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November 3, 2011 / jilleun

Movies- October 2011

So this month we pounded through an entire TV Series! FlashForward.  An entire series is pretty admirable, you say? Well, when it gets cancelled after the end of the first season, it’s easy to watch the whole thing.  It was a little bit hard to get in to, I think the budget they had for computer animation was a little short, but they really hook you fast with the plot.  FlashForward explores a few physics(?) or math(?) concepts like: the many-worlds theory, and/or the chaos theory plus probably many others.

Basically: everyone in the world blacks out for a few minutes, and while they are blacked out they have visions of the future. It’s really interesting and both of us enjoyed it a lot.  We’re pretty sad they cancelled the show, they leave it a little bit on a cliffhanger… but nothing you can’t deal with. Recommended.

Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Watched on: 8 Oct 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez
Reaction: Kelvin– I was actually really surprised at how bad this movie was. No character development, hardly a plot (and the miniscule plot that it DID have, was ripped off straight from War of the Worlds and/or Independence Day.) It was an action movie, and not even a good one.
Jilleun– I thought this movie was pretty lame. Who were these people?  I don’t know, therefore: I didn’t care if they got eaten by the aliens or not.
Rating: 1/5

Real Steel (2011)
Watched on: 15 Oct 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo
Reaction: Kelvin– I really liked this movie. You could almost see the end from the beginning; entertaining anyway. I was also really surprised at how good of an actor the kid was (you know kids usually suck pretty hard at acting, so when you see one that’s half-decent, you notice). A little bit sad, but had a nice exit.
Jilleun–  Even though this is geared towards guys I really enjoyed it, it’s a good story and super entertaining.
Rating: 5/5

Monster House (2006)
Watched on: 16 Oct 2011
Rated: PG
Three actors: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke
Reaction: Kelvin– I don’t know why I think I’m going to like kids movies. Why do we watch them? They’re dumb. Reallllly dumb. This one was no exception. Stupid plot, terrible animation, and you have to let your imagination stretch pretty far (it’s even animated!) to let this movie fly. Bad, bad, bad.
Jilleun–  This is a kids movie but I still like it,  I think the characters are funny.  I also think it’s good to get away from and be different rather than just another Disney fluffy happy movie.
Rating: 3/5

True Grit (2010)
Watched on: 18 Oct 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld
Reaction: Kelvin– Not totally sure how this movie came up. We were trying to decide what to watch and the cursor had stopped on this movie, so we watched it. Didn’t have any idea what it was about beforehand. I liked it enough. Pretty good story, nice acting (especially by the girl), pretty believable environments/sets, overall well done. It just isn’t my type of movie, I guess.
Jilleun–  Hmmm I’m not totally sure how I feel about this movie. It was well done for sure, the actors did great, and the story was interesting. But I thought it was just OK for some reason.
Rating: 3/5

In Time (2011)
Watched on: 29 Oct 2011
Rated: PG-13
Three actors: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy
Reaction: Kelvin– Watched the preview, which gave away more that I would have liked. I thought it was an interesting subject, so we saw it. The underlying concept of how it all works wasn’t very well explained, how it came about: the fact that time literally equals money, and when you run out of time you die.  There are a million directions that you could have gone with this concept, and this one wasn’t a bad one.  I felt it was somewhat political–it follows the same idea that the Occupy Wall Street movement is pushing–except this movie was being produced before the OWS started… obviously.  The movie was really well done, the plot might have had some holes–but it was good, the acting was excellent, the music was fitting, the cinematography was admirable, and the cars were cool. Pretty awesome.
Jilleun–  I thought this movie was awesome, I don’t know why it got such bad reviews.
Rating: 5/5

Some stats
5 movies
PG-13– 4
PG– 1
Favorite movie this month-
Kelvin- Real Steel
Jilleun- In Time

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