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Maleficent

I nearly had a coronary when I learned Disney was making my favorite villan ‘real’. Maleficent was insanely spooky and beautifully terrifying to me as a child. Never-the-less Sleeping Beauty has been my absolute favorite of the animated Disney movies partly because of her.  Jake watched the trailer a couple dozen times for me. So when we went to see it in the theater I was beyond stoked!

In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land.

(synopsis from here)

The story unfolded beautifully with supreme special effects and a stunning performance by Angelina Jolie. If you haven’t seen it we’d highly recommend you do!

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Brass Teapot

Netflix strikes again. Several weeks ago we finally watched a movie in our queue. Do you do that too? drop a movie in your queue and never really watch those which you sat aside. Needlessly spending hours surfing through different categories only to return to the queue or settle on a favorite TV show?  Um…we do!  So it’s always a big event when we Rate and “Remove From Queue” (at least I make it a big event).

We’ve had The Brass Teapot in our ‘to be watched’ files for a while now. The other night we finally decided to give it a go. I was so happy we did; I liked it, Jake however thought the acting was a little ‘amateur’. We both agreed the script was fairly honest and funny. This is a quirky take on “be careful what you wish for”. Some parts made me look at Mr. Awesomesauce and say “Yup!”.

 John and Alice live in small-town America – married, very much in love, and broke.  But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot.  It isn’t long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes.  John and Alice must decide how far they will go to fulfill their dreams of wealth.

(synopsis from here)

 

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LUCY

If you haven’t noticed this week we’re recapping movies we’ve watched since the last time we gave you a review. It just so happens that last weekend we were gifted with a pair of movie tickets and used them to see Lucy.

An action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

(found here)

We loved it. The movie was a wonderful blend of action and intellect. It was a good movie to see it on the big-screen with the mega surround sound.

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Nature Calls

Once again we found ourselves surfing Netflix and this time Jake picked Nature Calls.

Polar-opposite brothers Randy and Kirk never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk’s son’s sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember.

(from here.)

The familiar faces: Johnny Knoxville, Patton Oswalt, and Maura Tierney (oh you know her; the amazing nurse from E.R.). It wasn’t really a movie we’d suggest running out to rent or buy. However, if you’re looking for something to forget your day or week that makes you laugh, go ahead add it to your queue!

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Tammy

Every so often our fates are crossed with free movie tickets. Even more rare they’re tickets for a screening of a movie. I absolutely love when this happens.  It’s only happened to me three times but man I love it! Something about seeing a movie before 95% of the population does is thrilling. On July 1st we received tickets to the screening of Tammy.

Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day.  She’s totaled her car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, find her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house.

It’s time to take her boom box and book it.  The bad news is she’s broke and without wheels.  The worse new is her grandma, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), is her only option – with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls.  Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind.  But on the road, with Pearl riding shotgun, it may be just what Tammy needs.

(synopsis from here)

To be honest I had no idea about this movie, we’d not seen trailers or even heard of it until we had the free passes. We laughed pretty hard during a  few parts. Overall I remember saying “Those are NOT Susan Sarandon’s cankles. No. WAY.” and we walked away feeling a little…sad.

Have you seen Tammy, what was your take?

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Robot & Frank

Typical weeknight at our place involves arriving home, taking Izzy out, deciding on dinner, doing a couple chores and eventually zoning out in front of Netflix. Netflix has become the bane of my movie enjoyment. Either we sit down and watch a couple of episodes of our favorite shows or we spend 45 minutes (yes, I’ve timed it) trying to pick a movie. For some reason nothing in our hand-selected queue looks good…ever.  Last week we finally landed on Robot & Frank.

Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and heartwarming story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

(synopsis from here)

I really enjoyed this movie. It was fun, playful, tender and different. This will sound weird but I have a soft-spot for old guys, their grumpy stubbornness juxtaposed with their sweet vulnerability just makes my little heart melt. This movie tugged at a few of those heartstrings.

Have you seen Robot & Frank, what was your take?

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Top 10 Christmas Movies

Our Christmas Must Watch List:

ELF

Polar Express

How the Grinch Stole Christmas both the Jim Carey version and the cartoon

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (totally Jake’s pick)

The Santa Clause (the one with Tim Allen)

It’s a Wonderful Life

Home Alone

A Christmas Carol (with Jim Carey)

Miracle of 34th Street

What’s your favorite Christmas Movie?

 

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

AFI 10-10Trucking through the AFI 10 of 10 list we watched “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. Jake said it was one of his dad’s favorite movies growing up. Paired with Pizza and a coke we enjoyed picking out anachronisms and discussing how young both Redford and Newman look. It’s an enjoyable western with an interesting action/wit combo.

The piece of trivia we both enjoyed about this movie is that Paul Newman did his own bicycle stunts, after his stunt man was unable to stay on the bike, except for the scene where Butch crashes backwards into the fence, which was performed by cinematographer Conrad L. Hall. (thanks, IMDB)

Have you seen it?

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Reds

AFI 10-10We’re attempting to watch all 100 movies on the AFI 10 of 10 list. That’s the top 10 movies of all time in 10 different categories.

Recently we watched Reds. We had an afternoon to spare and felt like lounging around. One: we’re really not political drama kinda people, not our cup of coffee for sure. Two: this movie is ridiculously long. As in cleaned the entire house (baseboards included) while it was on long. We suffered through the entire 31/2 hour long ordeal.

This leaves me thinking WHY AFI? WHY? I’m guessing it’s the subject matter, the complicated and twisted love story and the acting. All of which truly fit the EPIC category this movie is rated #9 in.

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The Great Pumpkin (& It’s Seeds)

It?s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown imageWe watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. I remember the first time I watched it, a few years back, I was so sad at the ending. I tried prepping Jake for the possible disappointment.  His take on the entire cartoon was DRASTICALLY different from mine. Jake’s focus was on the characters and how each personality is directly relational to people we encounter in life. Whipping out his college degree like that kinda ruined the fun, capricious act of watching a cartoon, but to be honest it made for a great conversation. It was way shorter than I remembered as well, but we had a good time hanging out with our cider and candy corn & peanut mix.

To check another item off our fall list I roasted the guts of my massive pumpkin. There were at least 3 full cups of seeds in that beast (sorry no pics). i was just going to toss them on a pan but Google Informed Jake we needed to boil them first. So, we did the following:

Boil
patted dry
sprayed a cookie sheet with PAM
Tossed the seeds with some salt, pepper and Garlic powder (i didn’t have garlic salt)
Baked at 250 for ? a long time…until I smelled a couple of them burning–again not my forte.
 

I ate a few handfuls and gave the rest away, we’re not huge fans of pumpkin seeds.

 

What’s your recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds?

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