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My top 10 movies for 2008

Posted by Abi Kwok on December 30, 2008

Disclaimer: this selection is actually limited because I haven’t seen that too many movies this year. I’ll try to make it up this next year. πŸ˜€

Personally, this year has been a feel-good year in my movie experience. Most, if not all, of the movies I picked for my top 10 2008 movies were animations, if not comic book adaptations. Movies such as Horton Hears a Who and High School Musical 3 were among my top picks for this year.

10. 10,000 BC

Director Ronald Emmerich (Independence Day, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow) took a number of virtually unknown stars and produced a kick-ass movie boasting of excellent CGI effects consisting of larger-than-life ziggurats, mammoths, and other pre-historic mammals. Although I think that the plot is a bit cliche (plus several critics point out the historical inaccuracies in the movie), props to Emmerich for making a good movie out of not-so-good actors. πŸ™‚

9. Jumper

Hayden Christensen is hot! ‘Nuf said πŸ˜€

8. Speed Racer

One of my childhood favorites (plus I absolutely LOVED the Dexter’s Lab spin-off where all the characters spoke very fast, just like in the cartoons), Speed Racer boasts of mind-blowing effects that will leave you dizzy at the end of the movie. Plus, I love cars so this movie definitely belongs in my list!

7. Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr.’s career came to a screeching halt after he was involved in several drug-related incidents. Iron Man was, I think, the movie that put him back in world entertainment spotlight. Downey’s portrayal in the movie earned him rave reviews from critics around the world. Not only that, the movie grossed over $300 million in US and Canada alone.

6. Kung Fu Panda

What’s not to love about Kung Fu Panda? Apart from its main character being portrayed by a pot-bellied, furry, cuddly panda; that panda is also voiced by Jack Black himself. The plot of the movie is simple: a bumbling panda, Po, wants to be a Kung Fu master. When he finally got his chance, he was grossly discriminated by his peers. Eventually, Po was able to stand out and do more than what is expected of him.

5. You Don’t Mess With The Zohan

Adam Sandler portrays an Israeli soldier who escapes his home country and flies to New York to live his dream as a hair stylist. Actually, I really loved the acting of John Turturro. Heh πŸ˜€ Anyway, this movie is really, REALLY funny. Yes, the plot is pretty shallow, but it’s a feel-good movie where you leave the cinema feeling light headed and stress-free πŸ™‚

4. The Day the Earth Stood Still

It was only AFTER seeing the movie that I discovered it was a remake.Β  Nevertheless, I liked the message of the movie: care for your environment before it’s too late. But this takes on a different approach to “scolding” the so-called stewards of the earth — alien invasion. Movies like The Day After Tomorrow and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth are no match forΒ  this movie, IMO πŸ™‚

3. High School Musical 3

You may disagree with me here, but I loved, loved, LOVED this movie. There are several kinks in the movie, but I loved the simplicity of the story, especially the love story between Troy and Gabriela *swoon* This movie brings me back to high school. Plus, it has a kick-ass soundtrack. Oh, and this movie made me cry, ESPECIALLY towards the end πŸ™‚

2. The Dark Knight

This critically acclaimed movie stars the late Heath Ledger, who portrays a very disturbing Joker. I think, and many may agree with me in this, that Ledger actually fared so much better than Christian Bale.

1. Sex and the City

SATC is my number 1 movie this year (because I’m a girl and I’m biased that way LOL)! Friendship, love, life all in style; this movie gives the grandest ending to the cult TV series. My favorite scene from the movie? This:

(Sorry about the quality of the video)

I loved how Carrie’s friends protected her and stood by her after she was ditched by Mr. Big. Although the sweet ending of the movie is worth a standing O as well πŸ˜€


Movies I want to see next year:

1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2. Angels and Demons

3. Transformers 2

Can’t wait for next year!


2 Responses to “My top 10 movies for 2008”

  1. Anna said

    Dude I LOVE that scene!

  2. Abi Kwok said

    Seriously, I was stopping myself from crying inside the theater =/

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