'Twilight' and Beyond: 8 Classic Movies Turning 10 This Year
This is A Public Plea To Cameron Diaz's Retirement...
This week marked the 10 year anniversary of Twilight's cinematic release, which quite frankly has us feeling all kinds of old, nostalgic and low-key mournful.
The iconic saga gave us five films in five years, an IRL romance from the two lead characters, and played a massive part of our formative years, for many. The soundtracks? The plot twist in Breaking Dawn - Part 2? Jacob's transformation? Twilight consistently shook us to our cores, and we've never listened to Muse's 'Supermassive Black Hole' the same ever again.
Reminiscing about our Twihard days got us thinking about the other movies released in 2008 and we quickly realised that the entire year was one big blessing because this little vampire love story was not the only classic we got that year.
A time when Cameron Diaz was still acting (please come back to us, queen) and Carrie Bradshaw returned with another chapter of Manhattan life, we really took it for granted when it might have been one of the best years for cinema ever.
Where to start? How can we describe how Twilight swept the world population off its feet with its unlikely Awkward New Girl-meets-Silent Vampire Boy love story, which was somewhat complicated by way of a local werewolf who also took a shine to the Awkward New Girl. It was new, exciting, strange, funny, had an unbelievably good soundtrack and the cast were easy on the eye, and the start of something really special. We're assuming everybody has seen it by now but if you somehow haven't then open Netflix right now.
The Dark Knight
The second of Christopher Nolan's new-and-improved Batman series, The Dark Knight was the most highly-anticipated movie of 2008 before the year even began. Tragically, Heath Ledger passed away in the January, months before his Oscar-winning turn as The Joker would hit the big screen, making the hype even louder. Undeniably the best movie of the series, The Dark Knight holds up today as one of the greatest superhero movies ever made, and inspired a new generation of grittier, humorous, sexy and genuinely thrilling superheroes that now dominate cinema ten years later.
Meryl Streep. ABBA. Colin Firth. Pierce Brosnan. Amanda Seyfried. Julie Walters. Dominic Cooper. This was huge, and obviously hasn't went anywhere as the demand for a sequel was so ridiculous that it finally came this summer - a whole 10 years later, this time with Cher added just to make it that bit more camp.
What Happens In Vegas
Okay, we need to talk about Cameron Diaz. Where is she? She hasn't posted on social media in over two years (!!) and the most recent updates have been via friends claiming the A-list actress and Chick Flick Queen has retired. One of her last rom-com movies was What Happens In Vegas, the hilariously dumb warning to all drunken adults with Ashton Kutcher that is legitimately funny, cute AF and makes some pretty fab points about control, work-life balance, family relationships and freedom that are surprisingly important upon reflection.
Marley & Me
Whew. The film that broke hearts around the world. Hell, we're still sobbing just thinking about this one. From the outside, Marley & Me looks like a fun little rom-com centred around a couple's relationship with their pup Marley but no, no, no. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson had other ideas, and we're still not over it.
It's pretty hard to believe that it's been a whole 10 years since Iron Man first came into his own, isn't it? Now he basically rules the world but a decade ago we watched as he was introduced to us. Followed by two sequels, the Iron Man trilogy earned more than $2 billion at the box office, which is too astounding for us to even try and understand, actually. The OG film is still an essential watch for any newbies who need a starting point to fully understand the origins of this special story.
Step Up 2: The Streets
Perhaps the most 2008 film on this list, we present to you Step Up 2: The Streets. Remember this? If you're too young to have seen this then we can only apologise that dance-based teen dramas don't dominate the big screen like they did ten years ago. We reckon there was maybe just one or two more of these made than necessary and that oversaturated the market, however we will happily argue that the early Step Up movies must be watched, and Cassie deserves a retrospective Grammy for 'Is It You'. And that is that on that.
Sex and the City
Did you know that the first Sex and the City movie is as long, if not longer, than two of the six seasons? Therefore, it's basically the seventh - and should've been final - season of the show. Released four years after the iconic TV show went off air, the film picks up with the four women's new lives and everlasting friendships, and has some of the funniest, sexiest, most heartbreaking, joyous and special moments of the series overall. Also, as it covers all seasons of the year, we classify this as a special Christmas film, so add it to your list this year to remind yourself how amazing it is.
What an iconic year.