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2008年十部最佳电影

2009-01-24 11:11

The Best Movies of 2008

  It's that time of year when critics make the often futile attempt to sum up hundreds of movies and twelve months of viewing into a nice, neat package. How do you define 2008 in movies? Personally, I found myself turning away from films that were too focused on the depressing. The movies that I loved not only transcended criticism but also were more often than not "positive." Maybe Poppy in Happy-Go-Lucky wore off on me but bleak films like Revolutionary Road, Changeling, Ballast, Wendy and Lucy, and I've Loved You So Long didn't make my top twenty and I'm completely burned out on everything Nazi (The Reader, Valkyrie, The Boy with the Striped Pajamas). Not that they're all bad, I just found myself looking for those moments of emotional transcendence instead of reminders about the bleakness of humanity. Walter's drum-playing in The Visitor, the beautiful wedding at the center of Rachel Getting Married, the Dickensian triumph that has made Slumdog Millionaire a phenomenon, the movement of Milk, even The Ram's final moment of twisted glory in The Wrestler, and, of course, the little robot who saved planet Earth. Blame the economy, the war, the bitter campaigns, or just the general state of the world, but the movies that really spoke to me in 2008 gave me hope, not just for filmmaking, but for life.

 

  Before we get to the list, I feel I should address the question I've been asked the most this season - was 2008 a good year for movies? Let's break it down statistically. I gave my highest rating (four stars or "bones") less times this year - 11 out of over 200 seen - than I have since 2002 - and, to be fair, I saw half as many movies that year than I did in this one, so the percentage of quality at the top was disturbingly low. But I also gave three stars more than any other rating in 2008. So, there weren't a lot of great movies, but there were a lot of good ones. At the same time, and I'll get into this more in next week's "Worst Films of 2008" article, there was an unacceptable amount of total junk - one star or less films. (I shattered my record for that rating.) More three-star films than four-star ones and more one-star films than two-stars - it seems pretty clear that everything slid down a notch, making 2008 not a very good year. But we're here to stay positive. These were the best……

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