Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Movie Time

by Maggie Sefton



Since I was immersed in revision tasks on upcoming Kelly Flynn and
Molly Malone books until mid-August, I've deliberately indulged myself this past week with my favorite form of relaxation:  Movies.  As a storyteller by choice and by trade, nothing is more relaxing for me than to disappear into another storyteller's world.  Some---but not all---of the movies I've seen recently:

A MOST WANTED MAN---I mentioned this movie before when talking about talented actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's many and varied roles.  This movie is an excellent thriller and totally realistic given  the world we live in now and the threat of terrorism.  Definitely a must see.  Hoffman's performance is masterful.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES---An excellent continuation of the background story that we saw introduced last year (or year before) in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.   This storyline has the apes living in their own city-state in the midst of the beautiful wooded island across San Francisco Bay.  Well done and dramatic.   Beginning of a whole new world.

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT----A delightful and charming Woody Allen film set in 1928 in the south of France.  Actors are always excellent, plus the costumes are authenic as is all the great period music, and filled with witty dialogue a la Allen.  Totally entertaining bit of froth you'll enjoy.  Plus any movie with Colin Firth is a winner.

A HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY----I adore British light comedies, especially those either set in India or having Indian characters and lots and lots of delicious Indian food.  Throw in Helen Mirren, Dame Maggie Smith, and/or Dame Judy Dench, and I'm sold.  A solid winner.  And you'll have to go find a good Indian restaurant afterwards because you'll be hungry.

LUCY----A fascinating movie featuring versatile actress Scarlett Johansen as a young woman who finds herself caught up in international intrigue and drug smuggling of some New Age, Mega Avant Garde designer drug that increases brain function.  Since scientists tell us we only use approximately 10% of our brain's capacity (dolphins use 20%), the story shows the super powers that accrue to the heroine Johansen as her brain develops 20%, 30%, 50%, and on up.  Action-adventure for sure, but you'll enjoy it.  

What movie have you seen recently?


18 comments:

Mark Baker said...

The only movie I've seen in the theater this summer was Guardians of the Galaxy, which was a blast. I recently just rewatched The Rocketeer, and I really enjoyed it again as well.

Dru said...

The last movie I saw was Godzilla.

Gram said...

The last movie I saw was RED.

Elaine N. said...

I saw "Magic in the Moonlight" and "A Most Wanted Man" this past weekend. Liked both of them. Hoffman, as usual, was excellent. While I was standing in line to buy my ticket to "A Most Wanted Man", the woman in front of me (a total stranger) turned to me and asked if I'd seen "Boyhood" (I'm hoping to see it this weekend). She told me it was very good and that I should go to the bathroom before the movie (the movie is 165 minutes) and that she brought her lunch with her.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is so much fun! I've also seen "Lucy" (very good), "Get On Up" (James Brown biopic, warts and all - also very good).

"Step Up All In" and "The Expendables 3". These are not movies you go to for plots, dialogue or acting. The first one you go to for the dancing and the hot bodies. The 2nd one you go to for action, explosions and hot bodies. Neither disappoint in those areas.

A movie you can go to for dialogue is "The F Word" ("What If" in the US). Daniel Radcliffe. A feel good movie.

"If I Stay" was very good. Bring kleenex. I didn't cry as much as during "The Fault in Our Stars".

Loved "The Hundred Foot Journey". I knew nothing about it when I saw the first trailer but figured, Helen Mirren, Indian food, what's not to like? I have the book on request from the library.

Tomorrow I'm going to an advance screening of "The Trip to Italy".

This weekend I'm hoping to see "Boyhood" and "The Giver". Saw one review of the latter that Meryl Streep's appearance couldn't save it and quotes from the author (possibly edited) that the movie is very good.

Looking forward to "The November Man" (Pierce Brosnan), "When the Game Stands Tall" (both will be out this month), "A Walk Among the Tombstones" (Liam Neeson, Sept.), "Unbroken" (Dec.)

Colleen Leyrer said...

my last movie was Divergent, and I cannot even be nice about it, so I'll skip to the movie before that (we rented it, in hope it would be better than the book(which we read), but if you haven't read the book, you'll have 0 idea of what's going on)

So I jump to " The Purge". Its an interesting idea. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, considering the violence. It did however give me a thinking cap. I like to sit back and think about what I would do in that situation. 1) I'd build a home of concrete, or some fire safe material. 2) building secret rooms and tunnels that would help me escape to a far off area. and mostly 3) that seems like a great time to take an out of country vacation. at least to me

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

I really want to see A Hundred Foot Journey. I think the last movie I went to see was Tammy. Melissa McCarthy is hysterical.

mary kennedy said...

I haven't seen any movies lately, but I am hopelessly addicted to House of Cards and MidSomer Murders on Netflix, I have to curb my tendency to "binge-watch."

Dawn Frazier said...

The last one I saw at the theater was Tammy. Going to see Let's Be Cops tomorrow. Lol!

Michelle Fidler said...

I never go to the theater. Recently at home I watched The Bourne Legacy, Divergent, and Non-Stop.

Maggie Sefton said...

You know, I think I'll get a chance to see Guardians next week when I'm back in Northern VA with my grandchildren. four family birthdays in 12 days. Wild. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Boy, computer graphics have progressed over the years. Godzilla the Good Guy sure is different from that decades ago version.

Maggie Sefton said...

Gram---I thought RED was great. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Thank you, Elaine, for that wonderful rundown of current movies. I'd heard about Boyhood. And I planned to see The Giver and The November Man. A Walk Among Tombstones sounds interesting with Liam Neeson, hopefully an action flic. Maybe Expendables once it's gone to cheaper cinema. :) I may see What If just to see how well Daniel Radcliffe does. Some of his earlier efforts haven't been impressive. But I'll give him a chance. I'll skip The Fault in our Stars & If I Stay. Not really interested in weepy chick flics. I like Action Adventure.

Maggie Sefton said...

Boy, that definitely sounds like a plan, Colleen. Let's hope no one has to use it. Scary thoughts. I enjoyed Divergent, but it was 2nd rate compared to the series that started it all----Hunger Games. Now, that is an excellent movie. Some heavy concepts in that series. And thought-provoking concepts. And what I love is the kids "get it." I know, because I have a teenage granddaughter. They "get" it.

Maggie Sefton said...

Melissa McCarthy is hilarious. LOL funny. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

I am currently binge-watching House of Cards. Finished Season 1 and will have Season 2 finished before I fly off for NoVa on Sat morning. :) I have always loved Kevin Spacey. Plus----that's my town, Washington, DC. I have actually walked and sat and been in every one of those locations they show in the introduction to each show----those views of Washington streets and plazas and buildings.

Maggie Sefton said...

Let's Be Cops sounds funny. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Michelle----I've seen all of those. They're excellent. Good choices. :)