The Year So Far - What Are Your Favorites?
by Alex Billington
April 23, 2008
We're just about launch into the summer movie season, but before we get there, I want to recap the year so far. To be honest, it's been a very unimpressive first half of 2008. There really haven't been too many stand out movies. I've got a few of my own favorites, but there hasn't been anything that I'll really remember for the rest of the year (like 300 last year and V for Vendetta the year before it). We had Cloverfield, but we all knew that was coming, and then of course Rambo; but besides those two, nothing has been that extraordinarily good. I'm hoping this is an exception and not a pattern for 2008, because I've got really high hopes for the summer. Let's take a look at my own favorites from the year so far.
I'm always a bit biased by this time because I've seen an extra 32 films from Sundance that don't really count as releases (yet) and no one else has seen. And unfortunately the caliber of Sundance films are always drastically higher than almost everything up until this point anyway. I'll include a few of my absolute favorites from Sundance anyway, just because if I didn't think about them, I wouldn't have been able to stay a happy moviegoer throughout March and April anyway. Screw it, let's just get down to it!
Best of the Best: The Escapist, Assassination of a High School President, American Teen, The Wackness, Cloverfield
Runner Ups: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Charlie Bartlett, Smart People, Be Kind Rewind
I'm also missing a few key movies that I haven't seen yet, like The Bank Job, Vantage Point, My Blueberry Nights, CJ7, and so on. But this isn't about me! This is about all of you! I want to hear what your favorites from the year so far are? I want to know if there's been anything really good that I've missed or if there's just been a mediocre mix of movies except for one good one (Cloverfield, Rambo, Forgetting Sarah Marshall)? Please chime in below with your thoughts on the year so far for movies.
If you need a refresher on some of the movies that have already shown, here are a few more in addition to those I've mentioned above: Jumper, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Definitely, Maybe, Fool's Gold, The Other Boleyn Girl, Semi-Pro, 10,000 B.C., Horton Hears a Who, 21, Doomsday, Drillbit Taylor, Leatherheads, Nim's Island, The Ruins, Street Kings.