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?


Aurian said...

I've seen Red2 last week, and loved it. We immediately had to see the first one, as we had not yet. I liked Red2 a bit more I confess.

I still want to see The Heat, that one came out last week here in Holland. And I would like to see the new Johnny Depp one, The Lone Ranger.

Elaine said...

I laughed the entire 2 hours of "The Heat" but still didn't think it was a great movie, more of a guilty pleasure. Loved "Despicable Me 2" (I love the minions!). "RED 2" was so much better than "RED" which was enjoyable but not a great movie.

"White House Down" is much better than "Olympus Has Fallen".

Liked "Elysium", loved "Man of Steel".

Saw "Planes" (in 3D). Cute but really for kids. Many animated films work on 2 levels, one for the kids and one for the adults. Not this one.

Enjoyed "Pacific Rim". Giant robots fighting giant sea monsters. What's not to like? :-)

"Monsters University" is really good (even if, gasp, like me, you haven't seen "Monsters Inc.").

Thursday I have the choice of going to an advance screening of "Jobs" or "Paranoia". So far I'm planning to go to "Jobs".

Looking forward to both of those and also "Fruitvale Station" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (hoping to go to an advance screening of one of them tomorrow).

ladyvyvian said...

I saw man of steel which I rather enjoyed. Most of the rest you mentioned I would like to see but I go to the movies very seldom because of lack of funds. I hope to get to see some of them on dvd or the TV in the future. I saw REDS last year and so want to see REDS2.

Maggie Sefton said...

You will enjoy The Heat, Aurian. Its very funny.

Maggie Sefton said...

Boy, Elaine----You've really been busy. You're seeing everything! I'm impressed. :)

mariehahn13 said...

You're missing out on Man of Steel. That movie was fantastic! One of my favorites this summer :) I also really enjoyed The Lone Ranger and was sad to see that it didn't fair well. Enjoyed Red 2 (more than the original Red), Grown Ups 2 was absolutely hilarious, World War Z was incredible - not a typical zombie movie, and we really enjoyed Star Trek: Into Darkness. White House Down was pretty good (although I have to say that I liked Olympus Has Fallen far better) and I had to compromise on seeing Evil Dead and The Purge - which were both actually really pretty good!

My better half and I are huge movie goers :) This weekend we're going to see We're the Millers and are going to try and catch Paranoia too!

Maggie Sefton said...

ladyvyvian---You know, Netflix is way cheaper monthly than going to movies, especially if you don't mind waiting a little.

Maggie Sefton said...

mariehahn13---Me, too. I LOVE seeing movies in the theaters, larger than life. Lone Ranger disappeared while I was traveling, & I wasn't captured by previews of Man of Steel. Skipped the all family/kids/monsters ones except Despicable2. :) I can catch some reruns of monsters when I'm visiting grandchildren in Aug/Sept. I agree about Olympus being better than White House Down. Or maybe I was just bored with the setup by then. Love, love the new StarTrek movies that J J Abrams is doing. Of course, I love everything he's put out---TV and movies. Have you caught Person of Interest on TV? Lots of good previews show there will be lots to see this Fall. Can't watch horror flics. Toooooo scary. :)

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