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The Best Movies of 2008


The Best Movies of 2008

 

Below is my list of the best movies that I have seen that were released in 2008 (even if some were made in 2007).  I have included trailers for each movie.  I would love to eventually write a review of each of these films and talk about why I enjoyed them so much.  But for now, just know that I highly recommend all of these movies.  I will continue to add to this list if I see any more movies from 2008 that are worthy of this list.

 

Gran Torino (2008)

Defiance (2008)

Street Kings (2008)

Valkyrie (2008)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008)

21 (2008)

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Step Brothers (2008)

Body of Lies (2008)

Righteous Kill (2008)

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Seven Pounds (2008)

Eagle Eye (2008)

Changeling (2008)

Max Payne (2008)

Sex Drive (2008)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

 

Movies that were good, but did not quite make the list are:

 

The Wrestler (2008)

Vantage Point (2008)

Transporter 3 (2008)

W. (2008)

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

WALL-E (2008)

Four Christmases (2008)

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Who Knew Michael Keaton and Heath Ledger Could be Brothers?


Beetle Juice Joker

These two movie characters look strikingly similar.  They could almost be brothers.  I never would have noticed how much Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) from Beetlejuice (1988) looks so much like the Joker (Heath Ledger) from The Dark Knight (2008) if I had not seen this picture.  Their characters were 20 years apart from each other on screen, but in this picture they could be twins.

Looking at this picture, I could totally see each actor play the other character.  Heath Ledger (Rest in Peace) would have been a great Beetlejuice.  At the time that Michael Keaton was Beetlejuice, I bet he would have been a great Joker.  Ironically Keaton played Batman (the Joker’s nemesis) in Batman (1989) a year after Beetlejuice was in theatres.

Do you think that Beetlejuice is about to trade numbers with the Joker?  Instead of shrinking Beetlejuice’s head, what do you think the Joker would do to Beetlejuice?

Top 10 (err…13) Movies that I saw in Theatres in 2012


Top 10 (err…13) Movies that I saw in Theatres in 2012

My ratings are on a scale of 1-10.

 

 

1.  Ted (2012).  My rating: 9

         

2.  The Dark Knight Rises (2012).  My rating: 9

3Jack Reacher (2012).  My rating: 9

4.  Skyfall (2012).  My rating: 8.5

 

5.  Contraband (2012).  My rating: 8.5

 

6.  End of Watch (2012).  My rating: 8.5

 

7.  Looper (2012). My rating: 8.5

 

8.  Lincoln (2012).  My rating: 8

 

9.  Men in Black 3 (2012).  My rating: 8

 

10.  Total Recall (2012).  My rating: 8

 

11.  Lawless (2012).  My rating: 8

 

12.  21 Jump Street (2012).  My rating: 8

 

13.  The Dictator (2012).  My rating: 8

Note: Hugo (2011), and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) would have both been on this list, but I didn’t count them because they were filmed in 2011.  That being said, 21 Jump Street and The Dictator would have been knocked off of the list.

I also saw the Dark Knight Trilogy in the theatre on the same night of the tragic theatre shooting.  I was not about to count Batman Begins (2005) or The Dark Knight (2008) as a part of my 2012 list.