Holiday Movie Reviews

Sunday night I was thinking I should have posted a lovely holiday message last week and said I’ll be back on January 5th.

But that would have required planning.

Which has not been my strength of late.

I wish I had planned a few posts for the coming days because I know it can be a good feeling instead of flying by the seat of your pants.

So now here is my Monday post on Tuesday which will make total sense when you see how doggone busy I’ve been. Busier than the rest of the universe. Sure. Right. That’s me…busy, busy, busy.

Or not.

So…now it’s time to guess what I’ve been busy, busy, busy doing.

Go ahead.


I’ll wait.

Look, we don’t have all day.

Hurry up.


Geez, here’s a hint:

It is something I did with PhilBillPaul for five days IN A ROW.


Get your mind out of the gutter.

My family reads this blog for goodness sake.

For FIVE DAYS IN A ROW, starting on Christmas Day…

Sort of as a quasi-Christams gift to PhilBillPaul…

I gave him the gift of QUALITY TIME.

Yes, I know what his primary love language and it’s actually not quality time.

But that’s my primary love language so that’s the gift I gave.

Hey now – good manners dictate that you should be gracious and say thank you for any gift you get.

The quality time I bestowed on him was in the form of going to FIVE MOVIES in the last five days.

Side note: See that line in the middle of the ticket stubs that says: Pass $0.00 Oh yeah…

If your teen is ready for a part-time job, check the local movie theatre. Ours allows the immediate family to go to the movies for free. Thus, PhilBillPaul, an avid moviegoer who will sit through bad movies, has informed The Grunter that he must work at the said movie theatre for the rest of his life. Which is not exactly the career choice I was picturing for him. Pun intended.

Here are my very short movie critiques with the disclaimer that I’m a tough critic, don’t necessarily like mainstream, predictable movies and often like non-box office hits. You can click on the movie titles for more movie details like: plots, professional movie critic reviews and Yahoo! movie reviews in case you don’t value my opinion–I don’t take it personally.

Really. To each his own.

  • 1. Doubt starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Unusual, different, love, love, love Meryl Streep. Lives up to its title from beginning to end. No tidy ending, made us think and have conversation which I always like.
  • 2. Quantum of Solace starring Daniel Craig
    James Bond, *man* movie, cars, boats, dizzying chase and fight scenes.
  • 3. Marley & Me starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson
    Dog lover movie, I’m not a dog lover in spite of the two wiener dogs at our house. Still, I cried remembering our own naughty family dog, Andy, who ate at the table with us but when company came we pretended we were appalled when he sat at the table.
  • 4. Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise
    World War II movie, love the history, love to learn something new during a movie and I did.
  • 5. Seven Pounds starring Will Smith
    Roger Leroy’s words, “It was kinda weird.” Yeah. I’d have to agree. A little too melodramatic for me or maybe it was Will trying to be melodramatic that I didn’t like.

In previous weeks we did see Australia (Hugh Jackman=lovely=A), Slumdog Millionaire (A) and Four Christmases (C).

I’m telling you, if you like movies, get your kid a job at the theatre!

Might go see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button but at almost three hours, that is a real time investment and I guess I’m not that curious. Anyone want to change my mind?

We’ll definitely see Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood.

So how was your Christmas? See any good movies? Come on, give me your reviews!


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  1. 1
    Ann says:

    You’ve got to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button! My husband, 21 year old daughter, and I went and we all liked it very much. Husband hadn’t seen anything about it previous to going to the theater and didn’t figure out until well into the movie that the main character was being played by Brad Pitt! We, too, enjoy movies that stimulate conversation afterward and this was one of those for us. Yeah, yeah…it’s far fetched to think of someone being born old and getting younger as the the years pass but it’s the stories along the way that were intriguing. A-

  2. 2
    Mollie says:

    No movies here; just the drama of having a bunch of family from California. C-

  3. 3
    Mollie says:

    I hope they don ‘t read this blog…

  4. 4
    Sherra says:

    @Ann: Okay, okay, we’ll go – I trust your judgment!

    @Mollie: Don’t worry – my extended family barely reads this blog so I think you’re safe 😉

  5. 5
    julieann says:

    Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood—a must see, especially if you grew up in the Midwest and know guys who worked at the Ford plant for 40 years. You may not agree with me, as I too saw Australia and would give it a D. It couldn’t decide what it wanted to be and so it didn’t succeed at anything. Mollie—I’m from CA and I hope I can rate above a C-…can I come over?

  6. 6
    Leigh Anne says:

    So we saw 3 movies over the holiday break – more movies than I usually see in a year!

    My girls and I went to Marley & Me. I am definitely not a dog lover or even liker but thought the movie was cute and sweet. My girl’s cried – I didn’t. I give it a B-

    We also saw Seven Pounds which I liked although everyone else I know that saw it thought it was depressing. I thought it was well done and I like Will Smith. I give it a B

    The third movie was Valkryie which was my favorite of the 3. I love that period of history and found the movie to be very inspiring. I didn’t know much about the German Resistance and found it very interesting. I give it an A.

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    julieann says:

    Another well done but little known movie involving the German Resistance is Swing Kids. It stars the actor who was the main character in Dead Poets Society (not Robin Williams, but the main student) and maybe was done in that time period (was that 90’s?) because he looks to be the same age. Believe it’s rated PG-13. We rented it less than a year ago, so it may still be out there.

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    Karen says:

    My husband and I went on our annual movie date since family was staying with us and an Aunt gave us the gift of a babysitter!!!! We saw Bedtime Stories and laughed the entire time. It was an awesome way to spend alone time and to come home entertained and happy. 🙂 I give it an A- only because I wanted it to be longer!


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