Tuesday, April 7, 2009

At the Movies

It's been a while since I posted about current movies I've seen, so here goes. I'll share some of my impressions, and you folks please jump in there with your opinions. It's more fun that way.

Maybe I mentioned "Taken" with Liam Neeson before, but it's worth mentioning again. It's a good, rolicking action adventure with a straight up "good guy vs. bad guys" script. Neeson is great as the father who's trying to rescue his college age daughter from the bad guys before bad things happen. I've never seen Neeson do a movie as simplistic as this one, and it's great fun to see him scowl and growl and threaten---and get the bad guys. Non-stop action.

Nicholas Cage's new flic "Knowing" is almost 180 degrees different as an action adventure. It doesn't stint on action but it has a fascinating storyline which surprises you as it reveals where it's going. You didn't expect it. There's also a science fiction element which adds an entire new dimension. But you don't see it coming, so that's always a pleasure to see---plotwise.

Now---away from the action adventure, shoot-em-up & blow-em-up flics and on to the fun and funny, lighter romantic comedies. I'll start with a cute flic I took my 89-yr old mom to. Believe me, there's not much she likes out there, but this doggie movie was a winner. (Of course, we'd already seen "Marley and Me" and I remember sharing my enjoyment with the blog.

"Hotel for Dogs" was fun. Definitely satisfied on cute doggie characters and the human ones were good, too. You can safely take grandmas and kids of all ages to this one.

I particularly enjoyed "Duplicity" with Julia Roberts and Clive Owens. These two make a great pair. I've always loved Clive Owens' work, and Julia always delivers. This flic is clever and funny and surprises you at the end. Definitely works.

And "Confessions of a Shopaholic" is a definite winner. Fun and funny. I laughed and laughed. I saw it in the Cinema Savers this last weekend. We'd had another wonderful Colorado Springtime snowstorm on Saturday and snowed the night before and we woke up to 8 inches of snow, so I used that as a "stay inside and finally finish taxes" day. "Confessions" was a perfect way to relax and laugh after a long day of taxes. Meanwhile, I'm waiting for "Angels and Demons" and also the new Russell Crowe movie, "State of Play."

So, tell me. . .what movies have you seen lately? Have you seen any of the above flics? What's your opinion?