“Fill-the-Bag” Sponsors 2016

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All the 2015 sponsors are returning in 2016 and we already have a new sponsor signed up for next summer. :-)

Are you a Small Business Owner in Tracy, CA?????  Do you care about education????

If so…..sign up here to become a 2016 “Fill-the-Bag” sponsor.

See the current list of sponsors below (click their logo to visit their web site).

NEW SPONSOR for 2016

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RETURNING SPONSORS from 2015

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bbva logo trosien logo the pampered chef

your girl friday logo GW Fian logo techsprout logo

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Tracy, CA Teachers Get Classroom Supplies 2015

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The 2015 ” Fill-the-Bag” campaign gave away 15 bags full of classroom supplies to 15 teachers at 6 schools in Tracy, CA (Villa, North, Kelly, Traina, Jacobson, and Monticello).

Here are some pictures for 2015:

The Kelly Six jumping for joy! Well, ok....the bags are heavy. haha

The Kelly Six jumping for joy! Well, ok….the bags are heavy. haha

Gurleen Kaur, 8th grade, Kelly gets classroom supplies.

Gurleen Kaur, 8th grade, Kelly gets classroom supplies.

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Michelle Johnson at Monticello was at lunch!

Michelle Johnson at Monticello was at lunch!

Dana Roberson collects bags at Villa

Dana Roberson collects bags at Villa

After helping with everyone else's, Dana finally gets supplies!

After helping with everyone else’s, Dana finally gets supplies!

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Grit Walther at Traina gets supplies from Blaze

Grit Walther at Traina gets supplies from Blaze

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Veronica at North collects hers and Tori's

Veronica at North collects hers and Tori’s

Sharon is happy at Jacobson

Sharon is happy at Jacobson

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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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Finding the 2015 Fireworks Booths in Tracy, CA

ForCarol 2013 Booth

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Here is a list (with MAPS) of the nine fireworks booths in Tracy, CA this year (2015).  Sales start Sunday June 28, 2015 at Noon and run thru July 4, 2015.

Two of the locations appear to be very close to each other, not good…..let me know if you have a problem with the maps and I will fix.  I took a snapshot of the Google Map, but, click on MAP to go to Google.

If you like the information on this page…please DONATE a few bucks to help us help LOCAL students and teachers.  All donations are tax deductible.

All American Sports Academy

2005 N. Tracy Blvd (this is where ForCarol had our booth in 2013, near the old Save Mart)

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2005

Calvary Chapel

1801 W. 11th Street (near Safeway on 11th)

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1801

George Kelly PTO

2994 W. Grantline Rd. (too close to Walmart)

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2994

Italian American Federation

1900 W. Grant Line Rd. (near Rite Aid)

GOOGLE MAP

1900

Tracy Buccaneers

2513 N. Tracy Blvd. (near ACE Hardware)

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2513

Tracy Cougars

875 S. Tracy Blvd. (near Save Mart south of Schulte)

GOOGLE MAP

875

Tracy Learning Center

3010 W. Grant Line Rd.(near Walmart)

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3010

Tracy Performing Arts

430 W. 11th Street (near the now gone KFC)

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430

Victory Christian Church

1122 W. 11th Street (near the 99 Cent store)

GOOGLE MAP

1122

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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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“Fill The Bag” Sponsors 2015

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.

BBVA donates

BBVA Compass Bank donates classroom supplies

Trosien Orthodontics donates classroom supplies

your girl friday donates

Your Girl Friday Pet Sitter donates classroom supplies

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Sara Scott, Teacher, donates classroom supplies

G.W. Fian donates classroom supplies

G.W. Fian donates classroom supplies

Farmers Insurance donates classroom supplies

Farmers Insurance donates classroom supplies

Pampered Chef donates classroom supplies

Pampered Chef donates classroom supplies

Pineapple Empire donates classroom supplies

Pineapple Empire donates classroom supplies

TechSprout donates classroom supplies

TechSprout donates classroom supplies

NNIS donates classroom supplies

NNIS donates classroom supplies

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bbva logo trosien logo the pampered chef

your girl friday logo GW Fian logo techsprout logo

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

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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)
lvazquez1@farmersagent.com
http://www.farmersagent.com/lvazquez1

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

TechSprout

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A coworking / accelerator / office space community in downtown Tracy, CA

Brian Schilling
95 W. 11th Street, Suites 202 & 205
Tracy, CA 95376
(t) 209.787.0199
(fax) 209.831.3880

Summer 2015 Movies We Are Looking Forward to Seeing

Here are the movies we are hoping to see, or definitely will see, this summer. Come back to ForCarol.com for the movie review.

May 2015

Definite

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Maybe

Hot Pursuit

June 2015

Definite

Ted 2

Maybe

Jurassic World

July 2015

Definite

Ant Man

Maybe

Pixels

August 2015

Maybe

Fantastic Four

Maybe

Regression

Overall kind of a slim summer for blockbusters…maybe the Christmas movies will be bigger, badder, better?

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“The Wedding Ringer” Movie Review

3.5-Watertowers(Kevin Hart Subdued, Sort Of)

Joah Gad (as Doug Harris) is about to marry the woman of his dreams, beautiful Gretchen Palmer (played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting).  He is panicking because he never really had any close friends and everyone he calls to ask if they could be his Best Man is not available, meaning they could care less.

the wedding ringerThe wedding planner puts him on to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) who makes a living being a Best Man for lost souls like Doug.  He is very good at it, but, keeps a professional distance, and as soon as the gig is complete…he goes on his way.  Occasionally, he has to preside at a funeral as the best friend, and again does an amazingly good job.

Doug visits Jimmy’s office (in a basement in an amusement park) and they decide that Doug’s wedding is something that Jimmy has never had to attempt previously: The Golden Tux, meaning he has to supply ALL the groomsmen as well as himself. The Golden Tux is complex and risky requiring a lot of preparation to line up all the groomsmen (a mish-mash of weird looking groomsmen that through the movie you come to like and appreciate), to get all the inter-related friends stories right, and is VERY expensive.

Doug agrees to the Golden Tux package despite the costs and risks because his beautiful wife-to-be, Gretchen, is worth every Penny (get it?)….or is she?

We also find out that one of the lost souls happens to be Jimmy, and, somehow, this wedding changes his life.

“The Wedding Ringer” is better than I thought it would be.  Kevin Hart is more subdued than his normal frenetic self, and is impressive. Josh Gad is excellent and the combination of Gad-Hart have an undeniable chemistry that I hope carries on in future movies.

“The Wedding Ringer” is rated R so it is not for kids. But it is an enjoyable romp that includes some really cool inside jokes; the most memorable being at the end of the movie when they are all on a plane and one of the groomsmen (you will recognize him) says he “does not have a good feeling about this flight”.  VERY FUNNY!

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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Teacher Registration Form: Tracy, CA Teachers

TEACHERS

Jefferson and Tracy Unified School Districts Only (California)

Register to start participating in the ForCarol.com donation emails. Once a month, during the school year, we will send an email to the teachers on the list and the FIRST to respond will receive the donation amount in the email.

Of course….we need money, so PLEASE tell all your friends and family about ForCarol.com and ask them to donate!

Go here to sign up.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” Movie Review

2.5-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(Killing, Killing, and More Killing, Weird)

After the fantastic opening credits (must see), you know very quickly that you are in for an increasing death toll (massive death toll to be more descriptive) involving people being cut in half (lengthwise), heads exploding, knifings, shootings, drownings, explosions, and any number of unique ways to die.

kingsmanAfter the loss of a trainee 20 years or so ago, Kingsman Colin Firth (Galahad) visits the trainee’s wife with a medallion and promise to help if they ever need it.  The wife refuses so Galahad gives the medallion to the young son. The son grows up and eventually trains to be a Kingsman.

Currently, another Kingsman (Lancelot, Jack Davenport) takes it upon himself to rescue a kidnapped Professor (Mark Hamill).  He almost single handedly kills all of the kidnappers….almost….from behind he is is hit in the head, and after a few seconds of confusion, falls apart in two pieces, split in two lengthwise by a beautiful assassin, Gazelle (Sofia Boutella).  Her boss arrives once the bodies have been covered up (the boss does not like the sight of blood, it makes him “Hurl”).  The boss is Valentine (a speech impedimented Samuel L. Jackson).

It turns out that Valentine is a super geek afraid that humanity is killing the earth and has decided that the only way to stop the destruction of earth is to kill most of the human population (a story line also told in the book “Inferno” by Dan Brown). He does this by controlling people (to kill, or to explode) via a SIM card in their cell phones, or, for his closest associates & employees, surgically added behind their ears. He gets EVERYONE to load his SIM card by offering FREE cell phone service, forever (knowing “forever” is going to be a short time).

Missing Lancelot, the Kingsman interviews for his replacement. The son with the medallion is one of the interviewees, and we follow the interview process as it weeds out all but one, and then we get to the crux of the movie: trying to stop Valentine from wiping out most of the human race.

Although spies, killing, and murder is dead-on my favorite genre (I read Thrillers), I did not like Kingsman (except for a few VERY unique scenes, like the opening credits or towards the end of the movie; hundreds of heads exploding to marching, or fireworks, music). Lori enjoyed it…go figure.  It is just too weird for me.  It is definitely not for kids, or the sqeeemish, and it is rated R for a damn good reason: Killing on a massive scale.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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“Into The Woods” Movie Review

ForCarol.com Movie Review 3-Watertowers(Musical Fairy Tale Mash-Up)

into the woodsA childless baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) are sent on a treasure hunt into the woods by a wicked witch (Meryl Streep). They are to find items belonging to: Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford).  And when they bring these items back, within three days when the moon is fully blue, the wicked witch will reverse a spell put on the baker’s family so the baker and his wife can have a child.

“Into The Woods” they go.

Once in the woods, they meet up with a number of famous fairy tale characters in addition to those listed above. Johnny Depp is the Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, Chris Pine is the Prince who searches for Cinderella after the ball (his singing is hilarious…I mean Capt Kirk singing…I guess I have him type-cast.) and Christine Baranski is Cinderella’s stepmother.

Do they find the items in time?  You will have to watch the movie to find out.

 

An all-star cast highlights this musical mash-up of different fairy tales. Unfortunately, it is about 30 minutes too long, and in that time my rating of the movie took a steep slide down as it got darker and darker and quite stupid as the giant (Frances de la Tour, who was also a giant in Harry Potter) stomped around looking for Jack.

“Into The Woods” is a PG movie good for the entire family with no f-words, but, some of the main characters die, which may be disturbing to those who are sensitive. “Into The Woods” is ok, not great. But, to be fair,Kristen and Lori both liked it more than I did.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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“The Interview” Movie Review

3-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Reviews(Goofy, Gory, Rogan)

Seth Rogan had a major part making this film, and it shows.  “The Interview” is a gross-out movie typical of Seth Rogan.  Sexual innuendos fly, insulting everyone, over the top acting by James Franco (who is fantastic), gore, boobs, and that uncomfortable feeling I always get watching a Rogan movie. But I keep coming back for more, and will continue to do so in the future. NOT for kids, this movie is rated R for a reason.

Rogan (as Aaron Rapaport) is a TV “News” producer of the highly rated, “Skylark Tonight” show starring James Franco as the dimwitted, but, smart, Dave Skylark.

As luck (?) may have it Kim Jong-un the Dictator of North Korea loves Dave Skylark, and in fact, is a super-fan. Aaron reaches out for an interview, and, after some secret meetings, is granted an hour with the supreme leader.

The CIA steps in and wants Kim Jun Un “taken-out” by Rogan and Franco.

Do they complete their mission?

“The Interview” is a controversial film, made more so by the hack attack on Sony, by, supposedly, the North Koreans who decided that they could control (with the addition of terrorist threats) a free countries movie watching habits. WRONG! North Korea found out that a dictatorships reach is not as far as they would hope.

Santa dropped off a Chromecast for Christmas so we watched “The Interview” at home using Google Play.

For more information go to IMDb.

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“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(Bilbo’s Great Adventure Ends)

Covering the last 77 pages of the book, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Fie Armies” details the fight for Lonely Mountain now that Smaug has met his fate.

Thorin, the Dwarf King, has fallen ill and is not thinking straight. The Elves and humans join forces to try to work with Thorin, but, he resists.

War is on the horizon between the Elves, Humans and Dwarves.

Seeing an opportunity to ensure peace, Bilbo, takes the Arkenstone to the Elves as a bargaining chip.

In the meantime, the news of the death of Smaug reaches the goblins (Orks in the movie) and they march their army (along with the Wolves) to claim Lonely Mountain (and all the riches within) for themselves.

The five armies: Goblins and Wolves will fight the Dwarves, Humans, and Elves (with air superiority coming later with the Eagles, and in the book, Beorn in his giant bear form).

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is full of action and intrigue (and a few extra characters not in the book). The cinematography is beyond compare and the story is terrific. The fighting is comic book graphic and fine for the entire family, except the most sensitive.

Go to IMDB for more information.  We finally made it back to the movies after Lori broke her leg on October 12, 2014. It felt good to get back to “normal”. We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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“This is Where I Leave You” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review (Life is Complicated)

Judd Altman (wonderfully played by Jason Bateman) surprises his wife with a birthday cake. Because life is complicated, he was the one surprised when he caught his boss and wife screwing in the bedroom. So much for that marriage….and job.

this is where i leave youA short time later, his sister, Wendy calls with news of their father’s death. Not a good year for Judd….

When the family gathers for Dad’s funeral, the mother, Hilary (Jane Fonda) announces that dear old atheist-Jewish dad wanted the family to sit in Shiva for the required 7 days. After complaining, they did, and what happens in that 7 day period is the basis of this much better than expected movie.

While sitting Shiva, “This is Where I Leave You” explores the trials and tribulations of each of the family members. Judd is leaving his cheating wife and reconnects with an old love, Penny (Rose Byrne). Wendy is in an unhappy marriage and still loves her injured ex-boyfriend, neighbor Horry (Timothy Olyphant).  Hilary misses her husbands gargantuan penis, but, has a secret and a new set of boobs. Philip (played marvelously by Adam Driver) is the carefree, goofy loser, while Paul (Corey Stoll) and his wife can’t conceive.

We were the only ones who laughed–I guess growing up in NY has it’s advantages–at this line delivered by Fey as she questions the validity of this 7 day adventure: “We are sitting Shiva where we put the Christmas tree”. Classic !

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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“The November Man” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Reviews College Scholarships(Bloody Good Thriller)

the november manEx-CIA operative, Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is enjoying retirement when his old CIA handler, Hanley (Bill Smirovich) shows up telling him he has been requested to extract an old friend, Natalia (Mediha Musliovic), from her undercover assignment. Natalia has information the CIA needs to control soon-to-be President of Russia, Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski), but she won’t give that information until she is safe.

Devereaux successfully grabs Natalia and while they are driving she gives him the information the CIA needs, which, unfortunately, made her expendable. Devereaux’s ex-student, Mason (Luke Bracey), is ordered to kill Natalia, and does so. Problem is, that pisses off Devereaux (he loved Natalia) and he kills the entire CIA hit team…except his old friend and student.

Devereaux is put on the CIA hit list to stop him from going after everyone involved in Natalia’s death, and Mason is tasked with his killing.

What follows is a cat-and-mouse thriller that is violent, bloody, and intriguing.

Pierce Brosnan and Luke Bracey are both terrific. “The November Man” is a much better movie than the “critics” seem to think. Again, I think they only watch the trailers, or go into the movie with their minds set based on an early review that they read. They are doing a dis-service to this movie (and others that they do this to) because “The November Man” is a taught, well laid out, thriller with surprising twists and turns. Edge of your seat action at it’s best.

“The November Man” is not for kids or the squeamish as there are sex scenes, boobs, and lots of gushing blood as the body count increases at a rapid pace (not as much as Game of Thrones, but, close). The guard on duty at the theater pulled a couple of youngsters out…I waved goodbye to them as they were leaving.  :-)

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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“Chef” Movie Review

4.5-Watertowers(Follow Your Heart…..and Twitter)

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Fantastic movie that teaches you to follow your heart, no matter what. Scarlett Johnasson, Jon Favreau & others sparkle. Heartwarming movie.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA Cinemark.

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NOTE:  Count the characters in the main body of the review.  ;-)

 

 

“The Giver” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Reviews(Memorable)

Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is different.

the giverIn a world of sameness (as depicted by the “Pleasantville” black and white), equality, and order, Jonas is not afraid to question, not afraid to take a chance.

When the 12 year olds (according to the book, in the move he is older) are ready to receive their life work assignments, Jonas’ number is skipped.  WTF?

Jonas, standing alone, is given a special assignment, one that his personality is suited for (the powers to be find out just how suited he is):  That of the keeper of the memories.

Jeff Bridges (The Giver) is the current keeper of the memories.  He had a disastrous internship several years ago when his apprentice (Taylor Swift as Rosemary) and daughter stepped outside of the boundaries of decorum and was executed. (I see a song here?)

Jonas starts his internship and gradually starts to understand just how controlled and banal his, and everyone elses, life is.  He starts to see colors and he stops the morning injections which take away so much….life.

The Giver is on a mission, and he is lucky to have Jonas fall in his lap. The world is about to change.

“The Giver” is an excellent movie with an excellent cast.  No f-words, but, interestingly disturbing life control issues.  Jeff Bridges has had the rights to this for 20 or so years and wanted his dad, Lloyd, to play The Giver. I am so glad Jeff aged into the role as he is perfect. And Meryl Streep is in it.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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“The Hundred-Foot Journey” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Review(Delicious)

After tragedy strikes in India, a family of restaurateurs decide to start a new life in Europe. A short stay in London does not work out, so the Kadam family (led by Papa, played by Om Puri) get in their van and search for the perfect spot somewhere in Europe.

the hundred foot journeyWeeks later, somewhere in France, the van’s brakes fail and they crash.

Luckily, a local resident, Marguerite (played by Charlotte Le Bon) happens by and helps the family tow their van into town and feeds them French cuisine. On the way into town they pass an abandoned restaurant 100 feet across the street from a Michelin One Star restaurant. Papa decides that the abandoned building is perfect for their new life.

Only one problem, the owner of the fancy French restaurant, Madame Mallory (played by Helen Mirren) is NOT happy with having a classless Indian restaurant 100 feet away from her award winning restaurant, and she organizes roadblocks to their success. Luckily, Papa is equally as tough and arranges a few roadblocks of his own…..for her.

The Kadam family cook (he does not call himself a chef), Hassan (played by Manish Dayal), happens to be an outstandingly talented chef and his talents show the instant Papa’s restaurant opens.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” is an excellent, heartwarming, movie. The cast is wonderful, the pace is slow but interesting, and the characters are fully formed. There are no f-words that I remember and it would be good for the entire family except for the fact that WE WERE the YOUNGEST people in the audience, so I suspect the attracted demographic for this movie are senior citizens.

So much for additional buzz via social media, haha.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” Movie Review

4-Watertowers ForCarol.com Reviews College Scholarships(Galactic Adventure)

A thief (Peter Quill played by Chris Platt), two thugs (Groot and Rocket voiced by Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper), an assassin (Gamora played by Zoe Saldana), and a maniac (Drax played by Dave Bautista)” team up to try to save 12 billion people from extinction at the hands of evil ruler Ronan (Lee Pace).

guardiansPeter Quill is hired to steal an orb for a client. He does that, but, once the client finds out that Ronan wants it, he decides that Quill can keep it and shoves him out the door. Outside, Quill is attacked by Gamora who steals the orb for her buyer and both of them are chased by bounty hunters, Groot (“I am Groot”) and Rocket (the racoon).

They are all captured and put in prison, where they promptly stage an escape.

When they are out of prison a battle ensues and Ronan takes the orb becoming the most powerful individual in the galaxy and vowing to kill 12 billion people.

Quill and his team of “losers” are all that stand between Ronan and his goal. Will they succeed?

“Guardians of the Galaxy”  is a fantastic galactic adventure with lots of laughs and tons of action. The cast is excellent and the computer generated Groot and Rocket are amazingly life-like (well, as lifelike as a tree can be). The colors are vibrant and the space battles terrifically done.

I am hooked and cannot wait for the next Guardians movie. A pure winner…..a Marvel of movie making.

Stay all the way thru the credits and you will be rewarded with a funny clip.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this with a packed house at the Tracy, CA CineMark.

Drive Safe!  Never Forget.

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