I’d completely understand if you saw the trailer for Long Shot and decided to blow it off. This rom-com with a side of politics doesn’t exactly scream “Must See,” but you absolutely should anyway. Long Shot is far better than the trailer lets on and, if you haven’t noticed, it ISN’T a superhero movie! Continue reading →
Did you know that the new Charlize Theron/Seth Rogen movie Long Shot is getting great reviews? You can read some of those HERE but Brian Tallerico from RobertEbert.com called it, “A rom-com with a political edge that will be one of this year’s most beloved crowdpleasers.” Yes, Long Shot is getting solid reviews despite the fact that my husband openly laughed at it when we saw the ad on TV. I guess the idea of Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen coupling up was simply too much for him, but my teenaged daughter jumped into the mix and said, “What? Seth Rogen is hawt.” While pondering that statement, why don’t you grab passes to see Long Shot EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
One thing kept going through my mind while watching Charlize Theron play an exhausted mother in Tully: Where are her Mom Friends?
Theron plays “Marlo,” who has two small children and one baby who simply won’t let her sleep. Though her husband (Ron Livingston) helps a little, the tedium of a newborn and endless nights have led her to a breaking point. In steps her wealthy brother (Mark Duplass), who offers some relief in the form of a night-nurse, “Tully.”
I could’ve used a Tully, but honestly, nothing brings sanity to those loud, sleepless baby-years like your MOM FRIENDS.
I didn’t have Mom Friends when I had my first baby and the walls started to close in on me. I couldn’t revel in the Joys of Parenting because I was too busy worrying about my child’s “important milestones” or trying to piece together a few consecutive hours of sleep. I felt like a failure, on so many levels, until I met another Mom while taking my baby on a stroller-walk. We talked about “crying it out,” and “teething,” and all the other things you can’t talk to normal people about. That one conversation gave me such relief, and our stroller walks continued daily until we picked up more Moms and more babies. Before long, we were like a Coven of Neighborhood Mothers, leaning on and assuring each other that we were doing a good job and that everything was going to be alright. Continue reading →
My kids are a little older and I occasionally see things that make me grateful for that.
Just today, I was enjoying a quiet walk by the lake when I came across a Mom who was screaming at four kids, all around three-years-old. She was furious and exhausted but, not matter what she said, those little monsters kept riding their trikes through the mud. A block past her was another Mom, who was trying to leave the park while her tiny daughter threw an impressive fit, flat on her back. I saw a woman at the mall an hour later, who’s pregnant belly was so big, it looked like she could burst and go flying around the Food Court, like a popped balloon.
The trailer for Tully also makes me so SO grateful that my kids are older.
Charlize Theron plays a Mom who’s just trying to get through those difficult early-years because…well, they can be kind of awful. Her brother surprises her with a night-nurse named Tully, who helps ease her around the tough spots. Yes, it’s a simple plot that doesn’t sound that intriguing, but watch the trailer below. If you can get through it without tearing up, then maybe your new-Mommy years were much easier than mine. If, on the other hand, it resonates with you the way it did with me, Continue reading →
Here is a collection of my thoughts while watching Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde:
Holy CRAP, Charlize Theron looks amazing! How old is she now? Almost 42? Damn woman!
OK, so she plays Lorraine, who is an undercover MI6 agent during the Cold War. You know this because Regan is screaming for the wall to come down. Lorraine’s been in a bad fight but still looks gorgeous with her scrapes and bruises. She’s even sexy when she’s glowering. How does she do that? I look like a sea hag when I glower. Maybe I should practice in a mirror.
I’m already kind of confused but it doesn’t matter because they’re playing some classic David Bowie now, which I adore. I think this song was on the Cat People soundtrack, too.
Anyhow, Lorraine is in trouble for some reason and is being debriefed by her boss and John Goodman. They want her to find a guy named Spyglass with the help of James McAvoy, who is all buff and beefy now. He’s bald again, too. Why does James McAvoy only play bald dudes now? Wait, IS JAMES MCAVOY BALD? Nevermind, they’re playing Depeche Mode. Continue reading →
There are quite a few new movies out this week so I had to make some updates to my list. Unfortunately, not ALL of the new releases made it into the Top 8 Movies, but I was really surprised by the ones that did. Continue reading →
August is usually a rotten month for movies. It’s essentially a dumping ground for studios to unload their not-so-hot flicks right between the Summer Blockbusters and Oscar Season. That’s why I’m SHOCKED by all the fantastic films we have to choose from right now. If you DON’T normally go to the theater, you should change that now and I’ve made a handy list for you. Here are my Top 8 Movies to See RIGHT NOW:
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I walked out of Kubo and the Two Strings last night emotionally exhausted and completely overwhelmed. I blew my nose, wiped my eyes, then turned to my 12 and 8-year-old daughters and asked, “So, what did you think?”
“I didn’t get it,” said the oldest with a grunt. Her little sister followed suit with, “Yeah, what was up with his hair???”
See, my kids and I agree on most things involving movies. We feel that screaming babies should be escorted out IMMEDIATELY and that popcorn should always be covered with butter-flavored imminent death. We agree that popcorn should also be thrown at people who use their phones during a movie, but we apparently DISAGREE when it comes to Kubo and the Two Strings. Continue reading →
The summary for Kubo and the Two Strings reads like an awesome old-school Bruce Lee movie. This is what I copied from IMDB.com: “A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.”
Oh yeah, and he battles demons using a magical instrument, called a shamisen.
See what I mean?
Kubo and the Two Strings is also the latest from Laika Studios, which brought us cool stop-motion projects, like The Boxtrolls and Coraline, AND it’s Matthew McConaughey’s debut performance in an animated feature. Pretty cool, right?
Even better, you can see it EARLY and FOR FREE so click HERE to snag those passes, then watch the trailer below. In fact, watch the trailer first, because how incredible does THAT look???
Sometimes a movie is so bad, you actually leave the theater a little depressed. Other times you get 15 minutes into the film and realize you can’t watch another second without some form of alcohol in your system. If a movie does both of these things, as The Huntsman: Winter’s War did to me, it’s an extremely bad sign.
Maybe that’s why Rebekah Black and I filmed a movie review afterwards that’s so vile, SO OFFENSIVE, it will never be seen by human eyes.
It started out the usual way, with me seeking out lighting that didn’t make us look like Sea Hags. We launched our review with gripes about The Huntsman‘s almost 2-hour run time, and how alcohol made it bearable but also rendered it very easy to sleep through. Then, we just went ahead and tore into The Huntsmen for being vapid.
The pre-Snow White story of evil Queen Ravenna and her sister Freya sounds interesting enough, but the flat writing wrings any excitement out of it. You’re left with a Frozen/Maleficent hybrid, but one that is sloppy and boring. There’s also the problem of truly terrible CGI, which is reminiscent of “Zuul” from the first Ghostbusters movie. Continue reading →