I think we’ve discussed before how this year has been really crappy for film compared to years past. I thought I’d take time to present the optimistic side of why I think this year is great so far, and still has a chance at being something wonderful. So, without further adeu…
8. Comic Book Movies Don’t Suck As Much: Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Incredible Hulk: There is no denying after the lackluster 3rd installments of X-Men and Spiderman, that this year for Marvel was alot better since they took over control of their films. Maybe the Incredible Hulk isn’t as good, but still much better than the mediocre Hulk. What more is there to say about The Dark Knight? Why so serious?
7. In Bruges: If you can get past the odd marketing scheme, which hardly reflects the actual movie, this one is an early 2008 gem that most only saw on DVD. Go watch it now if you haven’t already.
6. Wall-E: Cute. Funny. Heartwarming. If you didn’t like this, then you have no soul.
5. Australia: Hugh Jackman in a Baz Luhrman film speaking in his normal accent. What’s not to like?
4. Gran Torino: Clint Eastwood, back to form, making me scared of a senior citizen (again). Unless you’re the rare type who hates Clint Eastwood (no soul), then this is a must see.
3. Revolutionary Road: Leonardo di Caprio is one of this decade’s best actors. Team him back up with Kate Winslet in an adaptation of a some famous novelist named Richard Yate’s novel.
2. A Christmas Tale: Mathieu Amalric, last seen in Quantum of Solace (as the bad guy), stars somewhere in this dysfunctional family drama. Haven’t seen much from the foreign circuit this year, but this looks to be one of the better outings.
1. The Wrestler: After seeing the trailer, this immediately jumped to my most anticipated of the year. Looks like an Oscar for Rourke, and holy crap the screenwriter is the same guy who wrote The Onion Movie! Love the Bruce Springsteen track in the trailer btw. Most likely Aronofsky’s best.
0. Valkyrie: I somehow forgot this when I started, and didn’t want to lose my ‘8’ format. Bryan Singer + Tom Cruise = greatness. Love him or hate him, Tom Cruise is one of the best at what he does. And Bryan Singer hasn’t had a bad film. Superman Returns you say? You have no soul. Quit repeating what the critics say.