TOP 10 FILMS OF 2008

For the second year in a row I have seen less than 400 films (usually it’s way over 1,000).  The films are getting worse, or else I’ve finally decided it’s better to live life than sit in a darkened room watching navel gazing films that should have had their negatives (or hard drives for you newbies) burnt before being foisted upon the masses — or better yet, had the laptops taken away from their pretentious wannabe “writers” and mini-DV cams wrenched from the hands of their “auteurs” and run over with a steamroller.

 

Top 10 Films Of 2008

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Jar City [Iceland] – alas, it’s being remade

Milk

Mongol [Kazakhstan]

The Black Balloon [Australia]

The Counterfeiters [Germany]

Caramel [Lebanon]

Frost/Nixon

Chris & Don: A Love Story [Documentary]

Waltz With Bashir [Documentary] [Animation] [Israel]

American Teen [Documentary]

 

Best Actor – Sean Penn (Milk)

Best Actress – Kristin Scott Thomas (I Loved You So Long)

Best Supporting Actor – Val Kilmer (Felon)

Best Supporting Actress – Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)

Best Director – Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino)

Best Screenplay – Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon)

Best Cinematography – Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire)