January’s Movies & $ for charity

A good movie month!

Now it’s your turn.  Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

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.

We’re up to $65!

PK Theatrical Poster.jpgPK, 2014 (Cast-Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani    Grade A

God is hard to find.


Selma poster.jpgSelma, 2014 (Cast-David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Common)   Grade A

Calculating MLK brings real change.


Chris Kyle is wearing desert fatigues army outfit, his wife Taya embraces him. They are standing in front of a tattered US flag.American Sniper, 2014 (Cast-Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller)     Grade B

Soldiers fight for each other.

Sniper married tours of duty.   (Sheree)


 

Hyde park on hudson poster.jpgHyde Park on Hudson, 2012 (Cast-Bill Murray, Laura Linney)   Grade C+

Why so many women Frank?


 

BadWords2014.jpgBad Words, 2013 (Cast-Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall)      Grade C-

Harassing kids is never cool.


 

Waiting-poster.jpgWaiting, 2005 (Cast-Ryan Reynolds, Justin Long, Anna Faris)       Grade C-

Still waiting…for more laughs.

July’s 5 word movie reviews with $ for charity

Somehow we managed to hit the theater a lot this month!

You know the drill, add your 5 words to mine and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and to see the other reviews you can add to.  We are over halfway there with $62 so far.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

Two women wearing sunglasses, one holding a rocket launcher. Image is stylized using only black and red and white.The Heat, 2013 (Cast-Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy)    Grade B

Funny girls rock!  Beware F-bomb.

Funny female buddy cop film.  (Kathy)

Love the women buddy comedy!  (Heather)


 

RED 2 poster.jpgRed 2, 2013  (Cast-Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta Jones, Anthony Hopkins    Grade B

Old guys rock!  Beware blood.

Still fun, hilarious, Helen Mirren!  (Heather)

Helen Mirren – still best assassin!  (Kay)


 

All the president's men.jpgAll the President’s Men, 1976 (Cast-Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Jason Robards)    Grade B

Old school newspaper journalism rocks!

Two Handsome Men Seek Truth.   (Nise)

An oldie but a goodie.  (Sheree)

Hoffman. Redford. Politicians lie? Shocking! (Brendan)


 

Serenity One Sheet.jpgSerenity, 2005 (Cast-Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin)       Grade B-

Fillion rocks!  Campy space fun.

Fast, great, a few plotholes.  (Heather)

Makes you suffer their pain.  (Tony)


Superman, bearing his traditional red and blue costume, is shown flying towards the viewer, with the city Metropolis below. The film's title, production credits, rating and release date is written underneath.Man of Steel, 2013 (Cast-Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe)              Grade D

The first 45 minutes rocked.

Up, up and away awesome.  (Sheree)

 Implausible story and ridiculous characters.  (Heather)

Superman’s dads are Robin Hood.  (Tony)


 

Only God Forgives poster.jpgOnly God Forgives, 2013 (Cast-Kristin Scott Thomas, Ryan Gosling)         Grade F

Save yourself!  No rocking here.

Ryan Gosling can’t save it. (Sheree)

Film Friday – 148 + 148 = $296 for charity, but which one?

I love when I have participation on my blog.  It makes me happy 🙂  I want to thank all of you who add your thoughts (and 5 words) to my monthly 5 word movie reviews.  For the second year in a row I’ve tied it to money for charity.   In November, Kay (formerly of Purple Sage and Scorpions) offered to match my charity donation, thinking it was going to be $100.  Well, since we were coming to the end of the year I opened the door for extra money to be earned and by the 31st, we had 148 reviews.  When I contacted Kay she awesomely matched the $148 that I donated.  We are lucky to know Kay.

With the deadline looming, Heather (Gofita’s Pages) went on a reviewing rampage and finished the year with 57 reviews!  I guess she really wanted that money for the charity of her choice!  Let me give you a hint for the charity she chose.

2012-12-23 20.34.132012-12-23 20.41.15OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese are her kitties and the charity Heather chose is

The Humane Society! 

Here’s what Heather had to say

“My favorite charity is The Humane Society. I love animals and the Humane Society is one way I can give back, along with having a rescue cat and two other cats.  It can go to the main organization or to your local one. Either way, I know it’ll be used to help animals! Here are pictures of my kitties. I adore them!”

I think this is a great charity, especially since both Scout and Max are rescues too.  Thanks to Heather (and Kay) $296 was donated to the national organization. I hope you’ll hop on over to their website to discover all of the wonderful things they do.  And why not check out Heather’s blog too?  She’s got some cute pictures of her son posted.  I think Gage and Gabe would be friends 🙂

December 5 Word Movie Reviews – With your help, $296 raised for The Humane Society

I love bloggers, I really do.  This is the second year I’ve tied money for charity to your participation in my movie reviews and I can’t wait to see what this next charity will be.  When I put out the call last month you all helped inch us forward and the awesome Kay (formerly of Purple Sage and Scorpions) went one step further with this comment…

By the way, Stacy, when the charity if picked, let us know.  I want to match your $100 contribution.  :-)

There’s some incentive.  LOL

I think that is some incentive!  So, here’s the deal, we’re getting so close to giving money to charity and with your help we can get this money sent by the 31st!    We need just 7 more 5-word-reviews to get us to 100 and if we pass up that number by the 31st I’ll add that money to the charity pool.  (if we get 27 reviews by the 31st I’ll write a check for $120, etc.)

LET”S SEE HOW MUCH MONEY WE CAN GIVE AWAY!  And thank you, Kay, for your generous support 🙂

UPDATED! Currently, you’ve contributed $148 to the charity of the top reviewer’s choice.  Heather went to town today and is in the lead with 57!! Beth and Kay with 13, BermudaOnion 11. Gofita with 10.   Teddyree and Michelle have 9, Wrighty has 8 and there are others who have contributed here.

Every time you add 5 words of your own to one of my reviews then you donate $1 to charity. The charity is chosen by the person who has the most reviews once we reach 100. (Last charity herePLEASE leave a clear 5 word comment so I can give credit for it.

If you want to see the full list of movies you can review to add money, click here.

The Hobbit trilogy dvd cover.jpgThe Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey, 2012 (Cast-Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage)   Grade A-

Back to the Shire, Hurray!

Middle-Earth–like coming home again.  (Michelle)

From Watson to Bilbo – Amazing!  (Kay)

Singing dwarves save the day.  (Tony)


The Town, 2010 (Cast-Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively)   Grade B

Dark, thoughtful take on loyalty

Gritty and thought provoking thriller. (Michelle)

Affleck proves his director chops.   (Jenners)

Ben Affleck regains his credibility.  (Tony)


The poster shows a man, injured and holding a gun, standing in front of a car. Text at the bottom reveals the tagline and in bottom reveals the film's main actor and title, credits, rating and release date.Jack Reacher, 2012 (Cast-Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike)  Grade B

Solid film for Reacher fans

OK, but not like books.  (Kay)

 Ok but Cruise no Reacher  (Sheree)


Wanderlust, 2012 (Cast-Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda)    Grade   B-

An unexpected number of laughs

Naked man, overturned car–hilarious!  (Michelle)

The Back-Up Plan, 2010 (Cast-Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin)            Grade C-

Bland but watchable unrealistic romcom

August’s 5 Word Movie Reviews – Join in an Win $ for Charity

Every time you add 5 words of your own to one of my reviews then you donate $1 to charity.  What charity, you ask?  The charity is chosen by the person who has the most reviews once we reach 100. (Last charity herePLEASE leave a clear 5 word comment so I can give credit for it.

Please join the fun :)   We’re up to $70!!

You can add reviews to any of my past movie posts AND see who is in the contributing lead here.

It’s Complicated, 2009 (Cast-Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin)        Grade B+

Is Sleeping With Ex Cheating?

Romcom with well preserved talent :)  (Teddyree)

Dream House, 2011 (Cast-Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts)  Grade B

Murders?  What murders?  Psychological thriller.

A different and intense thriller.  (Heather)

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, 1976 (Cast-Nicol Williamson, Robert Duvall, Alan Arkin, Laurence Olivier)   Grade B-

Sherlock, cocaine, Freud.  Oddly addicting.

Tower Heist, 2011 (Cast-Ben Stiller, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Eddie Murphy, Gabourey Sidibe) Grade C

Murphy, Sidibe provided the laughs.

Would sink without Eddie Murphy (Jenners)

Hope Springs, 2012 (Cast-Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carrell)   Grade D+

Kept waiting for… something, anything!

Talented cast wasted; mediocre plot. (Kathy)

 Love cast, but too sad. (Kay)

Money for Charity Winner!

Last April I asked that you all participate in my 5 word movie reviews and once we reached 100 then I would donate $100 to the charity of the top participant (details here).  Well, you did it and we have a runaway winner.

Nolatari of Phrenetical::A State of Mind sped ahead of the rest of the competition with 29 of the 100 blogger reviews.  Her charity of choice is Give Kids the World, an organization that provides fairy tale vacations to children with life-threatening diseases. 

So, I’m headed over to the website now to contribute $100 to their worthy cause and if you are looking for a new charity you should take a look too.

Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.
Over 112,000 children have had their dream come true at Give Kids The World. No child in need has ever been turned away – and no child ever will. Give Kids The World is a place where families find joy, laughter, serenity, and a lifetime of memories. 

I’ve enjoyed your participation and learning about a new charity so much that I’ve decided to do it again this year.  So, get your snappy 5 word reviews ready and the charity of choice could be yours 🙂  Just in case you were wondering how close some of you were Heather and Stephanie finished in 2nd with 15 reviews each.

 

My 2011 Book and Movie Favorites

I read 76 books this year and these are my favorites (only 2 of them were published this year)…

Cover ImageGood Grief by Lolly WinstonCover ImageRoots by Alex Hailey

The Chosen OneThe Chosen One by Carol Lynch WilliamsBig Stone GapBig Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

Husband and WifeHusband and Wife by Leah StewartLive Wire (Myron Bolitar Series #10) by Harlan Coben: Book CoverLive Wire by Harlan Coben

The Missing Ink (Tattoo Shop Series #1)The Missing Ink by Karen OlsonBuried Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #21)Buried Prey by John Sandford

A Room with a View and Howards EndA Room With a View by EM ForsterHeartsick (Gretchen Lowell Series #1) by Chelsea Cain: Book CoverHeart Sick by Chelsea Cain

 

I watched 44 movies this year and these are the ones I feel good about recommending…

Bridesmaids (2011) A

The Help (2011) A

Sherlock Holmes:A Game of Shadows (2011) A-

Horrible Bosses (2011) B+

Gidget (1959) B+

Inside Man (2006) B+

Holes (2003) B+

Definitely, Maybe (2008) B+

Desk Set (1957) B+

Strangers on a Train (1951) B+

The Kids Are All Right (2010) B+

In April I asked that you all participate in my 5 word reviews by adding 5 words of your own.  For each review posted I would contribute $1 to charity.  When we reach $100 the person who contributed the most reviews would get to choose the charity.  Well, we are up to $99 and I’d like to get that check out!  So, please contribute your reviews (list here).  Since I’ve still got the holiday spirit I’ll keep contributing $1 for a week, even if we go over $100.

Five Words for Charity

When I read through some of the posts from the latest read-a-thon I saw that some people were giving money to charity based on the number of comments left on their posts.  I like this idea.  As with any good idea I must tinker with it and make it my own.  Here’s what I’ve come up with…

Tomorrow is the end of the month and the day I post my 5 word movie reviews and it will also give you the opportunity to add your two cents for charity.

Leave a comment with 1-5 words to describe the movie (don’t forget to tell me which one) and you will have contributed $1 to charity.  How easy is that?!  As a bonus, I’ll also contribute $1 for any 1-5 word review you leave on any of my previously reviewed movies (the list is here).  I’m going to count all the reviews you all have already contributed.  That’s $22 already in the charity fund!

So, what’s the charity?  You tell me.  Once we reach $100 the person who has contributed the most reviews will get to pick a charity and write a blog post about it (if they want).  Since I’m counting previous reviews that means Heather is in the lead with 4, but that’s not so many that you can’t catch up 🙂  She is followed by Stephanie with 3, Bermudaonion, Jo-Jo, Jenners, Hannah and Richard with 2 each, and Kay, Bumbles, Carol, Alice and Margot with 1 apiece.

It’s up to you how long this lasts.  You could all get busy and we could have a winner and a charity before the weekend is over or you could make us wait quite a while to know the lucky charity.  My two stipulations are that the charity must have a website or be able to accept online donations and that the reviews are real and not made up 🙂

Looking forward to your participation and giving money to a worthy charity.