by Gail Z. Martin
What did I learn from this summer’s crop of action flicks? Well, they weren’t really intended as educational fare, but in between bites of popcorn, I picked up a few life lessons, so I thought I’d share them with you.
Transformers—prepare for your job interviews if you don’t want to look like a dofus.
Thor—wait until you’ve been crowned before acting like the king.
Pirates 4—asking nicely for things like a mermaid’s tears will get you farther than kidnapping and larceny
Harry Potter 7—that pile of junk in your attic just might be a valuable relic. Or just a fire hazard.
Green Lantern—stopping to help at a traffic accident can change your life.
Captain America—never underestimate the skinny kid.
Cowboys and Aliens—don’t bet against a low-tech rebellion.
Conan—If you don’t want someone to reassemble the evil mask, destroy it, don’t just hide the pieces.
I’m not sure what kind of life wisdom any of this imparts, but passing along these disturbed ramblings is just another one of my many public services. Enjoy.
by Gail Z. Martin
I don’t ask much from my movies. A few explosions, some impossible but cool special effects, and a little magic.
With Netflix and Redbox, we have gotten pretty choosy about which movies we see in the theaters (that, and our three kids are now old enough that we’ve lost the child discount rate so we have to pay for five adults, which gets pricy). We triage our theater-going to which movies really benefit from the big screen, 3-D and/or IMAX treatment, and which would be pretty much the same on the TV at home. Needless to say, explosions and magic look better when they’re bigger and louder, so that tends to tilt toward our choice of movies.
Thor was a lot of fun—better than I expected. (It was worth it to hear half the theater gasp when he took of his shirt.) I also enjoyed Green Lantern. Lots of action, not real heavy on plot. Pirates of the Caribbean 4 was an ok popcorn movie, but I liked the first one best. (However, compared with Pirates 2 and 3, Pirates 4 looked like Oscar material. My opinion. Just saying.) Of course, Harry Potter 7.2. I thought Deathly Hallows 2 was very well done, with exceptional special effects and cinematography with a mood befitting the tone of the book. I’m looking forward to seeing Captain America.
I missed getting to see X Men First Class and, alas, Kung Fu Panda 2, so I’ll have to pick those up on Netflix later on. I’m also intrigued by Super 8, and might catch that one. And while it’s not really a movie, I enjoyed catching up on Season 2 of True Blood thanks to Netflix.
So there you have it, my confession of guilty pleasure watching summer movies. Pass the popcorn!