1. The Hunger Games
For the past few years everyone has made a big commotion about a film called The Hunger Games – a trilogy that was originally a novel written by Suzanne Collins. It’s not rare that the literary version of a movie differs from the actual movie itself; However, the film was released in 2012 and the entire point of the movie is actually about a town full of people whom are very poor and every year two people from each district is chosen to……fight or die. In what appears to be the wilderness, where they’ll have to face holographic tidal waves from nowhere, and blood thirsty forest monkeys. Despite those of you who believe the film may be overrated, it’s a pretty good. You can probably rent it at a popular movie retailer or read about it here at IMDb.
2. Twilight Saga
No Bella! The twenty-two year old handsome, peck-haired hunk Taylor Lautner has his big debut in The Twilight Saga. Okay, most of you probably aren’t interested in him along with the rest of the cast physical characteristics; but Twilight is a movie also based on a book (is it a trend? uh-oh…) by Stephanie Meyer and the first film was released back in 2008. This film is a soft version of Dawn of the Dead with a spin of The Little Mermaid added in. To be honest, it’s comparable to those burgers that have no meat! Meatless burgers, Twilight is about a teenage girl named Bella who moves into a small town with her dad and meets a vampire at school and falls in love with him. Surprisingly, you rarely see any blood sucking in the movie. Those moments where there is blood sucking; the camera usually isn’t on the victim. Not very vampiry, eh? The soundtrack for this movie is pretty awesome, I will admit.
Oh man, there’s a chance you’ll get electrifying chills up your back watching this. Ever seen a blue person as tall as a tree? You will in the film Avatar directed by James Cameron, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Michelle Rodriguez released in 2009. A man gets sent to a holographic world where he meets a woman there who’s apart of a race of mountain tall, blueberry colored human hybrids and falls in love with her. She eventually finds out he’s been lying to her all that time, and some other stuff I can’t think of. The movie has impressive visual effects and don’t get scared – a large percent of the makeup from the movie was real. The film has gotten 16+ awards and notably won the Golden Globe award back in 2010. I was one of those people who wouldn’t dare watch a movie like Avatar…having nightmares about blue giants was not on my list of wishes. The movie’s technology is high-end, and it deserves to be seen across the nation.
4. Harry Potter Series
Expecto Patronum! Harry Potter coming in at No. 4, a novel written in 1997 followed by six other books and the last ending in ’07. The movie’s success was followed by video games, card games, and children’s toys sold around the world. The Harry Potter Franchise has made over $955,417,476 in revenue all together with the books alone making a striking $7,743,000,000 in sales – and the total movies sales at $7,216,000. That’s pretty sweet. Harry, a young boy living with his unloving family after his parents died escapes to a world of magic where he attends a wizard school called Hogwarts and finds out his parents reputation at the school is that of a movie star. It’s been exactly three years since the last movie came out, and I am still heart broken in the back of my heart. Expecto…Patronum?
5. Alice in Wonderland
Yes, it’s starting to seem like filmmakers are fond of taking books and putting them on the big screen. Alice in wonderland, a novel written in the 1800s about a young girl named Alice introduced to a trippy world and accompanied by a few talking animals while in-taking magical mushrooms and sparkle glimmering hot tea. The book was first given attention and made popular by Walt Disney in his animated version of Alice in Wonderland in 1951. As you know the movie is a child hood favorite amongst the youth; but the film has been remade recently in 2010 and features Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway. It’s whacky, but take a look at it if you care for cool graphics and boogery, witty creatures in a psychedelically themed forest. Tim Burton has done it again…..I take it he’s been to Wonderland himself.
6. The Dark Knight
If you could hear my voice right now – it’d sound very scratchy and low, but more like a boss threatening his employee to never speak of what he saw ever again or he’ll ruin his career forever. That’s the idea I get when I hear the sound of Batman’s voice in the movie The Dark Knight in 2008 by Warner Bros. Receiving good ratings from popular websites and organizations, Batman was a novel from the DC Comics some time before and it has hit the big screen a couple of times. The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan in 2008 is an up-to-date version of America’s favorite superhero: Batman. The film is surprisingly rated PG-13 and not rated-R…though, I could have sworn Batman was a mysterious super hero who defeated villains? The action doesn’t count? Watching this movie, you’ll feel the need to hide even if you’ve done nothing wrong. Psychology, you are put in a villains mind…or is it just me. I am afraid of Batman and I get the creeps while watching this movie.
7. The Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings is like the lesser version of Harry Potter so it’s occasionally fine for hipsters to watch this film. The Lord of the Rings movies began in 2001 with its first movie out of 3 called “The Fellowship of the Ring”. A guy named Gullum had a ring that drove him crazy and changed his appearance to a small, balding three to four feet tall creature with a high pitched witch-like voice. A boy named Frodo now has the ring but Gullum wants it back; but, he can’t do so because Frodo plans on destroying the ring. It’s a pretty creepy movie but pretty popular. The film was based on an original book series. The films ended in 2003 and since then the movie has made $1.621 billion in revenue; though today the numbers could be even bigger.
8. The Hulk
Hulk SMASH!!! We all know about the Hulk – the big green man who ran around smashing cars and breaking windows…he did that, didn’t he? The one football players inspire to be and an especially popularly known character among Americans, The hulk is a Marvel comic that has made a fortune from video games over the years, toys, posters, and of course movie sales. His skin can be described like an olive or an exfoliating mask and his body size like that of a gorilla. The film was released in 2003 and he also appeared in The Avengers. Marvel must be happy having made so much money through movies and merchandise alone from this guy – I am thankful he doesn’t actually exist, or I’d be hiding right now in an underground dome or somewhere in the North Pole.
9. Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes. I never fully understood this film. Although, it’s basically about a detective who gets into a lot of trouble accompanied by his friend. Not so much, but the movie was released in 2009 and Sherlock himself was played by the popular actor Robert Downy Jr. and made over $209,028,679 in revenue. Sherlock homes has won over seven Awards including the Teen Choice Award in 2010 and more than 20+ of the directing cast has received awards for excellence in production design. The movie is actually never boring and that’s amazing because the title itself seems boring. Check it out, you may be “sleeping” on the title, but you won’t on the movie. Get it?
10. Star Wars
When you think of Stars Wars maybe your most fond memory was of our favorite 5-7 ft. furry friends, Wookies. Ah. Stars Wars has to be old, in fact it was written originally in the year 1977 and the games seem to be more widespread than the movies themselves. They’ve even gotten as creative enough to make Star Wars Legos and a Star Wars Lego video game…pretty weird, but pretty fun. Stars Wars, and action filled space drama with rememberable characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker – Oh yeah, we can’t forget those weapons we all used as kids in our imaginary action world (which was actually our bedroom) called Light sabers. Star Wars has over 40 games ranging from the 1980’s and still expanding today. As for movies, there is a total of six movies titled as “episodes”, the first film was released May 25, 1977, and is labeled as a movie belonging to the sci-fi fantasy movie genre, as viewers agree.