Director: Pete Docter and Bob Peterson. Genre: animation. Duration: 96 minutes.
Pixar once again manages to bring tears to even the youngest. It does so with an exciting story about family, home, affection, and rebirth. All narrated through an extravagant adventure starring an elderly man, with the desire to realize an almost impossible dream, and a bubbly little boy scout.
Director: Quentin Tarantino. Genre: Action/war. Duration: 153 minutes.
Quentin Tarantino comes to full maturity with this film, yet another cult of an extraordinary career. Every experimental character, seen in the previous works, is handled here with absolute technical maturity. This makes Inglourious Basterds not only one of the best war films but a small pearl of modern cinema.
Director: Neill Blomkamp. Genre: science fiction. Duration: 112 minutes.
Neill Blomkamp renews and gives new life to the sci-fi genre with one of the best sci-fi of the 21st century. The mockumentary technique (a fake documentary) makes the narrative dynamics more realistic and lets us immerse ourselves more in a story and a context that we forget to be fictional.
Director: Darren Aronofsky. Drama. Duration: 112 minutes.
Impeccable direction and an amazing performance by Mickey Rourke make Darren Aronofsky’s work one of the must-see films of 2008. A title that manages to make us identify with the life and events of the protagonist but at the same time look at them with critical rationality.
Director: Duncan Jones. Genre: science fiction/drama. Duration: 97 minutes.
Duncan Jones manages to overturn the rules of films set in space by creating a complex parabola. The dizzying story has all the tones of a modern thriller and touches many themes with lucidity and maturity, narrative and stylistic. The protagonist, Sam Rockwell, gives one of the most intense performances of his career.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Director: David Fincher. Drama. Duration: 166 minutes.
One of the most intense movie of recent years, directed by David Fincher. A story that speaks of love and above all personal growth. A decidedly original and exciting story and an Oscar-winning make-up help make this title one of the most loved films of the new millennium.
(500) Days of Summer
Director: Marc Webb. Genre: Romantic comedy. Duration: 95 minutes.
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A love story… or maybe not? This is what we ask ourselves in front of Marc Webb’s film, which speaks to us of the mystical mechanism that moves feelings. A screenplay that deals with all the themes delicately and a direction that doesn’t disdain to dare a little, make 500 days together engaging and different from other romantic comedies.
A Serious Man
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen. Genre: black comedy. Duration: 106 minutes.
Irony, comedy, and drama: the Coen brothers are constantly changing registers and in this film, they are all present to give life to one of their most successful films. Full of intense meanings and various interpretations, A Serious Man is a great grotesque and absurd reflection on the often mocking case.
Director: Clint Eastwood. Drama. Duration: 116 minutes.
Clint Eastwood’s great cinema never ceases to amaze and this film is the confirmation. An intense story, with a strong impact and with great communication skills on the part of all its components. The topics covered are always well-managed and never trivialized: an example of great contemporary cinema.
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