Thursday, July 28, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Movie Mayhem

It's Thursday, time to consider what in the world you want to do with your weekend.  Laying around like a sack of russet potatoes has it's attractions.  Hey, it doesn't cost you anything extra to force your rump from the couch, walk into your kitchen and find something to eat while you re-watch all your DVR episodes of True Blood.  Now that I think about it, that's not a bad idea at all.

But you might be thinking of getting some sun, maybe just the amount it takes for you to walk to your car, drive on the road with a pair of necessary shades, walk from your car to your destination and the return trip home.  Depending on how far you park, that could be a lot of sun.  And you could make that destination the movie theatre, a refreshing welcome after being outside, especially if you're where I'm at.  I think Lucifer is visiting his granny in Texas and needed the temperature to remain in the triple-digits to accommodate him.  Seriously, it really is that hot.  But not inside the theatre.

So what the heck to see?  Well, there a few movies opening this Friday to fit some distinct moods.

The Smurfs
Mood: Nostalgia, Comedy
Yes, our lovely little blue cartoon friends from childhood have managed to swindle some producer into bringing them to the big screen, CGI style.  So now we get to wonder, alongside our children, why Smurfette is the only girl out of all those smurfs...hmmmm....only now we get to wonder about this as they jump out at us in 3D.
Cowboys and Aliens
Mood: Eye Candy and Action
Olivia Wilde for the guys and Daniel Craig for the ladies.  Science-fiction all-around as the wild west meets space, outer space.  Or rather, they do the same thing most aliens seem to want to do...take over the world.  With guns ablazing - maybe an arm laser or two - buckle down and see what happens.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Mood: Anti-Eat, Pray, Love comedy
Ready for a "man makeover"?  Take a ride with this sad, sad divorcee.  He's hooked up with a young dog to learn some new tricks.  Who said you couldn't do that with old dogs?  Will it all work out the way he hopes?  Only one way to find out.

And this last one hasn't had any US marketing play from what I've seen.  Guessing that means limited screen locations so may not be in your area.  I'm including it because I am a Don Cheadle fan.  The movie is called The Guard.  It's marked as a cop comedy and appears to have that flavor of pitting two personalities with each other so they can eventually overcome/appreciate their differences for the sake of solving the case.  Watch out!  If crude comedy turns you off, this definitely may not fit the bill for you.

Check out each trailer and please share your thoughts on which, if any, movie would interest you enough to abandon the air conditioner at home and please share why.  :-)


Phil said...

I want to see Crazy Stupid Love. It's been getting great reviews, and I love Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (and Steve Carell and Julianne Moore, too, but not as much as RG and ES).

Angela Brown said...

It will be interesting to see where Crazy Stupid Love lands in the box office line up after the weekend ticket sales are tallied. I've read some good reviews about it as well. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the movie if you happen to catch it this weekend.

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