Summer of movies

I love going to the movies, LOVE it!
But my hubby doesn’t share my passion for sitting in a darkened room on velvety seats of questionable cleanliness with strangers who might cough, fart, or noisily open their snacks at the wrong moment, so usually I only go see kids movies (with my kids) to satisfy that big screen craving.
This summer though, he’s been really into the movies and so I’ve managed to see quite a few flicks at the old theatre and it’s been SO FUN!
(Note to self, less caffeine)

Here’s my short take on all the films recently viewed:

Edge of Tomorrow: So Good!! World War against aliens, good acting and storytelling. Kinda Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers but better! And I didn’t hate that it was Tom Cruise.

Earth to Echo: Loved it!! Best friends about to go their separate ways head off for one last adventure, and discover a visiting alien! Flavours of ET, WALL-E, and The Goonies. Short changed by the critics.

X-Men Days of Futures Past: Fantastic! I love me some x-men. Great story, effects, casting. Mutant superheroes, time travel, Wolverine, Professor Xavier x2 (and hot in both time periods) what more could you want?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Just as brilliant as the first installment. A little dark. Long winded at times but worth it. Lessons for humanity. Ape not kill ape.

Lucy: what the hell did I just watch? I thought this was gonna be all matrixy but it was just plain weird. Girl smuggles drugs, drugs burst, girl unlocks full potential of her brain and becomes superhuman. Except she’s all robotic and bloody annoying. If not for Morgan Freeman this would be flushed straight down the loo.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Fun, funny, good story, excellent characters, we laughed, we cried, I choked on my soda at a few of the swear words. (Dear America, “prick” is not a nice jokey swear like “dick” and I don’t want to hear my 7yo repeat it!) Thrown together by circumstance, an odd bunch of good guys have to save the universe, and they do it with a funky sound track.
Having watched the trailers I didn’t think I’d like this movie, I was wrong.
I am Groot.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: okay, so I only went to this one as part of my son’s birthday treats, and the kids really liked it, so there’s that.
But honestly, it was dire. Ugliest incarnations of the turtles I have ever seen (and yes, I’ve watched all the other movies) and they are so annoying, so unlikable I wanted Shredder to win. Weak story, hardly any pizza.



It’s chilly here in the ATX thanks to an arctic cold front that moved down last week – it reached all the way to the Gulf! I know because I was there, freezing my butt off on the beach.

It’s actually the perfect weather to curl up in the corner of the couch with a blanket, a cup if hot tea, and (of course) a good book. I haven’t had the chance to grab a book this past 11 days though, because I have cousins here visiting me all the way from Bonnie Scotland and we’re too busy doing absolutely everything else we can think of.
We went to the US Grand Prix together out at The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and had a fantastic weekend sitting on the grassy hill, watching fast cars, and drinking cold beers.
I always cheer for Paul Di Resta because he’s a fellow Scot – we took our Saltire and Lion Rampant flags to wave like dafties. I also cheer for Webber, sad he’s retiring from F1, and my new favourite driver (since Coulthard left F1) that I think has a great career ahead of him, is Romain Grosjean. And I LOVE those black and gold Lotus cars 🙂

The visiting cousins were impressed with our November weather that weekend, I got sunburnt.

Fast forward to the next weekend and we plummeted from sunny 80’s to bone chilling 30’s Brrr! And WTF?

And of course this was the weekend we had booked a trip to the beach 0_o
We went anyway, hoping to beat the cold front as we headed south – unfortunately it got there first and we had to change our plans for Friday. We visited the USS Lexington – an aircraft carrier docked permanently at Corpus Christi and open as a museum. It’s very cool to check it out, there are various self guided tour options and you can see everything from the flight deck to the engine rooms. It was pouring rain when we reached the flight deck, we’re a bit daft so we went out anyway 🙂

Thankfully our condo (shout out to The Sandpiper in Port Aransas) was beautiful, comfortable, fantastic, spacious and warm! And when the rain was gone on Saturday we put on every sweater and jacket, wooly hat and scarf we had remembered to pack and we headed to the beach to build the best sandcastle Little One has ever made in her life 🙂
Our hands were numb, but it was fun and Little One was SO happy.

The weather is still pretending that Texas has an actual winter so we’re shopping and going to the movies. Finally I get to see Gravity!

I get to hang out with my cousins for 7 more days 🙂 and then when my house is quiet I will grab my blanket and my books.