So I thought I'd report on the last three movies we've watched - one an oldie, but goodie, another released earlier in 2012, and the third one a new release during the 2012 holiday season.
Let's start with the first one we watched. We were camping back in October in north central Pennsylvania, and stuck in a dreary rainy weather pattern for days. One day we turned on the camper fireplace, snuggled up in cozy blankets in our recliners, and relaxed while we watched "Papillon."
I saw this movie first as a teenager, when my father took our family to a Saturday matinee in our home town. It made a huge impression on me then, and again while watching this movie, I was in awe of mankind's strong drive to survive, even in the face of impossible odds. This movie rates 5/5 stars in my book. If you haven't seen it, make sure you find this movie somewhere and see it.
The second movie I watched on New Year's Eve with the husband/lover/best friend. "Hope Springs" is about a middle-aged couple who attend an intensive week long counseling retreat, in the hope of reviving their marriage.
Steve Carell, the well known office manager from "The Office" TV show, is the marriage counselor in this flick. He gently but firmly helps them get to the root of their discontented feelings. I was unwilling at first to allow that Carell could capably play a serious role, but after I stopped expecting him to say and act zany, I enjoyed his character.
I found the movie a bit depressing and predictable, although I did enjoy the development of the characters played by Streep and Jones. If you can tough it out through the majority of the movie, it is possible to leave this movie with a good feeling when it ends. I give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Probably not the movie I should have watched on a New Year's Eve.
|Fat Amy is learning the routine.|
This was definitely a feel-good movie, even though I doubt if it will ever become a classic. I rate this movie 4/5 stars.
And, I've still got a movie list with others to be checked off, including:
Life of Pi
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
Silver Linings Playbook
Have you seen any of these flicks? I'm hearing good things about Les Miserables, but not much about the others. Are there any others you would recommend?
Off to make some popcorn now.....