Top 10 Movies Of The Year 2008

Tuesday, January 18 by Dan MacIntosh

The top 10 movies of the year 2008 pull from a number of different cinematic categories. On it, you'll find animation, comedy and drama. The most are American, but there's a bit England thrown into the mix for good measure. Each and every film is highly recommended. Therefore, party like it's 2008.

  1. "Burn After Reading" — This is a small Coen Brothers gem about a supposed CIA computer disc that falls into the wrong hands. Most everybody comes off looking dumb — even heartthrob Brad Pitt. It didn't get a lot of press, but it's nearly guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.
  2. "Horton Hears a Who!" — Not all Dr. Seuss stories work well on film; a certain cat in a certain hat comes immediately to mind. But, this one is a winner.
  3. "Gran Torino" – Clint Eastwood directs himself in this really good 2008 film about a little neighborly parenting. Don't try and steal Eastwood's 197 Gran Torino, or he might just make your day.
  4. "Happy Go Lucky" — If you haven't seen a movie by English director Mike Leigh, this is a good place to start. In this story, it actually seems as though people can be too cheery for their own good.
  5. "Shine a Light" – Director Martin Scorsese loves rock & roll almost as much as he digs gangsters. This definitive documentary on the Rolling Stones offers proof of that. This 2008 rock-doc followed the great band's "A Bigger Bang" tour.
  6. "Kung Fu Panda" Bruce Lee he ain't. Instead, Po the Panda, voiced by the appropriately rotund Jack Black, finds himself in the unusual position of Dragon Warrior, a martial arts expert, in this 2008 animated treat.
  7. "Doubt" – This 2008 drama is set in 1964. And with a cast that includes Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, it takes on questions of religion and ethics beautifully.
  8. "The Reader" — This drama grapples with a war-crime trial involving a law student and an older woman, who were once lovers. Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes shine brightly in this historic film setting.
  9. "Tropic Thunder" — This 2008 film is similar to movie "Galaxy Quest," in that it places actors into the kind or real life situations they've only pretended to understand before. The Ben Stiller-directed film asks movie soldiers to survive in a jungle battlefield.  
  10. "WALL-E" — This animated film stars a lovable robot, of all things. You'll fall in love with WALL-E, too. You won't be able to stop yourself.