• Susan May

What's on at the movies Dec 1 2016?

Did you miss the Facebook Live Fun?

No need to feel left out ...

I'm excited to share a new opportunity for writers or book lovers. My Susan Mayhem Gang Facebook group is now hosting Facebook Live chats with little old me. We all had great fun on the first chat yesterday, where a bunch of fabulous people joined me from around the world (truly amazing) while I shared my thoughts and experiences in my publishing journey, particularly focusing on writing short stories.

Those who joined in were able to ask questions and respond and interact with me and each other. Everyone said they enjoyed the experience and I think some were motivated to write more themselves or at least gain insight into the writing process, weird as I probably made it sound.

The video is still there in the group feed and you can join anytime and watch. From now on I will be hosting a live chat once a week, where we'll discuss books, writing, the read-a-long currently of Behind Dark Doors (one), which you can grab for zilch, free, nada, absolutely nothing just by joining my mailing club or visiting Instafreebie link:

You are invited to join my Facebook group Susan Mayhem Gang. We are having a real ball there, so come meet us.


Queen of Katwe ✪✪✪✪ ½ Opened December 1

A Ugandan girl, child really, working her way up the ladder to compete for her country in international Chess competitions sounds about as riveting as watching darts. Okay, I've heard if you are into darts the competitions are exciting, but still not your first thought for sporting entertainment. This film will not be on anyone's must-see list. Queen of Katwe is not getting studio promotion; it didn't even receive a word-of-mouth preview because it didn't make big box office in the USA upon its release.

But will you please seek this film out and see on the big screen. This is a type of Slum Dog Millionaire story about a girl who couldn't read or write but turns out to be a chess prodigy with the right attitude and a brilliance for foreseeing eight moves ahead in the game. With the right word of mouth this could be big. I fear it won't though because without that whisper in a friends ear nobody will even notice next to all the other big films, but please don't you and your family miss out on this Disney treasure. Queen of Katwe is also probably one of the most inspiring films of the year and could launch a dozen positive thinking memes. Starring recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o ​ (12 Years a Slave) and David Oyelowo (Selma, A United Kingdom) and a cast of marvelous extras, this film is quality from beginning to end. Madina Nalwanga who plays Phiona Mutesi the young chess prodigy holds her own playing beside these experienced and awarded actors.

Take your parents, your children and yourself and enjoy one of the most entertaining, fascinating and most uplifting experiences of the year. When we sit in a cinema and complain that it's too hot or too cold outside, our popcorn is too salty, or the seats uncomfortable or not cleaned well enough this film reminds you that we Australians were handed a gift at birth we too easily take for granted.

Film Blurb

"Queen of Katwe" is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Starring David Oyelowo who received Golden Globe Award, Film Independent Spirit Award nominations and won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Dr. King and the film received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

Trolls ✪✪✪✪½ Opened December 1

I couldn't make it to this preview, so I sent my friend Reiko and her family along. She has boys aged 12 and 13 and this is what she thought:

Trolls was a lovely kids movie! Visually it was well made with beautiful colours and I loved it. It's a positive happy story that ended making all Bergens feeling happy, music was great, funny as well and characters are so cute. I bet these trolls dolls will be seen at toy stores before this Christmas and will be very popular for young kids. I rate 4.5/5.

Based on her recommendation I'm going to catch this film as soon as I can. I also heard back from other reviewers that it was a good one and a very positive uplifting experience that gave food for thoughts. Who would have thought those little hairy critters could inspire and delight toughened reviewers.

Film Blurb

A hair-raising comedy filled with unbelievable adventure & incredible music! Known for their crazy, colourful, & magical hair, Trolls are the happiest, most joyous creatures ever to burst into song. From the genius creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, & her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known.

Morgan ✪✪½ Opens December 1

This film had the potential to be a slick, smart sci-fi thriller but, alas, they went for the tried and true ten little Indians scenario of science experiment gone wrong kills off maker ala Frankenstein. There's a reasonable cast led by Kate Mara (The Martian) and a ridiculous cameo by Paul Giamatti and some overwrought performances by TobyJones, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Michelle Yeoh. I wondered how this film actually got off the ground, despite being produced by Ridley Scott. How did such a poor script by a relative unknown screenwriter entice A and nearly A list actors to become involved? All this comes as no surprise once you learn that director Luke Scott is Ridley Scott's son. All I can say is, not terrible, but just particularly cliche for this genre with some huge plot holes or, let's say, bizarre character behavior and motivation. You'd probably enjoy it as a stream or a DVD on a Friday night. Otherwise watch Alien or Aliens again or give Ex Machina a look on DVD/Stream.

Film Blurb

Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a bioengineered child who began walking and talking after one month of existence, exceeding the wildest expectations of her creators. When Morgan attacks one of her handlers, a corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) visits the remote, top-secret facility where she's kept to assess the risks of keeping her alive. When the girl breaks free and starts running amok, the staff members find themselves in a dangerous lockdown with an unpredictable and violent synthetic human.

From director Luke Scott and producer Ridley Scott, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti.

Up for Love (not reviewed) Opened December 1