Summer Mini-Movie Reviews by MM

It has been a busy summer and my blog posts have suffered.  So here are some of Margaret’s Mini-Movie reviews to help you wade through the choices at your local Mega-Movie-Plex! Scroll to the bottom for a list of other movies we’ve seen this summer including my short review/impression….

Mini Movie Review: Ghostbusters – Pretty much what you’d expect. Retread w/women. Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are standouts. How can a movie with 4 very talented “funny ladies” be so…..not funny? Melissa McCarthy tries too hard to make us laugh (I DO like her!). If you want to see a true comedy, see my other recent review: Finding Dory. Yes, I know I’ll get pushback for my comments on this movie. We all have our likes/dislikes when it comes to entertainment.   Grade = C    Peter Says: Totally agree…kind of a yawn…


Mini Movie Review: Finding Dory – No plot description needed. This is one of the most entertaining and funny movies I have seen in ages. Yes, it’s animated, but by golly, you get so caught up in the fun, laughs and sweetness, that doesn’t factor into it at all. You do NOT need to take a kid with you – just go and be thoroughly entertained. I did and as you can tell…..I loved it. Kudos to Ellen Degeneres and Ed O’Neil – two standouts in the cast of hundreds.  Grade = A    Peter didn’t see this one

There is a sweet little short (movie) before the feature – “Piper” – it “looks” real but is Pixar. How do they do that?? It also gets a Grade A.


For those of you who know how much I LOVE movies and see many…..today was a milestone. Saw THE WORST MOVIE I’VE EVER SEEN!!!!!! The Lobster. It was beyond awful.
Inane, gross, bizarre, violent, disturbing, bleak,cringe inducing….. No, it’s not a horror movie – it’s just…..I don’t know how to explain. Do not put this on your list to see. This movie fits what I call “critics’ pretension”. In that critics want you to think they are smarter than most of us and know something we don’t, so they give it good reviews. OK, maybe I missed something deep in it. So, go ahead, see it – waste your time and money! ; )  Peter says: could not wait for the torture to end!


The Others

Captain Fantastic with Viggo Mortensen and some excellent kid/teenage actors….I liked this movie a lot as did Margaret.  Not all is totally believable which doesn’t diminish from the strong message.  (Note; lots of strong language).  Grade B+

Hunt For The Wilderpeople is a quirky movie from New Zealand.  Excellent cast including Sam Neill.  A coming of age story with wonderful scenery. Grade B

The Innocents.  Polish film based on a true story that took place in Poland near the end of WWII.  Very heavy subject matter that pulls no punches.  Not a ‘feel good’ movie but a movie that will stay with you.  Grade A

Love & Friendship.  A period film based on a story by Jane Austen.  Critics really liked this movie but I was a disappointed. Good acting but a so-so script.  Maybe worth viewing when it comes to cable if you don’t have to pay for it.  Grade C

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.  Wow!!!  A documentary about Yo-Yo Ma and an international cast of musicians using music as therapy for the many atrocities these people have experienced. Excellent…see it!  Grade A

Please visit my new website about independent travel; http://www.freewheelingtraveler.com

Introducing FreeWheelingTraveler.com

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Not really.  I’ve been working on my new website for the past couple months and I just launched it.  The website is called FreeWheelingTraveler.com, a forum for independent travelers.  On the site I post travel stories from around the globe, include a great reading list of travel related books, a page of travel resources that are tested and proven, plus a primer on how to get started on your own independent travels.

What I like best on the website are the travel stories, and the first featured story (if I may say so myself) is outstanding.  The author, Megan Sullivan, titled her story After Being Diagnosed With Cancer, I Traveled to the 7 Wonders of the World In 13megan Days.  Hers is a great story with a fantastic accompanying video….please check it out HERE.

Megan embodies the very essence of FreeWheeling Travel; she works hard in order to have the time and money to create her own incredible adventures.  While not all of us are willing to live on that edge, Megan’s life story may help you find your own ‘edge’.


In addition to Megan’s story there are several

others from travelers who have created their own adventures; Rich Wolf travels to Africa and Southeast Asia, Roger Strauss searches for the best beer in Dublin while Ron Feinberg describes his tour of Prague’s Jewish Quarter.


Have a story you’d like to share?  A great photo from your latest trip?  A favorite travel book or guide or a stunning photo from your travels?

I’d love to include it on the FreeWheelingTraveler.com website.  Click HERE to connect….everything will be considered.  As David Foley writes in Ashes to Ashes;

why we travel – to witness the ‘unreal’, to take in the extraordinary ordinariness of a way of life we could never have imagined ”.

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