With the 2 weeks I had off, I took the time to see a few films...
Iron Man 3 - While I can understand the complaints from the comic realm over a few major issues with Marvel history/characters, I have to say I enjoyed this film. I liked the story centering on Stark more so than Iron Man and think that Kingsley was excellent in his role; his broadcasts were awesome to watch. All in all, it delivered what I expect out of a “Summer Blockbuster” these days.
Jack Reacher - First off, I HATE Tom Cruise. The only movie I have remotely enjoyed him in was Collateral. I have heard the arguments for Minority Report, The Last Samurai, hell even Top Gun. Since Cocktails, I can't think of a movie in which I actually enjoyed his performance (sorry but Jerry M didn't impress me). That being said, I have to say that this movie wrecked shop for me. Good pacing in the film and the character is very interesting which is why I will be diving into “The Killing Floor” by Lee Child soon. It's a movie I wouldn't put in my top 10, but is worth watching at least once.
Chasing Mavericks - This is a true story about a Cali kid and his passion for surfing and positive outlook on life. While it is not the action flick that make many guys feel like men, the story that is told is one that many men should see; you can be a role model to an influential young mind, even if you weren't meaning to be. This is perhaps one of the better films I have seen in quite some time and is worth the watch.
Playing for Keeps - Interesting story of an ex-soccer star that has is trying to be a dad to his son. While there were some funny parts to it, I felt like I was watching a drama rather than the comedy it was advertised (to me at least) as. The cast featured some well known actors and actresses, but my favorite part played in this film was by little Noah Lomax, the son in the story. Cute kid seemed to hold his own on the screen as he seemed natural in his performance.
Act of Valor - I had my father-in-law recommend watching this film for Memorial Day. I had heard of it but never got around to seeing it. After watching the film, it gave me a sense of the brotherhood that I know many of my family and friends experienced with their time in the military. The acting was a bit shoddy at times, but that is to be expected as all the soldiers were actual military personnel and not people pretending to play a part, which gave this film a sense of "authenticity" even though the story was obviously manufactured.
Outsourced (2006) - On the surface, the movie was kind of bland, but the deeper meaning was what I was pleased with. A U.S. businessman was sent to India to teach his replacement how to run a call center. Soon, the self realization the man faced was that instead of trying to make those who lived there embrace American thought, he began to embrace the culture he was surrounded by. The movie wasn't one that I'll be making my closest of friends sit down to watch, but being a deep thinker, I found a few parts that I thoroughly enjoyed; such as the family ties in the Indian culture and how too many in America do not appreciate the family that they have.