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Movie Monday (2) – Annie

Pop some popcorn, sit back, put your feet up and tell us about the movie(s) you have seen this week!

My choice for Movie Monday this week is an oldie but a goodie. Early last week, I was laying on the couch, flipping through the movie options on Netflix, Hulu and Starz, I saw that the original Annie had been added to the Starz line-up and I knew then that I had to watch it.

Annie is one of my all-time favorite movies – i’m pretty sure that the VHS of the movie I had growning up (yeah, i’m so old that I remember VHS) that I wore it out watching it so much, especially the different songs – I would fast-forward between the different songs and just watch them and sing horribly off-tune. There are likely going to be spoilers in this post, but since the movie came out over 3 decades ago, hopefully most people have seen it.

I love Annie because its a story where the underlying theme is hope and dreams – themes that seem so often to be missing from our daily lives – Annie dreams and hopes that her parents will come and rescue her from the orphanage; when Mr Warbucks assistant (Grace) shows up at the orphanage, Annie hopes that she will be picked; even after Mr Warbucks wants to adopt her, she hopes that he will help her find her parents (culminating in her trip to the White House and the iconic song, Tomorrow). And in the movie climax – she hopes that she will be rescued after she is kidnapped….and those are just the key events during the movie.

There are so many actors who starred in Annie who are still appearing in Hollywood movies today – names like Carol Burnett, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters. And yet others, like Aileen Quinn who played Annie – has had limited screen time since it was released (only 7 mentions of actress in IMDB). It kind of makes want me want to use Annie as a start place to binge watch the filmologies of some of these actors.

Not long after I watched Annie in my teen years – i read the book that it was based on – it was a fairly good adaptation from the book – there are some scenes that are more fleshed out (as you would expect – most of which have to do with Annie’s time at the orphanage). so I definitely recommend reading it, if you get the change.

Tell me – have you ever seen Annie? If yes, what is your favorite song from the movie? If not, tell me what movies you have watched this week?

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Movie Monday, Uncategorized

 

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Movie Monday (1) – Life of the Party

Pop some popcorn, sit back, put your feet up and tell us about the movie(s) you have seen this week!

I’ve been toying with doing a Movie Monday feature for a while – mostly since over the last few months I’ve seen seeing more movies, because I’ve been traveling a lot (and you can almost always find a movie theatre to kill time at night). So I figured, why not start a blog feature where people can share what movies they have seen in the previous week. It could be a new release you saw at the movie theatre, or something you stayed at home and watched with the family. But share with us!

From IMDB:
After her husband abruptly asks for a divorce, a middle-aged mother returns to college in order to complete her degree.

My Thoughts:
I’ll admit that I haven’t always been a fan of Melissa McCarthy’s (I’m sure i’m one of the few) – for the longest time i felt like she was acting too young in many of her movies and not her age (I also felt the same way about Sandra Bullock pre-The Blind Side) – but when i first saw Life of the Party previewed a couple of months ago – i knew if i didn’t see it on opening weekend, then i would be seeing it not long after. So Saturday, i meandered my way down to the local movie theatre (ugh, i had to people!), bought a ticket and went on it.

I have to say from start to finish, i don’t remember the last time i laughed so damn hard in a movie – i think it maybe surpassed Game Night – the whole theatre was almost rolling out of their seats with laughter (which is a hard things since the local theatre totally has that whole reclining chair thing going for it). It had McCarthy’s trademark humor, with an appearance by Maya Rudolph (who appeared with McCarthy in Bridesmaids) and Julie Bowen from Modern Family, who played the evil witch (whoops, meant to say Bitch, i really did!). Aside from a cameo by Christina Aguilera, the rest of the cast was (at least to me) relative unknowns – but i have a feeling they won’t stay that way for long.

There wasn’t anything really new about the storyline – it was a classic – something bad happens, person (in this case Deanna) picks themselves up and makes a success of the tragedy that occurred (FWIW, also having the main character share a name with you is kind of freaky weird). But even so, i enjoyed seeing how it was tackled – and kudos to anyone who could go back to school and live in the dorms as an adult…i couldn’t wait to escape mine (since i lived on campus for all 4 years). For one the one-liners from McCarthy really made the movie – especially the Vagoogle (all i can say is don’t be having a drink when that line comes on the screen or you may spray your sode everywhere…don’t ask me how i know!).

Life of the Party is definitely a must-see comedy – probably a great girls night out movie (not sure about date night – but has potential!).

Tell me – what movie did you see this weekend? Have you seen Life of the Party and if yes, what were your thoughts?

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Movie Monday

 

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First Line Fridays – 16 March 2018

Happy Day Before St Patrick’s Day! One of the best days of the year because its my birthday! I’m happily celebrating the 15th anniversary of my 21st year 🙂 While my choice of book for First Line Friday’s doesn’t have an Irish theme, or even any green on the cover – I know that I’m as excited as a leprechaun who found his pot of gold to start reading it!

Special Agent John Kaiser stood at the window of the FBI’s “tactical room” in the River Bend Hotel and started at the lights of Natchez twinkling high over the dark tide of the Mississippi.

All i’m saying to myself right now as I jump into book 2 in Greg Iles trilogy is “How the heck have i never read you before?!” And I can safely say, if book 3 in the trilogy hadn’t been nominated for an Audie this year in a category that I was listening to, that I would have picked him up. But since reading friends of mine told me that I needed to read the previous two books in the trilogy in order to understand book 3 and i’m soo glad i did. Even though they are huge reads at 700+ pages (the first book) and 800+ pages (book two) and culminating with 28 hours for book three. Of course, then I can go back and read the early books in the Penn Cage series…so basically, I have lots of good reading ahead of me and I can’t wait!

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2018 in Blog Features, First Line Fridays

 

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First Line Fridays – 23 February 18

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books

I can’t believe how quickly we are flying through February – I mean admittedly, it is a short month, but the fact that March is starting to appear on the horizon just blows my mind…I’m neck deck in listening to the various audiobooks for the Armchair Audies right now – so my First Line Friday comes from the book I started on my commute yesterday.

I lay on a psychiatrist’s couch, a couch I’d named Alexander Skarsgard the moment my gaze landed on its buttery curves and wide back, and wondering if I should tell Dr. Mayfield about the dead kid scurrying across her ceiling. Probably not.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2018 in Blog Features, First Line Fridays

 

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First Line Fridays – 16 February 2018

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books

It’s Valentine Day’s week for First Line Friday’s this week! I’m an avid romance reader, so this week it was more about deciding which of the various romances I have on the pile was going to be featured – so in true Dee fashion – I closed my eyes and did an enny-meanie-minie-mo to select and the winner was….

Maggie Sullivan sought refuge in the stairwell between the sixth and sevenths floors at the far west end of the hospital, the steps least traveled in interns and residents racing from floor to floor, from emergency to emergency.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Blog Features, First Line Fridays

 

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Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up – January 2018

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Its been a couple of years since I used this feature, but since I recently found myself diving back into the Mercy Thompson series (after a 2 year hiatus), I thought it was a good chance to highlight another series that I have in progress.

Mercy Thompson
Living in the Pacific Northwest, Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a Native American “walker” who can shift at will into coyote form. In a feminist twist, she owns her own garage where she repairs mostly German cars. In this world, paranormal beings are gradually making themselves known to the public, beginning with the lesser creatures (e.g., brownies, gremlins, elves, garden sprites) and gradually moving to the greater beings (e.g., werewolves). Vampires are still hidden from public knowledge. There are currently 10 full novels in the series, with book 11 due out sometime in 2018/19 (no date known yet). There are also a variety of short stories that flesh out secondary characters and a couple of graphic novels. So lots of reading to do for anyone if they are interested. There is also another series (Alpha and Omega) that is set in the same world as Mercy Thompson, once you finish her books (I’ll admit that I haven’t started it yet…)

I’m not exactly sure why i put the series aside – I think it might be that I got caught up with the series and then got distracted with other stuff while waiting for a new release to come out. But I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up book 6 (River Marked) that I felt like I was joining old friends again. I enjoyed it so much that I rolled right into the next book in thhae series (Frost Burned) and I have the next 3 books tee’d up to listen to. Its been a while since i’ve had a full-on binge read (or listen) of a series – but I have a feeling that is going to happen as I get caught up on the Mercy Thompson series.

Have you read the Mercy Thompson series? If so, what is your favorite book?

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2018 in Seriously Saturday Series

 

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Random Reads Rebooted – March 2017

Random Reads Rebooted

Random Reads was a blog feature that used to be hosted by the blog, I’m Loving Books, however, it is no longer active (at least that I can find). Random Reads Rebooted is a reimaged version of this and I hope you will join me.

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a bad habit of buying books and then forgetting about them…I’m like a squirrel storing away its nuts for winter, except I do it with books. Random Reads Rebooted is dedicated to finding (and reading) those books that have long been forgotten about it.

On the first Saturday of the month (or within that first week), randomly select a book that is on your bookshelves (it could be a virtual shelf like a Goodreads one, or a real shelf that you have someone randomly numbered). I recommend using random.org to help you pick that special or forgotten book. At the end of the month, come back and let us know what you thought about the book that you picked.

February Pick Summary:
I have to admit that Guns will Keep Us Together was kind of a quirky read – I mean, a humorous romantic comedy featuring a family of assassins. I found myself chuckling to myself within the first couple of chapters. It was the second book in the series – but I’m intrigued enough that I may see about trying to find the first one.

dustMarch Pick
Over the last two months, I’ve read books that were purchased from Amazon in 2009 and 2010. So for March, i’m going to my Amazon 2011 purchases list. And I’ve organized my goodreads shelf (Amazon 2011 purchases) by author alphabetically. After doing this, the random number, I drew was 93 which correlated to Dust by Arthur Slade. After having read a couple of romances in the past 2 months as part of this feature, March is going to feature a Young Adult book – so i’m interested to see how it turns out.

Purchase Date: September 2, 2011

Description:
SEVEN-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW DISAPPEARS one day on a walk into Horshoe, a dust bowl farm town in Depression-era Saskatchewan. Other children go missing just as a strange man named Abram Harsich appears in town. He dazzles the townspeople with the promises of a rainmaking machine. Only Matthew’s older brother Robert seems to be able to resist Abram’s spell, and to discover what happened to Matthew and the others.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2017 in Random Reads Rebooted

 

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