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An impressive array of personalities give their take on the important life of Dalton Trumbo.
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Travolta knows how to play puppy dog, apparently
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People who added this item 375 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.7
What the hell just happened to De Niro's career?

Bruce Willis makes a pretty funny cameo as himself.
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There is very little dairy involved and a lot of Penn

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People who added this item 165 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1
Swing Vote (2008)
Costner is still likable
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People who added this item 1709 Average listal rating (1070 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5
You can start by not watching this.

The dance scene is pretty funny among a few other moments.
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Most scenes wanted to be funny like the first film but most failed to do so. Still, the characters are funny and of course you can't lose with Neil Patrick Harris.
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So silly and obnoxious it's entertaining. The music isn't horrible but it's just so wrong.
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An Alec Baldwin lion saves this less-than-stellar sequel
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People who added this item 418 Average listal rating (260 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Possibly the best and scariest documentary on food yet.
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Each scene becomes more painful than the previous. The scenes are very flat and dry... but a solid performance from Shannon and basically balsy attitude the director and editor had with such scenes made it likable.
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An interesting look at the controversial and prolific filmmmaker.
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A documentary about the 90s New York art scene, by the underground movement not the snobs
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People who added this item 151 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
An unusual road trip movie with some natural dialogue in forced situations.

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Visually just as great as the first; but it has lost a lot of the adventure and charm from the first.
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Visually as appealing as the first, but not as interesting of a story.
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People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
The elderly getting hip, singing rock songs. There are some lovely and effecting moments but it is made by mediocre documentarians.
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This realistically-paced abortion film is glamourless and deals with tone wonderfully.
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People who added this item 2546 Average listal rating (1665 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
Ed Norton makes this portrayal realistic but Tim Robbins ruins it from greatness, along with the miss of a solid ending
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People who added this item 447 Average listal rating (248 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
Choke (2008)
Sam Rockwell plays this role perfectly

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People who added this item 146 Average listal rating (86 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
A great cast in a movie with potential but tries to hard to get out a message without giving us characters we care about.
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People who added this item 2578 Average listal rating (1701 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
This film wanted to be a slick new take on the genre, but fell flat in some areas and with what was gained style was lost in the acting and casting choices.
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As usual Lee's racial intentions are a bit didactic; but I love a good war film and this one certainly was a different type of one.
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Without a doubt the weakest edition of the saga; but nonetheless an entertaining jaunt, while silly at times, through Jones's archeological and nostalgic world.
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People who added this item 137 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.4
Coogan is a maniac and it's almost as if he knows this is a shitty movie he is starring him but he doesn't give a shit and he just delivers a manic performance that, clearly, few people have grown to appreciate.

Film stumble along into a climactic performance of 'Hamlet 2' and proves to be a nice payoff.
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People who added this item 489 Average listal rating (341 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.8
A pretty messy film but worth a second viewing because of how funny Ferrell is no matter what the film is.
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People who added this item 120 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
More experimental weirdness from Madden
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People who added this item 1102 Average listal rating (683 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Basically the same as the original but it has Naomi Watts; so it's better

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People who added this item 569 Average listal rating (351 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Clearly Poppy is happy-go-lucky
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I was actually an extra in this unconventionally funny story of a semi-pro boxer; but I'm not what makes it good it's the unconventional humor that does and an honest performance from Corolla.
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People who added this item 560 Average listal rating (353 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6
These ladies are a funny pair, I'm sure we'll see more of them in the upcoming years.
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People who added this item 194 Average listal rating (108 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Shine a Light (2008)
A much less-successful concert movie than Scorsese's "The Last Waltz"
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It's a tough thing, taking on such a prolific and obscure person, but this delivers enough of what we want. I would have loved a more Gonzo approach to the cinematography and editing. It was too straight forward.
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People who added this item 261 Average listal rating (139 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Cruz is stunning as usual, and shows quite a bit of skin. Almost so much that it distracts me from the so-so story.
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People who added this item 712 Average listal rating (453 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Beautifully filmed depressing violent movie
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Morning Light (2008)


A documentary about young sailors. Really made me crave the open sea and get on a boat myself... so actually it was just as frustrating.

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A well-acted, well-developed story that leads to a ballsy ending. I didn't quite believe the actions that are taken by the main character at the end, but it's still strong and effective.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Herb Dorothy (2008)
A great story of a couple who are true lovers of art. It's a story that needed to be told but unfortunately this documentary doesn't unfold the story in a very good way.
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People who added this item 3002 Average listal rating (1940 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4
Hancock (2008)
I feel like they didn't make this as awesome as they could have because they were setting it up for a sequel; too bad one won't be made.
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People who added this item 779 Average listal rating (455 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Possibly a star-making role for Yelchin. He is pretty solid in this clever but non entirely original movie.
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Hathaway shows she's not just a Disney Princess
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A very very strange and somewhat funny movie.
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Melissa Leo invests so much in this role, it's truly depressing in a cold, beautiful way.
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Carrey and Carell lose their wonderful facial/physical comedy and try out their voices in a decent rendition of a Seuss classic.

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People who added this item 1060 Average listal rating (695 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Eagle Eye (2008)
Shiah running around a lot, again; but this time without five-story robots
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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
Surfwise (2007)
A crazy documentary about a one-of-a-kind family.
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While this film is frustrating throughout it has some twists and turns that made it entertaining as a whole. A pretty solid cast delivers with what's a fairly weak script.

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People who added this item 339 Average listal rating (212 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Son of Rambow (2007)


This raucous yet sweet film stars two young Brits coming to age through adventures of filmmaking and friendship.

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The Visitor (2007)
Jenkins has always been a great supporting actor and he proves here he can hold his own with his role here. Love the ending.
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This list was created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz
Created January 2009
Updated August 2018
Films Seen: 155


One of the weakest years of the decade; but the top 10 is still a solid group.


Also-Seen:
Rated 6/10

The Beautiful Truth
The Bank Job
Encounters at the End of the World
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies
What Happens in Vegas...
Baghead
Speed Racer
JCVD
Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden
Sangre de mi Sangre
Trouble the Water
Drillbit Taylor
The House Bunny
The Grand
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Strangers
Rated 5/10
The Deal
Chaos Theory
Bedtime Stories
Mamma Mia!
Righteous Kill
Made of Honor
The Tale of Despereaux
Rated 4/10
Rambo
Smart People
10,000 BC
Sukiyaki Western Django
My Best Friend’s Girl
27 Dresses
Water Lillies
The Flight of the Red Balloon
Untraceable
Vantage Point
Jumper
Ping Pong Playa
Chapter 27
Strange Wilderness
The Spirit
The Ruins
Rated 3/10
The Love Guru
Sex and the City
Prom Night
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
A Girl Cut in Two
The Happening
The Informers
88 Minutes
Rated 2/10
Twilight
Sex and Death 101
Wendy and Lucy
An American Affair
Rated 1/10
Garden Party
Sex Drive
The Babysitters

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Yearly Best Film Lists (1902 - Present) (100 lists)
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Posted: 7 years, 9 months ago at Nov 9 18:03
Really good job.
Posted: 4 years, 12 months ago at Aug 18 20:46
I don't even know why we even need a top 100 for a single year (there aren't even that many years that have as many as 30 films that are, at the very least, pretty good). But since you tried, guess I might as well see your work:

100.Maybe.
99.No. Anna Faris as a sex symbol in a Happy Madison Production? Automatic horror!
98.No. John Hughes' career ended at the start of the 1990's.
97.Yes, and higher.
96.No.
95.NO!
94.No.
93.No. There aren't that many interesting documentaries out there.
92.Yes, and higher, and with reluctance.
91.No. Sean Penn in leftwing PCism. Feh!
90.A 2007 movie, and thus, no.
89.Surprisingly yes.
88.For 2008 standards, I'm gonna go with a squeaker-in.
87.No. PC in the guise of Documentary filmmaking.
86-83.Yes.
82.No. Delinquent behavior with a PC stance? Automatic Horror!
81.No.
80.Another squeaker-in by 2008 standards (not a huge admirer of Roman Polanski).
79.Yes, and much higher--top 20, in fact.
78.Yes, and much higher--top 20, in fact.
77.No.
76.No.
75.Yes, and higher.
74.Yes, and much higher--top 20, in fact.
73.No!
72.Yes, and should be top 10.
71.Borderline.
70.Ehh...no. These sorts of films are not comedies.
69.No. Not a fan of his work.
68.Yes.
67.A squeaker-in. Not a big fan of Will Ferrell.
66.Borderline.
65.Yes, and in the top 30 at least.
64.Yes.
63.Yes.
62.No.
61.No. Bridezillas generally aren't good movies, and Jonathan Demme's career hasn't been the same since Silence of the Lambs.
60.Within the confines of 2008, yes, but lower.
59.Yes.
58.Borderline.
57.No.
56.Even more PCism about illegal immigration. No!
55.Borderline.
54.No!
53.Yes.
52.Yes with some reluctance, and much lower (it's one of the most miserable Will Smith roles I've ever seen).
51.Yes, and worthy of the top 20.

More to come in the next comment.
Posted: 4 years, 12 months ago at Aug 18 21:26
Continuing on:

50.Within the confines of 2008, yes, but much lower.
49.No! Spike Lee is, if anything, moral cinematic poison!
48.Yes, with some reluctance, and only for the four Oscar nominated performances.
47.Yes.
46.Among the nominated animated features, the best. Yes.
45-44.Given both films are 2007, no.
43.Yes.
42.Yes, and top 30 at least--possibly top 20.
41.Yes.
40.Yes.
39-37.No.
36.Yes, but lower.
35.Yes, and top 10 worthy.
34.Yes, but possibly lower.
33.Yes, and should be top 20.
32.No. After Jay & Bob, Kevin Smith's career hasn't been the same.
31.Yes, and right about here.
30.A suburban soap opera, but within the confines of 2008, yes with reluctance, but much lower.
29.Yes, but lower, and certainly not higher than Gran Torino.
28.Borderline. Not really into chick flicks.
27.Yes on respectability alone, which is a rare curse for contemporary documentaries.
26.No.
25.Yes, but higher.
24.Yes, but lower (possibly as high as top 50).
23.Yes.
22.Yes, but much lower (modern day low brow humor just isn't that funny unless you go all the way, like with John Waters).
21.Yes, but maybe a little higher.
20.No, no, no, NO!
19.Borderline, and much lower.
18.This one was just...weird. By 2008 standards, it's a squeaker-in at best.
17.Yes, and should be top 5.
16.No.
15.Yet another suburbian soap opera. Yes with great reluctance, and much lower.
14.Yes, but lower.
13.By 2008 standards, yes, but much lower.
12.See numbers 15-13 above.
11.No.
10.Perhaps the only good Best Picture nominee of the bunch. Yes, but lower--near the crusp for top 30.
9. Yes, but lower--top 30ish if anything.
8. ARE YOU INSANE!?
7. Again, are you insane!?
6. I haven't seen this one yet, but I can't see it ranking in the top 10--predictably, it might turn up in the top 20 or 30.
5. One of my least favorite Coen brothers, but I still found somewhat enjoyable. Top 20 worthy, maybe just barely making the cut for top 10.
4. I don't hate you for finding this movie rather funny, but if anything, it's rather depressing when one thinks about it. Possible consideration, but not very likely (99 or 100 being the most likely spots the film could turn up in my list).
3. Yes! Top 3 for sure!
2. A little odd that you rated this film this high, yet have plenty of critical things to say about it that would, if anything, rank it much lower on my list. Borderline as a decent film, which, by 2008 standards, is a yes, but much lower.
1. Yes, without question!

A question involving your choices: Where's The Hurt Locker? Waltz with Bashir--by far the best animated of the year? Or a much lesser extent (since this is top 100), Forbbidden Kingdom? The Incredible Hulk? Journey to the Center of the Earth? The Rocker? Bangkok Dangerous? Leatherheads? The Duchess? The socially ironic Lakeview Terrace? Or--much as I found it a disappointment--An American Carol? City of Ember? Spiderwick Chronicles? Quarantine? The surprisingly well-made W (and this coming from a guy who absolutely hates Oliver Stone)? Pride and Glory? The Tale of Despereaux? The Spirit (yes, I'm recommending this one)? Valkarye? Many of the no films on your list are better suited for ANY of the recommended films I just listed.

It just goes to show just why top 100 on a yearly basis don't work. Maybe in a decade, but a year?
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Mar 29 19:42
Thank you for the longest comment I've ever received on a list. The movies you are questioning as to why they are not on list:
They were not released in 2008 (in my country) or I have not yet watched them.
Oh, and several of them just look bad.
AND some of them are on the list.

Finally, for me, it works. I appreciate votes but these lists are just as much about me organizing what movies I see from each year and how I rank them.
When every year sees more than 500 movies released domestically it's not an unreasonable thing to list a favorite 100.
Posted: 2 years ago at Jul 28 2:51
Always a fan of your lists. Like you said, this year was certainly upsetting for viewers. Besides a few, it's quite shocking to see how disappointing this list gets after the number two spot.

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