REVIEW | Becoming Cary Grant

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Recently, I watched a very interesting documentary film called Becoming Cary Grant that premiered on Showtime on June 9th. The film is about the life of actor Cary Grant, who is known as one of Hollywood’s leading men from the 1940-50’s working with such directors like Alfred Hitchcock.

Cary Grant was born in Bristol, England in 1904. His given name was Archibald Leach, which while he was on tour in the U.S. he mostly used the nickname “Archie” with his last name as his persona. It wasn’t until he moved on to making big budget movies that he finally changed his name and became an American citizen.

He had been married four times, and only had one child, a daughter named Jennifer with his third wife Dyan Cannon. He was a very private person, as you find out watching the film how sheltered he’d become throughout his time in Hollywood and then you also find out how he became such a bad husband to his wives as well. The documentary draws the story of his life using reenactments, sections of his unpublished biography (read by actor Jonathon Pryce) and then the home videos Cary himself captured throughout the later years of his life.

I find the film to be very interesting, I was thoroughly entertained but before I ever started watching it I kept getting him confused with Clark Gable. They’re both similar between their slick black hair and sturdy roles except for the fact that Clark always had some facial hair! If you like the stars of the 1930’s through the 1950’s, I think you could enjoy this as well!

Have you seen Becoming Cary Grant yet? If you have, what did you like about it?

For The Love Of Musicals

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It’s crazy to think I’ve actually never talked about my love of musicals! Well, that’s actually not true. I have said some things here and there, but never fully explained how it got started and what are some of my favorites! So I figured this would be a good opportunity to do it now!

A little background story!

Funnily enough, I’ve been interested in musicals for YEARS! It had to have started whenever I was in concert choir in middle school. Now I know I’ve said this a few times, so I apologize if this is your second time hearing this part of the story. When it was musical season, our choir director would basically take time out of our class periods to do things in the auditorium and set up certain things. We would go back and forth between the auditorium and the actual room, so he could keep an eye on us.

When we were in the auditorium we hardly did anything but talk, but at least we were all in the same place, whereas when he’d leave us in the room, he’d set up a different musical for us to watch. In the two times I was in choir and four seasons of musicals they did, I’m pretty sure I saw like 10 musicals! One of which was Newsies and it was his favorite, but I saw it 3 times! Twice in one year actually! I’m making him out that he forced us to watch them all, he’d try to threaten the people in the classes that if they pay attention or got any louder we’d be quizzed on it. So I always feared that would happen considering how many times I told everybody to shush! Honestly though, I did enjoy watching each one! I really liked choir and singing, but my thing was the dance numbers! Those were my favorites! After the first three films we ever watched, I did grow to love them a lot.

I’ve been fairly proud of myself for still being interested in musicals after high school. I’m pretty open on the different topics. I wish I could watch some of the older ones though. I remember one day my choir teacher showed us a scene of Bye Bye Birdie and I remember all of the yellow dresses and that it featured Dick Van Dyke but we never got to finish it and I’ve never seen it since. It’s basically one of the reasons why I keep Turner Classic Movies on my channel guide!

Some of the musicals I remember we watched were: The Wiz, Damn Yankees, South of the Pacific, and Camelot (this was the film our teacher told us that has the first actor that played Albus Dumbledore in the first Harry Potter films in it!).

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Now let’s talk about some of my favorites!

Grease (1978)

I don’t remember what year it was when I first watched this movie. I think it was either a year or two before I had my surgeries though. I watched it with Blondie and a friend. This was the first time I was introduced to the whole 1950’s culture. Surprisingly I loved the fashion, the dresses were very pretty! I love a period piece even if it is for a musical!

I was a bit shocked to see John Travolta in it as a young dude! I had been watching different movies with him in it for a few years before I saw this. I was familiar with his dancing skills but not at this level. I really love the big dance scene in the gym, where everybody’s doing these different moves and tricks! It’s so hard to pick a favorite in the film, but I think my favorite characters are Rizzo and Frenchy!

From Justin To Kelly (2002)

This movie has a LOT of people hating on it. Even Kelly Clarkson hates it! I sort of understand why people don’t like it though. It is a bit corny in parts, finding your soulmate on spring break and losing them even though they all commute around the same places! And the whole thing of putting Kelly and Justin’s characters together was even worse!

I have to say this was my first musical I ever watched on my own! I don’t think my choir teacher would ever see it. I don’t even remember why I bought it. I want to say it was given to us as a gift considering we saw the American Idol finale at Shriner’s while I was recovering from my surgeries. My mom and some of the nurses were watching it. I think we got like a year or maybe three years afterwards. So I had heard of what everybody had been saying about it. I didn’t care–still don’t. I still like the songs and dances, even the clothes were awesome! At one point, I even tried to get the same hairstyle and color into my hair, didn’t look as cool as Kelly Clarkson I’ll just say that!

The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

I actually saw this movie while I was in concert choir. I had actually tried to dodge it in the previous years after it came out, but you weren’t given that option in choir so I watched and kind of enjoyed it! I still try to shield myself from the scene when the phantom comes into the room from the mirror. I was haunted by that for a few months or so afterwards!

This was my introduction to the play, it wasn’t until probably 2012 that I found out there were a couple other versions and films but I really enjoyed Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler in it. This was definitely the reason why I love opera so much! I don’t know very many because some do give me headaches but I’m hoping one day I will be able to experience a real ballet/opera/play one day!

Dreamgirls (2006)

I remember watching the previews for this movie, but I think it took me like two years after it was released to actually watch it. So I kept hearing about the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for the entire film and Jennifer Hudson!

I liked how it wasn’t necessarily directed towards just Beyonce, which is what I was worried about while seeing the trailers. Everybody has a role, whether it’s a main or supporting. They each have a different story to tell within the plot. Some of the things I really liked about the movie itself were the costumes, the scene where they’re at Cesaer’s Palace about to perform for New Year’s Eve and they are in those blue dresses! I loved them so much and then the last scene of their farewell performance and they’re in those gray/purple dresses! They looked so beautiful!

My favorite songs were “Family,” “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “When I First Saw You,” “Patience” and both versions of “One Night Only”

Burlesque (2010)

This is probably one of the most recent ones I’ve seen! I’ve seen a lot of remakes, not any originals lately. And yes, I did watch this because Christina Aguilera was in it! Don’t judge me!

I have never heard of burlesque before I saw this, so the fact that there are some actual differences between just stripping your clothes and this was very informative I thought! I really like the glitz and glamour despite not having the guts to do it myself! I really liked the characters, Kristen Bell basically plays a bad girl and not only was this Xtina’s first film but it was Julienne Hough’s first too! I really loved both Cher and Stanley Tucci’s characters, they were hilarious and Stanley plays a good gay guy!

Are you a fan of musicals? What are some of your favorites? 

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How I Got Interested | Anastasia Romanov

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Back in May, I wrote about my love for Anne Boelyn on the anniversary of her execution. I’ve been a supporter of Queen Anne for so long that I felt if there was one royal that I could freely talk about on here, it would be her, but my knowledge of British royalty goes back a little bit further until reaches out to the current royal house: Windsor.

In today’s post though, I wanted to discuss another previous royal family that I have always been interested in since I was a young girl. Like most children of the nineties, we all watched the movie Anastasia and fell in love with the myth of the one Romanov family member to survive the end of the empire in the early 1900’s. Of course, it was all fictionalized of the demise of the Romanov family.

There was a real Anastasia Romanov but she was one of four daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and his British wife, who was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Tsarina Alexandra Fedorovna. Their children were Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia and heir apparent Alexi. Their son had the disease haemophilia, this is where the blood can’t clot properly so there’s a lot of bleeding after suffering any other damage to the body, even if it’s a simple bruise. This was a serious condition back in the 1800’s to mid 1900’s as there wasn’t any antibiotics for it that could help.

I don’t remember how I came to know the origins of the Russia’s last royal family, I think maybe a teacher had told us because it was popular among my friends, but I don’t think I was told by anybody in my family though. Not because they didn’t know about it, I just don’t think they wanted to explain the brutality of their murders so that’s how I see that piece of information wasn’t passed down to us.

I don’t know how I get started with these different families through the films I watch and why they’re always of people who were killed at the hands of somebody else. If anybody’s counting, that’s two already! I’m in the next post I figured a more happier royal, if there is such a thing.

How did you figure out that Anastasia Romanov was actually a real person and not just a made up princess for a movie?

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Movies I Want To See In 2017 | July-December

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I am back with the second part of the movies I would like to see in 2017! I’m starting to find a way to put up both posts to start their sections, however I’ve found it’s best to not be too organized because whenever I go to look up each one on YouTube, sometimes the trailers are not available and then I feel stuck. I only share the ones that trailers out, that way in case other people have no idea what I am talking about, they can watch it afterwards!

Honestly though, I have only seen two of the films I listed at the beginning of the year. They are Beauty and the Beast (my sister has claimed Belle as her favorite and yet she did not watch it with us – she hates British accents!) and the other was Finding Dory. This spring has been a roller coaster so I haven’t pushed to see anything. It’ll be around September I might actually get to make a dent into my list, at least I’m hoping so! If you would like what I added onto part 1 you can read that here and I hope you enjoy this list too!

Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 17th) starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr. and Zendaya

I would be lying if I didn’t said I’m still unsure about this film. Granted I loved the fact that Iron Man brought Spider-Man into the whole fighting scenes in Captain America: Civil War but I still love Jake Gyllenhaal as Peter Parker. I mean, he looked like nerd, not so much on the high school student but you get the gist. I’m actually surprised with myself though because sometimes I like the reboots, but I am just iffy about this one. I’m also not a big fan of Tony Stark either so that might be another reason why I’m feeling all weary about it.

Atomic Blonde (July 17th) starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, and John Goodman

I saw this trailer back in late March and fell in love with it immediately. I saw it after bawling my eyes for the new Logan trailer. I still don’t know what it’s about, but I love action movies especially with badass characters in it. Let’s be honest though, anything where Charlize is kicking somebody’s ass is usually pretty damn good! And that’s enough for me. Oh, and James McAvoy’s in it too!

The Dark Tower (August 4th) starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey)

As I’ve heard on Twitter that this was based off of a book? It looks like it was, that’s for sure! I found it to be interesting that Idris is essentially the “good” guy and Matthew McConaughey’s character isn’t. I mean, these two are often flip flopped in their roles but I like it though. I think it looks pretty interesting!

Detroit (August 4th) starring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, and Kaitlyn Dever)

I was unaware of this film until I actually saw it on Wikipedia’s list of films being released this year. It has the feel of a biopic essentially, based on a true story of what happened in Detroit in the early 70’s. A section sadly I’m not familiar with so I’m betting I would enjoy this!

Wind River (August 4th) starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner

Sometimes on the captions included on YouTube, beside the actors that’s featured on the film can say what category the movie is in, well I had been seeing “thriller” for the past two weeks and then I watched the trailer and thought it was interesting. I think it’s like a drama/thriller, kind of like Side Effects and The Girl On The Train. 

The Glass Castle (August 11th) starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts

I read either at the end of the actual trailer or somewhere that this film was based off a book, so I think I might hold out seeing it and read the book first, but it does look good. Again, Woody Harrelson is in it so it’s going to be good!

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (August 18th) starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman

This looks like it’s going to be absolutely hilarious! Let’s be honest both Ryan Reynolds and Sam Jackson are funny as crap, but it’s a comedy mixed in with an action film. I’ve found a few of these over the years that seem like a good mix but I end up don’t liking as much as I thought I would, so despite thinking it looks good, I can’t say anything indefinitely that it’ll be great, I’m hoping for it nevertheless though!

American Assassin (September 15th) starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Sanaa Lathan

I think I just put this film on here because of Dylan O’Brien and Sanaa Lathan. I do love these types of movies though, they put a LOT of fight scenes in and gives you an insight into the mindset of training too! Just watching the trailer made me want to know more, and then I found out it was based off a book and that kind of made me want to purchase the book first, like the other one!

Victoria and Adbul (September 22nd) starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal

I think I might’ve started a problem. If I saw this, I would literally have seen three different women play Queen Victoria in the last year or so! Emily Blunt was in The Young Victoria (2009) Judi Dench plays the older version of her after the death of her beloved Prince Albert in this film, and last year I started watching Victoria on PBS played by Jenna Coleman. I still think this looks very interesting though!

Justice League (November 17th) starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher

I had to hold off on putting this one on the first post. I was very shocked to see the trailer of this like a week after they released the first promo for Wonder Woman in February I think. I’m still unsure about Ezra Miller playing the movie screen version of The Flash. I still think Grant Gustin would have been better, but you know! I’m excited to see Ben Affleck as Batman again, and really glad Jason Momoa is Aquaman!

Wonder (November 17th) starring Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, and Owen Wilson

I saw this trailer circling around Facebook after it was first released, but I didn’t give in to it because I figured it was one of those sad commercials, which in a way I was right. I still cried but it was because the story itself seems very cutsy and inspiring! I’m just happy it comes out at the last of the year so I can watch it in peace once spring comes around!

What are you looking forward to the most? Have you seen any of the movies I included in the first post in January?

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5 Disney Sequels I Love!

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I know a lot of people rarely like the Disney sequels, mostly because they usually come out whenever the children that fell in love with the original are a little older so their interest is lower and sometimes they don’t have the same actors and lose the plot line and that sort of doesn’t help either, so not a lot of people share my love for the sequels, but I’m okay with that. I tend to only love the second movie that comes out. I’ll watch the other sequels afterwards but I hardly ever like them as much. And yes, I am writing this post because of Frozen is getting a sequel itself! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write it though!

I tried to rate them according to keeping the theme of the original plot and voices in characters. Hope you all enjoy!

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1.) Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998)

I can barely get through the first Lion King film in one sitting, mostly because of Mufasa’s death. I could barely watch it when I was a kid but we didn’t have the power to fast forward that whole scene in the 90’s unless you wanted to stand up against the VCR for the whole time! One of the drawbacks of having a physical disability.

I loved the fact that they gave Simba a daughter, because I felt as though it would be payback for how Simba was when he was younger. She gave him a round for his money! I was always confused though, at the last of the original you ultimately thought the cub that Nala gave birth to was a male, so when you watch this and you see that the color is more of a orange-y hue and its a female, it makes you ask “did the other one die?” Another drawback was Kovu, was he or wasn’t he Scar’s son? I thought Scar was a good villain until I saw Zira. I thought she was ruthless!

Kiara was my favorite like Nala was my favorite in the first film. I liked the name too! I think my favorite scene of all-time is when both prides meet to fight and Zira’s group get all muddy like they put on their war paint and that whole part was amazing! However, it does make me a bit sad though! I did enjoy seeing Timon and Pumba getting their hands (and hoofs) dirty again!

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2.) Toy Story 2 (1999)

If you were to ask me which I preferred from the first Toy Story movie and it’s sequel, I’d probably have to choose this one! As I mentioned in my last Disney movie post, I didn’t necessarily mesh well with the first one as I do now! Now for this one, I did but I don’t know why.

I hated the fact that Woody breaks his arm and he gets put up on the shelf, it broke my heart and then to top it all off, he gets stolen after trying to rescue another toy! I loved how Buzz and the others go after him though. One of the things I really thought was interesting on how they played on a collector’s mind, he had every character and merchandise of the show; people have collections of Funko pops and My Little Pony, it’s fine to collect toys just don’t go stealing something that doesn’t belong to you!

My favorite character is Jessie, so quirky and terrified of being abandoned and the dark. Two of my greatest fears! I also loved the song by Sarah McLachlan, first off, it still makes me want to cry everytime I hear it, but it’s so beautiful and goes with that scene so well. As far as my favorite scene though, I think it’s a cross between Bullseye licking the cheese puffs off of Al’s fingers and when Woody is getting a makeover from that old man, he just reminds me of my papaw!

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3.) Lady And The Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure (2001)

For these next three movies, I haven’t seen them for the last 12-14 years. They are hardly ever played on Freeform or NickJr (don’t knock it until you try it!) so I had to look into the layers of gifs to figure out what the crap they were about again!

I love Lady and The Tramp in general, I wish it was aired more on TV! I remember the second film was one of the most-watched movies I watched while I was busy recovering from having my surgeries in 2002. I loved Scamp’s rebellious phase, the opening of the movie was typical of a male puppy. At least, it became typical when Blondie and Brandon adopted Chipper! He has yet to calm down! I thought the 3 sisters were annoying though, I wish there was one of them who was at least friends with Scamp. Thank god for Angel though.

I loved the dog pound guy, but mainly because he sounded like Don Knotts. Unfortunately, since I haven’t seen it in a long time, I cannot chose a favorite scene. Sorry!

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4.) The Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea (2000)

I absolutely love this movie! Again, as I mentioned in my last post I always had  love/hate relationship with the original film because of the context. Although it has some disability undertones, I’ve never really enjoyed it. So the fact that I actually enjoyed the second was interesting.

I thought the beginning was adorable! The birth of a princess named Melody, who looked more like Prince Eric than her own mother, wanted to learn everything she could about the sea and since Ursula’s sister came to crash her big day as a baby, she never got to truly understand why her mother wanted to keep her safe and out of the water completely. What is it about these rebellious characters that I like so much?

I think my favorite scene was when she was given that necklace in the beginning and we got to see Flounder as an older fish? And have his own set of kids. It made you have many feels! I feel like that this was as close to the original as possible just backwards, instead of wanting to have feet, Melody wanted fins and in the end everybody gets their wish!

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5.) Pocahontas II: Journey To The New World (1998)

I really loved the first Pocahontas, but I happen to love anything about the Native American culture, even as a kid. Sadly, I’m not as interested but I’ve discovered a few other cultures over the years, in each one the other sort of dies down. I do go in spurts though so it’s not like I hate it.

I remember when this move came out, since it was direct-to-video I think dad or somebody in our family bought it and then when I had my birthday either that year or the next, my family friends surprised us with another video of it. I’m not going to lie, we kept it in case we ever lost the other one. Sad to say, but I’m pretty sure our cat Oliver threw up all over the case so we never got to open the spare! This is another one that I haven’t seen several years, so I’m not as descriptive as I have been with the others.

Were you a fan of the many Disney sequels? If so, which ones are your favorites?

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OOTD: Wonder

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Today is the day that the new Wonder Woman movie comes out starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen! This post is not sponsored, I just bought a new WW shirt and decided to publish the outfit post because it felt right!

This will also my second DC superhero T-shirt that I have in my closet after the Batman shirt that my mom swore was apart of Marvel – you should have seen her face when I told her that Wonder Woman wasn’t part of it either! Anyways, I bought it when I got the other shirt at Walmart; I don’t remember if I had mentioned it in my last post that I found both of the shirts in the men’s section because half the time when I purchase tops they don’t fall off my shoulders! The necklines are so nice to me!

The shirt is mostly in different shades of gray, but has a comic version of Wonder Woman on the front. She’s located right in the middle of the shirt, she’s basically the only colored part of my shirt. She has her red and gold colors that everybody is familiar with. My mom made the comment as soon as I looked down on my arms, “well, one hand is covering up her face and the other has her hoochie!” Thankfully whenever I move my arm over on the armrest you can actually see her face, which makes me feel better! I can’t do much about the arm because it’s too low!

Now my pants are a pair of leggings I found on accident, they weren’t located in the regular section. They were in the middle of the walk way between the little boys and shoe sections! Out of all the leggings there, I only grabbed one because we were worried that they didn’t wash well, it was too strange for them to be there so my mom and I were having a hard time taking them seriously! Anyways, they’re a nice solid blue, on the left sleeve there is the word “Fearless” in caps and I always want to wear them with my superhero shirts and I think this one works well with them!

The cats in the background are eating leftover french fries and in the last picture, that was my sister’s arm on the side! 

What do you think of this outfit? Yay or nay? Are you going to see Wonder Woman this weekend? 

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REVIEW | Disgraced

Last time I reviewed a basketball themed documentary because it was still March Madness, well on the 31st, I watched another one that was similar, but instead of a happy ending this one wasn’t…

Showtime premiered Disgraced and it was about an incident that happened at Baylor University in 2003 involving the entire basketball team. A college student and basketball player Patrick Dennehy, was shot and killed by another team member who was supposedly was his best friend. Patrick and the one who shot him, Carlton Dotson were again supposedly paranoid about another teammate Harvey Thomas and his friend and cousin, Larry Johnson after having them over. The story goes that both Harvey and Larry had guns on them and were using them to scare the boys from accusing them for any wrong doing.

Later, after feeling extra paranoid of their situation, they in turn buy their own set of guns and told their other roommates that if Harvey or anybody else came looking for them to not let them in. So clearly, this raises some flags I would say! I guess though, they went to their coaches and asked if they should go to the police, their main coach Dave Bliss, said to keep things “in house” meaning don’t tell anyone as I imagined. This is where things began to get very strange because within a few days later Patrick Dennehy ends up missing and it’s within these days that people are now looking into the team and the coaches of Baylor University.

I was very much amazed by the amount of things discussed or in some cases, not talked about it within the mystery of how Patrick is dead and how Carlton, who was like a brother to him, would kill him. I mean, if they were as paranoid as they said to be, the mental statuses of Carlton kind of makes sense. You’ll learn more about what I mean when you watch the film. My thing was what the coaches did though, assistant coach Abar Rouse recorded the head coach, Dave Bliss as they began to create a cover up for the rest of their team on how much they knew about the situation of their players. Now a lot of people would think this was wrong and that he should have went to the coach and told him about his feelings about it, but like everybody said he was literally backed into a corner and Bliss even told him “I can hire and fire assistant coaches at will” now would you want to tell him after hearing that? I wouldn’t, I’d probably record him too honestly!

The film was very interesting and like my dad told me too, they’re not the first ones to have this type of scandal and sadly, I don’t think they’ll be the last either.

So did you watch Disgraced yet? What were your thoughts on the documentary?