Top 10 Movies of 2008

The Dark Knight [Blu-ray] – Excellent movie. Heath Ledger gives an excellent performance as the Joker.

Iron Man [Blu-ray] – All around a great performance

Wall-E [Blu-ray] – Excellent animated film of a little garbage collecting robot who wants nothing more then companionship, great film for the entire family.

Wanted [Blu-ray] – An assassin movie full of twists and awesome stunts.

Hancock (Unrated) [Blu-ray] – A nice twist to the typical superhero movie.

Kung Fu Panda [Blu-ray] – A funny family animated film

Get Smart –  A good remake of a classic TV show.

Vantage Point [Blu-ray] – Vantage Point overall was a great movie. Rarely can a movie keep the interest of its viewers without confusing them with all the different story angles.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian [Blu-ray] – Full of good visual effects and an interesting storyline.

Juno  [Blu-ray] – A movie about a quirky pregnant teen

10 Worst Movies of 2008

The Love Guru (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray] + Digital Copy – The only good thing about this movie is that Jessica Alba is in it. This movie is not a good comedy it is just plain silliness.

You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (Unrated + BD Live) [Blu-ray] – For an Adam Sandler film an absolute disappointment this film is not funny but instead irritating.

Cloverfield [Blu-ray] – is filmed much like the Blair witch project this film has nothing to offer but shaky camera work and a city attacking monster stupider then Godzilla.

The Ruins (Unrated Edition) – Though it looked like it was a good movie. The ruins was nothing more then a bunch of vacationers whose leisurely holiday takes a turn for the worst when they realize the plants around them are out to get them.

The House Bunny (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray] – nothing more then a blonde bimbo’s triumph over stereotypes and snobby college chicks.

Mirrors [Blu-ray] – Awful plot. If the intention was to scare people they didn’t come close.

Hottie & the Nottie – The only good thing about this is getting to look at Paris Hilton if you’re into that sort of thing. This receives a failing grade for story line and acting.

Teeth – A girl takes an abstinence pledge only to attack a bunch of horny boys with the teeth in her vagina

Meet The Spartans – Pit Of Death Edition [Blu-ray] – This is nothing but a distasteful film that is stupid not amusing

Shutter (Unrated) [Blu-ray] – from the makers of the grudge and the ring this film is nothing but a bland Asian horror film.

Boycotting the Olympics

I’ve felt this way for a while. I never thought China deserved to be awarded an Olympic Games based on the human rights issues that go on in their country and the poverty that the majority of their citizens live in.

Unfortunately the IOC didn’t feel the same as myself, as they seemingly turned a blind eye on the atrocities that the Chinese government inflict on their own people and saw only the booming economy when awarding the 2008 summer games and not the veiled lies that the Chinese bid commitee promised.

At the time that the games were awarded the Chinese Olympic bid committee along with the Chinese government said that journalists would have unfettered internet (uncensored) access to work with reporting the games.

Now however, the Chinese government has backtracked on their promise to the media by saying that the media will not have full uncensored internet access but instead that they will have ‘sufficient’ access to the World Wide Web to report on the Games.

Internet pages containing the word Tibet will be blocked in the media village along with Amnesty International pages and any other page that the government doesn’t want their people and now apparently the world to know exist.

Here is my plea;

Boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games completely.

Boycott NBC during the Olympics and boycott the Games sponsors and the Beijing 2008 partners during the course of the games if not longer.

That list includes Worldwide Olympic sponsors Coca Cola, General Electric (GE), Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, McDonald’s, Manulife, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung, VISA and Lenovo.

Beijing 2008 partners Adidas, Air China, Volkswagen, Bank of China, CNC, CNPC, Sinopec, PICC and State Grid.

Finally minor sponsors and suppliers UPS, Haier, Budweiser, sohu.com, Tsingtao, Yanjing Beer, BHPbilliton, Staples, TechnoGym, Great Wall, BEIFA, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Mengna, SCHENKER Logistics, YA DU and others that you can find here.

The ‘others’ I’m unsure of as they are written in a text that suspiciously resembles a Chinese dialect.

However if you do sympathize with the little guy and have the same views towards this issue as myself join with me in turning a cold shoulder to the games and her sponsors.

The athletes, they won’t care, in fact I beg that they’ll understand. They are there to win, exposure can come after they do that. And if you really want to catch some of the action, catch it on YouTube.

Some sponsors will be harder than others to boycott, I don’t remember the last time Kodak had anything to do with my life, or Air China for that matter but I’m a two can of Coke a day kinda guy and have a guilty pleasure in McDonald‘s. But I’m going to take a break for a few weeks if not longer.

The Games which are about human triumphs, being held in a country where the ‘people’ have no say says to me that the IOC is more interested in money than the plight of the oppressed. In my mind, that makes the IOC no better than the government hosting the 2008 Games.

Can one voice make a difference?

Here’s hoping it can.

Online petition can be found here