So far this fall I have seen some great movies, in the theatre and at home! Here’s a quick roundup:
Trouble with the Curve (with Kristine for her birthday) – Grumpy old Clint Eastwood, successful and driven Amy Adams, the lovable friend John Goodman and the cuter-than-cute Justin Timberlake. There’s just something about baseball movies and this one was lots of fun. Poor Clint has failing eyes, which are pretty important to his job as a baseball scout (for the Braves I think). Loyal friendships, strained father-daughter relationship, flirty flirty romance, baseball uniforms. Good stuff.
Pitch Perfect (with Troy in NYC!) – The perfect movie to kick off Broadway Birthday week in NYC! It was hilarious (“I set fires to feel joy.”) and energetic and simply A-ca-wonderful! I wanted to see it again in the theatre but with so many other good movies to see, I will wait to purchase it! It was produced by Elizabeth Banks and her husband and she has such a fun role in the movie. Just great stuff.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (alone before working overnight on a free movie day) – I read this book in the 90s when it came out and it was good. The movie is very good, as well. A lonely freshman is “mentored” by a couple of seniors and feels relief in friendships. The movie is funny and fun but also delicately handles mental illness.
Argo (Friday night with the grownups) – Suspenseful; so suspenseful and tense. I was squirming in my seat but loved it. Ben Affleck is getting cuter by the minute and not shirtless for long enough, John Goodman is still a lovable goof of a friend, and Alan Arkin appears (as always) that he’s up for anything. Well done, Ben!
And at home via Netflix or Direct TV on Demand:
Bernie – Jack Black plays the lovable funeral director that his hometown does not want to convict of murder, even though he did it. No one blames him because the woman who dies was really a hateful person (Shirley McLaine). It was “meh” and interestingly enough based on a real person.
Blue Like Jazz – Based on the book of the same name by Donald Miller, a story (semi-autobiographical) of a young man who becomes disillusioned with church and goes off to a small liberal college in the NW as a rebellious gesture. He tries to figure out himself and what he believes. It was fine. I didn’t finish the book probably for the same reason that the movie didn’t have zing.
Sleepwalk with Me – You can still see this in “select theatres” throughout the United States, just not a “theatre near me.” But I was excited to learn that it was available On-Demand to rent! Yay! So I watched it tonight and it was so good. I heard of the movie because I listen to This American Life and The Moth Story Hour and I think that Mike Birbiglia is very entertaining and funny to listen to. He wrote this movie (semi-autobiographical) about the start of a stand-up comedy career and the stall of a long-term relationship and the dangerous sleep disorder woven into the mix. Quirky and smart, it was definitely the best thing I’ve seen at home in a while. It would have been fun to see it on the big screen, but it is one of those films that probably won’t make it to our screens.
Movies to look forward to this fall/holiday season:
- Cloud Atlas – Hear it’s the fastest 3 hour movie ever made!
- Chasing Mavericks – maybe. Gerard Butler, you know.
- Anna Karenina – I read the books so I know what happens (ha) and can’t wait for this new adaptation
- Life of Pi – I read this book – twice – and loved it. Hope the movie is amazing, too!
- Hyde Park on Hudson – maybe. May be a renter.
- Playing for Keeps – Gerard Butler. That’s all.
- This is 40. – Judd Apatow movie with Paul Rudd. Nice.
- The Impossible – maybe. About the tsunami. Looks hard to watch.
- Les Miserables – looks amazing!