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Top 2008 rentals from Greencine
Topic by: shiftless
Posted: December 31, 2008 - 11:54 AM PST
Last Reply: May 4, 2009 - 10:28 AM PDT

author topic: Top 2008 rentals from Greencine
shiftless
post #1  on December 31, 2008 - 11:54 AM PST  
My favorite selections in 2008, from the cinema that is my mailbox:

1. Rescue Dawn

2. No Country for Old Men

3. Grey Gardens

4. Detour

5. The TV Set

6. Weirdsville

7. The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters (2007)

8. Shortbus

9. Superbad

10. I'm Not There





Honorable mentions:

The Mist
Thank You for Smoking
The Darjeeling Limited
The Bank Job
Eastern Promises
The Dark Knight
Vanamonde
post #2  on January 2, 2009 - 6:34 AM PST  
Wow. I have not seen a single one of your top ten, there, shiftless. Of your honorable mentions, I have only seen "The Dark Knight" (and I am sorry I did) and "Eastern Promises" (I loved it).

I don't do lists but I do have to mention that my life has been enriched with the discovery of Visual Art/Key's anime series three: Air, Clannad, and Kanon. Air and Kanon were originally ero games but the stories were so good, they had to make a non-explicit anime version, and even then, it ain't about the fan service. Since when has any U.S. porn ever had that happen - that the story was so good, a broadcast friendly version was made?

Terribly sentimental, I am afraid, so if you loved the "The Dark Knight" and have a heart of stone, you may not want to waste your time.

But I loves me a bittersweet love story that is loving animated. O, and if the series are too much of a committment, there are movies also.

And if you see Fuku-chan, be sure to take one her starfish. It would make her so happy.
weezy
post #3  on January 16, 2009 - 11:24 AM PST  
This is a great topic!

I usually check out older movies for home-viewing, so my list will not be current. But from '08 my favorites were

King of Kong
The Pied Piper of Hutzovina
Tekkonkinkreet
The World's Greatest Animation
Woman Under the Influence
Paranoia Agent

and on Christmas this year I saw Tokyo Godfathers and loved it

Thank you, GC members, for introducing me to excellent anime and docs in 08!
weezy
post #4  on January 16, 2009 - 11:26 AM PST  
Also - 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days - this one put me through the ringer.
Cinenaut
post #5  on January 16, 2009 - 12:15 PM PST  
Here were some highlights of my Greencine experience for 2008, not really in any order:

Deep Water

Sunrise

Innocence

Gloomy Sunday

Ikiru

That Day

Chop Shop

Boy A

State of Play Ben Affleck will be perfect for the Hollywood version of this.

Man On Wire

Michael Clayton




shiftless
post #6  on January 16, 2009 - 12:17 PM PST  
> I usually check out older movies for home-viewing, so my list will not be current.
>


Yeah, I was mostly playing catch up in '08 after living under a rock for quite some time, movie-wise. I loved Tokyo Godfathers too.

But thanks for your list! Now I have added a few more movies to my queue, which is all I really wanted from this thread, some ideas for later viewing. I left off the anime I watched from my list since I am so new to it overall, but I would have to say I enjoyed Haibane Renmei and Gilgamesh the most.
underdog
post #7  on January 16, 2009 - 2:26 PM PST  
My Best Rentals of 2008 include:

Monsieur Hire

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Ace in the Hole (Criterion Collection)

The Mist

Reprise

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Futurama the Movie: Bender's Big Score

Young@Heart

Son of Rambow

Mystery Science Theater 3000 (20th Anniversary): Werewolf

This isn't counting some of the DVDs I got by way of screeners and review copies from studios, which includes Zentropa (I am still trying to finish a review of that one), The Dark Knight (saw for 2nd time), and White Dog(!) You can't go wrong with Criterion.
DLeonard
post #8  on January 17, 2009 - 11:25 AM PST  
well, I'm including only the movies I have never seen before this year.
In no particular order:

A Taste of Cherry
O Lucky Man
Female Trouble
Late Marriage
Zodiac
Alfie (with Michael Caine)
Kon Ichikawa's "The Burmese Harp" and "Fires on the Plain"
Only Angels Have Wings
Save the Green Planet
The Enigma of Kasper Hauser
and a couple of Hitchcock earliest films; "The Ring" and "Blackmail"

Also, by sheer coincidence I managed to watch Sam Fuller's "I Shot Jesse James" about one week after seeing "The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford" and it was fun to see the two very different treatments of the same subject. Both were very good, but Fuller's film was maybe half as long and just as effective.
Vanamonde
post #9  on January 30, 2009 - 9:27 PM PST  
> On January 16, 2009 - 11:24 AM PST weezy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > and on Christmas this year I saw Tokyo Godfathers and loved it
>
> Thank you, GC members, for introducing me to excellent anime and docs in 08!
> ---------------------------------
I see Tokyo Godfathers at a theater last year and loved it too. I have only see a few eps of Paranoid Agent, I will have to do the series soon.

I highly recommend "Paprika" and "Millenium Actress". Need I even mention, "Perfect Blue"? Is there any Kon Satoshi that I missed?



Vanamonde
post #10  on January 30, 2009 - 9:28 PM PST  
And yes, we wish for an edit button just as bad as you do.
Vanamonde
post #11  on May 2, 2009 - 9:24 PM PDT  
> On January 16, 2009 - 2:26 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> My Best Rentals of 2008 include:
>
> Futurama the Movie: Bender's Big Score
> ---------------------------------

Just saw it recently and loved it (of course!) But the one thing I did not expect is Al Gore as Al Gore. After this and his SNL skits, I think he really needs to consider a career in comedy. He can be very funny!

underdog
post #12  on May 4, 2009 - 10:28 AM PDT  
> On May 2, 2009 - 9:24 PM PDT Vanamonde wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On January 16, 2009 - 2:26 PM PST underdog wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > My Best Rentals of 2008 include:
> >
> > Futurama the Movie: Bender's Big Score
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Just saw it recently and loved it (of course!) But the one thing I did not expect is Al Gore as Al Gore. After this and his SNL skits, I think he really needs to consider a career in comedy. He can be very funny!
>
>
> ---------------------------------

Yah. Al Gore actually appeared in a couple of other Futurama episodes, including one classic ep which also featured Gary Gygax (D&D inventor) and Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Hawking: "Great. The entire universe was destroyed."
Fry: "Destroyed? Then where are we now?"
Al Gore: "I don't know. But I can darn well tell you where we're not: The *universe*!"

---
Fry: "Who are you people?"
Al Gore: "I'm Al Gore. And these are my vice presidential action rangers. A groupd of top-nerds whose sole duty is to prevent disruptions in the space-time continuum."
Fry: "I thought your sole duty was to cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate."
Al Gore: "That, and protect the space-time continuum. Read the Constitution."

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