Tuesday, February 14, 2012

At the Movies

by Maggie Sefton

A lot of time has elapsed since I last did a Movie post. Late Fall travel then holidays and boom! It's the New Year. I'll try to play catch-up, but since so much time has passed I'm sure I'll miss some of your favorites. Please let me know in your comments if there was a movie you particularly liked. I saw a LOT of movies since last Fall, so I can't mention them all. But, here are the ones that I remember the most:

TOWER HEIST---is a funny comedy with really interesting characters. And great footage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. (I think I may have mentioned this one previously). Forgive me if I did.

PUSS IN BOOTS---Surprisingly well-done. Definitely good for family of all ages. Believe it or not, but there are "action" scenes between Puss and villains. :)

HUGO---Not an animated feature but it's definitely an excellent family movie, again for all ages. Fascinating storyline. Good actors, several stars.

WAR HORSE---Marvelous, marvelous movie. I'm a sucker for a "horse movie" and usually start crying somewhere in story. But I was tearing up for this one when I first saw the trailers on TV. "But he's my horse, sir!" Grab the tissues. So. . .I thought I'd be snifflying thru the entire movie and went prepared with lots of tissues in jacket pockets. So.....imagine my surprise, when I didn't cry once!! Nope. Spielberg kept the pace going so that whenever there was a scene that---with an old line movie director or lesser talent would have gone from touching straight to maudlin---Spielberg moved straight to action. Dramatic, engaging action that you couldn't stop watching. Never did it slide into sloppy sentimentality. Not that I mind it sometimes, but some directors make you wallow in it. Not Spielberg. He keeps that pace moving and despite all that, he does NOT sacrifice characterization. Not for a minute. Characterization of the human characters and the animal characters. Beautifully done. Bravo!

SHERLOCK HOLMES---Don't miss this one. I think it's even better than the first. Have we had two previous ones? I forget. :) Even funnier, and with great action, excellent storytelling, too.

HAYWIRE---This is FANTASTIC! Probably the best female covert action movie with female protagonist ever. Even better than SALT, which I loved. I hope both of these movies put out sequels. HAYWIRE has a female covert action character who discovers she's been betrayed and has to use all her wits and then some to counter the lethal methods being used against her. Action scenes are great and so well done. Steven Soderburgh (sp?) is director. Don't miss this one.

Another one not to miss is SWEDISH VERSION of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The Swedish version is WAY superior to the "Hollywood" version with well-known stars, in my not so humble opinion. Yes, I love Daniel Craig in regular movies, but in this particular story, the Swedish version uses fantastic actors that are so true to story, that it seems like you're not you're not watching a movie at all. You just opened the pages of the book and stepped inside, and there are the characters on the page, just like you imagine them. Fantastic version.

Those are just a few, but the most memorable of my faves. However, I've missed THE IRON LADY and several others which I'll have to rent and see on TV. Also, there are lots of fascinating movies coming up like Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Grey, One for the Money, Chronicle, and Safe House. I promise I'll do my best to report back in more promptly this time.

Meanwhile. . .tell us which movies you liked the best or add the ones that I've missed.
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