Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Movie Recap: November 2011

I have seen a lot of other book bloggers talking about the movies they've seen  lately, and I can't resist joining in any longer! If you've seen any of the movies below, please leave me a comment telling me what you thought about them. I love to hear how different people's opinions are about movies! (Please keep it spoiler-free.)


I watched this movie for two reasons: (1) Julianne Moore and (2) Emma Stone. Neither of these two fantastic actresses were in the movie enough for my liking. Surprisingly, though, I did actually like Steve Carrell in this movie. I'm not a big fan of awkward comedy like The Office, which is what he seems to be in mostly, so it was a nice change of pace to see him in a better role. Crazy Stupid Love was a little too slow in the middle (the beginning was fine, oddly enough), but the ending was perfect.

I never read comic books, but I did read a lot about them for one of my kid lit classes this semester and have been getting into the genre quite a bit. I've been getting my geek on with the superhero movies lately because of this, so I was very excited to see Captain America! It was surprisingly good considering how much they had to mess with the timeline to make things work out properly. I can't wait for the sequel!

I hadn't seen the original Karate Kid in a while, so I recorded it when it came on ABM Family this month. I love Mr. Miagi. He's awesome. Honestly, that's enough of a reason to watch this movie! (I also loved the remake with Jackie Chan - highly recommended!)

I bought this used when the Blockbuster by my house went out of business quite a while ago, but I never got around to watching it until this month when I was clearing out my DVD stash. I usually love Jodie Foster, especially in action movies, but this one just didn't do it for me. I still don't understand how an entire plane full of people wouldn't see a little girl. I ended up skipping through most of this movie and only watched the last 20 minutes or so just to see how it ended.

This was an unexpected delight! I never should have doubted the amazingness of Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Amy Adams. Also a surprise (to me) appearance of Shiri Appleby, who played Liz on Roswell back in the day. (I always get excited when I spot a Roswell alum!) Most movies that are based on a true story are unbelievably boring, but Charlie Wilson's War follows the stories of interesting people who led interesting lives, and I couldn't have been happier with the result. Of course, it would have been nice if the ending had been a little happier, but real life rarely works that way!

Oh my gosh I still cannot believe how this freaking movie ended! Why, Nicholas Sparks, WHY?!?

All of my girlfriends love this movie, which is probably why I've been avoiding it for so long. The last movie they went this nuts over was The Notebook, and I'm still not a fan of that one. (Unfortunately, my boyfriend is. I just can't win!) Anyway, P.S. I Love You is not one of "those" movies. Sure, I cried a little, but it wasn't a sobfest. Any time you've got an Irish accent - even if it's done by a Scottish (!) actor - you really can't go wrong. Finally, a chick flick for those of us who hate chick flicks!

This one was oddly funny. Ricky Gervais was hilarious. Even when he's being a bitch in this movie, I still wanted to hug him, if only to hear how he'd tell me off. The romantic pairing was a bit odd, but they managed to make it work without turning it into one of those stereotypical "fat, ugly guy somehow manages to get the beautiful woman even though he's incompetent and has no measurable sense of humor" movies. Sure, it's like a lot of other man-can-see-ghosts flicks out there, but Gervais really does make the movie.

I hadn't realized when I picked this one up that it was based on The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. I've yet to read the book, so I can't say how well the two compare, but I was rather unimpressed by the movie.

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