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Friday night I decided to skip the 7:10 showing of Bridge to Terabithia and I’m so incredibly glad I did. I have never seen our little movie theater so packed full of children.

And every single one of them was crying. This did not bode well.

I should have known I would end up in tears because of all the tissue boxes scattered around the theater. The manager of the theater indicated it was for those seeing Terabithia. Great – spoilers right from the start.

I had never even heard of this story before I saw the preview for the movie. I was expecting another Narnia-like tale, and was looking forward to losing myself in fantasy for a while. What I got was a hard dose of reality instead – like drinking milk when you were expecting it to be soda – not a pleasant surprise.

Had I gone into the movie with no expectations (built on watching the previews) then I’m sure I would have liked the movie more than I actually did. The kids were cute – the story was good, but it was just a little too real for my taste.


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All I can say about Because I Said So is.. wow? I don’t get embarrassed easily by sexual innuendos but holy cow, did this movie cross the line a few times. I think the older folks around me were enjoying it more than I did. Granted there were some funny parts, but goodness – what an eye opener this movie was. It just goes to show you there are all sorts of parent/child relationships out there.

Other than that, I really don’t have a lot to say. I enjoy Lauren Graham’s acting more in Gilmore Girls then I did in this movie, and Mandy Moore has gone a long way from her innocent girlish roles. Piper just played another part similar to her role in Coyote Ugly. Diane Keaton stole the show in parts of the movie, but normally in these sort of chic flicks I don’t want them to end, and this one I was shifting around waiting for the end to come.

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Once a week I make it a point to have a “Date Night” with myself and trudge across the street (in the snow if needs be!) to go to our local theater. I’ve been pretty lucky that every week the theater has at least one movie that I want to see (it can show two at once, whoopee) and this past weekend my choices were Dreamgirls or The Hitcher. Well, after watching the trailers of each – my choice was obvious.

I did not expect this movie to hit me like it did. At first I was mildly interested because I’m an American Idol fan, and I knew Jennifer Hudson because of her performances on the show (although she was far from my favorite – she had an attitude that rubbed me the wrong way but played well for her in her part in Dreamgirls). She gave an incredibly emotional performance in the movie through her singing though and they did do a great job of showing the difference between a soulful voice and Beyonce’s “pop” voice.

It was worth the $4.00 for me to see the movie, for sure. I was even moved to tears quite a few times over the injustice shown to Jennifer’s character repeatedly – and the music really was quite good – worth the price of a ticket in itself.

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The night before vacation I stuck this movie into the DVD player and really did not know what to expect from it.

The information from Netflix was that it was a story about a boy who lived in a house where Beethoven was the tenant upstairs. The opening credits of the movie indicated it was a kid’s movie. Great.

The movie turned out to be pretty acceptable. It kept my interest and portrayed Beethoven near the end of his lifetime. He was working on the 9th Symphony at the time and had lost his hearing – the actor did a wonderful job of pulling off a cranky, but still touching man. Sometimes I just get so involved in playing the music the great composers wrote and I don’t sit down to think about the people behind them. There was a moment in the movie when the boy’s uncle is talking to him about the musical genius that is Beethoven and remarked something along the lines of, the music that we hear from Mr. Beethoven is just a fragment of the wonderful music that he hears inside of his head all the time.

How beautiful and frustrating that must have been. To be so full inside of music and unable to get it out fast enough – I can’t even imagine. I go nuts if I go for a few days without being able to express my emotions through the classics.

Hats off to Beethoven and the other great composers is all I could think about after watching that movie – check it out if you would like to see a different perspective on how Beethoven lived.

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Movie Review: RV

So over vacation I sat mom and dad down and we spent a bit of time watching RV. I was unsure about this movie from the previews, and while Robin Williams can be totally hilarious at times he can also be incredibly crude in his humor.

But hey, this is a vacation, right? Bring on the vacation movies.

We laughed … so hard. The portrayal of a 15 year old girl – spot on. The issues the family dealt with throughout the vacation and the stages of resentment to acceptance to returning to that warm fuzzy family feeling reminded me of so many of our own family vacations, well the ones that involved serious amounts of traveling in a van!

The movie had some major laughter points (and one particular part reminded me so much of how my father would react in the same situation) and some major feel good points. Overall, A+ for keeping us entertained and willing to sit in a tiny cabin room instead of out on the deck for a few hours.

And the roomservice cheeseburgers weren’t bad either.

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Movie Review: The Break-Up

I’ve had this movie in my home waiting to be watched for a week now. Finally, last night I buckled down and stuck it in the DVD player.

Having recently had a break-up of my own I’ve been dreading watching this one, but two friends of mine highly recommended the movie as it was a total reminder of what they are having to live with.

Since this is a movie about a break-up, it’s easy to assume going into it that there will be no “happy ending”. Why I would want to watch a movie about two people dealing with the same pain I’ve felt recently is beyond me.

The movie made me laugh quite a bit, however. There were brief moments of fun – but mostly it felt like I was watching the breakdown in communication that I felt with Dominik.

I don’t recommend this movie. If you are in a relationship, don’t bother to bring the pain and heartache that this movie will give you into that. If you are getting out of your relationship, then all it will do is bring up the hurt again.

Movie rating: C-

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I have a massively overused Netflix subscription. I’ve found since I’ve laid off the intense gaming I have so many hours in the evening to fill.

Since my family is 45 minutes away now, and my students dwindling over the Christmas season, it’s not unusual for me to watch one, sometimes two, movies a night. So I’m taking advantage of this opportunity to see movies I’ve always wanted to see, movies I’ve never heard of, and broadening my horizons by trying some new and interesting approaches.

So, I’ve also decided to review some of these movies – who knows, maybe you will find something interesting to watch as well.

Shadows In The Sun:

I was unsure of this movie. The cover described it as a “Comedy” yet the description is about a young man who journey’s to Italy to find a famous writer, Weldon Parish, and discovers himself and love along the way.

The movie opens up with a very strict view of the modern world. A neat, bare, dismal in it’s beauty apartment and the perfect grooming of a young business man. His walk to work, a ride in a glistening elevator and the coldness of people surrounding him immediately struck me. Is this how we all look – going to work daily, functioning with as much creativeness and spontaneity of a robot? How would my life look to someone watching me from the outside? Would they think I was just the beginning of what would prove to be the most boring movie made by mankind?

The young man is an editor, and the publishing company he works for assigns him to a mandatory “vacation” in Italy in an effort to sign a great writer who has not written anything for 20 years. The difference between the small town in Italy and the cold bustling of London is incredibly marked and made me wish for a simple life, in a place where there is the smells of warm bread, the laughter of men and women filling the streets and the warm colors of a sunset with no electricity and headlights to block the view. How easy it would be to be creative in such a place – when surrounded by the magnificence of God’s creativity?

The movie had a serene, amusing and poignant setting. It was relaxing and heartwarming and ended all too quickly. Settle down for this one with a mug of hot tea, a blanket and a few pillows and prepare to be completely overwhelmed with the sheer beauty of the scenery and touched by the story of discovery being told.

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