Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Other Woman

Rated PG-13
110 minutes
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau & Nicki Minaj

I have seen this movie several times and each time I watch it – I enjoy it more!  This movie is definitely one for all the women out there who have ever been cheated on.  You’ll enjoy it if you like seeing a fun, smart, and sassy movie about women getting revenge on their no good, lying, cheating husband and boyfriend!

The actresses in this movie are superb in their roles!  Leslie Mann plays Kate as the “good, little Miss Perfect housewife” to her husband Mark.  Mark is the no good, lying, cheating husband who’s having an affair with the “beautiful and smart” Carly, played by Cameron Diaz and Amber (who’s also unbelievably gorgeous) played by Kate Upton.  What’s a poor wife to do when she finds out by his mistresses what’s going on?  You don’t get mad . . . you get EVEN!  And getting even is what the 3 of them plan to do!  As the movie goes on we see Kate end up becoming friends with the 2 women in a situation that seems totally crazy.

No one said love was easy, but when you have true friends helping you out – the revenge is sweet and the friendships are sweeter!

Library Link: The Other Woman (DVD)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Playing with Fire

Rated PG
95 minutes
Starring: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo

Playing with Fire is a fluff movie, but it’s a family fun fluff movie.  I took my 5 year old grandson and 9 year old granddaughter to the theatres to see it and they both laughed out loud. They really liked it and the 5 year old could hardly wait to see it again.  Me on the other hand, thought it wasn’t “all that” but it made my grandkids laugh and that’s all that matters.

John Cena plays Jake Carson, a straight lace fire superintendent to a house of firefighters and their dog, Masher.  They are called to a house fire where Jake               finds 3 kids inside.  After he saves them, he takes them back to the station house for the night till they can locate their parents.  This is when all the mayhem and silliness begins.  What’s a family movie without silly gags, some poop talk, and heart tug moments when the big guy cries?

The movie does have some sweet moments in it as they come to find out what  family is and what it means to have a family.  It’s not a “10” by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s worth a family night together.

Library Link: Playing with Fire (DVD)

Last Christmas

Rated PG-13
103 minutes
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh

This is a sweet, warm, enchanting, romantic movie.  It came out over the holiday season, but it’s not really about Christmas.  It’s about life and those that you randomly meet who may be just the person you need to meet without realizing it. 
What drew me to the movie, besides the theme song, Last Christmas by George Michael, were the two main actors.  Emilia Clarke, who plays Kate, was also in “Game of Thrones” as Daenerys Targaryen.  The very handsome Henry Golding, who plays Tom, is best known for his role in “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Kate is a down-on-her-luck woman who just can’t seem to catch a break.  She works in a Christmas shop and is cynical of everything.  She leads a crazy life and soon finds out that even her friends are getting tired of her using them.  Then out of the blue she runs into Tom.  A sweet man who wants to show her a different part of her life and the world around her.

The magic of this movie is the relationship that evolves.  But it’s also mysterious.  You can tell they’re falling in love with each other, but there’s something not quite right about Tom.  As Kate is on a quest to find out the answers to who Tom is, she finds out some things about herself that begin changing her world as she sees it.  As she puts the pieces together, we also start putting the pieces together and realize there’s more to the song, Last Christmas, and that it is the heart of the film. 

Library Link: Last Christmas (DVD)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Ford v Ferrari

Rated PG-13
2 hours 32 minutes
Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal

Just when I start wondering if there are any good movies being released anymore, along comes one like this!  It was just a good, solid movie about the battle between Ford and Ferrari to create the best car and win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Set in 1966, Ford was tanking and needed something to rebuild their reputation, and decided this race was it.  Creating the car was no easy task, and was made much harder by having to battle with executives not giving the right people the power to do what was needed to accomplish their goal!  Matt Damon plays Caroll Shelby and tries to help everyone make it all work.  Christian Bale plays driver Ken Miles, who is very rough around the edges, but is also the smartest driver there is and knows exactly what they need to do to win.  Great characters and story, along with amazing camera shots and sound.  It kept me on the edge of my seat!

Library Link: Ford v Ferrari (DVD)

Terminator: Dark Fate

Rated R
127 minutes
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, and Gabriel Lunz

WOW!  There is a lot of hate for this movie!  So many people were upset for different reasons, but for me. . . I liked it.  The first “Terminator” movie made its debut in 1984 with a young Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  For me, this newest movie picked up where the future would’ve led them from the very first movie.

The premise is the same - a young woman, Dani, played by Natalia Reyes, is targeted by the newest Terminator, a Rev-9 played by Gabriel Lunz.  Mackenzie Davis plays a super soldier, (part human, part machine) who comes back to protect Dani from the Rev-9. Sarah Connor teams up with them to fight the Terminator together. It’s push and pull all the way through the film in a battle of survival.  Sarah is now an older, weathered fighter who still battles the Terminators.  She knows how to deal with them and she takes no crap from anyone.  The new characters are there for the storyline, but as you’re watching, you’re waiting for Arnold to make his appearance.  After all, he is the reason we have these movies.  (He was 36 years old for the original and was 71 during the filming of this role).  It takes over an hour before he appears in the movie.  He’s still looking good and doing what he does best, kick butt. 

I think you might enjoy watching this movie as it felt like a new, standalone film.   For me, the best part about this new one is you get to see the people who made these characters!!  It is after all, their story that started 35 years ago.  Skip all the other movies besides the first one and start fresh – because “they might be back.” 

Library Link: Terminator: Dark Fate (DVD)

Monday, February 3, 2020

Zombieland: Double Tap

Rated R
1 hours 39 minutes
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone

I absolutely LOVED the original Zombieland, so I was excited to see a sequel being released.  Maybe my hopes were too high.  Maybe it’s impossible to capture that “magic” again.  Maybe they should just leave classic movies alone and not ruin them with unnecessary sequels!  I’m sure there will be people that will like it, but after watching the original movie again, it made me realize how bad this one actually was.  The main storyline has new types of zombies – the Homers, which are dumb zombies, the Hawkings that are clever and learn, the Ninjas that are quick and stealthy, and the T-800s, that are like “Terminators” that they are named after – strong, fast, and almost impossible to kill.  There were funny lines and new characters, but the actual movie just wasn’t that good.  There was more gore, language and just more over the top, ridiculous things happening that didn’t seem that funny – more stupid than anything.  I didn’t hate it, but I was disappointed.

Monday, January 13, 2020


Rated R
2 hours 2 minutes
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro

I wanted to watch this one because I’d heard how good Joaquin Phoenix was in the role of Joker.  “Good” doesn’t even begin to describe it – I thought he was AMAZING.  He completely embodied the character and I felt every emotion he was going through!  I’ve heard critics either saying that the film glorifies killing or that it was a case study of what happens when someone is beaten down by society and forgotten by the world.  It was intense, some parts were disturbing, and it was almost hard to watch at times.  But that’s also why I think it felt so powerful to me.  The movie needed to be like that to have an impact.  You see Arthur Fleck going downhill and finally crossing over to his Joker persona when he can’t handle what life is throwing at him anymore and it seems like this is the only way he is able to deal.  It’s depressing, and in a way, I felt sorry for him.  Everything is based in Gotham City and hasn’t forgotten its roots, but make no mistake – this is definitely about the Joker and can totally stand on its own.  And with some of his “strange” behavior over the years, I truly feel like Joaquin Phoenix was made to play this role!  I don’t think he could have done any better and he’s definitely the best Joker I’ve seen.

Library Link: Joker (DVD)