Daily Archives: June 17, 2019

Instant Family Movie Review

These days, families come in all shapes and sizes. However, that does not mean that parenting and maintaining a marriage or a relationship is easy.

In Instant Family, Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) are a childless couple who decide that it’s time to have children. Instead of having children the old fashioned way, they decide to go the route of becoming foster parents. Two social workers Karen (Octavia Spencer) and Sharon (Tig Notaro), steer the would be parents into the process of fostering with the ultimate goal of adoption.

The children who enter Pete and Ellie’s lives are three Latinex siblings: Lizzie (Isabela Moner), Juan (Gustavo Escobar) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz). Lizzie is both the typical teenager and a second mother to her younger siblings. Juan has anxiety issues. Lita is adorable, but she is spoiled. Can this couple become the parents they want to be and more importantly, will these kids give them the opportunity to become parents?

Instant Family is one of those films that is both mildly charming and slightly message heavy. It’s not a bad film, but it’s not exactly the type of film that would implore me to go to the movie theater.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

Instant Family is presently on DVD.

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Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen Book Review

Every decade or so, there is one year in which forever alters how movies are made and seen. The year 1999 was one of those years.

The new book, Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen, by Brian Raferty breaks down the popular movies of that year and how those movies impacted the industry for decades to come. Movies such as Fight Club, The Matrix, She’s All That, Boys Don’t Cry and The Best Man are just some of the movies were released that year. Containing interviews with actors, directors and others involved in the film making process, this book is the story of the films, the creative teams who made the films and the impact these films have had on the culture over the past twenty years.

This book is a must read for movie fans. It is not only a fun read and a nice behind the scenes look at the films, but it also creates a sense of nostalgia for a year that produced some of our fines movies.

I recommend it.

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