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The movies of 2008

The Oscars are this Sunday, so it's time to review the last year, and get on the record.

Of the nominated movies, I loved, without qualification: Frost/Nixon, The Wrestler, Doubt, Rachel Getting Married, Frozen River, Slumdog Millionaire.

Movies I loved things about but didn't go for the whole package.

Australia. The acting was superb, I'll go for Nicole Kidman in anything, and the kid was great, but it was a forgettable movie.

The Dark Knight. Cut out all the scenes that don't have Heath Ledger and you have a great picture. The guy with half a face was disgusting, worth a few shots but a half hour? Embarassing.

Wall-E. The first part was wonderful. Amazing. Fantastic. And then a formula Pixar animation for the kiddies. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but you don't see Bolt on my list of movies worth talking about. Or Kung Fu Panda. Wall-E was half an amazing movie. A Pixar movie that really makes you think hasn't been made yet but Wall-E showed that it could happen.

I didn't see: Revolutionary Road, The Duchess.

Movies I flat out didn't like.

Milk -- Sean Penn was a convincing Harvey Milk, and that was good for five minutes. Otherwise, no suspension of disbelief, the story didn't hang together.

Benjamin Button -- I kept looking at my watch hoping it would be over.

There were many others, but thankfully, none of them were nominated. smile

Now for my picks.

Best actor: Mickey Rourke.

Best supporting actor: Heath Ledger.

Best actress: Kate Winslet.

Best supporting actress: Marissa Tomei.

Best animated feature: Wall-E.

Best writing (adapted): Doubt.

Best writing (original): Frozen River.

Best picture: The Reader.

I didn't vote in the other categories cause what do I know about editing and directing and costumes. I'm user, just a guy who watches movies and loves great ones.

Final note, best actress was the hardest category. I loved Anne Hathaway in Rebecca Getting Married. Meryl Streep was amazing in Doubt, and Melissa Leo in Frozen River. But Kate Winslet owned me in The Reader.

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