Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 2015 Books and Movies

The Duff

Pleasantly surprised that I laughed as much as I did at this one. I was talked into it by a friend who is in the entertainment business, and knew the lead guy was from Toronto. It's a great teen movie along the lines of Easy A, be true to yourself because everyone else is just as insecure as you are, even if they seem fine. The main character Bianca is played by Mae Whitman and she reminds me of a Janine Garafolo for the 2010s. Bianca's mom was played by Allison Janney, who is always entertaining, she really made the most of a bit, comedic part. Remember how great she was in Juno? All in all, this film isn't something that will keep your grey matter in shape, but thoroughly entertaining.

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Peter Jackson, shame on you for making a wee book into 3 movies. This last installment was 70% fight scenes and 30% story. Don't get me wrong, I like the Tolkien universe fight scenes as much as the next fan, but the story was kind of done two movies ago. Seriously, I got the impression that even Orlando Bloom was bored! I wish I could be more positive about it, but it really sucked. When sufficient time has passed, I'll watch the three of them back to back and maybe have something more to say.