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  • Jan. 18th, 2009 at 10:00 PM
cordelianne: (Riley)
The nice thing about comms like [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 is that they inspire me to organize rec lists and celebrate my favourite writers and artists in the fandom.

Here's the posts I did for [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5:

My Five Favourite Giles/Xander Fics of 2008

My Five Favourite Spike/Xander Fics of 2008

My Five Favourite Rare Slash Pairing Fics of 2008

My Five Favourite Icons of 2008


It was awesome to recognize some of my favourite people on my flist who produce such great work. I want them to get showered with praise.

And for the heck of it, I thought I'd do my list of My Five Favourite Movies of 2008:

I saw a lot of movies this year, a lot. I went a little wild before I started back at school! However, it does mean that I saw all the movies I wanted to except for Tropic Thunder and Gran Turino (I do plan to see both of them) so I had a lot of movies to choose from!

1. Wall-E: This movie captured my heart and delighted my film geek side with its silent filmesque beginning sequence and use of Hello Dolly footage. I love that it's a movie that begins with a bleak apocalyptic landscape inhabited by an adorable robot who ultimately provides hope and heart for all of us. An animated movie that even my mom loved (and she doesn't like animated movies).

2. Slumdog Millionaire: The perfect mix of gritty realism with hope and happiness; a mix that makes it an uplifting movie with substance and lack of cheesiness. It's the kind of movie that I kept thinking about and getting teary days later. I was so delighted that it won Golden Globes because it really deserves the recognition. I've seen it twice and was just telling a friend that I would see it again: it's that good.

3. Milk: A wonderful biography of a fascinating man who was part of something larger, and knew it. Sean Penn does such a fantastic job of being Harvey Milk: all aspects of the man. One of the most moving aspects of the movie was how relevant this movie feels now: with Proposition 8 and all the argument over gay marriage. Also, all the actual footage from the time really adds to the verisimilitude and makes it such a rich movie-going experience.

4. The Wrestler: I just saw this movie and am still processing how amazing the movie and Mickey Rourke's performance is. Moving without being manipulative. A wonderful study of a broken man who's trying not to give up. I especially love the camera work in this movie and how the use of the handheld following the characters really pulls us into this world.

5. The Dark Knight: A fantastic movie about trying to be good in a bad world, and how close those trying to be good are from going down the wrong path. Heath Ledger's Joker is a phenomenal accomplishment, a highlight in an already excellent movie.

And a bonus favourite one:
Iron Man: A truly delightful film which Robert Downey Jr just owns. I love the premise of how Tony Stark is righting the wrongs he's been responsible for - and also how much delight he has in creating Iron Man (well, the second time in his home lab with the adorable robots!).

Clearly robots were a theme for me and movies this year! A good theme! :D

Comments

[identity profile] a2zmom.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 19th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
I haven't seen 3 & 4 yet, but I agree that the others were fantastic.
[identity profile] cordelianne.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 19th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
I highly recommend both the movies! I'm pleased that there were some good movies this year. :D
[identity profile] chrisleeoctaves.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 19th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
My husband and I are both really excited to see The Wrestler and so I am glad to hear (from one person at least) that it lives up to expectations.
[identity profile] cordelianne.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 19th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, it definitely lived up to my expectations which was very nice. A really great film!
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian wrote:
Jan. 20th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
Hee, well fandom can sometimes help you get organized :> There's a communities meme going around on IJ that finally got me to make some posts I needed to make.

I've only seen the first, which was indeed wonderful (and it was my favorite song from Hello Dolly which is also one of my favorite musicals!) I've been looking forward to seeing 3 and 4 as well and am pretty sure I'll be seeing Iron Man at some point.
[identity profile] cordelianne.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 23rd, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
hee, fandom does help you organized!!

I do love Wall-E, such a fantastic movie. That's very cool that it's a favourite song from a favourite musical. I actually haven't seen Hello Dolly - I really must! Oh yes, both Milk and the Wrestler are definitely worth seeing. As is Iron Man! :D
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[identity profile] entrenous88.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 26th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, I had a long comment about the movies and lists in general, but LJ ate it when I tried to post. That's what I get for leaving entry-tabs open for days and days until I can get to them. *le sigh*

Anyway -- THANK YOU for naming Cuddly Predators as one of your favorite S/X fics of 2008! I'm honored that you included that story among others you enjoyed. :)

I'm behind on my movie-going, but thanks for reinforcing that I need to see three of these still, and soon (The Wrestler, Milk, and Slumdog Millionaire -- I am so. behind. omg.)

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