Wreck It Ralph came out in November but I didn't see it that same week because I watched Flight. Flight was a good movie but make sure you have the patience to deal with Denzel Washington. The story was interesting and seeing how he had to get through the situation as a pilot and an alcoholic was captivating. I was getting really annoyed at how alcoholic he really was, I just wanted him to stop drinking! I would recommend it and Don Cheadle is also in it and I love that guy. Now Wreck It Ralph has become one of my favorite animated movies. It was so adorable I can't even explain! I loved the story about the lives of these video game characters and there were sad moments. I would absolutely recommend to watch this movie or wait until it comes out on DVD.
Then I had watched Skyfall which was a really good movie and I recommend it as a James Bond fan. It stars Javier Bardem as well and I thought he did a really good job as transforming himself into the evil character. You deal with more of an emotional side of Bond because it's going back to his childhood, loss of his parents and trying to get back to the agent he used to be. Also you get to hear the whole Skyfall song by Adele in the beginning so that's great too. The next movie I saw was Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Now I know Day-Lewis does a movie every 5 or so years but he's the type of person who gets really into character which means he does really well in his performances and this film was not an exception. I loved this film and I would want others to watch it and see how amazing it was. There were some well known actors too such as Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Spader. The film dealt mainly with Lincoln the Civil War and trying to get the 13th Amendment passed. There was a great insight into the type of person Lincoln was and there were moments that made you laugh which is always refreshing a historical drama. Anna Karenina also came out during this time but only in select theaters so I did not watch it until a bit more recently in the city.
Next up was Rise of the Guardians. Also another great animated film with some really amazing actors doing voice over. The film starts Alec Baldwin as Santa Claus, Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny, Isla Fisher as the Tooth Fairy, Jude Law as Pitch Black or the Boogeyman and Chris Pine as Jack Frost. The animation was really nicely done on this film and I would recommend to watch it in 3D. We see the life and struggle of Jack Frost as he tries to understand his identity and a newly chosen guardian even though the children do not believe in him like they do the other guardians. Along with many sad moments and Jude Law being evil there were really cute moments between the guardians, hummingbirds who work with the Tooth Fairy and the children especially one child in particular. I think it's a film everyone would enjoy.
The week after that I saw Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt. Now I know many people are going to have an issue with this film. This movie is unlike most commercial films that are made for the masses, although this was advertised a lot I think it would have worked better if it was advertised as an independent film. The movie is very artistic and it is clear that the director chose specific characters, story lines and camera angles to really bring this movie to life as an art form. I was getting frustrated at one point because I did not know how to handle so much that was going on for me because I noticed so many of the small things that were important to the scene. I know many fans said it was a No but I understand it's a difficult film to handle if you don't understand it's underlying meaning. This film is not just about violence but the beauty in violence and how much of an impact it can leave. You get angry and you feel bad for characters, you have to see the deeper meaning of why they are that way. I think if you're into independent films this is one to watch.
Then I saw Anna Karenina because I did not want to watch Playing for Keeps, it's not really my type of film. I had read the Leo Tolstoy novel and when I heard they were making a film I really wanted to see it. Since this film was not in all theaters I watched it at the AMC theater in Times Square. The film is supposed to make you feel like you're watching a play so there are scene changes and stage props visible. It was not the biggest fan of this method since it still switched to a regular film especially when they were outdoors so it was a mix. The movie stars Keira Knightley which is expected since this seems like her type of time period, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson known from Kick-Ass and even Cara Delevingne was in it. I thought the film was good, I was captivated but I think the story line helps it more than anything. You will dislike Keira in this film but you're supposed to or at least you I hope you do because I was on Jude Law's side. I don't want to give too much of the story away but I did enjoy the book more than the film which is usually the case with me. I would say though to watch the film if you're not sure if you'd enjoy reading the book because the novel is really long.
I'm expecting to watch Jack Reacher tomorrow so I'll let you guys know about that in my next post. It stars Tom Cruise which my boyfriend loves and I think it'll be a good film. This is 40 also comes out but I might wait until Tuesday to watch it or vice versa depends the times. Since I go to the movies a lot I look forward to new previews of upcoming films and this summer looks like it's going to bring us a lot of really good films. One of the films I'm definitely looking forward to is Les Miserables which comes out on Christmas day. That one stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Djando Unchained also comes out Christmas day which looks like another great film. That ones stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz (which I love!), Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.
I know this was a super long post but I hope some of you found it helpful in any way and I'd love to hear which movies you guys enjoyed and which ones you didn't.