Not so much the bloody, exploding blockbusters, but I do tend to go to the movies more during the summer months. Just the way I tend to read more in the summer. So here’s what I’ve seen so far:
Up: The best. Inventive, heart-felt, funny and beautiful. Best movie for grown-ups since WALL-E.
The Girl from Monaco: a really silly, totally French comedy. Absurd, offensive, delightful.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: For my money not the best of the franchise, of which I am a big fan (both books and movies) but it’s great to see the kids growing up. And I can’t get enough of Alan Rickman.
Away We Go: Delightful small movie with a great cast. Thanks to my friend Aliza who insisted I see it.
The Proposal: One of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. I’m okay with stupid romantic comedies and I wasn’t expecting much but this one was really stinky: bad script, flat performances and no chemistry between the stars. I only went because some of the externals were shot in Rockport, MA, but there weren’t enough of those to compensate for the rest.
Summer Hours: Another French film, which was a bit oversold to me as the best thing since sliced baguettes (Dontcha hate when people do that?) Still, a lot of fun in that wistful, global Gallic way. And the last song on the soundtrack took me straight back to high school: The Incredible String Band!
500 Days of Summer: Who new LA could be so pretty? Loved the way this one cut forward and back, and there is one scene where our hero, Ted, finally realizes that it’s over with summer and the world turns into a drawing that is then erased. Haven’t seen a more articulate and poetic sequence since Amalie splashed to the floor, undone by disappointment.
Next up: Julie and Julia — Meryl Streep, a script by Nora Ephron, and all that food? Who can resist?
Any other must-see suggestions?