Since my last movie update, when I talked about the Independent Film Festival, I have seen a few movies. Not as many as my marathon summer last year, but the ones I have seen I have really enjoyed!
The Five Year Engagement – In May I saw this film and it was good. I love Jason Segal and Emily Blunt and it was a fun movie, which wasn’t predictable. A plus, in my books!
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – What a treat this was! We definitely skewed the age demographic a bit, as there were many people 60 and over, but it was so fun. It was a great audience with people talking back to the screen and making jokes, and the movie was a delight. Loved the sights!
What to Expect When You’re Expecting – I wasn’t expecting this to be as good as it was! I thought it would be a predictable meaningless movie, but it was more than that. Worth seeing, even if you aren’t Expecting! It was funny and touching. Good stuff.
Rock of Ages – And this was fun. Just silly fun. I know that I smiled throughout the whole thing, sometimes in disbelief at Tom Cruise’s character, and sometimes at the silly lines and predictability of the show, but it was a good time.
People Like Us – I didn’t know what to expect with this one, but it was really good as well! A nice story; again, an unpredictable and well-told story. There were moments of discomfort, but the resolution was worth it.
To Rome With Love – Woody Allen movie set in Rome. I was at the 10:00 PM showing, and that sometimes is a different audience. This time was no exception. There were three gentlemen who sat in the back and conversed with each other, loudly, in another language, throughout the entire show. I weighed whether or not I should say something and eventually decided to chalk it up to ambiance in the film-going experience. This movie had several story lines running through it and some I liked more than others. It was fun and beautiful.
Moonrise Kingdom – What a fun movie this was! Silly and sweet and laugh-out-loud quirky. I really like Wes Anderson movies (The Royal Tennenbaums, Rushmore) and this one does not disappoint. It was really good.
Magic Mike – Ah. With the girls, this was a lot of fun. It certainly didn’t live up to everyone’s expectations, as it turned out to be a pretty realistic and gritty view of the life of a male stripper, so the comedy was hard to find. But the scenery was great and the company was perfect.
In theaters now I would like to see Brave, Safety Not Guaranteed and Take This Waltz.
On DVD I hope to see Friends with Kids, and Salmon Fishing in Yemen.
I just watched Jeff, Who Lives at Home and The Newlyweds, and really liked them both. I also have almost finished the NBC series “Smash.” I have the season finale to watch and I keep putting it off!
That’s my May to Mid-July movie wrap up! What have you seen that you have loved this summer?