Lots happening next week

Posted by · 3:44 pm · December 12th, 2008

If you can believe it, we’re almost at the end of the 2008 film ride.  I feel like this one went by pretty fast, but hten again, I was out of the country for the summer, so maybe that affected something.  Regardless, the week before Christmas is my perennial showcase of the year’s best offerings, for the scattered few who care about such trivialities.

So here’s a heads up.  Monday, December 15, I’ll offer up my “best of the year” column, with extended thoughts on the season that was and a full list of the top 10 films of the year.  Traditionally I follow that up with a personal Oscar ballot on Wednesday, so that will land on 12/17, and then Friday, 12/19, the year in superlatives.  Awards for best this, best that and everything in between.

We have a slew of contributors this year, of course, but mind you, these columns will be reflective of my own opinion.  If the rest of the guys want to take a crack at it, I’m sure they will in this space.

And one more quick note.  Some of you might remember my “top 10 shots of the year” post from last year (brought over to the new site here).  I’ll be doing that again this year and I’m already hard at work on it, gathering the material, putting the interviews in place, etc.  I’m hoping to run that piece sometime during the first week of January.  I’m aiming for, oh, let’s call it Tuesday, January 6.  Always helps to give myself a deadline.

So mark your calendars.  Lots happening over the next few weeks here at In Contention (if a slew of precursor announcements wasn’t enough).

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  • 1 12-12-2008 at 6:00 pm

    N8 said...

    I’m looking forward to the “shots of the year” column, though I imagine it would be hard to top last year’s class.

  • 2 12-12-2008 at 7:01 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    For some reason that link ot last years shots column didn’t go up. It’s there now, sorry guys.

  • 3 12-12-2008 at 7:58 pm

    red_wine said...

    I hope you have place for atleast 2 of the many wonderful shots from Wall-E on your list, it was one of the most visually stunning of all films this year.

  • 4 12-12-2008 at 8:49 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Actually, I don’t. I respect the beauty of the film but I’m sticking with actual photography in this list.

  • 5 12-12-2008 at 9:34 pm

    JAB said...

    for the best shot of the year column you gotta have batman flying over hong kong…or the joker’s truck flipping…or the joker hanging upside down…or all three

  • 6 12-12-2008 at 9:36 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Like others, I am very much looking forward to the “Best Shots of the Year” article, as I really enjoyed it last year.

    And I know you didn’t like “Australia” so much, but boy was that one beautiful movie. Surely you’ll include something from there? ;)

    Okay, okay, I’ll stay out of your work.

  • 7 12-13-2008 at 6:24 am

    Joel said...

    Very cool. Hoping something from TDK is in there. I might do something like this for my blog, but I can’t be sure yet.

  • 8 12-13-2008 at 9:34 am

    Georgi said...


    This is the most influential and strong scene in the movie, since it seems to be the only moment, in which the Joker finds peace. Even in the movie this scene is left without music, because this face and expression affects us anyway.

  • 9 12-13-2008 at 11:11 am

    Zan said...

    Shots I hope to see:

    Close-up on Langella in final interview
    Bale over Hong Kong

    The best last year was the beautiful one you have from Atonement.

  • 10 1-07-2009 at 3:51 pm

    Mark said...

    So where is the Top 10 shots? Huh? Huh?

    Kidding, can’t wait to see your choices, your selection last year was awe-inspiring.

  • 11 1-07-2009 at 4:51 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yeah, shit happens. Workin’ on it.