Thursday, January 1, 2009

Top Ten of 2008

This list was made in early 2009, but posted on 17 April 2014 and backdated to 1 January 2009.

1. WALL-E dir. Andrew Stanton
2. Doubt dir. John Patrick Shanley
3. Milk dir. Gus Van Sant
4. Man on Wire dir. James Marsh
5. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days dir. Christian Mungiu
6. Happy-Go-Lucky dir. Mike Leigh
7. Entre les murs (The Class) dir. Laurent Cantet
8. Revolutionary Road dir. Sam Mendes
9. The Dark Knight dir. Christopher Nolan
10. Slumdog Millionaire dir. Danny Boyle

All feature films seen from 2008 (based on US commercial release dates)
* review available on this site
+ from my collection
^ no United States theatrical release
titles in bold received at least one Oscar nomination

21 dir. Robert Luketic [USA]
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile) dir. Christian Mungiu [Romania]
Appaloosa dir. Ed Harris [USA]
Australia dir. Baz Luhrmann [Australia, USA]
Be Kind Rewind dir. Michel Gondry [USA]
Body of Lies dir. Ridley Scott [USA]
Bolt dir. Chris Williams and Byron Howard  [USA]
+Burn After Reading dir. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen  [USA]
Cadillac Records dir. Darnell Martin [USA]
+Cassandra's Dream dir. Woody Allen [USA, UK]
Changeling dir. Clint Eastwood [USA]
Che: Part One dir. Steven Soderbergh [USA]
Che: Part Two dir. Steven Soderbergh [USA]
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian dir. Andrew Adamson [USA]
The Class (Entre les murs) dir. Laurent Cantet [France]
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button dir. David Fincher [USA]
The Dark Knight dir. Christopher Nolan [USA]
*Defiance dir. Edward Zwick [USA]
Doubt dir. John Patrick Shanley [USA]
The Duchess dir. Saul Dibb [USA, UK]
Elegy dir. Isabel Coixet [USA]
^Empties (Vratne lahve) dir. Jan Sverak [Czech Republic]
Encounters at the End of the World dir. Werner Herzog [USA]
The Fall dir. Tarsem Singh [USA]
Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters) dir. Stefan Ruzowitzky [Austria]
Frost/Nixon dir. Ron Howard [USA]
Frozen River dir. Courtney Hunt [USA]
Gomorra dir. Matteo Garrone [Italy]
*Gran Torino dir. Clint Eastwood [USA]
*Hancock dir. Peter Berg [USA]
The Happening dir. M. Night Shyamalan [USA]
Happy-Go-Lucky dir. Mike Leigh [UK]
Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay dir. Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg [USA]
Hellboy II: The Golden Army dir. Guillermo del Toro [USA]
In Bruges dir. Martin McDonagh [UK, USA]
*The Incredible Hulk dir. Louis Leterrier [USA]
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull dir. Steven Spielberg [USA]
Iron Man dir. Jon Favreau [USA]
I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t'aime) dir. Philippe Claudel [France]
Kung Fu Panda dir. Mark Osborne and John Stevenson [USA]
Let the Right One In (Lat den rätte komma in) dir. Tomas Alfredson [Sweden]
Man on Wire dir. James Marsh [USA]
*Milk dir. Gus Van Sant [USA]
Miracle at St. Anna dir. Spike Lee [USA]
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day dir. Bharat Nalluri [UK]
Pineapple Express dir. David Gordon Green [USA]
Quantum of Solace dir. Marc Forster [USA]
Rachel Getting Married dir. Jonathan Demme [USA]
The Reader dir. Stephen Daldry [USA]
Recount dir. Jay Roach [USA]
*Revolutionary Road dir. Sam Mendes [USA]
Righteous Kill dir. Jon Avnet [USA]
Role Models dir. David Wain [USA]
Saw V dir. David Hackl [USA]
*Seven Pounds dir. Gabriele Muccino [USA]
*Shine a Light dir. Martin Scorsese [USA]
Slumdog Millionaire dir. Danny Boyle, Danny
Smart People dir. Noam Murro [USA]
Standard Operating Procedure dir. Errol Morris [USA]
Step Brothers dir. Adam McKay [USA]
Synecdoche, New York dir. Charlie Kaufmann [USA]
Tropic Thunder dir. Ben Stiller [USA]
Valkyrie dir. Bryan Singer [USA]
*Vicky Cristina Barcelona dir. Woody Allen [UK]
The Visitor dir. Thomas McCarthy [USA]
+Wall-E dir. Andrew Stanton [USA]
Waltz with Bashir (Vals im Bashir) dir. Ari Folman [Israel]
*Wanted dir. Timur Bekmambetov [USA]
^Die Welle (The Wave) dir. Dennis Gansel [Germany]
Wendy and Lucy dir. Kelly Reichardt [USA]
The Wrestler dir. Darren Aronofsky [USA]
Zack and Miri Make a Porno dir. Kevin Smith [USA]