Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies for 2008

So what makes a film worth anticipating? Considering the director's previous films, the actors involved, and the overall story or concept, these films should be ones to watch in 2008.

10. Be Kind Rewind From the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, this Jack Black film looks imaginative and hilarious. Two movie store clerks reenact, re-film, and rent out all their accidentally-erased VHS tapes. The trailer made me giggle.

9. Blue Like Jazz There are plans for making Donald Miller's phenomenal book about Christian spirituality into a full-length film. It could be coming out by late 2008. My spiritual journey has been deeply impacted by Miller's words, and I am eager to see how the concepts from this book would be expressed in a new creative medium.

8. Bond 22 I know very little about this film, except that Daniel Craig continues his reign as the new James Bond and the film supposedly picks up where 1995's Goldeneye left off. With director Marc Forster, it has a lot of potential to be another action-packed hit in the same vein as Casino Royale.

7. Burn After Reading George Clooney + Brad Pitt + John Malkovich + Frances McDormand + the Coen Brothers = pretty sure it's gonna be amazing.

6. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian I'll be honest, I wasn't overly impressed with the first installment of The Chronicles of Narnia. But I love the books, and I am really hoping that this film learns from the mistakes of the first and greatly improves.

5. Where The Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak's children's story about a little boy named Max who travels to a land filled with fantastic creatures is one of my favorites from my childhood. I think I'll trust the film in Spike Jonze's excellent director hands.

4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button With an original story about a man who ages backwards by F. Scott Fitzgerald (author of The Great Gatsby) and directed by one of my all-time favorite directors, David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven, Zodiac), this film has me really intrigued.

3. Cloverfield J.J. Abrams--of Lost fame--is the current master of creating tension and intrigue (think of the opening scenes in both Lost and Mission Impossible III). With the overtly vague trailer and film title, this is the film that has people asking, "what is it?"

2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull I still can't believe that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are actually doing it after an almost-20-year hiatus. But it's happening! Indy is back this May! My only concern is Shia LaBeouf, who could ruin a perfectly enjoyable film. But I have high hopes!

and the film that I believe everyone needs to see in 2008....

1. The Dark Knight This is hands down the movie I'm most excited about. I've watched the trailer about 10 times now. Director Christopher Nolan has not made a bad film yet, and Batman Begins is my favorite superhero movie. Christian Bale is perfect as Batman, and Heath Ledger looks extremely creepy as the Joker. I am pumped to see this. It's gonna be a long wait 'til July.

Runner Ups: Speed Racer, The Box, The Changeling, The Happening, WALL-E, Valkyrie

Happy new year of movies! And, as always, check out Cameron's list of a similar nature.

1 comment:

  1. Another great list. I debated putting The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on my list because of all the reasons you stated. Perhaps if there were a trailer or something now, my excitement would be a little higher.