Well, that’s how I feel right now. Uninspired. I just can’t seem to write much of anything. It’s not for lack of movie watching. We’ve watched The Kingdom (Peter Berg directed movie that is basically Friday Night Lights in Saudi Arabia – a good watch), Lions for Lambs (excellent performances by all – Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, with the best by up-&-comer Andrew Garfield), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (altogether unmemorable or should I say unwatchable, which is saying a lot from someone who actually enjoyed the first two movies), The Love Guru (god awful, I said in a previous post that Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer may have been the worst movie ever, but amazingly Mike Myers has figured out a way to top it – when the "climax" of your movie is two elephants getting it on at a hockey game you know your career as a filmmaker is officially over), I Am Legend (not bad, never quite delivers on the whole thrills & chills level though), Dan in Real Life (a rare bright spot – Steve Carrell confirms that he is truly a star on all levels), Into the Wild (another bright spot, but totally haunting) & Charlie Wilson’s War (completely overlooked by most of the awards from last year, but all involved shine – Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman).
I guess I’m not alone though, because pretty much all of the big-name movie critics have lamented about 2008 being a sub-par movie-going year. I don’t know if it was because of the writer’s strike or even the economy, but 2008 held very few bright spots (the ones I mentioned above were actually from 2007 – of late Netflix isn’t coming up with many decent DVD’s from 2008). So, I’m sending it out to all of you good people. What were your favourite movies of 2008? What inspired you? What was disappointing? I’d love to hear, so maybe, just maybe, I could be inspired too!