I’M HOOKED

I signed up for Amazon Prime just before the holidays last year and it has been so worth it.

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A week or two ago, I discovered the PBS series Mr. Selfridge. There are 4 seasons on Amazon so far and I am just about to finish the 1st season. It’s a great show. I love The Paradise and watch it on TV, so this I was delighted to find another quality series similar to it. Some of the characters in both shows are quite similar and some are very different. I love them all. It’s a great show if you are looking for your next series to binge watch.

MOVIE: THE MARTIAN

Woah. This movie was intense.
I usually try to avoid seeing movies about space (with the exception of Star Wars) in theaters because the concept of something going wrong out there terrifies me, and lets be honest, something always goes wrong in space movies.

There were multiple times that I had to look away. Right off the bat when the team leaves him believes him dead, he awakens injured and treats himself for those injuries. Yuck! I looked away the whole time he was cleaning himself up. He also rationed his food to the point that he was skin and bones and I had to look away then too.

There were funny bits all throughout the movie to help cut the tension, but that didn’t stop me from nearly pulling my hair out due to suspense. I was so nervous throughout the movie that I chewed up a straw into pieces. I had a difficult time winding down after the movie too and it was the first thing I thought about when I woke up the next morning. It’s the kind of movie that sticks with you and I am definitely going to watch it again when it comes out on DVD.

They used more sound in this movie which made it less unnerving than Gravity. That movie straight up freaked me out and I only watched it on an iPad mini! I think I would have had to leave during that movie if I had gone to see it at the Theater. I was able to make it through The Martian and I’m so glad I did. It was excellent and the cast was awesome.

MOVIE: BURNT

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A movie about two of my favorite things: food and Bradley Cooper.

My mom and I decided to have a low key halloween this year. We turned out the lights on the trick-or-treaters and headed for the theater. We loaded up on snacks and parked ourselves in the nearly empty theater. Halloween is the one holiday when theaters aren’t swamped with people. We made it early enough to watch loads of previews and made note of the ones we want to see. Then came the main event. This movie was a great mix of drama, romance, and Iron Chef. I loved it. An added bonus was hearing Bradley Cooper speak French. Oui oui!

The cast was pretty incredible. Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Lilly James, Alicia Vikander and Daniel Bruhl were all in this movie with Bradley Cooper. That is one stellar cast and some of the more heavy hitters on that list only had small parts. Whoever said “There are no small parts” lied. There are most definitely small parts, but man those parts look a lot bigger when you put a big name in them!

This movie was entertaining. I would see it again.

MOVIE: THE INTERN, BRIDGE OF SPIES, PAN, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS

Because I have been in the middle of a move, I haven’t been able to get to the theater much latelty. This week I have been playing catchup. Here is what I have seen and what I think.


The Intern was pretty darn great. I went to go see it with my mom and neighbor and the theater was PACKED. We were lucky we got to sit together! It was entertaining, funny and sweet. We loved it. There were a few parts that were over dramatized and came off corny to me, but I still enjoyed the movie over all. I will probably buy this one on dvd.


Bridge of Spies was actually pretty funny. There were bits that made you laugh constantly. I didn’t know this was based on a true story until I went to watch it in theater. The story is almost too incredible to be true. A lawyer from Brooklyn went through quite a lot for the lives of three men tangled up in Cold War espionage and politics. I would see this movie again.


This Pan movie certainly puts a different spin on things. It felt like it had a Cirque du Soleil element to it. It was beautiful and the music was interesting on its own. There were a few songs sung by the cast and a couple by Lily Allen. Look up the soundtrack. Just do it. This movie made This movie gave some back story into how Pan arrived in Neverland and made Captain Hook Pan’s friend and Black Beard the enemy. I suggest seeing this movie in 3D. I saw it in 2D because I wasn’t thinking and it’s definitely one worth seeing in 3D.

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I saw Jem and the Holograms last night and am hooked on the music! I feel like I maybe enjoyed this movie too much. I was the only one in the theater last night which may be a bad sign for this movie, but it was a Thursday in a small town with a big theater and there are some big movies out right now. I hope this one doesn’t tank because I really enjoyed it. I love movies about music, but this also had an Earth to Echo element to it, which I suppose I should view as silly, but I will admit that I liked it. The cast was great, the story caught my attention, the music was fantastic, and I really enjoyed it. I would see this one again and have already downloaded the soundtrack. I had to wait until this morning to do so because it didn’t go live until this morning. Get it on iTunes now and I dare you not to get these songs stuck in your head!

MOVIE: FOUR MOVIES IN THEATER NOW

I have seen quite a few movies lately and have been delinquent in posting about it.
MOVIE 1: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
This was the first movie I have seen in the Mission Impossible series and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t expect it to be funny, but it was. I was blown away by the fact that Tom Cruise does all of his own stunts! That’s pretty darn amazing… and terrifying. Knowing he did his own stunts made it much more difficult to watch when he was doing them. It was a very entertaining film and now I need to go back and watch the other ones!
MOVIE 2: Ant Man
I have always enjoyed movies from Marvel, but I hesitated before seeing this one. With a lead man like Paul Rudd in a hero movie, I didn’t know what to expect. I should have known to expect that it would be funny, which it was. Paul is one of my very favorite funny men and I thoroughly enjoy watching him on the big screen. I was skeptical about Ant Man being a proper hero, but I was wrong. I enjoyed it and would see it again.
MOVIE 3: Ricki and the Flash
I saw this movie Friday afternoon and it was a cute movie. It was more funny than sweet, and I enjoy a good funny movie.
MOVIE 4: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
I saw this movie Saturday night, yes I went to two movies in one weekend, and this movie was what I expected. Entertaining, funny and full of action. I particularly enjoyed the wardrobe element. I enjoyed this movie more than I did Ricki and the Flash.

MOVIE: MR. HOLMES

I am sorry to hit you with another movie post so soon, but I just saw this movie tonight and want to get the word out. This movie was a total snooze. I was expecting more adventure and more intrigue. This movie lacked both. It was the sad tale of an old man loosing his memory and suffering from old age. They took a beloved figure of fiction and made us feel badly for him.

I will not even bother to summarize this movie for you. The story is weak and… just don’t spend money on it.

MOVIE PASS

During New Years Eve celebrations, friends from work told me about a program called Movie Pass where you pay $30.00 a month and you can see unlimited movies in the theater. They send you a prepaid card in the mail that you load by selecting the movie you wish to see using an app on your phone. This sounded like a pretty sweet deal to me so I signed up that very night and then completely forgot about it. A few weeks later I received the card in the mail.

The Movie Pass program has turned out to be a bit more of a commitment than I anticipated. Since movie tickets are about $10.00 these days, I have to see at least 3 movies a month to get my moneys worth. Before I registered for Movie Pass I was going to about 3 movies a year. This is quite a change. I didn’t think I would be able to keep it up so I called and tried to cancel. It turns out that I am locked in to paying $30.00 every month for a year. Thats $360.00 a year! They were going to charge me a few months worth of service to cancel early which I though was ridiculous so I kept it. I have turned this program into a challenge to see how many movies I can see each month.

I have seen so many movies this year and I have really enjoyed it. I go to a theater that has reclining chairs and I keep a blanket in the trunk of my car that I take into the theater. I have quite the set up. The people who work at the theater know me now. It’s fun! Just this week I have seen the new Minions movie and Trainwreck. I was the only person in the theater that day who went to see Minions solo. I didn’t mind, but I got a few strange looks. I took a friend with me to see Trainwreck and we laughed so hard. They were both really great. I would recommend seeing them both.

Stay tuned for more posts about new movies!