Disney/Pixar has a Winner with Cars 3

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I have to admit, as much as I love Disney Pixar films, I wasn’t all that enthusiastic when I heard they were making a 3rd Cars movie. I was a huge fan of the 1st one, but I was on the fence about the 2nd one. The trailer of the 3rd got me interested again and now I have confirmation as to why. Cars 3 has managed to reignite this series with a wonderful story, tons of action, and animation like I have never seen done before in any other Disney Pixar film. They have brought back the excitement with this one and children of all ages will definitely enjoy seeing Lightning McQueen back on the big screen. I went with my husband and 2 teenage sons and they all enjoyed it as much as I did. We all really appreciated that they went back to the roots of the original film for this one. It gave the film a nostalgic but very refreshing feel. The introduction of some new characters along with the old standbys gives everyone from first-timers and fans of the 1st movie something to relate to and cheer on. I won’t give any of the plot away because I hate when I go to a movie knowing most of what is going to happen. I will say this, if you have the opportunity to see this film in 3D, do it! I have never been a fan of movies in 3D, but if they all look as stunning as this one does, then I will forever be a convert.

Cars 3 is fresh, fun, exciting and will have you cheering out loud!
It has a running time of 1hr and 49mins and carries a “true” G rating.
Check it out Friday, June 16th 2017

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TV Reviews

I have got to do better. I have been so inundated with work, class, homeschooling, and the fact that I am a grandma now, that I have neglected my blog. I am shamelessly behind in my movie reviews. So today I am switching gears and doing television reviews.

First up, Empire.

Empire appeared on the scene like a megaton of fireworks. It was loud, bright, crazy, and gave you so many,”aaah moments”. This season,  I am searching through the embers trying to find a spark somewhere. It started out okay, but after a dreadfully long break, it returned very sluggish. I have not been impressed with the writing this year. It is totally predictable. And,I haven’t been thrilled with the songs either. Truthfully, the best thing going for them this season is the Freda Gatz character,played by Bre-z. She is a force to be reckoned with. With the other artists, It is as if they hope you are mesmerized by the music and pray you don’t actually listen to the lyrics. Which for the most part have been sophomoric and boring. I still have hope that it can turn around. Especially with the tease that Lucious’ mother might not actually be dead. Which would be weird in itself since Lucious said he watched his mother shoot herself in the head. Anyway, I hope they get it together. I miss the energy and excitement of Season One.

Next up, The Blacklist

WOW! WOW! WOW!  I used to watch this show only sporadically. But, I make sure I watch it weekly now. The Blacklist stays exciting and this season just tripped me the heck out with the “death of Elizabeth Keen.”  Of course, I have my own theory about this. I don’t think she is actually dead. I think they found an ingenious way to give her time to enjoy her pregnancy. As far as her character, I believe they staged her death to give her and the baby a chance to be safe from Reddington. They hinted at this a bit in last week’s episode. I loved that this episode was so different than any other one they have ever shot. SPOILER ALERT!! (even though you should have seen it by now)  I figured that Red was dreaming, but there were moments that I wasn’t sure he was. It had me going all until he asked her her name.  I’ll leave it at that. I can’t wait to see if my theory is correct and also to see how they bring her back. Because Elizabeth has to come back!! James Spader, as Raymond Reddington continues to amaze me weekly. Blacklist remains strong in Season 3, and is definitely in my top 5.

Last but not certainly not least, Limitless

I LOVE THIS SHOW! Limitless, is by far my favorite show this season. The energy of this show is infectious. Jake McDorman has broken out the gate and taken us all on crazy, wild ride as Brian Finch. A below average Joe who “sees the light” when he is given the drug NZT which makes him the smartest man in the room.  Because of his new found abilities, he is helping out the FBI.  If you saw the original movie, (with the same title) You would know that the movie itself was pretty awesome with the title character of Edward Morra played by Bradley Cooper. Cooper has a recurring role on this show and is also of the show’s producers  This spin off from that movie has all the elements. Comedy, Drama, Espionage, with just a touch of Sci-fi. It is fresh, innovative and definitely what I believe has been missing off of network television for a very long time. You never know from week to week what you’re going to see. Will it be cut-aways to cat videos? Will Brian be seriously trying help the team to solve a murder,or will they totally turn the world on its’ head and switch up all the words in the dialogue to cute and cuddly speech so as to not offend Brian’s overloaded senses. (Actually happened in Episode 13 ) I hope that CBS realizes the amazing show they have, and gives Limitless the green light for a second season!

Well, that’s all for today Ladies and Gents. Let me know what some of your favorite TV shows are this season.

 

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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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’!

Something Old, something new

Okay, so I had the rare moment of actually seeing 2 movies yesterday.I checked out last year’s Maze Runner and this year’s Age of Adaline. Starting out with the Maze Runner. While, I enjoyed the movie’s action and the characters, I still have absolutely no idea about what the story is really about. If someone asked me to tell them about the movie, I really couldn’t. I watched it with my 11 year old son and wondered if the content would disturb him. there is mild violence and one implied suicide by gunshot. It wasn’t explicit and it didn’t bother him or me. I may have to my 13 year old’s copy of the book so I can get some more insight into the whole story. I almost didn’t finish it and if it hadn’t been for my son’s interest, I probably wouldn’t have finished it. Not because it was bad, I just never was interested in watching it. Glad I watched it though.

Next up; Age of Adaline.

I had seen this movie advertised a few times and I figured I should check it out. I wondered if it would be a bit “Benjamin Buttonish”. It wasn’t, I am glad to say.  Even though I really like that movie. The main character Adaline, played by Blake Lively was kind of a sad tortured soul, trapped in a body that couldn’t age after a series of strange occurrences literally changed her molecular structure. I won’t tell you the movie, but I thought it was good. Not Hollywood blockbuster good but, I would probably watch it again, because I am a sucker for a good love story. Harrison Ford makes a brief appearance as someone from Adaline’s past that brings the story to it’s climax. It is a sweet story, not too confusing or overdone. So overall, The Maze Runner was watchable. A tad confusing to me but I will check out Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials just to see if I can understand it better. Age of Adaline: I like the way the story was told. The background VO reminded a bit of Stranger Than Fiction. But, it wasn’t done to death. Good acting and I think if you like love stories, you will enjoy this one.

Those are my reviews for the week. Let me know what you’re watching.

Playing Catch Up

I finally saw, Age of Ultron. Yeah yeah yeah, I know I’m late. That’s why I am, “playing catch up”. The second installment in The Avengers series. It was long, it had a ton of characters and stuff going on, and I still liked it. There is just something about those characters that holds your interest, no matter what. I seriously thought I was going to lose interest when I peeped the running time, but it went by quickly.

My favorite movie of the summer so far has been, Jurassic World. Oh My Goodness!! That movie was awesome! I got such a rush from watching that one. It will definitely be added to the Blu-ray library. I have a few others I need to watch. I have to get out of the habit of watching the same movies over and over.

Hey Everybody!!

Oh my goodness! I got locked out of my account for a minute, partly because I couldn’t remember how to use WordPress. I have been a “blogger” lady for so long, that I just totally messed up this one. I almost deleted it, but I decided to give it another chance.

So, I have been watching lots of movies lately. I am behind in my watching, but so far I have really enjoyed:

Maleficent

The Wedding Ringer

The Giver

Antman

72 Hours (Indie Film) You should watch it

and, Beyond The Lights

I know I’m behind, but I have been crazy busy!

I also watched, The new Fantastic Four. *Blah* (thumbs down)

Anyway, there are so many movies coming out and the fall season coming out.  I need to get watching so I can let you know what’s going on in my world of Television and Movies!

Stay Tuned. There’s lot’s more to come!

The Giver (Review)

When I saw the trailer for The Giver, I was instantly drawn to it. I wasn’t sure why, and I didn’t see it when it was in theaters. Skip ahead some months and I saw that it had been released on DVD. I waited until I had a quiet moment, and finally watched it. I almost turned it off because one scene reminded me so much of Divergent. I decided to keep watching and I am glad I did. This is a very touching movie. It has a lot of moments that really made me think. In this supposedly utopian society, where everyone is equal and nothing bad ever happens, you discover that the ideas of “right and wrong”, “good and bad” have been twisted a bit. It reminds me of our present day in a lot of ways. Anyway, I really enjoyed the character played by Jeff Bridges. And also the character, Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites. I cared about these characters. I became attached to them as I became drawn into their world. I won’t tell you much about the movie or the other characters, but I will tell you that it has some imagery that younger children would find disturbing and if you saw Divergent, you will see some similarities. The movie also stars, Meryl Streep

All in all, I would say, check it out. It’s interesting and I didn’t feel like I wasted 97 minutes. Check out the trailer, rent the movie and let me know what you thought of it.


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