2008 Summer Movie – “Blockbusters”

Time to light up the marquee, put oil in the popcorn popper, stock the counter with juju beans, and pour the sodas because the 2008 Summer Movie season is about to kick off.Movie Palace

This year looks to be just as hot as the 2007 season judging by the number of blockbusters scheduled to hit the silver screen in 2008.  To help you navigate the summer movie season, I have listed the movies that I feel have what it takes to become a summer blockbuster movie.  Can these movies make the grade and rock out the summer as “the” movie to see?  Who knows, but it will fun to find out!  Let season begin!

  • Iron Man – Based on the Marvel comic book series, Iron Man tells the story of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) a billionaire, inventor, and CEO who straps on state-of-the art armor to fight crime and protect the American way while battling demons of his own – alcoholism. Think of Batman in hi-tech armor. It opens May 2nd.
  • Speed Racer – Based on the 1960 anime, Speed Racer follows the adventures of your favorite teen race car driver named Speed (Emile Hirsh) while he chases the checkered flag to glory to save his family’s business from ruin. It opens May 9th.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – The second book in the seven-book Narnia fantasy series. This installment finds Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy back in the realm of Narnia. This trip is 1300 years after the battle between the Lion and the Witch. Since their last visit, Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines and under rule by another tyrant – King Miraz. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy join forces with the rightful heir Prince Caspian as they try to liberate Narnia once again from the forces of evil. It opens May 16th.
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – The fourth installment in the adventures of everyone’s favorite archeologist has Indy battling the forces of communisms during their late ‘50s as they race for Aztec treasure and the fate of the free world. It opens May 22nd.
  • Sex and the City: The Movie – Based on the long running HBO series that follows the lives of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda in the concrete jungle of New York City. It opens May 30th.
  • You Don’t Mess with the Zohan – Adam Sandler plays a former Israeli Mossad agent who fakes his own death so he can reinvent himself as a hair stylist in New York City. I never knew getting a hair cut could be so dangerous. It opens June 6th.
  • Kung Fu Panda – This animation comedy features the voice of Jack Black as a big, cute panda bear named Po who has dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master. His dream takes him to the legendary Furious Five (Tigeress, Crane, Mantis, Viper, Monkey, and Master Shifu) who are shown a mark that indicated this clumsy panda is The Chosen One. Can The Chosen One become a master and defeat the evil, cunning snow leopard Tai Lung? Find out June 6th.
  • The Happening – M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie is about a man (Mark Wahlberg) who is on the run with his family as a cataclysmic natural crisis turns the world upside down as it threatens to end of the world as we know it. It opens June 13th.
  • The Incredible Hulk – Remake of the Ang Lee version of this superhero, The Incredible Hulk stars Ed Norton as Bruce Banner. Not only is Banner battling the monster inside of him, he now as a new adversary who also been inflected by same Gama radiation – The Abomination (Tim Roth) and is the only creature that can truly destroy the Hulk! It opens June 13th

  • The Dark Knight – The sequel to Batman Begins. This installment of Batman finds our hero, with the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, waging a war on dismantling all organized crime in Gotham. Their success goes unchecked until a new criminal arrives on the scene – The Joker. Joker uses this crack down as an opportunity to steal from organized crime and to blackmail them into forming a united army to take down the Dark Knight. It opens July 18th.
  • Get Smart – The continued adventures of America’s ultimate secrete agent – Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) and his lovely/smart partner Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) as they battle the evil syndicate know as KAOS from world domination. Can Maxwell Smart save us from chaos that KAOS would like to unleash on our unprepared world? Find out on June 25th.
  • Wanted – Based on the graphic novel series by Mark Millar, the story is about a nobody named Wes (actor name?) who is solicited by a woman named Fox (Angelia Jolie) to join the Fraternity. The Fraternity is a secret organization who trains Wes as an enforcer of justice. The Fraternity lives by an ancient code: carry out the death orders given by fate itself. Fox uses this opportunity to use Wes as a tool to avenge her murdered father. It opens June 27th.
  • WallE – From the studios of Pixar and Disney, comes this adventure, set in 2700, about a robot, WALLE (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth Class) who meets a search robot EVE and discover that WALLE is more than a trash collector. He has the key to the future of Earth! It opens June 27th.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: 3D – Based on the classic story by Jules Verne. A geologist (Brandon Frasier), his nephew and mountain guide discovery a new “world” as they search for his missing brother. Their adventure takes them to “center of the Earth,” which is shot in 3D. It opens July 11th.
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army – In the sequel to the 2003 movie Hellboy, Mike Mignola’s Dark Horse comic character, Hellboy (Ron Peralman) must battle a ruthless leader who is marching an army of fantasy creatures towards the destruction of humankind. Can “Big Red” save us from this Armageddon fate? Check it out July 11th.
  • Mamma Mia! – The big screen version of the Broadway hit staring Meryl Streep as a single mother who is about to be wed. Unfortunately, she has never met her father so she invites three? parental candidates to her wedding. Now the fireworks start with the back drop of 22 classic Abba hits. It opens July 18th.
  • Step Brothers – From the team that brought you one of my favorite movies, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is a movie about two middle age guys – Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly – that live with their respective single parents. Ferrell lives with his mom while Reilly lives with his father. You guessed it; Ferrell and Reilly’s parents marry and they become step brothers. Their antics as new brothers turn this new family upside down as they try to get along and keep their parents together. It opens July 25th.
  • The X-Files – Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) are back! This time instead of taking on the establishment and aliens, Scully and Mulder now deal with the supernatural in a stand alone story that pays homage to some of the classic episodes from early in the series. Not much known more about the story due to the gag order put in place by Fox Studios. It opens July 25th.
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) is back battling mummies and the undead in a new adventure. This time Rick, his son Alex, his wife Evelyn (Mario Bello, yes Rachel Weis has bowed out), and his brother-in-law Jonathan are in China as they combat the ancient Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) who is resurrected with only two goals on his mind to raise his 10,000 warriors who are suspended in animation and to take over the world. This adventure takes the O’Connells from the catacombs of the Forgotten Palace to the tops of the snowy Himalayas. It opens August 1st.
  • The Pineapple Express – Seth Rogen is back with another side-splitting comedy about two slackers who end up with a price on their head by a drug gang after witnessing a drug-related murder. It opens August 8th.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The story picks up after the “Attack of Clones” as Anakin and Obi-Wan fight the evil Count Dooku and General Grievous as they try to save the Republic. This all-new animated movie tells the exploits and trails the Jedi Knights as they face The Cone Wars that engulf the Republic. It opens August 15th.
  • Righteous Kill – DeNiro and Al Pacino play two detective partners who are feverously searching for a serial killer that has put New Your City on edge when a poem is found with each death. It opens September 12th.
  • The Punisher: The War Zone – Vigilante-hero Frank Castle is in New York City battling mob boss Billy Russoti who has is seeking revenge on Castle after being horribly disfigured . If the mob wasn’t bad enough, Castle is being hunted by the FBI “Punisher Task Force.” New York will never be the same with Castle in town! Get ready for lots of empty brass and dead bodies. It opens September 12th.

I hope you enjoyed the list.  I will see y’all in line at the box office!

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4 responses to “2008 Summer Movie – “Blockbusters”

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  3. Any guess as to what will be the highest grossing? I think Batman can give Indiana Jones a run, but it sounds like there are going to be so many good ones this summer! I can’t wait!

    I’m adding you to my links on my blog as well! Look forward to checking out some more stuff from you.

  4. Thanks DC, I glad you look my work.

    I would agree with you, Batman is the movie to beat. Due to a few factors – death of Ledger and the great foundation that the first movie created for this series.

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