The Super Bowl is tomorrow, which means that there hasn’t been any good TV shows for like TWO WEEKS. ugh. As a result the husband and I have watched a lot of random movies lately – some good, some… not so good. In case you are also wondering what to watch here’s a rundown of what is worth the eye-time or not. And for the lazy in all of us I’m coding the names red if it is available on Redbox and underlined if it’s a Netflix streamer.
The Bad (avoid at all costs)
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters – awful acting, stupid storyline, really bad CGI budget, plus the trio of main characters really wants to be Harry, Ron and Hermoine but I’m not buying it.
After Earth – really strange accents, blatantly a parable of scientology, huge plot holes
The Bling Ring – turned this off after about 20 minutes, no redeeming value as far as I could see. I just got disgusted by the crappy attitudes of the little punks and couldn’t figure out what the message of the movie was. (This one streams on Amazon Prime)
The Butler – really enjoyed this movie, very interesting juxtaposition of the main character’s life in service compared to his son’s work in the civil rights movement. Helped me to understand why some people feel so passionately about Obama’s presidency.
Prisoners – kept us guessing until the end as to who kidnapped the girls and what was really going on, also had weird religious undertones to up the creep factor.
Quirky But Good
Safety Not Guaranteed – a man (Brendan Deslaurier – male midwife from The Mindy Project) puts an ad in the classifieds claiming to be looking for a partner to go back in time, bring your own weapons, safety not guaranteed. The editorial staff of some small indie magazine finds out about it and goes to investigate, only to have the female intern get wrapped up in the whole scheme. Does he have a real time machine or is he just crazy? Watch to find out – you won’t be sorry, especially when the heat gets hot
The History of Future Folk – the (slightly exaggerated surely) origin story of the bluegrass-like duo “Future Folk” tells the story of an alien man coming to earth to prepare it for the arrival of the rest of his species only to discover music and fall in love. This movie gets an impressive 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Hondo!
The “OK If You’ve Run Out of Other Options”
The Wolverine – this really is a filler movie between the first wolverine movie and x-men days of future past. Lots of Hugh Jackman shirtless… if you are into that sort of thing.
The Purge – the director intended this movie to be about gun control (erm… ok it really missed the mark there) but honestly I saw it more of a look at how we relate to violence in that we look at the events of the purge (people being allowed to do whatever on purge day) as being horrible but find yourself rooting for the family to viciously destroy their attackers as the movie progresses. Oh and the 20-something psychopath kid looks like he could be Heath Ledger’s younger brother (and yup he’s Australian – I can almost always pick them out in movies… they have a look about them)
Well, there you go – a solid 12+ hours of entertainment should you so desire! Plus, I helped you avoid some really dreadful stuff too.. so you’re welcome
Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think? Or do you plan to add one (or more) to your lineup this weekend?