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July 18, 2011 / Kelvin Jasperson

Movies- June 2011

Well, this is a little embarrassing.

We went to NYC, moved to Orem, and then Jilleun went to California–all within two weeks. We have been very busy lately. So we are just now getting settled into our new place and getting down to the movie reviews of last month. Jilleun has declined to participate. Even though we watched a fair number of movies, it all happened quite a while ago and I don’t remember all the details of the movies we watched, so please forgive my brevity.

We gave up on Prison Break after we watched the first few episodes of Season 3.  We didn’t like the way that the show was going, additionally we talked to a few friends that all said Season 3 and 4 were not worth watching. Plus they told us how it all went down, so they kind of spoiled the plot anyway.

X-Men: First Class (2011)
Watched on: 7 Jun 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon
Reaction: Kelvin- Meh. Another reboot. Graphics were just okay. Anything Magneto did was especially gross in the special effects department. Predictable plot. Good acting, I can’t complain about anything in that department. I would rather have another X-Men Origins than this First Class nonsense.
Rating- 3/5

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Watched on: 8 Jun 2011
Rated: PG-13
Reaction: Kelvin- We started watching this … after it had been going for about 10 minutes we realized the movie was in French. We had no subtitles. I’ve heard many-a-great things about this movie, but alas.. we were foiled.  So we just did something else.

Click (2006)
Watched on: 9 Jun 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken
Reaction: Kelvin- Typical Adam Sandler movie. I had never seen this one before and I was quite surprised at how much better it was (in terms of plot and character development) than his other films. I didn’t cry, FYI. Funny enough to keep you smiling, but I wasn’t rolling on the ground; I don’t know if I would recommend this movie to anyone my age.  I think they were trying to hit a slightly younger–and more immature–demographic.
Rating- 3/5

A Mighty Wind (2003)
Watched on: 10 Jun 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Too many- It’s a Christopher Guest movie
Reaction: Kelvin- Really very good. I enjoy Christopher Guest movies a lot. He does such a great job with his ensemble cast. The movies are always very funny (in their own dry way) and always entertain. This was no exception to that rule. Funny, creative, VERY good songs, and fantastic acting. If we didn’t watch Marley & Me in the month of June, this would have been my top pick.
Rating- 5/5

Super 8 (2011)
Watched on: 11 Jun 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Riley Griffiths
Reaction: Kelvin- Hooray for a suspenseful and good movie that isn’t just a reboot, or another obscure Marvel/DC comic! I partially went to go see this because it was written/directed by J.J. Abrams–co-creator of LOST–of which I am a very very big fan, and partially because I heard it was actually a good movie. Not too scary, not annoyingly suspenseful. It tells you the story in a very enthralling fashion which keeps you interested all the way through.
Rating- 5/5

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Watched on: 22 Jun 2011
Rated: PG
Three actors: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick
Reaction: Kelvin- Bleh. What a dumb kiddy movie. Sorry to anyone who actually liked it. This was such a waste of my time.
Rating- 2/5

Marley & Me (2008)
Watched on: 29 Jun 2011
Rated: PG
Three actors: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane
Reaction: Kelvin- If you have not seen this, go rent or buy it right now. It came out Christmas day, but that doesn’t mean it is a Christmas movie.  It tells the touching story of John Grogan and his family + dog (Marley).  It is really no different than watching someone grow up, but on screen and it didn’t take nearly as long. Superb acting, excellent chemistry between Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. Really good story with an exceptional ending.
Rating- 5/5

Some stats
7 movies
PG-13– 5
PG– 2
Favorite movie this month-
Jilleun- Marley & Me
Kelvin- Marley & Me

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