This past Thursday, Nate and I went to a ‘one night only’ showing of Lawrence of Arabia in Downtown Seattle. It goes without saying that this was a perfect movie theater experience. It did remind me, however, of all the big budget movies I watched over the summer- I thought Prometheus sucked but I still couldn’t help but think of it while watching Peter O’Toole as Lawrence. So, even though summer’s long gone, here’s a brief re-cap of the movies I saw on the big screen.
Planet Earth is in peril and only a team of superheroes can save it. Hardly a novel plot but, yeah, I loooved this. The fights are fun and the Joss Whedon wisecracks work all the characters together nicely. Favorite bits: Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner and, later, a very satisfying Hulk smash (is there anything better than the Hulk shutting people up?). Oh, and Loki calling Black Widow a quim- seriously.
Man, I was not into this. The plot is full of holes and while it’s a cool cast, the characters are lame-o. The one interesting crew member is David (Michael Fassbender), who has more complexity as an android than any of the (supposed) humans. Oh well. Not every space crew can have Harry Dean Stantons and ginger cats…
The Amazing Spider-Man:
Mumbling, skater nerd Peter Parker, saucy Gwen Stacy, and MR LIZARD. The only superhero movie of the summer I hadn’t planned to see in theaters but I’m glad I did because it was highly enjoyable. I’m all about the level of cheese in this and I think Rhys Ifans totally rules. I dunno, I was surprised by how much I liked this. There’s one scene with a fucked up lab mouse that cracked me up for a full five minutes. Dean told me later the audience members behind us were laughing at me laughing.
The Dark Knight Rises:
The last movie in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. We caught a near empty showing of it at the Odeon in London- how fahncy of us. The first half seems a little drawn out but I thought it got pretty great after Bane took over. It made me appreciate Batman Begins a little more and I got a kick out of Bane’s old timey villain voice. I love the scene where Batman kills the lights and Bane laughs at him. Suckah.