Popcorn & Pics: Max

June 26, 2015
entertainment, family

Popcorn & Pics: Max #joyofmom


This is week two of our new Friday movie column and I couldn’t be more excited! Here’s our choice for the best of the best of this weekend’s movie theater flicks!

“MAX” In our home our four-legged loves are truly our furry babies. This is a beautiful, educational and timely movie about a military war dog that eats, fights and sleeps by the side of his beloved master, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. Both man and his pup are serving in Afghanistan when Kyle is mortally wounded.

Without his best friend, war dog, Max is sent to the states to live with Kyle’s family including a teenager named Justin (Josh Wiggins) mother (“Parenthood’s” Lauren Graham) and father (Thomas Haden Church). Can Max fit into a new family? Can they love the dog that their beloved brother and son held so dear? Max teaches us all how important it is that we treat our animals with love and compassion – a great lesson no matter your age.

Behind the Scenes: Lauren Graham (Justin’s mother) Chats about Playing a Mom

Q: What was so appealing about “Max?”
Lauren Graham: “I was struck at how poignant the story was to me. We really delve into the world of these military dogs and how vital their work is for our military. This is also a story about a family healing from loss. They come together over this dog.”

Q: You play a very strong mom here, but different from the moms you played on “Parenthood” and “The Gilmore Girls.” Who is she based on?
Lauren Graham: “She reminded me of my grandmother who was a missionary and Southern Baptist. She was a kind woman, but an incredibly strong one. I also based her on certain traits of my grandfather who was a man of few words, but had this quiet strength.”

Q: Are you a dog person?
Lauren Graham: “I had a wonderful German shepherd. I remember getting my Hannah from a Burbank rescue. It was a crazy, instant connection and the best, smartest, sweetest dog I could ever find as a friend. She was with me during tough times and I even had someone drive her to New York to be with me when I was working. This was a major dog friendship. I haven’t been able to get another dog since she passed. I’m working on it.”

Fun Fact: Max in the movie was actually played by a Belgian Malinois, one of the favorite breeds to serve as military working dogs (MWD). The dogs have a 270-degree field of vision and can run 30 miles per hour!

This sweet and touching movie reminds us that our fur babies are truly a gift in our life. May we cherish them, every day. And give them the love and devotion right on back.

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Ent.

Popcorn & Pics: Inside Out

June 19, 2015
entertainment, family

Popcorn & Pics: Inside Out #joyofmom


Don’t you love it when you discover a movie that you simply LOVE! You want to share it with your girlfriends, so they can enjoy the magic, the emotions and the laughter. Whether it’s a fab family movie, heart-pounding action-adventure or a heart-warming chick flick/rom com, I love them all. We’re excited to bring you our Joy of Mom flick picks each Friday, so you know what’s worth your precious time. Happy screenings!

Inside Out” This is the summer film for the entire family. You’ll fall in love with 11-year-old Riley, who must deal with real world problems when she must move from her beloved home in the Midwest to the unknown of San Francisco, due to of her father’s new job. Suddenly, all of her inner emotions appear at Headquarters inside of Riley’s mind. The emotions are Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Anger (Lewis Black). Amy Poehler voices the emotion of Joy. Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan are on board as Riley’s parents.

Behind the Scenes: Amy Poehler chats playing “Joy”

Q: Did you worry that Joy would be too joyous?
Amy Poehler: “I just didn’t want her to be overjoyed and annoying . You have to walk a fine line.”

Q: Why did you name your book “Yes Please?”
Amy Poehler: “I liked that it was a question and kind of an answer.”

Q: You have two sons. Any advice for moms?
Amy Poehler: “At the end of the day, as a mom, I believe you have to give yourself a break and not pay attention to other people’s thoughts, opinions or advice.”

One More Thing: Don’t be surprised if this film is nominated for a 2016 Oscar!

Photo Courtesy of Disney PIXAR

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