Archive for November, 2009

“Ninja Assassin” – bloody, but good

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Saw “Ninja Assassin” tonight.  It was very gory, but an excellent movie for that genre.  There was plenty of action, obviously lots of blood and guts, but not a bad story line for that genre.  Along with horror movies, the blood and guts movies are not my favorite genres, but I did enjoy the movie, and the time went by quickly.  If you don’t mind the excessive blood and guts, you will enjoy the action in this movie.

Saw “Old Guys” tonight – ok, a little disappointing

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Saw “Old Guys” tonight at Regal Fenway after a nice turkey Thanksgiving dinner.  I like both John Travolta, and Robin Williams;  however, I was a bit disappointed in this movie.  It was not bad, just did not live up to my expectations.  It was funny at times, but overall, a bit too drawn out for my tastes.

Saw “Fantastic Mr. Fox” tonight – very good

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

I saw “Fantastic Mr. Fox” tonight at Regal Fenway.  I went because it was a convenient time after dinner at Longhorn.  The movie was funnier, and more entertaining than I expected.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the movie, and how many times I laughed.  The voices for this animated movie are a plethora of top Hollywood stars.  If you enjoy a good, humorous animated movie, check out “Fantastic Mr. Fox”.

Saw “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” – not for me

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Saw “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” at the Regal Fenway tonight.  This movie is definitely not my cup of tea.  Of course, I realize I am the complete opposite of the target demographic for this movie, and vampire movies are also certainly at the bottom of my favorite list.  Most of the movie audience was female, and about 40 years younger.   This target demographic seemed to like the movie, just not for me.

Saw “The Blind Spot” – nice movie

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Saw “The Blind Spot” at the Boston Common.  Overall, the movie was good.  It is certainly a heartwarming story, and had a NFL sidebar to it.  Since football is my favorite sport, this football / NFL sidebar added to my interest.  I was impressed with Sandra Bullock in this serious role.  I thought she was excellent.  The previous recent movies I saw Sandra in were romantic comedies, she adopted to this role change quite well.

Saw “Turandot” MET Opera encore – excellent

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Saw the encore presentation of the MET Opera’s HD broadcast of “Turnadot” at the Regal Fenway last night.   Another extravagant presentation with a plethora of cast members.  As expected with the MET Opera, the stars were fantastic, top echelon voices.   The story was easy to follow thanks to the necessary subtitles.  I am not a passionate opera fan, but I do enjoy a good opera on occasion.  “Turandot” was extravagant as “Aida”; however, even though I thoroughly enjoyed “Turandot”, I did enjoy “Aida” a bit better. 

Even though the encore presentations are rebroadcasts of a live events, the two intermissions are included.  During the intermissions, I was catching up on “24” Season 7 which I had recorded live to the Archos when broadcast.   I am also catching up on previous seasons via NetFlix.  Wish “24” was one of the available shows for streaming.  Quite a diversity of viewing, watching “Turandot” then Jack Baeur during the intermissions.

Saw Star Trek IV and V, Excellent although not as good as VI

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Finished watching Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek V, The Final Frontier via NetFlix.  I did enjoy both movies, definitely among the best of the original cast movies.  I still enjoyed Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country more, it is the best of all the original cast movies.  I will see the other Star Trek movies featuring different casts;  however, I suspect I will always favor the original cast movies.

“2012” was better than I expected

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Saw “2012” at the Fenway tonight – better than I expected.  Although a bit corny at times, and a bit long, the special effects were fantastic.  The movie is slightly over two, and a half hours long.  I can sometimes get bored if a movie exceeds two hours especially if the extra length does not really add to the movie.  With “2012”, the time went by quickly, and I did not mind the length.

Saw “Aida” MET Opera encore HD Broadcast – excellent

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Attended the encore presentation of the MET Opera’s “Aida” Wednesday night.  I am not a huge opera fan, but I did enjoy “Aida”.  It featured the largest cast I have seen on stage at one time, and featured several live horses as well.  As expected, all the main characters had excellent voices.  Story was excellent, of course I would be lost without the subtitles.  Even if you are not an opera fan, try attending a HD live broadcast, or encore presentation at your local cinema.  You may actually enjoy it, 😉

Saw “The Fourth Kind” tonight, not impressed

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Saw “The Fourth Kind” at the Regal Fenway tonight, and was not impressed.  I went because it was a convenient starting time, wish I had seen something else.  As I have indicated in previous posts, the horror / supernatural is my least favorite genre.  For that genre, it wasn’t bad, just not for me.  I still have a problem understanding how “Paranormal Activity” made so much money at the boxoffice. I saw it when it first come out, thought it was terrible, and definitely reflected the low cost to make it.  Even though the horror / supernatural is not my favorite genre, the money made by “Paranormal Activity” shows that many theater goers do indeed like that genre.  To each his own certainly applies.