Tuesday, July 18, 2006

At the movies - More Summer Hits

Whew! What a summer for movies! There have been quite a few good ones out this summer, and we have seen more movies this season than in a long time. The season is finally winding down, and the previews at the theatre now are for the next batch of movie releases in November and December. It is still the best way to spend a scorching summer afternoon for less than $20 - 3 hours of entertainment, popcorn, cold drinks, and air conditioning!

The Lake House
Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves
These two are back together, 12 years since they first starred together in Speed. The on-screen chemistry is still there, and they have obviously matured as actors. This is a great classic time puzzler/love story. How will they bridge time? Will they ever get together? Great story, keeps you wondering til the very end.

Nacho Libre
Jack Black
Jack Black is a very funny guy, and this movie should have been a lot funnier than it was. Unfortunately, the best parts were the ones seen in the previews.

Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt
My hands-down favorite of the year! Advice - learn who the voices are before you go, so you won't be wasting time thinking "who is that - it sounds like..." Keep your eyes open in this one, lots to see in the combination of Disney imagination and Pixar animation. There is a who's who cast of big name voices in this one, from veteran actors to NASCAR drivers, to comedians. A definite must-see and one for the DVD collection.

Superman Returns
Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey
No surprises in the plot (how many times can we tell this story?), but the characters and actors were very colorful and entertaining. Kevin Spacey is an excellent villian! And who is this young fellow, could it be... (sounds like sequel insurance to me)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
YoHo YoHo - A pirate's life for me! Disney has another hit! Captain Jack Sparrow's adventures are entertaining once again, and of course he's not too bad to look at, either! (though I wonder if Captain Jack will be doing a Maybelline commercial any time soon?) No subtle hints about a threequel on this one, there will definitely be a next installment. Looking forward to it!


Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Thanks for the movie reviews Susan.
This has been one summer that I have not spent anytime at the movies. I usually take my grandson & his friend, but we have all been busy with other commitments this summer, although summer has not ended yet. At least now I know which movies to see.

Tammy said...

Loved me some Pirates...savvy??

tami said...

I was loving me some pirates too right up until the end. I hate when they don't finish a story and just leave it set up for the sequel. Unless they plan to show me the sequel NOW that just makes me mad. Don't get me wrong, I will be one of the first in line for the next one. Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. Yummmm