Thursday, May 22, 2008

Let's Go To The Movies

I love movies. All kinds of movies in fact. I have never been the type to like only one genre. If it is good film making and a good acting performance then there is a good chance I will enjoy it regardless of the story. When I watch a movie I want the film making and the acting to make me feel like it is real. I want to feel like I am the one living the story that is being told on the screen.

If I had the opportunity I could watch a movie every night. Curled up on the couch and escaping to someone else's life for a while. Sadly Chris does not share this daily desire to watch movies so I settle for weekend movie watching. One thing I am thankful for is that Chris also shares the view that a movie can be good regardless of the storyline if it is made well and the acting is good. I don't have to argue with him over what to go see or rent. Usually we can always find something we will both enjoy.

The last handful of movies I have watched I have totally loved. That is a pretty good streak if you ask me. Usually I will run into 1 every 2 or 3 that just doesn't capture me. Since I have been lacking in things to blog about lately I thought I would take this opportunity to ramble a bit and tell you about the movies we have been watching.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe--I realize we are a little behind the times on this one. There is really no good reason that it took us so long getting around to watch, we just never did. We finally watched it last weekend and it was outstanding. This was just the kind of movie that made me feel like I was in a totally different place and time. It made me feel like a kid again and remember the imagination I used to have. The actors in this movie were so good. For kids they managed to captivate the audience and make their story believable. Chris and I can't wait to go see Prince Caspian in theatres when we get the chance.

Juno--LOVED this movie. It was funny in all the right ways. It moved you in its own way. Ellen Page was excellent. My favorite line in the whole movie was when she told her dad she was pregnant and he said "next time I see that boy I am going to punch him in the wiener!" Too funny. Juno goes through the motions as she adjusts to life as a pregnant teen and sets out on her own to find the perfect people to adopt her baby. I have really taken a liking to the indie type film and this one definitely did not let me down.

There Will Be Blood--I really wasn't sure if I was going to like this movie or not. Looking back I am not sure I can say I loved the story itself. This movie for me is the prime example of enjoying a movie regardless of the storyline if the acting is there. Daniel Day-Lewis was amazing. There is a reason he won the best actor award at this years Oscars. His performance was compelling and he had me wrapped around his fingers from the opening scene to the very last scene. Paul Dano was also amazing in this movie. His character was all sorts of weird and creepy and he played it perfectly.

Freedom Writers--This was truly one of those feel good movies that makes you believe in the good in everyone out there regardless of their background. The reality of the lives of a lot of these teens is sad. They grow up surrounded by drugs and violence. They fear for their lives on a daily basis. They wake up every morning wondering if that will be the day they are gunned down when they walk out their front doors. It is heartbreaking to realize this kind of stuff is real in this world. Since this movie was based on actual events it really changed the way I think of a lot of things when it comes to teens just like the ones in this movie. I really suggest taking a couple of hours to watch this movie and allow yourself to see life from their eyes.

Other movies of note we have watched lately that I don't feel like talking about right now but that you should check out...

On Broadway
Blood Diamond
Gone Baby Gone
The Last King of Scotland

So what about you? What movies have you been popping in your DVD players these days? How about your favorite movies? My favorite movie of all time is no contest. The Princess Bride. I can recite the entire movie word for word I have watched it so many times. It never gets old.


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1 said...

Well last weekend Austin and I(Dave) went to seen Prince Caspian. Now if you liked the first one you should love this one, by far one of the great adventure/fantasy movies i have seen. This one is slightly more dark and alot more violent than the first, this is really a great war movie with a great story behind it. I highly recommend it, just maybe not for kids under 10or so. Two big thumbs up!

I just bought National Treasure 2, Book of Secrets, again a great movie. Lots of action and adventure, but also alot of really cool history you may have never been interested in untill you watch this movie. Two thumbs up!!!

I still have to say my favorite movies of all time are the entire Lord of The Rings Trilogy, and Braveheart...

Good watching!!!

Tammy Williams said...

We watched Juno this past week and we both LOVED it! It was so funny. I just kept saying to Jeremy that I hope we will be able to understand our kids' language when they grow up....haha.

CunninghamRules!! said...

Zach and I went and saw the Indiana Jones movie in the theatres for our anniversary on thursday, it was pretty good. I love Harrison Ford, it was corny like all the other ones, but we liked it. I am a sucker for chick flicks, I LOVE the Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood, Steel Magnolias and Where the Heart Is. But I will watch most all movies too. The sad fact is, my life mostly revolves around the Land Before Time movies, Cars, veggie tales and various Nickelodean cartoons... curteous of having four boys under the age of 8...hehhee! Have a great memorial weekend!

Cupcake Blonde said...

I have There Will be Blood, In The Valley Of Elah and Cronicles of Narnia at home waiting for me to watch them, but I have the same problem you have. I could sit for hours and hours and just watch movies all the time. but hubby does not like to do that. So I have to watch them a lot less than I would like to.

Julia said...

Hey Evey,
Check out "Cherish" for an indie with 80s music and an original plot - it stars Robin Tunney.
You might have missed the Jim Carrey flick The Majestic - check it out!
Another one I love is Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet - speaking of which, The Holiday is a pretty good chick flick.
I second Blood Diamond and Juno and of course Princess Bride!

I haven't done any blogging since Blogging for Boobs, really, except one long one this week - but I'm all through university now so I hope to pick it up again!