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The Best Of 2008, Part Three

(Please note: This post is part three of three of my list of the top 10 best of 2008. See part one here, and part two here.)

Honorable Mentions

In an effort to preserve my sanity, to avoid having to wrack my brain to quantify minute differences in quality, and to stay away from classifying the unclassifiable, I present these in no particular order.

Man On Wire – This is a very interesting documentary about a French acrobat who walked a tightrope stretched between the tops of the two World Trade Center towers. As Forrest Gump once said, that’s all I have to say about that.

Paranoid Park – A Gus Van Sant film, somewhat similar to Elephant. It’s pretentious as all hell and rather predictable, but its naturalistic performances make it strangely enjoyable as well. I’m a sucker for Van Sant though, so take this recommendation with a huge grain of salt, especially if you’ve seen some of his other indie type movies and been unimpressed.

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The Best Of 2008, Part Two

(Please note: This post is part two of three of my list of the top 10 best of 2008. See part one here.)

5. Bolt “What the hell is this movie doing on here? You had the gall to criticize WALL-E for daring to be different and not being immediately accessible, and now you’re pandering to the lowest common denominator and singing the praises of another Toy Story clone? This list is bull!”

Yep, you got me. Guilty as charged. I confess it, I’m a terrible person. Whatever shred of credibility I might have once had as a legitimate film critic just sailed out the window. And I make no apologies for that.

I guess I’m just not deep like everyone else, but sometimes I just like to be entertained. I didn’t go into Bolt expecting any profound meditations on the human condition, and thankfully there were none to be found. I got exactly what I was expecting – a popcorn movie with humour and action, wrapped around a core of heartwarming sentimentalism. This isn’t a Pixar movie, but it employs the classic Pixar formula. I totally fell for this movie and its characters, and I couldn’t be happier about it, thank you very much.

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The Best Of 2008, Part One

Hello once again, movie lovers! Long time no see.

As you know, my past blogs have focused on one specific movie, but I felt like changing things up this time around. What with Oscars being just around the corner (as in, tonight), and 2008 quickly fading from memory, I figured I’d do a look back on the year that was. To do that, I’ll be presenting my list of the 10 best films of the year, plus listing some honorable mentions, interspersed with some commentary about the Oscars.

Also I guess this is as good a time as any to note that this entry will only cover #10 to #6. I have typed up my entire list, but including honorable mentions (and my all-too-frequent digressions), it got to be a tad (by which I mean “a ton”) on the lengthy side. It seemed more than a little cruel to inflict the entire thing on you all at once. So, in the interest of not burying you all under an avalanche of text, I’ve elected to break my list up into multiple entries. Originally I planned to space the entries out over a few days, but the Oscars really are looming large, and since I’m offering some predictions about the proceedings, waiting seems foolish. Therefore, all three entries will be up today.

I’ve tried to go in ascending order (as in, the closer I get to #1, the better the movie). In practice, this proved to be very difficult. There’s not much separating a lot of these movies. Nevertheless, without further ado, the 10 best movies of 2008 are:

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