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Film Prophet's 5th Annual Best & Worst Movie Awards:
2008 Edition

2008 is a contender for the worst year of '00 movies to date. With the exception of a couple hits over the summer, the range and depth were missing the entire year until December rolled around at the end of the year like every year that redeemed it somewhat. Most fell under the slightly below mediocre grade of a C+. Anyways, The Dark Knight pretty much swept most of Film Prophet's annual awards this year, more than any other in the past. The summer season of 2008 was basically The Dark Knight and everything else and the fall season didn't tempt me much to visit the theaters.

These awards are based on the movies out in 2008 I've seen and reviewed up to this date of creating this, which is January 2009. I just don't have the enthusiasm to suffer through certain films and then also sit back and reflect on them for an hour to type up a review just for this site. I really do not care to name the bad movies this year I didn't watch because they're too many and just forgettable to even recall how dreadful they are.


These aren't the worst films of the year. These are just the ones that let me down and there were a ton of them this year that had potential and mostly ended up as a waste.
The 10 most disappointing movies released in 2008:

1. Eagle Eye
2. Quantum of Solace
3. The Forbidden Kingdom
4. City of Ember
5. Appaloosa
6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
7. Hancock
8. Burn After Reading
9. Body of Lies
10. Righteous Kill
Others: Cloverfield, Jumper, Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Other Boleyn Girl


The 2008 Awards

Most original film:
The Dark Knight
Mentionables - Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, WALL·E

Most Surprising Film:
Slumdog Millionaire
Mentionables - Funny Games U.S., Kung Fu Panda, The Wrestler, Marley & Me

Most Overrated Film of the Year:
Iron Man
Mentionables - Tropic Thunder, Quantum of Solace, Pineapple Express, In Bruges

Most Underrated Film of the Year:
Funny Games U.S.
Mentionable - Kung Fu Panda, Revolutionary Road, Marley & Me

Most disregarded film:
Doubt
Mentionables - The Wrestler, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Duchess

Best movies to laugh to:
Step Brothers
Mentionables - Role Models, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Gran Torino

Best Looking Theatrical Trailers:
The Dark Knight
Mentionables - Eagle Eye, Changeling, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Appaloosa, Milk

Best Looking Television Trailers:
Burn After Reading
Mentionables - Wanted, The Dark Knight, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Best Poster:
The Dark Knight
Mentionables - Wanted, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Doubt

Best Sequel:
The Dark Knight
Mentionable - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Best Box Office Hit:
The Dark Knight
Mentionables - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Worst Movie Character:
Jack Lira in Milk
Mentionables - John Hancock in Hancock, Roland in Jumper, Loris Harrow in City of Ember, Dale Denton in Pineapple Express, Everyone and everything in Eagle Eye, High School kids in Twilight

Best Movie Character:
The Joker in The Dark Knight
Mentionables - Jamal Malik in Slumdog Millionaire, Wesley Gibson in Wanted, Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Po in Kung Fu Panda, Master Shifu in Kung Fu Panda, Randy 'The Ram' Robinson in The Wrestler, Benjamin Button in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Harvey Milk in Milk, Walt Kowalski in Gran Torino, Marley in Marley & Me

Worst acting ensemble:
Cloverfield
Mentionables - The Forbidden Kingdom, Jumper, Righteous Kill, City of Ember, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Twilight

Underappreciated performances:
Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road
Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight
Michael Pitt in Funny Games U.S.
Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Viola Davis in Doubt
Angelina Jolie in Wanted
Naomi Watts in Funny Games U.S.
Emile Hirsch in Milk
Sam Rockwell in Frost/Nixon
Amy Adams in Doubt
Keira Knightley in The Duchess
Ralph Fiennes in In Bruges
Jared Harris in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Peter Dinklage in Penelope
Nikki Reed in Twilight
Rebecca Hall in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Overappreciated performances:
Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man
George Clooney in Burn After Reading
Ralph Fiennes in The Duchess
Josh Brolin in Milk

Best Villains:
Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight
Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda
Denis O'Hare as Dr. Jonathan Steele in Changeling
Jeffrey Donovan as Capt. J.J. Jones in Changeling
Jason Butler Harner as Gordon Northcott in Changeling
Cam Gigandet as James in Twilight
Luke Goss as Prince Nuada in Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Favorite performances:
Actors - Sean Penn in Milk, Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler, James Franco in Milk, Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Gary Oldman in The Dark Knight, Christian Bale in The Dark Knight, Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt, Peter Dinklage in Penelope, Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino, Owen Wilson in Marley & Me
Actresses - Meryl Streep in Doubt, Keira Knightley in The Duchess, Angelina Jolie in Wanted, Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler, Kristen Bell in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Naomi Watts in Funny Games U.S., Saoirse Ronan in City of Ember, Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road, Amy Adams in Doubt, Scarlett Johansson in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Jennifer Aniston in Marley & Me

Best Year:
The Dark Knight
Mentionables - Robert Downey Jr., James Franco, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet

Best Direction:
Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight
Mentionables - Darren Aronofsky for The Wrestler, David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire, Gus Van Sant for Milk, John Patrick Shanley for Doubt, David Frankel for Marley & Me

Best Scene:
The Dark Knight - The Disappearing Pencil Trick, which is easily the easiest to remember, but the best scenes this year all come from this movie
Mentionables -
The Wrestler - The 'a little more, a little less' scene at the deli counter
Revolutionary Road - Michael Shannon telling it like it is and digging deep into Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as to why plans were cancelled during a pregnancy announcement at a dinner table
Doubt - The hilarious fat steak scene with Adams and Streep at the Sisters’ dinner table
Gran Torino - Eastwood teaching a kid what to say when entering a barbershop

Best Ensemble:
The Dark Knight
Mentionables - Doubt, Revolutionary Road, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button