Movie Yays and Nays

I saw Tanya and Erin do this fun little questionnaire. So now I’m doing it, too!

Most Hated Movie of All-Time: Django Unchained, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Last Airbender
Movie I Think is Overrated: Shawshank Redemption (it actually ties for “most hated”)
Movie I Think is Underrated: Field of Dreams
Movie I Love: Clue
Movie I Secretly Love: Inglorious Basterds (even though I hate violent movies)
Favorite Action Movie: The Mummy
Favorite Drama: Ocean’s 11
Favorite Horror: The Grudge or Gothika (is that horror?)
Favorite Comedy: Talladega Nights
Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King or Aladdin or Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Favorite Sci-Fi Movie: Star Trek (2009)
Favorite Animated Movie: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Favorite Superhero Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy or X-Men: First Class
Favorite Musical: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Favorite Western: Rio Bravo (1959)
Favorite Martial Arts: Ummm… I don’t think I’ve ever seen a martial arts movie
Favorite Indie: I guess Juno… independent films are always so dang depressing
Favorite Bad Movie: Alice in Wonderland (1999)… it was made-for-TV, but I don’t think it’s bad
Childhood Favorite: Billboard Dad
Favorite Franchise: Harry Potter & X-Men
Best Trilogy: LOTR (or the original X-Men)
Guilty Pleasure: Napoleon Dynamite… so bad, yet so good
Favorite Director: Wes Anderson and David Yates
Favorite Actor: Chris Pratt or Jon Hamm
Favorite Actress: Jennifer Lawrence or Olivia Munn
Favorite Foreign Film: Water (2005)
Favorite Movie this Year so Far: I’ve only seen Beauty & the Beast this year…
Worst Movie so Far this Year: -nothing-
Movie I Have Seen Recently: We’re the Millers
What I Thought of It: I’ve seen it before but it was on TV recently. I actually think this is a hilarious movie. Stupid and cheesy, but comical.
Most Anticipated Film of this Year: Guardians of the Galaxy 2!!
Favorite Movie of All-Time: It’s a tie between HP, Alice in Wonderland, & X-Men

What movie do you hate? What’s your favorite Disney one?

Add It To My (Media) List

I had no idea what to list off this month. Usually I have a draft with a running list of favorites that I add to throughout the month, but I didn’t do that this time. As time was running out I happened to stumble across three short (very different) online clips that captured my attention.

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I assume that everyone needs a mental break throughout the workday, so hopefully one or two of these videos can provide that today.

James Corden’s Crosswalk the Musical: Beauty & the Beast

I don’t know why this made me laugh as hard as it did. I blame Dan Stevens (and the fact that I still have trouble see him as anyone but Matthew Crawley.)


Emma Watson’s kitten interview

If I ever have kids I hope they see Emma Watson as a role model. I certainly do. Everything about this video is great, especially her shout out to Best Friends Animal Society in Utah!


Elmo Gets Laid Off

To be 100% honest, Sesame Street moved to HBO so it’s probably safe if/when PBS gets the ax. That said, when I was a kid we didn’t have HBO- I still don’t have HBO. I watched Sesame Street on PBS like most kids in America do. So for those 2 to 7-years-olds with moms and dads who aren’t millionaires with a +40,000 channel cable package, they’re just S.O.L.

I’m going to stop because the budget cuts to the arts and education have me livid and terrified. If I keep typing this post will quadruple in length. So suffice it to say, we are so against budget cuts.

Maybe as a consolation prize Tr*mp can take us on one of his million dollar golf trips to Florida 😐

Also… Sesame Street: spoofing on Donald Tr*mp Grump before SNL made it cool.


In other news of things I want to list or bring to your attention, I joined a FB group for bloggers that has been very active and supportive. If you’re in the market for something like that you should check out The Peaceful Posse on FB 🙂

So tell me about something you’ve recently discovered or started that you love! Linking up with Lauren and Bre today!

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Winter Movies that Aren’t Christmas Movies

This week is always confusing to me… I still feel festive, but Christmas is over and I don’t know if holiday music is still appropriate… Also, the Type-A planner in my brain wants me to take down the tree & decorations, but New Years still feels Christmas-y and festive so I’d actually like to leave it up. I don’t know- it’s just a really confusing week for me each year…

Additionally, I am at work this week but K gave his boys the week off… which I know is the norm for some businesses. Our house is a mixture of vacation and normalcy (and I’m stuck on the wrong side, ha).

Maybe you have some downtime this week? If so, here are some winter movies that aren’t actually Christmas movies to keep you entertained!

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I came up with this topic a few days ago but didn’t jot down the movies I was thinking of at that moment. Oops. I’m sure there are a million more I’m missing… What are some winter non-Christmas movies that you enjoy watching?

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On Friday I’m announcing some 2017 resolutions and goals, plus a pretty big life change for us next year (nope, not pregnant ). So come back on Friday!

Things I Love Right Now

Very rarely am I what people call “trendy.” The black flats that I wear to work almost every day were purchased at the beginning of my college career. The insides are now peeling out and I’m one sharp stone away from a hole in the sole. None of my clothes are designer and I only carry a cross-body purse to hold my wallet and my chapstick. I’m just warning you that A) nothing on this list is new-new and B) nothing here will cost you more that $20.

Also, this isn’t a wishlist. These are tried and true things that I use/listen to/watch/have and love.

MAKE-UP | NYX Solf Matte Lip Cream
I should probably give a shout out to Lindsay for turning me on to this product. Smooth, buttery lip matte that dries immediately and stays put for hours. I own five different shades as of right now.

TELEVISION | The Good Place + Speechless + American Housewife
Apparently I’m all about the comedies this season. These fluctuate between comical and laugh-out-loud humor. I’ve also been trying to keep up with This Is Us and Bull, but sometimes life is heavy enough and I just need a comedy. (I typically watch these on Hulu.)

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First The Good Place retweeted me, then “Janet” herself! ❤︎

NETFLIX | Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
BIG shout out to Kristen for this recommendation. And shame on me for waiting so long to get HOOKED. I’ve just finished season 1 and I am so obsessed. I’m also swooning over Detective Jack Robinson- I love his chemistry with Phryne!

BOOKS | The Lunar Chronicles
I know I’ve been pushing these books for a while now, but it takes me a long time to get through a series. I’m just about to start the final book (and it’s over 800 pages… *gulp*) so I’ll shut up about these soon.

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MUSIC | Christmas Music
My favorite artists/albums right now are Pentatonix, Charlie Brown, and anything “jazzy” (Bing, Frank, etc.).

CLOTHES | No Boundaries Leggings from Wal-Mart
My coworker told me about these/gifted me a pair and now I’m obsessed. They’re as soft as LuLaRoe, they’re warm & colorful, and they’re only $6. Uh- yes please. (The holiday ones appear to be sold out online…)

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HOME | Ello Travel Mug
I am SO in love with this mug. The outside stays cool while the drink inside stays hot for hours. It’s the best travel mug I’ve ever used. The cork bottom keeps it from sweating all over you desk and it’s dishwasher safe. I might be Christmas-gifting a few of these!

*Enjoy whatever days off you may have this week, American friends!*
Happy Thanksgiving!
Hug your friends &  family extra tight, be kind to retail workers, and be safe on the roads! ❤︎

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The Best 80s Movies

It’s a very movie-themed week in Life as Louise-land.

You know the drill… I’ve already talked about the best 90s movies and the best 2000s movies. The 80s are a little different since I wasn’t alive, but I’m confident I’ve got some good ones. (Well… these are my favorites, at least.)

Clue (1985)
Surprised! (Ha..) Clue is one of my all time favorite movies. I love a cheesy good murder mystery and I love Tim Curry. This film is cute and funny and full of twists. Even if you’re not on the edge of your seat the entire time it’s still entertaining. Plus there are alternative endings!

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The Goonies (1985)
My aunt bought me this movie a long time ago and I thought it looked super dumb, but it’s actually kind of funny. I mean, it’s also kind of dumb. And it has that odd 80s humor… but it’s a classic! 😉

The Princess Bride (1987)
This is one of my mom’s favorite movies. I always rolled my eyes when she’d put it on, but it’s kind of a cult classic. I find myself quoting it often, though few people actually get it. Ha.

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Back to the Future (1985)
Personally, I’m not a fan of this movie; I think it’s dumb. I included this pick because I’m afraid my husband would draw up divorce papers if I didn’t mention at least one of the BttF movies. I guess I giggle at some of the jokes, but mostly I find them silly.

Trading Places (1983)
This is another movie that K introduced me to, but I actually find this one to be quite comical. It starts Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, and Jamie Lee Curtis. I usually don’t like the predictable story line where everything’s perfect, then there’s a big issue with a goofy misunderstanding, and then it’s all resolved…. but this film does a pretty good job with all that. And I love that regardless of their situation or lifestlye the good people are good people and the bad people are bad people.

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Beetlejuice (1988)
I thought I could get through my list without mentioning this film, but I can’t. I love this movie. I’m really not a huge fan of Tim Burton (-all the emo kids from the 2000s gasp-) but I think this movie is awesome. It’s funny and a little spooky and filled with amazing people. (Geena Davis 4eva.)

Obviously Star Wars is a great (70s &) 80s trilogy. I also won’t discredit the Brat Pack movies, though I never really got into those films.

I know I’m missing some good ones, but my childhood was filled with overalls and fold-down socks, not bright spandex and crimped hair. (Yeah, I just stereotyped the 80s and 90s.) Help me out- what classic 80s films do/did you love?

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Fall Film Challenge

I know it’s a little early, but Jenn release the requirements for the fall film challenge & we all know how much I love a challenge. I did this challenge last year and missed the mark, but this year I’ve been pretty good about keeping up with reading so I hope that’s a good omen.

Also… I’m just really happy to have the word “fall” somewhere in my blog post. This Ohio heat/humidity is killing me. Bring on October 😉

This challenge starts on September 1st and ends November 30th. The rules are pretty simple and can be found here.

Alright, on to my choices.

|one| about adolescence: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
|two| about a character’s rebirth or rite of passage: It’s a Wonderful Life
|three| about a comic book character: Iron Man
|four| shot or set in Washington DC: The American President
|five| set in an academic environment: Rushmore
|six| about failure: Begin Again
|seven| about a man vs. god or gods: X-Men: Apocalypse
|eight| about a man vs. himself: J. Edgar
|nine| about an invention or an ingenuous individual: Joy
|ten| set in a jail or prison: Toy Story 3
|eleven| about a dog: Best in Show
|twelve| about loss: Steel Magnolias
|thirteen| about man vs. man: Bad Moms
|fourteen| about man vs. nature: Cast Away
|fifteen| one that has a monster or monstrous individual: Hotel Transylvania 2
|sixteen| shot or set in Pennsylvania: The Philadelphia Story
|seventeen| about a character’s quest of some kind: Alice Through the Looking Glass
|eighteen| about a character who goes from rags to riches: October Sky
|nineteen| about a man. vs. society: V for Vendetta
|twenty| originally released in the thirties: You Can’t Take It With You
|twenty-one| about undesirable individuals or elements: Ghostbusters (2016)
|twenty-two| about a voyage and return: Thor
|twenty-three| about wizards or witchcraft: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
|twenty-four| originally released in the sixties: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
|twenty-five| about a yearning or obsession: The Talented Mr. Ripley

I know there is a shockingly large amount of movies that I should have already seen…

So, have I convinced you to play along, too? It’s a pretty easy challenge with a very chill host. Even if you’re not planning on playing along this year let me know what you think of my choices! Do you love/hate any of these movies? I haven’t submitted my list so it’s not too late to suggest a substitute!

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2016 Movies I’m Looking Forward To…

I have quite a few super serious posts in my drafts folder, but I’m just not feeling it today. (If you’d like to see my opinion summed up in the words of others you should check out Mattie’s post and Steph’s post!) Instead of ranting about real world issues I’m going to focus on the make-believe world of film. Join me, won’t you?

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I think 2016 is going to bring us some incredible blockbusters (and a few indie gems). Here are the movies I’m most looking forward to!

X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27th)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne
I love super hero movies, but I’m so far behind with The Avengers (read: I’ve never seen any of them except Cpt. America). The opposite can be said for X-Men. I love these movies- the old ones and the newer ones. I can’t wait for this film to come out!

Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27th)
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman ❤︎ , Helene Bonham Carter
When the first film came out I wrote the date in my planner a year ahead of time, bought tickets for the midnight premier, and forced K to go with me. I was disappointed. Honestly, I don’t like what Tim Burton’s done to the classic… It was just the right amount of weird without Burton’s psychedelic colors. But I am an Alice fan through-and-through so I will give this one a chance.

Bad Moms (July 29th)
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith
I just saw the previews for this one yesterday. It looks hysterical. You can watch the preview here.

Star Trek: Beyond (July 22nd)
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, John Cho, Zachary Quinto
I have never seen a TV-episode of Star Trek, but I am so in love with the new films. (The first one is my favorite.) I love the chemistry between with cast and there’s a delicate, perfect balance of humor and action in these films. We had a viewing party when the second one came out- maybe we can do that with this film, too!

Secret Life of Pets (July 8th)
Starring: Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate, Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet
It’s no secret that I love kids movies. (Here’s my review of Zootopia!) I also love my dogs. So logically I think this movie looks so cute and funny!

The Founder (August 5th)
Starring: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, B.J. Novak, Nick Offerman
I had no idea this movie was in the works until I started browsing 2016 releases. I love films about real people- and this one is directed by the same guy that did The Blind Side (which I LOVE). And Michael Keaton is one of my favorites. Plus, I have no idea about the history of McDonald’s so this movie seems really interesting!

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (November 18th)
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller
What kind of Potterhead would I be if I didn’t include this film?? Actually, in all honesty, I’ve never read the book that this film is based on… Fortunately the film isn’t out until November so I have plenty of time!

Ghostbusters (July 15th)
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Chris Hemsworth, Bill Murray
Apparently there are people out there that don’t approve of this female-cast remake. To that I say: Whatever, dude. The first one didn’t entertain me (I haven’t even seen the whole thing) so this film will be my introduction to the Ghostbusters. I’m in love with this cast so I have high hopes for this one! (I cry laughing at the trailers already!)

 

Then there are the movies that look good… but I’m not totally sold on:

Storks (September 23rd)

Masterminds (September 30th)

Lion (November 25th)

Assassin’s Creed (December 21st) …yeah, this one has a lot to do with Michael Fassbender

And there’s my attempt at keeping things light and airy on this glorious Wednesday. (HOW IS IT ONLY WEDNESDAY!?) What movies are you looking forward to seeing this year?

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