Films of the year 2008

Films released this year

1. Waltz with Bashir
2. In the Valley of Elah
3. The Dark Knight
4. Man on Wire
5. Couscous
6. The Orphanage
7. Hunger
8. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
9. The Silence of Lorna
10. Be Kind Rewind

Films new to me this year

1. The Butterfly’s Tongue
2. Into the Wild
3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
4. I’m Not There
5. Blade Runner – The Final Cut
6. Letters from Iwo Jima
7. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
8. The Counterfeiters
9. Control
10. Tell No One

Best films seen this year

1. Partie de campagne
2. Snow Falling on Cedars
3. 21 Grams
4. West Side Story
5. Into the Wild
6. The Butterfly’s Tongue
7. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
8. Blade Runner – The Final Cut
9. Waltz with Bashir
10. I’m Not There

Books of the Year

1 The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein
2 Live Working or Die Fighting, Paul Mason
3 My Revolutions, Hari Kunzru
4 The Shadow of the Sun, Ryszard Kapuscinki
5 Wall and Piece, Banksy
6 I Had a Black Dog, Michael Johnstone
7 Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, Scott McCloud
8 Small Island, Andrea Levy
9 Television Drama, Sue Thornham and Tony Purvis
10 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Simon Armitage

Music of the Year

Beethoven Symphonies, BPO – Abbado
Beethoven Piano sonatas 30 & 31, Paul Lewis
Toumani Diabate, Mande Variations
Bob Dylan, Bootleg series volume 8
The Garifuna Women’s Project, Umalali
Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
Portishead, Third
The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely
Rokia Traore, Tchmantche
Tricky, Knowle Boy West


2 Responses

  1. thanks for naming my book in your top ten list. happy new year

  2. Unfortunatly i haven’t been able to see a wider variety of films at the cinema this year as i’d have planned so my list is much more commerical but here’s my top 10 of films from 2008 (based on the UK release date and not production year)

    10] MAMMA MIA ****
    The surprisingly hit of the year that defies logic and manages to turn the extremely bad into a surprisingly good film. Just watch out for Mr Brosnans singing!

    09] SON OF RAMBOW ****
    A Great British film
    with great story and characters. Also reminded me a lot of when i was that age and thinking that the crappy little creations i made was going to be the next Hollywood blockbuster, god we were all wrong!

    08] THE DARK KNIGHT *****
    One of the best comic book films ever made and a great addition to the batman series. I felt that Mr Ledger, even though his preformance was great, was hyped up a little to much along with the rest of the film which was good, just not as good as the hype that the film got.

    The Best Coen Brothers film EVER MADE! With stunning visuals and superb adaptation from the original book this film manages to make even Coen Haters like Mr Lacey enjoy it.

    06] THERE WILL BE BLOOD ****
    The war on the forum between which is better, No Country for old Men or There will be blood (which has lasted since the start of 2008) is finally brought to a close by me finally saying my opinion. This is because i find the story much more intresting to watch. The rise and fall of Daniel Plainview in the film works extremly well with the many elements of the character played so well that Daniel Day-Lewis deserved the oscar which he was given. After ages of Will ranting on about how good the director is i finally went to see one of his films (this) and i think will is right. Paul Thomas Anderson’s visuals are stunning on the cinema screen, worth buying blu-ray alone just for this film.

    05] HELL BOY II ****
    Although in terms of production the Dark Knight is a much better film i enjoyed Hellboy II well. It has a great mixture between the fast pased action that we’ve come to expect from Comic book movies, Mike Mignolas style of comedy and Del Toros amazing design style. Cannot wait for the Hobbit!

    04] PERSEPOLIS *****
    A perfect example of how 2D-animation isn’t dead, how its not only an artform for children and that a film can be in black and white and still look stunning. The mixture between drama and comedy is works out really well and much like real life the film does have its high and low moments, all which work to its advantage. I sence that this is a real personal project for Marjane Satrapi and this is true as it is her life story but instead of been all Pretentious and up itself the film actually works extremly well because of it. The original style from the comic books has been transformed from cruder rough images done by the director into real stunning 2d animation.

    03] SWEENEY TODD *****
    One of the best film musicals i have seen in a long time. There was a lot of commotion about the Singers and the way the songs had been cut for this theatrical release but this has all worked to its advantage. With some very clever lyrics (Little Preist), catchy tunes (all of them) and the gothicness that we’ve come to love and expect from director Tim Burton. Yes it has Jonny Depp and Helen Bohem Carter but so what! We’ve come to expect them from a Tim Burton film and they give some really good preformances in here. A Five star Musical! Anybody want a Pie?

    02] CHANGELING *****
    The awards season really starts of with this great re-telling of the real events around the Wineville Chicken Coop murders. Clint Eastwood (known for his portrayal Blondie in the Good, the bad and the ugly) and first time film writer J. Michael Straczynski really gives the story the movie treatment it deserves. When the film needs to be happy (at the beginning) it is, when the violence is needed it is done so shockingly realisic that you turn your head away (what all violence in a film should be like) and the best of all provides us with another modern classic. Angelina Jolie, known more for her popcorn movies, shows the world that she can do a (hopefully) oscar winning preformance if she wants. A definate must see!

    and the Best film (in my opinion) of 2008 is WALL-E *****
    Pixar animation studios are the leading comany (very much like disney was in the 90s) of animation and when we thought they couldn’t do much better they go and prove us all wrong. We all thought it would be another generic kids films (:cough: kung fu panda :cough:) expecially when looking at the adverts but from frame one of the film i was just blown away. The visuals are stunning, expecially on digital + blu-ray, so much that it really draws you into the film. Andrew Stanton (director and writer) is definatly getting all the recognition he deserves with this film. The film has already (even though the award seasons just really begun) loads of awards, even some Best Picture awards and will definatly beat the living daylights out of all the other animated films at the oscars.

    1) Che: Part II
    2) The Curious Case of Benjamen Button
    3) Waltz with Bashir (dvd)
    just to name but a thousand….

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