Since he’s left the television game behind him, Roger Ebert has been straight killing it with the written word. Whether it’s his remembrances of Gene Siskel or his advice for young film critics or his angle on newspapers getting small while the news remains big, he is constantly churning out watercooler pieces week after week.
The only thing that sorta miffs me about his list is that he lumps them all together, which is fine and good. But he does justify it.
“I am violating the age-old custom that film critics announce the year’s 10 best films, but after years of such lists, I’ve had it. A best films list should be a celebration of wonderful films, not a chopping process. And 2008 was a great year for movies, even if many of them didn’t receive wide distribution.
“Look at my 20 titles, and you tell me which 10 you would cut. Nor can I select one to stand above the others, or decide which should be No. 7 and which No. 8. I can’t evaluate films that way. Nobody can, although we all pretend to. A “best films” list, certainly. But of exactly 10, in marching order? These 20 stood out for me, and I treasure them all,” he writes.
The Band’s Visit
The Dark Knight
Rachel Getting Married
Synecdoche, New York
Ebert, of course, provides excellent reasoning behind each of his picks.