Steph took the kids to her parents for the week so I was left to my own bachelor devices. So, as usual, I programmed a viewing schedule of movies and TV shows that Steph would not ever want to watch. I’ve done this before, time to do it again.
Dracula Untold (2014) – The Universal monster rally movies can now begin! I didn’t hear a lot about this movie beforehand but I look forward to any movie utilizing the classic monsters, especially Universal who says they want to plan a “monsterverse” set of movies. This actually wasn’t that bad and a pretty good re-interpretation of the legend of Vlad the Impaler. It makes him a more sympathetic character and places the inhuman bloodthirsty killer on another character from which Vlad will get his vampiric status. The cast is great and the effects are pretty awesome. Recommend. However, to be honest, I was a bit disappointed we didn’t get a glimpse or hint of another monster in a post credit sequence. But that’s a relatively small gripe.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) – Until very recently I had no idea this was based on a Mark Millar comic. Honestly, I think Millar had the screenplay written, no one bought it, and so he made it into a comic. Then when the comic did pretty well, he was able to sell it to Matthew Vaughn. And this is a pretty spectacular movie. I love Colin Firth and he’s brilliant in this. On one hand he plays directly into your expectations of him while simultaneously doing something completely different that you would never expect him to be doing. Michael Caine is also great. The new kid is pretty good. My only gripe would be Sam Jackson as the villain. We’re to the point now where Sam Jackson will immediately take me out of a movie. He’s no longer Sam Jackson the actor, he’s Sam Jackson the character. He transcends whatever he’s trying to do. And I appreciate he’s trying to do something a little different with the lisp, but I never saw anything other than SAM JACKSON playing the villain. That being said, he’s remarkably entertaining to watch in this movie. I highly recommend it. I hope there are more Kingsman movies to come.
Predestination (2015) – On the surface, it looks to take the same basic idea of agents policing the time stream as Time Cop. But quickly you find out it’s a completely different movie. It’s a more intimate story involving one time agent on one mission that seems to have some huge importance to history, but also some very personal importance as well. It’s not really what I wanted out of the movie but I’m not going to lie, the way the story wraps up has a few surprising reveals that I didn’t see coming. I saw one of them coming pretty early, but not the other. It’s mostly well acted and interesting, but definitely quirky and a bit weird. The story focuses more on Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook’s characters and their interactions with each other more than the actual time travel or the agency that is policing the time stream and how it works. But it’s still a good movie. I’d give it a soft recommend.
Game of Thrones: Season 2 – My wife and I started watching Season 2 a few weeks ago but she bowed out after two episodes. By contrast, I was hooked after the same two episodes. I went ahead and finished the season while Steph was away. THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD. Great characters, great drama. Everything in this world is so f**king filthy. Dirt and mud is EVERYWHERE. And I feel sorry for the actor who plays Joffrey. He plays the most despicable person in a TV show EVER. I want to punch him in the face. With a crowbar. SO GOOD. But far and above everyone else is Peter Dinklage kicking so much f**king ass as Tyrion Lannister. He gets better every episode. I’m two seasons behind right now so I’m trying to stay as spoiler free as possible, but I’m already aware that there is this thing called a “Red Wedding” and it happens at the end of season 3. But that’s all I know. SO SHUT UP ABOUT IT ALREADY.