Silver Screen Spiel
2015 has proven so far to be a great year for movies, even so I am so behind its ludicrous. I do love watching movies, but I usually prefer sitting on my couch cuddling with my dogs and my man to going to the theater and sitting in uncomfortable seats for 3 hours. Though I can't deny that some movies need to be seen immediately, and then there are some that don't. Here I have a list of the movies I either need to see, are going to see, and a few I am so on the fence about I need some input before I go spending more than $20 on a shitty movie. So I guess what I'm trying to get at is, what do you guys think? Am I missing a great movie on this list? Or do I have something listed that my money would be better spent on something productive, like beer?
1 Far From the Madding Crowd
This movie starring Carey Mulligan is an adaption of a book by Thomas Hardy, and even looking past the fact that Carey is one of my favorites actresses this movie looks like a great chick flick. Ms. Bathshesda Everdene comes into an inheritance and then finds herself in a four-way of love if you will. It came out in May, and though I am a little behind I can't wait till this is out on Blue Ray, I see a wine and cheese movie night in my future!
2 Jurassic World
I still can't believe it myself, no I have not seen Jurassic World yet. My husband and I were both on the fence about it, but now that it's the highest grossing opening weekend ever, that many people can't be wrong. I watched the first three on Sunday with my family and it got me even more pumped for this movie, I swear I'm dragging along Darryl this weekend.
Dope opened this last weekend and my only excuse is I was camping, so trust me when I say this will be seen. I can't wait to see the geeky main character thrust into the flashy LA scene in this coming of age comedy.
I'm not sure if I really need to explain why I want to see this movie, but I mean Paul Rudd as a super hero is the first thing that comes to mind. I love that they chose ant-man to be Marvel's next sort-of obscure hero, Scott Lang's background is an interesting and sad tale, I mean what would you do if you couldn't support your family and then you daughter developed a deadly heart condition? Not much different probably...
5 Straight Outta Compton
Oh my god this movie looks so good, I have so many great things happening in August it can't come soon enough. Ice Cube's son O'shea Jackson Jr is playing Ice Cube for pete's sake! The NWA's story is extraordinary and this movie will be nothing less, looking forward to seeing 1980's California on the big screen.
6 The Martian
Another movie based on a book, this time by Andy Weir, and just like the earlier Carey Mulligan film this book has been added to my reading list. Andy Weir put years of research into this book to make it as realistic as possible and it shows, the amount of detail in the book is insane and you can see it even in the trailer. They put together an all star cast for this occasion, but I'll admit my favorite actor on the list is Donald Glover, yay!
7 Rock the Kasbah
Bill Fucking Murray, excuse my language but it was pertinent here. I picked this movie for the list not only because the plot looked funny - Bill plays a talent manager who takes his act played by Zooey Deschanel to Afghanistan to play for "Two thousand horny soldiers" when she decides to take his wallet and passport and strand him in the middle of he desert - but also because Bill's character in the movie reminds me of the older, dry humor Bill Murray, and I missed him. I haven't been able to find out if the October release is going to be limited or not, but everyone should go regardless. "Wah!...Ninja...."
My father is a huge James Bond fan, therefore I grew up watching them, and when Skyfall came out in 2012 I could finally jump on board the Daniel Craig train. It's not that he's ugly at all, I mean that was the only reason I watched Quantum of Solace, he's just more of the brute force James whereas I love me some debonaire Sean Connery. Skyfall was great and if Spectre's trailer has proven anything it looks like they might repeat a victory. Also I'm sorry but Christpoh Waltz has to be playing Blofeld, who gives a crap about Franz Oberhauser? (Watch me eat my words though, the bond films sure know how to keep a secret)
9 Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
I read this book in 2 days, so to say I think it's great seems self explanatory. I sort of hate that they keep trying to turn these movies into money pits by breaking them into 2 parts, but for once I think they may have gotten it right. Just like the 3rd hobbit film, this move should be non stop action, so much happens so quick that I may have to watch this movie a few times...you know just to make sure I caught everything.
10 Star Wars Episode VII : The Force Awakens
I don't know what to say really, I am a huge Star Wars nerd, and I am so ecstatic for JJ to bring Star Wars back to life that I almost pee a little when I talk about it. My husband has read a lot of the continuance books, and has filled my head with so much extra knowledge about this world that I am dying to see what they include in these movies. Honestly I can't wait to see if Finn is actually a Solo, if we get to see all of the main characters off spring and how old they are, or maybe even Revan...? They haven't released much about the actual storyline yet and it's killing me ya'll, just hurry up already December!
Above was the list of movies I have deemed worthy of seeing or even buying, but below are the few movies that I am still on the fence about. These are the few that I really need your help on: Will you/Have you seen these movies? Are/Will they be worth it? All opinions matter.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
We had the choice of going to see Mad Max or Avengers and if I had to choose again I would still choose Mad Max. I heard mixed reviews on this movie form a lot of people and that is what made me think twice abut it. In the past we would have gone right away to see a Marvel movie of this magnitude, and while I know it's a great story I am almost burnt out with how much Avengers shit I see everywhere. I think I am going to need a big argument to go a see this one, I'm sure we will buy it because we have all the others, but I can't wait for Civil Wars, it's a least a different story/plot line....
Ugh, another re-make, and even though the first film version came out 10 years ago I can still remember it like I watched it yesterday. I know the first set was not my favorite cast at all, so I want to give the new team a chance, but the only person I like is Miles Teller (which reminds me, if you want an ACTUAL good movie then pick up Whiplash). Are you going to see this movie? Why?
Okay, now before you judge me you need to know the plot of this movie: "When aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack Earth, using the games as models..." All right you got me, I cut half the plot out because it turns to shit after that...wait, you want to know the rest? Fine, if you like to torture yourself: "Knowing that he must employ a similar strategy, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood pal, former video-game champ and home-theater installer Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), to lead a team of old-school arcade players (Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad) and a military specialist (Michelle Monaghan) to save the planet." See? Kevin James and Adam Sandler used to be funny, now-a-days they need to stop ruining potentially good plots with their family friendly humor. I mean I love Peter Dinklage and even Ashley Benson is in it (go Hanna!), but I still don't know if they movie is even remotely watchable unless I'm pretty buzzed, which brings to mind the question: Is a growler of Renegade Elevation Triple IPA worth more than this movie?