Movies continue to be a popular form of entertainment.
We can view movies at home via television or computer, but for the newest movie releases, a larger picture, great sound and picture quality, it would be hard to beat the big screens and digital sound systems of modern movie theaters. 3-D films have been quite the rage lately, too.
We are fortunate to have Ridge Cinemas, a multi-screen theater, in our community.
On Friday, I went there to see the new Robin Hood flick. The movie was okay but I prefer a much older version which starred Errol Flynn. The new film has gotten less than rave reviews. Journal Sentinel critic Duane Dudek gave the movie 2 ½ stars. The Rotten Tomatoes Web site says “Consensus: Ridley Scott's revisionist take on this oft-told tale offers some fine acting and a few gripping action sequences, but it's missing the thrill of adventure that made Robin Hood a legend in the first place.”
Oceans (an awesome Disney documentary nature film); City Island (a hilarious comedy about a dysfunctional family), and Iron Man 2 ( a superhero/special effects/action film), are among the movies I've recently seen and enjoyed a lot at our local theater.
Being a bit of a movie buff, I go to the movies often and movie posters adorn my basement walls. I saw most of the films which had been nominated for an Oscar this year.
I also watch the annual Academy Awards ceremony broadcast on TV. So do many other folks.
Evidently, the Academy Awards show irks Kevin Fischer (FranklinNOW blogger/ legislative aide to Sen. Lazich) because in his March 7 blog entry Oscar's "Best" Isn't, Fischer stated:
“ Tonight that nauseating mutual admiration society of leftist, America-hating Hollywood elitists will pat themselves on the back and overestimate their worth and importance. Oh for the days when Bob Hope was the emcee and real talent walked up to the podium to accept their awards. I’m a firm believer in that age old phrase that “they just don’t make 'em like they used to.”
And to that nasty, derogatory remark, Fischer added the following comment:
“ Dozens and dozens of great stars from the past overwhelm the handful of quality actors/ actresses of today. I haven't seen any of the nominated films this year, and I'm not upset in the least.”