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SUMMER MOVIE ROUND-UP

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My short opinion of the recent movie season is that there have been soooo many good/great ones.  I am apparently at odds with critics on this.

Need I say the critics are wrong?

They panned IRON MAN III/3, and sure it wasn’t the best of the series, but come on. It was pretty darned good. You can’t compare it to perfect, i.e. Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Compare it to movies generally, and you’ll see it’s terrific.

MAN OF STEEL?  This was a totally amazing rebirth of a legend. I give it 95 out of 100. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 56 out of 100. [guess who’s wrong…]

THE WOLVERINE? I really enjoyed it. Was it perfect? No. Was it amazing? Abso-wuffing-lutely. I give it 87 out of 100. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 68. Wrong yet again.  Oh, and even the critics who rated it positively got it wrong, because their favorite scene was the one on top of the train. Ugh – it’s becoming the new car chase.  The genius of this particular movie is simpler: it lets Wolverine be Wolverine. He’s mesmerizing. Such a complicated, flawed yet noble character. And I’m not just saying that because of his abs, so stop looking at me that way.

PACIFIC RIM? I give it 100 out of 100 just for the sheer genius by which they transformed robots and monsters into really cool characters, and the way they gave us Charlie Hunnan (only to take him away – Charlie, we hardly knew ye!)**

I also saw THE CONJURING – yes, one of these things is not like the other. But I love a good scare, and this one delivered. I wish I hadn’t seen it in the theater though, because at one point, I actually screeched. That’s right, screeched. I don’t usually make noises in public. I don’t even burp in public, so honestly, I was mortified, but it didn’t stop me from silently screeching a bunch more times. Verrrrry scary. Hokey, sure, but fright-for-fright I’d say it’s Number Three in my all time lineup of scary: Exorcist, Poltergeist, and now The Conjuring. (and for those of you who say the Exorcist wasn’t scary, well, you didn’t see it the first time in the theater on Easter Sunday – oh my God, I just knew I was going to hell but not before I became you-know-who’s next target.)  And as my boyfriend at the time –  who later became my husband –  will confirm, I wouldn’t be alone for weeks, not even in the bathroom. The loss of my innocence in more ways than one! And one of the big reasons I had to marry him, obviously.

Next up is TWO GUNS. The critics didn’t like it. Deterred I am not.

Seen anything good lately? I’m up for recommendations!
Kate

p.s. Notice I didn’t see ELYSIUM. Ugh, it sounded like such a re-tread of a plot to me. And I’m not really a Matt Damon fan. So I passed. Paul went with a group of friends and thought it was fine. I’m pretty sure he’s glad I wasn’t along to lecture them on why it sucked.

And finally, this weekend we saw OBLIVION on pay-per-view. Skipped it in the theater because of the overwhelmingly negative reviews, but actually, it had some good stuff. My opinion as a card-carrying plotter is that they just paced the “reveals’ wrong. Yes, it’s fun to save the plot twists until the end, but sometimes, you’ve got to cough up a few of them  early in the story so the viewer can appreciate the brilliance in real time. As it was, I rolled my eyes a lot in the first half, then when I realized what was really going on, I became hyper involved, trying to make up for lost time. Luckily, we had it for 24 hours and could watch it again the next afternoon. Such a good movie the second time! And SPOILER ALERT they did an amazing job of letting the “other woman” be a good, decent person rather than a cyborg bi+ch. I didn’t want to hate her, and turns out I didn’t have to. So kudos to them for finding a fresh way to handle a potentially clichéd situation.

Now I have to watch all the other movies I skipped this year due to bad reviews. Good thing winter is coming.

** If you didn’t hear the news about Charlie Hunnan, I’m glad for you. It’s an abummeration. Not because I disapprove of his new movie but just because I had other plans for him. Like Star Wars VII; or Pacific Rim II, III, IV etc; or the movie adaptation of my new book. Ergo: bummer.

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mizkit
Sep. 6th, 2013 06:41 am (UTC)
I quite liked Two Guns. It's not blockbuster-Lethal-Weapon-level over-the-top awesome, but I enjoyed it quite a lot.

Shame about Charlie, yes. And Dakota, for that matter.
katedonovan
Sep. 6th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know about Two Guns. I love both those actors, and the trailer was fun, so yay!!
mizkit
Sep. 6th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
I'm off to see the new Riddick movie now. I'll report back. :)
katedonovan
Sep. 7th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
oh good, thanks! I definitely want to know how that one is. The trailer looked great.
katedonovan
Sep. 7th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
oops I see you posted a review!
I'll go read it now!!
mizkit
Sep. 7th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: oops I see you posted a review!
Well, mostly I linked to Ursula's review, but yeah. :) I enjoyed the hell out of it, while being aware it's, y'know. Riddick. There are limits to what one should expect. :)
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