Here’s my obligatory top ten films list for 2008…
1. The Dark Knight
The greatest superhero movie of all time hands down. Heath Ledger will never ever be forgotten thanks to his unforgettable turn as the Crown Prince of Crime. I watched this after doing The Godfather and The Godfather II back to back a few days ago, and it didn’t get blown off the screen. Not at all, actually. It’s a better crime sage than Heat and a better comic book flick than either Spider-Man or Superman all in one film, with some of the greatest action sequences ever to grace the silver screen. It’s already one of my all-time favorite films and it only keeps on getting better.
2. The Wrestler
More Hoop Dreams than Rocky if you ask me — this baby felt real. The only performance that might be better than Ledger’s TDK one is Mickey Rourke’s portrayal of Randy “The Ram” Robinson. Un-fucking-believable. I’ll have a full review out on this one soon.
One of my favorite animated and sci-film films…ever. For more from me on Wall-E go here.
4. Slumdog Millionaire
When Danny Boyle can make films like Trainspotting and this and everything else in between…wow, that’s Scottie Pippen versatility. If you don’t like this film, you have issues. It was like I was watching an even better version of City of God.
I love, love, love this flick. Watch this shit all the time. Other than The Dark Knight, this was easily the most rewatchable blockbuster of the year.
6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
This decade’s Forrest Gump, which makes sense since it was written by the same scribe.
7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall/Role Models (tie)
Two ultra-original comedies that pulled off “feel good” as well as they did raunchy. Hopefully, this is a trend. I liked both of these better than Tropic Thunder, but that’s just me.
The only way this could have been better is if John Patrick Shanley had of directed the same cast onstage.
9. Iron Man
If not for The Dark Knight, this would have been the summer’s best comic book flick. A lot of fun, and I think that Downey and the rest of the franchise have brighter days ahead of them.
10. Tropic Thunder
On the rewatchability scale, it would rank even higher. Again, not quite as funny as the other two comedies on this list, but pretty damn close. Robert Downey Jr. carries what would otherwise be a pretty average film. Supporting turns from the Crusiter, Danny McBride and Nick Nolte don’t hurt either.
Now, I still haven’t seen a lot of films. Religulous will definitely be among my faves when I see it. I think Frost/Nixon, Gran Torino, Let the Right One In, Milk, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Visitor have a chance as well. Definitely check all these films out, especially if you’re a film buff like me!