Shannon Stacey

So many movies, so little time

This morning, I was surfing around my iPod Touch while drinking my coffee and bought Miranda Lambert’s Revolution album. While it was downloading, I clicked on movies. The only time we go to the theater is to see Harry Potter movies so, with 7.2 coming out soon, I’m not sure we’ll ever go again after that. Therefore, I usually having something of a running “I want to see that” list lurking in the murky recesses of my mind.

Holy DVD releases, Batman! Just from the “New and Noteworthy” screen, I came up with this list of movies I’ve been waiting to see:

Unknown (Liam Neeson AND Aidan Quinn!)

The Adjustment Bureau (I think I’m going to want this to be a Bourne movie and it’s not, so I’m doomed to disappointment.)

The Eagle (Don’t really have high hopes for this one, but hello Channing Tatum!)

Battle: Los Angeles (Hoping for cheesy action/disaster movie cheesiness on a grand scale.)

Red Riding Hood (This is a little out of our usual viewing box, but the trailers intrigued us.)

True Grit (My husband wants to see this a little more than I do, but I’m always up for a good western.)

Gnomeo & Juliet (For the song, if nothing else.)

I Am Number Four (I’m not even sure I know what this is about, but the trailers looking interesting and it might be fun for the whole family.)

No Strings Attached (Looks cute. The only movie I’ve ever liked Ashton Kutcher in was The Guardian, though—and, whoa, did I like him in that a lot—and I’m lukewarm on her, so I might wait for Netflix streaming.)

The King’s Speech (I’m really meh about this one, but I adore Helena Bonham Carter. Madly.)

Tangled (This just looks fun. Waiting for my sister to get her copy back from our uncle so I can abscond with it.)

The movie I currently have from Netflix on disc: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, but I can’t get the family to watch it. While he’s in four of my all-time-favorite movies (Con Air, The Rock, Gone in 60 Seconds and National Treasure—but only the first one) Nic Cage has little credibility with the younger crowd and my husband’s just not interested.

Have you seen any of these? Recommendations? Warnings? And what movie do you most want to see? (Here at Casa Stacey, it’s Harry Potter 7.2, though we won’t brave the theater the first week. Maybe not even the second.)

18 comments to “So many movies, so little time”

  1. Lee Laughlin
      · June 21st, 2011 at 8:21 am · Link

    <3'd Tangled. Also really enjoyed The King's Speech. Not my usual type of film, but just loved Colin Firth. Not a huge Nic Cage fan myself. Enjoy!

  2. Judy Latham
      · June 21st, 2011 at 8:33 am · Link

    I loved both The Kings Speech and True Grit. I have a new appreciations for both Collin Firth and Jeff Bridges.

  3. MJ
      · June 21st, 2011 at 9:04 am · Link

    Tangled is AWESOME. I enjoyed True Grit a lot as well as The King’s Speech. I really really liked No Strings Attached, but I think I’m in the minority. It would have made a great Blaze novel. I enjoyed I Am Number Four but I mostly rented it because of Timothy Olyphant. Very actiony, and my dh and I ended up discussing it over breakfast the next morning. I hadn’t even realized he was paying attention!

  4. Natasha A.
      · June 21st, 2011 at 9:47 am · Link

    Battle: Los Angeles was epicially cheesy and awesome!
    I Am Number Four was a great movie, really enjoyed it. I’m hoping to start the book soon.
    Tangled was very cute!

    I want to see Kung Fu Panda II
    HARRY POTTER!!!!!!
    Captain America
    Cowboys and Aliens

    So far this summer I have seen:
    X-Men: first class – Very good. Really enjoyed!
    Pirates 4 – Eh, I wasn’t totally happy with it
    Priest – Again not very happy at all.
    Hangover II – Funny, but I would have just left it with the first one.
    THOR – Loved!
    Hanna – BIZARRE!
    Fast Five – Possibly my fav of the series!

    And… I’ll stop now.
    I see I have a problem.
    That’s the first step right??? RIGHT?

  5. Jaci Burton
      · June 21st, 2011 at 9:48 am · Link

    No Strings Attached was a cute, fun romcom. We enjoyed it a lot. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was an enjoyable movie, too. I knew it had gotten panned in the reviews so I went into it not expecting spectacular and therefore wasn’t disappointed.

  6. Heather Rae Scott
      · June 21st, 2011 at 10:32 am · Link

    I Am Number Four was filmed right across the river from me. They turned the town I was born and raised in for the first nine years of my life into Paradise, Ohio. My hubby thought parts were slow, but me and the kids absolutely LOVED it. It’s about aliens. Speilberg was one of the producers.

    Just Go With It with Adam Sandler and Jen Anniston is hysterical. I heard No Strings Attached is like watching porn from my 17 year old niece. Tangled is awesome, no doubt about it. Haven’t seen Gnomeo and Juliet because they never have it at Redbox.

  7. Lori
      · June 21st, 2011 at 10:35 am · Link

    I’ve seen True Grit and The King’s Speech. You don’t come out of either of these with the same high that you get from a “feel good”, or a comedy or an action-adventure, but they were both beautifully done, and I loved every second of them.

    I’ve got several on my to see list as well. Especially Tangled, Unknown, Adjustment Bureau, and No Strings Attached (plus Justin Timberlake’s upcoming Friends with Benefits).

    I also saw Limitless last night, which was interesting and so worth the opportunity to drool all over a scruffy Bradley Cooper for 90 minutes :)

  8. library addict
      · June 21st, 2011 at 1:23 pm · Link

    I loved The King’s Speech, Saw it twice in the theatre and bought the DVD. But I’m a huge Colin Firth fan. And I usually like British films, so make of that what you will. I think you would enjoy the movie just for Helena Bonham Carter’s performance. It really does show off her acting skills.

    I saw Tangled the first time I saw The King’s Speech at the theatre. I had to drive to the next town over, so a double feature made it worth the gas. Enjoyed it, too.

    We just went to the theatre the another night to see The Lincoln Lawyer which was much better than I’d expected.

    The teenager (18) really enjoyed I Am Number Four. I never got the chance to watch it before the on demand thing expired and I didn’t want to pay twice for it.

    The summer movie I am most looking forward to is HP7.2. But I will wait until it’s been out a few days and then go to an early matinee.

    Unknown is on my to watch list as well.

  9. Danielle West
      · June 21st, 2011 at 3:27 pm · Link

    True Grit: hubby LOVED
    Gnomeo and Juliet: the song was cool
    I am Number Four: epic and I plan on seeing the next one (the bad guys were downside of the movie)
    The Kings Speech: there is a reason it won Movie of the Year, we liked it
    Tangled: My daughter and I adore this movie- SO CUTE
    The S A: I liked this movie. I liked the music and it was funny and interesting.

  10. Danielle West
      · June 21st, 2011 at 3:29 pm · Link

    Also, I saw HP 7.1…. and I generally do not like the HP movies but I love the books. This installment was not terrible, but it left out parts that were really emotional in the book and was sort of boring. Meh

  11. Jewell
      · June 21st, 2011 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Shannon? Did you not love Nic C in Guarding Tess? I lubs that movie. (Of course, Shirley M has really grown on me. Not her early stuff, too sticky sweet instead of sassy.)

    The pair together in GT pushed all my right buttons.

  12. Lynda the Guppy
      · June 21st, 2011 at 6:05 pm · Link

    Battle: Los Angeles you might want to steer clear of. My friends and I all love cheesy action flicks (and even non-cheesy action flicks) and they all HATED this one. All of ’em. Said it was loud, violent, no plot, and really, REALLY poorly done. But if you want to see guys get blown up and almost nothing else? It’s the movie for your.

    King’s Speech… LOVED LOVED LOVED. Helena Bonham Carter was fantastic in this. Ditto all the other characters. And did you know Guy Pearce is in it, too? Talk about bringing the pretty. LOL.

    Sorcerer’s Apprentice…OMG I loved this movie! Nic Cage was dry and funny. The guy that plays the lead was fantastic. The effects were great, the plot was an ACTUAL plot. AND they worked in the Mop & Bucket scene, complete with music. Really great movie. I’ve seen it 2-3 times now and still love it. And “stay” through the credits. There’s a shot that’s worth it.

    I’m still waiting to see Tangled (a friend of mine was the “model” for the knitting portions) and I’m DYING to see Red. Helen Mirren with automatic weapons? I’m so there.

  13. nightsmusic
      · June 21st, 2011 at 8:36 pm · Link

    I loved Sorcerer’s Apprentice! You’d have thought it was Mickey doing the kitchen cleanup. A great nod there, and I always watch Nic Cage movies. Lots of fun. The lead is Jay Baruchel who was the voice of Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon and a movie I could watch almost constantly. They got everything right in that one.

    Last time I went to the theater (movies) was to see 300. There was me, one other lone woman and 400 men at the first Imax showing. What a way to spend my $20! Heaven…

  14. Heidi@heavenisabookstore
      · June 26th, 2011 at 12:53 pm · Link

    Tangled was cute. I Am Number Four was a fantastic book, but haven’t seen the movie. Gnomeo and Juliet, just have to see this and I have no idea why. Adjustment Bureau is on my list, but sigh I really don’t watch a ton of tv anymore. Fun post!

  15. ErinW
      · June 28th, 2011 at 6:48 am · Link

    My mom and I actually saw Red Riding Hood in the theater when it came out… and I really liked it!! A lot more than I expected to. It was a lot “darker” than I was expecting… but I think that’s what I loved about it. Well, that and the fact that the entire cast was GOR-GEOUS! That’s always helpful, too! ;)

  16. Shannon
      · June 28th, 2011 at 8:22 am · Link

    I haven’t seen Guarding Tess. Have to add that to my list!

    We still haven’t watched The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. And now I’ve absconded with my sister’s DVD copies of Tangled and Red Riding Hood, so I’ve gotta watch them, too.

    I need more hours in the day!

  17. Jean
      · June 29th, 2011 at 5:07 pm · Link

    True Grit was filmed not far from where I live, and my Twitter friend @marinemajor has a smart part in the movie.

  18. Shannon
      · June 29th, 2011 at 10:41 pm · Link

    That’s very cool! Still haven’t seen it. I need to cave and just buy the damn thing.

    And my mom says I HAVE to watch Red. Another one for the list.

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