Favorite Family Friendly Films!

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You know, I look at my sister and wonder about her sense of humor a lot. She can laugh at the silliest things! She will share different videos on her social media outlets and even at family gatherings, that can be both scary and shocking at the same time! How can she (and Brandon too!) think some of these ridiculous things can be comical? I credit myself for sticking to myself on what makes things funny, and I usually always go for movies that have very few sexual and offensive jokes in it. I enjoy the cleaner and fun family friendly movies.

This list is complied of different comedies and dramas that I’ve enjoyed both as a teenager and an adult. To me, they’re timeless and I can actually see some relatable things in the film; I find it a bit odd that there are characters that remind me of the cleaner versions of my family members! If you’ve never seen any of these movies or haven’t watched some of them in a long time, I strongly suggest you make time in your day to watch one or two at least.

Father Of The Bride (1991) – Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, Martin Short

I actually watched this movie for the first time in a really long time a few months ago! My mom recorded it back in January and she’s the one that showed it to me. Growing up, the two of us kind of enjoyed the second movie better, but after I watched it after all this time, I thought this was better!

How is this relatable though? Well, I literally saw things in this movie that we dealt with my dad before Blondie got married. There were WAY too many similarities! I also want to show this to my dad and say, at least she didn’t want a wedding planner like Franck! Now that I’ve watched it, I find it very cute and yes, I cried while watching it and as I remembered Blondie’s own wedding. I was sort of a mess by the end of the night!

Beethoven (1992) – Charles Gordin, Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile, Sarah Rose Karr

This movie always makes me cry! The beginning would just break my heart, nobody wanted him and when somebody did, they wanted to hurt the poor guy! I remember watching this a lot as a kid, and blame it on my sister to always pick it! She was like a damn ox, she could get through every sad part in a movie, whereas I am definitely my mother’s daughter who usually has tears rolling down my cheeks before the climax of the saddest scene ever!

I think one of my favorite scenes is when Beethoven goes off on a little afternoon adventure and finds a child who will share an ice cream cone with him. Now as an adult, I find this absolutely disgusting (even though my dad does this with ChiChi with both Popsicles and suckers!) I just thought it was so cute back in the day! I also love the doggy standoff at the end of the movie. You have this row of both large and tiny dogs ready and willing to attack these dognappers and that crazy vet.

Casper (1995) – Christina Ricci, Malachi Pearson, Bill Pullham, Cathy Moriarty

One of my favorite movies from my childhood is Casper! I always found it weird that I was never interested in ghosts or spirits after watching this though!

This one also makes me cry. Man, every single one has made me bawl my eyes out so far! I think it was last scene while the “human” Casper is dancing with Cat, and James sees his dead wife Amelia float up to him, those scenes always get me going but as bittersweet they are, I do enjoy the film as a whole! The uncles are absolutely hilarious and I have been known to quote some of the infamous scenes too.

Dr. Dolittle (1998) – Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Norm Macdonald, Chris Rock

I love this movie, but if you were ask other members of my family, they’ll probably tell you that the second was better! The bear was freaking hilarious! Anyways, this was good, but I think because of how serve the tiger’s condition was, it made my mom, Blondie and I all cry our eyes out!

I really loved the funny scenes involving Lucky, the drunken Monkey, and Rodney the Guinea Pig. The part where Lucky (poor dog) is getting checked out at the vet and that German Shepherd is like being dragged across the floor because he knows he’s about to get fixed and he’s basically pleading with his owner with “please, I’ll never look at another poodle again” and yet as one walks right out of the door, it immediately captures his attention, after they pause to let them through the doorway, the poor dog is back to begging. Of course, the best part is when it’s Lucky’s turn and the vet just without warning just puts his hand up Lucky’s butt and the only thing that Lucky can say at that moment of impact is “Hello!” I just crack up instantly, because it’s the best if not the only reaction, one would have at that moment.

Rush Hour (1998) – Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Elizabeth Pena, Tzi Ma, Tom Wilkenson

This is a movie where you can watch in the morning, afternoon, or late at night. It’s one of those that can help boost your mood because it is just so freaking funny. Even though, this is a movie where watching it in closed captions should be a requirement because you can have a little bit of trouble understanding Jackie Chan in certain scenes, I still thoroughly enjoy it.

Cheaper By The Dozen (2004) – Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Alyson Stoner

When my mom recorded the remakes of Father Of The Bride, I actually found this one playing on Starz quite a bit and I instantly had to watch it too. It’s been a really long time since I’d seen it, but I do remember the laughs and especially the pranks played on Nora’s boyfriend Hank, played by Ashton Krutcher. Gosh, he was so perfect for that role, because he was so funny as this stereotypical model, only thinking of himself. The younger kids were the best jokesters on the planet.

I know I probably could have added a few more onto this list, but I actually had to remove a couple because I think I will do another post that’s similar to this post, because it involves animals. I actually have three other movie inspired posts coming soon, so you’ll have to keep an eye open for those too!

What are some of your favorite family oriented films? Are you a purist when it comes to comedy or do you mind it being a little obnoxious like my sister? 

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REVIEW | Andre The Giant Documentary

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Last month, HBO really decided that the month of April would be about documentaries, so at the end of March, they played Judd Apatlow’s two part film about Garry Shandling, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t remember him or any of his work, but I did think it was a very educational and funny film dedicated to this comic legend. After that, they aired another one that I had my eye on for a while and we’re going to talk about it on this post: Andre The Giant. And finally the last documentary was about Elvis Presley,  I did try to watch it but I didn’t really like the format of the people were interviewed, so I never finished it.

I’ve always heard about Andre The Giant, through my dad. While I sat in my room, trying to watch the film, I told him about it and he said to me that he saw or met him while in Louisville. Yes, I believed him. My dad at a younger age probably liked wrestling, I mean, he still likes to arm wrestle! The only thing I know about him that I didn’t get from my dad was the fact that he was the inspiration for Shrek.

When I started watching it, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into. I just thought it would be a regular documentary about a fairly large legend of the wrestling world. Honestly, I was right on a certain level, but there were parts in it that I absolutely hated about it.

As somebody who doesn’t know really anything about Andre Roussimoff, as a person, I thought we’d get to know more about him and more of his condition: acronmegaly. They interviewed his family and they did talk about how he was as a young lad, even showed us a handmade wooden chair that his mother had made for him, but they didn’t really explain more about this condition, they just showed us the affects of it. I wish his family were a little bit more open about how Andre himself felt about this when he was younger. They just rushed into the wrestling.

In the beginning of every film, they gave the different production companies that helped get it out to people. One of these companies was in fact WWE. At first, I thought this was a nice gesture because he did a lot to make wrestling a lot more interesting. Although, I felt being called “the eighth wonder of the world” is a little mean; it gave me a sense to the circus people with their disabilities on display, and it made me sad, but I also had to keep an open mind at the same time, because sometimes people will do anything to get work. Some people strip, others will do bodily harm.

Anyways, back to what I saying before. I really thought WWE’s big boss Vince McMahon Jr. basically called the shots for this documentary because for some odd reason, we stopped talking about Andre’s life in the middle to discuss about the rising of Hulk Hogan’s career. Yes, I realize there’s a part of it that needs to be talked about because he and Andre hashed it out before Andre retired from the sport itself, but there was a large amount of information about the start of how wrestling in general became a big thing to cable TV that took over the documentary, and a part of me was really mad about this, because first I thought people were treating him like a freak of nature and now I really got the sense that they were using his name to showcase the WWE name.

Overall, the film was pretty good. It gave me a better sense of this gentle giant. I did feel bad for him later on in life because of his sheer size and amount of fights he’d do in the wrestling world, that people would stare at him in joy, horror, and pity. It was a very enlightening documentary to watch as somebody who doesn’t really like MMA, which considering my story I’m writing, does contain a bit of it.

Did you watch Andre The Giant yet? What did you think about it? What were some of your thoughts?

Favorite Dance Films!

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I’m back with another list of films. This time, we are going to be discussing my favorite dance movies. I will say this, I have a lot. I actually wrote out a few movies one night on my To Do List pad, and I only had like four movies and then before I went to work on this post, I went on Google and realized “wow, I missed quite a few!” so it grew to like eight movies total!

I was going to open it up a little bit and add the singing aspect of it, but I figured we’d be here forever, so if you’d like to see that list, just let me know!

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Dirty Dancing (1987) – Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Okay, first off if you are going to have a “favorite dance movie” list, Dirty Dancing has to be somewhere on that list, whether it’s at the top or somewhere in the middle is up to you, but it has got to be on this list in general!

I actually wasn’t introduced to this movie until later on in my preteen years! I think I saw it the same time frame I watched Grease for the first time. I love both of them just as much, but Dirty Dancing is probably my favorite though. This is such a sexy, but fun movie! I think I had more of a crush on Jennifer than I ever did for Patrick! As you’ll find out in this post, I like both ballet and ballroom dancing and I’m happy to say I enjoyed both before watching the dancing competitions on TV! And yes, I watched and absolutely loved that Jennifer went on Dancing With The Stars a few years ago!

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Center Stage (2000) – Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Peter Gallagher, Ethan Stiefel

I want to say that Center Stage was probably second dancing movie I ever was introduced to, but I cannot figure out who showed it to me, because I think I was still in middle school when I watched it the first time, but I think I might’ve watched it on Oxygen one afternoon and ended up liking it a lot. This has happened once before with Where The Heart Is. 

This one introduced me to the dark sides of ballet, between the concerns of the dancers weight and limited space in different companies, after finishing it I remember thinking to myself “maybe it is a good thing I’m disabled!” I’ve always loved all kinds of dance, but ballet is at the top, even though I’ve never seen a real show or know any of the meanings or stories of the ballets besides The Nutcracker.

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Save The Last Dance (2001) – Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr

I remember my mom told me about this movie when I was little, her words were “it has a big car explosion in it” and when I did eventually watch it with her, butt explosion wasn’t as big as she had explained. However, I ended up loving the story so much that I didn’t really care! Everything about it was brilliant for somebody at my age, because I learned about loyalty, standing up for myself, and seeing passed somebody else’s differences. I don’t understand racism and I still hate that I see specks of it everyday and I feel very ashamed of my ancestors who ever owned slaves centuries ago.

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You Got Served (2004) – Omarion, Marques Houston, Steve Harvey, Jennifer Freeman, Meagan Good

You know you’ve seen a movie too many times in your life, when you don’t need to look up anything about that certain film because you know everything about it! I was addicted to this movie when I was like 13 or 15 years old. I watched that DVD so many times that I think by the time I started my sophomore year, it stopped working for me, and the same goes for the soundtrack too!

After getting into STLD, I figured this one would grab me and never let me go too! I loved the atmosphere of it, the dances were so crazy and yes, the last battle is probably the best of the movie. I usually always cry while watching it but it is so sweet!

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Take The Lead (2006) – Antonio Banderas, Alfre Woodard, Rob Brown, Yaya DeCosta, Laura Bernati

This is the second movie that I got into that involved ballroom dancing, but I think it showed you more of the styles than Dirty Dancing. I thought it was an interesting film the first time I watched it, as high schoolers are fairly difficult to “break” as they don’t like to listen and generally hate dancing with a partner. It takes a very patient and clever person to make this happen!

Fun fact: Yaya DeCosta was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model a couple of years before this came out. I really loved her in this movie and she looked beautiful in that purple dress! And yes, Jenna Dewan is in this film too! She plays the character “Sasha” and has that big dance with the boys at the end. It’s probably one of my favorite scenes.

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Step Up (2006) – Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew Sidora,

Oh yes! We have to talk about Step Up! I feel like Dirty Dancing was probably the ultimate dance movie in the late 80’s whereas Step Up became the best of the best of dance movies for the younger generations! Since I’ve seen both probably in the four years between each one, don’t ask me which movie I love the most, because I cannot answer it honestly!

It still shocks me that Channing and Jenna got married and had a kid after meeting on this movie, like holy crap! You got to see the love blossom in this movie and it actually makes me want to believe in love, but then after I finish it, my black heart comes back around and reminds me why I don’t believe in it.

Update: Four days after I officially finished on this post, it was announced that they were separating and I’ve been very sad about ever since.

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Burlesque (2010) – Christina Aguilera, Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Eric Dane

I love Burlesque! In 2015, my mom, Aunt Laurie, nana, and I went out to do some Christmas shopping at Dollar Store and my mom found the DVD, she pointed it out and asked if I wanted to get it, but somehow we never got it. I’m still stumped about it honestly, because she knows how much I loved it that why didn’t she just get for me anyways? It also wasn’t even that expensive either!

I know there are some scenes that were very corny, and seemed like they were taken from Coyote Ugly, but I really enjoyed it. I never knew about burlesque before watching the film and afterwards all I wanted to do was learn all about it, so that’s why I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to the form of performing! I really loved Cher and Christina Aguilera’s characters, but I really loved Kristen Bell as the bad girl “Nikki” she made me laugh and feel sorry for her. Oh and Stanley Tucci plays a good gay guy too!

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Footloose (2011) – Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald, Miles Teller, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell

Last one, is Footloose and I must apologize for anyone who thought I would be discussing the original version, but I have never seen it! In 2011, my mom, sister and I went to see it in theaters and we really enjoyed it a lot. I was so glad to see Julianne Hough as the title lead, and I remember Kenny from the second installment of Center Stage that came out in 2005 I think. Oh, and we LOVED Miles as “Willard” he was such a fun character! Even my dad liked him after we rented the movie for a weekend.

If you haven’t seen any of these movies, you definitely look into them, because they’re all very good in their way! And every single film has a great soundtrack too. There are a few movies that I may not watch as much anymore but I still listen to the soundtrack almost every other day.

Are you a fan of dance films too? Did I put any of them on this list? Let me know below!

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

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Today I am doing a fun tag and it’s all about HARRY POTTER!

Unfortunately, I haven’t finished reading the actual series. In 2016, I borrowed my cousin Taylor’s first three books, just to see if I could actually get into them as I have with the movies. I made it through both The Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber Of Secrets like it was nobody’s businesses, but I’ve been kicking myself for not being able to stop comparing The Prisoner of Azkaban to its film release. I’m still hoping that one day I’ll finish it, but right now I’m just content with that I managed to read the other two!

I found this on the same blog: A Geek Girl’s Guide, but the questions were taken by two separate tags and so instead of doing both of them, I just meshed them all together! I would also like to point out that I’ve left out a question or two from the original layout. Hope you don’t mind that too much, so let’s get into it! 🙂

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Favorite Book?

Surprisingly I liked Chamber of Secrets a lot more than I thought I would. There were a lot of good and interesting material that I felt was left out in the film that would have made better sense to the person watching the movie, like the ghosts. Pee Wee and the story of Flich and why he is so bitter to the students and some of the staff.

Favorite Movie?

I really like both Prisoner of Azkaban and most recently Half-Blood Prince, I think both of these films have such dark tones to them but the happier times really shine too. However, I will agree Dumbledore’s death wasn’t the greatest thing about HBP but still, I think it has a lot of comical moments to it and I think that’s saying something.

Least Favorite Movie?

I’ve always been divided between Globet Of Fire and Deathly Hallows Part 1. GOF because of the introduction to the Death Eaters and their masks, and of course Cedric’s death doesn’t help either. As far as DHP1 goes, I think it’s fairly boring, because all they’re doing in searching for the horcuxes and the only good things about is that Ginny and Harry kiss and get caught by George, and Dobby saves Harry Potter but unfortunately dies at the end.

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Favorite Quote?

I loved the first book/movie, so there are a lot of lines that I like to quote out loud whenever I watch it, like this one.

Now if you two don’t mind, I’m going to bed before either one of you gets us killed or worse, expelled.

Sadly, I didn’t understand the reason why Hermoine said it in that way until much later and realized that if they got killed there, they’d haunt the halls like The Grey Lady or Sir Nicholas. And when I say “much later” I mean like several months ago! Yeah, I’m a little slow sometimes!

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Favorite Weasley?

That’s actually really difficult, but I really love Molly Weasley. She just took in Harry like one of her own, Heromine too, but I mean she didn’t know he was thee Harry Potter when they first met at the train station. She was amazing to him after being around his crappy Aunt Petunia for years!

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Favorite Female Character?

I am in love with Luna, from the moment we meet her in Order Of The Phoenix, you get a different person then the other female characters. She’s not out to impress anybody, she accepts herself and her quirkiness–but she doesn’t see herself in that way, she’s “just as sane” as everybody else.

Favorite Villain?

This is another difficult question to answer. I think it would have to be Umbridge and Lucius Malfoy. I literally have a difficult time watching OOTP because of her snotty personality. And Lucius, for obvious reasons!

Favorite Male Character?

Sorry, but why doesn’t anybody say Hagrid? I absolutely loved him to pieces, but I was a little troubled during the DHP2 when he just shows up bonded by Voldemort’s camp, like when the hell did that happen? Because if he got captured while at Bill and Fluer’s wedding, then why wasn’t Molly, Ginny, etc snatched as well?

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Favorite Professor?

I know everybody will say either Snape or McGonagall, but I loved Remus Lupin very much. It was nice to see a teacher that 1.) wasn’t full of themselves and 2.) seemed to really care about Harry and wanted to help him in any way they could. I’m not saying Snape or McGonagall weren’t like this, but Lupin was like Harry’s third guardian apart from both The Weasley’s and Sirius Black.

Would You Rather

Would you rather wash Snape’s hair or spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

I think I could get through Lockhart talking about himself, because I feel like you would have to drug Snape (I’m such a muggle!) to be able to do anything to him.

Would you rather duel an elated Bellatrix or an angry Molly?

I would 100% duel an elated Bellatrix. I am not messing with an angry Molly!

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How would you travel to Hogwarts, ride on the Hogwarts Express or drive the flying car?

My brother-in-law said he’d want to do both, but honestly I think experiencing the Hogwarts Express would be awesome! Especially getting to see the trolly of goodies. I want a chocolate frog and a package of Bertie Botts Every Flavored Beans!

Would you rather kiss Voldemort or give Umbridge a bubble bath?

I think if Voldemort ever got kissed early on in his life, I don’t think he wouldn’t had been so evil.

Would you rather ride a Hippogriff or be dragged by Fawkes?

I think I would be dragged by Fawkes because I always feel like I could end up like Draco and get myself kicked or beaked by this thing!

Book To Movie Adaption

Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies versus the books?

I think after discovering the reason why Flich is the way he is, makes me look at him differently.

Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book? 

So far no, but I think I like the COS (book) compared to the movie, because there’s obviously more information about certain characters, but the whole scene of Tom Riddle and Basilisk was less frightening for me because back in the day I would literally try to avoid that movie at any cost and now I’m like that with DHP1.

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Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

I think if Richard Harris wasn’t so old, he would have been allowed to do more of his own stunts, I think we would love him a little bit more. I also wish they would have cast Michael Gambon in the beginning because he was obviously a better choice.

Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you the most?

I think we need to talk about what happens to Norbert the Dragon during the first movie. The whole scheme to get him out of there to Ron’s brother Charlie is very informative in the book, but it’s not quite explained in the movie. All you know is that within 20 minutes after Norbert hatches, he is taken away by the Ministry.

I wish the scenes where Harry arrives at The Barrows during COS was longer, although it’s only like two pages long in the book, I’d still like to know more of the magic the Weasley’s are exposed to, because the reader is as impressed as Harry when he first goes into the house!

If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?

I couldn’t, but what’s sad is that one day, somebody is going to attempt it and it’ll be a 50/50 deal whether or not it’ll be as good as the originals. Hopefully by then, our technology will be able to produce something new to the magic that is described in the story and will be able to really surprise the older and newer generations to the series.

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Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

I don’t know, I feel like I’d belong in every house but my gut is putting me into Ravenclaw, mostly for the fact that I’m very patience and have a lot of wit. I actually put a poll on my personal Facebook and everybody said Ravenclaw too.

Which house were you actually sorted into?

I remember doing a quiz a few years ago, and I think I was put into Gryffindor, but granted this wasn’t a very good quiz–it literally only had five questions!

Which class would be your favorite?

Honestly I think it would Defensive Against The Dark Arts or Divination. I already have physic tendencies but DATDA would be really cool to learn more about in a sense, but of course only if Professor Lupin was teaching it.

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Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

Alohomora and Lumos. I’m only saying these two alone because I literally can’t open doors on my own with or without my wheelchair and I don’t have a light by my bed. I literally use my flashlight to see anything in the dark! So I think both of these would be sort of handy for me.

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Which character do you think at Hogwarts you’d instantly become best friends with?

Weirdly enough probably Seamus, mostly because I was around guys like him when I was school anyways! I also have a thing for explosives too!

Miscellaneous

If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

Cloak of Invisibility. If it worked so well to the youngest brother why would I want to chose any other item?  I’m also not looking for power or resurrecting anybody back from the dead, they’d probably be miserable!

Favorite Marauder?

I’d say Sirius Black.

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If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Ahh, again I think it would Sirius Black. He was such a good character and once Harry found out that he had nothing to do with his parent’s death, made everything seem easier for him, that he didn’t have to stand up to Voldemort by himself. He had Sirius and Dumbledore by his side, but after Sirius was killed, it was so sad because there was a lot of things that could’ve happen to Harry in a happier way while being around Sirius was alive.

Hallows or Horcruxes?

Hallows. Hands down!

Bonus

What would your Patronus be?

I actually had to look up the real definition of a Patronus, in case I got it wrong the first time, but I think mine would be a Hawk. They symbolize something special for me and they make me happy, so that would be mine. However, since the definition doesn’t exactly say that it should be an animal per se, so I’d also say maybe a tree. They also make me very happy and are strong and can be born again after some time.

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If you were on the Quidditch team which position would you play?

Now, after going after what Mad-Eye’s broomstick looks like in the films, I always hoped that there would be a cool broom for people with disabilities. To me, I’d be a keeper. I mean, even without flying on a broomstick I already have a track record of being quick anyways, so I think I would be perfect for this role!

Were you happy with the ending?

Since I have yet to finish the last book, I don’t know if I should really answer this question, because I don’t really know what happens to Harry, Heromine, and Ron after the death of Voldemort. I’ve only known what the ending of DHP2 shared with us, so I’m kind of hoping there’s more information in the book itself.

How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

I remember reading the first book in my English class in eighth grade and it was my first ever fantasy book, and what was funny about it was that earlier in the year I went to my friend’s house for a birthday party and they all wanted to watch it that night but I was too afraid to watch it with them that I actually fell asleep before it started. Here when we read it in class, I knew all of the information and then our teacher made us watch it and compare things in both of them, which was the worst thing she could have done because this was reason why I’m having trouble reading POA!

Now as I get older, I want to rediscover it as reader but I also really enjoy watching the films too. Whenever I’m down or in a weird mood, I can just lay out on my bed and watch two and a half movies in an afternoon.

So what do you think? Could you complete this ultimate tag like me? If you do, I’d like to see your answers!

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Things I Learned From The Movies!

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Today’s post was inspired by the trending hashtag: #ThingsILearnedFromTheMovies on Twitter that appeared back in January! Once I saw it, I look into the answers people were tweeting and after finding some clever and very hilarious answers, I ultimately decided to turn it into a blog post!

Movies are my favorite pastime.

I’d rather watch a movie early in the morning than late at night. It’s also a great time of day to work on blog posts too! I think maybe it has something to do with the fact that I’m more relaxed and/or in a good mood around that time of day.  Everybody is generally still asleep, so I know I can’t have my TV up too loud. If I were to watch a scary movie, I could potentially scream or if I watched a comedy, I’d be laughing my butt off so I’ve learned to only watch drama or action flicks!

I’ve learned that movies only show you things that you need to know, and I feel the 1985 classic Back To The Future is the greatest example I can give you! Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) is a scientist that has built himself a time machine with a DeLorean alongside a stolen crate full of plutonium. He shows it to his friend, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and they record their first attempt to send somebody to the future: enter Einstein the dog! After the Libyans come to slay Doc for tricking them, Marty tries to dodge them by going into the car and it takes him back into November 5, 1955!

You really need to pay attention to every scene of this movie, because everything ties in together! When Marty walks into Doc’s home in the very beginning. He realizes the mess on the floor of the dog food piled up in the bowl, and he puts down his skateboard and he pushes it back with his heel and it hits the yellow case of plutonium. This is your first introduction to something a little fishy!

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To the scene where his sister tells him that Jennifer Parker has called him and his mother and sister have a conversation about which way is the right way to meet a guy, and you start to hear the story of how both Lorraine and George met and when Marty goes back in time and sees the younger versions of his parents, he changes the story he’s heard all of his life!

And then finally when Marty is about to use the lightning storm to his advantage to go back home, he writes a letter to the younger Doc about what is to occur on the date that he sends Marty back to, so that he can at least prepare himself but unfortunately Doc discovers the note and rips it up. However, you can see him putting the pieces directly back in his pockets of his jacket for a split second when the tree branch falls down, so that basically tells you that later he finds the letters and puts them back together and when Marty watches his friend get shot again in the future, Doc suddenly awakes and sits up to show Marty the bullet proof vest hidden underneath his white suit.

However sometimes movies like to keep their audiences guessing! For example 2016’s Arrival with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. The story starts off with Amy’s character Louise, who is a linguist, divorcee and sadly her daughter Hannah has just died from an illness. In the beginning, it shows the fact that Louise cherished and obviously misses her daughter very much.

And then these space ships appear all over the world and she is given access to help figure out why they are there so she is given a team with Renner’s character Ian, who is a physicist and they embark on the upper level on one of these ships to try to communicate with them. They try a number of symbols and codes to see if the aliens understand them. Gradually, the relationship between both Ian and Louise grows and as they continue to study the two aliens that they ultimately name “Abbott” and “Costello” they finally figure out their language or symbols.

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When asked about why they were there, they answered “offer weapon” but another research team in China mistakes it as “use weapon” and they want to take down the aliens and their ships for good. Louise doesn’t want to stop, she wants to learn more about the answer she was given and they try to explain to her that they are here to help humanity and they make Louise realize that the thoughts of Hannah and memories of her younger life and eventual death are not what they seem.

I learned that not every extraterrestrial inspired film has to be the same! We’re so used to watching the normal “world destroyer” type of movies, that we think that would be the best way to handle aliens if they ever showed up on the White House lawn! For the ones who enjoy the Star Trek TV show and movies, hope they are welcoming beings, who want to share their advance technologyThis film showed the theme of aliens and the word “weapon” in a different light. It wasn’t as jam-packed with action but it was very interesting on the fact that we’ve been taught to fear them of what they could do our world, but I think we think we’re causing enough destruction to ourselves that they don’t want to intervene.

What are some lessons you’ve learned from your favorite movies? 

Non-Disney | Pixar

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Howdy!

Last month, I decided to put up a poll on my social medias to get some feedback on my next “Non-Disney” theme. I only had two choices but I was open to any other options, so If you have any other ideas for me to look into, please let me know! Pixar won the polls, by only like four votes because as much as I tried to promote them for a week, hardly nobody want to help me out!

Everybody thinks that Pixar is part of Disney entertainment anyway, mainly because of the fact that every Disneyland (World) park has rides and stores dedicated to the brand itself, but they are a totally separate company. One of the many differences is the fact that Pixar doesn’t make movies with a lot of dancing scenes and singing characters. They also have a different look, like each character looks like it was made out of clay instead of a computer software! The characters themselves look more lifelike compared to the early days of Walt Disney’s take of both Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.

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A Bug’s Life (1998) – Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and Phyllis Diller

A Bug’s Life is one of my favorite movies! However I do remember becoming terrified of grasshoppers after watching this for the first time! I thought they were mean to the ants and what was worse was the fact that after I watched it, I thought they could grow to be big like people, but I think that was planted into my head by a family member but who really knows it could have been a thought created by my own mind!

I think Flick was pretty inventive! We even have moments in history where if there is already a way of doing things and we’re perfectly fine in doing it that way for the rest of our lives, nobody really wants to change it. The phrase “don’t fix what’s not broken” comes to mind for the scenes of him testing out his machines for the first time, but in their defense it is the reason why they lost all of their offerings to the herd of hoppers! It’s such a cute movie though! Unfortunately, I can’t say I fell in love with insects after watching it throughout my life.

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Monsters Inc. (2001) – John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi

What’s surprising about Monsters Inc is that 1.) I’ve only seen probably a handful of times in my life and 2.) I have yet to watch the second film that came out a couple of years ago! This one used to make me cry, the endings always gets me!

I do remember that this was a movie that my dad even enjoyed, but in all honesty he likes a lot of kid-friendly movies. I should make up a list and post it for you all to enjoy! He doesn’t read my blog anyway so what’s the big deal? Of course he’s watched it with my sister and I when were kids, but now as an adult I’ve seen him watch others and it’s gotten to the point now where it doesn’t surprise me anymore, it just puts a smile on my face!

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Finding Nemo (2002) – Albert Brooks, Ellen Degenerates, Alexander Gould

I love Finding Nemo! I think it took me a few years to actually watch it though, I had to be coaxed into it because the older I got, the more I turned into my mother and almost every bittersweet ending would unleash the flood gates! The beginning of it gets you pretty quickly and then it happens again when Nemo is genuinely lost, you just feel as hopeless as he does. Thank god for Dory though, and Mott, if it wasn’t for both of those characters, the entire movie would have had me crying! And then of course, when Brandon and I watched Finding Dory last year, I had a tough time keeping my composure!

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Brave (2012) – Kelly McDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connelly, and Julie Walters

I’ve always been so-so with Pixar’s take to the fairy tales; I didn’t really care for both Tangled and The Princess and The Frog even though I think they both had characteristics that you can find in Disney’s Cinderella. Even though I know that Pixar doesn’t like having a lot of musical numbers in their movies, I feel like Tangled had quite a bit, but I think since it was their first princess-fairy tale, I think they kind of had to go that route to please that old standard but by the time they go to make TPATF and Brave, they’ve left that status quo behind and turned a new page for these beloved characters and stories!

Brave is the only movie where they stayed true to their word and the whole thing was nothing like the previous fairy tales! One thing that I find interesting is that as much as everyone loved the fact that Frozen basically said you can’t marry someone you just meet, it definitely went over the status quo, but it’s true! And most importantly, nobody ever gets up in a pretty way in the morning! So the fact that both Merida and Anna were shown as real as possible in that respect was different but great! Merida had her own story and the writers definitely changed everything we know about obeisance with the royals. Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a rebel or two!

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The Good Dinosaur (2015) – Raymond Ocha, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Elliott, and Anna Paquin

This movie was so sweet, but I cried so hard in certain parts! I was happy that I watched it at night because I was a freaking blubbering mess by the end of it! And shockingly, I finished it in one sitting because I knew it would just be easier on myself.

I love any movies or specials about dinosaurs, I’ve always been like this, so when I found out that my sister was pregnant back in October, I thought this was one thing that I’d like to share that wasn’t about superheroes, and then we found out that it would be a boy and that really intensified that desire to buy anything with dinosaurs on it! I don’t think this would be appropriate for a young child around the age of two or three to watch because it can very sad and you’d have to explain the significance of the deaths in the film and why you’re crying so much!

Do you have a favorite Pixar film? Curious, does anybody remember the short films that would be on just before the movie? Like before A Bug’s Life played, it showed you the short movie called “Geri’s Game”? 

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Favorite Nicholas Sparks Movies!

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Howdy!

Wednesday is Valentine’s Day, so if you’re single and don’t want to associate yourself with the day as a whole, I’d be getting your essentials the day before and stay in all day long! Now for those of you who have to work or be around family and/or friends who drive you crazy about the fact that you haven’t met your “soul mate” yet, just breathe and think happy thoughts. I’d still buy one or two bottles of wine for that night just so you’re covered though.

Well, as much as I don’t believe in love at first sight, even though I’m still a sucker for both old school Disney princesses, I have decided that I needed to discuss about my love for Nicholas Spark romance movies. I know, I know!

Before I worked on this post, I decided to put up a poll on both Facebook and Twitter. I figured I’d get a big amount of feedback because I know how much these books and their movies are so lovable, however I didn’t get as many people as I thought I’d get, but everybody seems to enjoy The Notebook and The Best Of Me the most! I’ve decided on four movies to talk about today! I originally had five, but I quickly realized that I’ve actually never finished The Longest Ride. I do remember starting it, but I never made it to the middle of it. I’ll be honest I only wanted to watch it because it had both Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson in it. I adore the two of them. Hopefully one day finish the rest of the film!

4. The Lost Song (2010) – Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston, and Greg Kinnear

Since I’m not exactly into romantic movies, I definitely didn’t watch this immediately after it was released on DVD. I think I saw it after I watched both Dear John and The Lucky One since they both appear to have been released the same year! To my brain, it would have been easier to get through them all at once and when you have a younger sister with a boyfriend at the time, you are looking for hopes that you’re going to have soulmate someday soon and I think that’s how it happened!

Unfortunately, I’ve only seen it once because I honestly didn’t like it as much, I thought it reminded me too much of Hannah Montana, since Miley’s character is into music in this movie. Another thing that these movies are good at, is making me cry! And to think, I did this multiple times to myself. Anyways, since only seeing it once or twice, I don’t really remember everything that happened but I am kind of happy that Miley Cyrus met Liam Hemsworth on that movie and that they’ve been together this long! I just find that really sweet!

3. Dear John (2010) Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried

Surprisingly, I have very vivid memories of this movie! I got the idea to do this post because this one was playing on Starz all month long. I haven’t decided whether or not I want to watch it. Like I said, I’m pretty sure Blondie and I actually went out to the movies to see this one, I don’t remember exactly but I think she brought her friends Jayde and Jace, because they all wanted to see it too. They sat next to me while I sunk down in my seat, trying to get through this in one piece. Thankfully we all cried and were pissed off at Amanda Seyfried after it was finished, so I wasn’t too alone in my feelings!

2. The Lucky One (2012) Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

All right, as we continue on this track, the memories are getting stronger and stronger. I definitely remember this one, although there are times where I get it confused with Charlie St. Cloud too because they both have Zac Efron and the military aspect is in it too. I also thought they both were NS movies, but I literally just found out that it isn’t so I had to leave it off of this list.

I think this one is pretty sexual, compared to the other movies, but since I’ve seen such a limited amount of Nicholas Sparks movies, I can’t necessarily say that the others are about the same even TLR is right up there too!  I did enjoy this more than Dear John though, it didn’t really irritate me as much and it was pretty sweet too, but let’s be honest I could only be saying that because Zac Efron is in it!

1. Safe Haven (2013) Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, Cobie Smulders

This is definitely one of my favorite movies! I didn’t see this theaters like I did with the others, but I think I did that for a reason. Since dealing with the two above and the other romance movies, I think I’ve finally learned that it’s better to watch these movies in the comfort of your own room! My mom got it for me to watch for a night, and I watched it on my laptop and I really enjoyed it. Everything about it was easy to follow, parts of it were hard to watch because this was the same year that my sister was going through her troubles with her ex-boyfriend at the time, so I had to pause through it a couple of times just to get myself time to relax.

The ending has to be my favorite part though, not because the movie was done, but the content that they added in about a certain character. I am a sucker for those moments when they leave you breathless, it doesn’t happened very often so whenever it does, the movie will be embed into my brain for the rest of my life. Of course, I cried that much harder and basically had to tell my mom that she shouldn’t watch (and she never did) but they were genuine and good tears compared to the ugly crying I did for the others!

Are you a fan of the Nicholas Sparks books or films? What is your favorite? 

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