Mid-last year, I turned 50 years old! And to add to all the real life goals and challenges that that brings, I’ve created at least one as it relates to movies and this blog–watch a film I’ve never seen before which came out in each year of my life (thus the “Old-New” terminology), and then write a bit about it. This is Post #29. Spoilers ahead.Continue reading The Grand [50 New-Old Movies for the 51st Year #29]
As promised last time, there was a flight back from New York to Perth, and thanks again to Qatar Airways top-notch in-flight entertainment system, I watched a whole lot of stuff.
My usual go-to viewing in situations like this is cheap entertaining fluff films that are engaging enough to hold my interest but not so taxing as to require any real focus. As we’ll see, I stayed true to form for much of this trip, but not all of it…
For as long as I’ve been hearing about the second Star Wars anthology film, Solo, I’ve been pretty doubtful about the whole thing. And then when I began to hear about all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans, with the film’s directors being fired and replaced partway through, and leading man Alden Ehrenreich apparently needing an acting coach because the producers weren’t happy about how things were coming out…well, at that point I couldn’t help to wonder how this movie could possibly be any good.
The next film on my intercontinental viewing is The Hunger Games, the adaptation of a popular book that I had never heard of before. The movie is also extremely popular, and came out a while ago, so I’m sure there is nothing I could say about it that you don’t know already. Just in case, there are spoilers here. Anyway, coming into this film, I hadn’t heard anything beyond the basic premise – a girl taking her sister’s place in a ritualized battle to the death – and the fact that the movie is sad. Continue reading Movies on a Plane: The Hunger Games