Wednesday, April 21, 2010

At the movies

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I rarely get the chance to watch movies, so when I do, I try to choose carefully. I’ve gone to the theater too many times and after shelling out a small fortune, have been highly disappointed. We usually just wait for movies to come on pay per view now…or better yet, Blockbuster has a rental machine at our local grocery store where you can rent new releases for just $1. There is also something called The Red Box (at Walgreen’s here) that offers the same.

Sunday, we decided to watch 2012. My husband thought it would have a lot of great special effects and I thought maybe it would delve deeper into explaining the beliefs of the Mayans. He was right and I was wrong.

The movie was unavailable at the Blockbuster kiosk, so we purchased it on pay per view for $4.99. It was about two hours long. There’s $5 and two hours of my life that I wish I could get back.

Yes, the movie was full of special effects and action, but the rest of it was so lame that I sat there rolling my eyes the entire movie. I love John Cusack and was really surprised to see him in such a lame movie. Probably the highlight for me was Woody Harrelson as a border-crazy man DJ. I thought he portrayed his role quite well.

Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

Monday night, I finally talked my husband into watching Sherlock Holmes. This one, I really enjoyed. I loved the slow motion scenes, the action, and the chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. I can definitely see sequels to this movie. Sort of like the James Bond movies.

So, what movies have you watched lately? Have you seen either of the two movies I mentioned and what are your thoughts on them? What are your recommendations?

SIS Bren


SIS BJ said...

Hi bren

I thought the same thing about 2012. I was hopin to see more on the Mayans. Like you, i loved Woody Harrelson. He was great.

I haven't seen Sherlock Holmes. It's on my to see list.

How To Train Your Dragon is a great movie. Both my girls loved it. I like vikings and dragons, so of course I loved it.

Anonymous said...


The boys saw How To Train Your Dragon and loved it. I didn't go with them, but look forward to watching it on video!

SIS Bren

~Sia McKye~ said...

So how are all the sisses today?

Bren, hubs and son saw 2012. I had no interest.

LOVED Sherlock Holmes. Well done and they portrayed Watson much better then many of the *English* versions. For one, Watson was a man of action, very smart, former military, not some bumbling sidekick.

Saw and enjoyed the Clash Of The Titans. I want to see Angelina Jolie in Salt, later this summer.

Tori Lennox said...

I haven't been to a movie in a theater in years. With the health problems, I tend to need to wiggle around a lot and/or stop and take a break. Can't do that at the theater. I do miss the big screen thing, though. And the buttered popcorn. *g*

Chris Behrens said...


I haven't seen either movie you mentioned, but Wendy did see 'Sherlock Holmes' and enjoyed it. We both saw 'Avatar' and enjoyed it alot, and we were finally able to catch 'Marley and Me', which was pretty good except for the ending.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Sia,

I can't speak for the rest of the sisses, but I'm great and thanks so much for asking. I hope you are well. It's always nice to see you here!

Oh how I wish I hadn't watched 2012...but alas...

I would like to watch Sherlock Holmes again simply because sometimes I had a hard time understanding some of the dialogue. I guess it was a combination of the British accent and the speed at which they conversed. About 45 minutes in I finally got the bright idea to turn on the closed caption...I'm smart like that! But I loved the movie and can't wait to see if there are more to follow.

I don't think I've heard of Salt yet. I'll have to look for it.

SIS Bren

Sisters-in-Sync said...


Seeing a movie at the theater does have its advantages, but anymore the disadvantages outweigh them.

I hate the prices, the whispering and sometimes not-whispering people and at our theater, the inconvenience of parking (it's always so crowded).

Really the only thing I do miss is the buttered popcorn. Maybe we should just buy popcorn machines for our houses!

SIS Bren

Sisters-in-Sync said...


Avatar is definitely on my list and I probably should have sucked it up and gone to the theater to see it, but I didn't. Hopefully it will be just as great on my TV.

I saw Marley and Me a few months ago. I also enjoyed it, except for the ending, and having had a labrador retriever in the past, I could really relate!

SIS Bren

Beth Ciotta said...

Hi Bren! 2012 is on my hold list at the library. Maybe I should cancel it. *le sigh* I love John Cusak.

Saw Sherlock Holmes. Twice. LOVED IT! I will own that movie. Can't wait for a sequel!

Movies I most want to see... Robin Hood and Ironman 2.

Some recent movies I've viewed and enjoyed:
State of Play --great thriller with Russell Crowe.
Alice in Wonderland--Johnny Depp. Weird and wonderful
Whip It--coming of age movie featuring Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore. Fun and incredibly heartwarming.

As for Marley and Me, knowing how it ends, I can't bring myself to watch it. :(

SIS Beth

Alyson Reuben said...

I haven't seen 2012, Brenda, but I'll certainly take your word for it. It doesn't appeal to me a whole lot for some reason. On the other hand, I loved Sherlock Holmes!

My daughter and I watched Alice in Wonderland with one of my best friends and her little girl. We really enjoyed it. We plan to watch Furry Vengeance soon, too.

For movies that are rated PG13 and higher, my hubby and I usually rent them to watch late at night together after sis is in bed.

This brings up a question that I've often wondered about. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that movies are wrongly rated sometimes? I've watched some rated R ones, and afterwards wondered wtf they were restricted. And I've watched others that were rated PG and thought they probably deserved to be PG13 instead.

Elle J Rossi said...

Hi Bren,

I don't really watch a lot of movies. To be honest, I just don't think about it. We did watch one together (Lar and I) this weekend. I think I mentioned it earlier this week. Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood is wonderful. I highly recommend it to the adults here at SIS. No children for this one.

I really want to see Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes and most of all, Robin Hood.

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Beth,

I wish I could tell you that John Cusack makes it worth watching 2012, but I really think it will be a disappointment. I guess if you have nothing better to do for 2 hours...

I can't wait to see Alice In Wonderland. The boys saw that one also and loved it. It's on my list.

I saw State of Play and enjoyed it. There's another movie with Russel Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio that I thought was really good, but I can't think of the name right now.

SIS Bren

Sisters-in-Sync said...


I remember watching a rated PG-13 movie a few years back when my son was about 13. I wish I could remember the movie. I want to say it was Bruce Almighty. I'm pretty sure it was.

Not long into the movie there is a scene with Jim Carrey at Niagra Falls and he drops the F-bomb. I was mortified. Really? This is appropriate language for a 13 year old? I don't know, maybe I'm a prude.

Not that it bothers me to hear language in a film (or elsewhere for that matter), I was just surprised.

So, I agree that it seems sometimes movies are wrongly rated.

SIS Bren

Sisters-in-Sync said...


We watched Gran Torino a few months ago and loved it. I watched the last half of it again the other morning when I couldn't sleep. I cried at the end.

I thought it was a great movie and like you said earlier, it really makes you think. You never know why a person might come across as they do, and you never know how they might really feel deep down inside.

I need to put Robinhood on my list also!

SIS Bren

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