2008 was a good year.
Best film of the year – “Goodbye Solo”.
And great films like IL Divo, Pandora’s Box, Zift, Lemon Tree, The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, Burn After Reading, The Wrestler, Revolutionary Road, Gran Torino, The Dark Knight, In Bruges, Let the Right One In.
“@ari: I couldn’t help but notice the movies that were technically 2008, but didn’t get a theatrical release the same year here in U.S. (Love Exposure was released just last year). Just a heads up. And 2001 was the best year of the aughts”
Ah, but, as you know, the US ain’t the whole world. And I don’t even live in the U.S. Standardized rankings generally make use of initial release date wherever that might be. What complicates things is that some count first public screenings…
“Pretty much, yeah. I thought John Dahl’s You Kill Me handled roughly the same thing far better.”
Huh, I thought You Kill Me opened well but was fairly dreadful (and I was rooting for John Dahl). Okay, it was of the same “existential crisis of hit man” ilk but You Kill Me was so farcically plotted/characterized and generally poorly written. Say what you will but Martin McDonagh can write.
I enjoyed the films of 2008, none more than Synecdoche New York.
Waltz with Bashir was pretty close behind though.
Yeah, I’ll just go on the record and disagree with Richard Roeper in saying In Bruges was pretty mediocre. I might be the only person on the planet that feels this way but whatever. Colin Ferrell still can’t act and he still isn’t funny.
I will take The Guard though. Gleeson never fails.
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Margot at the Wedding
The Diving Bell and Butterfly
The Brave One
Starting Out in the Evening
Kurt Cobain: About a Son
Away From Her
The Bourne Ultimatum
PS – I’m counting Paranoid Park and Shotgun Stories as 2008.
For me, what makes 2007 so strong are those first three films – No Country, Zodiac, and Michael Clayton. I love those movies so much – and equally. The only other year where I have that many films that I feel that strongly about is 2009, where there are actually five that I think are masterpieces – The White Ribbon, Antichrist, Where the Wild Things Are, Still Walking and City of Life and Death.
In terms of quality, not quantity, these two years are tops for me. This is not to speak badly on other years, as there are great movies from most years this decade. But these two stand out above the rest.
As for 2009:
Where the Wild Things Are
The White Ribbon
City of Life and Death
A Single Man
35 Shots of Rum
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Up in the Air
Bad Lieutenant, The: Port of Call New Orleans
It Might Get Loud
The House of the Devil
Ari, I didn’t know you don’t live here in America.
^He moved to Canada when Bush became president.
(shhh, don’t tell him Bush isn’t president anymore)
^ Good guess. I moved in 1999 with a few countries scattered in between.
@ari: well, it’s always good to see another Love Exposure fan.
Fuck it. 2008 is probably the weakest year of the aughts. A lot of movies were either uninteresting or crap. Now I realize why I had a hard time making a Top 10 list from this year…
Movies I enjoyed from 2008:
Our Beloved Month of August
Idiots and Angels
Me and Orson Welles
Waltz with Bashir
The Dark Knight
SANTINO se te olvido Un Prophète.
In retrospect, it doesn’t seem like an especially bad year:
Wendy and Lucy
The Hurt Locker
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Lucky Ones
Rachel Getting Married
Synecdoche, New York
I’ve Loved You So Long
Flame and Citron
There are worse years.
Waltz with Bashir
Happy Go Lucky
Let the Right One In
I Have Loved You For So Long
A Christmas Tale
The first 30 minutes of Wall-E
I’d take that over say, 1998 for example.