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 ~ 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.

 

The Movie Run-down with @MeganSlayer #movies #reviews

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It’s not Monday, but it is time for the Movie Run-down. I haven’t had the chance to do one in a while and it’s just time. I had plenty of opportunities to catch some flicks and I’d like to share my thoughts on them with you.

Nightmare Alley – Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell and Coleen Gray – this is a film noir with carnivals and sideshows. Tyrone Power plays a mentalist who starts out as an assistant to Blondell’s character, but in an attempt to get rid of her husband, Power accidentally poisons him  to death. This accident weighs on Power throughout the rest of the movie. He gets to the heights of fame and sinks to the depths of depression. It’s a gritty movie and not one to be taken lightly. Power is handsome, then scary and a little unhinged. Worth the viewing at least once.

Hello My Name is Doris – Sally Field, Max Greenfield – At first, I thought this would be a feel-good, fun movie with quirkiness. Don’t get me wrong. There are definitely moments of fun and quirkiness. There are feel-good moments, too. But it’s more than that. The colors start out bland, but become a kaleidoscope of colors and sounds. I love how Sally Field’s character, Doris, grows through the movie. Little by little, she grows into herself, despite being over 55. I laughed – especially during the concert scene and her different fantasties – cried a few times and will be purchasing my own copy. This was definitely worth the watch.

Young Frankenstein – Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman and Peter Boyle, directed by Mel Brooks – If you’ve never seen this movie…you should. It’s funny, heartwarming and a little unhinged. The actors chosen are dead-on. Wilder is manic and tender at the same time. Garr personifies the innocent and well-meaning assistant. Feldman shines as Igor. He’s my favorite character and has some of the best lines. Add in Kahn, Leachman and Boyle…it’s just a great movie. Funny and with some of the greatest lines, this is one not to miss.

What did you watch this past week? Something fun? Exciting? Scary? It’s October, so I’m looking for some good Halloween movies. Give me suggestions!

Monday Movie Rundown on… Thursday

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The Monday Movie Rundown is moving! Okay, to today…Thursday. 🙂 This gives me a little more time to write out my thoughts and also Monday reverts to the Football Funnies for the duration of football season.

So… what did I watch this week? Quite the mixture.

Sisters ~ Tina Fey and Amy Phoeler ~ This one definitely wasn’t the laughfest it could’ve been and that’s a good thing. There were moments that choked me up, like the growth chart. It’s the mom in me coming out. Then there were times that…yeah…the apple butt dance and the ballerina. You’ll have to watch it for those to make sense, but definitely a good run down memory lane.

How to Be Single ~ Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann ~ So I was on a contemporary movie bender. This was cute. It definitely had moments that made me laugh. I mean, Rebel Wilson is a trip. But there were moments that tugged at the heart, too. Moments that made me kind of feel like I’d been in their shoes–the Christmas tree incident, the baby shop blow up… and the last scene with Damon Wayans Jr. Yeah. Tugged at the heart. I also love Leslie Mann in this one. She stole the show. She cracked me up, but also made me root for her, too.

Friends with Benefits ~ Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis ~ This was a good I-know-how-it’ll-end type of movies, but I needed a feel-good movie that day. The chemistry is great between Kunis and Timberlake. I actually felt it. Really. I loved the flash mob and the discussion about the carriage and horse. It’s a good movie for when there’s nothing else on or for a rental.

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Draft Day ~ Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner ~ I’m a sucker for football movies. I’m also a sucker for Kevin Costner. He’s sexy in a rugged sort of way. Now I have to admit, I’ve been a Cincinnati Bengals fan forever. We’re either really good or… well… we’re awful. The same thing goes for the Cleveland Browns. I loved that the movie focused on the process for drafting in the National Football League. At times it kind of felt like an ad for the NFL, but it’s hard to talk about the process without talking about the teams. Good tension in this one. The chemistry between Costner and Garner is great. Plus, he pulls off being kind of a dick really well.

That’s what I watched. How about you? Suggestions? I’m waiting. 🙂

 

Monday Movie Rundown

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It’s time for the Monday Movie Rundown. Yay! I love watching movies and sharing my thoughts with you.

I didn’t get to watch as many movies this time around as I would’ve liked. In fact, I only really watched one.

Bombshell ~ starring Jean Harlow ~ first off, I love Jean Harlow. She’s a bombshell on the screen. She shines in this take on the Hollywood starlet life. I love how she’s supposed to be in control and seems to be running the show by the skin of her teeth. It’s a great old movie and I recommend watching it.

Now I mentioned I haven’t done much movie watching, but I did do some binge watching. What’d I watch?

The Munsters ~ Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo and Al Lewis ~ I used to watch these when I was a kid as reruns. I use to love when they’d come on because the show fascinated me. Unfortunately, they weren’t always on when I COULD watch them. I didn’t realize there were only two seasons or that there really was a Dragula. Herman made me laugh so hard. I’m so glad I binged the whole series. Well worth it. Silly, funny and great escapism.

The other was…

The Addams Family ~ Season 1 ~ John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan ~ This is another show I used to watch as a kid when it was in reruns. I loved Gomez then and even more now. He cracks me up. I never realized the depth of the storylines or just how in charge Morticia was. Very much worth the watch time. I can’t wait to get a hold of season two!

Do you have any suggestions? Let me know!