The Top Ten Movies of August 2008 (and the two worst)
I just barely reached my goal of watching thirty films last month. August saw more than its fair share of mediocre three star films. That being said, the ten best films I saw during this busy summer month were all absolutely wonderful. Many of the thirty candidates for this list were released in 2007, while a number of others were from marathons such as Filmspotting’s Classic Heist, Warren Beatty Mini-Marathon and Iconic Irreverent Comedies. Here are the ten best films I watched during the month of August 2008.
10. Blazing Saddles- Absolutely hilarious! Since Blazing Saddles was the first film from my Irreverent Comedies Marathon, it definitely opened my mind up to the enjoyment that I could get out of the other movies in the marathon. Also, this movie is so damn quotable!
9. Vicky Cristina Barcelona- Woody Allen’s best movie in years, as well as his least pretentious. The dichotomy between Vicky, who follows her head, and Cristina, who follows her heart, made me think about what I might do in their situations. This is an accessible, lovely little film.
8. A Mighty Heart- This procedural includes a breathtaking performance by Angelina Jolie, and its tone really struck a chord with me. Immediately, I was connected with my feelings during the days, weeks and months after 9/11. Every moment of A Mighty Heart rings true, especially Jolie’s performance.
7. Chop Shop- Here is a breathtaking, inspirational, gritty independent gem. I’m probably one of maybe a few thousand people that have seen this film. It starts off with amateur acting; however, its evolution leads directly into a real authenticity which breaks your heart and lifts your spirits all at the same time.
6. Le Cercle Rouge- This French heist film haunted me, and as such, I still feel this film’s presence very close by. Here is an ultra-cool, dark, hard-hitting classic heist film, and best of all, it’s really unlike anything I’ve seen before. Watching Le Cercle Rouge is an experience to say the least.
5. Paris, Je T’aime- Without the final five minute short in this collection of twenty short films by twenty different directors, Paris Je T'aime probably would have been much lower on my top ten list if it were to make it on at all. The short called “14th arrondissement,” directed by Alexander Payne, is simply the best five minutes of film I’ve seen all month—by far. It’s just breathtaking. That’s all I can say.
4. In Bruges- Colin Farrell’s excellent performance simply added to the brilliantly realized thriller/sin meditation that is In Bruges. Its subject matter is quite heavy, and yet, this movie couldn’t be more entertaining. In
3. Brief Encounter- David Lean’s early tragic love story is just spectacular. These characters wear their emotions on their sleeves, which made me connect to this film with complete abandon. Also, Celia Johnson carries this entire film on her shoulders just perfectly. Here is a film that’s a product of the highest class of filmmaking.
2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail- The first sentence of my review proclaimed The Holy Grail as the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. I’ve never laughed so consistently in any film in history. This is exactly my type of humor, since it’s ironic, surprising and best of all intelligent. This is the only movie I watched in August that I really want to own soon!
1. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days- While I will definitely go back and watch The Holy Grail over and over again, I can almost guarantee you that I won’t be revisiting the very best film I’ve seen this month often at all. This merciless Romanian film paints an all too real portrait of the horrors that
There are only two films that I didn’t like out of the thirty films I watched this month. Luckily, I really hated these movies, and therefore, I’m happy to point them out as the worst movies I’ve seen this month.
2. La Vie en Rose
1. The Savages