We ended Fathers Day by watching RV. Loved it. Made me want to go on another long RV trip. 🛣🍿
We ended Fathers Day by watching RV. Loved it. Made me want to go on another long RV trip. 🛣🍿
It was family movie night and we watched Flora & Ulysses. It is a fun story about a squirrel with superpowers. 🍿
We watched Trolls World Tour tonight. It was fun and I liked all the music in it. Tiny Diamond cracked us up a lot. The story has very obvious messages about valuing differences told through music. Everyone liked it. 🍿
We had a John Hughes movie night with my brother and his family with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. There is more swearing than I remembered, or at least you notice it more with a 10, 12, and 15 year old watching. Mazie still liked it. 🍿
We all watched Soul tonight and liked it a lot. The story, message, visuals were all awesome! We will definitely watch it again. 🍿
Watched Ad Astra tonight. Enjoyed it. It was pretty much what I expected, which was just fine with me. 🍿🚀
We watched Ralph Breaks the Internet tonight and everyone liked it. I loved all the various references to different websites. Wish there would have been a blog or two though! 🍿
Family movie night! We watched Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey on Netflix. Great story and everyone enjoyed it! 🍿
We watched Abominable tonight for Family Movie night and it was great. Wonderful story and very touching. Even better than I expected. 🍿
Like many Tammy and I haven’t had a “typical” date night during the pandemic. Restaurants are take out only. Movie theaters are closed, and would be a pretty bad idea with Covid. But we were thinking how the Tesla has Netflix and Hulu so we decided to have a Pandemic Date Night in the car! We got takeout from Lake & Irving, one of our favorite places.
When Tesla added Entertainment options like Netflix and Hulu I thought that would be possibly interesting when waiting for someone. But hadn’t ever thought we’d watch a whole movie. 🍿 Also, running the heater, seat heaters, and entertainment system for the whole movie used about 10% battery. Also, the audio is really good. The surround sound was very immersive. I think we may do this again. 👍
Family tradition to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on the evening on Thanksgiving. 🍿
We watched Doolittle for family movie night and we all enjoyed it a lot. It is a bit crazy, but all fun in its craziness.
Tammy and I watched Brittany Runs a Marathon tonight. Fine movie with a happy ending. May make you want to run a marathon. 🍿
Family movie night with Call of the Wild. We all enjoyed it. We also tend to love dog movies. 🍿
Cashed in a chip with the kids and got them to watch Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace. They have resisted Star Wars but this one was their favorite over episode IV. There is still hope. 🍿
We enjoyed watching My Octopus Teacher tonight. It is a touching story capturing the year that Craig Foster spent visiting this octopus every day. My favorite scene was toward the end when he captures the octopus playing with a school of fish. Beautifully filmed, with great underwater scenes. 🍿
The film itself was impressive and the action was phenomenal. Watching it at home was just fine. We don’t have a full home theatre but it was still a great experience. We forgot to make popcorn though. 🍿
It would be a welcome change to be able to see movies right away on digital platforms.
Family movie tonight, National Treasure. Tyler’s pick. Fun story. 🍿
Tammy and I finally watched A Star is Born. We both enjoyed it. Great acting. Music was of course great. 🍿
We watched The Biggest Little Farm tonight. This was part of a school assignment Mazie had to watch one of a list of movies and then write an essay on it. We all enjoyed it. This type of farming is a hard path, but a rewarding one when it works.
We watched A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood tonight. What a fabulous movie. Great performances as well. 🎬⭐️
Family movie last night was The BFG. Good family movie. 🎬
Family movie night with Mr. Popper’s Penguins. 🎬
Watched Ford v Ferrari tonight. Loved it. Great story, acting, and action. 🎬
Went to Jojo Rabbit tonight. Great movie, hard to explain. Go see it. 🎬
We went to Parasite tonight. Wikipedia calls it a “black comedy drama thriller”. Very original story, good movie. 🎬
Went to Spies in Disguise today. Pretty fun movie. 👍🎬
Watched The Peanut Butter Falcon. Very good movie. Great story. 🎬
Went to Little Women. Mazie loved the costumes and everyone enjoyed the story. 🎬
Watched Toy Story 4. It was a great end to such a ground breaking and well told story. 🎬
Getting some final Christmas movies in for the season. Watched Klaus! Great story, good movie.
Holiday movies — watched Christmas With the Kranks. Pretty funny! 🎄🎬
We went to Frozen II today and we all enjoyed it a lot! 🎬
Family tradition to watch Elf the day after Thanksgiving! What a great movie! 🎬🎄
Watched The Art of Racing in the Rain tonight. Good movie. 🐕🏎🌧
Watched Avenger’s: Endgame on my flight. I think nearly all the Avengers movies I’ve seen have been on flights. Very enjoyable movie, but the time travel angle is always a problem in Sci-Fi. 👍✈️🎬
We watched Aladdin tonight and everyone enjoyed it a lot. I definitely agree with the audience score over the critics on this one. Will Smith was really good in it. 🎬
Watched Shazam last night. Pretty fun movie! 🎬👍
Tammy and I went to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood last night. Enjoyed the movie, felt like classic Tarantino.
We all watched Apollo 11 tonight to kick off the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. What a moment in time that was. 🚀🌕
We saw Yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. The premise is goofy, but it’s a solid movie and of course a great soundtrack. 👍🎬
We saw A Dog’s Journey — it was a good movie but you’ll need some tissues. 👍🏻
Also watched Arctic on flight. Liked it a lot. Almost no dialogue, but that doesn’t take anything away. 🥶🎬✈️
Watched Green Book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great movie and equally great acting. 🎬✈️
Enjoyed watching First Man. Amazing story about an amazing time. 🚀🎬✈
We saw A Dog’s Way Home today. It was exactly what you would expect it to be. Good movie, particularly for the dog lovers amongst us.
Watched FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened tonight. I didn’t follow this story when it happened. Unbelievable mess, fraud. 🎬
We saw Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse today and I was completely blown away! I enjoyed the story thoroughly and the visuals were amazing. It feels like you are in a comic book! The soundtrack is great too! 😎🎬
Watched Smallfoot, fun family movie. 🎬
Went to Bohemian Rhapsody tonight and thought it was great! 🎬 Turns our New Year’s Eve is a busy night at theaters!
Watched Isle of Dogs tonight. Very fun, original movie. 🎬
We all really enjoyed My Neighbor Totoro on Christmas. Great Studio Ghibli film. 🎬
We watched The Christmas Chronicles tonight and really enjoyed it. It would be a great movie for Christmas Eve! 🎅
We saw Instant Family last night. Fun, family-focused movie. 🍿
Watched Pick of the Litter tonight. Nice movie, particularly for dog lovers. The training guide dogs go through is impressive. 🐕
Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins! Christmas tradition, watching Elf! 🎬🎄
Family movie night – watched Ferdinand. 🎬 Good movie, but upon learning what bullfighting is the kids thought that was crazy.
Really enjoyed Hearts Beat Loud. Nice story, good music. 🎬
We really enjoyed BlacKkKlansman from Spike Lee. Good story, powerful message. 🎬
Tammy and I went to Juliet, Naked today. Good movie, fun story. 🎬
Tammy and I went to Sorry To Bother You tonight. Very fun, and original movie. Enjoyed it. 🎬
Introducing Mazie to the 1980’s by watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Classic. 🎬
Tammy and I saw Tully tonight. Good movie. 🎬
Enjoyed Darkest Hour. 🎬
🎬 The Greatest Showman was a fabulous movie! Really enjoyed the story and the music. Very well done. ★★★★☆
Saw preview for Isle of Dogs — looks fabulous! 🎬
Family movie night watching Leap! Everyone liked it. 🎬
Saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi and thought it was great! 👍
Official start of Christmas with tree up 🎄 and watching Elf 🎬 tonight.
Watched Dope tonight. Really good movie. 🎬
Watched Pete’s Dragon tonight and loved it. Really great movie! 🍿
Smurfs: The Lost Village.
Watched Moonlight tonight. Great movie.
Watched Get Out tonight. Creepy.
Watched Beauty & the Beast.
Watched Lego Batman Movie today.
Watched Lion tonight.
Watched Hidden Figures today. Great movie.
Watched Lo and Behold.
Watched Sing! Fun movie!
Enjoyed Star Wars: Rogue One — great movie.
Tammy and I went to La La Land tonight. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Just watched Chicken People. 🐔 Folks are pretty into their chickens!
Tyler and I went to see the Jungle Book. It was the first time him and I went to a movie by ourselves. It was a fun movie, very well done. Tyler liked it a lot, didn’t find it scary at all.
Watched this on flight back from Ukraine. Pretty good movie. Interesting to see the back story behind N.W.A.
Nice feel good movie for the whole family. Even Tyler watched the whole thing and I thought he might get bored.
Zootopia. Very good movie. Amazing animation. Fun story.
Tammy and I saw Spotlight last night, part of our watching each Academy Award Best Picture nominee. I was blown away. It was a fabulous movie and I can see why it won the award. It also highlights the critical role of journalism in our society, the kind of journalism that is happening less and less. The movie does a great job of showing how this massive scandal was being covered up. It’s also interesting to watch the movie while this issue continues to reverberate through the Catholic church. The story isn’t done being written yet.
Tammy asked me if I would give Best Picture to Spotlight or The Big Short, which I thought was fabulous. I would have given it to Spotlight but it was interesting to consider. I thought they were both fabulous movies with amazing acting, great cinematography and incredibly gripping. I felt like the edge went to Spotlight for the somewhat silly reason that it is “more serious”.
Watched Brooklyn tonight.
Tammy and I are trying to watch most (all?) of the best picture nominees. Room was an interesting movie with a lot of depth. The movie has two distinct halves, in the room and then after. Almost like two different movies in a way, and both very good. The acting from Jack, the kid, is amazing.
We saw The Big Short last night and I was simply blown away. Parts of it hilarious, suspenseful, gripping. It had me hooked all the way through. As a story on what really happened it’s also terrifying. See it for some amazing acting, or great cinematography or just for a night at the movies. But take some time as well to just think about what you saw and how much of it is real.
Watched Barista last night. For coffee lovers, this is a fun movie that will intrigue you with creative drinks and coffee culture. How about some distilled coffee?
It will also make you cringe when you see someone going on and on about coffee, and realize you do that too.
Thoroughly enjoyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Loved the Peanuts Movie.
Time to watch Elf! Family tradition for Christmas tree day!
Great movie. Very entertaining. As usual, book was better and the movie cut out a lot of stuff but still highly recommend.
Tammy and I went to Ex Machina this evening. Cool sci-fi movie with a very good story. Recommended.
Had a great time watching “The Imitation Game” with #TeamSPS this evening. Fabulous movie about a giant of computing!
Somewhat surprisingly good movie with lots of fun kitchen scenes. Not going to challenge you to new places, but a great way to spend a Friday evening.
I finally got a chance to watch We Are Legion. Very good.
Watching Fresh tonight. I have no need to know anything more about this topic. I believe I’ve read and seen all I need to, but it seems too important to not stay focused on it.
Friday night I had my friends Jim, Tom and Tim over for the first “movie night” in our new family room. I’ve been wanting to watch The Shining for a while, but Tammy wasn’t interested [1. To be clear, Tammy has seen the Shining many times. She just didn’t feel like watching again.]. I’m not much for watching any movie by myself, much less one of the most disturbing horror movies of all time.
The Shining has kept a firm place in my psyche for over two decades. I don’t remember when I first saw it, but I do know that I was most likely far too young to see it. When I was a kid I had a ridiculously good imagination and if a room was dark, like when you go to sleep at night, I could see clearly whatever was in my head. The Grady twins were often in my head after seeing it.
It’s still a fantastically freaky movie but now I can appreciate the cinematography and the delightful cadence of the dialogue. I don’t know if there is any movie that has so many pauses in dialogue that just leave you hanging there. If your curious to learn more, the Shining Wikipedia page is a good starter and then the essay Hidden Meanings in the Shining by Bill Blakemore as well as Mazes, Mirrors, Deception and Denial by Rob Ager. Both of these leave you with a much deeper appreciation of everything going on in the movie.
If you haven’t watched the Shining, or if it’s been a while, read some of those essays and give it another watch. Details will pop out from everywhere, but you’ll still be terrified. :-)
I can’t remember where I first saw Margin Call referenced. The movie depicts a 24-hour segment of the 2008 financial crisis. I’m a sucker for high-finance movies (Wall Street, Boiler Room) and knew I wanted to see it right away. Then I saw the cast and that Kevin Spacey was in it, one of my favorite actors. I was happy to see it on iTunes as an “in theater rental” so we watched it in the new family room last night.
It was an odd movie. The movie has 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, which honestly surprises me a bit. I think if you took some of the star power out and just went on the screenplay it would be much lower. Spacey is awesome, as always. The pacing of the movie I think is what had me off. It would go for long moments at a crawl and then without transition speed along. Similar to one of my favorite movies, Glengarry Glenn Ross, there are no heroes here.
If you watch it, share your thoughts. I’d love to know what others think of it. The Margin Call website is one of the better movie websites I’ve seen though.
Last night Tammy and I went to Moneyball. I read the book a while back and really liked it. I was curious what the movie was going to be like since, to me, the book didn’t read like a movie at all. Brad Pitt as Billy Beane seemed odd to me, but was actually really good. Check out the movie, however, I would still recommend reading the book. If you’re just curious about the numbers behind the book in the movie read up on sabermetrics and Bill James. I was a little disappointed that the word sabermetrics wasn’t even mentioned in the movie, however Bill James was given a number of references.
Last weekend Tammy and I had a nice dinner at Kings Wine Bar (one of my new favorite places) and then went to a movie. We went to Contagion. It was a good movie, and if anything underplayed the kind of pandemonium that would follow the kind of epidemic depicted.
When I got up at the end of the movie all the other people in the movie theater seemed like something to get away from. 😀
I finally got a chance to watch Inside Job tonight. Wow. Very good documentary on the financial collapse. For those that have read a bit about the issue the recap of CDO’s and Swaps will be redundant, but it’s not much. The skewering of the ratings agencies and the economic profession is pointed.
Watched Wendy and Lucy. Sad movie. Wendy is broke. Her car needs a new engine. She loses her dog, Lucy.
Mazie was ecstatic to see Up. She was giddy running to the theater to see it. We all really enjoyed it.
Tammy and I went to see The Soloist last night and I thought it was just a great movie. I hope we never stop making movies like this.
Okay movie. Interesting. Perhaps a little slow. No big revelation in the plot.
Sitting down to watch The Real Dirt on Farmer John.
After watching Young@Heart, Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ seems like a different song. Good movie. Highly recommended. (but sad).
Date Night! Great dinner at Rinata in Uptown and now movie, Four Christmases!
At the movies for Bolt with Maze. So fun that she digs movies.
At King of Kong.
At Oceans 13
Sitting down to watch “An Inconvenient Truth” again. First time.
Finished watching Children of Men. Hmmm…
Just finished watching The Devil Wears Prada. Pretty good movie.
Watching Sweet Land.
Just got back from watching Casino Royale
I liked the movie more than I expected. I figured it would be good, but it exceeded my expectations. The Star Wars crowd did not let down either, the nerd ratio was definitely on the high-end. The story was great. Perhaps my only negative, and it’s minor, was that I didn’t care much for the idea behind the droid general, although his saber moves were pretty impressive.
So the second arc of the Star Wars saga is concluded. I’m left really hoping that Lucas takes a stab at the final third arc with episodes seven through nine. We’ll see!
Tammy and I went to see Million Dollar Baby at the late matinee today. You would have to live under a rock to not have heard some of the publicity surrounding this movie, but I really didn’t know much about the plot. It’s a great story about a woman that is extremely persistant and gives everything to realize her dream as a boxer.
The movie is a real tear jerker. There were no dry eyes at the end of it. Tammy said that pregnant women should beware. She said she was on the verge of bawling! Nonetheless, it’s a great movie.
This Tuesday we got the opportunity (Thanks Chad!) to go and see a sneak preview of Team America. This is the newest movie from the creators of South Park. The schtick for this is that the entire thing is filmed using puppets. I have to admit that I found the fight seens with puppets banging against each other and strings clearly visible was pretty funny.
Don’t go to this expecting any cerebral entertainment. If you went to anything from the creators of South Park expecting something other than just mindless chuckles you are sadly confused. It’s a funny movie, and the political overtones are humorous. However, I may wait and catch this one on video rather than shell out hard earned dollars for it.
Tammy and I went to Napolean Dynamite this evening. I have to admit right off that this movie did not endear me in any way at all. I generally thought it was stupid, without any interesting characters and even the couple of laughs were minor at best. I’m sure my experience wasn’t helped by the fact that the theatre was crowded with young teenagers.
What is it with groups of young teenagers!? They all have cell phones. They take calls in the movie and yack on their phone right in the middle of everything. Grrr! Tammy turned and told the three particularly moronic girls behind us to “shut up and turn off your phone”. Didn’t do a lot of good though.
Anyway, the movie reminded me of the film equivalent of a Ween album. However, unlike Ween which I find a little interesting, Napolean Dynamite just went on, and on, and on… 90 minutes of meandering nothingness.
Tammy didn’t dislike this as much as I did. Aside from the teens in the theatre, she thought it was an OK movie. Seems the critics also side more with her than I. Your milage may vary.
Last night Tammy and I went to The Forgotten. The movie was moderately entertaining, however I certainly wouldn’t make a huge effort to see it. Renting the DVD would probably be fine. The theme of the movie reminded me a bit of Dark City. The movie successfully provides a number of shocking adrenaline scenes that will definitely make you jump in your seat. The rest of the time it takes an eerie, 3rd party perspective for the camera. If you’re bored and looking for something pretty simple but exciting, check it out.
Tammy and I went to see the new version of the Manchurian Candidate last night. Much more suspenseful than the original, however lacking Frank Sinatra. Maybe it’s just my particular political views but the concept of the movie seemed a little closer to home than I would like.
Tonight Tammy and I took it easy and went to a movie. We decided to check out Garden State. I really liked the movie. If you enjoyed movies like Lost in Translation or Niagara, Niagara, I’m almost positive that you will like Garden State. I left the movie also thinking that it reminded me a lot of The Graduate, even though I couldn’t figure out why.
It took me a moment to get over Zach Braff. Braff wrote, directed and starred in this. I’m not that big of a fan of Scrubs, and while this movie has nothing to do with Scrubs I kept on thinking about it with him on the screen in front of me. However, given the quality of this movie and that it was his deal, I left with much more respect for him.
I’m tempted to get the soundtrack. The music in the film was perfect.
Tammy and I went to The Bourne Supremacy last night. Fun movie with a lot of action and suspense. Lacked the excitement of The Bourne Identity in part because Identity was all new and we knew what to expect in Supremacy to an extent. Still very fun to watch. I did note that it seemed like most of the movie was filmed handheld or something. If you get motion sick easily (like me), watch out.
Oh boy, we did it again, went to yet another movie in Paris. This time the Stepford Wives. Fun movie, probably better to rent. This time the theatre had air conditioning, what a plus!
Tammy and I went and saw Spiderman 2 this evening in Paris. I always think it sounds kind of wierd to go to a movie when you are on vacation, but it’s always a lot of fun. Anyway, movie was very good, better than the first. Luckily it was in english with french subtitles. The theater had no air conditioning and was rather a dump, and the tickets were only 9€50! Ouch! Paris is not a cheap city.
Tammy and I went to The Terminal tonight. I gotta admit that I liked this movie a lot more than I expected I would.
You start with Tom Hanks. Granted he’s one of the best actors alive today. He’s right up there with the greats, but he is Tom Hanks and for some reason I don’t have the desire to see him in a movie like I do Al Pacino, or Marlon Brando or even William H. Macey! But every time I do see him in a movie I really enjoy it. Spielberg is also a great director but falls unfortunately into a similar category as Hanks.
Anyway, the plot sounds really boring, a guy stuck in an international airport terminal, however it is really fun and enjoyable. You leave the movie feeling good and happy, which is sometimes exactly what you want a movie to do.
We went and saw Dodgeball tonight and I have to admit that while it’s a pretty stupid movie it is really funny. Don’t go expected any type of intellectual experience, this is chewing gum for the brain, but fine chewing gum it is.