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Eighth Grade

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Eighth Grade
2018 | R | 1Hr 33 Min | Drama | A24

Director: Bo Burnham

Writer: Bo Burnham

Stars:  Elsie Fisher Josh Hamilton Emily Robinson
Synopsis: An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth-grade year before leaving to start high school.



I'm such a huge fan of independent cinema and A24 has knocked it out of the park lately. And with all that summer hype about Eight grade, it was one that we wanted to check out. Sadly this one fell short for us as we watched it as a family with our Eight-grader who even though it was just meh.

Having a teen that has struggled with school and friends for a few years now I was looking for this movie to be a real and eye-opening experience. Instead, I watched a movie that made my kid look normal clearing away our fears of what it is really like in the eighth grade. Elsie Fisher is fantastic as the teen going through an awkward stage in her life completely nailing every situation she faces. Eighth Grade is de…

Purple Rain, Night Fever and Baby Spice! Now that's a Music Monday!

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On this day in 1978, The soundtrack album 'Saturday Night Fever' started a 24 week run at No.1 on the US album charts, it went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide, making it the best selling soundtrack album of all time. Well until this one came around...


But for me, I will take this 1984 soundtrack any day!



And one more for you on January 17,1976, English singer, songwriter, actress, and radio and television personality Emma Bunton, (Baby Spice in The Spice Girls) was born. Bunton scored the 1996/97 hit in the US with 'Wannabe'. But did you know she had a number 1 hit in 2001 with her solo single 'What Took You So Long".



Honestly, the song is really not to bad.

Party Like a Mother

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Bad Moms
2016 | R | 1Hr. 40Mins | Comedy | Universal

Directors: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Writers: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Stars:  Mila Kunis Kathryn Hahn Kristen Bell
Amy has a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, over-achieving kids, a beautiful home and a career. However, she's overworked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities - going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun, and self-indulgence - putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.


Oh man, where do I start? So my poor wife has been looking forward to watching Bad Moms for years now. When we get that rare time alone to watch an R rated movie she would ask is it on Netflix or HBO yet and sadly it was not. So this Christmas I picked this one up for her knowing it was something we could…

She gives you that weird feeling!

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Dracula's Daughter
1936 | PG | 1 Hr 11 Min. | Horror | Universal

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Writers: Garrett Fort

Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill
Professor Von Helsing has done the world a favor by driving a stake through the heart of Count Dracula and thus destroying him. For his trouble, Scotland Yard charges him with murder. Dr. Jeffrey Garth, a psychiatrist, may be able to act as an attorney and defend him in court. But Garth finds he has his own troubles when the Countess Marya Zaleska seeks his help. She wants to be released from her desire to drink the blood of the living. She steals the corpse of her father, Count Dracula, and burns it ritually; but she still wants blood. She'll do anything to free herself of this curse, including kidnapping the baron's daughter who is Dr. Garth's assistant and thwarting the hopes of her sinister manservant, Sandor.



Though forgotten by many, Bela Lugosi's Dracula had a sequel of that took place immedia…

Oh Bother

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I remember when I was dating my wife I gave her this card, she framed it and put it on her coffee table. Now twenty some years later it is still up. Snuggle up with your favorite Pooh fan, a pot of honey and take turns reading about the adventures of Winnie the Pooh on National Winnie The Pooh Day.

Writer. Producer. Director. Maverick, King Cohen!

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King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen 2017 | PG-13 | 1hr 50 Min | Documentary | Dark Star Pictures
Director: Steve Mitchell

Writer: Steve Mitchell

Stars:  J.J. Abrams Rick Baker Eric Bogosian
Synopsis: Buckle up for King-Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator, and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen (Black Caesar, God Told Me To, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff). Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide!

Being a product of the '80s and growing up during the amazing time of VHS Larry Cohen played a big part of that. Outside of the ob…

If This Does Not Make You Smile

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Wow, this was amazing and should brighten your day!

Punk Rock Monday

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On this day in 1978, The Sex Pistols played their last show at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco where Johnny Rotten yelled to the crowd at the outset, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated.” It was the last time the band played with bassist Sid Vicious.

1992, American rock drummer, Jerry Nolan from The New York Dolls died from a fatal stroke aged 45. The influential American band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, the 1973 New York Dolls and 1974 Too Much Too Soon. Nolan joined the New York Dolls in the autumn of 1972 to replace Billy Murcia, who had died of asphyxiation as a result of a failed attempt to revive him from a drug overdose while on tour in England, early in the band's career. Nolan left the Dolls together with Johnny Thunders in the spring of 1975. The two then placed a call to bassist Richard Hell, formerly of the Neon Boys and Television, to form The Heartbreakers.

And in 2005, A $100,000 statue honoring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was …

#snowpocalypse2019

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Holy Molly what a crazy week it has been, this week at school we had an 8th-grade night as our kids said thank you for all that we have done for the past 8 years. And it was a nice way for the kids to get recognized for everything they have done.

Then on Friday, the school hosted a movie night and it was crazy! All those screaming children ugh not sure many watched "Small Foot" I think that's the name of it. 

I could not tell you anything about the movie I was making popcorn all night but when it was over seemed like the kids had fun. And then came #Snowpocalpese 2019, I get it we knew it was coming but it is still fun to talk about anyway right? Sadly tho I rather have been home with my feet up watching out the window instead I was at work. 

Sadly the excitement came when a driver lost control on route 80 slid off the road and crashed into a power pole. That said pole then dropped down enough for an oncoming Semi to get tangled in the wires pulling them down.  The good…

The Masked Singer Predictions

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Ok so who is watching this major hit on Fox, The Masked Singer? I'm always grateful when a tv show comes along and the family fills in the living room to watch together and this silly show has done just that. From brainless judging and the fantastic costumes, The Masked Singer is something unexpectedly deep. And surprising fun you come for the costumes and stay for the hidden voice.


Of course, the show has given us much to talk about and the speculation throughout the house is bringing this family together in a fun way. And being a musical family we can hear the voice and know kind of who it might be but when we struggle a bit thankfully we can go back and listen to the clues. For example, the obvious one is the Peacock the clues:  He started in show business as a kid,  “Putting on a show is in my DNA,”. And of course the line “It’s probably been a while since your mom had a poster me on her wall.” And, he claims to be best buds with Michael Jackson. Finally, and the one that con…

In Honor Of Steve Clark

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Let's kick off the new year with one of my all-time favorite bands Def Leppard. This time around they have covered Depeche Mode', Personal Jesus for a new Greatest Hit's Album that came out for Christmas last year.



And in Honor of  Steve Clark guitarist with Def Leppard, who on January 8th, 1997 was found dead at his Chelsea flat by his girlfriend, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs. The autopsy revealed he had died from an overdose of codeine and had Valium, morphine and a blood alcohol level of .30, three times the British legal driving limit. In 2007 Clark was ranked No.11 on Classic Rock Magazine's "100 Wildest Guitar Heroes".

Pop-Tart Cereal Yay or Nay?

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For those of you that are kids of the '90s looks your tastebud dreams have come true. After 20 years this much talked about and craved cereal is back onto supermarket shelves. The real question how bad is it? And will my fourteen-year-old eat it?

I really don't remember the early concoction of this pop culture phenomena but the bright blue box jumped out at my kid so it ended up in our cart. And now, well it sits on the shelf with other boxes of cereal that nobody wants to eat.

I guess we really should have looked at the small lettering that reads "Delicious Filling In Every Bite!". I mean Pop Tarts are gross anyway but to put that filling in your milk is really bad in my book.

The center jam as we call it is so hard and sticky and just not good. The outside texture is fine it's your average cereal fair. We just can not get past that gross center.



As for my Fourteen-Year-Old, she thinks its ok looks like she eats it dry when she gets bored but you can tell after…

How Come, Chief Willoughby?

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
2017 | R | 1 Hr. 55 Min. | Comedy, Drama | Fox Searchlight

Director: Martin McDonagh

Writer: Martin McDonagh

Stars:
Frances McDormand
Woody Harrelson Sam Rockwell
Synopsis: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award nominee Martin McDonagh. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.


In a simple word, Wow. Winner of four Golden Globes and with seven Oscar nominations, including two win's Three Billboards is well worth the hype. And as much as I loved McDormand's role Sam Rockwell playing a smal…

Life finds a way In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
2018 | PG-13 | 2 Hr. 8 Min. | Action | Universal

Director: J.A. Bayona

Writers:  Derek Connolly Colin Trevorrow

Stars:
Chris Pratt Bryce Dallas Howard Rafe Spall
Synopsis: Three years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again.

The formula for the Jurassic Park films has always been relatively simple: Take an island full of dinosaurs, add humans, and let chaos ensue. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, may lack its predecessor’s sense of wonder, but offers a much darker and a more intense adventure than previous films. In this installment, we get tossed into a terrifying possibility of mixing dinosaurs wit…