Best of 2008

My favorite movies from the year 2008. With comments.
***A somewhat incomplete list because there's still a significant amount of films I'd like to see from this year.***
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1.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ So much more than a Superhero Movie, Christopher Nolan's epic gothic tale is emotional, action-packed, and totally relevant. Featuring a stellar cast (particularly the shocking, brilliant Heath Ledger) and incredibly strong direction, this is one for the ages.

Nominations:

Best Picture***
Best Director- Christopher Nolan
Best Supporting Actor- Heath Ledger***
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Original Score ” - jaddison383
 
2.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (166 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Beautiful, strange, and powerful film with David Fincher once again in top form, and Brad Pitt giving one of his better performances (don't forget Cate Blanchett either, as the Oscars did).

Nominations:

Best Picture
Best Director- David Fincher
Best Actor- Brad Pitt
Best Actress- Cate Blanchett
Best Adapted Screenplay***
Best Cinematography
Best Original Score ” - jaddison383
 
3.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
“ Heartbreaking filmmaking at its finest.

Nominations:

Best Picture
Best Director- Darren Aronofsky
Best Actor- Mickey Rourke***
Best Supporting Actress- Marisa Tomei
Best Supporting Actress- Evan Rachel Wood
Best Original Screenplay ” - jaddison383
 
4.
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. (118 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
“ One of the most personally moving and changing films I've ever seen, featuring probably the best Lead Actress performance in a decade, this divisive film just might have changed my life.

Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Actress- Sally Hawkins***
Best Supporting Actor- Eddie Marsan
Best Original Screenplay*** ” - jaddison383
 
5.
Doubt (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student. (104 mins.)
“ Marvelous Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and a superb Amy Adams come together for a thinker of a film.

Nominations:

Best Picture
Best Actress- Meryl Streep
Best Supporting Actor- Philip Seymour Hoffman
Best Supporting Actress- Amy Adams***
Best Supporting Actress- Viola Davis
Best Adapted Screnplay ” - jaddison383
 
6.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ Nominations:

Best Picture
Best Original Screenplay ” - jaddison383
 
7.
Gran Torino (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Simply-made, and powerfully acted by Clint Eastwood, this one might just have you in tears.

Nominations:

Best Picture
Best Actor- Clint Eastwood
Best Original Screenplay ” - jaddison383
 
8.
The Visitor (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ A wonderful lead performance by veteran supporting actor Richard Jenkins brings this sentimental immigration drama to a whole other level.

Nominations:

Best Picture
Best Actor- Richard Jenkins
Best Original Screenplay ” - jaddison383
 
9.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ Nominations:

Best Picture
Best Director- Danny Boyle
Best Cinematography***
Best Original Score*** ” - jaddison383
 
10.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse. (92 mins.)
Director: Bharat Nalluri
“ An underseen little gem, this is a charmer that's not afraid to be a little silly. Frances McDormand is delightful in a very different role for her.

Nominations:

Best Picture
Best Actress- Frances McDormand
Best Adapted Screenplay ” - jaddison383
 
11.
Iron Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, a billionaire engineer creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Nominations:

Best Visual Effects ” - jaddison383
 
12.
Milk (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Nominations:

Best Actor- Sean Penn
Best Supporting Actor- James Franco
Best Director- Gus Van Sant ” - jaddison383
 
13.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg when she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Sollett
“ Hilarious, angsty, indie in the best way; this film comes together beautifully resulting in one of the most ironic, unconventional, and touching love scenes in recent memory.

Nominations:

Best Adapted Screenplay ” - jaddison383
 
14.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts. (92 mins.)
“ Funnier every time I watch it. ” - jaddison383
 
15.
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding. (113 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ This dysfunctional family drama has both strong and weak points, the performances not excluded.

Nominations:

Best Actress- Anne Hathaway
Best Supporting Actress- Rosemarie DeWitt
Best Original Screenplay ” - jaddison383