Saturday, February 9, 2008

Ten Best...Movies to See in 2008

#10. The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons

I'm not a big F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, but the story sounds interesting (a man is born and ages backward, going from old to young), I like the cast (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) and David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac) is directing it. That could all add up to be a pretty good movie.

Release Date: November 26

#9. The X-Files 2

I only just started watching The X-Files, and maybe by the time this movie comes out, I'll be caught up. If not, I'll get it on DVD. Either way, I'm glad I'm finally watching a show I should have started years ago.

Release Date: July 25

#8. The Happening

Maybe I'm adding this because a friend of mine acts in it (look out for Shayna Levine!) but it might also have to do with this movie supposedly being M. Night Shyamalan return to Sixth Sense-greatness. Plus, Zooey Deschanel is in it, and I'd see anything for her--except Surf's Up.

Release Date: June 13

#7. WALL-E

After seeing Ratatouille two weeks ago, I did a posting on the Eight Best...Pixar Films, mostly meaning to show how Pixar hasn't had a bad movie yet. And although a plot revolving around a robot doesn't terribly interest me, I thought the same thing before seeing The Incredibles, which it turned out to be, well, great.

(You thought I was going to say "incredible," didn't you?)

Release Date: June 27

#6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Jason Segal. Kristen Bell. Bill Hader. Jonah Hill. Paul Rudd. Judd Apatow. Need I say more?

Release Date: April 18

#5. Pineapple Express

Seth Rogen. James Franco. Evan Goldberg. Bill Hader. Judd Apatow. Need I say more? Again.

Release Date: August 8

#4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

From what I've heard, a lot gets cut from the movie, but that doesn't mean it'll be a bad movie. In fact, it'll probably be the best Harry Potter movie yet, what with the cast getting better and the plot being the darkest of any of the previous movies. But I still can't wait for the seventh and final one to come out.

Release Date: November 21

#3. The Dark Knight

Batman Begins was a great movie, and there's absolutely reason to believe this movie won't be as good, if not better. The core cast returns, and the late Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Cillian Murphy and Anthony Michael Hall (!) are also in it. There's no way this movie is going to be bad.

Release Date: July 18

#2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I don’t care that Harrison Ford is 65 years old and that his last good movie was 2000’s What Lies Beneath and before that, Air Force One…in 1997. It’s still Indiana Jones, and although Short Round (sadly) won’t be in the movie, I think it’s still going to be a very good movie—at least I hope so.

Release Date: May 22

#1. Star Trek

When I heard that they wanted to make another Star Trek movie, I thought to myself, Why? But then I heard J.J. Abrams’ name was attached and Zachary Quinto signed on to be Spock, and I immediately changed my thoughts to, When’s it coming out?!? As someone who has seen nearly every Trek movie and is making their way through the episodes as we speak, it’s essential that this is a good movie or, I fear, Trek will be dead for good.

Release Date: December 25