Review: Wonder (2017)

Wonder is one of those movies that reminds you to love the little things in life. Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder is full of heart, it’s inspiring, and just makes you feel good to be alive when you walk out of a theatre. There are many ways escapism works when you go to the movies and this film provides you with a reminder that even through the hard times we could be facing in our world today, it is possible to be happy and that positive attitude can be contagious to others.

This feel good movie involves Jacob Tremblay (Room) as Auggie, a boy who is entering the fifth grade after being homeschooled by his mother, Isabel, played by Julia Roberts. This is his first time going to a public school which should be exciting for a kid but Auggie is a unique individual who has facial differences. Auggie and his family also including his Father, Nate (Owen Wilson), and sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic) are concerned with how people will receive him because he looks different.

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Double Take: The Witches

“You are DOOMED old woman. You are DOOMED FOREVER!”

What can I say about the movie The Witches that you don’t already know or feel about it. This is one of those movies that you have either never seen/heard of before or you have and the film was apart of your childhood. I don’t recall anyone saying this film was bad. This movie, even though I haven’t watched it since I was a kid, is a fun and wonderful adaptation from the book I would watch all the time along with Labyrinth. It was sort of my double creature feature when I was young. This film along with another good called The Worst Witch started my love of witches in film. 

For those who have never seen this movie, watch the trailer in all it’s 90’s glory and read my opinion on the film after watching it over two to three decades later. 

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Double Take: B is for Batteries Not Included

Today’s tbt movie is Batteries Not Included starring Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, and Elizabeth Peña(I miss you) in a PG family film involving a cast of featured tenants in a rundown apartment building in its last counting days of being demolished and trying to rid the remaining people who stay there. With no way of stopping this from happening out of no where some robotic aliens come to help not only save their building but give them hope to live happy lives.

I can’t remember my exact age when i watched this but this movie was released back in 1987. It’s been a long time since ive seen this movie but what i can remember is it gave me that sense of fun and imagination from the cool robot flying saucers, to the likeable child-like tenants, and also the upbeat happy score throughout the film. I never asked any questions like, where did they robots come from? Why did they come to help them? Were they sent there by someone? Maybe now that I am older, i can watch this film and get some answers. This holds a bit of nostalgia for me because i would watch this with my cousins all the time so we can stay quiet for almost two hours. Let’s see if this movie holds up to its uplifting message 29 years later.

One hour and Forty six minutes later….

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