The Boys Are Back - This film from 2009 stars Clive Owen as a recent widower left to raise his young son after being a largely absentee father. While the premise is pretty depressing, the movie has some redeeming factors. First, the scenery is gorgeous as this "inspired by true events" story is set in Australia. Second, Clive Owen is definitely easy on the eyes and that British accent is lovely. Third, it's nice to see how the relationship between the father and his 2 sons (an older son from a prior marriage enters the picture also) evolves over the course of the movie. This was a bit of a snooze in parts, but overall, I'm glad I saw it. I'm also intrigued to check out the book by Simon Carr that the movie was based on. I would give this film 2 out of 4 stars.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief - I really wanted to see this movie in the theater last summer but it just didn't happen. The special effects are pretty awesome and the story is great! It's based on the book series by Rick Riordan. Greek mythology was one of my favorite subjects in school, so I'm really thinking of checking out the books. Oh, and did I mention that the film features Kevin McKidd in a traditional gladiator costume?
Adventureland - As I told my husband last night (after we watched this movie), there are 3 things that I now know. First, I'm pretty sure that Jesse Eisenberg & Michael Cera were separated at birth. Second, Kristen Stewart's incessant lip chewing is almost annoying enough to avoid any future movies of hers. Finally, any movie that takes place in 1987 and features Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" is a winner in my book.
The Runaways - I was extremely skeptical about watching this one, mostly because it stars Kristen Stewart (who I detest). However, to quote my friend Lisa: "it didn't suck". This was definitely indie and had some serious eye-opening moments, but I have to give props to Kristen. She did a great job with her part and the always fabulous Dakota Fanning was tremendous.
Angels & Demons - This is another one that I really had no interest in seeing, but hubby convinced me to watch and I'm so glad that I did. First, Tom Hanks is wonderful! Second, I haven't read any of Dan Brown's books, but I'm now very intrigued to check them out. Third, I really want to go to Italy. The architecture and rich history are something that really become a character of their own in any film.
Have you seen any movies lately?