Sunday, 14 September 2014

Top 10 Films of 2008





21 comments:

  1. I hate that fucking perrier commercial so much

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  2. Adam, it is a recent plan of mine to make a movie critics channel, yet and so, i do know very little about cinema in it's theory and study, could you point me directions to who and what should i study please?

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  3. Great content, Adam! I've seen about a half of these films, but i'll definitely will check out the rest of the list some day.

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  4. YourMovieSucksDOTorg14 September 2014 at 18:14

    Not sure what I'd recommend. There's plenty of documentaries out there on film production and whatnot. I've just kind of been picking things up as I go.

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  5. You mentioned that it would be unreasonable to expect people to enjoy things that they don't enjoy. Whether or not that was a reference to homosexuality, I disagree. I could learn to enjoy all of the movies you mentioned, and for that matter any movie ever, but I rarely find myself in the right state of mind to do so. All I'm saying is, most of these are art films or have niche appeal or whatever, and where's the entertainment in that? I'm tired of this hipster bullshit. I have loud neighbors who play their stupid music all night because that's how they get their kicks. I get my kicks by watching movies like Spider-Man and Star Wars. Fuck characters. I even write screenplays, and (perhaps due to my nationality) I find it difficult to write anything that is not straight action. The only recognizable action movie of 2008 you mentioned was The Dark Knight, and that movie appeals to a very niche crowd (mostly /tv/). 2008 had Iron Man, the 4th Rambo movie, and Gran Torino. I think Hollywood is heading in the right direction right now. Your taste in deliberately genre-bending art films is a minority.

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  6. Goddamn 2008 was great for film. Doubt, Dear Zachary, Let the right one in, and Waltz with Bashir are all movies i love. I think there are only 3 or so movies on this list i haven't seen so i'm gonna check those out. I only saw Synecdoche New York once, so I'll hopefully get around to that before your analysis video. Good job, these videos are worth the wait. It's ironic that The Strangers came out the same year as Funny Games U.S. considering Funny Games was a commentary on exactly that kind of film.

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  7. You're kind of missing the point. This is Adams top 18. It makes sense that he enjoys art films considering he puts effort into noticing details and subtleties in film that most modern action films, no matter how entertaining they are, don't have. This isn't a definitive list of the best movies of that year, they're his favorites. Human drama can be exciting if its the kind of storytelling that appeals to you. I really loved guardians of the galaxy for the fun popcorn movie that it was, but my favorite films this year are Enemy and Boyhood because they gave me something to chew on and left an impression on the way i think about certain things. You also destroyed your own credibility as a writer by saying the words "Fuck characters." It isn't hipster bullshit just because it has artistic merits and a unique perspective.

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  8. I guess I'm a little confused then about how anyone could consider these the "best" films of that year. How does one define "best"? If it's based on the amount of entertainment gained from the films, there were arguably better ones. Something to chew on? Let me tell you about chewing. When I was about four years old, I lacked the jaw strength to predigest roast beef in my mouth. I would chew and chew and chew, and it just made everything taste bad and made me want to spit it out. That's how I feel about certain films like Waltz with Bashir. They're good on first viewing because of their uniqueness, but they're so damn artsy they bother me on a fundamental level. I don't watch "popcorn movies". Tell RLM to go fuck themselves. I don't like movies because they're "fun" or "good" but because they have things in them that I like. Entertainment is supposed to be a hedonistic experience. Even if it makes you feel bad (The Road) you should still be able to say "fuck yeah that was awesome". If a movie's interesting things only appeal to the life experiences of a very specific group, it is hipster bullshit. A lot of foreign films are like that because they know they can't compete with Hollywood, so they don't really try to at all, and the result is a boring movie. Hell, Dances with Wolves was a very boring movie, but at least it roped me in close to the end with the alien culture fantasy. Want to see a low-budget film that entertains me as much as a big Hollywood movie? Watch The Granny.


    >You also destroyed your own credibility as a writer by saying the words "Fuck characters."


    No, I didn't. There is some argument over whether the characters come from the plot or the plot comes from the characters, but I like to think that the characters are real people who just happen to be stupid enough to get themselves roped into whatever disaster movie bullshit I want to write about. That doesn't make it "popcorn", it just lessens the importance of individual personalities in the story, because some people (like myself) just don't give a fuck about people. You could even write dramas this way. Here, let me pitch you one:


    Two retards fuck. One gets pregnant and starts smoking meth to lessen her misery. Her mother tries to comfort her and suggests an abortion, but because the girl is a retard she decides to go full term and see what happens. Nine months later, a deformed retard meth baby comes out and is put in the care of the state. It's a happy ending for the retarded couple because they don't have to deal with it anymore.

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  9. Thank you anyway, i think i'll begin with the forgotten cinema of my Terra Brasilis, looking foward to your videos.

    (It is quite good to see such a good and funny critic talk directly to you, gives a sense of care to your viewers, interesting, even.)

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  10. Visual storytelling can and should take all these forms. Art films help innovate the entire film industry. The artistic flourishes are visible in a lot of modern Hollywood tent pole films. My problem with mainstream Hollywood are the promises they make in marketing. The hype promises so much but most of it comes out looking and feelin the same. Same three act structure with plenty of big action scenes to keep things from being "boring", where as indie films, while on a tighter budget offer a more unique experience. And I watch film for that as much as I do it for escapism. Action movies take you away from reality but slower paced character driven films ask more of you and the reward is more substantial, and there's joy in interpretation. I wouldn't write off either. If you're just saying you prefer faster paced, big budget movies that's fine, we can't help what our preferences are, but calling an entire part of the art form hipster bullshit (and what does that even mean? Just because a film has a slow pace, artistic shots, and unconventional storytelling and character development doesn't mean it's pretentious, these are artists who love the medium and have something to say.) ignores the fact that the indie scene hits and misses just as much as Hollywood does.

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  11. I'll try not to post an essay this time.

    Yes, experimental films innovate and we are in their debt. Marketing, however, is an entirely different subject. A lot of indie films have none. The Amazing Bulk, for instance, was unheard of until RLM reviewed it. It's sad that a lot of mainstream audience members think that's what an indie film is, but in reality an indie film is much worse: Pretentious hipster bullshit. Usually. Sometimes, I am pleasantly surprised. Indie action films pull no punches and end up being better than what Hollywood can come up with, but when an indie film tries to be indie for the sake of being indie, that's where I draw the line. That in itself is marketing.

    >artists who love the medium and have something to say

    Ugh. You make artists sound awful.

    >The hype promises so much but most of it comes out looking and feelin the same.

    I decidedly skipped watching X-Men: Days of Future Past in theaters for that reason. They spent $200 million on the movie and were lucky to make it back. I haven't seen many other movies that I would call over-hyped, though, aside from Avatar. I think it's a budget thing. When they spend over X dollars on a film they think it necessary to spend more on advertising because they can't risk losing that amount of money so they want to make it look like a big spectacle. Riddick, on the other hand, breezed through the theaters and made a handsome (and in my opinion well-deserved) profit off of sci-fi fans. Hollywood has the market cornered for now, and you can't honestly expect indie films to make more money than that unless they get picked up by some production company and then they're not really indie anymore. Not that you were claiming that.

    >Same three act structure with plenty of big action scenes to keep things from being "boring", where as indie films, while on a tighter budget offer a more unique experience.



    That's the wrong attitude. There is a difference between storytelling and filmmaking. Film is an art medium, not a story medium. The story is the screenplay. You can innovate art all you want, but there is no need to innovate storytelling if your goal is to give an entertaining experience. The ''three act structure'' is a writer's aid and ''keeping things from being "boring"'' is part of what defines an action movie or whatever. Whatever. Dude, that's just how a screenplay works, and Hollywood isn't going to take the risk of making a movie that ceases to be interesting half-way through because the director thought entertainment wasn't necessary.

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  12. Really loved your lists, and yes, I will definitely be looking into the ones that caught my eye. Your lists do help, since casual-ish movie viewers don't have a lot of exposure to foreign films, but obviously there is some great stuff out there.

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  13. Dude, this video thing is stupid as shit.

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  14. Adam, this idea is pure genius.
    Your on the clock now brotha.

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  15. I really love your lists. I've been getting back into watching movies lately and have basically been using these as a guide. Not just 2008, but 2009-12. Every new one I watch is a movie I'm very glad to be exposed to. In the past week I've seen Doubt, Burn After Reading, In Bruges, Catfish, Bronson, and Exit Through the Gift Shop, and I'm very happy I did and can't wait to get into more. I'm working my way up to the directors that seem harder to get into like Haneke and Jodorowsky.

    I did just watch Dear Zachary by the way and I didn't cry. I wanted to and I was emotionally attached, but I just didn't. I don't emote a lot.

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  16. 2008 must have been a good year for Mr. Hoffman.

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  17. Dat ending, man. It was like you were waterboarding yourself with that horse mask.

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  18. I've been wanting to do something similar like this, and it's inspiring to see that just about anybody with the willingness to learn about cinema freely through the Internet can offer a unique perspective. I like the idea of having a "favorite" movies list of each year, and describe what you liked and why, rather than the same-old "Top Ten Best" lists you find everywhere that feature the same movies. Love your work Adam!

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  19. The opening scene in Funny games is one of my all time favorites. I watched that movie years ago and it still has an effect on me

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  20. Honestly, you just sound like a closed minded fuck head who thinks anyone who appreciates higher levels of thought and talent is a snob.
    It's people like you that make people like me and other indie film fans think that anyone who likes Avengers or star wars is a mouth breathing troglodyte who blows his load over any movie with a budget triple that of the US debts.

    If you think YMS is snobby? Don't go to his fucking website to comment, go listen to critics who tell you what you want to hear, this is obviously not a space for someone who doesn't enjoy this content.

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  21. Just watched Bronson on your recommendation, enjoyed it quite a bit. You have yet to lead my astray Adam.

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