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Catching up on my Movie Reviews

So, I’ve been watching a bunch of movies, and I have gotten behind on my movie reviews.  In case you have forgotten, I’ve been working on this New List of movies.  I have been rating and reviewing them.  If you are interested in that information check out the New List page and clicking the star rating.  Since I have gotten behind, here is a whole lot of movie reviews for you enjoyment.  Maybe you’ll even find a movie that spikes you interest that you look for this weekend 🙂  And another thing I want you to know before reading:  I love to write movie reviews, but I hate to read them because I am always afraid that there will be spoilers and I hate to have a movie ruined, so rest assured, there are no spoilers in any of the reviews below!

Adam's RibAdam’s Rib  (1949-NR)
This movie is about a man (Spencer Tracy) and his wife (Katherine Hepburn).  They are both lawyers and they end up as prosecutor and defender on the same case.  This makes for a comedic drama of work life and marriage life.  I really enjoyed this movie.  ****

Bringing Up Baby (1938-G)Bringing Up Baby
Another Katherine Hepburn film.  This is a comedy where everything that can go wrong will go wrong for poor Cary Grant.  He is caught between his job and a dynamic personality.  This film had me laughing throughout and I would highly recommend it for a date night.  *****

Clear and Present DangerClear and Present Danger (1994-PG13)
This movie had been on my shelf to watch for almost a month.  And when I finally got around to watching it, I realized it was a sequel.  I figured I needed to see Patriot Games (review below) before watching this one.  After watching Patriot Games, I did have more background on the character.  This movie was fantastic.  It was exciting and there were twists and turns everywhere.  The characters really made me care about what was happening to them.  I was very invested in this movie.  It is a very good action movie, and yet tells an interesting story.  *****

Con AirCon Air (1997-R)
As I told Adam, this is a four star movie.  But if Nicholas Cage hadn’t been in it, it would have been a five star movie!  I really enjoyed this movie, and I would have enjoyed it even more if Nicholas Cage had not have been so annoying!  I could just not handle his accent or his acting.  But the movie was great in spite of him, which is saying a lot in my book.  ****

Deliverance

Deliverance (1972-R)
If I were going to try to describe this movie to you, only one work truly comes to mind: creepy.  This movie is basically about how everything goes wrong on this one canoeing trip.  The music in the movie is very good, and well known, and the acting is also very good.  But it is just plain strange and weird.  ***

DreamgirlsDreamgirls (2006-PG13)
This movie was very good.  I had heard mixed reviews of it, but I actually really enjoyed it.  And the music, oh my goodness the music was amazing.  This movie follows the rise of a singing group called the Dreamettes, and how stardom and fame changes them and their group.  I was very impressed with this movie and found it very entertaining.  Adam watched some of it with me and he liked it but thought it was too long.  ****

Four WeddingsFour Weddings and a Funeral (1994-R)
I had really been looking forward to watching this movie, I had very high hopes for it, but it fell rather short for me.  It was funny in some parts but I found myself waiting around for it to get good.  ***

Hoop DreamsHoop Dreams (1994-PG13)
I did not really know what to expect when I started this movie, but I found it pretty good.  It is a documentary that follows two innercity kids and their dream of playing basketball in the NBA.  It was a very interesting and real movie.  ***

Jurassic Park Jurassic Park (1993-PG13)
Can you believe that up until last week I had never seen Jurassic Park?  I know, I can hardly believe it myself!  Adam and I sat down to watch this movie together last week and we both really enjoyed it.  It was such an entertaining movie to watch.  I highly recommend that if you have not seen this movie that you go out and get it from somewhere and watch it.  It is just that good.  *****

Monsters BallMonster’s Ball (2001-R)
Blah.  Honestly, do not even waste your time with this movie.  I wish that I hadn’t, so let me save you the time and the trouble.  This movie was not good.  I did not like it at all.  *

Patriot Games  (1992-R)Patriot Games
This movie was very entertaining and rather intense.  It was a very good action movie and I enjoyed it.  It also set up the character of Jack Ryan well.  And who plays a better villain than Sean Bean?  ****

Punch Drunk LovePunch Drunk Love (2002-R)
This is another movie that I wish I had not bothered to watch.  It too was blah.  I generally like Adam Sandler, but this movie, nope.  It is a romantic comedy, drama.  It seriously has a personality disorder.  I did not find it romantic or dramaful.  I thought it was just plain stupid.  So again, let me save your time and say, it’s not worth it.  *

Quiz ShowQuiz Show (1994-PG13)
This is a very good and intriguing movie.  It is about the quiz show scandal where they were giving contestants the answers.  Ralph Fiennes plays the guy who started out just being stupid but he let the dollar signs dance in his eyes when they offered him the answers.  This was a very entertaining movie, but in some parts I thought it would serve the movie well to move a little faster.  ***

Shutter Island (2010-R)Shutter Island
Woah.  This movie is amazing.  Adam and I were blown away at the end of this movie.  We loved it.  Throughout the whole film we were both trying to guess where it was going.  Adam had been told the ending to the movie and he still did not think it was going to actually happen.  Now that is the mark of a truly good movie, when you know the ending, and the movie still surprises you and makes you question everything you know.  This is another movie that I highly recommend.  *****

First Wives ClubThe First Wives Club (1996-PG)
I found this movie to be just plain funny.  It is about three friends from college whose husbands have all left them for other women, so they create a club, “The First Wives Club.”  To get everything back.  I love Diane Keaton and I loved her in this role all the same.  ****

great escapeThe Great Escape (1963-NR)

I did not really know what to expect from this movie.  It had been sitting on my shelf for a long time because the 3 hour run time was constantly deterring me from watching it.  But finally I gave in and I am so glad that I did.  This movie was great!  It was entertaining and a really great story.  The characters and the actors who play them are pheneomenal.  I was literally on the edge of my seat in anticipation and suspense towards the end.  Such a good movie!  The only downside is the run time, but it was totally worth it for me.  *****

300 (2007-R)300
This is another one of those movies that I am rather surprised that I have not seen until now.  And I must admit to you that I really enjoyed it.  I enjoyed the story and the artistic vision that the director had with this film.  It was a story that you really wanted to root for.  It was pretty violent, so some of you might want to wait to see it until it is on TV.  But you should watch it, at least on TV.  *****

The ProducersThe Producers (1968-PG)
This movie was not at all what I expected it to be.  I thought I knew what it was about going into it, but I did not, and I am so glad too, because what the actual movie was about was a bunch better than what I had thought going into it.  This movie follows two producers who learn that if they get investors for a Broadway production that flops they will actually make more money themselves.  So what do they do?  They try to find the worst, most offensive play possible, a terrible director, and actors that can’t act.  What happens next will surprise you.  This movie was hilarious and I highly recommend it.  I am excited to see the Matthew Broderick remake to see how it compares.  ****

Working Girl (1988-R)Working Girl
This movie was just okay.  It was terrible but it wasn’t awesome either.  It was just okay.  This movie follows a girl who actually has a mind for business, but no one things she does.  Then, her boss steals one of her ideas.  So when her boss is away, she decides that she is going to take charge and get her idea back.  Pretty good, but not my favorite.  **

Well that gets me caught up with the movies that I have watched recently, and don’t worry, I’ll get better about reviewing a movie as soon as I watch it, I promise.  I hope one of these peaked your interest, and if you watch one I hope you enjoy it!

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Happiness

I have been having a great week!
I got my house clean, I got to spend a couple days with my family.  It was too short but so good to see them!
I took a day off, I finished Season 2 of Pretty Little Liars and I’ve watched a couple movies.
I watched a very funny movie tonight which put me in a very good mood!
I got to spend an evening watching tv and eating pizza with my husband.
And I am so excited for the weekend where I will have down time, more movie time, book time, and friend time.
AND I haven’t had a migraine since Monday night!!  4 Days with no Migraine!  Woot Woot!!

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By the Numbers

I know that I haven’t written a post in a while, but it is not because I’m lazy.  It’s because I am busy and plagued with migraines.  Here’s my life update, in some numbers.

3 the number of crafts I have done that I can’t wait to show you–planning to take pictures and post tomorrow, or late tonight.
4 the number of books sitting at home waiting to be read
6 the number of movies sitting at home waiting to be watched
1/2 I am halfway through Downton Abbey Season 3
22 the number of items on my grocery list for today
2 the number of migraines I had this weekend
4:30 the time of my chiropractor appointment today (hoping to get some answers)
10 the number of oreos I want to eat right now!

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Wild Weekend

Friday
I was looking forward to a peaceful evening of work at the Thompson Center, and that’s what I got.  There was an event happening, so I did some helping with that, but otherwise it was a nice, quiet evening.  I balanced the checkbook and watched some Downton Abbey and some Pretty Little Liars.  I convinced my parents to watch the Harry Potter movies because I really thought they would enjoy them.  My mother agreed to watch them, only if I would watch Downton Abbey.  I didn’t think I would like it, but after one episode I was hooked.  I only have half an episode left until I’m done with the first season.  After work, I went home, watched the new episode of What Not to Wear (I can’t believe that this Friday is the last episode ever!!) and then Adam, Tommy, Amanda and I went to Applebees to redeem an after midnight coupon and get a late night snack.  Yum!

Saturday
Saturday morning I slept in, until 8:30, and started watching a movie from my list, Quiz Show.  It is about a quiz show scandal.  Contestants were getting the answers to the questions ahead of time so the station could keep the ratings up.  This movie was directed by Robert Redford, whom I love, and has some very talented actors in it.  Then, I got ready and went to lunch with some ladies from my church.  It was a fun time 🙂  After lunch, I came home and finished my movie.  Then Adam and I went to the library and each came home with stacks of books.  His for a paper, and mine for fun.  (I decided to increase my goal to 200, so now I’ve got to get a move on).  Amanda came over for pizza, because we fed her over fall break, and then Adam went to a bible study while I watched Downton Abbey.  When Adam got home we watched Shutter Island, and it was amazing!  We definitely did not see the end coming.  It was great.  And then we went to bed.

Sunday
In the morning, we went to church, got lunch at Cookout, and then went home and took a nap.  Then Amanda and I went and got some pumpkins to carve.  It’s kind of a tradition for us now.  We had a lot of fun!  Then we went to night church, and hung out the rest of the evening and watched Halloween Wars, our favorite October show!
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Amanda found dirt on her pumpkin

Amanda found dirt on her pumpkin

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Yuck!

Yuck!

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What my pumpkin was supposed to look like.

What my pumpkin was supposed to look like.

Amanda's pumpkin to promote her recital

Amanda’s pumpkin to promote her recital

How my pumpkin turned out:  I had big chunks come off so it turned out pretty bad.

How my pumpkin turned out: I had big chunks come off so it turned out pretty bad.

As you can see, it was a pretty great weekend!

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The first four

As of yesterday I have marked four movies off my list: Bridget Jones’s Diary, Fargo, Memento, and Taxi Driver.


I have been ranking each movie with stars as I watch them, five stars being the best.  There were two movies that earned 4 stars, one that earned 5, and an !, and one that earned two stars.  Can you guess which movie earned what ranking?

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001-R)
This movie, starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant, is about a woman, Bridget, who at the beginning of the New Year realizes that she is unhappy with her age, her weight, her job, and the fact that she is man-less.  She decides to start a diary and to get herself into shape.  This is a very funny comedy about her love life and other adventures.  This film was very funny and I really enjoyed it.

Fargo (1996-R)
I really had no idea what this movie was about when I started to watch it.  It is written and directed by the now famous Coen brothers and it definitely did not disappoint me.  This movie, starring Frances McDormand, William H Macy, Steve Buscemi, and Peter Stormare, follows a man (Macy) strapped for cash who decides to hire some men (Buscemi and stormare) to kidnap his wife so they can share the ransom money.  Everything goes wrong and a local police chief (McDormand) starts investigating.   McDormand is amazing in her role as Marge Gunderson, her acting in this role landed her the Oscar for Best Actress.  I greatly enjoyed this movie.  McDormand was great to watch and the on-screen drama was captivating.

Memento (2000-R)
Memento follows the story of a man with no short term memory (Guy Pearce), which is a little difficult since he is trying to find and kill his wife’s murderer.  He gets by with a system that he follows religiously.  He receives help from Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) and Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss).  This film, written and directed by Christopher Nolan was amazing.  I was fascinated with his way of storytelling and by the story in general.  This story made me think and gripped me throughout.  This movie really surprised me.  I was not disappointed by this pick.

Taxi Driver (1976-R)
This film is one that is on a lot of lists for being an outstanding film.  It is about a taxi driver (Robert DeNiro) who is mentally unstable and is very disturbed by all the scum and sleaze in New York City.  He decides that he is going to take matters in his own hands, by means of violence.  He decides to save a young prostitute (Jodie Foster) from her life on the streets.  For everything that I had heard about this movie, I found myself very underwhelmed and honestly bored.

Here are my rankings for these films:
Bridget Jones’s Diary  ****
Fargo ****
Memento *****!
Taxi Driver **

 

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Life Update

ER+s1Here are some quick life updates.  Just to keep you all informed:

–I have an awesome new wardrobe of professional items, I’m just waiting for my photographer to stop studying for tests and playing with new computers before I can share it with you.  I am not a pro at taking mirror photos.

–The first season of ER just came through interlibrary loan and I am so excited to start it!

–I went to the library today and got a big stack of books to read

–I have 9 movies waiting at home to be watched:  Harry Potter 7.2, Shutter Island, Taxi Driver, Memento, Fargo, Dead Poet’s Society, Bridget Jones’ Diary, and Quiz Show.  I’m pretty pumped.  Anyone seen these and want to recommend one for me to start with?

–I am In Season 2 of Pretty Little Liars and it’s amazing!PLL

–I just filled up another journal.  I love new journals.

–There’s a new Grey’s Anatomy on tonight and I get to hang out with my sister!

–I never have to grocery shop.  I wonder what’s for dinner tonight…

–Adam and I got a new computer and it’s so fun!

–You know that I have been wanting to write a book, well I just found out about an event in November called National Write and Novel Month.  The challenge is to write 50,000 words in November, which equals a 175 page novel and I am going to try and do it!  I’m pretty excited, but I have no idea what to write about.  Any suggestions?

–Iallegiant ordered some boots from JustFab.com and they should be here this weekend!

–I preordered Allegiant, book 3 in the Divergent series, and it will be here this month!

–I have an awesome October/Halloween wreath to make this weekend!

–There will be a craft blog post soon, I just haven’t had time to do it!

That’s it for my quick life update, I hope you enjoyed it!

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i might have bit off too much

I have hardly been watching any movies lately.  I have gotten caught up in Pretty Little Liars.  I realized how much I miss watching movies.  I think it has been because I have not had a goal.

I bought a book a couple weeks ago called “Movies that Matter.”  It is full of outstanding movies!  The past few days I have been reading through this book and marking down movies that I want to watch.  My list is now at 196!!

This book has a synopsis of the movie and a brief explanation of what makes it awesome.  It does not give ratings or anything, so when I picked movies, I picked them based on the plot and why they are so good.  I think this will be an awesome list to work through.  I am so excited.  I’ll put the list up for you to peruse soon.

I’m off to the library!

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Tree Streets

Adam and I spent two hours at the tree streets yard sales this morning.  We had a lot of fun hanging out and looking at all the stuff.

Here is what we came home with, all for $20
IMG_2014A wall decoration/candle holder, Road to Perdition DVD, Scattergories Game, and what I’m most excited about…an ice cream maker!!

I’d say I did pretty well.

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Explanation

I know that I haven’t been blogging very much, but please allow me to explain:

Work has been so crazy.  It has been non stop since a few days before registration.  It has been super stressful and busy and even emotional.  I have gotten yelled at a few times and I’ve had to deal with some angry, frustrated people, but I’ve always been able to help some people and when they express their gratitude it makes all the bad stuff easier.  So if you are a student and you’re reading this, thank your financial aid counselor because we work really hard.

I have also been reading, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and playing games.  All of my favorite things!  Most of our evenings have been full and while I love that, it also doesn’t leave much time for blogging.

I got a second, very part-time, job.  I am working 8 hours a week in the evenings at the Thompson Community Center on Emmanuel’s campus.  For those of you who don’t know, this building has 8 hotel rooms and 3 suites that people can reserve, yeah we’re kinda like a hotel.  So I am working as a host there on Wednesday and Friday evenings.  I have been enjoying it so far and I am very excited about the opportunity.

Hopefully after today things will start slowing down little by little and I’ll get to blog more.  I really enjoy it so I’m glad to try and write more diligently again.

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10 Reasons..

I have to admit, I’ve had trouble coming up with something to write about recently (and I’ve been too busy to really think about it), so I am referencing the “I’m Stuck” list tonight.  Here’s a fun one for you.

10 Reasons I Couldn’t Live Without Popcorn

(mmm, doesn’t that just make you hungry!)

1.  I eat it almost every night for a snack
2.  I feel totally safe eating it.  Who would put nuts in popcorn?
3.  It’s salty
4.  But it can be sweet
5.  It can taste like just about anything you put on it (my favorites include: cinnamon sugar, cheese, and birthday cake)
6.  It’s healthy?  Okay, healthier than cookies
7.  It’s crunchy
8.  It’s my favorite snack
9.  It’s quick to make, so it satisfies my hunger sooner
10. I do not know what else would taste so good with movies

In summation.  I could not live without popcorn because it is the perfect and my most favorite snack.
I could use some right now…

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