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Tuesday:) Toni’s Movie Review: BOOK CLUB

23 May

“Since our society equates happiness with youth, we often assume that sorrow, quiet desperation, and hopelessness go hand in hand with getting older. They don’t. Emotional pain or numbness are symptoms of living the wrong life, not a long life.”

~Martha Beck


I decided last minute to go and check out the movie, “Book Club.” I went by myself and just assumed the theatre would be empty. It usually is during the week at 2 pm. Today, there was a long line, and it looked like everyone was going to see that movie. I was also surprised that there were a lot of men in the audience.

Diane Keaton (Diane) is a straight laced recent widow whose daughters treat her like an ancient old lady.

Jane Fonda (Vivian) is a free-spirited, no-strings attached, never married wealthy maven.

Candace Bergen (Sharon) is a Federal Judge dealing with an old ex-husband who is engaged to a young bimbo, as she struggles with her own self-esteem.

Mary Steenburgen (Carol) is a housewife trying to spice up a boring marriage of 35 years.

The four women started a book club when they were just school girls and continued meeting over the years. When they decide to read “50 Shades of Grey,” the plot thickens. The steamy book changes their outlook and lives. They decide that they aren’t getting older, they’re getting better. And, you’re never too old for love and happiness.

There were a lot of giggles and outright laughter in the audience, even among the male viewers. I thought it was going to be a “chick-flick,” but I think men could learn a lot about how women think by watching this movie.

I especially related to Candace Bergen’s character, watching her Ex acting like an old fool with the younger bimbo girlfriend. She eventually decides that she deserves some happiness, and should get on an on-line dating site and test the waters. She’s older, not dead.

Well, I thought it was going to be a goofy chick flick, but it turned out to be a realistic commentary on real life. It was a funny happy movie about friendship, aging, love, dreams, and possibilities.

I would recommend “Book Club.” I’m not sure about a younger audience. But, I think 30-40 and older will really like it and can relate.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Two Minute Movie Review: COCO

13 Dec

“We must always follow our dreams because those who came before us made those dreams possible.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything,”



A shivering Chicago afternoon was a perfect time to get out and see a heart warming movie. My sister, her friend, Edith, and I went to a matinee showing of “Coco.” And guess what? Today was free popcorn Tuesday at the Elgin theatre with your rewards card. Yay!

This delightful Pixar Animation Studios production is a must see for all ages. Twelve year old Miguel has music in his soul, but his family has banned all music from their lives because of a painful misunderstanding several generations earlier. Caught up in the magical mystery of the Day of the Dead, Dia de Los Muertos, honoring the relatives who passed away, Miguel is transported into the enchanting and colorful Land of the Dead.

This all might sound scary or strange to some of you, but it really depicts the long honored tradition of remembering our ancestors and keeping them alive in our hearts. Not scary…beautiful.

We sat in the dark, nearly empty theatre, laughing, giggling, with a few tearful moments. I didn’t think I’d need Kleenex for this one, but if you haven’t seen it, make sure you have a tissue handy. They were beautiful sentimental tears. And some of the giggling came from memories only Mexican cultures would understand. But, the common thread was, families are so important and our ancestors should always be honored and remembered.

“We must always follow our dreams because those who came before us made those dreams possible.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis