Several weeks ago, I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Since I am a huge fan of these movies, whether they are good, bad or indifferent, of course I loved it. The special effects were terrific and those critters looked about as real as humanly possible to my mind. I wish Tom Felton (aka Drako Malfoy from Harry Potter) would play a good guy, so we could see him in a different light, but perhaps he is being type cast, I dunno. What I do know is that as I was watching our shameful treatment of animals, I was rooting for the apes. To the point that when the end of the movie rolled around, I was actively cheering for human annihilation. Yep. If the movie had an agenda (and I'm sure it did), I fell for it hook, line and sinker. And I had no defense against it. My movie-watching-partner- du-jour had to suffer a tirade against mankind that grew as the movie progressed. I do like mankind. But, really, there are times when we are not so likable, and do things that are truly inhumane - to animals, to each other and that makes me sad. Bottom line though - I liked the movie.
Then another movie-watching-partner-du-jour took me to see Crazy, Stupid, Love with Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Mind you I would have see this movie for any one of these actors, but I will admit I mostly saw it for Ryan Gosling because that man is a Genius-Actor-Uber-Sexy-God like person to me. In the pantheon of hot guys who happen to be awesome actors as well - he is Top 5, although when I think of him, I actually can't think of any others...oh, I thought of one. Jake Gyllenhaal is another Top 5. Anyways - great movie - funny, dramatic, heartfelt and romantic. And for my money, there is never too much shirtless Ryan Gosling.
Now, onto Chicago. I watched it last night - twice in a row. I was watching it because it has the best cast, songs, costumes and dancing of pretty much any musical ever filmed. And I do not say this lightly - I love me some musicals! But this one, well, I can't get enough. So, I was watching it again cause I never tire of the Cell Block Tango and my son caught the end of it, so then he decided he wanted to watch it too. I just put it on from the beginning and watched it again. And I was so proud - he liked it a lot. That boy has good taste. :)
If you haven't seen it in awhile (or ever... I cringe), I suggest you check it out.