Movie Adventures

I love movies. Going to the theater, throwing a DVD in, streaming on the internet. Doesn’t matter to me, I just love to watch movies. Unfortunately, the last few months have been very chaotic in my personal and work lives (yes, I separate those!) and I haven’t had much time to enjoy movies in my favorite form: the big screen.

Aside from worrying about being stuck next to a sniffler, screaming tweens, or perhaps the universally-feared chatterbox, actually GOING to the movies is almost always a great experience. This week I was able to see not one, but two movies in the theater!

So, what did I see, you ask? The top two grossing movies out right now — duh! Sunday was a espionage afternoon with Skyfall and today was a matinee full of vampires and werewolves in Breaking Dawn Pt. 2.

Overall my movie-going experience both days was fantastic. I thought I’d share some brief thoughts on the films in case you too are debating taking the $20+ plunge of going to the theater.

First up, Bond. James Bond.

I am personally not a huge 007 fan. I know, I know… that’s a crime! Well if you can forgive me for that, I will say that I REALLY enjoyed Skyfall. As a stand alone movie (for someone who hasn’t seen all the James Bond movies) it was easy to follow and just as intriguing as say the Bourne series (one of my favorites). I thought they did a great job at keeping twists and turns in the movie without simultaneously losing my interest by confusing me.

The most impressive part about this film: Javier Bardem. He played the most creepy, freakishly smart, and crazy ex-agent ever: Silva. Oh the goosebumps! His bleach blonde hair, removable face implant, and über freaky laugh really made you believe he’d gone off the deep end.

Second best part: Daniel Craig. Enough said. :)

Overall, I give the movie an ‘A’ for being intriguing, suspenseful, and having a very handsome leading man who can kick butt all day long without breaking too much of a sweat (even for an “old” guy).

Next: the end of an era Saga

I don’t know about you, but when I’ve invested time in a TV show, multi-movie franchise, book series, etc. I tend to stick it out even past its expiration date, just because. Prime example: One Tree Hill. I watched that show like it was my job from the first to last season because after the first few seasons I felt committed enough that I couldn’t NOT find out how it ended… it was hardly the same show after 9 seasons.

Same story with Twilight. I couldn’t give up after the New Moon debacle (that movie was a challenge to sit through!). It really was too bad that the movies didn’t do the books justice because they had so much to work with. Fortunately, these last two (Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 & 2) were both really well done. Although the acting of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson didn’t necessarily get better, I think the directors were able to help them out a bit.

So, I’ve now officially seen all 5 movies (and yes, read the 4 books) and can honestly say this last one was the best of them. The cheese-factor was far less than the prior installments. Even the visual effects were impressive — those wolves almost look real. However Renesmee’s (Mackenzie Foy) digital face on various ages of children was a little creepy, but they did the best they could given the fictional nature of the character.

Anywhoo, it was definitely a great ending to a so-so movie saga. They stuck to the book well enough that I didn’t see any major reasons for complaints, the acting was improved, and the overall feel of completeness of the series (and the characters) was there — something I can say is often lacking in long-lived television shows. I’d give it an ‘A-‘ and say it is definitely worth seeing if you have any remote interest in the story because it repents for the past films that were less than stellar.

There you have it folks, my take on the top two movies of Thanksgiving week. As for what else is coming out that I want to see, the list is quite lengthy after having seen about 10 trailers in the last few days. Costco movie tickets, here I come!

Fun Finds | Running Playlist

While perusing the interweb I came across a fellow WordPress blog: Whale You Be My Friend.

Kayla, the author of this blog, has some great insight into all things design, including things like fashion and home decor.  Her entries are all really great, but one particular posting caught my eye: 100 Awesome Running Songs.

p.s. I love that Kayla used Nina Dobrev for her image — I can’t wait for The Vampire Diaries to come back on!

I am always a sucker for good music — even more so when it is put into a really well thought out playlist, but I have also recently decided I’d like to start running again.

Having played sports growing up I was always required to run (eventually enjoying it), but since those days came to a close and  my life is no longer consumed by college it’s time to get back into the swing of things.  I found this really awesome chart on Pinterest that seemed like a great way to get back into running.

chart from healthy living

Let’s hope I can actually stick to this game plan! Motivational comments are always welcome :)

Anywhoo…

The running playlist has a fantastic mix of artists, tempos, etc.  Kanye, Britney, Rihanna, P!nk and so many others… it really makes for a fun list of songs, and 100 different songs on shuffle allows for endless combinations and rhythms while working out.

I don’t know Kayla, but from her choice of music (evident in the running mix) and her choice of TV shows (seen in this post) I think she and I would be great friends — tv and music are hugely representative of who people are.

The Amazing Spider-Man

People…. GET EXCITED! Well, actually you have 2 months to get excited, but still.  The Amazing Spider-Man is coming out July 3rd and it looks amazing!

click on the poster to go to the trailer

 

A new trailer just released today and let me tell you, it is going to be the best re-make of the spider man movies ever!

(this is what like the 40th one? haha)

Anyway, I just watch the trailer and was reminded of how much I love Andrew Garfield (many people will know him from the Social Network — another great movie)  and Emma Stone (Easy A is still one of my favorite movies). Ahhh, it’s going to be epic!

          

click on the posters to go to the movie trailers

Movie Review | The Lucky One

“How do you explain something that you can’t even understand yourself?”

click the picture to watch the trailer

As promised, I went and saw “The Lucky One.”

For starters, here’s the plot summary (from Apple trailers):

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

Overall, the movie was pretty good (I’d say a 7 out of 10).  Zac Efron did a great job playing the sexy, sensitive guy.  Question, do those actually exist?  Doubtful….darn you Nicholas Sparks for setting my expectations so high! Anyway, the chemistry between Efron and his co-star Taylor Schilling was a little less than spectacular.

For those of you who have a love of all things Nicholas Sparks (like I do), you probably think love should be as amazing as Noah and Allie in the Notebook.  Beth and Logan (Schilling and Efron) just don’t possess that same, gotta-have-one-another magnetism.  I personally think that Schilling is just a little old for Efron. I can’t recall from the book, but I don’t believe that the character of Beth was supposed to seem older than Logan.

As always, the characters are relatable and have great back stories.  Beth is a teacher with ex-husband issues, who is a loving mom, and caring granddaughter.  Logan is a marine who feels every day is a gift and simply wants to make everyone’s lives better.  An added bonus in this movie is the mass number of adorable doggies, including Logan’s dog Zeus.

I would definitely recommend this movie to those who are interested in seeing your average rom-com, and who happen to love the overly-perfect endings of a Nicholas Sparks book, but if your expectations are still on Notebook and A Walk To Remember levels, then you might be a little let down.

Fun Finds | Going to the Movies

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I just wanted to share with you some upcoming movie trailers that look really awesome!  As you can probably tell from my last post like this, I am a movie trailer addict.  I rarely see a trailer in the theaters that I haven’t seen already. So, without further adieu (look, 6 years of French and I was able to include a French word in a post)… here are three movies coming out soon-ish that I am really excited to see!

The Avengers – May 4, 2012

(click the image to watch the trailer)

For those of you living under a rock, The Avengers is basically the best of the best.  We’ve got all the Marvel characters melding their powers to defeat evil. I don’t know about all of you, but the hype this movie has gotten has certainly increased my excitement. It also helps that I absolutely loved the Iron Man movies and can’t wait to see RDJ (Robert Downy jr.) team up with other super heroes!

Nesting – May 11, 2012

(click the image to watch the trailer)

This movie has not gotten much press yet, but I think it will be quite funny.  Plus, everyone loves a rom-com!  This movie essentially chronicles the attempt of one Gen-X couple to get the spontaneity back in their lives.

Looper – September 28, 2012

(click the image to watch the trailer)

Now this is for sure going to be the movie of the fall! Yes, I know it doesn’t come out until September, but the premise looks amazing (although a little freaky too). For starters I will see just about anything with Joseph Gordon-Levitt because he is just an amazing actor and incredibly good looking. Unfortunately, in this movie he has some serious prosthetics on because he is supposed to be the young version of Bruce Willis (obviously, the resemblance is not there in real life). Anywhoo, the movie looks like it will be complex much like Inception (another movie where Joseph demonstrated his mad acting skills) and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Well kids that’s my Fun Finds movie round up for right now — the ole laptop only has a few percentage points of battery left — but please let me know in the comments section if and when you see these movies or any other ones that look like they are worth watching!

11 Questions

Rebekah from Head Over Heels tagged me to participate in the “11 things” post that has been going around. I don’t normally do things like this on my blog, but I figured there is a first time for everything! So here it goes…
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo.
3. Post 11 random things about yourself.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them.
“Rhummie” & “Frenchie” in Austin, Texas.
11 random things about me.
1. I hate Jello more than anything.
2. I have 3 sisters, 5 nieces (and #6 is on the way), and only 1 nephew.  Clearly males don’t run in my family.
3. I’ve moved something like 12 times in my 22 years. I stopped counting a while ago.
4. I think a good pair of shoes can cheer up any day.
5. I love almost every kind of music.
6. I have seen EVERY episode of Friends (most of them 10+ times)
7. I love to read, but school consumes my free time.
8. Graduation seems too close, but at the same time, too far away.
9. I love all things Paris.
10. Going to midnight premiers of movies is one of my favorite things to do.
11. “10 Things I Hate About You: will forever be my favorite movie.
rebekah’s 11 questions
1. What is your all-time favorite movie?
“10 Things I Hate About You”
2. What is your biggest pet peeve?
it’s tied: people chewing/drinking/etc.. loudly & people touching their feet
3. Who is your role model?
my dad. he has always been driven and smart. now he has caner. his strength is undeniable.
4. What do you want to do when you grow up?
work for a company that amazes the world. preferably Apple.
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
who’s not my celeb crush? I love Channing Tatum, Shia LeBeouf, Ryan Gosling, etc..
6. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
In dream world: Paris. In reality: wherever my family is.
7. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I’d like to be taller.
8. Who is your best friend?
All of my friends are my best friends. They know who they are.
9.  Who is your favorite artist/band?
Adele.
10. In your opinion what is the best books turned movie?
Probably “The Notebook”
11. Do you ever think about deleting Facebook?
 Never. I love all things technology, and social media is simply amazing.
my 11 questions:
1. What’s your favorite website?
2. If you could meet anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be?
3. What’s your favorite accessory?
4. Twitter or Facebook?
5. Spotify or iTunes?
6. Coffee or Tea?
7. What is your ideal style of house?
8. Which do you think is worse, being dirty or being messy?
9. Who influences you the most?
10. What is your favorite type of weather?
11.  PC or Mac?
I tag:

Coming to a Theater Near You…

Hi all,

Just a quick post about a few movies I’m super excited to see in the coming months. Thoughts? Leave ’em in the comments section!

21 Jump Street | March 16

The Hunger Games | March 23

The Lucky One | April 20

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