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Stalker's Top Ten 2008: Chris Rushworth

10FSReel.jpgTo start off this years Stalker's Top Ten we have a regular reader for many years, Chris Rushworth. He's going to bring us his top ten films of the year along with some honourable mentions, his most missed, disappointed and anticipated for 2009.

For those of you who don't know, this is a series that allows you, the reader, to write up a list of anything to do with films from the past year. You can do a top ten, a bottom ten, an anything ten. It's entirely up to you, details at the end of the article.

Meanwhile, enjoy the kick off of the Stalker's Top Ten 2008 series.

Chris, it's over to you for your top ten films of the year.

My Top Ten of 2008
10. Wanted
I'd been wanting to see this since I first heard about the film. I have since read the book and whilst the film is different to the book I still very much enjoyed it. The action was top notch whilst it was unrealistic its still all good fun. The cast were brilliant which included Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman.

9. Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton always work well together and this maybe the best one yet and most violent, with Johnny Depp's Sweeny Todd cutting necks and blood flying everywhere. The songs are really good as well.

8. Burn After Reading
I watched this film not too long ago at University. We have a film theatre there and sometime they show the big films just not straight away. It's cheaper for us students. This film had everything I wanted it had comedy and seriousness to it I'm a fairly big fan of the Coen's and if you're not a fan then this should convert you. The end of the film was also very funny and had me in stitches with J.K. Simmons.

7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
This was an excellent comedy another film that's produced by Judd Apatow which so far I've enjoyed all of the films. I've become a fan of Kristen Bell (love her in Heroes) and Jason Segel. Mila Kunis I loved, she was great in That 70's Show and needs to do more roles like this. I don't usually like Russell Brand but he didn't bother me in this.

6. Quantum of Solace
I know this got a mixed response but I enjoyed it. It had tons of action but it could of benefited from having more plot. It carried the story from Casino Royale although it wasn't as good. Bring on the next film.

5. Mamma Mia
I enjoyed this film after last years Hairspray I started looking forward to this and I really enjoyed it. It's better than Hairspray. Even though Pierce Brosnan couldn't really sing he was still great and Amanda Seyfried was excellent and stole the film as the main character Sophie.

4. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Kevin Smith hardly ever goes wrong and this film doesn't go wrong. It's possibly his best film yet. It's not in the view askewniverse but that doesn't bother me it still has Jason Mewes and Jeff Anderson in different characters though. All the cast are excellent which includes Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks.

3. Iron Man
The film was amazing and one of the best superhero films I've seen. Robert Downey Jr. was amazing in the lead and couldn't go wrong in the role. It was well scripted and acted and I can't wait to see the story progress in Iron Man 2.

2. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Really enjoyed the first film this was great to I hope there is a third. After Pan's Labyrinth I became a Guillermo del Toro fan and wanting to check out his past films the vision he has of the monsters is just brilliant.

1. The Dark Knight
This is the greatest superhero film I've seen. After seeing Iron Man I thought this would have to be something special and it was in every way. The acting was superb you didn't miss Katie Holmes at all. Heath Ledger is possibly the best villain ever. The big question is can a third film be even better.

Honourable mentions - these almost made the list

1. The Incredible Hulk
2. Hancock
3. Juno
4. Tropic Thunder
5. The Forbidden Kingdom
6. Step Brothers
7. Dan In Real Life

The films I have missed which I want to see - Ironically some were on the anticipated list last year

1. Vantage Point
2. Wall-E
3. Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian
4. Doomsday

Most Dissapointed

1. Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
2. The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Most Anticipated films for 2009

1. Watchmen
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
3. Star Trek
4. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
5. Push
6. Terminator Salvation
7. Seven Pounds
8. Underworld 3
9. Transformers 2
10. Shutter Island

Chris, huge thanks, you've kicked off the series in great style. I love your most anticipated list for 2009 and I'm with you on all but two titles. Transformers 2 is going to be exciting, but I can't say I'm anticipating it more than Shutter Island, Underworld 3 isn't an anticipated film for me either, although I am looking forward to it.

As for the Top Ten you've provided, I have to say it's a good mix. I agree with some, but definitely not others (you can probably guess one title in particular), but it's not really what I think now, it's what everyone else thinks.

Do you agree with Chris' list, or do you think he's plain wrong? Get commenting, and if you think you have a better list, be it a top ten or anything at all ten, then get it sent in to me at an email.

Honestly you can write about anything, a couple of the lists that are coming in are for most memorable moments, best films about babes and even the best stage plays that would make great films. So you see you can create a list about anything, and you're not stuck to one either, one reader has sent in three! Get writing.

If you want to look at the other lists that have been sent in, then just head to the Stalker's Top Ten section.



Really you were disapointed with Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Now I must admit, I was very disapointed at first. Many items I thought were bad decisions. Then, like many of my favorite franchise films, I bought the DVD and watched the film oh about 3 or 4 more times so I could dig deep and find elements to specific to notice during a once over. Now I must say I enjoy the film. Of course there are bad parts but what movies don't have the acts which bore you a bit and you get up to hit the head or make a sandwidch


Chris, I am pleased that QoS made it to your Top 10!

Id have to totally disagree with Chris about QoS, it almost made it into my worst movies of 2008. Mamma Mia was mildly entertaining and I have to say only two people in the movie really should have been singing and they were the two young ones getting married. Also, I personally would call you a heretic for saying that it was better than Hairspray. Hairspray was an absolutely fantastic movie, full of fun, colour and had some great toe tapping songs unlike Mamma Mia. As for the other movies on your list, great movies all of them with the exception of Zack & Miri which isnt out over here yet but I cant imagine it being anything other than hilarious.
Brad, how long do you have for me to go through every movie that doesnt have a bit thats boring? I can think of a hundred movies that had me thoroughly engrossed in it not wanting to take my eyes of the screen for a single second.


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