Showing posts with label entertainment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label entertainment. Show all posts

03 December 2017

Movie Versions : Annie or Annie? Finney or Foxx?

Always used to read the comic strip about Little Orphan Annie as a child. Saw the movie version “Annie”, released 1982 which starred two of my favorite actors, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett. Very much enjoyed it and would recommend watching it. Can't believe this film already celebrated its 20th anniversary!

 

By contrast: Never saw the film remake version with Jamie Foxx, released 2014. But it's a musical too. [ Watch trailer for Annie (2014) ] Mike Carter publishes a movie review blog called Back Seat Viewer / Movie Reviews and he thought they “did really good with the update while giving plenty of respectful nods to the original material”. Based on his review and recommendation you might want to put this family-friendly flick on your watchlist or in your video library. 


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24 November 2017

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Meaning

Which film did you first see the lovely Julie Andrews?


The Sound of Music OR Mary Poppins?

Fell in love with Ms. Andrews, when she was “a problem” to the sisters at a convent in Austria; she was cast as “Maria” in “The Sound of Music” (Release Date March 2, 1965).  But she wasn’t really a problem.  In fact, she was just an ordinary young girl, who … married a rich widower, became a good stepmother to his children from a previous marriage, and fast forward … together the entire family – all being extremely talented singers organized themselves as a singing group and escaped from their country which was taken over by the evil Germans.  The movie was based on a true story.  But let’s face it!  Sometimes real life is just not all that.  Not to a 10 year old anyway.  It was the sound of the music that won me over.  “Climb every mountain … follow every rainbow, ’til you find your dream”.

By contrast, became fascinated and fixated on Ms. Andrews when she arrived on the scene, by way of umbrella, as “Mary Poppins” (Release Date August 26, 1964); an extraordinary nanny with amazing powers who could do all sorts of wonderful things. Must confess, never bothered to learn the meaning of that famous word or break it down.  

Figured “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” must be describing who she really was or something she was able to do. (O.o)  It was an accomplishment for me, just to learn how to spell the word. But now I know what it means too and I like it! :)

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Meaning

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Cool Tumblrs : Movie Reviews Written as Haiku Poems

Found the most amazing entertainment blog! On my list of Cool Tumblrs, this blog ranks Numero Uno!! In fact, this blog is Number One no matter what platform it's published on.  

The publisher writes movie reviews in haiku. 




Takes quickie movie reviews to another level.  Right?  This person should have a segment on one of the entertainment TV shows where they come on at the last minute and recite their movie critique/poem for a new movie release.  It would only take 2 or 3 minutes.


The post archive dates back to 2005.  Even found a few movies that I never heard.  The only thing that could blog even better would be to include foreign films, i.e. not made in America or not made by Americans.


Here is the link to the haiku of a Johnny Depp movie that everybody was raving about.


  Black Mass | Review in Haiku





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20 November 2017

My Picks for Best Harrison Ford Movies

Most people remember Harrison Ford for his roles in Star Wars, or as Indiana Jones, or as the mature CIA intelligence analyst Jack Ryan. Yes, he is loved for his portrayals as all of these memorable and admirable characters. But if anybody ever asked me … which nobody ever did … so the information is being volunteered … these are the 3 best Harrison Ford movies ever made! Don't even argue with me about this. I will defend my choices to the bitter end!


What can I say? Have always been a sucker for a good love story and these were all good love stories! The first two movies - Witness and Frantic - the plot is intense! The third movie? You say to yourself: Love overcomes everything!



Witness Frantic Regarding Henry



Witness

Frantic

Regarding Henry



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19 November 2017

Movie Review: Flame of Stamboul (1951) (Reblog)

An alternative title for this blog post could be:  "Welcome to the World of Double Oh!"  Check out Double O Section, a blog for reviews of all things espionage like this 1951 movie.

"After the defeat of Germany at the end of WWII (and the end of the Forties spy classics that went with it) and before James Bond came along, most spy movies were simply crime movies with exotic settings. But as the Cold War warmed up, a few managed to subtly buck the trend in the 1950s, in some ways presaging the direction the genre would go in the Sixties, following 007's explosive cinematic debut. Columbia’s B-programmer Flame of Stamboul, directed by Ray Nazarro and starring the future governor of Hawaii Richard Denning, is surprisingly such a film. ..."






This blog's first post is dated October 2006 and is titled simply "List"; "a Top (double-oh) Seven list of people in the world of fictional spies to keep an eye on."  Interesting list.

It's 2017 and this amazing blogger is still publishing posts. Sharing the link below to the latest post.




06 November 2017

Do You Love Reading Children's Books?

The little kid in me enjoys reading and also listening to children's books.


Commercials make fun of adults who won't be seen enjoying their favorite kid's cereal, but what if they were caught reading a children's book?


Do you enjoy reading books for children? Not reading children's books to children for their education, entertainment and enjoyment. But do you - the adult - like reading them?



Several years back, my spouse and I contemplated the idea of writing books for children. We even had ourselves tested to see if we had the necessary skills and aptitude. We were looking for a means of earning income, while working from home and caring for our young children and thought this might be a viable solution. The test results were persuasive, so we decided on this path to pursue our financial goals. We will never know if we would have been as successful as the author of the Harry Potter books. After a few manuscript rejections by various publishers, we turned our efforts to more practical, more immediate, income earning opportunities.

Although no longer interested in writing books for children, I discovered something about myself that I did not know. I thoroughly enjoy immersing myself in children's books. Not reading them to my children or to children; but I like reading them for myself. Yes. It's an indulgence.


Many books written for children, adolescents or young adults are about 100 to 250 pages: a quick read. Those marvelous children's picture books with their exquisite illustrations are even shorter reads; about 25 pages, pictures included. But what a wonderful distraction they are from the daily grind of work, housework, grocery shopping and other mundane chores. They're so adventurous and other-worldly. Reading children's books actually refreshes and energizes me.


During the course of our failed attempt at becoming children's book authors, I found numerous writers in this field that I wish I had been introduced to when I myself was a child. I had never heard of many of them and yet they were award-winning, outstanding, notable, respected authors. Laurence Yep, Katherine Paterson, Madeleine L'Engle and Jane Yolen are four such writers.

So, if you're wondering what would be a guilt-free indulgence to set yourself free from your daily routine for just a few moments, try reading a children's book. Choose books by the authors mentioned above, or if you don't know where to begin, visit Al's Book Club for Kids. Oprah also publishes a Kids' Reading List. Although these lists were created with children in mind, they are perfect for those of us who want to indulge our inner child.



References:

Suggested link: Children who have published books and have made an impact on the world of literature. Click this link to read Literary History: Children Authors. It's fascinating!



( NOTE: Full article previously published a YAHOO Voices.  YCN website shut down.  Portions of republished various places around the web. )


02 November 2017

Amazing Fact Generator

This website is extremely popular so the information presented in this post may not be news to many of you. But for those who have never heard of it, check out this site called “Mental Floss”.


Better yet, need ideas for something to write about?


Have a go at the tool they refer to as the Amazing Fact Generator.


For example: 
  • FACT! Every film John Cazale appeared in was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.



That's Fact No. 48639



Isn't that cool?



So my only question now is: 
  • Who is John Cazale? (O.o) 

Need to do a little bit of research to find out, but he could be mentioned in my next blog post. Who knows?  :)




21 October 2017

I Don't Wanna Fight ~ Tina Turner

I admire Tina Turner. She was a strong soul sista. There came a time in her life when she was a “turning point”. She is a role model to women who are in abusive relationships. She shows them what they need to do. Especially if children are involved. I liked this song because I can feel Tina's heart and soul in it when she sings it. Her heart was bleeding and she knew the best way was to just move on. She picked up the pieces and walked off!!



Image credit:
Tina Turner Wallpaper by eltonandtinafan, on Flickr


In my opinion, “All the Best – The Hits” and “Simply the Best” are her “best”! 



She is retired now and for your information, she performed her last concert in Austin, Texas, my current hometown.  I did not attend but according to those who did, she was Tina Turner all the way to the end!!  :)









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18 October 2017

2,500 Movies Challenge | Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) (Reblog)

I love old movies. On the hunt for a recommendation and came across this movie review of "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982) starring Steve Martin (of "Saturday Night Live" fame). This blog is published by "Dave" and he plans to review a total of 2500 movies. This reblogged movie review is Number 1060. It was posted in 2010. As of June 2014, he was still posting! So much for setting yourself an achievable goal.


2,500 Movies Challenge:
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid


FYI. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is available as an Amazon Instant Video.



Sunday, June 11, 2017
#2,367. A Night to Remember (1958)
Almost there!






Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
#2,442. Fear, Inc. (2016)
Almost there!










Classic Movies: The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

I heart classic movies.

  • True stories about shipwrecks or ships lost at sea always tantalize you. You just got to know what happened! However, if you never really quite know all the truth, you can always make something up!

  • The Wreck of the Mary Deare is a classic movie which stars two powerhouse American actors, Gary Cooper (1901 - 1961) and Charlton Heston (1923 - 2008). Based on a novel by Ralph Hammond Innes.


The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)



Ships have been setting sail for centuries and either never reaching their intended destination or never returning home. Time passes and the reasons why they vanished remain lingering question marks. Sometimes the vessels are located or what's left of them. But even if the revelation of what really happened is totally reasonable and makes perfect sense you are still left with the thought that – the people who were there didn't get to tell the real true unfolding of events. If you happen to be an extremely talented British novelist with a flair for thrilling adventure and suspense, you could write a book. If you're a really good author, your book may be adapted to film.

The Mary Celeste is a real ship. Its captain, Benjamin Spooner Briggs set sail heading for Genoa, a seaport in Italy. This Atlantic mystery has been unfolding since January 3rd or 4th, 1885, when … when … let's just say that using all of the facts, information and possible plausible explanations gathered, she has earned a reputation as being “the most famous ghost ship”.

The Mary Deare is the name of a ship in a work of fiction written by Ralph Hammond Innes (1913 – 1998) titled “The Wreck of the Mary Deare”, published 1956; which was later adapted to film by the same name, released 1959, which starred two of my favorite actors, Gary Cooper (1901 – 1961) and Charleston Heston (1923 – 2008). It's now in the collection of Turner Classic Movies. Thank you, Ted Turner, for preserving these precious moments in cinematic history.

The fictional Mary Deare is eerily similar to the real-life Mary Celeste. Similar or not, can't pass on an old movie with two powerhouse American actors like Cooper and Heston.
 

The Wreck of the Mary Deare 1959

TheWreck of the Mary Deare - from Warner Brothersstarring Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston - Directed by Michael Anderson




References:

Innes, H. (1956). The Wreck of the Mary Deare. New York: Knopf.

"The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) - Overview - TCM.com." Turner Classic Movies. TCM.com Is Part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Digital Network., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2015. <http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/1522/The-Wreck-of-the-Mary-Deare/>. LEONARD MALTIN CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE, COPYRIGHT 2005, 2010. USED BY ARRANGEMENT WITH PENGUIN GROUP (USA) INC.


Ralph Hammond Innes. 2015. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 16 January, 2015, from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/253683/Ralph-Hammond-Innes



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