|Do I have to watch Ben Fuckin' Lyons? I'm from Dublin!|
On this week's episode of At the Movies, we got the full top ten lists of both Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz. I have already commented a bit on Lyons' top ten, but a few comments about the episode follow the lists.
|10. In Bruges||10. Iron Man|
|9. Miracle at St. Anna||9. Happy-Go-Lucky|
|8. The Reader||8. Towelhead|
|7. Let the Right One In||7. Rocknrolla|
|6. Frost/Nixon||6. The Bank Job|
|5. The Dark Knight||5. Man on Wire|
|4. The Wrestler||4. Milk|
|3. Milk||3. The Reader|
|2. Slumdog Millionaire||2. Frost/Nixon|
|1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button||1. The Wrestler|
As he is introducing his number 7 pick (Let the Right One In), Lyons says "This is the year that saw vampire culture rise to the top of pop culture, due to the Twilight phenomenon." One more time, Ben, please don't remind us about Twilight. You have done enough damage to your career from talking about that movie. No mention, of course, of your role in Twilight-gate--that you are partially complicit in the rise of the movie to the top of pop culture. Let's hope that 2009 will be a Twilight-free year for Ben Lyons--and for the rest of us.
On Slumdog Millionaire, which was his number 2 pick, Lyons says it was "the feel-good movie of the year. I usually don't like that phrase, it's usually too casually thrown around." But he'll use it anyway! Best part is, if the producers want to put his name on the top of the poster during pre-Oscar publicity (although they almost certainly will not), it can just say "The feel-good movie of the year!" - Ben Lyons, and not worry about all the rest.
Of course, our Ben would never throw out blurbs like that, would he? Let's not forget W., which he said was "One of the most important films of our generation." That wasn't good enough (although he assures us it was close) to make the top ten list. Nothing new for Lyons, he said that 300 was "One of the best films of 2007, and of the last 25 years", but that wasn't good enough for his Top Ten of 2007, either.
I cannot help but mention again Ben's unfortunate placement of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at the top of his list. He announced it as his number one by saying to Mank: "I'm a little surprised it didn't make your list, but then again, you said 'See' Beverly Hills Chihuahua." The appropriate response to this would have been "Yeah, well, you said Benjamin Button was the best movie of the year!"
Finally, there is Mank's list. He has odd taste, to say the least. Iron Man makes the list but The Dark Knight does not--and neither does Slumdog Millionaire! He was also enthusiastic about the relatively mildly reviewed Rocknrolla and Towelhead. Lyons, on the other hand, did not like the latter film, although it is not at all clear that he was even paying attention.
Next week, we are guaranteed to get the Ten Worst lists. I fear that Synecdoche, New York will make one of them, but we'll see.