Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Disney’s classic movie, Sleeping Beauty, came out in 1959 and was the tale of Auora, a princess who had a curse put on her by the evil Maleficent.  The new Disney film, Maleficent, is the view point of Maleficent who is so richly played by Angelina Jolie. In the story, we know that she casts a curse on Auora and at the age of 16 she would prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die.  But did you ever wonder why Maleficent cursed Auora and why she was evil?  This tale was fun to watch and it captured my interest from the very beginning. I really enjoyed how the writers took a cartoon character and made her into a person with emotions while still telling the story of Sleeping Beauty. It was dark at times but through it all there was a charming element beneath the surface of the character.  I really liked the movie!  (Just a personal note, this movie is geared for maybe older kids due to some of the intense scenes but then again, the dragon in the original movie scared me!)


The Signal

I wanted to like this movie.  And it’s not really that I didn’t like it, but I can’t tell if it was trying too hard or not hard enough.  It starts out with a few friends that have tracked down a signal from a computer hacker and decide to confront him.  After things go bad when they try to locate the person, they find themselves split up and waking up in a sterile, hospital-like facility being told they have been “infected” through an encounter with aliens and are highly contagious.  From then on, it’s all about trying to figure out what actually happened, surviving the ordeal, and trying to escape from the facility – all the while having more and more unexpected things happening to them.  I liked the idea and the premise, but just felt like it was a bunch of scenes thrown together without much connection at times.  I didn’t know what was going on half the time, which was fine, but it was almost too much that way – not enough details to really understand it all until the very, very end.  And I still don’t understand the reasons for a lot of things that were in the movie – which is what they were going for, I guess.  Not horrible, but not great, either.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Watching this movie with Duwayne Johnson, “The Rock”, as Hercules is a pretty good way to watch a movie! This isn’t the type of movie I was expecting as I’ve seen several in this genre before  It focused more on the reality of the man instead of the mythological one.  The mythological story of Hercules is included in the film and was done in about the first 10 minutes of the movie,( being a demigod and all the feats he had done to attribute to the legend of Hercules). After that- the real story starts.  Hercules and his group of followers are mercenaries.  They’ve all heard the stories of Hercules but to them, he is just a man who has become their leader and their friend.  The story gets intense as they are hired to kill a tyrannical warlord for the King of Thrace.  There are a lot of battle scenes which surprised me.  There weren’t any made up monsters or other Greek gods in this film – it focused upon the flesh and blood of man and the sins that can haunt one person. The battle scenes were epic as were some of the twists and turns the movie threw in.  I really enjoyed Duwayne Johnson in this role as he didn’t overact and the other actors such as, Ian McShane and Rufus Sewell really added some fun to the story.  It was better than what I thought and I probably would watch it again for a whole new take on the legend of Hercules.


Earth to Echo

I wasn’t too impressed with this one.  I guess it was supposed to be like some Blair Witch Project with a lot of the movie filmed on a camcorder by a 13 year-old, which wasn’t great.  And the story seemed like they were trying to combine E.T. with The Goonies with Super 8 with Stand By Me.  Those were all good movies, but I didn’t need to see them again – especially all in one film!  It was actually a LOT like E.T., having kids discover an alien from another world and trying to help him get home without adults finding him or hurting him before he can leave.  And of course the kids can leave their houses, be gone all night, go pretty much anywhere on their bicycles (no matter how far) with almost nobody questioning anything.  They can also decipher anything the little alien can send to their cell phones!  In those ways, it was almost ridiculous how unrealistic it was.  Maybe it was meant for a younger audience, but even so, for such a big story there wasn’t much to it overall.

Monday, October 6, 2014


I was really looking forward to this movie!  I watched the old black and white Godzilla movies when I was a kid and remember them fondly.  I was hoping this one would bring back those feelings – it didn’t!  I liked Godzilla himself, but it felt like he was hardly even in the movie – the movie is over 2 hours long and his screen time comes in at a whole 10 minutes.  I was also NOT impressed with the “monsters” he was fighting – giant spider/cockroach type things?  Really???  When one hatches and starts looking for a mate, they’re calls and emitting of electromagnetic pulse shockwaves “awakens” Godzilla to come out of the sea and try to destroy them.  It all just felt VERY long!  And other than the short action/fight scenes toward the end, it was pretty boring, which I didn’t think I’d ever be saying about Godzilla.  The acting was horrendous, the storyline was almost non-existent, and I really didn’t even care who lived or died in the end.  The more I think about it, the less I liked it!  I really do like Godzilla, but this movie could have been SO much better!!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you”, a quote from the popular book by John Green.  Another transition of a book to screen and a great one at that! Hazel Grace, played by Shailene Woodley is a 16 year old girl with terminal cancer.  She attends a support group and meets 18 year old Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort.  It’s their story of love and death in their crazy world of trying to live through their cancers. There is a lot of story to be told in this movie as Hazel and Gus try to live normal lives in spite of their illness even going to Amsterdam in search of an author that has changed Hazel’s life. This movie is much more than death or cancer – it’s a story about life.  How we deal with people that we love and how we deal with death.  Their journey all comes to a close when Augustus wants to hear his eulogies before he dies.  Hazel and his best friend come together and share their love for their friend and in that instant – they tell each other how they are going to be remembered and why.  In a world of people – they will remember each other.  For me, this movie must’ve hit the right chord because I would watch it again, same as Heaven is for Real, because they both speak volumes about our lives.   I opened this blog with a quote from the book and I may be getting a little personal here, but I believe the statement to be true.  When we lose a loved one, we should feel honored to have loved them.  We chose to love them and even in their death, we are still the luckiest person to have been their friend.

Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real” was a #1 book on the New York Times Bestseller list. It’s the true story of a family who was given a glimpse into Heaven through their son Colton.  Greg Kinnear plays Todd Burpo, Colton’s dad and a preacher of a small church in Nebraska.  Colton, played by the adorable actor, Connor Corum, gets very sick and needs emergency surgery.  As his parents call the church for prayers for their son, Colton has an incredible journey as he is being operated on.  It is only later, that Colton starts telling his family the things he saw and heard in Heaven.  The family has to decide whether Colton’s visions are real or made up. Did his son really see angels? Did he talk to Jesus? And did he really see his grandfather?  The town’s people are divided over the issue and the church must decide if they’re going to stand with the Burpo family and Colton’s incredible stories or release him from his duties.  I really liked this movie!  I had read the book but found the movie to be more powerful and inspiring than the book.  To me, I enjoyed the journey that this movie took me on.  The sweet face of Colton as he talked about Heaven just made me feel happy about what I believe in.  It’s an inspirational film the whole family can watch together.