December 28, 2010

watch it: movie marathon

Hi, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. I sure did! Over the past several days, I've spent time cuddling up next to the boyfriend and watching some movies - one of the best activities for snowy vacation days, in my opinion. I would like to give you a brief round-up review of the movies we watched (I'll use Netflix's rating system: 1 star = hated it, 2 stars = didn't like it, 3 stars = liked it, 4 stars = really liked it, 5 stars = loved it). Here you go!

TRON: Legacy (2010)
Starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

I took the boyfriend to see this movie as part of his Christmas present, as he is a huge fan of the original Tron. He LOVED this movie (he'd give it 5 stars). I enjoyed it. The special effects were super cool (especially in 3D), the music was great and appropriate, and the acting was well-done, especially by the always-outstanding Jeff Bridges. I was just a bit confused by some of the plot points (but less confused than I would have been if I had not been given a summary of the original Tron before seeing Tron: Legacy). Overall, I would recommend seeing it if you're up for something fun and exciting. (Picture source)

Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Generally speaking, I am a sort of Coen brothers fan. I have also been wanting to see this movie for sometime. That being said, I really enjoyed this movie. Jeff Bridges, of course, was excellent, as was John Goodman. The supporting cast members did well in their roles. The story was a bit odd, but isn't that the point with the Coen brothers? It was funny and also somewhat sad. I'd recommend it to fans of Fargo and movies like it. (Picture source)

Away We Go (2009)
John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The boyfriend got me this on DVD for Christmas. I was super excited because it has been in my Netflix queue for months. Turns out, it was an excellent gift since this movie is now one of my all-time favorites. It is AMAZING, just laugh-out loud hilarious, romantic, sad, and poignant. It is beautifully written and wonderfully executed - great chemistry between Krasinski and Rudolph, and awesome supporting characters. This movie is a must-see for anyone who has or wants "a family of their own" someday. It also has an excellent soundtrack. (Picture source)

True Grit (2010)
Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Okay, so it was kind of a Jeff Bridges weekend with a side of Coen brothers. In my defense, True Grit is an excellent movie. I discussed the movie with my mom, who has seen the John Wayne original, and apparently it has adapted to a large extent. I'm guessing the changes were successful in large part to the actors chosen for the film - Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon are hilarious, tough, smug, and sensitive, and Hailee Steinfeld is all-around OUTSTANDING (if you don't believe me, just check out all the awards and nominations she's receiving). The movie itself is much more violent than I expected for a PG-13 rating, and more sad than I expected. However, the acting definitely makes it worth seeing. (Picture source)

Did you watch any movies over the past few days? What did you think? Stay tuned later this week for my Best Movies of 2010 post! : )


Rachel said...

your movie posts make me happy :) your descriptions are very helpful for the movies i haven't seen it! i also love away we go! so so so good. and you couldn't be more right - the soundtrack rocks!
i watched all about steve last night, even though i heard it sucked, and i actually really liked it :)

Nicole Jeannette said...

Good to know about Tron! I'm pretty sure I'll have to watch it with boyfriend hahah

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