Thursday, November 28, 2019

Festive Reheats: Revealing Canada's Most Sacred Holiday, Thursday


To all my American readers, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. You are only about a month and a half late. . . again. I hope you enjoy your giant baked bird and crazy drunk uncle on this special holiday, but while you make your toasts, don't forget that Canada has its own storied holiday today, Yes, it is once again Thursday. Now, I realize that Thursday is not as popular a holiday as Thanksgiving, but it is still full of traditions and celebrations. As a helpful guide to those unaware of the beloved holiday Thursday (who is basically everyone who isn't me), I wrote way back in 2010 a detailed top ten of the most significant Thursday events. Since it is Thursday, today seems like a proper day to unleash this upon the world again. Here is the link. Enjoy!


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas is Almost Here, So a Perfect Time for a Pictorial Exploration of the Spicer's Fall

The last time I wrote about the adventures in the Spicer' Kingdom was when Danika was starting school. She is now a grizzled veteran who rules the Junior Kindergarten domain, or at least, she seems to be getting along with everyone. I am ecstatic that her habit of biting and punching her brother hasn't migrated to the schoolyard, and everyone there thinks she is a charming young lady.

So, as you may have guess, much as has happened since that first week in September and here is a pictorial tale of some of the highlights.


I threw a surprise 40th Birthday party for Emily this year, mostly because as luck would have it, she turned 40 this year. It would have been pretty embarrassing if she was 23.





Should I be worried that my 4-year-old daughter 'caught' the wedding bouquet? Danika technically was given it by the person who 'won' because she was so darned cute, so I don't think that means I need to be planning a wedding yet.





The annual fall fair at the kid's school has traditionally been where the kids are allowed to check out a local fire truck, but many years, it has left before they've had a chance because some inconsiderate building has decided to catch on fire.








My 1980s is showing, as I have influenced Everett to the point that he wanted to go as his favourite fictional character, Indiana Jones. I am not even sure if half his friends even know who that is. Though, he has convinced at least one friend to go watch the movies.



Danika went with a costume more to this era, Anna from Frozen. A movie she has only seen about two billion times.



Emily carved this pumpkin, which is why it is amazing.


Everett demanded that I carve Indiana Jones into his pumpkin. Yes, that is what I am attempted do here. I realize, it works better as a scarecrow holding a scythe. But I did this free-hand, and Everett actually loved it and was proud of it, so all I really needed was my son's approval and happiness.





Can you guess which one of my kids likes being photographed?




I got old! Again!


Every November, I do a challenge where you must write 50 thousand new words of your novel in the month. It is a global event that many writers participate in, and my city has a local chapter, where we get together every week to encourage each other, share ideas and write together. Everett expressed interest that he wanted to take part and I discovered that they have one for kids where they can choose a goal of how many words they will write in the month. Everett has chosen 5 thousand as his goal. So, it has been with a lot of pride and great pleasure, that Everett has joined me this year in trying to write lots of words towards a novel. He is also without a doubt the most loved person in our weekly local writing group. This of course, is not a photo of that gathering but us working hard at home.



There you go! We did stuff these last few months! Who would have guessed! How has your fall into winter been?

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Frozen 2', 'Klaus', 'A Vigilante', 'Sleepless' and 'The Book of Henry'


The Christmas season is upon us, so it is time for some family holiday movies. We have two really big animated family features to discuss. The biggest one is the huge Disney fantasy sequel as we return to Anna and Elsa in Frozen 2. Do you want an origin story of Santa Claus? We have that in the Netflix animated original Klaus. Then we have some stuff that isn't family friendly like the dark dramatic film about an abuse victim seeking out to save women and children from their abusers in A Vigilante. We also review a dark thriller about a corrupt cop trying to rescue his kidnapped son in Sleepless. Then we discuss a movie that we think may have been trying to be a family movie but instead became something very dark and insane in the misguided The Book of Henry.

We have a great time recording the show, and we appreciate you listening to us every week. The best way you can show your support is spread the word to other movie buffs.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

Klaus *** (CS & SM)
Frozen 2 *** (CS)
A Vigilante ** (CS & SM)
Sleepless * (CS) & *½ (SM)
The Book of Henry * (CS & SM)

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Ford v. Ferrari', 'Enter the Dragon', 'Let it Snow' and 'Support the Girls'


It is a busy time of year and so we have a jam-packed episode for you. Our new theatrical release is a big Oscar hopeful in the James Mangold directed, Ford v. Ferrari. We also dip into the vault to review the Bruce Lee martial arts classic, Enter the Dragon. We also got a Netflix original in the teen romance holiday movie, Let It Snow. We cap off the reviews with an indy darling from last year in the dramedy Support the Girls. After that, we look at the rise of big budget event TV series like The Mandalorian or the upcoming MCU based series, and we ask if they will have an impact on the importance of big blockbuster movies.

As always, we had a great time recording this episode, and we really appreciate you choosing to listen to us. You can show your support by spreading the word about us to other movie fans. Thank you.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

Ford v. Ferrari ***½ (CS)
Enter the Dragon ***½ (CS) **** (SM)
Support the Girls*** (CS & SM)
Let It Snow *** (CS) & ** (SM)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Breakdown of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', 'The Blues Brothers', 'The King', 'Loser' and 'The Endless'


We are jumping into the time machine this week on The Movie Breakdown as we record this episode in person just like we did from 2013 to 2016. You know what else we did back then, we often picked a lot of older movies rather than trying to review every Netflix Original movie. We kick off this new era of reviewing some older movies with a bang as we have the horror cult hit that played a part in birthing the slasher genre in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We also have an ambitious comedy that was a huge hit and was the first to turn a successful Saturday Night Live sketch into a feature in The Blues Brothers. We've loved two Amy Heckerling coming-of-age comedies, and so will the streak continue with Loser? We still have a Netflix Original to review in the historical epic, The King. Finally, we discuss a twisty thriller mixed with horror indy picture in The Endless.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)
The Blues Brothers***½ (CS & SM)
The King **½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Loser* (CS & SM)
The Endless ***½ (CS & SM)

Monday, November 04, 2019

The Breakdown of 'Terminator: Dark Fate', 'Dolemite if My Name', 'The Laundromat' 'Fractured' and 'Eli'


Can you believe we are in November already? It has almost been another year of The Movie Breakdown and this week we're bringing you five movie reviews. The cool thing among all the kids is having sequels that retcon out all the sequels we don't like and so, we have Terminator: Dark Fate, the movie that wants you to believe there has only been two previous movies in the series. Speaking of erasing the past, who said that Eddie Murphy was in a slump and this week we look at the movie designed to make the comedian relevant again in the comedic biopic Dolemite is My Name. We also have the second Steve Soderbergh movie this year, this time in the Meryl Streep starring The Laundromat. Then we cap off the show with two thrillers in the Sam Worthington starring Fractured and the flick about a spooky kid in Eli. We had a blast recording the show this week and we really hope you love it. If you do, then we really ask that you please spread the word about the show to other movie fans.

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The Movies' Four-Star Rating:

Terminator: Dark Fate ** (CS)
Dolemite is My Name ***½ (CS & SM)
The Laundromat ** (CS & SM)
Fractured *½ (CS) & * (SM)

Eli *½ (CS) & * (SM)