2018 Movies I’m Excited About!

Let’s be real- I’ll never actually see these movies in the theater… *facepalm*

I try, guys. I really try! The last list I made (that I can find) was from 2016 and I did end up seeing Alice Through the Looking Glass, Bad Moms, Secret Life of Pets, The Founder, and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, but the only one I saw in theaters was Fantastic Beasts… (Maybe I saw Pets in theaters? I don’t remember.) Also, how I still haven’t seen X-Men is beyond me. UGH.

But I digress. Back to movies…

Molly’s Game R | Aaron Sorkin | January 5
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
I avoid super serious movies and TV, but I love Sorkin too much to stay away. It’s rated R for language, drugs, and some violence, but I’m hoping it’s light on the latter.

Peter Rabbit | Will Gluck |February 9
Starring: James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne
The trailer for this had me cracking up. Corden’s voice lends itself beautifully to Peter’s mischievous character. I think it’s going to be a cute, funny kids movie.

A Wrinkle in Time PG | Ava DuVernay | March 9
Starring: Oprah, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Storm Reid
I read (listened to) this book this year and found it ok-ish. I really love all the actors in this film, though, so I’m hoping the movie is wonderful!

Isle of Dogs | Wes Anderson | March 23
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, all the W.A. usuals
This is my most anticipated film of 2018. Not kidding. I love Anderson, I love dogs, and I love stop-motion animation. Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of my all time favorites. I hope the same dry and quirky comedy is tied in with this little gem.

Ready Player One | Steven Spielberg | March 30
Starring: Tye Sheridan, T.J. Miller, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg
I won’t lie- I have no idea what this movie is about, but the trailer totally sucked me in. I should definitely read the book first, right?

Ocean’s Eight | Gary Ross | June 8
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Cate Blanchette, Matt Damon
I am a die-hard Ocean’s fan. They are some of my favorite movies and I love the all male cast. I’ve seen the original, too, so don’t challenge me on this. Keeping that in mind, I am not about to entertain the misogyny that will ensue with this female-studded Ocean’s cast. They’ve done three of these films- there is no standard for this franchise. And guys, SANDRA BULLOCK is playing CLOONEY’S sister. Could anything BE more perfect?! No. Well, yes… if you add in Olivia Munn, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham Carter. Seriously. As long as they keep the witty comedy coming, this will be a perfect addition to the Ocean family.

The Incredibles 2 | Brad Bird | June 15
Starring: Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson
The Incredibles is my favorite Pixar movie. Obviously I’m excited for its long overdue sequel. Hopefully it lives up to the first one.

Mary Queen of Scots | Josie Rourke | November 2
Starring: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, David Tennant
This has the potential to be boring, but I like this era so I’m crossing my fingers that it ends up being really, really good. Lol

X-Men: Dark Phoenix | Simon Kinberg | November 2
Starring: Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Olivia Munn
I need to catch up on my X-Men, but I’m confident I will and I’ll eventually get around to seeing this film. None of the other actor/character changes have bugged me but I’m kind of sad to see Famke Janssen not playing Jean Grey. I get it, though.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Peter Candeland, Yarrow Cheney | November 9
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch
I know, I know… another Grinch remake. This one looks like it has Lorax-type animation. We shall see.

Holmes & Watson | Etan Cohen | November 9
Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Ralph Fiennes, Rebecca Hall
I’m a sucker and I will give any movie starring Will and John a try. Talladega Nights is one of my all time favorites so my expectations are high for this one.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald | David Yates | November 16
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller
I enjoyed the first one and I’m a sucker for anything HP. I’m not a fan of Dumbledore to begin with so Law can’t do anything to make me dislike his younger-version character. Ha.

Mary Poppins Returns | Rob Marshall | December 25
Starring: Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer, Lin-Manuel Miranda
It’s essentially a sequel to the original (good thing P.L. Travers is dead). I’m usually skeptical of sequels, but I think this cast will do it justice.

On the Basis of Sex | Mimi Leder | 2018
Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux
A movie about the life and struggles of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Yes, please.

Movies K will want to see…

Super Troopers 2 | Jay Chandrasekhar | April 20
Starring: Rob Lowe, the original movie actors
Guys… the first one was SO dumb but my husband loves it. I guess this one will have Rob Lowe so maaaaybe I can sit through it once ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, don’t let it slip by you that its release date is 4/20 *eyeroll*

Bad Boys For Life | 2018
Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence
There’s pretty much nothing out about this one, but I know K will want to see it. Lol

As always, there are movies I’m not sure about:

Also, 2017 movies I still want to see include: Wonder Woman, Jumanji, Murder on the Orient Express, & Wonder

And 2019 movies that already look good are: How to Train Your Dragon 3, Captain Marvel, Toy Store 4 (still need to see #3…), Secret Life of Pets 2, The Lion King, & Frozen 2
*so essentially all the kids movies, lol

But enough about my movie picks. What are you looking forward to?

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A Christmas Movie List

I was typing out the Freeform 25 Days of Christmas movie list as I obsessively do every year and I thought to myself, ‘I should make an ultimate Christmas movie list for my blog!’

This isn’t an official challenge and you don’t need to keep track or put any pressure on yourself to finish (or even start!) this list, but I thought it’d be fun. I’ll probably report my progress some time at the end of the month. (And if you watched some of these in November it totally counts. I would never restrict Christmas cheer to December!)

Feel free to play along if you want to!

Claymations:
A Year Without a Santa Claus (AV) (F)
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (F)
Jack Frost (F)
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (F)
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (F)

Animated/Kids:
The Nightmare Before Christmas (N) (F)
The Polar Express (AV) (F)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (HBO go)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (AV) (ABC go)
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (F)
Arthur Christmas (F)

The Classics
White Christmas (N)
It’s A Wonderful Life (AV)
Miracle on 34th Street (AV)
Holiday Inn
The Bishop’s Wife

The Contemporary Classics
Love Actually (N)
The Family Stone
The Holiday (N) (AV)
Jingle All the Way
Serendipity (N)
Trading Places

The Overly Played:
A Christmas Story (AV)
The Santa Clause [bonus points for each sequel watched] (N) (F)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation [uncensored, of course] (F -censored)
Home Alone (HBO go)
Elf (AV) (F)

Half-Hour Specials:
The Bells of Fraggle Rock
The Little Drummer Boy
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (F)
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas [animated]

BONUS: Weird Animated Movies From Our Past That We Barely Remember:
Babes in Toyland
The Nutcracker Prince
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Edit… [Find it on: (H) hulu, (N) netflix, (AV) amazon video, (F) freeform]
Some of these might not be free. And some might be incorrect. Hey, I tried.

While I didn’t include Die Hard, it can be found on Amazon Video ๐Ÿ˜‰

I know I’m missing a million movies. What are some of your favorites?

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 ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 pregnantย ). 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! โค๏ธŽ

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 &ย  family extra tight, be kind to retail workers, and be safe on the roads! โค๏ธŽ

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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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