I apologize in advance that this is a little long today. I have not written in a while, so I have a lot to talk about.
My goal of watching all The Classics on my Netflix queue did not go so well. I only got through Midnight Cowboy before I got distracted by other things :o) I will continue watching them, but will mix them in with the other things on my list.
I really did not like Midnight Cowboy. It was weird and I really had no idea what was going on most of the time. The description said it was about a "hayseed hustler named Joe Buck (Jon Voigt), who comes to Manhattan to earn cash as a freelance sex stud and work toward his dream of becoming a kept man. He meets seedy gimp Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman) and an improbable friendship blossoms." Which, I guess is what is was essentially about. But, it is unclear why Buck leaves Texas in the first place and the flashbacks, of him being with what I presume is his ex-girlfriend, do nothing to help explain. Every review I read about this movie raved about how good it was, but I just did not get it. The relationship between Voigt and Hoffman is interesting, and the performances were good, but I just did not like it.
Before my "Classics" adventure last month, I watched The Losers OnDemand. It starred Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Columbus Short, Idris Elba and Jason Patric and was not very good. It just seemed like endless stunts with not a whole lot else going on. It also kind of felt like an A-Team rip-off. A group of CIA black-ops who are left for dead try to track down the people that tried to kill them. The acting was good and the action scenes were fun, the plot just felt very "been-there-done-that." And, the most annoying part is that they left the end open for a sequel, which, if they make, is a complete waste of money. I was really hoping that, even with the bad reviews, since I liked most of the actors in the movie, I would still enjoy it...even if just a little bit...but I was wrong. There were some funny lines, but mostly it was just bad.
I did manage to get to the theater to see a few movies this month: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Kids Are All Right and Going the Distance.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World was good, but not fantastic. It was definitely visually different than anything I have ever seen before. It was funny and mostly entertaining, however, it started to drag a little bit towards the end. I also feel like Michael Cera plays the same character in every single movie he makes and I am starting to not think it is so funny anymore.
The Kids Are All Right was also not as amazing as I was hoping, and as the reviews led me to believe that it was. Aside from the fact that it was about a same-sex couple, it was a pretty simple family drama. A couple that has been together for twenty years start to not appreciate each other and one of them starts cheating. There is not really anything new about that concept and I do not like the fact that because it is about a gay couple, people all of a sudden think it is a new and interesting plot. Yes, gay couples have the same issues as non-gay couples, obviously. But if you are going to reuse simple ideas, at least make the movie flow a little better, or add something interesting to make me invested in the characters. I also thought it was going to be more about the relationship between the kids and their sperm-donor-dad, but it was more about the relationship between the adults. Parts of it were definitely funny, I just wish it had been more interesting.
Of course, of the three, the movie that I did not think I was going to like, I actually really enjoyed. Going the Distance had gotten mediocre reviews, so I was not sure that I would go see it, but I had nothing to do one day last week, so I decided to check it out. If you are a fan of Charlie Day on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia then I think you will definitely like this movie. Although his character in this movie, Dan, is not quite as ignorant as Charlie Kelly, he does have the same inappropriate personal boundry issues, which is always hilarious. I think the only real issue that I have with this movie is that Drew Barrymore is not a very good actress. That is not to say that she has not been in any good movies, I just finally realized that she is very one dimensional. Regardless, I laughed a lot and did not feel like my time or money was wasted.
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Almost all of my summer shows have ended and my fall shows are beginning. I have really enjoyed The Glades, and Mad Men just seems to be getting better and better. The first two episodes of The Vampire Diaries have been AWESOME and I am excited for Castle and Lone Star to start tonight. Also, this is supposedly going to be one of the best seasons of How I Met Your Mother yet, according to its creator, so I am interested to see if he is right.
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Enjoy the last couple official days of summer and let me know what movies/TV shows you are most excited about this fall!