6 Halloween Movies For Teens!

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So, this post will generated for the teenagers in your life that want to explore the mysterious and possibly a little blood for this Halloween! There is not a cartoon movie on it, and I did that for a reason. No teen wants to watch a kiddie film, but I also didn’t want to go too far because despite the whole rating of PG-13, I know some parents will not approve really violent movies either, so I’m hoping I’ve picked out a well-balanced batch of films to satisfy their ever-maturing tastes!

Beetlejuice (1988)

In my last post, I talked about the fact that I was influenced by my sister and our friends to watch several of the films I had listed, but for this, all but the last two, I fell in love while watching them with my mom. Beetlejuice being the main boss, and even now if one of us see it on our guide, we’ll record it. However, I wasn’t a real fan of the character Beetlejuice, he used to scare the living daylights out of me! As an adult, I enjoy the dark tones throughout the movie. The abstract art (I know) and how much black Lydia wore in the film, but my ultimate favorite part is when Adam and Barbara go down into the underworld, I don’t know why I’ve always liked it but I do.

This is definitely not a kid-friendly movie as I remember watching it before I was the age of seven, and as I said, I was absolutely afraid of it. There are still scenes that make me uncomfortable, but for the most part I can get through it in one piece! It’s really funny, all of the characters are different and add an comical element to every scene. So, this is a good middle ground film for teens.

The Addams Family (1991)

Here’s an interesting tale for you, I actually remember watching the old black and white Addams Family episodes on TV Land years ago! I’m pretty sure I watched them with my papaw but I could be wrong too. Anyways, the films are very beloved between my parents and I, I’m not quite sure about Blondie as her tastes have always been in the adults section compared to mine, but she could still love it I guess! I think the first is the best, even though I do think the attempted killings of the baby brother in the second movie are pretty hilarious! For me, I just enjoy the weird brotherly bond between Gomez and Finister, and you should already know what I think about Gomez and his wife Morticia. She’s one of the fiercest women ever!

The Addams Family in many forms is usually very fun to watch, because you don’t want to believe that there are people out in the world like that, but in reality there are! They are also in many forms all around the continent, but the movies that came out in the 90’s are still interesting despite being close to 30 years old now! They’re fun movies and should be respected as such I think.

Casper (1995)

I have never met a person who doesn’t love the character Casper! If I was a ghost, lonely as can be, I’d probably do the same thing he did and force somebody to bring me a friend! I think the film in general is so good, and definitely a guilty pleasure for sure! There are scenes that are real serious but the majority of it is flat out hilarious! My favorite scene is when Casper cooks Kat breakfast, and basically scares her for the second time!

I know if a teenager is reading this post and wondering why I’d put this on here, is because it does still have some ominous elements featured, such as death, performing exorcisms, and the downside to the haunting of ghosts. It’s a nice medium of in between being a pure kid movie to a young adult, mostly because for the rowdy and slightly mean uncles: Stretch, Stinky and Fatso!

Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire (2005)

I really adore the Harry Potter films, but I had to really think of one that could fit this list, and the only one that has always made me feel uncomfortable is Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire mainly because of the games and how disturbing and serious the ending was when Voldemort’s physical form was shown and of course the death of Cedric Diggory.

There is a lot of graphic violence in every movie, but I always thought this was probably the worst because it was the first time where a beloved character was killed off in the story. I feel it would be too much for a young kid to watch that scene because it is pretty intense. I’m not saying the death of both Sirius Black and Dumbledore wasn’t that bad, I mean, they clearly were to everyone, but this was different. The whole tone of this film was darker and got you ready for what was to come later in the rest of the movies.

Twilight (2008)

Twilight came out before the premiere of The Vampire Diaries so it wasn’t even on my radar until about 2011, and I finally gave in and watched it for the first time because everybody around me, family included, kept driving me crazy about who I liked the most and when I didn’t have an answer to their question, they’d freak out! However, I’d get away with it once they found out I liked TVD, so that was my saving grace at the time! Anyways, I think the first movie and the final part of Breaking Dawn are my favorites! They both have different directors, so there are scenes that I think are perfect to set the tones apart.

Despite for the outside vampires: Laurent, Victoria and James it is actually really clean. You do have to keep in mind that it is about vampires and werewolves, so you know there will be lots of blood and graphic violence involved. The first film is the ideal teenager fantasy based, especially if your teen hasn’t watched anything like this before. I don’t recommend letting them watch part one of Breaking Dawn for the sex scenes featured in the story!

Dark Shadows (2012)

I watched this for the first time ever last Halloween! I decided that I was going to watch all of the spooky movies that appeared on Freeform that year, and this was the only one that I actually liked out of the four films! I really liked all of the female actors, they all had strong roles but my favorite was Michelle Pfeitter as Elizabeth Collins Stoddurd, she was intimating as hell, but then again I’ve always said that about Michelle! She scares me. Johnny Depp’s character Barnabas was creepy, but I thought he was a funny guy too. I’ve always had a tough time watching a Johnny Depp film, especially when he dresses up in full make up and basically transform into this other being that you can barely recognize him.

This is a perfect vampire based movie for teens that I could find, because it wasn’t too bloody but it still had those scary moments that (maybe not) everybody loves to watch during this time of the year! It was entertaining and kept my attention, even through the many, many commercials. I also know that the network probably took out the gory scenes, maybe that’s the reason why I enjoyed it so much! If you’re worried about that too, it might be better to have your teen watch it on that channel too.

I am not going to lie, but I am happy to be done with this section! It was pretty difficult to come up with films that I’ve watched more than once and that could be counted for teenagers! I was always afraid of paranormal things growing up and I can barely get through Ghost Adventures in one piece as an adult, so you can just imagine how I was years ago! Before I finish this, I want to add a couple of spooky television shows that your teen might like to watch if they’re not into movies: The Vampire Diaries, Shadowhunters, and Charmed. 

Do you have a favorite on the list above? How were you watching more mature scary movies or TV shows like these as a teen? Can you name any more that could fit the criteria?  

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6 Halloween Movies For Kids!

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Since I’m not able to decorate pumpkins this year, I had to come up with another Halloween-y post for you guys and I thought collecting a bunch of movies that you either have seen at different parts of your life or not at all. For this list, I decided to talk about what is kid-friendly, it might be movies you remember watching with your parents or at a sleepover with your cousins or friends growing up. I tried to board out my search of different movies and I really like the lineup I have so far, and I hope you enjoy them as well!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The first time I ever watched this movie was in seventh grade, weirdly enough three days before we went on Christmas break. There are not very many movies that can pass being two holiday movie lists, but this is one! Unfortunately, I didn’t want to watch it and was very happy to be sitting in the back of the room. It wasn’t until about three years later that I finally watched it on my own and I actually kind of enjoyed it.

I think this is a good, fun movie for young kids to watch because they will love the characters, but be careful they do show the Bogeyman and other monsters in the closet and under the bed, so there’s that part to watch out for the younger kids!

Halloweentown (1998)

I love Halloweentown! However, like TNBC I did not want to watch this when it aired on the Disney Channel one October night at a friend’s house. I wasn’t the bravest of kids in my age as you can see, but my sister and her friend stayed up and watched it. You’re never going to believe this, but I actually fell asleep before it even started, so at one point of time, I could fall asleep on cue apparently!

So what changed? I think I was always haunted by the fact that I couldn’t watch it back then that once I got into high school I was like, “you have to suck it up” and it’s been one of my favorite Disney Channel franchises, and my favorite one being Halloweentown High. The last one isn’t really the best because they replace Kimberly J. Brown to Sara Paxton. Nonetheless, the films are good and they’re not really dark, some of the costumes are a little “scary” for some young kids, but other than that it’s a Disney so your child should (grow to) like it very much.

Alvin and The Chipmunks: Meet The Wolfman (2000)

When I decided that I wanted to write this post, this was actually the first movie that popped into my head. I remember watching this as a kid with my sister, who would have been in preschool at the time. We rarely watched Alvin and The Chipmunks and honestly I haven’t seen any of the sequals of the newer films, so the fact that this made the cut is interesting for me. I try to watch it whenever it’s on, even if I miss the majority of it!

If you’re looking for a cartoon-ish, Halloween movie for your children to watch, I’d definitely recommend this because this is generally adorable then spooky. If you didn’t love the Chipmunks, especially Theodore, you will after watching this film.

Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire (2000)

This is another favorite of mine, that unlike the first two movies I talked about, this was easier to get into and maybe it was because Charles Shaughnessy was in it! You have to understand that when this came on, I was busy watching Full House, Mad About You, Family Matters, and The Nanny with my mother almost every other day with a bowl of potato chips for an afternoon snack when we came home from school! I don’t remember watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch so this is how I fell in love with Caroline Rhea for the first time.

You can find this on Disney Channel too! It likes to creep up on me sometimes, because there will be times where it’s easy to find but then they don’t play it at all and that part really sucks! It is a nice Halloween movie for kids, Charles is somewhat spooky but it’s mostly because of his accent and hair!

Twitches (2005)

I literally almost forgot about this one! It does help if you make sure you have the right amount of movies that it says on your banner before saying you’re done for the day! Anyways, Twitches is such a good movie, I’d say it’s a safe movie that discusses witches in general, but what I really enjoyed about it was seeing real twins Tia and Tamara Mowry play separated after birth sisters that are indeed witches. However, the real part I loved about it were Karsh and Ilena, they are absolutely hilarious and really bring the comic relief to this movie.

This movie has some dark tones in it, but I don’t think it’ll be that big of a deal for someone over the age of seven, but that’s only my opinion! I think kids will enjoy the fantasy and magic being shown between the characters, and will hopefully see through the character Thantos’s scary demeanor.

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Are you surprised to see a recent release on my list? I actually had a hard time finding movies that I had seen that would work for this, and HT was the only one that fit the bill. I actually enjoyed this film, unfortunately I have yet to watch the other two and I do want to see them, because I really like the cast who are voicing these characters: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, and David Spade just to name a few.

This film is really nice, it’s not too scary for kids, it could actually help children understand to never to assume the worst out of people. I actually like this direction of the story of Count Dracula, they made the character slightly approachable whereas how they will probably learn of the real story of him, so right now this is family friendly enough right now!

So now we’re finished with the first list! I had lots of fun telling kind of embarrassing stories of my childhood on my blog again.. Oh, just wait until we get to the adult post, you’ll probably be laughing at me while reading it. I originally had seven on this, but I realized that I had two movies that I haven’t really seen a whole lot, so I figured it would be easier to talk about ones that I have watched and liked throughout the years instead. Before I go, I wanted to list a couple of TV shows for kids that have a sort of a spooky flare: Goosebumps, Are You Afraid Of The Dark? and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.

What are your thoughts of the movies above? Which one is your favorite?

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4 Favorite Female Stand-Up Comics

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Since my absence on here, I’ve been finding interesting ways to keep myself entertained, mostly using Netflix to watch various movies and TV shows from all over the world–well actually, that’s a lie. They either based in Australia, England or the US!

For this post, I’m talking about comedy. I’m actually very picky and I’ve found out that in recent years that in every “funny” movie trailer that appears on YouTube, is most likely boring as crap! Bridesmaids was so boring. So because of this, I’m pretty hesitant when it comes to anything in the comedy genre. Now honestly, I think stand-up comics are different; instead of receiving a script for a role, everything is based on their real life. Of course, not everything that the person is saying is completely true, but if they can pull off the joke well enough, the audience won’t really care!

Unfortunately, whenever I go to watch a new (or old) comic special on TV or heck, even on YouTube, I’m actually cautious because of the fact that you have that underling feeling of not knowing is going to come out of that person’s mouth. I’m not highly sensitive to certain words or phrases, but I am concerned whenever a person is up on stage, mocking somebody with a disability of some sort. Luckily, it is very rare for this to happen, but there are a few people I do stay away from because I’ve heard them say something like that in the past.

I have thought about doing a post about my favorite male comics as well, but since my list on the women’s side is so short, I thought it would be easier on me to talk about them first.

Iliza Shlesinger 

I was introduced to Iliza in the same way as another person on this list. I love watching To Tell The Truth on NBC. I am usually more wrong than right, but I still enjoy watching it every Sunday! Anyways, I vaguely remember the episode that featured Iliza, I think she had short hair, and I just thought she was hilarious! I do remember her mimicking a sheep while asking a panelist a question and I thought it was weird but thought it was funny on how normal she would go into it and resume like she never said it at all!

I have successfully watched all FOUR Netflix specials, now that sentence wouldn’t sound so bad, if I didn’t mention that I watched four and a half of them in one month! She’s a fast talker whenever she gets on a certain subject, and as far as her topics, she tends to discuss feminism, friends, and sex. Iliza has a new special called Elder Millennial and she talks about being newly engaged (although now she is married) and the fact that she’s an older millennial. I think this one was my absolute favorite because I hardly had a chance to catch my breath before she would say something else that would hurt me so good.

Tiffany Haddish

I first heard about Tiffany in 2014, when we had the channel Epix in our package. They were advertising Jenny McCarthy’s comedy special called Dirty, Sexy, Funny and I guess I was really interested in it because I decided to watch it the night it came on, and I literally thought the whole thing was hilarious! Tiffany’s section was my favorite, although she was very dirty. Despite the fact that I am mostly afraid of awful disability comments, another one that I don’t like are sexual jokes. So the fact that I liked her enough to overlook that part has always floored me!

After a few years went by, I didn’t really hear much about her until she was in the movie Girls Trip and I remember seeing the trailer for that and thinking that this could be a good one. I also thought that about a similar girl-nights-out film Rough Night too and I didn’t enjoy that at all! Tiffany was really the star of this film but honestly her character wasn’t so out there (even though it was close!) the other actresses, Jada Pickett Smith. Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall were still prominent throughout the film. I thought it was a great comedy!

Ali Wong

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Ali Wong before I watched her Hard Knock Wife back in June. I literally watched it probably a week before Nolan was born, and I’m not going to lie I was tempted to tell Blondie to watch it, but thankfully a couple of weeks later she finally watched it or caught some of it on YouTube. I recently watched her first special Baby Cobra at the end of July, but I didn’t like it as much as the other one, as she discussed a lot about becoming a mother to a baby, the downside of that and labor and delivery. The story of meeting her friend, who also had a baby, was the funniest thing ever!

After watching her specials, I don’t see anything about her but I know she’s a mother of two so she could be staying at home, not wanting to do any shows at the moment. She mentioned in her first one that she was a writer on the show, Fresh Off The Boat but I don’t watch it and unless she features on it, I don’t want to see it.

Nikki Glaser

I found Nikki through To Tell The Truth like Iliza, unfortunately they were on separate episodes which sucked because I think they’re kind of similar. Iliza’s more animated, whereas Nikki is somewhat laid back, but Nikki is also like Tiffany too, as she tends to talk about sex quite a bit. Nikki is just a unique individual!

What gets me is that I’ve only seen one thing she was in, and it’s a Netflix special called The Line Up where it’s like probably 20 minutes of like seven people up on stage, telling jokes. I loved her episode, but she was like three out of seven people that I literally enjoyed. While I was working on this post, I was actually listening to her stand up show “Perfect” on Spotify. I love being able to do that, although I would like to see certain things like facial expressions. If you’ve never done that before, the most important thing to keep in mind is everything is uncensored, and that’s much better than suffering through Comedy Central and the commercials and beeps!

Oh, and she’ll be a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, she’s paired up with Gleb Savchenko and I’m definitely excited about it. It should be very interesting to say the least!

Honestly, I’ve never been interested in comics that everybody likes, and I don’t really know why, and this goes for both sexes too! I have watched Amy Schumer before, but I feel like she can be a hit or miss sometimes. I have even tried watching her films but sometimes I hardly think they’re funny and it really sucks! I don’t even watch Saturday Night Live either, because I don’t like Tina Fey or Melissa McCarthy (except when she was on Mike & Molly) and again, I don’t know why it happens.

Who are your favorite stand-up comediennes? What made you like them so much? I’m always wanting to discover other female comics, so if you have any suggestions leave them below!

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Why I’ve Never Joined A Book Club

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Today’s post is going to be a little interesting as it’s something that I’ve never discussed. You have a group of people who are interested in usually the same genres as you, or they could differ with each month or whatever, and after you’ve finished reading, you all get together and discuss what you thought about it. I think that’s a wonderful thing to do!

I’ve watched The Jane Austen Book Club a few months ago and really enjoyed seeing the lives of these women (and one random dude) get closer and unfold as they read all six of her novels. I am looking forward to seeing Book Club with Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen when it comes out on DVD. They’re reading Fifty Shades of Grey and that just cracks me up! I’ve also found a book that also talks about it too, called The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott. It’s been on my TBR list forever!

Funnily enough though, I’ve never joined a book club in my life. They always seem like a cool thing, but I have way too many issues to be able to do it. whether the excuse is my disability or can’t afford the book(s) itself.

I remember a time when I was a kid, once school was out, my mom and nana tried to get Blondie and I interested in reading, so they would sign us up for the library’s summer reading program. I absolutely hated it! I would constantly lose my place and stumble on my words, I’ll be honest, reading was my worst enemy. Once I started my freshman year though, something changed where I was allowed to read silently to myself. There were times when I had to read aloud in class, but thankfully it was mainly when we were attempting to read Shakespeare. The whole class was having trouble, it was just us who had issues with reading in general!

I don’t know if this counts, but I did take a class during my junior year of high school, called “Novels” and the teacher picked out four books for us to read, but I’ve also believed there was five, I just can’t remember it! The novels were: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Silas Marner by George Eliot, Night by Elie Wiesel, and Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. This class was only a semester and no, I didn’t have the class around Halloween, the creepy tones just happened by accident I think!

That’s the only “club” that I can say I’ve ever been in, but in a way you were forced to take the class if you need one or two English classes to build up credits, so even though the class itself was fun and everything, it was too structured. It wasn’t the teacher’s fault, he was awesome and he made it fun for us. They had an actual book club, but it was during lunch period and as much as I really wanted to participate, I just never had the guts to do it.

Now you’re probably wondering if I’ve ever thought about creating my own club. Well, honestly I’ve never given it any thought about it because who would join it? Besides it would have to be hosted online because I have no other option. I also don’t know about the various genres, because honestly I like only a select few and unfortunately not a lot of people enjoy them.

What about you, have you ever joined a book club before? If you have, what was your experience with it? Did you enjoy it as much as you thought you would? 

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Mini Wrap-Up Of 2018

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I have thought and thought whether or not writing this post would be a good idea, considering I tried to do it three times. As much as I know it’ll help me towards the end of the year, so I don’t have to gather EVERYTHING up and it basically looks like I threw up on a blog post–that would suck–so I kind of pushed myself to figure out my words to make this work.

Originally, I was going to add a special section about what’s going on with accomplishing my 2018 goals, but I decided to leave that at the end of the year instead. This is a list of the movies I’ve watched since the beginning of the year. I’ve decided to rate them as five stars, five being “loved it” to only one star to “hated it” but there are a few that I have not finished yet and so I’m debating whether to rate them or not, but if I feel like there’s no chance of me ever finishing it, then it’s another story.

The Movies Included In My “Coming Soon” Posts – 2017!

Sleepless – Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union

I am still in the middle of this one, and I’m not sure if I will even continue it. It gives you real “Taken” vibes and as somebody who has NEVER seen that movie, I’m a little iffy about it. I mean, it’s good but I don’t know. So I’d give it 3 stars right now.

The Comedian – Robert De Niro, Lesley Mann, Danny DeVito

This was a good funny contemporary film. It was a little dirty, but it was still pretty good though! So I’m giving it a 4 out of 5!

Tulip Fever – Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan

I am not finished with this, but in my defense it is a long movie! It’s good, kind of interesting because it has some historical content as far as how much we as humans value different things–included flowers! I love it because it’s set in the medieval days of Amsterdam . No rating.

The Fate Of The Furious – Vin Diesel, Dewayne Johnson

This was one of the first movies I watched, because HBO premiered it the first or second week of January! I hadn’t seen any spoilers for it and I’m kind of wishing I had, because there were scenes I cried, and the twists and turns, I certainly did NOT see coming, but god, was it good! 5 stars all around!

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr

I had every right to be iffy about this movie, but honestly I’m still feeling the same way. I thought it wasn’t the best, but keeping me entertained was successful. I’d still give it a 3 though.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson

This is another film that I have yet to finish, but it is on my list! It’s kind of funny, not as much as I thought it would but I haven’t even made it to the middle of it yet. It’s 2 stars at the moment.

Power Rangers – Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott

I literally just watched this film a couple of weeks ago. We had a free weekend of Epix and I recorded like nine movies throughout the four days! After I finished it, I saw that they may not do a second which really sucks because I actually liked it a lot! I thought it was interesting to make it feel like the 90’s show, but it also had modern elements too! 5 out of 5 stars.

Films That Came Out In 2017 That Were Not Included

Before I Fall – Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage

This was a very interesting film. I remember seeing the promos for this and kind of being curious about it, but also thought I wouldn’t like it as much but honestly I thought it was really good! Really sad, but still it deserves 4 stars.

The Sense Of An Ending – Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling

I found this, the same week the one above, which I thought was a little weird. I watched them both in the same day, I was a little proud of myself. I liked the story, even though the ending REALLY confused the crap out of me. So if you decide to watch it, just pay a little bit more attention to details and most importantly body language! 4 stars.

The Zookeeper’s Wife – Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh

Now I will say, I haven’t finished this, but I can honestly say I probably won’t because it was really sad and I didn’t like the fact that they had Jessica Chastain as the main role, when she’s clearly not Jewish or German!  No rating.

Going In Style – Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman

I have yet to finish this one, and I may not even go back to it, but who knows! Right now I have it as 2 stars.

Paris Can Wait – Diane Lane, Armaud Viard

I loved, loved, loved this movie! I am a sucker for travel movies of apparently any kind, as I’ve seen some weird combinations in the past! However, Diane Lane needs to do more of these types of movies because she makes them very fun and she also sells it a little more too. I just wish there were French translations down at the bottom of the screen though! 5 stars clearly.

All Eyez On Me – Demetrius Shipp Jr, Kat Graham

As I rave about one movie, I am a little disappointed with another. I absolutely hated this one, mostly because whenever they were doing the rapping scenes, it sounded like Tupac’s voice, not the actors. One star for this one.

The Book Of Henry – Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay

Funny story, my mom and dad recorded this for themselves but I’m the only one who’s watched it (and bawled my eyes out!) I don’t see them ever watching it, which is the reason why I deleted it on their DVR because after watching it, I told my mom that she’ll cry. However, I think it deserved 5 stars though!

Lady Macbeth – Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis

This is difficult, as I’ve never read too many William Shakespeare plays, but I do know something of the “MacBeth” plot, so to see this was pretty cool! You get to see the point of view of Lady Katherine, and even though I have yet to finish it, I actually do enjoy it. So I’m giving it, 4 stars.

Girls Trip – Regina Hall, Queen Latifah

Oh my gosh, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! It was very dirty, but I thought it was all freaking hilarious! It made me an even bigger fan of Tiffany Haddish. 5 stars.

Voice Of The Stone – Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas

I remember seeing the preview for this when I was doing my “coming soon” for the first half of 2017, but I decided not to add it, because it was a “thriller”, but I found it on Starz and I actually loved it! However, it’s like “The Zookeeper’s Wife” they used a popular actress instead of an Italian actress for the main role. So I’m giving it 4 stars.

Coco – Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Barnal

This was such a cute, but sad movie! Ugh! I saw all of the comments/warnings of it being that way, but I did not expect to cry through the entire end of the movie! 5 stars.

The Week Of – Adam Sandler, Chris Rock

I saw the promos for this twice and I actually watched it in one day. Oh my god, I laughed my butt off and it gave me flashbacks to Blondie’s wedding last year weirdly enough! 5 stars.

What have you been watching this year? No spoilers!

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Movies I Want To See In 2018! | July-December

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Well, I’m back for round two! If you have yet to read the first post, you can click here. I have got to find a better way to do this because between the fact that I am not exactly picky whenever I go through the list of movies or I chose to put every single trailer into this post, can be very stressful at times! However, with that being said, I still enjoy writing the posts every six months. It’s fun, but stressful too!

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez (July 13)

I was kind of conflicted whether or not I wanted to include this, because sadly I have yet to watch the second movie. I still want to see this, it looks like it’s going to be really funny from the trailer.

Shock and Awe – Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden (July 13)

I’m still a bit confused about this one. It looks likes it’s full of politics and I’m a little unsure about that part, plus the fact that it reminds me of the movie The Post with Tom Hanks and Glenn Close, as it deals with journalism too. So we’ll see what happens!

Christopher Robin – Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Jim Cummings (Aug 3)

Everybody is excited for the live animated of Dumbo and The Lion King, but I am so pumped for this instead! I grew up on Winnie the Pooh and I hope to get my little nephew on the Pooh train too! I kind of like this outlook though, it still has that familiar adventure element but makes it appear fun to both kids and adults too.

The Darkest Minds – Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Patrick Gibson (Aug 3)

I don’t know why I exactly put this on here. I did watch the trailer and liked it, but a part of me is still unsure about it though. It does look cool and action worthy!

Mile 22 – Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan (Aug 3)

Speaking of action, from the moment this trailer started, I’m not going to lie, I was a little hooked! This just looks great, even if Mark Wahlberg is in it. I like him, but not as much as everybody else does.

Crazy Rich Asians – Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan (Aug 15)

This looks absolutely hilarious! I am happy to see a movie that is about Asians, and it doesn’t have any martial arts in it. They’re not stereotyping Asians in that area, instead this looks exciting in a different way. Apparently this is based off of a book with the same name, so I may check that out beforehand.

The Wife – Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater (Aug 17)

I saw this trailer a couple months ago, and I was really curious about it, even though it seems to deal with some feminist themes. I am really excited about it, even though everytime I see Jonathan Pryce in a movie or TV show, I can’t stop picturing him on Game of Thrones. Ugh!

Peppermint – Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba (Sept 7)

I am iffy about this one. I will say, I am happy as clowns to see Jennifer Garner back in this bad ass type of role, but it just seems too much like Law Abiding Citizen for me. Now knowing that comparison, it probably won’t keep me away from it! Oh, if you’d like to know what the song is in the background, it’s “Exhumed” by Zola Jesus!

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Kiera Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren (Nov 2)

I saw this trailer back in May I think? I kind of wish they’d release it closer to Christmas since that’s when people like to see The Nutcracker in general, but I am very interested in this though. This seems so cool! It’s also nice to see Mackenzie Foy on screen again!

Nobody’s Fool – Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Whoopi Goldberg (Nov 2)

I literally saw this trailer probably three days ago, and I was laughing through the whole thing! I think Tiffany Haddish is freaking hilarious, a little dirty but I just love her! This just looks like a fun movie to watch on a casual night in.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Johnny Depp, Jude Law (Nov 16)

Yes, this has to be on my list. I’m really hoping that HBO will get the rights to it so they can just have a full on J.K. Rowling weekend. I have all 8 Harry Potter movies and the first Fantastic Beasts on my DVR! I just need this now! Thank god I’m patient.

Bumblebee – Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Dec 21)

I’m in the middle of The Last Knight right now, so I’m kind of hoping the reason why we’re getting this movie is because Optimus Prime killed Bumblebee. I’ve heard that’s a possibly, so in case it is, please don’t spoil it for me. I am still excited to see Bumblebee get his own movie though!

Mary Poppins Returns – Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw (Dec 25)

This is another one that has me very excited! I know a LOT of people are not looking forward to this reboot, but I am! I love Emily Blunt so I’m kind of curious on what she’ll bring to the table because let’s face it, nobody can touch Julie Andrews but since a lot of people have never heard Emily sing out loud, I think they’ll be in for a big surprise.

What are you mostly looking forward to coming out in these last several months?

snowflake

What Is My Happy Place?

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Howdy!

As promised in my post of Alison Wonderland’s album review, I’m talking about my happy place.

I actually had some issues when it came to putting a title together, I kept second guessing myself with saying either “what” or “where” is my happy place, because for many people out there, that exact place may not even exist. Maybe at one point of time, but it’s not there anymore.

So what is mine? It’s kind of like asking what my ideal day would be, it’s a hard question to answer. For most people, they’d probably say it would either be outside with the cats or sitting in front of my laptop, blogging, tweeting on end and I can’t blame them for automatically assuming those statuses, but it’s far from the truth.

As you may know, I love both history and music a lot. I do a massive amount of research for both topics on a weekly basis, because I am so interested in them, but not a lot of people know the back stories of them though and why I won’t exactly go to school for either subject, and that’s what I’m going to be discussing in today’s post.


First off, history. I’ve always been into various areas of history since elementary school. I remember learning about Pompeii while I was in third grade, we were given these little magazines and our teacher allowed us to look through and it had dinosaurs in it – this was before scientists were brave enough to tell us kids that they are more related to birds, and so had feathers! Anywho, it also had a section about the burnt bodies of both Pompeii and Herculean. I wasn’t allowed to watch too much gore-y stuff on TV at this time, but something about this was fascinating to me! I cannot tell you how many documentaries I’ve watched over the years about this one event.

I’ve never really been interested in learning American history. In my defense, having to take history classes every year was a little annoying! It was forced down your throat and it never became fun until I hit both of my sophomore and junior years of high school. I had World History and U.S. History, and even though we only had two weeks to learn one section at a time, I actually had pretty good grades in both of those classes!

Now you’re probably wondering how did my obsession for the British royals come about? Well, I like to throw the blame at my mom because she loved Lady Diana Spencer and still hates Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall! Honestly though, I wasn’t really interested in the royals as a kid. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I watched The Other Boleyn Girl and I was really curious about these early royals. At the end of the film, it gives you little pieces of information of what happened next and discusses Queen Elizabeth and it placed an “I” after her name and I did not what that meant and I kind of got curious about who was the second Queen Elizabeth and that’s how it happened!

Now let’s talk about the music part.

I had different family members trying to influence me in some way, but I don’t think anybody wiggled their way through the maze better than my mother! Since she was a teenager in the 1980’s, she was into the early days of hip hop and so I was given N.W.A., The Notorious B.I.G., and Salt n Pepa at a very young age. I was very much into West Coast rap music  because of her. She also got me into Mariah Carey and Prince too. So it was a whole array of different music coming and going whenever I was around her.

The runner up of the pack would have been my papaw. I have a lot memories of him listening to his fairly large stereo system in the living room. My nana hated it because he would have the volume up pretty loud, Christmas at my grandparent’s was interesting from time to time because it was sort of a tradition to have a Stan Kenton holiday album playing as everybody was unwrapping their gifts, but towards the early 00’s, his stereo suddenly stopped working altogether. He always said something was broken. He used to have a LOT of records, mostly of Stan Kenton, but he also had some Nat King Cole in there too, which I’ve always found interesting but in his defense, my papaw liked playing the piano so he generally wanted to learn to anybody who was good at that specific instrument.

Once I was in school, I was always influenced by what my friends were listening to, which is probably how I got into the boy bands. I actually don’t remember how I came about the Backstreet Boys. And I usually remember everybody’s origin story if you will, so the fact that I cannot figure it out is weird to me. Anyways, once I hit the end of high school and discovered the joy of rock music, I really dived into the genre as a whole and since I had nobody else, that was really telling me to check these bands out, I really got to do the learning all by myself and in those five years, I can safely say that I respect the pioneers but enjoy the modern rockers and different subgenres.

So these are my happy places, discovering new music for not only myself but for other people, which is one of the reasons why I was so into the idea of adding “music” to my normal routine on here! As for learning and speaking about different parts of history, especially the royal department, I am getting more comfortable about discussing it online but not exactly on here yet. That’s why I enjoy creating different themes with History Of Royal Women, because it’s a place where I can truly be out in the open with myself. They both have ways to keep me happy and distracted at times too!

What is your happy place?

snowflake