Here are some two sentence reviews of the movies I watched in June.
- Movies watched – 7
- Movies that were new to me – 6
- Percent 2010s movies watched – 86%
- Monthly Masterpieces – Die Hard
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) – Seems like there are maybe slightly fewer “here’s a joke for the parents'” moments than usual, but still pretty by the numbers plot-wise. And maybe I missed something, but how exactly is the bad guy controlling the Alpha-dragon?
- Monster High: Scaris, City of Frights (2012) – Nice to see my ghoul Claudia getting some time in the spotlight, and her winning personality carries a somewhat straight-forward and boring Monster High outing. The post-film mini-adventure is a good deal more entertaining and creative as the girls take the long way home.
- Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) – For all its bluster, the “naughty bits” (spoiler alert) amount to a bit of light spanking and a blindfold. As for the rest of the movie, she has screen presence, he has a bit more acting chops, but neither is able to do much with a script that feels far too rushed to be effective.
- Die Hard (1988) – Classic action movie that effortlessly puts all other action movies to shame. If you don’t get goosebumps during the final “Haaaans!” scene, there’s something wrong with you!
- Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy (2014) – This attempt to work more Peter Pan mythos into the Tinkerbell movies does little to advance Tink’s character development towards her jealous murdering self from the film, but it is still an amusing little story nonetheless. The power switching thing adds a lot of novelty to the usual story of the fairies rescuing another fairy.
- Like Water for Elephants (2011) – Fairly standard Rom-dram, with the Twilight guy seeming a little lost, but Witherspoon holding everything together admirably. The villainy of the bad guy is a bit over the top, but overall this pushes enough of the basic buttons for this type of movie to be a good time anyway.
- Monster High: Friday Night Frights (2013) – The girls prove that the school’s rollerblading team doesn’t have to be just guys as they take over to win Monster High’s “spirit trophy” back. Plotwise, this leaves a lot to be desired, but at least some of the training stuff is fun.