Favorite flicks of ’08

A friend was asking me my top movies of the year — I think his favorite was “Batman: The Dark Knight” — and that prompted me to go back to my records to remember what all I’d seen and liked. Then I remembered I presented a similar list here a year ago.

So, I’ll share this year’s list with you.

These are movies I saw in a theater in 2008. A couple were released at the very end of 2007, but I’m just going with what I saw in the calendar year. I watched 26 movies, way down from 41 in ’07, and certainly missed some good ones.

In roughly descending order, here’s my Top 10:

Wall-E, Frost/Nixon, The Visitor, Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, Trouble the Water, Persepolis, The Band’s Visit, Slumdog Millionaire, Batman: The Dark Knight, The Counterfeiters.

The next 10:

Taxi to the Dark Side, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Iron Man, There Will Be Blood, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Smart People, 4 Years 3 Months and 2 Days, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Changeling, A Girl Cut in Two.

So far in 2009, I’ve seen and really liked “Milk” and “Gran Torino,” both of which are likely to make my Top 10 list.

Have opinions on any of these, or want to come up with your own Top 10 list for 2008?

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  • John Clifford

    While my theater movie viewing has been lacking in recent years, I did get out to see a few this year. Most of the films were action/adventure escapist fare, so I saw and enjoyed Dark Knight, Iron Man, Wanted, Hancock, and an actual good independent film, Bottleshock.

    Reviewing this list I can see that I’ve GOT to get to some better films.

    [I reviewed my list and decided I’VE got to get to some better films. No one’s ever satisfied. — DA]

  • Jerry Title

    Also saw Milk this past week and thought it was marvelous. The acting was outstanding.

    As I understand it, Milk is a 2008 release. So why not even a wink at it in the Golden Globe Awards? Am I missing something?

    [I think the Globe cutoff is November-something, which is how they’re able to mount an awards show in early January. — DA]

  • Dee

    I wanted to see Frost/Nixon, but I figured my kids would hate it. Then, a neighbor took my youngest son, he’s 13, to see it. He LOVED it. You know it’s gotta be good.

  • Bob House

    I go to fewer than 10 films a decade in a theater, but the one I saw this year I enjoyed — Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. I took my 20-year-old son and he actually enjoyed it too. Like Dee’s son, he made me proud.

  • http://www.myspace.com/the_ron Ronald Scott

    Hey Dave, being a fellow comic book geek, isn’t it great to finally see good comic book-based movies? The last few years we have seen The X-Men movies, 300, Iron Man, Batman and the new Hulk all make us forget about some of the more forgettable comic book movies…Supergirl? Superman 4:The Quest for Peace? Batman and Robin?

    [Don’t forget Spider-Man! And yes, it is. — DA]

  • http://www.4colorfantasies.com Chris

    Just to let you and your readers know… Batman: The Dark Knight is being re-released in IMAX on Jan. 23 at Edwards Ontario. We are going to be set up out there and hope to see some of the regulars again!!!