Apr 282016
 

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A delightful comedy that stars two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field as Doris, a shy accounting clerk who has never ventured out of her comfort zone and lives vicariously through her colorful daydreams. Life throws her a curveball when a new co-worker, John (Max Greenfield), joins the company. Doris is inspired finally to take control of her life, and her newfound courage takes her on an extraordinary adventure more exciting than anything she could dream up.

Sally Field: Doris Miller
Max Greenfield:John Fremont
Tyne Daly: Roz

Thoughts
Two weeks ago my friend Nancy and I went out to eat and saw the movie Hello, My Name Is Alice. I’ve loved everything I’ve seen with Sally Field so I was sure I’d love this movie.

Alice has spent many years taking care of her ailing mother so she’s very much an introvert who only has a few friends. When her mom passes, she attends a self help seminar. She tells the host she has feelings for her new coworker but thinks it’s impossible for them to have a relationship. He tells her nothing is impossible, and instead to change the word impossible to I’m possible. That starts a change in Alice who breaks out of her shell and becomes a very quirky new Alice. She starts getting dating advice from her friends 13 yr. old daughter. Things go from funny to hilarious as Alice makes her way out of her shell.

The ending left room for a sequel, and hopefully one will come out soon.

This was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. I love Sally Field and she played Doris perfectly. If you haven’t seen this yet, I hope you decide to. I love it!

Feb 182016
 

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The Choice
Based on the book written by Nicholas Sparks
Directed by Ross Katz

When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend—until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’ beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

Cast
Travis Shaw: Benjamin Walker
Gabby Holland: Teresa Palmer
Monica: Alexandra Daddario
Dr. Ryan: Tom Welling
Dr. Shep: Tom Wilkinson
Stephanie Parker: Maggie Grace

Thoughts
I saw this movie advertised on tv and knew it must be good because it was based on a Nicholas Sparks book. It looked good, but I didn’t recognize any of the actors so I didn’t know what to expect from their performance. Let me tell you, they were perfect for the parts, they were great.

The movie started out good and just got better and better. Benjamin and Gabby have such a great love story. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say their relationship unfolds into a powerful love between them. The movie had some very funny moments and also some very sad moments. I had a very personal connection with the movie towards the end that was a bit overwhelming emotionally, but I got through it, and loved the ending.

I absolutely loved this movie. It was amazing, and is one of my top 3 movies ever. I need to find the dvd so I can watch it over and over.

I almost always read a book before seeing the movie, but this time I didn’t want to wait, so now I’ll have to find the book. The book is almost always much beter so I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

If you haven’t seen this movie, GO SEE IT! It will make you laugh and cry, and the fact that a lot of it takes place on the water is another plus for me.

I loved this movie!!!

Aug 272015
 

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Big Driver by Stephen King

Maria Bello: Tess Thorne
Ann Dowd: Ramona Norvell
Will Harris: Lester
Joan Jett: Betsy
Olympia Dukak: Doreen
Jennifer Kydd: Patsy
Andre Myette:Lester’s Brother

Now a Lifetime original movie, Stephen King’s haunting story about an author of a series of mystery novels who tries to reconcile her old life with her life after a horrific attack and the one thing that can save her: Revenge.

Tess Thorne, a famous mystery writer, faces a long drive home following a book signing engagement. Advised to take a shortcut at the suggestion of the event’s planner, Tess sets out for home, well after dark. On a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, and when a man in a pick up stops, it is not to help her, but to repeatedly assault her and leave her for dead. Tess survives, and she plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself, capable of gruesome violence.

This story was originally published in Stephen King’s acclaimed collection, Full Dark, No Stars.

 

Thoughts
Big Driver by Stephen King was made into a Lifetime movie and while I enjoyed watching it, the book was so much better. I know they have to cut stuff out for the sake of time, but as far as King’s books are concerned, the less they cut out the better. The rape scene was definitely a part they should have toned down some. It was far too explicit. I know that stuff doesn’t bother some people, but it does me. My thoughts are that if a child shouldn’t see it, it shouldn’t be on tv. And yes, I watched this movie on tv, not in the theater.

I liked seeing how Tess planned and executed her revenge. It was hard for her to do but she did it anyway. She was an emotional wreck from the time she was attacked and all through, and after, she got her revenge. She was a force to be reckoned with for sure. I love strong female characters like Tess.

All in all I loved this movie. It had a lot of action and kept my eyes glued to the tv and it was scary.

The movie was very good, but as usual I liked the book more than the movie since they cut so much out due to time.

If you like Stephen King and scary, watch this if you get a chance.

 


Big Driver Official Trailer 2 2014 HD – Maria… by filmbook

Aug 232015
 

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Ant-Man (2015)
PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Paul Rudd ~ Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Michael Douglas ~ Dr. Hank Pym
Evangeline Lilly ~ Hope van Dyne

Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Thoughts
Recently my son and I decided to go out to eat and see a movie. He wanted to see Fantastic Four, but when we got to the theater it was 30 min. before ot started so we decided to see Ant Man.

I thought I wouldn’t love either movie, but that I might like them a little. I was wrong about this movie. The movie was packed with action and special effects, and all the actors did an amazing job.

My favorite thing about the move though was the humor. My son and I were cracking up all the way through. It was hilarious!!

We went at 2:00 on a Thursday, and it’s a 10 movie theater, but I was still surprised that we were the only two people there to watch  Ant Man. We had the whole room to ourselves. If it had been full I doubt we could have heard everyting for all the laughing. It was that funny!

If you haven’t seen this movie I suggest you do. I think it would be a great choice for all ages as there is nothing inappropriate in it. Its just a fantastic, funny movie. I wouldn’t mind seeing Ant Man over and over.

 

Apr 012015
 

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Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts , Kids & Family
Runtime: 2 hr. 5 min.

As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch, a baker and his wife are childless. Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch’s beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, a blood-red cape, and a slipper of gold. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish.

Thoughts
I loved this movie. It was neat seeing all the characters from different classic fairy tales coming together and interacting with each other. The story is at times cute and funny, but also has some more serious scenes. It was very easy to follow. At one point I thought the movie was gearing down to end, but it picked back up and kept going. The movie seemed a bit long, but I don’t know how they could have cut anything out. Each scene was important to lead up to the next. The ending wasn’t what I expected, but I liked it.

Somehow we missed that this was a musical. Since I’m not really a fan of musicals, I didn’t expect to like that aspect much, but it grew on me. I was amazed at how well everyone could sing (all the cast members did their own singing). They all did a great job of acting their parts too.

Meryl Streep did an awesome job of playing the witch. Of course she did, she’s amazing in everything. I also think the other actors were perfectly cast. The one that stands out in my mind the most was Depp as the wolf, but like Streep, he is awesome in everything he does. I wish his part in the film would have been longer.

James Corden as the Baker and Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife were perfect. I’ve never seen Lilla Crawford or Daniel Huttlestone in anything before, but they too did awesome jobs as Little Red Riding Hood and Jack. The rest of the cast were also very good. In fact, there wasn’t anyone I didn’t think did a great job.

This would be great for families to watch together, and I would recommend it to everyone.

 

Cast:
Meryl Streep ~ Witch
Johnny Depp ~ Wolf
Anna Kendrick ~ Cinderella
Daniel Huttlestone ~ Jack
James Corden ~ Baker
Emily Blunt ~ Baker’s Wife
Christine Baranski ~ Stepmother
Tammy Blanchard ~ Florinda
Lucy Punch ~ Lucinda
Tracey Ullman ~ Jack’s Mother
Lilla Crawford ~ Little Red Riding Hood
Billy Magnussen ~ Rapunzel’s Prince
Mackenzie Mauzy ~ Rapunzel
Chris Pine ~ Cinderella’s Prince
Frances de la Tour ~ Giant
Tug ~ Milky-White

Jul 262014
 

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Frozen

Animated
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
Run Time: 102 minutes

Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, “Frozen” is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Thoughts
This movie is probably the best Disney film I’ve ever seen, and since I’m an animated movie lover, I’ve seen a lot. The animation is amazing, the songs are wonderful (and stick in your head), and the story is heartwarming.

I watched this movie with my grandkids Harley and Alecia. They both loved it. In fact, it’s the first time I’ve ever known Harley to sit still through a whole movie. That kid is full of enough energy for 10 kids, so he’s always moving and talking. But he was quiet, and his eyes were glued to the screen during the whole movie. I was amazed!!

This is a movie that I think everyone would enjoy. Moms, dads, kids, grandparents…everyone!

The animation was beautiful. The movie was funny, it has a few sad parts, and it showed how much love and loyalty family members can have toward each other. It also had some bad guys and a cute, hilarious snowman. And a snow monster. A BIG snow monster.

The only negative I saw in this movie was the way Elsa’s  “special powers” affected most of her and Anna’s lives.  I don’t want to say anymore about this in case you haven’t seen the movie, but if you do watch it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, buy a copy or rent it. I rented it but now want to buy a copy so we can watch it again and again. It’s that good!!

Here is a link to the book @ Amazon

 

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Jan 252013
 
Actors: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Viola Davis, John Goodman
Directors: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Eric Roth, Jonathan Safran Foer
Producers: Scott Rudin, Celia Costas, Mark Roybal, Nora Skinner
Language: English

Oskar is convinced that his father (Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can’t be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.

I’ve wanted to watch this movie since the first time I saw it advertised. I love Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks, so I thought it had to be good. Sadly, they were barely in the movie, but I did love the segments that they were in.

The character of Oskar was hard to like. He was rude, mean to his mom and had a potty mouth. But I did like that he would do anything possible to find out what the key was for, because he thought it was a message to him from his father. Plus, the actor who played Oskar, Thomas Horn, did a great job of portraying him.

I loved that the mom went to such extremes to make her son’s journey as smooth as possible. I loved the relationship between Oskar and his dad! And I loved how Oskar and his grandfather related to each other.

One of the main things I didn’t get was why this young boy was allowed to traipse all over New York at all hours of the day and night by himself. I just can’t see that happening. Plus, during all his wanderings, the streets were mostly people-less. It’s NY, and NY isn’t not people-less, no matter the hour.

Then there’s the fact that the man who is supposedly Oskar’s grandmother’s friend from her home country is really her (ex?) husband. Even when Oskar figures out who he really is, nobody comments on it. Not the grandmother, not Oskar, not the grandfather, not Oskar’s mother. I can’t imagine this happening in real life and nobody talking about it!

Final Thoughts:
Even though there are a few things that just didn’t make any sense (to me at least), there are some amazing scenes, and that made the movie well worth watching!

I guess the good outweighs the bad, because I’ll more than likely watch this movie again.

 

Nov 132011
 

Since my daughter got married we don’t get to see each other on a daily basis, so we have a girls night out every so often. Recently we decided to go to a restaurant in a town nearby and then to see “The Help”! I was trying to wait until I’d read the book before I saw the movie, but with review obligations I knew I wouldn’t get to the book soon enough to suit me. So I did something I rarely do. I caved and saw the movie first. It wasn’t my fault though, it was all of those blog post I saw raving about the movie. You made it sound so awesome that I HAD to go see it.
I. Could. Not. Wait.
99.99% of the time, when a book or movie is built up in my mind due to glowing reviews such as “it was amazing”…it isn’t. But “The Help” was better than I was expecting. The characters were so real and vivid that I loved them all, even though I wanted to slap some of them. The movie had me laughing over and over, crying a few times, and even made feel ashamed as a person that there were some people who could treat other human beings so badly. That said, it was still such a feel good funny movie. There were many laugh out loud moments, but there was one scene in particular that had me laughing so hard I just about slid off my seat into the floor! Those of you who have seen the movie know which one I’m talking about.
There was never a dull moment and I thought this movie was FANTASTIC! It is now one of my favorite movies and I plan on buying it on DVD so that I can watch it over and over. I’d definitely give it a AAA+.
If you haven’t seen this, GO NOW!!! You won’t be disappointed! Want a sneak peak or refresher course? Here you go: