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.


Heather said...

I don't get to near as many movies as I'd like to, though there are several on your list (both ones you've seen and upocming releases) that I would like to see.

The last one I actually did see is ONE FOR THE MONEY, which was not only laugh-out-loud funny, but kept fairly close to the plot of the book. And bonus--it contains eye candy. *g*

Dru said...

I enjoyed One For The Money and The Help.

Elaine said...

I didn't think "The Iron Lady" was a great movie but Meryl Streep was amazaing! Not that she's ever not amazing but this was way above her other performances.

"Albert Nobbs" is very good and Glenn Close is excellent in it.

Enjoyed "Safe House". With Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, what's not to like? ;-)

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" was the one that had me crying during the trailer. I thought the movie was good, not great. Acting was excellent.

Enjoyed "One for the Money".

"Joyful Noise" was fun. How could it not be with Queen Latifah (the coolest woman on the planet) and Dolly Parton?

"Big Miracle" was good. It's schmaltzy and it's based on a true story so you know/can find out what happens but it's still worth seeing.

Saw "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D". When I originally saw it I was just happy for a new Star Wars movie. Realized when I saw it this weekend that it's not a very good movie. Got the special collectible 3D glasses so all was not lost.

I'm supposed to see "Titanic 3D" tonight in a very advance screening (the movie won't be out until April) but it's too late on a work night.

Still have to see - The Grey, Red Tails, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Carnage. And that's just what's currently playing.

I'm going to an advance screening of "Goon" next week. I love hockey movies though I doubt this will be better than "Slapshot".

Saw the trailer for the new Spiderman movie. Will definitely have to see that one.

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Breaunna Miller said...

This past weekend I went to see Big Miracle which is the true story of the 3 whales stuck in Barrow Alaska. It was an amazing story and I will be renting it so I can watch it again. It's rated PG so it is definetely family-oriented even though it deals with adult themes.

A couple of other movies I really recommend are We Bought a Zoo and Dolphin Tale. I guess my love for animals really comes through with the types of movies I watch. I saw War Horse as well, but I did cry.

ev said...

I'm behind on my movies too. But I will be seeing Act of Valor next week when it comes out. Maybe this Friday I will take myself off for my b'day and see a movie before we all go out to dinner. The new Ghost Rider movie is this weekend. That's a possibility.

Maggie Sefton said...

Heather & Dru---I'm looking forward to One for the Money. It has to be hilarious but I laughed out loud at the book!

Maggie Sefton said...

Oh, I forgot to add Tinker, Tailor. Really looking forward to that love, love spy movies.

Yes, forgot Joyful Noise. Looks ally cute.

Titanic in 3D!! Yikes! That would be scary.

I remember Slapshot. Good. And what is Albert Nobbs? Haven't heard about that. Love Glenn Close.

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Maggie Sefton said...

Breaunna--Yeah, the whale movie sounds entertaining & true. Feel good. And I forgot the Zoo movie.

Maggie Sefton said...

ev---Act of Valor sounds good. I want to see it. And don't you just love Nicolas Cage in nose Ghost Rider movies?

Elaine said...

"Albert Nobbs" takes place in 19th century Ireland. Close pretends to be a man so she can work.

Yesterday I got 2 passes to the advance screening of "Act of Valor" next Thursday, the day after the "Goon" advance screening. Hmm, hockey fighting and Navy Seals fighting - a theme?

Shirley said...

I liked Dolphin Tale, We Bought a Zoo, Muppets, Tinker Tailor, Joyful Noise, Big Miracle, Mysterious Island. Woman in Black was spooky, Daniel Radcliff was good. Really enjoyed One for the Money, reading her latest book now. I think this series would do well on tv as a weekly show.

Maggie Sefton said...

Elaine--LOL. I love action movies.

Shirley---Hey, maybe that's what will happen with the Stephanie Plum series---it'll go to TV.

Maureen Hayes said...

I really loved The King's Speech. By now you can get it DVD. I want to go see The Artist but haven't gotten to yet. I have mixed feelings about One For The Money. Having been a fan of the series since the first book, I can't say that the casting works with what I have in my head. Also, I have heard terrible things from those who saw it and we're fans of the books. I may wait for the DVD version to give it a try.