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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…


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.)


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….)

lone ranger

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Benedict Cumberbatch. ‘Nuff said.

Oh, and the movie ROCKED.


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

pine and quinto

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.

now you see me

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


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.

white house down

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.

pacific rim

and the Gundam Exia…


Suddenly I’m in the mood for popcorn….


Stephen King’s The Stand   Leave a comment

Finished watching The Stand. I forgot how much I liked that show. Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe, Bill Fagerbakke. “M-O-O-N that spells moon.”

I watched it back when it was originally on TV in 1994. I don’t remember my reaction then, other than that I liked it, and after watching it, I read the book. (That’s big for me, I NEVER see the movie first. In fact, I’m taping Under The Dome, and will not watch it until I finish the book. Which I just started.)

(This morning.)

Jamey Sheridan was creepy as hell. If they do make the Dark Tower books into movies (AND THEY SHOULD REALLY REALLY DO THIS) they should get him to reprise Flagg. So he’s older. So what? He aged well.

jamey sheridan

(Sheridan in Law & Order:Criminal Intent, and as the devilish Randall Flagg)

Speaking of aging well, here’s a recent random pic of Rob Lowe.


His character was really interesting, and very much against type. Yeah, he was a pretty boy, he couldn’t help but be, but it was still a very different role for him.

And here’s a pic of Gary Sinise, because I like pics of Gary Sinise.


And speaking of aging well, (let’s just roll with this, shall we?) Bill Fagerbakke. A favorite of mine from his role as Dauber on Coach-

COACH-- Bill Fagerbakke

and then as Tom Cullen in The Stand-
bill MOON
M-O-O-N that spells moon….

And Bill aged well, too. Here he is today:

About the only actors I didn’t really enjoy in The Stand were the two women. I think the reason I didn’t get into Laura San Giacomo was her clothes. Whoever did costuming for the show missed the boat with her. And with Molly Ringwald as well. They dressed Molly as if it was 1962 and she was an Army wife. It was ridiculous, and it was only Gary Sinise’s acting ability that convinced me Stu was really in love with Franny.

I wanted to like Molly Ringwald’s character. There’s not a lot of Franny’s out there, and we must stick together. And I loved her in so many other things-The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Tempest – but she was just so – awkwardly WRONG in this role.

Still, I enjoyed watching it again. I teared up when Mother Abigail told Larry and Ralph to come home. I respected Lloyd’s loyalty to Flagg. And I crowed like a fangirl when I recognized the face playing Teddy Weizak. In 1994, I wasn’t a huge Stephen King fan. I’d only read one or two books, and had no idea what he looked like. Today I do, as he may be one of the most recognizable authors next to J.K. Rowling. And his just-slightly-over-acted-yet-happy-making-because-hell-he’s-Stephen-King take on Teddy made me smile every time he was onscreen.

Laura San Giacomo and Stephen King

One last word: “Don’t screw with my disco, Nadine.”


Cheated   Leave a comment

Yesterday we went to see Ironman 3. Finally. I’ve been trying to go see it since the weekend it came out. We decided to go to the 3D version: 1) because I found that the new 3D is not half bad at all. In fact, it’s quite good. And 2) because of the really, really cool 3D glasses they’re giving out.


So when we asked for our glasses, after paying for our tickets, and she handed us the same, plain, black 3D glasses they have for every show, I was almost close to angry. And then the woman said she didn’t know what we were talking about. Well, whatever.

The movie was excellent, the story went places I didn’t expect, not having, thankfully, heard or seen any spoilers. Ben Kingsley was a quiet delight, very much enjoyed his character, I must say.

This week I hope to see Star Trek. No cool glasses expected, but I still wish I had the Ironman ones!

Posted May 20, 2013 by Fran LaPlaca in daily, movies

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