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Family Friendly Sci-Fi: Absent-Minded Professors Edition

Yes, I know Flubber isn’t a traditional Halloween movie. It’s not scary by any stretch of the imagination. It’s family friendly sci-fi so it counts! Plus it’s my blog so I can do what I want!

Disney loved its remakes even back in the nineties when they remade their 60s comedy, The Absent-Minded Professor. I have never seen the original and am only familiar with the 90s update, Flubber.

College Professor Phillip Brainard’s (Robin Williams) life is a series of accidents. He accidentally misses his wedding to Sarah (Marcia Gay Harden) in favor of tinkering in his lab where he accidentally creates flying rubber AKA Flubber.
Fed up with being left at the altar, Sarah ends things with Philip allowing his old partner Wilson Croft (Christopher McDonald) to make his move. Throw in a father willing to do anything to get his son good grades, a lovesick robot and two Home Alone -esque henchmen, and you have a fun sci-fi action flick for the entire family to enjoy!

I enjoyed this one. It’s even better than I remembered! It’s so funny and Robin Williams is always fun to watch. A certain character’s demise is sadder than it has a right to be. Jodie Benson (Voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid) is wonderful as Weebo.

This movie is great for families. Content issues include one use of damn. Phillip accidentally walks into a life drawing class in session. You don’t see anything personal. And Flubber forms himself to a woman’s butt and mimics her movement. Other than that, there’s no other issues. You can stream Flubber now on Disney Plus!

Yeah. I know Honey, I Shrunk The Kids isn’t a Halloween movie technically speaking, but it does have giant bugs which might scare young children so I’m counting it! The dinosaurs, Wizards, aliens, and ghosts are coming soon. Once again, it’s my site and I can do what I want!

Inventor Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) has invented a shrink ray that tends to blow things up rather than shrink them. But he’s about to discover that his invention works when it shrinks both his kids and the neighbor kids from next door.
After being tossed in the trash and left in the jungle AKA the backyard, the kids have to work together to survive the backyard dangers and get back to the house alive.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a very cute movie. It’s funny and even has a bit of romance as well. It’s not scary for older kids and definitely not scary for adults. Though seeing big bugs onscreen might scare younger children. There’s a death involving an ant that’s sadder than it has any right to be. It’s a fun mostly light-hearted sci-fi comedy for the entire family. You can stream it now on Disney Plus.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2

In 2020, before the world shut down, Sonic the Hedgehog raced into theaters. Based on the popular video games and anime, Sonic is a lightning fast blue hedgehog with rings that transport him to other worlds. I have no prior experience with this property other than a Happy Meal electronic game I played when I was a kid.

Sonic (Ben Schwartz) has to leave his home planet and winds up on Earth in a small town in the middle of nowhere. After causing a power outage and alerting the United States government of his existence, Sonic hides out in garage where he’s discovered by local cop, Tom (James Marsden). Evil genius, Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), is hell-bent on capturing Sonic and eventual world domination.
After accidentally losing his world-hopping rings in San Francisco, Sonic and Tom go on a road-trip to escape Robotnik and find the rings to send Sonic to a safe mushroom planet.
This movie is a lot of fun even if you’re not familiar with any prior shows or games. It’s funny and action-packed. The cast is wonderful. James Marsden shines when acting alongside CGI characters and is the best actor to do so with previous starring roles in Hop and Enchanted. Jim Carrey is at his best when allowed to completely go nuts with the animated style of acting he’s best known for. In an interview, he stated that he wants to retire and if Sonic 2 is his last movie, he’ll go out on a high note. And speaking of Sonic 2, that review will be next.
I recommend checking this one for a fun family movie night. I rented this off Amazon, and it’s currently streaming on Paramount Plus.

Sonic (Ben Shwartz) is back for another round in a sequel that doubles up on the action and the humor with a returning cast of characters and introducing a couple of new ones.
Sonic is left home alone when Tom (James Marsden) and Maddie (Tika Sumpter) world hop to Hawaii for her sister’s wedding. Then Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) manages to get off Planet Mushroom and pops by for an evening of chaos with brand new ally Knuckles the Echidna (Idris Elba) in tow. Thankfully, Sonic gets a new friend and ally in adorable little Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) so he doesn’t have to face his enemies alone. Tails and Sonic must work together to keep an all-powerful emerald that has the power to both build and destroy worlds out of the hands of Dr. Robotnik. In doing so, Sonic learns the true meaning of heroism.

This was the BEST SEQUEL EVER!! It was even better than the original which is extremely rare to achieve! Idris killed it as Knuckles. I absolutely loved his performance! Tails is now one of my favorite characters. I might need to go back and watch some of the cartoons at some because I need more of him! He’s so cute! And kudos to casting for allowing Colleen to reprise the role she’s had since 2014. They rarely keep original voice actors in their roles for Hollywood big screen films. It’s nothing short of a miracle when they do, and she totally rocked it! Extra props for adding her name to the poster! Voice actors deserve more mainstream recognition.

I loved this movie so much! Number 3 has a lot to live up to! Stream it now on Prime Video or Paramount Plus.

2¢ After Dark

Mrs. Doubtfire: A 2¢ After Dark Reintroduction

Two years ago, when I first started writing movie reviews, Mrs. Doubtfire was the first one I wrote. It wasn’t long. barely had complete sentences, and wasn’t very good. In those two years my writing has greatly improved and there are some reviews I want to rewrite, hence the name, Review Rewind. I also want to expand my content beyond family friendly reviews to include movies and shows aimed at an older audience while still keeping family friendly reviews the focus of my site. These reviews will be labeled 2¢ After Dark.

When Daniel (Robin Williams) and Miranda’s (Sally Field) marriage ends, she wins sole custody of their children until he can get his life back on track. This includes finding and keeping a job and providing a suitable home environment for his children. Desperate to see them every day, Daniel goes undercover as Mrs. Doubtfire, an English housekeeper, and applies for the position. Immediately winning his ex over, he’s hired, but it’s going to take some time for the kids to warm up to the strict housekeeper. And it’s going to take a miracle for Daniel to keep his secret, or he’s in danger of losing his family forever.
This movie is so funny! It’s one of Robin William’s best. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies. One on a short list that never gets old and makes me laugh every time I watch it.
Mrs. Doubtfire is a comedy classic of the 90s that due to what would now be considered offensive jokes would never be made today. The movie, while centered on a family, isn’t very family friendly. There’s language and innuendo throughout. Most parents will want to save this one for when their kids are older. It’s a great time for teens and adults. You can stream it now on Disney Plus.

A 2¢ AFTER DARK REITRODUCTION

This isn’t the first time I’ve used the designation 2¢ After Dark for one of my reviews. The first time was about a year ago when I reviewed Venom in October for my Halloween Event. Venom isn’t a movie I consider to be for children or even family viewing, so I came up with 2¢ After Dark so that I could review edgier, more adult-oriented fare. This way I wouldn’t be limited to only family friendly programming.

Family Friendly entertainment will still be at the heart of my 2¢ brand, but this will allow me some much-needed wiggle room to expand my content aimed at teen and adult audiences.

I will only be reviewing the titles I’m comfortable with and don’t plan on wandering too far away from what I hope to be my main audience someday: families. 2¢ After Dark will focus on adult oriented sitcoms, dramas, more hardcore superhero titles, and movies that have more adult humor and content than what families, specifically Christian Conservative families would be comfortable with. Below is a short list of shows and movies I plan to review under 2¢ After Dark in the near to distant future:

Venom 2

Morbius

Once Upon A Time

Arrow and other Arrowverse shows

Everybody Loves Raymond

Christian Bale Batman trilogy

Only Murders in the Building

Good Omens

Among hopefully many others.

I look forward to bringing people more articles and reviews and seeing my hobby grow into something more. I hope you stick around.

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Pixar Cars Trilogy

In 2006, Pixar asked the age-old question: What if cars had feelings?

Hotshot rookie Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) wants nothing more than to win the Piston Cup. Something he thinks he can achieve completely on his own. After the last race ends in a three-way tie, it’s off to California for a tie-breaking race. In a hurry to get there before the competition, he forces his driver Mac (John Ratzenberger) to drive through the night. Due to some troublemakers, Lightning ends up stranded in the middle of nowhere in Radiator Springs. He’s arrested and forced to repave the road forcing this fast car to slow down and focus on what’s really important in life.

I enjoyed rewatching this. It’s been years since I’ve seen it. I loved the animation of the cars in general. Larry the Cable Guy is perfectly cast as Mater the tow truck. Mater and Lightning McQueen are one of the best duos to come from Disney in general.
There’s occasional language and a few adult references throughout that will be amusing for the parents but hopefully fly over the heads of the kids. Overall, it’s a great movie with themes of friendship, needing community and reprioritizing what’s really important in life. Who knew that a movie about Cars would be one of Pixar’s best? Stream it now on Disney Plus.

Fun fact that nobody asked for: When we went to Florida on vacation, we got stuck in traffic for hours, but my brother and I didn’t know it at first because we were busy watching Cars on our brand new travel DVD player our grandfather bought for us before we left.

Cars 2 is a movie usually found near the bottom of most people’s Pixar’s rankings, but does it deserve the hate that it gets?

In 2011, Cars 2 asked the question What if cars could be secret agents?

McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) are back again. This time traveling around the world for a World Grand Prix that Mater has accidentally roped McQueen into. Wherever Mater goes, trouble follows, and he winds up being mistaken for an American spy caught up in a diabolical plot to put an end to natural fuel. Long live Gasoline! Will Mater be able to solve the case before someone ends up dead?

When I first saw this movie I hated it! I thought having Mater be the star of the show was a mistake. He’s better off as the lovable sidekick. While I still feel that Mater is better in the sidekick role and that him and McQueen are better together than apart, I actually enjoyed Cars 2 this time around. It’s actually surprisingly good. The secret agent storyline is still weird, but it’s fun.

It’s a bit dark for a kids movie with a car getting murdered onscreen, and there are a couple of adult references. It has a great focus on friendship and being yourself. It’s still near the bottom of my favorite Pixar movie list, but it’s moved up a space or two. Stream it now on Disney Plus.

After a potentially career ending accident, Lightning McQueen’s (Owen Wilson) future is thrown off the tracks. Some encouragement from Sally (Bonnie Hunt) is enough to get him to try one more, and he heads off to the Rusteeze Training Center to train with the latest and greatest technology to try to keep up with hotshot rookie, Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer).

Soon realizing that training using the new methods and technology isn’t working out, McQueen heads off in search of Doc Hudson’s mentor, Smoky (Chris Cooper). He drags his trainer and race-car wannabe Cruz (Cristela Alozo) along for the ride. To secure his future in racing, McQueen has to win his next race or be forced into retirement.

Pixar brought their A-Game and saved the best for last with the Cars trilogy. The story is amazing and emotion-packed. Cars 3 has a more serious, mature tone than the ones that came before. The animation is beautiful, especially the sequence where Mac is taking McQueen to the training center. The scenery is gorgeous!

Armie Hammer as Jackson Storm and Nathan Fillion as Sterling were great additions to the cast. The movie has wonderful themes of not giving up and believing in yourself. I love this movie so much! What a way to end the series on a high note! Cars 3 is streaming now on Disney Plus, and the new series, Cars on the Road, will begin streaming on Disney Plus Day, September 8th.

Blast From The Past, Summer Movie Watching Program

Camp Rock Duology

I was so excited for this movie! When it first premiered, it aired on 3 different channels. We didn’t have Disney channel, but we did have ABC. I able to watch it the night it premiered.

Shy singer/songwriter Mitchie (Demi Lovato) wants to go to Camp Rock, but her parents can’t afford it. All hope is lost, until her mom gets hired as the camp cook.

Shane Gray (Joe Jonas) is serving time at his uncle’s camp after letting the fame of being the lead singer of Connect 3 go to his head. While on the run from obsessed fans, Shane overhears Mitchie singing, but doesn’t know it’s her. He becomes obsessed with finding the person the voice belongs to, but Mitchie’s lies about who she really is might keep him from finding out!

So how well does Camp Rock hold up from 12 to 26?

It was more enjoyable for me to rewatch than High School Musical. The acting was more natural. Since it’s set at a music camp, all of the songs are performed during classes and talent showcases which makes more sense than bursting into a song and dance number in the middle of the cafeteria. But then Camp Rock was always my favorite because I was obsessed with the Jonas Brothers. I’d choose to rewatch this over the original HSM. You can stream it now on Disney Plus.

Shane (Joe Jonas) and Mitchie (Demi Lovato) and the rest of the campers are back for another Summer at Camp Rock, but things are different than last year. Camp Star, a flashier career minded camp owned by Brown’s rival, Axel Turner, has moved in across the lake. Camp Star is determined drive Camp Rock out of business. Things become so competitive between the camps that a Camp Wars is held to determine the winner. Mitchie becomes so laser focused she forgets that the real reason for Summer camp is to have fun.

I enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first. It has some great, and Nick and Kevin get bigger roles this time around. The story doesn’t end like you expect it will, and that’s what I like best about this movie. A good lesson on even if things don’t go the way you want them to, things can still end well or in some cases better than originally planned. Stream it now on Disney Plus.

Blast From The Past, Summer Movie Watching Program

High School Musical Trilogy

High School Musical was one of the biggest phenomenons to come out of Disney, and 12 year old me couldn’t get enough of it. I was obsessed. Until recently I wasn’t aware that this joyful period was such a hardship for my parents to suffer through, but I won’t be apologizing for it. But does the movie hold up from age 12 to 26?

Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) and Troy (Zac Efron) meet at karaoke during their Christmas vacation. They sing together. Sparks fly, and they part ways only to unexpectedly meet again at East High. It isn’t long before nearly the entire class winds up in detention helping prepare for the Winter musical.
Like all high schools, everyone has a group they get stuck in. Troy’s a basketball star. Gabriella’s an academic. Once assigned to a group, they aren’t allowed to leave. They secretly audition for the musical and get a callback much to the dismay of popular snobs, Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) and Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale). Much singing and dancing occurs while the student body fights to make sure that their high school caste system doesn’t collapse.

In the end, the school comes together to stop Ryan and Sharpay from sabotaging Troy and Gabriella’s shot at being cast as the leads. The movie ends in typical Disney fashion with a happy ending and catch musical number. Hopefully the students and those at home watching learn that it’s ok if you don’t fit in someone else’s box and that the world won’t end if you develop a love for something other than the interests that you had before.

I enjoyed this movie after all this time, but my enjoyment was mostly nostalgia driven with memories of a simpler time during my childhood. If I had watched it for the first time, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. The magic has faded since my tweenie-bopper years, and the acting leaves something to be desired in some places. The songs are still fun and as catchy as ever, and the choreography is fantastic especially for Stick to the Status Quo and We’re All in This Together. If this movie was a huge part of your childhood, you’ll enjoy seeing it again. If you’ve never seen it, you’re not missing out on anything. High School Musical is now streaming on Disney Plus.

Summer’s in. School’s out! No more homework. No more musicals and no more drama. Or so the Wildcats thought.

Troy (Zac Efron) is offered a job at Lava Springs Country Club owned by Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) and Sharpay’s (Ashley Tisdale) parents and manages to get jobs for the rest of his class. This is to the dismay and outrage of Sharpay who will stop at nothing to break Troy and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) up so that she can have him for herself.

She sets up Troy on the fast track to a future as a college basketball superstar, but it could end up costing him everything that’s actually important.

This sequel is fun and even better than the original when it comes to the acting. The songs are great except for Sharpay and Ryan’s duet, humu humu nuku nuku apua’a, which is one of the most painful scenes I’ve ever sat through! It’s so stupid! I Don’t Dance and Bet On It are my favorites, and Bet on it always makes me want to dramatically dance on a golf course.
Ryan’s character development is the best in the movie. I love how he’s his own person and not not Sharpay’s follower anymore.
I rated this one lower than the last based on my overall enjoyment of the movie, but it’s better than the original quality-wise. The cast managed to Work It Out, and it resulted in a fun Summer musical.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year: Bigger screen, bigger budget, bigger musical numbers. This movie came out on my 13th birthday, and my parents took me to see it. I was probably the oldest kid in the theater. The rest were somewhere between 6-10. They screamed when Troy (Zac Efron) first came on screen, and there was a row of little girls who wouldn’t shut up during the entire movie! Regardless, it was one of the best nights ever!

The Wildcats are about to graduate and amid making plans for the future, there’s always time for one last musical. This time about their senior year because living through it once isn’t enough!

Troy and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) have some big choices to make, and a scholarship program could split them apart sooner than planned. Meanwhile, Troy is torn between choosing basketball or theater. It’s enough pressure to make one Scream! As always, everything works itself out in the end with a big musical number to tie everything up with a bow.

It’s the best of the trilogy. It also has the best soundtrack out of all of them. Scream and the Boys Are Back are my favorites. High School Musical was a big part of my early teens, and it was fun to rewatch. It’s hard to believe this movie came out almost 14 years ago! I feel old. (No comments, Mom or Aunt Crystal!) The entire trilogy is available to stream on Disney Plus.

#anime, Book reviews, Sequels

Finding God in Anime Vol. 2 Blog Tour and Review

I get to geek out over one of the nerdiest things out there: Anime! Prepare for a total Nerd Alert because I’m cranking it up all the way up to ELEVEN! But before I ramble too much, here’s everything you need to know about the book!

About Finding God in Anime

Have you ever wanted a season two of your favorite anime but found out it is unlikely for the company to produce one?

Stinks, doesn’t it? Well, Finding God in Animedefinitely isn’t like that. After all, you’re looking at volume two right now!

Welcome to the second installment of the acclaimed devotional: Finding God in Anime! Each bite-size piece comes straight from the passionate otaku souls in our collective of Christian authors. You will find anime-inspired pieces from across tons of beloved genres within this devotional, and each one presents a unique and Biblical outlook on your favorite shows!

  • Find God’s fatherly love in Daddy’s Girl, inspired by Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Go down to your atoms to discover God’s purpose for us in Jobs, inspired by Cells at Work
  • Huddle up to hear God’s game plan for living like Him in Get Your Head in the Game, inspired by Kuroko’s Basketball

…and so many others! So grab your shuriken or computerized make-up compact and join us on the exciting adventure of finding God’s teachings in anime!

You can purchase the book at the links down below. The ebook is available to download for FREE at Amazon and other book retailers! The best news is that it’s available TODAY!

LINKS:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0B1T2LNKY

OTHER RETAILERS: https://books2read.com/u/md6jdZ

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 30th

–       Elrich’s Expressions—Book Spotlight

–       The Artist Librarian—Book Spotlight

Tuesday, May 31st

–       Paper Ink & Lizard—Book Spotlight

–       Imperial Scribis—Book Review

Wednesday, June 1st

–       2¢ Movie Reviews—Book Spotlight & Review – You are here!

–       Beneath the Tangles—Book Spotlight

–       Geek Devotions—Book Review

Thursday, June 2nd

–       Clean Fiction Blog—Book Spotlight

–       Jenna Terese—Book Spotlight

–       The Faerie Review—Book Spotlight

Friday, June 3rd

–       The Writing Corner—Special Feature

–       Laura A. Grace—Manga Starter Giveaway Pack

Saturday, June 4th

–       Laura A. Grace—Blog Tour Wrap-Up

Now that the official stuff is out of the way, I can now unleash my inner Otaku!

I was surprised when I stumbled across the news of the first Finding God in Anime volume last year. I didn’t know or even think that a devotional revolving completely around anime could be a thing, but I knew it was something I needed to support.

The last place I ever expected to find God was in anime. I was shocked almost to tears when He showed up for me in a place where I was convinced He couldn’t be found which is what drove me to contribute a piece based on Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I’m so excited that it was accepted, and that our fearless organizers, Laura A. Grace and Moriah Jane, loved it!

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The following thoughts are my own. A positive review wasn’t required, but I’m giving one anyway because I loved it so much!

Sometimes you have to wait forever for a favorite anime to get a second season or as the case may be never get one. (*Cough* Ouran High School Host Club *Cough*). And sometimes you get a second season only to be disappointed ( I know The Promised Neverland fans can relate!). Finding God in Anime is back and better than ever! I’m pleased to say that there’s no sequel slump here and that this volume is even better than the first!

This devotional has 45 bite-size pieces focused on a variety of anime from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Fairy Tail to Fruits Basket and Yona of the Dawn There’s something in here for everyone! (I know the Foreward is the easiest part of the book to skip, but don’t skip this one! Twwk from Beneath the Tangles did an amazing job writing it. It’ll be well-worth your time. Don’t Miss Out!)

Some of my favorites included To Rely On Our Comrades by Wyn Estelle Owens which is based on Naruto. While I have no experience with Naruto, this piece moved me nearly to tears when it talked about how a lot of times we’re not the ones who are going to save our lost loved ones. God equips and sends other people to do what we won’t be able to. This is so relevant to my life right now it hurts!

Others included Our True Form (Fruits Basket) by my friend Writer Rockbell, Unequal Exchange (Fullmetal Alchemist) by Matt Starr, The Ultimate Sacrifice (Fairy Tail ) by Kayla E. Green, and Naruto And Taming The Beast Within (Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden) by Hannah Mae. Special mention goes to both Demon Slayer devotions, Laugh Without Fear and Breathe Deeply by Laura A. Grace and Moriah Jane respectively. Both of them centered around not being afraid which is another message I need right now. I LOVED the entire thing! Every devotional is AMAZING in its own way! These were just a few that stood out to me the most my first time reading! Each devotion impacted me emotionally in some way, gave me a lot to think about, and I feel like this little book came out at the right time.

It’s amazing to me that 25 different authors who’ve never met each other managed to write a devotional revolving around several major themes with thoughts and ideas that are extremely similar to each other. You would have thought we had a group chat and collaborated on our pieces, but we didn’t. Most of us have never spoken to each other, and yet here is this cohesive little volume at the end of it. I’d almost think it was creepy if I didn’t believe that God planned it this way. Several themes revolve around God’s gift of salvation, His perfect design, that we’re “fearfully and wonderfully made,” and His great love for us, extending mercy to those who don’t deserve it, and more!

Reading through this book was an enjoyable and at times an emotional experience for me. I hope that these devotionals encourage others the way that they’ve encouraged me. I’m honored to have played a small part in this project. The piece that I wrote was the hardest thing I’ve ever written, I experienced a rollercoaster ride of emotions including doubt and fear. I almost didn’t write it at all. I nearly talked myself out of it! But I’m glad I didn’t give in to any of my negative emotions. I felt strongly that I needed to write this. It’s the only time I felt like I NEEDED to write something. It NEEDED to get out. I’ve never felt that way about anything I’ve ever written. It felt important. So I wrote it. I hope and pray that this book can shine God’s light in someone’s life and draw them closer to Him.

And because I’m super weird, backward, and totally awkward, here’s a short intro if you’re new here!

Hi! I’m Bree, and I use this site to mainly blog about movies. I do the occasional book and manga review. I love Jesus and all things nerdy and I do mean ALL the things! I especially love when I can combine my love for Jesus and nerdy interests together. It’s one of my favorite things, and I hope to do it again! I’ve reviewed one anime movie: Thumbelina: A Magical Story. Here’s the link if you’re interested:

You can always leave suggestions for movies you want to see reviewed either in the comments or in my inbox. Feel free to stick around!
~ Bree


2¢ Special Events

2¢ OT Star Wars May the Fourth Be With You Event

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the Han Solo origin story no one asked for, but we got anyway! And it’s one of the best movies ever! (At least in my opinion. It got mixed reviews if I remember correctly.)

This movie probably ruined the lives of Star Wars fanfiction writers lives everywhere by filling in the blanks about this Space Outlaw’s past exploring events like how Han (Alden Ehrenreich) became an outlaw in the first place, how he met Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando (Donald Glover).
After escaping Corellia with the intention of coming back for his girlfriend Qi’ra (Emillia Clarke), three years go by and Han teams up with a group of criminals which eventually leads him back to Qi’ra. Han, Beckett (Woody Harrelson), and Qi’ra team up for on a mission for the villainous Dryden Voss (Paul Bettany), and we get the get the story of the Kessel Run mentioned all the way back in the Original Trilogy.

Alden Ehrenreich was perfect casting for Han Solo. He brought the same arrogance, and cocky attitude to the character we already know and love. Donald Glover is also perfectly cast as Lando, and it was fun seeing Paul Bettany play a villain.

Star Wars has always had some of the best scores! The music is a beautiful combination of new composition from John Powell mixed beautifully with John Williams’ classic score. So good!

This movie has great action! Lots of laser fights and explosions! (My favorite!) Where’s my laser gun? I need one!!!) I also need a sequel. This movie deserves a sequel! There’s obviously more story to tell considering how they ended it, and I need more!

This is one of the movies I wish I could go back in time and watch for the first time. That twist at the end was something I never saw coming!

There’s a couple instances of language, but other than that, there’s no content issues other than your typical sci-fi action violence.

This is one of my favorite Star Wars movies. I hope Disney goes through with that sequel Disney Plus series from a while back. You can stream Solo now on Disney Plus.

Once upon a time there was a young girl who hated and feared all things sci-fi. Her anxiety wouldn’t allow her to enjoy such things. Rare exceptions to that rule occurred. Exceptions like ET and Star Wars, oddly enoughl

Dad bought these movies to watch with us kids, and I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. A New Hope is one of my all-time favorite movies!

In 1977, George Lucas’s brainchild was unleashed on the world for the first time and changed the face of pop culture forever!

In a galaxy far, far away Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is thrown into a battle against the Imperial Forces. He, along with his two droids, C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (team up with Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness), a Jedi Knight, space scoundrel and pilot, Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and his Wookie, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) to rescue Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from Darth Vader ( David Prowse, James Earl Jones). They need to work together to save the galaxy from the Empire and destroy Vader’s planet-destroying Death Star.

Even though the technology was ahead of its time back then, the action/fighting sequences at the end look like an old videogame. It’s still fun to watch though.
John Williams’s score for this movie is beyond epic. It’s considered the greatest film score of all time by the American Film Institute and rightfully so.

This movie has everything you could want! Action, adventure, and even the beginning of a romance are all accounted for. All of the perfect ingredients for a space opera that has a little something for everyone to enjoy.

P.S. Lightsabers are cool. I need one. It’’ll go great with my laser gun! 😂

The world of Star Wars expands in The Empire Strikes Back, a sequel that’s just as good as the first. New planets are explored, and new characters are introduced. It’s very much a Darth Vader ( David Prowse, James Earl Jones) centered movie. His presence overshadows everything even the scenes that he’s not in!

This movie feels big enough that it could’ve been split into two because there’s so much going on. It’s almost hard to believe that they managed to pack it all into one movie.

After the new Rebel base is attacked by the Galatic Empire, Luke (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), along with their two droids and a Wookie are forced to evacuate the ice planet Hoth. The crew go in opposite directions: Luke and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) fly off to Dagobah for Jedi training with Yoda (Frank Oz), and the others are on the run from Darth Vader.
Thinking that his old friend Lando (Billy Dee Williams) can provide refuge from Vader and help repair the Falcon, Han heads to Cloud City. Once there, Lando betrays Han and turns everyone over to Vader to save his city from being destroyed.
Believing his friends to be in danger, Luke leaves his training behind to rescue them only to fall into the trap Vader has set for him in his attempt to do anything to turn Luke over to the Dark Side of the Force.

The Force is strong with this sequel, an enjoyable and darker follow-up to the original. I love all the scenes between Han and Leia. The climax of the movie starting with Luke’s fight with Vader all the way to the end is perfect! I don’t think I can remember a villain having as epic a theme song as the Imperial March. One of the best pieces of music ever! So many epic moments and quotes! My personal favorite:

Leia: I love you
Han: I know 😂

I enjoy the Original Trilogy so much! Stream it now on Disney Plus

The Return of the Jedi takes place one year after the events of The Empire Strikes Back. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) returns to Tattoine with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) to rescue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from Jabba the Hutt.
The rescue mission doesn’t go as planned, and they end up being captured. They manage to escape and fly off to Endor where another Death Star has been constructed.
Obi Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness) tells Luke that he must face Darth Vader (David Prowse, James Earl Jones). This time to kill him. Luke struggles with the idea of killing his own, and is determined that there is something good left in Vader. He hopes that with some persuasion that Vader will return to the Light Side of the Force. Unfortunately, one last family reunion is necessary. The fate of the Galaxy depends on it! The final action-packed chapter of the Original Trilogy isn’t one to be missed!

Return of the Jedi is weird. Really weird. And I love it! They pulled out all the stops and went nuts when it came time create all these different aliens, and I absolutely love it! It’s the least family friendly out of the trilogy due to Jabba the Hutt enjoying galactic stripper entertainment and for putting Leia in that gold bikini.

The action is great and includes lots of fiery explosions which makes my pyromaniac self happy. I love that Vader had some kind of redemption at the end. Not all villains need or deserve to be redeemed, but it was a great way to end his story.

The part where Leia says she always knew Luke was her brother doesn’t make sense since she kissed him in Empire Strikes back. Incest in Space anyone? 😂 The face Han makes when Leia tells him that Luke is her brother is priceless! 😂

Everytime I rewatch Star Wars, I want to rewatch it after I’m done! That’s not ever really happened with any other franchise. Not even Marvel which is my main fandom. These movies are well worth your time if you’ve never seen them, and they’re also easily rewatchable. The original Star Wars are easily some of the best movies of all time! The entire trilogy is available to stream on Disney Plus.

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Ice Age 2: The Meltdown and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

The Ice Age is over, but the Meltdown has just begun! The gang from the first movie is back. This time around they need to escape the bowl they’ve been living in before it floods. This could spell the end of Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo), and Diego (Denis Leary). They start on the long trek to the escape boat and run into Ellie (Queen Latifah) a species-confused mammoth and her two possum brothers Crash (Seann William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck).
Sid, Manny, and Diego each have their struggle they have to work through. For Sid it’s struggling with what he feels is lack of respect. For Manny, it’s coming to terms with the fact that he could be the last of species. And for Diego, it’s confronting his fear of water.

The Meltdown is just as good if not better than the original. It’s funnier and the animation is improved, (Shoutout to the animator who animated the heck out of the grass! So realistic!). There’s a tiny bit of language typical of PG rated movies, but other than that it’s as family friendly as the first. All icy things must come to an end, but the franchise is far from over! (Because studios like to take a movie franchise and nail it into the ground!) You can stream it now on Disney Plus!

With the Ice Age nearing an end, the next natural step is to bring in the dinosaurs!
An overly anxious Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) are preparing to have their first child. Diego (Denis Leary) fears losing his edge and wants to head off on his own, and Sid (John Leguizamo) decides to become the adoptive mother of three dinosaur babies. When the real mother returns for her kids, she takes Sid with her! The gang is forced to travel belowground and team up with a danger-chasing, wisecracking weasel Buck Wild (Simon Pegg) if they ever want to see Sid again!


A side story runs throughout the entire movie featuring Scrat and a lady squirrel who’s only after one thing… his nut.


This movie is way better than I remember and is just as good as the previous two. Buck Wild is a great, funny addition to an already full cast of fun characters. There’s no language and a couple of adult jokes that hopefully fly over the heads of younger children. This would’ve been a good place to end it if they were smart. Maybe Continental Drift isn’t as bad as I remember.

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Yes Day and The Adam Project

Once upon a time Alison (Jennifer Garner) and Carlos (Edgar Ramirez) always said yes to everything. But now that they’re parents, they’re always saying no. After discovering that her kids consider her a dictator as bad as Hitler and Mussolini, Alison agrees to a Yes Day, 24 hours of the kids calling the shots with a few ground rules in place. What could possibly go wrong?

This movie is funny and a ton of fun! Jennifer Garner is perfect in the mom role. A perfect family comedy and a sequel is on the way! Stream it now on Netflix!

After stealing a jet and being shot down in 2022, time traveler Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds) meets his twelve year old self, and they have to go back in time to convince their dad (Mark Ruffalo) to uninvent time travel to save their world as they know it. If anything goes wrong, Adam could be erased from the timeline. No pressure!

Ryan Reynolds is his usual snarky, sarcastic self which is part of what makes the movie so enjoyable. It’s a sci-fi adventure with a Back to the Future vibe that could almost pass for a Marvel movie. Hulk is married to Elektra and is Deadpool’s dad. Deadpool grows up and marries Gamora. The Adam Project could easily be a Marvel fanfic when described like that! Oh, and Hulk invents time travel like in Endgame. Practically a Marvel rip-off! 😂
The movie was enjoyable, funny, and very emotional at times with both versions of Adam coming to terms with his father’s death. This could almost pass for a family movie if it wasn’t for the language and the few adult references. I had a good time watching this. It’s a standalone movie, though I wouldn’t mind a sequel! Stream it now on Netflix!