Friday, June 26, 2015

On the Silver Screen | June 2015

Y'all, there are some good movies out this summer. When I lived in Seattle, one of my roommates and I were at the movies practically every week, catching a new film in a different genre on our Thursday night outings. Seattle had a lot to offer. Recordings of plays from the National Theatre in London, indie films shown at multiple theatre, and then the big box office hits.

Emily has a background in film & digital media, and you mix that with my passion for theatre and the production side of things made for some crazy conversations during the car ride home. And the next day before work. And that night after Lifegroup.

This year out in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma, I'd have to say my choices were much more limited. The gold ol' Carmike 10 would put 50 Shades of No Way on half its screens and be packed each weekend. Plus with my school schedule there ain't no way I had time for that. It was the sad truth.

BUT NOW. Oh ho, now I am back in the glorious Pacific Northwest where movies abound! In the past few weeks I have had my fill, and I couldn't resist rounding them up for you. 
  • CINDERELLA. This movie was STUNNING!  I may or may not have seen it four times. 
    • One, the costumes were DIVINE. 
    • Two, the casting was perfection. 
    • Three, Kenneth Branagh is brilliant. 
    • Four, if you don't know who he is SEE ALL THE THINGS! 
    • I'm a fairytale-aholic and the Cinderella stories always send me swooning. What I loved about this one is Cinderella appeared to be so much more sure of herself, willing to make the best (dare I say SAVOR) her season. 
    • The prince was charming, of course, but in a fresh way that kept me grinning!
    • AND THAT DRESS! The thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours put into the 7 different skirts makes my heart go pitter-patter. All of the step-mother's ensembles were incredible, even when some were seen for less than 10 seconds. 
    • Okay, theatre nerd rant over. It's an incredible film and you have to see it! 

  • INSURGENT. I know this came out ages ago but I didn't have a chance to see it back when (#gradschoolproblems), so I saw it at the dollar theatre two weeks ago (on 50cent Tuesday!).
    • I read the books last year just before the first movie came out, and I thought the first film was really well done! Loved the casting, pleasantly surprised with how they stuck to the book, and so on. However I'd heard rumors the 2nd film was not in the same vein.
    • I understand taking creative license for book-to-film adaptations --and I may be mistaken since it's been a while since reading Insurgent-- but these seem to be two entirely different entities all together.
    • If you look at it that way then yeah, I enjoyed it, tracked with it, and am curious to see what happens next. However I won't race out to get the DVD. I'm sure I'd watch it again if it was on Netflix.
    • PS. I rarely literally swoon for actors, but Theo James is gorgeous. Just throwing that out there.

  • JURASSIC WORLD. I did not expect to like this as much as I did! I'd never seen any of the Jurassic Park movies (there are multiple, right?) and had heard very little about the plot or casting beforehand.
    • The day of seeing the movie I had these interactions: 
      • K (over dinner): Have you seen the new Jurassic movie yet?
      • Me: I have absolutely no desire to see it.
      • L (via text): Hey! We're getting a group to go see Jurassic World. Want to come?
      • Me: Sure! What time and where? 
    • I also never see action-y movies in theaters. Well, not unless I've read the books first. Therefore I was SO STRESSED OUT during this film! It was so much to handle! So good, but have mercy I thought my heart would come out of my chest. I can't imagine seeing it in 3D or IMAX. Heck no, techno. 
    • I loved seeing familiar faces in the cast. Bryce Dallas Howard is a wonderful actress; I loved her in Kenneth Branagh's As You Like It (again, GO SEE ALL HIS THINGS!) and I thought it absolutely ridiculous that she did this movie in heels. Go her.
    • Any time I got super scared, er, overwhelmed by it all, I'd just remind myself how stupid these people were for going on an island full of dinosaurs anyway. No thank you.
    • But overall I'd recommend it and see it again! 

  • INSIDE OUT. Pixar did it again! Thankfully! This has been on my list since seeing the first preview MONTHS ago.
    • As always, there was a super cute short at the beginning. My favorites are still La Luna and Geri's Game (and it's not Pixar but Paperman was precious). 
    • I knew it would be a tear-jerker even before I knew it was directed by the same man who directed UP! While UP! made me cry in the first 10 minutes, this one was more thought provoking and tears came much later.
    • The whole concept is fascinating. One of my friends asked me "who's your driver?" before I saw the movie, and I wasn't entirely sure what he meant. After watching it I'd say Joy is the driver with Fear and Sadness perched on her shoulders. You know like the little arguing angel and devil you see in cartoons? I'm pretty sure that's how my life/emotions function. If you haven't seen it yet, think about it!
    • As for my favorite character... I can't tell you that. Yet. I have to say it was quite a surprise!
    • While the six year old I took may have loved it, too, I really think there is so much more for the adults to enjoy and ponder. I highly recommend it!

  • WOMAN IN GOLD. This is one of those more "indie" films that definitely would not end up in small-town Oklahoma. Definitely worth the drive to Dallas.
    • One, Helen Mirren is a genius. I have loved everything I've seen her in. And she won a Tony this year! Woohoo!
    • Two, Ryan Reynolds. Need I say more?
    • Three, actually I'd say if you get to a point in your life where RR is playing you in a movie, you've done pretty well.
    • Four, this is a real story! How cool was that?! Woman in Gold tells the tale of a woman seeking to get back prized paintings that were stolen from her family by the Nazi's during World War II. It included flashbacks that were riveting (hello Tatiana Maslany!) and beautifully done.
    • You may have to hunt for a theater and drive a ways to get to it, but go see this movie! You won't regret it. 
That was probably more than you wanted to know, but oh well :) I LOVE movies and I rarely write about them, so there ya go. I've got quite a few on my list for next month, so expect a similar post at the end of July. 

What about you? Seeing any of these movies this weekend?

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