Category Archives: Movies

Cockneys VS Zombies

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A year or so ago my husband found the trailer for Cockneys VS Zombies, a hilarious looking zombie film in the style of Shaun of the Dead. Since zombie films are a particular favorite, we waited impatiently for months for the release, but alas, it never came to the US. Looks like we’ll be looking for a used copy online.

Doesn’t it look funny? The full trailer had too much iffy language and violence to include here, but you can find it on youtube.

AAR at the Movies: Iron Man 3

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Lord above, at least it was better than “Iron Man 2″. Tony Stark goes out with a bang (at least from the movies, but not from the Avengers), Pepper Potts kicks some serious butt, a kid gets called a pussy, and Jean wonders why Brits and Aussies are better at American accents than Americans are at British ones. Not a total waste of time, but it left me with some ethical dilemmas. Continue reading

Summer Movies I Want to See

Summer finds my family in two places: the pool and the movie theater. This summer I will probably be dragged to several films I have no desire to see. The following is my list of the ones I definetly want to catch:

May 17 : Star Trek: Into Darkness

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AAR Goes to the Movies: Oblivion

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The last super bowl was played in 2017. Then Earth was attacked by aliens. According to soldier Jack Harper, “We won the war but they destroyed half the planet. Everyone’s been evacuated, nothing human remains.” Jack and his communications officer/eye in the sky Victoria are an “effective team”, doing what Jack calls “mop up” work. Essentially, they guard ocean rigs that drain the world’s oceans and send the water to a massive tetrahedral space station called the Tet. The Tet then sends it on to humanity’s new home, Titan, a moon of Saturn. Much of the water from the planet is gone; what remains should be drained soon.

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AAR Goes to the Movies: Lincoln

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAItg1zzhrU[/youtube]Because Lincoln got rather mixed reviews in German papers and magazines, I didn’t go to watch the movie when it was first on here last autumn. After Daniel Day-Lewis had won the Oscar for best actor in February, it was put on at the local cinema again, and I went and watched it. And boy am I glad I didn’t miss it! Continue reading

AAR Goes to the Movies: Howl’s Moving Castle

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UibodUGoL4M[/youtube]Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones is among my top 10 favorite books, and may be the one I have reread most often over the years. It received the only A+ review I have written for AAR so far. Which is why I was both excited and worried to hear some years back that it was being made into an animated film by Studio Ghibli, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Continue reading

Movies That Meet (or Exceed) the Book

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There is always controversy when movies are adaptations of beloved books or plays. Films such as The Hobbit, which use outside source material to extend a revered original, are dissected as fans determine which moments, if any, should have remained untouched. But I felt nothing but delight with the changes made to Breaking Dawn Part 2. Be warned, I am heading into spoiler territory here so if you haven’t seen the film, quit reading.

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Oscar Preparations

For a number of personal reasons I lost my love of the movies for a few years. Except for the Harry Potter flicks I didn’t even venture into a theater, and rarely watched a movie on my TV. For a lifelong movie lover this was pretty drastic.

But a few years ago my love of movies came back in a major way. Sure, I can still go for months — particularly the summer months — without watching a movie in a theater. But I’ll still watch a lot of older movies on my TV. But then November rolls around and the “good” movie season begins for me. Finally, we’re through with all the silly summer flicks and the “grown-up”/Oscar contender movies seem to hit town.

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Watching the oldies: Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gluDUR-_qKU[/youtube]Last weekend, for the first time ever I watched Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte (German title, incidentally: Lullaby for a Corpse). It’s a Southern Gothic story with quite a few horror elements, starring a fantastic Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. There’s Joseph Cotton in it, too, but sorry, completely overshadowed by the ladies. Continue reading