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!

Obsession of the Week | Breaking Dawn Soundtrack

Yesterday the official Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, pt. 1 soundtrack came out and once again I am totally in love!  Ever since “Eyes on Fire” and “Supermassive Black Hole” (both from the first Twilight soundtrack) made it into my iTunes, I have been enamored of the songs they’ve used in each of the films since.

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Obsession of the Week | It Will Rain

Those of you who know me, know that I am a total Bruno Mars addict (my alarm clock on my cell phone is Grenade). Not surprisingly, I have once again fallen in love with one of his songs, it is called It Will Rain.

I found out about this song due to another obsession of mine: The Twilight Saga. Bruno’s song is the only song available for download off of the Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1 soundtrack (out in November…mine is pre-ordered on iTunes…is yours???!!!)  I’ve pretty much had it on repeat since it finished downloading!

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Fun Finds | Breaking Dawn Trailer

It is high time that my inner nerd come out for all the world to see, and here it is.

Today, one very exciting 2 minute and 30 second video has been released: the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 theatrical trailer. Yes, you are all probably thinking, wow a 21-year old who gets excited about vamps (thats what all the cool kids call them, or so I hear), werewolves, and one seriously freaky childbirth. I know, I know, it is so cliché, but after reading the books I had to see the movies and now we are down to the last two films (the first half coming out November 18, 2011 and the second half in Nov. 2012).

Although I am not as obsessed as some people are with the Twilight Saga (I own no memorabilia and do not worship the likes of Robert Pattinson or Taylor Lautner), I do follow the updates on www.breakingdawnmovie.org. Go ahead and laugh, but we all have our weird quirks.

Anywhoo, if you are nerdy like me and would like to check out the trailer, you can see it there in high quality. Simply click the photo below and it will redirect you to the website.

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