Hello, everyone! Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I had a busy day on Saturday. I spent some time with my youngest nephew and then celebrated my middle nephew’s birthday in the evening. My sister and nephew have been over for two weeks and they left Sunday morning, so I spent Sunday relaxing and recharging before a busy week at work this week!

How was your weekend?

I’ve watched a few movies recently, so I thought it was time to tell you all about them!

ALL ROADS LEAD HOME

Twelve-year-old Belle is sent to live on her grandfather’s ranch when she starts acting out after her mother dies in a car accident.

My niece and I watched this a few weeks ago when she came over for a girl’s night. I think she liked the movie, but I was not a big fan of it. The film had a huge focus on an animals worth (the grandfather thinks an animal is only worth something if it’ll make him money) and there was a side plot of dog’s dying for unknown reasons and I just… I don’t like stories with a lot of animal death, or talk of it. I mean, I avoid stories about dogs because I assume the dog is going to die tragically and heroically at the end. This had a great ending and it made me tear up at one point, but I was anxious throughout most of the movie due to the sad animal aspect of it.

LOVE POTION #9

A bio-chemist is given a potion that’s supposed to make women fall in love with him if he speaks, so he and fellow scientist Diane test it out.

I watched this back in the ’90’s but didn’t remember much about it, other than the catchy theme song and the fact that it stars Tate Donovan and Sandra Bullock. This is one of her geeky to heart-breaker roles. This movie was… okay. It kept me entertained while I was cleaning one day and it was fun to watch Donovan and Bullock in this, but the plot left a lot to be desired. One of the interesting storylines ended unexpectedly without much explanation and there was one storyline that lasted a little too long.

THE CONJURING

A family moves into a haunted farmhouse and battles the spirits.

After watching MAMA at a writing retreat I was in the mood for a horror movie, so I got this one from Netflix. And two months later I finally watched it! I loved the cast of this movie. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson were fantastic as a couple who was called in to help rid the house of the ghosts. Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston were great as the parents of the family that moves into the house. It was also fun to watch Taylor in this, because it took me back to THE HAUNTING, which I loved when it was first released. I thought the story behind the haunting of the house was interesting, but the movie itself wasn’t incredibly creepy. Like LOVE POTION #9, this was entertaining, but not a must watch.

INTO THE WOODS

Fairy tales are combined in this story in which a couple hoping for a child go into the woods in hopes to break a curse put on their family by a witch.

This movie was so much fun. As with some of the other films in this post, this has a fantastic cast! I loved seeing the different fairy tales that were put together and how they all mixed together. I was humming the music when it was done and ready to watch it again right away. I will say that you need to have your full attention on the movie while watching. I was distracted for a few minutes and was confused about a particular storyline. I was able to figure things out and then I read through that part of the synopsis on Wikipedia once the movie was over.

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THESE? WHAT MOVIES HAVE YOU WATCHED RECENTLY?

PS – Check out my book-to-movie review of Love, Rosie and my most recent movie roundup.

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