Tuesday, September 6, 2011

At the Movies

For most of July and August, I've tried to catch up on seeing friends and catch up on movies. Since this summer stayed longer with hot temps thoughout August, there was ample time to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. This past August was the 4th hottest in Colorado record books, with temps in mid 90s hanging on until last week. Now, we've got a few days of cooler temps with some rain showers scheduled. . .I hope.

Meanwhile, I've enjoyed catching up with movies. We'll start off with the biggie:

HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS wrapped up the seven-book series very nicely, I thought. It's been so much fun watching those child actors grow up these last few years. They've done a great job. And I'm hoping J. K. Rowling will gift us with a future sequel way of what's happening in the characters' lives. It was fun watching the "aging" of the young cast in the last movie, but I'd still like a sequel one of these years.

TRANSFORMERS---This movie franchise can always be counted on to provide good slam-bang cyborg "blow-em-up" action. Don't overthink these movies, folks. Just enjoy the "good guy" machines fighting the "bad guy" machines.

SUPER 8---I mentioned this in an earlier post, but it's so good it deserves another mention. This is great sci fi/fantasy action with a scary alien monster. Great characters, but mostly action. Just go with it. If you want your intellect engaged, download THE HOURS on Netflix. It's a great flic. Timeless.

COWBOYS AND ALIENS---Yes, you read that right. And it's a great, old-fashioned Western with a twist. It's got a troubled hero, a brave heroine, a good guy sheriff, stupid outlaws, a cute kid, and. . .the Bad Guys are the Aliens. In spaceships, yet! Even the local Native Americans join the townfolk in the fight. Plus. . .with Daniel Craig as the hero and Harrison Ford as a crusty cattleman with a grudge, you gotta love it. :)

THE HELP----Run, don't walk to see this movie. It's excellent. You won't regret it. The perfomances are wonderful. It takes place in a small city in the South as the fight for Civil Rights begins. I'm a 60s girl, so I have all those images in my head. MLK marching, standing on Pennsylvania Avenue beside my mother as JFK's funeral profession went by, Jacqueline Kennedy and all the foreign leaders walking beside her, shoulder to shoulder. I was a young girl and Washington, DC was my hometown during those tumultous times. The movie will touch you deeply.

Next up, I want to see THE DEBT, a spy movie with the always-excellent Helen Mirren, and then THE RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think?