Sunday Jan 04, 2009

'08 Movie List

Happy new year! Every year has its highlights and challenges, and 2008 was no different. Lets see what 2009 has in store for us, and may it be better than last year.

I went 6 months since my last post and I resume once again with the movies Amie and I saw in 2008. We didn't get to see as many movies as we wanted, but there were lots of good ones, and a few that we should have skipped. Here's our list:

Jason's 2008 rankings Amie's 2008 rankings
  1. The Dark Knight
  2. Slumdog Millionaire
  3. Wall-E
  4. Juno
  5. Iron Man
  6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  7. There Will Be Blood
  8. Cloverfield
  9. Quantum of Solace
  10. Forbidden Kingdom
  11. The Incredible Hulk
  12. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
  13. Tropic Thunder
  14. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  15. Sex and the City
  16. Kung Fu Panda
  17. Twilight
  18. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  19. The House Bunny
  20. Vantage Point
  21. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  22. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  23. Get Smart
  24. Bedtime Stories
  25. Eagle Eye
  26. Hancock
  27. The Other Boleyn Girl
  28. Hitman
  29. I am Legend
  30. Step Up 2 the Streets
  31. Pineapple Express
  32. 21
  33. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
  34. Mamma Mia!
  35. 10,000 BC
  36. No Country for Old Men
  37. The Assassination of Jesse James
  38. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  39. Leatherheads
  40. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
  41. Sydney White
  42. In the Valley of Elah
  43. Jumper
  1. Sex and the City
  2. Twilight
  3. The Dark Knight
  4. Juno
  5. Slumdog Millionaire
  6. Definitely, Maybe
  7. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
  8. Iron Man
  9. Wall-E
  10. I am Legend
  11. Forbidden Kingdom
  12. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  13. Tropic Thunder
  14. The House Bunny
  15. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  16. Step Up 2 the Streets
  17. The Incredible Hulk
  18. Sydney White
  19. Kung Fu Panda
  20. Mamma Mia!
  21. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  22. Get Smart
  23. Wanted
  24. Quantum of Solace
  25. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  26. Spiderwick Chronicles
  27. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
  28. Bedtime Stories
  29. Vantage Point
  30. 21
  31. Eagle Eye
  32. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  33. 27 Dresses
  34. Jumper
  35. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
  36. Hancock
  37. Pineapple Express
  38. 10,000 BC
  39. Leatherheads
  40. Speedracer

Wednesday May 07, 2008

April '08 Movie Update

We made it back to the theater this month to see some entertaining movies. I even got to see some other recent movies while Amie skipped on those so she could read her book instead. And now that I got a lot of the Oscar flicks out of the way, I can't wait to see and blog about the movies that come out in May!

  • Forbidden Kingdom
    Entertaining factor: 4 / 5
    Plot factor: 3 / 5
    Overall: 3.5 / 5
    Comments: Every kung-fu movie fan has to see this because its the first time Jackie Chan and Jet Li appear in a movie together. I was hearing bad things about the movie before seeing it, but it was a lot better than I expected. Its not the best kung fu movie, but its entertaining enough to recommend. The fight scene between Jackie and Jet was the best part.

  • Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
    Entertaining factor: 3 / 5
    Plot factor: 2.5 / 5
    Overall: 3 / 5
    Comments: I think you'll only appreciate this movie if you liked the first one, like me. It was just as silly as you watch the title characters go from one preposterous scenario to another.

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    Entertaining factor: 3.5 / 5
    Plot factor: 3.5 / 5
    Overall: 3.5 / 5
    Comments: This was a fun and hilarious movie and I was really surprised with the smart and witty dialogue. I was expecting dumb and crude humor but instead it was smart and crude humor. There's only one thing I want to forget about this movie, and people who have seen (or heard about) this movie will know what I mean.

  • I Am Legend
    Entertaining factor: 3.5 / 5
    Plot factor: 3 / 5
    Overall: 3.5 / 5
    Comments: I had the urge to know how Will Smith saved the world this time. This movie is best enjoyed for what it is and can't be looked into deeply because the plot is ultra-thin and barely held together. The directing/editing made up for it and kept the movie intense.

  • There Will Be Blood
    Entertaining factor: 4 / 5
    Plot factor: 4 / 5
    Overall: 4 / 5
    Comments: I had to make sure I saw this movie and I'm glad I did because this was a really good and interesting movie. And now I know what "I drink your milkshake!" means. Daniel Day-Lewis was excellent and I also thought Paul Dano was great. I think this movie is better than No Country For Old Men.

  • Hitman
    Entertaining factor: 3.5 / 5
    Plot factor: 3.5 / 5
    Overall: 3.5 / 5
    Comments: After There Will Be Blood, I was in the mood for a movie that was less serious and had action scenes. And this assassin movie, which is based on a video game, did the job (pun intended). I thought the action scenes were well done and that the dark humor made it amusing. I don't know anything about the game, so fans of the game may think otherwise.


Jason's 2008 rankings Amie's 2008 rankings
  1. Juno
  2. There Will Be Blood added
  3. Cloverfield
  4. Forbidden Kingdom added
  5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall added
  6. Hitman added
  7. I Am Legend added
  8. Step Up 2 the Streets
  9. No Country For Old Men
  10. The Assassination of Jesse James
  11. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  12. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay added
  13. In The Valley of Elah
  14. Jumper
  1. Juno
  2. I am Legend
  3. Forbidden Kingdom added
  4. Step Up 2 the Streets
  5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall added
  6. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  7. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay added
  8. Jumper
  9. 27 Dresses

Monday Apr 14, 2008

March '08 Movie Update

This may have been a first for me and Amie - we went through the month without going to the movies. I still saw some movies, on my laptop, but not at the theater. Amie decided to pass and read her book instead so I only have my rankings to update.

  • No Country For Old Men
    Entertaining factor: 3.5 / 5
    Plot factor: 3.5 / 5
    Overall: 3.5 / 5
    Comments: Its definitely a unique and interesting movie. But is it worthy of Best Picture? I think Atonement and Juno are better. But Javier Bardem was really spooky and he probably deserves his Oscar.

  • In the Valley of Elah
    Entertaining factor: 3 / 5
    Plot factor: 2.5 / 5
    Overall: 3 / 5
    Comments: Another heavy movie to watch. It was slow paced but the writing and cast were interesting enough to keep me in it through the end. But after I told Amie what happened in this movie, she was glad she skipped it. Of the three this month, this would be the one to skip.

  • The Assassination of Jesse James...
    Entertaining factor: 3.5 / 5
    Plot factor: 3.5 / 5
    Overall: 3.5 / 5
    Comments: This movie fits in between the previous two movies. Its not as captivating as No Country, but definitely more than Elah. Brad Pitt was quite good (did I just say that?) but I was really impressed with Casey Affleck's performance.


Jason's 2008 rankings Amie's 2008 rankings
  1. Juno
  2. Cloverfield
  3. Step Up 2 the Streets
  4. No Country For Old Men added
  5. The Assassination of Jesse James added
  6. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  7. In The Valley of Elah added
  8. Jumper
  1. Juno
  2. I am Legend
  3. Step Up 2 the Streets
  4. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  5. Jumper
  6. 27 Dresses

Thursday Mar 06, 2008

February '08 Movie Update

February flew by for us and we didn't go to the movies as much as we hoped but we did get to see Jumper and Step Up 2 the Streets. We were planning to see some of the Oscar-nominated movies but looks like we'll have to catch up through rentals.

  • Jumper
    Entertaining factor: 2.5 / 5
    Plot factor: 2 / 5
    Overall: 2 / 5
    Comments: This one was a big flop to me. Maybe it was the geek in me that wanted a more plausible movie but it didn't make sense and it wasn't fluid. And Hayden Christensen was not good at all. Great concept, poor execution. I blame one of the writers, David S. Goyer. The only movie I like from him is Batman Begins but Christopher Nolan should get the bulk of the credit for that movie.

  • Step Up 2 the Streets
    Entertaining factor: 4 / 5
    Plot factor: 3 / 5
    Overall: 3.5 / 5
    Comments: I like hip hop music and dance, so I found this movie extremely fun and entertaining. The plot was suprisingly decent, and even tied in to the first movie.


Jason's 2008 rankings Amie's 2008 rankings
  1. Juno
  2. Cloverfield
  3. Step Up 2 the Streets added
  4. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  5. Jumper added
  1. Juno
  2. I am Legend
  3. Step Up 2 the Streets added
  4. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  5. Jumper added
  6. 27 Dresses

Saturday Feb 02, 2008

Starting the 2008 Movie Rankings

Here's the movies we've seen to start off the year: National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Cloverfield, Juno.

  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
    Entertaining factor: 3 / 5
    Plot factor: 2.5 / 5
    Overall: 3 / 5
    Comments: This one had its moments but it just wasn't as exciting or as witty as the first one. I also thought the villain wasn't developed as well either. Nothing against Ed Harris.

  • Cloverfield
    Entertaining factor: 4.5 / 5
    Plot factor: 4 / 5
    Overall: 4 / 5
    Comments: Amie passed on this movie because she was worried about getting sick from the shaky camera movement. So she saw
    27 Dresses instead. And I was worried about getting sick from watching that chick flick. haha
    I thought this was a great monster movie and I was immersed in it the whole time.

  • Juno
    Entertaining factor: 4.5 / 5
    Plot factor: 4 / 5
    Overall: 4.5 / 5
    Comments: This is a really great comedy / drama. Ellen Page was really funny and cute. This movie definitely deserves the attention and acclaim its getting.


  • Jason's 2008 rankings Amie's 2008 rankings
    1. Juno added
    2. Cloverfield added
    3. National Treasure: Book of Secrets added
    1. Juno added
    2. I am Legendadded
    3. National Treasure: Book of Secrets added
    4. 27 Dressesadded

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