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The Dark Knight

Seen this movie last night and wrote a review here: Check it out

July 23, 2008 Posted by | movies and popcorn and candy ... oh my! | Comments Off on The Dark Knight

Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian

It’s here this week! Remember we have a plan to get a whole group of us to go to this movie. (See original Blog on this here). Looking at Sunday the 18th or Wednesday the 21st as a possibility…  Who’s in and when do we all want to go?

One year later, the Kings and Queens of Narnia find themselves back in that faraway wondrous realm, only to discover that more than 1,300 years have passed in Narnian time. During their absence, the Golden Age of Narnia has become extinct and Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines and is now under the control of the evil King Miraz, who rules the land without mercy. The four children will soon meet a curious new character: Narnia’s rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian, who has been forced into hiding, as his uncle Miraz plots to kill him in order to place his own newborn son on the throne. With the help of the kindly dwarf, a courageous talking mouse named Reepicheep, a badger named Trufflehunter and a Black Dwarf, Nikabrik, the Narnians–led by the mighty knights Peter and Caspian–embark on a remarkable journey to find Aslan, rescue Narnia from Miraz’s tyrannical hold, and restore magic and glory to the land.

Check out the trailer

May 12, 2008 Posted by | movies and popcorn and candy ... oh my! | 1 Comment

Reviewing the Bucket List

bucket.jpgI treated myself to a movie on Sunday and it happened to be The Bucket List. I had heard of the movie the first time through my friend Joelle’s blog, Picking Daisys.

I found the movie to be a little mediocre… as much as I love to watch Morgan Freeman in movies, this one just didn’t have a lot of pop and sizzle… There is a lot of vulgar language coming from the Jack Nicholson character, and a few references I know I could have lived without.

However I wouldn’t waste your time or mine writing about a movie that had no potential… (movie spoilers following) in the middle of the movie while Jack and Morgan’s characters are enjoying a spectacular view of the pyramids, Morgan, who is known in the movie to be full of facts (which by the way were really interesting!) mentions to Jack that the Egyptians believe that when you get to Heaven you will be asked 2 questions.

“Ok,” Jack says, “I’ll bite, what are the two questions?”

1. Has your life had joy?

2. Have you brought joy to others?

These are great questions.  Do you have joy in your life?  Is it continuous joy, or is it moments of joy?  These were questions that actually made me stop and think.  I take joy in the Lord and my relationship with Him but I can’t honestly say that I have continuous joy.  Moments – yes, like deep worship or deep prayer that leaves you feeling saturated with God’s presence.  I find joy in seeing others grow and relationships grow.  I like to stand back and observe what I see God doing from a distance … when relationships are healed, friendships renewed… that is joy.

It’s true… I like to watch Him work.

The second question wasn’t much easier to answer.  At first thought, I believed I brought joy to others.  I hope I do!  But it could be happiness or other emotions…

Ponder on these questions…. Having joy and giving it…  how would you answer these questions?

January 16, 2008 Posted by | Devotion in motion, movies and popcorn and candy ... oh my! | Comments Off on Reviewing the Bucket List

Thursday Thumbs Up

b.gifI love great movies and lately they seem to be few and far between….

But – I just seen the trailer for the 2nd Narnia Movie Prince Caspian and I have to tell you – WOW! Marking my calendar now!

Release date is May 16th, 2008. It falls on a Friday. Who wants to go?

December 13, 2007 Posted by | movies and popcorn and candy ... oh my! | 6 Comments

Thursday Thumbs Up

Probably the best movie I seen last year was Freedom Writer’s

“Freedom Writers” is inspired by a true story and the diaries of real Long Beach teenagers after the LA riots, during the worst outbreak of interracial gang warfare. Two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank stars as Erin Gruwell, whose passion to become a teacher is soon challenged by a group of Black, Latino, and Asians who hate her even more than each other. When Erin begins to listen to them in a way no adult has ever done, she begins to understand that for these kids, getting through the day alive is enough — they are not delinquents but teenagers fighting “a war of the streets” that began long before they were born. Erin gives them something they never had from a teacher before — respect. For the first time, these teens experience a hope that maybe, they might show the world that their lives matter and they have something to say.

I was truly inspired by this story of true dedication and loving others as yourself.  This one teacher seen past the hatred, the gangs, the lines seperating their differences.  She instead seen a group of teenagers afraid to be real, and starving for someone to believe in them.

This movie is now out on DVD in the rental stores.  I highly recommend curling up in a warm blanket and treating yourself to this experience. 


November 29, 2007 Posted by | movies and popcorn and candy ... oh my! | 1 Comment

Thursday Thumbs Up

a1.jpgThis weeks tribute is a real winner. Probably one of the best movies of all time for me. Shawshank Redemption.

Andy Dufresne is a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically when he is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940’s, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, the prison entrepreneur, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner.

This movie really spoke volumes to me. Andy is a great character who truly is not a bad guy, just in a bad situation. Andy is a great example of making the best out of what you have. With Tim Robbins as Andy and Morgan Freeman as Redd… this is a movie you can watch again and again. I highly recommend if you have not seen this movie to rent it one of these cool pre-winter evenings.

  • Best quote: Andy Dufresne: If they ever try to trace any of those accounts, they’re gonna end up chasing a figment of my imagination.

  • Red: Well, I’ll be … Did I say you were good? You’re a Rembrandt!

  • Andy Dufresne: Yeah. The funny thing is – on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.

November 8, 2007 Posted by | movies and popcorn and candy ... oh my! | 1 Comment

Thursday Thumbs Up

b.jpgThis weeks movie review goes to a great camping movie, The Great Outdoors.  Sticking with the 80’s (hmmm… I wonder why?) This movie is about Chet Ripley (John Candy)who is trying to take his family on a great vacation, only to have a crimp put in his plans when his in laws Roman and Connie (Dan Akyroyd) show up unexpectantly.

A good humorus movie that has been a staple for years for our family when we go to our property on the North Shore.  You will love the bear scene and Roman trying in his own way to connect with his kids. With John and Dan, how can you go wrong?  The duo make such a great team and can play off each other so well… you just have to see the movie.

Fun Facts:

  • This movie was originally titled, Big Country
  • Annette Bening’s Film Debut
  • When Roman is driving back to the cabin to make amends with Chet, it is a torrential downpour. But the reflection in the windshield of the car reveals blue skies with some scattered clouds.

Best Quote: Roman: Pontoon boat? Whaddya going to do with a pontoon boat? Retake Omaha Beach?

This is a “smores” kind of movie!  Enjoy!

October 25, 2007 Posted by | movies and popcorn and candy ... oh my! | Comments Off on Thursday Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up Thursday

a.jpgI am a movie nut.  I don’t know what the infatuation is… maybe the story lines, the whit, the comedy,or the mystery, but I like movies.  Really.  A lot.  AND, I like to talk about movies, just not as much as I like to talk about books and authors.

So… my Thursday Thumbs Up will be a weekly review of a movie from the past, possibly current, we will just have to see where this goes.

To start, my first movie review is a blast back to 1982 (moment of silence for the 80’s).. Grease 2.

Why 2?  Because my friends, Grease 2 ROCKED over the original Grease.  I will argue this with anyone.  The music?  Way better.  The characters?  Better.  Theme?  Better.

My favorite memory of Grease 2 is the ‘Girl for all Seasons’ song they do at the talent show.  Fall seems to stick in my mind lately, just ask my family who has had to put up with my poor rendition of “If you fall in the fall, you’ll see, September can be heavenly.
If you fall, say you’ll fall for me,when autumn leaves are fallin’ from the trees.” 
Anyway…. the song ends with Stephanie (Michele Pheifer) as December and she finishes the song with a verse that brings me to tears every time.

Here are some fun facts about this movie:

  • While John Travolta and Olivia Newton John were originally in meetings over continueing their roles – they were not pursued after the first initial meeting.
  • The girl who played Dolores did not complete the movie as she was in a car accident mid way through.  A stand in finished her role for her and is used in the talent show sequence.
  • After the twins fall into the pool with Balmudo during the luau they reappear in the crowd behind the T-Birds nice and dry when Michael gets his jacket.
  • After the song “Who’s that guy?” on the widescreen version, the couple that were sitting on the same car as the pink ladies enter the Bowlarama twice.
  • During the luau people appear and disappear on the boat.
  • As Michael prepares to jump on his bike at the luau, he is not wearing a helmet. But when he jumps over the pool, and lands, he is.
  • At the luau near the end of the film, the teacher, Mr Spears walks into the pool and is soaked, a couple of minutes later he is seen standing and completely dry.

  • A fun movie with a teenage theme.  I love the setting of the 60’s.  This is a great grab your honey, a burger, and a chocolate shake and sit down and enjoy!

October 17, 2007 Posted by | movies and popcorn and candy ... oh my! | 2 Comments

The Brave One

brave.jpgI took in a movie on Sunday afternoon. The Brave One starring Jodie Foster. I like her as an actress and I love that she plays strong women roles. This movie, while a bit too graphic in parts, spoke to me. The basic story line is that while her fiance and her were walking their dog through a park in New York, they were beaten by a group of men. Her fiance dies from the beating. Jodie who in turn becomes angry and eaten up with grief, takes her revenge into her own hands when the police don’t move on it fast enough.

Another movie that came out about 10 years ago that had a similar theme is Eye For and Eye. In this movie, Sally Field plays the role of a mother whose child is brutally murdered and you see first hand what grief can do – from laughing at a time that is completely inappropriate, to crying over a pillow that is washed and no longer carries the scent of the person who has passed away.

I get that.

There have been times in my own life when grief devoured me. I went through a period where in my mind I could see a darkness and knew if I did not keep moving forward I would slip into that darkness and not return. Pain in my past has consumed me. I looked in all the wrong places for the answers to: Are they still with me? Can they hear me? How do I know they are ok? Is there life after this?

That lost person is no longer me. I walk each day by Faith in God. I know He holds the answers and He knows what my heart yearns for every day. Every day. Not a day goes by that I don’t remember… but I remember with joy, knowing what awaits me through salvation. In my heart I carry them… knowing God has kept them safe.

I am a patchwork of pieces that have been broken… and mended. But each piece tells a story of who I am. Because of these many pieces I have been able to relate to others who have been through similar. I learned a long time ago to never say, “I know how you feel…” because for each of us – it is different. Personal even. I can say however, that God is with them and hopefully help lead them to a strength in Him.

September 16, 2007 Posted by | movies and popcorn and candy ... oh my! | Comments Off on The Brave One