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The Best Movies of 2008


The Best Movies of 2008

 

Below is my list of the best movies that I have seen that were released in 2008 (even if some were made in 2007).  I have included trailers for each movie.  I would love to eventually write a review of each of these films and talk about why I enjoyed them so much.  But for now, just know that I highly recommend all of these movies.  I will continue to add to this list if I see any more movies from 2008 that are worthy of this list.

 

Gran Torino (2008)

Defiance (2008)

Street Kings (2008)

Valkyrie (2008)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008)

21 (2008)

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Step Brothers (2008)

Body of Lies (2008)

Righteous Kill (2008)

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Seven Pounds (2008)

Eagle Eye (2008)

Changeling (2008)

Max Payne (2008)

Sex Drive (2008)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

 

Movies that were good, but did not quite make the list are:

 

The Wrestler (2008)

Vantage Point (2008)

Transporter 3 (2008)

W. (2008)

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

WALL-E (2008)

Four Christmases (2008)

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Crossing Over (2009)


Crossing Over Poster

Crossing Over (2009)

 

Crossing Over is a Wayne Kramer written and directed movie that fell through the cracks.  Kramer is known for Running Scared (2006), The Cooler (2003), and most recently Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)Running Scared was excellent and The Cooler and Pawn Shop Chronicles were both very solid films.  Crossing Over did not appear to me like it would be any good.  I wanted to give it a try however, because Kramer usually makes quality movies and the noteworthy cast includes Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess, Cliff Curtis, Alice Eve, Alice Braga, Mahershala Ali, Josh Gad, Michael Cudlitz, and Marshall Manesh.

Crossing Over

Crossing Over is about multiple stories of immigration to the United   States.  It follows multiple immigrants from all over the world who are trying to become legal citizens in Los Angeles.  Some go through the proper process of trying to become legal citizens, while others try to do so illegally or skip the process altogether.  Sometimes their stories intertwine and other times they do not.  The film also follows the lives of the people who are trying to help these immigrants to become legal and also the ones who are trying to deport them.  It deals with how sometimes mixing different cultures together can clash and how sometimes it can bring people closer together.  It is all different perspectives on immigration in America.

The movie jumps all over the place from story to story.  There is not a lot of character development because the movie is trying to tell too many stories instead of concentrating on one.  As a result, it is hard to feel anything for the characters and it turns into a jumbled mess.

Crossing Over Liotta Judd

Ford gave a standout performance in the film.  He was not given a lot to work with, but he managed to be likable anyway.  He single-handedly tried to hold the broken pieces of the movie together, but there is only so much that one actor can do.

Overall the movie was hard to enjoy because it jumped around way too much.  It was a waste of a quality cast and it was a waste of time.  This is by far Wayne Kramer’s worst movie.

Crossing Over Curtis Ford

I rate this movie a 4 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Run.

Note:  Michael Cudlitz has been in 3 Wayne Kramer movies: Running Scared, Crossing Over and Pawn Shop Chronicles.

Jim Sturgess and Josh Gad were both in the film 21 (2008) together.

It’s always interesting to me to find different movie connections.

Trailer for Paranoia (2013)


Paranoia Poster

Paranoia (2013)

 

A young man (Liam Hemsworth) gets caught up spying on one major corporation for another major corporation.  Eventually the young man gets in way over his head in the midst of the war between the men in charge of each company (Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford). The rest of the notable cast includes Richard Dreyfuss, Amber Heard, Josh Holloway, Lucas Till, Julian McMahon, Angela Sarafyan, and Kevin Kilner. From the director of 21 (2008), Robert Luketic. A corporate espionage thriller with Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, and Richard Dreyfuss, enough said. The movie is set to release on 8/16/13.