Movie Review – A Simple Favor

What a fabulous movie!! What I just watched surpassed many movies in my list of favorites. It’s probably hit the top three. I enjoyed this movie better than a day off from work with no bills to pay.

From the moment the movie started, I was hooked. The characters are so deep and odd that I fell in love with them all.

Let’s start with Anna Kendrick. Whaaaaaat? This is definitely a new type of role for her, and she was perfect. She nailed that part like a carpenter nails a board. Loved her! Her character arc in this film is drastic; she starts off as the perfect single mom and turns into someone I wouldn’t mess around with. She gets things done. You won’t be disappointed.

Next up, and hold your hats: Blake Lively. This one is going to get steamy. I watched her up there on that big screen, and just wanted to crawl right into it so I could be next to her. I’m a happily married grandmother, but I tell you what, I’d leave my husband in a hot second, kick old Ryan Reynolds to the curb, and live happily ever after with that perfect woman. Wow, she dominates the screen. I’m in love.

I didn’t know it was a book until it started, so I don’t know how it compares to that, but from how the crowd was reacting, they loved it. Numerous times, the entire theater was roaring with laughter. I’m going back tonight to see it again. This way I can enjoy the amazing Blake Lively without having to work at finding Peetimes. She shall have my undivided attention, just like I’m sure she’ll have your undivided attention.

Best movie this year. Grab your girlfriends and go have fun.

Grade: A+

About the Peetimes: I’m recommending you use either the 1st or 2nd Peetime. My 3rd Peetime contains a spoiler. Here’s the thing; the movie has a very big twist, and for those of you that haven’t read the book, it’ll be surprising — and I don’t want to ruin anyone’s good time. 

Movie Review – White Boy Rick

White Boy Rick was very well done. The acting and directing was superb. They were able to completely immerse the audience in that time and place.

Mathew McConaughey was awesome. He rocked this role, just like he always does. I’m pretty sure he can do anything.

I’ve never seen Richie Merritt in anything before, but this kid can act. He did an outstanding job.

Everything about the movie was wonderful, except that it was depressing as all get out. It was always dark and dreary. The streets were ugly with litter and rundown houses. I understand that it painted the picture of how their lives were, but I’m just not a fan of such bleakness.

The story behind how the FBI really screwed this kid is infuriating. But as I say that, the story behind how he was involved with the FBI is infuriating too. This kid’s life was wasted because of his father’s actions. He paid dearly for loving his father.

So, all in all, I’m giving this movie a B-. It’s a story about how drugs and crime can totally screw your life up. I wonder just how many movies about this type of stuff have been made. It’s a shame.

People will continue to make bad choices; that’s never going to change. So that means we’re going to keep seeing these true-life movies — there’s just too much inspiration in the world to not make them. So, does crime pay? If you ask Hollywood, it does.

Grade: B-

About the Peetimes: This was an easy movie to do Peetimes for. They both worked out really well, with good cue times and easy summaries.

Movie Review – The Nun

Sit back, relax, and pull off your habit. It’s time for The Nun to have some fun. Seriously, I’ve been waiting for this movie since the day I was born. I felt it in my bones. The Conjuring Universe has consistently been one of the greatest franchises ever put to film. The amount of expectation for each new release is kind of like the feeling you get when you buy a new car. You sit there and take a deep breath in and smell the newness. They always give us something new, but still remain true to the ongoing saga. I’m in love with it.

The Nun is a prequel to the main Conjuring franchise, expanding on a character that was first mentioned in The Conjuring 2. The way that the makers tie all of these films together is so refreshing and new that I can’t praise them enough.

The setting of The Nun is awesome. It was filmed entirely in Romania. Visiting there has been on my bucket list for years. I felt like I was there. Now I really want to go. The Abbey that they were in was breathtakingly creepy and beautiful. I have no complaints about the movie. You’ll enjoy the many scream scenes. The makeup job on The Nun is spot on. There are a ton of jump out of your seat moments. The season of horror movies is just now starting, so I recommend this one to get your Halloween spirit into high gear.

Grade: A

About the Peetimes: The Nun is a really short movie. I 100% recommend the Peetime at the beginning of the movie. There is a 2nd Peetime listed later, but that should only be used for emergencies. 

Movie Review – The Little Stranger

Yuck. If I could get away with a one word review, that would be it. That’s it folks. Usually I can find some redeeming quality to a movie, but with this one I’ve been digging deep and still come up empty. Let me think on it a while and I’ll be back.

Seven hours and eleven minutes later: still nothing. However, I thought of more things I didn’t like.

Thirty-two hours and fifteen minutes later: ah-ha! The house was neat. Yes, that house was amazing. There are two positive sentences about the movie. (You see what I did there, right?) Two sentences, but about the same thing. My job here is done. Enough with the positives, let’s transition to why I hated it.

First, let’s talk about the main character, Dr Faraday. Domhnall Gleeson plays him; I’ve never seen him in anything so I can only judge him based on this performance. When he experiences happiness — one face. When he feels fear — same face. If he gets excited — same face. When he gets sad — again, same face. Since when did they hire statues to act?

The story itself was poorly told. When reading the synopsis for this sleeper, it sounded promising. What we were shown fell so short that I think the editing department hijacked the good scenes.

All in all, I don’t recommend this movie. Never, not once, will I ever repeat, “Hey, you should go check out The Little Stranger.”

Grade: D-

About the Peetimes: 2 Peetimes were submitted. The 1st Peetime is marked with a warning for sensitive viewers.

Movie Review – The Happytime Murders

The Happytime Murders was a major disappointment. Here’s the lowdown on the plot: It’s a raunchy film noir style Muppet murder mystery. It takes place in a seedy Los Angeles, where muppets are viewed as second class citizens. With that storyline, I felt the possibilities for humor, surprises and gags were endless. Most every aspect fell flat on its muppet face. Yes, there were funny moments, but not enough to support a full length movie, and this one is super short. That’s sad.

By far one of the funniest scenes in the whole movie was released in the trailer. I hate when companies do that. If you’re expecting all of the humor to keep up with that scene, you’ll be sadly mistaken. The rest was second rate. The crude and vulgar humor got boring. It needed much more depth to grab me.

The one shining part of the movie was Maya Rudolph. She was awesome. By far my favorite part of the movie was a scene that she and Melissa McCarthy shared. It was great. I wish they would have put them in more scenes together. It was a magical moment — the rest I wish would have magically disappeared.

Also, just a reminder folks, this movie is rated R for a reason. In my theater, I counted 5 children under the age of 10. What? I take my granddaughter to a lot of movies but in no world EVER would I let her see this. One parent left the theater, and the rest spent the entire time with their hands over the young ones’ eyes. If you go, leave the kids at home.

Grade: D+

About the Peetimes: This was a very short movie. There are two Peetimes for you to choose from. This movie is really easy to keep up with, so even if you run over the times, you probably won’t miss anything you can’t catch up with.

Movie Review – Alpha

Alpha blew me away. This movie was amazing. There are a ton of points I want to make, but I’m going to hit upon the ones that I think may sway your decision to go see it, otherwise we’ll be here all day.

First up, there is violence against animals. If this bothers you, it might not be the movie for you. When people were hungry back then it wasn’t like they could call up Uber Eats and order a yummy buffalo for dinner. Nope — they had to think of very inventive ways to kill them. The teamwork involved in taking down a herd of buffalo was intense. There is violence.

Second, and I feel this is a big one: 20,000 years ago, they didn’t talk like we do. There is no English spoken, every moment of the movie is subtitled. Which is fine for us adults; not so much for a five year old. I took my granddaughter with me and she can’t read yet, so I would lean over and whisper to her what was going on. After about five minutes of doing this she leaned over and asked me how I know all of this, with wonder and amazement in her eyes (this really made me giggle). I explained to her everything they are saying is written up on the screen, and I was reading it. To which she replies, “Then just read it to me woman!” (She’s feisty.)

The movie captivated her; there were moments I thought she was going to fall out of her chair because she was leaning toward the screen so much. So, my point here is that unless you want to narrate this entire movie, don’t take a child that can’t read yet. They do a great job of explaining a lot through actions, but I can guarantee the kids will still be asking what’s happening, non-stop.

Lastly, I highly recommend spending the extra few bucks and seeing it in IMAX 3D. It’s well worth it. I can’t emphasize enough how beautiful it is.

Grade: A+

About the Peetimes: I stuck 2 Peetimes in there for you. I recommend the 2nd Peetime as your best bet. The 1st Peetime contains some information that you’ve previously learned, but it was in flashback form. I summed it up, but thinking on it, I would only use this as an Emergency Peetime.

Movie Review – Slender Man

Over a year. Seriously, I have been waiting for this movie for over a year now. With the amount of material available on the internet about Slender Man it should have provided the writers and makers of this movie infinite ideas. The final cut was lacking in almost every aspect.

It starts off okay. Not great, but I could envision it picking up. What I ended up seeing was a disjointed movie that lacked depth and continuity.

Take for instance, in my second Peetime: the scene starts at school. Wren and Hallie are fighting over going to check on Chloe. Hallie refuses to go and the girls walk away from each other in a huff.

Now this is where it ticks me off. The very next scene is the two girls, at night, walking up to Chloe’s house. That’s a big leap. How did they get to that point? We go from fighting over it, to doing it hours later. Maybe editing? Perhaps they filmed a scene that explains how they overcame their differences. But nope, that wasn’t in the movie and it just bothered me, a lot. The movie is peppered with these small annoyances. So many in fact, that I couldn’t enjoy it.

I took my daughter and granddaughter with me to see this movie; what I’m about to tell you should sum up my feelings. They both fell asleep. A horror movie put a five year old to sleep. That says something right there, folks.

My advice — wait for the DVD. At least that way you’re only out a few bucks.

Grade:  D+

About the Peetimes:
Two Peetimes will work well since the movie is so short. Just to give you a heads up: at the theater there was a warning sign, telling people about a 30 second sequence that has a lot of bright flashing lights that may cause seizures. It was near the beginning of the movie, and they were right. It was bright.

The Origin of Slender Man

I can’t wait to see Slender Man. My adult daughter and I have been hearing stories about “The Slender Man” for years, and my inquiring mind wanted to know more.

Origins
Believe it or not, he isn’t centuries old, being kept alive by generations of families passing down the warnings and stories around a candlelit table. No,  this phenomenon was created on the Internet.  He was envisioned on June 10, 2009 by Eric Knudsen (aka Victor Surge), for a Photoshop contest. Something Awful Internet Forum challenged people to create a paranormal image. Knudsen knocked it out of the park with his submission. Because of one man’s vision, countless Slender Man tales were created to horrify anyone gullible enough to “embrace” the myth. (Of course I never fell for it. Nope, not even once.) And it doesn’t stop with stories. He’s spawned books, video games, and now a movie.

What is Slender Man?
In the dark forest, shrouded in mist and fog, stands a man. He is extraordinarily tall, with a featureless face. His arms are notably longer than any humans’ should ever be. With these branch-like upper limbs, he is able to extend them to taunt, or capture his victims. Slender Man always wears a dark suit and tie, easily blending in with the darkness he prefers. You are most likely to encounter him in the forest, or even an abandoned building, if you dare to seek him. But beware. Anyone brave enough to try and meet him will most likely develop what they call, “Slender Sickness.” Proximity to Slender Man causes a rapid onset of paranoia, nightmares, and delusions that are accompanied with nose bleeds. Are you interested yet? Perhaps a nice moonlit walk through the forest tonight?? Let me warn you: he seems to cause chaos no matter where he appears. This leads me into my next story.

On May 31, 2014, two 12 year old girls from Waukesha, Wisconsin took a fellow classmate out into the woods and stabbed her 19 times. That’s a lot of stabbing, folks. These girls claim that they were doing it as the first step to becoming proxies for the Slender Man. Have they never heard of gift baskets? I mean dang, 19 times? Perhaps a monthly delivery of some Omaha Steaks? It’s fairly priced. But no, they chose that method. But here’s the cool part: that little girl, dripping in her own blood, crawled out of that forest, by God, and made it to a road and was found. Yep, she’s alive. She’s ALIVE! Needless to say those messed up little girls are now staying for a very long time in a mental hospital in Wisconsin. There is a plethora of information on this if you want more details. It was a really sad event. Wikipedia is the best place to start.

Back to more of what one photo created. In 2012, a game called Slender: The Eight Pages, was released. In its first month it had over two million downloads. Can we say instant hit? There are games that have developed from that game. The list goes on and on. Many movies and documentaries have been done over the years, but I am waiting for one thing. Slender Man. In theaters tomorrow. I will be there front and center, waiting to see what they have come up with now. 

Movie Review – Eight Grade

Eighth Grade is most definitely going to be enjoyed by its target audience. The trials and tribulations that adolescents go through are very well demonstrated in this movie.

The acting was spot on. I can’t think of one person that didn’t bring their best. Most notably, Josh Hamilton. He plays the father, and my heart went out to him. The torment teenagers put their parents through is agonizing, but this guy was always smiling. He was a joy to watch.

I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone other than teenage girls. I found it to be torture to watch; I didn’t like middle school then, and feel no need to relive it now.

I’m confused why they let this movie out with an R rating. This movie is geared around coming-of-age kids, yet they put in sexual items that bump it to an R rating. Who do they want to see this?

In my opinion, this is yet one more bomb that A24 has released. I’ve yet to see one that lives up to its hype.

Grade: C-

About the Peetimes
This is a slow moving adolescent movie. Finding Peetimes was pretty simple, and even if you run over the allotted time, you’ll be able to catch up easily.

Movie Review – Unfriended: Dark Web

Not what I was expecting. At all. I saw the first Unfriended and absolutely hated it. My feet were dragging going into the theater, but coming out I had a happy pep to my step.

You are looking at a monitor during the entire movie. Windows and chat boxes fill the screen at all times. This was a little hard to follow, but after a few minutes you get into the groove of it.

Things happen fast and you are concentrating on numerous things at all times. The story is good but I feel that there wasn’t enough character development to really care what happens to them. The plot twists and turns, and when you think things are going to come together for the group, something else derails it.

This movie is definitely best enjoyed by the younger generation that is “up” on all of the social media apps out there. It was fun and it didn’t get tedious since it was so short. If you’re into chatting, texting, and video chatting you should check it out. If texting annoys you, you’re probably going to want to skip this one. It would drive you insane.

Grade: C

About the Peetimes:
Let me preface these Peetimes with a word of warning. This movie has so many things going on, twists and turns at every corner, that finding a 3 or 4 minute slot that would be easy enough to sum up was impossible.

What I have entered is, in my opinion, the best times — even though I highly recommend just staying in your seat for the whole movie.