Tuesday, 08 May 2018 14:39

Mother’s milk – ‘Tully’

One of the downsides to the bounteous excess of summer blockbuster season is the fact that it’s extremely difficult for a smaller film to gain any real traction. More thoughtful fare can be drowned out by a wave of superheroes, sequels and CGI explosions.

In the case of “Tully,” the latest product of the director/writer partnership of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, that would be a real shame. This weird little funny/sad film is a lovely piece of storytelling that deserves to be seen, a meditation on motherhood that is genuine and bizarre and driven by an outstanding performance from Charlize Theron (who previously teamed with Reitman and Cody on 2011’s “Young Adult”).

Published in Movies
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:17

Mom chick flicks

Before I became a mom of triplets, I used to do things like see crazy movies and make lists for the paper (Sick Chick Flicks, circa 2008). But now, since I rarely get out as much as I used to - and when I do, I'm not so much seeing violent action thrillers - I've been forced to make you a different kind of list. One that is depressingly out of date and quite kid-friendly. Not only have I discovered that I'm watching more kids movies, I've also learned that my tolerance for stress-inducing dramas and thrillers has been reduced to almost nil. So, here's my lamer, tamer list of romance for Valentine's Day.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' This is a movie I think I've seen almost into the hundreds at this point. It's a great movie for kids and adults, and I can say that with a straight face, since I have large swaths of it memorized. 

It follows the shenanigans of fiendish backyard-tinkerer Flint Lockwood, as he strives to invent something that will help his gray little town. But most of Flint's inventions fall far short of being helpful, until he strikes upon the idea of turning water into food with the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator (or the FLDSMDFR). It seems like another failed experiment when it gets shot up into the stratosphere in a catastrophic accident that leaves him at odds once more with the townsfolk and Flint's father. But unlike his other endeavors, the FLDSMDFR works, and Swallow Falls experiences a cheeseburger rainstorm, reported live on television by weather intern Sam Sparks on her reporting debut.

The movie is funny, fast, and leaves you with all manner of good feelings in the end. The science is a little iffy. You will still be seeing new things after your second or third time. (I think I have figured out which character had the macaroni drop on his head).

Yes, I am aware the sequel to this movie is out. No, I haven't seen it. I'm legally obligated not to see new movies until they are woefully out of date (i.e. when they come out on Netflix).


For those of you who live further under a rock than I do, Shrek' is an ogre who lives in a fairy-tale world of gingerbread men, fairy god mothers and talking donkeys. Trouble is stirred up when Lor dFarquad, in an attempt to make his land perfect, attempts to kick them all out. Shrek, who wants nothing more than to be left alone, finds himself in the role of unlikely hero rescuing princess Fiona from her tower and the dragon.

Because a movie about big green ogres defying societal norms and falling in love is awesome. It just is, and the kids can dance to all the music and I get to have a chuckle at the same time.


This is actually as close as I get to a new movie.  This Disney movie follows Rapunzel, who has super-long hair that is infused with a magical healing power gifted by the sun. A witch, Gothel, stole Rapunzel from her parents to keep herself forever young. But when Rapunzel's 18th birthday rolls around, she is intent on seeing the release of the lanterns that occurs at the nearby kingdom. Her witch-turned-mother refuses her request, telling her that it's much too dangerous.

It doesn't seem like she can break away until a charming rogue breaks into her tower while avoiding the palace guards and Rapunzel persuades him to take her to see the lanterns. And in between adventures they fall for each other. Love!

Probably in a few more years I'll be back to seeing new releases. But until then, I'll be enjoying the reruns and warm and fuzzy movies that don't raise my blood pressure.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Friday, 09 August 2013 12:42

The mom effect'

All is quiet in the house. Husband is downstairs with the kiddos and I'm upstairs enjoying a good morning. I decide to go downstairs to grab a cup of coffee.

I creep, avoiding the stair that squeaks, but it all goes to hell as I get to the gate at the foot of the stairs. It doesn't matter what room they're in, it doesn't matter if there's music playing or if they're enjoying breakfast. When that childproof gate opens, I hear, 'MAma!' followed by an avalanche of pitter-patters. I've been made.

I see my husband in the living room, feet up on the couch reading a book. (I've also caught him grading papers, reading magazines or otherwise being left to his own devices by the threesome.) While I'm soaking that in, I'm being surrounded and petted by sticky hands and charming little voices asking me to 'Bah-kah,' which is toddler-ese for 'Mother, please read to me the volume dedicated to various vehicles known as the Book Car (or car-book colloquially).'

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:11

Motherhood: no rest for the weary

Sometimes when I can't sleep at night, I creep into my kids' bedroom and stare at their faces for a while. When they were babies I used to watch them sleep. It wasn't hard since we co-slept. By co-sleep, I mean they slept beside me, and I prayed for the miracle to continue.

It's different now that they aren't tiny amoebas anymore. They've been mobile for years, and life seems so far removed from those long maternity leaves when going to the grocery store felt like an adventure. It was. Taking three children under four into a public establishment certainly upped Hannaford's wine sales. Looking back, I don't know how I did it, but doesn't every mother say this?

Published in Livin'


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