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Stephen King Picks The 10 Best Movies Of 2008!!

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Author Stephen King, a man with roughly six trillion times as much credibility as the most respected buffet-scarfing cab driver or waiter voting for the Golden Globes, has just posted his top 10 movies list for Entertainment Weekly: 1. The Dark Knight 2. Slumdog Millionaire 3. WALL-E 4. Tropic Thunder 5. Funny Games 6. The Bank Job 7. Lakeview Terrace 8. The Ruins 9. Redbelt 10. Death Race King explains why he found these 10 preferable to “Mamma Mia!” here. As long as we’re here, here’s Time Magazine’s top 10: 1. WALL-E 2. Synecdoche, New York 3. My Winnipeg 4. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days 5. Milk 6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 7. Slumdog Millionaire 8. Iron Man 9. Speed Racer 10. Encounters At The End of the World Find Richard Corliss’ justifications here. Still here? Critics Choice Awards nominees: "The Changeling" "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" "The Dark Knight" "Doubt" "Frost/Nixon" "Milk" "The Reader" "Slumdog Millioniare" "WALL-E" "The Wrestler" Local critics' top picks: "Milk": New York Film Critics "WALL-E": Los Angeles Film Critics "Slumdog Millionaire": D.C. Area Film Critics

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  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:22 p.m. CST

    First? and..

    by billypilgrimisunstuck

    Synecdoche number 2? That irks me for some reason.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    King has exquisite taste

    by blue1622

    Dark Knight, Funny Games, Death Race and LakeView Terrace were all spectacular.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    "Let the Right One In"

    by nolan bautista

    i thought Stephen King would include that (unless they didnt have a screening up in Maine)

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Death Race?!

    by Obscura

    im sorry, did i just slip into opposite land where death race wasnt utterly shite? and wheres The Dark Knight on the times list? did they just not understand it like the rest of the planet did? even people who hate it like it!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    The main man forgot "REC"

    by bongo123

    best horror in ages

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    So Glad Speed Racer Is On Any Best Of List

    by georges garvaren

    In less it's the Best Worst Movie List. SR was wonderful to watch with children or by myself or high or drunk. Also, YAY! for My Winnipeg. Madden rules.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    it's cool that the Dark Knight was his #1

    by birdy birdman

    Some revamped, dark heady reimagining could really revitalize his work in the cinematic world.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    King thought Kubick's "The Shining" sucked

    by I Dunno

    And made his own version with the guy from "Wings". Who gives a fuck what he thinks?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by Genre_Baby

    No Iron Man? Well at least Downey Jr. got some love with Tropic Thunder. that's King's opinion...not mine.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Okay, Stephen King said it, so it must be true...

    by The Dum Guy

    Fuck the Dark Knight haters.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Kubrick, that is

    by I Dunno

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    King needs to get a job -

    by Jugdish

    His articles suck in EW-

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    It's hard to take anything seriously from the man who didn't get

    by MattyBoomStar

    I agree with I dunno. Ever since I found that out it's hard for me to respect anything he says... or writes. Shame. Not recognizing Kurbick's genius is hands down the easiest litmus test for sub-intelligence.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    ... the Shining

    by MattyBoomStar

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Love King but...

    by hollywoodsummers

    his taste in film is lacking. Seriously, Death Race? Come the fuck on. Perhaps he still needs to see a few films foe this year.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by Harrow

    Donde esta that?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Does Stephen King not know about independent film?

    by DarthCorleone

    Don't get me wrong. I'm a King fan, and I have respect for those with "guilty," seemingly lowest common denominator pleasures. But he really just must not have bothered seeing anything with subtitles or a release of less than 1000 screens this year.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Steven King directed Maximum Overdrive...

    by Quake II

    His opinion means nada. And as another poster stated, King HATED Kubrick's Shining, which is a masterpiece. Period.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    when will AICNs top 2008 list be up?

    by lex romero

    When will you guys be putting up your lists? They're always a good read.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    O.k. Funny Games...

    by DarthCorleone

    ...was probably less than a thousand screens. But that film was crap.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    King changed his mind about The Shining over time...

    by The Dum Guy

    He mainly didn't like how Kubrick strayed from his book.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    King changed his mind about The Shining over time...

    by Quake II

    He had to change his mind to save his credibility.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Rambo cmon dammit

    by Prossor

    when youre pushed killings as easy as breathing. soon to enter common parlance up there with play it again sam and rosebud.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    a solid list...

    by The Amazing G

    except for Funny Games and Death Race (maybe replace that with Pineapple Express), but major props for including Tropic Thunder

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Stephen King

    by The Amazing G

    rocks by the way

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Stephen King should of put Slumdog Millionaire at Number

    by samuraiyao

    Uno... Danny Boyle yet with another masterpiece...

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    The Dum Guy

    by MaxTheSilent

    Is that true? THE SHINING has always been King's most personal work, dealing with his rampant alcoholism. But since Kubrick completely ignored that aspect he has hated the film. So are you telling me that King has finally re-appraised Kubrick's wonderful film?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Wow, King is a populist!

    by RowdyRoddyStriper

    I didn't know his tastes were so pedestrian. The Dark Knight, while enjoyable in parts, is quite a poorly constructed film. The movies being hailed as the best of the year range from middling at best, to awful at worst. Such a shame.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    It's so very very rare that I agree with popular opinion.

    by beastie

    It's probably the same with the rest of the nerds on this site. But -- seriously -- The Dark Knight was that fucking good. It was a once in a generation film that will ultimately end up summing up this era of film making. GOD DAMN!!! That movie was good and gets better with subsequential viewings.</p><p>I have yet to see Slumdog Millionaire and being a fucking major Boyle fan, I anticipate a masterpiece, but I still don't expect it to top The Dark Knight.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST

    IN BRUGES????

    by neophool

    didn't make anyone's list?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer?

    by yubnubrocks

    Let me tell you a story. My wife and I took my 7-year old son to see this opening weekend. With about 45 minutes left of the movie, my wife turns to me and says, "give me the car keys." I'm like "what??" She says again "give me the keys" with a glare in her eye that I haven't seen since I fucked up our checkbook beyond belief many years ago. I hand her the keys and she spends the remainder of the movie, sitting in our car, smoking. 'Nuff said :)

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Redbelt? Redbelt?!

    by Garbageman33

    What a complete piece of shit that movie was. "Hey, the guy from the local karate dojo just beat up a bunch of security guards and now he's fighting the UFC champ. Really? Well, turn the camera on them. Hurry". Oh my god, and then his idol gives him some symbolic thing that he's the greatest fighter on earth. All this despite the fact they don't know him from Adam. He's just some guy who came in off the street beating people up.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    He's on point about Lakeview Terrace

    by terry1978

    The advertising made it come off as a goofy, campy type of thing, which to an extent it was, but it was basically a 1980s thriller done in a 2008 setting, and done well at that.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    King v. The Shining

    by johnnyangelheart

    King didn't like the way Nicholson played the main character. In King's book, he goes crazy over an extended period of time because of the evil house. In the movie, he seems crazy from the beginning, because, well, Jack is just crazy. I liked both so I got no dog in this fight.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    yubnubrocks... I haven't seen the film...

    by beastie

    ... but that was a funny anectdote. Thanks. The same probably would have happened to me.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by DarthCorleone

    Great story. Great username, too. :- )

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Kubrick's Shining

    by yubnubrocks

    was a great movie but deviated from the book big time. King's was a little closer but even he changed a bit, especially the ending.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    1. Let The Right One In.

    by Damien Chowder

    2. Dark Knight 3. Iron Man 4. Red Cliff 5. Wall-E 6. Tropic Thunder 7. Wanted Those are all I've seen worth mentioning.. Though I'm still waiting for a subbed Mirageman which may make my top 10.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I third (or fourth) the motion

    by johnnyangelheart

    That King of all people should have included Let The Right One In. You lost some horror cred there, Stevie.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    Oh yes REC. Number 8.

    by Damien Chowder

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    I know that look, yubnubrocks

    by Garbageman33

    It's the same look I got when Randal got shit on while filming the anal sex scene in Zack and Miri.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST

    I love him.

    by mr.brownstone

    That's all.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Should've titled this "From the director of MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE"

    by JackPumpkinhead

    "...comes the list of what he considers great films. Just don't look for anything by Stanley Kubrick on it!"

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    Stephen King has been quoted as saying that although Kubrick made a solid film with memorable imagery, it was not a good adaptation of his novel.<br>The author's animosity toward Kubrick's version appears to have dulled a bit over the years; during an interview segment on the Bravo channel King admitted that the first time he watched Kubrick's adaptation he found it to be "dreadfully upsetting".<br><br>According to Wikipedia, although I can't remember where I read that he originally (prior to the film being finished) almost hated the script, but he has (as stated above) found the film to be a good film, but you are right about the whole alcoholism angle, which was the main point he was making in the book.<br><br>You know, I've read alot of King, but I've never read the Shining...

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck puts Iron Man in the top 10?

    by antonphd

    It was a power rangers movie with only one ranger and A list actors. It was fun. So is a roller coaster. But it wasn't even close to the best films of the year. The makers of the film wouldn't even list it in there top 10. It wasn't meant or made to be anything but fun. Fun can make a top 10 list easily, but not this year with the great films that have released.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    He has every right to dislike Kubrick's film

    by superunknown85

    Imagine if you're an author and a director comes along and completely butchers your story. The Shining was a good film, but it WAS a horrendous adaption of King's novel, and I think you guys are way out of line condemning his viewpoint on the film.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    correction: I meant I haven't read the entire book...

    by The Dum Guy

    It was years ago, and I never got to the part at the end where (supposedly) the garden comes to life.<br><br>Anyone else find it funny that The Mist wasn't on his list?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    death race>?????

    by bacci40

    king musta been high when he saw the movie

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by Melvin_Pelvis

    that's the Tom Cruise biography, right?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST

    9. Hellboy 2

    by Damien Chowder

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Time Picked Speed Racer but not The Dark Knight?

    by UCB Agent1

    How is that possible? Speed Racer was enjoyable, but in what universe is it actually a better film, script, acting, etc, than Dark Knight? No wonder print criticism is dying.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Oh, and The Mist came out last year

    by UCB Agent1

    Last November, right? That's probably why King kept it off his list, The Dum Guy

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    My Winnipeg!!

    by buffywrestling

    Did you guys know I'm Winnipeg's answer to a Geisha?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:21 p.m. CST

    CRITICS CHOICE had mostly good movies in the wrong order

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Frost/Nixon, Dark Knight and Milk should all be higher there.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    King is right about the Shining

    by bullet3

    Once you read the book its impossible to watch Kubrick's version. The book is deeply personal about King's alcoholism which is what makes the character in the book seem so sincere and tragic when he starts to succumb to the house (again very gradually). Also, it really isn't very frightening to watch a man very slowly limping towards the camera in a long take, I agree with King on that as well.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    I swear a couple of weeks ago

    by buffywrestling

    I was thinking about what theme song was the "Most Apropos" to the film material - it was probably after dwelling on Ironman and the kick ass way they introduced Sabbath at the end - and AC/DC' s "Who Made Who" for Maximum Overdrive was the tops.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:27 p.m. CST

    UCB Agent1, my mist-take

    by The Dum Guy

    Your right, I guess I was thinking of the the black & white DVD version or for a second there I thought I was living in Latvia...

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    The Shining!

    by beastie

    The book and the movie were separate masterpieces. Both fantastic works of art in different mediums by different artists. The rivalry comes from the fact that one was based on the other. This is SO what I'm hoping for with Watchmen.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer is a Damn Good Film...Can I Hear a Credible Argument

    by grungies

    Because, with very few exceptions, I've yet to hear one person explain why this film is so bad.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by yubnubrocks

    You're exactly right. I saw the movie first (kubrick) and I remember how surprised I was at how different the book played out.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST


    by yubnubrocks

    You'll have to ask my wife :)

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Spot on, King

    by kafka07

    and Richard Corliss is a fuck face

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    I think critics are officially completely out of touch.

    by IndustryKiller!

    Let the Right One In? The Visitor? In Bruges? Where are these films? And it really looks like many of them are STILL relegating Dark Knight to the category of "great pop" when its so so much more. In ten years its going to be fucking absurd that Dark Knight didnt take every major Best Picture accolade of the year.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    grungies part 2

    by yubnubrocks

    Ok, to be serious, it's a genre thing. A few years back I finally watched Gone With The Wind. Horrible. Seriously it was awful YET it's regarded as this masterpiece. Hey, not my cup o' tea. I've met many people who hate Star Wars. Again, not there thing. The problem with Speed Racer is that the style of that movie cut off a huge chunk of the movie-going public - not a mainstream movie. at. all. No, it's not bad, but if you're not ready for about 137 minutes of neon candy-colored some kind of anime chimps and cars... well, it's a looonng movie.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    YotzVonFrelnik...the Critics Choice awards are alphabetized...

    by FuckMichaelBay

    ...notice the lack of numbering next to the list dipshit. A winner will be choosen from said list in case you were wondering what happens next.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Your wife isn't here, yubnubrocks

    by grungies

    By the "'Nuff said," I'd assumed you agree with her. Do you not?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

    But what's the difference between that and Iron Man?

    by grungies

    It wasn't like Iron Man was any more serious in tone (despite some level of social commentary) and people seem to love that film.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    While SPeed Racer is not a bad film, its not a good film

    by IndustryKiller!

    A bland lead performance. Special effects that are more impressive for what they are trying to accomplish than what they do accomplish. Weak script. Racing action that loses its luster more and more with every passing one. I could elaborate on all of these but we've all heard the arguments a thousand times before. It's one of those movies that is going to strike people in a certain happy way and thats more for its unique look than any substance. I appreciate what the Wachowskis were trying there, they really deserve accolades for the effort and taking a risk, but the whole thing was still too inorganic to be truly absorbing. ALmost like a giant inside joke that if you dont embrace immediately will just leave you behind rather than take you into the fold. No one is wrong or right to love or hate this movie. Personally I cant see hating it, there just isnt enough there to hate and as I said the effort is a solid one. But just because a few people love it that doesnt make it a good film, just something tailored to their fancy.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I'm confused

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    when did my nine year old brother start reviewing movies for time magazine? Yes, generations from now people will finally sit down and watch Speed Racer and be completely bored by a possibly neat 90 minute kids movie turned into a two and half hour bore fest. My favorite quote from Corliss came at the end of his 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days write up where he says he's glad he lives in a country where abortion doesn't have to lead to anyone losing their life... well said sir. well said

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    So King is the only one to pick "TDK" #1...

    by Chewtoy

    But he's the only sane one, huh?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Iron Man had Downey Jr. grungie

    by IndustryKiller!

    I think we all need to realize that with Downey Jr. Iron Man just isnt as good a film. he carries it and I suppose Favreu deserves a ton of credit for sitting back and allowing that to happen. Aside from ledger int eh Dark Knight I think Downey gives easily the best performance in a superhero film to date. Unfortunately the bad third act keeps the film from being brilliant. Theres a lot of room for awesomeness in the sequel though. Speed Racer has no such performance, in fact I think Hirsch drops the ball badly with a dour passionless performance in a film that required more exuberance to truly serve the material. He's just a total bore to watch.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    yea grungies...

    by yubnubrocks

    well, someone had to stay with my son in that theater. Again, not my cup of tea.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:49 p.m. CST

    difference in Iron Man and Speed

    by yubnubrocks

    IM just had better characters. Not that it was realistic but it was a bit easier to relate to.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    another thing with Speed

    by yubnubrocks

    it was created for CHILDREN, therefore it should have had an 80 minute running time. That alone might have saved it from the scathing reviews.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    like I said, it's about an hour too long. They had a neat visual style and a simple story that they extended to try and give the whole thing a deeper meaning, but who gives a shit about deeper meaning in speed racer!?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Not Sure About Deeper Meaning...

    by grungies

    But Speed Racer did need a story to make its action scenes work, which they most certainly did.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    The man directed "Maximum Overdrive"

    by catlettuce4

    ...and hated Kubrick's adaptation of "the Shining." I don't think we can say he has that much more credibility than the Golden Globes.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer...

    by MCVamp

    Yeah, really was too long. But on Blu-Ray it looks PHENOMENAL. Like an acid trip mixed with a video game mixed with, well, a Speed Racer cartoon.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:04 p.m. CST

    What's with Herc's personal vendetta against Mamma Mia?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    It was pretty good...<p> (And no, I'm not held up at gun-point by my girlfriend as I type this).

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST

    He didn't "hate" Kubrick's version

    by buffywrestling

    it just wasn't what he expected and he expressed that. Try not to be a douchebag and foist your opinion as fact.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST


    by grungies

    "Just because a few people love it doesn't make it a good film, just one tailored to their fancy." What the hell does that mean?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Herc seems to be the only one on duty

    by buffywrestling

    as all the other folks - expect Mori - are at BNAT. <p> BW: What are you going to do today, Herc? <p> HtS: Same as yesterday, Buffy. Take over the world.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST

    hey grungies

    by yubnubrocks

    "just because a few people blah blah" I think I explained that before. We're talking summer movies, popcorn movies, movies LOTS of people will enjoy. Speed Racer That happens, ok? Remember the movie A.I.? I loved that movie. Most people hated it. Does that make it a "great" movie? Depends? I thought so, the critics didn't...

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Jonathan Rosenbaum Loved A.I.

    by grungies

    And he's considered one of the foremost film critics. I agree with him on that masterpiece.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    seppukudkurosawa,,,if you liked mama mia

    by bacci40

    then you dont have a are full gay...and yes, i know that harry liked mama mia too...thats cuz he has no penis...he proved this when he said he liked twilight

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:40 p.m. CST

    by bullet3

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    bullet3 is right on the money with this one

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    well put bullet3

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer was Shit

    by bullet3

    You want some reasons? How about a total of maybe 25-30 minutes of actual action scenes in a 2.5 hour movie. How about racing scenes shot so poorly its impossible to tell what's happening. How about such shitty cgi and physics for the most part that its impossible to be involved in the action to begin with. How about bland acting and awful dialogue. How about an annoying ass chimp and fat kid sidekick. Yes, the movie absolutley sucked, and I'm completley baffled by people trying to defend this monstrosity as "fun" entertainment. You guys bash Indy 4 but you think Speed Racer is one of the best movies of the year? What the fuck are you all smoking?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Right on Redbelt. WRONG on The Ruins.

    by HoboCode


  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST

    New litmus test: DEATH RACE or MAMMA MIA?

    by Drath

    The wrong answer will get you plucked bald by wild monkeys, skinned with rusty switchblades, and hanged by your scrotum over a vat of boiling oil mixed with acid all to the sound of accordion music and nails on chalkboards. The right answer is whatever I liked more and conforms to my personal limited perception about what is cool. Go ahead, make your choice.....

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Mamma Mia *was* a horror film

    by buffywrestling

    For creeps, Bronson's singing is equal to Goldsmith's Poltergeist theme.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:03 p.m. CST

    I second the IN BRUGES love

    by Jarek

    It's sad how this film is being forgotten around this time of year due to it's much earlier release date. What a great flick.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer.

    by loodabagel

    I think that the simple fact of the matter is that if you don't find yourself smiling when you watch this, then a part of you is dead and you're smart enough to know what part that is… and honestly that's probably the most important part of oneself to hold onto. Life's no fun if you don't have that part of you anymore. Maybe it's why I love movies the way I do.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Charyoutree! Charyoutree!

    by CharyouTree

    Where's the tower movies steve please?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Hope Forgetting Sarah Marshall gets top 10 love...

    by Pennsy

    Because this was one movie from the House of Apatow that really worked since the 40-Year Old Virgin.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST

    King on Kubrick

    by ufoclub1977

    King has explicitly gone into detail of his complaints about the incredible film "The Shining". He stated that there was a fundamental flaw in Kubrick being qualified to make a supernatural story when in fact Kubrick was an atheist and didn't believe in the supernatural. King also went into a detailed criticism of Kubrick having lost his chance for a sudden "bump" scare when Jack appears and discovers Wendy reading his manuscript. Kubrick chose to have Jack slowly creep in the foreground of the frame. King points that this illustrates Kubrick's lack of understanding of the horror genre. Well... all you have to do is watch the newer faithful version of The Shining (that King was much more of a creative force on) to see who has the superior cinematic muscle. On the flipside, I used to read King novels in the 80's and I think he is the closet literary relative to Spielberg's cinematic talent for the realistic modern visceral interpretation of established genre cliche's. They both include pop culture, brand names, and everyday "Americana" experience to make cliche stuff seem fresh and new and often intensely emotional. They both weave stories with events and climaxes that seem gripping and spectacular in physical and emotional scale.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by bullet3

    If you mean the part of me that lets me criminally lower my standards, then maybe you're right. I would have probably forgiven the annoying characters and visual style if the car chase scenes were any good. Even Death Race had far more exciting racing scenes (and more action, and it was an hour shorter).

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST

    The man does have good taste- his picks are valid

    by Robstar

    And those are all films that, while flawed, will still be just as good ten or twenty years down the road. (The Ruins was pretty forgettable though.)

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Kubrick's movie was better than King's Shining EVER hoped to be

    by Prossor

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Ebert's Former Sidekick's Top 25...and Bottom 10

    by mjgtexas

    . "Slumdog Millionaire" 2. "The Dark Knight" 3. "The Wrestler" 4. "In Bruges" 5. "I've Loved You So Long" 6. "Gran Torino" 7. "Milk" 8. "The Visitor" 9. "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" 10. "Frozen River" 11. "Doubt" 12. "Snow Angels" 13. "Frost/Nixon" 14. "The Reader" 15. "Seven Pounds" 16. "Iron Man" 17. "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" 18. "W." 19. "Henry Poole Is Here" 20. "Burn After Reading" 21. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" 22. "WALL-E" 23. "The Bank Job" 24. "Tropic Thunder" 25. "Che" WORST MOVIES OF 2008 (NO. 1 BEING THE WORST) 10. "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" 9. "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" 8. "Over Her Dead Body" 7. "Fly Me to the Moon" 6. "Funny Games" 5. "88 Minutes" 4. "10,000 B.C." 3. "The Women" 2. "What Happens in Vegas" 1. "The Love Guru" Seven Pounds seems to be showing up on both best and worst.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Small town picks

    by lovek

    King lives in small town Maine. Since TPTB in the movie world assume small-town people don't want to see anything not mainstream (WRONG!), it can be very hard to find those films until they hit Netflix. So no, he probably hasn't seen much of anything from this year that didn't have subtitles or open on less than 1000 screens. Also, since no one could bother to link the article, I'll assume these are his favorite movies, not necessarily what he thinks are the "best" movies. Those aren't always the same thing. Personally, I'm glad to see someone shine a light on some of the films from '08 that might not be "considered" by other critics.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    I read the novel Dreamcatchers...

    by ballsmcretard

    ...Stephen King is no longer relevant - that novel killed my soul. I nominate Rambo to be in the top ten. The end scene where he was making Spaghetti-o's out of people with the 50 caliber?! Goddamm that was awesome. It's a rarity to see like 8 whole minutes of one person maiming and murdering masses of generic bad army guys these days. This is my case - I hope you will see fit to include this in the Best of 2008.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST

    How can I put this delicately...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Stephen King is a mediocre writer with rare moments of pseudo-greatness. He is *not* a genius by any stretch of the imagination and has in fact only produced one or two novels that haven't broken down into cliched gobbledygook before their plots' conclusion. <BR><BR>And, yes, MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE was King's hideously disfigured baby. And it was perhaps the worst movie I've ever seen--not even worth its camp value. <BR><BR>As a writer, King is usually the very quintessence of hackitude. And this is coming from someone who loved his work as an adolescent. I grew up.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST


    by nopix

    Ebert and King are my friends on that one

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    So can we all agree on worst movie of the year?

    by jimmay

    Or are we going to be divided by our hatred for either The Happening or 10,000 B.C.?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Stephen King

    by Cinemanimetal

    I think its interesting how a celebrity is associated with one thing (horror) and therefore every thing else they do has to be related. Some poster's are shocked not to see their favorite horror movies of the year on his list. It's like when someone meets a comedian and is disappointed when they don't make them laugh. He's a human being not just a horror writer. He's allowed to like anything he wants (including Death Race). On the other hand Death Race would probably be closer to my bottom ten then my top ten. However, it was good to see someone not bashing Funny Games for once since I loved that one. On another note I am glad to see someone had the balls to put Iron Man on their top ten and not Dark Knight. I'd never do that since Dark Knight was my favorite of 2008 so far (and Iron Man would be on their somewhere too), but its a sign to me that his list is a very personal one and not just a rehash.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 11:40 p.m. CST

    anyone besides King see funny games?!!

    by Jugdish

    Oh yeah - any list that has Jason Statham in two of the top ten films does not derserve to have his list published..unless he's 10 years old

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST

    SPEED RACER: Golden Shower Of The Year

    by BurnHollywood

    You know, I expected the Wachowskis to drop the ball (like they did with the ending of V FOR VENDETTA and the last two MATRIX movies), but to say, "Fuck it...why not?" and outrightly piss in the audiences' face when the studio wagered $120 million on a hit...that takes some serious balls.<p> ...And for the record, I was grinning from ear to ear all through WALL-E. Now THERE'S a true family movie.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 11:54 p.m. CST

    "Let the Right One In" sucks...

    by Deuce Hexx

    ... almost as much as [Rec]. <p> I am getting used to people accepting Let the Right One In (even though no one seems to grasp that despite being well shot, it is a conflicted mess of a movie) but seriously? You guys think [Rec] should be on anyone's top ten list? I'm pretty sure that was the very worst movie I saw this year.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:09 a.m. CST

    lol death race?

    by BurgerKing

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    The Ruins...

    by Anti-fanboy

    Could have easily been a story in Skeleton Crew. The girl carving herself up... best "fuck me" movie moment I had all year. Loved it.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Mom's Box

    by Ted Brautigan

    I think you nailed it. Would this list have been deemed worthy of a post if TDK wasn't #1? I doubt it.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Thanks, 'The Dum Guy'

    by MaxTheSilent

    Both King's book and Kubrick's adaptation are great, But both are completely separate at the same time. And LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is, without question, the best film of this year.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    So, "Disaster Movie" is not on anybodys top 10?

    by otm shank

    I'm shocked.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:29 a.m. CST

    JackPumpkinhead. . .

    by BroVinny

    Would you put any of Kubrick's films on a Best of 2008 list? Just curious.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Fuck yes!!

    by Series7

    The times got it right. They gave Speed Racer a shot. Finally some old people get it. Though I don't know why King put Funny Games on the list??? Its the same fucking movie, just not as good, which isn't saying much because the first one was just....just horrible. Not horrible in the OHH I'm upset. Horrible in the my god that dad is a huge pussy and this movie is not as qoy and funny as it thinks it is and 20 minutes of a women crying???? Really? Why the fuck was that made twice?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST

    buffywrestling if your here

    by Series7

    YOU liked they way they introduced Ironmans the song over the end credits like it was some lame new pop rock song created for the movie? That was sooooo fucking weak. WAY WEAK! If there was one thing Ironman was lacking other then action it was a good score. But that should have been the easiest fucking thing! They had the song right there, and according to the previews they had the money for the rights. The trailers handled the song correctly. That fight scene should have had a moment where Tony stood up close to dying and you heard that I AM IRONMAN! Then that would have been fucking bad ass. But no they saved it for the end like they were trying to boost single sales on the billboard chart. This wasn't fucking Hero, or Vindicated it was Iron Man I don't think it needed to make any more money. They should have played it during the fight scene. If they were trying to have seperation from the song, that would just be too fucking immpossible and dumb. The song is fucking bad ass and Ironman is suppose to be, and should have had a rocking bad ass theme song. How is it that only the original Superman and Batman movies are the only ones that have handled the score correctly? Shit Hellboy 2's score came close to greatness, much better then TDK. Begins use of the score was much better. I don't even think there was music in Hulk 1 and 2 and X-Men 1-3. Of course everyone knows about the Daredevil soundtrack because of the Evanesance song, but still even in that movie all the songs were handled terribly. The worst offender of this is End of Days, they had a pretty good soundtrack with some original tracks form Korn, Limp Bizkit and Guns and Roses and you here all of them in a row during this like 30 second scene its really badly done. Though Ironman had a bonafied bad ass rock song and they blew it, literally failed on the easiest part of making that movie.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:14 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Hey there is one Talkbacker who directed a movie. Harry mentioned it in his DVD colum. Its called Inside, not the french movie. Its a pretty good little indie horror movie. Kind of Hitchcock, its a haunting movie more then a blood and guts. <P> As for me, I've done nothing, hooah!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    The Bank Job

    by Series7

    Did anyone really think that this movie was really that good? Didn't you just wish you were watching Snatch instead? It was ok and all, had it not been Statham, or had been badass Vinnie Jones instead no one would've given a shit. Anyone see the bad ass deleted scenes though?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by LOTGA

    I saw Mamma Mia. The best part of the entire movie was the five year-old girl behind my girlfriend and I who, with about five minutes to go in the movie, said "This movie goes on and on!"

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:22 a.m. CST

    So, Slumdog Millionaire will be best picture?

    by JoeSixPack

    Looks like this is the only consensus choice for one of the best films of the year.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Maximum Overdrive

    by LOTGA

    Am I the only person who enjoys that film on some level? Yeah it's a piece of shit, but it's one of those guilty pleasure flicks I always found myself watching when it aired on TBS and was happy to pay five bucks for when I fund it in the bargin bin at Wal-Mart.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:38 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    No I like Maximum Overdrive as well. And I don't really care if King didn't like the Shinning. Alan Moore fucking hates anything mildly related to his work and no one calls him out about it. And Maximum Overdrive is a hell of a lot better movie then Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Anyone who calls Stephen King a hack is a cockamammie poophead.

    by crazybubba

    Most everything he does is very original. He may pull up short on the follow thru, but there is nothing hackneyed about his writing.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:57 a.m. CST

    REDBELT is the shit

    by caruso_stalker217

    Best film of '08, motherfuckers.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    Speed Racer and Death Race?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    What is this? Top 10 list of the lamest car action flicks in history? Death Race was dumb, unimaginative and totally fucking boring - like almost all of Paul WS Anderson's flicks. Speed Racer had nice visuals but wooden actors, many flaws in storytelling, a dumb story and fucking chimp jokes from the 80s.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    The Thing About King...

    by Skraggo

    ... is he's not a fucking movie snob. Or music snob. Or even book snob. He is, in his own way, the American Everyman who likes good rock-n-roll radio, baseball, a decent paperback thriller, and (before he climbed on the wagon) a cold beer. As for the Kubrick thing, as others have pointed out --- King WROTE the fucking Shining in the first place, so his opinion of it actually means more than any of you sad, pathetic, wanking fucks on this Talkback who think you fucking know it all. King has every fucking right in the world to be critical of what is in many ways a very less-than-faithful adaptation. Sure, Kubrick was a brilliant filmmaker, and taken as its own thing, for what it is, his version of The Shining is pretty damn great. But if you come to that film after finishing King's book, you have to brace yourself and check your expectations. And if you happen to have WRITTEN the novel -- and only Mr. King can claim to have done that -- yeah, I can absolutely see where you might have some issues with the movie. So until someone adapts one of YOUR novels into a movie, kindly fuck off criticizing King for his opinion. Besides, shouldn't you all be lining up to suck King's dick for placing "Dark Knight" at the top of his list??? Isn't that what keeps you warm at night?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Speed Racer is not a bad film.

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    It's a fucking train wreck cluster fuck disaster of Ishtar proportions. Hands down the worst movie of the year, and pushing for worst of the decade. Think about the competition it trounced. The Happening. The Love Guru. Disaster Movie. It's possibly the worst cinema going experience I've had aside from Hollywood Homicide. I'll give you a pretty sound argument. It's ugly. Fugly. It's like looking at a fat, obnoxious retarded child in dated rave era clothing constantly screaming in your face and making loud whoosh sounds. It's a cheap, plastic, fake looking imitation of a cartoon, with the most retarded, pointless and dull juvenile characters/storytelling/world you could put on film. It even makes The Flinstones adaptation look classy. It looked like a Nickelodeon film that had been hijacked by Mamoru Oshii and the creators of saved by the bell. Oh, it was boring as fuck too. Yeah, I think I disliked it. Now, in regards to Kings list...Well, you have to expect Death Race because King has always been very fond of B grade trash. Although, thats more C grade. But still. I'm more suprised by the constant high ranking of Wall E, which was pretty typical kiddie fair. I'm not suprised by The Dark Knight. While probably not my favourite film of the year, it was pretty fucking good, a huge success and pretty ambitious. Plus the imax version was a real kick ass experience that all these 3D-and-mo cap-is-the-future fags should take a note from.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Funny thing about REC...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    Is that the remake was just a slightly improved version of the original. Course, loses impact for having seen it all before, but it wasn't like it was any worse. I didn't mind either really, but I like bad horror movies.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Death Race is King's 10th best movie of 08?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Yeah, he is SO credible!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Cool list...

    by sonnyfern

    Redbelt was a damn good movie, like the main character it's really old fashioned in the way it presents it's hero and ideas. The Ruins was brutal but kind of forgetable. I thought Bank Job was amazingly entertaining. I haven't seen Death Race or Funny Games or Slumdog Millionaire. But there is no doubt that The Dark Knight was a breakthrough movie and will be remembered more than any other movie this year will. Ledgers performance during that interegation scene is the stuff of legends. I don't think it's a perfect movie...but it is a movie that has turned the tide of the industry.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Speed Racer...

    by Anti-fanboy

    ...fucked my eyeballs in '08, and I loved every minute of it.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Richard Corliss Sucks :

    by PTSDPete

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Musical Score

    by TOGSolid

    I have to agree in part about the musical score in Iron Man and TDK. Both were really lacking a rousing score. TDK just kinda rehased the first movie's themes and Iron Man had nothing really memorable. While I don't think they should have played the actual Iron Man song during the movie, the score definitely could have used some steroids. It wasn't bad, just nothing that made me go "holy crap I must get that."

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    So what is the best movie of 08 then? Prom Night?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Slumdog Millionare was incredible.

    by Sakurai

    I dont know about best picture, but if Boyle doesn't win best director I will be pissed.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Actually Prom Night almost made me vomit in rage...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...It was so poorly made. I don't know. I haven't seen Milk, Slumdog, Doubt, etc. I did see Frozen River, which was fucking good, and shotgun stories and ballast. Out of the big, obvious film titles being thrown around, probably The Dark Knight. Can't really judge until I've seen The Wrestler or Frost/Nixon either. Also loved Paranoid Park. That was this year where I live. Shit, even Let The Right One In isn't out here. I really hate The Times list though. I'm probably alone, but I thought 4 weeks was melodramatic art fag wannabe dirge shit, Speed Racer I've already raged about but also Iron Man? Good film, but I forgot it before it finished. Same with Tropic Thunder. I thought Pineapple Express was the better mainstream comedy this year, and Franco was better than Cruise or Downey.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Go Speed Go!!!

    by onezeroone

    Though disagree venomously with TIME's Top 10 Games of The Year list [no MGS4? Fallout3???] but Speed Racer gets them a free pass from me. Speed Racer will become a cult classic over the years... just wait and watch.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Series7 - I'm back

    by buffywrestling

    You may have wanted to hear Sabbath in the beginning or in the middle; you might have thought that it would have tagged better in certain scenes. But ever since I saw the trailer, and there was the tiny blip of Sabbath, I was stoked for it. It was like having a movie called War Pigs, then playing War Pigs. I was *aching* to hear Sabbath's I Am Ironman during the entire film. And when RDjr stood up at the end and said, "I am IronMan", then the tune played -- I came. Soaked the chair. Because I waited for it. The anticipation (nay, foreplay) was tight as balls. And it made me scream.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Redbelt and Let The Right One In...

    by Kirbymanly

    along with Cloverfield and WALL*E... have been my faves of this year.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST


    by Bloo

    FTW<P>a great movie in the tradition of samaruai flicks. great great great movie, written and directed by David Motherfucking Mamet!<P>and to the TB above who said about getting the belt even though noone knew him, he was fighting his brother in law (the champ) but not for a belt but for honor and had to fight his way there and he got the blet from his father in law<P>dumbass

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4 a.m. CST

    RED BELT...

    by drwynninblack

    So proud to be able to say I was featured in that movie. And got to work with Mamet himself...who told me, quote, "You looked fucking awesome in the dailies, man." True story.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Considering King can't write anymore

    by BenBraddock

    why should I want to read his Top Ten Movies list?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:45 a.m. CST

    I've always enjoyed Kings work

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    And I've always thought he was a pretty good writer too. Maybe not the best, but still loads more visual and intelligent then most of the other mainstream writers out there. His list however, was kinda of embarrassing. Some really poor choices, and I mean who couldn't of guessed he'd place TDK up top. Funny how people say it's legitimate cause of that. It amazes me that most people on this site can't comprehend how not everyone thinks it's a masterpiece. Some people need to seriously get over it. <p> Personally, I'd like to see Snow Angels, In Bruges, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall get a little more love. Glad to see all of em were on that "Ebert sidekick" list that was posted.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Its amazing an amazingly small minority of people...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Can't believe that 99 per cent of the world fucking love The Dark Knight.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:04 a.m. CST

    King sucks.

    by uberfreak

    He can't conclude a story. I've never read anything he wrote that made me go WOW at the end. Examples, the STAND, DARK TOWER. Meh. He has got great literary style and characterization but just can't bring his stories to a satisfying conclusion. TDK is over-rated. Ooh boy, he made a pencil disappear. Oscar! bah!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:08 a.m. CST

    The Dark Knight

    by slowgraffiti

    I really can't believe there are so many haters for that movie on here. I mean, Iron Man was a cute movie. I loved it. It played upon all the neat little ways you can love a film, but in zero of the big ones. The best scene in Iron Man was Stark and Potts switching out his heart magnet. The small things were pefect, but what was that movie about? Fighting Jeff Bridges? The Dark Knight suceeds as a film on such a grander scale because he contained both the small scale things that make films enjoyable and the big ones. I mean, when the Joker was falling to his death and laughing, I got choked up the first time!!! I thought, here goes this great actor in his last scene and here goes this amazing charactor...then Batman saved him. I mean, can we really line up Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart, Heath Ledger and Sir fucking Michael Caine against Robert Downey Jr. and Jeff Bridges? I mean, I love those two guys, but they don't come from the disciplined school of acting that the main cast of TDK does. Another strong point is the script as in the foundation of these films. The Dark Knights script was inctricately woven while Iron Man...well, I would have to say that the script was very poor and saved by a brilliantly witty performance by RDjr. Okay, I don't know why I went off in comparing the two. They are two different films. People get upset when they feel like they 'have to' like something great. But that's there problem in themselves. It's like running into people who hate the Beatles or something. It's gonna happen and that's life, but not for us. Just for them, so feel lucky. Is the Dark Knight one of the best movies ever? Top 100, maybe...but the thing that makes people who love it question those who find it passable, is that The Dark Knight was for us. The talkbackers, the IMDB hounds, the fans, the hopeful, the critics, the popcorners, everyone who cares about film and movies. To see that we, for fucking once in this dreary ass Hollywood world, got exactly what we have all been clamouring for...and it was more than we could have hoped for. It's puzzling that, not all people, but anyone who comes to this site out of interest in the movies they cover here and AICN would say, "meh". "Meh"? Come on.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:10 a.m. CST

    at AICN not and

    by slowgraffiti

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:10 a.m. CST

    at AICN not and

    by slowgraffiti

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:12 a.m. CST

    I mean...

    by slowgraffiti

    Fucking Gladiator won the Best Picture Oscar. That pretty much means that The Dark Knight is Citizen Kane if a shit pile of a Braveheart knockoff can win best picture. Perspective.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:17 a.m. CST


    by Broseph

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Loved Funny Games....

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...But Henneke can be an aquired taste.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Omg, WhinyNegativeBitch...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...I laughed so fucking hard about your Speed Racer post that I almost choked myself.<p> "A fucking train wreck cluster fuck disaster of Ishtar proportions" nails it pretty much down. Well said, Sir!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    on thing about the TDK

    by Bloo

    that might get me into a little bit of trouble<P>I lvoed The Dark Knight, think it still holds up, but I do have to say that it owes a lot to Micheal Mann's work, espically that opening scene which feels alot like Heat to me

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    ZOMBIE STRIPPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by alice 13

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    King's Own Words: "I am not to be trusted!"

    by blackmantis

    He says right in the EW article that his taste in movies is not to be trusted. He knows he likes shlock and admits it freely. Read people! READ!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Mamma Mia

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    The hatred for this is pathetic. <p> It's essentially a mainstream Grindhouse film, one of those 'so bad it's fun' experiences. And that's great. As an experience, I'd absolutely say it was better than The Dark Knight (because you get an entire audience singing and clapping and stomping their feet which NEVER happens in British cinemas). </p> <p> As a film, it's naff. But it's fun. And if people like Herc can't get that, it's their loss. </p>

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST

    The Shining

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Kubrick did what you're meant to do with an adaptation, he adapted the core of the story.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Bloo, watch who you're calling dumbass

    by Garbageman33

    Especially because you couldn't be more wrong. Not just in your opinion, but in the facts of the movie. The club owner was her brother. Not the fighter. Go back and watch it again.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    Quantum Mechanics = Studio Excuse

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

    By the end of the interview it was just too obvious they'd found a "loop hole" that would allow them to fuck shit up (e.i. modernize it) while still pandering to us nerdy types. I'm no hater but it just seemed like an exscuse.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

    Man did I just make an ass outta myself.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by crashbarbarian

    quit being a high budget, big production, block buster hater!!!! 10 times better than the last big production movie to win 10 freaking oscars! Give this movie it's due, it's only the second biggest movie ever!!!!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Yeah, I'm not willing TDK to win an Oscar just to spite Titanic.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Wall•E is NOT very good, people

    by SnowDogs

    It's essentially the story of a retarded kid winning the heart of Adriana Lima--yeah right. It's a treehugger film. And Wall•E's "death" and resurrection was completely forced. I'm an animation fan, and Wall•E is one of only two Pixar films I don't have on DVD. I do not understand everyone falling all over themselves to praise this movie.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    Anyone who says "Fuck what King thinks about Kubrick's vision" is an asshole. It is KINGS book, and if he was not pleased with the finished version of the movie, that is his right, the Kubrick movie, as good as it was, left out so much from the book and I can understand King's dissatisfaction with the movie. Let's see what you would think if a novel you were so proud of and was deeply personal to you didn't get the treatment you felt it deserved.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Course you'd be annoyed, but soon as the rights are signed you get no say. That's just how it works.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Wall-E is a lot better than Dark Knight

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    BAM BAM!!!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    WERE the Mist & Cloverfield not 2008?


    i'd have thought King would have found those nice for obv reasons maybee im incorrect coz UK waited ages for The Mist!?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Wall-E was better at telling a visual story...

    by rbatty024

    than The Dark Knight. Is it better? I have to watch them both again to tell. Sometimes I feel like Nolan relies too heavily on dialogue, but I guess that has been the case with just about every new director of the past decade so I shouldn't single him out. The Joker's plan was awfully convoluted and didn't really make much sense in the end, but I shouldn't be too critical since it was a comic book movie. More than that it was a really good one.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Zeddemore

    I just liked Wall-E's 'we can save ourself' message. TDK was pretty depressing... in the end, all the good Batman did is for nothing.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    The Fall

    by phantom_of_teh_paradise

    Did everybody forget about it or am I pretty much the only one on the planet who thought it was a masterpiece? And thank you, Time Magazine, for not letting My Winnipeg disappear into a similar fate. Also, it's nice to see Synecdoche awarded some credit as well.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    "The Ruins"??!!

    by Pdorwick

    Fuckin' terrible movie; almost as bad as Mamma Mia. King should stick to writing novels.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by crashbarbarian

    i dare you who claim wall-e is better than the dark knight to watch it even 1/5th the times you will TDK! I dare you!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Mr. Zeddemore

    by rbatty024

    The Dark Knight was awfully nihilistic. I felt beat down by the end of the film. That's not to say it wasn't a good movie, because it was, but my guess is that I will in fact watch Wall-E more in my lifetime than The Dark Knight. <p> The last fun, lightweight action-adventure film I can remember was the original Pirates of The Caribbean. Even the sequels became a big depressing mess. Why can't directors make those kind of films anymore?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Good to see Redbelt love.

    by HoboCode

    I thought it was awesome. The last fight is the shit. And a perfect ending.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    JCVD is one of the best of the year.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    True Dat.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Zeddemore


  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Quantum of Solace is # 1

    by dieanotherday

    There is nothing cooler than a villan diying by drinking motor oil and getting shot in the head twice! TDK was boring & Wall.E was a snooze fest!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Here is my top ten list of 2008 movies..

    by Leafar the Lost

    1. "The Love Guru" 2. "The Hottie and the Nottie" 3. "Mad Money" 4. "What Happens In Vegas" 5. "10,000 B.C" 6. "Babylon A.D." 7. "You Don't Mess With The Zohan" 8. "Rambo" 9. "Witless Protection" 10. "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    It's all just opinion...

    by johnnyangelheart

    Some guy above says that Let the Right One in was a conflicted mess. In some ways it was, but overall it had a lot of creativity and that counts a lot for me. On the other hand, there is tons of love for In Bruges in this talkback that I just don't get. I thought the movie was a tedious reimagining of some of the lesser scenes out of Pulp Fiction. But that's just my opinion.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Is Pennsy Jason fucking Segal?

    by mr_macphisto

    Or whatever the fuck his name is? I mean, what the fuck? Who the fuck is that obsessed with "Forgetting Fucking Sarah Fucking Marshall?" Fuck.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Deuce Hexx

    by smackfu

    ok, I'll bite. How exactly is 'Let the Right One In' a conflicted mess? I'm left to assume that what happened in that film was simply beyond your grasp, because it was one of the most subtly creepy narratives I've experienced in a long, long time. Just to make sure we're clear, you realize it wasn't actually a 'romance' between a vampire and a human, but actually a vampire choosing it's new 'Renfield', right? It's the story of a male child vampire, who's castrated himself and poses as a little girl, enticing men to fall in love with it as to provide a guaranteed 'Renfield' type protector that will guard and feed it for the next 50 or so years. When it's 'companion' is no longer able to fulfill what 'she' requires from it, 'she' chooses a suitable replacement starts a relationship with him.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    No love for Jake & The Fatman: The Early Years?

    by Rocco Curioso

    True, it did come in well under the radar, but still...

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by streakerfreak1983

    Don't worry, I thought it was one of the years best too.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Holy Shit, Smackfu!

    by johnnyangelheart

    Where do you get that the little girl vampire was a self castrated boy?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Ah! Redbelt.

    by gotilk

    Good for you, King. Redbelt was an overlooked gem.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    TDK is way overrated and The Ruins was not in the top 50.

    by Rupee88

    The Ruins did succeed by being a cut above the usual derivative horror films...but it didn't delver much more than that. I haven't heard of most of the others on the list, which means I should check some out.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Speed Racer was icky

    by dioxholster

    i felt icky when i watched it, like wearing dirty underwear or something. that movie sucks beyond belief. the racing was boring and not cool, it didnt even make sense no tension at all. Star Wars phantom menace race scene was a 100 times better that that pile of earwax wrapped around a cotton swab.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    TDK was BORING?????????????

    by dioxholster

    WHAT>>>>>??????????? TDK was the most exciting thing ever. i only blinked once when seeing it, ONCE! i missed 3 frames so i watched it a second time to see those 3 frames which were awesome!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    SRs plot is better constructed than TDK

    by lex romero

    There I said it. TDK may be the better film but Speed Racer's plotting is far better constructed and put together. Look at some of those early scenes, the use of flashbacks during the first race, how much information do we get in such an organic and smartly compressed manner? It's brilliant. TDK's story telling got very clumsy towards the end as too much was going on. <br><br> Also why does everyone say Speed Racer was 2.5 hours long? My UK DVD is 2 hours long. Did the US get an extra 30 mins? <br><br> Also Speed Racer's action was brilliant. Again it was better than TDKs "ooh lets have the camera right up in Batman's face and spaz it around during the fights". The Wachoski's are brilliant at filming action scenes. They're exciting, well put together and have a clear sense of geography. I've no idea how people can think they're shit, they're ten times better than the majority of action films car chases/martial arts fights in the last decade. <br><br> Speed RAcer is so bizarrely schizophrenic. It has fantastic visuals, great action then plot is well constructed. Yet the dialogue is shit, the attempts at comedy are terrible and the characters (other than racer x) are boring. I don't understand how it can be so extremely shit and extremely great at the same time. <br><br> Oh and it suffers from The Phantom Menace Syndrome. "what, you think jar jar is annoying? But its a kids film! Kids love that comedy! Star wars has always been a kids film you can't criticise it for jar jar! Oh the plot? Well that's about trade federations putting a tax embargo on naboo..." ZZzzzz. How can it be a kids film if the plot deals with complex "adult" business problems?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST


    by dr.bulber

    i dont wanna know what books/prescription labels hes reading.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Kubrick's THE SHINING Is VASTLY Superior To The Source Material

    by LaserPants

    Its SO much better than the novel King wrote as to make it almost totally irrelevant.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    In Bruges wasn't good!!!

    by BackRiverCatfish

    I'm sure the same people who thought it was one of the best movies of the year think Boondock Saints is a masterpiece.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Iron Man

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    If I ran the Oscars, I'd give it Best Picture. Just to see your collective expressions change.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    The Fall

    by jimmay

    Roger Ebert loved it, but I found it sadlly wanting. It looked great of course, but the story, either one, failed to engage me.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer Ruled

    by thatguy

    Awesome movie, a misunderstood pop art masterpiece. It even has an extended flash forward, and that's not something you see in movies very much at all. Great casting all around, and a truly international vibe. I'm picky about movies, and I never liked the original cartoon, but the Speed Racer movie blew me away and I loved pretty much every minute of it. It has a lot of heart, plus it looks and sounds amazing (fantastic score too.) People who didn't dig it missed out. I'm very glad to see that it's getting a little love both here and in TIME. I thought Speed Racer was one of the most purely enjoyable and solidly entertaining films I've seen in years.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    maxium overdrive...

    by darthwaz1

    is a fucking great movie!!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST


    by Jarek

    Actually, I loved IN BRUGES and rather dislike Boondock Saints. The writing and classical directing style is what sold me on In Bruges... plus great performances across the board. It's one of the best films of the year.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    'In Bruges' is fantastic

    by Laserhead

    And "Boondock Saints" is utter shit. In Bruges had great performances, tight writing, killer wit, and even a bit of emotional resonance. Martin McDonagh is a great writer, and I can't wait to see what he makes next.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    People's taste in music can really take them

    by gotilk

    down a notch. Coldplay, King? Coldplay? Still think he's great, but wow.<br> <br> And I gotta agree with Laserpants, the film is vastly superior. I spent years apologizing for that film to people after recommending it. No more. I stopped a while back. People who think it's too slow, not "scary" enough.. something is missing inside them. The book was fine, but just not as great as the film was. Even back when it was originally on theatres, I was a kid. I remember walking out with my friend and we were both blown away by it. All around us were people bitching and moaning about it, how it wasn't scary... it was boring and slow. Hrmph. They got what they deserved, a mega-dose of crapstacy. Shitty directors making shitty slasher films for years. From that point forward, I always kept my eyes open for the name Kubrick.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    "I'm going to scare the hell out of you."

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    -Stephen King, during a commercial for Maximum Overdrive. Indeed Mr. King.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    The Shining

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    An absolute classic. It should've reinvented the horror film, but alas.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I fucking LOVE Speed Racer!

    by Powers Boothe

    I'll go to my grave not understanding the hatred for that film.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Smackfu - Why I think LTROI is conflicted

    by Deuce Hexx

    I didn't catch the 'castrated vampire boy' part, but other than that I agree with you. In fact, you are one of the few people I've seen express their opinion who realizes that the movie isn't romantic and sweet. Most reviews and all the people I've talked to who have seen it all seem to think that it is romantic and sweet, so obviously the filmmakers either didn't do a good job of conveying what was going on, or they themselves thought it was romantic. <p> Hey look, I found some evidence: (From AICN's interview with the director) <p> "For me, it’s the love story. This is a love story with horror elements woven into it. <p> ...I would think he would be a very dangerous person, this Oskar, in the future. Or in the near future, if he doesn’t find a way through this. So... it’s quite simple. If you give love to a child, that child will be quite loving. If you give anger to a child, that child will be very angry. It’s very simple mathematics, this. " <p> He thinks that Eli is saving Oskar from becoming a monster through their love. When actually she has turned him into her familiar. The tone of the film was completely inconsistent with what was happening on screen. <p> That said, I did enjoy aspects of the movie, I just don't think it deserves the level of praise it has been getting.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    DeathRace and Ruins?!? WTF!

    by Stalkeye

    Isn't it a bit too early for april fools day stevie?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Definately Speed Racer

    by Toonol

    I'm not sure what my top 10 movies for the year are, but Speed Racer would clearly be one of them.<p> It would be one of the top five, actually. I've never seen a movie get such an undeserved kneejerk rejection by so many people.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Dear American Public

    by Sgt.Steiner

    You may have elected Obama, but all the "Slumdog Millionaire" Love proves you are still susceptible to mass delusion. Corny, thudding dialogue, gimmicky(as opposed to the assuredness of "Trainspotting") direction, inappropriate musical cues(MIA? Give me a break), a lack of suspense(He's going to lose, right?), one-dimensional stick figures posing as characters(good brother, bad brother, degraded female) and the most pompous self-congratulatory end credits in recent memory. Utter twaddle. You want honest sentimentality? Go see "Benjamin Button". It is one the more moving studio pictures in recent years.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Another thing

    by Deuce Hexx

    A 12 year old boy probably isn't the most useful "Renfield".

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Mr. Zeddemore

    by rogueleader66

    I realize that once you sign the rights away you have no say, but King still has the right to submit his dissaproval of how his material was handled, granted he can't do anything about it, but he can still voice his opinion is all I am saying.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST

    I Love SPEED RACER Too

    by LaserPants

    I'm not surprised that it bombed, and it was way too long, but I loved it. Its one of my faves of the year. Almost purely based on the nostalgia factor, and the fact that it looks so totally insane, cartoony, and psychedelic. Its literally an anime come to life. It's unfortunate that it bombed, but I'm surprised that it bombed.<br><br> You know what probably would have been better, if it was done more in a retro style, a little more on the cheap, maybe similar, in terms of technique, to Sin City. Then, really ham up the camp factor and direct the humor more towards the adults that grew up with it. So, have two layers of humor going -- the obvious layer for the kids, and the wink-wink nudge-nudge double entendre stuff for the adults. That went on there a little bit, but not as much as it should have been.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Yep, give him a break

    by Dapper Swindler

    The Shining was an extremely personal story to King - moreso than anything else he had written. He really put himself out there and made it about his alcohol abuse. So when Kubrick deviated from the plot and made it about something else, can't you understand why that would have pissed him off? It didn't matter how good Kubrick's film was, it wasn't what King had in mind, it was different. The reason he admits later he likes it is because he was able to get over that grudge and look at the film objectively for his own merits. This shouldn't have to be explained to you.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer

    by Asaraiel

    ... is bizarrely polarizing. I think some people just can't handle all that imagery at once. While our generation has a patience factor of about 0 in media, SR is still just a step above it - so much is communicated visually at once in so many shots. But, underneath all that, it's a wonderful film about family, and how important a good family is. That's rare to see and I appreciated it. Moreover, once it start blending the racing in the movie with the concept of finding what you're born to do and doing it for the right reasons, it's totally got me. It's in my top 5 all time list, personally, though I'm not sure where yet. I never get tired of watching it. I'm glad someone took notice.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Birth of a Nation = Black Dynamite

    by ChocolateJesusMan

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    It's not that he's usefull (yet)

    by smackfu

    but he's devoted. To the point where he will do anything for her, and nothing she does will be too extreme to turn him off and send him packing. She just has to coddle him for a few years and she'll have the perfect familiar.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    A few I'm shocked got no mentions are

    by Sick Fixx

    Quantum of Solace, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Semipro, Eagle Eye, Burn After Reading (if only because it's a new Coen Brothers film) and Hellboy II.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by Frisbeetarian

    He only saw eleven movies this year?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I insist that a better edit of SPEED RACER would've

    by JDanielP

    ...done wonders. For box office returns and the quality of the finished product. (As you could say the same for STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE)

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    Kung Fu Panda Was definately better.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Zeddemore

    I don't hate many films, but I hate Kung Fu Panda. Pure hate. I'm a hater. HATE. Mad Hate.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Stephen King can say anything he wants about the book, and it's right for him. <p> But I think the problem is that, whatever he says, The Shining IS a great adaptation. It seems King wanted a translation (where bits would be lost, but it'd be the story compacted), but didn't count on Kubrick just wanting to take the spine and ignore the rest.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST


    by jdb1972

    I mean, maybe if you're s msianthropic, self-flagellating leftist, but otherwise, no. It wasn't even a decent, let alone good, let alone top, film. It wasn't even close to the top animated film, as Kung-Fu Panda was ten times better.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    uberfreak - on the subject of King's suckage

    by smackfu

    I agree, most of his stories endings fall very short of the buildup. But I disagree on the Dark Tower ending. I thought it was the most perfect ending to an epic story I've ever read. Not only did it preserve the mystery of the Dark Tower, but it added a whole new level to Roland's character and struggle, to know that he's been doing this forever, and will continue to do it forever. Also, the Tower in a way rewards him for saving it by granting his deepest wish...for the journey to not be over. His entire life has been an obsession with reaching the Tower, there is nothing else for him, he has no place in the world without his quest. So the 'Roland' door boots him back to the beginning of his quest so he can do it all over again. Again, that's just speculation as it's not clearly spelled out, but my point is, what seems like a simple cop-out ending, is actually profound on many levels depending on how you interpret it, but at the very least, it's far more profound than any conventional wrap-up that could have been written.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by caruso_stalker217

    Redbelt's wife has two brothers. One owns the club, the other is the fighter.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Funny Games...fuckin gag stunt horror

    by quantize

    the moment the (remote) jig was up that movie blew massive chunks..felt like that kind of embarrassing retarded shit Von Trier was doing in Dogville...self conscious contemporary commentary bullshit

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    At least King doesnt insult anyones intelligence with Cloverturd

    by quantize

    At least King doesnt insult anyones intelligence with Cloverturd

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Let the Right One In / In Bruges should be in all the lists

    by quantize

    ...pathetic and dumb choices on show in these lists.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer...your kids like it if they have ADD

    by quantize

    because that was one bucket of lifeless droll moronic shit that no kid with a genuine sense of wonder would like...

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Boondock Saints total shit...In Bruges - f awesome

    by quantize

    so that blows that fuckwad theory.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by CharyouTree

    Finally someone else who likes the Dark Tower ending, and as you say the fact he "this time" has the Horn of Jericho, gives hope. I cant agree more its the only way that tale could finish.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Dark Knight and Speed

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    These end of year lists are pointless. I won't say the best because I haven't seen everything and nobody sees everything unless you're a movie critic. And even they don't see everything. My own personal favorites are Dark Knight, WALLE as the best I've seen this year with Tropic Thunder and Iron Man runners up. I don't necessarily think Dark Knight is without it's flaws but it hit's me on a visceral level that no other movie has in a long time. And I wish folks would stop comparing it to Iron Man, they're totally different animals. Yeah, Iron Man is a fun popcorn movie and for what it is, it's great. And even though I loved the Speed Racer cartoon as a kid and still do, I don't get the love for that flick. It was so vacuous and ridiculously over the top I just couldn't buy into that world. I would say that Dark Knight is on one side of the visceral spectrum, while Speed Racer at the completely opposite end.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    I guess he didn't see Benjamin Buttons...

    by Roketopunch

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Agreed, the ending to Dark Tower was great.

    by johnnyangelheart

    It was the first time King had surprised me in a long time. Good work, King! And I may be just an old grump here, but isn't Wall-e just a cartoon for children? I'll admit that it is brilliantly executed and yet it is still just a children's cartoon. Unless you guys praising it are all 8, I don't get it.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    I love that he picked Death Race...

    by Bill Clay

    Steve proves he's Joe Sixpack (without the political connotations)!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Wall E, fair enough, some people are slow...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Developers. But anyone claiming Speed Racer or Mamma Mia as better films than The Dark Knight are clearly fucking mentally deficient and a threat to the gene pool. People bitching about Death Race being on the list yet defending Speed Racer is one of the funniest things I've ever seen on this talk back. God, I hope that stinking turd doesn't become another Buckaroo Banzai.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    King has not been the same since the accident...

    by Leafar the Lost

    I know that King is nuts, but since he was hit by that idiot with the dog in his van the quality of his work has suffered. The man is super rich, and yet he was taking a 2 mile walk on the side of a road. King, did it ever dawn on you to buy a treadmill? That tells me that before the accident his judgment was off, and now it is totally off. I was one of his biggest fans. I read ever book he wrote as a teenager. But, I haven't read a King book in years.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    porn should win best picture

    by noiretblanc

    and be on top of everyone's list. or on the bottom. or doggystyle even.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    smackfu, I c ur point

    by uberfreak

    but I just feel it as another lame example of existentialism after a long drawn out journey filled with neat concepts making me think it is going somewhere I hadn't thought about. I think that's why I enjoy short stories for sci-fi and fantasy these days more than epic novels. They get to the point quick and avoid the long build up to themes that never really hit me in the gut hard enough.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Why no one mentioned Nuking the Fridge?

    by dioxholster

    Indiana Jones and the KOTS was great movie. my list would be: 1. dark knight 2. The Golden Compass 3. Iron man 4. Indiana jones 5. Cloverfuck

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST


    by neverhed

    I thought "In Bruges" was easily in the top three films of the year, and although I enjoy "Boondock Saints," I don't consider it on nearly the same level. Actually, to compare the two aside from their dark sense of humor and, perhaps if you're fucking dense, the Irish connection, you'd have to be unbelievably ignorant and generally unable to critically view film.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    THE MIST??

    by Diablo77

    apols if ive missed this mentioned, but it seems a shocking oversight that King hasnt mentioned the best adaptation of one of his own books in years...

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Death Race?

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Yeah, ok Steve.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Funny Games is AWESOME

    by StrokerX

    any of you who didnt like the MASTERPIECE that is Funny Games is a retard. That movie was freaking awesome. Haneke is GOD. Just recently saw Benny's Video & The Piano Teacher...once

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    And The Ruins was great too

    by StrokerX

    maybe not top 10 great. But one of the better Horror films to come out this year. I remember seeing the directors short film on Atom Films way back was I knew the film would be more than just some teeny bopper shit. Good solid horror.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    King hated how Kubrick changed so much from the book

    by BigTuna

    He never really said he thought the movie was crap. I understood his point. IT was "STanley Kubrick's The Shing", not Stephen King's

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer was unwatchable

    by BigTuna

    Beautiful to look at, yes, but it has NOTHING else to offer. Terrible story, bad acting, no real characters, nothing. And on top of that it's 2Hrs.20 minutes. WTF? It should have been 90 minutes with it's story. NO wonder it bombed horribly.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I thought The Ruins was great...

    by BigTuna

    One of the few times I agreeed spot-on with Harry. It's creepy, and despite them being on that damn temple for 98% of the film, it's very entertaining. Best horror film of 08'.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    "The Golden Compass" was, I think, officially a 2007 movie - it came out before Christmas last year. Maybe not where you live? Oh well, doesn't matter, who cares. Anyway, I, for one, will stick to "The Fall" as the best movie of 2008.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    I do not understand the love for WALL-E...

    by JackIsLost

    It's not a terrible film by any means but I'd say it's fairly mediocre. I love the opening 20 minutes which are and bold story-telling but the rest is as conventional as you can get. THE INCREDIBLES, RATATOUILLE, & FINDING NEMO are all far superior and there are about 20 films released in 2008 that are better.

  • Great first half hour, then it's VERY cliched.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    In Bruges was shit

    by BackRiverCatfish

    I just think it wasn't as good as everybody said it was and it reminded me of all the retards who said Boondock Saints was great. The dramatic scenes were cheesey and Ralph Fiennes' character was a total rip-off of Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Finding Nemo

    by Series7

    Is better then Wall-E? Really? I guess if your a little girl and your under the age of five.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST


    by jdb1972

    Is Finding Nemo better than Wall-E? Yes. Heck, Cars is better than Wall-E. A Bug's Life is better than Wall-E. Monsters Inc is better than Wall-E.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    I Am Legend

    by jdb1972

    Can we agree to forget most of I Am Legend that happens after Will Smith kills his dog and call it one of the top 10 films of the year? Can't we just pretend random characters didn't arrive to provide a tacked-on stopping place for the movie?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Ok, all of you bashing Wall-E have something wrong with you

    by bullet3

    Its BY FAR the best pixar movie, and I'm shocked that people are trying to dismiss it as mediocre. And I actually found the second half to be just as fun and interesting as the first half (if the whole movie was on Earth it would be boring).

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    wall eis half a great movie and half a boring run of the mill mo

    by slappy jones

    first half amazing. once they get on the ship BOOOORRRRRIIINNNNGGGGGGG

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST


    by Dingbatty

    Agree about The Fall.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    AND I WOULD LOVE TO TELL YOU why speed racer is so bad

    by slappy jones

    but i couldn't sit through it. I watched 45 minutes of it and walked out. not only was I bored to tears the acting was appalling and the whole style they went for for me didn't work. It looked ugly and I could never for one minute accept anything was real or actually happening. there was not one moment I saw in that first 45 minutes that was in anyway cool or interesting. I hated what I saw but I would not say I hate the film as I have not seen the entire thing nor do I wish too. But I saw enough to know it wasn't for me.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST

    and in bruges is the most over rated film in years.

    by slappy jones

    Ralph fiennes I have two words for you DON LOGAN.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST

    StrokerX stick to stroking...

    by quantize

    because your film taste is pure ASS...Funny Games was the goofiest most retarded stunt I can remember seeing in a film...

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Top Ten for 2008 (so far)

    by waitingimpatientlyforingloriousbastards

    1, Let the Right One In 2, In Bruges 3, Tell No One 4, The Dark Knight 5, The Visitor 6, Burn After Reading 7, Rachel Getting Married 8, Iron Man 9, Synecdoche, NY 10, Mongol

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    CARS is better than WALL-E...

    by JackIsLost

    And CARS is not very good either.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST

    slappy jones

    by BackRiverCatfish

    Thanks for seconding my opinion, I knew I couldn't be the only one out there.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    In Bruges is the most UNDER-rated movie of the year...

    by waitingimpatientlyforingloriousbastards

    Wall-E is by far the most overrated... Even though it was the best animated film this year, it is nowhere near Best Picture material.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:55 p.m. CST

    "In Bruges" Over-rated.

    by neverhed

    That is an unbelievable new level of elitism that I have scarcely seen, even at AICN. Who the fuck is even TALKING about "In Bruges," let alone actually seen it if they so much as know it exists? If you don't like it, that's one thing-- you just don't have taste. Claiming it's over-rated, though? You're just simple.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Damn straight! Some recognition for Speed Racer!

    by Johnno

    Although I'm puzzled that TIME would nominate Iron man over Dark Knight... Anyway Speed Racer OWNS YOUR ASSES! The performances were great and worked for the film. I think haters of Speed are just Transformers fans pissed off that the Wachowskis contrary to every other attempt at adaptations, even Shining, managed not only to be faithful to the source material, but elevated it greatly, of course considering it's Speed Racer as the source material, elevating it wouldn't have been hard to do, but they just fucking took it to a whole other level whereas lazier people would've settled for a bland experience in live action. You fuckers bore me with your inane attempts to put this film down. Yeah yeah, basically you couldn't handle the visuals, I can understand that, it's pretty overwhelming in a theatre, but it's a fucking awesome experience on blu-ray! Truly something where I can say, "There's something I haven't seen before!" Great effects and the transitions were awesome! Spectacular! I bet the FX and compositing people must've loved working on this! I could follow the races and action pretty dman well. What the fuck was wrong with the rest of you? Do we need to retard everything and put you in the slow class? You want a map and commentator to help you? The only thing I'd agree on is that the humor involving the kid and monkey wasn't blah... and it could've been a bit shorter, but otherwise the story itself was very fitting. If this movie was left up to you cretins it would've been Fast and the furious on a regular formula 1 racetrack. Fuck that and fuck you! GO SPEED GO!

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Hard to believe that Mark Osborne

    by Sick Fixx

    went from making the powerful five minute short film 'More' (which said what most movies take two and a half hours to say) to Kung Fu Panda. Not exactly what I'd call progress. It's almost like he sold out. Watch 'More' on youtube and you'll see what I mean.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    I AM LEGEND Is 3/4s Of An Amazing, Powerful, Heartbreaking Movie

    by LaserPants

    And 1/4s crap. The first 3/4s are so good, tho, that it makes the awfulness of the final 1/4 irrelevant.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST


    by BirdMcMonster


  • Dec. 14, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    also Speed Racer

    by BirdMcMonster

    was decent

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Hate to dwell on Speed again...

    by DougMcKenzie

    The Wachowski's selection of mise-en-scene for that movie was just astounding. What they packed into that movie visually was not topped by any other film this year. However the acting (aside from Goodman was was passable), was a a complete disaster. Matthew Fox was miscast, plain and simple. Hirsch had a horribly distracting lack of passion in the role. The character was played with about as much enthusiasm as Duvall playing Frank Burns in MASH. In other words, stilted and boring. No movie tops Redbelt for me, but I'm a Mamet and Ejiofor nut and that movie played to my tastes.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Holy fuck! The army of morons defending Speed Racer

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    is growing alarmingly. Looks like the 8 yo's have taken over this site.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 4:26 a.m. CST

    The performances in Speed Racer were great?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Yeah, but the chimp ownd them all, Johnno. Right?<p>Plus, the action scenes had ZERO physics. ZERO. That's why they sucked so much and bored me to tears.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Shit, thought I was alone with love for In Bruges

    by alucardvsdracula

    I've been screaming about this fucker since it first came out and nobody has even heard of it!!! Best film of the year, along with Old Darky Knight. Nice to see I'm not a-fecking-lone.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 5:15 a.m. CST

    The Visitor

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    One heck of a good film that deserves more recognition. I'd even say Richard Jenkins performance is Best Actor worthy.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Blow Speed Racer Blow..!

    by Stalkeye

    I could not watch more than the first 15 minutes of this florescent crap.It's as painful as the Crash TV series.(And that's fucking painful!)I can imagine more Anime bastardization down the pipeline:Robotech,Voltron,Akira,etc.*Shudders*

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Go Stephen

    by speedroc

    Death Race rocks!!! Also agree with Tropic Thunder and The Ruins. Would also put Pineapple Express and my #1 movie this year, WANTED on the list.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    King's recommendations always blow.

    by Ringwearer9

    But he did warn us at the beginning. But that being said, I really distrust his Jump On the Bandwagon inclusion of "The Dark Knight". He just wants to prove he's hip, and with-it, and still relevant to today's youth, as when he jumped on the Harry Potter bandwagon in time to review the last Potter book (and tied his Dark Tower series to it). <br><br> I fucking hate the drug and booze damaged moron now. And I used to be a huge fan. That love began to die with the retarded ending to the original STAND and that kiddie gang bang scene in IT and I lost complete respect for him with TOMMYKNOCKERS. He never really came back.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Best movies are the following.

    by Penetron

    1. Let The Right One In. 2. My sister's honeymoon video. She shows her tits and vag.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Yeah, But You Never Saw SPEED RACER, Motoko!

    by LaserPants

    If you saw it and hated it, fine, I can understand. But you never did! You saw the trailer, realized it wasn't T2: WE WUB WOO ROBODADDY, and declared it the worst movie of all times. Hench: zero credibility.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    That Is To Say...

    by LaserPants

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    That Is To Say...

    by LaserPants

    Hence: zero credibility.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Speed Racer bitchaz

    by Volllllume3

    Underground cult hit slowly but steadily gaining a massive fan base. The Dark Knight: convoluted, self-important piece of shit that's a cop movie pretending to be a comic book movie pretending to be a cop movie. Plus it's aging about as fast as Heather Locklear's face.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    If Speed Racer wasn't Ignored by the Public...

    by BigTuna

    Would you geeks be cumming over it? Honestly, it's unwatchable crap. And In Bruges did suck.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Time Magazine loves speed racer?

    by The Nothing

    I didn't see it, so I'm not going to say its a bad movie, but to put it on a list that doesn't even include the Dark Knight, or to say in any way that it is better smacks of insanity. I might be late to this conclusin, but Time Magazine just lost any type of credibility it may have had with me.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    King thoughts

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    I don't think he's a bad writer, and I'm actually fond of some of his novels (such as, in fact, THE SHINING), but I don't think he's one of the greatest writers of our lifetime in any respect. Historically speaking, popular literature does not equal great literature. <BR><BR> King's material, like William Goldman's, is best suited for the silver screen, imo, because his plots and characters, though sometimes interesting, cannot be sustained in a longer prose form. His plots tend to fall apart and his characters tend to be of the cliched, cookie cutter variety. King isn't bad writer -- he's just not great one. <BR><BR> My point is that I feel there are any number of writers out there that can and do exceed King in both plot and characterization. In fact, I have never found a King character memorable unless it was heavily revised and adapted by another writer. For example, take Goldman's MISERY or Kubrick's THE SHINING. In the latter, at least, the product was only like the original in outline -- if King had had full control over these projects, they would have been forgettable failures. This is a demonstrable fact. Also, both of these movies had wonderful actors and acting (which Stephen King's version of THE SHINING and King's MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE certainly did *not* have). <BR><BR> In regards to King's endings, I must point towards the classic example of a terrible King ending -- THE STAND. [SPOILER WARNING] In the climax, as you recall, the villain is blown up by a nuclear device set off with what appears for all the world to be "the finger of God." This was not only a complete letdown after struggling through so many meandering pages (which should have been edited out), it was also a cheesy cop out, imo, as if King didn't know what else to do so he went for the Deus Ex Machina solution. IT had a similar feel to me, as if he couldn't make up his mind how he could possibly end the book, so he decided on the pseudo-spiritual God-saves-the-day approach. There are exceptions to his endings, of course, my favorite being an early work, THE LONG WALK. Typically, though, King doesn't (usually) know when or how to wrap things up. <BR><BR> Don't get me wrong. King is a fine writer, and I hope that more of his stories are brought to film by creative screenplay writers and directors, but there are many other authors that I would rather read than Stephen King. Just my two cents.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST

    My 2 Fave Movies Of The Year Are DARK KNIGHT & SPEED RACER

    by LaserPants

    Yes, it is possible to like both an operatic, brooding masterpiece and a colorful pop-art explosion; each for different reasons on their own merits.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    neverhed everyone i know fucking raves about in bruge

    by slappy jones

    everytime I hear about it which is a lot its generally a fucking rave review. my favorite critics have gone mental for it, all of my friends and family pretty much claim its the best film of the year. Sorry but where I am it is fucking everywhere and i have heard more about from my circle of then any film all year. even my wifes dad who very rarely talks about films told me I had to see it. So I did. And it wasn't very good. it was average at best.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    if speed racer had been a massive hit

    by slappy jones

    instead of the complete close to career destroying flop that it was would you guys be defending it and talking about in such you have to be fucking kidding me glowing terms? and to the guy who said racer haters must be transformers fans well for the record transformers was garbage too. Speed racer was just a little bit worse. but they were both crap.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I appluad King for his honesty!

    by Powers Boothe

    The snobbery toward King's list is hilarious. It's HIS bloody list. Go make your own list if you're so offended by his 'lowbrow' tastes. Why should everyones "best of" list be the same? Are only lists that include Revolutionary Road, The Reader & Frost/Nixon valid? It's all about personal taste. <P>Also: Isn't it amusing that now Iron Man's on DVD people are giving it a second look and realising it wasn't worthy of all those great reviews back in May? I really feel Iron Man was the most overpraised film of 2008. <p>PS: I just watched the 4hr version of Soderbergh's Che...and I gotta tell's fucking fantastic. Gotta love folk who compile "best of" lists BEFORE they've seen all the big films of the year. I'll wait until January to put mine together.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    I would have.

    by Flea Circus

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    FUNNY GAMES Was Good...

    by LaserPants

    but it didn't blow me away. I was a little disappointed by the lack of on-screen violence. Yes, I know that was the point, and that it was basically a scathing satire/critique of exploitation / torture porn kinda movies, and people like me who enjoy them, but I would have preferred it to be more exploitative. Mostly because I want to see Naomi Watts in graphic distress. Is that wrong? Am I a bad person for getting turned on by Naomi Watts weeping, disheveled, and sexually vulnerable? I guess Hanneke would say something like, "Yes, you crass, boring, stupid American! For shame!"

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I would have loved for speed racer to be a huge hit

    by Flea Circus

    then more of the great things they did do in speed racer would become part the lexicon unlike other all green screen movies they used it to make a movie that could only be made they way they did it. As for my speed racer experience I've been through both places, I took my daughter to watch it in the imax we left after 45 minutes. I rented it, because I wanted to see how it ended. On video she loved it and by the end I loved it. It was a new film experience. A mixed bag for sure but there was no film I saw this year that I want watch more again than speed racer.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    slappy jones

    by neverhed

    Well, it might not be unfair to say you went in jaded. I know from experience, if THAT many people around me are raving about something, I'll find a reason to dislike it. I just find the phenomenon odd. You must have a lot of film-aware acquaintances.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Only assholes dont like In Bruges

    by quantize

    ...its a quality film, lots of humor (especially in Feinnes performance)...

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    and only assholes like Speed Racer..

    by quantize

    which makes a couple of you semi assholes..

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Read King's article before slamming his list..

    by Atropos

    ...he clearly states that he's not to be trusted and that he knows he's insane for including two Statham movies, but that he's effectively gay for Statham and can't help it. I may be wrong, but aren't these involuntary man-crushes on certain actors part of the magic of cinema? Like the way I would rent anything with Christian Slater just because he was in Heathers? I know it makes no fucking sense, but there you go, It shouldn't be about logic, that's why we call it an opinion, instead of, uhmm, "brainion". Or something. Also, "Let the Right One In" ruled and "In Bruges" disappointed me (since I'd heard so many people rave about it). That's just my opinion of course. Luckily, MY opinion is the right one.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    ...oh, and on EW and Let The Right One In

    by Atropos

    ...even if King had seen LTROI, I doubt he'd be allowed by Entertainment Weekly to include it in his list, or even mention it. Their critic Owen Gleiberman quite amusingly reviewed the movie without watching it a while back, and since then they've refused to touch it, comment on it, or even update the review-page to reflect the "Reader's Average" (A+ or somewhere therabouts) or the critics' average (A- or therabouts), a script-based process that is usually automatic and has to be intentionally shut off. Made me lol myself a little bit :-)

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Taste is indeed subjective

    by The StarWolf

    That IRON MAN isn't near the top of most of those lists demonstrates this very well.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Why I love Speed Racer...

    by nick b - london

    IT'S THE NEW FUCKING TRON!!!! Remember when you saw Tron. Remember it bombed too! Speed Racer is the next stop, for the kids of today. I love Tron, even got those Adidas Trainers they released.. but its not the best film ever made, but one I'll always enjoy. I decided based on the reviews to not see it at the cinema. I caught it on DVD and was blown away. Yeah, storyline is piss poor, but as a piece of art, OUTSTANDING! It will be looked fondly upon and will be a cult classic. Also like tron, ahead of its time. This is not a chance to big something up so to not appear to be a sheep. I enjoy it for what it is. A fun and entertaining film. Not for its character art or plot twists, just for pure entertainment! Just Like Be Kind Rewind, Cloverfield, Son Of Ranbow and Tropic Thunder. Oh and as for TDK, Ledger was amazing and as a cop film it was great. But as a comic book movie It was good, no more no less and definetly not the second coming!

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by JDanielP

    And since I can't get enough comic book inspired escapism in Hollywood, THE INCREDIBLE HULK is #3.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    SPEED RACER Totally Is This Generation's TRON

    by LaserPants

    Expect nostalgia reboot / revisit in 10, 20 years.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    King even admits he's not a great writer

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    I've heard him interviewed where he admits he's the writers equivalent of McDonalds fast food. So, don't take this list seriously.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    About King's "populist" tastes

    by sideshowbob

    Remember he lives in Bangor, Maine, and he is not a critic, so he hasn't seen a ton of the more obscure and/or artsy movies this year. Stuff like Doubt, Frost/Nixon, The Wrestler, Synedoche, and so on. They probably won't screen in his neck of the woods until next year, if at all.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Know what I want?

    by a rolling stone

    TDK was the shit. The other delah movies can go todash with the chimes to another when, do ya ken? Thankeesai. DARK TOWER MOVIE ALL UP IN THIS MOFO!!!!

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Slumdog Millionaire = WAY Overrated

    by Admiral Nelson

    It's not bad, but it's nowhere NEAR the great film that the critics would have you believe. "Slumdog" is essentially an R-rated, overly violent and unnecessarily grim British version of a Bollywood movie that omits that genre's sense of romantic cheese -- but along with it, its magic, sense of fun and even its musical numbers, except for a token one over the end credits. It's not that the film is "bad" per se; it's just that, if you've seen even handful of real Bollywood films, you'll peg "Slumdog" as surprisingly unoriginal. My only conclusion is that all the U.S. critics who are inexplicably heaping praise on this film have never seen any other Bollywood movie, because they'd recognize "Slumdog's" formulaic plot in, oh, perhaps a few hundred Bollywood films made during the last 30 years. You want to see Bollywood films that really work for Western audiences? Then go rent TAAL, or the classic "curry Western" SHOLAY, or the dynamite (and really funny) DIL CHAHTA HAI, or the Academy Award Nominee LAGAAN, which is goddamn epic, and one of my favorite films of all time. But SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE? It's the equivalent of CROACHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON for those people who've never seen another Hong Kong wuxia film, or THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN for those who've never seen SEVEN SAMURAI. It's not bad, but it's nowhere near unique. It's Danny Boyle (a director I like) trying to meld a gritty, realistic drama with Bollywood film conventions, and ending up with a hybrid that's a pale (and unfortunately off-kilter) copy of the genre.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    a rolling stone is right

    by CharyouTree

    this Ka-tet needs a movie, (but by J.J Abrams)?

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST


    by Gilkuliehe

    I saw it purely based on its small fanbase here and I must agree with all you fuckers here: It's great. Exquisite writting, acting and direction, and a very welcome reference to DON'T LOOK NOW. Shit, it's much more than a reference, but without being distractive or metapostmodern bullshit that takes you out of the picture. Thanks to all recommending it: Now I've joined you and will spread the word.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Another Shitlist: King like Coldplay for years best music.

    by Flip63Hole

    King has no taste. Tropic Thunder? Death Race? Kill me now, please...

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Ringwearer9, stop being a snobbish douchebag. First of all

    by Coughlins Laws

    Stephen King has pretty much praised the Harry Potter books from the beginning, not in time for his review of the last book. He has talked down about snobs like you for not liking those books since almost the first one. Secondly, I doubt very much you've even read most of his books lately. I do agree that alot of the time he has trouble ending his stories (trust me, I thought the ending of The Stand was very anti-climactic as well) but usually the ride more than makes up for the end. But, for you to name his two most praised books as examples of his not being a good writer makes you sound like an asshole. I just love people who rip other people's opinions and then lists their opinions as facts as if their opinions should trump all others. Fiction is very subjective. What moves one person bores the next person. But, other than alot of his protagonists being writers, I don't see how anyone can say all his characters are cookie cutter. I think the reason Stephen King is popular with so many people is because he is very good at writing flawed characters that people can relate to. But alot of you people who keep stating who is "relevant" and who is "irrelevant" are pompous, snobbish dickheads. Who are you to be the people who say who matters and who doesn't. Calling someone irrelevant is the ultimate form of vanity and self-importance. You are basically anouncing to the world that your opinion is more valuable and credible than anyone else's. By using the word "irrelevant" you are conceding you are an arrogant prick who not only thinks your opinion matters more than others, but you also believe you have the right to tell whoever is reading what you wrote what they should like and be interested in. So, just so you know, I can easily pick out the assholes on this site by those of you who call the most popular author of the last 30 years "irrelevant".

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Coughdrop's Laws calling someone...

    by Skyway Moaters

    "Vain and self-important"?! <p> "Hello pot? This is kettle. You're black".

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Motoko Chimp Chump Kusanagi

    by Johnno

    Sounds like not only didn't you see the movie Motoko, but you failed to read what I posted too! Well a typo did slip in there... I didn't care for the chimp or kid. And as for the races having zero pyhsics... ummm NO SHIT??? What did you think it was going to be? Realistic??? You idiot!<br><br>As for actor performances, I insist they're great, not Oscar academy award winning drama, but good in the vein of campy fun for the whole family, what was campy worked and the moments of seriousness and sadness also came through well enough! That's all Speed Racer was going to be, what the Wachowski's intended it to be and advertised as being. Nobody's saying it's better than Dark Knight, however I can tell you right now I'll be re-watching it more times than I'll ever re-watch Dark Knight! Speed Racer already fucked our eyeballs in 2008! Who cares about Motoko's uninformed and misguided opinion? No-fucking-one!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    My reaction to King's top 10 list

    by Halloween68

    For what it's worth. Not sure I'd be arguing credibility with King knowing film, because he obviously doesn't. Every film he's taken a direct involvement in has turned out crappers. The great King adaptations were the one's he had nothing to do with other than providing the source material. CARRIE, THE SHINING, CHRISTINE, PET SEMETARY, CUJO, etc. All this said, I'm not disputing King's knack for a good story. He's obviously a brilliant story teller. Just doesn't have the foggiest of how to translate that same story to screen. On to his list. I like his list for the most part. Now while I didn't particularly find TROPIC THUNDER all that funny, I can see why some people did. It's Ben Stiller humor. It's CABLE GUY in vietnam. I laughed some of the time, but I didn't laugh more often than I did. Thought there were better movies this year. Actually thought GET SMART was better. Also, THE BANK JOB. I'm a big Jason Stratham fan, and I was expecting a whole lot going into THE BANK JOB, but upon seeing it, I was very underwhelmed. Good movie, but not great. THE RUINS I thought was okay. CABIN FEVER on a Aztec pyramid in South America. A little bit of flavor of TURISTAS. I don't know. Didn't see anything in it I hadn't seen anywhere else. Again, saw better movies in 2008. Incedentally, I did think BANK JOB was better than IN BRUGES. BRUGES had a better story, but BANK JOB was better executed. All around, it was a better movie experience. My point is there were are just better flicks out there if you're talking top 10. Where's SON OF RAMBOW? That movie was a lot of fun. Very original. Lastly, DEATH RACE? I haven't seen this one, but didn't this get widely panned by nearly everyone? I intend on seeing it, but I'm not expecting anything. Should I be?

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    who has Mick Garris adapt the greatest portion of his work- his opinion is to be taken seriously on film? What a joke. My left nut can direct better than Mick Garris.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    People keep forgetting...

    by Atropos

    ...that King also wrote the stories that were the basis for "Apt Pupil", "Stand By Me", "Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile"... The non-supernatural stories always seem to work better as films, simply because King is a fuckin' master at making ridiculous shit seem real, whereas you need a master filmmaker to translate it to the screen. Strangely, he seems to have no problem "ending" his non-horror stories either...

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    People keep forgetting...

    by Atropos

    ...that King also wrote the stories that were the basis for "Apt Pupil", "Stand By Me", "Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile"... The non-supernatural stories always seem to work better as films, simply because King is a fuckin' master at making ridiculous shit seem real, whereas you need a master filmmaker to translate it to the screen. Strangely, he seems to have no problem "ending" his non-horror stories either...

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    How is The Green Mile a non-supernatural story?

    by Coughlins Laws

    I don't understand the hate on this site for Stephen King. He tried his hand at direction and it turned out to be a failure. Well, we all can't be good at everything. But do you guys really want to go down the road where you have to have directed a 4 star movie to make a top ten list or even criticize a movie? That doesn't even make sense. Sites like this wouldn't exist and there would be no rottentomatoes. Add to that the fact that Hollywood Directors tend not to criticize each other's work. The points you're making don't make sense. Does the fact that I made a horrible 5 minute movie with my GI Joes trying to recreate an episode of the cartoon make every single Top 10 List I make "irrelevant"? I think it's really interesting to see what a guy like Stephen King ejoys. Don't you? He didn't say these are the defintive Top Movies of 2008. He said they were his favorite. Opinions can not be right or wrong. It's what he liked the most...

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST


    by frozen01

    Were my husband and I the only two people who thought this movie was incredibly boring? Yes, I got it. It was cute. It was sweet. It was a "cautionary tale". It also played like a 90-minute-long Pixar short. Every time the robots spoke it felt like someone was dragging my ears over a cheese grater. And I really didn't care to watch 30 minutes of a robot rolling around collecting trinkets and building skyscrapers out of garbage blocks, or 10 minutes of two robots swirling around each other in space. Yes, it's cute and funny that WALL*E used a fire extinguisher as propolsion... move on, please!

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by terrytips

    Might you be forgetting that this was a film aimed primarily at children?

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Stephen King is a talented writer with one foot in a mansion

    by skimn

    the other in a mobile home. He's a millionaire a kagillion times over, but probably enjoys a Big Mac or Whopper (washed down with a Schiltz, back in his drinkin days) over a 5 star meal any day of the week. And these films are just his opinions. One I remember is Snyder's Dawn Of The Dead remake the year it came out. And King is a close, close friend of Romero. He just liked it. Did he get a chance to see EVERY film this year like a critic? Doubt it very much. I could see him liking JCVD if he saw it, but whatever. As the man once said, opinions are like assholes, everyones got one.