Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 15: Cryfest

Movies that had made me cry the hardest. The ugly-cry movies. Tear me up inside movies.

Toy Story 3
Whole cow. I've seen this movie 2 times all the way through and another time I caught the end of it at my sister's house. I bawled every single time. This is a sob movie, as in, I make sobbing noises that last 2 minutes into the credits. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's because I felt like I grew up with those characters, the first movie came out when I was like 12. I feel the pain and nostalgia of letting go, I guess.

The Notebook
I only cried the first time I saw this movie, but the first time, oh my. I had gotten early screening passes to see this movie and took my sister with me. I think the tears started about 15-20 minutes toward the end of the movie. So by the time the end of the movie rolled around, I was a mess. I sat there sobbing. I don't believe Sarah cried nearly as hard. She left me in the theater to go to the bathroom. I composed myself enough to walk out of the theater. I sat on a bench outside the bathroom waiting for Sarah, and cried some more! I don't know what hit me that day.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 14: Guilty Pleasures

Oh. Guilty Pleasures. These are the movies I can't help but love no matter how bad they are. I don't really feel guilty for loving these. I enjoy them, I know other people that enjoy them. And they are just fun to watch. So lay off me! j/k

The Adventures of Huck Finn
I can't help myself here. I think this movie is great. No really, this isn't a bad movie. Disney did good here. Ever since I was a youngin, I loved this movie. It's not like I'm in love with Elijah Wood. I'm not, I just like him. But he is actually really good in this movie. He's totally committed to this character and is so fun-loving, I'm sure Mark Twain thought of Huck Finn like this more than the more sullen Brad Renfro version in Tom and Huck. Yes, it's a guilty pleasure because it's a Disney kids movie and most people have never even seen it, that I know of, and I get weird looks when people see that I own it. But I like it!

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
I'm sure most people watch this movie and think that it's really dumb. But I tend to make some awesome friends, and everyone that I associate with thinks that it's pretty great. This movie is so stinkin' hilarious to me. How hilarious? Brady and I still quote it, with a giggle. "THAT'S A LOT OF NUTS!!" "'Chosen One! *quack*' 'I'm coming!'" Is it weird? Yes. Is the fight with the cow scene stupid? Absolutely. Do you own it? Heck yes I do!

The Faculty
Is this considered a horror movie? If so, I guess I do like a horror movie. And more Elijah Wood... Hmm. I saw this expecting a crap movie, and it is. Kind of, nothing ground breaking here, but it's awfully fun. I can't help myself. Maybe it's the over the top seriousness of the situation, and how everyone reacts. Maybe it's Josh Hartnett in his totally cute greasy days. I don't know.

Space Camp
OK, come on, admit it. This movie is awesome! Look at that cast! It's Leaf Phoenix! This movie is all types of amazing. Jinx and Max! The amazing belt that apparently extends to a thousand feet long in space! They go to space! Come on what's not to love. "It's Space CamP"!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 13: The Book is Always Better

Now for movies that disappointed me when it came to going from book to screen. Of course I had to read these first. There aren't a whole lot of movies that I was disappointed in to the point that I hated the movie. So I don't hate these movies. Let me explain.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Everyone knows I'm a HP fan. Love the movies, and love the books even more. And even though the books are all better than the movies, I have never been more disappointed in a movie than this one. I blame the director Alfonso Cuaron completely. Although he brought the production value of the movies to greater heights, I didn't like the execution of the adaptation. I was never able to quite place my finger on the reason I didn't like it for a long time, until this summer. Brady and I were watching all of the HP movies before seeing Deathly Hallows Part 2. We were watching them in order and I realized that I didn't like the third one because it's cartoony! I feel that Cuaron was practically making fun of the Potter world. Every piece of magic shown is over the top and feels forced. It's such a shame really. The 3rd book is so great. Story wise, I don't like how they didn't build up the fear of Sirius Black, or how they changed around the events of the book, i.e. Harry getting the Firebolt, which would have helped build fear of Sirius Black. Ugh. I do watch it, because the look is great, the way the time-turner scene was done is pretty good, and the acting is better than the first two movies. But I hate how the whole feeling of the Potter-verse is so different from the rest of the films.

The Devil Wears Prada

I decided to read this when I heard it was being made into a movie and I really enjoyed the book. The story was interesting and had many moments of "Is this woman crazy?!" However the movie was really watered down. A lot of the emotion was taken out of the story. In the book Andy's personal life was a lot more difficult, which makes her work life all the more frustrating, which in turn makes Miranda Priestly even more vicious. So when I first saw this, I was pretty disappointed, which was strange when everyone else I knew seemed to really like it. I do think Meryl Streep did an amazing job as Miranda, (as if she wouldn't). I just wish she was given a few more meaty scenes. But over time, I've almost forgotten the book and I now enjoy the movie more, and I own it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

We Deserve an Ice Cream

Brady got a job! It's local (hurray for not moving)! It's in television!

After hundreds of applications, a few interviews and tons of tears (from me), Brady landed his first post graduate job. He will be working as a "Web Producer" for Magic Dust Television. They are producing a new show on ABC called Right this Minute. The show has only been on for a couple of weeks but they are syndicated and the show is on all across the country. Pretty cool, huh.

I haven't posted any pictures of Oliver in a while, so here are a few from the past month. From my phone.

Just lounging around playing xbox. He's got his dad's "game face".

He loves Cheerio's. Some go in his mouth, most end up in his seat.

Having fun with Dad one night. Doesn't he look so big in those clothes? I thought he did.

It's fun going out to eat now that he can sit in the baby high chairs. He likes being able to sit at the table with the grownups.

Ollie is getting super big. He may have finally doubled his birth weight. He has two teeth! (bottoms) He does not crawl yet. He won't even scoot or army crawl. I know he wants to, but hasn't figured it out quite yet. He still loves to be held, but not cuddled. We're trying to get him to "high-five", he actually does it, but I don't think he really gets it. Sometimes he'll hand something to us if we ask for it with our hands out. He's starting to get more and more wiggly and loud at church, so that's getting interesting. So far I've only had to take him out of Sacrament Meeting early two of three times, but Sunday School and RS/EQ is another story. Just ask Brady about the time Ollie flung Brady's glasses three rows, landing at the teacher's feet.
He's just so fun.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 12: Adaptation

I'm going to tell you what my favorite movie is, that was adapted from a book. So I have to choose something that I watched AND read the book. I tend to go through stages where I won't watch the movie until I read the book, like now, I won't watch The Help until I've read it. But usually I see the movie and think "Yay! Now I don't have to read the book!"

Out of the movies I've seen that I read the book before seeing the movie, there had only been two times that I thought "YES! Perfect!". One of those was the widely seen:

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
I actually love the whole LOTR trilogy more than the books, but I didn't read them until after seeing The Two Towers. So The Return of the King was fresh in my mind when I saw it and I was completely satisfied. The changes they made were totally perfect and "all those endings", were in the book, so they didn't bother me at all. Peter Jackson did an amazing thing and made these iconic movies actually better the iconic books, in my opinion. I'm so excited for The Hobbit.

The second movie that blew me away was the little seen:

House of Sand and Fog
I don't remember what exactly made me want to read the book before seeing the movie. I must have just known that one of my favorite actresses at the time, Jennifer Connelly, was in this movie with Ben Kingsley, who's awesome, and it's based on a book that was an Oprah Book club book. I found it just walking around Bookman's and I must have read it in a week. I loved this book. The author does such an amazing job of not "choosing sides" and it's just plain riveting. I saw the movie soon after reading it. I remember the movie being so close to the book and feeling that emotional pull between the conflicting characters. You understand both sides of their stories; maybe his more than her's, but it's great. Great adaption. Recommended.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 11: It's Tired In Here!

Today I'm talking about the movie(s) that make me fall asleep. Honestly, I can stay awake through any movie, but there are movies that I have put in to intentionally fall asleep to. Back in my single days, on the weekends, I would love to put on a movie and fall asleep to it. I don't do that any more. But here are movies that would put me out without fail.

Simply Irresistible

I'm almost embarrassed to say I even own this movie. It's pretty terrible. Bad acting, bad writing, weird story, so I guess it's kind of a guilty pleasure. It also can make me fall asleep in 20 minutes, 5 minutes when I'm really tired. It really has been my go to movie for night time and it's kind of a quiet movie so I know it won't wake me up.

The Manchurian Candidate
OK, so this movie is actually really good. I loved it when I first saw it so I bought it; and I haven't been able to make it through it awake since. This is a "fall asleep on the couch" movie, I don't know why, even if I'm wide awake when I start watching it, I'm asleep before it's half over. I do recommend it though, it's not a boring movie, the remake with Denzel Washington is, in my opinion, but not the original. Maybe I should try it out again.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 10: It's Learning Time

This is going to be my last post of the favorites in a genre category, I'm getting bored with them. But I'll tell you about my favorite documentary. I should say my favorite is something moving and groundbreaking, or something that changed the world. You know the docs like, An Inconvenient Truth, or Born into the Brothels, or The Cove, or Waiting for Superman. But those aren't my favorite. I've seen them once, and I'm done with them. BUT one documentary ever, has gotten repeated viewings from me, about 4 to be exact, and that is:

King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Don't get chumpatized!

This movie is so much fun yet, sooo geeky. It's about the rivalry between the world record holder for the highest Donky Kong score, Billy Mitchell, and a high school science teacher, Steve Wiebe, who tries to beat the score. Mitchell is the cocky creepy guy, and Wiebe is the super nice and emotional family man. Along with some other rather random "characters" in the movie, this movie is quite enjoyable and funny.

Here are some quotes from random nerdy people.

"I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs. I play video games, which I think is a far superior addiction to any of those other ones."

"I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to be the center of attention. I wanted the glory, I wanted the fame. I wanted the pretty girls to come up and say, 'Hi, I see that you're good at Centipede.' "


"If anybody wants to see, there's a Donkey Kong kill screen coming up."


"This rivalry is among the greatest: the Yankees and Red Sox... Hekyll and Jekyll."


The best exchange is between Steve Wiebe and his daughter, who must be the smartest person in the film:

Jillian: "I never knew that the Guinness World Record Book was so... I never knew it was so important."
Steve: "I guess a lot of people are... yeah, a lot of people read that book."
Jillian: [while directly looking at Steve] "Some people sort of ruin their lives to be in there."

My favorite quotes, that Brady and still quote to this day, especially now that we have a baby, are from Steve's little boy:

"Stop playin' Donkey Kongggggg!" "Wipe my butt!"

Other than the nerdfest, the movie is quite good, and you really feel for Steve Wiebe, (and his wife). It's fun, it's frustrating, it's a must see.

I really do like documentary's. There are some out there that I really love, but most of them are either too heart-breaking to watch again, or, although interesting, but may be boring on a second viewing, so I don't bother. But I recommend that people watch more of them, especially ones that aren't about penguins or made by Disney. You can really learn something about our interesting world.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 9: J'aime les Français

My favorite foreign film. This was easy.

Amélie My love for everything French may be a cause for my love of this film, or maybe just because it's just so charming! Audrey Tautou is so adorable, it's like this movie was made for her. Amélie is the perfect "escape movie" for me, it completely sucks me in. This movie is so unique and well french, that when I was in film school, I planned, if I was still single at 30 years old, I would move to France and work in the film industry there. Obviously, my life didn't go that route. So luckily I still have this movie to escape to when I want to feel a little Parisian.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Day 8: Sing it!

I love musicals! There, I said it. Fun times!

Favorite Old School Musical: Seven Brides for Seven BrothersI've loved Seven Brides for as long as I can remember. The music is just so good and catching. Howard Keel has an amazing voice. "Lonesome Polecat" is the best song sung by a group of men ever! And everyone should know who the cutest brother was. (Benjamin)

Favorite modern musical: Moulin Rouge!
When I first saw this with my mom, I think we sat in the theater afterward just saying again and again, "That was SO good!" We went and saw it again the next day. People tend to credit Chicago as the movie that brought back the musical, but it wasn't, it was this one, which came out over a year before. Who knew Ewan McGregor had such an amazing voice? My favorite song is "Roxanne" and "Come What May", which is the only original song in the film. I know tons of people who have tried to watch this but say they stop within the first 20 minutes because it's, well, a little crazy. People should give it another try though, because after those crazy (fun) 20 minutes, the movie is magic!

Favorite guilty pleasure musical: Newsies

During the lull of live action musical's, Disney made this. And it's AWESOME! People make fun of Christian Bale's performance, but I think that's just because of who he is NOW. I think he's great in this. The music is fun, the story is good. And Brooklyn's Spot Conlon? Yowza!

Favorite epic musical: The Sound of Music

It may be cliche to call this a favorite. But it is. I think it's Roger's and Hammerstein's finest work. I love Julie Andrews, I sometimes wish I could be her. Yup. I love the setting of this movie, seriously, Austria is gorgeous. When I was younger, I always wanted a puppet theater like the Von Trapp children had. I thought Liesl was really pretty and I wanted to look like her and have her clothes, especially the pink dress she wears when she dances with Rolfe. And the chemistry between Captain Von Trapp and Maria is priceless.


I don't think there's a single song in this movie that I don't love. My favorite is definitely "Edelweiss" or "I Have Confidence". Hmm. Now I want to go home and watch this. Have a musical day!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 7: Yay for cartoons!

Today is my favorite animated feature. I kept thinking about the great Pixar movies like Up, and Toy Story 3, both of which made me cry; but "old school" kept jumping in front. The movies that I fell in love with as a kid. A Disney loving kid. I know there are amazing non-Disney animated movies out there. Don Bluth made some amazing one's I love, like An America Tale and The Land Before Time. But my favorite is definitely, above all animated movies:

Sleeping BeautyHere's a list of reason's why

It's the perfect fairy tale.
Princess Aurora is the best! She really does choose love over all. She would rather live her life as a peasant girl with love, than a life of a princess without her man.

Maleficent is a great villain. She has horns! And she turns into a super scary dragon!
Prince Phillip is hot!
The animation is so cool and unique. I've never seen another movie with style like this.
Her name is Aurora!

I felt I had bragging rights to having the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland.

Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are the best fairy grandma's ever.
I love the music

This line always makes me laugh, "Now, father, you're living in the past. This is the 14th century!"

I could go on, but I won't. I don't know if anything will ever replace this as my favorite. It's just lovely.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Past Times: A day we all remember

Tempe Beach Park, Sept 10, 2011. One flag for every person lost Sept. 11, 2001.

So September 11, 2011 is here, yesterday. We remember where we were on that day.

Nicole:
I was at EAC. I remember being woken up by my alarm, which was always set to the radio. It was going off and I kept hearing news type dialogue, but being groggy and thinking it was just a commercial, I kept hitting snooze. I may have hit snooze 3 times before my roommate, Becca, came into my room. She told me that the World Trade Center has been bombed, or something of that sort. That got me out of bed. She said that her and my other roommate Emelle were going to her boyfriends house to watch the news, (we didn't have cable TV). So we immediately went over in our pj's. On the way there, listening to the news, the first tower fell. We saw the second tower fall on TV. We watched in stunned silence for about an hour, maybe two, or more.

My classes were canceled that day. The institute still held devotional, just like every Tuesday. It was somewhat comforting to get dressed up and listen to some inspiring words, although I don't remember what was talked about. It was a quiet day. I did a lot of wandering around not knowing what to do. I think we went back to Vern's house (Becca's bf, now husband) to watch Pres. Bush speak, but I don't remember the actual time of day everything came about. I remember my mom called me that evening, and it felt good to talk to her, I was grateful for my family living close to me knowing that they were safe.

Brady:
I remember waking up to my alarm and showering and getting ready for school. It was just another day as far as I knew. I headed out of my room and walked by my parents room to get some breakfast. I saw mom sitting on the edge of her bed watching TV, I said "Hi" and mom told me to come watch the TV. I didn't really know what I was watching, I just saw one of the Trade Towers on fire. I asked what was happening, but mom just thought it was a fire. They announced that it was a plane that had hit the tower, but not much else.

I watched for a half-hour and realized I was going to be late for early morning seminary. So I grabbed some cereal really quickly and headed out the door. I listened to the radio all the way to the church building. On my way there the second tower was hit. I couldn't believe it. I thought the first was an accident, but a second? I was driving with my mouth open for like 3 miles. Do you know those time when you arrive someplace, but don't really remember the process of getting there? This was one of those times.

I went into my seminary class and immediately asked what everyone knew about what was going on. Nobody knew anything more than I did. I asked the teacher what we should do. She told us to sit down and we sat through the whole lesson like the nothing was going on. After about a half hour one of the students came in late, and announced that the first tower had fallen. All of the students started asking questions and talking out loud. The teacher insisted we finish the lesson. Everybody was pretty antsy to go.

I arrived at school. Usually the way to school was crowded with crazy teenage drivers, but today was clear. Even the parking lot was nearly empty, which was very unusual for my school of 1700 students. When I walked into my first class for the day, there was maybe 5 or 6 kids. The TV was on CNN, and we sat there for an hour and watched. By the time I was in class the second tower had fallen down. After that the principal came on the intercom and told us to go to our home period classrooms, and to stay there.

I spent the majority of the day sitting watching TV. I think that was probably the only day that my mom would have said it would have been ok to sit and watch TV all day.

I really didn't know what to think. There was all of this going on and all I could seem to do was watch TV. It was a pretty shocking. Later that day I heard that they had put anti-aircraft guns on the Hoover Dam and around the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant. It was scary to think that they would consider shooting planes out of the sky to save some power plants.

I still don't know what I feel about those days, and its hard to put those feelings in writing. That's all that I have to say about that.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Day 6: I don't like this

Today is my favorite horror movie. I don't like horror movies. They do their job too well and they, well, scare me! I don't like being scared. I don't like the surprise jumps. Horror movies are not fun to me.

I've seen some, of course, and I'm sure I'll see more someday, but it won't be completely willingly.

Do zombie movies count as horror movies? Because I like Zombieland.

Is it too funny to be considered here? I thought it was really fun. I only jumped once and it was at the beginning, so by the end, I had forgiven it for that.

OK. I know there are well made horror movies, but I'm not going to be a good judge.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Day 5: Explosion!

Favorite action. Hmm... This one is a little tough. Should I consider the "adventure" genre as well, since they are usually lumped together? I think I'll just keep it simple and stick to action movies.

My favorite action movie(s) is/are:

The Bourne Trilogy

I. Love. These. Movies. The coolest fight scenes. (rolled up magazine, anyone?) The coolest car chases. The coolest character! Sigh. I love Matt Damon. I know a lot of people complain about the shaky cam in these movies but it doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I think it works great for these films. These movies have a great story, which is a rarity in action movies, and you can't help but root for Jason Bourne. Great fun.

I must mention my favorite action/comedy.

Hot Fuzz

This movie is so stinkin' hilarious. Brady and I watch this probably every other month. It spoofs on action movie cliches without being a spoofy movie. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are amazing together. I didn't mention it as one of my favorite comedy's, but it probably is.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy 7 months

For Ollie's 7 month birthday, we gave him a surgery. We needed to get a little something fixed. Besides the first 20 minutes after coming off the anesthesia, he did amazing and was in a good mood all day, even today he's been great. He was pretty loopy when we got home yesterday, which was kind of funny, and his face was a little puffy.

Pre-surgery in his little gown.

I'm grateful for modern medicine, good medication and priesthood blessings.