Roger Ebert Reveals His 20 Best Films of 2008
Fellow critic Roger Ebert has already announced his 20 best films of 2008 well before most of us have even seen all of this year's movies. Ebert has quickly become my own favorite critic and journalist, largely because he believes in so many of the same things that I believe in (like an animosity towards 3D) and still has such a strong voice in this industry. As for his list this year, he says, "I am violating the age-old custom that film critics announce the year's 10 best films, but after years of such lists, I've had it." So instead of 10, he's bringing us 20 of his favorite films. Whether you agree or not, Ebert proclaims: "2008 was a great year for movies, even if many of them didn't receive wide distribution." Read on for the full list!
"These 20 stood out for me, and I treasure them all. If it had been 19 or 21, that would have been OK," Ebert says. Let's get right into it, and don't forget, these aren't in any particular order!
The Band's Visit
The Dark Knight
Rachel Getting Married
Synecdoche, New York
Ebert also named his "Special Jury Prize" winner, which was My Winnipeg, and listed 5 documentaries separately, all of which can be seen on his website. I've only actually seen 10 of those on his list, but plan on catching as many of the remaining 10 as I can, with a few screenings already scheduled in the next few weeks. I think he has one of the best lists we'll see all year, because he covers the big ones (even Iron Man) and the more important, but usually ignored, ones (like The Reader and Rachel Getting Married) and even a few that not too many people know about (like Ballast, Chop Shop, and Shotgun Stories). If you've been looking for a few movies to catch up with from this year, start here. Ebert won't steer you wrong.