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Nordling's Top 10 of the Year! Plus Quint comments on top ten lists!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here to introduce our good friend Nordling's top 10 list. First of all, happy 2009! We're getting closer and closer to the end of times in 2012, so let's really let loose this year! I've been considering doing my own top 10, but to be perfectly honest... I've never liked compiling those lists, especially when everybody else has thrown in their two cents. So many of us here at AICN are like-minded, so I'm afraid my top 10 or 20 or however many would be repeating Harry and the rest of the gang for almost the exact same reasons. There are notable exceptions, but mostly in the worst of the year lists. I disagree with Capone on SPEED RACER. I found it to be an incredibly fun film, but at the same time I wouldn't put that film in my top 10. This year I was blown away by The Dark Knight, Wall-E, Let The Right One In, The Good, The Bad and The Weird (from The Host's Ji-Woon Kim), Slumdog Millionaire and Iron Man. I loved RAMBO, too. I'm a sucker for graphic violence and snipers, so Stallone's decision to add a sniper buddy as long distance support for the more close quarters John Rambo took it over the top (yes, that was intentional) for me. There, now you know what I liked and I don't have to do a big boring list. I do think I'll compile a top 10 A Movie A Day list, though. That could be fun. In the meantime, here's Nordling with his thoughts on the year. I'll leave you with him now, who is a lot better at this type of thing than I am.

Nordling's Top 10 of 2008! 2008 was an odd year. The summer crop was strong, and the fall releases seemed watered down in comparison to last year's multiple masterpieces. Maybe the writer's strike cut into the schedule a bit. But there were still many wonderful films to see this year, and although this is a Top 10 list, there's several films that could have made the grade. Without further blah-blah, here we go! 10. IRON MAN Robert Downey Jr. is better in IRON MAN than Johnny Depp was in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, and yet I don't think he'll get the accolades that Depp did for his performance as Tony Stark. Not my favorite superhero film of the year, but it's a solid film regardless, the happy-go-lucky in comparison to THE DARK KNIGHT's gloom and doom. Knowing what Stark goes through in later stories, it won't be smiles for long, but IRON MAN has a clever script and confidently directed by Jon Favreau. As for Downey, this is the film that gave him his real second act in American cinema, and I'd like to welcome back a true actor's actor. His turn in this and TROPIC THUNDER might have squared him that Oscar nomination (and still might) if not for Ledger's performance. Looking forward to next year's SHERLOCK HOLMES. 9. MILK Sean Penn doesn't play Harvey Milk as any kind of victim or martyr. He simply plays him as a man happy with his lot in life, who saw an injustice and wanted it corrected. Yes, MILK is upfront with its characters sexuality, and it doesn't shy away from it. And at the same time, it shows us as an audience that these people have the same goals and passions as everyone else - to live their lives free from persecution, to have good jobs, to find love, to raise a family. The film even makes a hilarious point - straight or gay, no one likes stepping in dog shit. The passing of Proposition 8 was a dark spot on an otherwise amazing political year, and I wish that MILK had been released earlier and wider. It may have changed some minds. What's great about Penn's performance is that the usually morose Penn plays Milk as a pretty happy guy. There's tragedies in his life, to be sure, but it's inspirational that Milk gets up from them and continues. Josh Brolin plays Milk's assassin Dan White as a man trapped in his environment, and while you feel sympathy for him the film doesn't excuse what he did in any way. 8. FROST/NIXON This film, Ron Howard's best since APOLLO 13, may seem ill-suited for the big screen, as it would seem that the subject matter doesn't warrant that kind of attention. Don't believe it. Frank Langella doesn't play Nixon with broad strokes, but instead, internalizes the man and his performance is all the more powerful for it. He doesn't play Nixon, he simply is Nixon. Michael Sheen is more elusive as David Frost - we never really get inside the man - but when Frost decides to become a real reporter instead of a Cheshire-cat's-grin celebrity, the film in it's way becomes a love letter to what journalism used to be about before they got in bed with politics simply for access. The faux-interviews are unnecessary, but other than that, Howard's made a very compelling drama. 7. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE I was almost ready to write this one off because although it was getting lots of raves, it felt to me like this film was going to be that one film every year that gets all the buzz but in actuality didn't deserve it (see CRASH, A BEAUTIFUL MIND). I'm happy to discover that that wasn't the case. This rags-to-riches story's been told before but not like this, with Danny Boyle's film sensibilities and the backdrop of Mumbai, India. I never thought I'd see the day when WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE became poignant, but SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE manages to do it. Add to that the amazing score, Bollywood by way of techno, and an instant must-own. You simply can't miss SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. If you're a film fan of any caliber, you must see this. If you don't, I'm not sure I want to know you. It must be hard, walking around with a piece of coal for a heart. 6. SPEED RACER Yeah, I'm going to say it. This for me was the most entertaining film of the summer. This movie's like a kid's breakfast cereal made of rainbows. You'd think the Wachowski Brothers invented colors for this movie. I've seen this film wind up on several worst of lists and that absolutely stuns me. There is no way in hell this is a bad film, and I feel completely comfortable listing it as one of this year's best. For one thing, as a family film, it's completely appropriate for kids. Watching the dynamics of the Racer family play out in this story, I felt that in it's way the Wachowskis were making a film about the sheer joy of family, of all these disparate people coming together and making something wonderful. Is it perfect? No, there's stretches in the film that are slow. It could do with about 20 minutes shaved off it. But that final race, where 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY blasts through Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, is as beautiful as film art can be. 5. THE DARK KNIGHT Is it a comic movie? A crime film? Happily, it's both. We've got some distance now from Heath Ledger's death, and I think we can judge his performance fairly without that tragedy clouding the issue, and it's safe to say that Ledger probably gives the acting performance of the year. He made the Joker completely his own, and lived up to the potential of that role. I'd say my favorite scene of his is when the Joker corrects Gamble when he say the Joker is crazy: "No I'm not. No. I'm. Not." And everyone gives good performances in this film, especially Aaron Eckhart, who if not for Ledger would be getting some accolades of his own. Sure, I could do without Batman's Oscar The Grouch intimidation voice, but that's a minor nitpick. The best Batman film yet, and it suggests the superhero genre can be taken seriously now. Perhaps if all the lawsuit crap can get sorted out, next year's WATCHMEN can elevate the genre more. Can't wait to find out. 4. WALL-E There's just no way that this film wouldn't make the list. I claim no objectivity here - Pixar is the God-studio. Even their lesser films are classic. Next year's UP, if they don't drop the ball in the second half, is probably a guarantee to be on next year's Top 10. As for WALL-E, I first saw it with an enthusiastic crowd in Austin and I knew it was special when the audience applauded at the end of the film, watched the credits, and applauded again. It's a wonderful love story, an environmental cautionary tale that's never preachy. If people are tired of me praising Pixar, then tell Pixar to start making lousy films. The track record is astonishing, and expect more greatness with UP next year. 3. DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO HIS SON ABOUT HIS FATHER You want superheroes? I've got two for you: Kate and David Bagby, parents of Dr. Andrew Bagby. In 2001, Dr. Bagby was murdered by his ex-girlfriend, Shirley Turner. In a fit of rage Shirley shot Andrew 5 times and fled to Canada, where the byzantine extradition laws kept her from being tried in the United States. Then a bombshell drops - she's pregnant with Andrew's child. Desperate to keep some kind of link to their son alive, the Bagbys move from California to Newfoundland to fight Shirley for custody. It gets to the point where they have to get visitation to see Zachary from the woman who murdered their son. When she's sent to prison in Canada to await extradition, The Bagbys bond with their grandchild. And Kurt Kuenne, filmmaker, decides to make a movie documenting his good friend Andrew's life by driving cross-country to interview Andrew's many friends and acquaintances, hopefully for an historical document for Zachary. But life hardly coincides with what we expect. Bring boxes of tissue for this one. As far as documentaries go, DEAR ZACHARY doesn't exactly break the mold. It's mostly talking heads telling the many stories of Andrew's life. Kurt Kuenne doesn't even attempt to claim objectivity - this was his good friend murdered, and his rage at that act is palpable, and his bias to the subject gives the film much of its power. But when the film takes a horribly tragic turn, it becomes a testament to the bravery of two people - Kate and David Bagby, who more than any of the other cinematic heroes of 2008 earn that description. This film isn't for the emotionally squeamish - it's a hard, hard road. At times I thought that the way the film reveals its story was approaching manipulative, but Kuenne wants the viewer to feel how he felt as each event happened, and what he's made here is one of the most riveting and powerful documentaries I've ever seen. And if you want to learn more or order the DVD, go to for more information. 2. THE WRESTLER Mickey Rourke is extraordinary as Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a professional wrestler whose age and life choices catch up with him, but he still wants that final go round in the ring. I'm a big fan of Darren Aronofsky - his FOUNTAIN is my pick for best film of 2006 - but as broad and as emotional as that film was he's remarkably restrained here and the film is all the better for it. Marisa Tomei continues to make superb acting choices with her roles and she's terrific in this as well. What I loved most about the film is that while it follows the plot of most sports films to a t, what we're feeling emotionally is the direct opposite of what we're seeing on screen. When he steps into that ring at the climax, it's an abject failure and the final shot, while on the surface seems victorious, is actually a lie. The love that the Ram seeks is fleeting and he rejects the loves that last. It's a hell of a movie, and like RAGING BULL, a study of a deeply flawed man. I made a real attempt to not let Rourke's public story cloud how I viewed his performance and it would be easy to say that he was born to play this role. But there's moments where the Ram as a character is emotionally stripped on screen, and that can't just be Rourke's past. It's an acting triumph, and he's deserving of all the accolades thrown his way. 1. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN It's very easy to overhype this movie. Much of it is quiet, and it's not paced like most films of this genre. Much of the gore is only suggested, and there isn't one single cheap scare to be found in the film. On one level it's a tender coming-of-age romance, and on another it's a chilling master/slave story, and what makes it so amazing is that both levels work as well as they do at the same time. This come-out-of-nowhere instant horror classic blew me away the first time I saw it, and on subsequent viewings it just grows stronger. Most child performances feel phony, but Tomas Alfredson pulls amazing work, seemingly without trying, out of Kare Hedebrant and especially Lina Leandersson. I haven't read the novel on which the film is based, which expands Eli's history, but I love how the film suggests aspects of Eli's relationships without being overt. I love the pool scene, easily the best climax of a movie this year. I love everything about this film, and it's sure to be talked about for quite some time to come. A stunning achievement. Worst Film Of The Year: INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL - This hurts, it really does. As everyone who knows me can attest, I'm a Spielberg freak. So it comes to this, the worst Spielberg film since HOOK (I have a warm spot in my heart for 1941, so don't bother). People keep telling me that you shouldn't hold SKULL to the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK standard, but that's bullshit. Maybe it can't be as good, but it sure as hell can try. Instead of real guys under real trucks, we get CGI to choke a supercomputer. Instead of compelling performances, we get a director who, it felt, would obviously rather be making something else and actors who are seemingly just trying to make it through the next take so to get some of that top-notch catering. Harrison Ford, at times, seemed to be engaged, but mostly, it just wasn't the Indiana Jones of the first three films. And as for George Lucas, he's not interested in any kind of art. He's sure interested in commerce, though. I can't wait to see LINCOLN or INTERSTELLAR or any other film that gets Steven Spielberg excited again. But this is definitely a low point in the man's catalog, and I guess I can't blame him for being bored with this story. It certainly bored me. A vine-swinging Shia LeBeouf? Really, George? And that about wraps it up. 2009 has the potential to be fantastic. 2008 wasn't terrible, but it can't compare to the juggernauts of 2007. Still, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN can hold itself high as the real genuine masterpiece of 2008. Thanks for reading. Nordling

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  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST


    by Jugdish

    Let's see

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    All these lists look the same -

    by Jugdish

    Speed Racer? C'mon now

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Let the Right One In...

    by cripeman

    A vampire flick that isn't just teeth and blood...I really wanna see this.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by palimpsest

    Doesn't open in the UK until April, dammit!

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's movies just aren't rewatchable anymore.

    by Knuckleduster

    I can watch his older movies every single day and never get tired of them. Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders, Schindler's List. But lately? I really enjoyed Catch Me If You Can, War of the Worlds and Munich the first time around, but on repeated viewings they just bore the life out of me. Looking forward to Lincoln, though.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    good list and...

    by logicalnoise01

    your 1941 is my HOOK. It came out when I was a kid and will always be enjoyed by my friends and I.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I had chili for lunch.

    by Godovhellfire

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    and no Cloverfield

    by Varakor

    NICE!! this is the best 10 ten list I've seen on aicn. Not to start up on the speed racer thing, but it really is a fun film. AND NO FUCKING CLOVERFIELD! NICE!!!

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Lina Leandersson MAKES LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

    by kgerm

    I can honestly say if not for this little girl and her making you believe the relationship between them and not see her as a monster, but a victim this movie probably would've been lame as shit. It earns its ending wholeheartedly.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    To be fair, he wasn't Indy in Last Crusade either.

    by I Dunno

    Really. Think of Indy's first reveal in Raiders after he whips the guy's gun out of his hand and Indy comes out of the shadows. Now think of Indy sitting at the table in Temple of Doom in his James Bond tux. Now, quickly, think of Indy's goofy ass expression as he falls down the spiral staircase in Last Crusade. <p>You got the bends from that transition, didn't you? There are nitrogen bubbles coursing through your veins as we speak from that drastic change in coolness-pressure. That's why I was hopeful but not optimistic about Indy 4. Why people have such affection for Last Crusade, I don't know but it was almost as silly, just without the CGI.</p>

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Nordling - Worst film of the year? Seriously?

    by theyreflockingthisway

    I sometimes think I'm the only one who enjoyed Crystal Skull on the same level as the previous films. <br><br> My favourite Indy moment was the opening of Raiders. Trying to get the idol in a mysterious temple in a remote part of the world with all those traps around just left me wanting more. But we didn't get more - the closest we got after that was right at the end of Last Crusade. Finally Crystal Skull gave me what I wanted - a non stop adventure, exploring these old temples. It was like the opening of Raiders but as an entire movie. <br><br> For the record I love Raiders and Crusade (not so much Doom, however) and I honestly rank this one close to those two. I can't put them in order - each has things in them I love, but Crystal Skull was definately a worthy addition for me. <br><br> Fair enough if you just don't like it, but it seems to me you're just nit picking at cgi effects, the fact they use aliens instead of religion and that it's not exactly the same as the Indiana Jones you saw in the 80's. To me it's an entertaining Indiana Jones adventure movie - as an Indy fan, I'm sorry you didn't share that.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST

    I repeat: Indy 4 is still much better than The Last Crusade.

    by DerLanghaarige

    They make an Indy movie with his dad and decide to make a fucking sitcom out of it? No, thanks.<br> And I really gotta say that Heath Ledger doesn't deserve much praise for The Joker. He never was that good as an actor and all he did here was adding annoying little ticks while reading his lines. ("I *cough* am *licks lips* the *rolls eyes* Joker *waves his hands*, look *licks his lips again* at *eats something with open mouth* me *licks his lips again and makes a funny dance*). If you think that he deserves an Oscar for it then I wonder why you aren't angry at the jury for ignoring Wesley Snipes job in Demolition Man,

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    Shit list, hamlet 2 JCVD should top.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    The only reason Harvey Milk is famous was he got shot by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He ain't no Abby Hoffman.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    harvey milk is famous

    by Timahh

    because he got shot because some guy ate too many twinkies.....i havent seen the movie yet but tell me it mentions the twinkie defense.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    The Last Crusade

    by Powers Boothe

    Do people not remember how weak The Last Crusade was? Indy 4 (despite it's flaws) is actually an improvement on that film.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    SPEED RACER's race to cult status begins today...

    by Chishu_Ryu

    Start your engines!

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    jumping on the Indy 4 band wagon

    by johnnyangelheart

    I'll go even further. Indy 4 was better than Indy 3 and Indy 2. That screeching bitch from Indy 2 just drove me crazy. I wanted to kill her after her second scene.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Worst Film?

    by lochkray

    Some people really have to learn the difference between "Worst" and "Most disappointing". Was KotCS massively disappointing? For me, yes. Was it the worst movie of 2008? Not by a LOOOONG shot. It was okay - and for an Indy movie, okay isn't enough, I agree. Worse than "the hottie and the nottie?" Worse than "Epic Movie?" Worse than "Prom Night" remake? Even worse than "Day the Earth Stood Still?" No way.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    SPEED RACER was awesome...

    by JackIsLost

    Yes, it was 20-30 minutes too long (cut the mid-section and it's an almost perfect film) but if you cannot look at that delirious bit of cinematic joy with glee then I have no use for you. I still think WALL-E was at best second-tier Pixar...

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    I agree with others about Indy 4...

    by JackIsLost

    Most disappointing? Absolutely. Worst? No way in hell. DISASTER MOVIE, Nordling. DISASTER MOVIE!!!!

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    And SPEED RACER has a score by Michael Giacchino...

    by JackIsLost

    And it's awesome. How can you not love that movie?

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Nordling is talking out of his ass

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Crystal Skull could have been better but no way is it the worst film of the year. And I agree with DerLanghaarige, at least Skull wasn't a comedy version of Raiders, as Last Crusade was.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one who saw The Visitor?

    by Speed Fricassee

    Easily better than Speed Racer, Slumdog and Milk. Don't get me wrong -- those three were great, yes -- but The Visitor was just THAT good. Why the snubs?

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    To be fair...

    by Nordling

    I LIKED the aliens in CRYSTAL SKULL. I thought it made an interesting contrast considering the movie was set in the 50s. No, the movie had a lot more trouble than that.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    Let the Right One In - Cats *Possible Spoiler*

    by Touche_Douche

    *Possible Spoiler* I loved this movie. The only issue I had was a very groan-worthy CGI cat attack. Am I alone in this? Is was horrible.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I didn't rank DISASTER MOVIE or MEET THE SPARTANS because...

    by Nordling

    I didn't see those two movies. I don't eat my own shit, either. Coincidence? NO!

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    QUINT: Instead of 10 best of year list...

    by Bobba Phat

    how about a list of the 10 movies you're most looking forward to seeing in 2009?

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by Lucasblows

    I find it stunning anyone has put this on their "Best of" lists. I get a headache just thinking about that mess. However, I whole heartily agree with Indy being the worst film of the year, or at least the biggest disappointment.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Let the Right One In

    by Anti-fanboy

    Great movie. Had a hard time with the love story, moreso in retrospect -- I keep seeing Oskar, decades later, robotically killing for Eli and being disposed of just like his predecessor. Wonder if the novel foreshadows this or some other fate...?

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    indy 4 sucked

    by logicalnoise01

    no matter what any apologisdt says last crusade was wy better indy was indy, sean connery still owned everything with the scottish charm and honestly you can rag on crusade all you want at least the action was competent and worth watching name one sequence in indy 4 which matches or even comes close to thw tank chase. Indy 4 was shot in a studio and it was blatant.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by BrooseTheScharuk

    I completely agree about the cats, although Let The Right One In is one of my favorites of the year. It just didn't even feel like it was part of the same movie, with the same sense of realism. It's a testament to the greatness of the rest of the film that this scene did so little to hurt it, although I'm sure it'll cause me some cringing on repeated viewings.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    re: The Cats

    by Nordling

    I think that scene was meant to be funny. Just the way she runs off with all those cats clinging to her was a comic image to me.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by BrooseTheScharuk

    I'm pretty sure that's the effect the movie is supposed to have on you. The audience is supposed to sense the parallels between Oskar and Eli's previous "friend" pretty early on in the movie I think.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by lochkray

    Fair comment on Disaster movie and Meet the Spartans. But, as a movie geek, you must have seen The Happening. Surely you have to rate The Happening as being worse than KotCS. Again: I'm not saying Indiana Jones wasn't disappointing, worst? It's not like it had Indiana Jones being chased by a windy field.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Running from the wind...

    by JackIsLost

    Maybe the worst scene in a major motion picture ever? Especially when the wind sweeps over you and... nothing happens. THE HAPPENING is without question one of the worst films ever and what's amazing is that as lame as the gimmick is... it could have been turned into at least a half-way decent flick. But it's the execution that kills it. The script, the direction, the acting... if you ranking movies with real potential (DISASTER MOVIE clearly had none), then THE HAPPENING was far and away the worst film of the year.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Didn't see THE HAPPENING either.

    by Nordling

    I normally rank my Worst as the film that most disappointed me that year. I can't rank Shyamalan because the guy can't disappoint me - I normally avoid his films now. I disliked SIGNS, hated THE VILLAGE, and hated LADY IN THE WATER, so I didn't bother with THE HAPPENING.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Fine, Nordling...

    by JackIsLost

    Just say WORST FILMS I SAW... I know that should go without saying (because how can you review films you didn't see?) but there is sometimes this idea that when someone makes BEST and WORST lists, that they have seen everything (those words are kind of absolutes, no?). The point is... INDY 4 was not the worst film of the year--but either the worst film you saw or the most disappointing (I'm still not clear on that, simply because Indy wasn't THAT bad, tepid as it was).

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    The Happening

    by Powers Boothe

    Hated it when I first watched it at the cinema back during the Summer. Got talked into watched it again on DVD. During the 2nd viewing I kinda 'understood' what M.Night was going for here. You guys may roll your eyes as you read this...but I eventually realized The Happening was DELIBERATELY done in the style of a 50s Sci-Fi B picture. M.Night instructed all of his cast to deliver their lines in that style. On a 2nd viewing I also noticed that the script has lots of intentionally funny moments...moments that I misinterpreted as bad writing on a first viewing. <p>Isn't this what Tobee Hooper attempted to do with his mid 1986 film Invaders From Mars? Or even that other mid 80s flick, Strange Invaders. <p>Fell free to rip me apart for this but I just wanna let you know that it's really not the stinker a lot of you think it is.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Disaster Movie, ______ Movie, etc.

    by TheBlackKnight

    Do they really count? I mean, really? I think giving them worst movie of the year is glorifying them too much. We should just be ignoring them instead of giving them any kind of accolades, even if it is an insulting one. We know they're going to be terrible, which takes the joy out of granting them "Worst Film of the Year." It's like, "Well, duh."<p>Give the title to something deserving of worst. Something that strove for greatness or strove for something specific but failed massively.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I love your name, POWERS BOOTHE...

    by JackIsLost

    Unless you really ARE Powers Boothe, in which case I just love your acting. But I do not think THE HAPPENING is intentionally bad. That's a cop-out explanation of why the movie failed. Now, they are a few scenes that I like (I acutally think Wahlberg apologizes to a fake plant is pretty damn funny) but no... even really bad B-movies from the 50's are way better than THE HAPPENING (stupid title, by the way).

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by TheBlackKnight

    Nordling beat me to my opinion while I was reading the talkbacks and writing my response...

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Milk & Speed Racer?

    by cifra

    Like, COME ON! Milk is not 30% of what it could have been. Speed Racer is flashy nonsensical visuals with a predictable, stupid plot. Beautiful to look at it, but you get dizzy after a while

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    who the fuck is Nordling?

    by 40ozToFreedom

    and why should I care about his top 10 list. nothing personal, but i'm more familiar with dannygloversdickblood in the talkbacks than i am with this nordling guy's work.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Where was the fun in Speed Racer

    by Lovecraftfan

    I mean was I really the only utterly bored to death.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    This explains everything, Nordling!

    by DerLanghaarige

    If you (or anybody else) thinks that Indy 4 was the worst of 2008, then you should really go out and watch more movies! And especially not just the summer blockbusters and/or fantasyfilms that you catch at festivals.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Nordling is the owner of your ass. That's who Nordling is.

    by Zarles

    Good list, man. Speed Racer fans unite!

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Powers Boothes, RE The Happening

    by DerLanghaarige

    I remember when Van Helsing came out and everybody pretty much hated it. The Producers and the few only fans tried to make the rest of the world believe afterwards, that the movie was never meant to be taken serious and was intended as a parody.<br> Didn't work then and it doesn't work now, sorry.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Indy 4 WAS the worst film of the year.

    by brock landers baby

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    DerLanghaarige you dumb cunt

    by most excellent ninja

    is that what you think the joker is, that it's that simple? fuck yourself you cunt. that was a great performance.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Indy 4

    by brock landers baby

    South Park were spot on. 99% of it shot indoors too.Awful. Just lazy.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Re: the Cats

    by Touche_Douche

    The cat attack got a lively laugh in the theatre. To me, it disrupted the creepiness vibe I had date, no movie but this one did it right. I agree that the movie is done so well that it is only a minor bitch. Yeah, repeated viewing might exacerbate the crappiness of the effects.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    lucas gets to much blame for indy 4

    by slappy jones

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    At least there's no Benjamin Button crap.

    by SmokeFilledTavern

    It's far worse than Indy 4.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    The Happening

    by Tin Snoman

    "Trying to make a B movie" is the biggest cop-out ever. Even if that actually was what M. Night was going for, today's audiences are either too sophisticated to accept bad dialogue and wooden acting, or they're too stupid to appreciate the homage. Either way, it's unacceptable. And say what you want about Last Crusade, but at least it doesn't have a phoned-in retread Williams soundtrack and its violations of realism are mainly limited to the artifact in question. And Connery > LeBoeuf. And Last Crusade has no fake CG monkeys, or any fake CG at all really...

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Tin Snoman

    by DerLanghaarige

    Last Crusade hasn't bad CGI, but some of the worst blue screen effect shots ever and overall worse effects than its two precursors. So if you wanna critisize Indy 4 for having Special effects that are far below what's possible today, you have to do the same with Indy 3.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Let the Right One In...

    by dingus khan

    ...I heard they are remaking this in America. So glad I saw the Swedish version, first. The cat scene bugged me, but only because all of the other effects were real. (like the man being dropped from the hospital window)

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Indy 4 proved:

    by Logan_1973

    You can put a fedora on a lump of shit. But in the end it's still a lump of shit. And yes, hurts to admit that.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer

    by chaoslover01

    Long, boring, nausea inducing. A tremendously horrible piece of crap, start to finish. There was, in my opinion, NOTHING redeeming about even a single moment of this movie. And I would have to rate Indy 4 as one of the biggest disappointments, but definately not the worst movie of the year. But seriously, Speed Fucking Racer?

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    And another thing (Indy 4):

    by Logan_1973

    You cannot have real action without real peril. The action sequences were not believable in Indy 4 thanks to the over-used CGI. Say what you will about Crusade...but the fight scene on the tank which preceded Indy being dangled off the gun and slammed into the wall was believable because it was real peril. That alone makes it a better film.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    worst movie of the year

    by chaoslover01

    Sorry, I was going to include this in my last post. I have to agree with others. The Happening was even worse than Speed Racer. M Night needs to direct someone else's script. I love his visual touches, but his writing has just gotten worse with every film since Unbreakable.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    TheBlackKnight, I see where you are coming from

    by jim

    but I think they deserve the distinction of "Worst" of the year, of the decade, of the century, of ever. Ignoring them only makes people think they weren't as bad as they thought. No inclusion on a "Worst of" list is as good as saying they're not that bad. Giving the film a pass because "it wasn't supposed to be good" is giving special treatment to something that deserves to be derided. <p>Someone gave the Movie-movies duo $20 million to make their 4th film and Disaster Movie was the result. The complete lack of effort that went into that putrid excuse for a motion picture is despicable. These movies, and those that make them, should not be ignored; they should take their rightful place atop every "Worst of" list for all to see. As a result, hopefully, the next time a film is billed as "from the guys who brought you Disaster Movie & Meet the Spartans" people all over the world will say "you mean the guys who made, according to every film critic on the planet, the two worst films of last year? NO THANK YOU!" How will the studios know these films are shit if Mary Hart doesn't say it? They obviously can't tell by just looking at them - the seem to need to be told.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Anti fanboy

    by Stengah

    actually, the book states that the older guy that kills for Eli wasn't a previous boyfriend, rather just a pervert pedorast. in the book, after the hospital he turns into an evil vampire and a whole new subplot is created. this wasnt touched in the film, obviously.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by TheBlackKnight

    I can see where YOU'RE coming from. The pits of Hell!!!<p>But no, seriously, I do. However, those movies make their money from schmucks that probably don't look at top 10 lists, best or worst. I agree that news of their terribleness must be spread to every living soul paying to go to the theater, and I believe the studios know how shit the movie is by looking at something like Rotten Tomatoes (not that it's the end-all of determining a film's worth, but I think a 2% for Disaster Movie is pretty deserving).<p>But how to get through to the masses? Perhaps we should fundraise and contract Kanye West and Fall Out Boy to write songs about how bad the movies are, then the idiots who listen to their music will stop being the idiots who pay for "____" Movies.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    The Batman Voice complain

    by MrClark

    Is utterly retarded, its not the most pleasant sound in the world, but its not supposed to sound like Michael Buble. Its supposed to do two things A. Make him sound more scary and intimidating and B. to disguise the sound of his normal voice so people dont recognise it. Why people can't accept this and actually appreciate that the film makers thought of this I'll never understand. One of the things that drove me nuts about Superman was that no one think hes this guy looks exactly like Clark Kent and sounds exactly like Clark but no it cant be Clark. I mean come on! how did MJ not think that Spidermans voice sounds exactly like Peter Parkers!

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I second that MrClark

    by TheBlackKnight

    That's the same defense I give verbally to friends who are naysayers, Clark Kent reference included.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by TheBlackKnight

    Since he's so goddamn rich and has so much advanced technology, you'd think he could have something around his throat changing his voice electronically or something. Or just carry around one of those Scream voice change thingies. Right? Am I right?

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer!?! Are you on crack?

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Seriously. Dude.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    That's a good point if he were Iron Man. Last I checked we can see Bat's mouth.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    the Indy "backlash" is funny

    by Bouncy X

    i'm not some huge nerd who's always checking the net but until the new Indy movie came out, i never heard or read any negative comments about the first 3 movies. And then Part 4 comes and suddenly its all "well Part whatever was never really that good". Its hilarious and reminds of me Star Wars. Before the special editions, the original 3 were PERFECT!!!!!...then the special editions come, the prequels start and then "oh...that one always sucked, i hated it even back then. Its just pure hilarity to see that sorta stuff. And you cant compare a movie made in 2008 with one made in the 80s, times and technical issues were different. In 20 years CGI will be the "old school" effect and something else will be around and then people will bitch "remember when movies were done with CGI, those were the good days". Yes....its funny seeing people act like that. :)

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Disaster Movie, etc

    by drave117

    I don't think anybody ever puts those on their lists because nobody considers them to be real movies. For me to choose a movie as the worst of the year, it actually has to aspire to something and miss. Then again, I don't call my award the Worst Movie of the Year award. I call it the Show Me On the Doll Where the Movie Touched You award.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST


    by slowgraffiti

    You couldn't be farther off on Heath Ledger. That man was a brilliant actor and it's evident when you look at his body of work. He would disapear into the greatest of his characters. Take a look at Brokeback Mountain for instance. There was no point in that movie where I felt I was watching an actor, but watching the charactor. That lip licking coughing shit that you mentioned is EXACTLY the kind of stuff that needed to be brought to the role of a Joker. Um, *cough*, he's supposed to *lick lips* be *eye role* psychotic! Being in the mental care field, nervous ticks run rampat in the mentally ill. I mean, I love Jack Nicolson, but Ledher's Joker made complete fucking clown shoes out of him. I used to be a big fan of the Burton Batman until I rewatched it this summer. It's not even as impressive as Caeser Romero's from the television show. Not knocking Jack, I'm sure he had fun. But that's all it was. Ledger was both horrific, terrfiying, amusing as hell, and hilarious. Not an easy feat. That being said, the only actor I felt did a really good job in the Burton Batman movies was Michael Keaton. I mean, he was actually pretty amazing and I never bothered to notice when I was a kid. Where the hell is that guy? Let's make another movie where he works in the automotive industry. The timing is right.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by Earthquake WestCoast

    Hands down the most fun and creative film to come along in a damn long time!! Unlike other films that came out this year, Speed Racer will become MORE POPULAR while those other films will lose fans.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Yup! Speed Racer kicked ass!

    by Alex Mack

    Seen it 7 times already and it gets better every damn time!!

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Christina Ricci was cute in Speed Racer!

    by Alex Mack

    She also looked hot when she was all goth-up during the desert race!!

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST


    by TheBlackKnight

    Hence the reason I said around his throat. I don't know, they could make something up.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST

    A la Mission: Impossible III

    by TheBlackKnight

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Which were the juggernauts of 2007?

    by Amy Chasing

    It's odd that some people are saying 2008 was a bad year for film when there's been Dark Knight, Iron Man, Wall-E, Kung Fu Panda, In Bruges, etc. <P> While 2007 had Diving Bell & The Butterfly, The Band's Visit, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Ratatouille, etc. 2007 had some better dramas perhaps. I liked 2007 but was more entertained by 2008. Not because I don't like dramas, but stuff like NCFOM and The Band's Visit while very good aren't what I call great and memorable. <P> In contrast I'll remember 2008's films (especially Dark Knight and Wall-E) as being perfect examples of film making and marketing. Perhaps that's why people didn't like 2008. Hollywood won.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    wow , worst film of the year huh ?

    by t40stunt

    hey buddy , your a fucking moron .

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST

    2007 and 2008 were excellent years

    by Logan_1973

    Both years brought works that I will always consider favs. '07 gave us There Will Be Blood, Pirates 3, The Assassination of Jesse James, The Darjeeling Limited (sorry, but I hated No Country). 2008 is right on par with Knight, Wall*E, Iron Man, Ben Button, Doubt, and hopefully Gran Torino. I think 2009 has a lot to live up to.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST



    Nordling-- you did that E.T. write up, right? Yeah I emailed you about that shit. I read it every once in awhile and still get a tear. Fuck. I'm serious. <p> And Quint-- you are the man for resisting cashing in on the Top 10 list. Don't become anything like Capone and you'll be just fine, dude.

  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Nordling-- finally someone has the balls to tell it like it is..



  • Jan. 1, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    100% correct about Indy

    by Alfie Boy

    The film should be panned. For the original Producer, Director, and Star who don't really need the money, to allow that drivel to be released was a crime. A complete show of disrespect for the audience and fans who made them what they are. Worst movie of the year.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 12:30 a.m. CST

    The best Batman film is The Return of the Joker

    by Dingbatty

    The DCAU owns the live action stuff that is embarrassed of it's source material.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Fuck SPEED RACER. Fuck it to hell!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    You brought this unto yourselves...

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Quint, I applaud you

    by Organs

    First of all, I applaud that you didn't make a list. I'm starting to get tired of top whatever lists everywhere I look. It's just some goofball's opinion, and no top whatever list is the be all/end all list of anything. Everything's subjective. <br> <br> Also, I'm glad you liked Speed Racer. I did, too. While it wasn't a particularly great movie, it was fun and it wasn't at all bad enough to warrant going into hysterics and hyperbole.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 1:30 a.m. CST

    juggernauts of 2007

    by Series7

    Like what? Transformers? 07 was over rated, every time I left the theater I was underwhelmed and not impressed and wondered just how good some of those actors/directors balls really tasted. Because people sure couldn't get enough of them.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 2:06 a.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Except for Wall E (not that its bad, just not that good, but nord is a pixar worshipper) and Speed Racer. But Dear Zachary was some powerful shit. STILL haven't/Can't see Let The Right One In.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST



  • Jan. 2, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST

    The more I think about it...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...The more I'd rather see Speed Racer on a top then list than Benjamin Button. The former can be chalked up to a special kind of mental defection in the list compiler, the latter is just straight up shitty taste in art.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Actually, Harvey Milk was shot

    by The Curious Dr Humpp

    because he talked during movies. So I guess that murder was pretty much okay by AICN-standards.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Vine-swinging isn't Lucas' fault, amazingly.

    by NinjaRap

    In the previous script that Lucas was unhappy with but Spielberg LOVED, the one that was written a couple years back and which leaked online this very summer... the vine-swinging and the monkeys are in it. Except it's Oxley that does it, because Mutt wasn't in that draft. I'm not sure how Spielberg could love this idea, but I submit to you the following: Harrison Ford swung on a vine a couple times in the first Raiders. It looked difficult and had serious weight and heft behind it as he struggled to swing out over the river or across a small chasm or whatever. If they did it for real, and made it look rough, and didn't have it look effortless and weightless and magic with a crapload of CGI like it did in this movie, we wouldn't be bitching. But they did, and we are.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST


    by DerLanghaarige

    At first, I disagree with you about Brokeback Mountain. This is something that I call "great movie syndrome" (until I find a better name): Sometimes it can happen that people think that someone gives a great performance, just because he was in a great movie (what Brokeback Mountain without a doubt is). This happens all the time (another example might be Ralph Fiennes and Schindler's List).<br> The point is: I don't think that Ledger was a horrible actor, he was just an okay actor. He never impressed me with anything but also never annoyed me (before TDK).<br> And seriously, his take on The Joker was a gimmick! Pretty actor in ugly Make up, Oscar Nominee totally going apeshit crazy! And even more important: He was never threatening! He was ridiculous. Like in the scene where he blew up the hospital and was jumping up and down in a nurses dress, because the button didn't work. He was just playing Jack Sparrow in ugly make up, and anybody is afraid of Jack Sparrow? <br> Sorry, it absolutely didn't work for me and I think any award that is linked to this performance has just to do with his early death.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Indian Jones the worst?

    by Big DM

    That's like that quote whore Ben Lyons saying I Am Legend is one of the best movies ever made. Perhaps Crystal Skull disappointed fans of the earlier trilogy, but it was in no way a sub par movie. Not as trite and pandering as a Tyler Perry movie, or as simplistic and money hungy as the latest Saw. And speed racer felt like someone threw an open keg of Skittles at me.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST



    Thats been my point exactly. All these people crying "But they did ridiculous shit in the first 3 Indy movies too!!" need to wake the fuck up. It is not the concept itself that is shit. It all lies in the execution. The vine swing and the waterfall ride would have been fine IF they were executed with some fucking class and if Spielberg used part of his brain for something other than counting his suitcases full of cash. The Indy world should be all about the practical. Learn to limit yourself to the exact sort of methods you would have used in the 80s you dumb fucks. I'm not saying make it look dated. Used today's tools, sure-- but don't make ridiculous cartoony shit you wouldn't have done back then, its that simple. If you wanna throw a jeep off a waterfall-- fine. Throw a jeep off a real fucking waterfall and people will love it.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Tyler Perry's movies are shit, but they exist

    by Alfie Boy

    with a history of other shit Tyler Perry movies. In other words, he's (is he even a he...really?) giving the fans of his shit more shit who like shit like that. Prior Indy gave us a look at a more expanded adventure tale. This Indy was just ludicrous, with a shit story, and shit characters (what is with Spielberg and his love for this Shia anyway?), and shit situations that made it look silly. Fuck Harrison Ford, who puts down Han Solo but who has the indecency to accept the shit he did in Indy4. Talk about a money whore. I guess it costs money to keep a younger girl like "Ally McBeal" happy.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST




  • Jan. 2, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST


    You sat through all those? Hahahaha.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Indy 4 good outweighs the bad

    by jrags1138

    I have it with Crusade, nobody can make time travel but the first two films in the series almost does. Lack of memorable soundtrack, mystery roads in jungle, awkward magnet "chase" in the warehouse, monkeys, and I think it needed one more location, perhaps when you say your going to England one needs to go to England in a film. The villians, Oxley, the kid, Marion, Cold War paranoia, and the aliens and their reason to be here was all fun. Name a better fourth in a series, Bond excluded!

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter was a better 4th....


  • Jan. 2, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Hook was terrible...

    by Forsakyn

    But The Lost World (Jurassic Park 2) was horrid. As far as "blockbuster" movies go Spielberg made my favorite film (Jaws), and my most hated film (The Lost World).

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Indy IV was so boring i couldnt wait for it to be over

    by BMacSmith

    so over the top i just stopped caring . i couldnt suspend disbelief anymore and just assumed Indy and his family were some kind of invincible supermen (maybe clones created by nazis to fight commies?). the three waterfalls bullshit sealed it. even worse than swinging shia.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    yeah Lost WOrld was Spielberg's worst movie

    by BMacSmith

    but only by a hair over Indy IV. you could tell he just wasnt in to them.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is up with Lost World hate?


    To say it is worse than Indy IV is just fucking asinine. No fucking way was there anything in Lost World as bad as Tarzan Shia or CG Gopher or Jeep bending a branch Looney Toons style. No fucking way.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by BMacSmith

    i cant remember exactly, its been awhile. i just remember begging for all the good guys to be eaten. they were insufferable. While they were so busy trying to save the dinos, the dinos were eating everyone they could get their hands on. you would think some self-preservation would kick in eventually. when that dumb julliene moore bitch replaced the bullets with tranqs while T Rex is eating everyone, i was like "someone please kill this bitch".<p>plus it was just lazy directing, but really both movies sucked ass.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST



    Other shitty films I saw were: THE OXFORD MURDERS, 10,000 BC, NEVER BACK DOWN, SAW 5, FUNNY GAMES and DOOMSDAY.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    LOST WORLD has the 2 T Rexs vs. the Winnebago Scene.

    by Nordling

    Still one of Spielberg's best action sequences, even if the rest of the movie's just mediocre.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    And HANCOCK was shit, too


    I've said many times on these boards - some great action sequences aside, the film was a utter disaster. <p> I think I'm getting sick of Will Smith.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST


    Jesus Christ, I fucking pray they were bootlegged copies.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST

    by brokentusk

    I think the difference here, and I realize that it's an obvious one, is that a lot of people expected those movies you listed to be crap... whereas they hoped INDIANA JONES AND THE CRYSTAL SKULL FUCK would be great. <p> It therefore makes it worse than those other films. <p> Not saying I necessarily agree that it was the worst film of the year (hello THE LOVE GURU) but there you go.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Indy 4

    by speedroc

    Nordling, I have to agree with you on Indy.Fantastic waste of a film.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Maybe we should have a new category

    by skimn

    Worst Film To Gross Over 300 Million<p>Then we can add Spiderman 3, Transformers, Pirates At Worlds End and Shrek 3 to the list.<p>And bitch as you may about CGI monkeys, gophers, nuking the fridge (can AICN officially take credit for that term?), aliens, Shia and the rest, I still say Spielberg can stage and shoot action set pieces (the rocket sled room fight, and yes, the jungle truck chase) with the best of them...

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Indy 4 was not the worst, but the biggest disappointment

    by just pillow talk

    No matter one's hopes that Indy 4 would have delivered something to the same level as prior films, the massive disappointment some may feel does not make it a worse movie than say, oh Baby Mama and What Happens in Vegas. Yes, even with the tons of dumb shit that occurred in Indy 4, it is by no means a worse film then those two inhumane acts that were created to wipe clean one's senses. <p>D.Vader - Lost World did have the gymnastic kick (GYM-DINO-KATA!), which one could argue equals Shia's vine swinging moment.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Vader you're absolutely right.


    Vaughn took the bullets out of Postlewaite's gun to fuck him over. <p> And no fucking way is the gymanstic raptor kick anything like Shia's vine swing. For one thing its a practical effect which automatically makes it 10 times more tolerable. And secondly, it makes sense with her charactetr-- as she is discussing gymnastics the whole fucking movie. Shia swinging on vines, communicating with monkeys, and sword fighting like Douglas fucking Fairbanks is such a whacked out, out of fucking nowhere shockingly "What the fuck is happening?!!" moment it makes me want to spit. There is absolutely no comparison here.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    and I've said before, any WORST FILM list....


    ...needs to take a whole lot into consideration. Obviously we are not counting straight to DVD Troma type films which budgets under 150k. And you can't really count movies like Meet The Spartans in my opinion. Even the filmmakers themselves understand these are just products to milk cash out of dumb hard working fucks. They never intend for these to be actual films. They know they are making shit. You wouldn't compare an Ed Wood movie to a Spielberg movie because they are just totally different animals. <P> Given the budget, the cast, the caliber of production talent involved (not even counting the first 3 films mind you) Indy IV was the worst film of the year for me, hands down. Something like the Incredible Hulk is fucking Chinatown compared to Indy IV.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    "gymnastic raptor kick"

    by just pillow talk

    Practical effect or not, it was horrible. I suppose if Paula Dean was in Lost World, she would have cooked up a deep fried raptor recipe to save the day, and since it was her character, that would have made sense too.<p>Sigh. Both scenes blew in each of the movies. I mean, WTF are they thinking when they initially kick around these ideas. Do they really think they will work and look good?

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    "gymnastic raptor kick"


    It does suck massive balls. I'm just saying that doesn't compare to 35 minutes of horrible nonsense in Indy IV. Shia getting whacked in the balls repeatedly by branches. What the fuck?!! Who other than Sarah Palin's retarded infant finds that shit funny? <p> That trigger-happy vet that blasted the dude in Benjamin Button for talking. He should have shot Spielberg in the face instead.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    shooting Spielberg in the face was too harsh....


    ....I'm sorry. How about we just make it a shot in the face with a stream of urine instead of a bullet? Okay. Lets go with that.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    oh that would be amazing...


    ...people can shit on Cruise all they want-- but he handled that like a fucking gentleman. <p> "Why did you do that? Why would you do that to me? I'm answering your questions. I'm doing my job. Why would you do that?"

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    That's why I think it took balls for Capone

    by skimn

    to name Speed Racer worst film, and not obvious drivel like Meet The Disaster Hottie Movie. Those were designed to seperate the "young-dum-and filled with cum" from their allowance.<p>Argue his point, but admit he didn't choose the obvious. Yes Danny, I'm basically repeating what you just said. Capone's conclusion was just different.<p>By the way, just caught Ghost Town last night, and was suprised (not by Ricky Gevais) that it was such a cleanly directed, well paced, tart but still sweet romantic comedy that didn't end with the obvious. Keopp may be a better director than script doctor.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I have to agree...

    by lovecraftian

    I guess South Park said it all for me. It's not that it was actually the worst thing released this year. Let's be honest. There are quite a few worse movies that made their way to the big screen. But nothing was so promoted, nothing so attached to American film iconography, and nothing so deserving of being adored, as this movie. And it stunk up the theater. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm not buying the DVD. Hell, I didn't even go to see it more than once. It's such a strange thing too; because I just don't get how Spielberg went from regaining so much integrity with MUNICH to this in a few short years. It doesn't make any sense. Is he bi-polar? Simply put, it was the worst BECAUSE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE BEST. There's just no excuse for that kind of incompetence. This wasn't about suits dictating to Spielberg or Lucas how to make a kick-ass adventure flick with one of pop culture's greatest heroes. We all know that didn't happen. This was them. All them. Even if Spielberg was beating his head against the wall to deal with Lucas's ego, he should've cut his losses and ran at the script's mention of monkeys and a "snake rope."

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by Nordling

    My # 3 film of the year, DEAR ZACHARY, plays at 11 PM EST on MSNBC this Sunday. Do yourself a huge favor and see this compelling documentary.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    is he BI-POLAR?


    hehehehe. hilarious.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Nordling...what the shit-- you don't have a black box?


    Your taste in film is 10 times that of Capone's. And not only does he get a black box, but I hear a vicious rumor he actually gets paid to spew his retarded bullshit.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    What the fuck about "TOWELHEAD?'

    by jah_kingdom

    Am I the only one who thinks this movie is brilliant. It's like a Pedro Almovodar film on crack. What American filmaker has tried to deal with so many issues seriously and in an engaging and intellectually satisfying way. this movie's got balls and I'm amazed it even got made. Time will be very kind to it.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Lost World v. Indy 4

    by Logan_1973

    The Winnebago/window dangling off the cliff sequence VS. the monkeys and the nuke fride sequence. NO CONTEST.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    Geek posturing

    by Bubba Gillman

    to call Indy 4 the worst film of the year. I don't care if you were disappointed, hated it or whatever. Calling it the worst film of the year, saying Lucas and Spielberg have lost it, etc. is just more of the same internet party line. As for me, I just watched it again and found it just as entertaining as the the first time I saw it, and consider it at least on par with Last Crusade. There's no more an over reliance on CGI here than there was an over reliance on matte paintings, models and styrofoam giraffes in the originals. I wish the script, particularly the denoument, had been given a few more run throughs (even though I don't mind and actually like the aliens/chariots of the gods angle). But the action scenes were well staged, the pace brisk and most of all I got a glimpse of the guy I grew up idolizing - Harrison seemed like Harrison again. And that, friends, is my two cents.

  • Jan. 2, 2009, 10:29 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds was HORRIBLE

    by 18to88

    Way worse than KOTCS, which was at least half of a good movie. Last half hour was lame.

  • Jan. 3, 2009, 5:23 a.m. CST


    by Mr Gorilla

    Just to be clear.

  • Jan. 3, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Or deven BIGGEST

    by Mr Gorilla

    Either way, the point is, KOTCS was a fun, silly, entertaining two hours. What were you expecting? Was swinging on the vines any siller than that big in Temple of Doom when the mine car comes off the rails - and lands right back on the rails?

  • Jan. 3, 2009, 6:27 a.m. CST

    I say it again

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Kung Fu Panda and What Happens In Vegas were the worst films of the year.

  • Jan. 5, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST

    What a Douche Bag Nordling Is

    by SamuelLappDance

    No way is "Indy IV" the worst of the year. It's just the latest "Lucas Didn't Make the Movie I Wanted" flick to make $700 million worldwide and disappoint the geeks who schedule their years and income around ComicCon. For the rest of humanity, it was a fun romp with Harrison Ford returning to form as Indy, some crazy action, and a plot ripped not from today's headlines a la the Bourne and Bond movies but the headlines of yesteryear just like the first three. I hope they make another one.

  • Jan. 5, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by yodalovesyou

    Cunt would be more appropriate.

  • Jan. 5, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    I Hate You

    by lagomorph

    I automatically hate you and everything you stand for if you included Indy 4 or The Happening on your worst list. The worst films this year were far more mediocre (10,000 B.S., Let's Not Meet Dave) just as I Know Who Killed Me was not the worst film of last year thanks to its aggressive lunacy.

  • Jan. 5, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    The Good The Bad and The Wierd

    by BigFo

    director didn't do The Host. That was Joon-ho Bong. Ji-Woon Kim did the awesome Tale Of Two Sisters.