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Enjoyable and funny, light and quick look at eccentric dog breeders —Marty Mapes (review...)

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We asked our writers for their top ten lists for 2008. We weighted those lists by the number of stories submitted by each writer, the “currentness” of those stories, and by rankings within the lists of the individual writers.

Below are the raw data that went into making our Top Ten of 2008, followed by the individual contributions from our 5 contributing writers.

Thirty-three Nominees

Individual Lists

Here are the raw top-ten lists, as they arrived in Movie Habit HQ’s inbox.

Matt Anderson

Awards season was a major bust this year, so thankfully my heroes – Bono, Bruce, and Henry – salvaged the year for me.

  1. The Dark Knight (“The feel good movie of the year.”)
  2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (I make no apologies. This one entertains me to no end and repeatedly finds its way back into my Blu-ray player.)
  3. U2 3D (My idea of going to church – in 3D!)
  4. Changeling (Accountability. One of my favorite topics.)
  5. Man on Wire (A sweet, intimate documentary about a New York we’ll never see again.)
  6. In Bruges (Mean spirited and liking it.)
  7. Tropic Thunder (A comedy about making movies that’s actually funny!)
  8. O’Horten (A tender, personal movie from Norway.)
  9. The Brothers Bloom (Quirky heist/romance from a Denverite.)
  10. The Singing Revolution (Get up, stand up for your rights.)

John Adams

The funny thing is that these are the only films on the list that I saw this year. They are arranged in alphabetical order but they are exactly in reverse order of Top-Ten-ness by my reckoning. That may or may not mean anything.


Girls Rock!

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson

Man On Wire

"Synecdoche, New York"

Nick Reed

Here is my top ten:
1.        The Dark Knight

2.       Burn After Reading

3.       Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

4.       Frost/Nixon

5.       Religulous

6.       Funny Games

7.       Tropic Thunder

8.       Mister Lonely

9.       Milk

10.   The Orphanage

In case you want to work in some other honors:

Most Overrated

Slumdog Millionaire
Iron Man
Kung Fu Panda
Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The Worst

Slumdog Millionaire
An American Carol
Be Kind Rewind
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Swing Vote 

Andrea Birgers

Far from perfect, but here is my contribution:


2.Let the Right One In

3.A Christmas Tale

4.The Dark Knight

5.Iron Man



8.Man On Wire

9.Wendy and Lucy

10.The Wrestler

Marty Mapes

  1. Chop Shop
  2. Pirate for the Sea
  3. Tropic Thunder
  4. Redbelt
  5. Happy-Go-Lucky
  6. The Order of Myths
  7. The Dark Knight
  8. Wall-E
  9. Synechdoche, New York
  10. Religulous