2008 has to be one of the best years in movie history. Some years, there is hardly a movie worth the Oscar. This year, there were more than a handful. After watching The Dark Knight, I was sure it would win a Best Director for Chris Nolan. But along came Danny Boyle with Slumdog Millionaire and wiped Dark Knight off the nominations. In fact, there were so many good directorial efforts, Chris Nolan didn’t even get a nomination!
The 2 animations I have been moved by in the past have been (chronologically) The Lion King and Toy Story. After coming out of the movie theater having seen WALL-E, I felt a similar vibe. Inspite of being an animation, Kung-Fu Panda definitely ranks up there in the KungFu movie genre. Tropic Thunder has already become a cult movie and can only possibly grow in its cult status. Clint Eastwood did a surprisingly good job with Gran Torino. Ed Norton shines as Ray Tierney in Pride and Glory. I have to add that Ed Norton is one of the most undervalued actors in the current crop. An Ed Norton-Robert Downey Jr co-starred movie is heavily due. And of course, Robert Downey Jr rebounded from a series of under-achievements with 2 great performances – Iron Man and Tropic Thunder.
Many of the Oscar nominated movies have come out recently, so I haven’t had a chance to watch them yet. As soon as I get around to it, I want to see Milk, The Visitor, The Wrestler, Doubt, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
I have been enchanted and enthralled by many movies this year, so I’m taking the time to list the ones I admired, in no particular order.
- The Dark Knight
- Slumdog Millionaire
- Kung-fu Panda
- Iron Man
- Tropic Thunder
- Pride and Glory