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Movie Review – Minions

Movie synopsis: 

Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever super-villainess.

Starring:  Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney

My review:  First and foremost, I LOVE MINIONS.  Love them.  I, however, did not love this movie.

Minions have been around since the dawn of man.  Literally.  Since dinosaur times.  The Minions went from villain to villain until in 1968, Kevin, Stuart and Bob find Scarlett Overkill.  Scarlett is the super villain they want to work for.  Scarlett tasks them with stealing the Queen of England’s crown, so she can become the queen (which is ludicrous).

While the Minions are adorable, and I love them, this movie wasn’t great.  They speak Spanish (I think) and you can’t understand them.  Add to that a dumb story, made for a long 90 minutes.  The best part of the movie was the end, but I won’t spoil it.  My kids really loved it.  I just thought it was ok.

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Movie Review – Goon (Netflix)

Synopsis:

Though a misfit among his brainy family members, Massachusetts bouncer Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) has a knockout punch that lands him a spot on a minor-league Canadian hockey team.

Starring: Seann William Scott (Stifler from American Pie), Jay Baruchel, Liev Schrieber, Eugene Levy

Rating: R for violence and excessive use of the F bomb

My review:

I had heard from a few friends about this movie and decided to check it out. Goon is the story of Doug Glatt, a super nice (but sort of dumb) guy who works as a bouncer at a bar in Massachusetts. He attends a minor league hockey game with his best friend and ends up in a fight with a player from the opposing team, which leads to him getting a “job” as the enforcer on his local hockey team.

Doug ends up getting “traded” to Halifax and playing for the Halifax Highlanders, where he is tasked with protecting his roommate, who received a ferocious hit from Ross Rhea (played by an unrecognizable Liev Schrieber), who was suspended and sent down to the minors due to the hit.

Doug also meets Eva, a self proclaimed slut and promptly falls for her. It’s a small part of the story but cute and sweet. Mostly the movie is about hockey. And fighting.

This movie is VULGAR. There are more f bombs than in any movie I’ve seen recently, but this movie is also really funny and fun to watch. Especially as a hockey fan. It’s only about 90 minutes long, so it’s a fast watch. I would recommend.

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Movie Review – Drinking Buddies

Synopsis from IMDB.com


Luke and Kate are coworkers at a brewery who spend their nights drinking and flirting heavily. One weekend away together with their significant others proves who really belongs together and who doesn’t.

My rating:  D-

My thoughts:

I was looking for something to watch on Netflix, and googled “best movies on Netflix.”  Surprisingly, this movie appeared.  I love Jake Johnson (I’m a big New Girl fan) so I thought why not.  After the longest 90 minutes of life, my real question was WHY?

Drinking Buddies is the story of Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde), who work in a Chicago brewery.  Luke is dating Jill (Anna Kendrick), a school teacher, and Kate is dating Chris (Ron Livingston), a music producer.  Apparently, most of this movie of is improvised, which honestly, makes so much sense, there were some terribly awkward scenes in this movie.

Most of the movie is spent watching Kate and Luke swigging beer (there is A LOT of beer consumption in this movie) and then listening to awful dialogue.  There is no character growth.  Kate and Luke are like oversized children.  Luke works with no shoes on and has dirty feet.  Then, all of a sudden, both couples go away on a trip to Michigan (after just having met).  This in itself was odd.  It was clear from this trip that Kate and Luke, and Jill and Chris were better suited for each other.  Again, there was drinking.

This movie really sucked.  I kept waiting for something to happen.  But nothing ever did.  There was no flow, no fun but a lot of beer drinking.  Overall, very disappointing movie.  I would skip it.

Movie Reviews · Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – My Favorite Movies

This week’s topic is favorite movies.  I have so many it’s hard to narrow down, but I’ve come up with my ten favorite.  I based my favorites on watching the movie every time it’s on.  Enjoy.

My very favorite movie of all time
1.  The Godfather, Part II

2. My Man Godfrey

3.  Tootsie


4.  It’s A Wonderful Life



5.  Clueless


6.  Field of Dreams


7.  Grease


8.  The Godfather


9.  Sixteen Candles


10.  My Cousin Vinny

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Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy (Fast Track #2)

Book description from goodreads.com:

Grad student Imogen Wilson realizes she’s hit on the perfect thesis for her sociology degree. If she follows the so-called “rules” on how to get a man, can she steer her way into the world and hearts of stock race car drivers, and establish their dating- and mating-patterns?

Although sexy and reckless racer Ty McCordle is the ideal test subject, Imogen knows that for the sake of science, she can’t give in to her growing attraction for him. Yet he’s the one who’s chasing after her, and Imogen realizes that she actually wants to be caught. A southern gentleman like Ty will satisfy all her curiosity-and make all the risks worthwhile…

My rating:

3 stars

My review:

This is the second book in the Fast Track series, and quite honestly, I’m surprised I like this series given my disinterest in stock car racing.  This book follows Imogen Wilson, the teaching assistant to Tamara from the first book, and Ty McCordle, a stock car racer.  Imogen and Ty feel an instant attraction to one another, but Ty is dating a stock car groupie and Imogen is not really looking for a romance.

Honestly, these books are really kind of dull and boring and PG.  The stories aren’t super spectacular, but they are super fast reads and the characters are ok.  This book had a bit of a twist, as Ty was harboring a secret (which I honestly did not see coming), but overall, this book was ok.

My recommendation:

If you want a quick romance, read it.