Okay, I will admit, I watched the trailer from the website and was super excited to go see it. This sequel delivered on the promise of great music and loads of laughs! Bella, Chloe, Cynthia, Lily, Fat Amy and the gang are back! Chloe has purposely failed class to remain a Bella. Becca looks to the future and a legacy arrives.
The opening sequence promises to be grand and it was until ... whoops! A clothing malfunction brings disgrace to the Bellas and they're suspended! What?!? How can they do that to the awesomeness that is the Barden Bellas? Well, they were performing for none other than the President of the United States. Yeah...
So, the movie follows the Bellas through suspension which means no recruiting. No new Bellas means that when they graduate the Bellas are done. They can't let that happen! Becca proposes a deal and it is accepted. They rumble along, stumbling over life and futures only to realize they have lost their sound and need to find it again.
And that my friends is where I will leave you. If you want to know how it ends or how they fall into such disgrace go see it!
Where to start... Well, there are haters and they will hate. There were reviews that said this film did not live up to the hype and expectations. OMG! They were wrong this was so much better.
You get a peek into the lives of each character through Scarlet Witch and the controversial Clint Barton being married...well it worked! There was more Hawkeye love this time around and for good reason. He and Natasha are the only ones without any super powers. Not every hero has super powers.
You get great one liners from the whole team not just Stark, Thor or Cap.
"Watch the language." - Cap
"It slipped out." - Cap
"No one will miss him." - Hawkeye
Sorry, can't recall the rest at the moment but go see the movie, you won't be disappointed! Joss Whedon has done it again!
Taking my kiddo to see it opening day. A tradition that started 5 years ago. I love comic book movies so hopefully this one does not disappoint!
So, after my daughter had a crummy couple of days with testing and boyfriend troubles I decided to take her out to the movies. We both wanted to see Kingsman and I am so glad we went to see it. It was not a movie my mom would have enjoyed, at all. Here's why...
If you like comedy mixed with your gratuitous violence and swearing then by all means hop to it. Because this movie delivers all three. Mom's not a fan of two of those things.
Samuel L Jackson is fantastically funny, yet creepy just the same. His lisping tech Milpitas Valentine is not too dissimilar to his villain in Unbreakable but instead of comic books, Valentine likes spy movies. Not just any spy movies, classic James Bond style films and that is the basis for his plan to stop climate change. By the way that's the premise behind the film.
The film has a great "I want My MTV" opening sequence where we are introduced to the Kingsmen. It's pretty badass. I won't lie, I was singing along under my breath to the Dire Straits song from my youth. Colin Firth and Michael Caine share the screen and great make up takes them back 17 years to 1997.
We are also introduced to Eggsy (Exsi is how it's pronounced) as a young boy. His father was a Kingsman.
Fast forward to the present.
We get a great cameo from none other than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. (Side note: My daughter didn't recognize him.) He plays Professor Arnold, a little known researcher of climate change. He is kidnapped and this is how we meet him , bound to a chair in Argentina. We also meet one of the Kingsmen from all those years before.
The film then gets us back to Eggsy. We see that things have gone downhill for him as well as his mother. He's picked on and beat up. Eggsy gets into trouble and places a phone call to the number on the back of a medal that Harry Hart (Colin Firth) gave him 17 years ago.
Harry recruits Eggsy and nominates him for the Kingsmen. Can you guess what the second act of the film is. (Basing this on a three act structure.) We also see Valentine recruiting for his scheme to help climate change and Professor Arnold goes BOOM!
Without any more spoilers... go see this film in theatres while you still have the chance! It won't be the same when formatted for a smaller screen!
Word of caution... It is rated R. Don't take young children to see it.
(Another side note: The theatre in which we saw this movie made sure my under 17 daughter was with me before allowing her through the ticket stand! Way to go Regal Cinemas!)
So, I was all over this when Sony said they weren't going to release it in the theatre. I said I would pay money to see it just on principle. However, I am now glad I didn't waste the cash! I caught this awful monstrosity on Netflix.
The premise I can live with because it's a good one. Poison strip on the hand was just a bit too easy so lets toss in some "honeypotting" or well, "honeyd'ing", which I don't know if it's really called that but hey whatever. James Franco's character Dave Skylark is an idiot where Seth Rogen's character, Aaron Rapaport, is not. He's, in fact, quite the opposite. He's the intelligent guy who did a friend a favor and is now stuck with Dave.
There are gratuitous drug and drinking binges that make you question what the movie is really about. All though it does set up several scenes later in the movie. There was some unnecessary carnage and subtle gay jokes. Okay, so they weren't so subtle especially in the Eminem interview. The whole movie screams one big gay joke, right down to Margaritas and Katy Perry being a sign of "gayness."
In the party scene near the beginning of the film, there was plenty of drug references as well as flashes of boobs. Wow. I thought I was watching Porky's for a few seconds. There was a juvenile quality in what could have been a great movie.
I can say I was disappointed in the humor that Rogen brought to the film and some of the lines weren't that great, cringe worthy at best. Maybe I'm still a little miffed that Rogen didn't think his comment about American Sniper would be misinterpreted. No, it's not that. I was looking forward to this film and it was lacking. So what does that say a bout Rogen as he had a hand in the story line and the directing? I know a lot of people didn't like Green Hornet but I did.
Before you waste your time ... if you are easily grossed out by blood or bodily functions, skip this flick.
There wasn't much chatter coming out of the theatre all though I was a bit incensed by one quiet conversation as we all filed out. There was someone that didn't know the ending of the film. What?!? I wanted to turn around and ask if she paid attention to the news. The story of Chris Kyle was splashed everywhere upon his death. But, no offense to anyone, what should I have expected from a civilian?
Having read the book in which the movies is based on, I will offer a comparison and opinion of both.
The movie starts off brilliantly, in the middle of the first tour and just as he pulls the trigger for his first kill in country, bam! We cut to the Chris that would become "The Legend" and his first deer. Sheer genius on the part of the director and the editors. It introduces us to the innocence and shows us how he was brought up. His father so obviously influences his choices and his attitudes that he expressed in his adult years. He stands up for his brother and this is where we learn why Chris did what he did. As another American hero, albeit fictional, says (or to some effect) "I don't tolerate bullies." That's pretty much what this man was about.
Now, this is where it gets Hollywood. The movie tracks the missions and the storyline is spotted with his life at home. Which is perfectly acceptable as this was about his time as a sniper with his SEAL team. But part of the driving force behind his motivation is the need to protect his family and his family included his brothers in uniform.
I heard the comment going into the movie that an older gentleman had read the book and thought it was garbage. Well, I have news for that guy, both of them were fantastic. It took me two days to finish the book and the movie, well it's one I will own and it will probably make me cry every time.
The book - I really enjoyed the inserts by Taya Kyle. They pulled in the reality of a military family.
"... He's definitely not the person he was before the war, but there are a lot of the same qualities. His sense of humor, his kindness, his warmth, his courage, and a sense of responsibility. His quiet confidence inspires me..." - Taya Kyle
The first line is the key. Those that leave for war are forever changed.
Bradley Cooper does a fantastic job of portraying that change. It's hard to come home and listen to ordinary sounds like the lawnmower or traffic. Not because they're strange but because they sound like other things. It's a great scene when Cooper, as Kyle, is sitting at home and gets that far away look on his face as we hear a lawnmower in the background. You know that he's gone somewhere else, to another time and another situation. It's so hard to write about what you have experiences you've had and I think that Kyle did a stand up job conveying all that in the book. Jason Hall did a great job turning that book into a screenplay.
I apologize that this doesn't give a more detailed vision of either but you need to read the book and watch the movie.
The film has been nominated for several Oscars and in the following categories:
One scene that moved me was a scene where Kyle was having tires put on his truck, during some time home after his his daughter was born. Another veteran overheard the conversation and approached him. This vet gets down to the level of Kyle's son and tells him that his dad is a hero because he saved a lot of troops over in Iraq.
Yes, I have no doubt that this happened and was not a "Hollywood" moment.
Just go see the movie and read the book! You'll not be sorry. You will be sad that this SEAL lost his life way to soon.
The Quest is a fantasy world in which 12 normal folks are chosen to defend Everealm. Each week they face challenges and are slowly whittled down to one remaining and that one is the one true hero. Okay, so normal isn't what most people would say. These are all folks who love the genre of fantasy. They loved it enough to say "Yes, I will go live in a castle in Austria and compete for no prize other than being the one true hero."
Sounds too good to be true right? Well it's what is called a scripted reality show. The main players that are controlling game play are actors with lines and the only ones without the script are the 12 contestants. This show comes to us from ABC and some power hitters in the film industry. Reality TV meets Lord of the Rings! It's a geek's dream come true. So, I can't decide which would be better writing for the show or competing on it.
Arkansan Jim Curry, the youngest Paladin as well as the tallest, did well and was not first to meet his fate. If you haven't seen it I won't spoil it for you but the question for the pieces of the Sunspear to banish the darkness from Everealm has begun! Tune in Thursday's 8/7 central to cheer on your favorite Paladin. You better believe I'll be watching and rooting for Jim!
This movie... where have I been that I have never seen this movie? It is outstanding! Hilarious from the moment Nicholas Angel is hauled into the office to receive transfer orders to small town Sandford to the very end!
I think Simon Pegg is awesome but this just shoved him higher on the awesome list.
I suppose that I am the last person to watch this movie but my favorite scenes are the various shoot out locations! It was great to see Olivia Colman in something other than Doctor Who and Broadchurch. We can't forget Timothy Dalton (James Bond), Bill Nighy (Harry Potter 7, Total Recall (2012)), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock), Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn Harry Potter 6, 7, 8) , and David Bradley (Argus Filch Harry Potter series)!
The premise is entertaining, the dialogue believable and the comedy is well, okay it is Simon Pegg, brilliantly funny.
And if that isn't enough, the twist at the very end is just that, a twist. I should have guessed that the underwater mine would play a greater role later. I mean honestly, if you have a gun on a gun rack in scene 5 you better use it later! Great use!
If you haven't seen Hot Fuzz yet ... find it and watch! This movie is now on my need to own it list!
So, what will you be watching on Harry Potter's birthday? Hopefully this show!
"For 12 lucky souls, a fantastic world will come alive in a competition series unlike any other. #TheQuest premieres Thursday, July 31 at 8|7c on ABC."
This is the description on the official Facebook page. But, if you've seen the 30 second promo during "Once Upon A Time", you'll know that this show is not like "Survivor" or "The Amazing Race." It is a fantasy competition. How is it different? It's for fans of fantasy! Wow! What?
The preview showed sword fighting! That's my kind of show!! Okay it's also my kind of show because one of the contestants is not only from Little Rock but from my church congregation! His nickname on the show is "Paladin Jim", so when you watch, and you should because it looks awesome, root for him! And it's got sword fighting!!
We know nothing of the outcome, obviously, due to requirements from the show but it's always great to support friends in their endeavors!
Keep an eye out here when the show starts for updates and episode summaries!
This is sometimes the bane of being a single mom, I don't always get to see movies right away. But off we go.
Leslie Mann (George of the Jungle) and Cameron Diaz (Charlie's Angels) made a great pair in this hysterical buddy comedy. I have not laughed this hard at a movie in a very long time.
Mann plays clueless "Stepford Wife" Kate King and I really do mean clueless. The open of the movie has Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's Mark King with Cameron Diaz's Carly Whitten, the "other woman". Things seem to be going great. Then, the scene that changes everything. We see Mark in bed and the voice we were accustomed to hearing is not what we hear. It's Kate, his wife. Oops. We all know the guy (and to be fair) or girl that exactly like this. Kate isn't in sexy lingerie, she's in the granny cotton nightgown that let's face we have all worn at one point in our adult lives. They go through the normal married couple routine and this is when we discover Kate is clueless. It isn't until a few scenes later when Carly shows up thinking she'll surprise Mark at his Connecticut home that the mistress and the wife meet. You can feel the awkwardness from these two comedy mavens but you really feel for poor Carly. She truly had no idea her guy was married.
Don't count out Kate's several breakdowns after confronting Carly because you get some of the funniest scenes! I think my mom and I were the only ones in the theatre laughing. (We went to the 4:05 show and were 2 of 6 people in the whole theatre!)
'How is this classified as a buddy movie' you may be asking yourself. The mistress and the wife end up becoming friends. I won't spoil any more of this lovely movie for you. If you haven't seen it yet do so before it leaves the theatres, just don't wait for Netflix or On Demand services! It's too hilarious to pass up!
College graduate, Army vet, single mom, Husky mom, Movie lover, writer