The Films of 2008

The is part of my continuing project to collect and publish all of my older film lists in one place. Check out the End-of-Year Lists menu at the top of the screen. There you can find links to all the lists I have published so far. I’ll continue adding more as I find them. Stay tuned!

Side note: I can’t believe how many movies I was able to catch in 2008. 80 films, and that’s not even counting the shorts! Compare that to 2015’s mere 32.
Glory days, I tell ya…

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After the Top 20, films are listed alphabetically using a 5-Star rating scale:
1 Star = Bad; 2 Stars = Fair; 3 Stars = Good; 4 Stars = Excellent; 5 Stars = Outstanding.
* Oscar Nominee; + Best Picture Nominee

Top 5 *****
1. WALL-E *
2. The Visitor *
-tie- The Dark Knight *
-tie- Frost/Nixon *+
-tie- Slumdog Millionaire *+

Top 20 ****1/2
6. The Wrestler *
7. I’ve Loved You So Long
8. Synecdoche, NY
9. Happy-Go-Lucky *
10. Let the Right One In
11. Encounters at the End of the World *
12. Revolutionary Road *
13. Milk *+
14. In Bruges *
15. Rachel Getting Married *
16. Hellboy II: The Golden Army *
17. Che
18. Charlie Bartlett
19. Cassandra’s Dream
20. Vicky Cristina Barcelona *

****
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Appaloosa
Burn After Reading
Doubt *
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Frozen River *
Gran Torino
Iron Man *
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Mongol
Religulous
Son of Rambow
Stop-Loss
Valkyrie
Wendy and Lucy

***1/2
Changeling *
Cloverfield
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button *+
The Duchess *
The Fall
Fear(s) of the Dark
Hamlet 2
Hancock
Man On Wire *
Pineapple Express
Towelhead

***
Australia *
Be Kind Rewind
Defiance *
The Foot Fist Way
Funny Games
The Reader *+
Tropic Thunder *
The Wackness

**1/2
The Bank Job
Ghost Town
Horton Hears a Who
The Incredible Hulk (’08)
Kung Fu Panda *
Pride & Glory
Smart People
Then She Found Me
W.
Zach & Miri Make a Porno

**
The Forbidden Kingdom
Get Smart
Quantum of Solace
Young @ Heart

*1/2
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Leatherheads

*
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Chapter 27
The Onion Movie
Wanted *

1/2 Star
Speed Racer
The Spirit

Zero Stars
The Day the Earth Stood Still

SHORT FILMS
(Listed in order of quality; recommended films in italics)

Animated:
La Maison en Petits Cubes *
Skhizein
Presto *
John and Karen
Oktapodi *
Lavatory-Lovestory *

Varmints
Hot Dog
This Way Up *

Live-Action:
The Pig *
On the Line *
The Real Son
Memphis Calling
Just One of the Gynos
I Kicked Luis Guzman in the Face

Manon On the Asphalt *
New Boy *
Second Guessing Grandma
Toyland *
Irish Twins
Al’s Beef
Arafat & I
Outcasts
Nosebleed
MAN

(I honestly don’t remember anything about these other Live-Action shorts…)
3 Stories About Evil
Anatomy of Numbers
The Consequences of Absolute Freedom
Kaveria
Horsefingers 3: Starfucker
Patiences
The Perfect Match
Side Effects
Wunderkammer

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