We travelled all the way to our couches.
The Hub and I love to spend an evening watching a movie, especially if it is cold or wet or snowy or icy outside. Who wants to live in the real world, with weather that could (conceivably) kill you? Not us.
Over vacation, as I noted yesterday, we watched alot of movies. Alot alot. Yes, yes, we also volunteered at a soup kitchen and adopted needy children and saved the whales. But who am I to boast?
Here, in a nutshell (I hate Austin Powers) are the movies we saw:
This is a gorgeous movie set around a false arrest and revenge. A priest is called in to hear a last confession, and instead he is locked up and forced to watch a play (put on by the prisoners) detailing his life and misdeeds. Wonderfully great. It’s gay, though. Be warned. Man loving.
2. The Incredible Hulk
I like Edward Norton in this, but I kept expecting Liv Tyler to speak in Elvish and make the waves all horsey. It was better than the one from a few years ago…
3. Tropic Thunder
I wanted to enjoy this so much more than I did. Robert Downey Jr is fantastic in everything, so there is that. Otherwise, I just noticed Ben Stiller’s amazingly huge and ripped arms. Huh, I said. Huh.
4. The Dark Knight
Although I saw this in the theater I found that I needed to watch it again at home to get all the nuance. This is a great superhero movie. Bale is amazing as Batman (aside from his 8-packs-a-day-voice) and Ledger is even better than you’ve read.
5. Kung Fu Panda
This was the first of two great animated movies we watched. The Hubby isn’t so much into the cartoons, but I delight in my inner child and would watch them all the time. My inner child’s name is ‘Topher, by the way. He likes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and feels all funny about Superman. What? Oh yeah. Good movie. Rent it.
6. The Forbidden Kingdom
Aside from Jackie Chan’s atrocious accent, this was a terrific Kung Fu flick. Jack’s son is a wimp, and so (of course) magically gets plopped into feudal China to fight all mystical martial artsy style with the HeeYaa! and the Yeeeee! Great special effects and a good story make for an entertaining afternoon.
7. The Women (Remake)
Don’t bother. See the original.
This is the one movie that we saw together in the theater, and I’m glad I didn’t wait for this on DVD. You all know how I feel about gay rights, so I wont get into that. Sean Penn is perfect as Harvey Milk, James Franco is perfect as his partner, and Josh Brolin is perfect as his foil. This is a story that should have been told long ago, just like this. Go see it. Wonderful.
9. Seven Years In Tibet
How did I miss this years ago when it came out? It reminds me of The Last Emperor. Cinematically this is a beautiful movie, both for the setting and the main actor (Pitt). It is a slow moving story about a man who comes to find out who he is by being submerged into another culture. Excellent.
10. Fred Claus
I don’t understand why more folks didn’t like this movie. I thought it was a nice wrinkle in the superhero genre. Good effects, good casting, good story. I could watch it again and be just as happy. Why the hate?
Although extremely violent, I do love me some wire-fu and such. And James McAvoy. And Angelina. And curving bullets. And James McAvoy. Wait – I said that. …James McAvoy.
13. Wall E
When this started I turned to the Hub and said “I will cry at some point during this movie. Please do not mock me.” And I did. And he didn’t. This was the best romance movie I have seen all year, and surprise! It was a Pixar movie. if I had to sum it up in one word, it would be “Awwww.”
14. White Christmas
A perennial favorite. How could you not love Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing the title song just as it starts to snow in Vermont? A great golden age musical that is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit.
14 movies in 16 days. We took a few days off to open presents and be with people and eat, of course. And this doesn’t even log the two LOTR movie’s that Sabs and I watched.
Time to get on that exercise bike…