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?


Aurian said...

Hi Maggie, I am not such a big movie fan, but I did see the Harry Potter series. Ofcourse, still think the book is better ;)

Who would be your favourite actress if the Knitting Series would be turned into a tv series?

Booklady said...

LOVED the help and Harry Potter. I haven't seen the others, but I did see a preview for The Debt last night. I'm thinking that might make a good date night movie for me and my husband.

I'm like Aurian - I want to know what actresses you would if the Knitting series hit the screen (big or small).

CindyD said...

Loved THE HELP, also really really liked THE RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. My husband wants to go see APOLLO 18...
We'll be netflixing COWBOYS AND ALIENS and THE DEPT.

Vickie said...

I have returned to shift work, so can go see plenty of grown up movies on my own now.

Lady K and I have seen plenty of flicks this year together, she's the best movie going buddy.

We saw:
~Crazy, Stupid, Love
~Cowboys and Aliens
~Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
~Super 8
~Captain America
~Cars 2
~Spy Kids 4
~Kung Fu Panda 2
~The Zookeeper

I saw on my own:
~X Men: First Class
~Harry Potter 7 part 2
~The Debt

Ones that stood out and will definitely get on DVD:
~The Debt
~Harry Potter 7
~Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides
~X Men: First Class
~Super 8

Vickie said...

Oh, I forgot about Fright Night, too. It was such a fab redo of a classic, in my own paranormal diggin' opinion. David Tennant in tight leather pants....sigh....

Linda McDonald said...

I loved Harry Potter and the DH part 2. It was exciting from beginning to end and a great conclusion to the series. I also really enjoyed Cowboys and Aliens. I'll be sure to check out some of the others. Everyone I know who has seen The Help can't say enough about how good it is.

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---Wow, I've never thought of that. I really can't picture any present day actress as Kelly. I see her as unique in my mind's eye.

Maggie Sefton said...

Booklady---As I told Aurian above, I can't see any of today's actresses as Kelly. :)

CindyD---You know, Apollo 18 does intrigue me. I think I'd like to see that. Of course, monsters attacking astronauts does make a chill go down my spine, considering my daughter Serena may be on one of those planets someday.

Maggie Sefton said...

Wow, Vickie----You've been busy. I loved Bridesmaids, too. It's a really funny flic. And reading your list, I remembered X-Men First Class. I'd forgotten that. I'll make sure to see it on dvd.

Maggie Sefton said...

Linda----You definitely should see The Help. It's so good. YOu won't regret it, Wasn't Cowboys & Aliens fun? :)