I love going to movies. But I don't like to see most movies twice and I don't like to see movies I'm not interested in. So I am a picky but fervent movie goer. I've seen some movies lately. It's pretty much all I like to do anymore on ye olde date night. I don't know why I used old English just now. It had nothing to do with anything.
First of all, I don't generally like animation. I'm sick of sitting through kids' movies set in the tropic or arctic or at the zoo or with animals of any kind. Been there done that, as they say. Most of the animated kids' movies are worthless and pointless. Right now I'm living in a window of opportunity after toddlers but before grandchildren where I don't have to see those movies if I don't want to. But I did go to Cars 2 because my life insurance company gave us free tickets and full-size candy bars to attend.
Cars 2 is not good, but you can see it with your kids if you like. Let me warn you, however, that it's mostly about Mater. I didn't like Ernest, I don't like Jeff Foxworthy, and I hate Mater. Mater is dumb, embarrassing, and uninteresting. I wouldn't feel guilty or disloyal at all about blowing him off. But maybe I'm just a jerk. Also, I don't care about cars. I take that back. I like those neurotic Chevron cars who are alternately obsessive about the quality of their gas and pleasing their owners. I like those cars. I also usually like Pixar. Yes to Cars 1. YES to Toy Story 1, 2, and 3. No to Cars 2 and here's a prediction: NO to Smurfs. Want to give me a migraine? Put me in a room with Mater, Smurfette, and Katy Perry. Want to give me a seizure? Let Smurfette = Katy Perry. Oh my smurfin' frack. Who were the ad wizards who came up with that? (And I am asking as a former Kelly Temp who actually worked for a week with The Ad Wizards of Pleasant Grove, UT. )
Limitless is good. But I think I'm less objective since I found out Bradley Cooper speaks french. See it at the dollar movie with low expectations and you'll be pleasantly surprised. I was. Plus, it contains one of the sickest things I've ever seen at the end. I think Bradley Cooper can carry a whole movie. I mean, I totally love him as Voldemort.
X-Men: First Class is really great. You know I love comic book movies and even mediocre comic book movies i.e. X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sometimes I enjoy movies that I know are not "good." But this new X-Men movie is just a great movie. It's really, really good, interesting, and well-done. Michael Fassbender. (Yes--that's a complete sentence. Don't question me--I'm a former English teacher.) I find it so curious that James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender (Dr. X and Magneto) have both played fauns. McAvoy is, of course, Mr. Tumnus and Fassbender turns into a faun in the Blind Pilot video for The Cooper Temple Clause. It's pretty rare to play a faun in the first place but to both be fauns and then to both be the X-Men patriarchs? I just think it's weird that no one is discussing what it means. What does it mean?
Of course I saw Harry Potter 7.2. I should really write a whole post about it but for now suffice it to say that it's a great movie. They did a good job with the movies and it ended well. I'm sad it's over but I like how things turned out. I recommend. Of course I recommend. Some how my life insurance company (who brought me Cars 2) got me into The Deathly Hallows Part 2 a day early and for free. I don't know where this new trend in customer service and life insurance is headed but I like it. I saw HP7.2 again the next day. Still good.
Crazy, Stupid, Love is also very good. You should know that Dan in Real Life is one of my favorite movies. Steve Carrell at his Dan-in-Real-Life best is really something to see. So is Ryan Gosling. I didn't know he was so great. I thought he was just like Ryan Reynolds--who I make negative assumptions about. Crazy, Stupid, Love is heartwarming, moving, funny, and good. Everyone is in love with the wrong person! Wackiness ensues. It reminds me of a John Hughes movie but with more grown ups. It's really good.
I still haven't seen Captain America or Cowboys and Aliens. Prediction: I will like them.
Preview preview: Batman! Sherlock Holmes sequel! Gwyneth Paltrow turns gray and dies in Contagion! Planet of the Apes! These all excite me. I love the idea of a Footloose remake but, sadly, the preview looks dumb. Also dumb but well meaning: Gary Marshall's New Year's Eve. If I wanted to see Zac Efron dance again (and I DO) I would reboot Footloose and cast him as Ren McCormack. I would normally be excited about Abduction but I can't watch a movie staring Taylor Lautner. Sorry Team Jacob, he's too cro magnum to take seriously or care about in any role in any movie at any time. But maybe I'm just a jerk.
Movies are fun.
The End. I mean, To Be Continued.