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Well as of today I have watched 50 movies off my new list.  The list started with 196 movies on it, but it seems to keep growing.  People tell me about movies, I see trailers for movies, read books about movies, one way or another my list keeps growing. My list is now at 210.  And that’s not including the Coen Brothers movies that I want to watch, though there is some overlap.  And, I’m not only watching movies off of this list, I am watching many more.  To see the movies I’ve watched so far this year click here.  Here are a couple of movies from my list that I’ve watched recently.  (Click on the photos to see the IMDB page).

house of wax  House of Wax (NR 1953) *****
  I loved this movie.  I had seen the remake a few years ago with Chad Michael Murray and was not impressed, but when I read about this movie in one of my books it was supposed to be very good so I watched it.  And I was not at all disappointed.  This movie is about a wax sculpture whose partner burns down his wax museum, with him inside, for the insurance money.  The sculpture comes back badly maimed and with a vengeance.  This was a classic old school horror movie and I absolutely loved it!

sunset boulevard  Sunset Boulevard (NR 1950) *****
This movie caught my attention from the very beginning and held it throughout.  An old silent film actress is all alone in her house, forgotten by Hollywood, but she is writing a script, preparing for her comeback return.  A writer stumbles upon her house and she convinces him to rewrite her script, and promises to pay him handsomely.  He soon realizes that he has gotten into more than he had bargained for.  This movie was fantastic.  The use of narration and the acting was so good.  I highly recommend this movie.

who's afraid of virginia woolf Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (NR 1966) **
My book raved about this movie and talked about how good it was, but honestly, I hated it.  It was boring and dragged on.  It’s the story of a married couple who has some young people over after a dinner party and they drink too much alcohol and start to fight, embarrassing their guests.  If someone knows what all the fuss is about this movie, please let me know.

the ref  The Ref (R 1994) ***
I read an article online that had this movie on a list of great Christmas movies.  While I’m not sure about that, but it was a very funny movie.  A house burglar gets more than he planned when he decides to hold these people hostage and lie low in their house.  Their bickering and screaming get in his way and he ends up being more of a marriage counselor than a thief.  An entertaining comedy, but full of cursing.

These are a few of the movies on my shelf waiting to be watched:

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Lately

I don’t know what the deal has been lately, but I just have not wanted to blog.  Like at all.  None of my “stuck” topics appeal to me, I’ve just had a major case of “I don’t want to write” lately.  I’m not sure if it’s been the crummy weather, or that I’ve been so busy, or that I’ve had a bunch of migraines this week.  It’s probably a combination of all those things.  I’m trying to get excited about writing again.  There are a couple things coming up that I’m pretty excited about.

Thursday 20th–I have still been battling being sick and migraines and just generally being exhausted all the time, so I’m switching doctors and my first appointment with this new doctor is Thursday, so hopefully I will start seeing some progress.
Saturday 22nd
–I’m going to the Associated Ladies of Milligan Conference.  I’m going with a friend that I haven’t spent time with in forever, so I’m really looking forward to that, and the speaker is supposed to be really great.
Sunday 23rd–I picked out a movie that I specifically want Amanda and Adam to see, so we are going to be viewing “The Hudsucker Proxy” on Sunday afternoon.  I’m really excited and I hope they like it.
Tuesday 25th–My 24th birthday!  I don’t know why, but thinking about 24 seems really old.  And Rizzoli and Isles comes back!
Thursday 27th–Grey’s Anatomy is back!!
Sunday March 2nd–The Oscars!!
Friday March 21st–Divergent!  It’s almost here.

What are you looking forward to in the next month?

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Some Movies from January

 

I marked three movies off my list is January.  Here’s what I thought of them.

MV5BMTUyMTQ1NjA2OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODQ1Njg3OA@@__V1_SX214_ Chinatown (R 1974) ****
I really enjoyed this Jack Nicholson movie.  This film follows a private investigator, Nicholson, who used to work in Chinatown.  His experiences there have followed him to this job.  He is good at his job, but this time he could have taken on a bit more than he should.  This is a very exciting movie with an awesome story.  I highly recommend it.MV5BMTcwMTMyMDA3N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODUzMjk3OA@@__V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_

Funny Girl (G 1968) *****
If you know my mother, you know that she loves Barbra Streisand.  I grew up watching Hello Dolly and a few other of her movies.  Watching this movie made me feel like I was hanging out with my mom watching her favorite movie.  This movie had me cracking up.  Streisand is so talented.  I am surprised it took me this long to watch this movie.  Also, Streisand won Best Actress for this movie, and it really shows.

MV5BMTQ0NjUzMDMyOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODA1OTU0MDE@__V1_SX214_The Big Lebowski (R 1998) ***
This movie, written and directed by the Coen Brothers, was weird, but it had a very entertaining and interesting story that kept you interested.  This is a very comical movie about mistaken identity.  I think I was in the perfect mood when I watched this movie.  I do not know that it would have been as funny if I hadn’t been caught on the perfect day for it.  It was definitely entertaining.

 

 

Those aren’t all the movies I watched in January.  Click here to see the full list.

Posts coming soon:
An awesome DIY that I’m super proud of
My favorite read from January

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Movie Reviews

I’ve watched a few more movies off my list that I haven’t gotten a chance to review for you until today.  There is a wide variety of movies that I have watched.  Hopefully you’ll find something that interests you.

American Psycho  American Psycho  (2000 R)
This movie is on a lot of lists as being a very well done, very good movie.  Because of this I was expecting a lot and was excited to watch this movie.  I was, unfortunately, rather disappointed.  This movie has a very interesting way of telling the story and the story itself is intriguing, yet disturbing.  Christian Bale does a very good job of portraying this character and making you really believe it is a real person.  But the movie just didn’t live up to my expectations.  ***

Bonnie and Clyde (1967 NR)Bonnie and Clyde
I had heard good things about this movie and I was not disappointed.  This was a very well made, well acted movie.  I enjoyed the story and the action in this movie.  I highly recommend it.  ****

Charlie's AngelsCharlie’s Angels (2000 PG13)
This movie came out when I was ten.  And when it came out, I think all of my friends saw it, except me.  They were all doing Charlie’s Angels poses in pictures and sneaking around the playground karate chopping people.  I had seen bits and pieces of the movie in my life but never the whole thing, and I decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about.  Well, the fuss was not about much.  I think I had very high expectations for this movie, since I had heard about it so much growing up, but I have concluded that I really wasn’t missing out on much.  **


Dr. Strangelove (1964 PG)
Dr Strangelove
If I would describe this movie to someone, I would probably describe it as just plain weird.  I’m not even really sure how to summarize the plot for you.  This is one of those movies that you just kind of sit there watching it for a while and then it starts to get funny.  Since I had no expectations for this movie it ended up being pretty good.  But I am not sure that it is one that I would end up ever watching again.  ***

Kate and LeopoldKate and Leopold (2001  PG13)
I love Meg Ryan, and I love Hugh Jackman, so how had I never seen this movie before?  This movie was simply a really cute love story.  I really enjoyed it.  ****

Saturday Night Fever (1977 R)Saturday Night Fever
Okay, can someone please explain to me what the big fuss about this movie is.  I watched it and I did not like it at all.  I almost turned it off, but decided that it must have a really great ending.  The movie was alright, but I just did not enjoy watching it.  The only thing I enjoyed was the soundtrack.  **

The American PresidentThe American President (1995 PG13)
I really enjoyed this movie about the president falling in love.  It was a very well done movie and I enjoyed the acting and the storytelling immensely.  And let me just say that I really enjoyed Michael J Fox in this movie.  I thought he did a very good job.  This was just a good romantic movie.  *****

The Ladykillers (1955 NR)The Ladykillers
This movie was so much fun to watch.  I really enjoyed it.  This movie is about a group of bank robbers who are hiding out at an old ladies’ house and she gets too nosy for them, so they decide to kill her.  But killing this little old lady proves to be a difficult (hilarious) challenge.  This is a very good black comedy.  And I read somewhere that it is known as one of Alec Guinness’ best performances.  And for those of you who don’t know, that’s the original Obi-Wan Kenobi.  I really enjoyed it.  *****

 

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Top 10 Movies of the Year

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Movies of the Year.  I started with 205 that I watched, narrowed that down to 38 favorites, and here are my top ten.  It was not easy to pick, but I am very happy with my choices.  These are the best movies I watched this year, and some of them, ever.  I hope you will be interested in some of these if you have not seen them and that if you watch one of them that you will love it as much as I do.  (Click on the picture to see the IMDB information).

#10–Warrior
2011 PG-13warrior

#9–The Reader
2008  R
the reader

#8–The Bridge on the River Kwai
1957  PG
the bridge on the river kwai

#7–Shutter Island
2010  R
shutter island

#6–Ghost
1990 PG-13
ghost

#5–12 Angry Men
1957  NR
12 angry men

#4–Top Gun
1986  PG
top gun

#3–The Last Samurai
2003  R
the last samurai

#2–Argo
2012  R
argo

#1–Memento
2000  R
memento
Honorable Mention
Silver Linings Playbook  2012  R
Fargo  1996  R
Bringing Up Baby  1938 G
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter  2012  R

I’d love to know what your favorite movie(s) of the year!  I’m always looking for suggestions of things to watch.  Comment below!

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Where Have I Been?

I have been sick since Thursday with strep and a sinus infection.  It has really wiped me out.  I missed 3 days of work and I am still not feeling back to normal.  Hopefully I will soon.

All of our gifts are wrapped, our Christmas cards are done, and I have been feeling pretty accomplished.  And I have watched several movies in the last week, some better than others.  Here are the reviews for the ones that I watched and crossed of my list.

Ghost  Ghost (PG13 1990)
This is one of those movies that left me wondering, why have I never seen this movie before?!  Parents-why?  I loved this movie.  I was blown away with how much I enjoyed it.  This movie stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg.  Whoopi Goldberg was fabulous.  She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in this role and I would say she definitely deserved it.  Don’t be like me.  If you haven’t seen this movie, go out there and get it from somewhere and watch it!  *****Selling God

Selling God-Documentary (NR  2009)
This movie was not at all what I was expecting it to be and it downright infuriated me.  I am going to write a more detailed review about this movie later, as long as I can find my notes.  I thought the movie would be about how Christianity has become commercialized.  But no, this movie was about how some of the key points of Christianity are marketing ploys to get people to join the religion.  I want to give this movie no stars because of how much I hated how they treated the topic, but it was a well made movie so I should probably give it two stars.  But I’m not happy about it, so I’m only giving it one.  *

The Reader  The Reader (R 2008)
I almost stopped this movie 15 minutes into it, but I pressed on and I am glad that I did.  It turned out to be a very beautiful and moving story.  The story starts off with a 15 year old boy and his affair with a 30 year old woman, which is why I would have stopped the movie, but then things change and the story takes a different direction.  I recommend this movie with reservations.  I really did end up loving this story and it was told beautifully.  However, some of the content is hard to get past.  But it was a beautiful movie and I am glad that I made it to the end.  ****Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane (G 1953)
This movie was just plain fun.  It is about a rough around the edges woman named Calamity Jane, who is very closely compared to Annie Oakley.  This is a musical following Calamity, her journey to get an actress from Chicago to come to her little town, and how later she wishes she hadn’t.  It is an entertaining love story and has fun music.  I could listen to Doris Day sing all day long.  ****

Get Shorty  Get Shorty  (R 1995) This movie was not what I had expected going into it, but it ended up being rather entertaining.  However, it is a movie that I will probably never watch again.  It was alright, but it wasn’t spectacular.  ***

Blue Steel  (R 1989)Blue Steel
This movie stars Jamie Lee Curtis as a rookie cop in New York.  Wait, did you read that right?  Jamie Lee Curtis as a cop?  Yes you did, and I think she does a great job.  I am a big Jamie Lee Curtis fan, and this movie did not disappoint me.  This is an intense thriller that follows Megan Turner on her first few days as a New York City cop.  She ends up getting into some very uncomfortable situations.  This is a very intense movie, but all in all I enjoyed it.  ****

I hope that you are not getting tired of all of these movie reviews.  I really do enjoy watching all kinds of different movies and my hope is that I pique your interest and you find a movie that you enjoy watching.

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Holiday Guessing Game Answers

miracle on 34th st#10  “We invite you to ask yourself this one simple question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?”
Miracle on 34th Street
This is one of my childhood favorites.  I watched it a lot when I was little.  And who doesn’t love Mara Wilson?
a charlie brown christmasShe’s just so cute!

#9  “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”
A Charlie Brown Christmas
This is one of my mom’s favorites, which means that we watched it almost every year as children.  It is a good thing that it is so good, or else that could have been torture.

wonderful life#8  “Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”
It’s a Wonderful Life
This movie was always a favorite in our family.  We watched it almost every year.  I think this movie is a holiday classic in most families.rise of the guardians

#7  “You’re all hard work and deadlines, and I’m all snowballs and fun times.”
Rise of the Guardians
This movie just came out last Christmas.  We didn’t get to see it in theaters so we rented it when it came out in the Redbox and I loved it!  I really enjoyed the story in this movie and I will admit to crying during the movie.  I thought it was that good.  I am hoping to add this to my Christmas movie collection very soon.

holiday inn#6  “Come out and relax on a farm, music, dancing, home cooking. Open holidays only.”
Holiday Inn
I happened upon this movie sometime earlier in the year.  And when I watched it I really enjoyed it.  I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t seen it before.  It really should be considered a holiday classic.christmas story

#5  “Schwartz created a slight breach of etiquette by skipping the triple dare and going right for the throat!”
A Christmas Story
This is another movie that I grew up watching.  It quickly became one of my favorite Christmas movies and it still is.  I always try to catch it on TV at least once.

elf#4  “Don’t tell him what you want, he’s a liar.”
Elf
When I first saw this movie I thought it was so stupid, but the more I watched it the more I began to love it.  I love the story of this movie and who cannot say that Will Ferrell is pretty amazing in this movie?  It has already become a tradition for us to watch this movie every Christmas.white christmas

#3  “I wanna wash my hands, my face, my hair with snow.”
White Christmas
I grew up watching this movie with my family and I am so glad that I did because it is so good.  My sister and I love this movie and we would always beg to watch it every time we were at my grandmother’s house because she was the only one who owned it.  This movie should be a Christmas classic in every home.
home alone

#2  “Is this toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association?”
Home Alone
Ah, Home Alone.  This will always be one of my most favorite Christmas movies.  It’s wonderful.  There’s not too much else to be said about it.

#1  “Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean is doesn’t exist.”the santa clause
The Santa Clause
Oh the Santa Clause, what a wonderful movie.  Who doesn’t love this movie?  It has a great story and it really gets me into the Christmas spirit when I watch it.

 

Did I leave out any of your favorites?  What do you think deserves to be a Christmas movie classic?

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Holiday Movie Guessing Game!

Let’s talk about Christmas movies.  I just love them.  The sad thing about Christmas movies is that you only have one month to watch all of your favorites.  I have lots of favorite Christmas movies.  I was reading some lists online of the best Christmas movies.  I was surprised to see that Die Hard was on #2 on three of those lists Also on the list: Batman Forever, Lethal Weapon, and The Ref (2004).  I have never seen or even heard of The Ref, would anyone recommend this movie?  When I’m talking about Christmas movies, I am not talking about movies like Die Hard, that just happen to take place at Christmas.  I’m talking the fill you with joy and the Christmas spirit Christmas movies.

Can you guess my Top Ten Favorite Christmas Movies?  I will post the answers tomorrow night.

Honorable Mention
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)
Home Alone 2
Jingle All the Way
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
The Holiday

#10  “We invite you to ask yourself this one simple question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?”

#9  “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

#8  “Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”

#7  “You’re all hard work and deadlines, and I’m all snowballs and fun times.”

#6  “Come out and relax on a farm, music, dancing, home cooking. Open holidays only.”

#5  “Schwartz created a slight breach of etiquette by skipping the triple dare and going right for the throat!”

#4  “Don’t tell him what you want, he’s a liar.”

#3  “I wanna wash my hands, my face, my hair with snow.”

#2  “Is this toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association?”

#1  “Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean is doesn’t exist.”

 

Comment with your guesses!

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Notorious

notoriousAnother movie marked off the list.  This time it was, Notorious (1946), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  This movie, starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman is a combination of suspense and romance.  I watched this over Thanksgiving break with Adam and my parents.  Adam fell asleep, but that should not reflect badly on this movie.  I really enjoyed this movie.  It was suspenseful and had a very intriguing story.  If you like Alfred Hitchcock, even if you do not, I would highly recommend this movie.  ****

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Weekend Movie Reviews

I watched 6 movies this weekend, and three of them are not on my new list, but I decided to review them for you anyway.

paranormal activityParanormal Activity (2007 R)
I had been looking forward to seeing this movie.  I love watching scary movies and to be scared.  And this movie delivered that.  This movie was very suspenseful and so scary!  I enjoyed the movie and give it top marks but I don’t think that I’ll ever be watching it again.  *****

This Film Not Yet Rated (2006 NR)
this film not yet rated
I thought that this was going to be a really interesting look at the MPAA rating system, which is what the movie was advertised as, but what it turned out to be was a documentary on how a bunch of NC-17 movies should really by R and that the rating system is unfair when it comes to the difference between two ratings.  It was an interesting movie but not really what I had been expecting.  And I probably would not be comfortable recommending it based on some of the content in the movie that if I had known about would probably have kept me from watching it. ***

pocahontas 2Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New Word (1998 G)
It just seemed like a good movie to watch after work Friday night, especially after watching the two movies above.  I definitely needed this happy musical.  And this is one of those sequels that actually is pretty good and not stupid. ****

The Hunger Games (2012 PG13)hunger games
I know quite a few people who think that this movie was really bad, but I actually enjoy it.  I watched it again this weekend to get ready to see the sequel in theaters.  I really enjoy this movie.  Yes, it could have been better, but I still think it tells the story pretty well.  ****

catching fireCatching Fire (2013 PG13)
Catching Fire was amazing!  I thought it was so good.  It was my favorite book and I think they portrayed it very well in the movie.  The scenes looked exactly like what I had pictured while I was reading.  I have been dragging Adam to these movies and he was one of those people that really hated the first movie, but he actually liked the second one.  And for him, that is saying a lot.  *****

The Blair Witch Project (1999 R)blair witch project
Let’s see, this movie came out in 1999, which would have made me 9, which I think means I would have been in third grade.  And I can remember that a bunch of my friends in my class had seen this movie.  They talked about it all the time and pretended they were being killed by the blair witch at recess and drawing symbols all over the playground.  And I remember being like, “What the heck are they talking about?”  It just sounded stupid to me.  Well, here I am, 14 years behind the times, and I have just watched this movie.  And I have two thoughts:  1-yep it’s pretty stupid, in my opinion and 2-what parents let their 9 year old child see this R-rated movie?  The movie was okay, but I found myself disappointed in it and not scared at all.  **

Did you watch anything good this weekend?

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