Sunday, July 29, 2012

Movies, At Last

It's been over two months since I listed movies, so it is well past time that I caught up on them.
  • The AvengersLots of fun. Never thought I'd see a superhero team movie, much less a successful one.
  • Doctor Who: Terror of the AutonsCreepy mannequins come to life.
  • The MuppetsEnjoyable, but I agree with Teena's assessment that they made a mistake in making the viewpoint character a new Muppet. It took too long to get to the characters we know.
  • Iron Man 2Not as good as the first one, but still entertaining.
  • Cowboys & AliensGreat cast.
  • The Three MusketeersThe recent "clockpunk" version. This movie is completely preposterous, but it is a hell of a lot of fun.
  • The Three MusketeersThis is the 1974 movie with Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Raquel Welch and many others. It was a lot funnier than I expected (and intentionally so, unlike the 2011 version). Some great fight sequences too.
  • Doctor Who: The Claws of AxosYet another alien invasion.
  • Laughter Is the Best Medicine Comedy show at the Alberta Rose Theatre. Fund-raiser for the Alzheimer's Association. We went mostly because a couple of MST3K alumni were performing. J. Elvis Weinstein was pretty good, but both Teena and I found Frank Conniff's delivery way off (and his material didn't do much for us either). The host, Dave "Gruber" Allen, was great. Before the show, he lip-synced to a few songs and played air guitar. He threw guitar picks to the audience after he "played" them.

    One of them landed near us.
  • Go WestBuster Keaton was a fantastic comedian.
  • The Four Musketeers Not as funny as the first movie, but still star-studded and very good.
  • BraveWow. Absolutely fantastic. Up there withThe Incredibles.Loved this movie.
  • Doctor Who: Snakedance One of my favorite Peter Davison stories.
  • Doctor Who: Vengeance on VarosI haven't seen as many of Colin Baker's stories as I have the other Doctors. This one was unfamiliar.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2We finally got around to watching this. The movies got a lot better as this series progressed. We did feel that the battle for Hogwarts focused too much on the main characters. It would have been nice to have seen more of the other characters fighting.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Extended Edition
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Extended Edition
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Extended Edition Teena and I watched one disc a night for nearly a week, which seems to be the ideal way to watch these movies.
  • Doctor Who: The ChaseThe first Doctor flees through space and time from the Daleks.
  • The Dark Knight Rises Very impressive. Great finale to Nolan's trilogy. Not a Batman I'm used to, but an interesting interpretation. Will be interested in watching all three movies on consecutive nights when this becomes available on DVD.
  • Doctor Who: Ghost LightA rather confusing story. Apparently it got cut a lot during production.

Book catch-up next week.

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