Rolling Stone's "10 Best Films of 2008"
It was murder this year for filmmakers to get all mavericky. The economy squeezed our wallets and made us junkies for escapism. That yapping noise at the multiplex was more likely a Beverly Hills Chihuahua than audiences grappling with issues. But a few movies — some flying on a fat budget (The Dark Knight), some by the seat of their pants (Slumdog Millionaire) — raised hell and our dulled consciousness. Look, I loved Iron Man too, but my top-10 list takes it cue from our president-elect and honors audacity, not just of hope but of original thought and untamed ambition.
Peter Traver’s Top 10 Lists on Rolling Stone: