2008 delivered some transcendent films, and it’s a tough thing picking a top ten. So many of them will play better on the second and third viewings. For instance, I fell asleep the first few times I tried to watch both Frost/Nixon and Man on Wire. Because I’m peripherally in the business I get the swag and screeners (not all but enough). But both films turned out to be among my favorites of the year. But I have to say that, for me, the year has been defined, really, by three films: The Dark Knight, Wall-E and Slumdog Millionaire, which will probably win, and may deserve to win, Best Picture. It is a film that everyone in my family was able to sit down together and watch and not a single person didn’t like it. This isn’t true of any of the other films released this year that I can think of. The worst you can say about Slumdog is that it’s too much like a fairy tale to be believable. But that isn’t really true. It is a magnificent film in every respect.

The other films that would be on my list:

The Wrestler
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Revolutionary Road
Rachel Getting Married