I like movies.
When I write a movie review, I try to explain why something was enjoyable... or not.
I don't pay much attention to music composition or costume design or any of the technical, high-brow things that tend to attract awards and accolades.
I look for the stuff that attracts people to the theater.
I look for a good, fun story expressed in a fabulous way.
When my husband and I first started dating, we went to movies every weekend. And we each had movie passes from our radio station that allowed us to watch a movie free and take a friend. On Fridays, The Husband would take me to a movie. On Saturdays, I would take him.
We saw everything no matter how good we thought it was going to be.
We saw so many movies that we could recognize good movies from bad simply from the trailers.
That's about the extent of my movie critique training.
I am not a professional critic.
I've never even taken a movie apprec class.
No one pays me to review anything.
I don't get to view anything ahead of release dates.
I don't even get free passes from a radio station anymore.
I pay for my own tickets and sit in the theater with everyone else.
This also means I only review the movies *I* want to watch. I don't review everything.
You won't see many, if any, reviews on horror films.
If it's a movie that doesn't have big screen value in its action or cinematography, I'll usually wait for the DVD to come out.
That's what you can expect when you read reviews from me.
Here's a list of movies I liked and recommend:
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Kingsmen: The Secret Service
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Adjustment Bureau
Iron Man (the first one from 2008)
And here are some movies that disappointed me in one way or another:
Guardians of the Galaxy (I know, I have this listed as a movie I liked. Read the review to understand why it made both lists.)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
White House Down
Inkheart (the movie version)
You'll also find a smattering of two word reviews on books:
Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
True Mom Confessions by Romi Lassally
The Rules: A Guide for People Owned by Cats by Max Thompson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (when it was still only a book)
Read my full collection of Two Word Reviews here.
I like movies.