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What movies have you seen lately?

Just got back from seeing Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with my son.

I've seen some poor reviews of this movie so I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy Robert Downey Junior's second outing as the master detective as much as I did the first. I'm happy to say I did. There were plenty of good moments, especially one scene featuring Stephen Fry (who was a delight as Holmes' brother, Mycroft) and Kelly Reilly, who played the newly-married, Mary Watson.

On the way home, I found myself wondering if Guy Richie has any plans to make a Miss Marple movie in the same style. I can just see Maggie Smith Karate chopping her way through a series of villains.

How about you?

What movies have you seen lately?


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Jan. 8th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Maggie Smith would totally kick ass as Miss Marple. *fangirls*
Jan. 8th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Especially if she kept her wand from the Harry Potter movies :)
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
Better yet, her cat-shifting abilities. *see icon*
Jan. 8th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think you meant to write this, but I enjoyed it...

and Kelly Reilly, who layed the newly-married, Mary Watson.
Jan. 8th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
A most unfortunate typo :)
Jan. 8th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
The most recent movie we caught was Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy. Great cast. It reminded me of the old series that the BBC put out; it was subtle and you had to pay attention which is always good. I get really tired of movies that assume you're a total idiot and have to spoon feed you throughout the viewing. I thought it was well done and an owner when it comes out on DVD.
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
I remeber that BBC series.
Jan. 8th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
I did see a Scooby Doo one earlier. The one with aliens. Anything of more recent vintage, well, since I actually do not "go out" to see movies, well...
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Was that the one with Rowan Atkinson?
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
No clue, since I missed the credits. Animated, where Scooby and Shaggy get extraterrestrial lady friends.
Jan. 9th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
The Rowan Atkinson one was a 'live' mpvie,featuring Sarah 'The Vampire Slayer' Geller as Daphne and CGI as Scooby :)
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
I've seen that one. Don't remember seeing any extraterrestrials in it, though.
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
You know you're right. I think they were demons.
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Yea. Granted, in medieval times, they may have mistaken extraterrestrials for demons, but...
Jan. 8th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
If you're talking an elderly lady spy karate chopping bad guys, you're talking The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. Truth to tell, she doesn't start studying karate until--I believe--the second or third novel. The series is by Dorothy Gilman.

The couple of movies that have been made don't compare to the novels, although the one with Rosalind Russell as Mrs. P is pretty good.

Have you had a chance to enjoy Mrs. Pollifax books yet?
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
I haven't but I think I saw the Polifax movie a looooong time ago :)
Jan. 9th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
I saw the first Robert Downey Sherlock movie on my laptop (Amazon rental) and I saw Hugo at the theater. I though the Holmes movie was OK, but it didn't really hold my interest, I think because I didn't care that much about what happened to Holmes.

Hugo had a lot of charm and some really nice acting, but I was surprised in that it seemed to me to be two movies: one about a little boy who needed a family and one about an old man who had once made movies. The problem was, I liked the first movie better.

p.s. Would LOVE Maggie Smith as Miss Marple!

Edited at 2012-01-09 04:46 am (UTC)
Jan. 9th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Maybe we should start a petition :)
Jan. 9th, 2012 09:01 am (UTC)
The kids had some new movies for X-mas: Cars 2 and Despicable Me. Both have their moments, and so far I haven't minded seeing them on/off 5-10 times.

I'm consistently staying away from the new Sherlock movies. Mr. Holmes has a very special place in my heart as he made up a significant part of my childhood reading. The 'action Sherlock' I've seen in the trailers doesn't appeal to me one bit. Maybe if they'd casted Jackie Chan... Glad you enjoyed it, though :-)
Jan. 9th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
I like all kinds of Sherlock, from the fan fiction, pitting Holmes agains Jack the Ripper, to the silly, but wonderful, Without a Clue movie, which has Watson as the real sleuth.

Jackie Chan might be stretching things a little too far though :)
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Jan. 9th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Lol, that would be fun. I could wrte it with my old gran in the title role ;)
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Recently we watched "Another Earth." Really impressive. I recommend it.

Wasn't Maggie Smith in Evil Under the Sun or one of those other Agatha Christie movies? In keeping with the Guy Ritchie revamp with characters, why not Kate Winslet as Miss Marpel? She's much younger than Smith, but she could carry a machine gun easier.
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
She was indeed in Evil Under the Sun. Great movie :)
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