Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Sunday, May 19

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr


Alex / December 30, 2008 10:21 AM

Slumdog Millionaire. I think that's it.

annie / December 30, 2008 10:28 AM

It just to happens my top picks are still out right now
1) Slumdog
2) Milk
3) The Wrestler

Dave Sandell / December 30, 2008 10:49 AM

1. Wall-E
2. The Dark Knight
3. Frost/Nixon
4. Let the Right One In
5. Slumdog Millionaire

Haven't seen Benjamin Button yet. Since I tend to line up almost exactly with Steve Prokopy, I'm expecting it to claim a spot near the top of this list. Also, Mickey Rourke's performance in The Wrestler was out-of-this-world.

Michael / December 30, 2008 11:40 AM

"Slumdog Millionaire" is definitely up there.

"The Dark Knight" was a great popcorn/action flick.

"The Fall" is out on dvd and well worth your time.

Gaigen / December 30, 2008 12:27 PM

I acutally liked "Rachel Getting Married". Surprised the hell out of me. It wasn't the one-note, whiney, my-personal-pain, blah blah blah I thought it was. Kinda funny, kinda different kinda...

But just to put my personal testerone levels back in balance I also loved Iron Man. It kicked ass

jennifer / December 30, 2008 1:24 PM

loved loved loved 'dit personne.' maybe one of the best story constructions ever. seriously, well done.

also loved kristin scott thomas in 'il y a longtemps que je t'aime.' she's really quite wonderful.

Eamon / December 30, 2008 2:56 PM

I don't know about "Best", but I was stunned by how much I liked "Iron Man". Laugh-out-loud funny and great action scenes. And no hokey romance.

Carlotta / December 30, 2008 9:35 PM

Per usual, the best were art house films (Siskel, Facets, Landmark Century, Music Box):

-- Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037
-- Bigger, Stronger, Faster : The Side Effects of Being American
-- Up The Yangtze
-- Wings of Defeat (re kamakaze pilots)
-- Taxi to the Dark Side

-- 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
-- Elegy
-- The Edge of Heaven

-- Teeth
-- War, Inc.
-- Kenny [mockumentary re corporate latrine services]
-- Last Stop for Paul
-- California Dreamin' (aka Endless)[Romanian]

Steven / December 30, 2008 10:43 PM

Went to only one in the theaters. Dark Knight and only to see Chicago. City never looked more impressive, inside and out. Hollywood should film more here. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm more than kinda tired looking at palm trees, red dirt and asphalt. Oh and plastic (literally) people.

R. Nelson / December 31, 2008 12:12 PM

I only made it to the show to see Indiana Jones and the Dark Knight, both of which I thought were OK. The best of 2008 for me was The Darjeeling Limited and Black Snake Moan. Sorry, I'm behind everyone else!

Carrie / January 1, 2009 12:51 PM

I loved The Darjeeling Limited... just watched it with my mom again the other night.

Wall-E and The Dark Knight were definitely enjoyed.

I cannot get over The Fall though-- it might be one of my favorite movies ever. It was beautiful-- the story, the scenery- everything. If you haven't seen it, see it.

GB store

Recently on Fuel

Urban Ethos [26]
What is Chicago's "urban ethos"?

Cool Glass of... [16]
What're you drinking?

Supreme Decision [22]
What's your reaction to the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act?

Taking it to the Streets [20]
Chicago Street Fairs: Revolting or Awesome?

I Can Be Cruel [9]
Be real: what is the meanest thing you've ever done?

View the complete archive

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15