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 I promised myself that I was going to try and talk about something other then Smallville here, because I'd rather not have my LJ dry up and fade away.  But truth be told, I can't think of much to talk about.  So, I decided to try the movies and television.

This summer, me and my sister decided that we'd try to see some of the big summer movies.  This is what we've seen so far:

Fast Five
Thor
Priest
Bridesmaids
X-Men, First Class

And I'm planning on seeing Super 8 this weekend sometime.

Fast Five is exactly what that movie should be.  Over-the-top, action packed, corny dialogue and lots of macho posturing.  I loved it!

I know a lot of people loved Thor, but I was a bit bored.  The actor that made the biggest impression on me was the one that played Loki.  Chris Helmsworth is very attractive, but he just didn't do it for me.  But Natalie Portman has never been more charming.

Priest was awful.  And I'm a fan of Paul Bettany, Karl Urban and Maggie Q.  But they all seem poorly used here.  And that Cam Giganet (?) person is a terrible actor.  Just not good at all.

Didn't know what to expect from Bridesmaids, but I liked it a lot.  Funny, which you'd expect, but surprisingly poignant too.  Melissa McCarthy steals the show.

X-Men, First Class.  My favorite of the X Men movies, and I've seen them all.  Actually, its the only one that I think is actually a truly good film.  The acting runs the gamut a bit , but James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender absolutely shine, and have incredible chemistry with each other.  And Kevin Bacon is sort of a big surprise in his role.  And the whole 60's look of the film is super cool.  There are parts that drag a bit, but I appreciate that they slowed down the action to tell the story.  

On television, not much going on these days.  But I've been following both Game of Thrones and The Killing.

Now, Game of Thrones is just a home run.  The show has gotten stronger and stronger as its gone on, and its first class performances all around.  Sean Bean can do no wrong, as far as I'm concerned, though you really want to slap some sense into his Ned Stark.  And Peter Dinklage is wonderful, and steals every scene he's in.  There's a host of new young actors who don't seem to have much experiance under their belts, but it sure doesn't show.  I'm hoping that S2 is able to captivate me as much as S1 did.

The Killing is a different story.  I thought the Pilot was awesome, but this show moves at a glacial pace, and some weeks is agonizing to get through an hour, and I don't mean that in a good way.  A bigger problem is that the show has taken a very long time to connect storylines, and spent a ridiculous amount of time on a red herring.  The even bigger problem?  I'm not sure there's any character on this show that is entirely likable, to include the female lead.  There's no doubt that these are gifted actors though.  I'm not sure I'd be checking in for a 2nd season unless the show adjusts its approach.

And next Sunday?  Falling Skies.  I'm excited about this one.  Invading aliens, massive death and destruction, plucky survivors becoming Earths last defense?  Count me in.  And look, its SV's Alicia!!!  Glad to hear Greg Beeman is involved with this one.  

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tasabian
Jun. 7th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
I couldn't make it past ep 2 of The Killing, despite the excellent acting.

I thought we had to wait until fall for Falling Skies - that's good news! Which network is it on? Beeman needs to bring Tom or Michael in for a guest role!
jeannev
Jun. 7th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'm really sticking with The Killing because I just want to find out who did it. But aside from the ep that aired 2 sundays ago, I'd be hard pressed to say that I have enjoyed the eps.

I believe Falling Skies is on TNT here in the states. I hope they show it in Canada. And not only would I LOVE for Tom to work with Beeman again, I would completely and utterly LOVE for Tom and Sarah Carter to be reunited on screen. From what I hear, everyone thinks there is going to be a S2, so my fingers are crossed for Tom and Michael.
dawnybee
Jun. 7th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Fast Five is exactly what that movie should be. Over-the-top, action packed, corny dialogue and lots of macho posturing. I loved it!

It was my first "Fast and Furious" film and I enjoyed it. I'm not sure it makes me want to go back and watch the other ones, but it worked on the levels it was supposed to work on. Hot cars, hot guys, hot action.

I know a lot of people loved Thor, but I was a bit bored. The actor that made the biggest impression on me was the one that played Loki. Chris Helmsworth is very attractive, but he just didn't do it for me. But Natalie Portman has never been more charming.

I liked the film alot. Didn't love it--there wasn't enough action for my tastes--but I did like the cast. And of course seeing Idris Elba in a film even obscured by a helmet is always fine by me.

Priest was awful.

Oh my word, this film should've been killed with Osama Bin Laden. Horrible, wretched, waste of time and piece of garbage. It didn't deserve to be released at all.

And that Cam Giganet (?) person is a terrible actor. Just not good at all.

And when he's not shirtless with his trashy tattoos that I love on display he's really useless.

Melissa McCarthy steals the show.

Haven't seen "Bridesmaids" yet but every single person I talked to about it all say she's the best thing about the film.

I really loved "X-Men: First Class". I've only seen "X:Men: The Last Stand" and this is way better than it but I didn't feel lost. It was a great origins story and Fassbender wearing linen in Argentina is a very nice sight.

Now, Game of Thrones is just a home run.

I wish that I caught it once it was over because the waiting is the hardest part. I've been rewatching the episodes just to get my fix. It's fantastic.


And next Sunday? Falling Skies. I'm excited about this one. Invading aliens, massive death and destruction, plucky survivors becoming Earths last defense? Count me in. And look, its SV's Alicia!!! Glad to hear Greg Beeman is involved with this one.


I just hope it's good with good production value. I'm tuning in for the SV connection (add Mark Verheiden to the list) but it has to be really good to keep my attention. I'm not a big sci-fi fan.
jeannev
Jun. 7th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
You should at least see Fast & Furious 4, because it really does go hand-in-hand with this film, and better explains the surprise ending of Fast Five. And its the same sort of entertainment factor.

I was disappointed that Idris Elba didn't look like Idris Elba to me in Thor. Too many SFX. I prefer to watch him in Takers, because it looks gorgeous, and his Ho-Yay chemistry with Paul Walker was just as good as Vin Diesel's. What is it with that Mr Walker?

Fassbender is spellbinding. He really is. Intense and charismatic. That scene you mentioned is one of my favorite from the film. The other one is when Charles helps him harness his powers.

Advanced reviews of Falling Skies has been mostly positive. What worries me is Noah Wyle as the lead, because he's sort of boring. He's going to have to be good, and the supporting cast is going to have to pick up the slack.
amelietw
Jun. 7th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
I NEED to watch X Men !!! I just heard good things about it and it's makes me eager to watch it! ;)

jeannev
Jun. 7th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
I thought it was very, very well done. As long as you go into it realizing its not jam-packed with action, and there's a lot of character development, I think you'll be really pleased.
iris_summers
Jun. 7th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
After watching Xmen, Thor wasn't as good as I originally thought, but given that I went in with low expectations, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Buff, blond and beefy ain't my type, but Chris Helmsworth really sold his character with a bit of blue-eyed charm and some pretty good physical comedy. And Tom Hiddleston did a good job as Loki (I can't believe he tried out for Thor initially!).

X-Men: First Class has been the stand-out summer movie so far tho. Definitely up there with the first X-Men movie. The writing was coherent, the acting was pretty darn good, and the chemistry among the cast (the HoYay! was off the charts between Prof X and Magneto) excellent. Michael Fassbender stole the show, but I liked that almost every character among the large cast got some kind of development and screen-time (especially Beast and Mystique). Plus the surprise!cameos were *hilarious*.
jeannev
Jun. 7th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
I feel like such an anomaly when it comes to Thor. So many people loved it. And I didn't dislike it either. It was well done. But I just didn't feel any sort of emotional connection to it at all. And it wasn't as much fun as, say, Fast Five, so that you could just go with it. And honestly, a lot of the off world stuff confused me.

Tom Hiddleston tried out for Thor? Ummm, not sure how that would've worked.

After XM:FC, I think I'd go to see a film just because Michael Fassbender is in it. I thought he was that good.

LOVED the surprise cameos. And the clothes! I loved Emma Frost's wardrobe so much.
chatchien
Jun. 7th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Arousing...TV or Movies....
The only movie of the above that I've seen is Bridesmaids. Enjoyed it. I was trying to convince a couple at the yogurt shop afterwards to see it instead of Thor and that is just between you and me, I don't want my Idris to know about that. Let's keep that one stuffed in my briefs.

I like the photography in Bridesmaids. Right away you knew that this was not a Heigel or Hudson or Anniston Rom Com. You could see the lines on the actresses' faces, there was no vaseline on the lenses or CGI-ing a flawless complexion on any of them. Of course, they are actresses, but THAT was close to Real Life and showed them willing to give themselves to the movie---not stripping the movie to take it all for themselves like a Greedy TRio that I might have mentioned earlier.

Game of Thrones is Good Trash TV. I recommend it to all. Jason Momoa is hot and Nekkid. And there are other Nekkid people which is OK, I guess. And there are Swords and much Sword Play. ;-)

Though I have to say that the fight scenes in GoT are not that well choreographed. Maybe I'm used to all the Kung Fu moves from Troy, but I find the Sword fighting scenes to be very heavy and slow moving and unconvincing. No one is that much of an expert in Sword Fighting, and I include Sergio or whoever the Sensei is who is teaching Wolf Girl how to fight. Sergio has great Attitude but not that much skill.

AS for The Killing, I loved (or hated it for its verisimilitude) the depiction of the Heaviness and Unending and suffocating Agony of Grief of Rosie's parents. That was so True and so depressing, and yet I couldn't not grieve with them, and I don't even know Rosie or have any great idea of her character. I connected with their Grief. Beautifully done.

But I have no great desire to see the rest of the show, although I do like the lead actress, I haven't seen her in anything else, and I like the quietness that she brings to the character. Like the Grief of the show, it is a heavy and grim quietness that compels the viewer to watch her closely.

Falling Skies? I'll check it out on your recommendation.
jeannev
Jun. 7th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Arousing...TV or Movies....
Idris will never hear it from me. ;)

Its funny what you said about Bridesmaids, because one of the things my sister and I liked so much about the movie was that the actresses looked like real people. Including Rose Byrne, who was playing "the pretty, rich one". Melissa McCarthy wears almost no make-up throughout, ditto Maya Rudolph. The films male heartthrob is a pretty regular looking guy.

Jason Momoa should be naked in every episode of Game of Thrones. It would make me love it more.

Uh-oh, I hope Falling Skies doesn't let you down now. I'm feeling the pressure.
la_belle_isa
Jun. 7th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so behind everything these days. I haven't been in a movie theater in ages (1 year or so). I plan on watching Thor and X Men. If that one is the best of the series, then I have to watch it!
I downloaded all Game of Thrones episodes, haven't watched yet (figures) and I'll give Falling skies a try. I'll definitely watch True blood, it's wonderfully cheesy and entertaining.
I've started a response to your 2 latest SV posts. Are you still taking comments?
Off-topic: Ugh. I miss Tom. :(
jeannev
Jun. 7th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Missing Tom is never off topic. I miss Tom SO VERY MUCH! I had hoped so hard that he would announce another project right away, but alas...

Missing him breaks my heart.

True Blood is one of those shows that I think I should watch, and I keep trying, but I can't quite get into it. Part of my problem is that I completely dislike Anna Paquin.
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gildinwen
Jun. 7th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
I'm loving Game of Thrones, and I'm feeling very protective of Ned. And becoming irritated that the people over at TWoP don't seem to understand how the feudal -post Magna Carter medievil England (which Game of Thrones is based on) works.
jeannev
Jun. 7th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Let me offer you a word to the wise...TWoP seems to attract a lot of people who think they are smart and witty, but really aren't at all. I hope there's another place for you to discuss the show, because I keep wishing that site would go down in flames.

I love Ned too, but as much as you can admire his honorable nature, its just so damned foolish given his situation. I want to hug him, and shake him, at the same time. There was a very telling line he had a few episodes back when he said the Cersei "I was trained to kill my enemies". The problem is that he didn't recognize who his enemies were.

One of the things I love is that you see parts of Ned in the Stark children, particularly Robb, Jon and Arya (I'm convinced Sansa is adopted).
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jeannev
Jun. 8th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
For the last few years, I've only been to the movies now and then. But this summer, we decided to be more proactive about it. But we'll see if we can keep this up.

I've always heard great things about FNL, but I've never watched it. I guess I should've.

Good for you, taking a class. I know it hurts, but its such a good thing to get in some exercise.
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tariel22
Jun. 8th, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
I don't see movies in theaters nearly enough; it's something I want to do more of this summer. I did go see Bridesmaids with my sister, and I haven't laughed that hard at a movie in a long, long time. I was a little nervous about it, because although I think Apatow-produced movies are hilarious, some of them have been too crude for my taste, but nothing in Bridesmaids made me cringe. Or at least not in a bad way. :) I absolutely agree that Melissa McCarthy stole the show, and Kristen Wiig was great. I also adored the cop character, especially because I'm a sucker for an Irish accent.

I keep hoping Judd Apatow will cast Tom in one of his movies. He's always been very complimentary when talking about Tom. I wonder if he saw or heard about Tom mentioning him on Jimmy Fallon. I'd love to see Tom in a big comedy.

I also finally saw Paul, because you recommended it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was funny, and delightfully geeky, and it had a wonderful cast.

I have a date to see Super 8 next Monday night, and I really want to see X-Men after all the rave reviews I've read. I've been watching lots of trailers on iTunes and making a list of other movies to see.

I actually really like The Killing, although I want to slap Mitch upside the head. I saw the preview for next week where she's railing at her husband for what he did, when she's the one who totally egged him on and pretty much bullied him into doing it. So much about that character frustrates me. The slow pace is very different, but it works for me. I just kind of lose myself in each episode, and I always dread the moment when the music speeds up at the end, telling me it's over until next week. But I am wondering, with only two episodes left, if the resolution of the mystery will be satisfying, or if it will seem too rushed or sudden.

I haven't watched GoT yet. I have a friend who's out of the country right now, and we were going to watch it together, so I'm waiting until he gets back. I have every episode saved on my DVR. I've been dying to see it, I was enthralled by the 15-minute preview. You've probably already seen the Ned Stark meme, but if not, you should check it out, it's pretty funny:

http://www.bite.ca/bitedaily/2011/06/top-10-stupid-ned-stark-memes/

I'm not watching much of anything else right now, because I don't like reality TV, but my summer shows are starting to return: White Collar, Covert Affairs, Memphis Beat, Burn Notice, Rookie Blue, Leverage, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Rizzoli & Isles, and Haven. I still watch more TV than anyone else I know. :) I want to check out Necessary Roughness, and of course Falling Skies.

I haven't watched a single episode of Smallville since the finale, but I like your idea of watching a random episode every night. I think I might try that.

I feel like I haven't been on LJ in forever, so you probably changed it weeks and weeks ago, but I love your layout! And I will be commenting on your last two posts about Smallville favorite scenes. Since I'm so late to the party, I thought it might be fun to pick scenes that were ones I liked but that no one else had mentioned yet. I'll try to do that tomorrow.
jeannev
Jun. 8th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
Wasn't the cop in Bridesmaids great? I know he's a bit too good to be true, but poor Kristen Wigg's life sucks so much, you kind of don't care. Its a really good movie to see with your sister, I think.

I also always wish Judd Apatow would cast Tom in a movie. Of course, I wish ANYONE would cast Tom in a movie.

I'm glad you liked Paul. I'm always afraid that I'm going to recommend something, and then people will hate it. But I thought Paul was adorable.

Thanks for the link to the Ned Stark meme. Its so true, sadly. In the hands of a less skillful actor then Sean Bean, I think you could sort of hate Ned.

I think when SV ended, I had so many bad feelings about the show overall that I wanted to remember reasons why I loved it so much. So, thats why I'm sort of randomly rewatching stuff. So the memories are happier.

I look forward to your contributions on the favorite scenes. I'm sure you'll pick really interesting scenes.
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jeannev
Jun. 8th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
I think the pace of The Killing is something thats always going to be polarizing. If you can manage to really get into the show, and the characters, then its not likely to bother you. But I find myself unable to really engage, so I'm not being drawn into it in the way that, I think, you need to for the pacing to work.

If all that makes sense, LOL

If there was a S2, I really don't think I'd watch it.
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jeannev
Jun. 9th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Fast Five is a total popcorn flick. Thats why I said that its exactly what it should be, and doesn't try to aim outside of its wheelhouse. And bringing together a team of "all-stars" was inspired, because it brought together a great crew.

I'll be interested to hear what you thought of X-Men.
wingster55
Jun. 9th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Fast Five was very fun..I'm looking forward to the next one based on that preview.

I hear First Class is great but for me nothing can beat X2. Hope to see it and Bridesmaids soon though.

Super 8 is what I'm most excited for (besides Harry Potter).

I'll likely catch The Killing next year. After Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead (for AMC at least).
Falling Skies! Besides that I'm watching that ABC Family show Switched at Birth..good stuff
jeannev
Jun. 9th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
I know they are doing another Fast Five movie, and I'm totally there!

Super 8 is pretty much my #1 want to see movie of the summer. I hope it doesn't disappoint. I've heard some mixed stuff about it.

I cant wait for Walking Dead to come back. I loved that. Zombies rule!!
goodvibe
Jun. 9th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
//And I'm planning on seeing Super 8 this weekend sometime.//

I'd watch this for Kyle Chandler alone, but it looks interesting enough on its own too. Looking forward to this one.

//Fast Five is exactly what that movie should be. Over-the-top, action packed, corny dialogue and lots of macho posturing. I loved it!//

Exactly. Look, I actually kinda love the series - all of the films. And I get flak for that opinion sometimes, heh. But y'know, in the immortal words of Emil, "whatevs." The films are what they are, and they don't make any pretenses.

//Chris Helmsworth is very attractive, but he just didn't do it for me.//

Can't say he does anything for me either. I can certainly see why others might find him attractive and he is good looking, but there's nothing really there for me. I did really enjoy the film though. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it was sort of refreshing? In a way I suppose.

Ugh, Priest. So, so very bad.

Haven't seen Bridesmaids or X-Men: First class yet. Am going to see the latter tomorrow night though.

I've got GoT lined up to watch. I think I'll give it a go this Sunday.

I couldn't get into The Killing. I found it dreadfully boring.
jeannev
Jun. 9th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
I remember the first time I ever saw Kyle Chandler. He was on this TV movie that was set right after World War 2, but I can't remember the name of it right now. He was so adorable.

I didn't care for Tokyo Drift, but all the other Fast & Furious movies are great fun. And Vin Diesel and Paul Walker just work well together.

I think you'll like GoT.
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jeannev
Jun. 10th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted to say Fast & Furious was slashier. I think Fast Five has more wimmin's in it.

I'm really hoping that Falling Skies isn't a disappointment. I'm not sure what capacity GB is involved with the show, since they finished their first season, and they don't know if they'll be renewed yet. But I do know they are expecting a 2nd season based on advanced word of mouth.
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