Monday 9 March 2009

The top ten films of 2008

Following on the heels of last week’s Oscars, let me offer my own top ten films of 2008:

1. The Visitor
2. Let the Right One In
4. Tell No One
5. Man on Wire
6. Slumdog Millionaire
7. Gran Torino
8. The Dark Knight
9. The Band’s Visit
10. In Bruges

And the award for the year’s most overrated film goes to the unbearably pretentious Benjamin Button.


Anonymous said...

I think I'd switch #1 and #10. In Bruges surpassed expectations and was a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute your laughing hilariously, next your feeling the lead actor's tremendous guilt with no relief except the next laugh(quickly please!), and then fun action-suspense stuff thrown in as well.

The Visitor didn't live up to the hype I'd heard about from the critics. I think some PC elements creeped into the glowing reviews. The professor learning the drums was a bit much(sort of Hollywoodish, the Other is so "vibrant"). To be fair the midget in In Bruges was not subtle either.

Anonymous said...

"I've Loved You So Long" is my number 1...

Adam said...

Gran Torino?
Doubt didn't even get in and Clint Eastwood did?

The Examined Life
Rachel Getting Married
Revolutionary Road

Anonymous said...

My number 1 is Synecdoche, New York. It's Charlie Kaufman's first directorial shot (he wrote it too). I don't think it had a very wide release, though.

Anonymous said...

What does it say about me that I've not seen one of these.

Adam Kotsko said...

Always good to see another Synecdoche fan!

I'm not sure Benjamin Button is actually overrated, except in Oscar nominations -- I mean, I agree it sucks, but I don't think it actually has many advocates. Often when films are overrated, there's at least a backlash against them later (like with American Beauty), but Benjamin Button largely seems to have inspired indifference.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Gran Torino, it was a shame it was snubbed by the Academy.

Anonymous said...

Walle! That movie is proof that animation should be taken more seriously. And that it is rife with theological import (or the other way around I suppose) makes it even better.

byron smith said...

I just saw Gran Torrino a few days ago. Surely it should be higher than Slumdog, which was good, but hardly worth the hype it received.

Wall-E was quality, though it peaked too early. The first 15 minutes were the best.

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