Weekend Roundup: Snowstorm makes for a cozy home theater viewing

Hello all, happy Monday! Well, well, well, Winter definitely arrived like a lion here in the beautiful state of Minnesota. Yes I still call it beautiful despite the grumbling of crazy weather swing from gorgeous Fall weather of mid 60s to a major snowstorm with about 8 inches of snow when it’s said and done Sunday morning. Beautiful because I absolutely ADORE snow-covered tree branches and I’m fortunate enough that my house have a lot of windows that overlook a bunch of trees behind our deck.

Take a peek at this cute photo of Fall colors meet Winter white taken last Saturday in Bloomington, MN, which is only within a half hour drive from my house.

Photo courtesy of Dailyme.com

Well, suffice to say we didn’t get to the cinemas this weekend, but then again I had zero interest in checking out the hit movie Megamind which earned top spot at the box office two weeks in a row (per BoxOfficeMojo). I guess the Denzel’s train movie isn’t so Unstoppable after all with a distant 2nd finish with $23 mil, but I guess that’s not exactly a flop either. Next week it’ll be a battle between Harry Potter and Disney (with Tangled)… well, I’m guessing it’s not so much a battle as HP7 probably reign by a pretty wide margin. You know I’ll be seeing Harry, Hermione & Ron battling evil Voldemort on opening night, though the modern take of the Rapunzel story of Tangled does look pretty good (especially voiced by Chuck‘s Zachary Levi). I might just wait for that on the dvd though.

In any case, I did do quite a bit of blogging this weekend and all of last week. There was the Groovers & Mobsters Bond event, have you read my Living Daylights write-up yet? And my fave Scot Gerry Butler turned 41 on Saturday, check out the two-part b’day tribute here and here if you haven’t already.

We also got to watch a couple of Blu-rays over the weekend. As promised and following everyone’s recommendations here, my hubby and I finally watched Master & Commander. Thanks to all who recommended this & Ted for lending the movie to me, it’s more than worth seeing. I agree with Prairiegirl’s comment that despite zero romance and the pretty dire setting in a warship during the Napoleonic Wars, I too was glued to it in its entirety. Russell Crowe’s performance is definitely a major highlight and what makes it so enjoyable, but I’ll write more about it when I review this movie. I see why this is one of Sam’s top five Russell Crowe movies! I think if I were to make a similar post, this might very well be make it to my top five!

The other one I saw last night was a completely different movie, Date Night. I was kinda bummed out that Michael Fassbender Roman thriller Centurion had a ‘short wait’ on Netflix, but it ends up being a good thing as I didn’t want to see another intense, battle-filled action flick. Castor said he enjoyed Date Night and I quite like Steve Carrell so I put that on my queue. It’s pretty entertaining, despite a bunch of plot holes as many as yellow cabs in Manhattan. But then again, it’s not a movie where you expect a whole lot of logic. You see it for Tina Fey and Carrell’s brand of comedy and to um, appreciate Mark Wahlberg’s workout efforts 😉 The scenes with Fey, Carrell & Wahlberg are hilarious, easily the highlight of the movie. It won’t end up as a comedy classics but it’s definitely worth a rental.

Well, what movie[s] did you end up seeing this weekend?

Flix Watching Plans – looks like it’ll be a Blu[-ray] weekend

Happy Friday all! It’s kind of a meh weekend for me as far as movie releases is concerned. There’s none opening tomorrow that I’m even remotely interested in: the animated superhero-deconstruction Megamind with Will Ferrell & Brad Pitt? Maybe a rental, just maybe. Due Date? Cool poster, but I just don’t find the trailer all that funny nor do I get the appeal of Zach G., he’s just not as likable as say, Jack Black. So, Robert Downey’s hotness notwithstanding, it’s a definite skip for me.

Now, I was intrigued by Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours from as far back as last November, but as I told Castor of Anomalous Material, I think I might pass out watching the amputation scene, as did several a few people who saw this at various film festivals (read here how this movie knocking audiences out, literally!). watching the screening at . As you probably already know, 127 Hours is based on the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (played by James Franco) five-day ordeal pinned beneath a fallen boulder in a Utah canyon, which led to him hack off his own arm with a dull blade. Ok, I wince just typing that very sentence!

If I do get to the theater, I might catch up on Social Network as I’m like the last person who hasn’t seen it! But I’m not going to sweat it if I don’t get to it, as I have a bazillion Blu-ray movies that I’m hoping to get through this weekend, thanks to my pals Vince and Ted (NOT to be confused with Bill & Ted :D) who lent me a few of them. Below are the Blu-ray movies waiting for me at home, now the challenge is which one should I watch first???

Blade Runner
I have only seen bits and pieces of the first one, but everyone’s been saying how fabulous this sci-fi cult classic looks on Blu-ray. (updated 11/8: My write-up on Blade Runner can be seen here)

Days of Heaven
As we were talking about Terrence Malick’s work a few weeks ago, Ted highly recommended this one. I kinda thought Richard Gere is an odd choice but the story looks intriguing and it’s Malick, so it’s got to look beautiful.

Master & Commander
Well, apparently posting about Peter Weir’s work without having seen this movie is practically criminal (right Sam? I know you’re thinking it :)) Then Prairiegirl’s comment convinced me even more!

Watchmen
I’ve seen this one in the theater and quite enjoyed it, but Vince raved how this is one of those must-haves on Blu-ray. The trailer is one of my all-time favorites!


Well, now you know what I’ll be watching. What are you going to watch this weekend?