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Goin' to the Movies!

By Jean Teller, Sr. Assoc. Editor


Tags: WALL-E, Hancock, Meet Dave, Hellboy II, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Dark Knight, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Mamma Mia!, The X-Files, The Mummy, Swing Vote, Brendan Fraser, Kevin Costner, Blindness, Julianne Moore, Eagle Eye, Shia LeBeouf, Crossing Over, Harrison Ford, Babylon A.D., Vin Diesel, Fandango, IMDb, Jim Butcher,

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Must. See. Hellboy II: The Golden Army. This. Weekend!

Not only am I a geek about books and television, I’m a movie fanatic. I found my way to two movies last week: WALL-E while I was visiting family for the Fourth, and Hancock when I returned home. I enjoyed both (I’d probably give the edge to WALL-E for the simple fact that the animation is fantastic!) and may even add both to my DVD collection.

This weekend, I have three to choose from: Hellboy II, Meet Dave and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Meet Dave may wait for a DVD rental; I’m not a big comedy (i.e., slapstick) fan. But Hellboy and Journey are, for me, must-sees on the big screen.

I’ve never been too picky when it comes to movies. If a movie allows me to escape for a couple of hours, making me laugh or cry or gasp, or all of the above, then I’m a happy camper. There was a time when a weekend was incomplete if I didn’t make it to two double features, and one day there were four movies on the agenda (I can’t do that anymore!).

While I’m a bit more selective these days, I keep going. I love going to the theater; the entire experience makes me smile. And the trailers at the beginning of the movie are my favorite part. (A note of warning: Most of these movies sites are complex, and most have sound as soon as the page is opened.) I’m eagerly anticipating The Dark Knight (I loved Batman Begins, and the interplay between Christian Bale and Heath Ledger looks interesting), Mamma Mia! (a musical!), The X-Files: I Want to Believe (I really do want to believe and I loved the series), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Brendan Fraser returns), Swing Vote (Kevin Costner and political satire), Blindness (Julianne Moore in a scary one), Eagle Eye (Shia LeBeouf, and Julianne Moore’s voice is in the trailer), Crossing Over (Harrison Ford, need I say more?), The Day the Earth Stood Still (with Keanu Reeves as an alien?) and Babylon A.D. (sci-fi and Vin Diesel, good combination). There are others, too. That takes us through August, according to Fandango’s Summer Movie Calendar; looks like I’m going to a LOT of movies!

So what’s on your movie agenda? Or your to-rent list? For more movie news, I often visit The Internet Movie Database or Fandango or Yahoo! Movies. Do you have favorite sites or movie blogs to visit? Let me know!

One of these days, we’ll talk DVD collections. See ya at the movies!

Oh, and I’m on Summer Knight: Book Four of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

jean teller
7/24/2008 9:17:42 AM

Hi, Lori, Wow, you ask the tough questions! I too like action adventure, and anything that remotely sounds sci-fi, I'm there. I also have a soft spot for martial arts movies - can't get enough of great fight choreography. At one time, I would have said my favorite was The Terminator - sci-fi and time travel, perfect combination, and the fact that Michael Biehn was the hero didn't hurt either - but nowadays, I'm not so sure. I with you on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I'm not sure I can pick just one favorite .... Let me check the DVD collection (which just keeps growing!) and I'll blog on my favorites soon!


lori
7/23/2008 1:31:02 PM

Jean, My son just took my husband and I to see Hancock. We really enjoyed it. I really like Will Smith, and I haven't seen a movie he starred in that I didn't like. I love action adventure, definitly my favorite type of movie to see. What is your all time favorite? I love the Lord Of The Rings movies. Absolutely the best in my book!


jean teller_1
7/15/2008 12:14:23 PM

I've been a little leery of _Speed Racer_ since it did so poorly at the box office. May have to add it to the to-rent list afterall! Hopefully, my expectations aren't so sky high that _X-Files_ is a disappointment!


jnemec
7/14/2008 2:14:46 PM

Hey Jean! This summer has just been filled with movie possibilities. I want to believe, too, but I'm afraid of being wrong again. We just saw _Speed Racer_ last night, and I was really surprised by how much I liked that one. It's all about expectations, huh?