croods

Think you’ve got issues with family? Try living with the Croods. Meet Eep (Emma Stone). She’s got a brother named Thunk (Clark Duke) who’s constantly being prey to one thing or another, sister Sandy (Randy Thom) who acts like a wild animal herself and often preys on Thunk, tough as nails grandmother who goes by Gran (Cloris Leachman), protective yet semi-oblivious mom Ugga (Catherine Keener), and extremely over-protective dad Grug (Nicholas Cage). How over-protective? No leaving the cave at night, cave is good outside bad, no exploring, strict rules, and no fun. Because fun is dangerous.

One day things change and Eep sneaks out of the cave, only to meet another person. Guy (Ryan Reynolds) who’s wearing his pet named Belt (Chris Sanders). Guy has a want to explore and he’s everything Eep has ever dreamed of, much to Grug’s dismay. Guy uses big words, invents things, and knows how to survive outside of a cave. Eep practically worships him and Grug tried to hurt him whenever possible.

Filled with comedy, insanity, and family this is a movie you’ll want to watch with those close to you.

Heather: Touching is a great word to describe this film. It made me look back on a lot of things from my childhood and how different I would be if I hadn’t been raised the way I was.

locke and key

Locke & Key is a graphic novel series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. The series focuses on three children who have lost their father and home. They’ve moved into an old family house known as Keyhouse. Mysterious things happen with the keys you can find not only in the house, but in the yard as well. What mischief can three kids get into with these sort of keys?

Heather: I absolutely love this series. The characters are interesting and the villain has some good motivation.

guilt trip   Ever have someone in your life you love, but who loves you so much it’s suffocating? Welcome to Guilt Trip. Andrew “Andy” Brewster (Seth Rogen) is a down-on-his-luck inventor trying to sell his all-natural, non-toxic home cleaning product. Andrew’s mom, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), loves her son to no end and while her son loves her, he wants his space. While he’s talking to his mother about the trip he’s going to take driving here and there to different stores and events to try and promote his product. As sometimes happens, Andy is plagued by guilt because his mother lives alone and he lives quite a distance from her and he breaks down and asks his mother to come with him on the trip. Right from the start his mother is getting him to change things. Such as taking a smaller, more gas efficient car instead of a large doesn’t-matter-what-weather-the-vehicle-has-no-issues gas guzzler. As time passes arguments arise and Andy learns a lot of things about his mother that he didn’t know before. This is a feel-good movie, without a doubt. It’s family, it’s funny, it is rated PG-13 because of some language and innuendos, but it’s one of the movies that’ll make you go “awww”. Make sure you watch this movie all the way through, because Andy does something towards the end that really makes you question a few things about cleaning products. Heather: I adore Seth Rogen’s acting. To me, he’s hilarious and he tends to play a character that everyone can relate to in some way. Be it a down-on-his-luck character or a character who’s a little bit of everything with crazy ideas and no brain-filter. This was my first experience with Streisand’s acting and I deeply enjoyed it. Streisand and Rogen make an awesome comedy duo.

rumor has it

Rumor has it…

The story starts with a rumor. A 21-year old guy sleeps with a 42-year old woman and then breaks off the affair. The same man sleeps with a woman and she leaves him to go back home and get married and 9 months later give birth to a daughter. Nothing special, right? The younger woman is the 42-year old woman’s daughter. How’s that for a twist? Turn around years later and there’s a book written by a friend of the man which is eventually turned into a movie and the buzz around the city is just endless! Until no one can figure out who, exactly, the “Robinsons” are in reality.

Sarah Huttinger (Aniston) is home with her fiancé Jeff (Ruffalo), who seems to have not been introduced to the family yet, for her sister’s wedding. Sarah has never felt like she belonged with her family which wasn’t helped with her mother dying at a young age.

At the wedding Sarah’s grandmother (though don’t call her that!), played by Shirley MacLaine, drops hints to Sarah that maybe things aren’t as they seem. Jeff doesn’t help by pointing out that Sarah could have been conceived before her parents got married which prompts Sarah to go on the search to find out if her family are the real Robinsons. Eventually Sarah speaks to her mom’s best friend Aunt Mitsy (Kathy Bates) who leads Sarah on the trail of Beau Borroughs (Costner) and Sarah’s life takes some turns she never would have dreamed of.

This movie is full of love and emotion, but also has a lot of comedy involved.

 

Heather: This is one of my feel good movies. Questions? Comments? Recommendations? Leave a comment!

Leonard Peacock, an ordinary young man, Senior in high school. Life should be good, right?

Wrong.

Book Jacket for: Forgive me, Leonard Peacock : a novel

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is the story of, as the title suggests, Leonard Peacock. “Today” is Leonard’s 18th birthday. Leonard has a plan. He’s going to give one gift each to the four people who mean the most to him. His neighbor, a classmate who plays the violin, a home-schooled girl who Leonard has a crush on, and his history teacher. Then Leonard plans to kill his former best friend and then himself with a P-38 pistol that belonged to his grandfather.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is one of those books that’s hard to read, but easy at the same time because it captures you. Matthew Quick did an amazing job with this book and this book shows just how much one person’s life can be affected by another person’s actions, words, and even inaction.

Heather: This book reminds me of when I was in high school. Normally a book this size would take me somewhere between three and seven days to read. When I sat down and read this book I could not put it down. I finished this book in somewhere around the time frame of four hours. I’ve known people who have committed suicide and people who have tried and, thankfully, did not succeed. Please, if you know someone who is struggling mention the Suicide Hotline (link is to Suicide Hotline website). If you don’t want to go that route, contact a close friend, family member, or trusted adult. You never know. Maybe you’ll save someone’s life. If you do try reaching out to someone, please, be careful.