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The Ten Best Movies of 2008

Mittwoch, Januar 7th, 2009

Everybody loves Top Ten Lists, right? You can never get enough of them, correct? If you read one to the end, you want nothing more than start looking at the next one, or am I wrong? In any case, I like Top Ten (or basically any other number) Lists. I know they are silly and arbitrary and highly subjective, but they are still fun – even if one just reads them to poke fun at the author(s). So to start my own habitual list-making off, I hereby offer you the TEN BEST MOVIES OF 2008!

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Minute Movie Review – Juno

Dienstag, März 25th, 2008


Juno is a pretty typical American teenager – and also pregnant. She decides to deliver the baby and look for a family that will adopt it. The film tells the story of that year in her life, seldom moving into overly dramatic territory and instead focusing on the comedic aspects of it, yet without ever getting silly. Ellen Page in the lead role carries the movie (once more) and is helped along by a good supporting cast, set to the first soundtrack in this decade to sell independently well. An often funny and engaging film, Juno delivers what it promises: fun. And also a baby.

Random Observations:

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Screenwriter Diablo Cody, a former exotic dancer (aka stripper), won an Oscar for the screenplay. I don’t really know for what, since in reality people occasionally use the normal words for things instead of just lining up metaphors; quirky dialogue alone is just lazy writing, not an accomplishment. If you want to really see a well-written film, watch “Lars and the Real Girl“.

Having “hip” and “independent” musicians do the soundtrack for a film is “the” thing right now, but in general it is preferable to actually use someone who can “sing”.

This is the 100th movie review published here – in just under 5 months.

Minute Movie Review – Lars and the Real Girl

Donnerstag, März 20th, 2008


Lars is a quiet shy man that prefers to be alone. Living in his brother’s garage, only his sister-in-law seems concerned about him. That is, until he orders a sex doll over the internet and treats her as his girlfriend. Believing he is crazy, he is taken to a doctor – who urges his family to help him by playing along. And before long, the whole town does. What sounds like a ridiculous premise used for a low-brow comedy of the worst kind is actually a moving (and also often extremely funny, but never silly) tale about life. Lead actor Ryan Gosling once more proves his talent for picking unusual roles and transforming them into memorable performances while a supporting cast including Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson make the viewer feel as if Bianca (the doll) were real. Go watch this movie and laugh some, cry some and maybe learn something about loneliness.

Random Observations:

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The movie can also be seen as a promotion of North American small-town life. That’s where people still care!

This is the directorial debut Craig Gillespie and the first movie screenplay for screenwriter Nancy Oliver. I guess we should watch out for those people in the future.