The Greatest Show On Earth Absolutely love this movie and they finally released it on DVD so picking it up. While watching it I was reminded how much I loved the circus and how sad I am that Ringling Bros is no more. (The circus in the film is Ringling Brothers) Great story, amazing performances, breathtaking costumes. So wonderful to visit it again.
"Kong: Skull Island" - Overall, I enjoyed the film. I thought it was a very well-made film. One of the things I *really* liked was that you got lots of good looks at Kong and other creatures. That was one of my huge complaints about the last Godzilla movie.
One story point I had a problem with:
Mainly, it was the all-encompassing motivation for Samuel Jackson's character. Yeah, they kind of set him up as someone who didn't know what to do with himself if he wasn't fighting an enemy. But the mentality of "man is always king, no matter what" and the revenge obsession really bothered me. "We have to go kill Kong because he killed my men." Ummm, yeah, you came, uninvited into his home and started blowing things up and possibly bringing on more dangerous creatures, and he fought back against that. You started it. And you single-mindedly determined to kill him, even though he was defending his home. There is a little bit of lip-service in the film of the other characters objecting to this mentality, but I don't know if I place the fault in the character internally or in the writing. It just really bothered me every time Kong was blamed, as if he just attacked out of nowhere, especially since you got indications about a different side of Kong, from what Chapman witnessed before he died, to how much the natives revered him, to seeing Kong's interactions with Brie Larson's character.
"Beauty and the Beast" - new live action version. Overall, I thought they did a good job, and it was nice that they actually got people who can sing to do a musical. I liked this a lot more than the live action version of "Cinderella", which had me feeling nothing. I did cry a couple times at this, but to me, it still didn't rise to the level of the original. There are a few new songs that I can see would vie for a nomination for Best Song. I prefer the ensemble one and the end credits one more than Beast's new song. I was ok with the change in lyrics in some of the songs, but I wasn't happy with some of the other changes. In particular, they changed my favorite line in "Kill the Beast".
Saw Beauty and the Beast on Saturday night. I went in with low expectations and actually really enjoyed the film. I think it would have been better with a different actress than Emma Watson, but she still did a good job. I enjoyed the Gaston song. I agree with cstephens in that it was better than Cinderella.
Disneyland will always be home, but WDW is starting to win me over.
Logan - Loved it!
Kong: Skull Island - Liked it. Felt it was like watching a B-movie, which isn't a bad thing. And whoa, Samuel L. Jackson wasn't playing Samuel L. Jackson again. Ha! (except for one brief moment towards the final act)
Godzilla (2014) - Had to re-watch this again after watching Kong; hadn't seen it since it's theatrical release. Still enjoyed it. Two good movies in, I'm looking forward to this shared Godzilla-Kong monster movie universe they're building towards.
Beauty and the Beast - Liked it. I may need to watch it again tho'. So many friends enjoyed it more than me, and perhaps I expected too much.
Cinderella - Loved it again.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey - Found it on Hulu. Loved it again!! Was so elated to find it there in widescreen. Could not make myself buy the DVD because it was pan and scan. Glad I held out all these years.
My friends have our tickets to watch Ghost in the Shell next week.
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