Wednesday, December 13, 2017

These things were awesome about #TheLastJedi

Star Wars fans, are you ready? Of course you are. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on Friday! The saga of Skywalker continues when the heroes of The Force Awakens join their galactic legends. This adventure unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force - and you may just be surprised.

I could feel the giddy excitement in the theater on Monday night when local news media, professional critics and bloggers gathered for a “secret” (and complimentary) first showing of the film. Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise. I did not grow up watching the original movies and I get very confused about the order of them all. I hated kid Anakin and Natalie Portman’s Amidala character irked me. However, the latest two Star Wars films with Rey and Finn had me captivated and very entertained. So, here are some of my initial thoughts on The Last Jedi

I would rate it PG-8

The Last Jedi is rated PG-13. I do not recall bad language and there is not any sexy stuff. I think kids between the ages of 7-10 can watch it, as long as they have seen the other films and know what to expect. A few characters look frightening. Battle scenes are constant, but not at all gory (you do not squirt out blood when sliced by a lightsaber). The film is intense with a lot of darkness. Children may not fully understand the mysteries of the Force, but that is probably not important for a kid to enjoy the movie. Use your parental judgement to decide who you take to see it. I would not recommend it for any children under seven or those who have not seen The Force Awakens and other Star Wars films. 


I loved the girl power

Soooo many tough, smart, and powerful women in The Last Jedi! I cannot say much because I want to avoid spoilers, but the girl power is strong. Diversity is there as well. You do not have to be a white male to be a hero in the galaxy, and that is simply awesome. 


I disagree with critics saying it is a “letdown”

I cannot speak from the position of a Star Wars fanatic who may evaluate every detail. I get bored in movies easily, and this one kept my attention for the entire 2 hours and 30 minutes. I do not like extended fighting scenes just for the sake of “action,” and I do not feel like that was the case in The Last Jedi. This was a great movie and I was literally on the edge of my seat through most of it. My almost-40-year-old lower back was sore the next morning from the tension. 

I need a Porg in my life

Han Solo is usually the character with cheesy lines giving us comic relief in between action and adventure. He is not in The Last Jedi (see The Force Awakens if you need to ask why), so comic relief came in other forms. Most notably, from the shrieking and adorable Porgs. These puffin-like creatures became social media darlings after their reveal in the latest trailer. Just wait for The Last Jedi, because you will want to take a Porg home and squeeze it forever. Move over, Ewoks! 

Bottom line: buy your tickets. Go see it. If your spouse, date, or kid is a Star Wars fanatic and you are not, you will be okay. I promise. It is a film that will grab your attention, stress you out, and make you laugh. You will want to be BFFs with the kick-butt women too.

Press photos from IMDb, Star Wars Last Jedi, 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Trailer for "A Wrinkle In Time" with Oprah Winfrey

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time opens in theaters everywhere on March 19, 2018!

Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we will discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light. Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic. The amazing cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Zach Galifianakis.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia: sparkles and laughs!

Holiday in the Park 2017 opened at Six Flags Over Georgia and runs from November 18, 2017 through January 3, 2018. This is the 4th year for the sparkling wonderland of music, rides, and treats. Holiday in the Park features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to get you in the holiday spirit. 

We are season pass holders to Six Flags Over Georgia (including Hurricane Harbor and Whitewater), but this was a media night experience with a couple extra perks. All opinions are 100% mine. 

This Atlanta-area winter event is fun for all ages. Our 9-year old adrenaline junkie screamed and giggled on coasters like Superman, Mindbender, and the 20-story high 70 MPH awesomeness that is Goliath. Our smaller child is about half an inch under the 42" milestone but he had a blast on the twinkling carousel, Wonder Woman Flight School, The Batcopters and more. Six Flags Over Georgia is all about family fun during the holidays! The husband and I finally got a chance to experience Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, thanks to the parent swap option.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

It's here: Studio Movie Grill Marietta is open! #ATL

Our family of four was treated to a free screening of Pixar's Coco with appetizers and drinks at the brand new Studio Movie Grill Marietta for the purpose of sharing our experience with you. All opinions are 100% mine.

Studio Movie Grill Marietta is open!

studio movie grill marietta

The innovative thinkers at Studio Movie Grill opened their 29th location last week with the grand opening of Studio Movie Grill Marietta, just a quick drive up I-75 from the city of Atlanta. The 49,000-square-foot space has 11 dine-in auditoriums. In addition, you can relax before or after the movie in the well-stocked bar or on the outdoor patio lined with cozy fire columns. The drink menu includes wine, beer, liquor, and soft drinks.

studio movie grill marietta bar

My family enjoyed the crispy chicken bites, soft pretzel bites with queso dip, and popcorn during our visit. The kids stayed refreshed with water while the husband and I each had a complimentary beer (complimentary only during our media event; menu prices will apply). The food came out hot and tasty and everyone was happy with their movie munchies.You can preview the Studio Movie Grill menu here

The theater was very comfortable. We enjoyed the custom-made leather recliners. The theater seats have swiveling table tops with a cup holder and a push button for service. The wait staff was attentive and friendly, and they did not distract us from the movie at all. They are very careful to duck down and move quickly within the aisles when serving. 
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