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Hey, Hey! Oscar Awards are this week. I pretty much love the whole ridiculous process. I know there are many people who cast a tsk,tsk glance at the Academy Awards. They turn up their noses at them because the routinely recognize what is only mediocre about American Cinema. I don't care about any of that. Some complain that the show is boring and/or a gross spectacle. Then don't take up space on my couch complaining about it all night.

I generally don't make my Oscar picks until the day of the show. Maybe if I can get my act together I'll post my picks then. As for today's post I have listed my compendium of 2008 films below.

The Top 10
1. My Winnipeg
Flat-out the funniest/craziest movie going experience I had this year.
2. Vicky Christina Barcelona
This movie caught me in the right mood. I found this to be hilarious.
3. Man on Wire
A great adventure movie. The home movie footage in the film is amazing
4. Redbelt
Another great, great performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor
5. Gran Torino
Okay the acting is not great, but everything else is pretty amazing
6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Forest Gump criticism is pointless. I found it to be gorgeously heartwarming.
7. My Blueberry Nights
Okay, okay.... Norah Jones is not.... good, but I love Wong Kari Wai
8. The Dark Knight
I appreciate the grand ambitions of this film, even if the last 1/3 is a complete mess
9. Paranoid Park
I find most Teenage drama's to be whiny, but this is rang true with every moment.
10. The Promotion
Dude, the guy said Blapples! UK Office style humiliation is so good.

Honorable Mention (alphabetical)
Body of Lies, Gonzo: the Life and Times of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Happy-Go-Lucky,
Iron Man, Leatherheads, Kung Fu Panda, Milk, Rachel Getting Married, Revolutionary Road, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, Slumdog Millionaire, Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains, Synecdoche, New York, The Vistor, Wall-E, X-Files-The Truth is Out There.

Just Fine (alphabetical)
Baby Mama, BeKind Rewind, Cloverfield, Doubt, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the Foot Fist Way, Ghost Town, Indian Jones and KOCS, Let the Right One In, Mrs. Pettigre Lives for a Day, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Quantum of Solace, Rambo, Snow Angels, Standard Operating Procedure

Take It or Leave It (alphabetical)
Bottle Shock, The Counterfeiters, Definitely Maybe, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, In Bruges, The Incredible Hulk, Mamma Mia, the Pineapple Express, the Strangers, Tropic Thunder, Zach and Miri Make a Porno

Bad, So Bad
Burn After Reading, The Happening, the Mummy 3, Semi-Pro, Step Brothers, Vantage Point, Wanted, You Don't Mess with the Zohan


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