That’s a mishmash of the titles of the four movies I watched in the last 8 days. That’s one movie for every two days. Not bad. And I’m not counting Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past which is new to HBO. And actually cute and funny. I recommend it to my readers who have breasts.
So last Saturday my mother came to visit me and we went with Craig to see Shutter Island. I had high hopes for this movie. It looked scary and interesting. As a mental illness studying psych geek, I dig movies/books/stories about mental institutions i.e. Girl, Interrupted. Plus, Leo is an INCREDIBLE actor, Martin Scorscese is a genius, and the last time they made a movie together it was The Departed, one of the greatest movies of the last decade. Well, I wouldn’t say not to see Shutter Island, but waiting until it comes to dvd or hbo is the way to go. Leonardo is great in it, which is the only reason it is worth watching. If for some reason you don’t like him, you will not enjoy this movie. The whole movie is Leo and watching him try to figure out what the heck is going on (which is what the audience is doing too). However, I don’t know if it’s because of the nine million movies I’ve seen or what but I guessed two of the major twists after a half hour or so. But I know people who have enjoyed this movie and been really surprised by the ending. The movie would have been better if they had taken out at least half of the flashbacks or hallucinations Leo’s character has involving his wife (played by Michelle Williams, not her greatest role to say the least). And for those who’ve seen it, once you find out the ending, you realize the scene with the woman who yells at Leo when she thinks it’s her husband makes no sense at all. I can’t figure out why Mr. Scorscese left that scene in.
Thursday Craig and I had netflix movie night. I realized a few months ago that Craig had never seen Iron Man and I hadn’t seen it since theaters, where I loved it. I remember leaving that night thinking that seeing Iron Man was a way above average movie experience. With the sequel coming out, it was time for a refresher by watching the first one again. And Craig had to see it so that I would have my movie buddy prepared for when we see the new one. Even the second time, I loved this movie. Robert Downey Jr. is perfect as Tony Stark. For such a high profile actor with tons of exposure to be able to play a character that people see instead of the actor himself shows how great he was in it. I had forgotten how good Gwenyth was too and how gorgeous she looks at Pepper Potts. Jeff Bridges, the new Oscar winner, made for a great villian and really nailed that part. Perfect casting all around I would have to say, including Jude Law’s sexy voice as Tony’s talking house/computer/whatever the heck it is. Not only is this a great action movie, but the first half is a seriously intense and fascinating drama which totally sucked me in in the theater and again at my apartment. Needless to say, I am VERY excited for the sequel. Sucks for Terrence Howard, by the way, who was replaced by Don Cheadle I believe due to financial disagreements.
Back in the summer of 2006, right before I moved to NYC, my family put our beloved family pet, our dog Libby, to sleep. She had doggie dementia and it was 110% the right decision, but being there in the vet’s room with my parents saying goodbye was one of the hardest saddest moments of my entire life. So when Marley and Me came out back in 2008, needless to say I passed on seeing it. I had heard it was sad at the end so I made the genius deduction that Marley would die and I was not ready to go there. Since then I saw it on HBO but avoided seeing it, until this week. Well, I am damn glad I did because this was a seriously sweet, cute, and funny movie made for dog lovers. I went into it having no doubt it would be the lovely, touching movie that everyone said it was. What did surprise me was that Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston would be so convincing as a married couple with 3 kids. I thought they both did an incredible job with this movie. The scenes with Owen and Marley together were just wonderful. Owen balances touching moments with being funny expertly and I will watch him in movies like this or Wedding Crashers or whatever he wants to do with pleasure. Just please make a new movie! We miss you! And yes I cried at the end even though I watched the movie in two parts to lessen the intensity.. And yes, I lost it for a moment thinking of Libby since the movie brings you right into the room at the vet where dogs go to doggie heaven. But I still recommend this movie to any one who loves dogs, has ever had a beloved pet, or who just wants to watch a quality film. I told my mom (who had also refused to see it) to go in expecting a sad ending and tears and then at least there will be no surprises. Lastly, I couldn’t help but remember how Jen Aniston’s movie did better than Brad Pitt’s Benjamin Button when they both opened on Christmas Day. You go girl.
***random side note about Jennifer Aniston: I read a few weeks ago that she did a photo spread for W magazine with Gerard Butler which was super hot and sexy and showed off their chemistry. However, it was photographed by the same photog who shot Brangelina in their now-infamous W spread where they look like a married couple with children. That’s the photo spread that led to Jen’s famous quote about Brad Pitt missing a “sensitivity chip.” I just find that interesting that she would work with that photographer. I would have felt like he betrayed or disrespected me in some way. But I guess for an amazing spread in W, a woman has to put aside the past.
Lastly, Craig and I saw Alice in Wonderland last night. We didn’t want to miss seeing it on the big screen in 3D, even though we decided it wasn’t necessary to pay even more and see on IMAX. Some movies, like Avator and How to Train Your Dragon we think are worth the extra ticket price, but not Alice. I enjoyed this movie because for some reason, I went into it without high expectations. So I was in no way disappointed. The film was extremely fantastical, vivid, and vibrant. The length of the film was spot on, which helped lead to the fact that the audience is never bored. The whole film is extremely entertaining and seeing my man Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway play these kookie characters and play dress up is fun. On the walk home I thought about how fun it must have been to make that movie. I had read more than once that people called Johnny’s performance one-note, but I disagree. He was exciting to look at as well as listen to. But I may be a bit biased because as far as I’m concerned, Johnny Depp can do no wrong. He is so damn consistent. Casting Alan Rickman as the voice of the talking caterpillar was cool too, since I really like him. His voice is so regal. In general, all the characters were fascinating and fun to be introduced to. I definitely suggest seeing this on the big screen, particularly with a little “chocolate” before hand.
So that’s my week in movies. I didn’t even begin to mention television!
***Between writing and editing this, Craig and I watched Monsters Vs. Aliens on HBO. Super cute! I liked it a lot and the cast of voices is incredible (Seth Rogen and Reese Witherspoon, who are the stand outs. Also Stephen Colbert, Will Arnett, an almost unrecognizable Kiefer Sutherland, just to name a few!). It was the best animated movie I’d seen in a while because Craig and I are the only people on Earth who didn’t like UP.