Getting In Touch With My Masculine Side

I wouldn’t say I’m a girly-girl. I was a tomboy my entire childhood, despite those three years of modeling in pageants, and I preferred mud pies and a ball glove over Barbies every time. In fact, my grandfather called me Tonka when I was little because I always had a truck with me. I’m not outdoorsy, never been a camper, hiker, or climber of any kind, but I don’t mind getting dirty or working up a sweat.

When it comes to my entertainment preferences, that’s where I lean toward the girly side. Romantic comedies, period pieces, and comedies is where I stay. Give me a little angst, giant ball gowns, or make me laugh and I’m set. Do all three and I’m in heaven. Which means excessive violence is not what I look for in my movies. In fact, I avoid horror movies and the blow ’em up stuff whenever possible only venturing into psychological thrillers on rare occasions.

This knowledge is what makes my movie choice this weekend quite odd. And surprised the friend I invited to go with me. She’s known me since high school and even in the middle of the movie kept saying, “I can’t believe you wanted to see this.” Unlike me, this was EXACTLY the kind of movie she loves.

I’m talking about Wanted with Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, and my newest crush, James McAvoy. I know what you’re thinking. “Terri doesn’t like little guys! What is the world coming to?!” I know because I’ve been thinking the exact same thing. But he’s so cute. And if you haven’t seen him in an interview, check it out here.

He has the most adorable (and strong!) Scottish accent. Plus, he’s a dang good actor.

Anyway, this movie is over-the-top, brains splattering almost from the first moment, and very ooh ra tough guy stuff. Wesley (McAvoy) goes from loser pipsqueak to the perfect assassin, but goes through total hell to get there. And I mean HELL. To say they kicked the shit out of him is an understatement.

And I still liked it. Weird.

The special effects are killer (pun intended) and more than once I turned to my friend and said, “Cool.” The moments of humor fit well giving us viewers tiny breaks from all the tension. The last 20 minutes or so require giant leaps of faith and you have to say to yourself, “Yeah, I know no one could survive that, but I’m going with it.” Still, I liked it. And if I knew more about this fancy blogger stuff, I’d embed the trailer. Instead, you’ll have to click here to watch it.

Your turn. Would you go see this movie? Have you seen a movie lately you didn’t think you’d like but it surprised you? Anyone want to guess how far up my Netflix queue I’ve moved Atonement? LOL!

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24 thoughts on “Getting In Touch With My Masculine Side”

  1. skirbo says:

    Thanks for the review of Wanted. My daughter is driving me nuts wanting me to take her to see it. Hoping to be able to do that this weekend.

    I’ll have to watch that interview tonight-I loves me a Scottish accent. Yum.


  2. terrio says:

    Sarah – as I mention, LOTS of killing going on. Which makes sense. ASSASSINS! I cringed a lot.

    Yes, be sure to watch the interview. And if you hop around to watch more, no one will blame you. LOL!

    I was actually surprised how well he pulled off the American accent.

  3. Diana says:

    I really want to see Get Smart. It looks stupid funny, right up my alley.

    And I still want to see this movie. I lubs me some Angelina Jolie.

    I suggest seeing Wall-E. It’s adorable.

  4. terrio says:

    Di – Wall-E is the next one I want to see. But I need to borrow someone’s kid since mine is out of town. Talk about going from one extreme to another.

    Get Smart might be funny, but it’s not something I’ll pay theater prices for. Since things hit video so fast now, think I’ll wait for that one.

    There was a trailer for something called Death Race that looked pretty good. But again, lots of violence. I think I’m hitting an uber-Alpha dude phase. LOL!

  5. irisheyes says:

    Checked out the interview Ter. I could listen to him all day. What an awesome accent!

    I doubt I’ll be catching the movie, though. Not my kind of thing at all. Every once in a while I can be talked into a shoot’em up film but they’re few and far between. I think I’m easier with things blowing up than the physical violence inflicted on individuals – can’t handle that at all. I’m a real wimp!

  6. terrio says:

    This movie is definitely not for everyone, Irish. That certainly doesn’t make you a wimp. I think I’m just in a different mood lately. Not sure what prompted it. But I’m willing to flow with it for a time.

    Are the kiddos getting excited about the HP movie coming up this winter?

  7. irisheyes says:

    Yes, they are! In fact, last night we sat down to have another family video night with the most recent release “HP and the Order of the Phoenix” and had to cut it short. My DD got a really bad headache and wouldn’t stop watching unless we all did! So we’re going to pick up where we left off tonight or tomorrow night.

    It took a while for them to convince me to sit down and watch those movies, too, but I am enjoying them!

  8. terrio says:

    I think I’ve seen bits of all of them. Isabelle has seen most of them. Maybe when she gets back, we’ll do a marathon in order so I’ll be able to share the movie excitement come November.

  9. Uh, no. Way too wussy for the violence. There are a few things I’d like to see—Mamma Mia, Get Smart, maybe Indiana Jones. Will I see them? Unlikely, unless I catch them on p-p-v.

  10. terrio says:

    Ooh, Mamma Mia. I want to see that. I knew there was the musical but I never knew the actual story behind it. It looks so good. And the eye candy – ooh la la!

    For some reason I’m just not interested in seeing Indy. At least not on the big screen. I am looking forward to Dark Knight.

  11. MsHellion says:

    I cannot wait to see this movie; I’ve been wanting to see it like 3 weeks. I think I’ll get to see it Friday.

    I loved Indy. The refrigerator scene was hilarious!

    Thank you for the interview. *swoons at accent* OMG. How I’ve missed that! *LOL*

    I also want to see Mamma Mia. 🙂

  12. Elyssa Papa says:

    Great review, Terri! I’ll catch this one on PPV since I can’t do guts and gore in the theatre.

    Saw Mamma Mia on Broadway…absolutely loved it. It’s so fun, and the audience was dancing the whole time. Pretty much this is the concept: a young girl is going to get married but wants her father to walk down the aisle; problem is, she has three possible dads.

    Basically, the daughter (Sophie)invites all three to the wedding and hijinks ensue.

    And there is a HEA in the play! It’s very sweet and fun and let’s put it this way—Colin Firth is in it and Pierce Brosnan. That alone is worth it to me. LOL.

  13. terrio says:

    Hellion – if you could take all that gore in Sweeney Todd, you’ll love this one. Though like I said, be prepared to let go of reality. You’ll know what I mean after you watch it.

    You’re welcome for the interview. I need to go watch some others now that I’m at home. LOL!

    Ely – I just saw the commercial again while reading your post. LOL! Mamma Mia is definitely a must see ASAP!

  14. Quantum says:

    Terri, this is definitely a side of your character that I would never have suspected.

    So my gentle, caring, adorably feminine, humorous idol has a blood lust!!!!!

    Afraid I hate tomato ketchup, even when its on my plate. The only violent films that I watch are the James Bond movies. I did watch Indiana Jones once but much preferred Harrison Ford in the ‘ultimate secretary film’….I think it was called ‘Working girl’ or similar, with Melanie Griffith.

    Anyway I’m not taking you to the cinema….unless its the very back row where I don’t have to watch *g*

  15. irisheyes says:

    I didn’t even know Mamma Mia was out! That’s one I’ve been waiting for.

    I’ve been so fixated on getting the kids to watch the first Indy film so we could all go as a family and watch the one at the movies. I started this back in May. We finally watched Raiders of the Lost Ark but still haven’t gotten to the movies. I just know it’s gonna be gone before we can squeeze out 2 hours to go see it.

  16. terrio says:

    Q – did you really just call me “adorably feminine”? It’s clear we have not met in person. LOL! But I promise, this is just a phase. There are lots of wonderful, intelligent, thought-provoking movies we can enjoy together. Nary a splattering brain in any of them.

    Irish – I’m thinking you should just give up and hit the cinemaplex. I’m sure there are tons of people who haven’t seen the earlier films and they get this one just fine. If you’re determined to see this one on the big screen, just go for it!

  17. J.K. Coi says:

    I would SO go see this movie. And with a babysitter all set for Saturday, it might actually be this week!

  18. terrio says:

    Yay for J.K. getting to the movies! And babysitters aren’t cheap. So this movie better be worth the expense. LOL! I think it will be.

  19. Cool! I’ll have to check this movie out. Before I read this I only had a passing interest in seeing it. And, also, I totally want to see Atonement. James is so cute anyway, but James brooding? that’s even hotter!

  20. J.K. Coi says:

    So we watched “Hancock” (and the number of times I said that word just for the sake of saying it… *grin*, I’m so juvenile)

    But hopefully on the next date night we’ll watch Wanted. I really wanted to see it.

  21. terrio says:

    Kelly – I’ve moved Atonement up next on my Netflix. Now I need to sit down today and watch Juno so I can send it back and find James in my mailbox. (If only it really worked that way *g*)

    J.K. – Yay! for a date night. What did you think of Hancock? (Oh, that is fun to say…lol) Would you recommend it or wait until it hits DVD?

  22. J.K. Coi says:

    I thought it was great! Go see it. Definitely worth the big-screen price. Although now I’m not sure about Wanted. I think the next big-screen movie will have to be the new X-Files. I’m a sci-fi nerd at heart.

  23. terrio says:

    On the agenda this weekend is Dark Knight and Mamma Mia. If it all works out, I’ll have more reviews next week!

  24. Ter, if James shows up in your mail box you’re so going to have a

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