Archive for October, 2011

Winnie the Pooh 2011

Tonight we watched the new(est) Winnie the Pooh.

Perhaps we weren’t expecting much (at least Nathan and I weren’t) but we expected it would be a decent family movie.  G rated, Winnie the Pooh, Disney…it’s just a good solid mix even if we’re growing into the teen/tween years and leaving the Disney preschool days in our dust.

Those of us not expecting much were surprised.  It was funny, entertaining and at 1 hour, 3 minutes, the perfect length to be interesting but not lag in the middle (something mentioned about a story in the movie itself).

Combine that with my (PBJ) perusal of IMDB’s info for the movie, complete with parental guide (really, Sex/Nudity mentions Pooh being pantsless?  too much!  I half expected the Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking section to list Pooh’s “huny” addiction).

It is definitely worth watching (unless perhaps you’re household is all teenage boys, then wait until they get married and start having kids).

Here’s our review (each of us can award 1, 2 or 3 stars)…

PBJ – loved the “It’ll be Great” song with Tigger and Eyeore and also the     “Knot/Not/Naught”…3 stars

Tif – (spoiler alert) liked how Winnie the Pooh chose to give Eyeore his       tail back before selfishly eating food…3 stars

N8 – liked Pooh’s Knock-Knock/Who’s There? response (part of the             “Knot/Not/Naught”)…3 stars; remember he didn’t expect to like it.

Z4c – likes the “nickname” of Pooh…he’s a tween now, not very                     surprising…3 stars

KT – enjoyed everything, especially when they fall in the hole…3 stars

Barr Family rating of 15 stars

PS – what’s your favorite Winnie the Pooh character?  Ours…

PBJ – Tigger and Owl

Tif – Owl

N8 – if he has to pick one, Tigger

Z4c – Tigger

KT – everyone except for Rabbit because of his grouchy attitude; Piglet if she only gets one


The Rise and the Fall of Darth Vader by Ryder Windham

This was a fun-reading book that I got to pick . I like it because the fight scenes are fun.  Darth vader is cool when he joins the light side.

You probably know Vader from the movies.   But did you know that he shot a poison planet with a laser?  He also found 50 jedi on one planet. He found a jedi artifact. He had a meeting with Boba Fett in an old jedi base.  Vader is one busy Sith.

If you read and like this book read  life stories of his master , Obi Wan, and son, Luke.  Now I’m going to watch Episode III and eat lunch with daddy.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

I’m in the process of reading Herman Melville’s Moby Dick…I thought I’d start a new tradition of reading a “monster” book each October, but picked the wrong one to start.  That one should probably be my Spring Mega Book…So I grabbed Irving’s classic story and read it last Friday afternoon.

Some quick thoughts:

It was good…short (30 pages maybe) but good.

The Disney cartoon (see previous family movie night blog) is surprisingly accurate.

I didn’t know Brom Bones’ real name is Abraham…did you?

There are several other short stories in the book that I’ll also read at some point…Rip Van Winkle is probably the only one you’d recognize but The Wife seems the most spectral, never heard of it but the title is intriguing.

Not much else to say so Happy Reformation Day (soon) and I’m back to the wife, The Wife and Melville’s classic (just 450+ pages to go).

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The story is about a sailor. He gets sent to jail for no resson.  He pretends to be dead to escape. He gets revenge.


What do you do when angry? I explode in angry. I say things I don’t mean. I shoud calm domn.


If I was the main character, I would :

form an army

conquer Africa,Asia and Europe.

marry and have kids.


What would you do?

About the Scariest Movie Our Family Watches

Every once in a while we like to have dinner and a movie and then review the movie.

Tonight was Soft Tacos and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad.  We’ve seen it before (and N8 doesn’t like the Sleepy Hollow part so he skipped it) but we haven’t reviewed it before.  Since it’s October, we thought it was a fitting movie for our first review on the blog.

To be honest, I’m (PBJ) with N8 a bit on this one…even if it’s a cartoon, the headless horseman keeps me looking over my shoulder in the dark at places like Wildwood and the drive to Lopez Canyon just like Jaws messed me up with sharks.  And no, it doesn’t matter that it’s a cartoon, especially since this is about as scary of a movie as the Barrsonage ever watches.  Doesn’t stop me from enjoying the show, however, nor does it keep from debating whether Ichabod made it or not.

Our thoughts (first Mr Toad, then Ichabod including whether you think he made it or not, and finally the number of stars)…we always mention something we like and then rate it with 1, 2 or 3 stars with a family total at the bottom.

PBJ – I like Toad’s friends, especially Moley, who faithfully look after him.  Ichabod’s proportions are absurdly amazing…lanky except for the world’s biggest Adam’s apple.  Bing Crosby is always fun to hear.  Definitely 3 stars.

Tif – It was interesting that the author made the aristocrat a toad.  Bing Crosby is a crooner that makes me melt like butter (PBJ comment – uh oh).  Ichabod makes it and marries the rich widow.  3 stars.

N8 – Mr Toad was funny, especially the train chase.  Ichabod is the worst movie ever because it scares me.  I think Ichabod dies.  3 stars for Toad but a 1 star reduction for Ichabod = 2 stars.

Zac – I liked the fight in Toad Hall.  The headless horseman chase is my favorite part of the Ichabod story.  Ichabod makes it because it only glazed his hat like in dodgeball and it ricocheted off before exploding while he rode away. 3 stars.

KT – I liked the court scene in Mr Toad.  I liked all of Ichabod except the headless horseman chase.  I know Ichabod doesn’t die.  3 stars.

Guess we’re split regarding Ichabod’s survival/death.  What do you think?

The Barrsonage Review = 14 stars (out of 15)