The Perks of Being a Wallflower .. or Tales of the Severly Traumatized

Friday night, I saw the Perks of Being a Wallflower.  I’m still not sure if I liked it or not.  One thing is for certain, I know of no high school around that houses a group of such messed up kids.  There were some good moments, but at times it seemed like they were just zinging Breakfast Club type lines back and forth instead of having a real conversation.

One of the best characters was Dylan McDermott as the dad.  He had some of the funniest lines and was only on camera for a brief time.  Married to him was Kate Walsh, who I had a hard time believing was the mother of a college student named Derek.  Didn’t I just see her on Tuesday as the mother of an infant with an ex-husband named Derek?

A few accent issues with Hermione, I mean Emma Watson but that didn’t bother me as much as it did my moviemates.

Overall, the popcorn was tastier than the movie.  I had a nice time but I think this was a bit too much of a crazy ride (pun intended) for a repeat viewing

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“You have been and always shall be my friend.”

Ever since I briefly wrote about my sci-fi roots a few days ago, and also because the series of “original” Star Trek movies has been playing on HBO since Christmas, I have been thinking about watching “Star Trek (2009) directed by J. J. Abrams“. Early this morning, I turned it on.

This is one of my favorite movies and it sits in a short stack of movies on top of my Blu-ray player.  I have watched it countless times since watching it for the first time after purchasing it on dvd.  I did not see it in the theatres, but strangely my daughter who knows virtually nothing about Star Trek did, and loved it. 

I do recollect seeing at least some of the other films in the theatre, I specifically remember seeing “The Wrath of Kahn” and I believe, the 4th which was about the humpback whales.  I also watched some of the tv series at home.  I do not consider myself to be anywhere near a Star Trek expert.  It is more the case that i know enough to be dangerous.

So as a Star Trek fan of this caliber, I love this film.  The music is wonderful throughout, and I love this explanation of how the enterprise crew met.  There are enough cheeky nods to the other movies and interesting moments that provide reasons for the characters development to keep me smiling through the entire film.

The cast selection was perfect and I’ve looked for and watched many of the lead characters in other films.  Chris Pine in the disappointing, “Unstoppable”, John Cho in the sadly short-lived tv series, “Flash Forward” and I saw the film, “Whats your Number” in the theatre to catch a quick glimpse of Zachary Quinto, which was not enough for me.

I have to admit that the emergence of Spock as a romantic lead is fascinating.  I love that Spock gets the girl in this film! I want more and sadly every time I look for the release date of the sequel to this film it is pushed back.  IMDB now shows a vague 2013 release.

When the credits rolled I was surprised to see some names that I didn’t remember seeing in the film.  Eric Bana, who I loved in , “Troy”?  I had no idea he was the villain in this film.  Also Simon Pegg, Winona Ryder?  I credit the costume / make-up as well as acting ability.   

Special features on this version of the DVD are great.  There is a gag reel included that I have watched a few times as well as the usual director commentary.  All worth watching.

Hugo

Today I saw Hugo in 3D.

It was an enjoyable movie but I didn’t find it to be spectacular.

This could be because of one of the following reasons.

1)  I saw so many reviews saying it was the best darn movie they ever did see, that perhaps my expectations were too high.

2) I felt the movie was not really about the little boy and took a long time getting to the real story

3) The 14 year old next to me that really wanted to see Tin-Tin and kept leaning over to me and whispering very quietly, “This movie sucks so much.”, giving me anxiety thinking that at some point he was going to want to leave, plus, if you can imagine, kinda taking me out of the movie.  I should have gone by myself.

DVD’s I got for Christmas

So I’ve had a few days off for work so I decided that on one of these days I would watch all the DVD’s I had received for Christmas.  Yay for sloth!

I should mention that I requested all of these…

I made it through 3 and then I watched the free online version of a movie I had bought for my mom on Amazon 🙂

First… I had to watch “Flash Gordon”  Yes this is the Sam J. Jones version with an extra special appearance of Timothy Dalton in tights.  I love this movie.  Many years ago I actually stole the vhs version from my moms house that we had taped from tv.  Please do not tell her.  i might or might not return it now.  Anyway, I realized recently that I do have to classify myself as somewhat of a sci-fi geek since when I tried to think of things I really liked as a kid/teen, many of them were sci-fi movies/tv.  (Hello Buck Rogers 😉 ) However I’ve never seen Dr. Who and have no idea what that phone box thing is for.   Anyhow back to flash (Ah-ahh).  It has great music/soundtrack by Queen, and I find it just delightful.  I was amazed to watch one of the special features that declared it as a “cult classic”  I could swear I was the only one who liked this film.  Who knew?

Next I moved on to , “Persuasion”  This classic Jane Austen story was lovely to watch, but I may never watch it again.  It was , “ok”  I had never seen it before and expected to be swept away similar to the first time I watched the BBC miniseries of “Price & Prejudice”  (By swept away I mean compelled to watch it over and over obsessively and continually for the next 5 years)

Moving on to “Penelope”  I love this film.  I have seen it over and over on HBO and after HBO recently removed it from its rotation I decided I needed to own it.  Its a sweet, romantic fairy tale with Christina Ricci and James McAvoy.  I love James McAvoy in this, and perhaps this film ruined me for any of his future performances.  I saw the x-men thing he was recently in and really couldn’t stand his portrayal of Professor X.  It just seemed weird to me, and maybe its just because I’ve watched Penelope so many times I just wanted him to be who he was in the pig-nose movie.

After this, I watched the free online copy of, “Music and Lyrics”.  I had purchased this for my Mom who is also a fan of the romantic comedy.  She hadn’t seen it and although I knew it would be a bit PG-13 for her, I risked it and hopefully she liked it.  I enjoy and own many Hugh Grant dvd’s.  (“Two weeks notice”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral” “Sense and Sensibility” yum.. )  Anyhow, I’m a fan and this one does not disappoint.  I also own this dvd, but my daughter stole it and took it to college.  Rude!   Someday, I will either get it back or just buy a new one. 

Movies I also received but remain wrapped:

“Outbreak.”  This has also been on HBO and I have watched parts of it on several occasions this month.  Give me another month or so and I’m sure it will be in the rotation.  I enjoy this film a lot.  I usually don’t like suspense.  Those types of movies give me anxiety.  I seriously feel pain in my stomach.  Hurry up and get the thing and go to the place so it will all be ok.  No.  I get way too wrapped up in it and it gives me physical pain.  Sooo, I tend to avoid.  On that note, this film has some of that, but it doesn’t bother me.  Maybe it is because I’ve seen it so many times?  But I enjoy it.  Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and a very funny appearance in a not supposed to be funny sort of way, by Partrick Dempsey.

Lastly, “Reality Bites” also hasn ‘t made it to the blu-ray player (Yes I have a blu-ray player which I play all these dvd’s on because I’m cheap and really don’t notice any difference)  Same kind of thing.  This has been on HBO or Encore, one of those and i’ve watched it.  Love Winona Ryder, Love, Ethan Hawke before he got all chubby and less good-looking.  Love the 80’s theme and jokes about the gap.  Very fun.

So there you have it!  My list of DVD’s I received for Christmas, 2011.

I want to buy a zoo!

Went and saw, “We bought a Zoo”.  Loved it!  I cried, which is usual, but it wasn’t so sad or emotional that I thought they were going for cheap and easy tactics to force an emotional moment.  Loved the little girl.  She was adorable.  Enjoyed Matt Damon as a dad. 

Recommend and I will enjoy seeing this again in the future.