@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.

And…

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!

Monday Movie Rundown…A Little Late

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It’s not Monday, but I’ve got thoughts on movies for the week. This past weekend, I didn’t watch any movies. I didn’t! I was on vacation. But, I did watch a few over the week. So…here goes.

Hail Caesar! featuring George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Josh Brolin ~ I liked the twists and turns in this movie. It’s amusing and smart. I also loved the way Tatum did the dance number. By the way, I didn’t figure out the ending until BOOM the ending was there. Worth the watch.

The Words featuring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana ~ I truly thought Saldana was unused in this movie. She’s a fantastic actress, but the plot was so confusing that I thought she could’ve shined more. This movie was confusing with the multiple plot lines, but also gut-wrenching because I felt Cooper’s disgust with himself. I have to say it was hard to follow at times and I walked away more than a few times during the viewing. I had to watch it twice and that was somewhat cumbersome. Still, if you’re interested in something complicated, then this might be for you.

Christmas Land featuring Nikki Deloach, Luke Macfarlane and Maureen McCormick ~ this was cute. It wasn’t a huge head-scratcher or super cerebral. Just cute. I liked the characters to a degree and thought Tucker (Macfarlane) was definite eye candy. But the thing I didn’t understand was when the boyfriend kept badmouthing Tucker. Okay, so the guy had some yokel to him. Who doesn’t? That said, it was never really explained why the boyfriend and Tucker couldn’t get along. Maybe there was some deep fight they had. Or maybe they chased the same chick. Something… Anyway, it was cute. Just cute.

Got anymore suggestions? I’m all ears!! Hopefully, I get to watch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I Saw the Light this weekend. 🙂

Monday Movie Rundown

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This week I watched quite the myriad of movies. That’s how I roll, though. Gotta have a wild variety. So… what was in the queue?

The Bride Came C.O.D. staring Bette Davis and James Cagney – if you haven’t seen it, you should. Its funny and Davis shines as a comedienne. Her father is trying to buy her out of a marriage and Cagney is the one who should fly her out of that situation. He does comedy well, too.

Christmas Matchmaker with Lacey Chabert – This was the infamous movie that drove me crazy. She has a boyfriend who pays her no mind. They can’t decide how long they’ve been dating – a year or maybe just a few months. No one is sure. Anyway, she gets invited to a party, but is told it’s to meet boyfriend’s mom. The guy is an issue. He lets his best friend buy her presents FOR him. Anyway, she gets most of the way to the party and best friend picks her up rather than boyfriend. She spends time with him and falls for him. So far, they had me. Then boyfriend up and picks up with his ex. She’s the liaison for the company he wants to work with. Oh and they are more compatible than they look. Anyway, when they finally have to face each other–her with best friend and boyfriend with ex… they just…sure! Great. I’m glad. SERIOUSLY?!?! Head desk.

Nine Lives of Christmas with Brandon Routh – This one was cute. He has a cat. His GF doesn’t like the cat. Oh and it’s an orange cat by the way and he’s adorable. I’ve got a soft spot for orange cats. Plus, Brandon Routh is always good eye candy.

Goin’ to Town with Mae West – this reminded me of Pretty Woman, but done better. Okay, I’m a sucker for Mae West and her brand of humor. She’s crass, but she’s got a heart of gold and she’s funny as hell.

Aloha with Bradley Cooper – here’s the thing: Bill Murray. Bill Flippin’ Murray. He’s slimy, but he’s great. The movie was sullen and confusing in spots. Cooper almost seemed to be line reading while doing his part. I didn’t get the connection between him and Emma Stone. I figured out at least one of the big shockers almost as soon as it was mentioned in the beginning. It was a decent movie, but the best was considering it a rental.Footnote -the music was good. I liked it.

As always, if you’ve got recommendations, then let me know. I’m all ears! 🙂

Monday Movie Rundown

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I’m only a little late for the second movie rundown post. This one’s for this week. I did manage to watch two different movies. Both black and white and both very different.I liked both of them.

I’m No Angel – Mae West and Cary Grant. I’ve got to tell you, I love the young Cary Grant. Oh my. Walking wet dream. I like his chemistry with Mae West, too. We need more couples like this on screen. The only thing I wasn’t wild about in the movie was the treatment of the lions. You see, she works with a troupe and part of the group features circus animals. Now, I know. Circus animals aren’t as poorly treated now as they were. I’m not getting into that discussion right now. But I didn’t like how the lions were whipped. That bothered me. Whether it’s now or then, that’s not right. That aside (yes, I fast forwarded through that part), I still liked it. I’d watch I’m No Angel again and again.

Since we’re sticking with the theme of tall, dark and handsome, the other movie I watched this weekend was Nightmare Alley. This one featured Tyrone Power. Yep. He’s back. I’ve got a thing for Tyrone Power. It’s the mischievous look in his eyes and how he can turn the same look from a glare to a grin in a nanosecond. This movie features Tyrone as a sort of a mind reader who reaches the highest heights. He becomes famous for his abilities. Think Miss Cleo, but in the 40s and much more handsome. Then he not only loses his ability, but drops down to the lowest low. It’s gritty and not a slap happy type of movie. You have to be in the right frame of mind to watch it. If you want something heavy and gritty, then you might like it, too.