Sunday, December 17, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ever since the end of "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens", fans have been anxiously wondering what happens next after the big climatic scene between Luke and Rey.  The wait is over and you can now find out what happens next.

This, along with a number of other stories continue on as we join "Star Wars Episode IIX: The Last Jedi".  What is great about these movies is that they follow up with the last installment as if it was part of the same film.  This means if you wondered what other characters reactions were to the events of "The Force Awakens", you'll see some of that here, one in particular.

As of the moment the words "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away" first appeared on screen, these movies have been raising the bar for visual effects.  This one is no different.  The galaxy the filmmakers have created here is stunning.  It moves seamlessly between a single room, to the vastness of space, really appearing to all be connected.

The cast was fully on point.  Mark Hamill brings back the character we remember, with a little Yoda, Obi-Wan, and even Han thrown in.  His view of things may have been altered by experience,  giving some surprises from the beloved Luke Skywalker.  His story arc in the film may not be what you expect.

As for Rey, Daisy Ridley does a terrific job of showing the depth of the character.  Rey continues her journey with the Force, but still struggles with the mysteries of her past.  Ridley brings these pieces together to form a very memorable performance, worthy of her place in Star Wars history.

In the months leading up to the release of the movie, there was a lot of speculation about Carrie Fisher's presence as Princess/General Leia.  I won't tell you the story but I will at least lay to rest any rumors of a computer generated Leia.  Her scenes had all been filmed prior to her passing.  I believe she would be proud of how the film turned out.  On that note, be sure to watch the credits closely.

If I had to pick something I would like them to have done differently, it would be the screen time for Chewbacca.  The lovable Wookie was dealt a devasting blow in the last installment, yet we never really saw much of his coping other than his reaction in the moment.  His time here is mostly played for laughs, which is great but I feel like they didn't use him to his potential.

Overall, this is another huge win for the Star Wars series.  I cannot wait to see what Episode IX has in store for us.  If you aren't already planning on it, I fully recommend adding a trip to the cinema to your holiday activities.  Our founder, Jeremy, would absolutely call this one "Amazing."  Would you agree?  We'd love to hear from you.  Please leave your opinions in the comments.  Please remember to keep it family friendly and Spoiler-Free.


See you at the movies!


-Brad-





Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 








The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 










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Sunday, November 12, 2017

"The Sweetest Christmas" on The Hallmark Channel


Hallmark's Christmas movie season is in full swing. The first new one I caught this year is “The Sweetest Christmas.” As a big fan of making gingerbread – this one immediately caught my attention. Ok, so I'm a big fan of love stories too. Lacey Chabert plays the role of Kylie so well, and right off, you just want her to find true love and happiness. As with many love story movies – you may also find yourself wanting to reach into the tv and slap her “boyfriend.” Without spoiling it, I will say – give it time and watch the story unfold – it is most definitely worth it! Lea Coco and Jonathan Adams are both great additions to the movie.

~Jenny~

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor is back for his third title movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Thor: Ragnarok".  Marvel continues to create great, entertaining movies.  Everyone has their own opinions of how each film ranks in the MCU, but I definitely feel like this could be close to the top for many.
It starts off jumping right into the story.  If you are one of those people that don't like it when a movie takes too much time setting up the story, you'll like this one.  They don't waste much time getting to the laughs either.  At some points it seems like the movie makers tried hard to make it funny, but I don't feel like that took from the movie at all.  If anything, it added to the impact of the more serious moments in the film.  There are no spoilers at World Wide Blog of Movies, but I can tell you there is still plenty of emotion in "Thor: Ragnarok".

Director Taika Waititi said in a recent interview that much of the movie was improvised.  Not discrediting the writers, they are still responsible for laying the ground work for the movie.  Improvising just means that they didn't go with the script, word for word.  I think this is why the comedy works so well.  It isn't all the actors just saying jokes that were written, it is also them having fun and giving a more natural reaction.  The improv wasn't just in the comedy, but that is usually the clearest view of its effect.

Marvel continues to impress with visual effects.  Unlike many of the films in the MCU, movies like this installment of Thor, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange are based primarily in completely fictional worlds.  Which means, aside from some on location shoots in places that look the part, every location you see is created by a team of very talented artists.  They create Asgard beautifully, as well as other places you see throughout the film.

Chris Hemsworth returns as the God of Thunder.  He continues to give a great level of depth to the character.  Thor is unique to many of the other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in that he is not only based on a classic comic book character.  Thor, Loki, Odin, many other characters, and even Asgard itself are based on Norse Mythology.  This is something that they appear to treat with respect as well.

Despite several fan pushes for the Hulk to get his own sequel, it doesn't look like it is going to happen anytime soon.  They do somewhat make up for that in this movie though.  Hulk/Bruce Banner has a pretty interesting story arc within the main story.  Mark Rufalo again does a fantastic job portraying the man and the beast within, while Bruce continues to search for balance between the two.

Overall, this is definitely another one in the win column for Marvel and Disney.  I can't wait to see where they go from here.  I know that our founder, Jeremy, would have labeled it "Amazing".  What did you think of "Thor: Ragnarok"?  Let us know in the comments below.  Remember, this is a family friendly site and NO SPOILERS!

See you at the movies!


-Brad-




Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 




The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme” 





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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One of Vermont's own has song selected for movie soundtrack!

Jamie Lee Thurston moved to Nashville years ago to pursue his dreams of music – but he never forgets his Vermont roots – as you can tell by listening to some of his songs – and attending his shows. Vermont loves him and his fans always come out when he's in town. Recently, Jamie Lee's music took him to Hollywood, as his song “Why Wouldn't I?” is included in the soundtrack for the movie “9/11” that was released last month. World Wide Blog of Movies got the chance to interview him recently.

~Congrats on "Why Wouldn't I?" being selected for the movie 9/11. What does this mean to you?
Thanks Jenny! I’m not sure what it means, but it feels pretty darn good. When you write a song from the heart that you feel is one of your better songs, it’s pretty cool to have some folks in Hollywood echo the same sentiment.

~How was the experience of being at the movie premier?
The experience of being at the movie premier was kind of surreal. My business partner and I flew into LA, hopped a cab downtown to our hotel, chilled out for a bit at the hotel, and then bam! we were walking into the premier. Next thing I know I’m walking the red carpet with flash bulbs going off! I sat next to a director in the theater who was a really good guy, and we had some great conversation. After the movie was over we walked into the reception room and I saw this guy coming at me that I thought I recognized. I said “hey man, do you play bass?” He said “as a matter of fact I do.” My next words were “you’re a badass!” It turns out he’s the guy that plays bass with Joe Bonamassa. I’d seen him in concert videos that I had watched. We had a good chat and he gave me his card. Really good dude. After that it was dinner, and our waitress just happened to have gone to the University of Vermont! Small world. One more cocktail near our hotel, and then we were up and out of there in the a.m., and on our way back to Nashville. A bit of a whirlwind trip you could say!

~Many of your songs have special meanings to a lot of people - which one has a special meaning to you that people might not know about?
Pretty much all of them have a special meaning for one reason or another, but the one that comes to mind right now is “Like A Rockstar” that’s off of my new record. It’s about a someone who lived just up the road from where I grew up in Waterbury Ctr. Vt. He was in bands his whole life, and he and I were in a band together for a few years. Unfortunately, due to some personal challenges and substance abuse, he passed away from an overdose. It was the first time someone that close to me and died basically from an accident. I still miss him to this day…..

~How does it make you feel to know that people have leaned on your music during some of their darkest times, and people also use your music to help celebrate great times?
I suffer from depression myself, so I know all about “dark” times. To think that what I do might be able to help someone when they are in a rough spot is very humbling and kind of surreal to me. I’ve gotten messages from people realtime while they are having a couple of cold ones, and while still being kind of surreal, it’s also pretty cool to know that some folks are thinking about you when you least expect it!

~What is your favorite movie of all time?  Why?
I don’t think I have “one” favorite movie per se, but there are a few that come to mind. I love Jeremiah Johnson, starring Robert Redford and directed by Sydney Pollack. I think it’s really cool how they filmed it in the winter, in the middle of the rockies. The first several minutes there was almost no dialogue, which is not done that often. Needless to say, the landscape was incredible, and the acting superb. I’m a big John Wayne fan and have dozens of his movies. One of my favorite comedies of all time is My Cousin Vinny. Joe Pesci was hilarious, and Marissa Tomei was brilliant.

~So we all know a new album is coming out soon, anything you can tell us about it?
I do have a new record coming out, and man am I excited for it. I think this could be the best representation of all of my musical influences being blended into one record. There’s a song about killing’, one about prison, one about chickens, and everything in between. I truly can’t wait for it to drop!

~When not traveling and performing, what is your favorite thing to do?
I really don’t have much of a personal life. I’m usually always working. One thing that comes to mind that I love to do is go deer hunting. Every year I travel back to my hometown, hook up with my cousins, and walk the mountains where I grew up. It takes a couple of days for my mind to settle down, but when it does it is some kinda peaceful. Not to mention, getting to spend time with family and old friends. It’s truly my favorite thing to do every year. The only other thing I do when I do have a little free time, is go to the movies. It’s the one time my brain goes into neutral (or almost) and I can just enjoy (hopefully..lol) being taken where the movie goes.

~When you go see a movie in theater, what's your favorite snack?
I can’t go to a movie without some popcorn….with a little butter. The two go together like the creme filling and chocolate cookie that makes up an oreo cookie. You can’t have one without the other!


A very special thank you to Jamie Lee Thurston for doing this interview, and to his manager, Julie Atwood, for helping make it happen!

~Jenny~

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Home Again review

Reese Witherspoon leads us on a journey through heartbreak, hope, and the trials and tribulations that everyday life throws at us. She plays her role so well that you find yourself wanting to laugh and cry right along with her.

Her daughters are played by Lola Flanery and Eden Grace Redfield. They bring great personalities to both roles and the interactions between them provide a lot of the laughs in this film. I expect to be seeing a lot more from each of them in future.

Candace Bergen portrays her mother, and has some key scenes in the movie. She is such a talented actor and is just great in this!

The three guys who end up living in the guest house are played by Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, and Jon Rudnitsky. They each have a unique personality, and you'll find yourself pulling for each one at various points in the film. Their characters could have used a bit more depth – including some annoying traits to make the relationship possibilities a little more real life. At times it just felt like they were a little too perfect to believe.

The role of the husband is played by Michael Sheen. You'll find yourself having a love/hate sort of reaction to him. I felt like I was mad at him for hurting her, yet also wanting them to make up and have a happily ever after. You'll just have to see how it turns out.

The producers did a really good job of using a music overlay on some key scenes – dialog was barely audible – as it really didn't need to be heard – you could tell what was going on just by watching and it kept you hooked to the story.


Home Again is a great story about focusing on what's important in life, and doing the best with what happens. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing the whole time, and without spoiling it, the ending will warm your heart.

~Jenny~

Thank you to ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX for being the theater of choice for our movie reviews. When you are looking for the best place to check out a movie, make it ESSEX CINEMAS and T-REX at the Essex Outlets Center in Essex, VT! 


The T-Rex Theater is AMAZING!!! With the 60 foot curved screen and 124 speakers which is part of 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, there are 401 extra wide luxury seats with memory-foam headrests making a movie theater trip you will never forget! T-Rex stands for “Theater Real Extreme”


Also check out movies in Plattsburgh, New York at Cumberland 12!