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Movies, movies, movies

What’s in the garden today? Heat – too much of it so I plan to be inside for the rest of the day.

These are some of the movies I have seen this past spring and summer. I have ranked them on a scale from 1 – 10. BTW, there are very few movies to make the 10 category in my book.

  1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – 9
  2. Date Night – 9
  3. The Last Song – 9
  4. How to Train Your Dragon – 8
  5. Alice in Wonderland – 7
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – 7
  7. The Back-up Plan – 6
  8. Furry Vengeance – 3
  9. MacGruber –   -5 (yes, I know -5 does not fall between 1 and 10)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – I really like this movie. This is one of those movies that can give you that inspirational feeling like one can do anything if one has the heart and mind to stick it out. I’m not one of those people who critique everything in film as I go for pure entertainment purposes. However, the obvious blip about the statue of Athena in Nashville kept eating at me. The actual statue is gilded and was done so in 2002 though she went for about 12 years before donning her gold-leaf brilliance and shine. She is awe striking! This does not detract from the movie at all, but I am surprised that it has gone seemingly unnoticed. Really liked this movie!    “This is a pen!”    Here is a link to the statue in Nashville: http://www.nashville.gov/Parthenon/Athena/index.asp

Date Night – I really liked this one, too. Perhaps it was because I could identify with many of the things that happen to the couple or when Tina Fey takes her mouthpiece out before a supposed intimate time with her husband or how her husband (Carell) no matter where he goes leaves drawers open for his wife to step into. He just wanted a special night with his wife, something EXTRA special and different. I liked the pace of this movie, and the date was definitely different.

The Last Song – This was the tear jerker I was not prepared for-don’t really read reviews before I go. It was so much like A Walk to Remember but the learning curve was much wider for Cyrus’ character and the love of her life did not go anywhere. I really loved the part where Cyrus and Hemsworth were on the beach together watching the turtle nest through the night and dad comes out, moves the guy over, and marks a line that he cannot cross. I guess I can identify with Cyrus’ character from times of my youth frequently believing that I was misunderstood. I have to admit that I liked the setting of the movie being at Tybee but feel that Hemsworth is too good for Cyrus in real life.

How to Train Your Dragon – Great movie. Was a little slow at the beginning but picked up nicely. I wonder how people will interpret this movie, not that I am a big interpreter of movies-I really like to go and be entertained. Don’t read if you haven’t seen it… The dragons were killing to satisfy the bigger, giant dragon (simplified version), so does that make it right to do things that we do not believe in order for the greater good to prevail – especially if it is not for the best? The movie is like a reversal of Joan of Arc – the young Viking trying to save his people by not resorting to killing just as the young dragon does for his species, too.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Pure child-like humor – we have probably seen ourselves in some of these situations while growing up or at least tempted to do some of the things Greg does. Then there is the cheese thing….that was totally gross. Who knew this would be the one thing that turns the story around and brings Greg back to a sense of reality?

The Back-up Plan – While I liked this movie, there is little substance in it. It is mostly comprised of comical situations jumbled together. Jennifer Lopez’s character is very selfish which seems to be the main thread in the movie. I would have liked to know a little more about her character before the insemination but lots of funny situations.

Furry Vengeance – This movie was Fraser’s usual funny style, but it got to be a little much for me.

Alice in Wonderland – A pretty good movie as far as the tale about Alice in Wonderland goes but with a big twist. Overall, it was quite enjoyable. I would rate it higher but it has a dark side to it, but I should not expect anything different from Tim Burton.

MacGruber – Possibly the worst movie I have ever seen; definitely the worst one in a very, very long time. I wanted to ask for my money back, and I very seldom ever feel this way with a movie. I thought I should have been paid to see this and not the other way around. I really tried to enjoy it, but that was impossible.

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I missed Letters to Juliet. I really wanted to see this one. It is not supposed to be out on DVD until mid September, so I will have to wait a while longer it seems. The rest of the field I could do without including Toy Story 3. I am looking forward to the Sorceror’s Apprentice and hope that it will not be a dud like some of Cage’s films of late. I do not like horror movies or really off the wall ones either. I have had absolutely no interest in Avatar or The Twilight Saga or even the Harry Potter movies. I like some romance, some comedy, some action and adventure, and a lot of feel-good movies.

Speaking of Toy Story…. We were out of town for the July 4th weekend and saw 2 children in the elevator dressed in full head-to-toe “costume” – maybe I should use the word regalia. One child was dressed as Buzz Lightyear of course. When we asked if they had seen and liked the latest movie, the kids went wild, dad, too! Great promotional value there!

Happy Gardening!

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