Top Ten Lists 2008: Music and Movies REVISED

Here’s my completely unscientific, unreliable, poorly vetted, terribly thought out and ultimately indefensible list.

10.MGMT – Oracular Spectacular*

9. Lupe Fiasco – The Cool

8. Fleet Foxes – s/t

7. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III

6. Bitzen Trapper – Furr

5. Okkervil River – Stand Ins

4 Santogold – s/t

3. She and Him – Vol. 1

2. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours

1. Vampire Weekend – s/t

I was reluctant to put VW at the top of the list, but it’s hard not to argue that it’s the most innovative album that came out this year, with afro-pop sounds and undeniably catchy rhythms that managed to maintain replay value even in the face of all the hype. The [ed not: as I’m typing this, they started playing Mansard Roof at Gorilla Coffee in Park Slope. Point illustrated] album is summery party music for the neo-Paul Simon set, and I don’t see any problem with that. Also, the Columbia boys are helping to stem our nation’s tragic dearth of songs about esoteric punctuation terms, and I think we should be grateful.

*Also hesitant to put this on the list since we all got it back in 07, but I guess we aren’t counting non-Radiohead digital releases yet.

Movies- In which I realize I didn’t see nearly enough good movies this year:

1. The Dark Knight
2. Wall -E
3. Benjamin Button

4. Slumdog Millionaire

5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

5.  Iron Man
6. The Wrestler

7. Frost/Nixon
8. Pineapple Express
9. Cloverfield
10. Zack and Miri Make a Porno

I was really tempted to call Wall-E the best movie of the year. It certainly was the most endearing love story movie since Before Sunset, and it didn’t even have any damned speaking for half the film. But Dark Knight was just too jawesome to deny.

[RELATED: here’s the column I wrote last year about the rules for making a top 10 list. Follow it or be subject to weeks of angry sneering glances shrouded in ironic mustache coming at you from under American Apparel hoodies.]

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6 responses to “Top Ten Lists 2008: Music and Movies REVISED

  1. I don't listen to enough music to have any comment on you music list, but, Christ… terrible movie list.

    Most of the time, you can't make a proper movie list until Dec. 31. Too many good contenders are released Christmas Day. Richard Corliss from TIME, I think, is one of a handful of people who have seen everything already.

    My list (so far):

    1. The Dark Knight
    2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    3. Wall-E
    4. Redbelt
    5. Snow Angels
    6. Slumdog Millionaire
    7. Milk
    8. Cloverfield
    9. Ashes of Time Redux
    10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Movies That Will Likely Make The List I Haven't Seen

    1. The Wrestler
    2. Doubt
    3. Che
    4. Rachel Getting Married
    5. The Reader
    6. Revolutionary Road
    7. Wendy and Lucy
    8. The Class
    9. Marley & Me (trust me, this could be waaaaay better than anyone anticipates)

  2. Also can’t forget “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

  3. To show just how out of it I am: I haven’t heard a single act on your top-10 list except the VW song about Wellfleet (which I liked), but I sure can’t argue with your logic. Keep it up with the spot-on criticism! Fondly — MRHH

  4. Just so I’m clear, it appears Cribbs will turn over 90 percent of his top 10 movies list between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

    Also of note, the word verification for this post is “powner”. Sweet.

  5. Tim A. Donnelly

    what? terrible list? Your list and mine are substantially identical.
    I agree that the top 10 list for movies, unlike music, is really more of an exercise best left to critics since none of us in the general public get to see all those movies before the end of the year. But we can go with what we’ve got at least.

    Also, I make no claims of having any critical tastes whatsoever.

  6. Yes, your list and mine (so far) are similar. But it’s too soon. Far too soon.

    Plus, you gotta get “Vicky Cristina” on there. One of the best Woody movies of the last decade.

    And “Snow Angels” is a movie no one saw and those that did forgot. But David Gordon Green needs some love.

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