Cleaning Up the Queue: Film Edition


It’s hard to be inspired to write (or do anything productive) when it’s hot out. I’m lucky to live in an area where 98% of the time I don’t regret not having an air conditioner, but today kind of blows. There isn’t much air moving and the fans I’ve set up just seem to be stirring up a hot breeze. I think I am more of a cool weather person, and am looking forward to the cozy autumn evenings that are just on the horizon. Now that’s writin’ weather!



A Mish-Mash of Reviews: Part Deux


So, I’m thinking that until my daughter get a little bit older (and on more of a schedule), that consolidated posts may be more feasible for me to write. This is not to say, however, that if I can squeeze in a moment or so to hop on the computer—or if a movie/TV show deserves an entire post—that I won’t whip up a single review post (which I am hoping will happen sooner rather than later). I just have been plowing through a bunch of movies/shows and I need to take them off of my queue already.



A Mish-mash of Reviews: Part I


As usual, I am playing catch up. Somehow I find myself with time to watch movies and television shows, but surprisingly am too busy to write about them. I then discover I am severely backlogged in my queue (as I vowed not to remove a film until I wrote about it). This, in turn causes me to procrastinate further and the cycle begins all over again.



The Guard (2011)


I am pretty much a jerk—or at least when it comes to watching movies. I don’t mean to have little patience with films (especially those that are supposedly “good”)– I just can’t help it. Sometimes I wonder if my attention span has shrunk (three sizes too small) or if somehow I have come to appreciate certain films (mostly critically acclaimed ones) less and less. The problem has to be me, right? I mean, it can’t be the films.



The Lottery (2010)


It’s been a long time since I was in grade school. I have vague memories of someone in my class eating paste and being sent to the principal’s office (no, it wasn’t me); of crayons and the lined paper with extra-wide lines; the smell of the cafeteria and the joy of recess; and of a 2nd grade group called Nature Nuts which met outside of class to explore the wonders of the natural world. While my memories are distant, there is no doubt that my elementary education helped shape the person I became. At the time, I didn’t know how lucky I was to attend a good school in my small town. However, after watching The Lottery, I realized that not everyone is given an equal opportunity in education.



Bridesmaids (2011)


I am starting to wonder if I have the same sense of humor as “everyone else.” “Everyone” told me that Little Miss Sunshine was the funniest movie they had seen in a long time. So I watched it. I honestly don’t know if I laughed once (note: this is not to say that it was a bad movie, I just didn’t find it to be a comedy). Then, “they” said, “Watch Knocked Up. You will love Knocked Up.” So I did. And while I found it to be funnier than Little Miss Sunshine (though by far not as good of a movie), I was left wanting. Last summer, when Bridesmaids came out, “everyone” again started yakking about how this was the movie to see—the comedy to end all comedies. Heck, I almost went to see it in the theaters because I wanted to not only see a funny movie, but see one with female leads (because, hey, girls can be hilarious too, ya know?).



Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol (2011)


I meant to post this review shortly after the holidays, I truly did. However, I just couldn’t get motivated to write about Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol. It’s weird, because I didn’t hate the film—granted, I didn’t love it either. Maybe this indifference made it difficult to put words to paper.



Fright Night (2011)


When “they” (whoever “they” are) announced the remake of the 1985 film Fright Night, I was a little leery. You see, overall, I have not been a fan of remakes. Sure, there are a few cases where it’s successfully done, but nine times out of ten, you wind up with your Godzilla‘s (1998), your Nutty Professor‘s (1996), and your Wicker Man‘s (2006 –should that be Wicker Men?). And don’t even get me started on TV series that are “rebooted” for the big screen (I’m talking to you, Dukes of Hazzard). I guess it’s just hard for me to get excited about a remake.

 

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Whip It (2009)


There was a lot of controversy in my house Saturday. My Netflix DVDs had arrived and I opened them up to find Fright Night and Whip It. One of those films was my choice, the other was assumedly my husband’s– can you guess who chose what? As we settled in to decide on and watch a film, my husband questioned why we had Whip It. The funny thing was, Whip It was not my selection, but his. Plus,  we just had a conversation a few days prior about how he wanted to watch “that roller derby movie.” Being the nice person I am, I bumped it to the top of the queue. Apparently, my husband has a very short term memory since he recalls no such discussion. Regardless, we popped in Whip It and met our fate head on. 

 

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Thor (2011)


As much as I claim to be a geek, I think I have a serious gap in my super hero knowledge. While I read (and have read) my share of graphic novels, there are several heroes whose stories I have yet to discover. Luckily, Hollywood has my back. With the recent surge in super hero films, I am able to catch up on what I am sure are accurate representations of these graphic novels. Huzzah!

 

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