August’s Movies & another house update

Our poor house is still struggling and we’ve extended our stay at the condo close to downtown and the beach.  I am so thankful that we can afford to do so, but before all is said and done it will be 3 months there and that might even be pushing it.  Our poor house only needs people to work on it.  We’ve had such bad luck with hiring people that don’t do the job correctly and/or don’t show up for weeks at a time.  Just hired someone new yesterday and are paying double the cost of his competitor because he can get started in September and not October.  The outside will be started on next week and the inside by the end of September.

While we’ve had people not showing up Jason has taken on a lot of the burden himself.  He spends a few night a week here at the house working late into the night and in the wee hours of the morning.  Gage stays with Grandma once a week and that means I get to spent the night in the condo all by myself (I tried staying here one night but the house in its current state made me sick). Such a weird feeling.  So weird that I fell prey to having a glass of wine and watching a few teen rom-coms that felt like throwbacks to my favorite 80’s John Hughes movies.  I admit that I’ve secretly liked being able to sleep in the next morning before meandering back to my guys 🙂

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We’re at $93 right now.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before poster.jpgTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, 2018 (Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart. John Corbett)      Grade B+

Sweet diverse teen romance.


The Kissing Booth.pngThe Kissing Booth, 2018 (Joey King, Jacob Eldori, Joel Courtney, Molly Ringwald)             Grade B

Energetic heroine + Hunky Anti-Hero 80’s Throwback

The Glass Castle (film).pngThe Glass Castle, 2017 (Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Max Greenfield, Naomi Watts)        Grade B-

Loved book, adaptation not so much.

 

July’s Movie & money for charity (maybe yours!) & another life update

The saga of the last post continues with no end in sight.  The mold remediation company has decided to stop work.  This after they contaminated the whole house and have left 5 rooms completely torn up with mold to still be treated.  Not gonna sugarcoat it, it’s been a nightmare.  The outside front of our house is just as big a disaster, but at least that company has bent over backwards to help us.  We can’t live here and haven’t for over a month, although Jason often stays here to work at night, so we are renting a condo 30 minutes away.  We have taken no possessions but clothes as I’m in the middle of purging the house since it must be completely empty of everything for the final cleaning.  That may not happen until the middle of September and that’s only a soft commitment at this point.  We have to hire more people to come in and fix what’s been done, I’m told now, much of which was unnecessary.

And then, to top it all off, Jason’s mother passed away this week.  It was not unexpected, but the timing couldn’t have been worse for Jason.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  A lot of stress around here and I worry about him.

Somehow in the midst of all of this we managed to see two movies, even getting Gage to the theater once.  The show must go on.

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We’re at $93 right now.

Bridgetoterabithiaposter.jpgBridge to Terabithia, 2007 (Josh Hutcherson, Anna Sophia Robb, Robert Patrick, Bailee Madison, Zooey Deschanel)        Grade B

Classic coming of age story.

The book won the Newbery. (Brendan)


Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018) Poster.jpgHotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, 2018 (Voices-Adam Sandler, Andy Samburg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan Michael-Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Mel Brooks)                      Grade B

Silly, much-needed, laughs.

 

June’s Movies

I feel like I’m in the middle of a mess that just won’t end. I should do a post to catch up with all of you who think I’ve forgotten about you.  Too much going on right now. Some of you follow me on FB or IG but the rest of the story defies a short post for sure. Til next time!

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We’re at $92 right now.

The Incredibles 2.jpgIncredibles 2, 2018 (Voices-Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L Jackson, Catherine Keener)     Grade B

That baby could end the world!

Kid-friendly Avengers movie, with heart!  (Heather)


Thor Ragnarok poster.jpgThor Ragnarok, 2017 (Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo, Karl Urban, Matt Damon)                                Grade B

Humor filled fun. Avengers lite.

Best Thor–yay no Portman!  (Heather)


BookClubPoster.jpg  Book Club, 2018 (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Canice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T Nelson, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson)                     Grade B

Aged well with books and wine (and plastic surgery)

It’s Bergen, then Fonda. Sheesh.  (Brendan)

Looking for love over 70.  (Kathy)


Image result for the week of movie posterThe Week Of, 2018 (Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi, Rachel Dratch)                                                                   Grade B

Reunited and it feels so good!


Storks (film) poster 2.jpgStorks, 2016 (Voices-Andy Samburg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammar, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Poole)   Grade B-

Those babies are the cutest!


Masterminds (2016 film).pngMasterminds, 2016 (Zach Galifianakas, Kristin Wiig, Owen Wilson, Kate McKinnon, Jadon Sudeikis, Leslie Jones)                     Grade C+

The hair alone earns points.

I wanted it more dirty!  (Heather)

May Movies

The usual end of school year chaos – even with a 1st grader – and Jason’s mom being really sick a state away that have defined May around here.  I’m actually surprised that we watched two movies this month!  Tomorrow is Gage’s last day of school and I’m working at the library party for kids who improved their reading by at least one level this year.  I worked at the older kids party last week and tomorrow I’ll be with grades 1-3, including Gage.  Fun 🙂

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We’re at $87 right now.

Wonder Woman (2017 film).jpgWonder Woman, 2017 (Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston)                            Grade B+

I want to be a kick ass Amazon!

Female hero for new generation!!  (Kay)

Gadot’s my kind of gal.  (Brendan)

Charlie st cloud poster.jpgCharlie St. Cloud, 2010 (Zac Ephron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta, Donal Logue)       Grade C+

Zac sees the slowpoke dead.

 

April’s movies and $ for charity

I picked my first movie for my March Madness win 🙂

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We’re at $79 right now.

The film poster shows a close-up of Emily Blunt in-character with her hand over her mouth.The Quiet Place, 2018 (Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds)                                         Grade B+

Shhh. Silence when birthing babies.

Signs without Mel and better.  (Heather)


Nerve 2016 poster.pngNerve, 2016 (Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis, Michael Heizer)         Grade B

A social media cautionary tale.

Hunger Games for our day.  (Heather)


A series of boxes containing of monochrome photos of the cast, colored with an orange to yellow gradient.Logan Lucky,  2017 (Tatum Channing, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Hilary Swank)   Grade B-

Good old boys steal money.

Fun money caper, twists, turns.  (Heather)

Was a fun surprise. What an interesting cast!  (Care)


Ninth gate ver3.jpg The Ninth Gate, 1999 (Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner)                                       Grade   C

Books – yay!  Devil worship – yuck 😦


 

I’m a winner after years of hearbreak! and March’s Movies

I won! I won!  In a March Madness Tournament gone mad I finally beat Jason for the first time since 2010!  It has been a loooong 8 years.  I’m ahead by 2 points and the only one left with a team in the Final Four.  In our personal one-on-one brackets (started 21 years ago), whoever wins gets to choose the next FIVE theater movies.  I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to load Jason up on sappy romantic movies 😉

It’s been a slow movie month.  We’ve been watching seasons 1 of The Traveler and The Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix.

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We’re at $68 right now.

 

Black Panther film poster.jpgBlack Panther, 2018 (Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Guira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston, Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker)                         Grade B+

Likeable superhero + badass women warriors.


License to wed.jpgLicense to Wed, 2007 (Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, John Krasinkski)                 Grade C-

Williams = creepy priest, marriage counselor.

 

February’s Movies & money for charity

How was your movie month?  Anything I need to see?

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We’re at $68 right now.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

The Shape of Water (film).pngThe Shape of Water, 2017 (Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Doug Jones, Michael Stulhbarg)   Grade A

Quirky love story I adored.


The Paperboy.jpg

The Paperboy, 2012 (Matthew McConaughey, Zac Ephron, Nicole Kidman, David Oyelowo, John Cusack, Macy Gray, Scott Glenn)                                                   Grade B-

Swampy cast of great acting.  


 

Peter-rabbit-teaser.jpgPeter Rabbit, 2018 (voices-Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill, James Corden, Margot Robbie)                                      Grade C+

Peter can be a jerk.

January’s Movies & money for charity

How was your movie month?  Anything I need to see?

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We’re at $68!

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Coco (2017 film) poster.jpgCoco, 2017 (Voices-Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt)                 Grade B+

Be remembered by those you love.


Paddington 2 poster.jpgPaddington 2, 2018 (Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant)      Grade B+

Sweet bear transforms his environs


The Greatest Showman poster.pngThe Greatest Showman, 2017 (Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Ephron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson)    Grade B

PT Barnum circus sings to life.


 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot poster.pngWhisky Tango Foxtrot, 2016 (Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Billy Bob Thornton, Christopher Abbott)     Grade B

True story of reporter’s Kabul.


A man and a woman standing face to face, as if about to kiss.Allied, 2016 (Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Lizzie Caplan)                      Grade B-

Is the spy being spied?

December’s Movies and $ for Charity

How as your movie month?  Anything I need to see?

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We’re at $66.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Wonder (film).pngWonder, 2017 (Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Izabela Vidovic                   Grade A

“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”

Full of heart and love.  (Kathy)


Lion (2016 film).pngLion, 2016 (Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Divian Ladwa)    Grade B

That boy stole my heart.


ToTheBonePoster.jpgTo the Bone, 2017 (Lily Collins, Carrie Preston, Keanu Reeves, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Smith)    Grade  B+

“Your courage was a small coal

that you kept swallowing” -Anne Sexton


Ferdinand (film).pngFerdinand, 2017 (Voices-John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Cannavale, Peyton Manning)         Grade B

Cute take on classic story


Two men and two women, sitting on the floor, shoulder to shoulder.Drinking Buddies, 2013 (Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, Jason Sudeikis)           Grade B

Can women and men be friends?


BrightPoster.jpegBright, 2017 (Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz     Grade C+

Bringing LOTR into modern times.


Trading Places.jpgTrading Places, 1983 (Dan Ackroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche)    Grade C

Genes versus Environment circa 1980’s

One of Eddie Murphy’s best.  (Kathy)



The Brotherhood of JusticeBrotherhood of Justice,  1986 (Keanu Reeves, Keifer Sutherland, Billy Zane, Lori Loughlin)         Grade C-

Watch for the 80’s cast only.


Frankenstein (2015 film).jpgFrankenstein, 2015 (Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tony Todd, Danny Huston)                                                        Grade D

Disturbing on so many levels.

 

November’s movies & money for charity

Jason and I binge watched Stranger Things season 2 and we loved it!

How as your movie month?  Anything I need to see?

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We’re at $61.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Room Poster.jpgRoom, 2015 (Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H Macy)                   Grade A

Totally wrecked this mama’s heart.

Watch with hands over eyes  (Jill)

Great adaptation of disturbing story.  (Kathy)

Brilliant, poignant, gut-wrenching abuse story (Heather)


The Meyerowitz Stories.pngThe Meyerowitz Stories, 2017 (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson)          Grade B

Quirky, complicated family forced together.


Sing (2016 film) poster.jpgSing, , 2016 (Voices-Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C Reilly)   Grade C+

The cute ending saved it.

Adorable and fun animals singing.  (Heather)

Can’t help but sing along.  (Nise)