I don’t think there is a more fun family activity than watching a movie together. This is definitely a favorite Payzant past time. Whether it is going to the movie theater, or renting a show to see at home, we love getting together and sharing the big screen marvel.
My oldest daughter’s first movie was Lady and the Tramp. She was about two when I took her and I think we spent as much time in the restroom (potty training time) as watching the show. When my son was two weeks old, we all went to see Hook. He slept through the first showing of course, but if you can believe this, Peter Pan and Hook were his first, all-time favorite movies.
Finding quality films that we all can and want to watch has become trickier the past few years. We have our personal criteria that we stick by in choosing our movies which has limited our viewing with some of the recent blockbusters. Still, there is plenty to pick from for this favorite family activity.
Since summer officially began on Memorial Day, here is a list of movies we have seen so far, along with my ratings (based on a school grading scale of A – F):
Jumping the Broom- Probably not a movie that I would have picked off the list of movies showing at our local theater. We saw it based on the suggestion of one of my favorite talk show radio hosts, Hugh Hewitt, when I listened to him interview the director of this film. The movie had some great comedic moments and advocated enduring family relationships. I also really enjoyed watching all of the beautiful people who starred in this movie. Rating= B
Pirates of the Carribean IV- On Stranger Tides- Was a little hesitant to see this movie since number three was such a bomb. This show went back to the original genius of when the franchise first started. Very entertaining with lots of fun twists and turns. And typical of these films, if you don’t stay until the very last credits have rolled by, you’ll miss the “real” ending. Rating= A-
The Next Three Days- Starring Russell Crowe. We rented this one and were totally satisfied. The ending is not quite what you are expecting. Love it when it goes that way. Rating= B+
Unknown- Another rental. Liam Neeson is the main star and I don’t particularly like his acting. But the movie itself is a crazy thriller/adventure/mystery movie, a “not what you think it is going to be” type movie. Keeps you guessing the whole way through. Rating=B+
The Company Men- We watched this movie using our ClearPlay DVD player to edit out the bad words. I watched it with my daughter and son-in-law because my husband said it sounded too “true to real life” for him to sit through it. Yes, it was true to current economic circumstances, yet had an optimistic ending. Just like what we are all hoping for when the recession that hasn’t recessed yet has finally moved on. Rating= B+
Country Strong- Rental number four of the summer. I watched it with my daughter. We both really liked it and both agreed that our husbands wouldn’t have liked it. Good music, good acting. I kept thinking about it days after I finished watching it. Rating=B+
Captain America – The First Avenger- Now, I am not a big fan of the “comic book” genre so I don’t exactly race out to see these kind of films. However, when there is a lot of buzz about a comic book movie, it does pique my interest. This movie has been getting fabulous reviews and when I found out it was directed by the same guy who did Iron Man (my favorite comic book movie), I wanted to see it. Also, whenever Tommy Lee Jones is in a movie, you know it will be entertaining. (*See Company Men) It has been advertised as an “art deco” movie and it really came through. Extremely entertaining. Loved it. Rating= A
Cowboys and Aliens- Doesn’t come out until this weekend but I plan to be one of the first to see it. I have been waiting for this to be my summer blockbuster. So far, I’ve heard nothing but great reviews. And any time I can watch Daniel Craig in a movie for a couple of hours, I am there.
What movies have you seen this summer? Do you have any recommendations?