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Top 15 Films of 2008 (that I’ve seen, thus far)

December 26, 2008

Mind you, I’ve yet to see “Doubt”, “Frost/Nixon”, “The Reader”, “The Class”, “Elegy”, “Waltz with Bashir”, “Ballast”, “Man on Wire”, “The Visitor”, “Frozen River”, “Che”, or any other highly anticipated festival winners. BUT, I’ll get to them soon enough, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this list changes a little…

THIS IS IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER

(they’re all winners)

Also: if you click on the posters, you’ll be linked to the film’s imdb page so you can read up if you don’t know about it.

Milk

The Wrestler


Rachel Getting Married


Synecdoche New York


Seven Pounds


Vicky Cristina Barcelona


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Slum Dog Millionaire


The Dark Knight


8 Miles High (Germany, 2007; USA, 2008)


In Bruges


Revolutionary Road

Wall-E


Funny Games


Defiance



I suggest these films as good examples of what sums up 2008’s top efforts in performance, direction, writing, cinematography, music, editing, effects, originality, and overall fit for critical cinema. This doesn’t mean that each of these films contain high marks for  all of these categories, but each film has enough of at least a few for me to give proper kudos.

Let’s not read into it too much…I’m happy with it.


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