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The ANGSCARS: Best Film Awards 2008

It's that time of year again. The Oscars have taken place and now it's time for the ever-important ANGSCARS!

So important in fact that I seem to have completely missed doing them last year for some reason (I think it was probably because I was moving house and didn't have internet connection around that time - so sorry 2007 films!).


In the time honoured tradition (well I did it in 2005, 2006 and 2007) and to coincide with the 81st Academy Awards (aka The Oscars for the uneducated :p) I bring you the ANGSCARS: Best Film Award 2008!

The ANGSCARS were founded after a Poll based upon the Oscars Best Film Award that I ran only received FOUR VOTES because many of my Friends list claimed not to have seen the nominated films! In dismay at the uncultured friends I have I ran my own awards ceremony based upon my own Top 5 Films of the previous year which had a much greater success rate. 2005 saw a tie in first place between "Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind" and "The Incredibles", with "Lost In Translation" coming in a very close third. 2006 (which saw the number of votes cast almost double) was also very close but "Serenity" pipped "Sin City" by one vote (34 to 33) to get the glory. "Batman Begins" scrapped into third place with 8 votes. The third installment saw a very tight fight between "Children of Men" and "V For Vendetta", which "Children of Men" won by just one vote (26 to 25) with "Munich" a far flung third place with 6 votes.

So this is the 4th Annual Angscars. Voting is open now and will run for a few days before I wrap it up and announce the winners. As an additional prize everyone who casts a vote will be entered into a prize draw. When the ANGSCARS are announced I will also pick a lucky voter from a hat (or more likely a pint glass or mug - hey, I'm classy me!) who will then win a DVD of his or her choice from the ANGSCAR nominations list.

So without further ado - This years Award Nominee's, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Poll #1354310 Best Film 2008 Award

Best Film 2008 Award

Dark Knight
Iron Man
The Mist



( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Can I write in Kung Fu Panda?
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Sadly no. The Awards are based upon my facvourite Top 5 films seen between Jan 1st and December 31st 2008. Kung Fu Panda didn't grab a top 5 place, sorry.
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
I wish to register a complaint with the governing body of this award. In writing now, and verbally later.
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Verbally over a drink at GenCon perhaps? :p
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, SURE, by then the vote will be over and the award given out. THE ANGSCARS ARE A TOTAL FRAUD! They are TOTALLY a plot by the Labour Government to suppress Chinese-themed animation!

You'll be hearing from my solicitors. Or you would be, if I had any.
Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
I second the motion as Kung Fu panda was better than Iron Man :-)
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Iron Man would be my pick from those offered.

Dark Knight is a close second.
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Have you seen 'The Mist'?
If not I'd highly reccommend it. I wouldn't normally have seen it (I'm not a fan of Stephen King) but went because of the director (he also directed Green Mile which I really liked despite the King connection).
So glad I did. It's a very bleak film, but then I like bleak films (thus my love of Children of Men a couple of years back).
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Yep, it still does not rank as high as the two I mentioned.
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Fair dinks.
The Dark Knight and Iron Man were fantastic films (thus there inclusion).
This coming year could be a real toughy though. Slumdog Millionaire is absolutely brilliant and we're only in February with the rest of the year (and films such as Watchmen) still to come out. I'm really looking for to the 2009 crop.
Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
I am amazed to see Iron Man so close to DK.
Iron Man was a fine movie- but in terms of acting, content and general intelligence- its not as good I find...
I never felt it was good enough for Best Film in the Oscars (far from it)- but I have loved the Geeks who after LotR felt they now have a voice in Hollywood... bless!
(for the record- no, being a self-proclaimed Geek I KNOW I am a niche market, I know that my kinda movies make LOW mark ups compared to mainstream and I know that projects of epic win nonwithstanding (DK for example)- most of the films I love are formally pap... still I also like to pretend Hollywood gives a sod about me at times... its my delusion)

Mind you- this is the awards that places Serenity ABOVE Sin City (blinks).
See above.


Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Cloverfield (I fear shaky-cam) or The Mist (I fear Steven King movies).

I rate Dark Knight over Iron Man because of the overall quality of acting in DK. Robert Downey Jr. was a fantastic Tony Stark, and the rest of the cast was good, but couldn't keep up with him. In DK, the whole cast went above and beyond so that the audience could identify/sympathize with both the antagonists and the protagonists.

I did love Wall-E, but as an animated film, I just can't put it in the same category as a live action film. There wasn't much voice acting and, while the robots were very expressive, their quality speaks well of the artists and directors rather than a conglomeration of cast and crew (actors, lighting, make-up, set design, etc.).
Feb. 24th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Normally I HATE shaky-cam (or as I call it Drunk Cam) so much I won't watch anything with it. But on advice of a couple folks I gave Cloverfield a try. For some reason it didn't bother me so much once things started going. I think it's the pacing that really helped it along.
Feb. 24th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Tough choice this year.

I loved Iron Man but prefered Dark Knight,
Not seen the Mist, but want to as I keep hearing how good it is.
Wall-E was very good, but its Pixar, so I expect good. While brilliant it wasn't their best so doesn't get a vote.

Cloverfield had me enthralled throughout, brilliant mix of pace, people and action. Shaky cam makes you work for your film which I think gives you a better pay off in the end and helps draw you in. Which is why it got my vote.
Feb. 24th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
I had to go with Wall-E. So far it's the one movie that I've watched multiple times and really enjoyed every time. As a plus I can watch it with my kids.

Iron Man as a number two, just because I'm an old Iron Man comic geek. Dark Knight in third. Cloverfield in fourth. The Mist I will have to decline in placing since I never got to see all of it.
Feb. 24th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, me too, for much the same reasons -- I've seen it twice at the cinema & a couple of times on DVD (as have my wife & son), and loved every viewing.

Dark Knight was good, but decidedly flawed. I'm not sure I'd feel any need to watch it again, at least for another 5 or 10 years.

Iron Man I could see myself watching again occasionally -- it was great old-school fun.
Feb. 24th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
I haven't seen 'The Mist' so my voting may be a little off!
Feb. 24th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
I've only seen one of those. But I can't imagine any of the others could be better.
Feb. 24th, 2009 10:25 am (UTC)
I have to say I felt that Dark Knight was a massively over-hyped affair, particularly from the Geek quarter.

While Ledger's Joker is a truly fantastic potrayal - managing to tow the line of comedy and horror in a way that fits the film's dark drive, Bale shows little of the emotion that underpinned the first film, and frankly his voice is so overplayed on the 'grim, deep and tortured' side that it starts to be a little ridiculous.

The Dark Knight tries to accomplish too much - it reaches further than it is capable. So much is crammed into it that we lose quality for quantity. The Asian businessman is nothing more than a Macguffin, but one that never-the-less takes up over half an hour of screen-time, relegating the psychological transformation of Dent into a few brief gun shots and a CGI eyeball.

The bat 'pod' and mobile phone sonar are unnecessary and not cool enough imho to warrant being put in. Why can't Batman use his renowned detective skills to work out where the Joker is?

Overall, it is a film that has many excellent and powerful scenes, with several sequences of good character development. However, as a film it is just a little too in love with itself, too bombastic.

Iron Man on the other hand knows what it is. It is a comic book film and acts like one - the slightly tongue in cheek nature allows plot holes, over the top villains and comedy side characters to be absorbed and enjoyed for what they are. The first effect of this is simply to let the film be a bit silly and enjoyable, in the same vein as Doc Ock OTT bank robbing in Spidey 2. This however isn't enough to make it a good film.

The second effect of having this 'comic book' reality is that the writers then get to concentrate on the bare bones plot without worrying about the structure and texture of the film. They aren't trying to create anything more than a fun superhero film that will start a franchise, and they succeed. Robert Downy Jr acts brilliantly - from his smarmy beginning to disbelief, anger, betrayal and cheeky end scene - none of it jars or feels forced.

Add to this the last work of a special effects/design genius, a great soundtrack and enough in-jokes and references to satisfy the nerd-core without distracting the general population and you have a great film. Not oscar-winning, not something that will stand in the annuls of history as a great work, but a good, solid and fun film... and those are rare these days.

(sorry for taking up so much space)
Feb. 24th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
Sir, were I able to, I would surely have your babies :)
Feb. 25th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC)
Your intended grand-theft-infant will not be tolerated! :Þ
Feb. 27th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Cloverfield was a over-hyped mess. Give me the Hollywood Blockbuster version please!

Dark Knight and Iron Man are just superhero films and they are ten-a-penny at the moment. Over-hyped and with very little substance.

The Mist I almost missed. Standard horror fare from Stephen King apart from the ending - an excellent shock ending there! [Stephen King usually has very poor endings to his works but this one was a beauty].

Wall-E. Just fantastic! Watching it with my grandkids was such a great experience. Wonderful animation, great story and excellently told.
Just the best of the bunch.
Feb. 27th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Not seen the Mist or Cloverfield - shaky cam makes me feel rather ill.

Wall-E was mega though =)
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