Monday, 5 January 2009

Top 10 Films of 2008

I have decided to run through my top 10 films of last year which were released in South Africa. This is important as some films that have already debuted in America in 2007 and only saw a release in South Africa this year and, ironically enough, some films have shown in South Africa will not be released in America until later this year. Many excellent films I have missed out on seeing this year and with that in mind my top 10:

10. The Unseeable
Review not available.
8/10

9. The Mourning Forest

Review not available.
8/10


8. Fashion
Review not available.
8/10


7. Dostana
Full Review
Dostana is a film which wants to break away from the norm but ultimately cannot, and as such the latter arc of the story is a slight disappointment. The story turns into a typical romance after it promised such a unique premise, and the second half lacks the overall strength of the first. Nonetheless, Dostana is a brilliant film which infectious humour and sex appeal, though lacks the ability to truly target its core message.
8/10

6. Iron Man
Full Review
Iron man is a wonderful example of a good comic book-to-film creation. While lacking the same maturity of Batman Begins, Iron Man proves to be the best Marvel film available, ousting out the likes of the original Spider-man and X-men 2. And this is because the film doesn't attempt to dumb itself down to appeal to a greater audience, or focus itself on too many elements: it keeps things relatively simple. Instead Iron Man tells the story of Tony stark, a man callous about the world in general, transforming into a man who respects not only himself, but those around him. With very good acting, a well structured story, Iron Man’s only problems are a few inconsistencies and its inability to support a dual personality approach. It's no Batman Begins, but then again, it doesn't need to be.
8/10

5. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Review not available.
8/10

4. Taken
Full Review
As perhaps gathered, the film is not exactly realistic though it is the sort of film which could and deserves to be so if it wishes to rank among the best of cinema. This aside, Taken is a thoroughly enjoyable film with intense action, marred by a few inconsistencies and lack of foresight into the film's overall image.
8/10

3. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Full Review
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a cinematic wonder which easily deserves a watch from any avid moviegoer. While there are a few niggles, none of which truly affects the overall quality unless you allow it to do so, the film is laden with reasonable acting and story-telling at it's very best with director Mark Herman cementing this with a conclusion so filled with brilliance that it is difficult to think of anything of late that quite matches it. In fact there are few films of late which can even match the cinematic wonder that is The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
9/10

2. The Dark Knight
Full Review
Regardless of whether you you believe Spiderman, Batman Begins or the recent Iron Man to be the benchmark of superhero movies, there is no denying that The Dark Knight excels in the genre. It is an excellent example of good directing, acting and story advancement, but what makes The Dark Knight a superb superhero movie is not that it is able to recreate its comic book form so aptly, but that it makes a great cinematic piece. Whether you are a fan of superhero films or not, The Dark Knight deserves attention not only for building upon the success of Batman Begins, but for shattering the preconceptions of superheros in cinema. Does The Dark Knight surpass its former incarnation? For better or worse, both are on equal terms.
9/10

1.There Will be Blood
Full Review
There Will Be Blood is, in short, masterly conceived. Be it the story, acting, music, cinematography, or multi-layered depth of the film in general, every department excels to the point where the film is virtually flawless. It does, however, suffer a little from the lesser casts presence, and the selection of music feels, on the rare occasion, inappropriate. Nonetheless these two elements do not spoil what is easily not only one of the best films ever created, but one of the rare few that will never be forgotten.

10/10

What were your Top 10 films of last year?

2 comments:

Mark said...

Wasn't There will be Blood a 2007 film?

CruizD said...

I can understand the confusion around that but TWBB only showed in South Africa during March 2008.

We commonly get a lot of films much later then whenthey debut in America.
For instance, both Appaloosa and Valkyrie are only being reeased later this month.

:)