Rogue One (2016)


I’ve noticed that the Galaxy Far Far Away has gotten much more ethnically diverse in the last 40 years. Coincidentally, the people there who look like the people on our planet that we call Asians, are also kick-ass at the martial arts. What are the odds?

So this is a good movie, and I won’t give out any spoilers, but I will say that I think that the people at Disney who are in charge of all these new Star Wars movies are hell-bent on breaking our hearts.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)


My husband now really wants one of these fantastic beasts for Christmas. The movie had “where to find them” in the title, but I really didn’t learn that information. Maybe on Amazon or ebay?

Me: We went to see Fantastic Beasts yesterday.

Coworker: Oh, how was it?

Me: Pretty good.

Coworker:  An escapist movie like that sounds pretty good right now. I could do with a couple of hours away from reality. What was it about?

Me: It takes place in the Harry Potter Universe, so it’s a fantasy. It’s about these people who have a lot to offer the world, but they have to hide who they really are to avoid persecution.

Coworker: So nothing like the real world at all.

Me: Right.

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Suicide Squad (2016)



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Alright, it’s time for my review of “Suicide Squad.”

We all know that the critics have panned this thing. To paraphrase a character from the movie, they want to put it in a hole, and throw away the hole. I would summarize the complaints as: This movie makes no sense, the continuity is off, and it’s depressing. There is also my favorite description, from the Wall Street Journal, which states that the movie “is trash.”

To all that I say, “So what?” For crap’s sake, it’s a superhero movie. It doesn’t need to make a lot of sense. It just needs to make a little sense, and it does. Continuity- who cares? It’s just a bunch of crazy people running around fighting, and those people happen to be fun to watch. I could probably watch that cast paint a house and watch it dry and I could still have at least a little bit of fun. Depressing? Yeah, it’s gloomy, just like every other DC superhero movie since Tim Burton’s “Batman.” I’m pretty sure we’ve all thought this: “Suicide Squad” is “The Dirty Dozen” with more makeup and fewer Nazis. “The Dirty Dozen” is not a happy-go-lucky time at the movies either, but it’s an entertaining movie. What’s not to like?  And not one character in this film was as creepy or depressing as the Telly Savalas character in that film.

The 20-something-year old guys in front of me liked it too. They perked right up the minute Margot Robbie appeared on the screen.

I say, you paid to be entertained, so let yourself be entertained and enjoy this movie for what it is.  It’s fun and it has Will Smith being all charming, what else do you want?*

*A dangerous question to ask a critic. They can be quite snide.

Trainwreck, or Any Romantic Comedy Ever

mv5bmtq4mjgwntmyov5bml5banbnxkftztgwmtc1mji0nde-_v1_uy1200_cr6406301200_al_Me watching Trainwreck with my husband:
Me (thinking to myself): “Here comes the totally predictable ending. A grand romantic gesture and a reconciliation, big surprise.”
3 seconds later…
Me: *Casually saunters to bathroom, grabs box of tissues, dabs at tears collecting in corners of eyes, flushes evidence, returns to couch.*

Feel free to substitute name of any RomCom ever for Trainwreck.

Also, who knew John Cena has a sense of humor?

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Holiday Inn (1942)

Christmas downer: watching an old Christmas movie you remember fondly from your childhood and finding out that it has a scene you forgot about in which the two protagonists get into black face and sing. Thanks a lot Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby.

Can’t not like Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” though. Oh, wait a minute, “WHITE” Christmas? The plot thickens.                                                                                    

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