Friday, March 16, 2018

Movie review: Jumanji with The Rock and Kevin Hart

This movie was a huge disappointment. It kind of reminded me of Last Action Hero with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In both movies, they have a big budget and a big star (in this case a few big guns). However, the jokes aren't funny and the action was not especially exciting. The scenes with creatures didn't do much for me either. Overall, it was just whatever.

This movie will appeal to you if:
  1. You are a big fan of one of the actors. I mean, The Rock is always fun, right? He was great in Baywatch. Jack Black and Kevin Hart do their thing. Karen Gillan shows her tummy throughout.
  2. Would like to see if this is a good as the original.
  3. You want a safe movie for the kids

This movie will not appeal to you if:

  1. You expect a comedy
  2. You expect an action movie
  3. You go into it with a three star expectation (two stars isn't bad, though)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Advice: To Let Go

To let go...
  • Does not mean to stop caring, it means you can't do it for someone else. 
  • Does not mean to cut yourself off, it is the realization that you can't do it for someone else. 
  • Does not mean to care for, it means to care about. 
  • Does not mean to fix, it means to be supportive. 
  • Does not mean to change another, it means to make the most of yourself. 
  • Does not mean to deny, it means to accept. 
  • Does not mean to nag or scold, it means to listen. 
  • Does not mean to regret the past, it is to live for the future.
  • It means that we should admit we are frequently powerless and that someone else's outcome may not be in our hands

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Movie review: The Shape of Water with Sally Hawkins

Here is the story...way back in 1960s at a government lab of some sort, an amphibious creature is brought in for analysis. Like, they found him in South America in a river or something. Anyway, one of the cleaning women (Sally Hawkins), who is mute, takes a shine to him and they form a bond. The villain (Michael Shannon) tortures this poor thing and has been ordered to kill him. The Russians also have an interest in this thing. 

This movie has a Beauty and the Beast vibe but lets not give away too much because surprises and love ensue. 

The Shape of Water is just great. All the actors are great. The director was great. Go see it immediately but it is not for the children. Put them to bed first. 

This movie will appeal to you if:
  1. You like fantasy movies
  2. A Beauty and the Beast type of romance drama is right up your alley
  3. You like some imagination in a movie

This movie will not appeal to you if:

  1. You don't have the stomach for some torture
  2. You can't see yourself watching a movie about an amphibious creature
  3. You enjoy more a more traditional movie experience

Check out another review.

Movie review: I, Tonya with Margot Robbie and Allison Janney

This movie is based on the life of American figure skater Tonya Harding. She was a central figure (pun intended) in one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. I mean, in the 90s, you had OJ and Harding. That was the top two of the decade right there.

This movie is told through interviews with the other figures (there he goes again). Harding's biggest achievement was being the first American woman to complete a triple axel in a competition but she is mostly known for her role in Nancy Kerrigan getting hit in the leg with a pipe or something. 

This is a great movie. It will make you sympathetic to what Harding went through and overcame to become an Olympian. Go see it immediately. Allison Janney won an Oscar for playing the mom so you have that to look forward to.

This movie will appeal to you if:
  1. You want to relive the whole media spectacle
  2. A good biopic will make your day
  3. You like a good sports movie 

This movie will not appeal to you if:

  1. You don't like Tonya Harding and want nothing to do with her
  2. You are just sick of this and want it to go away
  3. You think that Harding was in on it and the movie is a lie

Here is another review.

Inspirational Stories - The Trouble Tree

The trouble tree
The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start.

While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. Upon opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tan face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. "Oh, that's my trouble tree", he replied. " I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again." 

"Funny thing is," he smiled, "when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before."

Now, you are ready for some good advice about letting go.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Movie review: Daddy's Home 2 with Will Farrell and Mark Wahlburg

There are a few funny moments in this movie. I mean, Will Farrell is usually good for some laughs and he and the team all deliver here and there. 

If you missed the first one, here is the deal: Farrell married Mark Wahlberg's ex-wife and is step dad to his kids. The premise here is that Farrell and Mark Wahlberg are co-Dads over the kids and want to setup a family Christmas because one of the bratty kids complained about having two Christmases to celebrate. They invite their Dads (John Lithgow and Mel Gibson) to this celebration and hilarity ensues.

This movie will appeal to you if:

  1. You like Will Farrell or any of these other guys
  2. You want to see the two old guys kiss their sons - reason enough, am I right?
  3. You liked the first one

This movie will not appeal to you if:

  1. You do not like bratty and annoying children. Seriously, the kids are all awful and take this movie from somewhat bearable to merely tolerable.
  2. You don't like stupid movies
  3. You don't have a couple hours to kill

Check it out...then read the next movie review.

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