Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Movies I've Watched Recently

In addition to reading, I have another love: movies! Since this is a book review blog, I usually don't get the chance to talk about films, so I figured I would do a spotlight post discussing some I have watched recently! Let me know in the comments what you've been watching lately! I'm thinking about making this a monthly feature, but we'll see. For now, here are some of the movies I've seen lately, whether in theaters or at home:

1. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol  
Release date: December 21, 2011
Starring: Tom Cruise 
Where?: In Theaters 
Series: #4, can be seen out of order though
Rating: PG-13

I was a big fan of the first and second MI movies, but the third fell a little flat. I wasn't sure what to expect regarding Ghost Protocol, but I ended up loving it! We went as a family to see this one, and I know both my mom and dad enjoyed it as well. The plot was unique and addicting and the action was endless. I was on the edge of my seat quite a few times and all of the actors were fantastic. Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton all did a wonderful job and I can only hope to see all of them back for a fifth adventure!

2. Monte Carlo 
Release date: July 1, 2011
Starring: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy
Where?: Personal DVD
Series: No
Rating: PG

I remember wanting to see this when it was in theaters, but I never had the chance because of other conflicts over the summer. Now that our Blockbuster is going out of business I have been loading up on DVDs and this was one of them! This was just what I was expecting: a cute, frothy love story. I've always liked Selena Gomez's music, but I never connected with her on Wizards of Waverly Place. Luckily, I felt she did a great job in Monte Carlo. The scenery was beautiful and while the plot did seem a tad unrealistic at times (or completely unrealistic), I did enjoy this. If you're looking for a fun and entertaining movie to watch on a rainy day, I definitely recommend this!

3. Thor
Release date: May 6, 2011
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman 
Where?: Rented 
Series: Yes, #1 
Rating: PG-13

When my mom rented this I had no idea what to expect. I'd seen the trailer a few times and it definitely appealed to me, but I didn't know much more about it. I do love Natalie Portman, though, and was eager to see what her role would be. My family and I definitely enjoyed this one! Chris Hemsworth was a terrific Thor and this was a unique action movie that was different from the other Marvel super-hero films. The plot was action-packed, but also entertaining and romantic. Kat Dennings added a lot of the humor and I loved her character. Natalie Portman also did a nice job! Thor 2 doesn't seem to be on the horizon for quite awhile with all the director drama, but at least we'll see Thor in The Avengers and Chris Hemsworth in Snow White and the Huntsman

4. Easy A 
Release date: September 17, 2010
Starring: Emma Stone
Where?: Personal DVD
Series: No
Rating: PG-13

I LOVE THIS MOVIE! This is third time I have seen Easy A and I loved it just as much. It is a fantastic "teen movie" that is perfect to watch with friends. Emma Stone is one of my all-time favorite actresses and she did a fantastic job in Easy A. I can't tell you how much I adore this movie- just go watch it for yourself! 

5. The Princess Bride
Release date: September 25, 1987
Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin
Where?: Personal DVD
Series: No
Rating: PG

Another personal favorite! My family and I watched this on Christmas Eve, I just love reliving the magic of this movie over and over again. This is another one of those movies that if you haven't seen already, go see it right now! The action, the mystery, the romance, the adventure, everything is fun and exciting. As a book lover I still can't believe I haven't gotten my hands on a copy of the novel, though!


  1. Ah, Princess Bride. I feel twu wuv for that movie.

  2. Easy A is made of win! so is The Princess Bride.

    I actually saw Montecarlo a while back and I thought it was pretty fun. And I never really liked Selena in Wizards either, I hate that she always gets away with stuff and walks over everyone else.

    I so wanna see Ghost Protocol! =)

  3. LOVED Easy A! I totally thought it was going to be one of those lame love story/teen romance movies, but it was actually really good. And funny! This is a great post :)

  4. Ha, I was so surprised to end up loving Monte Carlo! But then again....I do love most romantic comedies out there. Haha. It was a sweet movie with absolutely amazing scenery! Princess Bride will always be an all time favourite of mine! :)

  5. I saw Mission Impossible over the weekend, too, and I absolutely loved it! I haven't seen any of the other movies since elementary school, so I was basically a newbie to the series, and it was fantastic. Just the right mixture of action and drama!

  6. I saw Monte Carlo over the summer and enjoyed it. I thought it was such a fun movie, and just like you, I love the scenery! I really wanted to go to Monte Carlo after seeing it..that's for sure. And yay for Easy A! That's such a great movie. I haven't seen The Princess Bridge, but I keep meaning to...

  7. Chris Helmsworth as Thor...need I say more???


    And Princess Bride remains my #1 favorite movie. I quote it, like, all the time (much to my friends' chagrin) and whenever I'm sick, I'll watch it on repeat. Did you know Entertainment Weekly just did a 25 year reunion? Here's the link to the video they shot: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/princess-bride-cast-reunites-gma-14689582

    And no, it's not inconceivable.



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