Scott and I saw Cloverfield with his coworkers yesterday. It was one of the best monster movies I've seen. Like J.J. Abrams' Lost, this Abrams-produced movie teases the audience and doesn't spell-out the story.
The movie starts-off setting-up the lives of a Friends-like cast (but with a non-white person) of 20-somethings dealing with typical mundane life issues at a loft goodbye party. Just when party scene was getting too long, the monster attacks. I've read another review somewhere describing it as a Godzilla movie as told from the perspective of urban hipsters. Apparently, all of New York City is only filled with 20-year-olds with cameraphones.
My only criticism is that the movie couldn't live up to its hype. Back in July, when I became a little obsessed about the clever marketing gimmick. I suppose no movie could live up to the online speculation about what the movie was about. Ultimately, is was basically what we thought it was going to be, a generic monster-attacks-NYC-movie.
I can't wait to see what Abrams does to Star Trek.