Tuesday, August 13, 2013

At the Movies

by Maggie Sefton

I've been catching up on movies these last few weeks since I returned from my double conference travels in July.  I couldn't help noticing how many movies were out aimed at
the child or family audience plus most of them had double listings because they were all offered in regular version and a second 3D version.  So the theaters  are filled.

Here are my Favorite Four:

MUD---This is the best, in my opinion.  I wasn't expecting it to be that good.  This is the best work I've seen  Matthew McConaughey do since A Time To Kill, years ago.  The character Mud is complicated and appears to be someone who chooses to live on the fringes of society.  What makes this movie so special and engrossing is the double plot line.  It is a Redemption story, watching Mud make a "difference" when it counted most. And the second plotline is the Coming of Age story with the two fourteen-year old boys, teetering on the verge of manhood and stepping onto firm ground at the end.   Plus the characters are portrayed respectfully and not with condescension no matter their humble living conditions.  All the actors involved do marvelous work.  Even Reese Witherspoon appears in a smaller role quite unlike anything you've ever seen her do.  I wasn't surprised that MUD won an award at Cannes Film Festival.  It's no longer in most theaters, so you'll have to rent it or get it on Netflix.

THE HEAT---Sandra Bullock as the FBI agent and Melissa McCarthy as the Boston cop working to clean up her neighborhood.  If you're sensitive to language, you may not like it, but it's laugh-out-loud funny.  :)

RED 2----I thought this movie was hilarious.  Follow-up to the original and very popular RED last year.  Bruce Willis, Mary Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren are clearly having a great time in these roles.  Lots of fun to watch them work.  Oh, yes, Anthony Hopkins joined the fun.

DESPICABLE ME 2---So much fun to see the return of these characters.  Great animation and witty dialogue really makes it so enjoyable.

I also saw Elysium, skipped Man of Steel & White House Down because I'd already seen a White House under attack movie earlier this summer.    Have you seen any of these movies I've mentioned?  Have you seen others you liked?