Tuesday, November 16, 2010

At the Movies

Fall temps have finally come to Colorado. Actually, they came last week, but they didn't just tease then run away again. No. . .this time the colder temps have stayed. All the beautiful leaves are on the ground or in the process of falling. No doubt about it---Winter will be coming, whether we like it or not.


And that means----delicious autumn harvest soups and other yummy recipes---and filmmakers release lots of big movies in time for the holidays. The biggest of the big---the King, without a doubt---will be the new Harry Potter episode: Deadly Hallows--Part I. Trailers have been filling the airways. Personally, I love catching up with the gang from Hogwart's, so I'll be filling one of those theatre seats in a couple of weeks.


But, today I want to mention some other movies that shouldn't be neglected in the Potter-mania. First is "Secretariat." This is a wonderful movie that satisfies on all levels. Action in all of the horse racing scenes, family dramas as well as conflicts with friends, and, of course, the amazing accomplishments of the greatest racehorse of all time----Secretariat. In fact, his incredible performance in winning the last and longest leg of the Triple Crown---the Belmont Stakes---has been recognized as such an achievement that Secretariat is regarded as the "greatest athlete" of all time. That says a lot about the horse that the owner and his trainers all called "Big Red." Nothing beats a good horse movie, folks. You can take anybody to see it, and they'll get swept up. There's even some horse-to-human communication going on that might even satisfy the sci-fi crowd.


Next, is the new Matt Damon movie "Hereafter." I enjoyed this movie. It's low key and concentrates on the character who is a gifted medium. He touches a person and immediately gets information from "the other side." People who have already died suddenly show up to communicate with the person they've left behind. The stories are extremely well-done and engaging and well-acted. This is not an action flick, of course, but concentrates on characters instead.



And last, is the movie "Unstoppable." Now, THAT is an action flick. It starts off nice and easy and lets you get a glimpse into the main characters' lives (Denzel Washington & Chris Pike). This film is based on a real-life event with a runaway train in Pennsylvania. And it shows how a "low-tech" subject matter can be every bit as exciting as any satellite chasing heroes through European streets. Lives are in danger and ordinary men step up to do extraordinary things to save peoples' lives. People they don't even know. And they put their own lives at risk. One train engineer dies trying to stop that train at an earlier point in the film. It's an unmanned, unguided missile traveling over 70 mph and heading into a town with a steep curve right in the middle of the town---set for catastrophe. The train is pulling several cars of combustible materials as well as oil tank cars. A truly incendiary situation. As it was in real life. This movie delivers, folks. If you're looking for an exciting adventure, you can't miss.

Have you seen any of these films? What did you think?

15 comments:

Linda McDonald said...

I have not seen any of the movies you posted, but I do plan to see them at some point. All sound great. We are planning on seeing Harry Potter this upcoming Sunday. We've been waiting for so long, and my hubby and I are really looking forward to it. All the previews and clips we have seen so far of it look really good. Thanks for your movie report Maggie. I always enjoy reading about your movie going experiences.

Laura K. Curtis said...

I haven't seen those, but I have seen, and recommend to EVERYONE, the movie RED. Hilarious, action-packed, romantic and all-around wonderful.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Oh Lord, I haven't been to the movies in so long, and I really miss it. And now I have some new ones to watch for. Thanks.

Heather Webber said...

I haven't seen anything lately! I want to see Hereafter (will probably Netflix it though), and the kids are really looking forward to the Harry Potter movie.

Maggie Sefton said...

Linda McD--Thanks, Linda. I really love escaping into the cinema, sitting in the dark, and losing myself in someone else's story.


Laura----Yes, I forgot to mention RED. It was hilarious. And action-packed, too. Great fun. I'm needing another good comedy about now.

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Maggie Sefton said...

Linda Les---You have got to get out more, girl. :) Go see Secretariat. You can't miss.


Heather--I'm looking forward to Harry, too. But I like to wait till till the crowds & long lines die down.

Dru said...

Haven't been to the movies in awhile, but I would like to see Red and Unstoppable.

Gayle Carline said...

The only one I've seen is Secretariat, which I found not only visually amazing (how did they get those shots of the horses' hooves pounding around the track?), but a great snapshot of what was happening in the country at that time. Penny is having to balance the DEMANDS of being a wife/mother with taking care of her sick father, his farm, and Big Red.


And take it from a horse owner: there's nothing sci-fi about our communication with our horses (http://thatsmysnoopy.blogspot.com).

jbstanley said...

We're going to see unstoppable this weekend. Skip Skyline - it was poorly written and had one of the worst endings in movie history!

Vickie said...

My movie going buddy, Lady K, and I went to see Secretariat last month and completely enjoyed our time with it. Loved the characters, actors, the story and the soundtrack.

My dad called this morning and told me I have to see Unstoppable. He couldn't get over how much he enjoyed it.

I will likely get Hereafter on DVD. It looks very intriguing, but not sure my movie buddy would dig it.

We both can highly recommend Megamind...

Peacecat said...

I'm not much of a movie goer, but I WILL be seeing Harry Potter. Not opening weekend though. We'll wait for the crowds to die down a bit then see it. Plus waiting is giving me time to reread the book before going.

Maggie Sefton said...

Dru---You'll enjoy them both. RED was hilarious. I love John Malkovich.


Gayle---You got it. As a 60's girl, I remember having to push to get those changes made---and the world of opportunity opened for our daughters.

Oh, and I wasn't kidding about the horse to human & vice versa communication. I believe it's real. I've been "out there" a long time. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

JB---Well, darnit about Skyline. I was hoping it would deliver as a good sci fi flic. Bummer.


Vickie---LOL about Mastermind.


Peacecat----I'm with you. My movie buddy & I aren't big on standing in lines. Besides, I leave next Monday for Back East to spend Thanksgiving holidays w/family--plus keep writing Molly Malone #2. By the time I return, the holiday will be over & lines should be gone.