This Month in Movies: April 2013
Here's This Month in Movies: (* = rewatch)
Star Wars: IV, V, & VI (1977-1983)*: I did a marathon of the original Star Wars films. It had been years since I'd watched them. I was a BIG Star Wars nerd when I was a kid, so watching these again was a lot of nostalgia.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You (2011): Based on one of my favorite books by Peter Cameron (one of my favorite authors), I had a lot of expectations for this movie. Only once have I been 100% pleased with a movie adaptation of a book, see: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This adaptation of Someday comes close though. Parts of the storyline were tweaked, and plot devices changed, but it was done in a tasteful manner. Almost all of the dialogue was straight from the book, which was wonderful, but also made the acting look forced at some points. Still, I enjoyed it a lot. I had been worried that any movie adaptation of this book would not show James (the main character) in a flattering light seeing as he is a very introverted, deep thinking character, but they did a good job.
So, if you enjoyed the book, I do think you should take the time and see the movie. Not by any means perfect, but a good job for a book-to-movie film.
Miss Representation (2011): I have a long list of documentaries I've been meaning to see, and this was among them. While the content and message is nothing I wasn't already aware of, it was nice to see a documentary that attempts to shed light on the gross misrepresentation of women in the media, and how, we just can't seem to win. It shows the truths and hypocrisies of a culture that claims equality and then continues to judge and shame women on their bodies rather than showing their worth as human beings. While this film explores few solutions, it's a good "introductory course" to showing people just how much discrimination and degradation women face in the mainstream media.
Faces in the Crowd (2011): This movie started off fairly slow, and I wasn't sure whether or not I could get into it, but towards the middle-end it got really good. I'm glad I stuck with it. My only complaints about the film are moments when the lead character does things that are just not smart to do when you're being pursued by a serial killer. Although, that's sort of the norm in thrillers, and I suppose if she was smart the whole time there wouldn't have been much of a plot.
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983): This movie was a lot of fun. The story of a (fictional) band in the sixties that only made it big twenty years after the death of their lead singer. It follows both the history of the band, and the lives of the remaining band members twenty years later as some of them begin to doubt whether or not Eddie actually died.
Other movies I watched this month: Practical Magic (1998)*, Kumare (2011), Alien Nation (1988), Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989).