Non-Sequitur: Happy Hobbit Day!!!

Hi guys! It’s time for a new feature at Buttered Popcorn! We’re calling it the Non-Sequitur of the Unspecified Timeframe! As the title suggests, we have no idea how often we will do these, and they’re completely unrelated to Tom Cruise! (Well… maybe not completely unrelated.  Stay tuned, and maybe we’ll see about that!)

Today is September 22nd! Why is that a big deal? Because it’s the combined birthday of two of Michelle’s favorite literary (and film) characters – Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins!!! 😀 Happy Birthday, fellas! Today is also celebrated among J.R.R. Tolkien fans as “Hobbit Day”, where fans try to do something hobbit-ish in honor of these two wonderful characters.

So come along with us while we pay tribute to two of the final Ring Bearers – Bilbo and Frodo – and of course, other hobbits, too! Since this is a movie blog, we will share our opinions on a few movie adaptations that feature our favorite residents of Bag End, Hobbiton. Since Michelle is the resident Tolkien nerd of our duo, she will guide us along on our little journey.

If you haven’t watched any of the many film adaptations of Tolkien’s most popular books, you can get them at the below links. (This will also serve as a list of the movies we will potentially be spoiling under the “read more”!)

The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and Return of the King animated movies
The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy and Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy

And, of course, we’re kinda spoiling the books too, so check them out!
The Hobbit (by itself)
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

*** Spoilers beyond this point!! ***

Pop that popcorn and read on!

Collateral

Tom Cruise almost always plays the hero in his films. Even when he’s an anti-hero, like in “Jack Reacher”, we’re still rooting for him to win. Buttered Popcorn can’t wait to dig into one of the rare films where Tom Cruise plays the unequivocal villain. Join us for a look into the wild ride that is Tom Cruise’s 2006 summer offering: Collateral.

Smartass Summary: The story of four people who should have stayed in bed.

Slightly less smartass summary: A nihilist and a moralist walk into a bar…

Ok ok, REAL summary: Man tries to live his life like a normal person, but fate, and a sociopath on a mission, have other plans.

Overall opinion:
Buttered Popcorn loves this movie! It’s a wild ride through a wild night, filled with tension, action, and (believe it or not) humorous moments. The movie starts out in a sneaky way, just a casual little ride through the Los Angeles cityscape.  But when the action hits, it hits with a crash! The suspense, the intensity, and the insights into the philosophy of the two main characters draw us in and keep us excited to see more.

If you haven’t seen the movie, check it out below! If you’re anything like Buttered Popcorn, you won’t regret it.

***Spoilers beyond this point!***



Melt that butter and read on!

Vanilla Sky

Ready to get metaphysical? Time for a wild ride, as Buttered Popcorn dives into the mysterious, exciting, poignant and disturbing world of Tom Cruise’s 2001 winter offering, Vanilla Sky

Smartass Summary: The one with the bomb soundtrack.

Slightly less smartass summary: Tom Cruise gets plastic surgery.

Ok ok, REAL summary: Guy with daddy issues learns who his true friends are.

Overall opinion:
Buttered Popcorn loves this movie! It’s full of drama, romance, and emotional intensity, and the plot has twists and turns that will make your jaw drop. You’re invited to follow David Aames (Jr.) through his “brilliant journey of self awakening”, during which he learns much – about himself, about his friends, about the nature of life and death. And it’s all framed by visually stunning scenes and absolutely amazing music! In other words – watch it!

Go ahead… We’ll wait.

Seriously, because we’re gonna spoil it soon, so if you haven’t watched it yet, go on over, grab the movie and watch away. We’re telling you now, you won’t regret it.

Last chance:

***Spoilers beyond this point!***



Melt that butter and read on!

Jack Reacher

We were in a Reacher-y mood, so we decided to stick with him! Time to tackle the first installment of the Reacher film franchise – Jack Reacher, based on the Lee Child book Oneshot.

Smartass Summary: The one from those books!

Slightly less smartass summary: Guy tries to keep a promise, but lady lawyer distracts him.

Ok ok, REAL summary: Bad guys commit multiple murders, good guy commits multiple murders back. But it’s okay because it’s for JUSTICE.

Overall opinion:
Buttered Popcorn likes this movie a lot! There’s plenty of action, plenty of humor, and lots of kickass ass-kicking! (Did you see what we did there?) There’s a mystery to be solved, and that keeps us interested, waiting to see what’s next. But most of all, the bad guys get theirs, and the good guys don’t pull their punches. In other words – it’s great!

Haven’t seen it yet? Check it out below:

***Spoilers beyond this point!***

Pop that popcorn and read on!

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back has recently come out on BluRay and DVD!  We loved it in theaters (of course), and it was great seeing it again in the comfort of our own home.  We hope you’ll enjoy reading our true and correct opinions on this flick.

Smartass Summary: The second one from those books!

Slightly less smartass summary: Guy tries to make it with a chick, but work interferes.

Ok ok, REAL summary: Bad guys try to kill the good guys, but somewhat ruthless hero gets the bad guys instead.

Overall opinion:
Buttered Popcorn likes this movie a lot! There’s plenty of action and adventure, with a nice balance of humor and a touch of tender feelings. One of the talking points of the movie is that we will get to see a different side of Reacher, and we do. But never fear! He’s still the hard-hitting badass that we fell in love with in the first Reacher movie, and there’s plenty of bone-crushing, jaw-breaking fighting to feed your Reacher needs!

Haven’t seen the movie yet? Check it out below!

***Spoilers beyond this point!***

Melt that butter and read on!

The Mummy (2017)

Welcome to Buttered Popcorn! Our first review is for Tom’s latest blockbuster, The Mummy (2017). We had a great time watching this flick in theaters (several times), and we can’t wait to share our true and correct opinions with the world!

Smartass Summary: The OTHER OTHER one with the airplane stunt.

Slightly less smartass summary: A guy gets two girlfriends, but would rather be rich and single.

Ok ok, REAL summary: Bad guy tries to take over the world, unlikely hero saves the world instead.

Overall opinion:
Buttered Popcorn likes this movie a lot!  It has action, humor, seat-jumping “scares”, and it even takes on themes of good and evil, life and death, love and sacrifice.  In fact, there are so many feelings in this movie, we think some people might have a hard time holding them all in at the same time.  But that’s okay!  At Buttered Popcorn, we love complexity, and we aren’t scared to cry and laugh and hide our faces in the same theater session!

Haven’t seen the movie yet? Fix that, stat! Check it out below:

***Spoilers highly likely beyond this point!***

Melt that butter and read on!