Written by Marjorie Dawson

Movie Night October 2019 with Owen and Randy

Movie Night October 2019 with Owen and Randy

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Howdy gang! Time for this week’s round up of movie reviews, thoughts, and experiences. 

A quick recap of my rating systems for the new readers – I don’t do star ratings, thumbs up/down, or a 1 – 10 scale. My ratings system is simple – When should you make time to see a movie. Now? Later? Never?

Movie theaters are expensive now days. From the tickets to the concession stands 2 people can spend upwards of 40ish dollars and hopefully this column helps you decide if you want to check something out. 

Bowl Filled With Popcorns For Movie Night With Textspace
  • Let’s get to the good stuff first – movie reviews! 

It Chapter 2

If you haven’t seen the first volume of It, don’t worry, there’s flashbacks that hint at what happened, and the characters do a lot of talking about what happened so you won’t be lost. That being said the first volume is good, and this is just as good.

The five kids from the first film have grown up and moved away except for one, and It has returned. The lone remaining grown up from The Losers is calling them to fulfill the promise made two decades previous if It returned. This one had more of a sense of dread rather than horror so in a way it’s kinda standalone.

It’s over 2 and a half hours long, but fortunately, it’s not a slog to watch. I felt they kinda rushed a little bit at the beginning but slowed down to allow the plot to work. It reminded me of Avengers: Endgame where they had a bunch of subplots and they come together at the end to face the big bad.

About as true to an 1100 page book as you can get, SEE IT NOW. Bill Hader stands out. I might be underrating him as an actor, he shined over everyone else, but there were no weak actors here. 

@OwenTheTonk talking movies

Ad Astra 

Hmm, how do I put this? I didn’t care for this. Gist of it is Brad Pitt plays an astronaut (I think) whose father (Tommy Lee Jones) disappeared 16 years previous, and is now causing havoc due to a space mission that everyone thought went wrong. I mean I wasn’t expecting a rollicking adventure, but honestly it kinda bored me. I love space flicks but this one disappointed me. This felt like they tried to keep it minimalist, and not get caught up in all the usual visuals you get from this type of movie.

Regrettably this is one to SEE AT HOME. You’re not missing much by waiting. I preferred Pitt in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. There’s Oscar buzz for him here but I don’t see it. 

Brittney Runs A Marathon

Jillian Bell plays a plus sized party girl who gets to told to lose weight, starts running, and plans on taking part in the New York City Marathon. This was a fun film. There’s some great messages in here (Knowing who your real friends are, learning to accept others for who they are, and accepting responsibility for where you are in life). The cast is great and I think this is another one you should SEE IT NOW. It’s kinda rom com-ish, but don’t feel like it. Bell is a likeable actor and has bright future. 


Renee Zellweger plays Judy Garland during her time headlining shows in London. It starts off showing how down on her luck Judy has become and basically bumming around the city until an opportunity arises in London to have a residence performance. She returns to her glory days as she is well received in the London, but unfortunately crashes and burns there as well. Zelleweger disappears as Judy Garland, which the highest compliment, to me, that you can give an actor. The film slows down a bit past the middle section of the movie, there’s the cliché of a younger man (played by Finn Wittrock) taking advantage of an older woman, but Zellweger carries this film.

I’m too young to have seen Judy Garland (outside of Wizard of Oz reruns and my grandma talking about her) but I felt I was seeing her on screen. No need to rush out to see (unless you a Garland Groupie – I’m trademarking that!) but worth SEEING IT IN THE THEATER. I predict an Oscar nomination for Zellweger. (P.S. Jesse Buckley is in this, is great, and is even better in Wild Rose which has my highest recommendation to see. It’s like A Star Is Born but actually good).

A happy movie review crowd

and Finally…..

So I was watching a movie a while back called Crawl (Basically a hurricane survival movie but with alligators trying to kill the main characters, worth catching) and this guy in front of me took his camera out and was taking pictures of the screen! I hrmpfed at him and he put his phone down. A few minutes later HE WAS DOING IT AGAIN, and I blurted out “Really?” and he put it down without taking a picture. I mean why are you taking pictures? I use to work at a movie theater and we caught people all the time filming, but still pictures? What was he doing? Instagramming the film? Easily one of the most annoying things to ever happen to me in a theater

That’s it for this week! I’ll be back soon with some more reviews, but now back to watching Doctor Strange (A Top Five MCU film for me). 

Marjorie Dawson

Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

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3 thoughts on “Movie Night October 2019 with Owen and Randy”

  1. I’m glad to hear they did a good job sharing Judy’s life. So many of those types of films miss the mark. I will check that one out!

  2. Thanks for the hot tips and the cold cabbages, MOL
    Shame about Ad Astra, but we will have a look when it hits Prime.
    Judy sounds excellent too, not that we have seen any to compare it with, but will await it’s arrival to rent rather than cinema.
    Purrs for reviewing excellence

  3. My human got a comp pass to see Judy last week, and she agrees about Renee Zellweger. She thought the movie was really sad, even though she is part of the film historian crowd and already knew about Judy’s depressing childhood.


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