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Crazy, Stupid, Love.
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This was a sweet lil' movie...pleasurably directed. I didn't quite know where it was heading in the beginning, but just about half way it took an interesting turn and began to careen and get hilariously complicated. Wasn't expecting that at all. All the actors were well cast and did their jobs wonderfully. I believed in them. They all felt real for the most part...well...maybe Marisa Tomei was a bit over the top, but you really can't have a good comedy without a character like that turning up somewhere in the script. The ending was a little abrupt and unsatisfying...but only because I selfishly wanted a little more closure. Otherwise, I enjoyed this flick! Rent it and watch it with the one(s) you love...

Warrior (2011)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Just finished viewing this highly entertaining film. I am pretty much a novice when it comes to the MMA, but I was drawn immediately into this well made and excellently directed movie. I mostly wanted to see it because of Tom Hardy's involvement, but I was impressed not only with his performance, but those of the entire cast as well. Nick Nolte broke my heart in this real and honest did his acting seem. The violence is also depicted quite realistically, not necessarily gory or gratuitous...more or less it's exactly what you would expect for a film of this genre. I seem to enjoy sport films of this type, whether it's boxing, wrestling, roller derby, baseball, dodgeball, etc. Still don't like football movies, though. I'd rather watch a well acted sport film than attend a real sporting event or watch it on television. For me, this film worked both as a drama and an intense action film. Recommended.

Thor (2011)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this film as much as I did! I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with Chris Hemsworth's portrayal of the god of thunder. Thor was never one of my absolute favorite Marvel characters, but this film really made him accessible, likable and a hero to root for! All the actors were well cast, while Tom Hiddleston was a standout as Loki, and Anthony Hopkins, who portrayed Odin was believable as always. The action scenes were great, especially the battle with the frost giants. There was just the right mix of humor, thrills, fun and romance in this wonderful film. Kudos to Kenneth Branagh and his fine directing of a movie I didn't think could be made, let alone successful and exciting!

Captain America: The First Avenger
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I very much enjoy Marvel movies, but this one was a bit disappointing. First of all, I just couldn't get into Cap's costume. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it looked more like the one depicted in Marvel Comic's "Ultimate" line. Chris Evans did a great job as the Star Spangled Avenger and I enjoyed the "easter eggs" spread throughout the film. Action scenes were well done...but didn't really standout. They were a bit underwhelming...and the final battle with the Red Skull (acting kudos to Hugo Weaving) could have been a bit more climactic than it turned out to be. I enjoyed the World War II setting and the laboratory scenes which led to Steve Rogers eventual re-creation as the buff, strong and enhanced super-soldier. This is not a bad film, just one that for me, personally, did not live up to expectations. Perhaps the sure to be released sequel will grab me a bit more...! Nevertheless, I DID add this to my collection of Marvel movie DVDs...

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I have a fifteen minute rule for the films that I watch. If it doesn't grab me in those first fifteen, I usually head for the exits. But you see, I really like Robert Downey, Jr. so I gave it a bit more time. I decided to wait it out, but the film did seem long and a bit boring in stretches. It was difficult for me to follow the plot. Jude Law and Downey, Jr. make a nice team, but their scenes together started to get a bit repetitive. Action was good, but basically followed the same flight plan as the previous film. It was OK, but probably best enjoyed in your living room when it gets its DVD release...