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The Roller Coaster

Submitted by Bethany on Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:41

I have found that in my (admittedly limited) experience, owning and operating a small business is akin to riding a roller coaster.  There are high, high ups, and low, low, downs, and sometimes it hardly feels like there is anything in between.  One of the reasons I wanted to work a small business with my husband was the promise of freedom.  The freedom to set our own hours, to work when we feel inspired - even if that means till 4 o'clock in the morning - and then take a nap and recharge when we need it.  

Pitch Perfect 3 is Surprisingly On-Pitch

Submitted by Joel on Sun, 12/31/2017 - 10:05

I was expecting to really hate this movie. It was another sequel following a not-great sequel. I had heard that it had pushed its release date several times, which is usually a pretty bad sign. And honestly, I just really didn't think it had much more to say or do here. But this wasn't a movie about Pitch Perfect as much as it was about moving on. It was a good ending to the story. So if you liked the first Pitch Perfect, you are likely going to enjoy this one, too.

Pitch Perfect 3 - A Satisfying, Singing End

Submitted by Bethany on Sat, 12/30/2017 - 14:27

I knew I was going to enjoy this movie, if only for the singing.  I thoroughly enjoyed the music in the first two movies, so I had high hopes this one would be more of the same, and it did not disappoint.  I will admit I was apprehensive about the story line - what could they possibly to for a third movie that wouldn't be absurd, far-fetched and over the top? 

Downsizing - A Tiny Movie with a Big Heart

Submitted by Bethany on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 22:26

The movie Downsizing is fascinating on so many levels.  It takes a look at a future in which scientists have learned how to miniaturize humans - it's sort of a "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" but this time on purpose.  The driving force behind this research and technological breakthrough was the idea that overpopulation, and it's subsequent environmental impacts, is the number one threat to the human species. I literally gasped out loud when they showed how much trash a colony of 36 humans created over the course of 4 years.  Joel had to remind me it was "just a movie".  

Downsizing was Downright Enjoyable

Submitted by Joel on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 21:29

If you don't think too much about the science behind Downsizing, it's a pretty good movie. It's preachy, sure. But it doesn't just constantly beat your over the head with global warming warnings (but it's definitely mentioned several times). It's hard to compare this movie to others. It's strange and deep, yet approachable. It reminds me of something that might be an episode of Black Mirror. Delving into the 'what if' of technology.

The Greatest Showman Puts on a Great Show

Submitted by Bethany on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 21:22

Full disclosure: I love musicals.  Like, sing the music in the shower and around the house for days love them.  I love them when they are good, and I love them when they are terrible.  Luckily for movie goers this season, The Greatest Showman is one of the good ones.  It follows the story of PT Barnum, the founder of the three ring circus, chronicles the ups and downs of his life, loves, and relationships.  

The Greatest Showman Entertains with Spectacle and Song

Submitted by Joel on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 20:43

Fans of musicals will enjoy this movie. The songs are well done, the singing is mostly good, the choreography is great, and the story is decent. All in all, this is a pretty good movie. Really, my only issue is some of the computer effects were too obvious. Other than that, I laughed, I teared up, I enjoyed the singing and dancing, and just enjoyed this movie.

Jumanji Sucks Us Back to Yesteryear

Submitted by Joel on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 15:15

Action comedies are probably my favorite type of movie. If you like them, too, you'll like the new Jumanji. Yes, it's a little silly, but there are great jokes, good action, and darn good acting. The story is simple and pretty predictable, but that's not what you're going to a movie like this to see. It's all about the humor and actors and the action. And those things are top notch. 

Jumangi - Thanks for the Welcome to the Jungle!

Submitted by Bethany on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:24

Not gonna lie, I have been looking forward to this movie ever since I saw the first preview for it.  I know people rag on Hollywood for remaking classics, but I love that this was not just a remake - but an update, a Jumangi for the 21st century.  I remember seeing the original Jumangi when I was a kid, and it scared the pants off me.  I was excited to see that the previews for this one looked less scary and more exciting.

Lady Bird - A Flight of Fancy Coming of Age Story

Submitted by Bethany on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 16:11

Lady Bird is a coming of age story about a young woman in her senior year of High School, who is exploring who she is, how she relates to the world, and what she wants her future to be.  She tries to claim her own identity by insisting people refer to her as "Lady Bird" instead of her given name.  She tests the boundaries in her relationships - with her mother, with her best friend, and with the boys who are interested in her.  We see these relationships change and morph throughout the movie.