Top Ten Movies Turning 10-Years-Old In 2018
Here are our picks for the best movies of 2008!
Appaloosa is an underrated and under-seen western which is also the second film veteran actor Ed Harris has directed himself. He also stars in the film and co-wrote the script, so it's somewhat of a passion project for the accomplished filmmaker. He's does a great job in the lead role and also proves competent behind the camera and as a writer which makes this movie more interesting to watch. It's essentially a buddy cop movie with Viggo Mortensen doing a wonderful job as the older man's close friend. It's got a complicated love triangle thanks to Renee Zellweger, and a great villain in Jeremy Irons, but the focus stays on Ed and Viggo as two brutal lawmen who have each other's backs through thick and thin.
9. The Incredible Hulk
A tragically forgotten Marvel Studios film, The Incredible Hulk is a cerebral action movie with complex relationships and some deeply psychological themes. This was Edward Norton's film as he helped pen the script to make the characters more three-dimensional and give the story more emotional depth. Unfortunately, the studio wanted an action-heavy movie to sell audiences and the result is a bit of a mixed bag. This is still a film worth watching and remains one of the best MCU movies thanks to the excellent cast and awesome action.
8. Bedtime Stories
The hilarious Adam Sandler went over into more family-friendly fare with this gem from Disney. Surprisingly, it worked very well as he delivers a fun performance alongside the rest of the enthusiastic cast. It's a totally original story from Adam Shankman and the writing team of Matt Lopez and Tim Herlihy which tells a moving story with a significant message. The film has tons of quotable lines and some great action set pieces too.
Telling an untold story from World War II, Definace brings to light the Jews who fought back against the Nazis while hiding in the woods of Poland after being driven from their homes by the invaders. It's some of the best acting Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber have ever delivered as brothers with opposing views. This is certainly a harrowing tale of survival everyone should see. It's got solid action and emotional performances.
Director Bryan Singer crafted a historical thriller with this movie about the Germans who conspired against Hitler. There's palpable suspense in this movie as it's an intense story until the final heartbreaking frames. Tom Cruise does a superb job of leading this incredible cast including Terence Stamp, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, and Tom Wilkinson. The dialogue is electric and every moment captured on screen is full of uncertainty and secrecy. This is one to watch for another untold historical tale.
The monster movie was reinvented with this found-footage film from producer J.J. Abrams and War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. The key to this film is the fact that we get to know our main characters before the chaos ensues and it lends a realistic feel to the entire movie. The monster is completely original looking creature and he's terrifying. It's a frightening and frantic journey we take with our heroes through New York City in a roller coaster of emotions and action.
4. Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man. He makes playing this character look effortless and it's a testament more to the casting by director Jon Favreau than anyone else. This is an expertly crafted film that's got thrilling action and intimate drama along with lots of humor and heart. It's the modern definition of blockbuster filmmaking as it blends computer-generated visual effects with practical special effects to make one cohesive, believable world. It's got an excellent script, wonderful performances, and jaw-dropping action sequences. This one kicked off one of the biggest franchises of all time, and 17 films later it remains of the best of the series.
3. The Dark Knight
From genius director Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight is one of the best sequels of all time and one of the best films the superhero genre has to offer. It takes the superhero elements and mashes it up with a crime film to make for something truly special. It's got astounding action scenes from the opening bank robbery to the final car chase, and all of it is driven by the characters, each of whom have important arcs. The cast does a fantastic job of making you care about each of them and become genuinely interested in who they are and what makes them tick. Heath Ledger's final performance is also his best as The Joker who brings anarchy to Gotham City and frustrates it's hero driving Batman to the brink and making him face himself and his personal morality.
2. Slumdog Millionaire
Perhaps the most important film on this list, Slumdog Millionaire is the best work from director Danny Boyle as well as actor Dev Patel and actress Frinda Pinto. This movie is a testament to the human spirit as we see how a young man knows the answers to a popular game show through his life experiences. It's a morality tale and a harrowing journey of life in the slums of India. There's terrific acting here from each an every cast member and the story is extremely powerful.
The best film of 2008 is WALL-E. This is Pixar's best film as it tells a story mostly without dialogue and still gets you invested in the characters even though they're robots. It's an important cautionary tale and one that's full of heart. WALL-E is an innocent and naive character who gets caught up in a huge conspiracy and must humanity. However, his true quest is for the love of another and that's where the movie hits you hardest. The music, sound effects, voice acting, and astonishing animation make this an amazing tale of unexpected heroism and love.