Thursday, May 19, 2011


I really liked this.  And not just cuz Chris Hemsworth is god-like, wow, but there's a lot of intrigue and action.  The story is god of Thunder Thor is next in-line to the throne.  But he is a bad boy, with a little help from his weasel, jealous brother, so his father strips him of his awesome powers, and banishes him to Earth, where he needs to learn humility and gain wisdom if he wants to return to the heavens.  He meets a human, Natalie Portman (no, not all earthlings look like that).  The battles on Earth and in the heavens are "big", like Thor's muscles.  And I like watching both of them very much.  There are some surprising cute spots of humor.  It's a must see.  I give it 3 out of 4 stars.  Lots of fun. (I don't think the poster does him justice.)  And stay until the very end of the credits for a sneak preview scene of  the next movie.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Hilarious!  Kristen Wiig is great.  I liked the dialog best when it was her character and the cop.  It was heart warming and charming.  A few of the jokes went on a bit long, to where they were uncomfortable, but all in all it's a great story of two best friends and how things change as one of them becomes engaged and starts a "new life" with her soon-to-be husband.  It's a must see for me.  I give it 3 stars.  And it's not a chick flick.  It's just really funny, sort of a female Hangover, but a little more civilized.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Jumping the Broom

The story of a working-class guy making good, meeting a beautiful rich girl and they become engage.  Lots of laughs with the families finally meeting, and the differences in their backgrounds making waves for the wedding planning.  There are some tender moments as well.  The cast is great, well-acted for the most part.  Not a must see, but if you want a fun, relaxing movie, this is a good one.  I give it 2.5 stars out of 4.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

African Cats

Another DisneyNature movie, this one about a lioness and her cub and a cheetah and her cubs.  It shows the struggles they meet trying to survive in the African savanna.  It's beautiful, many endearing shots and the harsh realities.  Samuel Jackson narrates.  I liked it and for me it's a must see, but it's not my favorite of these DisneyNature movies.  I give it 2 stars.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fast Five

I've seen the previous "Fast" movies, and I do like this one more.  It follows the same kind of plot, a group of bad guys want to steal some cars and someone will be chasing.  There is a lot of action; sooooo many cars are destroyed.  Someone complained to me about it being so "violent" and it's funny, I didn't see it like that.  Not too many people get whacked, there's not that much blood and guts, it's mostly cars that get it.  There are some chase scenes (lots of chase scenes) where I doesn't seem very realistic, but then if these movies were realistic, the main characters would have to spend too much time in the doctor's office and hospitals.  I didn't like some of the story line and dialogue with the law enforcement characters, but overall this was fun with lots of action.  I give it 2 1/2 stars.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


This is a fun, silly movie.  And Russell Brand is really growing on me.  The first time I saw him in a movie I thought "What the hell!"  But no, he's so cute and endearing, if he's in it, I'll go see it.  But he's no Dudley Moore.  Same story line, poor, rich drunk who needs someone to make his life worth living.  Helen Mirren is his "nanny". This kind of humor Helen and Russell pull off well, for me.  It's not a must see, but it's light hearted and relaxing.  I give it 2 stars.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Water for Elephants

I loved this movie.  It didn't get great reviews from the critics, but all my friends who've seen it love it.  It's a story about a college student back during the depression, runs off to the circus.  Well, sort of, circumstances place him in the circus.  And his adventures with the circus and falling in love.  It's also about how getting old sometimes can take away your dignity, if you let it.  I liked all the actors, felt they did a great job.  I give it 3 stars.  

PS - I've started reading the book.  The beginning of the book is quite different from the movie ending.  At least, one big point is quite different.  Interesting.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Scream 4

If you've seen the other ones, you should go see this one.  If you liked the other ones, you'll like this one.  I thought it was better than the last couple.  The survivors from the past Screams return, Sydney's written a self-help book and comes back for a book signing, and it all begins again, but with some new twists, and updating for the new technology.  I like the beginning and the ending the best.  Fun, bloody fun.  I give it 2 1/2 stars out of four.