Friday, January 2, 2009

Lists that keep on giving, part 3

Posted By on 01.02.09 at 08:51 PM

click to enlarge 4243.jpg

Time to put a cap on it, my interminable leave-taking—ergo: a valedictory list of favorite films for 2008. And yes, I've reserved a place for There Will Be Blood, notwithstanding our occasionally rancorous back 'n' forth about it at this site, though my real reason/excuse for including it here (aside from not wanting to see it disappear in year-end limbo) is that it didn't get to town till early last January (ditto 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, which opened at the Music Box in February). And delight trumps niggling literalism, yes?—our definitions can always use a little strategic tweaking:

                TOP FILMS 2008

   1. STILL LIFE, Jia Zhang-ke, China
   2. OF TIME AND THE CITY, Terence Davies, UK
   3. THERE WILL BE BLOOD, Paul Thomas Anderson, USA
   4. FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON, Hou Hsiao-hsien, France
   5. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS & 2 DAYS, Cristian Mungiu, Romania
   6. THE DUCHESS OF LANGEAIS, Jacques Rivette, France
   7. HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, Guillermo del Toro, USA
   8. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, Tomas Alfredson, Sweden
   9. A CHRISTMAS TALE, Arnaud Desplechin, France
 10. HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, Mike Leigh, UK
       THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, David Fincher, USA

 12. MY WINNIPEG, Guy Maddin, Canada
 13. MILK, Gus Van Sant, USA
 14. A GIRL CUT IN TWO, Claude Chabrol, France
 15. PARADISE, Michael Almereyda, USA
 16. CHOP SHOP, Ramin Bahrani, USA
 17. TWO LOVERS, James Gray, USA
 18. NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST, Peter Sollett, USA
 19. RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, Jonathan Demme, USA
 20. CHANGELING, Clint Eastwood, USA
       TOKYO SONATA, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan

 22. ALEXANDRA, Alexander Sokurov, Russia
 23. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, Danny Boyle, UK/India
 24. PARANOID PARK, Gus Van Sant, USA
 25. MOCK UP ON MU, Craig Baldwin, USA
 26. MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS, Wong Kar-wai, HK/France
 27. IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA, Jose Luis Guerin, Spain/France
 28. THE LAST MISTRESS, Catherine Breillat, France
 29. PERSEPOLIS, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Peronnaud, France
 30. BAB’AZIZ, THE PRINCE WHO CONTEMPLATED HIS SOUL, Nacer Khemir, Iran
       FUNNY GAMES, Michael Haneke, USA

So hasta la vista, sayonara, and happy cinematic 2009 to y'all ...

Tags: , , ,

Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

More by Pat Graham

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
The Invention of Morel Studebaker Theater
February 18
Performing Arts
The Tall Girls Theater Wit
January 12

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories