Downton Abbey: A New Era (Non-Spoilery Review)

Downton Abbey is one of the finest family dramas on both sides of the Atlantic. The intrepid Crawley family returns to the big screen in the continuation of their story. Like most families things change, times change, and people change. New opportunities for the family bring the past and the present to meet the future. As a fan of the TV series, I have found the movies to be quite good.

This movie does some great fan service while adding some new twists that tell a new story. We see lots of our favorite friends along with some new faces. I think you can appreciate this as a stand-alone film but it does help to see some of the TV series for helpful context.

Julian Fellowes is a terrific writer and you won’t be disappointed in this New Era of the story of Robert, Cora, and their children.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness – Non-Spoilery Review

Marvel Studios sure knows how to produce a movie. Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor. This latest “Doctor Strange” presentation is dark, visually overwhelming (not in a negative way), and takes the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) into new places across the multiverse. The cast including Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, and Rachel McAdams put on great performances and have great chemistry together.

I would go as far as to say this had some serious elements of horror in it. Emotionally it will impact you. There are a few unexpected surprises in there too just like every other Marvel movie has. To the “Star Trek” fans out there you won’t be disappointed in seeing a couple of familiar faces (that is as much as I will say about that).

I recommend you see it on the big screen and if you can see it on IMAX that would be good too. The movie theatre is a great way to stay cool in these warmer temperatures. It’s a great flick.

The Time Machine, A Classic DeLorean

This classic car is a DeLorean. A heavily modified version of it is featured in the movie “Back To The Future”. Doc Brown turned it into a time machine in the movie featuring the Flux Capacitor.

There are not too many of them around these days. To sit in that car was a thrill for this nerd.

In The Heights: A Non-Spoiler Review

Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the greatest creators on broadway and on screen. He made a masterpiece in “In The Heights” which is about the Washington Heights neighborhood of NYC and its residents who are experiencing changes in the community and personally. This movie is a classic tale of friendship, family and celebrating Latin heritage.

This is a musical that brings some fantastic original pieces along with great choreography to the big screen. Miranda’s music is like a fireworks display with big booming numbers with subtle tunes. I really liked this movie and the Latinx cast was fantastic. Anthony Ramos as the lead character was mesmerizing and told the story of The Heights that sucked me in. I recommend this movie to everyone whether you see it in the theatre or on HBO Max.

Some Relatable Memes

Here are a couple of very relatable memes that will be something you can laugh at a little. I found these on The Facebook.

Everyone spells something very bad that your autocorrect goes haywire and has no idea what you are trying to say.

I like pulling up IMDB (Internet Movie Database) to see where an actor in a show or movie I am watching has been in before.

Little Women – A Terrific Movie With An Important Story #littlewomen

little-women-poster“Little Women” is a classic American tale of four strong sisters who love one another and are trying to make the best of the situation that the culture of the late 1800s that holds them back. The story has been made into movies for the cinema and mini-series for TV.

An all-star cast led by Greta Gerwig (who should have been nominated for an Oscar for best director for this adaptation) made a great movie for today’s audience. I really enjoyed the performances and the casting was great.

Themes of female empowerment are all throughout this as author Louisa May Alcott wrote it. However, empowerment is the freedom for women to make their own decisions about their own lives and to keep what they earn even in marriage.

It’s also a story about family sticking together no matter what happens in the world they live in even during a war. There are tragedies that impact the March family and their neighbors.

The March sisters were awesome and as I say the power of a woman who is free to be who she wants is unstoppable. Fangirls are one of the greatest forces for good past and present. This story is one of those that should remind women everywhere that sisterhood and friendship are vital. See this movie. It will move you and give you encouragement no matter if you are a little or big woman or even a man.