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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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End of Watch (2012)


End of Watch (2012)

End of Watch (2012) is the ultimate buddy-cop drama done in the style of Training Day (2001), Harsh Times (2005), and Street Kings (2008).  All of those films share the same type of gritty, blunt, in-your-face intensity and show just how unpleasant rundown areas of Los Angeles can be.  Those movies share similarities in style because they were all written and or directed by David Ayer.

End of Watch buddy cops

In End of Watch Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are young, up-and-coming brothers in blue patrolling the hellish streets of Los   Angeles, California.  They are pitted together against pure evil.  They take a bite out of crime and crime bites back

A lot of the movie is filmed with smaller handheld cameras which I think helps to make the film seem a little bit more realistic.  If the person is shaky then the camera is shaky.

end of watch car shot

The film takes many of the horrible things that we pretend don’t happen and throws them in our faces so that we cannot deny their existence any longer.  It takes dark subject matter and forces you to have an opinion about it.  When your eyes are opened to the world that exists in the movie, you begin to wonder if there is some truth to that world in the real world.  Does that sort of thing actually happen in real life?  Are people really like that?  The answers to those questions are what make the movie so chilling.

Gyllenhaal and Pena are both tremendous in the movie.  Their characters play off of each other so well that it really makes the film enjoyable to watch.

End of Watch Group

Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez both gave great supporting performances.

The language and violence in the film is very potent.  Much of the movie is exceptionally rough and harsh.  There is some humor thrown in to weaken the blow, but End of Watch is a powerful movie to watch.  This type of show is not for everyone.

End of Watch gun in car

I rate this movie an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.