I really don’t see a whole lot of movies. Now Smitty – she’s the movie buff. And I never fail to shock her by my lack of movie experience.
Like when she makes a reference to a classic – say, Goonies or Pulp Fiction or Casablanca – and I hang my head and say, “Ummm . . . yeah . . . I haven’t seen that one either.”
And it happens. A lot.
I don’t know why I feel the need to say all that. I’m sure when you see the quality of movies I’m about to review, you’ll realize – without my over explaining and rambling – that I’m not really a movie expert.
And because I haven’t put off my actual list long enough, I also feel compelled to tell you that at one point I thought I’d be real clever and give you a Twitter-esque movie review. You know, writing a review in 140 characters or less?
But then I remembered how much I like to talk. With lots of characters.
[However, if you’d like to
mock me watch as I attempt brevity and some level of hip-ness, please follow me on Twitter. I’m @givingupperfect.]
Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. I present to you The Last 10 Movies I’ve Watched and my not-so-expert opinion on each one:
1. The Proposal – Mark and I watched this movie on vacation, and I loved it. Starring Sandra Bullock (who I love) and Ryan Reynolds (who I like more every time I see him in something), it’s a clichéd chick flick about the uptight woman who needs a guy to help her loosen up and enjoy life. But I loved the transformation of Reynolds’ character from beaten down yes-man who hates his job to a guy who could stand firm, speak up and finally take charge of his life. Watching him begin to open up and be himself was inspiring to me, as I currently have a job where I’m not myself at all.
So yes, I may have gotten a little too deep with this light-hearted movie. But what can I say? It got to me. And it made me laugh out loud a lot. And if you haven’t seen it, you should.
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop – Yes, I paid money to see this movie. But honestly, it was a cute movie. As the Philadelphia Inquirer so eloquently put it: “The film is completely forgettable, frequently funny and weirdly satisfying in a Jersey Loser Gets Respect kind of way.” And for me, it was nice to enjoy Kevin James in a Hitch sort of way (bumbling, sweet and still pretty funny), as opposed to his stand-up comedy routine sort of way (loud and obnoxious and not all that funny).
3. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – I’m not sure I really got this movie. It was fun to look at and fun in a light, fluffy sort of way. Plus it had Amy Adams and that guy from Pushing Daisies, which I liked. But it was pretty slow. Mark especially didn’t like it. So, while USA Today called it a good farce, engrossing and cheeky, I can’t quite give this one two thumbs up.
4. Transformers – I am talking about the first one here. I realize most of you saw this a good two years ago, but I didn’t. And I don’t know who I think I am, but when I saw that the second movie was coming out, I was just sure I’d go see it. So, of course, I needed to watch the original first. I thought it was a lot of fun! The more cartoony stuff was silly, but if you take it for what it is, it’s a fun, fast-paced movie. About robots that turn into cars.
5. The International – This movie starred Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, and it’s rated R. I only mention that because we don’t watch a lot of R-rated movies, mainly because I’m opposed to graphic anything. So I read a couple reviews of this movie, trying to figure out why the international spy story needed an R rating. Supposedly, the movie has one extended scene of graphic violence. But I didn’t see it. Not because I watched with my hands over my eyes, Grey’s Anatomy-style, but because we were so bored by this movie that we turned it off after about an hour. The end.
6. The Ugly Truth – And speaking of rated R movies. Smitty is in celebrity love with Gerard Butler, so seeing this was a must. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t turn down a chance to watch a romantic comedy, so it’s not like this was purely selfless on my part. The Ugly Truth wasn’t the best movie, though. It was funny, and had an interesting/annoying idea about what men and women want from relationships. To summarize, if you don’t mind locker-room talk and a possibly disturbing philosophy of romantic relationships, then you might like this movie. Me? I found it funny and fairly entertaining, although I was shocked to end up liking the chauvinistic male lead better than the romantic female character. Weird, huh?
7. 17 Again – Cute movie, reminiscent of Big and Back to the Future. I did have to look up Zac Efron’s birthday, though, to determine just how icky it was. Turns out he’s almost 22, so I guess it’s okay if his future wife – as in, 20 years future – has the hots for him. Right? I don’t know. Just don’t go there and enjoy the fluff.
8. My Fake Fiance – I realize this may be stretching it in the movie department. But this ABC Family movie (starring Sabrina the teenaged witch and Whoa! Joey) has been on my to-watch list ever since I saw a commercial for it four months ago. Because I like ABC Family movies. There. I said it. Anyway, I missed the movie when it originally aired and still have not joined the rest of civilization with DVR, so I’ve been keeping an eye on the TV listings for when it aired again. I finally caught it a couple weeks ago, and it was a typical ABC Family movie. Which is to say it was cute, kinda funny, pretty predictable and slightly more contemporary than a Hallmark movie.
9. Honey – Because we have entered that late-summer vacuum of TV programming, I stumbled onto this one last week. Honey – yes, with Jessica Alba; yes, from 2003 – was yet another dance movie. Not to be confused with Another Teen Movie. Because I’m pretty sure Alba’s character was supposed to be 22. No matter, because it was cute, sappy and predictable – exactly how I like my dance movies.
10. Duplicity – Finally! No, I don’t mean that I’m finally at #10. Although that’s a good thing, too. No, I mean we finally got to see this movie. Mark and I both thought this spy caper with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen looked good, but we just missed it in the theater. It was worth the wait, though. Not quite as fun as Ocean’s Eleven or as action-packed as The Italian Job, but it was fun, smart and overall good.
Whew! That was a lot of talking. I think we’re both wishing I’d opted for the Twitter version now. So now that I’ve used up my words for the day, you tell me: what’s the best movie you’ve seen this summer?
Oh yes, for more – and, I’m sure, shorter – top 10 posts, visit Top 10 Tuesday at OhAmanda’s blog.
I must be the first to say: WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE GOONIES?
The only movie on your list I've seen is Miss Pettigrew, and I felt much the same way. It was kinda eh.
Is My Fake Fiance on Netflix? I love Melissa Joan Hart. From back in her Clarissa days. :)
I second the Goonies comment above.
Best movie of the summer is a tricky one… we just saw The Soloist and really enjoyed it, and I have to admit we liked Twilight. We didn't actually see anything in the theater though.
I totally want to see The Proposal — I'm glad you enjoyed it.
As for Miss Pettigrew — I really liked it — but the 2nd time around I caught more of the humor. My Mom rented it once when she visited not knowing I had seen it. But I do love Frances McDormand and Amy Adams. I can't wait to see Julie and Julia.
We had 17 again over the weekend and I didn't watch it — I had no idea what it was about, but now I wish I had.
And don't feel bad. I live under a rock when it comes to watching movies.
"Julie and Julia"!! I've seen it twice and loved it even more the second time around. You MUST see this movie! Because it's about blogging. And food. What's not to love??
Sorry, didn't like 17 Again at all.
Too bad, I wanted to see Miss Pettigrew. And I *did* like The Proposal. Ryan Reynolds is just cute!
Thanks for linking up w/me! :)
Julie & Julia! Oh, you would love it!
I'm a huge fan of ABC Family movies as well :) A total guilty pleasure!
And I'll throw another vote for Julie & Julia out there! Loved it! Also loved The Time Traveler's Wife.
This is so odd to me, because I've only had bad things about 'Julie & Julia' until this post! (haven't seen it to know though:)
I wanna see 'The Proposal' now — of course, I always love Sandra Bullock. :)
I cannot believe all the movies I'd like to see right now: Proposal, Ugly Truth, Duplicity, Julie & Julia, and Post Grad. Whew!
I did see Miss Pettigrew and I remember liking it but I can't even begin to tell you what it was about. That's not a good sign. Also I saw Paul Blart and even though I was prepared for really corny, I just didn't enjoy it at all. Sad.
BTW, have you been over to Without Wax lately? Commenter Andy says that Chick Flicks are equal to Porn. HAHAHA! Seriously!
I know, all right? I must see the Goonies, stat. Perhaps you all want to head north for a bloggy slumber party, and we can watch it then? ;)
Chelley – it's very strange to me that you've heard anything bad about Julie & Julia. Because I've heard a million good (RAVING) reviews! I can't wait to see it!!
I'm so glad everyone else was in shock that you haven't seen the goonies. It's one of my- if not my ALL TIME- favorite childhood movie. I'm coming up there with a TAPE right now. I hope you have a beta player.
The Proposal was the only one on your list I have seen and I, too, loved it. I really want to go see Julie and Julia, but haven't seen any other movies in, ooooohhh, a year other than The Proposal.
So terribly sad.
We do rent some on cable pay per view, I guess. And I love a good ABC movie, too.
This is me trying to redeem myself at the end and I fear it's not working.
Okay, so I'm just now reading this…yes, I know I'm slow. But, I think I recommended Miss Pettigrew if you hadn't seen it. I really enjoyed it. I thougt it was fluffy, but funny, in that British-dry humor sort of way.
And Duplicity was definitely a great summer movie. Lauren and I both liked it. We thought it was very clever, but not in an imposing sort of way.
But, now that I'm reading this a week later, the movie 500 Days of Summer has come out. You HAVE to see this movie. I thought it was darn close to perfect in every way. The costumes, the sets, the characters….it was a GREAT movie.
The beginning pretty much sums up the movie: "This is a story about boy meets girl. This is not a story about love." It isn't. I can't say that it's depressing because the characters are funny, but real.
It's a good one!
I will put in my two cents about Julie and Julia. I liked it. I like food, though, and yes, still watch Julie Child on PBS. I thought the movie was smart and funny (two of my favorite things about movies, apparently) and well worth our $93 that it costs to see a movie these days.