May 08, 2013

Ryan Gosling's in it? Count me in.


I've seen five movies in the theater this year.

So far, I've only reviewed two. Slacker!

How about I catch you up?


The bestie and I took our kids to see Oz the Great and Powerful way back in March. This is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. I went in with low expectations and came out pleasantly surprised. I thought the movie itself was visually stunning. The story kept my attention. I really liked everyone in the cast too. You've got James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, and Zach Braff. They're reportedly writing a sequel which I'm anxious to see.


I was originally supposed to see Pain & Gain with my friend Kelly. Long story short.. Tony and I had a babysitter. He only wanted to see this. I promised Kelly I'd see it with her too. Who doesn't want to see The Rock and Marky Mark twice? I knew the movie was based on a true crime story, but not much else. I wanted to see it because it looked funny and because of the obvious eye candy. The movie is highly entertaining, funny, dramatic, and very serious at times. The story itself is pretty messed up. There's violence, cursing and nudity, which I know isn't for everyone. My favorite part of the movie was The Rock's character. He played Paul, a bad guy with a good heart. The Rock isn't just a pretty face anymore. He really shows off his improved acting chops. When it was over, all I really wanted was to give him a big hug. Added bonus -- you get a quick peek of Marky Mark in some tight white Calvin Klein underpants.


This past weekend, I had an impromptu dinner and movie date with one of my very best girlfriends from high school. We had Mexican and margaritas before seeing The Place Beyond the Pines. I had seen one preview, which doesn't really give you any idea what the film is about. The cast includes Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, and Ray Liotta. Ryan Gosling is a poor fellow who turns to robbing banks to provide for his family. The story is absolutely heartbreaking. Something happened early on that left me stunned. There are parts that really dragged for me. In the end, I think the various character storylines pull you in. I left the theater wondering whether I liked the movie or not. I ultimately have to go with yes since I was still talking about it three days later. It just sticks with you.

14 comments:

Michelle Sims said...

I'm with you on the Oz movie, low expectations but very visually stunning indeed. Haven't seen Pain & Gain but now you make me want to AND the whole Rock thing. I mean really, is there ever too much of that mcHottie?? The Place Beyond the Pines....I felt exactly the same way except I think it was very depressing. VERY depressing but like you said, when you find yourself talking about it 3 days later you have to come to the conclusion that it must have been good! I'm personally holding out for Iron Man 3 still and can't wait for Hangover III. Little more Bradley Cooper never hurt nobody either!

Karen M. Peterson said...

That reminds me that I need to go pick up Silver Linings on DVD. That one's going to be on repeat in my DVD player.

Delta Daisies said...

I have not seen the Oz movie yet! Want to see it soon! I love Mila Kunis!

Shelley said...

We hardly ever get to.the movies now but OZ is one I want to see in theater!

Allena said...

Having a baby on January 2 has really thrown a wrench in my love for going to the movies, haha. I really, really want to see Silver Linings - now that it's out on DVD I think I'll finally get around to it. And don't get me started on Marky Mark. He has been on my list since I was a teenager. <3

Rowena said...

ryan gosling....yummy!

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Monica said...

I was pleasantly surprised by Oz as well. I don't think the other two movies will be coming out in China so I will have to wait until I am home to see them but I really want to see Pain & Gain!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I still haven't seen Oz, but I really want to!

CortlandMB said...

The pines sounds interesting. I have heard mixed reviews but if you're still thinking and talking about it, I guess it did it's job!

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The Golden Girls said...

Haha the title of this made me laugh! Loveeeee Ryan Gosling! Hugs from Cali! xx The Golden Girls

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I know exactly what you mean about the pines movie. There was just something about it that STUCK with you...

Christina said...

I still want to see Pines and Pain & Gain. Hopefully I'll see one of them this weekend if we can get a babysitter.

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

I loved Oz so much!