#6 – Iron Man
#7 – Eagle Eye
#8 – Then She Found Me
#9 – Kit Kittridge: An American Girl
#10- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Tagline: Fully Charged
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Written by: John August, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Arthur Marcum, Matthew Hollaway
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Terrance Howard, Shaun Toub
Music by: Ramin Djawadi
Release date: May 2, 2008
Synopsis: When billionaire businessman Tony Stark is captured and wounded by terrorists, he is forced to build a suit of powered armor to escape. The man who saved his life by implanting a power source directly connected to his heart gives him the idea of using the same power source to fuel the armor. When he returns home, Stark attempts to perfect his new creation and define himself as a superhero. But, as usual, there are others who would use this power for evil.
Why this movie made my top ten:
This movie has definitely become one of my favorite superhero movies. First, because it does such a wonderful job telling the origination of Iron Man. While this is the entire first half of the movie, it in no way becomes tedious or boring, and still leaves a few tantalizing questions unanswered. That is the beauty of this film, actually. It is completely straightforward – we know who Iron Man is, how he became Iron Man, why he became Iron Man, and what his weaknesses are. And this is a hefty part of the reason Tony Stark is so endearing and impressive as a superhero – he is who he is.
This is also a fun superhero movie. There is no angst. There’s no finding one’s identity as the superhero, Stark embraces it wholeheartedly from the beginning. There isn’t any romantic sludge to drag down the pacing of the film (though there is romantic tension). We get a great picture of the characters and what they’re like, plus their relationships to one another. Instead of emotional drama, we get fun and great fight scenes. The whole time, you’re rooting for Stark, which in my opinion, is how a superhero movie should be. It should also be mentioned that the Iron Man theme is one of the best out there. It’ll get stuck in your head…but in a good way.
Favorite scene: When Stark busts out of the terrorist camp.
#10 – The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
#9 – Kung Fu Panda
#8 – Eagle Eye
#7 – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Tagline: Some Thing Has Found Us
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Written by: Drew Goddard
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, T. J. Miller, Jessica Lucas, Odette Yustman, Lizzy Caplan, Mike Vogel
Music by: Michal Giacchino (No music throughout the entire movie, but he wrote the fantastic end credits “Cloverfield Overture (ROAR!)”.
Release Date: January 18, 2008
Synopsis: Something huge and terrible attacks New York. 6 friends try to survive the night. Nearly ninety minutes of sheer chaos ensues.
Why it made my top ten: Here’s what I wrote in my review: “A relentless roller coaster that consistently deals out emotional sucker-punch after emotional sucker-punch, Cloverfield is the brave film experiment from the minds of J.J. Abrams, Drew Goddard, and Matt Reeves. It’s America’s Godzilla, a statement on today’s Facebook/MySpace/Twitter generation, a daring film experiment, and a breathtaking thrill ride.”
I stand by that. Cloverfield is an absolute rush, with moments of absolute brilliance. The tricks that it performs might not work as well a second time, but here they work on every level possible. You *need* to see this movie, at least once. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen.
Favorite scene: Honestly? I absolutely love the ending. “It was a very good day.” Absolutely heartbreaking, and absolutely the perfect emotional ending to the film.
Oscar Chances: Zip.