I will warn you at the outset: the following is nothing more than my boring opinions about films, which I have seen recently. It's late Friday night...
Occasionally, out of the kindness of my heart/to keep peace in the family, I accompany my wife to a film that she must see.
Infrequently, I have been surprised and discovered an enjoyable story (example: Love at the time of cholera). I have subsequently read the book, which was also enjoyable.
I expected to like Burlesque, but found it even better than I expected. I am not a Christina A. fan (after seeing her excellent performance, I decided that this must be due to her choice of songs in the past). The story line was shallow and cliches came fast and furious, but the film was entertaining. I like musicals, and this one included talented people.
I enjoyed Julia and Julia, simply because Meryl Streep is excellent. I remember when Julia Childs was on television, having grown up near Boston. My mother was a fan; I was too young to care about cooking. My tastes ranged from Franco American spaghetti from a can (note: Franco, not Italo) , macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly.
Eat, Pray, Love was as dumb as the book, but the cinematography was good. I enjoyed the scenery, while ignoring the dialogue. It is difficult to film a book that takes place, mostly, in the author's head. We saw this in Dubai: in front of us sat a sheik with his wife/girlfriend/date in a burkha, while beside me sat an Asain girl eating a hot dog and sauerkraut.
I kinda/sorta liked Salt. The story was far-fetched and the action exaggerated (they have to), but it was okay. Not as good as the Bourne movies, but mildly entertaining. I am pleased that they chose Angelina over Tom Cruise, because I would rather look at her. I probably would not have paid money to see him, as I loath his religious fraud. Someone told me that he thought the ending was strange. Of course it was: there will be a sequel.
The Tourist is a movie for women that want to look at Johnny Depp and men that want to see Angelina. The story is not credible and shallow. The scenery is pleasant...so, Angelina and scenery.
I liked The American. I can understand that it was too cerebral for most people. I found it believable and well-done. The acting was good and the scenery pleasant (I'm get hung up on locations).
Up in the Air disturbed me, because I did not like the subject. Enough said.
To prove how kind I am to my wife, I will mention two films I endured during our trip to Arizona last June. We had a lot of time to kill, but choice of movies was limited. This time turned out to be some of the worst-spent in my life. She absolutely had to see Sex And The City II. Yes, I suffered. I had not seen the first film and had never seen the television series. If you want a realistic review, find what Hadley Freeman wrote in the Guardian.
The second movie was equally, but different dumb. It was A Team. This is one of the dumbest (this is not repetitive, it's emphasis) movies I have seen in a long time. I cannot understand how such a good actor as Liam Neeson could stoop so low: he must have needed the cash.
If you got this far, you suffered enough. You're lucky: I can't recall any others...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.