Get Out

I finally got around to seeing Get Out. Actually, I was informed that I was going to watch it with my daughter.

I knew that the movie was kind of creepy, but I was under the impression that it was a full on horror movie. It was not. It was definitely a thriller, but not bad enough to keep me awake at night, since not much popped out me randomly.

It did give me cause to think, since it was about racism. It was done well. I recommend the movie. It’s worth seeing. Don’t be forced to watch it like I was. Just watch it.

THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children by Arnie Lightning

THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children

THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children by Arnie Lightning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a great book to listen to at bedtime if you want your kid to stay up all night. I suppose that reading the book itself would be OK, but the audiobook has a creepy sounding monster giggling during the whole reading. Leave the monster out and it would probably be fine. I still suspect it might rile kids up, though. 

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The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

The Only Woman in the Room

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. When I first heard of it, I thought it was just another biography. Not at all! It’s the story of a truly fascinating woman who lived an amazing life. She went on to invent something that helps us daily. Either part of her story would be very interesting, but she has three really different parts to her life that make her story truly amazing. 

I would recommend this book to multiple groups. The WW2 buffs would enjoy it. The readers who like old Hollywood stories would enjoy it. People interested in women’s history would find it interesting, too, especially those interested in scientists. 

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Films Roger Ebert Hated

Films Roger Ebert hated

Here’s the list mentioned in the above linked article. I have seen a few of these. Some of them I actually liked. The article, though, show’s Ebert’s actual comments. Some of them are funny. It’s worth reading the article.

1. ARMAGEDDON (1998) // 1 STAR

2. THE BROWN BUNNY (2003) // 0 STARS

3. JASON X (2001) // HALF STAR

4. MAD DOG TIME (1996) // 0 STARS

5. THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995) // 1.5 STARS

6. DEUCE BIGALOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLO (2005) // ZERO STARS

7. MR. MAGOO (1997) // HALF STAR

8. SPICE WORLD (1997) // HALF STAR

9. GOOD LUCK CHUCK (2007) // 1 STAR

10. FREDDY GOT FINGERED (2001)// 0 STARS

11. CORKY ROMANO (2001) //HALF STAR

12. CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2000) // HALF STAR

13. MANNEQUIN (1987) // HALF STAR

14. EXIT TO EDEN (1994)// HALF STAR

15. HOCUS POCUS (1993) // 1 STAR

16. TOMMY BOY (1995) // 1 STAR

17. THE VILLAGE (2004)// 1 STAR

18. THE LOVE GURU (2008) // 1 STAR

19. SHE’S OUT OF CONTROL (1989) // 0 STARS

20. SUMMER SCHOOL (1987)// HALF STAR

21. CLIFFORD (1994) // HALF STAR

22. NORTH (1994) // 0 STARS

23. 200 CIGARETTES (1999)// HALF STAR

24. DEATH TO SMOOCHY (2002) // HALF STAR

25. SAVING SILVERMAN (2001) // HALF STAR

26. THE JAZZ SINGER (1980) // 1 STAR

27. ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE (1994) // 1 STAR

28. STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT (1992) // HALF STAR

29. THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (2005) // 1 STAR

30. GODZILLA (1998) // 1.5 STARS

31. THE BUCKET LIST (2007) // 1 STAR

32. DIRTY LOVE (2005) // 0 STAR

33. BATTLEFIELD EARTH (2000) // HALF STAR

34. THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS (2000) // HALF STAR

35. PINK FLAMINGOS (1972) // 0 STARS

Queen and Slim

I was unsure about watching this movie at first, mostly because I had no idea what it was about. I soon got into the movie. Later when I was asked about what the movie was about, I would say that it was a story of online dating gone bad.

Seriously, though, it was a hard movie to watch. There were so many points in the movie that another choice could have been made to make it less stressful, but the characters never did any of these things. It did make for a better movie with the characters making bad choices. At least they made one really bad choice and the rest of the movie flowed from there.

I kept thinking of Thelma and Louise during this movie. It had a lot of the same feeling to it, but it really wasn’t that similar. I think I have to rewatch Thelma and Louise to get a better comparison, but my brain wants to compare them.

This was a really good movie and was definitely worth watching. I recommend it to anyone who like action movies.

Tremors

I saw this movie back when it came out in the theaters. It was terrifying then.

I watched it again, online with friends, a few weeks ago. We were able to type our comments to each other. This time, it was not as terrifying, since we could see the humor in the way it was filmed. There was some bad acting, and the special effects, although pretty good for its time, were just ok.

I am glad I took a chance and watched it again. It definitely isn’t the stuff of nightmares anymore.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this book because of bookclub, but I didn’t finish in time to discuss it. I was not too sure about the topic, because of the way it was presented to me.

I loved the book! It was written from the perspective of two different women, with two different outlooks. Some of it came from race, but I feel the majority of it came from class. 

One woman was raised in a culture where your talent was recognized, not how much money you could make. The other was raised with money. One felt that each person was living their own life. The other felt that if you weren’t excelling, you needed a push. 

It was a wonderful book with great characters and a solid storyline. I enjoyed almost every moment of it. It was definitely worth reading. 

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Freedom Writers

I was going through the list that was available on Netflix, and I came across this one. I was thinking that it was on my list of movie recommendations, but it was actually on my list of movies that show white saviors.

The movie was based on a true story. It helped me enjoy the story a little more, knowing it was true. Otherwise, it seemed a little far fetched.

The movie was ok. It isn’t one that I would be likely to watch again, nor would I recommend it to friends. It entertained me for a couple of hours, so it wasn’t awful.

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up for bookclub. I hadn’t realized that the book was originally published so long ago that it pops up under modern classics. 

When I was reading it, I was struck by how much of the story is still very relevant today. It is a hard story to read, but I hope to get to the movie someday. 

I enjoyed the book and I would definitely recommend reading it. I was not so thrilled with the ending, which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars. 

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Birth of a Nation

This is a story of the events that lead up to Nat Turner leading a rebellion of the slaves in 1831. I had heard of the movie from multiple sources, so it was time to watch it.

I enjoyed the movie. It was very informative, but I hadn’t realized that it was about an actual event. I learn more and more every day.

This movie is not the same as the 1915 movie starring Lillian Gish. At first, I thought it was a remake and I was expecting a KKK rising any minute. It’s definitely not the remake. I still don’t know that I want to see the 1915 version.