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2008: Worst Movie Year Ever?

We’re coming to the end of the year. Turkey Day is around the corner and let’s be honest, we’ve only seen a handful of really good movies. It’s enough for me to wallow away with extra helpings of stuffing. It’s a way to deal.

I think the biggest winner in terms of genre this year was the comedy. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Kung Fu Panda, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express and Role Models for example, carried us through a lot of mediocre and bad films.

Thankfully, Bond is back. Twilight dominated at the box office too. I don’t know how to feel about that. I guess I’m curious, in the way we are curious as to whether or not a wild berry we pick off a bush will make us die a slow, painful death. I’m looking ahead into the next few weeks and on into December, and I’m hoping, praying that at the end of the year, I will have a top-ten list that doesn’t feature Speed Racer. Because right now, I do. I swear to everything that is holy, I do.

Right now my favorite two movies of the year feature a dude who dressed up as a bat and a Pixar robot that resembles a compressed version of Johnny Five. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But overall, this year has been a letdown. I’ve been obsessing over 2009′s promises, as well as their trailers.

I’ve seen the new Watchmen trailer about 50 times now. I’m driving on the highway and I’m almost having acid-flashbacks of Dr. Manhattan screaming at me to leave him alone. I pull over, check my pulse. I merge back into traffic. For the past few days the Star Trek preview gets a viewing every hour or so when I’m home, just to remind me there is still hope. And then again between commercial breaks. If Heroes comes back too soon, I hit pause on the TiVo remote. Sylar and the cheerleader can wait. I need to see that part where Spock is about to strike Kirk again. So cool! The new Potter trailer is in heavy rotation too. Before I go to bed at night, I give it another whirl just to make sure it passes the test. Yup, it looks as good as any of the other Potter films.

This is my life right now, anything to break my sedentary state. I vaguely talk to fellow movie buffs about this and that movie, and who has legitimate Oscar chances and who doesn’t. But the problem is we aren’t in a very interesting Oscar year at this stage; there is so little to talk about. Am I bumming you out? Here’s a better question: Is 2008 the worst year of movies ever? It’s certainly one of the worst movie years I’ve seen in a long while. Now I know the economy is bad and all, but there’s no excuse for this. In fact, these are the times where Hollywood is supposed to save us from terrible realities, like the stock market, the job market, and the fact that Brian Austin Green somehow fooled Megan Fox into marriage.

These things keep me up late at night and Hollywood is supposed to make them go away. I need escape. And I need quality movies that will challenge as well as entertain me. I’m most looking forward to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But also Milk, The Wrestler, Frost/Nixon, Australia, Revolutionary Road and Gran Torino.

Give me something to take the pain away, please. I’m lost in this dismal abyss, waiting for directors like Aronofsky, Luhrmann and Fincher to come to my fire escape and whisk me away, Pretty Woman-style. I need Kate Winslet and Leo to fill the painful lacuna at the depths of my heart. I need genuine excitement again, a movie to fall in love with. It’s been so long.


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