Monday, July 23, 2012

Big Miracle

Big Miracle is inspired by an incredible true story that happened back in 1988. Three gray whales get trapped by ice in the Arctic Circle above Alaska and nobody can figure out the best way to help them - and the area is slowly freezing and closing their only breathing hole.  The story starts out as kind of a joke and grows so much that it eventually captures the attention and heart of the entire world!  Everyone is rooting for the whales, affectionately known as “Fred,” “Wilma,” and “Bamm-Bamm.”  I liked that everyone worked together to help them, whether they lived there or were visiting or even American or Russian or whatever – the whales were what mattered!  The working conditions were like nothing most of them had ever experienced – and the EXTREME cold made most everything impossible.  I laughed, I cried, and I rooted for the whales along with everyone else!  I really enjoyed this one – even just to get away from all the “normal” news stories for awhile. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Teen Wolf - The First Season

This is not the 80’s version of teen wolf with Michael J. Fox– this is a new MTV series that has scored high ratings and there’s a reason for that – IT’S FUN!  It’s a story you’re familiar with – kid gets bitten by “something” and it turns out to be a wolf – a werewolf!  It’s Scotts struggle to find himself and stay true and not turn to the evil that is now in him.  The premise is set in high school, so you have all the drama of high school plus a super supporting cast. Tyler Posey plays Scott, and he brings such charm to his character, you don’t care if he’s a werewolf.  He battles the forces against him and within him to keep those around him safe as well as himself. His best friend, Stiles, is a hoot!!  He is the comic relief to the show and brings a breath of fresh air to his character. His romantic interest, Allison, is the girl next door with a secret of her own and of course there’s the jock that wants what Scott has and will do anything to get it.  Mix in another hot werewolf, Derek and some serious dark turn of events and you have a show that rivals The Vampire Diaries or any other show like it on TV.   It’s funny, smart, cool, romantic, and a little bit on the dark side.  Season Two is on TV now so catch up with season one and you’ll be hooked too!

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror on the wall – who’s the fairest of them all?  Another classic fairy tale is retold but this time, there are some very modern twists to it.  There are dwarfs who aren’t so short, a queen that schemes to dupe prince charming out of his money and a princess who finds out there’s more to her than her beauty.  Julia Roberts plays the deliciously evil queen, Lily Collins who is the fairest of them all, and Armie Hammer the dashing and not-so-needed prince charming.  I loved the dwarfs and their lines were so funny and the story’s main theme is for young girls!  That they can do whatever they want if they put their mind to it. It’s a good movie for the family and for those who enjoy movies of fairy tales – this one will be right up your alley.

One for the Money

I owe my friend an apology.  She has been on me to watch this movie since it came out.  I really had no desire to see it but for the lack of anything on TV- I watched it and was pleasantly surprised!  Not being a fan of Katherine Heigl or having read any of the Janet Evanovich books, from which the movie came from – I wasn’t sure how hokey it might be.  But it was pretty good.  Katherine’s character is Stephanie Plum, a down on her luck, fired from her last job woman who needs some money.  She hits up her cousin for a job and he asks her to bring in a couple of people who missed their court dates.  She then turns Bounty Hunter.  The case she wants, worth the big bucks, is her ex-boyfriend, a cop who is accused of killing an unarmed man.  It’s cops and robbers, chases and a few twist and turns.  So, my friend was right and the movie was worth watching

Monday, July 2, 2012

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

This is will be a very short blog – this movie was awful and should’ve never been made!  I really liked the first one – it was different, fun, and quirky.  This movie was none of those things.  A new director made this film go off the deep end!  The character of Johnny Blaze was darker and almost like he was on drugs!  He wasn’t the same character as the first movie had portrayed him and the whole “feel” of the movie was lost on me.  Overall, this doesn’t compare at all to the first one and wasn’t even worth a glance.