Bad Mom’s Christmas

I did not watch first bad Mom’s so did not know what to expect.

It feels far too early for Christmas. However, as the film is about not bowing to the pressure to over do Christmas, spend to excessive etc then it was ok for this time of year. It centres around 3 Mom’s preparing for Christmas who all have their Mom’s staying. It is a comedy rather than touching or poignant drama. There were others in the cinema who laughed more than myself. I found it moderately amusing with maybe one laugh out loud moment. It is ok for light relief but don’t go expecting heart warming Christmas feelings.


Home Again Film Review

A film about a newly single Mother and her daughters returning to her childhood home in LA. On her 40th birthday night out she meets three guys trying to get their film made. They all end up crashing at hers. The next day she is back to professional working Mum mode; she goes out to meet a new interior design client. In her absence her Mother invites the three guys to stay. The film then becomes about her coming home when she goes out to her daughters, the three guys, possibly her Mother and possibly her ex; modern family life.

A light weight girly movie, starring Reese Witherspoon. But not the simple formulaic girlie film.

The lasting impression the film had had on me is Witherspoon’s character’s work outfits of jeans, t-shirt / shirt and blazer inspired a smart causal outfit for myself.

Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier. Part 1: The audio book and prelude to watching the film (No spoilers)

I have just finished the audiobook in time to watch the film. The audiobook lasts about 12 hours; I would have thought I could fit reading the book, into less 12 hours. I could probably read for longer sessions, than I could listen therefore as well as taking less total time, I could have compressed into less time.

After listening to the audiobook I’m  curious to see the film. I think the book has an interesting plot albeit not action packed therefore think, it would be possible to fit into two hours. I think, the characters could be brought more to life than in the book. I’m not a big fan of reading or watching costume dramas. However, I found the language in the audiobook very accessible albeit a little wordy for example; not sure it was really necessary to always state Cousin Rachel rather than just Rachel. I hope the film is not too stuffy and overly focused on creating period atmosphere; I ideally want the characters and storyline to shine through. From stills I have seen they? have perhaps literally decide to sex film up.

For me ending was marred by barely last syllable being uttered and a message thanking for listening to audio talked over. In book although would have known was reading last sentence, would literally have had blank space to reflect.

Book Scavanger: What I did not have on my shelf….


If you like knights fighting, go see Arther’s tale, if you like Alien 👽 films,  watch next instalment of that. If you want to be put off holidaying in exotic locations watch Snatched; which shows you how holidays go wrong and you end up taken hostage. If you or someone else you are going with,  really want to go to cinema and really do not fancy anything else or have seen everything else; watch Snatched. Go with low expections; I did. Upon viewing it was watchable and not absolutely terrible. Starts with the dilemma of being dumped, just before a paid for holiday to Ecuador and having not got anyone else to go with persuading her Mum. Then there appears to be some holiday romance …before they are kidnapped.


 One of those slightly annoying plots where they keep getting caught and escaping; partly due to lack of support from authorities …hence making exotic holidays, less appealing; on top of the kidnappings themselves.It also has some female bonding and shows of female strength, so in some ways a lot in it but; somehow does not quite work. May have worked better if done as a drama due to subject master of kidnapping a and deaths rather than being a comedy.

Zookeeper’s Wife Film

The film did a good job at bringing the book to life. The film and book and good companions, the film can be watched before, after or during reading the book. 

Not sure the zookeeper’s wife would have been worn, such a pale dress to work on the zoo or the heels. At least it did show her kicking off the shoes when working like resuscitating new born elephant. But when pitchforking hay not sure barefoot or heels were appropriate.

Worth watching, although not many cinemas seem to be showing it.

Animated Life : Autism and Disney film discussion. 

This film was the true story of how a boy with Asperger learned to talk by watching Disney films.  I was able to listen to some discussion after but not stay long enough to hear it all or contribute myself.

It was voiced that,  it may be problematic for an adult to be, so attached to Disney films. However, seeing people’s excitement about the recent  release of Beuaty and the Beast, it seems that plenty of adults are very into Disney. Animated Life film showed that Disney films deal with a variety of themes for example, losing parents and growing up in Lion King, caring for others and right from wrong. The films formed a spring board for learning. However, learning from Disney films has it’s downsides. Firstly, Disney films endings are very standardised fairy tale endings, which, are not typical in real life as the subject of Animated Life discovers. Secondarily Disney films do not offer a starting point to discussing sex with your autistic brother; as the subject’s brother realises. In this case the subject has gained independence; the Disney films can be seen as a tool along the way, but also the subject was lucky with the other support they received. Therefore, an obsession with Disney films seems better than not being able to communicate and have any independence.

There was criticism of the film for giving false hope to parents; that watching Disney films was a magic cure and the film made it look too easy. I think, it did not take much reading amongst the lines to know it was not just as simple as watching a film, there was a lot of extra effort involved. I think any parent regardless of whether their child had autism, would realise there were tough times. What might be harder for parents of autistic children, to come to terms with, is not that some children may be destined to always have limited communication; no matter how much effort is put in. 

An audience member, gave some bleaker facts about autism and talked about autism increasing  sucide risk ( to illustrate that it is not the same for everyone. Considering, I believe that some people can be within autism spectrum, but not diagnosed then statistics are based upon those worse affected skewing the findings. 

Thomas tank engine has also been found to help those with autism. Perhaps because both Thomas tank and Disney films are animated that means facial expressions (the trains have large faces) are clearer defined than they may be in real life people.

Some felt uncomfortable with autistic children being closely observed by parents looking for their child’s Disney film / Thomas tank equivalent , I think it is good for all parents, not just parents of autistic children, to expose children to a range of different narratives be that films, tv programmed or books then see whst their child takes an interest in and use that as a basis of learning. For example, can watch or read proactively and use it as a basis for learning colours or numbers. 

In summary it was a fascinating film but I’m treating it as one example and not a model for all autistic people.