About Me

Just a girl living life, enjoying movies and music and the quiet.

August 29, 2010

First post in a year...

Wow, I can't believe its been a year since I've posted anything! A lot has happened in a year. Josh and I are both working, we've moved into our own place (with a fireplace even!) and even have health insurance again! We have been very, very blessed.
We both went to the dentist last week! I know, getting excited over going to the dentist is odd but this is the first time in 12 years that I've had dental insurance and I was sadly excited to get my teeth cleaned and looked after!
We haven't explored as much this summer but we have made 2 trips to the beach and gone to Mount Hood and Mount Ranier (I think).
Anyway, I feel like I'm rambling. Maybe that's why I haven't blogged in to long!

June 22, 2009

The International

This was a very different movie than I expected but it was still very interesting. I thought it would be more of an action film. It was a definitely a drama, not an action film! But very good.

Film 60 of 60: Men in Tights

No, I am not generally a Mel Brooks fan, but this film wasn't bad. I had never seen this entire movie, but watched it with Josh who is really enjoying his new Mel Brooks collection. It is very silly, irreverent and fun (with mostly boy humor). Not my favorite version...but fine.
My favorite Robin Hood versions:

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
A little dirty, but wonderful. A great, modern telling of Robin Hood.

Robin Hood
The TV show! I absolutely love this show!

Robin Hood
I grew up watching the Disney version of Robin hood and, of course, love it.

The Adventures of Robin Hood
The classic, black and white version.

That's it for my 60 films, but of course, I'll still be watching movies! And blogging about them.

Film 59 of 60: Silent Movie

I had planned to finish out my 60 films with modern musicals (Moulin Rouge and Rent) but ended up buying the Mel Brooks collection for Josh and watching some of the films with him. Silent movie is fun and silly while only slightly dirty. Bernadette Peters plays the love interest. She is one of my favorite actresses, and she does silent film beautifully.

Film 58 of 60: Evita

This is the first real musical I saw at the movie theatre. We were in Washington for All Northwest Honor Choir, junior year of high school. I was immediately in love with this film and tried to buy it the day it came out on VHS (yes, that long ago) but it wasn't available for under $100 in the small town I lived in. Now, I own it on DVD. I know every word to all but the soldiers song (not my favorite) and sing along whether out loud or in my head. If you enjoy musicals, check this one out.

June 14, 2009

Film 57 of 60: Into the Woods

I love this movie. Stephen Sondheim is the best. Bernadette Peters is wonderful as the witch. This movie combines several fairy tales into one story. Meet the baker and his wife, Cinderella, Jack and Red Riding Hood (along with a few cameos). They find that getting what you wish for may not always be the best thing for you, and people do not always live happily ever after.

Film 56 of 60: Red Riding Hood

I first saw this movie when I was a little girl. You know how there are those movies that mysteriously make you afraid of something? This one left me with a fear of throwing my arm across the bed. Not detaching it and throwing it, but sprawling it across. Watching it as an adult, the scene was a bit creepy but not life altering. :-}

Film 55 of 60: Hansel and Gretel

I love this version. This is the opera, but the children are played with actual children. I saw a video of this once with two women playing Hansel and Gretel. Cloris Leachman plays the witch, which is very funny given her recent notoriety.

Film 54 of 60: Rumpelstiltskin

This version finds Rumpelstiltskin as a creepy little man with quite a temper. He helps the miller's daughter turn straw into gold so that he can have her first child, he needs a cook! It is very fun to see Amy Irving so young and sweet.

Film 53 of 60: Snow White

I've owned this movie for over a year but hadn't watched it. It is actually very fun and quite on par with the rest of the fairy tale series. As with the rest of them, the singers are not fantastic, but they're interesting especially when they are big stars and don't sing quite so well.

Film 52 of 60: The Inside Man

This is such a great movie! Filled with twists and turns and very interesting! Lots of language though, so not for children! Highly recommended if you like an intelligent heist film.

June 08, 2009

Film 51 of 60: Constantine

This is the perfect role for Keanu Reeves; dark, doesn't entirely care about his fellow man and moody. Constantine was born with a gift/curse, he sees things that humans are not supposed to see. He uses this gift to send as many demons back to hell as he can during his short life. Why is he doing this? He's trying to earn his way into heaven after he committed suicide but came back to life (per the Catholic beliefs portrayed in this film). Is he damned to hell? Only time will tell.

Film 50 of 60: Nixon

Josh and I got Frost/Nixon from the library, only to find out that it was an old documentary, not the new movie...so we decided to watch this instead. It also allowed us to continue watching my Oliver Stone Collection. This was a very long film, but really interesting since I wasn't really around during the whole Watergate scandal. All films based on actual people must be taken with quite a grain of salt, but this was an interesting look into what may have motivated the former president.

Film 49 of 60: The Brothers Grimm

This is my favorite Heath Ledger Film. I am such a fan of Fairy Tales, (if you can't tell from my other movie posts)and love this fun re-telling of the Brothers Grimm. The brothers are not quite the story collectors, they are con-artists vanquishing witches and ghosts for a nominal fee. Of course, fairy tales start to come to life causing one brother to rethink his belief in fairy tales. Highly recommended, but not for kids, its too dark and a bit scary.

June 05, 2009

Film 48 of 60: License to Drive

Back in the day, I was a fan of the Coreys. They were fun and the "Cool Kids" of the early 90's. I have had this movie for a while but hadn't gotten around to actually watching it. Now, I know why. It is not my favorite of the Corey films.
My favorites? Dream a Little Dream (of course!) and The Lost Boys. Both of those are actually fantasy films. Interesting. So, if you are interested in the Coreys, watch one of those, and not this one!

Film 47 of 60:

The Order is a great movie dealing with Catholicism and the legend of the Sin Eater. It is especially interesting after watching Francine Rivers' Sin Eater, which is from the strictly Christian perspective. This version of the sin eater is of course darker, but also more interesting to me.
Heath Ledger is wonderful, as always and his films always remind me of our great loss.

Film 46 of 60: Fireproof

Fireproof was a very nice Christian film about marriage. A couple is on the brink of divorce when the man's father suggests that he do the Love Dare. What follows is the husband's journey to re-discover his love for his wife and find faith.
Not a spectacular movie, but nice for what it is.

May 31, 2009

Film 45 of 60: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

My favorite thing about this movie? They have Yetis! How cool is that?
Least favorite, Rachel Weisz did not want to reprise her role as Evelyn and they cast Maria Bello in her place. I love Rachel Weisz as Evelyn, but upon further reflection, Maria Bello does an excellent job in the role. I just miss the librarian!
Alex is all grown up, dropped out of college and on a dig in China, unbeknownst to his retired parents. Rick and Evelyn get sent on one final mission to China and discover him at Jonathan's club. Fortunately, Alex has made the find of a century, which dampens the horror of him dropping out. He has found the tomb of the Dragon Emperor and of course, this being a mummy movie, they must bring him to life.

Film 44 of 60: The Mummy Returns

The second of the Trilogy, this one finds Rick and Evelyn married and raising their son Alex who is about 8-10 in this film. Being a curious child, he finds a very pretty golden bracelet and tries it on...well, of course that leads to trouble when it won't come off and they find out that they have 7 days to find a lost oasis so they can take the bracelet off without killing Alex.
This is my favorite of the Mummy movies because it deals more with ancient Egypt (one of my favorite subjects) than the other 3 movies.

Film 43 of 60: The Mummy (1999?)

It's just a book. No harm ever came from reading a book.
The first of the Mummy trilogy finds our beloved Rick in prison and Evelyn working at the museum in Cairo. Evelyn's brother Jonathan finds a map to the City of the Dead. Well, that can never be good! One thing leads to another and the Mummy ends up awake and ready to raise his dead girlfriend from the dead and rule the Earth.
This is a great adventure, especially if you're looking for a light hearted fun adventure film. Don't take it too seriously.

May 30, 2009

Film 42 of 60: The Ogre

Made for tv? Seems like a made for tv movie.
One of the main girls was in a few episodes of Supernatural. My favorite show.
Four friends go out looking for a mysterious lost city and, of course, they find it. Unfortunately for them, its also sacrifice time and they are looking mighty tasty.
Its not even on IMDB...anyway, its a lot like M. Night's The Village. They are trapped in a long ago time, only this one has much more fantasy involved.
Do I recommend it? Not really. There was nothing else on tv...

Film 41 of 60: High Society

Starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm. Can I just say that Celeste Holm is the biggest cutie? Oh my, I love her in this film. I haven't seen a lot of her movies, but I do enjoy her performances.
Anyway, this is a cute story of a marriage that failed and the re-marriage that should not be. The best part: Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby sing a duet. Its great. Highly recommended!

Other Films I love with these actors:
Celeste Holm: Snake Pit and All About Eve
Grace Kelly: To Catch a Thief and Rear Window
Sinatra: On the Town and Anchors Aweigh
Bing Crosby: Road to Bali and We're not dressing

Film 40 of 60: Terminator: Salvation

Christian Bale is the 3rd person (movie wise) to play John Connor. I must say that I was a bit affected (effected? I can never remember which) by his little rant on the set months and months ago. My favorite John Connor was played by Nick Stahl. Maybe not the most popular choice, but my favorite.
I do know (per EW) that Christian Bale was originally wanted for the part of Marcus Wright but ended up wanting the role of John Connor which makes great sense if there is another movie, he'll still look like John Connor.
It was a great movie and I'm glad that I saw it. Would I watch it again? For free. I won't be adding it to my collection, but I haven't bought any of the others either.

Film 39 of 60: Chronicles of Riddick Director's Cut

Every once in a while, I greatly prefer a director's cut. The director can add whatever he/she wants and sometimes it really builds the back story. This is one of those films.
This is the sequel to Pitch Black which finds our hero hiding out on an ice filled planet. When a group of bounty hunters tries to capture him, he is compelled into defending a helpless planet against a new breed of monster, the Necromongers.
A great sci-fi adventure film with lots of bum kicking.
This one is unrated.