Sr. Rose’s Top Films of 2008

My 2008 Top Films

2008 was a dark year for films and I saw 120 movies all together. Many were artistic and interesting but in general, 2007 and 2006 were much better; those films leapt out at me, and I loved many of them. I didn’t care that much about 2008 films but some I did like and enjoy. Other films I liked less but they will get awards because some aspect or other was brilliant: themes, acting, cinematography, directing(e.g. Revolutionary Road; The Reader; Milk). And no, even though I may stand alone, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button did not make my list.

(I reserve the right to add and delete from this line-up!)


1.       Slumdog Millionaire – Original, inspiring, moving, filled with light.


2.       Pranzo di Ferragosto – (A mid-August lunch) A small Italian film by Gianni di Gregorio. A middle-aged bachelor cares for his aged mom and gets stuck with three other old ladies over Italy’s mid-August holiday. Charming and funny. The best film at the Venice Film Festival – too bad it was not in competition (and hoping someone will release it in the USA).


3.       Young@Heart – Stand up and cheer, folks! Life is worth living to the max until the end; senior citizens rock!


4.       Wall-E – Disney’s darkish commentary on the environment may the cleverest and most positive picture they have ever done.


5.       The Visitor – Who is a visitor? My neighbor. A thoughtful, small film with a global heart.


6.       The Class – Intriguing power struggle through language in a multi-ethnic urban Paris high school classroom.


7.       Dark Knight – Deep, dark, complex and Heath Ledger excelled.


8.       Son of Rambow – Touching British coming-of-age film about two lonely boys who make a movie about a missing father; loved it.


9.       Doubt – Broadway makes it to the screen once again in a story that explores power hierarchies in the church, school, parish against the back ground of the clergy abuse scandal


10.   Happy-Go-Lucky – A good woman knows who she is and chooses to be happy and caring; she refuses negativity; a human, sweet, small film crossing the pond.


11.   In Bruges – Honor among assassins and unexpected redemption amid violence


12.   Defiance – Based on a true story of three Jewish partisans who saved hundreds of Jewish lives during World War II by hiding out in the forests of eastern Poland and Belarus.


13.   Frost/Nixon – On acting alone, Langella and Sheen deserve honors.


14.   Appaloosa – Ed Harris can do no wrong; here he does it all: acts, directs, composes; wonderful.


15.   Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who – The awesome pachyderm delights with themes of human dignity, community and the common good.


16.   Last Chance Harvey – No one can say “Shut up” with so much affection as Emma Thompson. It’s never too late for gentle romance.

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17. The Rape of Europa – The search for the art of European Jews stolen by the Nazi’s is an intriguing and compelling story. In place of reconciliation, or in addition to it, comes restitution, here – restoration of beauty to the people from whom it was so tragically taken.



  1. The mischievous voice within would like to hear about the ten or so worst films you saw.

  2. My top films are top films for a reason…. If the others didn’t make the list, well…. I used to do “worst” films but I stopped because some films I may rank very low may be a means of inspiration for someone else. Why? We don’t all see the same film the same way due to age, life experience, moral and faith development and so many other reasons. Thanks for the postings!

  3. A wise decision.

    To me, doing the worst ten seems to bring out the worst in people anyway.

  4. Sister Rose,

    Just watched Appaloosa and loved it! Ed Harris was great…..not hard to look at either…And Viggo Mortensen as well. I am not a fan at all of Renee Zellweger.

    It was rated R but Megan watched it with no problem.

    Have you seen a movie called Three Seasons? I think it’s vietnamese with subtitles but a beautiful story.

    We recently watched Dark Knight which was really good. Ralph and Megan watched Wall-E last night but I just could not get into it so I went to bed with my book InkDeath. Can’t wait for Inkheart the movie to come out next weekend~

    Love ya,

  5. Great list, for the last time, WALL-E is NOT an environmental commentary. It is a commentary on human connection and love!

  6. Why can’t it be both? and isn’t care for the earth a sign that we are connected to one another and care for one another?

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