After 2007, which was quite simply the best year for movies in recent memory, 2008 almost had to be a letdown. It was, especially for me, since I didn’t jump on the WALL-E or the Rachel Getting Married bandwagon.
That being said, it was a great year for superhero movies, with Iron Man dazzling us with its hip wit and The Dark Knight giving us the late Health Ledger’s villain for the ages.
To me, 2008 brought us only one bona fide masterpiece, and that’s the film at the top of my list, Slumdog Millionaire. Number 2, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, might have been a contender, but the film’s central love story—which should have been its heart and soul—ended up being its weakest link.
Two old pros had strong outings: Ron Howard made his most sophisticated and possibly best film ever in Frost/Nixon (that is, if you don’t...