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Small Town Life – The one handed wonder

I have discovered that I have more time on my hands now that I’m a dairy. While feeding the baby, there is little else for me to do than watch TV or read blogs. breastfeeding_rocksHowever, the blogs I read almost always stir up comments in my brain but I can only type with one hand or thumb as the device may be. Therefore, my comments are always unsatisfactorily short and/sadly under developed. I believe this may be keeping me out of trouble as I can wax rather eloquent in the comment section and inadvertently drive away those I would rather build relationships with. Therefore, I thank my lucky stars for my situational disability to go nuts on your (the blogging world) comment sections. BLOG ON! I have nothing better to do than read all your thoughts and I’m LOVING IT!!!

Here are a few of my favorite Bloggers!!!

Long and luxe

Journey of Kylie

The Culture Monk

Chapter TK

Trick time

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Since we don’t have cable or satellite television. We tend to watch shows shows like America’s Got Talent later than the rest of America. We also watch them back to back without to much interruption. Our daughter’s have been watching these episodes with us and have been imitating the dancers. It’s very cute!!! They also have been wanting to do an assortment of tricks. Here is one of our five year olds tricks.

Genius Idea!!!!

I have to say whoever thought of putting a play place in an airport concourse, was a GENIUS!!! We have spent the last 4 hours waiting for our airplane at Logan International Airport, and the five year old has been in total heaven. She has been running, and jumping and leaping all over the place. She has been meeting new people and totally wearing herself out. It’s made this long wait totally bearable!!! genius I tell GENIUS!!!

CGI and the Shakes

I went to see The Hunger Games and there was something awry and I thought, maybe it was just that one film.

Then I went to see Man of Steel.

Am I the only one who hates the “new” filmography? I hate all the shaking!!!

I was watching Superman dash around the screen and as much as I loved the story and the acting and the beautiful people, I find it hard to watch these movies because they are SHAKING all around and giving me a headache. I feel like yelling at the camera guy, “Pull out! Pull back. You are to close and we can’t see!” Come on! He’s Superman! It was, is a great story, great script, great acting and I feel like I need to close my eyes for the ENTIRE MOVIE!

And now they are going to do one of my favorite children’s series (Peter and the Starcatchers) and having the same director as The Hunger Games, I’m afraid its going to be the earthquake in a theater all over again.

Am I getting old? I’m I getting cynical? I remember my parents hating all the CGI and to be fair, when they did the most recent Star Wars movies, I was annoyed that a main character was allowed to be CGI the whole way through and talk like a 2 year old to boot. As much as I loved the beauty of Avatar, I thought it was more video game than movie. Maybe I’m not old. Maybe I’m just the only one who wants to say it… bring back a bit of reality and keep it watchable.

Ok, to end on an AWESOME movie note… the stuntmen of the most recent Spiderman (and there is a squeal coming out as well using the same stunt crew) did a lot of the swinging and jumping and skateboarding and handstands and all that awesomeness FOR REAL! Not a lot of CGI there and not much in the way of shaky filmography. I kinda love that movie! I’m big into the superhero, comic book movie genre. (If anyone else loves this genre like me, what are your thoughts on the upcoming TV series The Agents of Shield.)

Bear in mind, this is all from a movie goer viewpoint. I’m no filmographer. I don’t know anything about making a movie. I just like to watch them… usually.

Thoughts? Do any of you have my same motion sickness frustrations in the summer blockbusters? Is there a movie you particularity love that you can recommend to me? What are your thoughts on CGI in the movies?

A Few of My Favorite Things

Truth. My family loves movies.

Growing up, when a particular situation comes up and a great movie line goes with it, my family is GREAT at pulling from the memory banks as we have all seen so many movies.

Truth. Most of my favorite movies are oldies. Is it nostalgia? Is it the connection I have with my family members? Is it the fact that older movies had less to work with and therefore were forced to create a better story? I think it could be a little bit of all of those. There are a few new movies that I particularly like as well.

A list of my favorites:

Mulitiplicity – Maybe it’s just the great lines, the great acting or the combination but I love this story. It makes so much sense, in a totally unrealistic kind of way. I really get a kick out of Three every time he says ANYTHING! I love to laugh and this movie can put me in stitches. Micheal Keaton is a hoot. Check out his performance in Much Ado About Nothing.

multiplicityThe Tourist – Maybe just because everyone is so beautiful in this film. But I was a bit surprised by the ending. I loved the story. I actually liked Angenlina Jolie but best of all… JOHNNY DEPP! Need I say more?

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Benny and Joon – And speaking of Johnny Depp… Even a crazy Johnny Depp is an awesome Johnny Depp.

images1The Emperors New Groove – A kids movie with the best lines EVER! Kronk. Seriously. If you want to watching something with your kids, get this one.images2

The Amazing Spiderman – I never read the credits of a movie so carefully until I had a friend in them. I do love this movie but the stunts were AWESOME! Yep, I know the stunt double and I’m not above bragging about it. It’s pretty cool.

images3The Sting – Great Story. Young Robert Redford. Nuff said.

images4French Kiss – Meg Ryan. She is so damn cute and the comedic timing in this movie is AWESOME! Kevin Kline is great in this movie as well. He’s kinda hit or miss for me. Sometimes the projects he chooses are… iffy. However, this one is a total winner.

images5I.Q. – More Meg Ryan. What can I say? When I’m in a mood and I want girlie, she is my go to. I tend to love pretty much anything with Walter Matthau.519DECT3F8L

Charade – More Walter Matthau. I originally watched this to see if he ever looked young. He didn’t. I keep watching it just because I love to hear Audry Hepburn talk. And I love her clothes… and I love her… and the plot is quite interesting.

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Roman Holiday – More Audry. My dad and I went to Italy and did Rome and it was awesome and I see our trip all over again every time I watch this movie.

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The Man from Snowy River – Is it the accents? Is it the overt manliness? Is it the sweat, the tears, the fact that I can feel like I’m in the outback with horses and dust and dirt without the smell, clean up or ever having to get out of my PJs? All of the above. I love this movie. I love the story. I love the landscape. I love Kirk Douglas. It’s kinda awesome. Don’t see the squeal. It doesn’t live up.

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The Scarlett Pimpernel – Sad that Anthony Andrews never did anything else of note in film. He is a remarkable actor. As a child I envied the beautiful curls of the young Jane Seymour. The whole movie is full of great lines and the love story is so cute. I can hardly stand all the great plot twists. I find myself watching it with first timers and pausing it every ten seconds to say, “Did you get that? Do you know what’s going on?” I’m a wierdo like that. My husband has a shock collar for me for just such occasions.

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The Princess Bride – One of my all time favorites. Of course. Who doesn’t love this movie? It’s witty, it makes fun of itself and the book is just as awesome as the movie. Who hasn’t said at one time or another, “You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Mandy Patinkin has to HATE that line by now but it was one of the best ever uttered. There are a multitude of one liners in that movie that make for a great plug in real life. Mom says, “Stop it now, I mean it.” Your response, “________________________.” (Come on. You know you totally said it.)

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Bring it on. What are your favorites and why?

Horseland

Recently the girls have been watching Horseland on Netflix. They have instantly fallen in love with the idea of riding horses. With their arms holding imaginary reins they proceed to gallop, side step and jump over fences. Each girl will race each other through house, stores, and parking lots, pretending they are in a horse competition. The winner receives the BIGGEST TROPHY ever.  It is quite the sight to see. However, I just sit back and chuckle to myself and think about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. King Arthur and his merry knights galloping through the country side being followed by their squires clapping coconuts.