Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Movie Time

by Maggie Sefton

I figured I hadn't posted about movies in a while, so I thought I'd catch up with some
of the recent movies I've caught.  I know I'm skipping over a bunch of films, so apologies if I only include the more recent ones.

DIVERGENT----I enjoyed it and book, but my favorite is still---hands down---HUNGER GAMES.  Far superior storyline throughout first two movies of HUNGER GAMES, and the preview for the last in the trilogy just whets your appetite.  The expression on heroine's face at the end brought back the marvelous threat of character Wyatt Earp in TOMBSONE when he was shouting his response to the savagery of the Bad Guys:  "I'm coming back, and Hell's coming with me!!"   Oh, yeah.  And Wyatt delivered, too.  :)   Hey----you guys know I'm an Action-Adventure girl.

DRAFT DAY---I like Kevin Costner and I also liked the set up.  New coach of a losing Cleveland football team has been snookered into given up 1st three round future draft choices for next 3 years.  All for the promise of this young new recruit who supposedly the greatest.  Or, is he?  Old pro coach smells problems and tries to find a way out of the box he's in.  All under a ticking clock pressure.  How the coach manages to outsmart the schemer other coach and get the players he really wants is a masterful exercise in strategy----and guts.   If you can even tolerate football, you'd enjoy this.  No games.  It's all about people and people problems.  Anyone who likes tactics would also enjoy.

AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2---Enjoyable.  Great special effects.  I really like this new Spiderman.  Very human and a good actor.  Also a better sense of humor.  

EDGE OF TOMORROW----Hey, I love futuristic stories and action adventure.  :)  Delivers on that.

CHEF-----My Number 1 Choice for Best Movie in months.  This little movie is great.  A talented Los Angeles chef is fired by his tyrannical restaurant owner boss for daring to deviate from owner's BORING menu.  Chef is fantastic cook.  Everything he cooks is fantastic, and he LOVES to try new things.  Fired and wonderfing how he'll make ends meet, another restaurant sub chef friend joins Chef in getting a Food Truck, cleaning the wreck up, then starting on a cross country tour from Miami thru New Orleans and Austin TX back to Los Angeles.  What you witness is how this talented guy manages to reunite his divorced family and actually form a strong bond with his young son in the process of becoming the Fantastic Food Truck Chef is a pure delight to watch.  It's funny and touching and the acting is great.  The little 10 yr old boy who plays his son is the best child actor I've seen years!!  No lie.  So natural he grabs your heart.  And the young son manages to provide the spark that makes the Chef into a Traveling Star instead of just a traveling chef.  Son is a Twitter genius and constantly tweets where truck is going and what Chef is cooking, all along the country.  There are tons of people already lined up and waiting for Chef to pull in by the time they get to Austin, TX.  :)   So he rolls into LA, having become a real father to his son and also getting his family all back together.  A real winner.  You will enjoy it.  Catch at your local cineplex.  :)  Main roles are newcomers to me, but scores of BIG actors make appearances throughout the movie.  Enjoy!


Heather said...

There are a couple here I'd like to see. I have Divergent in Mount TBR and loved The Hunger Games -- books and movies. I finally saw the first two movies a few weeks ago and was impressed with how closely they followed the books. Unlike City of Bones and Beautiful Creatures, which were both disappointing. Also finally saw Thor: The Dark World recently and enjoyed that as well. ☺

Unknown said...

Chef sounds like a good film -- until now I hadn't heard much about it. I'll add that to my list, but I'll wait until it comes to DVD. I am looking forward to Spiderman 2. The first Amazing Spiderman felt like an unnecessary remake, but my son and I enjoyed it. Besides what's not to like about an Andrew Garfield movie?

Elaine N. said...

Enjoyed Chef, Amazing Spider Man 2, and Draft Day. Other movies I've seen recently (or since your last update :-) - The Fault in Our Stars (read the book, see the movie, have tissues ready), The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Grand Seduction (Canadian movie, don't know what kind of distribution it's getting outside of Canada), How to Train Your Dragon 2, Jersey Boys (almost as good as the play), Million Dollar Arm, The Railway Man (you might want to have kleenex for this one too), Rio 2, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. I went to this one because I had a pass to the advance screening and liked it a lot more than I expected. Gordon is Alice Cooper's manager and over the years he's managed a lot of musicians and made Emeril and others "celebrity chefs".

And I participated in the Kickstarter campaign for "Corner Gas: The Movie". They reached their goal in 24 hours and the movie is now filming and will be out at the end of the year.

This week is the Ottawa Jazz Festival. I have a pass to the advance screening of "Words and Pictures" (Clive Owen) tomorrow. If it rains I'll go to the movie; if the weather cooperates (it has so far) I'll see Dianne Reeves.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

I haven't been to a movie in ages, and after reading your blog, I realize I have to get out more! "All work and no play, etc." I'm glad you gave us a rundown on what's out there, I feel a "movie night" coming on!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks for the reviews, Maggie! Chef is next on our list here. I go to the movies with my mystery writing friends.



Maggie Sefton said...

Heather----Sorry to be late with reply. Yes, I thought the Hunger Games movies followed the book closely. And I can tell you like action adventure like moi. :) Haven't seen Thor yet, and will have to catch it. Re: Hunger----I still remember being riveted listening to my then 12 year old granddaughter tell me the story line. She'd read all three by then. Wow. She's now 15 and is still a reader. And believe it or not, even tho that generation lives with devices and all things online and digital, she still loves to have a book in her hands. Nana (moi) makes sure she has the latest Kelly.

Maggie Sefton said...

You'll enjoy CHEF. And I thought Amazing Spiderman and cast was fun. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Elaine----I love your activity schedule. So like mine. Loved MILLION DOLLAR ARM. Missed STARS. Will see JERSEY BOYS this weekend. Intrigued by that Shep Gordon flic and the The Grand Seduction. Wonder if they'll come to US. And "Corner Gas: The Movie" sounds like a hoot. :) Oh, oh----and I adore Clive Owen. Words and Pictures had better come to the US.

Maggie Sefton said...

Sorry for delay. Yes, you DO have to get out. And it doesn't matter if hubby wants to see the movie or not. Go by yourself. :) If I stayed away from movies he wasn't interested all those years, I would have missed the greatest Cinematic progression ever. 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000's. It's the greatest escape there is for a storyteller. We get to completely disappear in another storyteller's world. Love it. And yes, I still prefer the BIG screen. I want larger than life.

Maggie Sefton said...

Sorry for delay, MJ. Sounds like a good plan. :) I go regularly.