Eric Lim

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A bit late, but once again in the same way I started this blog off last year, a chronological list of all the movies I saw in 2008, either for the first time or for the first time in a long time. My favorites are starred and bolded.

  • Sweeney Todd
  • Eastern Promises
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Science of Sleep
  • Akira
  • Lady in the Water
  • High Noon
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Walk the Line
  • Zathura
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • The Lost Boys
  • Paprika
  • Rain Man
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Once
  • Semi-Pro
  • The Golden Compass
  • Waitress
  • Crank
  • The Mist
  • Hard Candy
  • The Searchers
  • Annie Hall
  • Kissing Jessica Stein
  • Coming to America
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Sherman’s Way
  • Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Harol and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
  • American Teen
  • Iron Man
  • Art School Confidential
  • In Bruges
  • Oldboy
  • Almost Famous
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • True Romance
  • Talladega Nights
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Wall-E
  • Hellboy
  • The Wackness
  • The Dark Knight
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Layer Cake
  • Goodfellas
  • Bio-Dome
  • Rounders
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Charlie Bartlett
  • The Transporter
  • Sex Drive
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Let the Right One In
  • Quantum of Solace
  • The Next Karate Kid
  • Step Brothers
  • House of Games
  • Deliverance
  • Gran Torino
  • Milk
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Godfather
  • LA Confidential*

Yes, I had never seen The Godfather before. Nor LA Confidential. One would be surprised at the list of movies I haven’t seen that most people would assume I have seen.

I started off the year by giving anime another shot. Previously I had only seen Ghost in the Shell and Spirited Away, both of which were rather esoteric and just left me confused after watching. Akira, however, lived up to its reputation and really impressed me not as just an animated film but as a movie in general. The same could be said of Paprika, which wasn’t as much of a mindfuck as I expected it to be.

I really need to watch Once again, and the scene where they play a song together in the music store is worth it alone. I expected Waitress and Kissing Jessica Stein to be better, but they quickly went into my group of “Movies I forgot I watched.”

But what about Milk and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button? Milk didn’t feel like it was anything special to me; It felt like any other biopic I had seen before. Bejamin Button had a similar issue where it was a really well-done movie, but with both of them I left the theater without having gained anything. I liked Benjamin Button after it was over, but the more I thought about it the less I liked the movie.

Favorite movie of the year? A toss up between The Dark Knight and Gone Baby Gone. Nothing else about TDK needs to be said here, but I higly recommend that everyone watch Gone Baby Gone and marvel at Ben Affleck’s directing ability. That sounded more sarcastic than I meant it to.

Monday, January 12, 2009
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