If you watched the Golden Globes recently, you probably saw countless trailers for the new movie, 12 Strong. I know many of us (me included) first thought, “Oooo, LOOK! A Chris Hemsworth movie that isn’t Thor,” but there are several, much better reasons to see 12 Strong. It’s based on Doug Stanton’s book Horse Soldiers, which tells the true story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. There, they worked with an Afghan warlord, and against unspeakable odds, to take down the Taliban. 12 Strong stars Michael Shannon, Rob Riggle, and Michael Peña along with Chris Hemsworth, as well as Elsa Pataky, who is married to Hemsworth in real life. Rob Riggle plays Colonel Max Bowers, the former battalion commander of the 5th Special Forces Group. Riggle is a Marine and actually served under the real Colonel Bowers. Pretty cool, right? Almost as cool as the passes I have to see 12 Strong EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →
I’ll talk about Thor: Ragnarok in a moment but first I’d like to address the big picture…
LIFE is hard.
If you need proof, just look around you. Everyone I know is going through something awful right now. I have friends who are fighting cancer, and friends who are caring for parents who are fighting cancer. I have friends who have lost their jobs, and friends who are trapped in jobs that they HATE. I have friends who worry desperately for their children, and who can’t turn the TV on at night because the bad news they see freaks them out even more.
In other words, everything seems to suck right now, for just about everyone.
Don’t we all deserve something GOOD? Don’t we deserve a moment to escape and feel light, or powerful, or maybe to just laugh our asses off?
Now, I’m ready to talk about Thor: Ragnarok. Continue reading →
My daughters and I have been pumped about Thor: Ragnorak for AGES. You know what has us the most excited though? Not the fact that Mark Ruffalo shows up as The Hulk, or that Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki. Nor were we jazzed that Cate Blanchett plays Hela the Goddess of Death or that Benedict Cumberbatch makes an appearance as Dr. Strange. No, the thing that has us excitedly tittering over Thor: Ragnorak is the fact that Chris Hemsworth cut his hair. And it looks GOOD. Sorry, not my proudest moment but it’s true. If Hemsworth’s new ‘do isn’t enough to get you excited about Thor: Ragnorak as well, maybe you haven’t heard that it’s getting rave reviews, or that I’ve got passes to see it EARLY and FOR FREE. Continue reading →
I got to see the new Ghostbusters with my kids last night, and with Andrea, an exchange student visiting from Italy. This is our review but there IS something I forgot to mention. If you see the new Ghostbusters, DEFINITELY pay the extra money to see it in 3D. I promise it’s worth it! Check out our podcast below to find out what the kids thought, or just to hear Andrea’s adorable accent!
Everyone’s been fussing about this Ghostbusters since plans for a new one were announced. I don’t know why people got so worked up, but I never considered the Ghostbusters from 1984 a sacred cow to begin with. It’s hard to complain about any movie you see FOR FREE though, which is why I’m hooking you up with these. If you’d like to see the new Ghostbusters, just click HERE to grab your passes, then watch the trailer below. Sure it’s one of the most HATED movie trailers on Youtube. That doesn’t mean it HAS to be bad, right?
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 →
I started a new show this week on TXA 21. It’s called Today with Kandace and is a lifestyle show that features food and fancy stuff to do around North Texas. They asked if I’d like to talk about movies with 2001 Miss USA Kandace Krueger, and I said HECK YEAH!
Today with Kandace is prerecorded so I won’t review new movies for them, like I usually do. This will be more of a Coming Soon segment, followed by a chat about new DVDs and good films to share with your kids. This week, we covered The Big Short and Goosebumps on DVD, as well as one I’m crazy excited about, the new Ghostbusters. Check out Today with Kandace on TXA 21, weekdays at 8:30am and big thanks to Kandace for having me on! You can find the show’s website by clicking HERE.
Not sure what movie you want to rent this weekend? Well, you can’t just stand there and hog the Redbox all night, while we wait for you to make up your mind. Want a little help? I’ve listed my Top 5 Renters for this weekend, just to hurry you along.
Sicario– Holy crap this is a good movie. It’s about a CIA Agent who is recruited into a government task force to fight drug lords. Emily Blunt AND Benicio Del Toro both deserved Oscar nominations for their roles in it but sadly, THAT didn’t happen. Pick this one up and then try not to bite your nails all the way through it. Continue reading →
In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of a monstrous white whale, but it’s not the same whale story we’re familiar with. No, this one tells the REAL story of the doomed Essex, which Herman Melville based Moby Dick on. Chris Hemsworth plays the First Mate of a ship that is attacked by a whale and then lost at sea for months. We learn about the ordeal from Tom Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), who is the only surviving crewmember of the Essex. He has been wracked with guilt for years and reveals big secrets to Melville as he recounts the whole, harrowing tale.
In the Heart of the Sea is directed by Ron Howard, who brought along his favorite crew members from the movie Rush (including Hemsworth, who can still pull off beefcake when he’s gaunt and scarred). Howard also uses his Rush cinematographer, Anthony Dod Mantle, which brings me to my biggest problem with In the Heart of the Sea. The camera is EVERYWHERE, constantly being thrown around to the point of losing focus and sometimes even sight of its subject. I think Mantle wanted a new and interesting way to convey the motion of a ship at sea, but the camera is shaky even when they’re docked. It’s distracting to the point of frustration and sometimes even dizzying. The commotion is exaggerated by the 3D effects (which is how I saw it) so I recommend seeing this movie in a traditional 2D format. Believe me, the 3D effects do not enhance the movie enough to justify barfing up your Junior Mints.
There’s also the issue of a big reveal later in the film. It’s a terrifying secret of the Essex crew but the audience will see it coming from miles away. Maybe we’ve seen too many lost-at-sea pics lately (Unbroken and Life of Pi come to mind immediately) but this has become familiar territory for us. In the Heart of the Sea feels anticlimactic and predictable, thanks to this, despite attempts to tell an old story a new way. I’m afraid that I can only recommend In the Heart of the Sea to those who love a good seafaring adventure, who are also not prone to motion sickness. – C-
I’m not a fan of what I call “Disaster Comedies.” You know, those movies where everything that CAN go wrong DOES go wrong? The original Vacation of 1983 set the Gold Standard of “Disaster Comedies” for me and no others (including the Vacation sequels) have been able to top it. If you go back and watch the first one again though, you’ll remember how truly ridiculous it was. We forgave it at the time because the rest of the movie was so darn funny. The new Vacation follows that same pattern, with each plot twist growing more outlandish than the last.
Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), is now grown, married and the father of two quarreling boys. He and his wife (an adorable & totally underrated Christina Applegate) are in a rut so for something new, he decides to take his family to Wally World. What could possibly go wrong? Well, everything of course. Continue reading →