DVD Times Top 10 Films of 2008
2008 proved to be a very strong year for UK cinema with releases of a large number of high-profile films of wide appeal. This is reflected in the voting by the DVD Times team of reviewers of their Top 10 films of the year, which not only shows a higher number of votes for common films than in any previous year, but results in a distinct and almost inseparable Top 5 films of exceptional quality.
Each receiving 5 votes from the nine DVD Times reviewers polled, the Top 5 below then are ranked based on the preferential order of the votes, where an preference was expressed.
The Coen Brothers most successful film won multiple awards in 2008, but caused a lot of debate and division among the contributors and readers of DVD Times. Their dark and reflective look at a nation built on violence and greed however tops our end-of-year poll with more first preference votes than any other film.
2. There Will Be Blood (5 votes)
Coming in second in our end-of-year poll, Paul Thomas Anderson’s oil mining epic took a different approach to the theme of the founding values of the American nation and found a no less powerful conflict in the struggle to reconcile the twin gods of money and religion.
3. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (5 votes)
New York artist Julian Schnabel’s immersed the viewer into the world of fashion-designer Jean-Dominique Bauby – marvellously played by Mathieu Almaric – completely paralysed and locked into his own body after a major stroke, and made it a profoundly moving and life-affirming experience.
4. WALL-E (5 votes)
The world’s premier animation studio Pixar succeeded once again in delighting children and adults alike, using the unlikely pairing of a couple of silent mechanised robots to highlight essential human values that are in danger of being lost in a maybe not-so-distant future world.
5. The Dark Knight (5 votes)
With some of the most exciting action sequences seen on the screen this year, shot on IMAX cameras, and a mesmerising performance from the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, Christopher Nolan raised the Batman franchise to a new level and pummelled the DVD Times team into voting it fifth in their films of the year.
Last updated: 18/04/2018 21:17:09