World War II Drama Demonstrates Gravity of Battle


Runtime: 134 Minutes

Rated: Rated R for strong sequences of war violence and language

Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon bernthal

Fury (2014) Poster

Oh look, it’s another World War II movie.  Just what the world needs, right?

Since before the war even ended, Hollywood has loved making World War II movies. World War II offers a level of moral clarity that later wars cannot claim.  The Allies are the good guys, the Nazis are the bad guys.  Given the sheer volume of good or great World War II movies, it is noteworthy when one is added to the ranks that has a different and worthwhile perspective. “Fury” is such a movie.

 “Fury” tells the tale of sergeant named Don “Wardaddy” Collier who commands a M4A3E8 Sherman tank called “Fury” and its five man crew.  The film puts the viewer right in the middle of the final months of the war during the post D-Day push across Europe.

The newest member of the crew is newly enlisted typist Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman). Norman serves as the surrogate for the audience. He is a normal young man put into extraordinary circumstances, and the audience witnesses as that situation transforms him from that unassuming young man into a hardened soldier.  Lerman is appropriately understated in the role, and is a believable everyman.

The entire cast is excellent.  Pitt is convincing as a leader, and LeBeuof reminds us that he is not just a troubled actor, he is a great actor.

Writer and Director David Ayer brings a unique take to the familiar war movie genre by focusing on the battles between allied and axis tanks, rather than infantry.  “Fury” (the tank, not the film) becomes a character and we are taken inside as the crew battles the larger and superior German “Tiger” tank.

Other movies have depicted the senseless brutality of war, but few do so as effectively as this.  The battle scenes are terrifying, but expertly crafted. War changes people. This is something that we know, but this movie attempts to show you why and how.

On my scale of one to ten, with one being the worst, five being the best, and 10 being the worst again, I give “Fury” a 4.5 with an emoticon based sub ranking of: speachless.

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A Story About The Love-Hate Relationship Between A Son and His Father

Release Date: Friday October 10, 2014

Runtime: 141 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and sexual references

Starring: Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen Robert Downey Jr. play something other than Iron Man or Sherlock Holmes.  “The Judge” features a serious and emotional story and strong performances by both Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

“The Judge” tells the story of Hank Palmer (RDJ), a big city lawyer who returns to his childhood home where his father (Duvall), the town judge, is accused of murder. Hank must find out the truth while reconnecting with his estranged family.

In some ways, Hank Palmer is not so different than Tony Stark. Both are quick witted, arrogant, and, yet, oddly likable.  In other words, both characters are basically Robert Downey Jr.  Here, though, Downey puts in a much more serious and complex performance.  Duvall’s performance is equally strong and he is perfect as the tough titular character.

While the story is important, this is primarily a character driven movie.  In such a movie, the casting is key and they really nailed it.  The two leads are great actors, and they fit  the roles perfectly.  The supporting cast also does will and is equally well chosen. The performances by both the leads and supporting cast make “The Judge” an enjoyable, moving, and entertaining film.

On the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again, I give “The Judge” a 6.349384938098 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “Wow, that was intense.”

Missouri Woman Disappears, Ben Affleck Lead Suspect In Investigation.

Intense | Disturbing | Incredible 

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Release Date: Friday October 3, 2014

Runtime: 149 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language.

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

Gone Girl Movie

There are many things that go into a making a great movie. The usual elements that we measure include the cast, performances, plot, direction, score, etc. However, if a movie hits on most or all of these points, but is ultimately forgettable, it cannot be considered great. That brings us to “Gone Girl”, a new release by director David Fincher (“Se7en”, “Fight Club”) and Ben Affleck (“The Town”, “Argo”). It has been several days since I’ve seen this film, and I am still floored. It grabs you in the opening minutes and does not let go.

With some movies it is important to go in with no expectations, and this is one of those movies. With that said, this is going to be a spoiler-free review. This is a powerful movie that you should experience for yourself.

Without giving too much away, I will say that the performances of both Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike were amazing. The story follows dual narrative perspectives and each narrative calls for a different type of performance from the leads. In a sense, both actors are playing two different characters each of which fits into the other player’s narrative as well as their own. It’s not an easy task and they absolutely nail it.

David Fincher’s direction brings its characteristic attention to detail and visual flair. He maintained tension throughout and kept me fully engaged. By the end, the entire audience was left punch-drunk from emotional journey they had just endured. If “Gone Girl” walks away next year with awards (and it certainly might) it will be partly because voters were unable to stop thinking about it

On the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten where 1 is the worst, 5 is the best and 10 is the worst again, I give “Gone Girl” a 5.13498309483098 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “Wow. SHOCKER.”

Denzel Washington Takes On Russian Mafia Inside Home Improvement Store: Wins.

The Equalizer

I guess it’s true what they say in that you never really do know who’s working at your local Home Depot home improvement store and that’s the whole premise (just kidding, it’s not) of “The Equalizer”, which hit theaters nationwide this weekend. The movie stars Denzel Washington (master of badassery) so I’m really not too worried about spoilers (we all know he’s a winner, both in real life and in his movies) but if you are, I would encourage you to skip on down to the very bottom of this post (just past the last picture). You’re welcome.

The Equalizer

Release Date: Friday September 26th, 2014

Total Running Time: 131 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated “R” for strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references

Cast: Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Marton Csokas

The Equalizer

“…The old man’s gotta be the old man – the fish gotta be the fish – you’ve gotta be what you are in this world…”

Robert McCall is a mysterious and meticulous man living a seemingly ordinary life in Boston. His days are spent working at his local Home Depot home improvement store (If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably Home Depot, but it seems like maybe they didn’t want to pony up the dough for brand placement in the movie, so let’s just call it “Home Mart”). McCall doesn’t sleep much so his nights are spent reading his way through 100 books at Bridge Diner but, like any good movie, everything is not as it seems.

Bridge Diner

It’s at Bridge Diner where Robert befriends Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl who is involved in a human trafficking ring.

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“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

After discovering Teri’s involvement in a Russian human trafficking ring, McCall decides to do something about it and “The Equalizer” is born. In an epic moment of vigilantism, The Equalizer unwittingly opens Pandora’s Box and takes on the entire (East Coast) Russian mafia throughout the remainder of the film. The Equalizer, in true Denzel Washington form, kicks a lot of butt and says some great things like: “When you pray for rain you gotta deal with the mud, too.”

The Equalizer, in all his glory, is nothing short of amazing. He’s the guy you want on your side if anything goes wrong and I promise, you’ll never look at a sledgehammer or a nail gun in the same way again. The final battle scene (it was a battle, okay?!) was so epic is had me questioning my post apocalyptic plans to live inside Costco (I’m now thinking Home Depot Home Mart might be a more viable option).


“The Equalizer” is an action packed ride that really does keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the film (even with an ending you can see coming – – that’s not a spoiler!). It’s got cheese, like any good vigilante action film, but it’s the kind of cheese you can thoroughly enjoy (at least I did).  Like Gouda.

Overall on the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again: I give “The Equalizer” a 4.3439839581 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “Great! Now I’m going to question the background of every single person working inside Home Depot Home Mart. Are you REALLY here to sell me lumber or are you a former secret agent?!”



Remember That Time I Said There Would Be (FREE) Coffee?!

You guys…It’s Friday!!! The sun is shining, Autumn is (finally, thank god) here, and I’ve got FREE coffee (and an assortment of other goodies) to giveaway! I mean, honestly, this is exciting.


You might remember my Red Rooster Roaster (I really love saying that) EKoffee review not too long ago but in case you need a refresher or you missed it (GASP!), you can find it here. I’ll give you a minute (I need to go make some coffee anyway). If you’re already familiar and need something to do while I run to the kitchen, check out the Ode To The Coffee Bean:

Now you know that I mentioned an AMAZING prize pack for one incredibly lucky reader and I’m really excited to share that with you today. What I didn’t mention in my original review is the other bloggers who are involved in this giveaway. I have the distinct privilege of knowing some really phenomenal writers whom I look up to and learn from every day. I consider myself to be extremely lucky that they’ve accepted me as one of their own. When you have a few minutes, consider checking them out:

Color Me Crystal | Sweet Pennies from HeavenMoms with a BlogCoupon WAHM |

This N That with OliviaFinding Sanity in Our Crazy Life 


Now, onto the good stuff (because I know that’s why you’re here). Our friends over at (Hi, Jason!) have graciously put together an incredible prize pack that includes:

  • an eKoffee  mug
  • an eKoffee tote bag
  • 1 bag of fresh roasted coffee (eKoffee’s choice)
  • and a $30 eKoffee Gift Card

This giveaway will end on October 1, 2014 at 11:59pm EST and is open to US residents age 18+. I’m already jealous of the lucky winner and can’t wait to hear what they (YOU!) think about the coffee.

Connect with eKoffee online anytime. They’re also on the Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and that weird place where you share all of your cat pictures and half eaten food.


 Whenever you’re ready to get in on this giveaway, you’ll have to follow the link right here >>>> Entry-Form <<<< to enter. In the very near future, I’ll have the capability to actually PUT the giveaway form directly on my blog posts (goodbye but, for now, you’ll have to follow the link…I’m sorry, it’s the worst, I know but I PROMISE it’s safe.

Again, follow THIS LINK RIGHT HERE to enter into the giveaway. And, once more for good measure: This is the giveaway link.

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Type A Parent Blog Conference Swag Helps Support Homeless Americans In Atlanta

Blog Conference Swag

If you’re following me at all on social media (Shameless plug: I would love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) you undoubtedly already know that I attended my first ever blog conference this past weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.  As a relatively new-ish (sort of) blogger, I had no idea what to expect from the Type A Conference. The things I learned, the experiences I had, and the connections I made during my time there far exceeded anything I could have ever imagined and I plan on sharing all of that with you in a later post (I know, I’m such a tease). Tonight, I want to spend some time chatting about all of that wonderful conference SWAG that you get when you attend events like these and what I decided to do with some of mine to (hopefully) help a stranger in the Atlanta metro.

Conference Swag


Before I begin, I think it’s important for me to mention what inspired me to do this. I am a pretty sarcastic person in my normal day-to-day life. I’m someone who has a very dry sense of humor but underneath all of that is a person who really, really cares about others. This past Spring, I had the opportunity to visit New Orleans and one of the things I noticed during my time there was the massive numbers of displaced Americans living on the streets throughout the city. Homelessness is a real, very serious issue in our country and it’s not something we talk about as often as we probably should. Fast forward a few months to a warm evening in August when I had an encounter with an incredible and very friendly homeless citizen at the Country Club Plaza here in Kansas City. As I was speaking to this guy, I started thinking about my three year old daughter and it hit me: Homeless Americans have families, too.

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That homeless man on the corner, the man who probably hasn’t eaten all day, he’s got a mom who he once lovingly referred to as “Mommy” much like my own daughter does to me.

That homeless teenager, the girl who probably hasn’t showered this week, she’s got parents of her own.

All too often we overlook homeless citizens who are living on the streets. They’ve become invisible to us and we have a tendency to simply ignore them.

All too often, we forget that these people matter too.

World Help

When I checked in at my conference on Thursday, I was given a bag with an assortment of goodies from some of our sponsors. I am lucky. I am lucky because I have all of things that I need in my life and I knew that I wanted to take some of this stuff that I had been given to do something that would help someone else, even if it’s in a very small way. So I began collecting. Throughout the weekend, I gathered small items (some from sponsors of the conference who were giving them away and some that were complimentary items from the hotel) and, on the last day, I packed them up and gave them away with an extra shirt that I had in my suitcase.

Helping The Homeless In Atlanta

What I was able to give back to a random stranger, admittedly, wasn’t much but I hope that it helped make their day just a little bit easier, just a little bit brighter. Beyond that, I hope that sharing what I did with each of you inspires you to do what you can, with what you have, to help others. It doesn’t take much to make a difference in this World but you can. You really can.

So get out there and do something. Buy someone a coffee. Stop to say “hi” to a beggar on the street, even if you have nothing to offer but your time. Do something, anything. 

A huge thanks to some of the sponsors of this year’s Type A Parent conference who provided some the goods that went directly to help someone in need in Atlanta.


I can’t wait to share my journey at Type A with each and every one of you in the coming weeks! Until next time…

Special thanks to my friend Kate for helping me distribute the bag at the end of the conference. I could not have done this without you. 

Murder, Drugs, & Alcoholism Hit Theaters Nationwide: Liam Neeson Is In The Middle Of It All

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Star Liam Neeson is cast as a retired detective and recovering alcoholic turned unlicensed private investigator who finds himself involved in a deeply disturbing twist of events.

 A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Poster

Release Date: Friday September 19th, 2014

Total Run Time: 113 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity

Many of us have come to know and love Liam Neeson for all of the wonderful Liam Neesony (see what I did there?!) things that Liam Neeson likes to do in his movies. Amos Barshod over at says it best when describing the roles Neeson tends to play: “Liam Neeson Kills Everybody” (or maybe just the bad guys). From “Taken” to “Non-Stop” to “Unknown”, he’s really done a phenomenal job at building his brand (or become type cast, I’m not sure which). Does his latest film, “A Walk Among The Tombstones”, which hit theaters on Friday, fall in line with the Liam Neeson brand?! Sort of…

Neeson plays Matt Scudder, a retired New York Police Department detective who works as an unlicensed private investigator.  Haunted by events of the past, Scudder looks for redemption by taking on cases that no one else will. “A Walk Among The Tombstones” centers around one such case where Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin dealer hunt down the people who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

Moviegoers, particularly those who hit the theaters to see Liam Neeson go all Liam Neesony on the big screen might be slightly disappointed at the pace and overall mood of this film. Though Neeson does kick butt and take names throughout the film, his primary goal (because he is, first and foremost, a detective) involves more sleuthing than stunts.

“A Walk Among The Tombstones” (based on a book of the same name) is very well done but it’s certainly not a very fun or pleasant film to watch. It’s gravely serious at all times with content that is very dark and exceptionally disturbing. It’s the type of film that engrosses you completely- where you’re practically beginning to know the final outcome throughout the film. Although it’s not the type of movie that audiences need (or will likely want) to see more than once, it definitely holds your attention the first time you see it.

On the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from 1-10 where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again, I give “A Walk Among The Tombstones” a 6.53439843 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of: “Excuse me while I go hide under the covers with a flashlight.”

So What Exactly Happens When A Highly Dysfunctional Family Spends 7 Days Together?

“This Is Where I Leave You”

We’ve all been there…The moment you find yourself in the middle of a family function and you think to yourself: “My god, we’re dysfunctional” (Oh wait, that’s just me?!). In case you’ve ever wondered what happens when a group of highly dysfunctional, yet incredibly loving (in their own right) members of one family get together, you’ve finally got a chance to find out. “This Is Where I Leave You”.

"This Is Where I Leave You" Movie Review

Release Date: Friday September 19th, 2014

Total Screen Time: 103  Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R

After the death of their father, the Altman siblings (Judd, played by Jason Bateman; Wendy, played by Tina Fey; Phillip, played by Adam Driver; and Paul, played by Corey Stall) are forced to come together for the first time in years.  At the behest of their overly-involved mother (played by none other than Jane Fonda), the foursome discover that they must set aside their personal problems and their differences to spend an entire week mourning the loss of their beloved Dad. Together.

“This Is Where I Leave You” attracts audiences with its cast of really great, incredible players like Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”), Rose Byrne (“Neighbors”), Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”, “Nashville”), Dax Shepard (“Parenthood”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”, “SNL”), and Jane Fonda (“9 To 5″) but what moviegoers will ultimately love best is the hilarity that ensues when this family gets together.

Within the first five minutes or so of “This Is Where I Leave You”, audiences are introduced to some fairly deep and heavy material from infidelity to infertility but, somehow, the film never seems to feel depressing or gloomy. It becomes fairly obvious that the death of the Altman’s paterfamilias is really the least of their problems. It’s truly something special when a writer (and director) can create a film that covers such serious topics with such levity that it’s consistently funny throughout.

On the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from 1-10 where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the best again, I give “This Is Where I Leave You” a glowing 9.873487187 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “It feels so wrong to laugh this hard. But it’s right.”

Adventures In Atlanta: Part 1 (World Of Coca-Cola)

Coca-Cola World (It's An Ordinary Blog)

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

After what seems like a whirlwind of a week, I’ve finally landed in Atlanta for my first ever blog conference and even though the party doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, my internet turned in real life friends Sarah from The House Of Boys & A Girl and Heidi from The Pajama Mama and I wanted to spend some time doing something fun today. So, naturally, we went to The World Of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta.

Located across from the Aquarium here in Atlanta, The World of Coca-Cola is just a hop, skip, and a jump from the hotel I’m staying at for the duration of the week. In other news, it’s an easy ride on the Marta to get there (the way back is an entirely different story which will have it’s very own dedicated post- stay tuned!) and it was well worth the adventure.

In an effort to keep this post short (and because, honestly, I’m feeling kind of tired and lazy), I’ll just share the pictures from our visit today. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend visiting. We saved up our reward points from all of the Diet Coke we drink (because I’m an addict) and it paid for our admission today but I’d happily pay the entrance fee any day. As an added bonus, at the end of your tour, you can drink all of the carbonated beverages from around the World that you want (as long as Coca-Cola manufactures them).

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The staff at World of Coca-Cola were absolutely INCREDIBLE and their hospitality really put the experience over the top. Special thanks to our new friend Noland who was working at the vault (where the secret recipe for Coke is located) for his time and attention today. He came up to chat with us while we were hanging out and we shared some laughs. I kind of wish every business had at least one Noland on staff- he was great.

I’ll leave you with this: When you go, make sure you watch the “Moments Of Happiness” video. It’s something I’m told will be public at some point in the future but, for now, you can ONLY watch it at World of Coca-Cola. I had all of the (good) feels. It was great.

With that, I bid you adieu. Until tomorrow, goodnight.

EKoffee’s Red Rooster Roaster: In Review! (Hint: Giveaway News Inside!)

Hello and happy weekend, everyone! If you’ve been here for a while or you’re following my glorious (mostly cat) posts over on Instagram, you’ve likely figured out that I am obsessed with enjoy caffeinated beverages. A little over a year ago, I had the privilege of  teaming up with my friends over at for a review of some of their wonderful roasts. In case you missed it (don’t apologize, it’s okay! I forgive you, let’s just not let it happen again, okay?!) you can find my first post right here. Go ahead, I’ll wait. {Looks around, whistles.}


Welcome back, I missed you! (Did that sound desperate?!). Last month, I was given the opportunity to work with again (I’m such a lucky girl) on a review and amazing giveaway (more on that later) and guess what?! It’s still great. Really great. To recap, is an online service that let’s you buy coffee that is roasted to order and delivered fast so as to ensure maximum freshness. Their website allows you to search based on country of origin, type of coffee, or roast (from light to dark) so that you can quickly find the options that suit your taste. One of the things that I like most about eKoffee is that they are very selective about the roasters that they work with. They work with only 8 different roasters and they stand behind the quality of them all.


This round, all of my selections were from Red Rooster, an organic artisan coffee roaster located in Floyd, Virginia. The town of Floyd is not too far from where I went to college and so I like to close my eyes and pretend that I’m studying for an exam or writing a last minute paper (which is pretty much what I do for a living anyway) every time I drink their coffee. They say that a good cup of coffee can make you feel at home, and Red Rooster’s variety surely does just that. Full disclosure: “they” didn’t actually say that, I just made it up.

Red Rooster

I ordered a few bags of coffee and started out with the 4&20 French Roast. This particular roast is bold and strong because I like my coffee how I like my men and it’s a great way to start the day. I will admit that, until I tried the 4&20 roast, I’ve never been one to take my coffee black {gasp! shock!} but I decided to try it out and I really, really like this coffee with absolutely nothing else in my cup (it’s that good). The Farmhouse Blend was the second coffee that I’ve tried from Red Rooster. On the lighter side with citrus notes, the Farmhouse blend is delicious and unique in its own way.

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I attribute my love for freshly roasted coffee to my experiences with (I used to be a Folgers girl, don’t tell anyone!). From their great selection to their focus on providing quality coffees to their great customer service, eKoffee is a great choice for any coffee enthusiast and I’m excited to continue to have the opportunity to share their incredible products with each of you.

I’m also excited to be teaming up with some amazing and talented blogger friends on an INCREDIBLE giveaway headed YOUR way in the coming days. I know I’ve been teasing you on Facebook, Twitter, and in real life (that’s right, I go up to strangers and talk about my blog, you don’t?!) but I promise it’s worth the wait. Here’s a hint: It involves FREE coffee and some other really amazing, super cool products.

In the meantime, I would encourage you to connect with eKoffee on Facebook, Twitter, and on the blog. As a welcome gift to you (because we all love gifts), eKoffee wants to give YOU 15% off your first order! Shipping is ALWAYS free on purchases over $35! Be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you can have first dibs access to great offers.

If you’re anxiously awaiting news of the amazing giveaway that’s coming up from, come hang out with me on Facebook and Twitter (I promise I don’t bite :)).


*Disclosure: My friends over at provided me with an extraordinarly generous (thanks, guys!) discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of their coffee. All expressed opinions are uniquely my own. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with questions about this review.