Best Of 2008
To kick off the voyage, my favourite films from the few I got to see last year –
1 There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson
‘I Drink Your Milkshake!’ With its scathing attacks on capitalism, religion and the American Dream, and its brave and remarkable cinematic techniques, this film has all the makings of a Citizen Kane for the 21st century, although like Kane it probably won’t be recognised as such for another 20 years!
2 No Country For Old Men Joel & Ethan Coen
Gripping thriller from the Coen’s, possibly their best film ever, depending on one’s mood. It’s certainly their bleakest and least humourous.
3 Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street Tim Burton
The score is fantastic, the gore is revolting, and Johnny Depp sings like Anthony Newley. Bliss.
4 The Orphanage Juan Antonio Bayona
Creepy and atmospheric Spanish horror, along similar lines to The Innocents and The Others, but much scarier.
5 Wall-E Andrew Stanton
Dystopian sci-fi romance from the good people at Pixar, who increasingly seem to make kids films just for adults (or grown-up kids, as we all are.) And I have to agree that if Hello Dolly were the only film left in existence, things really wouldn’t seem quite so bad.
Honourable mention: The Diving Bell And The Butterfly Julian Schnabel