Sound design was noticeable in a number of films this year; most noticeable were No Country for Old Men and The Mist for their near complete lack of score. It was a daring move that paid off in the end by heightening the atmosphere. Now, it is not something that I would recommend for all films, or even most, but these films prove absence of score can be used to great effect. Then there are the films that made great use of their sounds, like the use of typewriter in the score for Atonement and the use of the chugging train in 3:10 to Yuma.
Grindhouse offered up a unique experience, beyond the film's content. It attempted to deliver a facsimile of the grindhouse experience that has been lost to the sands of time. A lot of effort, love, and care was put into the experience by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, from the fake trailers to the commercials and interstitials. Everything added up to the most unique experience of the year.
Well, I guess I didn't have as much as I thought. For those of you who put together these recap columns, do you ever notice how hard it is to focus your thoughts on the films you want to recognize? I always feel that I am forgetting something. Nature of the beast, I guess.
Here's to a great 2008!