First things first. I have not seen EVERY film this year. So this is more like a Top 10 Films That I Saw list. I didn't get a chance to see movies like The Wrestler, or Slumdog Millionaire, or Benjamin Button. Having a newborn around kinda cancels out the going to the movies option for me. Plus I refuse to be one of those assholes that bring babies to movie theaters. So if you read this list and get all pissed cause one of YOUR favorite movies isn't in MY top 10, chances are I just didn't get around to seeing it this year. This was a pretty hard list to do, it shows that I didn't get out to the movies near as much as I should have. I really had to search and reach to fill out 10 movies. As you will see.
10. Midnight Meat Train
This movie didn't even get a theatrical release. This was the first time ever that I had heard of a movie going direct to dollar theaters. Thankfully I got to see this for free. It was on fearNET on my OnDemand service, it's still there if you have OnDemand so go check it out. Good horror movies are hard to come by these days. Mostly all we get is shitty PG-13 remakes. But thankfully this was something fresh for everyone. A good story, good characters, and of course, awesome gore. I hate when CGI is used in place of make-up effects, but if it is done the right way, it works perfect. Ever see a man get hit so hard in the back of the head it makes his eyes pop out? I have, thanks to this movie.
9. Speed Racer
For some reason this movie got shit from everyone. It bombed at the box office, and it got shitty reviews from all over. But I thought it was pretty damn awesome. This seriously is the most visually stunning movie you'll ever see. The characters are cheesey and cartoony but hey, guess what? That's what they're supposed to be! I thought this captured the cartoon series perfect, and plus anything with John Goodman in it is an instant thumbs up.
8. The Spiderwick Chronicles
I never read the books and knew nothing of this movie going in. But this turned out to be something that I wish we would get more of. No word of further movies but this blew Narnia away. It was kinda like the kids movies from back when I was a kid, when they were scary. This movie was actually pretty damn violent for a kids movie too. Kids getting attacked by goblins and scratched up and bleeding all over, fuckin crazy. I loved it.
7. Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
Again, a great horror movie that didn't get recognized by many. It's been a long time since we had an "Ash" type character roaming around. Since we'll never get an Evil Dead 4, I think Jack Brooks will make a suitable replacement for Ash. Hopefully they continue on with more Jack Brooks movies.
6. The Incredible Hulk
Hands down the best fight scene in YEARS. Abomination Vs. Hulk at the end was insane. And thank you lord for making up for the shit that was known as HULK. Ed Norton was perfect, the movie was perfect. It had everything anyone would want, be it fans of the TV show, or comic. It had nods to both. I just hope Ed Norton sticks around for The Avengers.
5. Zack And Miri Make A Porno
This is the best Kevin Smith movie. I have been a huge Kevin Smith fan since Clerks came to video. I've been a loyal follower even though some of his movies are a little, eh. I am a fan of the serious comedy Kevin Smith. Like Clerks, Zack And Miri, Chasing Amy. But shit like Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back is just too idiotic. I still watch it, and laugh here and there, but it's like watching a fuckin cartoon. When he makes movies that have heart and soul in them, that can make you laugh but then make you near tears, that is when Kevin Smith shines.
Where is this on other peoples Top 10 lists? This was the most insanely awesome action movie I had seen in years. Sylvester Stallone did what George Lucas and Steven Speilberg failed to do. Reach back to the 80s and bring back an icon and make him awesome once again. Stallone 1. Lucas and Speilberg 0.
3. Iron Man
This one was tough. Iron Man is behind The Dark Knight, but just barely. This is how comic book movies are done. This is how summer blockbusters are done.
2. The Dark Knight
Do I really need to say anything about this movie that hasn't already been said 100 times by 100 people?
Even if I had gotten around to seeing every movie this year, I think that Wall-E would still hold this spot as the best movie of 2008. Pixar is the best out there right now. If there is a Pixar movie coming out, you know it's gonna be good no matter what. So of course going into Wall-E I knew it would be good. But was I expecting it to be GREAT? No. I had no idea how great this movie would turn out to be. I hope the Academy gives this movie the honor it deserves. Fuck a Best Animated Film win, cause seriously you know it's gonna get nominated, and you know it'll win. This movie needs to be nominated for Best Picture. Seriously. Beauty And The Beast was nominated, why not Wall-E?!