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A Few New Releases

Family Movie Night 

Recovering from the Pumpkin Fest should not be that difficult. No more will our family take nightly bike rides to find Waldo. No longer are we going to look at all of the scarecrows. 

Happy Birthday, Sam. Picture by J. Durham.


I am planning to place my hiker guy scarecrow in the front yard as soon as there is a free moment or the husband is done with touching up the paint on our trim. Plus, we have a birthday to celebrate. Our youngest turns six this Friday and there is a party to get ready. Cupcakes, pizzas and other boys sleeping over for the night. Should be fun. 

One thing he can look forward to is the DVD release this week of Iron Man 2 which stars Robert Downey Jr. This time around, people know him and his alter ego. But we see the man is having problems, difficulties with adjusting to real life, difficulties with the relationships most dear to him. 

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, having a donut while sitting in a large donut. Picture from IMDb.com.


He must also deal with other issues regarding his suit that are good and bad. And there is the man whose father helped create the suit that Tony wears. It is a tangled web.  

 This movie is rated PG-13 and is one that makes me cautious with the younger members of the family. However, we saw it in the drive-in this summer and thought for the most part it was OK viewing for our youngest. It will not be played at the party but saved for a family-only time. 

 We do not always get to the theater to see movies the first time around. The husband and I try to sneak out for date nights but this is not always possible. So some nights we stay up late and watch a movie we rent for us. 

 This week the movie coming out on DVD that is best for adults only is Get Him To The Greek starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. My every attempt to rent this movie since Tuesday has been met with disappointment as it is always gone. 

This movie was produced by Judd Apatow, so you should feel pretty confident in knowing that there is going to be boozing, sex, swear words and blue humor galore, especially if you get the un-cut version. Otherwise, it is a solid ‘R’ rating. 

Jonah Hill and Russell Brand in Get Him To The Greek. Picture from IMDB.com

 The story is about an intern (Hill) who must get a former rock god (Brand) to the Greek Auditorium in Los Angeles from London to start his comeback tour on time. It is going to take cunning and trickery to do it but Hill is prepared to do anything and everything to keep his job. 

 I have enjoyed the adult-specific comedies that Apatow has specialized in over the last few years. I am hoping this will be a good flick that will make me laugh heartily at someone else’s mistakes and foibles. Plus, I do enjoy how Brand can be incredible sensitive and the next second a total jerk. Perhaps he, like Jack Black, is an acquired taste. 

 Until next week, see you in the rental aisle. 

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Family Movie Night for 7-07010 

Picture by Ana C. Golpe


This past week, I took advantage of some ripe cherries on a friend’s tree. 

 Lori does not seem to value these cherries and has told me in the past I may pick them. I made sure she gave me permission again and hauled three of the kids along with buckets and a step ladder to her yard. 

 My 13-year-old was not too interested in picking cherries. He complained and whined and made a fuss until we had been there for a while. Suddenly he wasn’t doing any of that anymore because he was too busy eating cherries. He likes things that are sour and these cherries were perfect for that. 

 Because our church was in the middle of VBS, I was not able to get the cherries ready for a day or two. Our pastor invited himself and his wife for cherry pie. I am more than willing to welcome them to my messy home – provided they bring the vanilla ice cream. 

 This made me think about movies with pie scenes. 

 Cheryl Hines, Keri Russell and Adrienne Shelley in Waitress. Picture from IMDb.comMy favorite is Waitress starring Keri Russell as a put-upon pregnant waitress with a rotten husband. The skill everyone knows her for is making the best pies. Some are imaginative and some are bitter but most are incredibly delicious. 

Then there is Michael starring John Travolta. Can anyone explain how this man takes on acting roles that seem silly or ridiculous and makes them credible?  Anyway, in this movie he plays the 

John Travolta, Robert Pastorelli, Andie McDowell and John Hurt in Michael, Picture from IMDb.com.


arch-angel, Michael. He is able to enthrall people around him, get them to make deals and do battle when necessary. 

 At one point in the movie, he tells Andie McDowell to sing her song about pie. This after the table has ordered every single type of pie that the restaurant sells. So she does and it is a simple song. But it is cute and catches the interest of William Hurt. 

 Neither of these movies are exactly family friendly. Their subjects tend to be more mature and better suited for the pre-teen and up crowd. 

Now if you are looking for a movie that is kid friendly with a bit of a food theme, there is Nanny McPhee starring Emma Thompson. 

 Nanny McFee comes to a home with seven incredibly smart but very mischievous children. Their father, Colin Firth, must make some difficult decisions regarding how to keep money coming into the family. But most importantly, he must have children who know how to behave. 

Colin Firth batting at a cake in Nanny McPhee, Picture from IMDb.com


In the beginning, we see a tremendous mis-use of food that Nanny McPhee uses to teach the children how to listen. Later, there will be the ultimate food fight that leads to the ultimate happy ending. It is a movie that never assumes kids are stupid but does allow they have to learn how to think. 

 Until next week, see you in the rental aisle. 

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