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A Look At Judi Dench: Jane Eyre

2014 is my year to focus on Judi Dench’s movies. I’ve challenged myself to watch and review one a month. I was inspired by the actress’ performance in Philomena. I enjoyed it so much that it made me want to go back and sample as many of her best movies. I decided to follow up […]

Another Judi Dench Movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I’m challenging myself this year to see one Judi Dench movie a month. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance in Philomena. I enjoyed it so much that it made me want to go back and sample as many of her best movies and tv series. THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Although they don’t know each other, […]

Book Review: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

I’ve been meaning to read A Room With A View for quite a while. I finally started in on the book and, by the end, I decided to read it again, this time via audiobook. Then, by the time I finished the audiobook, I knew I had to see the movie. You could say I […]

Movie Review: Philomena

Fifty-plus years ago Philomena Lee (played by Judi Dench) became pregnant while unmarried. She was sent to a convent for girls in that condition. In return for help with childbirth (with no pain relieve), she was required to work at the convent for four years. The young women could see their babies for one hour […]

Big John Wayne’s Movies As Seen By Roger Ebert

As I read Roger Ebert’s memoir, Life Itself, it made me want to see again many of the old classics. As I mentioned in my review of the book, here, the chapter on John Wayne captured my full attention. I’ve seen so many of John Wayne’s movies (many, many times) because my husband is a […]

Lunch and a Matinee: $5 Movies

You know that my husband and I love to go to the movie theater, especially now that we are retired. We like to go in the middle of the day when the rest of the world is working. In the years that I’ve been blogging I also like to tell you about the ones we’ve […]

Two Great Movies

After several months of (in my opinion) mediocre movies at the theater, we finally got two great ones in one week. It’s okay, I’m not really complaining. I felt like having a popcorn week anyway. Both of these two movies are big-screen worthy. If you can only pick one for the big screen, I recommend […]

Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy

I love the previous three Bourne movies. We (my husband and I) own the DVDs and like to watch them occasionally. We’ve been excitedly waiting to see what the new Bourne franchise would be like. We worried. Could the new group produce an equally good movie? Our biggest concern was whether this new movie could […]

Lunch and a Matinee: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

It’s been months since we went to the movies. There has been nothing new that we wanted to see. I was willing to watch just a so-so movie just for the fun of watching the big screen. And then a movie came to town last week that was absolutely a first-rate film. I didn’t know […]

Movie Review: One For the Money

Summary: Stephanie Plum is desperate for money – she’s behind on her rent and her car is about to be repossessed. She visits her cousin Vinnie’s bail bond office to check out a job as a file clerk. Instead she hears about some quick money to be make as a bounty hunter. The big money […]