I have made a sampling of the more popular movies put up on the big screen in 2008. These are some of the motion pictures I found entertaining in this years crop. I’m sure that you can find a picture or two that you will enjoy.
10,000 B.C.: This movie takes us back 1,000’s of years. When a warlike tribe storms the Yaghai people, they ride off with some of the people, including the lovely Evolet. A young hunter named D’Leh, who is in love with her, leads a group of hunters to pursue the warlords, and save her, and the rest of the captured tribe members.
TWENTY ONE: The basis for this film is an amazing true story about M.I.T. students who created a winning formula to beat blackjack. These college kids learned to beat the game, and then performed an assault on the casinos. To be successful in Las Vegas, where card counting can get you banned, they created false identities, and used complex signals to avoid detection. Twenty One is based on the book that explains how these kids took it to the casinos.
ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO: The bills aren’t getting paid and Zack and Miri, roomies who have been friends since grade school, are desperate to make some money. What will they do? Simple, make a dirty movie. As you might expect this situation makes for a fun movie.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH: Searching for his brother, Professor Trevor Anderson travels to Iceland, and that sends him into the depths of our planet. This is a remake of the 1959 film, which was based on the classic novel by celebrated writer Jules Verne. Directed by Eric Brevig, and starring Brendan Fraser.
MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA: As you might imagine, this is the next edition to the big hit film Madagascar. Our cast of lost animals, Alex (Lion), Marty (Zebra), Gloria (Hippo), and Melman (Giraffe) are trying to get back to New York’s famous Central Park Zoo, putting an end to their incredible adventure. With things going wrong again, with the Penguins leading them astray, they now are headed to have more adventures first.
THE CHRONICALS OF NARNIA, PRINCE CASPIAN: Just one year has passed in there “regular” lives, when Edmund, Peter, Susan, and Lucy are mysteriously pulled back into Narnia. Prince Caspian has blown Susan’s magic horn, praying that he will be saved. 100’s of years have passed since they left Narnia, but they now return to save Narnia from the evil Telmarines. With the help of the brave warriors of Narnia, they will fight for the future of Narnia.
ROLE MODELS: Danny and Wheeler, a couple of energy drink sales people, are facing jail time after trashing the company truck. The option to get out of going to prison is by doing community service. They are assigned to work as mentors with difficult children in a big brother type situation. This is a good situation for some good laughs.
STEP BROTHERS: Two forty year old child adults, who each live with their single parents, are going to live in the same room because their mom and dad get married, you have one crazy situation. With Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in those roles, and the conditions are right for lots of laughs. This film is a sure fire bet for a good time this year.
TROPIC THUNDER: With an abundance of acting talent this movie is a parody of recent war movies. In order to inspire his underachieving super stars to create a quality war film, the frantic, and abused, director Damien Cockburn into the wild, and leaves them there by themselves. The goal is to shock them into making a war movie monster, which will be caught on hidden cameras in the area. Unbelievably, as the director dies unexpectedly by stepping on a real land mine, the spoiled actors are on their own, and they start acting, thinking it’s a big set, when things start to get very real. Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., and Tom Cruise star.
These days just about everyone buys or rents films when the come out on DVD, so they can see them in the comfort of their living rooms. A more recent method for getting films is by downloading them directly off websites. Online providers have websites that with a membership, you can download virtually any movie ever made.