Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine's Top 10 of 2008
by Alex Billington
December 8, 2008
Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine has published his year end Top 10 list and yet again, it will probably be one of the most off-the-wall lists you'll see. Last year, TIME had two lists to deliver, one from each of their two critics, and each list had some very odd yet quite acceptable choices. This year it's only Corliss, but it's still a very odd list, with one of my own favorites, the Wachowski's Speed Racer, getting a nod as well. He left out of a few good ones, sure, but also chooses a few underrated films that deserve some extra attention. Read on to see Corliss' full list or head over to their site for a write up on each of his 10 picks.
2. Synecdoche, New York
3. My Winnipeg
4. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
7. Slumdog Millionaire
8. Iron Man
9. Speed Racer
10. Encounters at the End of the World
In his write-up on Speed Racer, Corliss takes a shot at those who ignored the film during its theatrical run. "Not every avant-garde FX masterpiece receives instant audience validation," he says. "Operating a pitch of delirious precision, the movie is a rich, cartoonish dream: non-stop Op art, and a triumph of virtual virtuosity." I love that Corliss doesn't go with all the conventional choices like most critics, although he leaves out a few important ones, like The Dark Knight and The Wrestler. This is only the beginning, as we'll be seeing plenty more of these year end lists all throughout December and January.