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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lilly Faye's Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper

Dear Readers,

My blog staff, Dizzie and Alfie, and I watched Guardians of the Galaxy over the weekend. It's based on a Marvel Comic about a ragtag team of heros, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt, The Lego MovieParks and Recreation), Gamora (Zoe Saldana, Star Trek), Drax the Destroyer (wrestling star Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel, Fast & Furious), and Rocket (Bradley Cooper, American Hustle), who come together to save the galaxy from the evil Ronan (Lee Pace).

(See my review of The Lego Movie here, and my review of American Hustle here. )

The plot of Guardians of the Galaxy is simple. The heros fight the bad guys for possession of a powerful orb, taking viewers along on a fun ride. It has proven to be a hugely popular movie, full of humor and spectacular special effects.

My favorite characters are the computer generated Groot, a tree with human-like features, and Rocket, a genetically engineered, gunslinging raccoon.

Dizzie:  "I am Groot."

Lilly Faye: Well, you do eat a lot of wood, Diz.

Alfie Cat: I don't like raccoons. They are well known for stealing cat food.

Lilly Faye: Rocket the raccoon is a great character, Alfie. The movie wouldn't have been nearly as good without him.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a perfect movie for the holidays, when you're too stressed and over-scheduled to concentrate on a heavy film.

Mr. Frank: I would've loved to have seen this one with you, Doll Face. Shouldn't Saturday night be our date night?

Lilly Faye: I'm sorry, Frank. I didn't ask you to come with me, because I was working. You'll just have to get used to the idea that you're dating a working poodle.

Dizzie: Besides, it was my house, my sofa, and my Blu-ray disc.

Lilly Faye: Okay, boys. It's time to rate the movie.

Lilly Faye's Movie Rating: Two Paws Up!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Shopping with the One I Love

Mr. Frank: That's three bags...

Mr. Frank: Five...

Mr. Frank: Seven...I think this is the last of them, Doll Face.

Lilly Faye: My purse is still in the car, Frank.

Mr. Frank: And your purse.

Mr. Frank: Is that everything?

Lilly Faye: Yep. That's all of them.

Lilly Faye: Thanks for taking me Christmas shopping, Frank. I never could have managed everything by myself.

Lilly Faye: You're a good boyfriend, Frank. Kiss, kiss.

Mr. Frank: Anything for you, Doll Face. Smooch!

Next door, a few minutes later...

Ceecee: So how was the shopping trip, Frank?

Mr. Frank: Ask me tomorrow, after I've had a chance to recover. Yawn.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Little Motivation Works Wonders

Mr. Frank: Good, there's no one around. The coast is clear. I might as well get started.

Mr. Frank: Puff...puff...puff...

Mr. Frank: This is quite a workout.

Mr. Frank: Grunt...grunt...grunt...

Mr. Frank: Whew!

Mr. Frank: Time for a little break.

Lilly Faye: Frank, what a surprise. I've never seen you looking so...so...

Mr. Frank: What, Doll Face? Tired? Sweaty?

Lilly Faye: So sexy, Frank. I've never seen you looking so rugged and sexy.

Mr. Frank: Really? You think I look sexy?

Lilly Faye: You sure do, Frank. I'm glad I came over to ask you to take me Christmas shopping, otherwise I would have missed the chance to watch you work out.

Mr. Frank: Anything for you, Doll Face. Just let me finish my exercises.

Mr. Frank: I've suddenly got my second wind!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Can't a Guy Get a Little Privacy Around Here?

Mr. Frank: Ceecee, look! My diet is working. It wasn't easy, but I managed to get into my Christmas sweater.

Ceecee: How much weight have you lost, Frank?

Mr. Frank: Another pound and a half, just since Halloween!

Ceecee: That's a real accomplishment, especially with all the Christmas goodies you've been baking lately.

Mr. Frank: I'm doing it to impress Doll Face, so I'm really motivated. I still need to lose a few more pounds though, and I don't think I can rely on diet alone. I'm going to have to up my game.

Ceecee: Don't overdo it and hurt yourself, Frank.

Mr. Frank: I'll be careful. If you need me, I'll be out back where no one will see me.

Twenty minutes later...

Lilly Faye: Yoo-hoo, Frank, are you back here? It's your girlfriend, Lilly Faye!

Lilly Faye: Frank, what are you doing?

Lilly Faye: Oh, dear dawg!

To be continued....

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lilly Faye's Movie Review: The One I Love, starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass

Dear Readers,

The One I Love is a fascinating study of a marriage, and a whole lot more. 

Sophie, played by Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), and Ethan, played by Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed), visit a therapist played by Ted Danson, in an attempt to repair their ailing marriage. 

The couple agree to spend a few days on a beautiful property in Ojai, California, after the therapist assures them this has done wonders for his other patients.

To say more about the plot would be a shame. You'll just have to experience it for yourself, and I highly recommend that you do so. 

The film's director is Charlie McDowell, son of actors Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen, and stepson of Ted Danson, the therapist in the movie.

Charlie McDowell grew up in Ojai, and he uses the movie's setting, especially a beautiful home and guest cottage, to its best advantage.

The One I Love is based on a scant 50-page screen treatment written by Justin Lader, with dialogue largely improvised by the film's stars, Moss and Duplass. Duplass and his brother bankrolled the movie, which was filmed on a shoestring, but has an expensive look to it.

Dizzie: I thought we were going to watch a relationship movie, but then I thought it might turn into a thriller, or a horror film, or maybe sci-fi, and I got nervous. I didn't know what was going to happen at any point in the film!

Lilly Faye: That's something I loved about it. The plot wasn't obvious. It made me think, and the tone was just right. The actors were very convincing. Moss and Duplass carried the entire film, and really made it work. They were exactly right for their parts.

Alfie Cat: Am I the only one who thought it was a comedy?

Lilly Faye: We can't say too much for fear of spoiling it for our readers, but I will say, if you are trying to unravel the story, follow the bacon.

Dizzie: I always follow the bacon!

Lilly Faye: Dear Readers, this is the kind of movie you'll want to watch, think about, discuss, then watch again. The One I Love is now streaming on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.

Lilly Faye's Movie Review: Two Paws Up!