Let’s Go to the Movies!

The family room is one of the more fun rooms in the home to redecorate. All of the family members can have input into the decorating process and even have a part of the room that is theirs. One of the reasons that the family room is fun to redecorate is that the room can be themed. And the theme can be anything the family agrees on. There are ways to reflect almost any theme chosen-from music to animals to space.

Since the room probably already has a television set in it and is probably where most of the family TV watching is done, why not make the room into a home version of a movie theater? With such a theme, the decorating ideas will come fast and furious. Since the “theater screen” will be the focus of everyone’s attention, this feature should get a lot of thought and planning. Could you install a full wall-size screen with an overhead projection system hung from the ceiling? The control panel for the audio and video could be installed in a wall and accessed with remote control devices. If such an arrangement is not feasible, purchase the largest screen TV that you can afford that will fit the room spatially.

Since lots of people will use the room from time-to-time-family members, adult guests, kids’ sleepovers, etc-you will want to have plenty of seating. Reclining chairs, comfortable couches, reclining love seats will all make viewing more enjoyable. Arrange the seating so that everyone has a view of the screen. If the seating can have receptacles for drinks, etc so much the better.

The walls can be decorated with large playbill movie ads of family-favorite movies. At the entrance to the room you can have a wallboard with removable type that has space for messages and texts. The “movie of the week” can be captioned or the name of the person having a birthday party in the room.

If you have space in the room, you can add a small sink and a small refrigerator for handling snacks and pop. You can purchase one of the small home-size popcorn makers and serve up hot popcorn in theater type bags.

This will be an “active” room and spills and accidents will be inevitable. Plan for this eventuality with stain resistant, scratch resistant hardwood flooring. To make the room cozy and the floor warm for sleeping bags and blankets, put down area rugs. The rugs can be printed or woven in designs that match the movie theater theme. Angle the rugs or group them for interest. Large throw pillows can be scattered about for additional seating or napping. Some pillows can be grouped on one of the area rugs to make a small center for games or a reading area.

Because a lot of movies will be shown in this room, the window coverings need to be so dense that all outside light can be filtered out. The room lighting needs to be adjustable from “off” to “bright.” When the movie screen isn’t on and people want to play cards or games or read, the lighting should accommodate. Individual footlocker type storage chests could hold games or books or activities for various family members and each member could decorate their own “treasure chest.” A bookcase with shelves and doors could hold videos, CD’s, games, cards, etc.

Since the room is very informal and used for a variety of purposes, color-coordinated walls and area rugs and furniture are not as important as in some other rooms in the home. What is important is that everyone feels comfortable in this area and that they are not afraid to “live” in this space. To that end, have furniture, lamps, rugs, and furnishings that are durable and cleanable.

How neat would it be for Mom to say, “It’s time to go to the movie”? And everyone follows the aroma of freshly popped popcorn into the next room, just in time to catch the house lights going down and the movie sound track coming up.

Movie Review: Peeples

“Peeples” is the latest dramatic comedy from notable filmmaker Tyler Perry. Craig Robinson of “The Office” fame takes a sharp turn away from his easygoing character, Daryl, and plays the film’s hopeful romantic lead, Wade Walker. Wade is in love with a successful and beautiful woman named Grace Peeples, played by the lovely Kerry Washington. Grace is a daddy’s girl through and through, and her deep attachment to her family is an important part of her personal identity. Wade recognizes and appreciates this in spite of not having an equally close relationship with his own family.

The story begins with Wade’s efforts to propose to Grace ending up in a constant series of frustrations. In fact, he begins to think his beloved is purposely sabotaging his attempts to ask for her hand in marriage. What’s more, in spite of her close relationship with her family and her father in particular, Grace has yet to introduce Wade to her family. Understandably nervous, Wade sets out on a well-intentioned if poorly executed plan to crash the annual Peeples family reunion to ask for Grace’s hand in marriage while surrounded by her beloved family.

As can be expected, the plan goes horribly awry. The Peeples are a close-knit clan of wealthy and beautiful professionals and overachievers. David Alan Grier plays Grace’s father, Virgil Peeples, a man who’s climbed his way up both the professional and the social ladders to rest in his seat as a federal judge. Following in her father’s footsteps, Grace is a successful attorney working with the United Nations on a variety of important international affairs. The rest of the family is sprinkled with socialites and professionals who have excelled in their fields to the point where the Peeples family reunion could easily be the scene of a major press conference.

Wade begins to lament his humble profession as a children’s entertainer and teacher. At first, he makes the mistake of trying to fit in with the illustrious Peeples clan, which of course results in disaster. Wade has the clarity of an outsider’s view, so he’s able to see beyond what meets the eye and right into the flaws of the seemingly perfect family members.

“Peeples” is fraught with tension as Wade struggles to navigate the new and intimidating world of his hopeful in-laws. Craig Robinson plays a refreshingly optimistic and proactive role that sharply contrasts with his character Daryl from “The Office.” Fans of Robinson will enjoy seeing him in the shoes of the romantic hero, which he wears quite well. Wade Walker is a relatable leading man, possessing neither the career path nor the physique viewers would expect of a hero. Instead, he gets the girl through his charm, his humor, and a nurturing spirit.

One of the most relatable aspects of the movie is Wade’s ability to see through the perfectly crafted veneers of the Peeples family. The major moral of “Peeples” is no family is perfect, and it’s the relationships that bind families together, even more than their collective successes. The supporting cast is charming, with plenty of comic relief via Malcolm Barrett, playing Wade’s brother, and Melvin Van Peebles, starring as Grandpa Peeples. Wade’s brother comes in as both a form of backup and a liability, and Grandpa Peeples serves as a welcome reminder of the family’s humble beginnings.

Tyler Perry’s regular character Madea is notably missing from his latest film, an absence that could be seen as a blessing or a curse depending on the viewer. Madea’s over-the-top antics would leave a comedic vacuum if it weren’t for a charming and witty supporting cast.

Another winning aspect of the film is David Alan Grier’s performance as Virgil. The overprotective dad is forced to take a journey toward self-enlightenment in addition to realizing his family is changing. He eventually learns that letting go of his adult daughter doesn’t mean losing her but rather gaining a new member of the family. While he is reluctant to get to know Wade at first and would rather summarily judge him as he’s used to doing in his day job, he finally concedes to the fact that everyone is entitled to a fair trial, sons-in-law included.

Fans of Tyler Perry movies will be satisfied with “Peeples” despite that it’s missing Perry’s iconic character, Madea. They might even come to love the Peeples family as much as Perry’s regulars do. With plenty of family drama, hidden secrets, and lots of laughs, “Peeples” is a sure induction into the Tyler Perry hall of fame.

Hot Movie Months Require Knowledge Of New Releases

The summer months are notoriously filled with the hottest and newest DVD and video movie releases. June through August usually offer the most and the best new movie releases. Most of the big production studios time their best new releases for these months because kids are out of school and more adults are looking for rental entertainment.

A the new movies reach the shelf each Tuesday, the day most new releases are made available, movie buffs need to be aware of which movies offer the best entertainment. Sometimes, the big blockbuster movies are preferred no matter what. However, often, it is lesser known titles, so-called “B” movies, that offer the deepest storyline and the best acting.

There are many great ways to rent movies. Large video rental chains like Blockbuster, Family Video, Hollywood Video and Movie gallery offer wide selections and recent hits. Blockbuster and NetFlix offer the two most popular online video rental programs despite the fast-growing interest from newer companies.

It is extremely important that movie fans stay up to speed with news and notes from the entertainment industry, while also learning about the best movies coming up for release. There are several quality movie review sites on the internet. Review sites usually offer some resources regarding upcoming movies and industry news. They also provide thorough reviews of movies, while offering viewers recommendations on what to watch and what to avoid.

June kicks off with several popular titles coming out, including: The Bucket, The Eye, Chaos Theory, and Jumper. However, the biggest hit of June, without a doubt, will be the action movie 10,000 B.C. While some movie reviewers question the depth and entertainment value of this upcoming movie, the movie was well-promoted and is certain to be a big ticket for rental movie goers.

July and August will feature several big draws as well. While the summer heat does create more interest in outdoor activity, it also gives people a desire to get relief from the blazing sun at times. For those evening getaways or hot summer days, check out reviews of new movies coming out at your local video store.

This article is return by a reviewer for Movie Room Reviews.