Sunday, June 26, 2011

X-Men:First Class

I loved this!  I think it was the best of all the XMen.  It's the beginning of the story, and now I have to watch all the others!  It's set in the 60s, cold war era.  It's a must see.  And if you haven't seen the others (what have you been doing?) that's fine.  Start here and then see the others.  Enjoyed it a lot!!! 3.5 stars out of 4!

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Not a must see for sure, but I enjoyed it.  You should go if you love Tavern on the Green.  The restaurant is part of the story line, a very cute part.  The story is about a divorced dad, Jim Carrey, whose Dad neglected him when he was child, because he was always off on adventures.  As an adult, Jim seems to care more about his career and work then family (hence the "divorced dad").  But then he receives a last gift from his Dad, penguins. The predictable story ensues, but it is cute!  I give it two stars, and I think some would think me generous, but it was a fun little movie.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Green Lantern

The story of a young boy who loses his dad and grows up to be a daredevil pilot, who is chosen by The Guardians, an ancient immortal group whose mission is to protect the universe from evil, to be the first human to join the group. His super power is very cool, he can make whatever he can imagine come to life.  It's a cute film, not a must see, but there are some good lines, some corny acting, but an interesting story.  If you're liking the movie, what until the middle of the credits, there's a sneak peak for the sequel.  Not the best super hero movie lately (Thor!) but enjoyable.  I give it 2 stars (out of 4); not a must see.

Hangover 2

Yes, this isn't as good as the first one, but I liked it.  It's funny, has some good jokes, some bad ones thrown in, but overall it was enjoyable.  It is a bit hard to believe they did it again, but the explanation works; a stretch but it works.  Same guys, with a new one here or there.  Ed Helms character is getting married this time, and he doesn't want a big bachelor party.  But he agrees to "one drink" with the boys down on the beach, and that's where it all starts again.  Don't have high expectations thinking it's going to be as good as the first one, and I think you'll enjoy it.  I give it 2.5 stars.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Super 8

Great movie, makes me think of Goonies.  It's about some kids making a movie and capturing a unbelievable train wreck.  The train was carrying some top secret government cargo, that escapes after the wreck and is unleashed into the small town.  But the government won't own up to it.  There are some elements of ET here also.  I loved it.  The kid actors are great, the lead kid is a cutie.  The train wreck is amazing.  The "thing" that escapes is ok, and the ending could be better (my nephew Dustin "hated" it, but I think he had really high expectations, that I didn't).  There's some humor thrown into a lot of intense scenes.  I say it's a must see and give it 3.5 out of 4 stars.  Almost forgot, wait until the credits, they show the kids finished film.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Jane Eyre

I liked it.  It moved at a good pace, wasn't slow or boring.  I don't remember the book that well (may need to read again), but it didn't seem as dark as I thought the book was supposed to be.  The actress who played Jane, Mia Wasikowka, did a great job.  This is a must see, I give it 3 stars.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean

I can't remember the other ones that well, but I think I liked this one the best.  I remember being a bit bored during the last one, and this one kept my attention.  They're off to find the Fountain of Youth, but there are several different groups trying to get there first.  Johnny again does a fantastic job, and Penelope adds a nice touch.  Ian McShane is Blackbeard, a good villain. It's a must see, especially if you've seen the others, why would you miss this one?  A good start to the summer blockbusters, I give it 3 stars.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Something Borrowed

I loved this movie.  It might be a chick flick, but I think it's got universal appeal.  I loved the book so I was all set to like it so I might be biased.  I think the casting was great.  It's the story of two girls who are life-long friends, and how they navigate love and friendship.  I sometimes want to scream at Rachel, grow a pair girl!  It's a must see and I can't wait for the sequel. I give it 3 out of 4 stars.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


I wasn't sure if this would be very good, but I went to see it because Paul Bettany was in it and I like him.  I was surprised that it wasn't too bad.  Not a must see, but it was an interesting concept.  About vampires (what movie isn't nowadays) and Paul Bettany is a priest.  He's not your normal priest.  He's one of a group that have special powers and training specifically to hunt and kill vampires.  The "Church" tells everyone that the vampires have all been killed and everyone's safe and the priests are all "retired".  But a few people don't believe the vampires are all gone.  The vampires go after the Priest's niece, he comes out of retirement, and so the adventure begins.  There's some twists, and it's not all that bad, but a little dark and dreary.  One thing, how come there are so many actors who've played vampires in this movie, fighting the undead? Weird.  I'd give it 2 stars.