Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Don't ask me why I can't leave without my wife and I won't ask you why you can."

Summer movies have not really motivated me to get to the theater this year.  Most of the recent releases, especially, have not been very good and because of this, I have not really seen a whole lot.  However, I did finally get to see Toy Story 3 and Eclipse. 

Toy Story 3 was just as good as I had heard.  I did not even mind that it was in 3-D.  If you liked the first two movies, then you should definitely see this one.  I would even say that it is one of the best Pixar movies I have seen.

While it did not get great reviews, I did actually like The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.  I did not re-read the book before seeing the movie, as I had done with the previous two Twilight movies.  I was, therefore, not comparing them as much because I did not remember all the tiny details, I only really remembered the general plot.  I think this may have allowed me to enjoy the movie a little more than usual.  I do think that the acting, although still not amazing, is getting slightly better, if only because the actors now know these characters a lot better and are more comfortable in their skin.  As I said with New Moon, I just found that the dialogue and the scenes were too choppy and did not always flow well.  I am assuming it has to do with the fact that all of the screenplays have been written by the same person, so you are going to get the same interpretation of the books every time, which is unfortunate. Like I said though, I did enjoy it for what it was, just do not expect any Oscar nominations anytime soon.

Originally, despite the stellar reviews, I had planned to skip Inception.  I still have not committed to seeing it for sure, but I am at least considering it now.  Who has already seen it?  Does it really live up to all the hype?

New summer shows are also still premiering.  Mad Men starts this Sunday (ah woo hoo!) and Dark Blue starts in a few weeks.

The first two episodes of Rizzoli & Isles were good.  Some parts of it did freak me out a little though, meaning it will definitely get DVR'd and watched the next day so that I do not have nightmares.  And I am being completely serious :o)  I also really enjoyed Covert Affairs.  Especially after seeing Eion Bailey in the first episode (think hyenas on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Jim in Center Stage), so I really hope he shows up in a lot more episodes.  White Collar, The Glades and Rookie Blue have also continued to be excellent and highly entertaining summer fare.

Continuing with my current Timothy Olyphant obsession, I have now watched High Life and The Crazies. 

The Crazies was watched OnDemand and was surprisingly good.  And, aside from a few scenes that made me jump, it was not really that scary.  From the commercials, I thought it was about zombies or something along those lines, but it was actually about people being infected by something in the town water supply and going crazy.  The actual reason for the crazy people is much more interesting than your typical scary-monster-movie.  High Life, on the other hand, was not what I would call a good movie :o)  However, it was not horrible either.  Four junkies plan what they think is the perfect bank heist, but of course, it goes horribly wrong.  Not Olyphant's best work, but it was entertaining enough for the hour and twenty minutes that it lasted.

Other than High Life and my continued viewing of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, other movies from Netflix recently were The Invention of Lying and Wonder Woman.

I got the most recent Wonder Woman cartoon because it was voiced by Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Virginia Madsen and Oliver Platt.  It was not anything super fantastic, but it was Wonder Woman so there is not a whole lot to it and was therefore pretty entertaining.  Although, I have to say, Nathan Fillion's cartoon couterpart did not do him justice :o)

I had wanted to see The Invention of Lying when it was in theaters because I love Ricky Gervais, but I am glad that I did not because it was kind of weird.  Parts of it were hilarious because, well, it is Ricky Gervais and he is mostly hilarious.  However, it was surprisingly quite boring.  Also, it went from being a movie about the guy who invents lying (like the title suggests) and discovers just how much he can use it to his own benefit, to something with a more religious aspect and then sort of gradually turns into a film about not being with people because of what they look like and how much money they make, but because of who they are.  And while, these are all very interesting themes, they didn't really mesh well together.  I would say you should probably avoid this movie, if you know what is good for you :o)

In other news, Comic Con started Thursday in San Diego.  Seeing as I am still mostly unemployed, this probably would have been the year to attend and cross it off my bucket list.  Unfortunately, I was not really paying attention to when it was and realized too late that I should have made plans to go, so I have mostly been trying to keep track of things online.  I will continue to post updates on Facebook and Twitter, if you are interested.

I hope everyone is staying out of the heat!  Instead you should stay inside and watch lots of fun movies and TV shows! :o)