Sofa Cinema

It's your turn!

It's that time of year! In 2008, dozens of movies appeared in the SOFA CINEMA column. Since I don't make a list of Top 10 Best/Worst films, I thought it might be fun for you, the readers to give a shout out to the films you thought were worthwhile to rent.

Below is a ballot that may be turned in at the Sequim Gazette office or mailed to my attention (SOFA CINEMA c/o Rebecca Redshaw, P.O. Box 2343, Port Angeles, WA 98362). If you've joined the cut and paste world of e-mail, scan the ballot from the Sequim Gazette Web site (click on "Columnist" and SOFA CINEMA will appear) and e-mail it to Results will appear the week before Christmas.

Please note: With the exception of the new releases category, DVDs may have been released prior to 2008. Also, to save space, sometimes I've omitted "The" from the start of titles.

Top five new releases (choose five):

___ "88 Minutes"

___ "3:10 to Yuma"

___ "Across the Universe"

___ "Atonement"

___ "The Bank Job"

___ "Becoming Jane"

___ "Charlie Wilson's War"

___ "Dan in Real Life"

___ "Enchanted"

___ "Get Smart"

___ "The Great Debaters"

___ "Indiana Jones/Skull"

___ "Ironman"

___ "Jane Austin Book Club"

___ "The Kite Runner"

___ "Lions for Lambs"

___ "Made of Honor"

___ "Michael Clayton"

___ "The Other Boleyn Girl"

___ "Rendition"

___ "Sex and the City"

___ "There Will Be Blood"

___ "Valley of Elah"

Top independent film (choose two)

___ "Across the Universe"

___ "Be Kind Rewind"

___ "Bonneville"

___ "For Your Consideration"

___ "Death of a President"

___ "The Fall"

___ "Juno"

___ "Lars and the Real Girl"

___ "Married Life"

___ "Miss Pettigrew for a Day"

___ "Paris, je t'aime"

___ "Penelope"

___ "The Savages"

___ "Then She Found Me"

___ "The Visitor"

Top five foreign films reviewed (choose two)

___ "Before Night Falls"

___ "Central Station"

___ "Colonel Redl"

___ "Death at a Funeral"

___ "Diving Bell & Butterfly"

___ "Playboys"

___ "Saving Grace"

___ "Spring, Summer, Fall,

Winter, and Spring"

___ "The Chorus"

___ "Twin Sisters"

___ "Zelary"

Top documentary film (choose three)

___ "AKA Tommy Chong"

___ "Been Rich All My Life"

___ "The Bible Tells Me So"

___ "51 Birch Street"

___ "Coming Out Under Fire"

___ "Conscientious Objector"

___ "Deliver Us From Evil"

___ "For All Mankind"

___ "Girl 27"

___ "Hacking Democracy"

___ "Hank Greenberg Story"

___ "Hula Girls"

___ "No End in Sight"

___ "Southern Comfort"

___ "Taxi to the Dark Side"

___ "Visions of Light"

___ "Weathermen"

___ "What Would Jesus Do?"

___ "Young at Heart"

Top hidden gem (choose two):

___ "Bronco Billy"

___ "Dangerous Beauty"

___ "Devil in a Blue Dress"

___ "Election"

___ "Everyone Says I Love You"

___ "Eve's Bayou"

___ "The Gymnast"

___ "My Cousin Vinny"

___ "Mystic Pizza"

___ "One True Thing"

___ "On the Edge"

___ "Power"

___ "Quigley Down Under"

___ "Rich and Famous"

___ "Rory O'Shea Was Here"

___ "The Russia House"

___ "Smoking is Permitted"

___ "South Pacific:

In Concert at Carnegie Hall"

___ "The Whole Wide World"

___ "The World's Fastest Indian"

Top classic film (choose one):

___ "Baby Face"

___ "Cool Hand Luke"

___ "Houseboat"

___ "Heart is a Lonely Hunter"

___ "Raider of the Lost Ark"

___ "Lady Sings the Blues"

___ "The Legends of the Fall"

___ "Little Colonel"

___ "Now Voyager"

___ "To Kill a Mockingbird"

___ "People Will Talk"

___ "Pillow Talk"

Rebecca Redshaw worked in the film industry in Los Angeles for 25 years. A novelist and playwright, she has published in numerous magazines and newspapers in addition to teaching fiction. She is the Arts & Entertainment critic for the international entertainment Web site She can be reached at

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