Forever My Girl (PG-13)

Forever My Girl (PG: 2018)
~ Director: Bethany Ashton Wolf, Writers: Bethany Ashton Wolf (screenplay), Heidi McLaughlin (novel), Stars: Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey, more: See IMDB. Released: 2018. Rated PG | 1h 48min | Drama, Music, Romance | 19 January 2018 (USA).

Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

A story of a country music star that leaves his high school sweetheart at the altar to go pursue his quickly gained celebrity status. Eight years later he discovered a high school friend passed away and headed home for the funeral only to run into her and discover what he has missed over the last eight years – an emotional struggle of everything he walked away from and how to deal with a new life presented upon him. The acting was great and the plot perfect. Not normally a film i would randomly choose but while at Tinseltown in Colorado Springs, the timing was convenient for the small window of movie-going and able to use as a free film for my $9.95 / month Movie Pass it was a go. It was a emotional, tear-jerking, chick-flick that made a grown man cry – heart felt and warming, touching to the soul of any parent, definitely a film with lots of emotional moments. Outside of the country music, which even though it was about a famous country singer, was minimal and not obtrusive, so a country-music disliking soul such as myself was not bothered. It was a remarkably well done movie. Rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Viewed by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley on 1/29/18 with Movie Pass)

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Cinemark Tinseltown (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Cinemark Tinseltown
1545 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: (719) 576-5082
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Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

A enormous and fancy high capacity stadium-like seating theater complex with reclining and assigned seats. Always an enjoyable experience and one of my favorite theaters to visit. Luckily for the healthier junk-food minded, there is a cafe where you can get food that takes a little longer to make, your Starbucks addiction, ice cream on a cone, milkshakes, and what-not. There is also a bar, but unfortunately it’s part of the concession-maze screw-up (wasn’t always like that). The theater possesses a Hollywood charm, great rich extravagant decor and film, you really are placed into movie-land with this experience. The staff is friendly and go out of their way to help you. Free refills on large popcorns and drinks, and with the rewards program, not to hard to build up 75 points to get $2 off of them. They always have a great array of films and newly released blockbusters. Also one of the few theaters in town that has morning matinees. Every Tuesday it’s less than $6 a ticket. The hands down best theater in Colorado Springs. Rating: 5 stars out of 5 (2018) (formerly was 4.75 out of 5 because of the concession maze which they fixed) [Concessions maze is awkward and an all out failure – that would be the worst part of the theater. (They did away with this former monstrosity, thanks to complaints from patrons – Thank you!)]

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Movie Pass

Movie Pass

By far the most amazing and spectacular deal that oddly very few know about, is the fantastical premiere entertainment pass known as “Movie Pass”. It’s quite simple – you subscribe at Moviepass.com for $9.95 a month and in 8-10 days you’ll receive a beautiful credit card called “Movie Pass”. You download the app and when you want to go to any of the 6,000+ movie theaters in America, you drive up, log into the app, select your movie time, then go to either stand in line at the ticket booth or use the kiosk, select the movie, your seats if applicable, and use the card to pay for the movie. When you registered using the app, Moviepass uploaded the exact ticket price to the card, and you are set to go. You can go to one movie every day as long as your subscription is active. I can’t express more how amazing this offer is. Hurry now as you never know how long it’ll run. The only problem with the program is you can’t get the pass in the mail quick enough! Rating: 5 stars out of 5 :: So far, I’ve used it twice – seeing “Paddington Bear 2” and “The Commuter” – no snags whatsoever. In fact originally wanted to see Jumanji and by the time i got through the line to the ticket agent it sold out and was able to instantly just pay for Paddington Bear with it so I could see with my son. 1/15/18.

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Bad Mom’s Christmas (R, 2017)

Bad Mom’s Christmans
~ Rated R. Nov. 1, 2017. ~
Directed by Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, Actor/resses: Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Susan Surandon, and more.

Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

It’s that time of year when expectation on parents comes to a collapsing point, and this tale depicts the challenges and expectations for holiday planning with the age-old assumption it falls entirely on the mom’s shoulders. (Since I’m a single dad, I’ve never experienced this phenomena) So the under-appreciated and overburdened moms break down this particular Christmas, especially as their moms arrive on the scene earlier than expected for Christmas event planning. Amy, Kiki, and Carla on a girl’s night out decide to rebel against the cookie-cutter expectations and not being reliable for the expected fantastic holiday they feel is expected of them by not only their moms, their kids, and husbands for two of them (Carla is a single mom). It is an action packed party-driven rebellion of mom’s flick with lots of laughs, humor, and fun. It was good fun. Spin-off sequel to “Bad Moms”. Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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Geostorm (PG-13: 2017)

Geostorm
Rated: PG-13
Released: 2017
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish

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Comes the world when global warming has created such a grand crisis that all nations had to join forces to fight natural catastrophes. Building a space station with thousands of satellites used to control the weather, the nicknamed “Dutch Boy” system is just about to be passed off to the United Nations from the USA. A fight to maintain control of the protector now turned weapon, destruction of cities and countries, and targeting world dominance, the greedy, ugly, and soul smashing villain goes all out to get what they want. Its left up to the creator to figure out what’s going on. Emblazoned within a family relationship and struggle, the binds of blood saves the day, but not before hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, deep freezes and heat waves devastate the planet. Will the earth survive? Rated: 4 stars out of 5 Reviewed by Leaf McGowan, 10/22/17

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Walking Out (PG-13: 2017)

Walking Out
Rated: PG-13
Released: 2017
Starring: Bill Pullman, Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins

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A great father/son film with continued repetitive family history of a urban teen who comes visits his father at their cabin in the mountains only to end in tragedy. The youth, separated from his dad due to divorce, comes to visit his father for a great hunt. Putting away technology, his father helps him re-learn survival skills and the great hunt. They pulled a tag for a moose that his dad was tracking. A run-in with Grizzlies, a hunting accident, leaves the teen to carry his dad down the mountain – walking out of a nightmare. A grand tale of survival, thrilling, and edge of your seat moments. Rating: 4 out of 5

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Atomic Blonde (R)


Atomic Blonde

Rated R – 2017

Fast action female version of James Bond (Charlize Theron) – attractive, stunning, and deadly takes on a impossible M6 mission getting a spy list that her former spy lover died for covering all the active agents in the West. Fast cars and deadly blasts, martial arts and brawls all in the heart of the moment that the Berlin Wall was coming down. Spectacular authentic 80’s soundtrack and great portrayal of the era. Reviewed 5 stars out of 5

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Offerings of the Naiads Book Project

Please help fund our research project and publication of our book “Offerings of the Naiads: Holy Wells and Sacred Springs in Western Culture” by our Founders.

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Malificent (PG: 2014)

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Malificent (Rated PG – Released May 2014)

Starring: Directed By: Robert Stromberg, Written by Linda Woolverton, Charles Perrault, and others. Starring: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Elle Fanning as Aurora, Sharlto Copley as Stefan, Lesley Manville as Flittle, Imelda Staunton as Knotgrass, Juno Temple as Thistlewit, and many others. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587310/.
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I’m really digging the fact that Walt Disney and other major film companies are starting to get on track with depicting fairy tales with “real faeries” as is becoming the artsy trend these days in media, film, and music. They were golden with how they manifested Snow White and the Huntsman I didn’t think the film wizards could do any better with the classics – wrong was I. “Malificent” is in that tradition, embedded deep into the faerie realms and the struggles between humans and the fae, following true folklore about faeries and iron, and much of historical folklore as accurate as they could go. It is the classic retelling (and most probable more authentic of the Sleeping Beauty myth if there was one in history). A young powerful faerie girl well respected in Faerieland as “Malificent” goes and befriends a young human mortal who stumbled into the protected realms. They begin a long childhood friendship which leads up to the guise of “true love” only to meet the ever-told fate between fae and humans that humans will always cross the fae. This throws Malificent into a darkness after she loses her wings and seeks revenge on the wrongdoer. She curses his child into a “sleeping beauty” enchantment that not even she could break, only to be broken by a kiss of true love – which she believed did not exist. As time passes she falls for the young cursed one only to despair that she couldn’t break the curse she cast. Battles between the humans and the magical folk build up high action and turmoil leaving you on the edge of your seat. Ents, Dryads, Pixies, Elves, Dragons, and other magical folk animate your imagination as malificent finds her way back to the fate of her beautiful wings. Just how I would have imagined “Sleeping Beauty”. Rating: 5 stars out of 5 [rating:5]

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Carrie 2013

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Carrie (2013) ~ Rated R.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1939659/ ** Drama/Horror * Released: October 18, 2013 * Director: Kimberly Peirce. Writers: Lawrence D. Cohen, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Starring: Julianne Moore as Margaret White; Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie White; Gabriella Wilde as Sue Snell; Portia Doubleday as Chris Hargensen; Alex Russell as Billy Nolan; Zoë Belkin as Tina; Ansel Elgort as Tommy Ross; Samantha Weinstein as Heather, and may more. *

The Classic Stephen King horror story about a shy Fundamentalist Christian raised girl who was never taught about puberty, humiliated over her period in the girl’s gym locker room, at the same time when discovering her telekinetic powers. She’s pushed too far by the school bullies and unleashes a fire storm of revenge and destruction much to the horror and shame of her teacher/counselor and mother. It’s hard to beat the first film, and the second re-make was fantastic in my eyes, but this 3rd remake still held its own charm and excitement. As I’m a big fan of the supernatural, it was well done. The 1974 novel by Stephen King of course is the best version of them all as is all of his books compared to the movies made about them. Chloë Grace Moretz playing Carrie is no Sissie Spacek comparison, but in her own right did a magnificent and sexy role. I’m still torn between the characters of the first film and this third for the others outside of Carrie, but Julianne Moore as Carrie’s mom was a fabulous choice as she’s always has been a favorite actress of mine. The prayer closet was well done but some of the school scenes were lacking luster. I did enjoy the fact Carrie delved deeply into researching her powers rather than stumbling around cluelessly with them. I didn’t care for the delivery scene for the opening, but the pregnancy at the end was a intriguing twist. – [Rating:4] Rating 4 stars out of 5.

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