Revenge of the Scene 2008: North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Volume 92, Number 52, November 21, 2008 Page: 4 of 8
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It seemed many hotly anticipated ambitious offerings ended in disap-
pointment this year ("Pineapple Express," "Vantage Point"), but genre
efforts defied expectations and ended up putting a spin on films we all
thought we'd seen before. Here are the year's 10 best.
1. "Slumdog Millionaire" (dir. Danny Boyle) (starts today at the
The year 2008 proved itself an easy one to be cynical. But Boyle's film
about a lowest-class street urchin who makes his way to the final round
of the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," makes it impos-
sible to remain that way. One of the most joyful films I have ever seen. I
wanted to stand up and cheer in the theater.
2. "The Dark Knight" (dir. Christopher Nolan)
Not just a landmark comic book movie, but a landmark film onits own
accord. Sure, the late Heath Ledger has a lock on an Oscar, but no one
should discount the rest of the fantastic cast and crew. This could have
easily landed at No. 1.
3. "U2 3D" (dirs. Mark Pellington & Catherine Owens)
While it doesn't try to reach the insightfulness of "The Last Waltz,"
this three-dimensional concert film stands as the year's best movie-
going experience. It could never feel as awesome anywhere other than
an IMAX theater.
4. "WALL-E" (dir. Andrew Stanton)
Nearly every Pixar film could hold its own among the ranks of great
cinema, but this visionary effort, part futuristic love story, part scathing
indictment of a lazy society, is one that could truly be called a work of
5. "The Wrestler" (dir. Darren Aronofsky) (opens in Dallas on Jan. 9,
While the focus will stay on Mickey Rourke's heartbreaking perfor-
mance, the film as a whole plays as an ode to the has-beens of the world.
Another labor of love from the polarizing director.
6. "Iron Man" (dir. Jon Favreau)
While it will always live in the shadow of "The Dark Knight," this comic
book flick, featuring a tailor-made performance from Robert Downey Jr.,
belongs on everyone's DVD shelf.
7. "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (dir. Nicholas Stoller)
Some audiences and critics suffered from "Judd Apatowfatigue," myself
included, so what a breath of fresh air this raunchy and sweet comedywas, as
it balances the two much better than any of Apatow's previous efforts.
8. "Tropic Thunder" (dir. Ben Stiller)
Arazor-sharp satire aimed at the ITollywood elite, Stiller and company
(including another great turn from Robert Downey Jr. as the Australian
method actor playing a black platoon sergeant) bite the hand that feeds
them in a vicious send-up of war movies and prima donna actors.
9. "American Teen" (dir. Nanette Burstein)
Some have questioned her filmmaking methods, but the Academy
Award-nominated director has crafted/observed something MTV has
always hoped for but could never achieve: real drama out of true reality.
10. "Kung Fu Panda" (dirs. Mark Osborne and John Stevenson)
Defying all my expectations, this animated Jack Black vehicle won a
place in my heart for staying true to itself. Every joke in this film belongs
here. Don't go looking for pop culture references or mediocrity.
By Kip Mooney
Senior Staff Writer
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From the hipster's version of Loverboy's "Workin' for the
Weekend" to the best "American Idol" winner since Kelly
Clarkson, to an actress with a serious Tom Waits obsession,
here's a sampling of the year's best, conveniently arranged as a
playlist. You're welcome.
"Play Your Part, Pt. 1" by Girl Talk
"A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend
"Time to Pretend" by MGMT
"I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with
You" by Black Kids
"Grounds for Divorce" by Elbow
"Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon
"The Greatest Man That Ever Lived" by Weezer
"Identity" by Lecrae ft. Da TRUTH and J.R.
"Dawn of the Dead" by Does it Offend You, Yeah?
"Your New Twin-Sized Bed" by Death Cab for Cutie
"Always Be My Baby" by David Cook
"Anywhere I Lay My Head" by Scarlett Johansson
"Viva La Vida" by Coldplay
"The Lightning Strike" by Snow Patrol
Nov. 21: "Bolt," "Twilight"
Nov. 26: "Australia," "Four Christmases,"
"Transporter 3," "Milk"
Dec. 5: "Cadillac Records," "Punisher: War Zone,"
Dec. 10: "The Reader"
Dec. 12: "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Doubt"
Dec. 17: "Gran Torino," "The Wrestler"
Dec. 19: "Seven Pounds," "The Tale of Despereaux,"
"Yes Man," "The Brothers Bloom"
Christmas Day: "Bedtime Stories," "The Curious
Case of Benjamin Button," "Marley & Me," "The
Dec. 26: "Valkyrie," "Revolutionary Road"
Dec. 31: "Defiance"
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