Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

I am not one that memorized all of the hundreds of pokemon, but in this movie that is okay because they created this movie in such a great story telling way that you didn't have to have them memorized. The comedy of Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu and Justice Smith as Tim is a match you have to see. The colors and action in this movie are amazing.


Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (Rated PG) is available for checkout on DVD.



The Gray Man

What a fun and action-packed film! Who doesn't love a good spy movie, am I right? The Gray Man, directed by the Russo Brothers who never disappoint! This follows the story of one of the gray men, Six, who accidently finds out some agency secrets that he shouldn't know. He then gets put on a hitlist with a high bounty on his head. You'll have to watch to see if he makes it out alive. An all-star cast adds to this movie's delight.


Available on Netflix, check out a Roku with Netflix to start watching.



Hemingway

Hemingway is the latest documentary by the great Ken Burns (along with Lynn Novick).Like all of his previous work, Burns takes us deep into a subject (like Ernest Hemingway) using old photos and the voices of other actors. When they mentioned how many people in his family had taken their own lives, it shocked me. And while watching it I felt Mr. Hemingway was kind of a jerk but that's just me. PBS and Ken Burns puts together such captivating things to watch and Hemingway is just that, excellent television.




Parks and Recreation

This TV comedy series follows the political career trajectory of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) who works in the Parks and Recreation department of a small town in Indiana. The show features a full cast of quirky characters from April (Aubrey Plaza), the sulking twenty-something receptionist; to Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), the ultra-masculine, libertarian, meat-eater; to Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe), the always upbeat, vegetarian, political middle manager. Parks and Recreation will put a smile on your face.

Starring Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, and Rob Lowe.



Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Wii)

This video game is set up so you can play chapters through the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. As soon as you finish a level you can choose to go back in and unlock more or to continue with the story. The way the game actually follows the movie storyline is very captivating.

Lego Disney Pirates of the Caribbean is available for PlayStation 3 for checkout.


Tags:

The Lost City

I would highly recommend watching this funny, action, comedy adventure movie - "The Lost City". It stars Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) as romance novelist who is out on tour promoting her latest novel with her cover model, Dash/Alan (Channing Tatum). Dash is always the hero in all her romantic novels. In her last novel, she reveals an understanding of the ancient writings. Because of this knowledge she gets kidnapped by a wealthy billionaire media mogul named Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) and he flies her to an island in the Atlantic. He wants her to solve a writing so that he can locate a lost treasure before the volcano erupts. Alan tracks Loretta and gets his friend Jack Trainer (Brad Pitt) to fly off to the island to rescue her. Before she knows it, she finds herself in the middle of one of her romantic novels and all the clues are coming together to discover a big treasure. Very enjoyable movie. Loved the new duo Bullock and Tatum.



Murder on the Orient Express

The Murder on the Orient Express (2017, Rated PG-13) movie is highly underrated. The suspense, drama and the amount of questions that has you acting like a detective yourself is what makes this movie great. Just when you think you know how the movie is going there is a twist. 

The movie is based off of the book of the same name by Agatha Christie




American Oz

I enjoyed watching the PBS program American Oz about L. Frank Baum, the man who wrote The Wizard of Oz. There seems to be a common link between many successful people insomuch as they struggle with a lot of adversity in the beginning but they keep getting back up and working at it. I liked how Baum never lost that child-like adventure and wonderment and never gave up on his dream. This was a good biography to watch with a happy ending, much like Dorothy.

Available for checkout on DVD.



A Quiet Place Part II

If you enjoyed the first movie written by John Krasinski, "A Quiet Place" then you will enjoy the sequel, "A Quiet Place Part II". The story begins with small time life, in a small country town, when the aliens/monsters invade earth. The story quickly fast forwards to the end of the last movie when, Lee Abbott (played by John Krasinski) dies and his wife, Evelyn (played by Emily Blunt) pushes on with the family to continue to fight for survival, in silence, searching for a new civilization. She must rely upon her children, Marcus and Regan (who is hearing impaired and wears a Cochlear implant). Regan is convinced that the new radio signal is a sign to search for civilization elsewhere. Regan follows her intuition and leaves her family to help them find a safe place to live. What they find are more frightful alien/monsters and terrible people along the way.  

Casablanca

Casablanca is a classic film set during WWII, which has some of the most quoted lines in movie history, is a must see for movie buffs. Rick (Humphrey Bogart) is an American expatriate bar owner in Morocco, and when his former lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) asks for his help to flee the city from the Nazis with her husband, he has to decide how much he is willing to risk. The witty dialogue between the deadpan Rick and Captain Renault (Claude Rains) is worth the price of admission alone.

Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, and Paul Henreid.



Tags:

Jaws

 Jaws (Rated PG) is a classic movie that has you questioning what is in the ocean at all times. The amazing camera shots and music drive this movie to be one of the most notorious movies of all time.

Available for checkout on DVD.

Tags:

We Are

We Are by the talented New Orleans singer, songwriter, and musician, Jon Batiste, is a moving album. The themes of nostalgia and social justice are reflected through rhythm and blues, jazz, rap, pop, gospel, and soul. The uplifting title song, "We Are" includes the Gospel Soul children and the St. Augustine High School Marching 100 and stretches out over 4 minutes.

I enjoyed listening to the messages and the variety of the music styles and instruments. Besides "We Are" I especially liked "Freedom", and "I Need You".

At the 2022 Grammy Awards We Are won the 2022 Grammy Album of the Year, "Cry" won Best American Roots Song, and "Freedom" won Best Music Video.

Listen to We Are on Hoopla or check out the cd.


Tags:

The Heart Guy

In this Australian TV comedy series, a surgeon who likes his single life (and nightlife) a bit too much is about to lose his medical license unless he cleans up his act and is offered one chance. He has to go back to his home town and be a GP.

I enjoy The Heart Guy because deep down I think Rodger is a good guy and has to come to the rescue every episode (like most of the doctor shows) and save the day. He has a quirky kind of family, which provide some of the humor. He is gradually starting to like his boss, and vice versa (reminds me a little of Doc Martin).

Check out season one on Hoopla—I think it's worth a shot.



Pokémon Legends Arceus

Explore the Hisui region and help complete the Pokedex. Unlike in previous Pokémon games to complete the pokedex there are more tasks to be completed to create an entry. Pokémon Legends Arceus changes the way that Pokémon are caught and how they battle. The game has an open world feel to it that encourages exploration of the different areas. The interactions that the players can engage with the Pokémon adds to the open world feeling of the game.

Pokémon Legends Arceus is available to checkout for Nintendo Switch



Tags:

The Conjuring

The Conjuring (Rated R) tells the story of Ed and Lorraine Warrens investigation into the paranormal activity happening at the Perron's, recently moved into, farmhouse. Throughout their investigation they find out that there are spirits that are causing the family harm and learn that there is something terrible that haunts them. 

The Conjuring, available for checkout on DVD, is also available to watch on Netflix, you can check out a Roku with Netflix.