top 10 films of 2008

December 14, 2008

cinema

It’s that time of year again, when everyone gets to make their lists of favourites for the year, and one of the ones I watch out for most is the film list. The Guardian’s film critics have put together theirs, below.

It seems like I got to go to the cinema lots this year, having seen 5 out of the 10 (1, 2, 3, 7 and 10), one more is waiting on DVD (8), and meant to see but missed 2 more at the Oslo Film Festival (5 and 9). That leaves two that didn’t really make it onto my radar (4 and 6), but now they are in the cross-hairs.

I’m not really sure I agree with their No.1 choice, if only because the book was not only better, but importantly had a very different ending and message. And of course, I saw many films which were older than from 2008. If I had to choose from their list, I think the Myyear list would look like this:

1. The first half hour of Wall-E.

2. Man On Wire

3. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

4. There Will Be Blood.

5. No Country for Old Men.

See below for the Guardian’s list!

Number 1: No Country for Old Men

With scarcely an ounce of fat on its bones and an unrelenting momentum, this is the Coen brothers at their finest and a thoroughly deserving winner of our poll.

Number 2: Man On Wire

A documentary with the feel of a heist movie, the tale of Phillipe Petit’s astounding stunt has a magical quality.

Number 3: There Will Be Blood

This fabulously cracked, bristlingly ambitious movie, was the triumphant sum of many exceptional parts.

Number 4: Gomorrah

Unflinching and naturalistic, this was not your standard issue mafia movie and was all the better for it.

Number 5: Waltz With Bashir

By turns playful and deadly serious; humane and harrowing, animator Ari Folman attempts to piece together his memories of combat in the Lebanon.

Number 6: In Bruges

It may not be entirely original, but a sharp script packed with wit raises it above its peers.

Number 7: 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days

Speaking volumes and containing multitudes this low-budget Romanian movie was a deserved winner of the Palme d’Or.

Number 8: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

An astonishing story delivered with élan by director and screenwriter – it’s a bonafide piece of art.

Number 9: Hunger

Steve McQueen took a big risk in his directorial debut, a risk that paid off in a bold, accomplished treatment of deeply divisive subject matter.

Number 10: WALL-E

Let no one accuse the Pixar animators of resting on their laurels. WALL-E was their boldest, most formally inventive picture to date.

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