Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

On October 9th Currerbell and I watched the latest from the Pirates of the Caribbean world, “Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

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Lucky Number 5

I enjoyed it more than the last several offerings, and the franchise seems it will keep going.


King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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Anything King Arthur related I’m there – no sell required, you’ve already got me – so I was excited about this film from the start.

I was disappointed, but the film does warrant a watch and I think there is a lot of good there. A powerful ending, fun lines and thoughtful moments are the high points here but some inexplicable plot choices that left you trying to figure out what was going on while it was happening brought things down.

If you aren’t at all excited about the legend of King Arthur from the start, then I think you will have a harder time getting into it.

The One that Broke the Spell

One of our Disney favorites growing up was Beauty and the Beast (1991) so we (she especially) had been looking forward to the live-action redo.

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Tale as old as … well you know

Cinderella (2015) was well done (better than the 1950 cartoon I feel) and I took that stock to the theater hoping for another good experience.

This is just a short snapshot to record that we saw it so I’m not going in-depth here, but we were disappointed. Many of the additions and songs to the story added length but they did not add quality.

We saw the film in theaters on July 19, 2017.

Batman on the Brain

I was playing through the Arkham series and as such Batman was running through my brain, so we took the next logical step – watched through the Dark Knight Trilogy (again).

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After the bleakness of Arkham I was surprised by even the sunlight of the Nolan movies, but it was a welcome change.

We finished The Dark Knight Rises on July 16, 2017.


Red Cliff

In order to get me to watch something I usually need a recommendation from a friend or family member, something to bring the media to my attention and get me excited about it.

However Red Cliff had two things going for it, first that it was a historical epic and second that the history was centered in ancient China? I’m in.

Red Cliff still

History to Life

Appropriately long and with memorable characters, Red Cliff started slow but picked up over the course of the film and I enjoyed it. A traditional take on life when tradition was valued.

I finished my first watch-through of this film on July 10, 2017.

Dr. Strange, second time around

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Making his magic work, the second time around

My brother and I watch through the Marvel library when we can and Dr. Strange was the chosen viewing for July 20, 2017.

I enjoyed it better upon this second viewing; I felt as if I could understand the character more and give him a little more room to breathe.

The ending is very strong, and that makes the whole thing work for me.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy pleasantly surprised me; my brother and I watched it together and I felt that out of the plethora of other Marvel films this one seemed most aware of itself.

guardians of the galaxy posterThey all crack jokes, and usually a secondary character or bystander or even evil henchman will comment on the fact that what is going on is crazy, but the mains do it in this film and they do it with flair.

The “pleasantly surprised” refers to the fact that I knew nothing about these characters going in and very early on they had me engaged. I write that last part like it’s no big deal, but it is!

Pulling the audience in is the unstated goal of every film, and it’s not easy to do.

We watched it on May 23, 2017