“Woman in Gold” Movie Review

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Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) has just buried her sister.

woman in gold 1At the cemetery, she is talking to an old family friend when she finds out that the friend’s son is a lawyer who has fallen on hard times. Needing legal advice from someone she can trust, she asks her friend to connect them.

Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) has just accepted a position with a law firm, but, visits Maria to find out what she needs.

Maria’s family lived in Vienna, Austria before WWII as the Nazis were on the verge of taking over. They were identifying the Jews, shutting down their businesses, and shipping them off to concentration camps. Some escaped in the nick of time, Maria being one.

But the Nazis claimed everything as their own, including a now famous Austrian art treasure: A painting of the “Woman in Gold” by Gustav Klimt that belonged to Maria’s family. The “Woman in Gold” happened to be her Aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer (Antje Traue).

Austria just announced a new restitution plan where Austria may, more easily, return items to families that were stolen in WWII. Maria wants her Aunt back, and Randy is the lawyer she chose to help her get the painting back.

“Woman in Gold” is an excellent movie with flashbacks to the Nazis occupation of Vienna….and Maria’s escape. Like “The Monuments Men” it shows the arrogance of the Nazis as they claimed ownership of everything now under their, temporary, control. It also shows the continued arrogance 50 years later of the Austrian government even though they have a new, more liberal, restitution policy.

Ok for the whole family, but, the kids won’t like it as deals mostly with adult themes. Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds are terrific.

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

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“Taken 3” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(Particularly Skillful)

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and Lenore St. John (Famke Janssen) want to get closer again. They are just waiting for Lenore to leave her current husband, Stuart St. John (Dougray Scott).

taken 3Problem is…..Lenore is murdered before that can happen and Mills is the suspected murderer.

With the cops and the Russian mob after him, Mills disappears down the “Rabbit Hole” so he has time to find out who murdered Lenore and to protect his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace).

“Taken 3” is a linear plot, with a surprising twist, filled with edge-of-your-seat action. Some things that happen do not make sense, but, that is ok.  “Taken 3” is not for kids, but, it is a great mindless action flick that is also the last of the “Taken” trilogy….or is it?

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

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“Broken Flowers” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com movie reviews(Quirky, Quiet, Droll)

Don Johnston’s (Bill Murray) latest girlfriend just walked out. But, Don takes this life changing event like he seems to take everything else: Quietly.

broken flowers blogIn the foyer, there is a pink envelope among the incoming mail that his now ex-girlfriend thinks is from his current lover. Don opens it and finds that it is typed in red ink and appears to be from a past lover who says she had a boy with him. That boy is now 19 and may show up at his door. The letter is not signed and the postmark is unreadable so there is no way to track the writer…or is there?

Winston (Jeffery Wright) is Don’s next door neighbor and friend. Winston is a wanna-be detective and decides to engage in an online investigation. He asks Don to list his girlfriends from that time period and he will try to track them down.

Don gives him the list, and a short time later, Winston gives him an itinerary to visit all four of the living ex’s (one has died) with instructions to look for a tendency towards pink and to try to find an old typewriter.

Don does not want to go, but, being wealthy (computers) and having lots of time on his hands, he goes. What he finds is…….oh, you will just have to watch it to find out.

“Broken Flowers” is Bill Murray at his droll-est. He spends most of the movie silently watching life pass him by at his own speed which is slower and more deliberate than everyone else. He is perfectly content just to sit and stare, and the movie does the same. Very interesting and Murray pulls it off perfectly. Even one scene when the very beautiful daughter of one of his ex’s, Lolita (Alexis Dziena), comes out to get her phone completely naked, Don just sits and watches….silently.

Not for kids, and not for those who expect lots of talking or action, but, I loved it!

Quirky, Quiet, and Perfectly Droll.

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

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“Ant-Man” Movie Review

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Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has just spent 3 years in San Quentin for a burglary. He has high hopes for getting a good job (after all he, like me, has a Masters in Electrical Engineering) and spending more time with his young daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson).

ant man blogThe job he finds is at Baskin-Robbins…..until they find out he is an ex-con and is fired. Hanging with his friend, Luis (Michael Pena), Scott returns to a life of crime.

Luis has a burglary in mind:  Break into an old man’s safe while the old man is out of town. During the burglary Scott steals a fancy suit and helmet. At home he tries it on, pushes the button, and is shocked to find he is the size of an ant….with a voice talking to him!  Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is that voice and is the old man who’s house he burgled and took the suit from.

Unbeknownst to Scott, Dr. Pym has been watching him and has selected him to be the next Ant-Man. He also set up the burglary.

Now all Scott has to do, as Ant-Man, is save the world from the evil Darren Cross / Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll).

“Ant-Man” is a terrific fun-filled action adventure.  Must see.  Paul Rudd is absolutely perfect for the part being part serious and part hilarious and you never know which is coming. Fine for the whole family. The special effects were astounding.  “Thomas the Tank Engine” looks so ominous from the ant perspective and so funny when the camera zooms out to watch the toy crash…like a toy. Amazingly well done.

Also, no one seemed to catch this (I did!) but in one scene Luis is whistling the theme to the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland / DisneyWorld.  Loved it!

Stay ALL the way through the credits, then let me know (Comment below) what the last segment means and who is that guy (I already know two of them….the other one!) ?   :-)

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark where we have not been for several months because of Lori’s continuing leg problem!  It was great fun getting out!

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“Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” Movie Review

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Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) loves the water and hates school.  He has recently transferred to a new school where his mother (Catherine Keener) hopes he will blossom.

lighting thief blogHe does not.  But his friend, Grover (Bandon T. Jackson) is with him all the way.

One day a substitute teacher is assigned to their class and they head out to a Museum tour.  There, Mr. Brunner (Pierce Brosnan) and Grover save Percy from a flying demon (the substitute teacher) demanding the stolen lightning bolt (it was taken from Zeus (Sean Bean, with his head intact)).  WTF?

This is when Percy finds out he is special. A demi-God: The offspring of his human mother and Poseidon (Kevin McKidd). THAT explains his love of water.

Zeus threatens Poseidon with war if Percy does not return the lightning bolt within 10 days.  Only problem is….Percy did not take it.

The race is on to find the lightning bolt and save the world from destruction. But first Percy needs to be trained, so off to Demi-God training camp for him!  There he meets beautiful and powerful Anabeth (Alexandra Daddario) the daughter of Athena (the beautiful Melina Kanakaredes).

Do they save the world?

“Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” is a fun movie good for the whole family. Fantastic special effects.  It is based on the Percy Jackson series of books by Rick Riordan.

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

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Funny Facebook Posts, Part 5

Enjoy these funny Facebook posts!

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“Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com movie reviews(Pandora’s Box Lost & Found)

An earthquake in Greece uncovers a long lost temple under the Mediterranean Sea.

lara croft the cradle of lifeAdventurer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie), investigates and finds that within the ruins lies an orb (from Alexander the Great) that provides directions to the long lost, and much feared, Pandora’s Box.

Evil Nobel Prize winning scientist, Mance Rayder…..errrr, Jonathan Reiss (Ciaran Hinds) wants the diseases that might be in Pandora’s Box so he can control the world (after he designs and antidote for himself and selected others).

He will stop at nothing to get the orb and Pandora’s Box.

“Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” is a fun adventure thriller much like the first movie. I loved it, but, it is not quite a good as “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”.  Again, for some reason, Lara needs male help (maybe because this is a 2003 movie?) this time in the form of the mercenary, Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler).

She could do this alone, and her life would be so much easier.

We need a third movie!  Angelina?  Brad?  Who’s the boss….oh, I know.  Angelina!!! haha

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

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“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(Exciting Action Thriller)

Lady Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) practices fighting a robot in a simulated tomb in her house.  Because of the convergence of planets that only happens once every 5,000 years Lara will need all her skills.

lara croftWhile sleeping one night as the convergence is just starting, she hears a ticking clock. She finds that clock in a hidden room and breaks through the camouflage to the crux of the clock: The all seeing eye.

Not knowing exactly what this is, she seeks the advice of a trusted friend who puts her in touch with the Illuminati.  They need the seeing eye since it is a key to two parts of a triangle that when put together, at exactly convergence time, will grant the holder the ability to control time.

After the Illuminati steal the eye from her mansion, Lara finds a letter from her long lost dad (her real life dad, Jon Voight) tasking her with saving the world by destroying the triangle.

Off they go to far away lands and adventure.

After stealing one half of the triangle in Cambodia, Lara finds she needs the Illuminati (they now have the eye) and the Illuminati need Lara (because she has now acquired one half of the triangle).

An unlikely alliance forms as they head off to find the second triangle piece before the convergence.

“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” is a fun “Indiana Jones” like movie with chills, thrills, adventure, and excitement. Angelina Jolie is terrific. Daniel Craig, before 007, has a medium sized part as a bad guy, sort of.  OK for kids even though there is at least one s*it word that I remember.

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

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“Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com movie reviews(Paul Blart in Las Vegas)

Six years after the events in the first movie, Paul Blart (Kevin paul blart mall cop 2James) lost his wife of six days (she divorced him) and his mother got hit by a milk truck while getting the morning paper. His daughter, Maya (Raini Rodriguez), is all he has left and she just found out she has been accepted to UCLA (but, she is afraid to tell him).

Since he saved the mall six years ago,he is at a low point in his life until he gets an invitation to attend the SOTA Conference in Las Vegas (a conference and exhibit for mall cops). Thrilled with the invitation, Paul and Maya go there and stay at the Wynn.

So do a gang of bad guys looking to steal the valuable art work in the Wynn.

Maya stumbles into the Presidential Suite where the bad guys are planning the heist. They kidnap her and her new boyfriend, Lane (David Henrie).  Maya calls her dad and Paul Blart Mall Cop is called into action.

“Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” is way better than I thought it would be. Funny, action packed (mostly slapstick) with a decent plot. Paul Blart is not as bumbling as he was in the first movie, in fact, he gave a pretty awesome Keynote speech for the Conference and did a fine job knocking out the gang members. BUT….it was written by Kevin James and produced by Adam Sandler, sooooooo, don’t expect Oscar winning performances. Do expect slightly stupid comedy with some poignant moments, and you won’t be disappointed.  No f-words, good for the whole family. By the way, Kevin James is a damn good on that Segway.

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

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About & Donate

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On Saturday Sept 18, 2010, four wonderful Tracy kids lost their lives in a senseless automobile accident. One was our lovely, intelligent friend, Carol Phan.

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In her honor, ForCarol.com was founded to help Tracy, CA residents by:

1. Providing a $1,000 college scholarship to a Tracy High IB / Ag Sci scholar with a 3.5 GPA or above and who has been accepted to a 4 year college or university.

2. Providing money for  supplies, books, in-class assistance, and / or tools (whiteboards, computers, etc) to Tracy, CA classrooms / teachers.

3. Helping to raise awareness of unsafe teen driving.

4. Helping to raise awareness of the need for parents to enforce curfews.

More…..visit our About page.

DONATE to ForCarol.com to help us help LOCAL (Tracy, CA) students & teachers with college scholarships & classroom supplies.

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All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE as we are a 501c3 nonprofit.

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“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(Exuberant, Exotic, Existent)

Sonny (Dev Patel) has done well with his original old folks home and is hoping to expand or maybe franchise.

second best featuredHe and Muriel (Maggie Smith) travel to San Diego to meet with possible investors.  Since Sonny is mercurial (in a good way) Muriel wants to do the talking.  But she is acerbic and does not hold back complaining about tea and “piss water” that was served to them. Not the perfect team to pitch an idea to investors, but, they get to the next step.

Returning home with the knowledge that a secret person will be visiting the hotel to see if the investment is a good one they continue with life at the Marigold Hotel, including Sonny and Sunaina’s (Tina Desai) wedding.

One day, two people check in.  Lavinia Beech (Tamsin Greig) is scoping the hotel out for her mother, and Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) is there to write his book on aging.  Sonny latches on to Guy treating him like royalty, while he ignores Lavinia.

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is a smooth continuation from the first movie, so it might be worth your time to re-watch that first.  We did not, and we had a hard time remembering where some of the cast members were in their lives.

There are some ominous signs concerning Muriel that are not resolved in this movie.

I see a third movie coming, but, it better be soon…..the cast is old….that is why Sonny takes roll-call every morning.

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

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Menchies FUNdraiser: Saturday, July 18, 2015

Help us help provide college scholarships & classroom supplies for LOCAL students & teachers.

Buy a cool, refreshing, FROYO at Menchies on 11th Street on Saturday, July 18, 2015, and ForCarol.com, Inc will get 20% of the purchase price (with the mention of the flyer below) to help us help local students and teachers.

For more information go to our Menchies page.

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“Get Hard” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com movie reviews(Rude, Crude, Funny)

James (Will Ferrell) is living the good life.  He is a financial wizard who just got a partnership in his firm, he has a beautiful wife, lives in a mansion, and has a staff to take care of his every need.

get hardThat all comes crashing down when Federal Marshals raid a party he is hosting and arrest him for various financial crimes. Knowing he is innocent, and trusting the judicial system, James does not take a plea preferring to go to court. Oooops. James is found guilty, and sentenced to 10 years in San Quentin by a judge who is fed up with Wall Street types getting off easy while others suffer.

He has 30 days to get his affairs in order.

Darnell (Kevin Hart) owns a small time car cleaning service that washes cars in the building that James works.  He wants to move to a better house and school district, but his credit sucks. He needs $30,000 to get a new mortgage on a better house.

James assumes that Darnell has been to prison and asks him to help him survive in San Quentin….he needs to “Get Hard”. Darnell has never been to prison, but, decides to help him “Get Hard”……for $30,000.

They spend most of the 30 days getting hard rather than trying to find out who did this to James. Most of the days….not all. Does justice prevail?  It is worth the cost of the rental and 2 hours of your life to find out.

“Get Hard” is a better movie than I expected. Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell make a good comedy team. You should know by now how much we love Kevin Hart…he does not disappoint. Lots of play on the words “Get Hard” and even more prison jokes about sucking dick, getting dicked, etc etc.  Not for kids.

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

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“The Boxtrolls” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com movie reviews(Intolerance Misplaced, Visually Stunning)

“The Boxtrolls” live underground only venturing topside at night when the citizens of the city are sleeping.

boxtrollsThey pick garbage looking for treasures that can be made into gadgets, then, when the night is done, they gather in their underground lair, pile on top of one another, and sleep. They harm no one, but, the people who live topside have been led to believe that the boxtrolls are monsters that kidnap and eat people.

Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) is a lowly Boxtroll exterminator: He wears a red hat, but aspires to wear the ultimate status symbol…. a white hat. At night he grabs as many Boxtrolls as he can, ostensibly to exterminate them. Interestingly, the Boxtrolls continue life without their comrades as if nothing happened. Over the years, the Boxtroll population dwindles to a precious few. The job nearly complete, Archibald prepares for his white hat by eating cheese which it turns out he is horribly allergic to.

A human boy, Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was “taken” by the Boxtrolls as an infant and raised by them (the citizens topside think he was kidnapped and eaten). At 10 years of age, he ventures topside and is befriended by a young girl, Winnie (Elle Fanning) who’s father is in the upper class: He wears a white hat, eats cheese, and, unfortunately makes poor decisions where the city’s money will be spent.

After Winnie and Eggs connect….the whole world changes and the real monsters are unveiled.

“The Boxtrolls” is visually stunning. Although a bit confusing in the beginning the story it, eventually, comes together providing a nice moral story about who you are as a person irregardless of the status symbols you own or what you look like. The movie is quite violent so I don’t think it is good for little kids. No f-words.

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

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“Labor Day” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(Prison Escapee Finds Love)

Adele (Kate Winslet) is suffering from depression since her husband, labor dayGerald (Clark Gregg), left her because she can no long have kids. Her teenage son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), stays with her and helps her cope with her depression.

One day while shopping, Henry wanders off in the store to look at something and is approached by a bleeding man, Frank (Josh Brolin). Frank needs a ride….to their house…so he can rest for a few hours while his leg, which he hurt in a fall, gets better.

Only one problem: Frank is a prison escapee.

Although fearful of Frank at first, Henry and Adele soon find out that Frank is a decent guy wrongly accused of murder. Over the 5 day long Labor Day weekend, Frank fixes the car, cleans the furnace, teaches Henry how to play baseball, how to cook, and shows Adele what it is like to be loved.

But, Frank is a convicted killer on the run, and the authorities are bound to catch up.  Or do they?

“Labor Day” is a powerful movie with a stupendous cast. Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, and Gattlin Griffith make an unbeatable trio. The narrator is Henry as an adult, Tobey Maquire.

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

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“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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Donate $15, or more, to ForCarol.com and get this COOL TOTE

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If you are a Tracy, CA resident and DONATE $15, or more, to ForCarol.com, Inc., I will PERSONALLY deliver this COOL TOTE to your office or home.  

California is BANNING plastic bags……beat the transition WHILE HELPING local students and teachers.

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ForCarol.com, Inc is a 501c3 charity (45-1499304). All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

(Non-Tracy, CA  U.S. residents, for a $25, or more, donation….I will mail you a tote).

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“About Last Night” Movie Review

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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.  :-)

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A friend is running for President:

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

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For my TechyMike Facebook page:

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The insert for my TechyMike Facebook page:

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

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An ad for MileIQ helping ForCarol:

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For my TracyReaderDad Book Reviews Facebook page:

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The insert for that page:

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Fill-the-Bag with Classroom Supplies for ForCarol:

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

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I added Blaze to it:

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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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