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Total Recall: Top 10 Movies of 2008

Now, we all know that 2008 was a year of big movies, including some really big sequels. So, here is a post in which I recollect the best of the best that 2008 had to offer in film. So the countdown begins here!

10 ) Burn After Reading

The Cohen Brothers returned after the Academy Award winner No Country For Old Men with this hilarious dark comedy. Though the plot’s a bit complicated, it offers good laughs, with great performances by Brad Pitt and George Clooney. The movie tells the story of a former CIA Agent (John Malkovich), his wife (Tilda Swinton) and her secret lover (George Clooney) and two gym emplyoees (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand). A CD containing highly classified data from Malkovich’s CIA Files, secretly extracted by his wife falls into the hands of Brad Pitt while his colleague becomes fast friends with George Clooney. The rest is pure comedy! 😀

9 ) Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na

This could be termed as the typical Bollywood movie, but with a difference. A fresh breath into Bollywood, an industry that’s almost rusting with dead-brainers these days. The movie centers around teenage liveliness and loveliness. Marking the debut of Imran Khan and first lead-role for Genelia D’ Souza, this Abbas Tyrewala movie twisted the age old Indian taste for love stories and mixed it with well-delivered comedy. The only low-down? It’s just a one-time watch.

8 ) Iron Man

Probably the first big Superhero blockbuster of the year. Based on the comic book series by the same name, this action-packed movie set new standards in the superhero movie genre. Robert Downey Jr.’s performance was impeccable and the movie automatically won over many critics’ hearts. The movie is tells the story of Industrialist Tony Stark, a giant in the weapon manufacturing industry, whose illusions about war get shattered when he is abducted and asked to create a WMD to be used against his own nation. He then takes the cover of the Iron Man and tries to put an end to everything that he was once the center of. Amazing movie to say the least.
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December 27, 2008 Posted by | Movies, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Review: Yes Man!

Yes Man Poster

Director: Peyton Reed
Producer: Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Jim Carrey, Terrence Stamp, Zooey Deschanel et al.
Based on the book The Yes Man by Dannie Wallace.

This was a not-so-big release in India during the Christmas Week, but it was one that I didn’t want to miss. Jim Carrey’s return with a well made romantic comedy was good enough to mark his return to form.

The movie premises on the story of Carl (Carrey), whose monotonous life changes for good when he is encouraged to say ‘Yes!’ to every opportunity that comes to him, by a motivational speaker who hosts a group every week to preach about the greatness of the word ‘Yes’. The concept revolutionizes his life and soon, he finds himself getting over his ex-girlfriend, learning to play the guitar, bungee jumping and even finds a new soul-mate. The movie follows Carl, as he enjoys his new found life and how he copes with it the drastic change in himself.

In all, its a funny movie, with Jim Carrey’s charisma making you laugh everytime he shows up. Great supporting roles by Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper and Rhys Darby too. With an innovative script, this is a must watch for all Jim Carrey fans. But for others, I would suggest waiting for the DVDs to come out, for this genre of movies does not feel different in a movie theater compared to the DVDs.

I would give a 7/10. One of the best comedies of the year.

December 27, 2008 Posted by | Movies, Uncategorized | , | 4 Comments