Last time we checked in on Stephen King’s ten favorite films of the year, it was 2006 and we found titles like Waist Deep (?) and Snakes on a Plane. Okay, so maybe the legendary author didn’t watch many films that year — but here we are two years later, King once again dished out a top ten for Entertainment Weekly, and so maybe he’s managed to see a bit more. Check out King’s list below, with brief quotes from him for each — then read the rest over at EW.
1. The Dark Knight — “The best superhero movie ever. This is to cape-and-tights movies what Godfather II was to the gangster movie: a genre-defining event.”
2. Slumdog Millionaire — “It’s been years since the movies have produced such an affecting story about the power of friendship.”
3. WALL-E — “I don’t think it deserves a Best Picture Academy Award, but it certainly deserves to be nominated.”
4. Tropic Thunder — “The funniest, most daring comedy of the year.”
5. Funny Games — “It works as a savage parody of the snuff-porn genre even as it transcends it.”
6. The Bank Job — “High-tension cerebral thrills.”
7. Lakeview Terrace — “Jackson’s performance deserves an Academy Award nod, but won’t get one. Too bad.”
8. The Ruins — “It could have been ludicrous. Instead, it’s unrelenting.”
9. Redbelt — “… this is not your father’s Karate Kid.”
10. Death Race — “Death Race is filled with laconic violence and blasting muscle cars, but just beneath the surface is a biting satire of reality TV.”
So, is King nuts for suggesting that Samuel L. Jackson receive an Oscar nod for Lakeview Terrace? Do you agree with the horror guru, or does the man still need to see more movies?
Source : Erik Davis