Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Fall, a Winter, a Spring, and a Fall

Although we were assured yesterday that we would have a summer this year, the weather sure isn't cooperating yet. We were also told last night by a local meteorologist that of the 15 days in June, 13 have had rain. Utah has not nearly been the worst weather in the US either. There are mushrooms growing everywhere, and, while I have been told numerous times that only trained mycologists can determine if they are safe to eat, a part of me is always tempted to do so.

While the weather has not proved to be, we have had a great indicator of summer's arrival - movies. Dillon and I are back into seeing at least one a week and are still behind. Here are the latest and my opinion and rating of them out of 5 stars.

This movie was everything you could hope for - great characters, bad-ass action scenes, love, and depth. So good. Besides, any movie with will.i.am in it has to be great, right? I love the new Sabertooth - so much better. There is a teaser after the credits, but it's pretty lame and not worth the time you spend waiting for it.

Star Trek (twice)4.5 out of 5 stars

Skeptical Trekkies were proven wrong with this one. The cast was amazingly true to the originals while conveying this totally unique story. Each of my family members I've talked to about it have a different favorite. Mine was "Bones" (the Dr). He was so good. Being a Heroes fan, I was skeptical myself that Sylar could convince me he was Spock, but he nailed it! Through the entire movie, I thought nothing of him but good, logical, and all things Spock. There was even a cameo from the original cast. So cool! The way they did the story was ingenious. You don't have to have seen any Star Trek before to enjoy it, and they have left it wide open for sequals - two very good things.

I liked this movie well enough. It held my attention and was a lot easier to follow for me than The Da Vinci Code. Dillon says it's because we were in the theater so I didn't get up and wander around like I did watching Da Vinci Code in our living room. I don't know though. I just found the plot a lot more entertaining. The twist in the plot seemed a little forced to me, but I would recommend it anyway. Tom Hanks is great no matter what he's doing.

I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. It even made me tear up at the end. What also surprised me was that John Conner wasn't really the main character. It really focused on the machine that thought he was human. He was more like a cyborg and super nice to look at. ;-)

UP (twice)4.5 out of 5 stars

We saw this in both 3D and regular. I would definitely recommend saving your buck and watching it regular. I hate how dark the 3D glasses make movies, and there weren't any "super pop-outs" that make the lack of brightness worth while. The colors, on the other hand, were brilliant and used throughout to set tones and moods - yet another reason to forgo the 3D. No surprises here that this movie was amazing. Dillon and I loved Russell and Doug (the kid and the dog) and are still quoting them. Yes, we are quoting the dog - he talks. "I just met you, and I love you." (soooo like our Doug the dog - which we dog-sat again this weekend) Anyway, this movie was amazing and is a must see for 2009. I gained some pre-appreciation for this movie as well while listening to NPR on our way out of town last weekend.

And last, but not least (barely), Land of the Lost. I think it only deserves 3 1/2 stars, but that, by no means, means I didn't thoroughly enjoy it. It was so cheesy, corny, and odd and I LOL-ed the entire time. I adore Will Ferrell and he didn't disappoint as a jack-ass, self-absorbed scientist. As with Star Trek, you don't have to have seen the original series to get this movie. Actually, it's probably better if you haven't. Holly and the Dr are kind of an item in the movie, and that would have been so wrong in any country or parallel universe, for that matter, in the original. I was disapointed that Chaca wasn't cute at all - so ugly and horny - not cute. If you get a kick out of that crazy, SNL-esque humor or even if you just don't hate it, I would recommend this movie.

These seen, I still have a list of recently released/almost released movies that I need to see too:

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
The Proposal
Imagine That
Year One
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
My Sister's Keeper

So even if Brian Williams is wrong, at least we will be entertained throughout the summer months.


Miss Heather said...

The Proposal was GREAT! And I adored Wolverine too!! (Especially with Hugh Jackman naked!! Hee Hee!!)

Cerra said...

A special thanks to my sweetheart for my movie rating stars!