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The Mountain Between Us (sort of a movie review)

12 Jan

I first heard about this movie on twitter, a few months ago, when the question of whether it was a romance or not was asked (@mostlybree doing the Lord’s work). Looking up a bit more information, I discovered that it is a film adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by…some dude I had never heard of.¹

Which explained, to me, why I had basically heard nothing about the movie until just a couple of weeks before it came out, when it seemed as if the marketing team suddenly realized that a) Idris Elba fucking sells, b) romance readers will go see romances, and c) a romance starring Idris Elba really fucking sells. Suddenly, all sorts of trailers for the movie, highlighting the romance angle, popped up on twitter and youtube.

Here’s one:

 

The short teaser: there’s weather coming, and a number of airports on both sides of the Rockies are closing ahead of the storm. Both Alex and Ben have pressing reasons to get out of Dodge…erm, Boise. Unable to find a seat in the last commercial flights out, and through a connection of Alex’s, they charter a small plane to get them to Denver, where they may be able to catch connecting flights to the East Coast. Unfortunately, their pilot, Walter (played charmingly by Beau Bridges), suffers a cardiac episode as they approach some of the mountain ridges in their route, and the plane crashes. Stranded during a particularly bad storm, in winter, above the snow line, Alex and Ben have to find a way to survive.

Please note: I’m going to go into some detail on the rest of the plot after the cut, so if you are planning on seeing this movie unspoiled, you may want to avert your eyes, perhaps come back *after* you’ve seen it.

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Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch stole Christmas (sort of a movie review)

3 Feb

(Okay, this is more a rant than anything else; you’ve been duly warned.)

This movie is a live action remake of the wonderful classic 1966 TV Christmas animated special narrated/sung by the inimitable Boris Karloff. It was directed by Ron Howard (who should have known better) with Jim Carrey (who doesn’t know much about anything) as the Grinch.

(Told you it’s a rant)

For those who may have missed it, here’s the trailer:

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The Martian (sort of a movie review)

14 Apr

Last year sometime, I became aware that the novel The Martian was coming out as a movie starring Matt Damon. (I think it’s worth noting here that I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything I’ve seen him in, while acknowledging that he can be an idiot¹)

(Please note that I’m using the teaser trailer instead of the official trailer, simply because I like it better)

Now, while I’m mainly a genre romance reader, I occasionally will read other stuff, if it looks interesting enough, so I promised myself that I would try to read the book before watching the movie (and I did buy the digital version shortly after that post). Unfortunately, I was still in the throes of the reading slump from hell, and the novel still languishes in the TBR pit of despair.

However, a lovely friend made it possible for me to watch (and re-watch) the movie. Here are my thoughts. Continue reading

Endeavour (sort of a movie review)

16 May

I am generally a fan of PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery!

It doesn’t hurt that Alan Cumming has been doing the little intro thing for a while, but the main reason is that most of the shows programmes are British. I can’t help it, I cut my mystery teeth with Agatha Christie¹ *shrug*

As luck would have it, I only caught one episode of the long running Inspector Morse when it aired there, and I wasn’t particularly impressed by it. (I probably shouldn’t admit to this, but hey, it is what it is). I did catch a couple of episodes of its first spin-off, Lewis, and enjoyed them quite a bit.

Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans)Then at some point last year I became aware that a tv movie prequel about Morse had been made and was going to be broadcast by Mystery! and, after seeing a couple of the trailers, decided to watch it.

So happy I did!

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The Equalizer (sort of a movie review)

18 Apr

I am old enough that I watched Edward Woodward as the original Equalizer in the tv show as it aired on CBS.

As someone who is very rarely happy with remakes, I wasn’t too enthused with the idea of a movie. Particularly when these days, all movies seem to be attempts at starting franchises, but in this case, also because my nostalgia made me remember the series as being really good.

Then, of course, I saw this:

 

And all bets were off.

I am an unabashed Denzel Washington fan.

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Man of Steel (sort of a movie review)

10 Jan

A while back, Meljean Brook posted the trailer for Man of Steel, the latest movie iteration of Superman.

Now, I’m not much of a comic heroes’ fan, but I confess that the trailer did catch my eye (in more ways than one):


First of all, this is a much darker movie–both in the deliberate use of light and color and in the story itself–than, say, Christopher Reeve’s Superman. There’s a bit more of an exploration of life in Krypton, its story, society, and the reason for its collapse.

There is also a more realistic approach to what it would be to be so utterly, intrinsically different from everyone else around you–the total isolation in the midst of crowds.

I confess that I ate the first two thirds or so of the movie up. First of all, I liked how the story was structured, and virtually all the casting choices are excellent.¹

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Lying to be Perfect (sort of a movie review)

1 Jan

A few weeks ago I was wandering around online, like you do, when I discovered that at some point years ago, Poppy Montgomery made a made-for-tv movie called Lying to be Perfect. Now, some of you may remember that Ms Montgomery was one of the actors in Without a Trace, which was a show I enjoyed very much for the first few seasons. I liked her in it and was happy to see her in something else, so I was all, “okay, let’s watch this movie.”

So I did and here is, more or less, what I thought.

Beware, though, there be spoilers ahead!

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