All these great movies are out right now! I usually don't go to the movies because it is so expensive ($11 for a ticket and then $9 for a popcorn? $4 for a soda? WTF?) but there are just too many good movies that I found myself going to the movies three times in August which is about how many times I went in 2008. But I just had to see Harry Potter (I'm a HUGE fan of the books), UP (totally recommend!) and the Hangover.
And there are still a bunch more movies I want to check out. Here they are in no particular order:
"It Might Get Loud" is a rock documentary following Jack White, The Edge (guitarist from U2) and Jimmy Page. I saw a quick preview of this on Showtime and was instantly intrigued. I think Jack White is one of the best musicians of our generation. BOLD statement, I know, but he is just so talented and prolific and his artistic energy seems so genuine.
"Ponyo" is Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle) next movie. I couldn't find a trailer to embed so you will have to click on the link to watch the trailer here. "Ponyo" is the Japanese version of the Little Mermaid. A little girl fish runs away from her ocean home and falls in love with a boy. When she steals her father's magic to transform herself into a human, things begin to go wrong. Like all of Miyazaki's other animated features, "Ponyo" is sure to amaze.
"Paper Heart" is a documentary/film that weaves together a documentary about a skeptic's quest to learn more about love and a fictionalized story of the budding romance between narrator Charlene Yi and Michael Cera. Along the way Charlene interviews all sorts of different people who each offer her their own view of love and romance. "Paper Heart" is playing in only a few theatres for a short while but it you are a Comcast subscriber you can watch it On Demand.
This movie looks so cute, it makes me want to barf!
"500 Days of Summer" is a getting a lot of great reviews and I totally want to see it! I absolutely love Zooey Deschanel (what self-respecting hipster doesn't?). I have a feeling this movie is going to be similar to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (one of my ALL-TIME favs!) in that the true love is definitely worth the suffering. Like "Paper Heart," it has a limited distribution so see it before it's out of the theatre!
"Inglorious Basterds" is Quentin Tarantino's newest piece since Kill Bill in 2003. Led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), the Basterds are a group of Jewish-American soldiers in Nazi occupied France, "who are in the Nazi-killing business." With their mission to spread fear throughout the Third Reich, they hatch a mission to take out all the leaders of the Nazi Party including Hitler himself. "Inglorious Basterds" received a lukewarm reception at Cannes but I'm a huge Tarantino fan and I'm sure his cinematic skills and soundtrack are enough to engage me.
Spike Jonze's interpretation on Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" is not coming out until November but I am so excited to see it! Perhaps it is the pairing of Arcade Fire's Wake Up for the trailer but this movie looks freakin' AWESOME! Spike Jonze worked closely with Maurice Sendak to make sure the true elements of the story came out in Jonze's version so they didn't butcher it like Hollywood usually does with most of our beloved childhood books (Mike Myers as the Cat in the Hat definitely made Dr. Seuss roll is his grave)
You can save money by buying your movie tickets ahead of time at Costco or AAA. They are only $7.50 each. And if you go on Mondays, it's $1 candy night and Tuesdays are $1 popcorn night. Or you can just bring your own snacks like I do. I like frozen peanut M&M's.