2008:

Best Picture Oscar: “Slumdog Millionaire”, my #3

1. Wall-E (Oh, how can anyone ever look at a spork the same way again. From pure enjoyment, it’s not my top Pixar, but from every angle of filmmaking, it will be a long time before another film tops this one as Pixar’s masterpiece)

2. Doubt (Meryl Streep! It’s so close to the play, which can be chancy, but this time it worked. If you chat about this film afterwards about who was right and who was wrong and what happened, I’ve yet to find two people with matching opinions)

3. Slumdog Millionaire (Bollywood deserved a pat on the back)

4. Milk (solid)

5. The Reader (Well, as Kate Winslette learned in the first episode of HBO’s “Extras”, if you want to win an Oscar, you’ve got to do a Holocaust flick)

6. Changeling (This film was not talked about enough for how heart-wrentching it was. And I don’t love Angelina Jolie, but she really succeeded here. It’s hard to watch)

(This was not a very strong year. I feel I should stop here as the rest don’t quiet deserve Top 10 status, but just to say they are better than movies like Tropic Thunder, Hamlet 2, Bolt, W., and, hate me if you must, The Dark Knight, I will fill in the Top 10)

7. Bedtime Stories (For a kids movie, I thought some of the jokes were a bit adult, which is kind of a shame, but really fun over-all)

8. The Curious Case of Benjamine Button (If Hollywood hadn’t hitting me with the “Forest Gump” bat so much, I would have probably liked it more, but it’s an enjoyable viewing)

9. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Don’t hate. This is no “Star Wars Episodes 1-3.” It stuck to the fun of the Indy canon, just in a Temple of Doom kind of way. It’s not that it’s impossible to live thru a nuclear bomb by dashing into a fridge, it’s that only Indy can)

10. Frost/Nixon (A little boring, but interesting)

-I’d also like to give a special shout out to Australia, which won a spot on my worst 10 movies ever made list.

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