2008: #10 Cloverfield

Directed by: Matt Reeves
Written by: J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller, & Jessica Lucas
Distributer: Paramount Pictures
Country: United States
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 1/18/2008
Date seen: 1/18/2008
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $170,602,318
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 4 (Best Shootout, Best Sound Design, Best Editing, Best Horror Film)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Best Horror Film)

I always reserve my number ten slot for a film which maybe isn’t quite as great as some of the prestige films, but which I feel has generally been overlooked or forgotten by critics and award community when it comes to year end honors. The film definitely has its detractors but I think it completely lived up to the hype. The film is first noteworthy because of the way it was able to completely revitalize a tired genre. By bringing the film’s action to the street level, the filmmakers were able to, for the first time, bring genuine suspense and intensity to the giant monster genre. The film stuck to its guns throughout its running time and was able to evoke post-September 11th anxiety as well as the original Godzilla evoked post Hiroshima anxiety. The film did the camcorder thing perfectly and had some of the most innovative editing in years. A great horror film, a great thrill ride, and a smart comment on the era of Youtube, this film delivered precisely what it’s eye-catching teaser promised.

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