Useful for discussion among friends and others, possessing a subjective value, and ultimately important only in a context of archiving, my favorite films of 2008
The Band's Visit
The Edge of Heaven
You, the Living
Let the Right One In
Rachel Getting Married
With a handful of great movies left off so that the list is precise enough to represent my greatest enjoyments from the previous year. You, the Living was a festival screening that I have no information on a US distribution for; I also saw Sugar in a festival, which will definitely be released this year and is definitely a great movie. Probably one or two of these will emerge as long-standing favorites, probably one from the middle, as is the precedent.
The Mario Bava retrospective at the Egyptian was far and away the best time I had at the revival theaters this year. I missed only one night. If they did it every year, like is done for Hitchcock, I would go. Their Italian genre series was 2nd best. New Bev's film professional programming, Silent Movie Theater's horror month (with the awesome Tingler/party final night), Escape double-bill at the Aero, Gould w/Touch screening at the Billy Wilder, Ms. 45 at the New Bev, the fetish series at the Egyptian, and Nuart midnight screenings also spring to mind.