Cinema, Movies, or Just Two Hours You’ll Never Get Back

Curling up with a good book has its merits for creative rejuvenation, but so does film. I love a good movie. So, in my quest for “creative inspiration slash mindles escape slash a good cry slash why can’t I look like that at my age,” I’ve been hitting the theaters for the big screen exeperience — big, expensive experience — and also hitting iTunes and downloading everything I’ve wished, wanted, or wondered about during my two week Holiday vacation. Of course, I run the risk of embarassing myself with the fact that the rest of the nation has already seen, reviewed, and put these films to rest. But hey, now I’m going to awaken those memories by vomiting my opinions all over you. The rating system is actually simpler than my nods toward a good book. It’s simply DO, do, don’t, or DON’T. Emphasis implied and implored. Enjoy!


  • Dolphin Tale: DO.
  • Abduction: don’t.
  • The Help: DO.
  • Super 8: DO.
  • Cowboys & Aliens: don’t (… And that hurts. The premise is actually pretty interesting — aliens in the 1800s. Why not?)
  • One Day: DON’T (Sorry, Ms. Hathaway. May not have been your fault, but still painful.)
  • The Debt: DO.
  • Margin Call: DO. (The best film I saw in 2011. Outstanding performances.)
  • Crazy, Stupid Love: do.
  • Angel’s Crest: do. (I wanted to use all caps, but just couldn’t quite make it work… maybe just a capital D?)
  • Atlas Shrugged Part I: do.
  • Dylan Dog: Dead of Night: DON’T, DON’T, DON’T, DON’T, DON’T (point clear?)
  • Captain America: don’t.
  • Water For Elephants: do. (Not as good as the book, which I really enjoyed; beautiful cinematography.)

In Theater:

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes: do (Only because I had a crush on Roddy McDowell from the original… how did I know he was gay even in all the ape make-up? Gaydar lives in the Tween years.)
  • We Bought A Zoo: DON’T. I walked out. Within the first 20 minutes.
  • Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (US version): DO. (I loved the trilogy, and was ready for it to be ruined. It wasn’t. But definitely more graphic and violent than my mind was capable of conjuring…)

2 thoughts on “Cinema, Movies, or Just Two Hours You’ll Never Get Back

  1. I was very underwhelmed by Margin Call although I loved Kevin Spacey. I just watched Water for Elephants and could barely slog through it. Soooooo boring! I also liked Rise of the Planet of the Apes far more than I thought I would!

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