Monday, August 24, 2015

Summer Movie Round-up

It's funny as I look back over the movies I have seen this summer, it seems likes my viewing of films was very weather related...

When I was on vacation early in the summer, Boston was too cold and wet to do much of anything else at night but walk to the theater a couple of blocks from my hotel.  Then once I got back to Texas, it was too hot to do anything but seek refuge in a cool theater or lay under the A/C and watch tv.

So here is a round-up of what I've seen this summer with some brief thoughts on each...

Aloha
Available this week on DVD, Apple TV, etc.  I thought it was ok, but not the usual caliber of film I expect from a Cameron Crowe movie.  I felt like the story was jerky and not fluid, but Hawaii is such a lovely back drop for a movie.


Pitch Perfect 2
If you liked the original, you'll like the sequel.

Magic Mike XXL
One of my favorite authors, Jennifer Weiner, tweeted after seeing it on opening day "Magic Mike XXL is seriously the most feminist thing I've seen since my circa 1991 homemade glitter 'Keep Abortion Legal' sign".  That cracked me up, so I had to go do my part for feminism and see the movie, and yes, I thought it was good.


Trainwreck
The most recent at the theater movie I have seen is Trainwreck.  I thought it was cute.

Several movies I had been wanting to see were released on DVD, Apple TV, etc. this summer...

Woman in Gold
I really enjoyed WIG for several reasons (1) Helen Mirren can do no wrong, (2) Much of film was set in Vienna which I'm traveling to in a few months, and (3) I loved the legal aspect of the film.

The Longest Ride
I had read the book, and if you have too, then I will caution you that the movie is loosely based on the book.  I thought it was ok.  I love Alan Alda and Jack Huston, so there's that.  And then Scott Eastwood is easy on the eyes, so...

Still Alice
I finally got around to seeing SA.  Julianne Moore was wonderful.  Totally get why she won all of award season earlier this year.

Far From The Madding Crowd
Going into seeing this, I thought it had all the makings of being a film I loved.  Unfortunately, I hadn't read the Thomas Hardy book, so the early scene of sheep dying, and a dog being killed (not really a spoiler alert), just about sent me over the edge.  After I regrouped from that, then there was a scene with a frog later on.  If you know me well, you are about to assume that I hated this movie based on those two scenes alone.  But I didn't.  I still liked it, though it won't be one like Jane Eyre or Pride & Prejudice that I watch over and over again (primarily because my heart just can't take the animals dying/frog stress over and over again).

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