Monday, May 2, 2011
My Month in Movies
I almost can't believe it, but I'm watching movies again! My poor Netflix queue has been languishing, but I think I'm getting back in the swing again. I did watch a whole bunch of seasons of Buffy during my maternity leave, but kinda lost interest around the time her incredibly boring, Ken-doll like boyfriend (from Iowa!) turned out to be a super secret vampire hunter in league with her professor. (Not making that one up, folks.)
So, here we go - here's what I watching this month:
Shutter Island - 2010 - Well, that took a turn I didn't expect. 2/3 of the way through I was thinking, "Wow, this might be the longest movie ever." And then the end happened. I continue to be impressed with Leo DiCaprio - he is pretty great in every movie I've seen him in for a while. This was a good one.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel - 2009 - What can I say? The babies love the Chipettes.
When In Rome - 2010 - Cute, cute. Josh Duhamel from All My Children and Kristen Bell from Veronica Mars falling in love in NYC? Yep, works for me. And I'm not sure how Kristen Bell got to be in a movie with this many comic heavyweights, but it was pretty darn funny. And the ending credits are a riot...
Alice in Wonderland - 2010 - The girl cast as Alice did not work for me, so this whole movie was a bit of a bust. Pretty, though.
Toy Story 3 - 2010 - Sigh. When all the toys clasp hands and form a circle as they are moving down toward the fire....what it is about cartoons that can elicit such emotion? Love this movie.
I am also watching:
Camelot - I've loved this myth ever since reading The Mists of Avalon as a teenager, and am a sucker for anything related to it. Luckily, this series is a very good re-imagining of the legend, and I have enjoyed the changes they have made to the story. Also, Morgan has always been one of my favorite characters, and she is AMAZING in this series. Can't wait to see where they go next.
The Pillars of the Earth - wasn't this a (somewhat mediocre) made-for-tv-movie a while back? This series is very good so far - I think it is actually doing the book justice, which is rare. Ian McShane is SO GOOD as the evil Waleran - really, the whole cast is excellent, and I'm enjoying this a lot.
Game of Thrones - I haven't read the books yet! (I know, I know...) I wasn't going to get sucked in, but then I watched the first two episodes, and now I can't stop. There are not a lot of nice people in this story, huh??
Next up in my Netflix queue:
The King's Speech