I must report on the movie theater I've been frequenting before we get started. The word seems to have spread and my favorite low key theater has become quite popular. Remember....Tuesday nights = BYOB (bring your own bowl) for free popcorn.
I know. Cool, right?
Well, it's drawing quite the crowd and some interesting bowls, too. For a while, movie goers had no discretion at all and would bring in plastic shopping bags to fill up. Seriously? Pay the $5 and hold onto your dignity, people.
Finally, the theater wised up and insisted customers bring in actual bowls (or similar hard plastic like containers). Good move. I've been waiting for someone take his hat off and tell them to fill it up.
Since then, I've witnessed a faux wood ice bucket from the 1970's and a crock pot bowl. Not the cooker part with the plug hanging down.....but nearly as ridiculous. Seeing what people are bringing in to fill has rivaled some of the movies I've seen in regards to entertainment factor alone. I might just skip the movie one day and hang out in the lobby.
OK, review time. No judgment on the movies I see. Remember, I have no standards. I paid to see The Orphan not too long ago.
Zombieland - Bad. Love Woody Harrelson. The movie was weak. And, pointless. I disagree with the critics. And, by "critics", I mean http://www.rottentomatoes.com/.
Law Abiding Citizen - I don't fawn all over Gerard Butler like most women. It was nice to see him in this role because it differed from the dreamy persona he's taken on in so many others. The movie had good meaning behind it.....a man takes on the judicial system and punishes many innocent people for the lack of sentence imposed on the murderers of his slain family. Lots of gore, though.
The Invention of Lying - Has anyone seen this? I was thoroughly confused. Not by the story line, but by the amount of boom mics I saw. Over a dozen.....hanging from the top of the screen.....it became hard to focus on the movie. Otherwise, the plot was interesting, but it failed on many levels to come together.
Amelia - Not good. These are the kind of movies I love.....historical recreation.....typically emotion-filled and moving. It wasn't successful on any front. I thought it also portrayed Amelia as quite selfish and single minded.
The Box - LOVED it. A simple plot......1970's.....an American couple in financial distress is given a choice. A box contains a single button. If pushed, the couple receives a million dollars.....but someone, somewhere will die. 24 hours to decide. A great lesson on choices and consequences. Weird and dark and filled with suspense. Stanley Kubrick-esque.......artsy and cool. I liked it more than the critics did. Recommend.
Can't wait for:
The Men Who Stare At Goats
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Michael Jackson's This Is It
Chris Rock's Good Hair
Capitalism - A Love Story
A Serious Man