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The Kingdom, The Ship, and the Really Hot Days July 2, 2012

We weren’t home much over the weekend.
There were some pretty bad storms, and we lost power Friday afternoon.  As of now (Monday) our power is STILL out!
This during some record-breaking heat.
We stayed one night with our son’s family.
We also spent a LOT of time in stores, at the mall, in restaurants, and sitting in coffee shops.
And we went to the movies.
Two of them.

One was “Battleship.”

We figured it would be watchable, but didn’t really expect much. Turns out, we thought it was pretty good!
So much for Rotten Tomatoes. More and more I find their reviews unreliable.
I miss Gene Siskel.
Anyway, it was great to see Peter Berg, Taylor Kitsch, and Jesse Plemons working together again. Hamish Linklater provided additional comic relief.  It also starred Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, and  the always working Liam Neeson.  It was, as seems to be the norm, a bit too long, but Berg and the actors delivered the requisite “humanity” it takes to make a movie like this worth watching.


We also saw a movie neither of us had heard of before:

“Moonrise Kingdom.”
It was playing at the mainstream theaters, and is now, appropriately, at the local Cinema Center.
It introduced us to young stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.
It also had a star-filled cast, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, and Tilda Swinton.
We didn’t really know, even after reading the description, what to expect.  What we got was one of the most quirky, off-beat, and unusual films we’ve seen in the last decade.  A different kind of story, superb writing, and strange-but-great performances make Moonrise Kingdom a movie that’s in a league of it’s own.
Highly recommended.

So, not really a bad weekend.
Still, it would be nice to have electricity in our home again.

 

The A Team June 12, 2010

Q: “Why are we in a falling tank?!?!”
A: “Because the plane blew up!”

We saw the new “The A-Team” movie today. I usually check out some reviews before going to any movie. This movie, at the site I was on, was given a C+. The reviews were mixed, with one reviewer calling the film “an incomprehensible mess.” Neither I or my wife found anything about the movie “incomprehensible” or a “mess.” In fact, we both really enjoyed the movie.

Liam Neeson was perfectly cast as Hannibal. Bradley Cooper was a lot of fun as “Face.” Rampage was very good as B.A. Actually, I liked him a lot better than Mr. T. I’ve nothing against “T” as a person, but I found his take on the character rather annoying. Rampage, I thought, was more audience friendly. Sharlto Copley rounded out the leads as the rather insane Murdock. Jessica Biel, and the always impressive Gerald McRaney also starred. John Hamm made an appearance at the end in what was an obvious set-up for a return in “A-Team II.”

The movie was produced by the Scott Brothers, who’s credits include such films as Alien, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, and on and on, as well as TV shows like “The Good Wife,” and “Numb3rs.”  Also at the helm, is TV series producer Stephen J. Cannell, who pretty much owned 80’s television.

As I said, my wife and both enjoyed this movie. Instead of the C+, I’d give it a B+. We expected to enjoy it, but we both liked it more than we expected. All in all, we found the movie to be a great blend of action, story, special effects, and the all-important sense of humor that is essential for this type of film to succeed.
Oh, and stay through the credits for a couple of fun cameos.

— df

 

 
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