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Kristin's Miscellaneous Movie Awards (2008 edition)!
For those movies I first saw in 2008 (not necessarily related to release date):

Guilty Pleasures of the Year:
Indiana Jones (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) It was so bad! But it was totally hilarious and enjoyable. Also Mama Mia

Funniest Movies of the Year:
Death at a Funeral. Runners-up: Tropic Thunder and Mama Mia

Most Unintentionally Funny Movies of the Year:
Indiana Jones and Mama Mia.

Most Impressive Acting:
Meryl Streep in Doubt. Wow.

The What's-Next? Award (those I can't wait to see more from):
Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett and Don Cheadle. I love them in just about everything.

Most Brilliant Comedian:
Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder.

Biggest Disappointments (movies I was expecting to like more than I did):
August Rush. (I knew it was going to be corny, but I knew people who really liked it. I was surprised by just how bad it was.)

Also, The Other Boleyn Girl. (I thought the eye candy of pretty dresses and pretty actors would make up for any deficiencies in the script. I was wrong.)

Best Surprise (movie I was expecting to like less than I did and which ended up blowing me away):
The Visitor and Doubt. I was expecting to like them, but they surpassed my already-high expectations.

Most Forgettable Movie
Deception. I picked up the DVD in Blockbuster and was reading the back when Adam told me we'd already seen it. Oh, yeah.

Genre Award
Although they don't top my list of favorite individual movies, heist/con movies are my favorite movies as a genre. The best one I saw this year was Ladron Que Roba a Ladron.

Most Overrated Award
Heath Ledger/The Dark Knight.

I know some people will hate me for saying this. Was Heath Ledger's performance good? Absolutely. Was The Dark Knight a great movie? Absolutely. But I don't think either actor or movie are deserving of the complete worship they have received.

Most Gratuitously Lingering Shot
Hugh Jackman dumps water over himself toward the beginning of Australia. Yes, he's a very good-looking man. But the lingering slowness of the shot only made me laugh.

Sexiest On-Screen Moment
Sorry, Hugh. This one goes squarely to James McAvoy leaning on a table in Atonement. I don't know why it was so sexy, but I wasn't alone in thinking so. Jana and I saw it together, and we about melted in our seats from seeing it.

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jedimasterrobb From: jedimasterrobb Date: January 6th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I 100% agree with your analysis of the Dark Knight/Heath Ledger as the Joker. The movie was quite good and Heath Ledger did very well as the Joker, however, it got more praise BECAUSE of the fact that he died. I may have actually liked the movie more had he not died, with all the headlines for a month being everything Heath Ledger...
From: eagleeyez42 Date: January 6th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)

I hate to disagree...

But (1) I did not really enjoy James McAvoy or Atonement and (2) there's NO WAY that James McAvoy is better looking than Hugh Jackman - and that water scene - YUM!!!! I wasn't even a Hugh Jackman fan until I saw Australia. But I guess, to each her own, right? That just leaves more Hugh Jackman for me. :)
silverhill From: silverhill Date: January 6th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I hate to disagree...

I didn't say he was better looking. I called it the sexiest moment. Big difference.

In general, I do agree that Hugh Jackman is way better looking than James McAvoy. I've always thought Hugh Jackman was hot, but he was a little bit too bulky in Australia for my tastes.
darlingfreak From: darlingfreak Date: February 6th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
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