DEB'S MOVIE REVIEWS

Welcome to my blog! Many of you mentioned you would appreciate "MY” opinion on movies I have recently seen in theaters, make suggestions for rentals, and share other movie and book related information. The reviews are posted on movies that I have personally seen and books I have personally read. My blog was created solely as a helpful guide when family and friends are selecting movies and books.

Month: July, 2012

Deb’s Book Club: GONE GIRL

Book Description

Publication Date:June 5, 2012

Marriage can be a real killer.    One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.    On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?    As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?    With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

Book Description and Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

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Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

WATCHLIST: EXCITING BOOK RELEASES!

BOOK RELEASE DATE:  JULY 3, 2012

BOOK RELEASE DATE:  JULY 24, 2012

BOOK RELEASE DATE:  SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

(BOOK TWO OF THE PASSAGE TRILOGY)

BOOK RELEASE DATE:  OCTOBER 16, 2012

Images Courtesy of Amazon.com

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Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

MOVIE: SAVAGES

Definition of SAVAGE: a : not domesticated or under human control : untamed <savage beasts> b : lacking the restraints normal to civilized human beings : fierce, ferocious <a savage criminal>

Definition Courtesy of Merriam-Webster.com

Image Courtesy of IMDb.com

Movie Info

Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry-raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon-with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta)-wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. — (C) Universal~~Rated R

Movie Info Courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes.com

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OK….if you have read all this….and still think you want to see this movie….then see my review below!:

DEB’S REVIEW:  This movie has a quirky-cool-crazy vibe….but do not let this fool you.  This is an intense movie (note the ‘subject matter’ above) and there were parts that I could not watch….closed eyes & ears/lalala sounds….(This is actually a real technique of mine that can be verified by Larsen-witnessed during the previews for The Possession)….but those extremely graphic scenes aside….this is a movie to see….the acting is great in my opinion….Taylor Kitsch…..(he is on my ‘see every movie he is in list’…speaking for all “Tim Riggins/Friday Night Lights fans”!), Aaron Johnson (if you don’t know him you will remember him after this movie), Blake Lively (she also gave a great performance in The Town), Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, and John Travolta and others.  Benicio is downright the scariest character in a long time….he is one very bad dude….not to mention Salma!  Anyway, it is a very unique movie in lots of ways…with Oliver Stone as the director….but clearly not for the ‘faint of heart’.  Proceed with caution and note the Movie Info above.

Also on that “note”, I believe I will try to see Brave this week! Whew!  (-:

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What Each Rating Means

g-rating G — General Audiences. All Ages Admitted. A G-rated motion picture contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that, in the view of the Rating Board, would offend parents whose younger children view the motion picture. The G rating is not a “certificate of approval,” nor does it signify a “children’s” motion picture. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated motion pictures. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present in the motion picture.

g-ratingPG — Parental Guidance Suggested. Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children. A PG-rated motion picture should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. The PG rating indicates, in the view of the Rating Board, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision. The more mature themes in some PG-rated motion pictures may call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity and some depictions of violence or brief nudity. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated motion picture.

pg-13-ratingPG-13 — Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13. A PG-13 rating is a sterner warning by the Rating Board to parents to determine whether their children under age 13 should view the motion picture, as some material might not be suited for them. A PG-13 motion picture may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category. The theme of the motion picture by itself will not result in a rating greater than PG-13, although depictions of activities related to a mature theme may result in a restricted rating for the motion picture. Any drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating. More than brief nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity in a PG-13 rated motion picture generally will not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence. A motion picture’s single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context. The Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most American parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of those words in the motion picture is inconspicuous.

g-ratingR — Restricted. Children Under 17 Require Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian. An R-rated motion picture, in the view of the Rating Board, contains some adult material. An R-rated motion picture may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously. Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about R-rated motion pictures in determining their suitability for their children. Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.

nc-17-ratingNC-17 — No One 17 and Under Admitted. An NC-17 rated motion picture is one that, in the view of the Rating Board, most parents would consider patently too adult for their children 17 and under. No children will be admitted. NC-17 does not mean “obscene” or “pornographic” in the common or legal meaning of those words, and should not be construed as a negative judgment in any sense. The rating simply signals that the content is appropriate only for an adult audience. An NC-17 rating can be based on violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children.

Rating Information Courtesy of Motion Picture Association of America/mpaa.org.

SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

BREAKING NEWS: THE HUNGER GAMES ON!

‘Mockingjay’ to be split into two movies, release dates announced

Article Courtesy of EW.com/Entertainment Weekly
Mockingjay

Lionsgate has just let loose a veritable Cornucopia of release details. Only shortly after confirming the addition of Philip Seymour Hoffman to the cast of Catching Fire, the studio has announced that they plan to split Mockingjay—the final novel in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy—into two separate films: the ingeniously titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. The plan is to make this a yearly event through 2015, with Catching Fire hitting theaters on November 22, 2013, Mockingjay, Part 1 on November 21, 2014, and Mockingjay, Part 2 on Nov. 20, 2015. That way, each Thanksgiving, Americans can give thanks that they’re not being forced to fight to the death as a spectator sport, even if holidays with the family can make it feel that way.

This is just the latest example of Hollywood taking the ax to a golden goose in an effort to double their success rates and extend the film series. And based on the take of other meiotic franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight, it’s highly possible that splitting Mockingjay will result in two golden geese. At least, that’s what Lionsgate is hoping.

SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

Deb’s Book Club: Beautiful Ruins

ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITE BOOKS!

Image Courtesy of WalMart

Book Description

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon

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Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

TED-RATED R FOR “RUN”

Image courtesy of IMDb

HIGHLY~NOT RECOMMENDED

I had some inquiries over the weekend regarding the movie Ted!  For the record, I like Mark Wahlberg…(The Fighter, etc.) but the previews for this movie had me a bit ‘alarmed’….so I was not rushing out to see it.  In the meantime, two ‘movie loving’ family members did go to this movie and then “walked out” of the theater….and these are not ‘walk out of a theater’ kind of people either.  So I crossed Ted off my “need to see” movie list (as I was told I would be inclined to “run” not walk out of the movie!).  I just wanted to share this information even though I did not personally see the movie…but thought I would make an exception as I felt a warning was definitely in order!

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Debbie Tyson- Creator

Anna Lipsey- Creative Consultant

ChanningTatum ‘MovieFest’!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

(Packed theater at matinee-not a man in sight!-Loosely based on Channing Tatum’s life at 18 as an ‘exotic dancer’ for a few months)

(Your call on this one!)

(Warning!)

REVIEWS:  DEB/LARSEN/LARISA/DEANNA/CONNIE/KATHY/KRISTEN

LOVED IT!!

DEB & Larsen:  “Round 2, Magic Mike” in Columbus! (-:

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

(Spider-Man fans will be pleased!)

~~Be sure and stay for the “extra scene” after the movie ends!~~

MIXED REVIEWS

(Note:  You could wait on the DVD for this movie!)

NEW ON DVD

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

(HILARIOUS BUT ‘WARNING’)

TOP 100 RENTALS

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

DEB & ANNA:  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

****ANNA’S REVIEWS****

TOP 100 RENTALS

RECOMMENDED

MIXED REVIEWS

NOT RECOMMENDED

SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

Deb’s Book Club: The 500

The Firm goes to Washington–only with a whole lot more action.”

~JAMES PATTERSON~

Book Description-Courtesy of Amazon

A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington’s most powerful consulting firm. Now, he’s staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world’s most dangerous men. To get out, he’ll have to do all the things he thought he’d never do again: lie, cheat, steal-and this time, maybe even kill.

Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father’s knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out. As the Davies Group’s rising star, he rubs shoulders with “The 500,” the elite men and women who really run Washington — and the world. But peddling influence, he soon learns, is familiar work: even with a pedigree, a con is still a con.

Combining the best elements of political intrigue and heart-stopping action, THE 500 is an explosive debut, one that calls to mind classic thrillers like The Firm and Presumed Innocent. In Mike Ford, readers will discover a new hero who learns that the higher the climb, the harder — and deadlier — the fall.