My review of Arrival

Hey, Everybody! I haven’t been blogging about the movies like I should, but I a few reviews coming up this week. If you have read any of my other reviews, then you have probably figured out that I rarely see any movie when it first comes out. In fact, I am lucky if I see a movie within the first. Okay, I’m not really that bad, but it does take me a minute. Anyway, I checked out Arrival last weekend and I wasn’t disappointed. I was drawn to this film just from the release date. It came out on November 11th and that 1111 happens to be a very special number to me. I won’t go into all that. Anyway, I found this movie to be, AMAZING! Amy Adams does a phenomenal job as Dr. Louise Banks, a linguist brought in by the government to help decode an alien language when they unexpectedly arrive on Earth. As I was watching this movie, I remember hoping that I would get it. That the wonderful symbolism in this film would not escape me. Luckily, that didn’t happen. I found myself going through a range of emotions watching this movie. Happiness, sadness, and a general sense of being in awe. It is my practice not to reveal too much in my reviews because my hope is that you will watch these movies yourself. I will end it like this. If you love good movies, watch Arrival. If you appreciate movies that take you deeper, watch Arrival. If you like movies that stay with you a few days after you see them, then by all means, watch Arrival. This movie is suitable for ages 13 and up, but the younger set might not be able to get the true gist of all that is going on.

Arrival has a running time of 1 hr and 56 mins. And is rated PG-13


Queen of Katwe- My review

Let me start out by saying, I am so glad this movie was made. It isn’t a Black movie or a girl’s movie. It is simply a great movie that in my opinion, everyone should see. I got so much inspiration from it. I took my 2 youngest sons to see it with me. They are homeschooled, so there were no other children in the audience. I was the only one that noticed that. I figured that watching movies like this would not only spark them to start playing chess again. But would inspire them to keep trying to go after their passions whatever they may be. I also give them writing assignments after watching certain movies to make sure they paid attention. No problem there. Queen of Katwe had them captivated from the very beginning. The entire cast was amazing! The beautiful young actress, Madina Nalwanga did a magnificent job playing the lead character, Phiona. I instantly fell in love with all of the children and was trying to figure a way to take my sons to Uganda to play chess. Yeah, good movies do that to me. David Oyelowo is heart-warming as the chess coach who discovers that the shy girl who wanders into his class one day, might actually be a chess prodigy. Lupita N’yongo shines as the very strong and determined mother to Phiona, Brian, Night and Richard. You should know by now that I don’t tell parts of the movie because I hate when you read a review and they basically give you an entire synopsis on the movie. I will say this. GO SEE THIS MOVIE! Take your children to see this movie. Take your parents, take your friends, team mates, co-workers, whoever. Just take them! I am so glad that Disney brought this wonderful story to the big screen.

Queen of Katwe is rated PG and has a running time of 2hours and 4minutes

My Magnificent 7 Movie Review

My brother and I decided to take our mother on a “date”. It had been quite a while since it was just the 3 of us. Life gets so busy. And, with my brother and I both having spouses, grown children, teenagers and pre-teens, we stay on the go. We decided to take a break out of our hectic lives and take our mom to check the Magnificent 7. She is a long-time fan of Westerns and she loves Denzel Washington. Then again, who doesn’t love Denzel? I, on the other hand, am not a big fan of Westerns. I have a few that I like. Silverado and Tombstone, but that’s it. So, I wasn’t as interested in seeing it. But, I too am a fan of Denzel and I also wanted to see what the phenomenal director, Antoine Fuqua was going to do with this remake. I wasn’t surprised that the movie was excellent. My mother remembers the original with Yul Brynner and she really enjoyed this one. I think maybe even more than the first one. The one thing I noticed about this movie is that it didn’t waste any time. There were no lulls. It started off with a bang and ended with one. There were light-hearted moments and some moments that made us laugh.One scene,( I won’t spoil it for you) had me almost cheer out loud. I don’t get the chance to see too many movies in the theater, but I am glad I went to see this one. If you get the chance to see it. Please do. Being a writer/actor myself, I am always looking at sets, at the movements the actors make, and how scenes are set up. However, with this movie I was so engrossed in the story being told that I just let myself be whisked away for 2 hours and 13 mins. My 14 and 12-year-olds want to see the movie and I had to see if I felt they could watch it. There really wasn’t anything in the movie that they haven’t seen already as far as the gunplay, the arrows and the occassional axe. But, you might want to leave children under 12 at home. Not many curse words (a few in Spanish) and thankfully not as much gratuitous blood spatters as I expected. It is violent though. It’s a Western. Have you ever seen a non-violent Western? Than being said. If you enjoy a great Western or just very well acted movies, you will enjoy The Magnificent 7.

PG-13 Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett,Vincent D’Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, Lee Byung Hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier Running Time: 2h 13mins

Empire review(S2 Ep.16)

Empire took crazy to the top floor, last night. I’m talking penthouse level, you hear me? So, Andre thinks he is showing up his dad by bring home Luscious’ mom from the group home she’s been living in for the past several decades. Turns out she didn’t shoot herself because there weren’t any bullets in the gun. Great! But, *thinking to myself* how did little Dwight Walker get his mama put away all by himself? But,anyway. Mama walks in, Luscious is beyond shocked and the rest of the family is strangely calm,in my opinion. But I guess when you come from a family as dysfunctional as that one,nothing really surprises them anymore. Thirsty,Luscious’ henchman makes the annoying reporter, Harper Scott disappear. (I was expecting that one.) Rhonda.  Andre’s wife figured out that Anika was the one that pushed her down the stairs and caused her to lose her baby. I knew those red bottomed shoes would come back and tell on her. Why would you wear your Christian Louboutin’s to break into a house anyway? Who know? Maybe they were her only comfy flats. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Jamal has a new “DL” lover,(D-Major) that came to light in a scene that was way to hot for Prime time. Hey! I’m old school. I didn’t need to see all that manly, sweaty, sexy rough housing and stuff. Moving on. Hakeem is still showing his insecurities when it comes to romance. He was giving Tiana the serious, “I want you” look after their rehearsal for the ASA awards. His fiancee, Laura is not too happy he will be working so closely with her again. Luscious has a tender moment with his mom when they share a song they used to play back in the day. He continuously corrects her  when she calls him, Dwight. He ends up using his mom’s song for the big Lyon’s family reunion song. Which is actually about the best song I have heard all season. Some other stuff happened with Cookie’s sisters,but not enough to really mention so I am sticking to the juicy stuff.

So we get through all that and Luscious comes home to find that his mama(who said she was no longer sick) is actually still several sandwiches shy of a picnic and about as stable as a one legged table on an ice cube. Luscious sees that she has baked about 12 cakes. She has dismissed the maid and she is holding a rather large knife and making Luscious,eat the cake! (Did you just read that as Ike Turner?) I know you did. She goes on to tell him how he ruined her life and how she should have killed him long ago. It is probably the first time Luscious really looks terrified. ( I was kinda scared myself) The episodes end with Luscious stuffing his mouth with cake and me wondering how Luscious will get rid of his mom. Will he poison her? Will he get Anika to do a repeat stair pushing performance? Or will he conveniently leave a gun near her?(Fully loaded this time) Only a few episodes left. Stay tuned.

I didn’t forget about the Captain America:Civil War review. I just had to talk about this one today.

My week in tv

Okay,in my last post I kinda ripped Empire.I said the show had become boring and the plots predictable. On a positive note,I did say I hoped that they got it together, and brought back the excitement that catapulted them to the top. Well, let’s just say that the last two episodes have brought back a bit of the Season 1 fire. For this week’s episode tease,  we see a woman being brought in to see Luscious. We now know that this woman is his mother,who by Luscious’ own account shot herself in the head. Not sure how she survived,but I am anxious to see the outcome.  Oh, and by the way I am still not digging the music.No shade thrown to Timbaland (who I think is amazing). It can’t be easy coming up with a soundtrack every week. It’s just not hitting the MP3 download status of the 1st Season.

Moving on.

Did you check out last week’s extremely touching episode of Chicago Fire? (S4 Ep.20 The Last one for Mom) I wondered about doing a review of it since I work on the show as a core background extra. But, I decided to go ahead and it, since I watch it for the first time when everyone else does. Now that we have that meaningless self-plug out of the way. Let me tell you. I was so glad I watched this alone. I cried, so hard! Max Jenkins,the young actor portraying, J.J. did a phenomenal job! If you haven’t seen it yet,check it out. It’s really good. After 4 seasons, this show still gets it right, to me. There is love, drama, suspense and the occasional comic relief. With only 3 episodes left, I can only imagine what cliffhanger they will leave us with to ponder over the hiatus. The writers,directors, cast and crew continue to do an excellent job. Chicago Fire is definitely in my,Top 5! (And I am not just saying that because I still want a job for Season 5 and beyond)

Last one for this week

Now you know I had to talk about my favorite show. Limitless!! The second part of the season finale did not disappoint. As of this post,I still don’t know if they have been given the go ahead for a 2nd season. I can’t for the life of my think of why they wouldn’t. I mean, 2 Broke Girls is still on the air. Anyway, the finale tied up a few loose ends and left a few dangling. Brian finally found Piper and he got a “forever immunity shot.” The bad guy Sands was shot but not killed. And, Senator Morra was nowhere to be found,leaving us lots of great opportunity for a Season 2 story line. Are you listening to me CBS? I need you to do the right thing with this show and keep it on the air.

NEXT POST PREVIEW: I’ll be giving you my preview of, Captain America: Civil War.




My latest reviews

Seriously? Almost 3 months have passed since I last posted? WOW! Well, I have been pretty busy with my new grandson. That’s right, I am a grandma!
Anyway, I have been watching lots of movies lately. I had the chance to check out; Tomorrowland, Inside Out, The Peanuts Movie and, I Origin.  Totally different movies, but I enjoyed them all.
Tomorrowland surprised me. I really thought it was going to be super sweet and sappy and stuff, but that was definitely not the case. Not sure why I thought that but,glad I was wrong. The movie is about some very serious topics and I think that Hugh Laurie delivers an extremely awesome monologue. I won’t tell you about it, just watch it. This movie is more suited to the 10 and older crowd.
Next up, Inside Out.
Insdie out Poster
This movie great! I watched it with my 11 year old son and we both felt everything the main character, Riley was feeling. This movie took you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions,but left you smiling. The animation is awesome (as usual) and the storyline is clear and straightforward.I can see them doing a sequel for this one. Some of the content might be lost on younger children. But,they will love how colorful the characters are. Recommended for 10 and up.
The Peanuts Movie
I thought this movie was wonderful! It was really awesome sharing this new Peanuts movie with characters I have loved forever with my sons. The makers of this movie did an amazing job finding voice actors for the beloved Peanuts characters. It sounded as if they used the same ones from long ago. The story was classic Peanuts with awesome messages of friendship and perseverance. I even found myself with a bit of a lump in my throat at one point during the movie. But, that’s not surprising. It was a pleasure watching a true G rated movie. No sneaky adult jokes in this movie at all. How refreshing! Everybody can see this one, and I hope they do.
Lastly, I Origin.
I saw a poster for this last year and for some reason was attracted to it. I finally watched it the other night and it blew me away. I am not really sure I can describe this movie, except to say that it really spoke to me. I Origins is spiritual in a very non-preachy way. It is strange, weird and magical all in the same breath. The story is not predictable at all. The characters are multi-faceted and open minded and it leads the viewer to follow the same path. I will definitely watch this mildly complex piece of sci-fi again, as I am sure I will get even more out of it the 2nd time around. This movie is rated R for adult situations.
That’s all until next time. Keep the popcorn poppin’!