January 1, 2009

Happy New Year! and my Best Films of 2008

Here are the top 10 films I enjoyed the most in 2008, from those I have seen anyway...


10 - I'm leaving this one open to any of the following still on my list to see from 2008: Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father(Kurt Kuenne), The Counterfeiters(Stefan Ruzowitzky), Milk(Gus Van Sant), Man on Wire(James Marsh), Frost/Nixon(Ron Howard), Choke(Clark Gregg), Che(Steven Soderbergh), The Fall(Tarsem Singh), JCVD(Mabrouk El Mechri), Doubt(John Patrick Shanley), The Reader(Stephen Daldry).
9 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Steven Spielberg)
8 Iron Man (Jon Favreau)
7 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher)
6 Wall-E (Andrew Stanton)
5 Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood)
4 Cloverfield (Matt Reeves)
3 The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
2 The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky)
1 Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle)

Worth a Mention:

Burn After Reading (The Coen Brothers)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Guillermo del Toro)
Pineapple Express (David Gordon Green)
Wanted (Timur Bekmambetov)
Kung Fu Panda (Mark Osborne & John Stevenson)
Tropic Thunder (Ben Stiller)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (Mark Waters)

So what am I looking forward to in 2009?
Watchmen(Zach Snyder), Tokyo!(Joon-ho Bong/Leos Carax/Michel Gondry), X-Men Origins: Wolverine(Gavin Hood), The Soloist(Joe Wright), Tyson(James Toback), Star Trek(J.J. Abrams), Terminator: Salvation(McG), Drag Me To Hell(Sam Rami), Public Enimies(Michael Mann), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen(Michael Bay), Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince(David Yates), Inglourious Bastards(Quentin Tarantino), 9(Shane Acker), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus(Terry Gilliam), Where the Wild Things Are(Spike Jonze), and maybe 2012(Roland Emmerich)...

*Update*
The Informers (Gregor Jordan)
The Escapist (Rupert Wyatt)
Rudo Y Cursi (Carlos Cuaron)

Posted by dschnee at 10:42 AM

January 1, 2008

Happy New Year! and my Best Films of 2007

Here are the top 10 films I enjoyed the most in 2007, from those I have seen anyway...


10 - I'm leaving this one open to any of the following still on my list to see from 2007: and this first one I expect will make my top 3... There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson) Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog), 3:10 to Yuma (James Mangold), Across the Universe (Julie Taymor), American Gangster (Ridley Scott), Charlie Wilson's War (Mike Nichols), and I'm Not There (Todd Haynes).
9 The Lookout (Scott Frank)
8 Enchanted (Kevin Lima)
7 No Country for Old Men (The Coen Brothers)
6 Paris, Je T'aime (numerous directors)
5 300 (Zack Snyder)
4 Superbad (Greg Mottola)
3 Grindhouse (Planet Terror/Deathproof) (Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino)
2 Sunshine (Danny Boyle)
1 Black Book (Paul Verhoeven)

Worth a Mention:

Black Snake Moan (Craig Brewer )
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (David Yates)
Juno (Jason Reitman)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Gore Verbinski)
Ratatouille (Brad Bird)
Surf's Up (Ash Brannon)
Transformers (Michael Bay)
Zodiac (David Fincher)

Here's what I'm looking forward to in 2008?:?

Cloverfield (Matt Reeves) [Trailer] - all this viral marketing can't let us down, can it?
The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan) [Trailer] - going to be awesome.
Hellboy II: The GOlden Army (Guillermo del Toro) [Teaser] - This one will F'ing Rule! no question.
Jumper (Doug Liman) [Teaser] - pretty sweet teaser!
Hancock (Peter Berg) [Teaser] - This one looks fun.
Wall-E (Andrew Stanton) [Trailer2] - I think this one could be on par with the Incredibles...
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher) - I've heard great things about the digital aging going on at DD, plus this is Fincher, nuff said.
Starship Troopers: Marauder (Edward Neumeier) - very curious as to how this one turns out.
The Spiderwick Chronicles (Mark Waters) [Trailer] - I know, I've seen this one already but I'm still excited to see how it does and to see the final theatrical release...
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Steven Spielberg) - come on...I know Ford is getting old, and the tile is way too long, but it's Spielberg!
10,000 B.C. (Roland Emmerich) [Trailer] - could be F'ing cool as b.c. dung, or simply suck, either way the prehistoric beasts appear to look amazing.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (David Yates) - should be solid, the last couple books are fantastic, so this one should rock.
and...
Only because I'm curious from a stylistic point of view, it might be silly as sin, but Speed Racer (The Wachowski's) [Teaser] - parts of it are looking a little shark boy and lava girl, parts of it are looking matrix, so hopefully it's somewhere in the middle, but fresh and more cool, yet with a 60's vibe, good luck 2008!

Posted by dschnee at 11:46 PM

January 1, 2007

Happy New Year! and my Best Films of 2006

Here are the top 10 films I enjoyed the most in 2006, from those I have seen anyway...

10 - I'm leaving this one open to any of the following still on my list to see from 2006: Flags of our Fathers (Clint Eastwood) / Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood), The Queen (Stephen Frears), Dreamgirls (Bill Condon), Blood Diamond (Edward Zwick), and Babel (Alejandro González Iñárritu).
9 Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest (Gore Verbinski)
8 Charlotte's Web (Gary Winick)
7 Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)
6 The Departed (Martin Scorsese)
5 Brick (Rian Johnson)
4 Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)
3 The Last King of Scotland (Kevin Macdonald)
2 The Prestige (Christopher Nolan)

1 The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky)





Worth a Mention:

Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)
Curse of the Golden Flower (Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia) (Yimou Zhang)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Larry Charles)
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones)
The Proposition (John Hillcoat)
X-Men The Last Stand (Brett Ratner)
United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
The Illusionist (Neil Burger)
Superman Returns (Bryan Singer)

Posted by dschnee at 2:21 PM