“Adventureland” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com movie reviews(Games, Rides, Life)

adventurelandJames (Jesse Eisenberg) graduated from college and is looking forward to going to graduate school in New York City. Unfortunately, the families financial situation has changed dramatically and he is forced to figure out a way to make his own money to get there.

Looking for work for the summer, he finds that his degree is virtually useless in the summer job market. Seeking work at a local amusement park, he is hired immediately in the “Games” department.

James meets Em (Kristen Stewart) and falls in love. Unfortunately, Em is jumping in the sack on a regular basis with the married handyman at the park, Connell (Ryan Reynolds). Sexy Lisa P. (Margarita Levieva, who was the fake Amanda Clarke on Revenge) goes out with James confusing the situation even more.

But friends are made and life lessons learned, all-in-all, an interesting and, unexpectedly, fruitful summer job.

“Adventureland” is a fun movie depicting real life struggles and issues. Lots of drug use and drinking so it is not for kids.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Netflix.  Thanks, Ryan!

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“About Last Night” Movie Review

ForCarol.com Movie Review 3-Watertowers(Sex, Kevin Hart, More Sex)

Bernie (Kevin Hart) just met a hot, fiery, very sexually active woman, Joan (Regina Hall). Their relationship is new and volatile.  They argue, make up, argue, argue, make up, yell, have wild sex, breakup, get back together, scream…….VERY volatile.

about last nightJoan brings her roommate, Debbie (Joy Bryant) to meet Bernie’s best friend, Danny (Michael Ealy). Both are subdued (hell, Attila the Hun is subdued compared to Kevin Hart) but hit it off and spend the first night together in bed (how come that never happened to me?). But it is more than just sex, they truly enjoy each others company even out of bed, or where ever.

While Bernie and Joan are off and on, off and on…..Debbie and Danny stay together even though they are both tiring of the relationship. The magic is gone. Instead of sex everyday, it becomes sex every other day, and as we all know, eventually, every month, then every year, then, like the SF Giants, every other year…..haha, just kidding?

“About Last Night” IS Kevin Hart. His comedic talent shines above all else and he carries the movie. One part was REALLY cool, in a sneaky / subtle kind of way:  Debbie and Danny were watching an old movie on TV and she says “This is my favorite movie”.  I looked up the stars, Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, starring together. The movie was……”About Last Night”.  VERY COOL!

F-words fly, simulated sex is rampant, drinking, cussing, and fighting. Not for kids, and not Oscar worthy, but, if you like Kevin Hart as much as we do….worth the price. He is “cluckin f**kin” awesome. What a talent.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Blu-Ray….yes, we liked it back when we saw it in the theater and bought it.

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Learning Photoshop

I have been playing around with the online version of Photoshop CC 2015.

Here are a few of my attempts. I am an engineer, not an artist, so be kind.  :-)

A friend is running for President:


Kelli Stanley is an author and friend, this is for her Facebook page (she actually used it!):


For my TechyMike Facebook page:


The insert for my TechyMike Facebook page:



I also did this floating head goofing around (Head Geek….get it?):


An ad for MileIQ helping ForCarol:


For my TracyReaderDad Book Reviews Facebook page:


The insert for that page:


Fill-the-Bag with Classroom Supplies for ForCarol:


The original Menchies FUNdraiser on July 18, 2015 for ForCarol for Instagram:



I added Blaze to it:


For a “Fill-the-Bag” sponsor’s Facebook page:


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I did these for ForCarol (I like black backgrounds….and floating heads, books, etc.).  :-)

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“The DUFF” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com movie reviews(Bullying & Owning Who You Are)

Bianca (Mae Whitman) has been hanging with her best friends, Casey (Bianca A. Santos) and Jessica (Skyler Samuels), for a long time.

the duffOne day, her next door neighbor, Wesley (Robbie Amell), innocently told Bianca that of her friend group, she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). She is the one guys go to to find out more about beautiful Jessica and Casey…..because DUFF’s are approachable and not threatening.

Realizing she is indeed a DUFF, Bianca tries to change.  She dumps her best friends and recruits Wesley to help her change. Ultimately, she learns that true friends are hard to find, and that she is who she is and she needs to learn how to “own it”.

“The DUFF” starts out looking like a “Mean Girls” re-done, but, quickly modernizes the premise with cyber-bullying, along with the normal “Mean Girl” high school bullying, and shows how Bianca deals with bullying and rises above it.  Some F-words and S-words. Teens would like it, but it is not for little kids.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on VUDU.

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“Pain & Gain” Movie Review

2.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(Bumbling Bodybuilders)

Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a con-man body builder fresh out of pain & gainjail.

He gets a job as a personal trainer at a local gym and does a great job building business.

But he wants more. He desperately wants to be rich.

Training a rich businessman and asshole, Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), Daniel hatches a plan to kidnap Victor and hold him until he signs over his assets to Daniel and his loser bodybuilder associates; Paul (The Rock) and Adrian (Anthony Mackie).

The three bumbling bodybuilders find it difficult to kidnap Victor, then find it even more difficult to get him to sign over his assets, and, lastly, find it impossible to kill him…..despite numerous attempts.

The three muscle bound schmucks live high on the hog off of Victors assets….for awhile. Adrian, who suffers from steroid-induced erectile dysfunction, marries Robin (Rebel Wilson), Paul cokes out, while Daniel becomes more and more violent.

The “Victor” money runs out and they have to plan another kidnapping.

This time they target and attempt to kidnap a porn mogul, but, this kidnapping ends with deadly &  gory results.

We watched “Pain & Gain” mainly because of Mark Walhberg (Ted 2 is coming up….). It was interesting, uniquely different, more violent than I expected, and, based on a true story. Dwayne Johnson does an amazing job depicting the decline of a person from sober to wacked-out coke head.

Go to IMDb for more information. We watched this on Netflix (Thanks, Ryan!) because Lori is still laid up with the damaging remnants of her recent broken leg and getting to the movies is a chore not yet worth attempting.

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“Life of Crime” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Reviews(Kidnapping, No Ransom)

Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins) is a rich real estate mogul who is skimming $50,000 per month from his business.  He puts the money in an offshore account where he now has over one million dollars.

life of crimeFrank is married to Mickey (Jennifer Aniston) and is having an affair with Melanie (Isla Fisher).  He also has attracted the attention of a couple of bad guys who know his financial situation.

These bad guys kidnap Melanie and demand a ransom.  Unlucky for them, Frank tells them to go take a hike.  He has already filed for divorce, so no loss on his part.

“Life of Crime” is a fun movie with an interesting premise (kidnapping the wife….keep her because I don’t care) and a shocking twist at the end (unless you are like me and guessed it).

Not for kids, some brief nudity, and Isla is smokin….oh, never mind.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Netflix.  Thanks, Ryan!

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“In Your Eyes” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Reviews College Scholarships(Telepathic Telepresence)

Note: This movie comes close to my technical specialty: video conferencing. Imagine, sometime in the future, being able to video conference (think, Skype) with anyone, anytime, anyplace just like they do here in the movie. And just using your brain and senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch)…..no equipment! Very cool.

Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) is sitting in class as a young boy in in your eyesNew Mexico. Suddenly, he sees himself going downhill on a sled. He sees the trees up ahead and is knocked out (falling off his chair in class) when the sled hits a tree. At the very same instant, Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) who was on the sled (in New Hampshire) is also knocked out.  Weird.

Many years pass and even though both have experienced unexplained circumstances in their lives, they both blew them off as their own weird issues.  One day, Rebecca is shopping and sees a truck coming at her.  She freaks out in the store (which looks like she is totally crazy) but, Dylan raises his head just in time to avoid a collision.

They realize they can talk to each other!  Weird.

“In Your Eyes” is a totally unique movie dealing with the ability of Rebecca and Dylan to communicate completely with each other (see, hear, feel, and smell) even though they are thousands of miles apart.

They become friends, then they become more.

Interesting movie.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Netflix.  Thanks, Ryan!

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1″ Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(The Districts Revolt)

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) awakens to find herself in a hospital in District 13.

mockingjay part 1We learn that District 13 survived the Capital’s onslaught, years ago, by going underground. We also learn that they are warriors and that they have stored massive amounts of advanced weaponry. They are just waiting for the right time to attack the Capital.

Now is the right time…..and Katniss is their symbol of rebellion…..their “Mockingjay”…..their hope to unite the Districts in battle.

But Katniss is worried about Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) who is being held, tortured, and used as the spokesperson against rebellion, in the Capital. She is not the feisty, defiant, Katniss we know.

Something has to change or someone else has to become the “Mockingjay”.

Visiting District 12 and seeing the devastation of her home District brings Katniss back to reality, then she visits District 8 and witnesses first hand the brutality of the Capital.

She vows to symbolize the fight. And fight they do……then Part 1 ends.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1″ is the beginning of the end of the trilogy. I did not read the third book, as I was told it was worse than book #2 and that one sucked. Overall….the movies are much much better than the books.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Blu-Ray.

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“Hector and the Search for Happiness” Movie Review

5(Spectacular, Touching, Thought Provoking)

Hector (Simon Pegg) is a psychiatrist. He has a successful practice, and a neat, tidy, personal life with his beautiful, intelligent, doting girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike).

hector blog picOne day with a patient, Hector snaps.

He decides that he is not truly happy, and furthermore, he is not helping his patients achieve happiness either. He needs to find happiness, so he tells Clara he is going on a journey to find it. He hopes she is there when he returns.

She gives him permission to do whatever he needs to do, and gives him a diary to take notes, and off he goes on his life-affirming, worldwide, research project, not knowing when he will return. Along the way he finds new friends, visits old friends, and finds his happiness.

In China, he meets businessman Edward (Stellan Skarsgard) who introduces him to his version of happiness at a club and hires a hooker, Ying Li (Ming Zhao), to spend the night with Hector. Being un-wise to the world, Hector falls in love with Ying Li only to find out that her job was to be with him (“Happiness is loving two women at the same time”). Off to the mountains where he finds a Monastery where the monks are closed on Monday and have Skype!

He Skypes with Clara from the Monastary and then continues video conferencing with her for the rest of his journey.

In Africa, he meets up with an old friend, a Doctor helping the poor, Michael (Barry Atsma), and a drug cartel kingpin, Diego Baresco (Jean Reno). He helps Diego’s wife by prescribing less medication, and, unwittingly, his life is saved by his association with Diego.

In Los Angeles, Hector meets up with his first love, Agnes (Toni Collette) and happiness future Nobel Prize winner, Professor Coreman (Christopher Plummer). It is in LA that Hector finds his true happiness.

“Hector and the Search for Happiness” is a truly outstanding movie. Simon Pegg is brilliant. I do not understand how he was overlooked for an Oscar. I love the mix of animation and the list of research items on happiness (for example, “15. Listening is loving.”).

This is the best movie we have seen in a long time, and, it has moved directly into my top 10 of movies all time. Maybe top 5 after we watch it again…and again.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Netflix. Thanks, Ryan!

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“Nine Months” Movie Review

ForCarol.com Movie Review 3-Watertowers(Overacted but Funny, Robin Williams shines)

Samuel (Hugh Grant) and Rebecca (Julianne Moore) have been dating for a long time.  Rebecca’s biological clock is ticking away, but, child psychologist Sam is oblivious to this new paradigm in this relationship. He still wants to play and be a kid, she wants him to grow up, get married, and have a family.

nine monthsBirth control is 97% effective. In Rebecca’s case, the 3% became 100%. She is pregnant. Sam is flabbergasted and has no clue what to do. So he does nothing.

“Nine Months” has a famous cast and famous director, Chris Columbus, who encourages the actors to go completely over the top. The only one that suits that mold is Robin Williams who, in his short time on screen, is absolutely hilarious. Robin Williams allowed to be Robin Williams….perfection….damn we miss him. The other actors are not as successful: Hugh Grant is not an over the top actor and Tom Arnold (who I normally like) is irritating as all get out. Julianne Moore and Jeff Goldblum keep it low key while Joan Cusack is ok over the top.

Rent it just to see Robin Williams do his thing.

Go to IMDb for more information. We watched this on B-movie heaven, Netflix. Thanks, Ryan!

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“The Good Guy” Movie Review

ForCarol.com Movie Review 3-Watertowers(Lies, Betrayal, Relationships)

Tom (Scott Porter) comes to Beth’s (Alexis Bledel) apartment after losing his the good guywallet. He needs a place to stay for the night and to borrow some money. He can’t come up though because Alexis has someone with her, but, she does come down the stairs to give him some money and to tell him she is sorry.

We feel sorry for Tom as it appears he has been lied to and betrayed.

Six weeks earlier…..

We find out that Tom is a a hot shot Wall Street wheeler and dealer and has been dating Beth for a few months. They have not had sex yet and book lover Beth spends many nights alone or with her girl friends while Tom works.

One day at the bookstore, Beth meets fellow reader, Daniel (Bryan Greenberg), and there is an attraction. Little does she know that shy Daniel was just hired by Tom and is under his tutelage on the ways of Wall Street and women. Mostly women.

Beth invites Daniel to her weekly book club meeting, and, after some hesitation (and encouragement from Tom) he accepts.

“The Good Guy” is a somewhat interesting movie about relationships and how difficult it is to find the truth among the lies and deceit. Not for kids.

Go to IMDb for more information. We watched this on B-movie heaven, Netflix. Thanks, Ryan!

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“Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Reviews(Old Hippies Gettin’ High)

Diane’s (Catherine Keener) husband wants a divorce.

peace love and misunderstandingIn response, Diane takes her college age kids, Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Jake (Nat Wolff), to visit her estranged mother, Grace (Jane Fonda), in Woodstock, NY.

The kids have never met grandma and are slightly taken aback at her being a died-in-the-wool pot smoking, free loving, hippie (hey, it IS Woodstock). Grace even protests the war, any war….talk about a stretch for Hanoi Jane. haha

Hanging out in Woodstock, Zoe finds a good looking butcher to hang with, movie making Jake finds a girl, and Diane hooks up with a handsome guy. Free love…..peace…..let’s smoke more dope and consult with the spirits.

Everything works out for the best at the end.

“Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding” is an ok movie. Not a waste of two hours, but, also not Oscar worthy. Fun. Jane Fonda (at 70+ years old) looks great in long hippie hair and tight blue jeans. One hot grandma. Not for kids.

Go to IMDb for more information. We watched this on Netflix (aka B movie heaven). Thank you, Ryan!

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“Boy Meets Girl” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(Tender, Terrific, Transgender)

Ricky (Michelle Hendley) has known since she was young that she was a girl in a boys body.

boy meets girlLife has not been easy for Ricky in a small town, but, her best friend Robby (Michael Welch) has always been there for her.  Her mother died when her and her brother, Sam (Joseph Ricci), were young, but, her father, Hank (Randall Newsome), is understanding and supportive.

Ricky is now in her early twenties and is about to embark on a sexual relationship with a young woman, Francesca (Alexandra Turshen), and discovering true love with her best friend.  She has also applied to fashion school in New York.

“Boy Meets Girl” is one of the most interesting movies we have seen….ever. Tender, funny, poignant and absolutely terrific. Superb acting and directing.  Not for kids.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Netflix.  Thank you, Ryan!

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“The Single Moms Club” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers(Single Moms Unite)

Five single moms, or soon to be single moms, are given a task by the school principal after each of their kids were caught either tagging the walls, smoking, or making out in the bathroom.

single moms clubThe task is to put together a dance for the school.

“The Single Moms Club” started as the five moms meet to plan this event.

Along the way, we learn a bit about each of the moms, watch them grow in confidence, and start new relationships with their kids and the current men in their lives.

May (Nia Long) is a reporter with the local newspaper and is writing a book. Her book is rejected by snooty Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey) who is being told she cannot become a partner because she can’t work 24 x 7.

Hillary (Amy Smart) is getting a divorce and had to lay off her maid. She finds out she knows nothing about taking care of kids since her maid did all the work.

Esperanza (Zulay Henao) has a new boyfriend, but, is afraid to let her daughter and ex-husband know about him.

And, finally, the most grounded of them all, Lytia (Cocoa Brown) is struggling to make ends meet with several kids, two of whom are in jail.

Tyler Perry’s “The Single Moms Club” is an interesting, and entertaining, look at some of the issues involved with raising a family while being a single mom and also how five women, from diverse backgrounds, can come together for support and friendship. Adult themes, not for kids.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Netflix. Thanks, Ryan!

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“A Few Best Men” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers(Goofball Wedding Comedy)

David (Xavier Samuel) takes vacation on a deserted island to get his life together. Mia (Laura Brent) does the same.  They meet, fall in love, and decide to get married.

a few best menDavid goes back home to the UK to tell his mates, Tom (Kris Marshall), Graham (Kevin Bishop), and Luke (Tim Draxl), and bring them to Australia where Mia’s parents are planning the wedding.

When they arrive, we find out that Mia’s family is rich and her Dad is a Senator. Her mom, Barbara (Olivia Newton-John), is attracted to Tom and is sick of the high society social restrictions. And the best men are absolute goofballs getting into all kinds of trouble.

Everything goes wrong that can go wrong, thanks to David’s mates, while Barbara snorts lines of coke and parties hardy during the wedding.

“A Few Best Men” is a funny movie with a terrific soundtrack and beautiful scenery. Not for kids. And kinda gross, especially when Graham has to retrieve bags of cocaine from a ram’s ass. (You have to watch the movie to appreciate it…haha). Shocking ending.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Netflix. Thanks, Ryan!

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“A Bag of Hammers” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(Immature Thieves Grow Up)

Ben (Jason Ritter) and Alan (Jake Sandvig) are car thieves.

a bag of hammersThey masquerade as Valet parking attendants at various locations, particularly at graveyards where the mourning families willing give the duo their car keys. They have yet to get caught and bring the cars to Marty (Todd Louiso) who gives them a considerable amount of money.

With this money, the dynamic duo own a house which they rent part of.

Lynette (Carrie Preston) and her son Kelsey (Chandler Canterbury) are survivors of Hurricane Katrina and have recently moved in. Lynette is trying to find employment but her skill set does not seem to match anything that is available. She is falling into depression and is neglecting Kelsey who valiantly tries to keep things normal at home while attending school and making friends with Ben, Alan, and Alan’s sister Melanie (Rebecca Hall).

This friendship proves essential when Lynette commits suicide and Ben & Alan take Kelsey in. They find that they have to grow up…..really quickly.

“A Bag of Hammers” refers to life: Everyone is dealt a bag of hammers, it is what you do with those hammers that matter. F-words, not for kids. “A Bag of Hammers” is an excellent film that is both sad and uplifting. It was written and directed by Jake Sandvig (Alan).

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Netflix. Thanks, Ryan!

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“Fill The Bag” Sponsors

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The following Tracy, CA small businesses have promised to “Fill the Bag” this summer with classroom supplies for local Tracy, CA teachers.

Please do business with these wonderful small businesses.

Click the business name to go to their web site.

Small Business owner in Tracy, CA? Want to participate? Register here.

NNIS Computer and Network Support

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Cami is a long time supporter of ForCarol.com

Cami is a long time supporter of ForCarol.com

At NNIS, Inc. we offer a variety of support options from computer and peripheral sales, set-up and repairs, to network design and installation. Serving both business and home offices since 1999, NNIS is dedicated to providing high quality, affordable computer and network support to the Pleasanton, Livermore, Tracy, Manteca, Stockton and surrounding area.

Call: 209-830-9944

 Pineapple Empire

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Pineapple Empire is a creative agency that focuses on helping entrepreneurs and startups build, grow, and conquer.

Call: (209) 215-2579

Lilia Vazquez, Farmers Insurance


I’m an insurance agent in Farmers, but I’m also a volunteer with different organizations like: Get Real Behind the Wheel, National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, and Comunidad Hispana de Tracy.

Lilia Vazquez
Farmers Insurance
3120 N Tracy Blvd Ste D
Tracy, CA 95376-1798
License Number: 0F71617
209-836-0407 (Office)
209-846-2891 (Fax)

BBVA Compass Bank

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1070 North Tracy Blvd
Tracy, CA 95376

Call: 209-836-0910

Trosien Orthodontics

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Trosien Orthodontics has been providing superior orthodontic care in Tracy and the Central Valley  for over 10 years. We are consistently voted the #1 orthodontic office in Tracy. Our office is known for the incredible level of service we provide and the exceptional results we achieve. We are proud of our warm, welcoming environment where our patients are treated like family.

Please contact our office at (209) 833-1240 for a FREE orthodontic consultation. We look forward to working with you and your family!

2850 Tracy Boulevard, Suite 300 – Tracy, CA 95376

PS: Kristen was a patient….:-)

The Pampered Chef (Jennifer Williams)

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My name is Jennifer Williams & I live in Tracy, CA.

I started my business in March 2015. I am very excited to be with Pampered Chef. I joined Pampered Chef to have a fun and flexible way to earn extra money.

I would be so happy to help you with any of your Pampered Chef needs, whether it be placing an order, returning an item, hosting a show.

Phone:  (209) 914-5089

Office:  95 W. 11th Street, Suite 204A, Tracy, CA 95376

Your Girl Friday, LLC Pet Sitters, Jan McDonnal

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Your Girl Friday comes to YOU!  I visit the client’s home to provide caring attention for your pet while you’re away.  This allows your pet to enjoy the comfort and familiarity of its own home environment while helping give your home that “lived in” look by bringing in mail, newspapers and watering plants.

Call 209.814.7200, or send an email to me at info@JanYourGirlFriday.com, or complete the optional form on the “Contact Me” page.

G.W. Fian & Associates

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G.W.Fian & Associates is committed to partnering with businesses of all sizes to assist in decreasing employee injuries and associated costs while increasing productivity and profitability by creating solid safety cultures through the implementation of easy, cost effective safety solutions.

GWFian & Associates
2587 Paul Poole Dr
Tracy, CA 95377

Office: 209.855.3292

Fax: 209.879.0158

Email: info@gwfasafety.com

“St. Vincent” Movie Review

4.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Reviews(Incredible, Heavenly)

Vincent (Bill Murray) is grouchy, unhappy, broke. People don’t like him, and he doesn’t like people. He gambles, drinks, hires “ladies of the night” (Daka, played by Naomi Watts), and smokes.

st vincentMaggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) move next door to Vincent. Maggie is a newly single mom with a full-time job. Oliver is left to his own after school.

One day, the school bullies take Oliver’s clothes, wallet, cell phone, and money. Oliver has to walk home in his gym clothes and asks Vincent if he can use his phone to call his mom. One thing leads to another and Vincent is hired as Oliver’s “babysitter” after school.

Vincent picks Oliver up at school and takes him on his errands….to the race track (Belmont), to the bar, and, surprisingly, to a long term care facility where he dotes on his wife who has dementia.

Now we know why he is broke. His wife in the best facility he cannot afford.

Unwittingly, Vincent ends up teaching Oliver about life.

“St. Vincent”  is a superb movie. Bill Murray gives an Oscar worthy performance, and Melissa McCarthy is like you have never seen her: Serious.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on VUDU.

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“The History Boys” Movie Review

2.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(Hard to Understand, Mostly Boring)

Kristen watched this for a little while and gave this review: “Boring as F**k”.

the history boysI kind of agree with her assessment, except the last 30 minutes, or so, were much more interesting, and sad, than the rest of the movie.

A teacher (Mr. Hector played by the late Richard Griffiths) who teaches his students how to learn and how to think (rather than rote learning to pass a test, ala No Child Left Behind) is being asked to retire early because he allegedly groped a male student. A substitute teacher is brought in to start taking some of the teaching load from Mr. Hector. Unfortunately, he is a rote teacher who cannot see the value of Hector’s teaching philosophy.

The students are in a class destined to interview for admission to either Oxford or Cambridge. Smart kids. But also kids with normal problems dealing with life as a teenager.

“The History Boys” audio made it very hard to understand and, as such, it was hard to follow the story line. Lots of F-words. Not for kids.

The ending is shocking and heart-wrenching, so have tissue available.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this using Chromecast on Google Play.

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