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Friday, April 07, 2006

Entertaining Movies?

I've been sick (again or still, take your pick) and I've been trying to fulfill some of my VOID responsibilities, so I've not been posting like I should. So, instead, I'm going to ask something of y'all.

One of the ways my husband and I (and our boys) like to amuse ourselves is through watching movies. However, our recent picks have been rather disappointing. If they haven't been overly predictable (Powder, Zathura, Return to Snowy River), then they've been uninteresting (The Skeleton Key). The only recent exceptions have been The Notebook (which was predictable, but still worth watching and possibly owning) and Serenity (which wasn't too predictable, but I don't want to go out and buy it either).

So, how about it? Have you seen any good movies lately? An all-time-favorite would work, too!


At 4/07/2006 11:27 PM, Blogger historymike said...

"Chronicles of Narnia" was decent; we watched that tonight with some of the kids.

CS Lewis used this mythological good-versus-evil story as a sort of allegory about Christianity.

At 4/08/2006 1:10 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm a big fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, the books at least. This movie is certainly better than the BBC version (we saw it in the theater), but my husband thinks there might be yet another version before it's all settled. Personally, I have my doubts since Douglas Gresham was deeply involved in the making of this movie, and aside from Lewis himself I doubt there is a better "expert" available.

At 4/08/2006 7:53 PM, Blogger Subcomandante Bob said...

Personally, I am still waiting for the sequel to "All the President's Men" to come out.

I mean, it's been almost 30 years...

At 4/08/2006 10:52 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I haven't seen that one, though I wonder why there'd be a sequel?

At 4/09/2006 2:55 AM, Blogger David Schantz said...

I have a problem with watching movies. Five minutes and I'm sound asleep no matter how good the movie is, or how good it's supposed to be. Thank God for VHS and DVD's. There is no telling how many times I've seen (or slept through) The Hurricane, with Denzel Washington. Boxing (one of the few sports I like) history would be a lot if Rubin Carter wouldn't have been wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to prison. I also liked Man On Fire and John Q. Public. Yes I'm a Denzel fan. Last night I slept through Enemy Of The State, I like anything with Gene Hackman in it. Seldom do I see a newer movie.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

At 4/09/2006 3:00 AM, Blogger David Schantz said...

Sorry, I'm leaving words out of sentences. That should have said, Boxing history would have been a lot different...

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

At 4/09/2006 11:38 PM, Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

Gotta luv:


The Rookie


Glory Road

Love those sports movies where in the end, the meek inherit the Earth ;-)

At 4/10/2006 5:15 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you, gentlemen! Now I have some new ideas when next I go to the video store. As for myself, I just watched Dreamer and accrued my first late fees in over a year. It was worth it, if only to see my son get so excited over a movie with such limited violence (he usually goes for slap-stick or crime fighting stuff, LotR and the Muppet Show, Season 1, are his favorite and though he's seven with an under-developed attention span he'll watch those for hours).

At 4/10/2006 5:16 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...


How's Cinderalla Man? Have you seen that one?

At 4/10/2006 10:53 AM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

My personal favorites that I watch over and over again with Aubrey are "Shall we Dance" and "Twister". She's also really into the Harry Potter movies. "Shall we Dance" is a chick flick but even Miguel enjoyed it and there is enough dancing that it might interest the boys. Not sure if Twister would create fear over tornados, but it's not bloody type violent.

Most of my other favorites like the Haunting and the Holy Grail wouldn't be appropriate for the younger ones.

At 4/11/2006 10:46 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

We have Twister. Haven't seen "Shall we Dance" yet. The Haunting I've never even heard of and as for the Holy Grail, is it the Monty Python one that you're talking about?

At 4/12/2006 5:03 PM, Blogger reverse_vampyr said...

Capote was the best movie I've seen recently.

As for favorites, the list is longer than my arm. Braveheart, Seven Samurai and the LOTR trilogy are at the top.


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