What I’ve Been Watching: Time Travel Twists, Dramatic Dinosaurs, and Western Showdowns.

As many of you know, summertime kick starts our movie marathon season. With the projector up and running, we have already watched a plethora of films on the big screen and for the most part, they’ve all been highly entertaining. Here is what I’ve been watching.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol & Rogue Nation

Now, I am not a die-hard follower of this franchise. However, there’s something to be said about watching these films on a big screen as it allows us to immerse ourselves in the visual scope of the film. There is no doubt that Tom Cruise embodies the stereotypical action hero trope, but does so in a way that is magnetic. The Mission Impossible franchise has long set the standards for epic action films, but what makes them so compelling is the supporting cast of characters and how their lives and experiences are all interconnected, giving them a sense of history that manifests itself in brilliant character dynamics. Continue reading

What I’ve Been Watching: Action Thrillers, Extreme Bake-Off, and the Musical Event of the Year?

As my reading slump continues, I’ve found myself watching more films recently. With summer just around the corner, we finally got the projector set up for our annual summer movie marathon. Admittedly, the only film we watched on the big screen was Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but I must admit watching the Eurovision Song Contest on the big screen was quite the experience. Here is a summary of what I’ve been watching.

Films

Source Code

This film surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it, but it poses an interesting scenario on the possibility of sending someone’s last conscious moment to a computed reality in order to prevent a future disaster. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Captain Colter Stevens, this film revealed the stakes early on heightening the tension as he only had eight minutes to find the one responsible for these disasters. However, the more time he spends in this reality, the more his attachment to passengers aboard the train grows, giving him an internal and external conflict which could alter the consequences of this disaster. It’s a clever storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seats as Colter’s mission and consciousness collide in a conflict that has surprising consequences.
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What I’ve Been Watching: Medieval Jousting Comedy, a Scene-Stealing Cat, and Grand Slam Champions.

I seem to have hit a slump with my to-watch list. There are so many TV shows and films to watch, but knowing what you’re in the mood to watch is the biggest challenge. This summary demonstrates just how random my selection of TV and films have been lately.

Films

A Knight’s Tale

There’s no denying how charming this film is. This medieval-adventure comedy is your stereotypical peasant rising to nobility coupled with a killer anachronistic soundtrack and Paul Bettany’s brilliant over the top portrayal of Geoffrey Chaucer. It’s a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and has fun with the dynamic between Ledger’s William Thatcher and his companions when trying to keep up his facade amongst the nobility. Will it blow you away? No, but it’s a fun film that will make you laugh at the absurdity of the entire situation. Continue reading