Category: cinema

In honor of tonight’s Oscars ceremony, and Daniel Water’s annual mega movie list, I wanted to share what I will be posting on “the Wall” at Mr. Water’s Oscar party this evening – my own best and worst list for 2008.¬† Of course, I saw many other films, but I am only including those released in 2008.

You can also listen to a podcast about my take on the 2008 Academy Award nominees and Mr. Water’s list at

The Best Films I Saw In 2008


Man on Wire (documentary)
The Visitor
Detroit Metal City (a live action version of the Japanese manga phenomenon)
Tropic Thunder
Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
Nim’s Island
Iron Man
In Bruges
Burn After Reading
Surfwise (documentary)
Kung Fu Panda
Dungeon Masters (documentary)

The Films on my Must-See List

Me and Orson Welles (Richard Linklater)
The Hurt Locker (Katheryn Bigelow)
Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
The Wrestler (Darren Aranofsky)
JCVD (Mabrouk El Mechri)
Gomorra (Matteo Garone)

Failed to Watch All the Way Through

The Happening
Dan In Real Life

Best “After Dark” Films (Guilty Pleasures)

Punisher: War Zone
Sex and Death 101

Worst Films I Saw In 2008 (I Wish I Had the Time Back)

Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull
88 Minutes
The Incredible Hulk
Get Smart

What were your favorite and least favorite films of 2008?

Because the vast majority of my audience is likely not a member of the Screen Actors Guild, I am going to repost a letter from twice-elected Nation President of the guild Allen Rosenberg expressing his outright disdain for the events of the past week that have led to the National Executive Director Doug Allen being fired yesterday.

Doug Allen held his ground amidst much panic induced by certain forces (let’s say A-List actors who also tend to be producers who also tend to be in bed with producers) and those without sufficient foresight or backbone to believe that we can withstand the temporary uncertainty of a strike in exchange for a fair pay scale in the realm of online and emergent media.

Here is the letter from Allen in its entirety: