End Of Year Discussion – December 31, 2008

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It’s Wednesday so it’s time for our weekly open discussion, but as it happens this one is hitting on the last day of 2008! Can you believe this year is over already?

And what an incredible year it’s been for movies… 2008 was a banner year for superhero movie fans with the likes of The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Hellboy 2, and yes – even Hancock and Punisher: War Zone.

Other great genre films included Rambo, Cloverfield (do you even remember that opened this year?!), Tropic Thunder, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Kung Fu Panda and more.

Of course we’ve had our share of not so hot movies this year like The Happening, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Meet Dave, Meet the Spartans, X-Files, etc. Then there those we were looking forward to that left some of us disappointed like Indy 4 and Quantum of Solace.

I think this would be a great place to post your comments regarding your faves and not so favorite movies of this year… Hits, misses, surprises – whatever floats your boat (within our usual guidelines of course).

All of us here at Screen Rant wish you a very Happy New Year and here’s hoping that 2009 turns out to be as great a year for movie fans as 2008 was!

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  1. I heard a talk radio year in review and was surprised that they didn’t play the most famous soundbyte from one of the best light hearted stories of 2008. I mean, there’s even T-shirts for it:
    “Don’t taze me, bro!”

    (Yes, I spelled it right. Everyone else has it wrong.)

  2. Its all downhill from here,,,

  3. 2008 was an interesting year, with its shares of ups and downs, but overall, I think I had a good time!

    For me, Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Tropic Thunder, Cloverfield and The Incredible Hulk were tops. Then again, that’s about all I saw this year, so far. I’m catching up this long weekend. HELLO, NETFLIX!

    Only movie I didn’t like was Sex and the City, and neither did a lot of women I know. To be honest, my old media criticism college class teacher showed us the first episode (which I must say was great, smart, and, well, sassy) and the last episode (cliched, gooey, not-so-smart). The movie would’ve been wise to be a little edgier.

    heath

  4. This was the year of movies and hopefully will have some great hits next year. My tops were IronMan, The Dark Knight, Wall-e, Eagle Eye, Twilight, Quantum of Solace, Yes Man, and a few others. It has been a while since I enjoyed so many movies in the theaters so I would call this a good year :)

  5. Sorry this is kinda’ shallow, but my favorite was Australia. I’ve read some crital reviews, but I loved it. Ok, I love Hugh Jackman and could watch him read my grocery list…sigh…

    Anyway, I watch movies to be entertained. For serious stuff, there’s always Discovery, Animal Planet and The History Channel. Ok, you got me. Guess The History Channel isn’t always serious, but hey, it gives me my UFO fix, so I don’t complain.

    Anyway, the feel of “Australia” reminded me of “Pearl Harbor” with amazing special effects and a gripping story line. Only this time there was a happy ending.

    Did I mention my favorite find of 2008 was this website? This is one of the few opinion sites I have found that actually invites honest opinions and attracts mostly intelligent people.

    Happy New Year to all of you…Rock on!

  6. Hey RoseMarie,

    Thanks so much! We work hard to make this a great place for movie discussions. :-)

    Vic

  7. @RoseMarie
    This is one of the few opinion sites I have found that actually invites honest opinions and attracts mostly intelligent people.

    Uh oh! I think I’d better stop posting so it can be all intelligent people. :-)

    TDK, IM, Incredible Hulk, Hancock….a fanboys heaven! It’s been a great ride, and I hope 2009 will be at least as good.

  8. @John “Kahless” Nah, you’re good. Even the most intelligent of us are only mostly intelligent. Nobody’s perfect.

    Ok, I’m pretty close, but only because God let’s you get mostly perfect when he lets you live a long time. Then you die…or get put in a nursing home where everyone forgets how perfect you used to be. How sucky is that?

    It was a good year for fan girls too. Live long and prosper.

  9. I also am a big fan of Australia- found it very moving! Just so I can check my sanity-Does anyone have an opinion of the new Crank 2 trailer. I find it incredibly vile! If this is what the state of movies is coming to, I’ll take a pass!

    chuck

  10. I really felt that this year was an interesting year for films.
    But overall 2008 was impressive, especially in the Comic Book realm, I do not think that there was one comic film that did not perform well.
    I am going to jump of the Bandwagon for a sec here.In my opinion had Heath Ledger not passed away suddenly, would TDK performed as well as it did? would there be even be talk of possible Oscar nominations for Ledger? Although i really enjoyed TDK, the mdia Frenzy whic surrounded it, in my opinion, could have ruined (which it didn’t) a good thing. I am dissapointed that TDK overshadowed pretty much everything else in film this year. No one really talked about Ed Norton as The Hulk and how good his performance was, Cloverfield kind of came with a small buzz of excitment and vanished just as quickly with no talk of what an impressive story it was. Nor was there much buzz for Vantage Point, which Rocked.All I am saying is that there was more to film this year than Heath and TDK and I feel that lots of people got caught up in it all and dismissed everything else.
    Ok Back on the Bandwagon.YAY!

  11. @entertainmenttodayandbeyond

    Hey Chuck, after seeing your post, I looked that Crank 2 trailer up.

    Yikes…I don’t know where a porno theater is here in Phoenix, so I don’t know if watching the whole movie is even an option. I know all the words, I’ve seen all the body parts, but that particular combination is not too tasty. How sad that this passes for entertainment, unless you are the Marquee de Sade. Certainly speaks to the dark side of the human race.

    I’m with you…have to take a pass on this one.

  12. I’ve only just got round to watching the Dark Knight. I was very impressed, but yes, I was worried about watching it due to the hype. That’s why I waited so long, and I couldn’t watch Ledger without thinking how great everyone else says he is. I don’t know if I think he is great or just been told that.

    Been watching Hellboy 2 as well. A messy movie, storywise for me, but there’s no denying what they achieved in creating monsters and another world. Watching the behind the scenes footage on the dvd is just as good as watching the movie.

    Reckon I’ll be spending 2009 catching up on 2008′s movies. ;)

  13. @Metallicat

    No doubt there was a lot of hype and frenzy directed at TDK, but I believe that even if he hadn’t died, Ledger’s performance was totally Oscar-worthy.

    Vic

  14. @ Metallicat79
    Interesting questions posed about how TDK would have done in the absence of Heath’s passing and all the viral marketing mate, but I have to say that as a screenwriter and avid movie / comic geek, Ledger’s performance was stellar. I don’t make it a habit of watching any film too often, but I have to admit to watching this film quite a few times and being absolutely transfixed by how Ledger BECAME the character! This portrayal was of a magnitude that few actors ever realize right down to the ticks and mannerisms he inserted to make the joker so dangerous and strange.
    The movie was great, but Ledger was epic.
    He will be sorely missed.

  15. Quantum was not so much a disappointment for me as it was a wake-up call to make us understand that you need an action director for a bond movie and not a visionary. Sure, Marc Forster is a good director but he has a poetic way of directing and Quantum to me was way too serious and lost its luster. Besides the fact that most of the gun play and chase scenes had random slow motion and muted sound, Daniel Craig was too much of a brute and didn’t use the cleaverness and suave style that he had in Casino Royale. I understand that the direction of the film was geared towards revenge but License to Kill had the same problem all though Quantum was a much much much better film. Casino Royale gave us a cool Daniel Craig that all of us wanted to be coming from a semi-glamorous Brosnan outing which was too much style and not enough fight. Next film needs to re-instate the cool factor and a little bit of gadget use in order for the franchise to continue this reboot. The next director must be a person that has the action flare with a sense of humor and sophistication.

  16. I only posed the question out of curiosity and see what people think.My own personal opinion is that he would have nominated either wya, however with his passing and the media circus that followed, will guarentee him the oscar.

    But the purpose of my “rant” if you will, there was a post a while back, though i can’t really remember who it was that wrote it, i believe it was Vic, where he was lobbying for RDJ to be niminated for his part in Iron Man or Tropic Thunder, and it was frustrating that in that post, slowly, but surely all comments seemed to have detoured to Heath Ledger and his Oscar chances. I will be the first to admit that TDK was phenomnal and Ledgers Joker was shockingly Fantastic and most definetly Oscar worthy, but i would like to see more conversation on other contendors, or possibilities, without leading back to TDK.

  17. I have a question. I am not trying to diminish the work of any actor, but is there a point in giving a big award to someone who is dead? Sure, it may honor their memory, but does anyone think they care? Who gains by this? Is the spark that make Heath Ledger what he was going to go “oh goodie, you really, really like me”?

    I’m really serious here. It’s not about Heath L. or any specific person. It’s about a concept. Why not give the honor/award to someone who may be equally deserving, who can actually appreciate and benefit from it? I find it difficult to believe the choices are that limited.

    It seems to me that all of the awards I have ever seen given for current movies, etc. (not lifetime achievements) have been used to promote those movies, etc. and/or to make the person(s) recieving the award both recognized and more bankable.

    Please don’t misunderstand…I don’t really care who wins. I just don’t see the point in giving an award to a dead person. Unless, of course, Shirley McLaine accepts it for them and channels said dead person. I’d watch to see that!

    I am open to enlightenment.

  18. @RoseMarie
    That is an awesome question, never really thought of it that way, HMMM?
    I do not know if i really have any good response to that.

  19. In all honesty, when it came to TDK, I really tried to get passed all the hype and his death and to see the film the way it was meant to be seen, but like everyone else, I found that i was caught up in the whole thing, offering praise, etc., shooting down anyone who said otherwise, or disagreed with me. I actually forgot all about the premis of the film, and what it was that made TDK enjoyable.It was all about Heath, when in all reality it was all about the charactor he created, the fantastic story, and the great acting by other actors in the film.

  20. Hey deos anyone else think that for Vic’s new Years Resolution, he should post a new pic of himself??
    Just throwin that out there :)

  21. I received The Mummy III for Christmas. I watched it last night. Now I want to kill myself or the writer, or the person who cast the movie or, or, or…

    I think that everyone who hated The Day the Earth Stood Still should watch The Mummy III. If it doesn’t make you hope for a sequel to TDTESS, or want to put your eyes out with hot pokers then something is very wrong with you.

    I forced myself to watch the entire, disturbing movie because I love Brendan Fraser and loved the Mummy movies. You know a movie’s bad when you wish the main character would die in the first five minutes to spare him the humiliation of appearing in a movie.

    As soon as I knew for sure that it was over, I immediately went to RiffTrax to see if they’d created a commentary track for it but couldn’t find one. That’s the only thing that would have made up for the time I lost watching that load. But no, not there.

    Oh the horror, oh the humanity, oh why wouldn’t you just make Evie out of the country rather than casting a terrible Maria Bello as her character instead? I’d rather they showed Rachel Weitz being slowly impaled on a spike, dying the most horrible death as her character than see it “re-imagined” with by someone who’s not feminine and couldn’t do a British accent to save her life.

    I’m scarred for life, I tells ya! SCARRED! I’ll never get that movie out of my head now, I’ll never be able to pull a Cher and turn back time. Oh the pain, the pain.

  22. @Metallicat

    LMAO! That pic is a testament to the fact that I just don’t have many pictures taken. I had to crop an old one even to get THAT. But yeah, I think you’re right – maybe I’ll “vogue” in my next one. :-P

    Vic

  23. 2008 was a good year for movies and the films I enjoyed the most were:

    Wall-E
    TDK
    Kung Fu Panda
    HellBoy II
    The Incredible Hulk
    Burn After Reading
    Pineapple Express

    They are in no particular order but if I went by the films I watched the most my picks would have to be Wall-E, TDK and The Incredible Hulk

    Happy New Year !!

  24. Here’s the think with Heath, if I hadn’t heard about the hype, I wouldn’t even have recognized him in the part. I’d say he did a good job.

    Most of the movies this year were pretty disappointing for me. The Dark Knight, Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda were the only movies that really surpassed my expectations.

  25. * I mean, here’s the *thing* with Heath. *ahem*
    *cough*

  26. @RoseMarie,
    Good point about posthumous Oscars.. I wonder though, if Shirley McLaine got one would she channel herself back to accept it? Now THAT I’d like to see!

    As for Australia.. It reminded me of the cover of just about ANY romance novel on the shelf! (I was hoping for more ‘Out of Africa’ believability myself.)

    I would have to say the same about Nicole that you did about Huge Jackmuscles though, I definitely wouldn’t kick her out of bed for eatin’ crackers!

    Best of the year?
    Iron Man,
    The Dark Knight,
    Appaloosa,
    Wall-E,
    Benjamin Button,
    No Country For Old Men,

    Worst?
    Indiana Jones and the Letdown of Lucas and Spielberg,
    The Day the Earth Stayed Home,
    and..
    Highlander II: The Quickening.
    (I know it came out 17 years ago, but it was SO bad I put it on my worst list every year)

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, Vic and all youz’ guys!!

  27. RoseMarie,
    I think if the person who has died gave what is considered to be one of the best performances
    then they should be nominated.
    You may not be able to honor the person,
    But you can still honor the work.

  28. Yeah his peformance is definatly oscar worthy.

  29. i dont know about you guys, but i absolutely loveeed quantum of solace… it redefined the bond action sequences (i mean cmon, who didnt LOVE the opera battle scene) but, not to sound like a bandwagoner, i was ASTOUNDED by heath ledger in dark knight, i mean, completely blown away. I was afraid the hype of his performance was all because of his tragic death, but i mean, it was phenomenal in my opinion. 2008 = great movie year for me.

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