Monday Binge-Worthy TV ~ Soap! #television #billycrystal #soap #soapopera

Monday Movie Rundown BannerI thought this week instead of the movie rundown, I’d switch over to the small screen for a week. I’ve never been very good at binge watching, but there are some shows that have to be binged. I’ll pepper a few more in from time to time, but the first binge-worthy show is Soap!

I love soap operas. Even though they’re over the top and somewhat silly at times, that’s what makes them fun. How far out can the story line go? How far fetched? Then there’s the concept of going from the plausible to the completely impossible.

Soap! manages to encapsulate all the fun of the soap operas, while keeping the sheer impossibility and improbability. The characters are funny, have moments of intelligence and not so much, but they’ve always got heart.

I think my favorite characters are Mary and Jodie. For all of her insecurities and foibles, Mary Campbell never stops trying. She overcame alcoholism, had an alien baby…oh and has a step-son with a doll. She never loses her sense of humor or realism. Then there’s Jodie. I loved him, too. He’s trying to find his place. He’s gay, but his heart leads him in different directions. Oh, and he becomes a father.

For the late 1970s, this is pretty advanced stuff. Yes there are the quintessential horrible jokes and the comments that would never get past the censors these days, but if you take the show in the context of its time, it’s a riot. I loved every moment. The only thing I wish? There would’ve been more episodes!!

 

 

Monday Movie Rundown ~ Guardians Of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

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I love the Guardians of the Galaxy. I loved the first movie and while I’ve never read the comics, I was entertained. Totally.

That said, if you didn’t watch the first movie, then you might want to before catching Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2. There are bits and jokes that will make more sense if you’ve seen the first movie…first.

Still, this is a strong movie. All of the characters are fantastic. I laughed and teared up a bit. Chris Pratt delivers as Peter Quill. He made me feel for the guy and cheer for him, even when I kind of wanted to club him. Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan really steal the movie, though. Their performances shine. I love the dynamic between Gamora and Nebula. The director, James Gunn, allowed them to be brutal while tender and it worked.

If you want a movie that will guarantee laughs, make you think and make you want to see it again, then this is the movie for you. I’m ready to see it again!

 

Monday Movie Review ~ All This, and Heaven Too by @MeganSlayer

Monday Movie Rundown Banner I love old movies. Honestly, the older the better. I’ve got a love of old Hollywood, too. There’s something fantastic about the dream factory.

When I stumbled on an old Bette Davis movie, All This, and Heaven Too, I had to tune in.

I love Bette Davis. There’s a certain power and provocativeness in her performances and this book was no exception. She’s playing a young governess for French children and falls in love with their father. Now this would actually translate well into modern day storytelling because there have been plenty of stories where the husband runs off with the babysitter. The difference is the innocence. During the time of this story, the 19th century, I’m sure men ran off with the babysitter, but it wasn’t as blatant. It wasn’t discussed. Davis plays this role with that innocence. As a person, she wasn’t the innocent, but she portrayed it well. I felt for her throughout the movie. I felt how hard she tried to hide her desire for the Count and how much she knew it was wrong, despite him pushing the envelope.

Charles Boyer plays the Duc de Praslin, a man in a tough place. His wife, although still with him, is estranged from him. The scandal of them separating is too much for her. But she’s a taskmaster and cold to her children. She’s even colder to him. It’s a wonder he’s put up with it for so long. When Davis comes into his life, she’s a breath of fresh air. She helps save the Duc’s son and helps the children feel wanted again.

But this isn’t a sweet and wonderful story. Not all the way through. What Davis has to endure isn’t pretty. The Duc, after finally getting fed up with the Duchess, does something horrible. When she’s not seen for a while, the scandal gets out. Davis is eventually outted for her liaison with the Duc. Where she’s put in jail and on trial, he keeps the kids. It doesn’t have a pretty ending and let’s just say, he doesn’t pay as much as she does for the ‘crimes’.

It’s a great movie, but long, so be sure you’ve got time to watch it, but strap in for an interesting ride. It’s worth the time.

Monday Movie Review ~ Florence Foster Jenkins by @MeganSlayer

Monday Movie Rundown Banner I’ve wanted to see Florence Foster Jenkins since it came out, but I hadn’t had the chance. Once I saw it was out on DVD, well, I jumped at the opportunity to check it out.

I’d learned about the story of Florence Foster Jenkins from Mysteries at the Museum. She was a remarkable woman.

In this version of her life, she’s presented as a force of nature. She’s already sick and any sort of excitement isn’t good for her, but she’s determined to become a singing star. Her husband starts her out on the road to stardom by teaming her up with a pianist who’d rather play Carnegie Hall than behind an older woman warbling.

I’ve always loved Meryl Streep. I mean, the woman can act. There were times, though, in this story that I felt like I was watching Meryl Streep PLAY Florence. She didn’t disappear into the role as much as I’d thought she would. Still, I was entranced by her.

Hugh Grant, though, seemed to have played the part, but not all the way. I could see him as the dashing younger husband and there were moments I didn’t like him at all. But I kept seeing Hugh Grant, not Florence’s younger husband.

But the movie was worth the watch. I rooted for the blonde who initially laughed at Florence, because she redeems herself. Plus, Florence HEADLINED at Carnegie Hall. How awesome was that?

Maybe Florence wasn’t the great songstress she believed herself to be, but she tried and that’s more than a lot of people can admit. Beautiful backgrounds and a lovely story, this is a movie not to be missed.

Monday Movie Rundown on Sunday ~ Absolutely Fabulous with @MeganSlayer

Monday Movie Rundown BannerI do love movies and I love a good escapist movie. This week’s movie review concerns Absolutely Fabulous, the movie. I’ve been a fan of the television show since the beginning. Edina and Patsy crack me up. This movie was no different. It’s funny.

Okay, so it’s rather escapist. I mean, think about it. I don’t know too many people who rub elbows with Stella McCartney, let alone have her throw a brick through their window.  So I knew going in this was going to be a silly movie. Some of the lengths Edina and Patsy go through in order to get from point A to point B are ridiculous, but when are they not supposed to be?

Was this a great feat of cinematography? No, but I didn’t expect award-winning. Are the characters a little old to be acting like teenagers? Probably, but what else would Edina and Patsy do? Were the cameos great? Absolutely.

If you want a movie that’s short on plot and requires you just go there with the characters, something that will make you laugh, then this might be the movie for you.

@MeganSlayer’s Monday #Movie #Review ~ Bridget Jones’s Baby

Monday Movie Rundown BannerI love to watch movies. It’s true. This past week, I got the chance to watch Bridget Jones’s Baby. You can learn more about the movie here.

“Bridget’s focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch … she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.” (IMDB)

I knew when I went into this movie that it wasn’t going to be a cerebral watch. I didn’t expect that. To be honest, I wanted the escape. Bridget Jones delivered. It did. Watching her bumble along on her merry, if not slightly tipsy way, was fun. I felt like I was there with her. Heck, at times, I identified with her. I loved the scene at the festival with the faery wings. It was completely plausible.

I loved the baby portion of the movie. How she dealt with the confusion of who the baby’s father might be was a little skewed, but it was funny. Then labor. Yeah, I identified with the gamut of emotions and hormones. Plus…Colin Firth! Oh and Ed Sheeran. Right there, they were selling points.

If you want something fluffy and feel good, then this is the movie for you. It was a great way to escape and have fun with Bridget, who sure felt like an old friend.

 

Monday Morning Armchair Quarterback ~ The Big Game Commercials

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I’m only linking to the commercials I liked the best. Here’s my rundown of MY top 6 funny/touching/heartwarming S*u*per *Bowl* commercials:

Honorable Mention for Just Plain Funny, but Painful: Melissa McCarthy/Kia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dQ9a5EFZeI

Honorable Mention for Girl Power and the Power of Dad: Audi  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6u10YPk_34

Honorable Mention for the Power of Believing in Yourself: Honda  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f06ng5cII8o

Honorable Mention for Togetherness and Never Giving Up: 84 Lumber  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPo2B-vjZ28

6. Terry Bradshaw – Tide Stain – props for building social media awareness on it. Plus, it was totally believable that Bradshaw would be wearing his dinner. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ykZZlG2ITk

5.Buick – Cam Newton/Miranda Kerr – I loved the little boy who was open. He’s open! Until he realizes Cam Newton will throw it…then maybe not. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx2PMnSzCB4

4. Yellow Tail Wine – Want to Pet My Roo? My Roo Needs to Breathe. Hey, they got innuendo into the big game. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnLm8pbkZZM

3. NFL – Football is Family – the babies conceived as a result of the big game. I loved the Belichick baby. Too cute. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9csH_Hy-7A4

2. Mr. Clean – Gotta love a man who cleans. Mr. Clean shaking his groove thing. Too funny. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDzMxlw2Fgo

1. Ford – Everyone gets into jams… I ask you…why didn’t anyone help the cat? Yes, he’s content, but still. Help the cat. Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhtHflDrnAU

Which one was your favorite? Which stood out to you? Let me know!