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Playing Catch-up – a movie roundup.   Leave a comment

I haven’t really posted in a while. Have done quite a bit so far this summer, far more than I usually do. Drove to North Carolina, lots of pics to show from that.

But I’ve been going to movies. Lots of movies. There’s quite a few I wanted to see but couldn’t find the time, in fact as I write this post I realize I missed the earlier showing of Percy Jackson that I had planned to go see.

So. Let’s start with…

Oblivion

Tom Cruise. I haven’t seen a Tom Cruise film in a long time, not since War of the Worlds, back in 2005. Did I like Oblivion? I did. Do I recommend it? I do. Have I other comments on it? Nah, not really. (Waiting for Elysium to come out with Matt Damon.)

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Last week I was grumpy, so I went to see The Heat.

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. I just love Sandra Bullock, always have. It was cute, I enjoyed it, and it cured my grumpiness. And the scene where Sandra Bullock’s character finally learns how to use profanity made me laugh so hard I couldn’t breathe.

the heat

The Lone Ranger.

Johnny Depp. Oh, and that other guy, the one who plays…er…the Lone Ranger. Armie Hammer? It got such bad reviews I almost didn’t go to see it, but I did, and I’m glad I did. I really enjoyed it. Yeah, they could have gone the dramatic, true Western route, but hey, it’s Disney. They made it kind of goofy, with a few dramatic, Western moments.

And when, seriously, was the last time you went to a movie and it got applause at the end? I think for me it would have to be The Fellowship of the Ring. I can’t remember one since then. But at the showing I went to, The Lone Ranger got an ovation. Not a standing one, granted, but the audience applauded at the end.

(Seriously, I’d never heard of Armie Hammer before….)

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Star Trek: Into Darkness

Benedict Cumberbatch. ‘Nuff said.

Oh, and the movie ROCKED.

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I have a crush on these silly British cheekbones. I cannot wait for season 3 of Sherlock.

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And don’t these two clean up nice?

Now You See Me.

Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine. Lots of twists and turns, most of which I saw ahead of time, but that didn’t make them any less enjoyable. And one of the final twists I did NOT expect, and that was a plus. Very good caper flick.

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and a really nice shot of Mark Ruffalo, just because….

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White House Down

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. I think these two characters should do a series of films, I really liked their chemistry. Fairly good action flick, reminded me very much of Harrison Ford’s Air Force One. (“Get – off – my – plane!”) (“Get – your – hands – off – my – Jordan’s!”) (Presidential priorities….) I’ve never seen Channing Tatum in anything before, but he wasn’t bad. And Jamie Foxx has turned into an amazing leading man.

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And finally, Pacific Rim.

I’m a huge Gundam fan, so I couldn’t wait to see how this came out. I was not disappointed. The story was a little predictable, but I really had a great time. Now if only they would make a live-action Gundam movie of the same caliber.

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and the Gundam Exia…

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Suddenly I’m in the mood for popcorn….

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Yo Joe!   Leave a comment

Just got back from seeing G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and went online to see what others thought of it. I was slightly disappointed in the reviews I found.

Was I the only person to enjoy this film? I love action movies, and I love martial arts movies, and I love military movies. I also have a soft spot for good looking men in all of those. G.I. Joe had all that, and a couple of very gorgeous women for others to ogle at. (Although I will admit one of the women was there for no apparent reason – since I’m not familiar with the Joe world, I will assume she has a part in future stories, since they inducted her into the Joes at the end…Oh! Was that a spoiler??)

WARNING!! A few more possible spoilers ahead!!

John McClane Bruce Willis has a small part, and a couple of good lines.

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Colton/McClane

Dwayne Johnson is appropriately large and tattooed.

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(He didn’t smile this much in the movie)

Channing Tatum, from Magic Mike, which I have NOT seen (yet), leads the Joes into action.

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Duke/Mike. Duke Mike?

Ray Park, one-time Sith Lord, is the silent yet deadly Snake Eyes, (I kept wanting to call him Cyclops) and had one of the best battles ever, atop a mountainside somewhere (Tibet? Dunno) fighting a band red-clad ninjas on apparently endless zip-lines, while carrying a body and wielding a sword. (Do they really have zip-lines at Tibetan monasteries?

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Snake Eyes Over Maul

And the zip-line-monastary-mountain-ninja battle.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

Okay, here’s the ladies of Joe. Gorgeous, and they can kick ass, too.

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Adrienne Palicki as Lady Jaye and Elodie Yung as Jinx

OK. So we have explosions, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, The Rock, two beautiful, deadly women, a bad guy in a mask Did I mention the bad guys? No? Sorry.

There’s a bad guy. His name is Commander Something-Or-Other. J/K, it’s Cobra Commander. Oh, and Jonathon Pryce gets to play two roles – the President of the United States, tied up, beaten and tortured, and Zartan masquerading as the President, slimy and yet somehow fun, even as he pushes the button to launch World War 3.

And finally, my favorite part of the whole film. I have, as some of you know, a fondness for fictional ninjas. So I leave you with Lee Byung-hun asĀ Storm Shadow. You can click on this one to open full size, should you like.

Enjoy.

stormshadow

Listening to: Illness Illusion – GACKT – Mars album