Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My Movies of the Year

I'm back from my trip, and I'm bushed. I realized last night while I was trying to pass out on the couch that even though I've chimed in to a few great new shows this Fall, it's been a long while since I've enjoyed a good movie.

But my faves of the year have to include Iron Man in the number one position (which is out on video today!) God, I loved that movie, the Robert Downey, Jr. snarky rendition of Tony Stark was perfect, and since I'm very much a Marvel fan I thought they did a great job with the storyline.

Along the same lines with the comic book hero movies, I've heard amazing reviews about the Dark Knight and I can't wait for it to be released on video to watch it (although I know I should have seen it on the big screen). Since I haven't yet seen it, I did find a few other reviews so that I could competently make a recommendation:

"The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination. It's full of surprises you don't see coming. And just try to get it out of your dreams." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Heath Ledger was really as good as everyone said he was. While Jack Nicholson’s Joker in 1989’s Batman was campy and diabolical, Ledger’s Joker was unsettling, disturbingly matter of fact about his criminal exploits, and fascinating to watch. Ledger was The Joker. He had the mannerisms perfected, from the smoothing back of the wiry hair, to the flicker of his tongue, to the lumbering walk. It was such a commanding performance that any scene he was in, everything else paled in comparison." Eclare Fair

So what have you seen this year that you want to rave about? What are you looking forward to on the list of movies still to come?


Elyssa Papa said...

I just watched Sex and the City movie over the weekend and really enjoyed that more than I thought I would. I want to see Iron Man, which I might get tomorrow or hope it comes on the InDemand channel so I can just order it. I like staying in to watch movies . . . something in me just rebels at the thought of paying that much money for a ticket price alone. It's weird how I'm cheap with some things and not others. LOL.

Wylie Kinson said...

I'm with you on Iron Man. Loved it.
I saw The Dark Knight twice, and yes, you should have seen it on a big screen... but I hear they're actually going to re-release it in theatres just before the end of the year (for more Oscar buzz, methinks).
I also enjoyed Wanted. It was my surprise hit of the year -- and I look forward to seeing Burn After Reading in the next week.

J.K. Coi said...

Ely, I was never a Sex in the City fan so I don't think I'm going to watch that until it's absolutely free--like late-night television free, but I'm glad that you liked it.

J.K. Coi said...

Wyle, Wanted was another one. When I was making up my short list, I was trying to think of it but it wouldn't come to it, thanks for reminding me!

terrio said...

I'm not a big, dark, blockbuster fan usually, but I loved Dark Knight. Heath was all that and more. And Aaron Eckhart held his own as well. And Christian. *sigh*

I also was surprised to like Wanted. I took a friend who knows that's not my kind of movie and she was amazed I enjoyed it as much as I did. But come on, it's McAvoy!

I took Kiddo to see Igor this weekend and it's actually really funny. Very smart and teaches a good lesson about not judging people and not having to fulfill the labels people slap on you. Steve Buscemi as an immortal rabbit with suicidal tendencies was one of the best parts. Throw in Sean Hayes as the less than genius Brain (he spelled his name Brian on his jar...lol) and the always great John Cusack and you have a pretty darn good movie.

I'm still dying to see The Duchess and there's a new one coming out where children read books out loud and they come to life. Has a HP meets Narnia look to it. Brendan Fraser and Helen Mirran are in it so I'm thinking that will be worth the cinema price.

terrio said...

Oh, the books come to life one is called Ink Heart. Not to be confused with the Adam Sandler comedy coming out that has a very similar story premise.

J.K. Coi said...

Terri, that Ink Heart sounds interesting. I hadn't heard of it yet, but I'm going to make a point of putting it on my list too, thanks!

Julie Wright said...

I LOVED iron man! Robert Downey Jr was so much fun to look at and the entire plot seemed plausable to me. Loved loved loved it!

J.K. Coi said...

Hi Julie, nice of you to stop by!! :)

When I was talking to my husband today about this, he also reminded me about these (all of which I didn't see, but I'll definitely be renting):

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (love Brenden Fraser)

Indiana Jones (my poor teenage heart still beats for Harrison)

Eagle Eye (Shia LeBeouf of Transformers fame--still in theatres)

Hellboy II (not sure about this one, but hubby's a fan)

I guess you can tell that we're a big "action" family, huh?