Basically, this is what I do when I’m not in the mood to work. Why not do a movie list since I just did a book list? By the way, neither of these lists are of books or movies that came out in 2008. It’s just what I saw or read in 2008.

First, I saw 26 moviesin the theater last year (not bad, but I think 52 would be a better number.) These were my six favorites. Notice that two on the list just came out a week or so ago. What that means is that if I were to write this a year from now, they might not be on this list, due to that brain-addled, only remember what I most recently saw feature of my intellect. However, I really did think both were excellent movies.

There Will be Blood – We saw this last year in preparation for the Oscars. Violent as it was, I really loved this movie, as I also loved Eastern Promises in late 2007. I found Daniel Day Lewis and the whole story riveting. And I loved the milkshake scene at the end. (also really enjoyed Saturday Night Live’s parody of it.)

Young At Heart – I wasn’t dying to see this movie but it was playing at the Academy Theater where there are 2 for 1 movies on Tuesday night. Both Mary and I loved it. It was so uplifting, but not in a schmaltzy way. Sadly, I think that even when I am 80 years old, no one will want me in their choir.

Tell No One – I read great reviews of this and rushed out to see it months ago before it would be gone. Of course because of that it’s still around, while other movies I wanted to see are gone. Anyway, I really enjoyed it. It’s a good thriller, and I didn’t guess the ending. Also it’s in French, which somehow makes it more interesting. Also Kristin Scott Thomas is in it, playing a lesbian, and we all know what a babe she is.

Ghost Town – Mary and I went to see this during our Staycation in September when we practically saw a movie a day. We’d seen the previews for this and it looked funny. And it was funny, especially Kristen Wiig as Ricky Gervais’s surgeon. This movie came and went but it’s definitely worth a rental.

Marley and Me – This is what we saw when we were finally able to get out from under the snow. It was to make up for not being able to see a movie on Christmas Day. We actually wanted to see a possible Oscar flick, but this had the best timing. Ironically, earlier this year, when we were at a theater to see a different movie, I allowed myself to get roped in to watching some previews on a little machine and giving my feedback. The preview was for Marley and Me and it looked really stupid and annoying, which I told the guy interviewing me. Later when the previews showed up in the theaters, I was sure that they had incorporated some of my feedback because it looked all right. In fact, I think it was a well-made movie, a good movie about a marriage and a HUGE tear-jerker. Mary said the worst part about this movie was the little kids in front of us who turned around to stare at the middle-aged sobbing ladies in the back row. I agree. Stupid kids. Plus, I already had a stomach ache from trying NOT to cry. I was holding it in!

Frost/Nixon. – This was riveting and interesting. Frank Langella is amazing as Nixon. He made me actually like the man a little bit. The movie made both Mary and I want to see the real Frost-Nixon interviews.

And as for the worst movie I saw in 2008? Hands down it was Happy Go Lucky. The main character was incredibly irritating, and, I felt, extremely rude and inconsiderate in her “relentess optimism.” I can’t even stand to see her face! Fortunately I’m not entirely alone in my hating of this movie as my sweetheart suffered through it with me. We both squirmed in our seats, and I checked the time more than once. Afterwards we were in complete agreement about what a huge waste of time and possibly even an assault that movie was. I think it was free popcorn night at Regal Cinemas so maybe that made up for it a little bit.