MacGyver: The Movie

I heard they’re going to make it with a shoe string, two matches and a bottlecap.


Seriously though, who’s going to pay to see that?




Last night Manfrengensen and I finally watched 3:10 to Yuma.  I didn’t get it, though I am not a huge fan of the western genre. Manfrengensen said he liked it until the final scene, when he thought it fell apart. Anyway, about a third of the way into it, I asked aloud, “Who directed this?” and at the end of the film, the credits told us: James Mangold (of Copland and Identity fame.)  Manfrengensen quipped, “Yeah, as in ‘Mangold‘ the third act.” He’s punny that way.

Mayor McCheeseI promised him I would attribute that line to him, not that I had originally planned to write about it here, but his vehement defense of intellectual property made me bring it up.  He likes to think that I steal all his best lines because one time he overheard me telling my boss one of his jokes.  I think it was the one about the movie The Devil’s Own.  Do you remember that one with Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford? Manfrengensen had said at the time that Brad Pitt’s accent was “about as Irish as Mayor McCheese.”


More about Iron Man:  I am sure you have heard by now that Marvel plans to bring out the sequel on April 30, 2010.  And there’s a whole slough of other superhero movies coming from Marvel as well including Thor, Captain America and The Avengers.  Tony Stark’s got a cameo in the upcoming Incredible Hulk movie and there’s talk of Bruce Banner showing up in the Iron Man sequel.  Fanboys everywhere must be so excited!

Ugh-I just read that Tom Cruise is in talks with Paramount to make Mission Impossible 4.  Is that necessary?  Seriously.  Please. Don’t.  I don’t have a problem with Tom Cruise, but I do have a problem with movies that stink. Didn’t Mission Impossible 3 suck enough? I can’t say that it was the worst movie ever, but it’s definitely in the running.



Where Are the Family Movies?

Manfrengensen and I went to see Iron Man last night.  I’m not going to do a full review for you here because you can read one almost anywhere else, but I do want to say that it totally lives up to the hype.

Iron Man Tony Stark Downey

For once, we didn’t stay until the end of the credits, and I have to say that I am sorry we missed what’s on the other end of them.  If you go, be sure to hang out.


And with that, the 10th anniversary was the best one ever. We went out for a lovely meal, and Manfrengensen came up big with the gift, offering something sparkly.  Very sparkly.  Not that I am hard to please in the gift department, or that there was even anything I wanted in particular. In fact, I’m not big on sparkly at all.  But something about this gift…I’m a little over the moon.

Bacon WalletI gave him a wallet and a Wii game.  He’s probably not walking on the same slice of angel cake as I am today.  I’m not even sure the former is genuine leather.  Maybe I should have gotten him one like my brother has.  It looks like slices of raw bacon.  It’s just fun to imagine Manfrengensen pulling his gold card out of that greasy-looking thing in front of one of his business clients.



So, I’m looking at the summer movie releases here, and I don’t see much in the way of family viewing.  Sure, there are superhero movies, The Incredible Hulk, The Dark Knight, Space MonkeysHellboy II etc., but I wouldn’t take anyone under 10 or 12 to see those.  For young boys, pretty much the only option this summer is going to be Wall-E.  There are also Space Chimps and Kung Fu Panda, but we’ll only venture to those if their reviews indicate that they don’t completely suck.  What are the chances?

Also next weekend, there’s Speed Racer, which is kind of obligatory for us because T3 is a car FREAK.  But again I don’t have high hopes.  Plus, the running time is two hours fifteen minutes.  That is not good.  No family film should be longer than ninety minutes, and that goes especially for movies about pirates,  whether they are made for families or not.

So, that leaves us maybe one movie release a month for the kiddies. There are a few others coming out, like Narnia, which mine are too young for,  and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery, which I’m guessing is geared more toward female viewers. 

It’s not a family film, but I do feel the need to mention that Manfrengensen and I saw a preview for The Love Guru.  Are we the only two people who think Mike Myers is not the least bit funny?


Early in the formation of this blog, I said to my husband, “What do you want your alias to be in the blogosphere?”  And he gave it to me.  I had no idea what a pain in the ass it was going to be to have to type “Manfrengensen” on a regular and repeated basis.


Here’s some good monkey for you:


p.s. – Family life continues to be a cave of wonders: Today J was sick, and he actually napped for two and a half hours!  (He corrected me – two hours, twenty-three minutes.)

It’s Our Anniversary

Manfrengensen and I are celebrating ten years of wedded enchantment.



Going out to a swanky restaurant tonight, and then to see Iron Man. Hooray!!




Momma’s Got a Brand New Blog

Manfrengensen and I are really enjoying this show on HBO:


Very interesting series, and we’re learning a lot about America’s second president. Though I thought the sex scene between Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney was gratuitous.  Kind of like some executive at HBO thought it had to be added to give the series that HBO signiature.  “If it doesn’t have gratuitous titties, it doesn’t say HBO.”

Upcoming movies I’m looking forward to:

Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, War Inc., Dark Knight, Wall E.

T3 is psyched for Speed Racer, but my hopes are not high.  The cast list credits one actorSpeed Racer portraying Rex Racer, and then Matthew Fox is Racer X. Um, what up with that?? I really hope the Rex Racer actor is playing him as a child.

Here’s the thing I don’t understand about some of these remakes of nostalgic series.  Why don’t they just take pages from the originals?  If you really want to get a franchise out of it, take what people liked about the series and build on that.  Most of these remakes are too kitstchy to catch on. And like most pieces of kitsch, it’s mostly just crap. Like if you are going to remake Speed Racer with live action, why not just take the first four episodes of the cartoon and bring them to life?  You can’t beat campy lines like the one where the villain tells Speed, “You’re tough kid, but you’re no match for Ace Deucey.”

My brother loved Speed Racer and Ultra Man, both of which used to be on in the afternoons when we got home from school.  I loved this one in kindergarten and first grade:


I think Marine Boy was my first crush.  My best friend and I used to take turns at recess pretending one was Marine Boy and the other was the mermaid, Neptina. Occasionally someone else would play along, pretending to be the dolphin. You can learn more about Marine Boy at:


I also loved Kimba the White Lion


Nope, they don’t make ’em like that any more.