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What have been your favourite moments of the cinematic year? Tell us your best and worst movies of 2008

Tell us your best and worst films of 2008 below.

Well, we've got to ask: how was 2008 for you?

As December eases to a close, Time Out want to look back on the highs, lows and oh-so-many middles of the year's cinematic output. The word from a few periodicals that have already run their end-of-year round-ups is that expectations for 2008 being a poor year for cinema were well and truly quashed when the results finally rolled in. When you take a good look at it, the breadth of the cinematic output from the year offer all manner of delights – big and small – from locations across the globe.

The year started with a bang courtesy of the extraordinary one-two punch of the Coen brothers' ‘No Country For Old Men’ and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘There Will Be Blood’ – certainly two films that will be riding high in the personal top ten lists. Then as the critical hits from 2007’s Cannes Film Festival arrived in cinemas (most notably Julian Schnabel’s ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’), alongside a few other leftfield treats (we’re thinking Sidney Lumet’s ‘Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead’ and Michel Gondry’s ‘Be Kind Rewind’), Cannes 2008 delivered many more reasons to be excited. For one, Steve McQueen’s magnificent ‘Hunger’ showed a debut filmmaker arriving on the scene with such a precisely and beautifully rendered vision, that few saw room for improvement. There was also Roy Andersson’s superb, blackly comic glance at modern Sweden, ‘You, the Living’, which offered some of the year’s biggest laughs. Animation had a very good year too, with Ari Folman’s ‘Waltz With Bashir’ making waves at Cannes, and then Andrew Stanton’s ‘WALL-E’ causing critics and audiences to swoon over its apocalyptic robo-romance.


Many scene stalwarts – from Europe, America and Asia – all delivered cinematic offerings with variable results: the critical thumbs mainly went down for François Ozon’s English-language period drama, ‘Angel’, as they had done previously for ‘Flight of the Red Balloon’ by Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-Hsien (although this writer thought it was one of the year’s best). Michael Haneke’s remake of his own ‘Funny Games’ was (sadly) met with relative indifference, while Harmony Korine returned to the scene with his divisive ‘Mister Lonely’.

However, for every high-quality movie there has undoubtedly been ten stinkers in its trail. Particular ire was felt towards ‘Disaster Movie’, but that’s not to say ‘The Hottie and the Nottie’, 'Cashback', ‘The Love Guru’, ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’ or ‘The Oxford Murders’ weren’t roundly detested as well.

We could go on and on and on, but those were some of our ups and downs from 2008, which you can read more of in the coming weeks. In fact, we want to know what your best and worst moments of the year have been. Let us know your top three films of 2008 (and why) as well as your turkey of the year (again, why) and the best ones will be include in the Time Out film round-up of the year.

Tell us your best and worst films of 2008 below.

Author: David Jenkins



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