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posted by [personal profile] revdorothyl at 03:08pm on 15/08/2014 under ,
Just a few quick thoughts on some of the movies I've seen on the big screen with my sister in the past few months, working backwards from the most recent:

Guardians of the Galaxy: Yes, it really is as good (surprisingly good) as people have been saying. Possibly even the most enjoyable Marvel-related movie to come out this year (at least, on the first viewing -- we'll see how it stacks up to repeat viewing).

Divergent: Not a great film, but better than I'd been led to expect from the reviews, and an excellent bargain at a two-dollar ticket price at the budget cinema.

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Lots of Wolverine and double doses of both young and old versions of Xavier and Magneto, with hope for a much better future? What's not to love?

Grand Budapest Hotel: Didn't love it as much as my sister, but it was gripping and entertaining, and the all-star casting didn't distract too much.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Sister and I felt compelled to see this the first week it came out, in order not to be spoiled by watching the upcoming episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on TV, but in spite of feeling somewhat manipulated we DID enjoy every minute (well, except for the too-long chase scene with Nick Fury in the early part of the film, which left too much time for thinking about other things) and found it a worthy follow-up to the much-loved first Captain America and Avengers films.

Frozen: Admittedly, we might not have gone to see this even at the budget cinema if we hadn't had a friend's grand-daughter to act as our 'beard' (we could claim we were only seeing it to keep young Lucy company, all six of us adults in the party!), but we were both impressed (read, 'blown away') by the quality of the animation, the story-telling, and (of course!) the songs. And it enabled us to get even more enjoyment out of the various versions and parodies of "Let It Go" on-line (including Arthur Darvill's "I am not Rory!" version, which is hilarious).

And that's all the movies I can remember, for now (not counting the many, many films we got on DVD from the library while we were getting by on digital antenna broadcast TV only for the past six months). :)
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posted by [personal profile] elisi at 07:42pm on 16/08/2014
The only one of these I've seen is Frozen, but I agree whole-heartedly.

(Have a special place in my heart for that movie as we have a signed copy...)
posted by [identity profile] at 10:13pm on 16/08/2014
Very cool! :)
posted by [identity profile] at 03:20am on 17/08/2014
Haven't seen all of these yet. I do plan to see X-Men Day of Future Past but perhaps I'll skip Divergent. Everything else I've seen and enjoyed. Especially Guardians of the Galaxy, although that may be because I really needed a light hearted movie at that moment.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:27am on 17/08/2014
"Divergent" is definitely the one to skip. I think you'll really enjoy "Days of Future Past", though -- even if it has many fewer laughs than "Guardians". :)
posted by [identity profile] at 02:37pm on 17/08/2014
I saw Frozen (several times, and know songs by heart, as the mother of a 6 year old ;)) and Divergent - because it was on dvd. Frozen is way better.;)

looking forward to Captain America, X-men and Guardians on DVD :)
posted by [identity profile] at 02:44pm on 17/08/2014
Those songs WERE irresistible! :)
posted by [identity profile] at 03:14am on 01/10/2014
I don't know what's wrong with me that I haven't seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet!. I have no reason not to! I'm glad it lived up to the hype. I really have to put it on my list. Also dug Frozen, though part of me wishes Tangled had gotten at least half the attention. I really enjoyed that one.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:49am on 01/10/2014
I was shocked at how good "Tangled" was when I finally saw it on cable!

Somehow, I'd not quite heard about that one being so clever and smart and heart-warming when it was in theaters (or perhaps I didn't have a young person handy in Nashville who was pushing to go see it, not to mention the lack of any budget movie theater that was less than a 20- to 30-minute drive away).


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