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: October, 2012

PAUSE FOR VACATION! BE BACK SOON!

“SO MANY MOVIES TO SEE….SO LITTLE TIME!”

TO BE CONTINUED…

SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator-Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

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HERE COMES THE BOOM

RECOMMENDED

Deb’s Review:  I don’t think the reviews are great for this movie by any means, but I actually enjoyed it!  Kevin James was funny and extremely likeable and the rest of the cast did a great job with their roles.  They certainly all seemed to be having a good time to me.  Yes the script is familiar….Yes it was completely predictable….Yes it was a bit cheesy….Yes some of the characters were over the top…..but it was still a good, clean comedy/drama.  Considering I have walked out of several movies this year….this was a refreshing change from all the raunchy stuff.  Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler (The Fonz) also star in the movie.  If my review doesn’t exactly have you ‘rushing to the theater’, I would definitely recommend renting it when it comes out on DVD!

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SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

Movie Spotlight: Deb’s Favorite Ben Affleck Movies

DEB’S PICK SIX:

IN THEATERS NOW

ARGO

(2012)

DVD RENTALS

THE TOWN

(2010)

PEARL HARBOR

(2001)

FORCES OF NATURE

(FILMED ON LOCATION IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA)

(1999)

ARMAGEDDON

(1998)

GOOD WILL HUNTING

(1997)

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SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

Friday’s Favorite Movie Classic

~~DEB & ANNA’S PICK~~

A TRIBUTE TO:

E.T.-The Extra-Terrestrial

30th ANNIVERSARY

(1982)

Movie Description:  A meek and alienated little boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial.  He has to find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet.

Director:  Steven Spielberg

Writer:  Melissa Mathison

Stars:  Henry Thomas/Drew Barrymore/Dee Wallace

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~~~30th Anniversary Edition now on Blu-ray and DVD!~~~

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition (Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Henry Thomas and Dee Wallace (2012)

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See http://www.facebook.com/E.T.Movie

SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

“The Best of Times, The Worst of Times”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Deb’s Review:  Sheer movie-making magic!  Based on a true story, this movie managed to capture the look and feel of the times, as well as brilliantly merge an event during the Iran hostage crisis, the CIA, and Hollywood straight to winning a dizzying array of Academy Awards in my opinion.  Just FYI:  Ben Affleck directed, produced, and delivered a star-studded performance.  He succeeded in acting even better than he looked…no small feat!  A must-see!  Note:  Stay a bit longer to see footage of actual people and events.

Anna’s Review: Absolute perfection! If this movie doesn’t win an award in ANY category, something is wrong!

NOT RECOMMENDED

Deb’s Review:  Hmmm let’s see….what should have been our first clue on a possible awful movie….maybe the title having the word psychopaths in it!?!  In our defense, the previews made us hopeful for possibly a quirky, funny, “Quentin Tarantino-esqe” type movie.  The first scene of about 3 or 4 minutes might have qualified.  I cannot even describe what then (to my horror) ensued.  Mostly because I couldn’t even look….but suffice to say it was totally twisted and the bizarre-est of bad bad stuff.  I looked at Anna and said, “I CANNOT take this!”….(not to be dramatic)….so we left and walked as fast as we could out of the theater.  Sometimes we have to take ‘one for the team’….but not in this case.  Makes you really appreciate the good movies though!

Anna’s Review: While I was a bit more tolerable than Debbie, I must admit we left after 30 minutes. We knew going in it was going to be either really funny or really bad, well… it was definitely really bad. I chuckled a time or two but the stupidity of it all and the filth overruled any type of enjoyment I may have gotten. AND if I heard Colin Farrell say “girlfriend” one more time, I was going to hurl.

ANNA’S REVIEWS

DVD RENTALS

MIXED REVIEWS

Disappointed. I LOVE Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas is always nice to look at, but something about it just wasn’t good. I hate to say it’s “Not Recommended” because it beats LOL by far! Just wish it would have been better… Sorry, Kat.

NOT RECOMMENDED

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SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

FRIDAY’S FAVORITE MOVIE CLASSICS

DEB’S PICK OF THE WEEK

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?

(1962)

Movie Description:  In a decaying Hollywood mansion, Jane Hudson, a former child star, and her sister Blanche, a movie queen forced into retirement after a crippling accident, live in virtual isolation.

Director:  Robert Aldrich

Writers:  Henry Farrell (from the novel by), Lukas Heller (screenplay)

Stars:  Bette Davis/Joan Crawford

ANNA’S PICK OF THE WEEK

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

(1985)

Movie Description:  Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director:  John Hughes

Writer:  John Hughes

Stars:  Emilio Estevez/Judd Nelson/Molly Ringwald

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SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES!

IN THEATERS NOW:

RECOMMENDED

PITCH PERFECT

Deb’s Review:   Get ready to be surprised when you enjoy this silly, cheesy, funny, sweet, charming movie.  The acting is good and the script is infectious.  You almost ‘can’t help but like’ the movie.  There are many laugh-out-loud moments—chuckles along the way—and musical numbers to enjoy.  A great cast of characters including Anna Kendrick (Twilight) and Anna Camp (True Blood)…but Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) as Fat Amy was an absolute ‘scene stealer’.  She is hilarious!  In the midst of the complete “ridiculous-ness” of it all—from start to finish—I was laughing and being thoroughly entertained in the process.  A little laughter is never a bad thing!

Anna’s Review: Started out a bit shaky for me but after a few musical numbers, I was all ears! Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy) definitely made the movie. (Not sure if I would have liked it had she not been in it.) But trust me, if you want to laugh out loud (ridiculously loud) in a cinema, GO SEE IT!

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SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

‘SLOW GO’ FOR WEEKEND MOVIE VIEWING!

IN THEATERS NOW:

RECOMMENDED

TAKEN 2

Movie Description:   Retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage in Istanbul.  The father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter is seeking revenge on Mills and his wife and daughter.  In Taken, Mills saved his daughter from a network of people involved in the human trafficking of teenage girls.

Deb’s Review:  “I liked this movie more than I thought I would.  It makes you pull for the family being targeted for revenge, and you will really really ‘still’ not like these bad guys.  Some sweet family moments and some brief moments of comic relief go along with the” fast-paced” sequences and “edge of your seat” suspense.  A caution for the violence.

Anna’s Review:  “Just as good, if not BETTER than the first!”

DVD RENTALS:

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (AGAIN!)

(A GREAT MOVIE IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD A CHANCE TO SEE IT YET!)

THE HUNGER GAMES

STILL NOT RECOMMENDED-EVEN ON DVD

PROMETHEUS

DARK SHADOWS

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SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

A Weekend of Sets

This weekend, Heather and I ventured to Atlanta for a moment of Broadway, off Broadway. CHICAGO! It’s been one of my favorite musical for years and continues to amaze me every time! (If you’ve never seen the jazz musical containing murder, scandals and a woman named Roxie, you need to ASAP!)

Sunday, before leaving the city that gives us such joy, we researched the filming of “Catching Fire” and caught a glimpse of the reaping set. Due to “No Trespassing” signs and a not-so friendly looking security guard (pictured bottom left), we couldn’t get as close as we would have liked to.

We then made our way to Sandy Springs (home of the Salvatore brothers). Unfortunately, the road leading to the house was blocked by a large gate and as tempted as I was to ram it, I refrained and started my journey towards Covington, GA… where all of The Vampire Diaries magic occurs.

Our first stop was Elena & Jeremy Gilbert’s house! The actual house is currently for sale if one is interested in moving…

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Funny enough, Heather’s car actually BROKE DOWN in front of the Gilbert’s home, so we were there a while 😉

Once a sweet (but rough looking) man named Mikey jumped us off, we made a quick right on to East St. where my favorite hybrid, Tyler Lockwood, resides.

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We also found Isobelle’s house (Elena’s biological mother) and found the graveyard where many scenes of TVD are shot.

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We tried to find Caroline’s, Gram’s and Matt’s house but since we only had pictures of the houses and not physical addresses for these particular places, they were hard to locate. We DID however find the infamous Mystic Grill!

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The Mystic Grill was definitely my favorite part of our trip. While it is not a real restaurant, it was fun seeing the stairs where a certain Original was killed and seeing messages from TVD fans written on its windows. It made the experience of being in Mystic Falls complete! 😀

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For those interested, there is a “Mystic Falls Tour” that takes place in the city of Covington. The tour includes seeing the exterior of all of houses used in filming (excluding the Salvatore mansion) and admission into the Lockwood Manion and the high school. Cost is $55.

See You At The Movies!!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey

FRIDAY’S FAVORITE MOVIE CLASSICS

DEB’S PICK OF THE WEEK

JAWS

(1975)

Movie Description:  When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

Director:  Steven Spielberg

Writers:  Peter Benchley (screenplay)

Stars:  Roy Scheider/Richard Dreyfuss/Robert Shaw/Lorraine Gary

ANNA’S PICK OF THE WEEK

SOME LIKE IT HOT

(1959)

Movie Description:  When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised a women, but further complications set in.

Director:  Billy Wilder

Writer:  Billy Wilder

Stars:  Marilyn Monroe/Jack Lemmon/Tony Curtis

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SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

Creator- Debbie Tyson

Creative Consultant- Anna Lipsey