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O is for Overboard [A2Z]

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Bonus O for this movie being set in Oregon. Now, I love Goldie Hawn… she’s been a fave of mine since forever. Loved her on Laugh-In, and one of the first romcoms I ever saw starred Ms. Hawn. I think it was called Butterflies Are Free. Besides that, she gave the world Kate Hudson, another fabulous actor! (I’ve reviewed two movies starring Kate in this A2Z challenge: Alex & Emma and How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days.)

In Overboard, Goldie is matched with her real-life sweetie Kurt Russell. Goldie plays a spoiled wealthy wife who is mean to hired carpenter Kurt. When she falls off her yacht and gets amnesia, her husband leaves her in the hospital so he can go party, and Kurt scoops her up to take care of his house and kids.

Hijinks ensue! Very fun movie, if a bit crazy. But aren’t they all? Mostly you have to suspend your disbelief altogether for movies, whether romances or thrillers or whatever genre. Just too many insanely ridiculous coincidences, amirite?

N is for Notting [A2Z]

Not gonna lie… I don’t enjoy many of Julia Roberts’ films. Pretty Woman? Meh. Steel Magnolias? Barf. Mystic Pizza? Nah. That one where she took swimming lessons and pretended to drown to escape an abusive monster husband? Eh.

But then we have Notting Hill. What is the difference between Notting Hill and those other movies? I’ll give you a hint and it rhymes with Clue Plant. 🤣🤣🤣

So, there you have it, peeps. Notting Hill: a reason to watch Hugh Grant do his witty, who me gosh I hadn’t realized I was quite this adorable no really would you like a spot of tea or perhaps later oh now is good well then now is good for me too.

/fans self/

M is for Married [A2Z]

Multiple bonus M’s manifest in today’s romantic comedy Married to the Mob. We have the stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Modine mixing it up with the Mob. Michelle is a Mafia wife married to a macho man who doesn’t believe in monogamy. When he is caught messing around with his boss’s mistress however, macho man is found murdered. That’s when Matthew moves in to solve the crime, and fall for mama Michelle.

It’s all fun and games until someone gets a bullet in the head. And heart.

If anyone has it in for the obnoxious Alec Baldwin, you’ll be happy to watch this flick. Even if not, Michelle P. is fun to see as a gum-snapping brunette.

L is for Lose [A2Z]

Here’s Kate Hudson again (we saw her way back in my first A2Z review for Alex & Emma), this time paired with Matthew McConaughey, in a very cute, very sweet romantic comedy: How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days.

The protagonists are at odds because Andie has committed to write an article about winning and losing a boyfriend in 10 days for the magazine where she works. When she’s out with coworkers they “randomly” choose Benjamin to be her pigeon.

But it’s not random because both are being sabotaged by other forces. Ben thinks he’s entering into a harmless bet, but little does he know…

I really enjoyed this movie. There was a lot of great acting by the side characters also, notably Kathryn Hahn and Bebe Neuwirth.

K is for Katherine [A2Z]

Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses, that is. This is one of my favorite romantic comedies. It again costars James Marsden, as Kevin here, who we saw a couple letters ago in Enchanted, but this time he’s brilliant and witty, not a bumbling goofball. He’s also gorgeous, but for much of the movie Katherine’s Jane is somehow immune to his charms because she’s obsessed with her boss.

That’s one triangle. Another is that Jane’s sister Tess (great performance by Malin Ackerman) has fallen for Jane’s boss, under false pretenses. A third complication is that Kevin’s boss has given him an assignment of doing an exposé on Jane. There’s a lot going on! I find this film highly enjoyable no matter how many times I watch it.

For a bonus K, Katherine also turns in a cute and funny performance with Seth Rogen in the romcom Knocked Up.

Laura’s Music Challenge 8

Woohoo! Here’s Laura’s challenge to put some music 🎶 in our Monday. Join in! 🎶

1. Post a video by a comedian that features them singing.

2. Post a video of a song that could be about a narcissist.

3. Post a video for a song that has a person’s name in the lyrics or title.

Confab [SOCS]

Fab is a word I associate with the Beatles, but sometimes it’s used to describe the 4 British Royals: William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan. For a short time, I used faboo as an expression of glee, but I quickly grew bored with it. I’m pretty much back to my boring old great! and yay! 🎉

Last week I stopped in Jo-Ann’s fabrics, but it wasn’t as much fun as I’d remembered. I think my crafting days are kaput ~ except for when my little granddaughter is old enough to make braided lanyard bracelets and paper flowers and beady things. That will be great! 😍

Fabricate means lie, like prevaricate… though they are subtly different. Fabricate is more about constructing a false body of evidence, while prevaricating is evading the question. But ultimately lying is lying, in my book. I think I forgot to say that in some post or other recently when were gabbing about this topic ~ I was thinking about saying that lies of omission were also lies, but then I omitted it! Oopsy. 😱

Finally, we have fables, which are a great form of storytelling. I’ve always loved fiction, but as an adult I’ve only enjoyed realistic fiction until fairly recently. But in the last couple years, something changed and I became more open minded toward fantasy in fiction. This led me into different genres, such as sci-fi, magical realism, magic in general, shapeshifter romance, time travel, steampunk, dragons… and of course culminating in Game of Thrones.

Have I mentioned that I really really love Game of Thrones??? 👑🐺🐉❄️🔥

12 Things via Life Lessons

Twelve Things I Would Most Like to Know About You 

If at least twenty-five people answer these questions and either give a link to their blogs in comments below or send the answers to me via email, Facebook or Skype, I will have a drawing and contribute an amount equal to the number of responders (up to a limit of $100) to the winner’s favorite charity. Please let me know if you do not wish to have your answers published, as I might share some of them on my blog.  Okay, the race is on! I’m going to be very disappointed if no one plays along.

Who in your opinion is the sexiest man (if you are a woman) or woman (if you are a man) who ever lived?

It’s so difficult for me to answer this. I’ve only known a small number of men (and wouldn’t pick any of them, lol). I hate to go by looks alone, if we’re talking celebs, since my working theory is that the better looking a man is, the more of a jerk he’ll likely turn out to be. But super funny, super smart men (my idea of sexy qualities) can be jerks too, even if they aren’t great looking. Okay, fine. I’m going with Jon Bon Jovi who is super hot, a great singer, appears to have been true to his wife all these years, and doesn’t boycott Israel like other idiot celebs.

What favorite food do you rarely eat and why?

Seafood fettuccine; it’s expensive.

What would your closest friends be most surprised to find out about you?

That I’m not as liberal as people assume just because I’m pro-choice.

Who is the most famous person you ever met and what were the circumstances?

Not exactly “met,” but I was buying a Sunday paper at a newsstand in Beverly Hills in 1988, and Mick Jagger jumped out of a limo to buy one too. He waited in line behind me like a normal person, and when the guy in front of me knocked over a stack of cassette tapes, Mick and I helped him pick them up.

What famous person would you most like to have as a close friend and why?

Jeff Bezos, so he could more favorably algorithmize my Kindle books.

What is your biggest regret in life?

That I didn’t go to Northwestern.

What is the strangest pet you ever had?

I’ve only had normal pets.

What is the item of clothing you have owned for the longest period of time?

A warm coat from my Chicago days, but I’ve hardly worn it since.

What object in your house holds the most nostalgic value for you?

A bunch of things my daughters made and bought for me, photo albums, plus a few keepsakes from my mom too.

What question do you wish you had asked a deceased relative but didn’t?

I wish I’d asked my mom for the info she had on other family members.

Who in the world (relative or not) do you most resemble? 

My mom.

What is your favorite footwear and why?

Comfy black moccasins… cuz they’re comfy and go with almost everything.

“Okay!!! The game is on. Don’t make me say at this advanced stage in my life that no one wants to play with me!” ~ Judy

Laura’s Music Challenge

Laura has a new set of music challenges for us this week. Join in!

1. Post a video of a song by a solo artist from the year you were born.

It says this song was recorded in 1960 and released in 1961, so it’s a perfect match.

2. Post a video of a song in which the video stars a once or currently popular actress or actor.

I looked up songs that had actors in the vids, and they were all new songs I didn’t know, so I’m cheating.

3. Post a video for a song that has a color in the lyrics or title.

FPQ18: A-hole Artists

This week’s provocative question was spurred by the recent headlines about R. Kelly and Michael Jackson. A Lifetime docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” along with Kelly’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 HBO’s documentary about Michael Jackson, “Leaving Neverland,” 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 it’s possible to separate the art from the artist.

“When 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 artists’ works?”

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. 🙂