The Family Reviews Back To The Future III

Back To The Future III

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Pete: Intense and with a storyline that just doesn’t quit, this Back To The Future instalment delivers 1980s movie making at its peak. One of the few films I’d watch again at a moments notice.

Beer Pairing: Any of the beers from Wild Heaven.

Brigette: This film like the others in the series was very intense which was probably intensified by the fact that we had quite possibly the worst move ever and a death in the family all within a fortnight. The relationship between Marty and Doc is one I have always loved despite how unrealistic it was. I mean, a high school senior and an older, eccentric scientist? It was so great, it even transcended time! If only all young people had such wonderful mentors. Doc Brown reminds us, “Your future hasn’t been written yet; no one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one!” And doing so in an awesome Jules Verne time traveling steam punk train doesn’t hurt either.


Morgan: This has to be my favorite Back to the Future film! It was really intense and funny and had a good message. This film is great for Back to the Future lovers or those who are fans of the Wild West.

Gable: Now, I have watched all the Back To The Future films. That’s sad for me because I really liked them and now there are no more. The first one was the second best, the second one the worst (and it wasn’t that bad), but this one was the best of all. It was more intense than any of the others, more meaningful than any of the others, funnier than any of the others; it was a truly perfect way to end the series.

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The Family Reviews Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted

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Pete: I almost convinced myself that this Muppet film would be a let down compared to the 2011 Muppets Movie. I was pleasantly surprised…one of the best Muppet films ever. I hope they continue to improve (if that’s possible) in any future installments.

Beer Pairing: Seek out your local Russian Imperial Stout.

Brigette: This was my favorite Muppets film to date; and I’ve seen them all. I think putting Bret McKenzie in charge of the music was the best thing the franchise ever did. The cast was also phenomenal. I just couldn’t get enough of Ty Burrell as Interpol’s Jean Pierre Napoleon. I loved the Muppets when I was a kid and I love sharing them with my kids.


Morgan: I loved this film because it really emphasized the importance of family and love but it also had plenty of comedy and action! Much better than the first Muppets film.

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The Family Reviews Back To The Future II

Back To The Future II

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Pete: The second “Back to The Future” film stars Micheal J Fox and Christopher Lloyd arguably at the top of their acting careers. Also featuring Elizabeth Shue in one of the roles that launched her career. She managed to land the role after Claudia Wells pulled out after filming commenced, due to her mother being seriously ill.

This is my favorite of the Back To The Future films, it provides the most laughs whilst maintaining a constant intensity. My favorite scene is where Micheal J. Fox plays Marlene McFly. The film also manages to frustrate me: we’re only one year from 2015 and I’m yet to see any hover-boards or flying cars.

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Try any (or all) of the beers you can manage to get your hands on from Former Future Brewing Co.

Brigette: This film is time travel genre at its best. It has heart, humor and intensity. I really miss those 80’s actors. The biggest disappointing in that most of the technology depicted for 2015 was totally unrealized.


Morgan: This sequel was much more intense and action-packed than the first film and I must say that the ending was a quite a cliff-hanger! It was also funny to see how they depicted 2015 in 1989. Cannot wait to see Back to the Future III!

Gable: I really enjoyed this film because it was very intense and got into it from the get-go. I have also watched the first film in this trilogy, Back To The Future, which I enjoyed immensely but, now having watched this one, it seems to get better as it goes on.

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Morgan Reviews Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang

Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang by Ian Fleming


The story was unique but all the antique-car references got a bit tiresome after a while. Also, there were too many exclamation marks. I have seen the film but it’s entirely different from the book in various ways. This book is great for antique-car lovers or kids who want to be engineers when they grow-up. Why not make some jam puffs or Monsieur Bon Bon’s Secret Fooj.

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Brigette Reviews Sorta Like A Rockstar

Sorta Like A Rock Star by Matthew Quick

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I’ve never read a Matthew Quick book I didn’t like and this was no exception. Like Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, Amber Appleton annoyed me at first, but as I got to know her I grew to love her. She is the kind of girl I would be proud to call my daughter. This book seemed to find me at precisely the moment I needed it. If you’ve lost faith in yourself, the world, anything at all, this is the book you need to read right now. As long as it doesn’t get butchered by Hollywood like Silver Linings Playbook, I’ll be happy. So today, why not make a killer omelet, write a haiku and tell someone you hope they’re having a great day and see how it makes you feel.

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The Family Reviews Freaky Friday

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Pete: At the start of this film I thought it was going to be a sub-standard film at best. Fortunately it picked up dramatically and was worthwhile in the end.

If you’re a fan of music from the early 2000s, then this soundtrack would be a perfect one for you (and maybe your mom) to listen to. Find the playlist on YouTube here.

My favorite architectural detail were the columns out the front of the cafe where Jake worked.

Freaky Friday 2003 archi detail

A good beer to try whilst watching this film would be Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René. Gueuze is a blend of both aged and fresh lambic beers.

Brigette: The B-movie beginning almost wrecked it for me, but Jamie Lee Curtis’ performance as a teenager stuck in her mother’s body was amazing.

Morgan: This film was more of a modernization of the 1976 version but it was still just as funny and entertaining. Check out me and Gable’s review of Freaky Friday (the book) here.

Gable: At the start of this challenge, I read the book Freaky Friday, and, before that, I watched the first adaptation of the film. Then I watched this version, which I found not at all like the book. It seemed to be very loosely based on the book, which I thought was slightly annoying and, therefore, it was hard to enjoy, although the ending was quite pleasant.

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Gable Reviews The 13-Storey Treehouse

The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths


Describe it in 25 words or less. Two boys who live in a treehouse and write books together, but all of a sudden are pressured to write a book in one day.

Who was your favorite character and why? Andy because he was wise.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Terry because he was stupid, mean, and irresponsible.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It never grabbed me. It was a very lame book, the whole way through. I could tell the author was trying to be funny but he wasn’t doing a good job of that at all, at least for me.

What did you think of the ending? It was decent and probably the best part of the whole book.

Favorite quote: “Drawing is easy. It’s coming up with the words that takes real skill.” – Andy

What would you change? I would go back in time and not read the book in the first place.

Have you read other books in the series? No, this is the first one in the series, but I’m not going to continue.

Who would you recommend it to? Tween boys.

Number of unknown words: 0

Tell us about your best friend.

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Pete and Brigette Review Bernie



Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: A true story surrounding funeral director Bernie Tiede and his relationship with Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, East Texas.

Brigette: The dramatization of the events surrounding the murder of Marjorie Nugent at the hand of Bernie Tiede.


Pete: Dramatization / Biographyy

Brigette: Based On A True Story/Drama/Black Comedy

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Sonny Davis because he provided me with the most laughs.

Brigette: Sonny Davis because I loved his personality.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Marjorie because she was so mean.

Brigette: Danny Buck Davidson because he was more interested in getting re-elected than doing right by someone.

How was the casting?

Pete: Jack Black is my favorite actor, and he and Shirley MacLaine were fantastic in their roles. I also enjoyed how real townspeople were incorporated into the “acting”.

Brigette: I thought getting a lot of the cast from the area where the actual events took place was a stroke of genius.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Pete: It grabbed me immediately mostly because it stated it was a true story and also because it starred Jack Black.

Brigette: I’m always intrigued by based-on-true-stories films and this was probably the best one I’ve seen in a long time.

Favorite quote:

Pete: “I knew he was in trouble when I saw that jury. And Bernie is just going to have to get up there and explain himself to a bunch of San Augustine, cousin-countin’, red-necks over there. I mean they’ve got more tattoos than teeth and there ain’t a brain in the whole dozen of ‘em. And they’re supposed to decide big things like this? I mean, shoot, I wouldn’t let ‘em work on my car!” – Sonny Davis

Brigette: “Our Lord and Saviour wore sandals and he never married and he had twelve disciples. And I don’t thing any of them ever married. And the apostle Paul was a life-long bachelor and you never heard anybody in the New Testament say that they was a bunch of queers.” – Kay Epperson

How was the soundtrack?

Brigette: The soundtrack really suited the film and showcased Jack Black’s singing abilities. Preview it here.

How does the film compare to the real events?

Brigette: I’ve done a bit of research on this and it seems that it is pretty close to what actually happened. I think this is mostly due to how involved director Richard Linklater got in the whole case. He even pushed for the real Bernie Tiede’s release and when he was release in May this year, Linklater took him in until he gets back on his feet.

Have you watched other films by the same director/actor?

Pete: Director, Richard Linklater is responsible for the Before Sunrise series of films, Dazed and Confused, and School of Rock, all of which I thought were great films.

Brigette: I am a huge Jack Black fan. This was not your usual Jack Black film, but I really enjoyed his performance. I’ve seen a lot of Richard Linklater’s work as well and usually quite enjoy it.

How was the ending?

Pete: Enjoyable in the fact that people will believe what ever they want to believe despite any facts.

Brigette: Although it was rather sad, I still got a sense of hope.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: Be weary of anyone who is too nice.

Brigette: There were many as this was a very emotionally complex film.

Did you learn anything?

Pete: A fair bit about the Bernie Tiede and Marjorie Nugent.

Brigette: A bit about the funeral business.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Anyone interested in true crime.

Brigette: People who want something different.

Beer Pairing: (Pete’s specialty) As featured in the film: Pabst’s Lone Star

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Marjorie Nugent’s living room


What would someone have to do to make you snap?

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Brigette Reviews Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox

Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox by Raffaele Sollecito and Andrew Gumbel


Describe it in 25 words or less. Raffaele Sollecito’s account of the events surrounding the murder of Meredith Kercher.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I’d read Amanda Knox’s book, Waiting To Be Heard, and wanted to get another perspective from the other person accused alongside her.

Genre: Memoir

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? This book had the best dedication I’ve read in a while and the preface was excellent. Having already familiarized myself with general ideas through Amanda’s book first, sometimes I got mired down in having to read about them again. However, I preferred Sollecito’s writing style as it was full of a whole range of emotions. This could also be due to the fact that Sollecito had Andrew Gumbel co-write perhaps because of the language issue.

What did you think of the ending? I really enjoyed the ending of this account because it let you know what happened beyond the acquittal.

What was the moral of the story? Sometimes standing by the truth means sacrificing your freedom.

Did you learn anything? I learned even more about the Italian judicial system and a bit about Italian culture in general.

Favorite quote: “I did want to make my father proud; that much was important to me. But figuring out how to please him while also establishing my independence was a skill I had yet to master.” – Raffaele Sollecito

What would you change? A koala is a marsupial, not a bear and should never be referred to as one.

Who would you recommend it to? Anyone who has read Amanda Knox’s account and wants a different perspective.

Number of unknown words: 3

Craft/Activity: How to stay fit in prison.

Recipe: New York Style Cheesecake

When was the last time you told the truth even thought you knew it would have dire consequences?

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Gable Reviews Spiderweb For Two: A Melendy Maze

Spiderweb For Two: A Melendy Maze by Elizabeth Enright

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Describe it in 25 words or less. The two youngest Melendys discover a series of clues that have been planted for them, but what will be the epic reward?

Genre: Children’s Classic/Mystery/Adventure

Who was your favorite character and why? Oliver because he was the wisest and I could relate to him the most.

Who was your least favorite character and why? I don’t think I really had one; they were all good in a way.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It was sad at the very start and I felt really bad for Randy but, even from the first chapter, it was exciting and intense and I never knew what would happen next.

What did you think of the ending? It was the most marvelous ending of all the Melendy series.

Did you learn anything? That Borealis means Northern.

Favorite quote: “As long as the discovery is made, it doesn’t matter if an accident reveals it!” – Randy Melendy

Have you read other books in the series? Yes, and this, sadly, is the last one in the series, but it was the best!

Songs: I’ve put the songs mentioned in the book on Grooveshark for you to listen to.

Who would you recommend it to? Siblings who have been separated.

Number of unknown words: 29

Recipe: Waffles

Craft/Activity: Learn how to dance the Virginia Reel.

Tell us about a time you were separated from your sibling or other close family member for over a month.

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