Saturday, July 5, 2014

EARTH TO ECHO

Movie:  Earth to Echo
Jan's Rating:  A
Time:  1 Hour 40 Minutes

Jan's Opinion:  I just saw my second movie in two days so I'm back on track!  My sister's grandchildren are visiting from Perrysburg, Ohio so she and I took two of them, Bailey and Ethan, to see this movie and we all loved it!  Today is Bailey's 9th birthday so we allowed her to do flips and cartwheels in the lobby.  Her 6-year old brother stood by ignoring her and admiring his new ball cap.  Back to the movie....... Three boys, Tuck, Munch and Alex, are a trio of long-time buddies.  Their neighborhood is about to be destroyed by a construction project that is forcing their families to move away.  Two days before they are to move, the boys start receiving a strange series of signals on their phones.  They run away from home and follow the signals and find a little alien who is lost, and along with a female school friend, they help the alien (Echo) find his way back home.    I think my score is better than some, but we really did enjoy it.  It reminded me of E.T.

TAMMY

Movie:  Tammy
Jan's Rating:  B-
Dave's Rating:  C
Time:  1 Hour 36 Minutes

Jan's Opinion:  First of all, to those of you who read my blog, I'm sorry I haven't posted any movies lately but it has been months since there was a movie that I wanted to see!  Isn't that sad?  When I saw the previews of  "Tammy", I knew I wanted to see it, so yesterday my husband and I went to see it and we both rated it.  Except for Melissa's foul mouth, it was a very enjoyable movie, not Oscar worthy, but definitely made us laugh.  Melissa McCarthy works in a Burger King-type place and Ben Falcone (her husband in real life) plays the role of her boss.  He fires her not long after the movie starts and she goes home to find her husband is being unfaithful to her.  She packs a bag and goes to her Mother's house to borrow a car so she can leave town.  Her Grandma lives with her mother.  Grandma, an alcoholic, is played well by Susan Sarandon.  They take off in Grandma's car and there begins a comedy of bad decisions on both their parts.  Also in the movie are Kathy Bates and Saundra Oh (from Grey's Anatomy).  If you can stand the bad language, you will enjoy the movie.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

DRAFT DAY

Movie:  Draft Day
Danny's Rating:  A+
Time:  1 Hour 49 Minutes\

Jan's Opinion:  I did not see this movie but my grandson, Danny, went to see it with his grandfather and they both loved it.  Danny actually went to see it a second time with his father.  Following is what my grandson wrote for this blog:

Danny's Opinion:  The NFL football movie stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Dennis Leary and Ellen Burstyn.  This movie shows everything in very fine detail of how the NFL draft is run and all of the pressure and big decisions are put on the general manager of each team.  This movie was such a shocker to me because I would have thought that a movie made about the NFL wouldn't be very well scripted, but this showed me that I was wrong.  This movie, I believe, would be a big hit for anybody with any interest about football.  This film gets a well-deserved rating of A+ from me because of the acting and story line.

Friday, February 28, 2014

NEBRASKA

Movie:  Nebraska
Time:  1 hour 50 minutes
Jan's Rating:  C+

Jan's Opinion:  I have now seen all the movies I wanted to see that are up for an Academy Award.  There are three that I have no interest in seeing.  My husband and I rented this movie last night and we both agreed it deserved a C+.  Do not know why the movie is up for an Academy Award.  It stars Bruce Dern and June Squibb, who both did a good job acting but not an Oscar-worthy performance.  In the movie, the two of them are married, and getting up in years. He has the beginning of Alzheimer's disease and she nags him to death, wants to put him in a nursing home. He received one of those letters from Publisher's Clearing House telling him he may have won a million dollars, so he wants to go to Nebraska to claim it. He lives in Montana. His son tries to tell him that he hasn't won anything, that they are just trying to sell him magazines, but he insists he won, so his son drives him to Nebraska, thus the rest of the story evolves.  Also, the movie was in black and white, which depicts the time period, but I prefer color, no matter the time period.  My opinion might not be shared with others, but just telling you how my husband and I felt about the movie.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

DALLAS BUYER'S CLUB

Movie:  Dallas Buyer's Club
Jan's Rating:  A
Time:  1 hour 57 minutes

Jan's Opinion:  I didn't have the opportunity to see this movie when it was in the theaters so my husband and I rented it from Time Warner last night.  This is another movie taken from a true story.  Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey, is an electrician and rodeo cowboy.  He doesn't live a very clean life.  He is not gay but drinks any kind of alcohol he can get his hands on, does drugs, and has unprotected sex with any woman who is willing. He knows he is ill but ignores it until he ends up in the hospital and the doctor tells him he is HIV Positive.  After cursing out the doctor, he leaves the hospital.  He then takes the diagnosis seriously and reads up on the disease.  When he learns that the United States has a lack of medicines, he goes to Mexico where they introduce him to alternative treatments and he gets better.  He then goes back to the States and starts his own business selling these alternative "vitamins".  Jennifer Garner plays the role of his doctor and agrees with him that the United States is not doing enough.  I'm going to leave you hanging here so I don't spoil the whole movie for you.  Go see it.  It's a little bit dark but the acting is brilliant.  You no doubt heard that Matthew lost 47 lbs. for this role.  He certainly did not look like "Sexiest Man of the Year", which was his title in recent years.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

LABOR DAY

Movie:  Labor Day
Jan's Rating:  B+
Time:  1 hour 51 minutes

Jan's Opinion:  My friend Laura and I saw this movie today and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was a little slow in the beginning which is why I gave it a B+ instead of an A, but overall, a very good movie.  Kate Winslet plays a divorced woman who lives with her son in a run-down home on the edge of town.  Her husband left her years ago for his secretary.....gee, imagine that....certainly not an original plot.  I think the son is in 6th grade in the movie, but he looks more like he's 13 years old.  Anyway, he and his mother are in town shopping one day when they meet an escaped convict, played by Josh Brolin, who "convinces" them to take him home with them.  The man has been in prison for a murder he says he did not commit; thus begins a romantic relationship between him and the boy's mother.  There is more involved with the boy's feelings and a surprising ending.  Treat yourself to this movie.  I think you will enjoy it.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

PHILOMENA

Movie:  Philomena
Jan's Rating:  A
Time:  1 hour 38 Minutes

Jan's Opinion:  Yesterday was my sister Judy's 70th birthday so we went to lunch and a movie to celebrate. We saw "Philomena" and we both loved it.  Philomena, played by Judi Dench, was an Irish Catholic and had gotten pregnant out of wedlock when she was a teenager.  She was sent to live with the nuns to have her baby, then had to stay for four years to work off the cost of living and giving birth there.  The nuns sold her baby and she spent years looking for him.  She hired a man played by Steve Coogan to help her find her son and most of the movie is centered around their mission to find her child, now 50 years old.  It was well done and thoroughly enjoyable, so I recommend you see if if you haven't already.