Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thursday Must Watch Reviews–Volume 32

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I’ve always been fascinated about the Kennedy’s and saw on Ellen that this show would be on Reelz.  It was suppose to be on another station but they thought it would be too racy?  I think they did a great way of portraying everyone and they hint to the affairs but didn’t go into depth. It’s an interesting look behind the curtain.  I highly suggest you watch this mini series (It’s 8 total episodes).

The drama relives the public and private joys and tragedies of the most influential family in the world including fraternal rivalries, mob associations, the drugs and the women. The series recreates the political crisis that John F. Kennedy dealt with in the early days of his presidency including the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war and the Civil Rights Movement. Viewers will see every twist and turn of this clan’s extraordinary story up to and including the assassinations of JFK and RFK.

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As you know I love Weddings and I love Tori Spelling so guess what I was THRILLED to see they had a new show that I wanted to watch.  I’ve seen the first 2 episodes and love it.  It of course needs some tweaking but by season 2 it will be worked out. 

Combining Tori Spelling's party planning flair with her husband Dean McDermott's bring-it-on attitude, "Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings" takes one lucky couple's wedding from ordinary to extraordinary. In the lead-up to the big day, Tori will turn the bride-to-be's dreams for a beautiful event into a reality while Dean will help the groom-to-be navigate all the twists and turns. Together, Tori and Dean will also help to overcome the potential issues with family, friends and the couples themselves that wedding stress may cause. The celebrity power couple understands the enormity of the day, having planned several weddings that aired on Oxygen, including their hit series "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood."

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Fair Game

Now I’m usually a huge fan of true stories but that is ones that you find on Hallmark & Lifetime.  This movie just wasn’t my cup of tea.  This would be more for Rick (he sadly was working so he didn’t see this).  I just couldn’t get into this movie and I LOVE LOVE Sean Penn. On a side note I still think he was robbed for the Oscar for I am Sam Smile.

After her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), writes op-ed columns accusing the Bush administration of misleading the public to justify invading Iraq, Valerie Plame Wilson's (Naomi Watts) status as a covert CIA agent is leaked by administration officials. Based on events described in Plame Wilson's memoir, this drama explores the political scandal that led to the conviction of Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

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Annie's Point

Yeah to Betty White and this movie had a great Hallmark feel to it.  You just have to love Betty White and following along on this journey to fulfill a promise she had made to her late husband.  Along the road she and her granddaughter find out more about each other.

Determined to fulfill her husband's final wish, Annie Eason (Betty White) plans to spread his ashes from a bluff they nicknamed "Annie's Point." When her son Richard (Richard Thomas) tries to stop her, Annie embarks on a cross-country road trip with her granddaughter, Ella (Amy Davidson). With Richard hot on their trail, Annie and Ella have a blast on their journey as they bond and even go on a gambling spree in Las Vegas. 

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Burlesque

Ok if you know me you know I’m a HUGE Cher fan.  I’ve been dying to watch this movie, that could be my problem I hyped it up and then it was knock my socks off good.  It was just ok, the singing of course was great. I NEVER knew Kristen Bell could sing, it was nice to hear that.  Overall it was just ok, maybe if I went in just thinking it was a normal movie and it would be better.

After leaving Iowa with stars in her eyes, Ali (Christina Aguilera) arrives in Los Angeles and at a burlesque lounge, where she dreams of taking the stage with her soaring voice. Club owner Tess (Cher) is about to lose the place and thinks Ali may help business. Meanwhile, Ali's roommate (Cam Gigandet) starts to fall for her in this snappy, Golden Globe-nominated comedy co-starring Stanley Tucci as Tess's sidekick and Kristen Bell as Ali's rival.

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Love and Other Drugs

Both of these actors are some of my fav, Anne Hathaway has touched my heart in so many films, sadly NOT this one.  This movie did have some great moments but it was just ok if I had the energy to stop the other things I was doing I would have turned it off.  Beware it is a R rated movie and it has tons of adult content.  You will be attached and feel sorry for Anne’s character (it is a sad story, just the movie not so hot).

Pharmaceutical representative Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) becomes a player in the big game of male-performance-enhancement-drug sales and, along the way, finds unexpected romance with a woman (Anne Hathaway) suffering from Parkinson's disease. Based on the real-life Jamie Reidy's memoir, Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, this satirical look inside the culture of Big Pharm is directed by Edward Zwick.

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Dinner for Schmucks

You know I’ve been hard on comedies lately but really they just haven’t lived up to the hype.  Now Steve Carell I can take or leave but Paul Rudd usually always makes me laugh.  But this movie at points just fell short for me, yes I did have some laughs and other times I rolled my eyes thinking oh come on move on.  It was an ok rent, I say Red Box $1 ok not pay preview Smile.

Tim Conrad's (Paul Rudd) boss hosts a dinner party where he invites his friends to bring along the saddest, most pathetic loser they can find. But when the ultimate schmuck (Steve Carell) arrives, his actions somehow turn everyone else into the losers. Comic heavy hitters Zach Galifianakis and Ron Livingston lend able support in director Jay Roach's (Austin Powers) darkly humorous film, an adaptation of the French comedy The Dinner Game.

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Lord of the Beans

I love the Veggies Tales and when I found this on the instant download and the boys just loved this.  Veggie Tales is a great Christian based stories that teach great values with a cartoon charters that kids love to watch.

In this VeggieTales feature, Junior Asparagus plays wide-eyed flobbit Toto Baggypants in a charming take on The Lord of the Rings. The adventure begins when Toto inherits a magic bean from his Uncle Billboy. Determined to learn the purpose of the enchanted legume, Toto and his friends embark on a mission that leads them across the mountains of Much-Snowia and into the realm of sinister Lord Scaryman. Country artist Wynonna provides theme music.

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Our second Veggie Tales was one that is a little older but still a good one!  The boys love anything about outer space so this was bound to be a hit.  Yet again if your looking for a great movie that has values you want your kids to learn and in a way they would love to sit and watch!

Junior Asparagus tells his dad a white lie to avoid getting into trouble, only to have it snowball into an out-of-control monster in this installment of the popular animated Christian children's series about a group of loveable vegetable characters. Larry-Boy tries to save the day, but it's up to Junior to learn the value of honesty and to right his wrong -- before his innocent-seeming fib takes over all of Bumblyburg!

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Happy Thursday everyone!  I’ve been behind on this so sorry for the long list (sadly I have more but skipped Smile).

12 comments:

  1. They seem like great reviews.. but hubby was complaining that our que has nothing he wants to watch in a month now so i am waiting patiently for somethig to come in hte mail..

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  2. I used to watch Tori and Dean all the time but then we stopped. They are such a cute couple.

    I watched Burlesque last week. It was entertaining, but predictable.

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  3. Great list! I need to add a few to my list to see.

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  4. wow.. i really HAD NO IDEA that that's what 'love and other drugs' was about.. i've been wanting to see it, and love them both... but now, if you say it's sad.. i might steer clear... i like happy movies!!

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  5. I'm sure you are glad your photos are working again. Thanks for the reviews

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  6. We have the Kennedy's taped and I can't wait to see it..
    Love Tori and Dean..

    Have a great night..

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  7. My boys love the Veggie Tales movies. I had forgotten about that Burlesque movie, Im going to put it on my Netflix Que.

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  8. Hmm...I just added Love & Other Drugs and Burlesque to my Netflix queue. Good thing my kids have the thing jammed up and I never get to my movies anyway.

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  9. I remember reading that bigger stations turned them down on the Kennedy's, then I forgot about it.
    I had read a blog that mentioned it and last Saturday I taped all of them and then the finale on Sunday. I thought it was wonderful!
    I am watching Tori & Dean too. I love them. I will have to check the others out. Great reviews :)

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  10. I have Anne's Point on DVD. Betty White is a wonderful actress and it is a good movie.

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  11. I LOVED Annie's Point... but who doesn't love Betty White?

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