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The Best Movies of 2008

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Posted: Friday, January 9, 2009 10:00 pm

1. "The Dark Knight" (Christopher Nolan)

I'm not sure what else can be said at this point. I've written extensively about exactly how and why this follow-up to 2005's franchise reboot "Batman Begins" is such a thorough subversion of the super hero framework that it hardly deserves to be labeled as a "comic book" movie at all. I've droned on about Heath Ledger's final great performance as The Joker and Aaron Eckhart's equally important and impressive turn as the key character of Harvey Dent. I've ranted to anyone who will listen about how "The Dark Knight" may well be the defining Zeitgeist movie of our times. So I will let it be, and simply relate the joy I felt while watching the film a second time on DVD. It was an intoxicating experience that showed me no matter how much you can enjoy and admire a movie during a first viewing, it is often subsequent screenings that provide the basis for a true appreciation of a great film. There are so many details packed into Nolan's endlessly ambitious crime epic that even if I see the movie another 10 times (and I no doubt will), I probably won't even come close to perceiving all there is to behold in this magnificently crafted and wholly unique motion picture.

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