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Trolls - The Movie. The Musical. The Myth. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Trolls – The Movie. The Musical. The Myth

I just finished watching the movie Trolls, and I really liked it. I am a sucker for really good animated movies and this one did not disappoint. With such an all-star cast how could it? The amazing Anna Kendrick (on whom I have a serious fan crush!) plays Princess Poppy, a very happy, joy-filled troll who wants everyone around her to be happy also. So when Justin Timberlake (Branch) tries his best to bring her down, she knows she has to change his sadness.

Ogre Chef (Christine Baranski) was banished 12 years before because she was unable to provide trolls to the King who wanted them because, as everyone knows, the only way to be a happy ogre is to eat a troll. When Chef captures five of Poppy’s best friends, Poppy knows she has to save them. While in the castle Poppy meets the lonely Bridget (Zooey Deschanel) and thinks she may have found an ally. But has she really?

With a divine soundtrack (Can’t Stop the Feeling, Sound of Silence, True Colors, I’m Coming Out and more) Anna Kendrick’s voice is unstoppable, as is Justin Timberlake’s. This is one children’s movie that everyone should watch. And just so you know, the glitter troll is my favorite!

Trolls - The Movie. The Musical. The Myth. A Propensity to Discuss review.

If you’ve seen it, what did you think? If not, watch it soon. It is a feel good, get your blood pumping movie.

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4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Room. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

Room (Movie)

After spending a little bit of time in my new retired life (thanks or not to syringomyelia), I have to admit I have been a little bored. I am trying to keep busy and have been cleaning my house and getting rid of clutter. But cleaning isn’t my favorite, so I have decided to take it a bit at a time and have (syringomyelia required) rest breaks.

During one such break, I watched the movie Room. Yes, I have read the book and it is still one of my favorites! So, what about the movie?

Room. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

Ma (Brie Larson) and Jack (Jacob Tremblayare trapped in Room, which is a sound proof storage shed in the backyard of a man who kidnapped Ma when she was 17. Jack, who just turned 5, has never seen anything beyond Room except through a skylight through the ceiling. He watches TV, but those things shown are not real. The only real things are Ma and Jack and what is inside room, like Tub, Bed, and Wardrobe.

When “Old Nick” comes to visit Ma, Jack has to stay in Wardrobe and sometimes Old Nick brings Sunday treats, but only the things they need, nothing extra. Ma, whose real name is Joy Newsome, knows there is more out there and she wants nothing more than to get Jack and herself back to her real home.

Room. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

This movie was so very close to the book that I knew exactly what was going to happen. Bummer, right? NO! It was absolutely wonderful. Even though I knew the plot, even though I knew the outcome, it was still so amazingly created and acted that I felt I was seeing/hearing the story for the first time. Brie Larson won an Oscar for her role in this film. Yes, it was that good. However, the Academy missed the mark on Jacob Tremblay because he also should have won an Oscar for his performance. He was masterful as 5-year-old Jack!

I very rarely say this, but here goes: Whether or not you have read the book which was written by Emma Donoghue see the movie! But if you haven’t read the book, you really should, because both are top of the line in my opinion. Both the book and the movie are not to be missed!

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Call the Midwife. A Propensity to Discuss TV Series review.

Call the Midwife (TV Series)

After reading/listening to Call the Midwife on audio, I put off watching the show, as I knew that I would be hooked and want to binge watch. That doesn’t really bode well for me during the school year, so I put it off until the summer. And I am so glad that I finally took the time to watch the series.

Call the Midwife. A Propensity to Discuss TV Series review.

Helen George (Trixie), Bryony Hannah (Cynthia), Jessica Raines (Jenny), Miranda Hart (Chummy)

The show, while some of it runs extremely close to the books by Jennifer Worth, takes on a life of its own and I have become highly attached to the characters. Over the five seasons that are currently available on Netflix, not one of them stands out above the others. The reason for that is that they are all amazing. Remarkable. Undeniably one of the best shows I have ever watched. Ever. And I mean that about every episode!

The show takes place in the East End of London in the 1950’s. Having just come out of World War II, the area has yet to rebound, as it historically was, and continues in the series, to be one of London’s poorer neighborhoods. When a new episode begins, you know several things:

  1. You will meet people who will do anything to make their lives better.
  2. Most people that you meet have a long history and a lot of family in the East End.
  3. The Nuns and Midwives of Nonnatus House will do everything in their power to help those in need.
Call the Midwife. A Propensity to Discuss TV Series review.

Cliff Parisi (Fred), Helen George (Trixie), Bryony Hannah (Cynthia), Jenny Agutter (Sister Julianne), Pam Ferris (Sister Evangelina), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica-Joan)

What you don’t know when you begin, is that you will encounter the truth of the era, see people living in poor conditions with no bathrooms, no running water, but with homes as clean as they can get them, and watch as the Sisters and Midwives work through the squalor to bring babies into the world and help those who are desperately sick.

 

Call the Midwife. A Propensity to Discuss TV Series review.

Laura Main (Sister Bernadette), Pam Ferris (Sister Evangelina), Jenny Agutter (Sister Julianne), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica-Joan)

In pretty much every episode you will also find yourself faced with a controversial issue, from a young nun who is questioning her call to God, women who are shamed for working outside the home, abortion, neglected children, stillbirths, thalidomide babies, racism, cancer, TB and with all of this, in every single episode, you will find some happiness. Some reason to smile.

Call the Midwife. A Propensity to Discuss TV Series review.

Charlotte Ritchie (Barbara), Victoria Yeates (Sister Winifred), Emerald Fennell (Patsy), Helen George (Trixie)

These nuns and midwives work and live together, not always in perfect harmony, but always in a way that supports their patients throughout every aspect of their lives. And it is so well acted and costumed that it takes you straight to the East End with every episode you watch.

From the history lessons, the quiet rise of feminism and women’s rights to work, to the life and death struggles and the advances in modern life due to medical advances, this, in my opinion, it is the best show on television.

I highly recommend it!

Links to all seasons: Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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The BFG. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

The BFG (Movie Review)

A few days ago I plundered through Netflix looking for something to watch that wasn’t going to cause my body to tense up like it had while watching Dunkirk. (That proved a bit of a problem for my syringomyelia.)  I came across The BFG (2016) based on the book by Roald Dahl.

Being a fan of Dahl, and never one to shy away from movies made for kids, I decided it would be a great way to relax and spend a couple of hours. Then I realized it was a Stephen Spielberg movie and I knew I had made a great choice!

Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) lives in an orphanage and suffers from insomnia, so she reads in bed. She also wanders around during “the witching hour” of 3 a.m. and one quiet night she looks out the window and sees a giant. The Giant (Mark Rylance) scoops her up and takes her to Giant Country. When she finally calms down enough to question him about it, he replies “Because I hears your lonely heart, in all the secret whisperings of the world.”

The BFG. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

Eventually, Sophie comes to refer to the Giant as The BFG, or Big Friendly Giant, as he protects her from the other mean, children eating giants that live around him. The BFG is also picked on and bullied by the others. Sophie realizes that something must be done to stop them, so she comes up with a plan to enlist the Queen (Penelope Wilson) to rid the world of the bad giants, but not to harm The BFG.

This movie had me literally laughing out loud, sighing, a little anxious, and at times a little tearful. A children’s movie! CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) was used to make the Giant and add a little bit of a cartoonish air, but leave in everything about the characters to make them real. It is truly a magical experience of the best kind.

The BFG. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

Add to that the wonderful words of The BFG, like phizz-whizzing, snozzcumbers and one of my favorites: “I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.” Not to mention, Sophie’s no-nonsense way of trying to logically work everything through and you get a very unlikely pair working together in a heartwarming way to solve a problem. 

So whether you are 5, 30, or 60, or any age in-between, you really need to see this movie! It is wonderful, and I promise you will like it.

A couple of interesting tidbits:

The Giant played is by Mark Rylance who also plays Mr. Dawson in Dunkirk. And, the Queen is played by Penelope Wilton who was Downton Abby’s Isobel Crawley.

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

 

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Syringomyelia 1 - Movie 0. A Propensity to Discuss post.

Syringomyelia 1 – Movie 0

Syringomyelia – 1        Movie-going – 0

Yep. Going to a movie lost out to syringomyelia (SM). Hubby and I went to see the movie Dunkirk and it was really good (click here for review) and it was really bad.

No, not the movie, but what seeing the movie did to me. After seeing it on Saturday, I spent all day Sunday, most of Monday and part of Tuesday on muscle relaxers, pain pills, a heating pad, and on the sofa recuperating. No, I am not kidding.

The movie was very intense and I spent probably 100 of its 106 minutes stressed out about what was going to happen and who might die and when the next bomb may hit. Tensed is not a way for me to spend 100 minutes. Or even 30 minutes.

Why didn’t I leave the movie, you ask? Why didn’t I stop watching? Quite honestly, because it never crossed my mind that seeing a movie was going to put me out of action for the next 3 days! Would it cross yours if it had never happened? No, probably not. But I know better now. I had even taken medicine as a precaution to sitting in the chairs at the movie, but even that didn’t help.

Syringomyelia sucks. Just saying.

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Other than the pain, there are the “little” things.

I drop things. Sometimes my hand(s) just let go and whatever I was holding is on the floor. I don’t drink out of glass anymore, don’t worry!

I get vertigo at very inopportune times. Like one day I was fine and hubby and I walked into a Subway to get lunch. Ten steps in and the world shifted and began to spin around me. The teenagers behind the counter thought it was great that I was drunk. Until I told them that I don’t drink alcohol. That’ll shut ’em up quickly.

I can’t get to a word sometimes, even though I know it. I was talking to my dad one day about my eyes and was trying to say that I have astigmatism. I know that word. But all that would come out was augmentin. Even after he said it to me, I could not say it back. The next day, I could say it perfectly.

My balance is really bad. If I ever got pulled over and asked to do the DUI test, I’d never in a million years pass it. Except that I don’t drink alcohol, so there is that. (And no, I do not drive when I am heavily medicated.)

My legs and feet go to sleep. Most of the time without me knowing it until I try to stand up. It’s not a pretty sight, I tell you!

My family and sense of humor keep me sane. When I drop something, I just pick it up with a loud thank you that it wasn’t glass, or priceless. When I can’t come up with a word, I generally insert a nonsense or alternate one and those who know me just roll with it. When my balance is bad, I am so thankful for a hubby and kids who non-theatrically steady me.

My faith in God sustains me. There is no possible way I could handle this on my own, so I lean into my faith to help me through the hardest days and I know that I am loved.

So after SM won against the movie, I spent several days reading, watching a couple of no-stress-at-all movies on Netflix and resting. While I did take muscle relaxers and pain meds, the one thing that seemed to help the most was Amish Origins Pain Relief Cream. This stuff is magical on sore and tight muscles! I found it a couple of years ago at a Mennonite bakery that we go to often and the owner assured me that it helped. I have since found it on Amazon (the bakery is 4 hours away) and I still use it.

Syringomyelia 1 - Movie 0. A Propensity to Discuss post.

While I don’t generally post about my issues with SM, I do believe that it is very important to bring awareness to this issue, as there are so many of us out there struggling to live a “normal” life and not let SM control us. But it is an every single day kind of struggle. We don’t want pity. We don’t want unsolicited advice (sorry, we have lots of doctors giving advice). We don’t want to be left alone. We want your support. We want your love. We don’t want to be in pain.

But most of all, we want you to know that sometimes just listening to us rant, without judgment or attempts to “fix” us is the thing we would like most.

 

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Dunkirk. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

Dunkirk (Movie Review)

Over the weekend, hubby and I went to see the movie Dunkirk, which I had not even known about until he mentioned going to see it. We aren’t big on going out to see movies, so I was a little shocked that he wanted to see this one. Having been a social studies education undergrad, I love historical books, movies, and tv shows, so I was all in.

First, let me say that it is ridiculous that it costs the two of us a little more than $50 to see a movie in a theater with popcorn and a drink. Good grief! This is the reason we don’t go to the movies all that often. However, if you plan to see Dunkirk, see it in an IMAX theater if at all possible. You feel like you are right there, with the unmatched definition and clarity of the screen and the sound system pulsing through your body, it adds so much to the experience!

Second, let me say that if you like history at all, you must go see this movie. It was really good. If you aren’t into history but you like war movies, this movie is a must see! If you like intense, non-stop action, go see this movie. Get up…go now! It’s that good!

This is quite an interestingly conceived movie, as there is no main character, just back and forth between different soldiers, boat captains, and officers. Reading that, you may think that there is no one to specifically name as the focus of the movie and that you will get lost trying to follow all of the different characters. You won’t. It is a simple and yet magnificently told depiction of the Dunkirk evacuation.

Dunkirk. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

In case you don’t know (I didn’t), the Dunkirk evacuation, sometimes referred to as the Miracle of Dunkirk, was the evacuation of Allied (British and French) soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, in northern France, between May 26 and June 4, 1940, during World War II. At the end of the first day, 7,669 men were evacuated, but by the end of the eighth day, 338,226 soldiers had been rescued by over 800 boats, the majority of those being the personal boats of fishermen and tradesmen from Great Britain.(1)

Dunkirk. A Propensity to Discuss movie review.

There is no real down time in this movie. It is non-stop action from about 3 minutes in until the final credits, so be prepared for about 103 minutes of being on the edge of your seat. Even though you know the outcome of more than 330,000 of these men, you are gripped with fear in a what will happen in every scene, one right after another, for the ENTIRE MOVIE!

It was written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan. The cast stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. Many of these men played Oscar worthy roles in this movie, and according to a Dunkirk historian, there are only minor discrepancies between the movie and the actual evacuation.

So, if you have a little time on your hands, and some extra money, head out to see this one. It truly is worth it!

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

(1) Dunkirk evacuation. (2017, July 31). Retrieved July 31, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunkirk_evacuation

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A – Z Romantic Comedy Movies

In continuing with my A-Z listings theme that I have used before, (A – Z Books for Adults; A – Z If I Were Stranded on a Deserted Island)  I have gone with one of my go-to types of movies, romantic comedy.

I did have to take a little poetic license with a couple, and there is one of those that is a stretch to make it a rom-com, but I’m not the one who names the movies. Let me just tell you, those people are sort of stingy about using the letter Q!

Hope you enjoy this. If you haven’t seen these, I highly recommend them all!

A*American President, The (Michael Douglas, Annette Bening)      [Amazon, IMDB]

BBreakfast At Tiffany’s (Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard)     [Amazon, IMDB]

CClueless (Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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DDeeds, Mr. (Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder)     [Amazon, IMDB]

EEnchanted (Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey)     [Amazon, IMDB]

FFailure To Launch (Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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GGrease (John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John)     [Amazon, IMDB]

H*- How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey)     [Amazon, IMDB]

IIt’s Complicated (Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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JJust Go With It (Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston)      [Amazon, IMDB]

KKnocked Up (Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogan)     [Amazon, IMDB]

LLife As We Know It (Josh Duhamel, Katherine Heigl)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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M*My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Nia Vardalos, John Corbett)     [Amazon, IMDB]

NNotting Hill (Julia Roberts, )     [Amazon, IMDB]

OOne Fine Day (Michelle Pfieffer, George Clooney)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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P*Pretty Woman (Richard Gere, Julia Roberts)     [Amazon, IMDB]

QQueen* (Kangana Ranaut)     [Amazon, IMDB

RRoxanne (Steve Martin, Darryl Hannah)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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S*Sweet Home Alabama (Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey)     [Amazon, IMDB]

TTwenty-seven (27) Dresses (Katherine Heigl, James Marsden )      [Amazon, IMDB]

UUgly Truth, The (Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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VValentine’s Day (Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey)     [Amazon, IMDB]

WWhile You Were Sleeping (Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman)     [Amazon, IMDB]

X – SeX And The City (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis)     [Amazon, IMDB]

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YYou’ve Got Mail (Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan)     [Amazon, IMDB]

Z –  CraZy, Stupid, Love (Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore)      [Amazon, IMDB]

A - Z Romantic Comedy Movies. A Propensity to Discuss Post.

 

One other one that I dearly love and watch over and over and over is Sabrina, both the original (1954 – Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn) [Amazon, IMDB] and the remake (1995 – Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond) [Amazon, IMDB]

A - Z Romantic Comedy Movies. A Propensity to Discuss Post.

*Favorites that I can watch over and over.

**Okay, so I took a little poetic licensing with this one. It’s not really a rom-com, more of a falling in love with oneself. But how many movies with Q in the title are there?

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