The Case of the Saturday Morning Musing…

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This costs how much??

Have you seen any good movies lately? I mean really good movies. The kind that leave an impression on you. The kind that fire up your imagination. The kind that have you saying “Wow!” under your breath.

I haven’t. At least, not in a long while.

Now, granted, I’ve seen some ‘good’ movies in the respect that I didn’t really mind spending the money to catch them in the theaters, but it’s been a long time since a movie has grabbed me by the shoulders, kicked me in the gut, and really knocked the wind out of me.

I promise this isn’t going to go off into another rant on Hollywood, but there really just hasn’t been much out there to capture the imagination (at least for me) like a Star Wars, or Back to the Future, or Raiders of the Lost Ark did back in the day.

Sure, there have been some “blockbusters” out there…The Avengers being a prime example, but even that wasn’t much more than Joss Whedon bringing his formulaic writing to the big screen with some Marvel ‘retreading’ and flashy (albeit awesome) special effects. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Buffy, Angel, and Firefly fan…and Whedon told the tale of the Avengers well…but there was nothing earth-shaking in the film. Nothing that made me say “Oh..didn’t see that coming…”.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just the genre of movie that I most frequent. The sci-fi/fantasy genre seems to be big these days and there’s a good chunk of that genre that seems to rely on retreads and ‘retelling’ stories I’ve seen a few times before…..Planet of the Apes and The Amazing Spider-Man, for starters.  Both enjoyable flicks…just nothing very “original” from my viewing.

I think one of the best films I saw last year was The Hobbit, which was surprising.

Cool poster, I have to admit.

Cool poster, I have to admit.

I tried reading the book years ago and was bored to tears. I also gave the Lord of the Rings trilogy a shot….Zzzzzzzz. To those who worship at the altar of Tolkien, my hat’s off to you….I don’t know how you do it….honestly.

I think I’m too low-brow for his brand of descriptive story telling, honestly. Still…I enjoyed the movie.

Maybe I should start watching romantic comedies? (Don’t tell my wife I just said that!)

Nahhhhhhh!!!

Anyway, it’s not like I’ve given up on the movies. I still hold out hope that something will come along and knock my proverbial socks off…..but the wait, in the meantime, is killing me.

Figuratively speaking, of course.

How about you? Seen any good movies lately?

Until next time….

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4 responses

  1. I love Tolkien, and Buffy and Firefly, and I haven’t seen a movie at the theater recently, but I might go see the new Jack and the Beanstalk — sorry I know it has a different title — but the reviews have been good, and while I don’t usually go by reviews — it does sound like fun. And I did love the Avengers, but we watched “RED TAILS” yesterday, and I was surprised that (1) I liked it, because I hate war movies, but (2) It was well done — very exciting and a great story. Can’t wait to see the Hobbit.

    I like the title of your blog — this morning I found the ending to my last book in my trilogy and found the new detective for my next mystery! It’s been a great day — now I just have to stop surfing the blogs and get to work on the writing!

    Have a great day!

    1. I’ve heard that latest Jack and Beanstalk remake….I think it’s Jack the Giant Killer?…or something like that was good. Yes, “Red Tails” looked very cool too and I’m not a huge war movie buff either. I think you’ll really like The Hobbit….it has a lot to like.

      Thanks! I took it from an old Gene Autry serial of the same name and modified it a tad. Yes stop surfing and start writing! Advice I should be taking too!!

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Interesting – the only review I heard about Jack the Giant Killer (NPR) was very negative.

    And as a writer, the best movie I’ve seen recently is The Words, with Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, and Dennis Quaid. Definitely not an action flick, but thought-provoking.

    1. Hadn’t heard of The Words, Cyndi, but I’ll have to check it out.

      I think one of the best movies….well, sort of movie…that I’ve seen regarding writing was “Tales From the Script” about screenwriters in Hollywood. It’s on Netflix streaming and was very interesting….especially if one is thinking of going into screen writing.

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