The Last Song
Movie #11 was The Last Song . It’s based on a Nicholas Sparks book, so you know that it’s sentimental and a tear-jerker, just like The Notebook and his other book-to-movie successes.
A drama centered on a rebellious girl who is sent to a Southern beach town for the summer to stay with her father. Through their mutual love of music, the estranged duo learn to reconnect.
This romance was sweet and predictable. Miley Cyrus is a teen-in-crisis who hates her dad, but is forced to spend the summer with him by her mom, played by Kelly Preston. Greg Kinnear does a great job and is relatable as the dad. Miley keeps bumping into a cute guy (shocker) played by Liam Hemsworth, who is very attractive (bonus!). As I said before, the story was predictable but it did have a few small twists and was entertaining. It’s rated PG, so there isn’t anything graphic. There are some good things to think about as far as living your life in the moment and appreciating the things you have while they are there. I don’t want to ruin the ending, so I won’t talk about it. I might want to read the book for when I need something lighter.
The Last Song = 3.5 stars
The Hunger Games Movie!
I’ve never been so excited for a movie before!!! I’ve been waiting for over a year for The Hunger Games to come out and I’ve been so anxious and excited. This is the first time that I’ve ever gone to a midnight premiere and thanks to Cinepolis, it was a great experience. I’m not into crowds and hate waiting in line for things, so having a theatre with reserved seating that is also amazingly comfortable was totally worth it. I’m so happy that my man finally read the books a few weeks ago so he was excited for the movie too. Right before it started he said to me, “Wow… I’ve never spent $100 at the movie theatre. But this is a special occasion!”. I’m sure a lot of people think we are crazy, but it was so fun! (My guesstimate since I didn’t pay: 2 tickets = $36, 2 drinks with tip = $29, food with tip $30)
I’m super excited that I already have plans to see the movie again with some of my book club girls this coming Sunday. I’m sure we will have a lot to say about it especially with comparing it to the book.
My opinion on the movie (some SPOILERS?):
Honestly, I think that with book to movie adaptations, people will like the movie if they go into it WANTING to like the movie. I was so excited that I was literally giddy like a child on Christmas morning. It was amazing to see so many of the great scenes brought to life on the screen. I think the casting was well done and liked the majority of the actors in their roles. Jennifer Lawrence was ecellent as Katniss, along with Josh Hutchinson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale. I still think that Hugh Laurie (House) would have been excellent in the role of Haymitch, but Woody Harrelson did a good job overall. I liked Lenny Kravitz as Cinna and Elizabeth Banks was perfect in the role of Effie. So many things were well done: the “girl on fire” entrance, the red dress that was on fire when she spun around and the shots of people in the Capitol with their wacky hair, makeup & fashion were really fun. I thought the fighting scenes were less violent in the movie than in the book because they went so fast. I was glad that they were well done. Of course some details were cut from the book, but I didn’t think it made a big difference. It definitely helps that I first read the books last January/February and re-read the first book last summer. The details aren’t fresh in my mind and I have enough separation between the book and the movie to appreciate both for what they are = GREAT!
The Hunger Games = 5 stars! out of 5
The picture is a bit blurry, but I didn’t care because I was so excited! Check out our drinks— we had to finish them before 12:30 so it’s a good thing we only had 1 each.
Movies I need to blog:
Movies I PLAN to watch:
- Speak  = since I just finished reading the book!
- a bunch of other movies recorded on my DVR… I keep having to delete them & set them to re-record at a later date!
Movies that sound interesting on Netflix Instant Viewing:
- Morning Glory  = Netflix Instant Viewing (107m)
- Cyberbully  = Netflix Instant Viewing (87m)
- The Edukators  = Netflix Instant Viewing (129m)
- Fame = Netflix Instant Viewing (106m)
- All Good Things  = Netflix Instant Viewing (100m)
- Love’s Kitchen  = Netflix Instant Viewing (89m)
- Pretty Persuasion  = Netflix Instant Viewing (105m)
- Meet Bill  = Netflix Instant Viewing (93m)
It’s now week 13 and I’m at 9 movies… Not crazy stressed about it, but hopefully I can catch up a bit since my man is out of town on business this week. I can kill two birds with one stone by watching a couple of recorded movies = more towards the challenge and it helps clear our always full DVR!