It’s been a while since I did a post exclusively about movies. The list is quite long since my last film post just over 6 weeks ago and most of them were in the last few weeks as I’ve been hanging close to home and resting my knee.
In the Theatre:
Oz The Great and Powerful – Saw this last Wednesday (free popcorn at the Wehrenberg!) with Jen. We didn’t go for 3D, because isn’t that getting a little old? Everything does not have to be in 3D. This movie did not need to be seen in 3D but it was obvious when they were playing it up. James Franco is pretty cute, the China Doll was adorable, the monkey was a great side-kick, and it was fun to think about the land of Oz pre-Dorothy, and pre-Wizard!
Quartet – Saw this today and loved it! I want to live there or a place like it, say in 30-35 years, so I’m going to start building my community! The home for retired musicians was filled with the ever-constant presence of beautiful music, people rehearsing for fun opera or showtunes, and croquet and walks on the grounds. Sounds blissful, eh? The characters were lovable and the story was fun. And no one died. 🙂
Liz on the Satellite Sisters podcast was talking about creating her own retirement community for her future and I was thinking about that throughout the entire movie. Instead of moving to some canned community, she was going to create hers, inviting the people she loves to spend time with and figuring out where they want to live and hiring someone to live with them to prepare meals. So, who’s in? 🙂 You know I’m a great social organizer! I will ensure that there will always be something to do!
From Netflix Instant:
The Giant Mechanical Man – What a nice little find this was! Starring Jenna Fisher (the Office) and Chris Messina (more about him later!), the movie is about not fitting in and not knowing what to do “with the rest of your life.” Chris is a street artist and Jenna struggles keeping temp jobs. Family and friends try to assist, but they don’t fit their mold. Very sweet movie.
Butter – And what a hoot this was! I saw it on preview somewhere and saved it to my Netflix queue. Surprising cast in this film about the competitive butter sculpting world in Iowa! The cast includes Jennifer Garner, the guy from Modern Family (Ty Burrell), Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry, and a surprise appearance by Hugh Jackman. And a funny and sweet plot about a pre-teen girl who is living with yet another foster family. Good stuff.
7 Up, 7 Plus Seven, 14 Up, 21 Up, 28 Up – These British documentaries are interesting, although I’m not watching them fully engaged but while multi-tasking. In the first they meet a group of 7 year olds and they follow up with them every 7 years. I believe that 56 Up was just released, so I have some catching up to do and I’m glad they’re all available! Just a “slice of life” for a small group of people in Britain.
From Netflix DVD:
I have mentioned a few of these in previous posts, so these will be brief.
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Fascinating story about people living in the “bathtub” of Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina.
Ruby Sparks – Did not keep my attention. Interesting premise – a writer meets a girl like the one he is writing about and then realizes that she is, in fact, the girl he is writing about. I don’t know what I was multi-tasking with this day, but I let it play without re-watching it.
Eulogy – Liked this neat little movie with many unexpected stars!
Celeste and Jesse Forever – Starring Rashida Jones (also one of the writers!) and Jason Samberg, these BFF get married and then divorced, while remaining BFFs. It is awkward and uncomfortable for their friends and gets in the way of their ‘moving on” so they have to figure out a new relationship. Also starring Chris Messina!
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing – Well, the one thing is HAPPINESS, but it’s not a very happy movie at all. Lots of story lines and stars. Not a recommendation.
Ira & Abby – Starring Chris Messina (!) as a neurotic guy who gets dumped by his psychotherapist after many years, and Jennifer Westfeldt as the loosey-goosey gym membership salesperson. They meet and feel a connection and decide to get married. Lots of talking in this film, crazy family members, and a pretty fun story.
Coming up on DVD:
The Sessionsabout a quadraplegic’s experience with a sex therapist and The Intouchables (again!), the lovely French (?) movie about a quadraplegic’s caregivers. Wow. That’s interesting, eh? Good timing.
I have purchased Anna and will plan a viewing party soon!
Movies starring Chris Messina:
So as I was watching the third movie starring Chris Messina lately, I decided to look him up on IMDB and see how many of his movies I have seen. He has been in a lot and I have seen a fair number of them! It is surprisingly a lot! I counted 30 MOVIES on IMDB (he has also been on several TV shows).
Of those 30, I have seen: Argo, Ruby Sparks, The Giant Mechanical Man, Celeste & Jesse Forever, Julie & Julia, Greenberg, Away We Go, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Ira & Abby, Made of Honor, You’ve Got Mail, and Vicky Christina Barcelona
That’s 12 movies through the years! Crazy, odd statistic.
Well, that’s enough. More than enough!
Let me know if you’d like to be in on the retirement community I’m planning!
- What’s Up?! (walkietalkiebookclub.com)
- the.giant mechanical.man (thebrightbit.com)
- Movie of the Month (threeteaspoonsaday.com)
- Quiet Films (filmscribbler.wordpress.com)
- “The Giant Mechanical Man” Netflix Review (popinsomniacs.com)
- First February Friday Film Footnotes (walkietalkiebookclub.com)