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April 15, 2012

Last night, we watched the movie Hanna. According to IMDB, this movie is about “a 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

It is an interesting idea and Saoirse Ronan is amazing as Hanna. However, we spent the night trying to figure out a) how Cate Blanchett, who is usually spectacular, was allowed to keep that god-awful American accent – why not just let her be British? and b) which actress played the false Marissa. It was Michelle Dockery, otherwise known as Lady Mary Crawley from Downton Abbey, which we both agreed, we’d much rather be watching.



July 31, 2009
I dread talking about movies on this blog because it seems like all I do is complain about them – how bad they are, how disappointed I am with them. I don’t think I’m generally a whiner or a complainer, but maybe I am and I just don’t hear it myself. Oh god, am I? No! I’m not! It’s not me, it’s you – really!

Anyway, Helen and I joined forces with brother #3 and went to the movies last night. We decided to see Public Enemies, since we were slackers and Up had already left the theaters. We stopped for burgers at 5 Guys – and I’ve got to tell you, that was one of the BEST burgers I’ve ever had, and I’m including my own cooking! I’m drooling now just thinking about it. The fries were good too, but next time I think I’m going with just the burger because it’s so good, it eclipses the fries.

We made it to the movie theater at the mall early so we decided to kill some time at the bookstore – always a mistake if I want to hold onto my money. We only picked up 4 books, including Pride & Prejudice & Zombies for brother #3. We try to get everyone to enjoy the classics – we’re good like that:) After quickly parting ways with our money, we made it to the theater in plenty of time to get good seats.

The AMC/Loews theater at the mall is great – lots of theaters that are HUGE with stadium seating. Since Public Enemies has been out for a while (what, 2? 3 weeks?), there weren’t many people in the showing and we got great seats with no one around us. The sound during the previews was iffy at best – sometimes great, sometimes sounding like your ears were popped, and sometimes screeching like a hearing aid turned up too loud. Once the movie started, it seemed okay but, just as the movie was getting really interesting, the sound effects started up again. Someone reported it and the techs got it fixed, but we had missed the dialogue and I’m pretty sure it was important. Three minutes later, the screeching started again and this time, they managed to empty the theater in just under 2 minutes, with everyone heading towards the Manager’s booth.

What ticks me off the most is that I was really liking this movie, and not just for the fact that Johnny Depp was in it (who was looking extremely good, I might add! I love it when he plays the clean cut characters – those cheek bones. There I go, drooling again!) The last few movies we’ve gone to see in the theaters have not been that stellar (Transformers 2, I’m looking at you!) and to finally break the bad streak with a great movie, only to have it derailed by technical difficulties, is frustrating.

The manager was very accommodating and was ready to give us our money back except yours truly lost her ticket in the shuffle, so we got replacement tickets instead. Hopefully, the next time will be better. I swear, if they ruin Harry Potter for me, I may have to take drastic measures. I’ve got my pen sharpened!


October 10, 2008
I saw Eagle Eye last night with Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan. They’re in the movie, I didn’t go to the theater with them – I might be cool in my own eyes, but I’m no where near THAT cool! No, I actually saw it with Helen and brother #3. Anyway, it was a great action flick – the kind that has your adrenaline still pumping when you leave the theater and makes you want to just stomp on the gas as soon as you’re behind the wheel. The acting wasn’t spectacular but I wasn’t expecting it to be. The plot could be shot full of holes if you really wanted to dissect it, but I suspended belief for 2 hours and bought into the whole thing.

From IMDB Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) returns home after the mysterious death of his successful twin brother. He and a single mother, Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan), find out that they have been framed as terrorists, and they are threatened into becoming members of a cell tasked to assassinate a politician

I had a great time and I really liked the movie. As I said, I bought into the premise – that someone or something can track us and control us to a point of making us unwitting pawns. And on the way home, every light turned green just before I got there; at the railway station, the bar went up just as I hit it; and I made it home in almost record time. I would have been more worried except there was this tool in front of me in a flashy yellow Toyota that wouldn’t go above 40 miles per hour. I figure if I had been activated, they would have blasted him out of my way for me instead of having me curse and tear my hair out because I really wanted to just take off. Go see the movie, you’ll understand what I’m talking about:)


September 4, 2008
I feel like I’ve had some bad luck with the entertainment industry this summer. Movies just haven’t lived up to my expectations. I don’t think it’s a product of my mood when I’ve attended these venues because the people I’ve gone with have felt the same way (unless I have powers of bringing those around me down to my level that I don’t know about?)

I don’t get out to the movies that often – maybe once a month – but I love to go and I look forward to the movies a lot. So far this summer, I’ve seen one great movie (The Dark Knight which I loved) and two fairly awful ones — Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull – they really should have stopped with the Last Crusade – and The Mummy III which was so bad, I walked out in the middle of it. I didn’t even write a review of the mummy movie because I was afraid that I would come across as this crotchety, ugly person who can’t even stay put through a movie. I’m not, really, but it angers me when the studios think it’s okay that we shell out $10 for drivel so they can make more money on a franchise that may have jumped the shark. And for all you Mummy fans out there – I loved the first two Mummy movies. I can come in at any point of the movies and get totally wrapped up and then look up to find that an hour has just disappeared from the day. I went into this one expecting the same charm and tongue in cheek humor. I thought the part before the opening credits was really good and I was excited about the rest. But when the best part about the rest of the movie was “The Yak yakked”, a horribly lame one-liner you could see coming from miles away, all the fun seemed to have deserted our movie theater.

However, I will not be put off my quest for a good movie. Tonight, we try Traitor. It has Don Cheadle, a favorite of mine, and Guy Pearce, who is always intense and always fantastic. So my hopes are high. This may be just what I need to get my entertainment psyche back in line. Keep your fingers crossed:D

And on a final note, can I just say I’m more than a little pissed that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been postponed til next summer? Cause they want a summer blockbuster? I say, let’s go for a Turkey blockbuster! There’s nothing wrong with having a really big hit in November!

What about you? Have you been disappointed in any movies this summer? Or better yet, been pleasantly surprised by any?


September 20, 2007
I was watching TV last night and flipping through the channel, as I am wont to do, and I found the movie Sweet Home Alabama on TNT. This is one of those movies that I just have to stop and watch – doesn’t matter where in the movie it is, or what else I am watching, I’m stuck.

Do you have that kind of movie? The kind that sucks you in, against your consent? I have several – Sleepless in Seattle, any of the Lord of the Rings, The American President, the list goes on. Maybe when I get really good at this, I’ll be able to post the movie posters instead of boring words. However, for tonight, I’m not allowed to have the remote so I don’t get wrapped up in another one.