The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

There are friends of mine for whom this movie was the most anticipated film of the year – even more than Man of Steel, which I found incomprehensible.  But it turned out…they were right!  At least insofar as this was a better movie than the Superman reboot, or at least, less disappointing. Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Captain Phillips

There are movies that make you wish that you were there, that make you want to experience something you never have before, even if you know it’s fantastic and impossible.  Movies that make you think, “Wow, that would be great!” even if you know you might not’t enjoy it in real life.  Movies like The Goonies, Tron, or even Star Wars were all like that for me.  And then there are movies that make you feel the opposite, that make you feel that experiencing something would be awfulCaptain Phillips is this second kind of movie. Continue reading Captain Phillips

Citizen Kane vs. Speed Racer

To a certain degree, the movies Citizen Kane (1941) and Speed Racer (2008) sit on the opposite ends of some sort of spectrum for me.  One is a movie I acknowledge as one of the greatest movies ever made, but which I don’t particularly enjoy watching.  The other one is the film that I’ve described as “the worst movie that I ever thoroughly enjoyed”.  Guess which is which?  And which one shall I actually write about in this post? Continue reading Citizen Kane vs. Speed Racer

Movie’s on a Plane: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Movie #5 on my journey to the Old World was Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  This quiet little dramatic comedy, which I had never heard of before, stars Steve Carrell and Kiera Knightley, and basically completely breaks away from the Battleship vibe which had characterized my trip so far.  Maybe because this film came after we’d landed in Dubai and transferred to the next flight.  Continue reading Movie’s on a Plane: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World