Category Archives: Movie Review

Karate Kid (the new one)

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Country Set in: China
Summary: Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.

I am a fan of this series, I have one friend who refused to watch this movie, but I have always had an obsession and deep desire to go to China. Beautiful landscapes, ancient cultures, giants temples…. I really can’t explain how much I want to go to China. I am really hoping to get to China in the next couple of years but for now I will have to settle with films and books.

True story when this film came out I was scheduled to spend 17 days in China. I cancelled. It is by far my biggest regret in life. I did not go and it is ok to call me an idiot over that decision.

I found this movie fascinating and very cute. I could not imagine having my life up rooted and moved to such an exotic and different country at a young age. As an adult I would find that exciting but as a child I am sure it is overwhelming.

I found myself in love with this story, I could not stop watching. I wasn’t sure if it was really the story or my deep desire to go to China. It runs deep and still to this day I have no clue why I backed out of my trip of a lifetime.

Scene after scene my wanderlust for China was fueled and I can’t wait to finally experience my own China story.

I know the original Karate Kid has fueled a lot of people to not see this film but I urge you to watch it if you have not already, because it is giant insight to a country that had their borders closed for years, and still has a magical quality to it.

Go watch it now and imagine what your Chinese adventure would be like.

Eat Pray Love

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Set in: Italy, India and Indonesia
Summary: At a crossroads in her life, Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) travels to Italy, India and Bali to discover meaning and happiness in this inspiring true story, based on the best-selling book.

I read the book prior to watching the movie. I liked the book a lot, but I did love the movie. I am a visual person and seeing Italy, India AND Indonesia is way better than reading about them. I just can’t wait until I physically get to experience all three.

One of the things that made this movie fantastic is that it is a true story, Elizabeth Gilbert said it F it and took off to find herself in three countries that challenged her in different ways. I have some serious respect for anyone that does that.

Doing just that is a huge dream for me and believe me someday I will do just that but not this year, this year for some stupid reason I decided to get “checked” out health wise… so dumb but hey at least I will be able to finally see when I go to Italy.

What I loved about this movie (and the book essentially) is that each destination brought new challenges and perseverance. Plus before I watched this movie Indian terrified me and I never had any desire to go to India. Now I will go and can’t wait to go.

This is another movie with bad reviews but it is still a great movie to inspire wanderlust, or watch from home when you are totally depressed you can’t go anywhere.

Did you like Eat, Pray, Love?

Letters to Juliet

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Country Set in: Italy

Summary: When aspiring magazine writer Sophia Marcus and would-be resaturanteur Victor fly from New York to Italy for a vacation, the stage seems set for some much-needed romance in their relationship – especially since their destination is the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo & Juliet fame. But Victor is far more interested in finding suppliers for his future restaurant than in wooing Sophia, who ends up getting a vicarious romantic fix from an unlikely source; she jions a group of volunteers who respond to letters that pour into Verona from around the world – letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. One such letter that Sophia responds to dates back to 1951 and came from one Claire Smith, an Englishwoman who fell in love with a young Italian man in her youth but let the opportunity slip away. To Sophia’s surprise, her letter inspires Claire, now a grandmother, to travel to Verona in search of her long-lost love – accompanied by her grandson Charlie. With Victor wrapped up in his culinary quest, Sophia, Charlie and Claire scour the beautiful Italian countryside in search of Claire’s long-lost love. In the process, romance blossoms in unexpected ways, eventually facing Sophia with the very advice she wrote in her letter to Claire. Will she find the courage to seize love or – like Claire – spend a lifetime regretting the road not taken?

Lately there are a few countries I am obsessing over. China, France, England and Italy. I am hoping to spend two weeks in Naples next year (fingers crossed my eye surgery goes according to plan) so I am finding myself trying to get my hands on any movie or book that I can to get myself in the mood to visit.  Lucky for me there is a lot of books and movies set in Italy.  So clearly I am not the only one that lusts over this beautiful destination.

I decided to go ahead and re-watch Letters to Juliet and believe me I was not disappointed. I am not the warm fuzzy romantic type but I would be a liar if I didn’t say this story didn’t give me the warm fuzzies.  If I ever make it to Verona, I am going to have to do the whole Romeo and Juliet thing, who cares if those two were morons it is a tragic love story, and a firm reminder that hey even if you love life sucks, it could be worse ;:

Anyway I digress, there is just something to be said about finding your long lost love after 50 years.  It is a story that makes headlines often and there is a reason for it.  It shows that love conquers all even time.

Or hell, maybe it was the beautiful Tuscan back ground.  Yeah, lets go with that.

The overall ratings on this movie were poor but I enjoyed it, and I think anyone that wants to see the beautiful Italian backdrop without getting on plane will enjoy this romantic comedy.

Plus the guy that plays Charlie is a cuties, and Amanda is so freaking cute.  I really hope I get the chance to meet her someday.

What Italian movie should I watch next?

What I watched this weekend

This weekend was a pretty low key weekend.

First a slight confession, why have all my plans just been thrown out the window for 2015?  I recently found out that I need eye surgery.  My vision is horrible and has steadily gotten worse over the past year, it turns out that I have a cataract in both eyes.  I am 32, and there is not a cause for my cataracts.  It just happened.  which is odd and incredibly rare.

I do plan on writing a full post on this in the future but for now I am just mentioning it.

Anyway, why does this put a damper on my plans for 2015?  My insurance is horrible, while I am fortunate to have health insurance my total out of pocket cost is coming to roughly $8,500.  Which I don’t just have sitting around somewhere.  Soooooooooo I am being a grown up and staying my happy butt at home and saving money for the surgery which I hope to have on my left eye in June and my right eye in July.

While I am starting to get some serious stir fever I will say boredom has led me to watch some pretty interesting TV shows, which brings me back to the topic of this post.

What did Jen watch this weekend?

I have been on a HUGE Jane Austen kick lately.  So I figured I would watch some some Jane Austen themed movies and TV-shows.

So before I really get into the copious amount of TV I watched let me get this out of the way, my Jane Austen kick has not been good for my travel-lust.  I have never been to England but due to the vast amounts of TV, this has led me to pretty much tell JMM…. we need to go to London.  like now.

JMM has agreed, as long as I get my eyes fixed.  🙂

So without further ado, what did Jennifer watch this past weekend?

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Not Another Teen Movie.

Mom and I had just bought our advance screening tickets, and were in an Avenger’s kick. Me having a slight obsession crush on Chris Evans I really wanted to watch Captain America The Winter Solider, but alas I did something to the blu-ray player and well this would not come to pass… so what do I do?  Watch another Chris Evans movie, mom had never seen it, and we laughed a lot.  It is absolutely hilarious that the main character would grow up to be Captain America.   You just never know.

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Lost In Austen

I couldn’t sleep, like at all this weekend.  So when I came across this series for about $5 on Amazon prime I went ahead and bought the season (before you start getting on em about money I have a gift card balance on Amazon).  This was delightfully addicting.  I enjoyed every minute and it got me to thinking, what if something like this would occur?  If one event changed what would have been the outcome of the story.  This was a very cute & short miniseries, that I know I will be able to watch in the future again and really enjoy.  Not to mention if you have seen the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice I promise you will find this hilarious and one scene in particular will make you laugh out loud.  Promise.  Don’t worry I won’t spoil for you.

 

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Sense and Sensibility

Last month when I read this story I enjoyed it.  It wasn’t my favorite but I did enjoy the story.  It was a nice insight into the Regency era and the choices made.  Plus it seemed the most relevant today.  How often have you heard about a person not getting their inheritance because of broken promises?  This was a charming movie and I really enjoyed watching this cuddled up with my little puppy Splinter.

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries 

This was fun.  A lot of fun.  It takes a very modern and fresh twist on the classic love story.  This wasn’t quite what I expecting but as I started watching I really started to enjoy it.  It is on youtube so no reason to purchase like I did, but I did enjoy the v-log approach. I also will say that it was nice to watch on Amazon because it grouped the videos together, vs having to watch one at a time.  It was a very fresh and modern twist, and I can see why it won an Emmy.   I loved this series and will watch again,

So there you go, that is my weekend round up of what I watched.  I am thinking about giving Mansfield Park a go soon.  I am not sure just yet, but I can tell you seeing all these movies in the lush green country side of Britain is making me want to pack a bag grab my passport and head out… after I get eye surgery of course.

What did you watch this weekend?  What should I watch next?