We did a double-date lunch and a movie with one of my cousins on Saturday. After an underwhelming lunch at The Essex Bakery and Cafe, we braved the crowds and went to see "Skyfall".
|Currently #108 on my flickchart list|
I did enjoy the movie but I struggle with it as a "Bond" flick in general and this new "realistic" Bond in particular. I am an unabashed fan of Pierce Brosnan. I am fine with the quips and gadgets of the past. There was not enough "secret agent double O-7" in this. And the villain seemed to harken back to the Roger Moore era. But all in all, it was a satisfying "man movie".
When we went to pick up our kids, both Lars and I thought there was a chance our only cousin-in-common would be free and interested in seeing "Red Dawn". When Lee proved to be unavailable perhaps saving himself for a guy's night of "Jack Reacher", Lars and I went ahead on our own.
|Currently #214 on my flickchart|
A fun, if predictable, updating of the movie from my youth. It hit all the right notes and most of the cast was pretty good. I continue to enjoy Chris Hemworth's non-Thor roles and Josh Hutcherson hasn't disappointed me yet. The secondary lead, Josh Peck, is a former child actor trying to get his bearings. He left me slightly under-impressed.
Yesterday, while I was recovering from my night out, I hit Redbox for two different sort of movies.
|Currently #91 on my flickchart list|
I had intended to watch "Quantum of Solace", which Lars had loaned me, but saw this when I went to rent my second feature. I always enjoy Denzel Washington and he did not let me down here. It had a certain gritty-realism and believe-ability. My next movie...not so much.
|Currently #199 on my flickchart list|
Nan and Wikes went to see "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" during a Girls' Night Out when it opened. It had piqued my interest and I zeroed in on it for my day off once I scheduled it. So I toasted up my Stouffers French Bread Pizza (my work day off staple) and popped this one in.
I got what I expected...a fun romp that takes it self just seriously enough (in terms of characters and acting....not so much the action, especially the horse stamped scene!)