Apr 172021

Thunder Force

Director: Ben Falcone
Writer: Ben Falcone

Melissa McCarthy (Lydia Berman)
Octavia Spencer (Emily Stanton)
Jason Bateman (The Crab)

In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.

I’ve loved everything I’ve seen with Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, & have been a fan of Jason Bateman since I first saw him in Valerie in the late ’80’s so as soon as I saw this movie advertised I knew I wanted to watch it.

I really love that the two main characters are women and that they are a force to be reckoned with. The movie was like a roller coaster. One minute I was laughing, the next I was watching an action scene that I couldn’t have taken my eyes off of if I’d wanted to. The action was amazing!

The movie was well written (by Melissa’s husband, who also has a small role in the movie) and the dialogue was as entertaining as the action was. It was good enough for a book that would have held my attention from start to finish.

This is one of those movies that I will want to see again and again. I’m putting it up at the top of the list with Twister, which I’ve seen over and over and…

Also want to share that Melissa & Ben’s daughter plays Melissa at the beginning of the movie when they are in school, and she did a great job!

Remember, this is supposed to be a less serious superhero/comedy movie, so keep that in mind.

If you like superhero movies that are also funny, check this movie out.

Just so you know, some people are saying they didn’t think this movie was funny. I guess that depends on which category of humor you like. I like the category that thinks this movie was funny.

 Posted by at 1:17 PM
Aug 292019



1h 35min

Director Bruce Beresford
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn, Alan Bates, Julianna Margulies

1953. Based on the true story of Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan), who after losing his job and watching his wife leave the country with another man, has his children taken away by an arcane custody law. Doyle cleans up his act and wages an unlikely legal battle to regain custody.

I was searching for a movie to watch the other day and saw this movie which is available on Amazon Prime (until Aug. 31st). Since I love true story movies, the actors in the movie, and anything to do with Ireland, I knew I wanted to watch it.

Poor Desmond Doyle is out of work. As if that isn’t bad enough, his wife leaves him and his 3 children on the day after Christmas and he has no idea where she is.

Due to unfortunate events, his kids are taken away from him and he is told he can’t get them back. Since that was not something he was willing to accept, he sets out to do whatever it takes to get them back, which at that time (1953) was not something the law would allow. But Desmond loved his children more than anything and would not give up. His journey to do so made history.

I loved everything about this movie. I loved that this man was willing to do everything in his power to get his kids back.  I loved the relationships between him and his kids, him and his father, and the kids and their grandfather.  The actors were convincing in their parts, even the talented children.

Even though this movie is about such a serious subject, there’s still a bit of humor and some great songs (two were sung by Pierce Bronsnan), and overall just a feel good movie!

I LOVED it! It is now on my list of all time favorite movies.

British Isles Friday

 Posted by at 7:23 PM
Jan 082018

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

1h 59min
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Dwayne Johnson
Kevin Hart
Jack Black
Karen Gillan
Rhys Darby
Bobby Cannavale
Nick Jonas

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.

I didn’t have to work Saturday so my son Anthony asked me if I wanted to do something. We decided we’d go out to eat and then a movie. We asked my other son Jeremy and his wife Susie if they wanted to go with us and ended up going to Outback Steak House and then to see Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. My grandson Jordan went to Outback with us but then had to go to work.

I saw the first Jumanji years ago when it came out and liked it so I figured I’d like this too.

I didn’t just like it, I loved it! It started out good and just kept getting better. I loved the actors and they all did a great job with their characters. It was really funny but also had some white knuckle moments, and I enjoyed every second of it. I think it was a lot better than the first one.

This movie is so good that I plan on buying it so I can watch it over and over.

Have you seen it? If not I recommend you do. Fantastic movie!

 Posted by at 4:51 AM
May 012017

Parents Strongly Cautioned
Studio: Music Box Films
DVD Release Date: December 27, 2016
Run Time: 116 minutes

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

My Thoughts:
Ove was certainly a grouch, and the actor did a great job of portraying him. I don’t know why he was so gruff, but he loved his wife with his whole heart, and felt her loss to his core. All he wanted to do was end it all, but his neighbors kept getting in his way.

I loved that Ove softened a bit when he got to know his new neighbors and a few other people who came into his life. It made him grow on me and become one of my all time favorite characters from a book or movie.

All the actors did a great job, and I enjoyed putting faces to the voices I’d listened to through the audiobook.

Since I loved the book, I was pretty sure I’d love the movie.  Ove was a joy to watch after loving him so much from the book. I’d enjoy watching this movie from time to time, it had both funny and sad parts, with some roll your eyes moments thrown in.

As is usual, I liked the movie a bit less than the book, only because there was so much left out of the movie. Both are well worth your time though.

If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, you should do so. Both will be on my favorites for this year list.

You can read my book review here

 Posted by at 2:23 PM
Apr 282016


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

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

Doris 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 Doris who breaks out of her shell and becomes a very quirky new Doris. She starts getting dating advice from her friends 13 yr. old daughter. Things go from funny to hilarious as Doris 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!

 Posted by at 3:06 PM
Feb 182016


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?

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

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. Travis 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!!!

 Posted by at 11:49 AM
Aug 272015


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.


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

 Posted by at 12:33 AM
Aug 232015

ant man

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.

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.


 Posted by at 10:54 AM
Apr 012015


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.

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.



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

 Posted by at 10:11 PM