Money Monster (2016)


Okay guys, I have to admit I have been super excited to see this movie! I have been disappointed in a lot of Clooney movies over the years, but this has Julia Roberts (plus) and was directed by Jodie Foster (definite plus).

What’s it About?

Lee Gates, a Finance TV Host of a show called Money Monster, gives his viewers tips on stock. After suggesting one stock was “safer than a savings account” many  of his viewers invest into IBIS Global. However, after one night, and what IBIS claims to be a “glitch,” 800 million dollars is gone, *poof* just like that. Kyle, a guy who invested everything he had ($60,000) in this stock, wants answers and takes Lee hostage to get those answers. The money monster crew and Patty, the director, helps talk Lee through this as he wears a bomb vest and tries to not get shot by Kyle who is flailing a gun around. Trying to follow his demands while broadcasting the whole thing live, it is a race to find answers and keep everyone alive.

Who is in it?

George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Caitriona Balfe, Dominic West, and again it is directed by Jodie foster.

Should You Watch It?

Yes. Yes you should. Will you like it, I don’t know. I for one actually loved this movie. Here are my thoughts:

I thought it was very intense, and at times it was even comedic. I wouldn’t go as far to call this a comedy, but I (and the rest of the audience in my theater) did find ourselves laughing at times. Plus if you wanna see Clooney doing some WEIRD (yet hilarious) dancing, then you should definitely give it a shot.

The acting was very good. Each actor did a good job of staying in the moment and to me that really conveyed to the audience.

Though it is a pretty typical hostage/action/thriller, there are some unexpected twists and turns. “No one asks questions when they are making money, just when they lose it.”

The camera angles are confined to the control room and to the studio room cameras. For a big part of the film we are watching as if we were watching the show. It isn’t until we get closer to the end and Kyle and Lee leave the building that we are exposed to a wider range of camera angles.

Kyle’s pregnant girlfriend cusses him out and calls him a loser for the whole world to see until the police shut off the feed. I mean she really lays into the guy, but he did lose all of there money and strapped a bomb to Lee Gates so I guess that would make me mad too.

Overall Thoughts

I would give this a 8/10. There was room for improvement and I wish that it created an unpredictable ending, and that it was a not-so-typical hostage thriller movie but I still found it to be refreshing to watch. It reminded me of John Q in some ways, which is fine because I root for the guys who are trying and doing there best but get screwed over by people “higher than them.”


New: Movie Reviews

I will start doing movie reviews this week. It will take me a couple posts to find the right groove of writing a review, but I will get the hang of it. This is a learning process for me, like blogging is.

It is important to know that I am a big movie buff. I go to the theater almost weekly and I happen to own over 500 movies. Okay, I know that is a lot.. I won’t even try to deny it, but I could be spending my money on worse things like drugs, but my addiction is movies (and tv shows, and books). Plus Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netlix add to the list of movies I have and could watch.

I will watch pretty much anything – romance, rom-com, comedies, horror, sci-fi, action and adventure, children movies, classical, westerns, indie-films, documentaries, or just those really weird movies that no one has ever heard of. Though I am telling you all now, I refuse to watch Fifty Shades of Grey and the other Grey movies when they come out, so I cannot help you there.

There are very few films I have seen that I absolutely do not like or couldn’t make it all the way through. I am usually very good at understanding that each film is a result of a person(s) creativity and I respect that. As a person who has made short films, a documentary, a full length film, and multiple videos here and there I get it. When you make something it is the result of your creativity and I think that is something to be appreciated.

I am excited to actually write the reviews – every time I watch something I have a verbal review for it but now I will get to write it and post it, yay! Plus, this gives me more of a reason to start re-watching some of my movies and some new ones.

So if there is a movie that you are thinking about watching (or buying), but aren’t quite sure if you should, let me know. Or maybe you are worried about kid-friendliness and anything such as language, nudity, sex, etc. If I have it I will re-watch it, if I don’t I will find it and watch it, and if it is in theaters I still might go watch it!

When he became a she – walking in love

Great post. I have found myself in a conversation about this constantly – it is all about love. Follow Jesus and the example that he has set for us. We are not better than each other as people, we are all flawed and we have all sinned. What we can do is love each other.

just a jesus follower

walking in love blogThe other day, Zac and I went into a retail store and were greeted by an associate.

I soon recognized the associate as someone I used to go to church with years ago. Someone close to my age, who I had shared many years sitting next to in our small little church.

But, he had changed.

He was now a she.

I could tell my friend recognized me, but didn’t think I would recognize them. They helped me around the store and their hands were shaking almost uncontrollably the entire time.

I knew why.

They were afraid.

Afraid of what I might say if I caught onto who they were.

Afraid of seeing the shocked Christian look of horror on my face.

Afraid of my judgement or God knows what Bible verses I just might hurl at them.

Afraid of being shamed.


I decided to…

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Time, Time, and More Time

I feel like I need more time in the day, don’t we all though? Currently I have my college classes and classwork, a newish workout schedule, 40 hour work weeks, weekly grocery store trips, cooking, baking, fun activities, and maybe socializing somewhere in there. I wonder where I fit in the time to read and write (and make blog posts). I’d like to say life is settling down a bit, HA! Yeah, that won’t happen.

We do what we make the time to do. Consistency is key for me. When I add something new into my schedule I just have to move things around and make the time in my day to do whatever I am adding on. For example, I am on day 70 of working out today, and the first week was easy, the weeks after it gets harder and harder. “Ugh, I want to do something else,” is typically what screams through my head as I prepare myself, but working out is for me to relieve stress and feel better so I make the time for it. Simple luxuries like reading, writing, and blogging, are all things I have to make time for. Work, well that’s 40 scheduled hours a week so it doesn’t matter much if I want to do it or not.

And crazily I always add more onto my schedule. I like being busy though. In my junior year in high school I spent most school nights at school until 10 pm and Saturdays at school for 8 hours working on a documentary for 8 months in addition to regular class work and work. I worked a double shift on Sunday to make up for missing Saturday, and then spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at school with Thursday’s and Friday’s at work. Prior to a knee injury my schedule was filled with gymnastics, cheerleading, dancing, basketball, and any sport I could get involved in. I feel odd if my schedule isn’t jam packed with something to do, it has been like that since I was 5.

I want to add more onto this schedule – more time to volunteer, more time to learn something new, more time to do more and to grow more. I think that it is important for a person to keep growing and expanding themselves and for me this is getting involved in something new. I took the time to learn to bake and cook, and then I took time to learn about being healthy and working out, and then I take the time to focus on school to expand my knowledge.

Part of my enjoyment from doing so much is meeting new people, learning, growing, and trying new things. I like to “get outside of myself.” To me, it is important to be exposed to new ideas, and new people with opinions, beliefs, and ideas that differ from mine. I have met so many great people from event planning for a local dog rescue group, or for donating baked goods or selling baked goods, I have met people who share the same interests as me, or who can teach me a thing or two more about crocheting.

There is a lot of world to experience, a lot of things to try and do, so my goal is to try and do as much as I can and fight through the times that I hold myself back. It may make my schedule crazier, and I may not be able to create more time, but I want new experiences and to meet new people from all walks of life. So I just make the time that I already have work.

To a New Age

Well, I am officially 20 years old.. yikes! I am actually still really young, hopefully with a lot of years to live and a lot of adventures to take. My birthday was Friday, and what a great day and weekend. First, on Friday I only had approximately 300 words left for NaNoWriMo, and I DID IT! What a great birthday present to myself, I finished my word count goal. I only got 4 stories in, but I am excited to edit them some and then share them with all of you and then write some more.

I love birthdays – not just mine – but all birthdays. Birthdays are like a new year to me, this birthday however was very significant. This was the first birthday without my dad to be here to wish me a happy birthday and to celebrate – but he would have wanted me to be happy and have a good time so I did. Each birthday I sit down and make a list of what I want to accomplish in my year until my next birthday. Kind of like a new years resolution – but new years resolutions (for me) are about goals where I can strengthen my relationship with God, how I can help others, how I can improve as a person to be kinder and compassionate, and so on. My birthday resolutions are about actual goal setting: what will I accomplish at work, at school, with filming/writing/reading (even blogging), how do I want to grow in what I am doing, and so on.

Birthdays also remind me of how blessed and loved I am. I think I have forgotten about so much of that this year because I have been so busy and distracted with everything life is throwing my way. The birthday wishes and messages and time spent with my loved ones is what made the weekend so great. I have been extremely thankful for this past weekend because it was a good reminder that my life is so full of people who love me and I can thank God for giving me another birthday to celebrate, another year to live, another year to be.

I am excited to see what 20 brings – I have much to learn, much to do, and much more to live.