Finally saw Inception....wow. And got the special collectors edition of Avatar.
A-Team - Actually a pretty good action flick. I was suprised how the flick managed to retain some of the TV series' plot devices (most notably the over-the-top contraptions and conning BA into getting onto planes) but at the same time infuse its own personality and remained grounded in some reality. Yes there were some far-fetched moments. VERY far-fetched. But it still managed to remain fun to watch. It felt like a Mission Impossible movie. At least the first MI movie. Not that dog puke of a sequel.
Murdock was the only character I felt was given a disservice. The other three seemed to have equal play time and developed characterization.
Salt - If you liked the Bourne movies, you'll like Salt. I'm not a huge Angelina Jolie fan. But she played her part very well. There were even some surprising moments that allowed her to flex her acting chops. This is not a James Bond espionage flick. Like I said its akin to Bourne. If you didn't like Bourne you probably won't like Salt.
While browsing Hulu for something to watch I stumbled upon Valerian & Lauraline. Entertaining to watch. There are 40 animated episodes. Got to 22 so far.
I thought some of the elements of this series looked a lot like Star Wars and a few other films like The Fifth Element. Come to find out that even though the cartoon series debut was in the 90's, the French authored comic book came out in the 60's and they used some of these ideas in the animated series.
Just who influenced who? :Ponder:
I saw The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader last week. This was my second favorite book of the Narnia series when I was a kid (A Horse and His Boy being my favorite), but I always knew that it would be a tough film to make since there is no real villain for the story. So I was expecting it to suffer a bit as a stand alone film; however, enough of my favorite scenes from the book made it into the film that I was reasonably happy with it. Also the kid chosen to play Eustace did a great job. A very different take on the character from what I imagined in the book, but he managed to be annoying without being completely unlikable.
Also, Reepicheep has been one of my all-time favorite literary characters ever since I read the books back in high school; so it was great to see him portrayed so well in the film.
I just wish the merchandising for the Narnia franchise was more successful, I would love to have a life-sized Reepicheep figure.
But I also think the questionable credibility of the film lingered in the back of my mind and may have had an impact on my enjoyment of it.