Nathan Baker-Lutz’s High Five

| January 10, 2009

My Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2008
5. Son of Rambow
My wildcard for 2008, Son of Rambow is a hilariously clever telling of the son of a cult-like conservative single mother and his first exposure to television. Bill Milner plays a young boy who stumbles upon a bully bootlegging the Sylvester Stallone classic and after some wildly unusual circumstances, the two boys embark on remaking the film for a children’s film contest. Son of Rambow is a quirky, original, 80’s ridden UK release that will keep you smiling.
4. Young @ Heart
A documentary that received a lackluster buzz that touched anyone who saw it, Young @ Heart is the brutally true story of a senior citizen choir that tours the country performing a cappella covers of songs from pop superstars, gritty grunge bands and even Coldplay. Unbearably touching, this film exposes the contradiction that exists between the willingness of the heart and the stubborn body.
3. Dark Knight
The second installment in Christopher Nolan’s rebirthing, Dark Knight was compelling as it dug deeper into the heart of Gotham, providing a satisfying compliment to flaming fire engines and Hong Kong High-rise Escapes. It may have dragged at the end, which drops it to #3, but I was still on the edge of my seat and, like most people, thought that Ledger stole the show.
2. Doubt
A late entry to 2008, Doubt is a wintry and provocative breath of fresh air from the big budget, blow stuff up, ensemble cast films (see #3) that littered this year’s film landscape. Hoffman and Streep are a dynamic pair that masterfully convey the themes of the film. Amy Adams continues to take strides as a scene-stealing actress. Doubt’s greatest attribute has to be the heavy fog over good and evil and how every character grabs a piece of your favor.
1. Surfwise
The story of Dorian Paskowitz is boldly told. Pulling up every tent stake in life, he dragged himself, his wife and his nine children all across the Western Hemisphere to surf, learn and love. Told through interviews with his grown children, along with himself and his wife, and family photos and footage, Surfwise is a daring examination of the non-traditional home and it’s impact on generations.

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