Sunday, December 07, 2008

The other anime series I've been watching lately is Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. This was the series Hideaki Anno directed before Evangelion, and watching it with His and Her Circumstances is an interesting experience as it reflects the massive evolution Anno went through in making Evangelion.

Nadia's fun and very sweet. Almost immediately, I found myself thinking more of Hayao Miyazaki than of Hideaki Anno, so I wasn't surprised when I discovered the series concept came from Miyazaki. Nadia works hard at creating a credible alternate late nineteenth century Europe and the imperilled young protagonists Jean and Nadia benefit greatly from this backdrop.

I slept until 5pm to-day after I decided last night to toss out all attempt at changing my sleeping schedule and stayed up until well after 7am. But I have a lot I want to do to-night, so this'll be a short entry.

Roger Ebert's already compiled his list of the best movies of 2008, so here's mine, early yet again. This list includes new movies I saw this year, some of them are even 2007 films, but they didn't make last year's list so that's why they're on this one. As usual, I started by listing all the movies I could think of off the top of my head and then I went through my blog archive to refresh my memory of the other movies I saw this year. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was one of the movies I forgot. Of all criticisms of the film, that may be the saddest. I just forgot it.

Best Movies

1. Rebuild of Evangelion: You Are (Not) Alone (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
2. Wall-E (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
3. The Dark Knight (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
4. Burn After Reading (Wikipedia entry)
5. Tropic Thunder (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
6. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Wikipedia entry)
8. There Will Be Blood (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
9. Let the Right One In (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
10. Iron Man (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
11. Batman: Gotham Knight (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
12. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
13. Juno (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
14. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
15. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
16. Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (imdb entry)(my review)
17. Cloverfield (Wikipedia entry)(my review)

Worst Movies

1. Dragonlance (Wikipedia entry)(my review)
2. The Happening (Wikipedia entry)
3. Atonement (Wikipedia entry)

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