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!



Sunday, August 27, 2017

Vermont Comic Con 2017

We are at Vermont Comic Con 2017!!

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

After a long wait, Spider-Man now has his own movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It seems it was worth the wait. Tom Holland comes through as the best Spider-Man yet. The two previous versions certainly had their strong points, but “Spider-Man: Homecoming” combines them all into a great character.

The story is very well written. From the very beginning, you know how the movie fits into the MCU. Maybe they pushed it because they wanted to establish that this was not the same as the previous Spider-Man films. Whatever the reason, it absolutely worked.

Michael Keaton also delivers as the villain Vulture. It is another case of believing he is doing the right thing, or at least doing the wrong thing for the right reason. In some respects, he is just a guy trying to do right by his family, which can make him somewhat likable to the audience. The ends don't justify the means, but his motives are clear.

The supporting cast comes through with solid performances. While most of Peter's classmates are not the ones you have seen appear in the previous versions, they create a great group.

There was a lot of speculation about how computer generated the suit was going to look. All in all, I think it looked great. It also plays homage to the comics while still giving the hero an updated look.

If you are looking for a fun theater experience, this would be a great one to see. There's a lot of action, a lot of heart, and still a lot of laughs. Can't wait to see “Avengers: Infinity War” to see Spider-Man have more interaction with the others.  This definitely would be labeled "Amazing" by our founder, Jeremy.

What do you think? Did “Spider-Man: Homecoming” deliver? Is Tom Holland your new favorite, or do you still like Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield?  Let us know in the comments.  Just remember, clean language 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” 

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

Friday, June 30, 2017

Despicable Me 3

As a big fan of the Minions – I was anxiously counting down the days until Despicable Me 3 premiered! We went last night to see the first 3D showing at Essex Cinemas.
Let me be honest – it wasn't an awful movie, but it wasn't great either. There were some really funny parts. There were also some really corny parts and the story-line was very predictable. Unfortunately, they didn't include the Minions in this one enough at all. To me, they are the best part of the Despicable Me movies.

We really want to hear from you.  When you see it, let us know what you think in the comments section.  Just remember, clean language and NO SPOILERS!!
See you at the movies!

~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!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight

 The Transformers are back again. If you are wondering what they are doing after they discovered their secret history on Earth and fought an ancient enemy from their homeworld in the previous movies, don't worry. They found another one.

The definite highlight of the movie was Sir Edmund Burton, played by Anthony Hopkins. Not only is he a key to advancing the story, he also provides some great humor. There is also a great dynamic between him and his butler, who happens to be a Transformer (you'll have to watch and see that one).

Michael Bay was at the helm again for this installment. Who else could add so many explosions to a medieval battle? That's not to say the movie isn't entertaining. It just lacks a solid flow through the story. They tried to add too many elements to connect it through human history as well as the previous movies. In fact, the attempt to connect it with the first one conflicts with the history shown in that movie.


If they would aim to make the Transformers movies the fun action adventures they could be, instead of attempting to make them mysteries, I think they would find more success. What do you think?

We really want to hear from you.  When you see it, let us know what you think in the comments section.  Just remember, clean language 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” 

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

Wonder Woman

 There has been no shortage of superhero movies in recent history. There is, however, a severe shortage of female title characters in these movies. That does not mean there hasn't been strong female characters, such as the Avengers' Black Widow.

This movie initially picks up following the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. It then uses the popular flashback concept to begin Wonder Woman's origin story. While her early years are covered in a short time, presumably in an effort to maximize screen time for star Gal Gadot. Overall, viewers are given a good look at life in Diana's home. Unfortunately, the piece they glaze over the most is a key piece in any superhero story. She discovers she has these powers, but shows little interest in knowing how. She more or less, seems to just know how to use them. Maybe there will be another flashback in a future movie, perhaps explaining them to another member of the Justice League.

This light detail in no way takes from the quality of the movie. In fact, it leaves more time for the main story. If you were a fan of “Captain America: The First Avenger”, or at least its concept, then you will like this. In a far cry from the extremely modern Metropolis and Gotham City where we met her in the previous movie, we find Wonder Woman in the midst of World War I. The film makers do a solid job of setting the scene. Not only do you see the action of war, but you see the effect of it on the soldiers and civilians.

Gal Gadot was an excellent choice for the role. The reason the movie has been so successful is that she creates a great character. It isn't just because she is a female hero. It is more so because she is a hero that happens be female. They manage to make a statement without losing the story under it.

One of the great things about the writing is that you are piecing together the clues right along with the characters. They don't just spell it out for you and then let you watch as Diana catches up.

Steve Trevor debuts on the big screen, portrayed by Chris Pine. The relationship between Steve and Diana has a fairly good balance. While Wonder Woman is clearly the superhero of the story, they avoid simply reversing the sadly typical stereotypes of making Steve the one always in need of saving. He has his fair share of heroic moments.

There still seems to be a common issue with many superhero movies. The fight with the big bad guy doesn't quite happen how you imagine it. That isn't to say it's disappointing, it just isn't quite on par with everything leading up to it.


Overall, I would say this is the hit DC and Warner Bros. Have been looking for. Let's hope “Justice League” continues on the upswing. Our founder, Jeremy, would certainly put the “Amazing” stamp on this movie. If you want a movie with a great story and exciting action, this is one for you.

We really want to hear from you.  When you see it, let us know what you think in the comments section.  Just remember, clean language 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” 

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