i kind of feel bad for 2008. i mean, having to follow 2007 is like being an amateur comic at a comedy club and having chris rock pop in to do a set just before you go on - no matter how good your material is, it just isn't going to be as good...
2007 was one of the best years for movies in a long long time. not only did you have two films, No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood, that i would not hesitate to call masterpieces, but then there was Juno, Eastern Promises, The Diving Bell And The Butterfly and Once which were all excellent films that all could have easily been 'best films of the year' almost any other year (check out the best and worst of 2007 lists)...
2008 however, turned out to be a good year all around, although up until the last couple months of the year, except for a few standouts, it wasn't looking like that was the case. but, these last couple months have brought with them some quality films, and in the end i actually had a little bit of a hard time narrowing down my list.
and finally, i will mention, as i always do, the films that i haven't seen, as i put my lists together, that seem to be making other top lists: Seven Pounds, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Australia, Ballast, The Class, Rachel Getting Married, Happy Go Lucky, Waltz With Bashir, W., The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Doubt, Paranoid Park, Baghead and My Winnipeg.
click the links for the written discussions and listen to the podcast to hear discussions about all the films on the lists, the ones that just missed, and more - with all that being said, let the listing begin...
DON'T FORGET (BEST)
1. Slumdog Millionaire
2. The Fall & The Class (Entre Les Murs)
3. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
4. The Dark Knight
5. The Wrestler
7. Young People Fucking
8. Man On Wire
9. Tropic Thunder
10. Tell No One & Wendy And Lucy
if you want to read some short discussions on these crappy films, you can see a write-up on most of them at www.notgoodmovies.com
1. Righteous Kill
2. Quantum Of Solace
4. Vantage Point
7. The Day The Earth Stood Still
8. The Incredible Hulk
10. Burn After Reading