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Stephen King's top 10 movies of 2008

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, December 14, 2008

He's considered by many to be the master of horror fiction and one of the publishing industry's biggest authors ever but when it comes right down to it, Stephen King likes to show that he's just a regular guy. In his latest weekly column for Entertainment Weekly, the author of The Stand, 'Salem's Lot, Christine and dozens of other bestselling novels tells us what flicks he enjoyed the most these past twelve months.

Of the movies on King's list about half are also turning up on the top 10 list for most film critics, but several surprise choices are also on Steve-o's vetted roll call -- including not just one but two Jason Statham movies. And the writer is the first to admit he's not trying to take Roger Ebert's job away from him.

"I'm not trustworthy when it comes to movies," King writes in his piece. "I'm two-minded about them. Take this year's Saw film. I sat there in my favorite seat -- third row middle, so the screen towers above me -- and my forebrain was thinking, Oh, man, this is the year's biggest pile of cinematic dog vomit. But the rest of my brain is thinking, I'm at the moooooovies! IS THIS GREAT OR WHAT?"

King's top 10 movies for 2008 are:

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. Slumdog Millionaire
  3. WALL-E
  4. Tropic Thunder
  5. Funny Games
  6. The Bank Job
  7. Lakeview Terrace
  8. The Ruins
  9. Redbelt
  10. Death Race

If you want to find out what his reasons are for his picks, read Stephen King's EW column and he'll tell you.

-Entertainment Weekly.
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Posted: 10 years 42 weeks ago

Fucking "DEATH RACE?" I never would have guessed it.

I'm glad to see that he gave the nod to Haneke's "Funny Games." Just as good as the first iteration, and probably the biggest mindscrew available to US audiences this year.

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Posted: 10 years 42 weeks ago

at least he admits that he's shaded by the spectacle and experience of it all. Lots of movies seem better to me at the theater than when I watch them later on DVD at home.

That's a really crappy list, though. Lakeview Terrace is his 7th best movie of the year. 7th. I wonder if he just saw 10 movies all year.

Of his top ten I've only seen 4, though I plan on seeing Slumdog Millionaire when it's available to me.

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Posted: 10 years 41 weeks ago

Wow...I am surprised with his choices...There are quite a few questionable picks...But hey, everyone's different...

I keep my standards low, that way im never dissapointed