I know it was all self-inflicted, but I feel like all I’ve done for a week is watch movies! so what have I seen lately?
Valentine’s Day (went w/hub to theater) — I didn’t hate it 🙂 that’s actually saying a LOT for me, b/c I usually HATE chick flicks. this one wasn’t bad — there were some surprisingly funny moments, some tender moments, some “just make ya feel good” moments, and some stuff that I personally could’ve done without. all in all, I didn’t come away feeling like I’d wasted 2 hrs of my time, so that’s a good thing.
Sherlock Holmes (saw this at home) — again, I didn’t hate it. I’m very much a classicist, and this film is a HUGE departure from classic Sherlock Holmes, but somehow it worked w/o completely offending my love of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless and inimitable character. they found an interesting way to work Irene Adler into the film (again, huge departure but not completely obnoxious), and they barely managed to introduce Professor Moriarty, which leaves things wide open for a sequel. the whole thing put me rather in mind of Young Sherlock Holmes, only 15-20 yrs later, and I’m actually rather fond of Levinson’s 1985 film, so again, I didn’t come away feeling like I’d wasted 2+ hrs of my time.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (took the whole fam to the theater) — this was intense for a PG-rated film, but explaining to the kids how filmmakers do amazing things w/computers and “green screen” helped take the edge off for the younger ones. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Greek mythology (and Roman, to a lesser extent), so this one was fun for me (yeah, I’m a nerd <G>). they did a reasonable job of sticking to the fundamentals of classical Greek mythology and provided plausible explanations for bridges to the modern world. this has the potential to become the next Harry Potter-esque film franchise, and if they make the other 4 books in the series (The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian) into movies as well, I won’t cry. 😉
The Book of Jer3miah (watched this at home) — technically this isn’t a full-length feature film; it’s a web series classified by its creators as a “transmedia experience,” but I’ve only watched the videos, so I can’t speak to any other interactivity. Season 1 consists of 20 episodes ranging from ❤ mins to 10+ mins in length, and together they construct a story woven through w/deception, intrigue, conspiracy, honour, courage, humour, and faith. I’m twitching to see Season 2, but I’ve been informed by the producers (BYU Broadcasting) that it’s unavailable as yet. even if you’re not LDS, this is a really well-done series (then again, I’m big on mystery/suspense — if I were Catholic, Alfred Hitchcock would be my patron saint <G>) that adds up to a feature film, broken up into convenient bite-sized chunks and easily accessible from your computer or even your smart phone (yes, it’s on YouTube, but I watched the series on the main website, not for any particular reason).
I have yet to see Avatar (just can’t buy into all of the hype on that one), but I do want to see How to Train Your Dragon (dragons? sign me up! love dragons — my relationship to them is more East Asian than European), The Bounty Hunter (NOT a fan of Aniston, but this looks like it could be pretty funny), and Alice in Wonderland (Johnny Depp is a PHENOMENAL actor, full stop. I love Helena Bonham Carter almost as much.) when they come out next month. YAY for good movies! 🙂