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Lobo’s Howls & Growls – Best & Worst Films of 2008 January 1, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Movie Reviews, Photography.

wolfhowlIt is a wrap. Despite my initial anxiety, 2008 turned out to be a good year for the big screen. There were many good films to see in ’08 with most of them barreling down on us at the end of the year. I never go out with the intentions of seeing a bad film. But, as they say, bad films happen. I confess that writing a bad review is a lot more fun than writing a good review. It also seems from the mail I get – you enjoy reading reviews of really bad films too. It is hard to believe that I have been reviewing films for 10 years – time flies when you are sitting in the dark.

To see all 10 years of reviews go to my archives and click on any year in the left hand column.

The Golden Globe Awards will be presented January 11th and the Oscar nominations are announced January 22nd with the Oscar Award show on February 22, 2009.

Back by popular demand this year will be my annual Lobo Oscar pool. Look for your ballot in the mail towards the end of January. I have already received a preemptive $5 bill in the mail. This year not only will there be the cash prize but there will also be the return of the winner getting to write a Guest Review.

This blog has allowed me to add some fun trailers and an occasional bonus video to my movie reviews. It also saw the beginning of the ‘Trivia’ category, which seems to be popular as well. I always appreciate your suggestions, opinions and tips about film.

Happy New Year to all (and if you have not picked up your New Year card from me) go here.

The Best of 2008 – Lobo’s Howls –
1. Edge of Heaven (9.25 Howls)
2. The Fall (9 Howls)
3. Milk (9 Howls)
4. The Visitor (9 Howls)
5. Revolutionary Road (9 Howls)
6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (9 Howls)
7. Doubt (9 Howls)
8. Frost/Nixon (9 Howls)
9. I’ve Loved You So Long (9 Howls)
10. Slumdog Millionaire (9 Howls)
11. Young @ Heart (9 Howl)

The Worst of 2008 – Lobo’s Growls –
10. Hancock (4 Howls)
9. Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (3 Howls)
8. The Other Boleyn Girl (3 Howls)
7. Paranoid Park (3 Howls)
6. Seven Pounds (3 Howls)
5. W (3 Howls)
4. Flight of the Red Balloon (2 Howls)
3. Get Smart (2 Howls)
2. Mamma Mia! (2 Howls)
1. Momma’s Man (1 Howls)



1. Jennifer Cott - January 1, 2009

While I agree with your “best” list for the most part, you left one off your “worst”list. “Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. This one I found to be a major offense due to all the hype an anticipation. It should have been more appropriately entited “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Boredom”.

Also, I’m looking forward to The Golden Globes, or as I prefer to call them, The Euro-Trash Awards. This is the only movie award show where Madonna AND Pia Zadora, would EVER win an award! (Beside a Razzie) I find it most amusing because there is NO Hollywood Foreign Press Association. They are judged by a used car dealer, and a woman holed up in a Los Angeles retirement home!

What I find so interesting, is that most of Hollywood is aware of this, but never acknowle it. Rather these people are sent gifts from the studios in order to win their vote. The odd part is that they are termed the “precursor” to The Oscars, simply because they occur earlierin the year. Hollywood is FILLED with followers and “yes”-men. So, whatever the used car salesman says – as long as no one knows.

What will be interesting this year, and particularly next year is how our new president effects the voting. In the past, The Golden Globes has loved everything American (i.e. Titanic – really?)

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