Let’s Talk Movies

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My movie watching has slowed down a bit. I blame Downton and my new discovery of all things Bravo.

Months ago I saw Young Adult. I think I'm pretty good at telling from the previews about the quality of a movie. If the previews show no plot, then it does not bode well. I hated Young Adult. I didn't want to see it, but went along for kicks. And kick it did. Right between the eye balls. This movie was so bad. You hate the main character from the very beginning and it never lets up. I'm no fiction genius, but here's a tip writer and aspiring writers: your reader/viewer shouldn't hate your main character 100 percent of the plot. I'm all about breaking some writing rules, but some of them are there for a reason. I cannot imagine reading this script as an actress and saying, “I'd love to be this character.” She was so mean, she was a SNL skit. No, she was so detestable she was the Syfy network.

Saw The Vow a few weeks ago. I had hesitant hopes for this movie. It was good. It was okay. But again, no plot. WHY is this a trend in Hollywood? In this day and age, the average attention span is shrinking by the second. **checks text message**) So I'd think paring down the plot would not be ideal. But really not much happens in this movie. Maybe that's okay when Channing Tatum headlines. He's kinda pretty in this picture show. This flick had SO much potential though. It really could've gone somewhere. Production companies should seek out book editors. The whole time I was watching The Vow, I kept thinking of my dear, smart-as-a-whip editor Jamie Chavez and all the things she wouldn't have let me get away with had I written that story. By the way, Jamie has a great blog full of writing information. You should totally check it out. Anyway, Jamie would've totally knocked some WIN into that story.

I have never been the biggest Channing Tatum fan. (I know. I lost some blog readers just now.)  I never thought he was much of an actor. But this month I saw him on Saturday Night Live, and though his sketches were awful (what else is new, SNL?) (Side note: Maya Rudolph episode Sat. was great actually), I was surprised how well he handled comedy. He had timing. And he knew what to do with it. Then he really surprised me in The Vow. When I think about it, everything CT's ever done has basically been the same character: brooding, rebellious guy who probably took the easy math classes in high school. The Vow is the first I've seen him break out and be a real character. And he did really well I thought. I bought his character. Next he's in 21 Jump Street, a remake of an 80s show. God help him.

This weekend I rented Super 8. I had heard lots of raves over this one. I'd heard that it was an unexpected hit. I didn't have that same reaction. Super 8 is like Stand by Me+Goonies+Aliens. It was kind of fun to watch, but it's bad dumb in some places. Great cast though. The kids totally make the movie. Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights is in it. When he has to take the lead to save the town, I expected him to say, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!” He did not. I really think the alien and the military would've backed down sooner if he had.

Sunday I came home from church and watched The Proposal in the name of research. (Dear INS, if you are reading this, I did not watch it to research how to successfully marry someone so they can get their green card, insuring neither one of us goes to jail. No matter what Juan Carlos says.)  I love that movie. Where are the rom-coms, Hollywood? I know they do well. I know they're cheaper to make. I know I do not have nearly enough Ryan Reynolds in my life. What gives? Who do we talk to to get more romantic comedies created?

What about you? What are some movies you've seen lately? Give me your thumbs up or thumbs down review.

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jessica - February 20, 2012

I love The Proposal! It’s soooooo funny. My favorite scene was the one where the eagle takes her phone and she runs around with that little cute dog telling the eagle to take it and give her back her phone! Have you seen the movie Two Weeks Notice? It stars Sandra Bullock too. It’s not new though so you’d have to rent it. I highly recommend it to anyone in the mood for a rom-com. It’s super funny.

As for movies that i’ve seen lately, well i haven’t really seen any lately. I think the last movie i went to see was Sherlok Holmes 2. It was good but i’ve never seen the first one. Plus just as the movie was ending, two people got shot pretty close to the theater. No joke. We were stuck in ther for like an hour. My sister and i kinda freaked out. Back to movies, i’ve been meaning to see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close but haven’t gotten around to it. I also kinda wanted to see the Vow so let me know if you think it’s worth seeing. Oh, i also wanted to see that movie Spy vs. Spy or whatever it’s called.

jessica - February 20, 2012

One more thing, i started reading There You’ll Find Me the other day and i absolutely llllloooovvveeee it! 🙂 It is soooo good. You’re writing is amazing, as usual!

Ashley - February 20, 2012

This weekend, I went to see This Means War.

Pros: I laughed. A lot. It was actually a really funny movie. Getting to hear Tom Hardy’s English accent for a couple hours was NICE. There was a plot. The movie celebrated friendship.

Cons: Saw the ending coming ten miles away. Plot was slightly lame. Was not a fan of some of Chelsea Handler’s crude humor.

All in all, it didn’t blow me away, but I didn’t feel like I lost brain cells watching it either.

Shauna - February 20, 2012

I don’t like much of what comes out of Hollywood and don’t even bother to see that many current movies (almost none of which are worth the $$ for me to see in the theater, especially for a whole family), even when they come out on Redbox or Netflix. I loved Midnight in Paris, though. I thought they did a good job adapting The Help to the big screen though I didn’t care for some of the changes.

jada-renee AKA cookie703 - February 20, 2012

i’d call you people crazy for being up so early…but i was too ’cause i just came back from shreveport…ANYWAY now i’m scared to go see THE VOW because of your reports about it!!! i thought it would be good and i planned 2 bring my friends…but now i might just suck in my inner and outer girlie-girl and just go see STAR WARS with my brother…:( pray 4 me… i shouldnt force this torture upon myself…but im craving a trip to the theater…but i like rom-coms better and live to tell about it…

carla torrijos - February 20, 2012

I am super excited about Mirror, Mirror(which you informed us about earlier). And of course I’m biting my nails for Hungar Games…I hope it can live up to the hype??
I saw SafeHouse with Denzel. WOW! Tense/suspensful made me jump and say a curse work once. Great movie and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I also saw This Means War. It was funny, but fair warning, it is crude and very adult. It did drag some too.
I read the book One for The Money, so that’s on my list to see, but may just rent it. HUNGAR GAMES awaits!!!

Jenny B Jones - February 20, 2012

Carla, I want to see Safe House so bad!! And One for the Money–renter.

Jada, don’t let me scare you off from the Vow. Most people I’ve talked to have really liked it.

Shauna, Midnight in Paris is on my to-do list!

Ashley, I might have to break down and see This Means War. I’m surprised at the number of people telling me it was pretty good.

Jessica, thanks. Glad you’re enjoying the book.

Allie Smith - February 20, 2012

Sherlock Holmes 2!!! Love love love it!!! You can tell they had more of a budget to work with on #2 because it was easier to see,not as dark. The plot was fabulous and it was the perfect blend of action and funny!!!!! I saw it twice and you catch things the 2nd time that you might have missed before…awesome movie!!!

Katie - February 20, 2012

I watched Real Steel recently with Hugh Jackman. I thought it was super! It’s one I’ll probably buy. I also watched Crazy, Stupid, Love. A little slow at first. And not what I expected. But overall I enjoyed it a lot and laughed my socks off.

Hollywood is bugging me too, here recently. My sister and I went to rent a movie Saturday night and nearly every movie I picked up was rated R. It’s a rule in our house…no R movies. We got back in the car with a couple of older films and were like, “What’s with all the horror films?” Pretty crazy, I think.

Just found your blog, by the way. I love your books, and am now lovin’ your website. 🙂


Chris Potash - February 21, 2012

I actually like Channing Tatum even though he can’t really act cause he’s pretty to look at (my standards are not that high). But the Vow may be a renter.

The last movie I saw in the theater was the newest Alvin and Chipmunks. Let’s just say I make sacrifices for my kids :-). And I kept leaning over to my hubby saying “this is rated G?” When CG chipmunks are shaking their groove thing to Lady Gaga I think that should earn it a PG.

Can’t wait for Hunger Games!!!!

Oh and I started and finished “there you’ll find me” in one day. Loved it! I’m still thinking about it and that doesn’t happen with many books. Sequel? 🙂

bookwyrm15 - February 21, 2012

Amen Chris! Hunger Games all the way! I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!!! Come on, girls, even if you don’t like Hunger Games, go just cause Liam Hemsworth is AMAZINGLY HOT! Can I get a “amen”? 🙂

Anyway, last movies I saw were Hugo and Sherlock 2. Both were pretty good, but for different reasons. Hugo was amazing because of the acting (Asa Butterfield is so expressive!) and Sherlock 2 because it actually had a really interesting mystery plot. It made me think.

Like at the end, with that whole planning-out-not-only-your-every-move-but-also-the-other-guy’s-move-before-either-of-you-do-anything battle between Sherlock and Professor Moriarty was pretty impressive. They didn’t even flinch the whole time! It was crazy!

Allie Smith - February 21, 2012

Bookwyrm,that part was so cool!!! Even when they were just continuin the chess game while having that other discussion…I’m pretty sure I had my mouth hanging open in awe haha. So much intelligence!!!

bookwyrm15 - February 22, 2012

@ Allie: I know right? I can’t wait till it comes out on DVD so I can watch it again and again…and this time take notes so I can figure it out! 🙂

Allie Smith - February 22, 2012

Bahahaha 🙂 Right on,gurl!

Jenny - February 23, 2012

The movie I watched most recently was The Sandlot. Yes, the old one, not some remake. If I had seen it before I don’t recall, but this time I watched it with my kids. It’s cute.

Now, so I don’t sound like I have been living in a cave since whenever that movie came out…I’m with Carla, Chris, and bookwyrm – can’t wait for The Hunger Games. Really hoping it is as good as the trailer makes it appear!

capillya - February 23, 2012

Oooh I loved The Proposal too! This Means War was an entertaining and funny movie, but a little over the top and ridiculous character and story-wise.

I also got home a little ago from seeing Chronicle. It hurt my head, but in a good way. It’s a lot more than what it seems — it’s not just about some kids flying around causing mayhem. It’s basically about what having a screwed up dad and a lot of power will do to a teenage boy. It hurt my heart a little, too. (meaning, SO not a rom. Or a com.)

I’m super stoked for The Hunger Games, Avengers, John Carter. Adventure and action please!

jada-renee AKA cookie703 - February 24, 2012

when i was in book club last year my teacher told us about the hunger games. she made it sound so…well…horrble. but i guess thats just her personality… anywho i guess ill see that movie and drag my friends…and maybe try the vow too. anyway i request you peoples prayers…again. i just sent off my book to B&H publishing. hope they like it. they better. i mean they should at least cut me some slack since im 14 and stuff. how many of you people know fourteen year old writers? really, how many of you?

jessica - February 24, 2012

Good luck with your book! If it does get published you’ll have to share it with us so we can all read it. 🙂

jada-renee AKA cookie703 - February 25, 2012

thanks!!!! i will!!! you all will just love the origionality!!! its called WHO STOLE THE COOKIES i love cookies but i gave them up for lent…again pray for me…you people can call me “mama j” or “cookie-love” or “the girl who needs prayer all the time”. whichever one rolls off the tomgue.

jada-renee AKA cookie703 - February 25, 2012

sorry for the mis-spelling. i promise i did not do that in my book…pray that i can spell better….

Sharon - February 27, 2012

ohmygosh me and my friend saw the Proposal today! no joke.

Leah - February 27, 2012

The proposal is so funny!
I’ve seen it like 10 times! Now I want to go watch it again!!
Me and my sister-in-law went and watched This Means War yesterday in the theater, It was really good. Some dumb stuff,one girl talks a lot about sex and there was a bunch of swearing. But it was really funny.

I still really want to see the Vow. Channing Tatum is really good looking and I used to be in love with him. But not really anymore. He does play the same in all his movies and it gets kinda annoying.
I saw Red Tails a few weeks ago, I really liked that one too. I would probably watch it again, I don’t think I would buy it though.

Rissi - February 27, 2012

Love “The Proposal.” It is probably my overall fave rom-com. =) Cannot wait to see “The Vow” (love both Rachel and Channing). Saw “Midnight in Paris,” and didn’t love it – why, oh why did it win let along earn nominations at the Oscars, again…. (Sorry fans!)

“This Means War” looks hilarious – and I am glad that the reviewers thoughts that count are actually happy with it.

Lindsay - March 8, 2012

I know it was in theaters a long time ago, but I just saw the new Footloose and I thought it was really good! I about peed myself when I first saw the Hunger Games trailer..I can’t wait!!


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