Category: Movies


While it won’t ever be the mane event, it will be close.

The new Lion King Movie is set to release on July 19, 2019.  

What a cast!

Here are five things to look forward in the upcoming movie. 

  • Beyonce. Need I say more? The Grammy winning star will play lioness Nala, Simba’s childhood friend.  Are you wondering what Beyonce will be singing? Well, there will only be four songs from the original movie: “Can you Feel the Love Tonight”, “Hakuna Matata”, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”, and “Circle of LIfe”.  I’m sure Beyonce’s voice will be highlighted with a few more.  



  • Jon Favreau – After his success with The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau is contributing his talents to reimagine Simba’s rise to power. One of his main goals: Honoring the original movie. He never wants to ruin the memory of someone’s favorite movie. 


  • Elton John – Did you know that Elton John’s middle name is Hercules???? John famously won an award for the Original Lion King Soundtrack and he is back behind the scenes of the music for the new remake. Looks as if he was destined to work with the magic of Disney.


  • 2019 – It’s 2019. The original Lion King was made in 1994 (I was 14 years old!!). We have new technology, new capabilities. I’m sure amazing things will be done with the live action animation. You can have a love for both films, I promise. Who here is going to the movies in July??


Do you remember my inner turmoil when I learned of the upcoming movie, Mary Poppins Returns? If not, click here

You have no reason to worry about doing harm to the Original Mary Poppins by attending Mary Poppins Returns. This film is not a remake. It is a sequel in every shape and form. And there may very well be more sequels to come.

I may be living in a bubble, but I was consistently shocked while watching the film. Almost as shocked as the Banks children watching Mary Poppins pull items out of her famous carpetbag.  Shocked not only that Angela Lansbury is still alive and well at age 93, but she soars as an iconic character from the original  P.L Travers eight book series: the balloon lady. Her balloons are magic, and she warns those who take a balloon to choose wisely.

three red heart balloons
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Watching Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke made me feel like a child again.  That is all I will say to not ruin the movie, but it is a must see.  And your children will watch, captivated. I was a bit worried at first, as the children we were with ranged from ages 2 to 6, but they stayed entranced for the entire two hour period. 

I can’t quite put a finger on how happy I felt after the movie. It was so nice to see such an all-star cast, of all ages, filled with such talent.  Hope is not lost! Children can still use their imaginations and fly. 

What is the one thing that is possibly missing from Lansbury’s role? Her iconic Murder She Wrote Wink or possibly a Beauty and the Beast song. 


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On November 5, 2004, what was first named “The Invincibles” became “The Incredibles”. Produced by Pixar, the movie stars the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell(“This American Life”), Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elizabeth Pena.  Writer and Director Brad Bird Voices Edna Mode. Fourteen years later, the Incredibles 2 has arrived!! And the family hasn’t seemed to age a bit!

The film follows a family of superheroes who are forced to hid their powers and live a quiet suburban life. Being a superhero is “against the law”, because of the damage to the city caused by their crime fighting in Metroville (based on Superman’s Metropolis). 

Have you seen the Incredibles 2 yet? Believe it or not, I saw the Incredibles 2 last night without ever seeing the Incredibles 1.  While there may have been some small hints at the first movie, I quickly grasped the concept and was able to dive into the second plot without missing much.

Someone, we won’t say who. Develops these specialities

  • Demon Flame Baby
  • Full Metal Baby
  • Hobgoblin Baby
  • Hobgoblin Flame Baby  
  • Laser eyes  
  • Shooting Eyes
  • Floating
  • Teleportation (intradimension)
  • Interdimensional wormhole creation and travel (not to be confused with teleportation, which involves simply vanishing)
  • Walking through matter 
  • Telekinesis
  • Piecemeal shape-shifting (morphing specific body parts to resemble others’)
  • Rocket-propulsion sneezes
  • Duplication (self-cloning)
  • Rapid Expansion (e.g., Giant Baby Mode)
  • Flying
  • Elasticity

This was definitely better than the Fantastic Four Reboot. Very family friendly, for all ages. The audience burst into applause at the end of the film in my movie theater. But, without giving anything away, my favorite part was the dumpling.