Top Ten Films of 2008
Top Ten Films of 2008

It’s been one of the more disappointing years for great filmmaking – we’ve seen the likes of record-breaking blockbusters (“The Incredible Hulk” and “Iron Man”), big-budget remakes (“The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Death Race”), and large-scale epics or period pictures (“Australia,” “The Other Boleyn Girl,” and “Defiance”), but the variety from last year has vanished, along with the most inspiring and heartfelt dramas. Lead performances are just as impressive, but nothing stands out as being Best Picture Oscar-worthy, making this one of the most difficult Top Ten lists to compose. We practically ran out of films after the first five. We’ve handed out zero 10/10’s this year; and although we’re usually very tough critics, in years before, at least one film has always jumped ahead of the pack. Some of the most critically acclaimed films (like “Revolutionary Road” and “The Wrestler”) rubbed us the wrong way or didn’t transcend the genre – and we found glaring flaws in almost every pick from the critics societies that announced their awards earliest. Some of our inclusions may seem off considering our usual preferences, but it’s been a slow year for outstanding movies.


Mike Massie’s Top 10:


10. Wanted

9. Choke

8. Rambo

7. Let the Right One In

6. The Reader

5. Wall-E

4. Slumdog Millionaire

3. Frost/Nixon

2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

1. In Bruges


Joel Massie’s Top 10:


10. The Dark Knight

9. Wall-E

8. Rambo

7. Choke

6. Gran Torino

5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

4. Frost/Nixon

3. Mongol

2. RocknRolla

1. Tropic Thunder