Sunday, July 28, 2013

Xtravision Summer Deal Part 2-Movie Update.

Following on from my post last Sunday 21st I went ahead and bought the Xtravision Summer Pass. Since then Dublin has experienced freakishly high rainfall causing flooding, Luas trams to be struck by lightening and Dart station closure. Feeling that I may have caused this as fate intervened to give me reason to stay inside and watch the movies a slight wave of guilt washed over me....

Despite this I have spent a good week watching movies, some from my list and other new releases/ spontaneous choices. As a result this week I have seen:

- Side Effects; Jude Law, Catherine Zita-Jones, Rodney Mara and Channing Tatum.
A good movie "One pill can change your life" about a psychiatrist and his patient with depression that has an unexpected turn of events. Recommended.

-Arbitrage ; Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and Brit Marling.
Very good. A golden life of a successful businessman and his perfect family hides a darker side. Understated and excellent performance by Richard Gere and a very believable plot.

-Marvel Avengers Assemble ; Robert Downey Junior, all the expected Marvel actors.
Realised five minutes into this movie that I'd seen it before and slept through it first time round. Left it on and had another good sleep.

-Beautiful Creatures ; Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons.
A spontaneous off-the-list selection which was most pleasing. Some silly turns but a good escapist fantasy and impressed by Ehrenreich's performance as book loving geeky Ethan Wate who befriends Englert as Lena Duchanne.

-The Incredible Burt Wonderstone ; Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini and Olivia Wilde.
Released mid-week and so decided to give it a go. Funny and much better than I expected. A good story with an feel-good ending, it is a good pastiche of the Las Vegas glitzy magicians. Worth a look.

The Host ; Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, William Hurt and Jake Abel.
Another one released mid-week so decided to try it. Given 9% by Rotten Tomatoes and now I know why. Ronan's vocalised inner voice approach to the two characters of her host body and her human character sounded more like mad Jan from the Brady Bunch Movie and her schizo episodes ("Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"). Waste of time and slept through most of second hour.

Roll on another DVD week!

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