Spring Movie Wrap Up

I tend to go to the movies on a very regular basis. I know, I obviously have a riveting social life.  Anywho, here are some of the gems that I saw this spring (bear with me, Williamsburg only gets the mainstream titles).

This Means War- I loved this one.  I like Reese Witherspoon, and the boys were super cute!  It was a great romantic comedy because it had romance and real comedy, not just chick flick comedy.  Plus there was a side order of action which makes it the perfect date movie.  This is probably out of theaters by now, but if you need a good movie for a date night at home, this would be a great option.

The Vow- This had a surprising plot.  I thought it was pretty self explanatory from the commercials I saw for it, but there were a couple unexpected twists that kept it interesting.  Channing Tatum is pretty much as hot as it gets, so that helped a lot as well.  It was definitely a chick flick, but I was pleased with the developed plot that was much more thoughtful than many other mainstream chick flicks I’ve seen lately.

Good Deeds- I think this was the first Tyler Perry movie I’ve seen in theaters.  It was pretty good, but I was actually really disappointed with the ending.  I felt like the plot was going one way, and then it ended a different way.  It definitely encouraged some self reflection and was a good commentary on a lot of human things.  I didn’t hate it but I don’t think it was his best effort.

Mirror Mirror- Not my favorite this year but fairy tales are in these days so I’m just going with the flow.  It had a lot of tongue in cheek references and comedy based on the original Snow White fairy tale.  It made me realize that I don’t know the whole Snow White story very well because the Disney version came out before I was born.  I wish Nathan Lane was better in it because I love him, but it was nice to see Julia Roberts in a playful role.  The actress playing Snow White was the smallest name in the movie, and I think she was over-shadowed by all the other big names.  I was more interested in her love interest and the supporting actors who were way more recognizable.  This might be a good tween movie because it’s too grown up for little kids, but too childish for adults.

21 Jump Street- One word comes to mind: hilarious.  Channing Tatum again, enough said.  He was hot and funny, and his co-star Jonah Hill was his usual funny self.  It was all about the high school social scene which I think is relatable for almost anyone.  There were a lot of hilarious high school clichés.  It was similar to a lot of the typical raunchy boy comedies with Will Ferrell or the Hangover guys, but I think it had a little more to it. Rather than being reliant on the comedy, it had a lot of truth in the stereotypes which made it even funnier.

Hunger Games- This was a surprise for me.  I have not read the books.  I might be the only person on Earth who has not read the books.  But I liked it a lot!  The premise is very interesting.  It’s almost sci fi, but still realistic enough to keep me interested.  I definitely got sucked into the love story and I’m ready for the next movie to come out so I can see how it plays out.  Plus, I loved all of the big names in the movie, combined with a lot of talented younger actors.  And I loved that Lenny Kravitz had a role where he got to wear gold eyeliner.  I have a feeling he didn’t even have to go to makeup to get that done, I’m sure he does that when he wakes up in the morning.

American Reunion- A true blast from the past!  I felt like I was participating in the reunion because these characters were so memorable, and reminded me of my high school days.  I also forgot how raunchy those movies are.  There was a little nudity that I was not expecting (I probably should have been expecting it, what was I thinking).  But the movie was fun and I enjoyed the shout out to Bayonne, NJ, what, what!  It also reminded me that Chris Klein is a cutie.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen- This was a good find.  It was a very scenic movie, and very enjoyable to see in the theater.  It wasn’t a mile-a-minute plot, but it was interesting, and there was a good, complex love story.  Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor are fantastic in it.  It also gave an interesting insight some business stuff I’ve been learning about in school!

The Lucky One- Not quite The Notebook, but surprisingly close.  I was pretty impressed with this movie because my expectations were relatively low.  I mainly went because Zac Efron is beautiful.  The plot was more intricate than what I saw in commercials, and it was a very pretty movie.  It was a good combination of well know actors and fresh faces.  When chick flicks have too many big names I think it’s kind of distracting and takes away from the general integrity of the movie.

Think Like a Man- This might be the surprise of the season.  It definitely won’t be in the running for an Oscar or anything, but I was pleasantly surprised. The movie was really funny, and had a couple interesting commentaries on relationships.  There were more celebrity cameos then you could shake a stick at.  La La Anthony, Lisa Leslie, Steve Harvey, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, just to name a few.  You’ll recognize a lot of faces in this movie, you just have to keep your eyes open. This movie beat out The Lucky One to be the number one movie the weekend it debuted!

What movies did you love this Spring?

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When life gets busy, make time for The Hunger Games

It’s been a busy week and I did not get much time to relax this weekend. Yesterday I interviewed many candidates for future employment at the Bread and Cheese Cupboard (we’re on Facebook) and was reaffirmed that many people are desperate for jobs. I interviewed college graduates who can’t find real life jobs and baby boomers who need supplemental income. Unfortunately, I don’t think the economy is coming back a anytime soon. I think back to my college years and realize how good life was then and I think I took it for granted.

On a lighter note, I was able to see The Hunger Games on Thursday. This is one of the few books to movies that I truly enjoyed. I think The Hunger Games movie was done extremely well. It covered everything in the book and so much more. It really brought the book to life. I must admit I had a case of goosebumps during the Tribute parade!

May the odds be ever in your favor…

Let the Hunger Games begin.  I know that the movie is not out until March 23rd, but this gives you plenty of time to read the entire trilogy.  These books are an amazing adventure of a courageous young girl who joins in the hunger games to protect her family.  The entire trilogy is filled with many twists and turns that will keep you reading with anticipation.  There are surprises around every corner that make this trilogy one that you will never forget.  I am not going to go into detail because I don’t want to ruin the book.  Trust me and pick up a copy to read today!