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I know not where I found the patience to keep a list of movies watched in year 2008, but – surprisingly – here it is. I am pretty sure some may have slipped my mind, but the contents of this list is decent enough for me to work out the visual treats I have had throughout the year.

I am also here to report that, for this year, I have been to the cinema for a grand total of one time (a movie date at that too, which I still feel awkward about). Hurrah. The bulk of the movies I watched throughout this year came via satellite TV; others, I purchased DVDs to, on an inexplicable whim to while away my weekends.

A Good Year #
Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard // Ridley Scott

The movie is essentially about an English banker/trader who gets more than he bargains for when he learns that he has inherited his beloved uncle’s chateau and vineyard in France: while harbouring every intention to sell off the properties, he inadvertently finds himself journeying into the past, thus rediscovering the wonders of his childhood previously spent there.

This was first shown circa Chinese New Year on satellite TV, with repeats every few days. I probably ended up watching it three to four times in one month alone, and I fell more in love with each viewing: the bright, golden vineyards that stretched on for miles, when juxtaposed with the harsh, bluish tinge of the modern business world, re-ignited my desire to plan an escapade to quaint, idyllic countrysides.

Ah, charming, picturesque movies such as this is hard to come by these days.

(What came as a surprise to me, however, was that this romantic dramedy was directed by the same person who did Alien, Blade Runner and Black Hawk Down.)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer // Shane Black

Hilarity ensues when an unlikely duo – that is, a petty thief and a private investigator – team up to solve a murder case. This pretty much guarantees plenty of non-stop action and razor-sharp witty dialogue all the way!

While Val Kilmer has a comedic turn here and is actually quite, er, likable in this movie – I am sure all eyes are undoubtedly on Robert Downey Jr. Besides, do reluctant, bumbling heroes with hearts of gold not always get the girl in the end?

Once #
Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová // John Carney

Boy and girl, strangers from the street, are drawn together by their love for beautiful harmonies and honest lyrics and experience precious musical moments together.

Well, the DVD was on sale for just twenty bucks. The movie is simply made – no thrills, no frills. It touches all the right strings and plays all the right chords, easily making a fan out of you. And that is all that matters, really, for you too will bask in the band’s joy at successfully recording their songs, pray with him for a romantic reconciliation, sing and tap your feet along to her music. We might be poorer in spirit if not for this.

Also popcorn-worthy:
Babel #
Blood Diamond
The Bourne Ultimatum
Bridge to Terabithia
The Constant Gardener
Dog Day Afternoon
Eastern Promises
Employee of the Month
The Fountain #
A History of Violence
Inside Man
Knocked Up
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Reign Over Me
A Scanner Darkly
The Untouchables
… more

Details of this entry.Tuesday, December 30, 2008, filed under Reviews.
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  1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang? Are you kidding me? The movie’s easily fogettable, IMHO. But yeah, Val Kilmer’s character is too easily likeable.

    spoonfork | 02/01/09 07:00 PM

  2. Spoonfork – Aww, I thought it was somewhat funny and… different, in a way. :D For some reason I’ve always thought that movies such as these would come with a token fast-talking black like Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and the like. That’s why it’s refreshing to see Val Kilmer in a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. :D

    Strizzt | 02/01/09 10:17 PM

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