Top 10 Films of 2008

December 30, 2008

We finish off the CurryPopTart Best of 2008 list with the Top 10 Films of 2008.  2008 was a pretty solid year for film with a good mix of Hollywood blockbuster’s and critically acclaimed independent film’s.  If you have not yet seen one of the film’s on this list, you should do so immediately, this is the cream of the crop:

(1)  The Dark Knight

Batman films have always been the highlight  of the superhero genre, but The Dark Knight takes it a step further breaking into the main stream as not only a great superhero film, but a great crime film as well.  Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker was much hyped and as a rarity was able to surpass it’s expectations.  The film is giving “Titanic” a run for its money, which is no easy task these days.  There is a lot of Oscar talk surrounding this flick and it surely was the best movie of 08.

(2)  Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. seems to be a common thread in the top 10 list this year.  Iron Man is his true big break in getting back in Hollywood’s good graces and something tells me he won’t have to worry too much about job security for the future.   Downey is a perfect Tony Stark and Jon Favreau does a great job of bringing the Iron Man story to the big screen, yet still keeping it fresh for today’s audience.  Iron Man is the second best comic book movie and one of the best of ’08.

(3)  Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire has been winning awards left and right and deservably so.  The story is about a poor Indian kid played by newcomer Dev Patel, who finds himself as a contestant in the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.”  After winning 10 million rupee’s he is questioned to how a teenager from the ghetto could possibly know the answers to these hard questions.  The story is told through flashbacks of his life growing up in the ghetto and that his real life experiences are what helped him get the answers right.  There is also a love story intertwined in the plot and a lot of social commentary on India’s lack of a middle class, as it is very wealthy and very poor with no in between.  Slumdog Millionaire is a sleeper pick for 2008.

(4)  Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder was a return to form for Ben Stiller as this has been a passion project of his for over the last 10 years.  The script was written by Stiller and rising superstar writer Justin Theroux about a war movie that gets a bit too real.  Robert Downey Jr. steals the show playing an African American seargent and cameo’s by Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey really added some extra humor.  With some deeper Hollywood undertones in the film, Tropic Thunder was a delight to all comedy fans.

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Top 10 Albums of 2008

December 22, 2008

2008 won’t go down as a very memorable year in music as quite frankly, there just weren’t that many great albums.  A lot of the big stuff has been pushed back into ’09 and we were under a constant barrage of radio friendly pop and rap.  But in this wave of garbage, we here at CurryPopTart have been able to find 10 gem’s that would make perfect stocking stuffers:

ti(1) T.I. – Paper Trail

We’ve tracked this album all year with heavy anticipation.  T.I. wrote the whole thing under house arrest and it is his realest, most genuine, and down to earth piece of work to date.  With so many big singles and collaborations with the biggest names in the business, Paper Trail was an underrated album that is deserving of a top spot.  This record will make you a T.I. fan if you were not one before.

51uuwzvhisl__sl500_ss100_ (2) Lil Wayne – The Carter III

Lil Wayne claims to be the greatest rapper alive, and this album is certainly sending him well on his way.  The Carter III makes no bones about being a catchy club friendly record with tons of hooks and production.  Weezy dropped some major singles in ’08 including “Lollipop”, “Got Money”, and “A Milli.”  The Carter III will be a tough record to follow up and was one of the best of 2008.

metallica (3) Metallica – Death Magnetic

After the absolutely abysmal “St. Anger” in 2004, and a litany of problems between band members, Metallica is BACK in 2008.  “Death Magnetic” is a true return to form for the once heavy metal rockers.  The riffs, drum beats, and vocals are all classic Metallica and every hardcor fan has came around realizing that the boys still have it.  Stand out tracks are “The Day That Never Comes”, “My Apocalypse”, and “All Nightmare Long.”

kanye  (4) Kanye West – 808’s and Heartbreak

Kanye West comes in fourth fittingly with his fourth major studio album.  Kanye was once a producer for greats like Jay Z before stepping behind the mic himself.  This record is a strong mix of his production skills and his ability as a singer as every song is emotional and full of pain from losing a mother and breaking up with his fiancee in the same year.  This is NOT a rap album so much as it is a record full of hip hop love songs.  Stand out tracks are “Heartless” and “Love Lockdown.”

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Vote for the Best of 2008

December 17, 2008

So far here on CurryPopTart we’ve unveiled the top 10 video games, top 10 songs, and top video of ’08. The two categories left on our list are the big ones… Top 10 Albums of 2008 and Top 10 Film’s of 2008.

For categories that big.. we need help. We want you to vote for your favorite Album’s and Movie’s of 2008 by commenting on this post or if you would like to keep it anonymous send in your votes to the deadline is this SUNDAY DECEMBER 21.

Tell a friend or two as well and keep checking back starting next week for the results. Let the voting begin!

Top 10 Songs of 2008

December 16, 2008

We continue our retrospective of 2008, here are the  top 10 songs and before you send in your gripes I am judging this by popularity and radio play so keep your obscure bands nobody has heard of to yourself 😉  Click the song titles for the video.

(1) T.I. – “Whatever You Like”

Great beat, great lyrics, and the fastest rising single on the charts for 2008.  T.I. and Lil Wayne battled it out for hip hop supremacy but this song came out on top.

(2)  Lil Wayne – “Lollipop”

Even though this is Wayne’s third major album release, “Lollipop” is what put him on the map as a credible MC who could back up his big talk with big hits.  This song is your classic club banger and has been covered by virtually everyone.

(3)  Kanye West – “Heartless”

With a musical change of direction, “Heartless” relies heavier on Auto Tune and actual singing from Kanye West.  It’s not so much a rap song as much as a love song.  This track didnt appear til later in the year but already has the inklings of a smash hit written all over it.

(4)  Katy Perry – “I Kissed A Girl”

Katy Perry virtually came out of nowhere with this pop hit that both guys and girls have both related to.  Katy has no qualms about her fun loving personality and is well on her way to pop stardom. 

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Top 10 Video Games of 2008

December 9, 2008

(1)  Grand Theft Auto 4 – Xbox 360 & PC

GTA 4 has all of the makings for game of the year: blood, sex, violence, destruction, death, and prostitutes.  For any fans of the gangster/mob genre there is no greater storyline than an Eastern European coming to America to do right  and getting dragged back into the underworld of crime.  Niko Bellic was a great character that encompassed the raw emotion that none of the previous GTA characters were able to.  The missions were far more diverse and the recreation of NYC was very well done.  GTA 4 is a must have for any gamer.

(2)  Gears of War 2 – Xbox 360

This heavily anticipated sequel does everything right, again.  The level design in GOW 2 is far more expansive and bigger and better than the original.  There’s brutal executions, more blood and gore, and a much more detailed plot delving into a lot of the backstories of Dom and Marcus.  Add in the addictive Horde mode and a highly replayable Multiplayer mode and you’ve got one of the best games of the year.

(3)  World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – PC

The 2nd expansion to WoW opens up a new continent, caps the levels to 80, adds addictive achievements, new raid dungeons and gear, and improved battlegrounds.  Surely that will be enough to keep WoW fans please for the rest of ’08 and well into ’09.  Blizzard has its hands full with some big franchise sequels coming out next year but World of Warcraft has become its flagship series.

(4)  Metal Gear Solid 4 – PS3

Snake is back..and old.  Metal Gear Solid 4 takes place in the future and has an aging Snake as its protaganist.  The cinematic cut scenes in this series has always made this franchise feel like playing your own movie, and with the amount of them in MGS 4 you feel like you are watching a movie.  Fortunately it’s a good one.  MGS 4 is probably going to come to the Xbox 360 in ’09 but for ’08 it was the only reason to buy a Playstation 3.

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