January 16th, 2012
Movies, Popcorn, and Wine

The theaters around me are starting to sell alcohol in the shows. I know this is quite common in San Francisco and London, but it’s new for our area. Anyway, that’s not important. Delicious maybe, but not important.

Dh and I have been trying to make up for lost time on the movie front. A lot of movies came out while we were away that we wanted to see, so it’s been a mad scramble to try to see them all. With that in mind, we went to see Mission Impossible and Sherlock Holmes first. I thought Mission Impossible was a fun movie, although I did miss the ‘thumbing their nose at the bad guy reveal’ at the end. They did a small one, but it was in no way as good as the usual Mission Impossible reveal. In fact, it was one of the few things I found lacking in the movie. I really like that point in all Mission Impossible shows/movies where the bad guy is shown that he’s been conned.

I thought this particular Sherlock Holmes was better than the first movie. Not perfect, but definitely better. No one can say that Downey and Law don’t have great chemistry. They should definitely do more movies together. For purists, the movie followed a chunk of the final showdown between Holmes and Moriarty. If you haven’t read the books and don’t know what I’m talking about, SHAME ON YOU! They are some of the best written stories in existence.

The next day we went to see The Adventures of Tin Tin. Being from the states, I didn’t grow up with the comic Tin Tin, but it was easy enough to follow. I actually quite enjoyed the story. It was kind of like watching an animated Indiana Jones, if he’d been played by a younger kid.

We wanted to see Young Adult with Charlize Theron, but it was pulled from the theater at the end of the week. Really bummed that we missed that one given that it was written by Diablo Cody. (i.e. Juno, etc.) She writes wicked dialogue. We’ll just have to catch it in rentals.

On Sunday, we went to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. It was a truly superb movie. Gary Oldman shows was an incredible actor he is by being silent for like the first fifteen minutes of the movie and conveying volumes. As you can tell from the title, it is a spy movie, but not the loud, bombastic kind we’re used to in the states. This is a quiet movie. When there is violence, it’s truly shocking and painful. The whole movie is a study in characterization and it truly succeeds. It’s a thinking man’s spy film. I cannot recommend it enough.

We’re hoping to catch The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sometime this week. I have no idea what that movie is about, since I’m the last person on the planet who hasn’t read the book, but it looks cool.

I’m personally looking forward to seeing Haywire and Underworld this weekend. What can I say, I really love movies with kick-ass women. The fact that the chick in Haywire is a Thai kick boxer and Ultimate Fighter is just gravy. 🙂 *ggg

Are you looking forward to seeing any films? Have you seen any movies that have blown you away?

4 comments to “Movies, Popcorn, and Wine”

  1. At Aussie cinemas, I think you can only get wine if you order Gold Class tickets, that include a meal and a boozy drink.

    Recently saw MELANCHOLIA that really affected me, and yes I sat alone crying during the credits whilst the other cinema patrons walked out. But that’s okay 😉

  2. I’m way behind. We just saw ‘I Am Number Four’ Friday. I liked it a lot, especially when number 6 arrived on scene. Thanks for the reviews. I have Sherlock Holmes and MI on my list along with Haywire, Underworld, and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Cell phones and the constant undercurrent of annoying noise are the main reasons we wait and watch the movies on the home entertainment system. Alcohol being served will add to the list. 🙂

  3. Tez, These would be considered ‘Gold’ tickets, I suppose.

    Oh wow, that must have been a powerful film. I would’ve stayed and cried, too. 🙂

  4. Bernard,

    I really wanted to see ‘I am Number Four’. Pretty much everything you said about number 6, I heard from other people. She saves the movie. 😉

    We’ve been pretty lucky at the theater we go to. We have only had one joker who didn’t seem to understand that he was out in public (and no, he wasn’t a kid). Other than that, it’s a very pleasant experience. Of course, it’s not a ‘yahoo’ movie sort of place. It’s an assigned seating, high end wine serving, movie theater that seats patrons in recliners. *ggg I guarantee that you’d like it. 🙂