2008: The Full List

Introduction

And so the end is here, and here is the end — part one. I’ve flipped the final two entries this year, so my top ten (and bottom five) will be here in a day or two, but before that…

Although there’s now a full list of reviews (with handy links to every one), I’m still posting this list of all I saw in 2008 because, while it may not be as useful as a complete reviews archive, it still shows what I watched this year.

This year hasn’t been quite as successful as last, at least in terms of film viewing. As the year neared its end I didn’t think I’d make it to 100, and was all prepared to settle for 90 around Christmas time, but a final push saw me make it in the nick of time. Hurrah! On the other hand, the move to FilmJournal has had a huge, positive impact on readership. In that vein I’d like to thank everyone who’s commented on the blog, as well as all regular (and irregular) readers who don’t — I know I follow several FilmJournal blogs and never or rarely comment, so I’m sure there must be some doing the same with mine. And while I definitely appreciate all comments (even if I don’t reply, or agree!), special thanks to Colin and Mike for their regular and enjoyable comments on my Rathbone Holmes reviews, even when my articles are neither.

With that said, here’s the list. Scroll to the end for a bunch of irreverent stats about my viewing this year.


The Full List

24: Redemption (2008)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
After the Sunset (2004)
Agatha (1979)
Almost Famous (2000)
The Aristocrats (2005)
Atonement (2007)
The Baskerville Curse (1983)
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Becoming Jane (2007)
Beowulf: Director’s Cut (2007)
Best in Show (2000)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Brideshead Revisited (2008)
The Cable Guy (1996)
Calendar Girls (2003)
Cathy Come Home (1966)
Chicago (2002)
Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)
Clockwise (1986)
Cloverfield (2008)
Cube²: Hypercube (2002)
Cube Zero (2004)
Dark City (1998)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Die Hard 2 (1990)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Done the Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly and Serenity (2006)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (2003)
Enchanted (2007)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Fist of Legend (1994)
Flushed Away (2006)
The Fountain (2006)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
The Golden Compass (2007)
Great Expectations (1998)
The Green Mile (1999)
Hairspray (2007)
Hamlet (1996)
The Happening (2008)
Hard Boiled (1992)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Henry V (1944)
Henry V (1989)
Hitman: Unrated (2007)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Hulk (2003)
I Am Legend (2007)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
The Invasion (2007)
Iron Man (2008)
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Jane Eyre (1944)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Leon: Version Integrale (1994/1996)
Madagascar (2005)
Mamma Mia! (2008)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
Notorious (1946)
Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Rashomon (1950)
Ratatouille (2007)
Rebecca (1940)
Road to Singapore (1940)
A Room With a View (1985)
Russian Ark (2002)
Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006)
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943)
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)
Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Southland Tales (2006)
St. Trinian’s (2007)
Stardust (2007)
Starwoids (2001)
Stay (2005)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Sunshine (2007)
Superhero Movie (2008)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Swing Time (1936)
Texas Across the River (1966)
Throne of Blood (1957)
Transformers (2007)
Troy: Director’s Cut (2004/2007)
Ultimate Avengers (2006)
Ultimate Avengers II (2006)
Vantage Point (2008)
WALL-E (2008)
Wanted (2008)
White Christmas (1954)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Zodiac (2007)

Alternate Cuts
The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience (2008)
I Am Legend: Alternate Theatrical Version (2007/2008)

Other Reviews
Casino Royale (2006)
Cube (1997)

Shorts
Gasman (1997)
Inside-Out (1997)
Presto (2008)
Wallace and Gromit in A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)


The Full Statistics

Before we begin, I’ll just point out that all of these stats include every film on this list, even if I’ve yet to post the review.

In the end, I watched exactly 100 new feature films in 2008. While this is a 22% drop on last year’s total of 129, it’s still my target (obviously).

I watched three features I’d seen before that were extended or altered in some way, two of which I’d only seen for the first time earlier this year. This is three less than in 2007, which, really, is neither here nor there. I also reviewed two films I’d seen before, in each case because I was about to watch their sequel(s). (All 104 are counted in the following statistics, unless otherwise indicated.)

Additionally, I watched four shorts this year (none of which shall be counted in any of the statistics), half of what I saw in 2007. Somewhat surprisingly (to me, anyway), three of these can be found in my DVD collection.

The total running time of new features was 175 hours and 57 minutes. The total running time of all features and shorts was 184 hours and 55 minutes — almost 8 days’ solid viewing, which doesn’t sound much put next to the 366 days available.

I’ve already seen six films from this list again — specifically, The Green Mile, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Mamma Mia!, Stardust, The Dark Knight (on IMAX) and I Am Legend (in its alternate cut).

I made 10 trips to the cinema this year. That’s far beaten by the number of new films I saw on DVD however, which stands at 64 (rising to 67 with those extended/altered/seen ones). It’s downloads that (just) come in a distant second place with 11, while TV equals the cinema with 10. VHS still skulks around with two, and there are three formats new to this blog as well: Blu-ray, also with two, and one each for IMAX and in-flight. A ragtag bunch if ever there was one.

The most popular decade was once agin the 00s by a long way, with 65 films — 62.5%, easily topping last year’s 52%. The nearest was the 90s with a mere 11. A somewhat surprising third was the 40s with eight, closely followed by the 80s with seven. Of the rest, the 30s managed four, the 50s a marginally better five, and the 60s and 70s had two a piece. Nothing before 1936 though.

The average score was 3.6, marginally lower than 2007’s average of 3.7. This year there were 19 five-star films (slightly up from 2007’s 16) and just 1 one-star film (equal to last year). The majority of films — 45 — scored four stars, compared to a huge 72 last year. There were also 24 three-star films (down from 32) and 15 two-star films (practically equal to last year’s 14).

13 films appear on the IMDb Top 250 Films at the time of writing, about two-thirds of 2007’s 21. Their positions ranges from 4th (The Dark Knight, of course) to 199th (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly). Some of the films undoubtedly appear on other ‘Best Films Ever’ and ‘Best of 2008’ lists, but I’m hardly going to research them all.

At the end of 2007, I included a list of 50 notable films I’d missed from that year’s releases. With all of 2008 taken into account, I’ve managed to see 17 of them, more or less a third. They’ll probably continue to pop up in 2009.

A total of 88 solo directors and 8 directing partnerships (or teams in some cases!) appear on the list this year, 15 less than last. Coincidentally, 15 directors had more than one film on the list in 2007 — one managed seven (that was Martin Scorsese) — but only six manage a second appearance this year, and none a third or more. Those with two new films are Kenneth Branagh, Marc Forster, Alfred Hitchcock, Julian Jarrold, Akira Kurosawa, and Billy Wilder. Additionally, Francis Lawrence and Christopher Nolan each put in a second appearance with the same film.

And finally… 56 of the films are currently in my DVD collection, once again nearly identical to 2007’s 57. (The IMAX Dark Knight doesn’t count, incidentally, because the IMAX scenes aren’t integrated on DVD.)


Still to come…

My Top 10, and Bottom 5, and other such things. Nearly over…

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