2015 Movies Faves and Stats

Movies

I watched 54 movies, that’s down 12 from last year!!!

I wrote 2 Book vs. Movie posts (The Fault in Our Stars and The Hound of the Baskervilles), wrote a few Friday film talks and continued my 5 word movie reviews asking for your participation. Please consider adding your thoughts to these reviews since they count towards money for charity, maybe even yours!

2015 was my most watched movie year with 15, followed closely by 2014 with 13.

The oldest movie I watched was The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1939

Favorite animated film was Cars, 2006

Best sequel was Creed, 2015

Cutest couple- Hazel and Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars

Favorite movie poster-Mockingjay Part 2 Poster.jpg

Hated-Snowpiercer. Violent and pointless.  I hear they are going to make a tv show based on it.  One I will not be watching 🙂

Most watched actor-supporting actor Vincent D’Onofrio with 4 movies (Run All Night, The Judge, Jurassic World, Escape Plan)

Most watched actress-Julianne Moore with 3 movies (Still Alice, Non-Stop, Hunger Games:Mockingjay, part 2)

My 5 favorite movies this year

1.Begin Again film poster 2014.jpgBegin Again. This was everything a great indie should be. Charming and romantic with a kick-ass soundtrack. Jason and I actually used an idea from this movie for our wedding anniversary this year.

2.PK Theatrical Poster.jpgpk. Jason and I are not familiar with Bollywood movies but this one was playing at our local theater and we decided to check it out.  It is so goofy and bizarre that it charmed us from beginning to end. It was also a packed theater and I hope to see more as our theater plays them.

3.Spy2015 TeaserPoster.jpgSpy. I loved Melissa McCarthy’s lead comedic role.  She was hilariously supported by the rest of the cast and I laughed.  And then I laughed some more.

4. The Imitation Game poster.jpgImitation Game. A great historical film about mathematicians trying to break the Germans enigma code.  Yes, I wasn’t too excited about the premise but the movie was very well done.

5. Selma poster.jpgSelma. I liked this movie about MLK Jr.’s fight for equality.  Not afraid to show him at his weakest or most calculating, I was fascinated by this portrayal of a man who fought for justice.

So what was your favorite movie this year?

 

November Movies & $ for charity

It was a good month at the theater!  How about you?

Another month and another chance to contribute money to charity.  Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $12.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

The Intern Poster.jpgThe Intern, 2015 (Cast-Robert DeNiro, Anne Hathaway, Reme Russo)    Grade B+

Fun work play between generations.

Experience proves to be valuable.  (Kathy)


Creed poster.jpgCreed, 2015 (Cast-Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad)    Grade B+

Rocky and Apollo live on!

 I loved it!!   (Wendy)


 

Mockingjay Part 2 Poster.jpgThe Hunger Games:Mockingjay, part 2, 2015 (Cast-Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman)        Grade B

A good end to series.

 I was happy with it.   (Wendy)

rare occurrence, better than book! (Sheree)


 

Guarding Tess 1994.jpgGuarding Tess, 1994 (Cast- Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage)      Grade B-

Loved these two pros together.

Shirley & Nicholas funny antics  (Sheree)


RunAllNight TeaserPoster.jpgRun All Night, 2015 (Cast-Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Common)

Grade C

Been there, done that before.

 

 

October’s Movies and $ for Charity

Another month and another chance to contribute money to charity.  Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $9.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Begin Again film poster 2014.jpgBegin Again, 2014 (Cast-Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailey Steinfeld, James Corden, Catherine Keener)    Grade A

Lovely take on musical dreams.


Unbroken poster.jpgUnbroken, 2014 (Cast-JackO’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittlock)  Grade B

Inspiring athlete goes to war.


The Martian film poster.jpgThe Martian, 2015 (Cast-Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejofor, Kristen Wiig, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara)   Grade B

Upbeat astronaut left for dead.

great movie, book way funnier!  (Sheree)


The Ghost Writer poster.pngThe Ghost Writer, 2010 (cast-Ewan MacGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson)    Grade C+

Complicated political thriller turns deadly.


The main protagonist appearing with other supporting characters.Snowpiercer, 2013 (Cast-Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Ed Harris)     Grade F

A bloody train going nowhere.

September’s Movies & $ for charity

I caught a few old movies on TV as I’ve been cleaning and decluttering this month. The movie Straight Outta Compton was good but I question its complete accuracy since the men who it’s about are also the producers and they all came off looking just like they wanted to.  Hope to see some better movies in October!

Another month and another chance to contribute money to charity.  Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $9.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Straight Outta Compton poster.jpgStraight Outta Compton, 2015 (Cast-Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Paul Giamatti, Neil Brown Jr, Aldis Hodge)          Grade B

Compelling tale of hip hop.


Runaway Bride.jpgRunaway Bride, 1999 (Cast-Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack, Rita Wilson)   Grade B

Love the Gere-Roberts chemistry.


A Walk in the Woods Poster.jpgA Walk in the Woods, 2015 (Cast-Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen)   Grade C+

Quiet, meandering oldies road trip.


Terminator1984movieposter.jpgThe Terminator, 1984 (Cast-Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn) Grade C

Future killer will be back.

Liked Arnold – loved Michael Biehn!   (Kay)


Just friends.jpgJust Friends, 2005 (Cast-Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein, Christopher Marquette)    Grade D

A jerk, skinny or heavy.

August’s Movies and $ for Charity

Another month and another chance to contribute money to charity.  Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $8 to start the round.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

A graphic promotional film posterMission Impossible:Rogue Nation, 2015 (Cast-Tome Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rames,Alec Baldwin)   Grade B+

So much international spy fun!

Not fav MI – thrills still!  (Kay)


The Judge 2014 film poster.jpgThe Judge, 2014 (Cast-Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vincent  D’Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Dax Shepard)   Grade B

Slow but worthwhile family drama.


The Calling (2014 film) poster.jpgThe Calling, 2014 (Cast-Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Donald Sutherland         Grade B-

Faith-filled Canadian mystery thriller.


The Raven Poster.jpgThe Raven, 2012 (Cast-John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson)    Grade  C+

Poe’s last dramatic, fictitious days.

Love Edgar & John – odd story  (Kay)


A woman in a skirt and red knee-high boots holds a closed umbrella out while three men stand on her left closely observing herAll About Steve, 2009 (Cast-Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong)   Grade C-

A rare Sandra Bullock misstep.

Film disappointments – Sandra Bullock

I love Sandra Bullock and have ever since I saw her in Speed and While You Were Sleeping.  No matter what the film, she was always likeable and fun to watch.  In addition to those first few I’ve loved her in The Proposal, The Heat, 28 Days, The Lake House, Crash, Miss Congeniality, Murder by the Numbers…you get the idea.  I even liked her in the bomb Forces of Nature!  I think, in all, I’ve seen her in 24 movies.

So, I brought All About Steve, co-starring Bradley Cooper, home from  the library.  I know it was panned by the critics when it came out but I figured Sandra could really pull off anything, especially if it was supposed to make me laugh.  I was wrong.  She was so completely miscast in this disjointed 2009 movie.  She was very strange and that’s okay because I’ve always considered normal pretty boring, but not strange in much of a real way.  Also, I know she looks young, but I’m not sure what age she was supposed to be pulling off.  It was very disappointing, even with the overriding message of it’s okay to be different.

Has one of your favorite actors or actresses let you down lately?

 

July’s Movies & $ for charity

Last month we reached $100 and Sheree chose her charity (here).  Contribute the most reviews this go round and next time it could be your charity of choice $100 richer!

Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $6 to start the round.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

A girl in a red dress, laughing in the rain, alongside a tall red-haired man wearing a suit.About Time, 2013 (Cast-Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie)    Grade B+

Sweet love story about time.

Great mix of sentimentality & humor.  (Kathy)

Bill Nighy, sweet time travel   (Mary)


Shrek forever after ver8.jpgShrek Ever After (voices-Mike Meyers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas)   Grade B

Always fun to visit Shrek.


Adventuresofrockyandbullwinklemovieposter.jpgThe Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, 2000 (Cast-Rene Russo, Jason Alexander, Rober DeNiro, Piper Pirabo. Jonathan Winters, Whoopi Golderg…)       Grade C+

Expect little and laugh lots.


Transcendence2014Poster.jpgTranscendence, 2014 (Cast-Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy)  Grade C

Watchable if ridiculous AI warning.


House at The End of the Street.jpgThe House At the End of the Street, 2012 (cast-Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows)

Grade C/C-

One messed up spooky killer.

Friendly neighborhood sociopath next door…..   (Heather)

June’s Movies

Is it July already?!  I  can hardly believe how fast June flew by.  We had a few weeks of sleeping in, Gage actually slept past 8am a few days, and this week he’s been going to nature camp three hours a day plus a few other usual activities.  They actually took an hour and a half hike yesterday!  Needless to say, he’s been sleeping well 🙂  Onto the movies.  I loved both new movies we saw at the theater.

Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We made it to $100!!  Yay!  All reviews posted now will count toward to month when we start back at 0 🙂

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Spy2015 TeaserPoster.jpgSpy, 2015 (Cast-Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Stratham, Allison Janney, Miranda Hart, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, 50 Cent)   Grade A-

You can’t disguise funny.

 Bawdy, naughty, lots of laughs  (Mary)

 More spy movie, less comedy.  (Kathy)

Melissa…a powerhouse of funny.  (Michelle)


Jurassic World poster.jpgJurassic World, 2015 (Cast-Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins)   Grade A-

Chris can protect me anytime.

 Loud! Fun! Chris & dinosaurs rock!   (Kay)

Almost as fun as original.  (Michelle)


Movie poster featuring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in characterThe Fault in Our Stars, 2014 (Cast-Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolf, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe)    Grade B

Cancer can’t beat young love.

Great love story; bring tissues.  (Kathy)

cancer, courage, love, tears, tissues  (Sheree)

Dramatic, snot-flying, tears down face.   (Heather)


A man and woman embracing, side view.The Vow, 2012 (Cast-Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange)     Grade B-

Will true love always survive?

Amazing story, pretty good movie.  (Kathy)

Who doesn’t love Channing?   (Sheree)


Escapeplanfilmposter.jpgEscape Plan, 2013 (Cast-Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, 50 Cent, Sam Neill, Vincent, D’Onofrio)     Grade B-

Badass prisoners in badass prison.

Actually pretty good. Old School.   (Michelle)

Book vs. Movie – The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars(2012) VS The Fault in Our Stars(2014)

I was surprised to find out last week that so many of my blogger friends still haven’t read this book or seen the movie.  I thought I was all kinds of deficient in waiting as long as I did to read it.  But I listened to the excellent audio and then watched the movie with my ‘no, that’s just the sun in my eyes and that’s not me wiping tears away with my sleeve’ husband. (hmm, sometimes he actually reads this blog…)  We both had the same assessment.

The Story/Plot    They both told the cancer-ridden story of two teens who fall in love against all odds and they were both spot on in that aspect.  There were differences though.  In the book there was more of an understanding of Hazel than in the movie.  In the book we see her go to college classes, meet a friend at the mall, visit Isaac in the hospital, discover that Augustus had and ex-girlfriend (I will spoil no more about that), have more conversations with her parents.  As for Augustus we missed a lot of his struggle at the end of the book (no more spoilers).  The movie focused primarily on the love story, which it is at it’s heart, but it lacked the nuance and depth of the book. And I missed one of the more lighthearted scenes of the book about the swingset as it was left out of the movie.  Thumbs Up- Book

The Visual  I’ll give the props to the movie on this one.  For one, I loved the visit to Amsterdam and want to visit someday. Also, in the book there was always Hazel with her oxygen tank and it was surprising how by the end of the movie I didn’t even notice it.  It became a permanent part of Hazel and it wasn’t distracting and that illustrated that the beauty within a person shines through even if physical ailments exist.  Thumbs Up- Movie

Characters vs. Actors  I read the book well after the movie came out, so I was already picturing Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus.  I was more familiar with Shailene’s work and she felt right in this role. She was a great Hazel.  I loved the casting of Laura Dern and and Sam Trammell as the parents, I thought they were perfect.  As for Augustus, well Ansel came so close that I won’t hold it against him.  I think Augustus is such a difficult character because he was so everything, so perfect teen girl fantasy, so witty, so smart, so romantic.  That is a hard role to fill.  I think Ansel got about 80% of the way there for me and that’s saying a lot!    Thumbs Up- Book, but barely

The Ending  There were a few differences toward the end of the movie but the one that bothered me most was one I mentioned earlier, we missed some of Augustus and his struggle. I think the movie would have been better for showing it.  Thumbs Up – Book

And the winner is…the book!!!!

Did you realize that John Green hasn’t written a book since? This article is from entertainment Weekly this month.

Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on: (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)

May’s Movies

A very manly movie month, well except for Pitch Perfect.  Did you see anything good this month?

Now it’s your turn.  Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re up to $92!!

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Cars 2006.jpgCars, 2006 (voices-Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy, Tony Shaloub)   Grade B+

Cute, although it was racing 🙂

Cutest car movie ever – voices!  (Kay)

Fun and sweet. True friendship.  (Heather)

My favorite animated movie ever!  (Vicki)


Avengers Age of Ultron.jpgAvengers:Age of Ultron, 2015 (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner)             Grade B

Avengers take on artificial intelligence!

You had me at Avengers!!  (Kay)

Excellent..plus all the hotties!  (Michelle)


Pitch Perfect movie poster.jpgPitch Perfect, 2012 (Cast-Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Elizabeth Banks)     Grade B-

Cheesy but oh so fun.

Love that acapella singing – funny!   (Kay)

They had me at singing!  (Michelle)  

I ended up loving it!  (Vicki)


Furious 7 poster.jpgFurious 7, 2015 (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Jason Stratham)    Grade C-

Just don’t get this franchise.

Franchise oddly appealing to me.  (Kay)