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Stalker's Top Ten 2008: Dave Morrow

10FSReel.jpgNext up on the Stalker's Top Ten lists of 2008 we have Dave Morrow. Dave is an old friend of mine and is responsible for getting me into Asian horror well before it was considered trendy and before Hollywood had even given it a second thought.

His tastes in film, and gaming, are rather different, one might say eccentric, but he does watch mainstream films when he can, being an accomplished photographer (check out his fantastic site) and family man means little time for cinema. However here are his top films of the year, including the mediocre and plain terrible. He has some surprises in store for us.

If you'd like to submit your own Stalker's Top Ten for 2008 then head to the bottom of Dave's Top Ten list for details, it's dead easy and you can make up a list of absolutely anything - relating to film that is, even if the list topic has already been done.

In the meantime, read on for Dave's Top Ten and see if you agree or disagree. Here's his favourite films of the year.

My top ten consists of seven movies. That is because I've only seen seven movies which were released in 2008. In fact, not all seven made the "top seven" so I'll stop all the confusion right now and subdivide into categories - the good, the meh and the plain ugly.

The Good:
Burn After Reading
Surely I'm not the only one that was disappointed that this wasn't set in the UK town of Reading when the projector started? Anyways, I was dragged to see this by the missus and ended up gaving a great time. Very enjoyable performances by Pitt and Clooney. Typical Coen dark humour and a menacing soundtrack. Probably my favourite 2008 movie. 5/5

The Dark Knight
I hated Batman Begins. I honestly thought it was drivel so I sat down to watch this with very low expectations. This is probably why I enjoyed it so much although Ledger was exceptional as the Joker. I know a lot of folk might argue that his performance was too hyped after his death but I reckon he carried the film. Plot wasn't bad for a superhero movie. However Christian Bale's deep deep voice as Batman was so ridiculously ridiculous that I couldn't help but laugh each time he opened his gob (probably not what the director's intention). Even so, I've watched the movie twice now so that is always a good sign. 4/5

Madagascar 2
The kids are massive Madagascar fans. They watch it more than Shrek. And I find it rather chucklesome as well. So we were all looking forward to our THIRTY FRICKIN QUID family outing and it did not disappoint. Some nice humour for the adults (I especially appreciated the Twilight Zone Gremlin nod) and plenty for the kids to gawk at. As an adult viewer I'd probably give it 3.5/5 and as a kid 5/5. So I'll give it 5/5.

The Meh:
This should have been kick ass. I liked the premise. I liked the shaky cam. I liked the monster. So why did I want everyone to die quickly so that the movie would end? Dunno. I'll not be watching again. To be a little fair I'd give it 3/5.

Nice graphics but I couldn't really click with it! Neither did the kids, although they have clicked with the merchandise....sigh. 3/5.

Kung Fu Panda
Just OK. Some good laughs from Jack Black but had a Channel 5 script! 3/5 (although 4/5 if you include the nice Pizza Hut we had before it)

The Plain Ugly:
Iron Man
People I respect liked this. Some liked it a lot. I didn't. In fact, this angered me so much that I want to build an Iron Man myself and kick the ***k out of anyone involved with the movie. I know that you are supposed to suspend your disbelief at the door when it comes to superhero flicks but this made me want to hulk smash (see what I did there). Don't get me started on how to poor cannon fodder Arab guy could build a mini generator and install it in Mr Stark's heart IN A FRICKIN CAVE. My screams of anger woke the kids up -mind you, I was quire drunk at the time. Luckily I did not have the co-ordination to stick my boot through the LCD. To be fair through, Robert Downey Jr. was superb in the role....therefore I'll give it a generous 2/5.

Of course I've seen other non-2008 movies this year (my favourite being The Station Agent which was exceptional).

So that's Dave's list, a big thanks to him and please do visit his excellent photography site. What did you think of his choices? I suspect there will be a few people ready to disagree with his thoughts on Iron Man, and perhaps putting Burn After Reading over The Dark Knight.

Fancy having your own Top Ten list up here? Well it's easy, and it doesn't have to be of your favourite films or even of your worst films of the year, it can be anything. We're getting some unusual and very interesting lists in already. Just write it up and send it through to me at Filmstalker.

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



I thought Favreau did an excellent job with Ironman. Exactly the sort of fun/cool hero movie that Spiderman 3 wasn't.

Also, Batman Begins, drivel? Really? I thought it was by far the best Bat-flick at that point. The only competition being Mask Of the Phantasm, which was also a very good Batman movie, albeit for a younger age group.

Batman and Robin - that's what drivel looks like mate.

May I suggest Dave watches Iron Man again, when not drunk?

I'm sure he will change his mind.

Batman Begins was absolutely brilliant, a fine way to reboot a crashing franchise.

I did find Heath Ledger's Joker to be over hyped, it was a great performance, however not oscar worthy. Unfortunately I too bought into the hype of his performance and was a tad disappointed that it didn't blow my socks off.

I hate to be so uncontroversial, but I thought Ledger's Joker was every bit as good as the hype suggested. A magnificent portrayal that finally nailed him as a psychotic criminal genius.

Now go back and watch Tim Burton's Batman and see the difference a good, not to mention coherent, script makes. And watch a genuinely over-hyped performance from Jack Nicholson.


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