I have some great memories of seeing films, like the time most of my Year 7 class went to the tiny movie theatre in my hometown to see Ten things I hate about you and a Maltesers war of epic proportions unfolded. Or the time in university when I saw Rogue with one of my best friends and I spent most of the movie hiding from the gigantic killer crocodile under a blanket we smuggled into the freezing cinema. Or the rare back-to-back movie sessions my husband and I have indulged in, including the infamous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Hot Fuzz screening of 2007.
After a busy start to the year, I returned home from Hawaii excited about finally making time to see some of the latest blockbuster films hitting the silver screen.
- Pitch Perfect 2: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks. Need I say more? Well I probably should, so here goes: I loved the first Pitch Perfect for its music, one liners and feel good story and I know that at the very least the sequel will be good for a laugh. Sometimes that’s all a movie needs to be, something that makes you happy. Pitch Perfect 2 sees the girls join together to compete at the a capella world championships. Booked in to see this tonight for date night and can’t wait.
- Mad Max: Fury Road: For some reason I can’t quite figure out I have never seen all of the Mad Max films. The apocalyptic concept appeals to me and I have caught bits and pieces over the years on television, but I have never watched all of the films. Despite this, after seeing a trailer for Fury Road I am excited to watch the latest instalment in this series. The trailer was intense though and I am not really sure what to expect. But with such an amazing cast, and some rave reviews, I think it would make for memorable viewing.
- San Andreas: I have never been a fan of wrestling, but goodness gracious I do love Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson! He is a very charismatic and likeable presence on screen and surely it is no coincidence that the Fast and Furious franchise improved immeasurable with his arrival. Plus there’s the whole muscles thing. Anyway, back on topic; San Andreas sees this Adonis/actor take on the role of a rescue helicopter pilot after a massive earthquake in California. Sounds like the kind of film that will appeal to both my husband and I and that’s always a bonus!
- Entourage: This movie could either be amazing or amazingly bad, but I liked the television show and I love the character Ari Gold, played perfectly by Jeremy Piven, so it is worth a look. I have no idea how the TV series will translate on the big screen but I think at the very least this will be a fun one and good for a laugh.
- Aloha: I was excited to see this after our tropical getaway but have heard mixed reviews so I am not sure if I will be rushing out to catch it in the cinema any time soon…but my ridiculous girl crush on Emma Stone (who stars as Air Force pilot Allison Ng) could sway me. Maybe…
- Jurassic World: Now here is a franchise I have seen! Anyone who grew up as a kid of the 90s would have seen Jurassic Park. (Remember the scene where the T-Rex eats the man on the portaloo!) I also have very clear memories of having to sit by myself in a packed cinema to see The Lost World: Jurassic Park because there simply was no space for our little family of five to sit together! (Don’t worry, my mum still shared her popcorn with my, just passed by to me from her seat two rows ahead). Seeing this series of movies from such a young age means I will be going into the latest instalment with some emotional baggage and sentimentality, but I am confident it’s nothing the delightfully cool Chris Pratt (who stars as Velociraptor trainer Owen Grady) can’t handle.
What about you – what great films have you seen this year and what are you keen to watch next?