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AFI list a blend of commercial and independent cinema

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 1:56 pm · December 14th, 2008

Paramount Pictures' Iron ManThe American Film Institute has unveiled its schizophrenic list of the top 10 films of the year, and it’s a strangely delightful mixture of populist choices and more fringe contenders.

The appearance of “Iron Man” is as interesting as “Wendy and Lucy” popping up, but I don’t think this collective will do much to help any of the films within.  Just another fun list of the year’s best.  (Speaking of which, be sure to tune in tomorrow for my own list of same.  Like how I turned that into a plug?)

Not sure why “Slumdog Millionaire” was snubbed.  Is it considered an American production?  Anyway, here’s the list:

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Frozen River”
“Gran Torino”
“Iron Man”
“Milk”
“WALL-E”
“Wendy and Lucy”
“The Wrestler”




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  • 1 12-14-2008 at 2:01 pm

    Matty D. said...

    This is bullocks. No Revolutionary Road? Again?! By far one of the best films I’ve seen all year. Easily in my top 2, and yet it is nowhere to be found…disappointment. But, the rest of the list is mediocre with the except of the regulars. And kudos for Wendy and Lucy and Frozen River. Nice to see love for those two.

  • 2 12-14-2008 at 2:03 pm

    Joel said...

    I’m surprised “Gran Torino” is in here, and not “Slumdog Millionaire.” And I heard a rumor they weren’t fans of “Revolutionary Road,” but I may be wrong…

  • 3 12-14-2008 at 2:13 pm

    Marvin said...

    I don’t think Slumdog Millionaire is eligible.

  • 4 12-14-2008 at 2:14 pm

    McGuff said...

    I believe I read elsewhere that there was some questioning of Slumdog’s eligibility. You’d have to think on a list so indie-friendly that it would have made the top 10 if eligible.

    But man, Matty’s right, the Revolutionary snubs are getting downright crazy. I’m not sure if Kris’ top 5 has any legitimate competition anymore from the outside — it sure looks like that’s it.

  • 5 12-14-2008 at 2:14 pm

    Chad said...

    Yeah, this is weak. Aside from Wendy and Lucy, they seem to have chosen the safest candidates from each denomination of budget.

  • 6 12-14-2008 at 2:16 pm

    Chris said...

    Not a bad list, I am surprised to see Iron Man on there, though.

  • 7 12-14-2008 at 2:39 pm

    Fincher said...

    I love the Revolutionary Road snub and the inclusion of Iron Man

  • 8 12-14-2008 at 3:04 pm

    John Travolta said...

    good news for walle and the dark knight though
    i was really hoping in bruges made it on there somehow

  • 9 12-14-2008 at 3:39 pm

    Mr. F said...

    For some reason I knew they were going to pick Wendy and Lucy. I don’t know why I did, I haven’t even seen it.

  • 10 12-14-2008 at 4:38 pm

    The InSneider said...

    Iron Man over Doubt and Rachel Getting Married? I think not. The end of Iron Man sucks.

  • 11 12-14-2008 at 5:41 pm

    leocdc said...

    Love that Wall-e is on the list but Iron Man is totally weird. And I have to say that the issue RR not here not there on the nominations or prizes is very horrible for the oportunities of one of the previous strong contenders of this year.

  • 12 12-14-2008 at 5:55 pm

    jp said...

    rachel getting married and synecdoche should be on this list before gran torino/iron man/frozen river even got considered

  • 13 12-14-2008 at 9:47 pm

    Glenn said...

    This is the group that put movies like “The Devil Wears Prada” on their list (deservedly so) so the inclusion of “Iron Man” is hardly surprisingly. I would’ve surprised to NOT see it on there, actually.

  • 14 12-15-2008 at 1:57 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    It’s a fun list, but more silly than shocking. Nonetheless, Frost/Nixon seems to be more solid every day.

  • 15 12-15-2008 at 5:40 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I don’t really see anything silly about the list, Jonathan — though I personally disagree with some of the inclusions.

    Yay for “Wendy and Lucy.”