Showing posts with label Jennifer Garner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jennifer Garner. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Jennifer Garner’s 'Miracles From Heaven' Performance Makes It One Of The Best Faith Films Ever Made

Eugenio Derbez and Jennifer Garner (Columbia Pictures)


The problem with T.D. Jake’s new film, “Miracles From Heaven,” is its advertising. Yes, we know that there will be some sad parts and some terror, but overall, it appears to be “cute little story.” I’m here to tell you that “Miracles” is no cute story, but it one of the best faith-based movies ever made. Every parent who watches it will ache alongside Christy Beam (who is being portrayed by Jennifer Garner) and will thank God for their healthy children when they get home. “Miracles” will put you through the ringer in a good way.

The same people who behind “Miracles” also produced the huge hit, “Heaven Is For Real” which in the end was a lot less cutesy than how it appeared in the previews as well, but “Miracles” smacks “Heaven” right in the face. The story starts off friendly enough though. 

The Beam’s are getting ready for church. Unlike the families I know, Mrs. Beam has time to organize some flowers and Mr. Beam has time to work out in the yard before they have to go. Then we get invited to the Beam’s church which is one of the few church scenes in a movie that actually looks like an actual church service. Does the praise song sound familiar? That’s because Mac Powell of Third Day is leading the worship team. Sure, it’s stunt casting, but if you blink, you’ll miss him. It actually helps to make the whole scene look real.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Jennifer Garner Says ‘Miracles from Heaven’ Changed Her Family’s Life

Kylie Rogers and Jennifer Garner
Kylie Rogers and Jennifer Garner (Columbia Pictures)


It must be hard to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. Actress Jennifer Garner has certainly had to put up a lot with her estranged husband’s actions as of late. That’s what it is so sweet to hear Garner talking about something so simple as the importance of attending church on a regular basis.

Recently, Garner was interviewed by Jane McGarry of Good Morning Texas to talk about here upcoming faith-based movie, Miracles from Heaven. The interview is worth watching as McGarry seemed shocked that some people in Los Angeles, even movie stars, go to church. “You go to church! I read this about you … that you and your girls go to church. Isn’t that kinda weird in Hollywood?” she asked.

“You know, it did seem strange … I grew up going to church every Sunday of my life, and when I did move to L.A., it wasn't something that was just part of the culture there in the same way, at least in my life. But it didn't mean that I lost who I was," said Garner who was seated next to Christy Beam, the woman who Garner is portraying in the movie. "There was something about doing this film and talking to my kids about it and realizing that they were looking for the structure of church every Sunday. So it was a great gift of this film that it took us back to finding our local Methodist church and going every Sunday. It's really sweet."

Monday, December 28, 2015

Jennifer Garner Stars in ‘Miracles From Heaven’

Information about the upcoming "Miracles From Heaven" film.
Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah and Kylie Rogers (Columbia Pictures)
The next “big” faith-based film to get a lot of attention is the upcoming Miracles From Heaven coming to theaters on March 18. The film is based on a true story and the memoir of Christy Beam whose life was nearly shattered when she learned that her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare and incurable disease. Instead of retreating backward, Beam forges on serving as her daughter’s advocate and praying for healing.

Miracles From Heaven stars Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, Kylie Rogers with Eugenio Derbez and Queen Latifah; a stellar cast for what appears to be a stellar movie. The firm is directed by Patricia Riggen who also directed 2015’s The 33. The screen play (written by Randy Brown) is based on the book of the same name by the real Christy Beam. The film is produced by T.D. Jakes (who also produced Heaven is for Real), Joe Roth and DeVon Franklin.

Click below to watch the trailer which looks really good as long as you ignore the overused “fight song” theme music:

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Muppet Break-Up Shake Up

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have broken up.
Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog in happier times. (Disney)
It is definitely not the summer of love. So far we have learned that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are divorcing and so are Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. Now comes further proof that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. In joint statements, both Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have announced that they have officially broken up. The two took to Twitter to break the news only hours ago:

"After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, we have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship. We will continue to work together on television (The Muppets Tuesdays 8/7l this fall on ABC) and in all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, throughout the universe. However, our personal lives are not distinct and separate, and we will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al. This is our only comment on this private matter ... unless we get the right offer. Thank you for your understanding."

Friday, October 10, 2014

Alexander’s Bad Day is Good for Everyone Else

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Jennifer Garner, Kerris Dorsey and Ed Oxenbould  (Disney)
Finally, this weekend you can find out for yourself why Steve Carrell is chasing a kangaroo and what that has to do with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NoGood, Very Bad Day. And it will be a good excuse to go to the theater.

Sometimes when the term “loosely based” is used to describe a movie, it means that the film follows the plot of the original book only to a point. Here, Alexander is extremely loosely based on the book of the same name by Judith Viorst, but in a good way. The 32-page illustrated children’s book has very little dialogue and plot to work with for a full-length movie. “The idea for the film adaptation was to use the story in the book as the first act of the movie,” says producer Lisa Henson. “The second two acts of the film had to be a completely original storyline set during a second day that is even worse than Alexander’s first terrible, horrible, very bad day.” 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Disney to Release a “Very Bad” Movie Which Actually Looks Really Good

Guess what this family just found in their doorway! (L-R) Ed Oxenbould,
Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey and Steve Carell
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures
Disney’s live action, family movies are sort of hit or miss adventures. Some are very good while other rely heavily of past formulas that worked in earlier films. Sometimes they try to re-create the magic of their original film with mixed results. (Think The Parent Trap or Freaky Friday.) You can’t really blame them though. Creating a film that everyone in the family will enjoy, let alone relate to, is hard work. However, Walt Disney knew himself that if you don’t have a good story to tell, the movie won’t be worth seeing.

Right now, we’re about five months away from a film that looks very promising since it is based on a good source material. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is based on the novel of the same name by Judith Viorst which was first published in 1972 and has been a favorite of many grade school kids ever since. 

With more than two million copies of the book in print, Viorst was inspired by her own children, Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas. In it, Alexander has the worst day of his life, which isn’t really earth-shattering to adults, but horrifying to kids. In the end...

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Video of the Day: Draft Day

So, for those who will be extremely disappointed that football season will officially be over today, take heart as a new movie, just for you, will be coming your way soon. Just hold on.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Talented Cast is Wasted in ‘Butter’

Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) shows off her butter carving
skills in "Butter." Photo: The Weinstein Company


Butter, the new comedy from the Weinstein Company, isn’t fresh. It’s been sitting on the shelf for a  year waiting to be distributed. By putting together Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Ty Burnell, Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry in one flick, the outcome should have been a good quirky comedy, but instead, this one has gone rancid.

Butter is actually two movies, but only one worth watching. In a small Ohio town, Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell) is the undisputed champ of butter carving. For 15 years, he has been the town’s hero but has been asked to step down to give others a chance to compete. He is disappointed but he understands and does so. However his wife Laura, (Jennifer Garner), is outraged. She apparently lived off her husband’s fame and if he no longer carves butter, what is she to do?

Laura and Bob Pickler (Jennifer Garner and Ty Burrell) get
interviewed in "Butter."
To fight back, Laura, who has no experience in butter carving, decides to compete in the next year’s competition. Surprisingly, she is just as good at carving butter as her husband is. To get back at his wife for emasculating him, Bob cheats on Laura with Brooke (Olivia Wilde), a stripper/prostitute, but refuses to give her the money for her “services.” To retaliate, Brooke also enters the contest for some reason. Later, Laura cheats with a used car salesman (Hugh Jackman) to get him to a do a favor for her. All the time, Laura appears to be the very essence of perfect piety, but is actually a big time hypocrite. That is the bad story.

Ty Burrell, Jennifer Garner and Yara Shahidi in a surprising
touching moment in "Butter."
The other story is a sweet one that features Destiny, (Yara Shahidi), a young girl bouncing from foster home to foster home waiting for her “real” mother to find her. She winds up in the home of Ethan and Julie Emmet (Rob Corddry and Alicia Silverstone), who not only treat Destiny well, but actually love her. Destiny is also bitten by the butter-carving bug and wants to compete as well. She turns out to be really good and the perfect rival for Laura.

The second story is so much better than the first one, that the filmmakers should have scrapped the first story and just focused on the latter. The film could have been a family movie that was fun and creative. Instead, the package as a whole is a major disappointment. “Butter” is crammed with profanity and vulgar language as an excuse for comedy writing. There is a side story featuring Laura’s step daughter that goes nowhere. Every actor featured has done better work elsewhere. Note to Wilde: take this credit off your resume.

Unless the studio comes out with a short version of the second story, don’t waste your money or time on this one.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Disney’s ‘Timothy’ is an Odd but Beautiful Movie

Jennifer Garner, C. J. Adams and Joel Edgerton star in
Disney's "The Odd Life of Timothy Green."


Disney’s new The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a quiet gem of a movie, but it is questionable if audiences at large will really appreciate it. While suitable for the whole family, it is doubtful if children will really enjoy this movie or not. It is basically a fairy tale for adults; parents in fact. This isn’t a realistic story – it’s an allegory about parenthood. It’s a fantasy movie - almost Twilight Zoneish. You have to accept every story element or you will not “get” the story.

Created by Academy Award-nominated writer and director, Peter Hedges, Timothy isn’t much different than other famous tales about adults wanting children but not being able to have them the traditional way such as Tom Thumb or Pinocchio. In this case, it is Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), a happily married couple who can’t wait to start a family but even with medical intervention, can’t. After the disappointing news Cindy says, “We’ll get a dog” and in the same breath cries, “I don’t want a dog!” It is heartbreaking to watch.

Timothy (C. J. Adams) gets dried off
from new mom Cindy (Jennifer Garner)
One night Jim suggests that the couple write down all of the characteristics their child would have if they were given one. They select the name, “Timothy” his looks, his skills, his talents, everything. Then they carefully place the papers in a wooden box and bury it in the backyard saying goodbye to their dream. (This is similar to when Jane and Micheal wrote down the qualities of a perfect nanny in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” and the note was sent up the chimney.) To their surprise a dirty and naked boy shows up in their house. He tells them that his name is Timothy and calls them mom and dad. The couple is understandably confused but like all good fairy tales, accepts that their prayers have been answered. There is just one thing…Timothy has leaves growing on his legs.

Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) introduces
Timothy (C.J. Adams) to Uncle Bub.
Incredibly, the next day, the new family is faced with telling others about who Timothy is and where he came from. With no children’s clothes on hand, Cindy and Jim dress him up in their’s and cover his legs with Jim’s socks telling Timothy to not say anything about his leaves because others will not understand. He agrees, but as it turns out, others don’t understand Timothy for other reasons. For no reason at all he will stop what he is doing, close his eyes and reach out his arms to the sun. The kids at school make fun of him, but he doesn’t mind. He goes swimming with his socks on. Cindy sister, Brenda (Rosemarie DeWitt) is judgmental and Jim’s father, James Sr. (David Morse) is unimpressed with his grandson just as he is unimpressed with Jim. Cindy describes Timothy as “our little something unexpected. Our little miracle.”

Timothy (C. J. Adams) and Joni
(Odeya Rush) enjoys some leaves.
For the rest of the movie, Cindy and Jim act as over-protective parents of their new son. They constantly worry if they are doing a good job or not – just like every other good parent on earth. Cindy is determined to highlight Timothy’s talents to her sister who is too busy bragging about her own children to care and Jim is determined to stand up for his boy where his own father did not when he was a boy. The two try to keep Timothy away from a neighborhood girl, Joni (Odeya Rush) who is artistic and has a secret of her own. To their dismay, Timothy falls for the girl.

Coach Cal (Common) tells Timothy
(C .J. Adams) some last minute tips
for the big soccer game.
Not unlike Pollyanna, Timothy touches others in special ways throughout the film. However, Timothy isn’t sickening sweet. He is honest to a fault though which tends to get his people-pleasing parents in trouble at times. By the end of the movie, everyone who knows Timothy, and appreciates him, is better for it.

Garner is incredibly cute in this movie and it perhaps that she is still a fairly new mom in real life that she is so excellent in the role. She and Edgerton have great repo ire together and actually represent a realistic view of an imperfect couple. Dianne Wiest plays the perfect sourpuss and foil for Timothy and Cindy.

Timothy (C. J. Adams) and Joni
(Odeya Rush).
Timothy is a very comfortable movie to watch with incredible photography, colorful scenery, beautiful music by Geoff Zanelli and only tasteful humor.

Finally, it would be easy to dismiss Timothy as just a simple story, but there are deeper, and spiritual meanings buried inside. For instance, Timothy’s leaves are strong and cannot be removed by anyone wanting to do so. However, when Timothy gives something of himself, he loses a leaf painlessly. The story doesn’t end like you’d expect it to, and many parents will shed a few happy tears along the way.