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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies ~ I Weep for Cinema

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to talk about 'The Hobbit'. After two disappointing films that were mostl pointless filler we have finally reached the dreaded conclusion.

I thought I was ready. I thought my expectations were low enough. If there is one skill that Peter Jackson has, it's the unyielding ability to always find a new low. Although in a scene by scene comparison nothing can be worse than the barrel riding scene in 'Desolation of Smaug', as a whole, 'Battle of Five Armies' managed to leave me with an even larger pain in my stomach than any of it's predecessors.

Do you want details? Well, I'm going to give them so buckle in.

This movie is nothing but a soulless franchise that should be an eternal shame to everyone involved. All of the trite side plots that we have grown to loath continued, at their normal slothful pace. Yes, more vomit inducing dwarf/elf romance, Gandalf and his merry band doing things that have nothing to do with…

'Ender's Game' and 'Gravity' ~ Dumb and Dumber!

Happy Daylight Savings time! Yeah, I know, I heard the communal groan. No one likes this tradition! But, while you are feeling particularly grumpy due to the time change I am going to help you avoid watching two wretched films!

First, and the lesser of two evils, is 'Ender's Game'. (If you want to see the trailer click, here.) This movie is somewhat interesting in a teenage sort of way. That is, until the end when the expectable 'Twist' happens and the absolutely bizarre ending that left me feeling confused, a bit uncomfortable, and generally just done with the movie. I was laughing out loud at it's stupidity, I really was. Mostly, it felt like a Politically Correct regurgitation of countless movie and stories that have come before it. It's sad but true! 
The only reason it remained somewhat interesting through the beginning and part of the middle was the acting. Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford were great. I pretty much watched the movie for those two an…

'Ernest and Celestine' and Mom's Night Out'

Today I have two trailers to share! They both look good but one of them is really making me excited! I'm going to save the best for last and start with ' Mom's Night Out'.

Here is the trailer.



That looks like some good clean fun to me! I don't think it's going to be Earth shatteringly good, I think it will be enjoyable. A nice way to spend two hours after a long day. That's what that trailers says to me! The fact that is has both Sean Astin and Patricia Heaton also gives me a lot of faith in the movie! Hopefully, I'll be right!

Now it's time for 'Ernest and Celestine'. This movie is hand drawn. That immediately caught my attention. It's absolutely gorgeous! Take a look!



It looks so cute, creative, and heartwarming! I love it! I know it came out a few years ago in France and that it's nominated for an Oscar now. Sometimes I really wish the international release dates weren't so incredibly delayed! We should have access to it somet…

Philomena ~ A Conversation Starter

Good morning and happy Saturday! As per usual, before the Oscars I tend to start catching whatever stray nominees I can. This time I saw 'Philomena'. I posted the trailer a while ago in case you don't remember.


The rough story is that a young girl became pregnant in a fling and was forced to give him up for adoption and fifty years later she is trying to find him. She, being Philomena, has attempted to find him before with no luck. This time she has the help of an ex-BBC reporter who is quite a bit more forceful with his questions. Last but not least, this is based on a chillingly true story.
There are many interesting and shocking twists in this story, which I shall not spoil. What's important is that it's a good story! 'Philomena' held my attention from start to finish. Best of all it touches on a vast array of hot-button topics. This is why I call it a conversation starter. Oh the discussions I had, and could still have, about the various plot points.
The…

Cairo Time ~ Charming

Happy Thursday everyone! Today I am going to talk about 'Cairo Time'! It's a movie that has been loafing around my Netflix Que for quite some time and I finally got around to watching it!

'Cairo Time' is a movie about an American woman who flies out to Cairo to meet up with her husband. Her husband works for the UN and is stuck in Gaza. Now the wife has all the time in the world, alone in Cairo. Well, not exactly alone. She soon befriends her husband's retired head of security. Plot ensues!

This is a rather quiet movie that has a lot of subtlety and finesse. I found it incredibly enjoyable!  They touch on some of the cultural differences and dangers of being a woman alone in Cairo. This adds some very mild seriousness to an otherwise easygoing movie. I was pulled right into the story and was captivated until the last second!


On top of the great story the cinematography is absolutely stunning! I've never been to Egypt, and I doubt I will anytime soon, theref…

Kon Tiki ~ Surprisingly Great!

Good afternoon everyone! Today I watched 'Kon Tiki'. You may remember it from the Oscar nomination last year. I have been interested in watching for all this time but have been beating around the bush. It's a movie about sailing across an ocean on a tiny raft, I feared it may be boring! Thankfully, it wasn't!

'Kon Tiki' is a film about real life events where a group of Scandinavians, mostly Norwegians, attempted to sail from Peru to the Galapagos Islands to prove that that is how the Islands were originally discovered. This rebutted the accepted idea that the islands were discovered from Asia. You see how I could think that it may be somewhat tiresome to watch?

This is an incredibly well done movie! I was happily surprised with my viewing experience. Not only was I learning something about scientific and nautical history (don't judge my nerdiness) but it was intense and gripping from beginning to end! As an added bonus the characters don't get on the raf…

The Monuments Men ~ A Must See!

About a week ago 'The Monuments Men' hit the theatres. I have been anticipating this film for so long and finally I have seen it! Best of all, it did not disappoint! I first showed you the trailer back in August. This has been a long time coming! Time to get down to business.

'The Monuments Men' is a movie about a small group of art scholars, historians, and the like trying to save as much art from the Nazis as possible. Naturally, this is set in WWII. The cast is star studded and primed for a great performance!

This is a calm mature movie. it isn't going to shock or thrill you with flash and pomp. The story and emotion will suffice perfectly. That and the fact that visually, it's absolutely incredible! The detail as well as the grand images are both exacted with such correct perfection. I was pleased with every, single, second.

It would be rather redundant to go ever the fact that a cast filled with old pros and veterans knocked it out of the park. I do want t…

Austenland ~ My Valentine's Day Movie

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I was trying to decide what movie to highlight for today when I noticed 'Austenland' in the new release section on iTunes. I figured that there really wasn't a better day to give it a whirl then today and I've just finished watching it now! You may recall that I shared the trailer with you some time ago. Let's talk about the movie shall we?

'Austenland' was an enjoyable watch! I feel like I must warn up front that it was a touch more crude than I would have liked. Honestly, I don't ever like crudeness in movies. It was unnecessary and childish but thankfully easily forgotten. In the movies favor, I think that the good was enough to outweigh the bad. Moving on!

The story is rather simple. Jane is a thirty something American woman who is dangerously obsessed with all things Austen. Specifically, Mr. Darcy. She decides to spend her life savings to go to a themed, role-play based vacation in England where every guest is me…

A Unique Trend

While I busy myself trying to keep my finger on the movie pulse I, naturally, encounter multitudes of trailers. Obviously, I don't post about every trailer I watch, only the ones that strike me as worthwhile. There are a lot of trailer that just barely don't make the cut. Through all my observing I have noticed a stunning trend that I believe is rather unique. There are five Christian movies that have come out/will come out over the period of a year. Obviously, Christian movies come out all the time, they just usually don't make it to the movie theatre. It's really a direct to DVD market. That's what's so strange! All these movies are coming out and they are going to the theatres and some of them even have people you've heard of in them. Let me show you what I mean.


Two of the five I have already posted about in the past. 'Noah' and 'Grace Unplugged'. 'Grace Unplugged' was the first movie in this trend that I noticed. Since I have al…

Saving Mr. Banks ~ Delightful!

Yesterday afternoon, I walked into my local theatre to watch 'Saving Mr. Banks'. I didn't exactly know what to expect because I had heard some clashing reviews on the subject. I did have high hopes which I expressed in my previous post. I left the theatre about as pleased as I can possibly be with a movie watching experience! I absolutely adore this film!

'Saving Mr. Banks', as you probably know, is the story of how Walt Disney and his team managed to create the beloved 'Mary Poppins' film. A major part of this conquest was convincing the author to sign over the rights to the story! Throughout the movie you watch flashbacks to the authors childhood where the real life inspiration of 'Mary Poppins' takes place. Let me tell you, it is an engrossing and totally immersive situation!

Part of what makes this movie so fantastic is the perfect casting. I loved every single character. I'm not even exaggerating. Paul Giamatti was a true delight every mome…

'A Birder's Guide To Everything' and 'After The Dark'

Hello all! I know that I haven't checked in for quite some time. Not to make excuses, but it's not my fault! I have been watching trailers and none of them have been any good. Movies I have also watched, and they were so forgettable that I didn't even bother with a blog about it. Finally, the trailer drought is over and I have a few new trailers to share with everyone! Hurray!

I want to start with the one I like the best. 'The Birder's Guide To Everything'. The trailer for this is bizarrely difficult to find! The only place where I could get it is on the Apple Trailers site. So, here is the link to the site where you can find the trailer. Sorry for the difficulty! The Internet has failed me! Here is the link to the trailer, enjoy!

So, I love this trailer and I love Ben Kingsley! It looks so incredibly unique, clever, cute, and enjoyable! Basically, I think I'm going to like it. What did you think?

Second, is 'After The Dark' or 'The Pholosophers&…