Weekend Viewing Roundup: The Last of the Mohicans, Social Network

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m actually still enjoying another day off today 😀 Well, staying in for the holiday break has quite a bit of perks. Besides not having to deal with holiday traffic, I also got to enjoy more movies than I usually around to in a typical weekend. I like mixing up genres when I watch movies, so after watching The Last of the Mohicans on Wednesday night, my hubby and I were planning on seeing Tangled with another friend after a hearty Thanksgiving lunch. We had bought tickets for the Disney flick but at the last minute we decided to see Social Network instead which was playing five minutes after.

Not sure what took me so long, but I’m certainly glad I finally got to see The Last of the Mohicans. As I had just seen Master & Commander just a couple of weeks ago, I kind of saw some similarities not only because both are period films taking place roughly around the same time (only about 50 years apart), but they both have strong leading men who carry the movie on their buff shoulders.

Daniel Day-Lewis is nothing short of electrifying as Hawkeye, an adopted son of a dying tribe called the Mohicans. Set during the French and Indian war in 18th century colonial America, it’s got a wonderful mix of action/adventure and unabashed romance at the heart of the story. It’s probably going to be on my top five Michael Mann films (though not having seen Collateral and Ali yet I probably should wait until I do).

Well, I’m probably the last person to see Social Network. I wasn’t too interested in it as I’m not a regular Facebook user but was intrigued by all the hype and stellar reviews (97% on RottenTomatoes, wow!). It’s hard to keep expectation in check with that kind of buzz but luckily, the film delivered. It truly captured the spirit of our generation and a fascinating look at the rise of the social media phenomenon.

You don’t need to do a ton of research to know the movie took much liberty with the story of FB founder Mark Zuckerberg, which makes Social Network more fascinating than a standard biopic because the subject of the story wasn’t even involved in the making of the film. But I was mostly curious to see the movie as an art form as I really don’t even care much about the subject matter to begin with, and in that regard, David Fincher did an amazing job. The film kept my attention the whole time, it was taut and gripping, more so than a lot of stuff out there billed as a ‘thriller.’ Performances were great all around, particularly Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg and Andrew Garfield as his BFF Eduardo Saverin. I’ve noticed Garfield in Red Riding trilogy and Never Let Me Go and was really impressed by his screen presence. I think the 27-year-old Brit’s got a nice blend of leading man quality with character actor sensibility, not a bad thing to have for any actor. Justin Timberlake also turned in a compelling and humorous performance as the Napster founder Sean Parker.

Alain Delon as hitman Jef Costello

This weekend I also re-watched How To Train Your Dragon that we bought on Black Friday and loved it even more the second time around. So yeah, it was definitely worth every penny! And last night I finally got to see Part I of the Pillars of the Earth 8-part miniseries. I like it so far, but then again I’m always fond of movies with lots of Brits in ’em… and it doesn’t hurt that Rufus Sewell is involved 🙂 I’ll post my review once I’m done with the whole thing.

Oh, I also want to share that I’ve got a french crime thriller Le Samouraï scheduled to arrive tomorrow that I’m quite excited about. I’ve always wanted to see an Alain Delon movie (who was one of my late mother’s favorite actors) but haven’t got around to it for some reason. Thanks for This Guy Over Here‘s list, I finally added it to my queue.

So, what movie(s) did you manage to see this past weekend?

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?