2008 at the Movies (No20-11)

So Tuesday afternoon I had been hanging out with Lambkin – we watched the end of The Wild Thornberrys Movie then played Lego Star Wars on the Xbox 360.

Then when I got home I watched 2008 at The Movies on BBC iPlayer. There are various other bits but the main bit is counting down the biggest films of the year. So here they are:

20. What Happens in Vegas – I rented this one from our On Demand service. It was good and in general I like Ashton Kutcher (I like him in A Lot Like Love and Just Married).

Set in Sin City, story revolves around two people who discover they’ve gotten married following a night of debauchery, with one of them winning a huge jackpot after playing the other’s quarter. Unhappy pair try to undermine each other and get their hands on the money — falling in love along the way. 

19. Jumper – Hayden Christensen – I didn’t see this film. It did interest me but I never got round to see it! When my brother has it on DVD I’ll watch it and be back with a review!

In Ann Arbor, the teenager David Rice was left by his mother when he was five years-old; he does not have a good relationship with his father; and he has a crush on his schoolmate Millie Harris. When David gives a snow globe with the Eiffel Tower to Millie, the bully Mark Kobold throws it onto a frozen river. David tries to retrieve the object, but the ice shatters and David fall under the ice. Suddenly he teleports himself to a library and discovers that he has the ability to jump anywhere he wants. He decides to run away home, moving to New York, and uses his power to rob a bank vault. Eight years later, David is living in a fancy apartment in New York and having a life full of adventure, traveling to the most exotic places in the world. He decides to visit Millie in Ann Arbor and invites her to visit Rome. While in the Coliseum, David meets the jumper Griffin that explains to him that the dangerous Roland Cox and his team of Paladins are chasing him and his family and friends are in danger.

18. High School Musical 3: Senior Year – I’d seen both HSM and HSM2 when they’ve been televised. The Wendy Lady wanted to go see it so I went with her. If it hadn’t been for her dragging me I doubt I would have seen it! Apparently although it’s the Senior Year and so the high school students are moving on to college, there’s going to be a new class starting or High School Musical @ College!

As seniors in high school, Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future. 

17. Get Smart – Steve Carell plays a Bond kinda character – but think of an American version of a Yankee Johnny English (played by Rowan Atkinson). The movie also starts one of my favourite actresses that is Anne Hathaway (she plays Agent 99), Another one that I didn’t see but hope to see! 

American Maxwell Smart works for a Government spy agency in an administrative capacity. When the agency’s head office is attacked, the Chief decides to assign Maxwell as a spy and partners him with sexy Agent 99, much to her chagrin. The duo nevertheless set off to combat their attackers by first parachuting off an airplane and landing in Russian territory – followed closely by a over seven foot tall, 400 pound goon, known simply as Dalip. The duo, handicapped by Maxwell’s antics, will eventually have their identities compromised, and may be chalked up as casualties while back in America their attackers have already planted a bomb that is set-up to explode in a concert.

16. The Incredible Hulk – This is another film that was a remake of an original (obviously we’re struggling with new ideas!) I didn’t see this as it’s not really my cup of tea – I didn’t really like the original series. 

Depicting the events after the Gamma Bomb. ‘The Incredible Hulk’ tells the story of Dr Bruce Banner, who seeks a cure to his unique condition, which causes him to turn into a giant green monster under emotional stress. Whilst on the run from military which seeks his capture, Banner comes close to a cure. But all is lost when a new creature emerges; The Abomination.

15. 10,000BC – Another I didn’t see (or rather haven’t seen yet!). I saw lots of reviews about it particularly on Film 2008 with Jonathan Ross before it was pulled when he was suspended. Although it did look interesting it didn’t really grab my attention.

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter’s journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe.

14. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: Another one I haven’t seen but want to! I love DreamWorks (and Disney Pixar) movies.

The sequel to 2005’s “Madagascar”, in which New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, start to leave the island. All of a sudden, they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them after spending so much time at the Central Park Zoo. 

13. Dr Seuss’s Horton hears a Who!: Another one I didn’t see! I’m not so keen on the Dr Seuss adapatations. I saw The Cat in The Hat (starring Mike Myers as the cat) and it just annoyed me! 

One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry from help coming from a speck of dust. Even though he can’t see anyone on the speck, he decides to help it. As it turns out, the speck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in their city of Whoville. Horton agrees to help protect the Whos and their home, but this gives him nothing but torment from his neighbors, who refuse to believe that anything could survive on the speck. Still, Horton stands by the motto that, “After all, a person is a person, no matter how small.” 

12. Wanted – Since seeing James McAvoy in Starter For 10 I’ve been a fan lol. In this film he starts along side Angelina Jolie. I didn’t see this at the cinema as to me it echoed the Matrix (the whole bending bullets thing!) but if I can I’ll watch it on DVD at least once. 

A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin, and that he shares his father’s superhuman killing abilities.

11. The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor – This is a film that my brother likes – I wouldn’t go and see it myself as it’s not really my cup of tea any more, however I might borrow the DVD from my brother as he received it for Christmas. Brendan Fraser resumes his role as 

In the Far East, trouble-seeking father-and-son duo Rick and Alex O’Connell unearth the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin — a shape-shifting entity who was cursed by a wizard centuries ago.

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