Category Archives: Movies

The Weekly Smile

I’m excited to report that I’ve just finished my list of A2Z items for the April blogging challenge! YIPPEE!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

I hope all my fellow bloggers are joining in for the joyous camaraderie of committing to post every day in April, except Sundays, and choosing a theme (or just go with misc.). I can’t wait to read the interesting entries I’ve seen so far ~ symbols and signs, creatures from mythology, a fruity motif, etc.

Anyway, my theme is romance reviews, and I’m doing about half novels and half romantic comedies. Tonight my focus has been on getting my list together, but I got stuck on some of the tough letters. That gave me a sad. I really didn’t want to end the day unsatisfied with an incomplete list. But then I had the idea to enter search words into my Kindle app (for iPhone) and OMG amazing! It found books I’ve already read and new ones that sound cool, so I grabbed samples to see if I want to buy them. Neato!

For example, I found a romance novel titled Until We Kissed, which is about a librarian and a writer. You really can’t get more perfect than that, amirite? I would never have found this book on my own without obsessively searching for a word starting with U.

I like apps that are dedicated to one thing. It’s becoming hard to search for things on Google and Amazon because they have too much ~ unless you already know what you want, of course. But sometimes it’s nice to browse. The Kindle app was more like being in a bookstore. I didn’t end up with kitchen gadgets when I wanted books. Not to besmirch gadgets. They have their place.

A2Z Blogging ~ Theme Reveal

First, please accept my apology for deleting the earlier post about A2Z April blogging. Thank you to everyone who liked and commented. I had too much multitasking going on and made a bunch of errors in the post and comments, so it’s best I begin again.

Second, I’m joining in the fun this year by committing to blog the alphabet during April. I already signed up on the official page and hope you do too. I know several of my favorite bloggers have also accepted the challenge. The more the merrier!

Third, my theme is romance reviews, specifically romantic comedies and romance novels. These will be positive reviews of some of my favorite movies and novels, nothing negative, and all my posts will be family-friendly.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

A. Alex and Emma, an underrated romcom gem.

B. Bet Me, one of my favorite Jennifer Crusie novels.

C. Clueless, a sweet romcom based on Jane Austen’s Emma.

I hope you will enjoy the posts, and I look forward to yours. Some interesting themes are happening! ๐Ÿ˜€

Honestly Cosmopolitan FU

So, I’m reading about one of those scandal idiots, as you do, something something the dad is a major Trump supporter according to Tom Arnold… geez let’s dig him up out of the trash heap for a quote ๐Ÿคฎ… clicking along mindlessly like a good robot when whoa I see a link to the worst movie from the year I was born.

Now, here’s some news I can use! I flip out of that site and over to Cosmopolitan and guess what? The list starts at 1983.

Nineteen fricken eighty three! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Granted, that was a pretty shitty year. First, I was fat, not gonna lie. Maybe not fat by current standards or some chart, but by my standards, for me. Second, there was that whole thing with Mark. Gahhh. After that, I thought why not move to California? Who wants to face another Chicago winter, this time with a broken heart? But third, as soon as I moved here my migraines got worse. ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Back to Cosmo, a magazine I religiously supported for decades, but now it can’t be bothered with women my age. Nope. We’re stuck with Good Housekeeping and AARP. Anyway, Cosmo says the worst movie of 1983 is Jaws 3-D, which is not hard to believe, since it sounds stupid on its face.

Confession: I only very recently saw the original Jaws, like in the last year, because my friends kept teasing me for having not seen it. Meh.

Okay, so now let’s go waaaaaay back (cue caveman music ๐ŸŽถ) to find the worst movie of my birth year, 1961.

Psych! I haven’t seen most of the movies from that year, so I can’t judge. I do note however that there are some gems: The Hustler, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, West Side Story, 101 Dalmatians, etc.

Game of Thrones returns in less than 30 days! ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ”ฅโ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’ซ

FPQ18: A-hole Artists

This weekโ€™s provocative question was spurred by the recent headlines about R. Kelly and Michael Jackson. A Lifetime docuseries, โ€œSurviving R. Kelly,โ€ along with Kellyโ€™s bizarre interview with Gayle King of CBS News, has sparked renewed interest in allegations of sexual abuse, manipulation, and inappropriate encounters with girls and young women. And HBOโ€™s documentary about Michael Jackson, โ€œLeaving Neverland,โ€ which focuses on his alleged sexual abuses of young boys, has also put his inappropriate sexual proclivities under the spotlight.

As a result of the highly inappropriate behavior of these two artists, many radio stations have ceased playing their recordings and people are removing their songs from their personal playlists.

So, my question this week is about whether or not you think itโ€™s possible to separate the art from the artist.

โ€œWhen you learn about highly regarded artists being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, especially with minors, can you separate the artists from their art, or would you refuse to listen to, watch, or read the artistsโ€™ works?โ€

Great question! First, I want to say that I am not convinced of MJ’s guilt by the conflicting testimony of people motivated by profit, especially given the fact that he’s no longer around to defend himself. But that’s a side issue to the question. My basic answer is that I do not separate the art from the artist. But in reality I am a bit more nuanced.

For example, I am disgusted with Woody Allen, from what I’ve read about him. He may not be a criminal, but he’s icky. And I don’t want to financially support that, no matter how “great” an artist he may be. So, I would not spend money on him. But if someone else had one of his films that I know I like (I only enjoy the ones where he isn’t a main character), I might re-watch.

Another example is Mel Gibson. He doesn’t fall into the above categories; he’s merely an anti-semite. Yes, I know he “apologized.” I think very little of apologies, especially from men after they’ve been caught doing something wrong. It’s easy for me not to spend money on any MG film, since I never liked him in the first place. The rest of you can wrestle with your consciences.

But what about the musical artists Fandango mentioned specifically? Okay. I don’t listen to R. Kelly, so he’s irrelevant to me. I do listen to old MJ songs sometimes, though I’m not a superfan. I will continue listening to them. I don’t see the big deal ~ he’s dead. I’m not enriching him.

What we need here is an example of a live artist I liked, who totally disappointed me, in order to discover what I would do. Luckily, we have such an example: Sean Penn. I loved him in several movies, such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Carlito’s Way. Then he became a traitor, so I quit liking him, and I will never see another one of his films.

NB: I don’t really want to debate the traitor thing. I respect that people have other views. This isn’t Facebook and I don’t intend to host a flamewar. I have no problem deleting nasty comments. Thanks for understanding. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Bash

Big bashes aren’t my thing. I’m not bashing bashes ~ in fact, decades back, I had fun at big, loud parties. But as my migraines have become more easily triggered, it’s just not that much fun for me to be in huge crowds. I prefer smaller groups where you can have a meaningful conversation or play a game.

Sometimes people act like this preference is a personality flaw, a thing I should feel abashed about, but why should I get over it? It’s simply a preference. I don’t ask them to quit liking huge, noisy venues; I simply decline the invitation to attend.

I’ve noticed this comes up a lot, that things about me are deemed inferior traits. Maybe that happens to everyone, not just me. I understand it’s how they get you to click on articles and then be subjected to ads. Just this morning (yesterday now, since I’m going to schedule this for Saturday), I read an essay saying that people with the Myers-Briggs type that end in “J” have the most trouble dating. I’m an INFJ.

The article didn’t give us tips on how to deal with being a J. Nope. It said we should work on being not-J. The main trait of the J aspect is a dislike of uncertainty. We are list people. We want plans, and we like things to be settled. What’s wrong with that? Why can’t we focus on meeting someone else who enjoys an orderly life? No! Says the article. Change into a la-la type who is fine with maybes and disorder.

Annoying. The article has disturbed me all day. I can’t even concentrate on this awful Jennifer Aniston romcom I was looking forward to.

Yes, yes, I’m all off-topic now, but no one is actually reading this, so like whatever! My consciousness is streaming, which is the important thing.

Till A Verse

This time, it’s the lovely Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel who has given me the nom nom. Thank you! I do enjoy displaying this pretty award. ๐Ÿ™‚ As we all know, I’m not a tagger, but I’m happy to jabber on about myself a bit more.

7. I received an invitation from an editor I worked with 7 years ago to submit a story to her new anthology, and that’s what I’ve been writing this past week (will send it to her today probably).

6. After I do that, I’ll return to writing Ghosted, the novel I worked on during the last two NaNoWriMos.

5. My latest poetry book Monochrome hasn’t done well, so I’ve just created a free promotion for it beginning tomorrow for 5 days.

4. I would be extremely grateful if people who have read any of my books would leave reviews, if you haven’t already.

3. I watched Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot last night on Amazon Prime (lots of the movies I missed after Movie Pass died are now free or inexpensive on Prime). It was pretty good, but depressing. I know it wasn’t supposed to be, but I don’t always emotionally react as moviemakers intend. Unless there’s an animal involved. Then you can count on me to react properly.

2. I paid to have ads removed from my blog, and now I’m happy when I view it in a browser (not signed in) and don’t see all those obnoxious ads cluttering it up. It’s not that expensive, especially considering that I’m using my blog to promote my writing.

1. I bought Rod Stewart’s new CD Blood Red Roses without hearing even one track first, and guess what? I love it! I’ve already played it repeatedly in the car, and it’s so good. Highly recommend. I’ve always loved him. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

NB: I found this interesting article about Rod and the new album just now while trying to google if BRR was the name of a shipwreck or what. Idk what the deal is with the title song, since peeps across the pond are so confusing with their slang and metaphors. Maybe a British blogger can help me out. ๐Ÿ˜€

Love at the Movies ๐Ÿ’–

Bee asks for our favorite love song from a film, and as I noted yesterday, I’m sharing two faves for the rest of the month (not much longer to go now).

My first fave is “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer, 1997. It was in the adorable romcom How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 2003, starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. Apparently “Kiss Me” was in other movies and TV shows too, but like who cares?

My second one is from Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock. It’s “She’s a Lady” by Tom Jones. The movie is from Y2K and the song was originally written by Paul Anka in 1970, but I think most people know and like Tom’s version best. This one is an extended mashup with the movie though. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜

Lucky ๐Ÿ€ 7

My Inner Mishmash tagged me in the 7 faves. Since a picture paints 1000 words, I’ll use photos. These aren’t necessarily in order of favoritism, some should be taken conceptually rather than specifically, and a couple are cheats because they include more than one thing. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’–

Double Shot ๐ŸŽถ

You probably noticed I missed the last two days of Bee’s music prompts. I’m sorry! But it would really have been cheating to share a favorite love song (or any song) from an opera or in a foreign language. I simply don’t listen to them and never have. It’s not like looking up oldies and remembering I liked one. Anyway, to make up for it, I’m going to share two (2) songs per day for the rest of the month in these prompts. Yay! ๐Ÿ’–

Today’s prompt is my favorite lurve song from a musical, and you’re gonna laugh (hope so), but I just adore “The Lonely Goatherd” from The Sound of Music (1958). And I love how Gwen Stefani mashed it up in her 2006 hit “Wind It Up.”


Lauraโ€™s Music Challenge

Three challenges from Laura are on the playlist tonight: a song I discovered in a film, a song I love from the 1960s, and a song from a band beginning with M.