Jean Teller Since we last talked movies, I’ve gone to the theater to see Buck (a documentary showing at the local art film theater; excellent); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (sad to see the franchise end; this was an excellent ending, though); and Cowboys & Aliens (an interesting take on alien movies, well done, good if you like lots of explosions, and the special effects were excellent).

Rentals included Stolen (stars Jon Hamm of HBO’s Mad Men; haunting); Independence Day (from my collection; love the scene when Will Smith shoots down the alien craft and drags the alien into Area 51); Crazy Heart (not sure why it won so many awards, I don’t find drunks entertaining); Alien Trespass (fun, if you remember this is all campy cheesiness); Cleaner (with Samuel Jackson, kind of an interesting mystery but it’s also fairly predictable); I tried to watch From Paris With Love, but turned it off after about 15 minutes; In the Electric Mist (stars Tommy Lee Jones, kind of intriguing and kind of boring, all at the same time); and I started to watch Ondine, with Colin Farrell, but the Netflix Streaming version ended at 17 minutes. Sigh.

I have plans to see Captain America in the near future. I decided that Larry Crowne and Crazy Stupid Love were perfect rentals, so I’ll see those one of these days.

What’s in store for August, you ask? Well, in two words: Not much. (Why am I saying that so often these days?!)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars James Franco and Andy Serkis and is a prequel to the classic 1978 film. 

 August 5 brings Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco, Andy Serkis and Brian Cox. I have no desire to see this prequel. The classic 1968 film starring Charlton Heston is the only Planet of the Apes movie I need to see. (The four sequels in the early 1970s weren’t great, though I’ll take them over the prequel any day.) The prequel is rated PG-13.

Muck Boot Diva
8/13/2011 12:57:46 PM

I am looking forward to seeing "The Help" as soon as I am able. Once I do, I will let you know what I think. Looks like an A+ to me! MBD

Jean Teller
8/9/2011 3:38:46 PM

Hi, Dave - nope, comedies aren't my speed. :) At least most of them. I hear good things about Crazy Stupid Love, so it'll go on my to-rent list. Smurfs, not so much. LOL Saw Captain America and thought it was very good. Stay until the end of the credits. And Cowboys & Aliens is definitely worth seeing in the theater - those $4 showings are terrific, aren't they?!? As for that Spy Kids movie in 4D - I'm not sure if it's really 4D or they're just spoofing all the 3D films. I found it hilarious to have that in the title. ROTFL! Have a good movie day!

Nebraska Dave
8/6/2011 10:11:01 PM

Jean, Heh heh, guess you weren't too impressed with the Smurf movie huh. I didn't go see it but my grandson and his Mom went to see it. I couldn't believe my grandson would pick the Smurf movie over Captian America. I didn't really see much that piqued my interest in your reviews this time. I really miss the Will Smith 4th of July releases of the past. I still would like to see Cowboys and Aliens but I might wait until it gets to the two buck theatre which is about the time it hits rental release. Although, the main line AMC theatres have a senior $4 showing before noon on weekdays in Omaha. A regular movie is up to $9.50 here and more for 3D. My big weakness is the snack bar. A snack pack which includes popcorn, drink, and candy on a small scale will cost $10. I noticed one of the movies you reviewed was in 4D. I had to look up what that was. Here's the definition. The combination of 3D movies with chair movement (vibration, sway, tilt, drop, wave motion, or movement in any direction) and other chair effects such as wind blowing, water spraying, leg and back ticklers is usually considered a 4D experience. Using additional hall effects such as smoke, rain, lightning, air bubbles and special smells (for example fireworks smell at the London Eye's Experience and gassy smells when the stinkbug sprays it at It's Tough to be a bug) is often regarded by many as 5D. Have a great experience at the movies day.

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