Saturday, April 9, 2011

Soul Surfer

The first movie I saw tonight was "Soul Surfer". It's the true story of Bethany Hamilton who was attacked by a shark while resting a bit during training for a surf competition. This was a really good movie. And it became quickly apparent that I didn't pay attention to any news of the things she did after the attack.

Okay, let's be honest here. How many of us would want to carry on with our ho hum day to day lives after something like that? I know I'd be hard pressed to get out of bed each morning. Not only did she get out of bed but just three weeks after the attack she was surfing again. Three weeks!!!

I didn't know ahead of time that this film has a Christian theme. Had I known I definitely would have seen it but this was a good surprise. This was yet another example of someone overcoming enormous obstacles with help from Above.

Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt did a great job playing Bethany's parents. AnnaSophia Robb played the part of Bethany. I've seen her in "Because of Winn Dixie" and "Bridge to Terabithia" and liked her in both. She doesn't disappoint in "Soul Surfer" either. Then there's Carrie Underwood. She's a really good singer.

There was no cussing and no nudity in this film. The girls wear skimpy bikinis in different parts of the movie but they're surfers. What do you expect? I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone. Just a warning though. The shark attack scene isn't graphic but they do show blood in the water and also soaking through the shirt that one of the guys used as a make-shift bandage. That's the worst it gets.

I hope you'll go see this. It's worth a couple hours of your time.

Friday, April 8, 2011


I saw two movies tonight and I'm going to begin with the second one. "Insidious". I saw this movie because my sister told me to so she could live vicariously through me. So...I get to blame her. Remember how I mentioned that I can't stand jump-out-at-you movies? That's all this was. If things weren't constantly surprising you it wouldn't be scary at all.

I read some reviews before I saw it and they mentioned that there aren't any fake scares. You know the ones. The girl hears something in her apartment and when she goes to check it out (and you think she's about to get axed) a cat jumps out at her causing both of you to scream and amuses the movie watchers around you. The reviews were correct. There wasn't one fake scare in the entire movie.

There was, however, predictability. You pretty much know who's going to die and who's going to be possessed. Those were the only things that weren't surprising. And I would really like to know who decided that violins were scary. Fortunately the symphony sensed when something bad was going to happen or were completely on top of things when something startling happened. They are very observant.

Amazingly enough the cussing was kept to a minimum. Yes, the F-bomb was used but only a couple times. Considering what all happened in the movie I expected much more. I mean if you're sitting at the dining table talking to your son and you see a nightmare over his shoulder I expect it to be like a night at the Osbournes. I don't cuss but I guarantee I'd make a sailor blush if something like that happened in real life. You know? And! There was absolutely no nudity. Not even close.

While I was trying to hide from the screen I noticed some of the couples around me and had a few giggles. The couple in front of me almost squished together so much during the scary scenes that they were dangerously close to becoming one person. The couple next to me had the man sitting on the edge of his seat and the woman so bothered by the movie that she couldn't sit still. And she couldn't get any further on to her seat than she already was. I think she'd have been through the wall given the choice. As for myself I was wishing I had gone with someone else. Then they could have told me what was happening and I could have hidden more often.

If you choose to go to a movie just to be scared then this is the film for you. If you seriously need to ask whether it's okay for children to see then you haven't been paying attention. The answer is NO!!! NO! NO! NO! And did I mention...NO!

Am I glad I saw this movie? Ummm...not really. Will I watch it again? Crap no! Would I recommend it to anyone? Only super horror freaks or guys who want their dates sitting in their lap through most of the movie. I'm telling my sister about it now and she's laughing at me. I pretty much knew she would. She's mean like that.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Restaurant Review - J & W Grill

Spike and I got up at 4:45 in the morning yesterday to drive out to the Wichita Mountains for sunrise pictures. Yes, there are mountains in Oklahoma. And yes, there are two 4:45s in a day. Anyway, when I dragged my sleepy tuckus out of bed all I ate for breakfast was a little bit of yogurt. Later on in the day I had a banana. As you can probably guess I was nigh unto famished by mid-afternoon. Spike had eaten a real breakfast...I think...and had also eaten a banana and apple in the truck. He wasn't hungry at all, dang him.

We passed up several chain restaurants in Anadarko because my tummy just wasn't in the mood for them. When we got to Chickasha we were driving down the main street and came upon J & W Grill. I commented that it looked like a place that has really good food. I apologize to J & W for the following description but I need to explain my reasoning. Have you ever noticed that some of the most not-so-attractive restaurants have some of the best food? No? You don't frequent those types of restaurants? should. Spike didn't think it looked like much but said he'd stop if I wanted to. It was more my tummy's decision so we stopped.

From the outside it looked like a dive. One of those places where you wonder how they are still in business. From the inside it looked a little worse. It's a very thin building with one, count them one, table. The rest of the diners sit in short stools along a counter. My stool apparently didn't want me to sit on it as it kept trying to throw me. And poor Spike. He's 6'4" and was probably feeling a bit like Alice after she ate the magic mushroom. As for me, I was feeling a bit like Goldilocks. Minus the blond hair.

When we first walked in we were hit with the smells. Oh. My. Goodness!!! The smells!!! If you aren't already hungry when you walk in you will be soon after. My stomach is growling right now just thinking about it. The second thing we noticed was the feeling of being the stranger who walks in to the saloon in the wild west movies. Apparently this is a "local" eatery and we were so not locals. Everyone turned and stared and watched as we took our seats..ahem...stools. However, we bellied up to the bar and while Spike expected okay food I expected more. I won.

The first thing Spike did was ask if I wanted to share an order of fries. I said that was fine with me. I hadn't looked around much so I didn't understand why he didn't want his own order. The man loves food. The only time he wants to share is when we each get our own meal and we want to try what the other is having. In this case, he had seen something I hadn't. The quantity of fries. Nice! This picture doesn't do justice to the size of this basket o' fries.
Just a warning...these fries are super greasy. Spike had to sop up some of the grease with a napkin before he'd eat any fries. I had no such qualms.

We also ordered coneys. Spike got the coney with everything. I did not as I am allergic to healthy food. Okay, maybe not but slaw and onions on a coney did not sound appetizing to all!
(Please excuse the blurriness of the picture. No matter what I did I couldn't get my phone to take a clear pic.)

I should have had them only hold the onions. Spike forced (okay, asked) me to try the slaw. It was so good! I have no idea what was in it but if we ever go back I'm getting it.
These coneys were on the small side but teamed up with the fries I was plenty full when we left.

Two men came in shortly after we got our food and they each ordered double double cheeseburgers. I wish now I had taken pictures so you could see what they got. Two things kept me from doing so. One, I didn't want to be rude/obvious and two, I am a tad shy when talking to strangers and I couldn't summon the gumption to ask if I could. Oh well. These burgers though...oh my! Spike and I decided that there must have been four patties on each one. A double double. We didn't actually pay attention to the putting together of the burgers, despite the fact that the grill was right across from us, but when they were delivered there was a LOT of meat. If anyone else has eaten there and actually knows what all goes on a double double please share.

Our bill came out to be a little over $8.00 for two coneys, two drinks (with free refills, of which Spike had several) and an order of fries. Not bad at all. And they definitely do not skimp on ingredients. You should have seen the amount of onions in those burgers. Yuck!!! And the people who worked there were very nice despite being very busy.

So, while it's definitely not haute cuisine it's also not a place you should pass by. Stop on in. You'll be glad you did.