Saturday, May 16, 2015

"Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015)

Previews (dear God, there were a lot): Sinister 2, The Last Witch Hunter, Jurrasic World, Terminator: Genisys, The Walk, Fantastic Four, Entourage, San Andreas

Well. Although I hadn't read any specific reviews, I knew that this movie was getting great ones that emphasized its feminist themes. Overall, the film was a lot of fun, and very weirdly funny in a number of ridiculous ways, but not the greatest movie ever. Good action sequences and yes, I appreciated that basically, this was a group of women in a post-apocalyptic society dealing with a situation that could easily happen, with men (or a single man) treating them as breeding stock and little more. It was great seeing smart, strong women saying enough and doing what they had to do to try to take their lives back. I appreciated that Max and Nux were, for the most part, not men who came in to save the poor helpless women, but rather allies who fought beside them and helped them achieve their own freedom. And Charlize Theron reminds us again that she kicks ass. I also spent the movie staring at Nux and saying to myself, "that looks like Nicholas Hoult. But I'd know if Nicholas Hoult was in this, right? But it really looks like him, but painted white and without any hair." Of course, it was him.

Very interesting camera work, especially at the beginning. And we laughed every time the guitar player appeared -- especially when he became part of the fight.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

CWE: "The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King" (2003)

Again, mostly playing in the background as I applied for jobs, ate lunch and folded laundry. But finally done with the series!

Also, probably not the first to say it, but I did notice influences on both Harry Potter and Game of Thrones (obvs.).

Also, I really don't care for most fantasy. Which leaves me wondering...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday, March 07, 2015

"What We Do In The Shadows" (2014)

Previews: Entourage (NO); Leviathan (talk about a change in tone!); Pitch Perfect II; Ted II (1,000 times NO)

Really fun movie. I think that I had a smile on my face the entire time. A faux documentary about a group of vampires who share a house in Wellington, New Zealand. Unexpectedly upsetting in parts - people get killed (because, you know, vampires) and attacked and vomit blood and burn up in the sun. But very funny and extremely entertaining.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saturday, February 07, 2015

CWE: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001)

Summary: Hobbits, rings, etc.

Not sure how much I'm going to have to say about this one. The first of the trilogy, of course, and knowing how long they'd take to watch has been making me procrastinate. I liked the series well enough -- obviously, since I bought the DVDs -- but it's not one that I go back to rewatch much. I've still never read all of the books; I got bogged down in the middle of "The Two Towers," and, honestly, I feel like I didn't read it at the right time. I know a number of big fans who read the books when they were relatively young and it had a huge impact on them. I started them as an adult, even long after college. As a result, I don't feel like I have a history with the story. I don't have a lot of comparisons or deep thoughts or whatever to share.

Also, I'm doing like 6 other things and not really paying attention.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

"Into The Woods" (2014)

Previews: Mortdecai, Paddington, Selma, Cinderella, Tomorrowland (hey, all one-word titles!)

Just a quick blurb. Really enjoyed the movie. I did feel like there were some loose ends -- we never really learn what happens to Rapunzel and her prince once they ride away, or what happens to Cinderella's prince either. And it felt a little too much like the Baker's wife is punished for her actions.

Stared at Rapunzel's Prince the whole time he was on screen, thinking "he looks so much like the actor who played Casey on "As The World Turns" ... only to discover in the credits that it's completely the same actor! I'm good with faces.