Tuesday, June 30, 2009

At the Movies


It's been a while since I've talked about some current movies, so I figured today is as good a time as any. I'll start with the action-adventure-thriller flics I've seen recently.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was interesting enough, but was memorable mostly for all the scenes we get to see handsome Hugh Jackman attired only in a version of a loin cloth while he's undergoing this intensive surgery which transforms him in Wolverine. Of course, the backstory about his lost love and how that plays into the future was good.

I enjoyed the newest episode of Star Trek--or the Alternative Star Trek, as some call it. I was one of the original "Trekkies" and yet I found it very well-done and absolutely fascinating as to the new renditions of those classic characters in their youth. Of course, I'm a fan of J.J. Abrams anyway (director, writer of tv's LOST series). One of his hallmarks is the ability to totally surprise you. And he managed to do that within the "classic" confines of the Star Trek series and characters.

Terminator: Salvation. Not one of the best, but the premise was interesting, and I enjoyed watching the actors work. Also good, but not excellent was Angels and Demons. I read the book after reading DaVinci Code. They had to really cut the plot to make it fit movie length. And actually change some things.

Much, much better was The Taking of Pelham 123. That was excellent. Excellent story (from a novel), excellent acting (with several bigger names), and taut pacing which kept you riveted. If you have money for one action/adven /thriller movie, I'd recommend Pelham 123. It beats the others hands down.

Of course, I'm anxiously awaiting the very best adventure of all----Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, due in mid-July. The previews look great. Hard to believe those kids are getting as old as they are. I'm also looking for the new Johnny Depp movie, based on the life of John Dillinger: Public Enemies.

As for comedies---romantic and otherwise: A fun one was Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. My Life in Ruins was okay. Loved The Proposal which had a lot more going on than simply the bad girl boss and the greal guy employee (suffering). And I even plan to see The Hangover. It looks outrageous.

And speaking of outrageous----Borat is back. Rather his creative muse/cohort, Sacha Baron Cohen. But this time the character is Bruno, a totally "unique" Austrian fashion guru. The previews promise even more over-the-top outrage. Something to offend everybody. But I think that's Sacha Baron Cohen's intent.

What have you seen recently?