In the Theaters

Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
What was the last movie you saw in the theater? Was it worth the price of admission, or do you wish you had waited for the DVD?

The last one for me was "Pan's Labyrinth". It is one of those rare films that I walk out thinking, "I want to see that one again." Fantastic make-up (won the Oscar for that) and the story was so intriguing.


  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,403
    Casino Royale was my last trip to the theaters. I might want to see 300, although when a movie has a lot of hype and everyone saying you HAVE tosee it, I'm less likely to go.
  • bumpybumpy Member Posts: 4,435
    300 is amazing. You HAVE to see it. :P
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Really? I've read that it's visually stunning, but the story isn't so great. My daughter and her boyfriend liked it though.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Chick flick for sure, but a decent date movie, so take your significant other to see this.

    Caveat - Diane Keaton is guilty of the worst over-acting I've seen in a long time. They try too hard to get a laugh at times. Her character is neurotic, but they could have been far more subtle and had a better effect.

    Funny thing is I like Diane Keaton, this was just her worst movie ever.

    Any how, Piper Perabo plays the cute sister, and she's good. Remember her, from Coyote Ugly? The song writer?

    The other sister does OK as a shrink.

    Mandy Moore plays the lead and has great chemistry on screen. If you have liked her other movies, this is a must see, as it's one of her better performances. She's vulnerable, yet flawed. Practical at times, yet romantic at heart.

    Good movie, just try to ignore Diane Keaton through the first half. It gets better, I promise. ;)
  • bumpybumpy Member Posts: 4,435
    It depends on what you like. It fiddles with the details, but got the basic plot of Thermopylae right.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    I saw this last weekend. Loved the initial concept and the creative story line, but it went really silly the last 20 minutes of the film. So much so, that it ruined it for me. The little girl was great, though.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Chris Rock's new movie is textbook Chris Rock.

    If you're a fan, you'll love the movie. The surreal images and dreamy sequences are grossly exaggerated but rather funny.

    They stereotype just about everyone, but it's all done in a humorous way. I really think movie makers have no idea how normal, middle-class suburban people live their lives, but it's still a funny look at us.

    Suspend your belief for a couple of hours, and you'll get a couple of really good laughs. My wife and I both liked the movie (rare, it's usually one or the other) so I guess I can recommend it. :shades:
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    I went because I thought it would be in 3-D. However, the theater I went to was not one of the "selected" ones. Dang. It was cute. Okay, what Disney animated movie isn't? It took me awhile to get into it, but figured out exactly what was going on and how it would end. *I hate when that happens.* Still, it had a pretty good message that incorporated Walt's motto.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    I gotta take the kids to see that.

    There doesn't seem to be a lot of good movies for adults out there right now. Too bad the wife won't see animated films with me. :D

    300 is too violent for the wife. Blades of Glory is too silly for her (rental for me).

    Might come down to Lookout vs. Reign Over Me, we'll see.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Saw a trailer for Shrek 3 before the Robinson film. It looks to be another good one. I cracked up with Snow White doing the Led Zepplin scream. :D
  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    For a change of pace, we decided to see this Drama/Action flick last night. I've seen so many comedies lately that it feels like deja-vu every time I visit the theatre.

    Different it is.

    A high school sports car wrecks a car, and his life in the process, and suffers from brain related short-term memory loss. Struggling to deal with an overbearing father and a decidedly simplified life (especially after a glorious youth), he's sucked in to a plan to rob a bank.

    It's a bit predictable, a few more twists would have been welcome, but it was interesting enough to keep us both alert, if not quite at the edge of our seats.

    Jeff Bridges is pretty convincing as his blind roommate, but sadly only plays a small part in the film. I would have liked to see more of him.

    Would I recommend it? Yeah, but wait 'til it's out on video. It's not the type of movie you really need the big screen to see. :shades:
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Saw this last weekend. The Sandman effects were cool, but the story? Booooring.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    If you want to take an interesting peek at Indian culture and immigration, I recommend this movie.

    At first it's hard to imagine Taj from the Van Wilder movies playing a serious role, but Kal Penn pulls off the likable son trying to blend in with American culture while at the same time trying to preserve his own. Hard to believe it's the same actor, though. He also played Kumar in the White Castle flick.

    Any how, the story follows his mother, who marries a PhD student who studies in America and moves from Calcutta to New York. It's an interesting fish-out-of-water story with good character depth.

    Definitely worth checking out, if only to see the contrasts and struggles to integrate two cultures.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyMember Posts: 6,064
    I took the kids to see Meet the Robinson in 3-D last week. The 3-D effects were awesome. I don't know if it was a new type of 3-D glasses, or the fact it was an animated movie... but I didn't get the headache I usually get with 3-D movies. The middle of the movie was a bit boring, but the bookends were pretty good. The kids enjoyed it throughout.

    One amusing sidenote, at the beginning of the movie my 6 year old son said everything was blurry. I looked over and he had his glasses off. I told him he needed to put his glasses on and it wouldn't be blurry. He put them back on and stated the movie was still blurry. I looked at the lenses on his 3-D glasses, and they were covered with popcorn butter. :blush: A little mountain dew on a paper napkin fixed it right up.
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  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Shrek the Third - I'm a big fan of fractured fairy tales and the first two Shrek films didn't disappoint, but this one was really bad. The story was downright boring and it made the characters seem tired and cliche. Should have waited to rent this one so I could have fallen asleep in my recliner.

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - Arrrr, I loved this one as much as the first two. Will there be another? They left a lot of loose ends to stretch it into a fourth film, but I suppose it depends if the actors are willing. After all, I couldn't imagine anyone other than Johnny Depp portraying Captain Jack Sparrow. One thing about this one, it is three hours long! So you won't be wantin' to guzzle too much rum befar or durin' or else ye'll be missin' the action whilst runnin' to the privy. :P
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,403
    Did Pirates on Sunday night. And we enjoyed it very much. Keith Richards served as half of Depp's inspiration for Jack Sparrow, so he was PERFECT as Jack's father.

    I'm looking forward to Ratattouie or however it's spelled too :P
  • smithedsmithed Member Posts: 444
    After not going to the movies for 6 months have recently seen:

    Spiderman --great

    Shrek the third--really good

    Pirates at World's end--great effects, plot not so great, but I liked it

    on DVD: Apocalypto--very good

  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Haven't seen any of those, nothing lately actually. Tonight is our date night but I'm not even sure we'll make it to a movie tonight. Hopefully next week.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,403
    Flyboys, a story about the Lafayette Escadrille in France in 1917. As an aircraft enthusiast, there were a few non-sensical things that happen, but overall I enjoyed it very much.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyMember Posts: 6,064
    ... was fairly weak. A couple grins, a few smirks, and a half giggle or two was it. I'd rate it one and a half "Jip" Stars. :sick:
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  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Ditto. I had trouble staying awake.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyMember Posts: 6,064
    The only thing that kept me "awake" was the shock from paying $14.50 for a large drink, large popcorn and some Airheads at the snack bar.

    The cashier kept drilling me to buy more. i.e "Would you like a candy car... how about a cookie? they are only 90 cents, proceeds go to help homeless circus clowns". :sick:

    My 6 year old son did say he liked the movie, though he was chowing down on popcorn and Airheads for the most part. ;)
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  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    This movie greatly exceeded my expectations. I was hoping for a couple of laughs, but it turned out to be the best movie we've seen all year.

    The killer is that both me AND my wife felt that way. It has male bonding moments and chick flick moments to make both genders happy.

    A bit much on the profanity but it was appropriate in the context, i.e. they were trying to make it seem more real.

    Excellent movie and definitely worth paying full price to see it in the theatres. Cute, funny, no doubt worthwhile.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyMember Posts: 6,064
    Ditto on "Knocked Up" being a very good movie. I saw it last night on my wifes and I's 15th wedding anniversary... to bad she couldn't make it. ;)

    It's more of a romantic comedy than a straight comedy that I was led to believe. Still a very funny and well written movie... and yes, the ole Jipster may have shed a tear or two during those sentimental moments. :cry:

    It was a strong "R" for raunchy humor, language, upper female nudity( :shades: ), and a babies head being shown crowning from the birth canal. Why they had to show that, taking up about 50 feet of screen space in the process, I'm not sure.

    Anyhow, a solid 3 1/2 Jip"Stars" for Knocked Up.
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  • okko1okko1 Member Posts: 327
    does anybody know if balls of fury with christopher walken is out yet
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Saw a trailer for it yesterday, I think it's being released the end of August.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Welllll...this one kind of bored me. It just seemed to go on and on and on. The new Camaro looks pretty cool though. :shades:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    You're supposed to see the movie and then buy $1,000 worth of toys for your kids. I think that's the idea.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    My 16-year-old is hoping for the full-size Camaro. Ya think I'll be able to pick up one of those for $1,000? ;)
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,403
    I caught part of a radio news story the other day... here's a shocker.

    Did you realize that the Transformers movie and advertising was aimed at kids??? Why the next thing you know they'll be trying to sell TOYS to our kids. Where we will be THEN I ask you!!

    Oh... :blush:

  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,403
    Saw Ratatouille the other day. Lots of fun. Just your basic rat-from-Paris happens to be a gourmet chef story :P
  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    I saw it too. Took the kids on Monday, had the day off.

    I loved it. Cracked me up with lots of clever quips and a lot of humor that went right over my kids' heads.

    That's the problem, though. My 4 year old just didn't "get it" most of the time. There was not enough physical, obvious humor for him. He was a bit bored and fussy, even with popcorn and an Icee.

    My 8 year old daughter liked it better, but still, it was no Finding Nemo.

    I recommend it for the adults, but for the kids wait 'til it comes out on video.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyMember Posts: 6,064
    This movie was disappointing. Bruce Willis must have gotten all the money they usually pay for good writers. He suffered for it though, as he had only a couple of those good one liners he is famous for. The plot was fairly weak, reminded me quite a bit of the Matrix. But, they blew up a lot of stuff and crashed a bunch of cars, some guy fell into a meat grinder... so not a total loss.
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  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Meat grinder? Ouch.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,403
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    I've enjoyed the books and the movies, but I really thought it was the best of the movies so far. My oldest daughter disagrees a bit as she said it strayed a bit too far from the book for her tastes.

    It got a round of applause at the end :D
  • tidestertidester Member Posts: 10,059
    I really enjoyed Miss Potter. That would be Beatrix Potter. The film is a moving portrayal of the life of a world class author in the socially complex culture of Victorian England.
  • patpat Member Posts: 10,421
    I'm not familiar with that one, but it sounds interesting. I'll have to look for it. I sure loved her stories! And that's a fascinating time period.

    Edit: Added it to my Netflix queue. ;)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Timing didn't work out for us to watch the movie we wanted to see, so we settled for Bruce Willis' latest Die Hard movie.

    Surprisingly, it wasn't bad. If you liked the others, this one is just more of the same.

    You need a total suspension of disbelief, but if you can let that go the action scenes are pretty wild.

    There's one particularly funny stunt sequence where he refers to his enemy as a gerbil, but I'll let you watch it (wait 'til the DVD is out) because you'll get a good chuckle out of it.

    My wife liked it, too. She doens't like to admit an action movie can be entertaining, but that's exactly what this was - entertainment.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 187,579
    Meat grinder, wood chipper... it's all the same.. ;)

    (you did see Fargo, right?)

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Yes and who can forget that scene?!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    A creative and interesting story about dealing with bullies, though one tragedy sort of spoiled it for my 2 young kids.

    Great movie, but save it for 10+ year olds.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    I agree with you. It was geared more for adults than the kids. There was a group of young teens sitting a few rows behind me and it was apparently over their heads also because they wouldn't SHUT UP! Grrrrr. :mad:
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    I loved John Waters original film. Loved the broadway musical...and I loved the movie musical. I wasn't sure about Travolta playing Edna, but a few minutes in and I was sold. Great music, good dancing, and just fun to watch. :D
  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Should I take my 8 year old? I've been thinking about that.

    She liked "High School Musical" and "The Amanda Show", so you think she'd like this movie too?
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092's very lively and fun. Lots of music and dancing that she might enjoy. I can't think of anything that is really objectionable for an 8-year-old. It's kind of a history lesson about segregation and integration too. She may be too young to grasp that?

    I found this site that does "family" reviews. They are say 11+. You know your daughter and can decide. To be honest, I probably would have taken mine to it when they were that age, but I would never restrict anyone from seeing a musical no matter how young/old they are. :D
  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    I may watch it first, then let her watch it on DVD when it comes out.
  • patpat Member Posts: 10,421
    Tom, thanks for mentioning this. It's a great movie, I really enjoyed it. :)
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Not my review, but my daughter's, "Don't waste your money. Wait for the DVD."
  • ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Reminds me of Eddie Murphy doing stand-up. Why pay to see Buck Wheat when you can get it for free on TV?
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Not the greatest film this summer, but quite a departure for DeNiro. I'd see it again just for him. :D
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