Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second film based on a series of three books by Stieg Larsson. I really liked the film based on the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This second story feels like a transition story. Lisbeth is accused of a murder she didn't commit and Mikael ends up on a mission to save the day. The end was satisfying to me, because the "what next" factor is pretty high. These films are violent and disturbing, yet heartfelt, and you care about these flawed characters. Well done.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Flick Picks 7/30/10

When the movie marquee reads Dinner for Schmucks, you know the summer season of meh continues. C'mon Hollywood, we're just looking for movies worth that $10 price tag. So far this summer, most releases might warrant a $5 ticket price, thus those titles go to the DVD list. Worth paying for in the theater? Toy Story 3, Inception, Despicable Me, The Kids Are All Right and Cyrus. I'm thinking of a road trip to see The Girl Who Played with Fire and Joan Rivers : A Piece of Work. I think it's time for another look at Inception. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Kids Are All Right

In the blistering heat of Saturday night in NYC, we sought the cool of the movie theater in the presence of The Kids Are All Right. We were treated to a family drama that looks at alternative lifestyle, that celebrates family, commitment, growth and love. Relationships are explored, abused and repaired. Heartbreaking and joyful, this is a strong drama.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Flick Picks 7/23/10

The summer of slow movie openings continues this week. The only opening of note, for me, is the thriller Salt. It's getting decent reviews and a 99 minute action flick suits my summer taste. Ramona and Beezus opens as well. Still in theaters that's worth a look? Inception (which I will probably see again), Toy Story 3, Cyrus, Solitary Man, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Despicable Me. An interesting opportunity is available in Newport this weekend. You can see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at the Opera House, then walk up the hill and see The Girl Who Played with Fire at the Jane Pickens. If you need to kill time, I suggest a beverage at Yesterdays across the street. And me? I'm going to be in NYC this weekend. We have tickets to see the Broadway play Race, with the wonderful Eddie Izzard, on Saturday and there's a bridal shower for my daughter on Sunday. Will there be time for a movie? We'll see ......