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December 26, 2008

Best Movies of 2008

Filed under: movies — danylmc @ 6:46 am

Waltz with Bashir

bashirAri Folman’s animated documentary about the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and the massacres in the Palestinian refugee camps Sabra and Shatila is one of the best war movies ever made and hands-down the most beautiful film of the year.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

4weeksArguably the worst date movie of all time: set in Rumania during the dying days of the Ceausescu regime filmmaker Christian Mungiu tells the story of two students trying to obtain an illegal abortion. Amazing performances and gorgeous ultra-realist cinematography won this the Golden Palm at Cannes. Few of us get to experience the pleasure of living under a soul-crushing communist regime so this is a good way to experience that overwhelming sense of paranoia and perpetual doom in the comfort of your own home.

Man on Wire

manonwireThe weird, fascinating story of French dare-devil Phillipe Petit and his obsessive quest to walk on a tightrope between the two towers of the Manhattan World Trade Center.

Jar City

jarcityFilmed and set in Iceland before the country went bankrupt and they all had to go back to lives as fishermen, this thriller is based on one of Arnaldur Indriason’s intense, bleakly funny thrillers. The murder of elderly men, rape of young women, dead babies kept in jars – what else do you look for in an evenings entertainment?

My Winnipeg


Guy Maddin’s  dream-history of his home city Winnipeg, Manitoba – ‘the sleep-walking capital of the world’. Psychic rivers run beneath the city, historical figures vomit ectoplasm. Rumour has it the film was financed by the Tourism Board of Manitoba who must have been aghast when they saw what their funding had wrought.

(A word of warning, My Winnipeg IS pretty weird and not to everyone’s taste. You might want to check out the trailer before you rent the DVD.)

The Dark Knight


Batman fights the war on terror; Christopher Nolan’s sprawling, confused parable in which the Joker is Osama bin Laden and Batman represents President Bush, VP Cheney and the CIA is both a demented far-right fantasy and an outstanding action film whatever your political persuasion.

Up the Yangtze

uptheyThe mind-numbing pace and scale of modern China is illustrated by this documentary about the lives of two teenagers who get work on a riverboat hauling western tourists up the Yangtze river, past the drowning cities and farms soon to sink forever beneath the waters of the Three Gorges dam.

Edge of Heaven


Turkish-German film about the complicated relationship between the two countries tells three intersecting stories in which the subjects try to find happiness, through sex, love, revolution, travel and redemption.


  1. My Winnipeg looks awesome! I must watch that.

    Comment by Lundegaard — December 26, 2008 @ 8:45 am

  2. I think it’s obvious that people will stop arguing about abortion and the like once they accept the
    SCIENTIFIC FACT that humans are a polygynous species meant to live in harems.
    I suggest you read ” Humans Belong in Harems (The Truth is Finally Out)” and ” But Is Harem Life Natural for Humans? “to find out the truth about human sexuality and reproduction.

    Comment by paulneedzafriend — December 26, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

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