche, New York

Appaloosa

Bronson

Milk

Tropic Thunder

Rambo

Wall-E

Step Brothers

Tokyo Gore Police

Punisher: War Zone

Gran Torino

Be Kind Rewind

Cloverfield

Iron Man

 

Pretty solid, and hilarious, year.  We also had shit like The Happening, The Love Guru and The Spirit..terrible movies, but rather epic in their terribleness.


Edited by Inkblades - 2/18/18 at 12:34pm
post #33 of 40

Not to be that guy, but actually Hurt Locker was 2009... otherwise it definitely would have made my list.

post #34 of 40

look!  it's THAT GUY!!!!

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post #36 of 40

Please, by all means, be that guy. You're totally right. Damn Letterboxd throwing me off my game!

post #37 of 40
The Hurt Locker released in Europe in September 2008! It was already out on DVD there before the US release in summer 2009.
post #38 of 40

Similar happened with Taken. That came and went in most places in 2008, then came out a year later in the states and surprisingly blew up into this massive thing.

 

No such luck for Hurt Locker though.

post #39 of 40

Walk Hard came out December 2007 but I only saw it in 2008. 

 

Ergo, Walk Hard is the greatest comedy of 2008.

post #40 of 40
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It was one that didn't do much for me whenever it first hit video. For some reason seeing it now a lot of the gags worked. The poker scene in particular is spectacular.

 

I wouldn't put it ahead of STEP BROTHERS or ANCHROMAN, but it's out in front of the rest of the pack.

 

I rewatched this late on Friday night. It isn't Stepbrothers or Anchorman, but I always dig it. The Andy Daly/Will Arnettt scenes are fantastic to cutaway too. I need more Andre 3000 and Tim Meadows in my life and Woody Harrelson's wig is working all 4 quarters of this film. 

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