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3 out of 5 http://jonmower.com/taxonomy/term/59/all en Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides http://jonmower.com/pirates-caribbean-stranger-tides <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/Pirates-of-the-Caribbean-On-Stranger-Tid_13550/220px-On_Stranger_Tides_Poster.jpg"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: left; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="220px-On_Stranger_Tides_Poster" border="0" alt="220px-On_Stranger_Tides_Poster" align="left" src="http://jonmower.com/files/Pirates-of-the-Caribbean-On-Stranger-Tid_13550/220px-On_Stranger_Tides_Poster_thumb.jpg" width="224" height="330" /></a>Tonight we finished watching <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirates_of_the_Caribbean:_On_Stranger_Tides" target="_blank">Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides</a> (2011, PG-13).&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2011/pirates_of_the_caribbean_on_stranger_tides.html" target="_blank">screenit</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><em>A flamboyant pirate, his former nemesis, a feared pirate and various others set out to beat the rest in finding the legendary fountain of youth.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Finn really enjoys Jack Sparrow's antics.&#160; I thought it was fine.&#160; 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/pirates-caribbean-stranger-tides#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2866 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Tue, 07 Feb 2012 03:05:06 +0000 Jonathan 2866 at http://jonmower.com The Book of Eli http://jonmower.com/book-eli <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/The-Book-of-Eli_3DE/220px-Book_of_eli_poster.jpg"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: left; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="220px-Book_of_eli_poster" border="0" alt="220px-Book_of_eli_poster" align="left" src="http://jonmower.com/files/The-Book-of-Eli_3DE/220px-Book_of_eli_poster_thumb.jpg" width="224" height="330" /></a></p> <p>Last night Lisa and I watched <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Eli" target="_blank">The Book of Eli</a> (2010,R).&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2010/the_book_of_eli.html" target="_blank">ScreenIt!</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><em>In a post-apocalyptic world, a lone traveler continues on his quest west, but most contend with an educated villain and his array of thugs who want the potentially influential book in his possession.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>At some point I'd heard from someone that this was a good film, so my expectations were a little bit elevated.&#160; I thought is was just OK.</p> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/book-eli#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2825 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Tue, 11 Oct 2011 03:27:16 +0000 Jonathan 2825 at http://jonmower.com Land of the Lost http://jonmower.com/land-lost <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/Land-of-the-Lost_14A01/220px-Land_of_the_Lost_poster.jpg"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: left; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="220px-Land_of_the_Lost_poster" border="0" alt="220px-Land_of_the_Lost_poster" align="left" src="http://jonmower.com/files/Land-of-the-Lost_14A01/220px-Land_of_the_Lost_poster_thumb.jpg" width="224" height="331" /></a></p> <p>I recently watched <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_the_Lost_(film)" target="_blank">Land of the Lost</a> (2009, PG-13).&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2009/land_of_the_lost.html" target="_blank">ScreenIt!</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><em>A scientist, his new assistant, and a tourist trap operator end up in another dimension where the past, present and future coexist, and then try to find their way back home, all while dealing with dinosaurs, reptilian creatures and more.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Some films are just silly.&#160; Land of the Lost is one of those that is enjoyably silly…and what's not to like about Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and Anna Friel?</p> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/land-lost#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2750 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Wed, 16 Mar 2011 03:39:55 +0000 Jonathan 2750 at http://jonmower.com Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County http://jonmower.com/homeless-motel-kids-orange-county <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/HomelessTheMotelKidsofOrangeCounty_13C9F/homelessmotelkids_150.jpg"><img title="homeless-motel-kids_150" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="141" alt="homeless-motel-kids_150" src="http://jonmower.com/files/HomelessTheMotelKidsofOrangeCounty_13C9F/homelessmotelkids_150_thumb.jpg" width="155" align="left" border="0" /></a> Tonight we finished watching <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandra_Pelosi" target="_blank">Alexandra Pelosi</a>'s <a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/homeless-the-motel-kids-of-orange-county/index.html#" target="_blank">Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County</a>.</p> <p>From the HBO site:</p> <blockquote><p><em>HOMELESS...explores the world of children who reside in discounted motels within walking distance of Disneyland, living in limbo as their families struggle to survive in one of the wealthiest regions of America.&#160; The parents of motel kids are often hard workers who don't earn enough to own or rent homes.&#160; As a result, they continue to live week-to-week in motels, hoping against hope for an opportunity that might allow them to move up in the O.C.</em></p> <p><em>The toll of this lifestyle on their children is severe.&#160; Though the community tries to provide adequate education and food, the day-to-day lives of motel kids are often a numbing exercise in frustrating complaints and ever-diminishing expectations.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>These kids' lives are bleak, and I think Pelosi is right that you can find similar stories everywhere these days.&#160; The kids' hopelessness that the film communicates is tragic.&#160; Pelosi seems clumsy, though.&#160; Her voice intrudes too often, as <a href="http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/film/homeless-the-motel-kids-of-ora/" target="_blank">one reviewer put it</a>, to &quot;influence answers and provoke responses&quot;.</p> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/homeless-motel-kids-orange-county#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2630 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Wed, 08 Sep 2010 02:52:52 +0000 Jonathan 2630 at http://jonmower.com Avatar http://jonmower.com/avatar <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/Avatar_13CC8/200pxAvatarTeaserPoster.jpg"><img title="200px-Avatar-Teaser-Poster" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="301" alt="200px-Avatar-Teaser-Poster" src="http://jonmower.com/files/Avatar_13CC8/200pxAvatarTeaserPoster_thumb.jpg" width="204" align="left" border="0" /></a> A month or so ago we watched <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_%282009_film%29" target="_blank">Avatar</a> (2009,PG-13) for family movie night.&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2009/avatar.html" target="_blank">ScreenIt!</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><em>In the distant future on another planet, an Earthling goes undercover in an avatar body to infiltrate the indigenous race in hopes of helping his people get their hands on a valuable mineral located there.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Sometimes you hear such good things about a film that you're disappointed when you actually seen it even if it's actually quite good.&#160; This was the flip side of that.&#160; I'd heard it had good special effects but a terrible plot, but I didn't think it was any worse than your typical popular blockbuster plot.</p> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/avatar#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2577 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Sat, 24 Jul 2010 01:49:13 +0000 Jonathan 2577 at http://jonmower.com 21 http://jonmower.com/21 <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/21_10D87/200pxTwenty_one_poster.jpg"><img title="200px-Twenty_one_poster" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="283" alt="200px-Twenty_one_poster" src="http://jonmower.com/files/21_10D87/200pxTwenty_one_poster_thumb.jpg" width="204" align="left" border="0" /></a> </p> <p>I recently watched <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21_%282008_film%29" target="_blank">21</a> (2008,PG-13).&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2008/21.html" target="_blank">ScreenIt!:</a></p> <p><em>Recruited by one of his professors, a college student agrees to join an underground card-counting team, but must deal with the repercussions of getting too good at it, all of which draws the watchful eye of Vegas casino loss prevention specialists.</em></p> <p>This was probably an interesting story to read, but it didn't work all that well for me as a film...especially Spacey's character.&#160; It could have actually been on target for all I know, but it didn't feel like it to me.&#160; I also don't understand how casino's could possibly get away with kicking the shite out of it's customers or why Ben wouldn't use a bank account.</p> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/21#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2539 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Sun, 18 Apr 2010 02:57:49 +0000 Jonathan 2539 at http://jonmower.com Honey, I Blew Up the Kid http://jonmower.com/honey-i-blew-kid <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/HoneyIBlewUptheKid_1284E/200pxHoney_I_blew_up_the_kid_film_poster.jpg"><img title="200px-Honey_I_blew_up_the_kid_film_poster" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="301" alt="200px-Honey_I_blew_up_the_kid_film_poster" src="http://jonmower.com/files/HoneyIBlewUptheKid_1284E/200pxHoney_I_blew_up_the_kid_film_poster_thumb.jpg" width="204" align="left" border="0" /></a> Last night we watched <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey,_I_Blew_Up_the_Kid" target="_blank">Honey, I Blew Up the Kid</a> (1992,PG) for family movie night.&#160; From <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104437/plotsummary" target="_blank">IMDB</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><em>Wayne Szalinski is at it again. But instead of shrinking things, he tries to make a machine that can make things grow. As in the first one, his machine isn't quite accurate. But when he brings Nick &amp; his toddler son Adam to see his invention, the machine unexpectedly starts working.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>A bit of wisdom from the film:</p> <blockquote><p><em>There's one thing every kid knows: daddies mean fun, mommies mean business.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>The kids enjoyed it.&#160; I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/honey-i-blew-kid#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2529 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Sun, 28 Mar 2010 22:21:01 +0000 Jonathan 2529 at http://jonmower.com Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix http://jonmower.com/harry-potter-and-order-phoenix <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/HarryPotterandtheOrderofthePhoenix_12ADF/200pxHarry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_theatrical_poster.jpg"><img title="200px-Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_theatrical_poster" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="304" alt="200px-Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_theatrical_poster" src="http://jonmower.com/files/HarryPotterandtheOrderofthePhoenix_12ADF/200pxHarry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_theatrical_poster_thumb.jpg" width="204" align="left" border="0" /></a> Lisa was chaperoning a dance tonight, so the boys and I had dinner at Pizza Hut and then watched <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_%28film%29" target="_blank">Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix</a> (2007,PG-13).&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2007/harry_potter_and_the_order_of_the_phoenix.html" target="_blank">ScreenIt!</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><em>A teenage wizard must contend with changes at his school all while trying to get everyone to believe in and prepare for the return of a dangerous entity in this fifth installment of the &quot;Harry Potter&quot; series.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/harry-potter-and-order-phoenix#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2504 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Sat, 13 Mar 2010 04:05:46 +0000 Jonathan 2504 at http://jonmower.com Body of Lies http://jonmower.com/body-lies <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/BodyofLies_1182E/200pxBody_of_lies_poster.jpg"><img title="200px-Body_of_lies_poster" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="312" alt="200px-Body_of_lies_poster" src="http://jonmower.com/files/BodyofLies_1182E/200pxBody_of_lies_poster_thumb.jpg" width="204" align="left" border="0" /></a> </p> <p>Tonight I finished watching <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_of_Lies_%28film%29" target="_blank">Body of Lies</a> (2008,R).&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2008/body_of_lies.html" target="_blank">Screen It!</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><em>A Middle East based CIA field operative clashes with his supervisor back in the states as the two try to find and stop a terrorist ringleader.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>We started it last weekend.&#160; Lisa gave up on it pretty quickly with all of the non-stop gunfire at the beginning.&#160; She missed the romance in the middle before the violence returned at the end.&#160; It was OK...reminded me of <a href="http://jonmower.com/kingdom" target="_blank">The Kingdom</a>.&#160; </p> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/body-lies#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2337 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Sat, 06 Feb 2010 01:09:08 +0000 Jonathan 2337 at http://jonmower.com Taken http://jonmower.com/taken <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/Taken_143A5/200pxTakenposter.jpg"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="200pxTakenposter" border="0" alt="200pxTakenposter" align="left" src="http://jonmower.com/files/Taken_143A5/200pxTakenposter_thumb.jpg" width="184" height="244" /></a> </p> <p>Tonight we watched <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taken_%28film%29" target="_blank">Taken</a> (2009,PG-13).&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2009/taken.html" target="_blank">ScreenIt!</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><em>A former CIA agent uses every tool in his arsenal and leaves many bad guys in his wake as he tries to find and rescue his 17-year-old daughter who's been kidnapped into the sex slave trade while vacationing in Paris.</em> </p> </blockquote> <p>It’s chock full of violence and a bit too far-fetched over and over again.&#160; Also, Lisa says the boys are never going to Europe alone.</p> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/taken#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2303 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Sat, 02 Jan 2010 04:01:42 +0000 Jonathan 2303 at http://jonmower.com The Upside of Anger http://jonmower.com/upside-anger <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/TheUpsideofAnger_14C52/200pxUpsideofAnger.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="200px-UpsideofAnger" border="0" alt="200px-UpsideofAnger" align="left" src="http://jonmower.com/files/TheUpsideofAnger_14C52/200pxUpsideofAnger_thumb.jpg" width="204" height="301" /></a> </p> <p>I recently watched <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_upside_of_anger" target="_blank">The Upside of Anger</a> (2005,R).&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2005/the_upside_of_anger.html" target="_blank">ScreenIt!:</a></p> <blockquote><p>A woman tries to deal with her anger regarding her husband who's disappeared and left her alone to raise their daughters whose actions and decisions challenge her in various ways. </p> </blockquote> <p>It was fine but nothing special.&#160; I suspect the fairer sex would relate more to the relationships between the sisters and with their mom. </p> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/upside-anger#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2276 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Thu, 24 Dec 2009 04:44:25 +0000 Jonathan 2276 at http://jonmower.com New Moon http://jonmower.com/new-moon <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/NewMoon_13EC9/200pxNewmoonposter.jpg"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="200px-Newmoonposter" border="0" alt="200px-Newmoonposter" align="left" src="http://jonmower.com/files/NewMoon_13EC9/200pxNewmoonposter_thumb.jpg" width="166" height="244" /></a> I enjoyed reading Twilight enough that I continued on with reading and then recently going to see <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Moon_%282009_film%29" target="_blank">New Moon</a> (2009,PG-13) with Lisa.&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2009/the_twilight_saga_new_moon.html" target="_blank">ScreenIt!</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>A teen must not only contend with her vampire boyfriend suddenly dumping her and moving away, but also the discovery that her best friend is a werewolf. </p> </blockquote> <p>I pretty much felt the same about this one as the first one.&#160; The book was enjoyable enough, and the film was tolerable as a companion to the book.</p> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/new-moon#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2265 3 out of 5 Books Entertainment Movies Thu, 10 Dec 2009 03:41:03 +0000 Jonathan 2265 at http://jonmower.com Twilight http://jonmower.com/twilight <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/Twilight_1372F/250pxTwilightbook.jpg"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="250px-Twilightbook" border="0" alt="250px-Twilightbook" align="left" src="http://jonmower.com/files/Twilight_1372F/250pxTwilightbook_thumb.jpg" width="163" height="244" /></a> On our 15th anniversary cruise back in July, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilight_%282008_film%29" target="_blank">Twilight</a> (2008,PG-13) was showing in the ship’s theater.&#160; I’d been planning to read it anyway (if the ladies occasionally watch football with us, we can occasionally read about romantic vampires), so I knocked <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilight_%28novel%29" target="_blank">the book</a> out over a few days before watching it with the Crumps.&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2008/twilight.html" target="_blank">ScreenIt</a>!:</p> <blockquote><p>After relocating to a small town to live with her dad, a teenager meets and ends up falling for a teenage vampire who's torn between his love for her and his appetite for her blood. </p> </blockquote> <p>I didn’t love the book or anything, but it was enjoyable enough.&#160; Having read the book also made the film more interesting than it would have been otherwise.</p> <p>I give the film 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/twilight#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2263 3 out of 5 Books Entertainment Movies Tue, 08 Dec 2009 03:08:09 +0000 Jonathan 2263 at http://jonmower.com Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian http://jonmower.com/night-museum-battle-smithsonian <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/NightattheMuseumBattleoftheSmithsonian_12E54/200pxNight_at_the_Museum_2_poster.jpg"><img title="200px-Night_at_the_Museum_2_poster" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="303" alt="200px-Night_at_the_Museum_2_poster" src="http://jonmower.com/files/NightattheMuseumBattleoftheSmithsonian_12E54/200pxNight_at_the_Museum_2_poster_thumb.jpg" width="204" align="left" border="0" /></a> </p> <p>Back in March we went to see <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_at_the_Museum:_Battle_of_the_Smithsonian" target="_blank">Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian</a> in the theater.&#160; From <a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/2009/night_at_the_museum_battle_of_the_smithsonian.html" target="_blank">ScreenIt!</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>A former museum night guard tries to rescue his museum figure friends -- that magically come to life at night -- from an Egyptian pharaoh figure that's likewise now animated and desirous of resurrecting his army of the dead.</p> </blockquote> <p>The kids liked it, but I thought it was pretty bland.</p> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/night-museum-battle-smithsonian#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2254 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Thu, 05 Nov 2009 02:59:58 +0000 Jonathan 2254 at http://jonmower.com The Santa Clause http://jonmower.com/santa-clause <p><a href="http://jonmower.com/files/TheSantaClause_13B77/200pxThe_Santa_Clause.jpg"><img title="200px-The_Santa_Clause" style="border-top-width: 0px; display: inline; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="306" alt="200px-The_Santa_Clause" src="http://jonmower.com/files/TheSantaClause_13B77/200pxThe_Santa_Clause_thumb.jpg" width="204" align="left" border="0" /></a> Several weeks back we watched <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Santa_Clause" target="_blank">The Santa Clause</a> (1994,PG) (<a href="http://www.screenit.com/movies/1994/the_santa_clause.html" target="_blank">ScreenIt! Review</a>) for family movie night.&#160; From ScreenIt!:</p> <blockquote><p>A father unwillingly takes over Santa’s duties after the real Santa falls from his roof.</p> </blockquote> <p>Funny to think that Home Improvement was in it's prime when this film was made.&#160; I didn't watch either his show or this film back then.</p> <p>I give it 3 out of 5.</p> http://jonmower.com/santa-clause#comments http://jonmower.com/crss/node/2127 3 out of 5 Entertainment Movies Sat, 11 Apr 2009 01:48:10 +0000 Jonathan 2127 at http://jonmower.com
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