The Greatest Showman


2017  PG 1:45  Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zendaya,, Zac Effron   Musical

Now I’m not really into musicals. Grease is the god of them and and after that I can’t think of any other I can actually watch.

There may have been one, however can’t even think of what it was and NO it wasn’t Mama Mia.  Frankly Hugh Jackman and it being based on Barnum & Bailey Circus is what appealed to me.  However I am still hesitant.. to me  a lot of the time those who compose the songs don’t seem to always know how long to limit the song, or seem to get writer’s block in the middle of writing it. Oh Yeah and Zendaya being one of the acrobats also interested me.

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The House with a clock in its walls


2018  PG  1:45  Jack Black  Cate Blanchette Eli Roth

well I didn’t know this was originally a book. (might have to get a copy to read)

10 Year old Lewis goes to live with his uncle after his parents die in a car accident.

We join him on his way to meet his uncle, in New Zebedee, Michigan (I have to look that up to see if it actually exists! I spent my whole life thinking Albuquerque was fictional JUST because it was mentioned in a cartoon. As far as I can find, it doesn’t seem to be a real city, but for some reason I am disappointed I didn’t find anything other than its based on Marshall)

I enjoyed this, and when my parents watched it, it sounded like they were having fun doing so. However, a lot of the good stuff was in the trailers, but there were a few other things that still made it worth a watch, even if you are a grown adult that wants to amuse your inner child.

Jack Black’s beard looks impish or devilsh, could it be both at once, I think it looked quite dashing on him. I do enjoy the insult slinging between Uncle Jon and Miss Zimmerman, those gave me a few chuckles.

oooh I love the part with that ‘fountain’ looking thing in the yard and it becoming all spacey, and that hedge lion needs a banana to take care of that problem. I also like Zimmerman’s house (well the wall décor) so my taste.

Ewww Pumpkin Slimed!

OMG I want that! I’ll give you a hint, it looks like it would be (or is) a fireplace but is an entrance. and needs to look more dragon-ish

Get the movie  or the  Book 

 

The House With A Clock In Its Walls Review

Meet the REAL New Zebedee

Daddy’s Home 2


2017  PG-13   1:40  Blu-ray     Comedy

Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini ,Alessandra Ambrosio  & John Cena

Bone headed Brad and tough man dusty continue their co-dad child rearing for the holidays along with the Granddads to attempt a perfect ‘together’ Christmas for the kids in one place (instead of 2 separate families) 

Four Dads are NOT better than one

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Skyscraper


2018  Pg-13 Action, Thriller  1:42   Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Neve Campbell

After an explosion during a mission, ex-military special ops Will Sawyer is Security #1 at the world’s largest building on earth, ‘The Pearl’. I believe they said something about it being a mile high, its 225 stories. And NO its NOT a real building. (but who knows, maybe someone will make one at some point)

Just as he gets his biometric tablet, he can control it all from there. It was not hard to tell sus out who the antagonists were.  Also a building on a computer network, no thank you!

Being as The Rock was in it, I thought it was going to be a crap movie, but for one it was better than I thought it would be.

There’s a few intense parts, and anyone with a fear of Heights, whatever you do DO NOT look down during those types of shots. I got dizzy and a headache from at least one shot.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle


2017     PG13  1:59          Action, adventure, Comedy

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan

 

This time instead of the Jungle coming to them and destroying a house as it did in the 1995 Original starring Robin Willams they go to the jungle.

In the original the children find a board game that comes to life, sadly there’s no explanation as to how the board game  video game of an Atari looking System they find while cleaning a classroom (i’m guessing detention?) and they decide to take a break to play.

They each choose their avatars, which most of them by the name, you don’t know what your avatar will be male or female. That becomes what should have been a funny part, but after the trailer being shown so many times between the debut of it and the release of the movie it falls flat. Although I do like Jack Black in this, but then Kevin Hart is always a fire cracker you can’t help but love.

 

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald


2018       PG-13        2:14      adventure Fantasy Family

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler,Jude Law, johnny Depp,Zoë Kravitz ,Ezra Miller  (full cast)

So in my search for a poster image to use, I really didn’t care for any of them  but this caught my eye, however it was for a comic con but what a great (collectible) poster or postcard it would have made for the movie.

Is it just me, or does it always seem the Potterverse has a rain storm during chases?

This one seemed less about the beasts and more of a political drama, however we do meet some new creatures and old, our previous Niffler friend is back with more fun. As Doublemint gum used to use “Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun

After seeing this and watching (I think it was) ‘Crikey!’ it’s the Irwins; I’ve come to figure out or so I believe Nifflers are a furry sort of Echidna and something else but can’t recall that other similarity right now. Maybe it’s like a hamster or some other rodent that is like a pack rat.

There was some Bearded dragon/Thorny Devil looking lizard in the beginning.

Maledictus to remind you- in short is Nagini. full definition is a female individual who was a carrier of a blood curse that would eventually lead her to turn into a beast permanently. The curse was carried from birth and was passed down from mother to daughter.

We learn early in the movie that Albus Dumbledore was not the only in his family to have a Phoenix.

Dumbledores’ have a special connection with phoenixes.

Something about Phoenixes coming to the aid of the family.

(really do wish they would put a card on screen telling you what each beast is, or at least have some promotional collector cards to give out  for those that don’t have a great memory for descriptions..to have the visual identification. (I wish they would make an actual book that looks like the one in the movies. I think there’s a new book that has images of all the animals so I have to see if I can find that. Not sure if this is it or not  The Case of Beasts–Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them

This IS an Illustrated version of the Fantastic Beasts ‘text’ book

 

 

 

 

This below I think it was called  a Tso  or Tao  I would have to look through my own Beast Book and see if there’s some art for this one in it.

as well as this  Puffer lion or Lion Puffer as I called it They showed a kelpie which is basically A giant seahorse

 

A Murtlap, Fire crab (I want to make one) and MoonCalfs

Image result for From Fantastic Beasts Movie Creatures MurtlapSee the source image

Here’s a page with some Fantasitc Beasts from both Movies.

WHOA! Was that a dragon with many heads or a few dragons? Sorry I love dragons!

ooh that looks pretty; just got the goosebumps, that looks like the fire from the Tri-wizard cup.

Definitely not as good as the first of the series. I am mildly disappointed with it.

I do need to say, media outlets need to shut up about some of the things (even if JK Rowling gives approval on a ‘spoiler’)

Now some of you may remember a Certain Wizard mentioned in the first Harry Potter Book/Film. That said wizard I had heard was supposed to be in the movie.  Now something like that, maybe even a bit minor should not have been revealed. As soon as I saw the guy I knew who it was supposed to be. (When you see them even if you didn’t hear of this famous ‘wizard’ you should know who it is if You read or watched the books. (especially considering they seem to be on constant loop on Syfy channel the past 2 months (October & November) oh wait about that… still showing and its now December!!

In the movie we learn that of which the characters think who Credence is, and I will say no more other than; (and I’m not sure why but) I was thinking somehow related to Grindewald.  He seemed enamored with the boy, but knew he was very powerful or may be the very powerful wizard they are looking for.

Now even though I was a bit disappointed with maybe a quarter or half of the movie,  (there’s a stretch where I got bored) I’ve got a secret about Credence Barebone which made it all worth it.

So if your movie theater has waiters that wait on you… don’t order when you get there… wait until at least the beginning of the movie comes on. I ordered my goodies the moment I sat)

Good thing I went matinee time, as full price to me would not be worth it. Though maybe it would take me another watch or 2 to warm up to it.

Eddie Redmayne Teases A Major ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Shocker

Johnny Depp Feels Bad J.K. Rowling Had to Defend His Casting to Harry Potter Fans

Total Film’s review

creatures from the harry potter spinoff movie appear in real life

 

pikapotter

Summer of Netflix


While I was looking after my Aunt’s house in July I  started my Netflix summer vacation. Trying to binge as many of the original shows and some movies as possible.  I still have many others (like some of the Marvel series to watch but I’m not going to get through everything by the first week of October. I thought I’d also re-watch the first 3 seasons of American Horror Story, as Season 8 deals with Murder house & Coven. Also watched the first 3 seasons of Goosebumps (a show I enjoyed in my teens, I’ll be working on a classic Cuts for that)

I’ve temporarily canceled streaming as the regular fall shows are starting to come back will pick up watching the rest during the holiday hiatus so I don’t have to deal with all those holiday repeats. Speaking of which, I always wonders…..WHY are there not more Jewish, Kwanzaa, Yule/solstice stories? And WHY are those that celebrate these (and others that are not Christmas) not making a big fuss of not having their own holiday entertainment?  

Anyway so this is one extra long post. Hope you enjoy

Here are my recommendations,  (some are links to the individual review)

 

ORIGINAL SERIES

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