Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright has listed his top 29 films of 2008 on his official blog. Edgar notes that he still hasn’t seen The Wrestler, The Reader, Timecrimes, Funny Games, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Bolt, Valkyrie, Australia, Revolutionary Road and Wendy and Lucy, so the rankings may change in the coming weeks. Check out the list below:
1. Let the Right One In
2. Synecdoche, New York
3. Iron Man
4. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
5. Man on Wire
8. The Dark Knight
9. Burn After Reading
11. Rachel Getting Married
12. Slumdog Millionaire
14. Gran Torino
15. Kung Fu Panda (IMAX)
19. Son of Rambow
21. The Ruins
22. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
23. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
24. The Foot Fist Way
25. Tropic Thunder
28. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
29. Pineapple Express
Let The Right One In is a great top choice. Synecdoche is a love it or hate it type of film, and obviously Wright loved it. I’m surprised that he ranked Iron Man so much higher than The Dark Knight. I am also surprised to see that he’s listed a lot of the comedy films of the year very low on the list, especially considering his background. But overall its a pretty good list. The only great film (aside from the ones he has listed as unseen) that might be missing aside from the heart-wrenching documentary Dear Zachary. Edgar, if you’re reading this – Please see Dear Zachary!
Update: Wright has since updated his blog with another message saying that he’s now seen Timecrimes and “it was just great”. It seems his Top 29 will be in flux. We might give an update when its final. And reguarding The Dark Knight, Edgar writes: “putting THE DARK KNIGHT at Number 8 does not constitute a backlash. I loved it.”
Discuss: What do you think of Edgar’s list?
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