True Grit / Yogi Bear 3D / Chronicles of Narnia 3D / The Fighter / Little Fockers / How Do You Know.
Wednesday December 22nd, 2010, Atlanta, GA
True Grit (2010) starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Barry Pepper and Josh Brolin. It’s about a tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer. This is a remake of the True Grit (1969) original that starred John Wayne. This was a very good movie through and through. The acting, costumes, sets, makeup, everything seemed authentic and real. Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon were great in their roles, but the stand out character was Hailee Steinfeld who played the young Mattie Ross who hires the U.S. Marshal played by Jeff Bridges. Her performance was Oscar worthy. This version of the film is told through the eyes of the young girl instead of the U.S. Marshal that John Wayne played in the original True Grit. Check this film out, its worth it and a treat.
The next film I saw was Yogi Bear (2010) starring the voice talents of Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake. A documentary filmmaker travels to Jellystone Park to shoot a project and soon crosses paths with Yogi Bear, his sidekick Boo-Boo, and Ranger Smith. This was a film that I thought that my girlfriend Jane’s daughter (Little C) might want to see. So in a way I was screening this film for her. I did want to see it too cause it was in 3D and I liked Yogi Bear when I was a kid. I liked this movie. It’s a good family film with heart. I was very impressed with the Yogi’s voice played by Dan Aykroyd, it was spot on. Even Justin Timberlake as Boo-Boo was entertaining.
Next on my movie marathon schedule was The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 3D (2010) starring Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes and Ben Barnes. Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world. These Narnia movies have been fun to see and done very well and this third installment is no exception. Visually this movie is awesome. That cast, costumes and acting was good too. This movie was worth the 3D screening. I’ve never read the Narnia books and I know I’m missing out on a lot of things left our in the movies, but the movies are very enjoyable in every aspect if you ask me.
The next film I saw today was The Fighter (2010) starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. Mark Wahlberg is getting a lot of attention for this lead role cause this movie has been a pet project of his for a long time. Mark Wahlberg is good in his role. But this film belongs to Christian Bale is you ask me. Christian Bale plays Mark Wahlberg’s brother who is addicted to drugs. Christian Bale lost a lot of weight for this role, but not as much as he did for The Machinist 2004. He also did the great Boston suburb accent to a tee. Amy Adams was great in her role too. It was nice to see her act in a grittier foul-mouthed role than I’m used to seeing her in the nicey nicey roles. I found out she has been tapped to play Janis Joplin in the upcoming film Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can (2012) At the end of the movie as the credits start to role you get to see a quick interview with the real life brothers that Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale portrayed.
The last film of my movie marathon today was Little Fockers (2010) starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo and Jessica Alba. Family-patriarch Jack Byrnes wants to appoint a successor. Does his son-in-law, the “male nurse”, Greg Focker have what it takes? I don’t know what it is exactly about the on-screen duo of Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, but it seems to work. The supporting cast is a plus too. It was nice to see the return of Owen Wilson’s character from the first film. This movie was funny, but it wasn’t as good as the last two. I still recommend it though.
Saturday December 25, 2010
This Christmas has been a very special one. This month of December had been a tough one since the death of my mother. But I have had great support from my family, friends and co-workers. But the best support had come from my wonderful girlfriend Jane. She was instrumental in getting us to Santa Barbara to take care of my dad and the aftermath of my mom’s death. It was during this time Jane proved she would be there for me no matter what. She’s a keeper. On Christmas Eve I had dinner with her and her parents and daughter. Prior to meeting up with her and her family I bought a ring at a jewelry store she had her eye on a couple of week’s prior. However I wasn’t sure if the ring would be there, but it was and I made plans to pop the question sometime tonight. Originally I thought I might propose during the family dinner, but I thought a more intimate setting would be better. I figure I would ask for her parent’s permission to marry her afterwards. Jane and I decided to do our gift exchange after her daughter and parents went to bed. I took advantage of this situation and proposed marriage to Jane with the ring after we opened up the gifts we had wrapped for each other. You should have seen Jane’s face; she was floored and totally surprised. She was so excited she woke her parents up and called a few relatives. I asked her parents for permission and they both gave my their blessing. We waited till Christmas morning to tell her daughter Little C who was excited about the news. The icing on the cake came when snow started to fall on Christmas day. It was my first White Christmas and the first one in the Atlanta area in 100 years.
Just like Thanksgiving its tradition for me to see a movie on Christmas day. And Jane was up for joining me for one on this Christmas. It would be the first movie we would see together as an engaged couple
The movie we agreed to see was How Do You Know (2010) starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson. After being cut from the USA softball team and feeling a bit past her prime, Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) finds herself evaluating her life and in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with her current, baseball-playing beau. This movie had a good cast and a cool story. Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd were very entertaining in the respective roles. But the movie moved along a little too slow for my taste. I also found the ending unsatisfying. Jane felt the same way I did too. I don’t recommend this movie for a theater visit, maybe a video release though.
Well as you can see my December has been an eventful and memorable one. This month is winding down but I still have a few to see before this month ends.
Stay tuned! – Spartan Phoenix
Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010: 174
- February 2010: Movies Seen: 12
- March 2010: Movies Seen: 14
- April 2010: Movies Seen: 16
- May 2010: Movies Seen: 18
- June 2010: Movies Seen: 19
- July 2010: Movies Seen: 14
- August 2010: Movies Seen: 21
- September 2010: Movies Seen: 17
- October 2010: Movies Seen: 14
- November 2010: Movies Seen: 13
- December 2010: Movies Seen: 16