Favorite & Least Favorite Films Of 2008


elegy-poster-bigA little late, you say? Hogwash! I usually wait till long after Awards Season to make my picks as it usually takes me that long to catch up with most (though sadly not all) of the films released in any given year that I really want to see. As such, I reserve the right to add films to this list as I view them. I’m sure there are a few that I missed and will discover as the year progresses.

I don’t do “Best” and “Worst” as I don’t think I’m qualified to make such statements, but instead I prefer “Favorites” and “Least Favorites”. I also don’t limit myself to 10 films in each category. There are as many or as few as feel appropriate. There are some other categories as well and they are, I believe, self-explanatory.

As always, there will be those who will vehemently disagree with my choices, but that is one of the reasons I have made the categories “personal” and not “absolute.” It is not unusual for me to find disappointment in films that many others rave about or award statues to. By the same token, it is not uncommon for me to cherish films that either slipped under the radar or were considered “too slow” by many. I am therefore thankful that filmmakers of different visions get to express themselves in today’s world. Granted, this happens far more outside the industrial machine that is Hollywood (with so many cookie-cutter formulas and all-powerful CEO’s), but I am simply thrilled it happens at all. Here’s to different styles, visions and tastes!

Favorites:

ELEGY

HAPPY GO LUCKY

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

I‘VE LOVED YOU SO LONG

MILK

THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX

THE VISITOR

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA

THE READER

PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND

Also Recommended:

CHE (Parts 1 & 2)

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

THE WRESTLER

TRANSSIBERIAN

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

PARANOID PARK

DOUBT

THE DARK KNIGHT

THE WACKNESS

WALL-E

Least Favorites

10,000 BC

HANCOCK

THE RUINS

SPEED RACER

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

Disappointments:

THE HAPPENING

HELLBOY II

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

IRON MAN

QUANTUM OF SOLACE

W.

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

DEFIANCE

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Favorite & Least Favorite Films Of 2008

One thought on “Favorite & Least Favorite Films Of 2008

  1. Karl Holzheimer says:

    Although we don’t agree on every film, as you know, it was nice to see that I’ve seen so many of your favorites this year. And a few of your not so favorites. And most of your disappointments. And some of your favorites are even my favorites. And some, not so much.

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