Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 4: Oh the Drama!

I have to choose a favorite drama. This is uber difficult. Really, I should say Forrest Gump is my favorite drama, since it is my favorite movie, but that's no fun. I already talked about that movie. I love me a drama. It's probably my favorite genre. I love that story and character tends to be focused on in making these movies (or should be), and sometimes, if done well, really evokes some emotion. Well I decided to go through the movies that I actually own and list the one's I really love and can't decide should be the 2nd best, to Forrest Gump. I tried to stick to the ones that tend to make me cry. I also left off those that focused on a love story. And war movies.

Million Dollar Baby
An ugly cry movie.

Frost/Nixon
I didn't know anything about this story when I first saw it. I was amazed how much suspense it actually had.

The King's Speech
My favorite movie of 2010.

The Godfather
I'm one of the few people who like this first movie in the Godfather series more than Part 2. I think I like Marlon Brando's preformance too much.

Mr. Holland's Opus
Probably the first movie I really cried to when I was 13 or 14.

The Shawshank Redemption
Who doesn't get sucked in to this movie when channel surfing past TNT? I know I do. And so does my grandpa.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Oh, Atticus. I love...

On the Waterfront
Again, Marlon Brando amazes me. This is one of those movies I was sure would be boring, I don't know why, but I loved it. I'm pretty sure Martin Scorsese pulls inspiration from this movie.

Ah man, now I'm thinking of even more movies, like The Departed. So I must stop.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pottermore!

A break from the list for two reasons. One: I can't think of a movie for today's list item. Two: I must blog about Pottermore!

So a little while ago, I posted the video of J.K. Rowling revealing the upcoming Pottermore website. I said "Eh". But being the somewhat Potterhead I am, I decided to try to take up the challenge and try to get in early. And succeeded! Which is a story in itself. So I'm one of the lucky 1st million people to get to explore the site, heck, I'm one of the lucky 1st 100,000 people to get in. I got my welcome email over a week ago and went through the whole first book, which is all that's available in the beta site.

What Pottermore is: A companion website for the books of Harry Potter. It's not a game, which a lot of people on there, I noticed, seem to believe. It's interactive so you do get to explore, a little, and collect things, which I haven't figured out the meaning of my collected stuff yet.

As you "explore" each chapter of the book, you unlock added material and story written by JK. That's my favorite part, getting back story of the teachers and places and even the meaning behind the names of some of the characters. She had a lot of back story for Professor McGonagall, and it's pretty awesome.

Another fun part is getting your own wand and getting sorted into the houses. They ask some questions that actually take a little thought and pondering, so you get what best suits you. Pretty fun. My wand is: Sycamore wood, Unicorn hair core, 13 3/4 in., Reasonably supple. Cool huh.

The house I was sorted into was, Ravenclaw! I was pretty stoked. I always imagined that I would be in that house. FYI: Ravenclaw has the most house points right now. :)

So far, you get house points by exploring through the books, making potions, and dueling (which I haven't done). I've only earned 36 house points.

Overall, I think they will continue to make little changes to make the site better, and even though I enjoyed getting my wand and getting sorted, I'm more interested in the added reading material than the "game" element of the site. But I guess there's something for everyone.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 3, Laughing times ahead.

Today is my favorite comedy. This one was easy for me to figure out, but I'm mentioning two anyways. These are movies that I laugh at every time I watch them, even after many viewings.

Wayne's World

I know this movie is sooo 1992, but the laughs deliver great today, in my opinion. Plus it's immature, but it's not so much potty humor, so I really like this kind of immature humor. There are amazing quotes that make me giggle every time I watch this movie.

Stacy: Well, don't you want to open your present?
Wayne: If it's a severed head I'm going to be very upset.
Stacy: Open it.
Wayne: OK. What is it?
Stacy: It's a gun rack.
Wayne: A gun rack... a gun rack. I don't even own *a* gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack. What am I gonna do... with a gun rack?

Wayne: I once thought I had mono for an entire year. It turned out I was just really bored.

Wayne: Hi. I'm in Delaware.

This movie also reminded us that Bohemian Rhapsody makes for a great road trip song, which is a staple if Sarah and I are driving anywhere together. Wayne's World moves are mandatory.

I didn't see Wayne's World until I was in college, but I remember when it came out. I was in Safford along with a bunch of other family. All of the boy cousins, who were all older, went to go see this movie. Since it was PG-13, none of the girls got to go (I was 9 at the time). I was pretty jealous, maybe not because I necessarily wanted to see it, probably just because since my teenage cousins wanted to see it, it must be cool! They quoted it all day after they got back.

Clue
Like Wayne's World, I didn't see this movie until I was in college, which is probably a good thing because I don't think I would have gotten it at a young age. My love for Clue runs deep. I love the absurdity of this movie. I don't even know what to say to convey my admiration. Here some quotes of awesome exchanges.

The Motorist: Where is it?
Wadsworth: What? The body?
The Motorist: The phone. What body?
Wadsworth: There's no body. Nobody. There's-there's nobody in the study.

Mr. Green: So it was you. I was going to expose you.
Wadsworth: I know. So I choose to expose myself.
Colonel Mustard: Please, there are ladies present!

Wadsworth: Miss Scarlet seized the opportunity, and under cover of darkness, got to the library, where she hit the cop whom she'd been bribing on the head with the lead pipe. True or false?
Miss Scarlet: [impressed] True! Who are you, Perry Mason?

Wadsworth: Sorry, didn't mean to frighten you.
Mr. Green: You're a bit late for that! I hate it when he does that.
Mrs. White: Ahhh!

Mrs. White: [shatters glass] PLEASE!

Wadsworth: The game's up, Scarlet. There are no more bullets left in that gun.
Miss Scarlet: Oh, come on, you don't think I'm gonna fall for that old trick?
Wadsworth: It's not a trick. There was one shot at Mr. Boddy in the Study; two for the chandelier; two at the Lounge door and one for the singing telegram.
Miss Scarlet: That's not six.
Wadsworth: One plus two plus two plus one.
Miss Scarlet: Uh-uh, there was only one shot that got the chandelier. That's one plus two plus *one* plus one.
Wadsworth: Even if you were right, that would be one plus one plus two plus one, not one plus *two* plus one plus one.
Miss Scarlet: Okay, fine. One plus two plus one... Shut up! The point is, there is one bullet left in this gun and guess who's gonna get it!

My favorite character by far is Mrs. White, played awesomely by Madeline Kahn. Her character is so calm and speaks quietly. Even when she's expressing her hatred for Yvette her voice doesn't raise, just hilarity. And in case you didn't catch it, I quoted her in the below post about The Wedding Date. The only time Mrs. White really gets loud is when she yells "PLEASE!" at a rather random moment in the movie. Love her. And love this movie.

Flames!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Day two! Frustrations ahead!

Day two is, my least favorite movie.

I don't really have a least favorite. Besides, "least favorite" is like saying, "it's on the bottom of my favorites list, but is still a favorite". So here I have a list of movies I hate and was sorely disappointed in, and that I thought of at this time. I know I'll leave off some.

I'm not going to list movies that are obviously bad like, The Smurfs, I'm going to try to stick to movies that maybe a lot of people like or are critically acclaimed, you know, like the expectations were up and then came CRASHING down. In my humble opinion.

I like to describe Sideways as "awful people, doing awful things, and getting away with it." I saw this movie alone at the theater, I was trying to see all the Best Picture nominees. I thought it would be a nice movie with a cute love story set in some beautiful wine country. Nope! It's awful.

This is the 3rd Pirate movie. I didn't even like the 2nd one. 1st one, amazing. Recently, Brady and I watched all of these movies again since Brady had played the Lego video game, and I realized that I couldn't even remember the movies. So we borrowed them from Sarah, who should be embarrassed to own them, and boy was I frustrated. The 2nd one I got through ok, because it had some funny moments. However, At World's End frustrated me beyond belief. Could there be any more plot holes? Story lines? Useless characters?

Sorry Sofia Coppola, but I do not like your movies. During this whole movie, I was just waiting for something worth watching to happen. So boring and so glad it didn't win best picture.

Look another best picture nominee. Left the theater feeling, blah. There was a bunch of story lines that I didn't care about and didn't even know how they were connected, until some throw away line at the end of the movie. After seeing this movie, Evan, Paula and I rented Stick It, yeah, the gymnastics movie, and thoroughly enjoyed it. That's how bad Babal was.

I saved the best for last. THE WEDDING DATE. Sarah drug me and my mom to this. Ooh. I hated it SO much... it it the it, flame, flames. Flames! One the side of my face. Breathing, breathle heaving breaths. Heathing...


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Let's do this! Day 1.

OK. I'm jumping on the "30 Day Challenge" wagon. However, I decided to do a different one than the one most people are doing and found one that's all about movies. (Did I just say "one" a lot?) I can blog about movies. Why not?!

I know I may skip days and all, so I won't update everyday. Just fair warning (mom). And I'm not giving the list; what's the fun in that? Plus I may pull from two different lists. I'm making this up as I go.

But day 1 is.... my favorite movie!

Before I start. Let's just say I have a hard time picking just one in "favorites". I love movies too much and I like to talk about multiples. That being said...

Forrest Gump!
Big surprise, huh. I was always a big Tom Hanks fan, but after seeing this movie, no actor will ever replace him on the top of my list. Ever.

Is there a more joyful moment than the scene where Forrest sees Lt. Dan on the dock and he gleefully waves and jumps from his shrimp boat (still waving), to swim to Lt. Dan? I smile thinking about those two together.

I must mention the movie that replaced Forrest Gump for about 2 months after I first saw it.

The Third ManThis movie sucks me in every time. Maybe it's the awesome writing, or Orson Welles, or that zither music, or a combination of every thing, but I love it.

The Third Man may had been my favorite when I first saw it, but when the dust settled after my shock of the awesomeness, Forrest still gets to me as a character and I love him too much to replace.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

6 months

I can't believe we have a 6 month old. I often marvel at how much Oliver has changed since birth. He's amazing and makes us so happy and he makes us laugh every day.

These days:
  • He sticks out his tongue all the time.
  • Still won't roll in a complete circle.

  • Sits up without support, but still falls over a lot, he doesn't like that.

  • Usually goes to sleep by 9pm.

  • Loves touching our faces, especially dad's scruffy chin.

  • Eats all his veggies, his favorite is sweet potatoes.

  • Playes with his feet a lot, especially when wearing socks.

  • Doesn't like it when someone leaves the room.

  • Wants to play with everything mom and dad play with: phones, remotes, xbox controller, keyboards, etc.

  • Favorite toy right now is a plastic mirror that came with his play mat.

  • Loves baths and splashing like crazy with his legs.

  • Sleeps on his left side.

  • Very ticklish on his back. (odd)

  • Can out-whine anybody.

  • Claps his hands together, but doesn't understand what this means, of course.
We took him swimming for the first time. He seemed unsure about it most of the time but never was upset about it, only when his face hit the water.
Wrinkly feet!


I took pictures for his 6 month birthday. Just a quick 5 minute shoot, and I think they turned out pretty good.
Height: 27 1/4 in. 75%
Weight: 16lbs 5ozs. 25%

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dance!

Don't you love it when you're favorite dancer from the very beginning actually wins the competition? I do. And that's never happened to me before. I was pretty happy that Melanie won "So You Think You Can Dance". She was amazing.I love this show. This is the only show I watched this summer. (Yay, no cable) Brady was super wonderful in letting me watch it, with no complaints. (Yay, awesome husand) This is the only competition show I watch. Oh that's a lie; we watch "Top Shot" online, which started this week.

I want to post all of my favorite dances from the show so I can watch them whenever I want to. But that may be over kill because I have a hard time choosing just a few, especially since I want to include routines from previous seasons. Let me stew on this for a moment....

What the heck. It's my blog. And if I want to post 10 videos of dancing. I'm gonna do it.

The first two are my favorites from Melanie and Marko (my other fav).




This one just made me so happy. Who new a Celine Dion song could work so well.

I loved this one with Tadd and Lauren F. It's the cool routine of the season.

Sasha and tWitch. Love tWitch!

Even though I didn't see season 7, I love tWitch, here's one from last season with Alex Wong. I couldn't embed it so you must click to watch. Alex Wong was a ballet dancer! Crazy fun times!

Here is my favorite from Season 3. Lacey and Danny's samba.

Another fav from Season 3. Jaimie and Hok. Wade Robson, please come back and choreograph again.

So that's it, for now. I couldn't think of favorite group routines.

Oliver's 6 month pictures, coming soon.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Do you ever...

want to blog, just so you can change the top post? I do. I'm already tired of seeing the pictures in this Chocolate Rain post. I'm going to try to amend that soon. Hopefully tonight. If I have time.