December 29, 2008 12:29 ET Ends 2008 With Lists That Go Beyond the Best

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--(Marketwire - December 29, 2008) - Amid the release of "Best of 2008" lists from critics across the country,, a leading voice for movies that are outside the mainstream, has compiled a series of year-end lists that cut across categories.

Karina's Favorite Films of 2008 ( Not claiming these are the "best" of the year, this list of SpoutBlog editor Karina Longworth's favorite movies is much more personal, highlighting the films that made the deepest impression on her. From the French family drama of "A Christmas Tale" to the life journey depicted in "Synecdoche, NY," Longworth's list makes the case for the movies that worked best this year.

The Most Disappointing Movies of 2008 ( Again not a more traditional "Worst Of" list, Longworth instead points to the movies she had high hopes for but which failed to live up to her expectations. The list includes noble failures like "Che" as well as inherently flawed documentaries like "Religulous" and shows that even Hollywood's biggest filmmakers can sometimes fail.

Best Undistributed Films of 2008 ( Not every film that's worth seeing is actually released, with many languishing on the festival circuit or receiving a handful of critic screenings and going no further. This list contains a handful of movies like "Sita Sings the Blues" and "Intimidad" that for a variety of reasons haven't yet received broad -- or even limited -- distribution but which should be added to a movie-lover's list of films to see.

Most Misunderstood Films of 2008 ( SpoutBlog contributing writer Michael Lerman examines four films released in 2008 where conventional wisdom about the movie was wrong. From why "Burn After Reading" is not as you might think to how making the audience uncomfortable is actually the point of "Downloading Nancy," Lerman goes against the grain and tries to change your thinking about these films.

Last Minute DVD Shopping Guide ( Christmas is past but you might have gift cards in your wallet and SpoutBlog writer Kevin Kelly has a guide for how to spend them. With lists for fans of the superhero genre to those looking to catch up on a TV show on DVD, Kelly highlights a mix of current films, some classics receiving new packaging and more in his guide to building your DVD library.

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