Wow. I didn’t realize we were so behind.
We were able to see Interstellar in 70MM IMAX on a real IMAX theater. It looked great and sounded great. Whether it was good or bad is secondary to the experience of seeing this movie. The score is amazing. The surprise casting was a welcome surprise. The science was science-ish. Matthew McConaughey killed it. I gave it a 4. kittykittybangbang gave it a 3.
Next is Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I. I think Jennifer Lawrence and the filmmakers deserve an award for turning what I thought was a messy first half of a book into something watchable and enjoyable, despite the dark, “things only gets worse” tone. Mockingjay Part I, and I’m certain I’m not the first to say this, feels like an extended prologue to the Mockingjay Part II. That’s kind of what the first half of the book feels like too, so you can’t call it unfaithful to the source. Me: 3.5. Her: 3.
Big Hero 6 was a lot of fun. There were two kids near me and watching them go through all the movies emotional drama was a lot of fun. The little girl got so sad she crawled up on her Mom’s lap for like 30 seconds, before she was back up, jumping around at the action. Adorable. Both: 3.5.
Yesterday, we saw both Top Five and Wild. Top Five is hilarious. A very funny movie everyone needs to see, but it has some big flaws: Rock’s acting, “top five” and Cinderella’s use as themes, and the continued type-casting of Rosario Dawson as down-for-whatever-urban-dream-girl™. The final image of Cedric the Entertainers’ character’s, ahem, legacy, will haunt me for years to come. I laughed a ton though, inappropriately loud to be honest, so I’m giving it a break and giving it a 3.5. KKBB gave it a 3.5.
Wild was amazing too and the more I think about it, the more similarities I see between Top Five and Wild. Top Five is about a man figuring himself out while surviving dwindling fame and sobriety while walking around New York, talking to a journalist. Wild is about a woman surviving grief and addiction walking the Pacific Crest Trail while thinking to herself. All right. Maybe I’m stretching the similarities a bit.
Reese Witherspoon was amazing. I can’t recall if she gets nominated for awards, but she should for this. I was also impressed by Thomas Sadoski, who I really only know from Newsroom. KKBB says it was faithful to the book (minus the details of how to hike for 90 days straight). She also says it gets a 4.0. I’m saying 3.5. What Wild has taught me is that I’m completely and woefully under prepared for any kind of tragedy in my life. My existence is pretty hashtag-blessed, so while I don’t think I’d have fuck-a-stranger-in-an-alley-while-on-heroin kind of methods of coping with grief and loss, I honestly have no idea. I MIGHT BE.
Two movies left to hit the goal.
Movie Name - Date Seen
- Her, 1/11/2014
- Oscar Live Action Shorts, 2/8/2014
- Lego Movie, 2/15/2014
- The Lunchbox, 3/8/2014
- The Grand Budapest Hotel, 3/15/2014
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 4/5/2014
- Amazing Spider-Man 2, 5/3/2014
- Godzilla, 5/18/2014
- X-Men: Days of Future Past, 5/25/2014
- Locke, 6/1/2014
- Edge of Tomorrow, 6/7/2014
- Obvious Child, 6/15/2014
- How to Train Your Dragon 2, 7/1/2014
- Maleficent, 7/10/2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy, 7/24/2014
- Life of Crime, 8/30/2014
- Frank, 9/6/2014
- Gone Girl, 10/3/2014
- Birdman, 10/17/2014
- Interstellar, 11/18/2014
- Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, 11/28/2014
- Big Hero 6, 12/6/2014
- Wild, 12/12/2014
- Top Five, 12/12/2014