February 10, 2009

Best Films of 2008

Just when I thought 2008 was a write-off on the film front, December came along and slapped me in the face with unforgettable performances and some downright disturbing tales. After viewing fifty-seven films in the theater, including all of the Oscar selections, my favorites include the following (winners in bold):

     Best Picture:

In Bruges
Revolutionary Road
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

     Best Actress (lead/support):

Meryl Street - Doubt
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Christina Barcelona
Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road/The Reader
Frances McDormand - Burn After Reading
Cate Blanchett - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

     Best Actor (lead/support):

Sean Penn - Milk
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Colin Farrell - In Bruges
Richard Jenkins - The Visitor
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight

     Best Director:

Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
Sam Mendez - Revolutionary Road
David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Martin McDonagh - In Bruges
Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon

     Best Writing (original/adapted):

In Bruges
Revolutionary Road

     Funniest Movie:

Burn After Reading
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The Hammer
Pineapple Express

     Best Action Flick:

Tell No One
Iron Man
Tropic Thunder

     Worst Picture:

27 Dresses
The Incredible Hulk
Quantum of Solace
The Bucket List


Anonymous said...

I love this post, I'm going to subsribe to ur blog :) My favorite actor is Fran Kranz, he has a FOX show coming out and does an awesome blog on showbizzle.com

Hunter's Blog

Just thought you'd like this, as a fellow actor!!

pk said...

I love these posts!

Would Dark Knight count as an action movie? If so I'd say that beats Wanted in my book...although Wanted was fun.

Josh said...

Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge Dark Knight fan. Though Nolan's vision was fresh and innovative. Either way, I probably should have thrown it into the mix. :)

Sarah H. said...

Josh, I like that you add your own categories. :)

Good list, it will be interesting to see who wins.

I disagree on a couple things: I kinda hated the movie Wanted, so I would give best action flick to Iron Man, and I think Rev. Road will get it for adapted screenplay. Other than that, I could definitely agree. It's nice to have another list to look at!

Josh said...

Sarah --

I changed my mind at the last minute and chose Wanted over Iron Man. It was that close. :)

I would be thrilled if Rev Road won for screenplay. I can't believe how shafted it got by the Academy!

Sarah H. said...

RR really did get shafted, which is unfortunate. Good movies like that don't come around too often.

By the way, I was going to tell you, you should check out the trailer for "Must Read After My Death." It looks like a real-life version of Revolutionary Road, and it seems intriguing.

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