TBT – Movie Review – “Bad Moms” – Now on DVD


You may have missed it on the big screen, or know someone that did.  “Bad Moms” is now on DVD and a perfect gift for anyone who needs a good laugh; and who doesn’t?   Here’s my previously posted review.

Movie Review – “Bad Moms,” So Good, It’s BAD!



If you want to buy it, right now Target has it for $16.99. You can also find it at Redbox and on Netflix.  A great movie to watch no matter what medium you choose. – BMT

Movie Review – When the Game Stands Tall

This weekend STARZ is showing “When the Game Stands Tall.”  If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend setting your DVR, better yet, purchase the DVD.  Everyone who has ever played a sport and/or coached a team needs to see this movie!  It’s the true story about De La Salle High School’s record 12 year, 151 game winning streak and the how the team “stood tall” through the events of the year they lost their 152nd game.  The life lessons the team learned from their Coach Bob Ladouceur– (fabulously played by Jim Caviezel) – standing tall, facing their fears, and maintaining humility, transform these competitive high school boys into modest men.

Although his wife, played by Laura Dern, has to remind him that his home family and his relationship with his son need to come before his team.  Coach Ladoucer and his coaching staff teach their players to keep priorities in order – God, family, brotherly love, academics, and then football.  They learn to trust and be accountable to each other by sharing their goals.  The Spartans pray before every game and proudly enter the field holding hands. It’s not just a team – it’s a brotherhood.

All sports leagues can learn from Coach Ladoucer’s methods; they should pause for a moment before the game to allow prayer.  In this “dog eat dog” world we live in, it’s refreshing to see young sports players and their coaches keep things in perspective; it builds character – after all, “it’s just a high school . . . game.”  No one should let a game or its score define who they are.  Maintaining one’s health and safety and being able to look at oneself in the mirror are far more important than being a game winner or a record breaker.  The effects caused by those concerned with the score and not the individual – have made many would-be pro athletes lose their ability to play due to breaks and sprains they got playing in their younger years because they were the “star player” and their coach would not take them out of the game.  I’ve seen this first hand during a middle school basketball game.  A player was seriously injured; the coach would not remove the player from the game to allow some of the well-rested and ready to play, “B” players a chance to show their skills.  This poor decision on the part of the coach not only caused serious physical injury to the one player, but detrimental self-esteem issues to the others.  In the history of football, many young players have lost their lives collapsing on the field from heat stroke.  Coach Ladoucer would rather lose a game than lose a player.  This is what makes him a loved and respected coach.

I saw this movie twice in the theater and absolutely enjoyed it.  Jim Caviezel was not bad to look at either!  If you’ve seen it, post your comments please.  – BMT

“Trainwreck” now available on DVD

Here’s another look at my review in case you missed it or if you need a little convincing to buy the DVD. https://reviewsoftheartssa.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/review-trainwreck-directed-by-judd-apatow-producer-of-bridesmaids-and-written-by-amy-schumer/

Now on DVD – Movie Review – “The Book of Life” – Directed by Jorge Gutierrez

     Since it is Halloween, I’m throwing back to my review of “The Book of Life,” which was originally posted on Reviews of the Arts SA’s Facebook Page on October 16, 2014. Would love to have your comments below.  Happy Halloween!

     Rather than focus on Halloween, the origins of which are rooted in paganism, producer, Guillermo del Toro and director, Jorge Gutierrez’ adorable movie,”The Book of Life,” is about the Latino/Christian celebration of Dia de Los Muertos – the Day of the Dead, a holiday that honors deceased loved ones. The Book of Life is an animated fantasy about Manolo, who comes from a long line of legendary bullfighters, and his struggle with living up to his family’s legacy and being true to himself so that he can create his own.

     The story is told using vibrant colors, ornate costumes, and beautiful artwork. Many of the characters are calaveras (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calavera) that come to life for Manolo when he crosses over to the land of the dead. Manolo visits the land of the remembered souls as well as the forgotten souls. He is given a chance to face his fears, especially his fear of being himself and then he’s given a second chance at life. Though it is not intended, the movie may frighten children under six because of the skeletal-like characters, however those that were in the viewing audience seemed to enjoy the film.

     While the story is made for children, all can benefit from the lesson – live your life the way you want to be remembered. It is a lesson as old as time. Even Shakespeare in Julius Caesar said, “. . .the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” Even if your career path does not mirror that of your ancestors, living an honorable life and staying true to yourself will carry on your family’s legacy.

     The all-star cast, which includes, Channing Tatum, Ice CubeI, Diego Luna, Christina Applegate, Zoe Saldana, Cheech Marin, and Hector Elizondo, to name a few, make this movie funny for all ages. Go see “The Book of Life.” Think about living your book and the outline you are creating for future editions.- BMT (Reviews of the Arts SA)