Friday, 9 January 2009

Filmography 2008

Same as for 2007. All the films I saw in 2008 at the cinema, in less than 25 words.

Lust, Caution
Intriguing thriller that possibly moves too slowly for its own good. Great visuals, acting and a subtle script that leaves a lot unsaid.
[my full review]

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Tense, interesting, character study with great performances from everyone. Sketchy plot and potentially unsatisfying ending take the shine off an otherwise intriguing piece.
7/10 [my full review]

No Country For Old Men
A magnificent, deep, thoroughly enjoyable thriller, with more to it than might meet the eye initially. Excels in every aspect.
10/10 [my full review]

Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
As long as you don’t expect too much depth and character, there’s a dark, entertaining story to be had here.
7/10 [my full review]

Tightly produced, and entertaining to watch. The short run time keeps the pace up, but leaves possibly too little room for interesting character development.
7/10 [my full review]

Unapologetically quirky. Funny and bizarre in equal measure, with great performances from everyone, especially Ellen Page.
9/10 [original review in this post]

There Will Be Blood
A very strange experience. I don't know if I enjoyed it, but it was possibly the most compelling film I have ever seen.

Gritty, ballsy and ludicrously entertaining. Not perfect, but it gets out there and does something different, and with great success.
9/10 [my full review]

The Other Boleyn Girl
I'd have preferred a bit more court intruigue, and a bit less romantic fluff, but this is certainly not a lost cause.
6/10 [original review in this post]

Vantage Point
Sets up an interesting premise, and then throws it away in favour of Hollywood rubbish. Disappointing.
5/10 [original review in this post]

Starts well, but there's no believable darkness to the story, and it runs out of momentum after a while.
4/10 [original review in this post]

Stylish and well told, if lacking a some direction, depth and punch.
6/10 [my full review]

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Flashes of the real Indy experience are rare. Too smug and obsessed with self-references to be anything more than a generic action film.

The Happening
Genuinely creepy at times, but runs out of steam after half an hour. Melodramatic with no interesting diologue or characters.
4/10 [my full review]

First half is promising. Could have been an interesting look at superhero psyche. Just another CGI-fest in the end. Pity.
6/10 [original review in this post]

Kung Fu Panda
Polished, stylish and very funny. Not massively original story, and a couple of underused characters, but overall an excellent film.
8/10 [original review in this post]

Entertaining without being fluffy. Deep without being preachy. Cute without being kiddy. Contains a lovable cockroach. What more could you ask for?
10/10 [original review in this post]

The Dark Knight
Exciting, thrilling and disturbing. Complex and dark. Takes the superhero genre to new heights. Heath Ledger is mesmerising.

The X-Files: I Want To Believe
Smug and uncinematic. No style or substance. No good writing. Big disappointment. Billy Connolly is good, though.
3/10 [original review in this post]

Get Smart
Tooth-grindingly generic. Watch the trailer and be done with it.
3/10 [my full review]

Somers Town
More charming than gritty, but not unenjoyable. Rough around the edges, but perfectly watchable. Good performances from all three leads.
7/10 [original review in this post]

It's no Lock, Stock, but it's not bad. Enough larger-than-life characters to cover up some of the dodgy gangster stylings.7/10 [original review in this post]

Tropic Thunder
Starts slowly. Hit and miss. Wants to be a satire, but often slips into straight comedy. Enjoyable without being brilliant. Tom Cruise is amazing, though.
7/10 [original review in this post]

I've Loved You So Long
Slow and tense, but the climax doesn't feel as dramatic as it could have. Good in general, but never brilliant.

Quantum Of Solace
Tries to do interesting things with an overarching storyline, but the plot of this particular film suffers. Good action sequences, but nothing massively memorable. 6/10

Too much caricature and not enough substance. Great acting, for the most part, but the story doesn't drive deep enough.
5/10 [original review in this post]

Interesting characters and good twisting plot. Not afraid to be occasionally dark. Possibly slightly too long, and suffers from predictable ending.
8/10 [original review in this post]

And the films I wanted to see but never got around to:

  • 4 Months, 3 weeks, 2 Days
  • Dan In Real Life
  • In The Valley Of Elah
  • Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon - The Diving-Bell And The Butterfly
  • In Bruges
  • The Mist
  • Man On Wire
  • Hellboy II - The Golden Army
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • Gomorrah
  • Burn After Reading
  • Max Payne
  • Changeling

1 comment:

Hanspan said...

I only saw 21 on dvd, but it bored the tits off me.

I quite liked Vantage Point though...

Ditto your comemnts There Will Be Blood. I also thought the scoring of that film was BRILLTASTIC.

Juno is made of win :D
"When you move out, I'm getting weimaranas!"
"Oooh dream big!"