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Family Movie Night

by Karyn Bowman

It is that time of year again despite the rain and the cold.

I might mean summer time in general but in specific I am talking about the movies with loud sound tracks and great stunts.

Image from IMDb.com

Image from IMDb.com

I was thinking about this as my 16-year-old reported what he liked about the latest Fast and the Furious movie. The story is about our favorite gang of car thieves living in a country that is not their own. That is when a government agent comes offering full pardons if they will help out with one more job. Oh, and there is a surprise guest as well.

My son did not talk about character development. He did not talk about great dialogue. What he talked about were fast moving cars, driven by men willing to do some crazy stunts.

While some of my family members described this movie as being about fast cars, macho-acting guys, and girls in bikinis, it is also a movie about one last desperate attempt for love and for freedom. There is one line that told me the depth of that love, the amount of risk a person was willing to go through to save that other person.

This aspect almost makes me want to go see this movie. My husband declared it might be one of the few movies as of late that is worthwhile seeing in 3D. I think the stunts I have seen in the trailer are 3D worthy but to be honest, I am not happy with 3D. The colors are murky at best, the 3D action never lives up to its hype. Plus, it give me motion-sickness almost every single time because the screen never stops moving.

Where I plan to see this movie in in the drive-in. Why do we love going there? Fidgeting kids do not draw the ire of other patrons because they have fidgety kids, too. Most allow you to bring in your own food and the best ones have a green area where a game of catch or frisbee can easily occur before the movie or during intermission. While it is an hour to the closest drive-in theater, we are lucky enough to be near three such theaters.

The first is the Lake Shore in Monticello near Indiana Beach. They have two screen which show a double feature. One screen has more adult type films while the other goes for more family friendly fare most of the time. The green space in Okay while the concession stand has some good choices.

funnel cake sundaeMy second choice, and the theater we go to the most, is the Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In. Most of the movies through out the year are family friendly. The concession stand has some great offerings and the green space is fantastic. I love this theater and do what I can to help keep it going. While we tend to bring our own food and drink (perfectly allowable), I always try to buy something at the concession stand. The Harvest Moon is home of the Funnel Cake Sundae. Tasty!

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Image from 49’er Drive-in Theater Facebook page

Finally, my favorite drive-in is the 49’er in Valpraiso, Indiana with a drive more like on hour and forty-five minutes. But the green space is incredibly large. The concession stand has a lot of tasty treats. Plus, off duty police officers are the security guys. Most of the time it is a family fare double-feature. Talk about smorgasbord of delights.

I am not sure I can think of a better way to spend a summer night.

Until Next Week, see you in the rental aisle.


Family Movie Night


by Karyn Bowman


The Avengers is one movie that had a huge build-up.


It has been years in the making, starting with the first Iron Man movie in 2008. In Iron Man 2 we met the Black Widow, a spy whose beauty matches her skill.  Last year we were treated to the first Thor movie which had audiences falling in love with an arrogant man forced to learn honor through difficulty.


And I cannot forget Captain America. The hero from years past charmed us with his earnestness as he fought Nazis and secret organizations.


This past weekend, the Marvel characters came together in The Avengers. 


Loki is a Norse demi-God who wants to rule Earth and the rest of the universe. He has teamed with other evil creatures that are looking to control Earth.


While Loki is capable of controlling some people to do his bidding, there is a group of people willing to do whatever it takes to keep earth safe. That team is called the Avengers: Iron Man, Captain America , Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Hulk. They have been brought together by Nick Fury, head of S.H.I.E.L.D.


But Loki is tricky. He likes chaos, he likes creating disturbances. He is capable of doing that to anyone. With a touch of his scepter on the heart, he can make just about anyone follow him.


We saw the movie in the drive-in and loved it. I was happily surprised to see six different back stories weaved in to something that made sense. Plus, it was clear that people had history together in their comments and body language. Not every one liked each other, but with the proper motivation, they were able to work together.


The movie was long but thanks to a tight screenplay that gave a real voice to each superhero and interesting, compelling action sequences, the movie never feels as long as it should. Just as Jon Favreau did with Iron Man, director Joss Whedon has put in a certain amount of lightness with all the seriousness of a comic book movie.


Now the question you might be asking is “do I have to watch all of the other movies to see this one?” My answer would be yes IF you do not have a thorough knowledge of the Marval comic characters. I was not familiar with Iron Man before the movies nor was I all that knowing about Captain America. Because of a youth spent watching Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, I understood The Hulk and enjoyed Mark Ruffalo’s performance.


On the other hand, we went with friends who were not familiar with the whole story and they enjoyed it. Part of it was the experience of being at a drive-in but the movie was exciting. The other part was the stunning special effects that created leviathans and creepy ice guys to cause trouble.


Strangely enough, I found the movie to be mostly kid appropriate. It has a PG-13 rating, mostly for the action shots. If your child is not used to such movies, then it will not be appropriate. However, our 7-year-old watched and loved it. Granted, he has also seen many of the movies leading up to this one and knew what to expect.


A good story with great dialogue and thrilling action along with characters that are more than cardboard cutouts make for a great movie. It is everything I would want for a summer blockbuster movie and much more.


Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.