Monday Movie Meme: Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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What movie do you quote the most?
I basically speak fluently in movie quotes, so it’s hard to pick just one. But the movie that I probably quote the most is Mean Girls. I quote a lot of movies pretty regularly (Princess BrideBaby’s Day OutGood Will Hunting, She’s The Man, Star Wars, Monty Python and the Holy Grail…) but just about every line in Mean Girls is quotable.
Mean Girls boo you whoreThere is a Mean Girls quote for every situation; when you’re saving a seat (“You can’t with us!”), when your phone keeps going off (“Why are you so obsessed with me?”), when someone is failing at anything (“Stop trying to make fetch happen!”), when you’re a mom (“I’m not a regular mom. I’m a cool mom.”), when you need a diss (“You can go shave your back hair now.”), when someone is not being PC (“You can’t just ask someone why they’re white!”), when someone is irrelevant (“She doesn’t eve go here!”), when someone asks how much pizza you can eat (“The limit does not exist!”), and when you meet Danny Devito (“Danny Devito I love your work!”). Every. Single. Situation.

What are your favorite movie quotes?
I have a lot but I’ll try to keep it to less than a billion. There’s a mix a movie quotes that are really awesome quotes and then ones that I actually quote semi-regularly. In no particular order here are my quotes:

“Stay gold, Ponyboy.” (The Outsiders)
“To infinity and beyond.” (Toy Story)
“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.” (The Lion King)
“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.” (The Princess Bride)
“It’s just a flesh-wound!” (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
“Drink your milk, take your nap!” (Baby’s Day Out)
“Bueller?” (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
“I don’t want to be a product of my environment, I want my environment to be a product of me.” (The Departed)
“As you wish.” (The Princess Bride)
“Girls with asses like mine do not talk to boys with faces like yours.” (She’s The Man)
“I gotta go see about a girl.” (Good Will Hunting)
“Never tell me the odds!” (Star Wars)
“Why do you need a fake ID?” “So I can vote.” (The Breakfast Club)
“Do you trust me?” (Aladdin)
“You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count.” (Titanic)
“Clever girl.” (Jurassic Park)
“You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.” (Toy Story)
“I know you can be overwhelmed and I know you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?” “I think you can in Europe.” (10 Things I Hate About You)
“I am Colin. God of Sex. I’m just on the wrong continent, that’s all.” (Love Actually)
“Do you like cheese?” “My favorite’s gouda.” (She’s The Man)
“The baby’s on the roof!” (Baby’s Day Out)
“Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!” (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” (Star Wars)
“Hakuna matata.” (The Lion King)
“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” (The Godfather)
“Mawwiage.” (The Princess Bride)
“The shit hath hit-eth the fan…eth.” (10 Things I Hate About You)
“LOUD NOISES!” (Anchorman)
“Do or do not, there is no ‘try.'” (Stars Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
“My bubbles!” (Finding Nemo)
“You wanna go to a real party?” (Titanic)
“But why is the rum gone?” (Pirates of the Caribbean)

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Monday Movie Meme: Show Tunes

Singing in the Rain

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Monday Movie MemeWhat’s your favorite musical movie?
This is a tough one. Aside from the Disney musical movies, I really love RentChicagoSweeney Todd and Rocky Horror Picture Show. But my all time favorite is probably Grease.
GreaseI’m never not in the mood to watch Grease. I love a lot of movies, but none might be as fun as Grease. Whenever this movie is on my body reacts pavlovianly with song and choreographed dance. It’s campy, it’s catchy, high schoolers are played by 30-year-olds and it’s all wonderful. I am convinced there is no way anyone with a soul can watch Grease and not thoroughly enjoy themselves. Not only is it laugh out loud funny (the literal laugh out loud, not the straight faced “lol” text laugh out loud), but the songs are great too. I listen to belt out “Summer Nights,” “Grease Lightnin”, “We Go Together” and “You Are The One That I Want” (and pretty much the whole soundtrack) on a regular basis. IT’S SO FUN.

What’s the best musical number in a movie?
I’ll give you a hint: Pop. Six. Squish. Uh uh. Cicero. Lipschitz.Cell Block Tango
You guessed it: “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago. It’s hot, it’s passionate, it’s led by Catherine Zeta-Jones and it’s impossible not to be infatuated by the six merry murderesses of to Crookem Country Jail. These ladies are fierce and sexy and I love every second of this number.

What musical was really meant for the stage and shouldn’t have been made into a movie?
Les MiserablesI haven’t seen any movie musicals that really disappointed me in comparison to the stage production, but (sadly) I haven’t seen too many Broadway shows. I saw the Les Miserables movie and wasn’t a fan, but I’ve been told by many people that I shouldn’t judge the show based on the movie. I can’t really saw from my own experience, but I’m hoping the Les Mis movie didn’t do it justice and that it’s really meant for the stage.

What Broadway production are you still waiting to see on the silver screen?
Wicked posterI can’t wait to see Wicked as a movie! I’ve seen it three times and it’s easily my second favorite musical production (beaten only by The Lion King and it’s a close call). The music is fantastic, the story is genius and the whole production is just…wow. There is very little known about the Wicked movie but it is finally going to happen. I just hope that they get Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth to star in it because anyone else playing Elphaba and G(a)linda would feel wrong. Even though I’m very excited for this to be a movie, I’m trying to keep my expectations low because I know there is no way the movie will be able to touch the stage production. It will be impossible to capture the drama and intensity of “Defying Gravity” on a screen. But it still should be good movie.

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Monday Movie Meme: Déjà Vu

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What are some re-makes that are better than the original?
OThe Parent Trap Sisters? Hallie, we're like twins! gif LIndsay Lohanne of my favorites is definitely The Parent Trap. To be honest, I haven’t seen the original in its entirety but I’ve seen enough to know that the Lindsay Lohan version is far superior IMHO. However, I did see the remake first and grew up with it, which no doubt affects my strong preference for it. But I don’t know how anyone can dislike this fun family flick. It’s got Oreos with peanut butter, Leonardo DiCaprio, wine and the most iconic handshake.

Arthur-doesn't-trust-horsesUnpopular opinion: I like the Arthur re-make more than the original. It’s hilarious. It probably has a lot to do with my age and different generations, but I loved the Russell Brand version of Arthur. I did watch the original first, but I wasn’t wowed by it. On the other hand, the re-make made me laugh out loud and I could watch it again and again. I love the freak show that is Russell Brand and I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything I didn’t like.

Two of my favorite movies that I didn’t know where re-makes are The Departed and Homeward Bound. Apparently these gems aren’t totally original, Homeward Bound was even a children’s book before there was any movie. Now I need to look into these and see what the originals are like.

What re-makes are just the worst?
The only re-make I’ve seen that was truly horrible is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryI hated this movie; it was weird and made me really uncomfortable. Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka was too bizarre, the oompa loopas were too creepy, the children were too annoying…even though I love Johnny Depp, this movie was just too much for me. You can’t do better than the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Side Note: I am very excited for the all-female Ghostbusters re-make! The cast looks phenomenal and I predict a huge success, hopefully one of the best in 2016.

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Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015. This needs no explanation, so let’s get right to the books.

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1. Heist Society by Ally Carter
Heist Society by Ally CarterI’ve actually read this one before, but when I was looking up a synopsis (I forgot what happened but I wanted to read the second one) I found that it might become a movie. So I decided I need to reread it so I can properly review it in case it does get made into a movie.

2. The Body by Stephen King
The Body Stephen King
This is actually a novella from Stephen King’s collection Different Seasons that was later adapted into the movie Stand By Me. I love Stand By Me but didn’t know it was based on a book until after I read. After a little digging I found this novella and now I just have to actually get myself a copy and finally read it.

3. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Art of Fielding by Chad HarbachI love baseball and since my Red Sox are sucking big time this season, I need a positive release for all my built up baseball love. This is the story about a college baseball star who gets injured; and consequently five lives are are set off course. It sounds like The Five People You Meet in Heaven meets baseball so I’m into it.

4. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
A Whole New World A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
This will be a late summer read since it’s not due to be published until September 1…but I will most definitely read it soon as I can get my hands on it. This is the first of a new Disney YA series (yes, a Disney YA series!) called Twisted Tales. Each book is going to be a different Disney story retold with one major change in the story. The first book is the story of Aladdin (ALADDIN!) if Jafar got the lamp first. I can barely contain my excitement.

5. The Knockoff: A Novel by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
The Knockoff: A Novel by Lucy Sykes and Jo PiazzaReading the synopsis of this screams summer read to me. It sounds like the chick lit version of the chick flick 13 Going on 30.

 


6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrThis seems like it might be a little heavy for a “summer read” (it has to do with a blind child, Nazi-era Paris and the Hitler Youth) but I just got it as a birthday gift and it sounds really interesting. It won the Goodreads Choice Award for best Historical Fiction novel in 2014 so I’m hoping it’s as good as everyone says.

7. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. “I have no soul” Martin
A Storm of SwordsThis was my next book to read until I watched the Game of Thrones season 5 finale and George Remorselessly Ruthless Martin once again managed to ruin my life. That’s not me being dramatic, it’s just a testament to how much my TV shows, movies and books affect my wellbeing (and how mentally unbalanced I may be). Regardless, I cannot read this book knowing what deaths will happen not only in this book but in later books as well. If what happened at the end of season 5 is not rectified at the start of next season I might stop watching. Or, if the next book is published before the next season starts then I might read the next three books at lightning speed so I can see if Martin does as many predict and save one of the most beloved characters.

8. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter…?
Uncommon Criminals by Ally CarterSo, apparently I read the second book in the Heist Society series. I thought I only read the first one, but one look at the synopsis and my Goodreads shelves reveal otherwise. I remember this one a lot better than I remember the first one, soon as I read what it was about it all came flooding back to me. Although I still want to read the third one (the only one I haven’t read, apparently) so I’ll probably reread this one too because something in my DNA won’t allow me to read them: 1, 2, 1, 3…I need to keep it chronological.

9. Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Perfect Scoundrels by Ally CarterWell I’ve got to read the third installment of Heist Society after I’ve reread the first two. Even though I really like the first two and will probably enjoy rereading them, it will be refreshing to read about a good heist when I don’t know how it ends. I love heists and dream about being a part in one. These teens were my heroes when I first read Heist Society because I felt like I could pull off a heist too. I want(ed) to be part of their society so badly. But now that I’m 23, my crush on 16-year-old Hale feels wildly inappropriate. *welp*

10. Live By Night by Dennis Lehane
Live By Night by Dennis LehaneThis is another book that’s going to be made into a movie, but not just any movie – a Ben Affleck movie (I love Benny Affleck). It’s about gangsters and corrupt cops facing prohibition in 1920s Boston (it’s Ben Affleck, of course it’s Boston). The only aspect that could make me want to read this story any more was if it had a good heist. But I won’t hold that against Live By Night, it sounds like a great story.

Monday Movie Meme: Memorable Endings

The Usual Suspects

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What movie has the best ending?
Toy Story 3Aside from movies with great plot twists (since that’s the next question), I’d have to go with Toy Story 3. When I started this meme I had no idea how many times at least one of the Toy Story‘s was going to be my answer. But you can’t deny how perfectly the Toy Story 3 ending wrapped up the series. ~*SPOILER ALERT*~ Everything about it was heartbreakingly beautiful; from the all references to the first movie, to the toys sticking together in the face of death and to Andy (and us, too) ultimately having to let go* of the toys and move on.
*Except, like Rose, I’ll never let go.

What movie had the biggest plot twist/most shocking ending?
It’s so hard to pick one because there are so many movies with great plot twists; but one of the first movies that always comes to mind when talking about great endings is The Usual Suspects. 

The Usual SuspectsIt’s hard to talk about how great this ending is (or any ending, really) without giving anything away, so I won’t. Just trust me, if you haven’t seen The Usual Suspects then you need go watch it. Right now. I’ll wait here.

*1 hour and 46 minutes later*

So how great was that ending?!  I know. You can’t even put into words how good it was. So great.

But I can’t talk about great plot twists without mentioning Fight Club and Momento. I won’t say anything besides if you haven’t seen these movies you have to watch them too. Twice. They will blow your mind.

What’s the worst ending you’ve seen in a movie?
Two movies come to mind: The Prestige and Gone Girl. Both movies had me completely enthralled and on the edge of my seat…then let me down at the end.

The Prestige are you watching closelyI love Christopher Nolan movies. He is nothing short of brilliant. I also love Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, so my expectations for The Prestige were so high. As with all of Nolan’s movies I’ve seen, I was holding my breath, trying to figure out what was going happen and just totally captivated by the story. Unfortunately, at the end of The Prestige I was left feeling underwhelmed. So I don’t give anything away, I’ll just say the end felt incongruous with the rest of the movie.

Gone GirlSimilarly with Gone Girl, the story was totally gripping, the plot twists were shocking, and the cast was wonderful…but the end left something to be desired (to put it gently). I read the book before so I knew how it ended, but interviews with Ben Affleck and author Gillian Flynn led me to believe the ending in the movie would be totally different. So imagine my surprise and disappointment when the credits roll and nothing had changed. Totally unfulfilling.

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Monday Movie Meme: Good Cop, Bad Cop…

Good Cop Bad Cop Lego movie

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Do Good Cops or Bad Cops make for a better movie?
Good Cop Bad Cop Lego movieI love me a dirty cop. Even though it depends on the story and a lot of other things, overall I think I prefer a Bad Cop to a Good Cop. I’m a sucker for con men and thieves, and dirty cops are of the same breed so I’m all about it. It really comes down to my love for anti-heroes, they make such interesting characters that I can’t resist.

But I do like Good Cops! Especially if s/he is one of the lone Good Cops surrounded by Bad Cops and trying to clean up Gotham their city/district.  (Okay, so I love Jim Gordon. Especially portrayed by Ben McKenzie on Gotham.)

What’s the best buddy cop movie?
I know a lot of people love Lethal Weapon…but I haven’t actually seen that movie, so I’m going with 21 Jump Street.

21 Jump StreetI absolutely love 21 Jump Street. Between Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Dave Franco there was little doubt this movie would be anything short of amazing. One of the best parts about it is that they make fun of themselves (for their lack of originality) right in the movie. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and it’s still funny a second (or third, or fourth, or eighteenth…) time around.

What’s the best action or drama cop movie?
The Departed Matt and LeoWell it’s got to be The Departed. I love any movie that features Matt Damon and/or Leonardo DiCaprio and/or Boston accents and/or Boston at all and/or the mafia and/or killer suspense…this movie has all that and a bag of chips (that is, if Martin Scorsese were a bag of chips).

This movie is written, directed and acted to absolute perfection. The drama, the suspense, the thrill and the comedic relief are the core of what makes The Departed so damn good. When you garnish a great story with the brilliance of Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Boston accents, there is no way anything can go wrong.

In short: I worship at the altar of Matt Damon, thirst for the water from the Fountain of Eternal Leonardo DiCaprio and I could watch The Departed every day.

Who’s the most kick-ass movie cop?
Die Hard John McClaneJohn McClane from the Die Hard series. I haven’t seen all the Die Hard movies, but from what I have seen it doesn’t get much more kick-ass than John McClane. Bruce Willis is pretty much synonymous with bad-ass due in large part to Die Hard. I mean [~*spoiler alert*~] the man shot himself in the shoulder to get the bad guy. I don’t know what’s more bad-ass than that.

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Monday Movie Meme: Sports

Monday Movie Meme

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Monday Movie MemeWhat’s your favorite sports comedy?
Space Jam Michael Jordan shootingSpace Jam! Even though it’s 90-minute Michael Jordan ad, it’s hilarious. Do you have any movies that you particularly love to see are on TV? This is a movie that I love to see on TV. Even though I own it and won’t necessarily pop it in at any given time, I will always change the channel if I see Space Jam while scrolling through guide. (This also goes for JumanjiHocus Pocus, and Homeward Bound.) Like Kid President, I believe this is Michael Jordan’s best work. This movie always makes me happy and if they make a Space Jam 2 with Lebron James it will be the worst thing to have ever happened in recorded history.

What’s your favorite sports drama?
Oy, this is harder. I love so many sports movies. There’s the baseball movies: Field of DreamsBull Durham42; the football movies: Radio, The BlindsideRemember the Titans; and the boxing/fighting movies: WarriorThe FighterRocky.* They all fill me with emotions and excitement and love and ohmygosh I just love sports movies so much. I don’t know if I can honestly pick one favorite, but as a temp favorite for the sake of the post I’m going with Remember the Titans.

Remember the Titans dance gifIt took me way too long to watch this movie. It’s one of those movies I knew I would like and had been “meaning to watch” but never actually got around to it. I love sports movies and movies about integration/overcoming racism and that’s exactly what this movie is. One day last year I finally sat down and watched Remember the Titans and fell in love immediately — and I do mean immediately, I’m talking the movie just started and I was already yelling to my roommate in the next room about how I hated myself for not watching this sooner.

*Confession: I haven’t actually seen Rocky but I’m assuming as soon I do (which will be soon) that I will love it. I imagine I’ll be pulling another Remember the Titans.

Who is your favorite sports movie hero?
Jackie Robinson 42 at bat gifWell, my favorite sports hero (and hero of any kind) is Jackie Robinson. I’m not sure if he counts as a “movie hero” because he was a real man, but I’m going with it. The only Jackie Robinson movie I’ve seen is 42 and I loved it! The story was obviously great and it was so well done. I’ve read so many books/articles about him and did my high school report on him, so I was happy that the 42 movie did him justice.

Jackie Robinson made the biggest impact (with the help of Branch Rickey) that any sport has ever seen. What makes him even more special to me is that baseball is one of my favorite things in this world or any other, so it means so much to me that it was baseball that initiated such an important change to the sport culture. And as I mentioned earlier, I love anything about the civil rights era and integration…so I basically worship him.

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Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is a freebie! Naturally, I chose top ten book to movie adaptations. Without further ado, let’s get to the books.

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1. The Outsiders
The Outsiders book cover
The Outsiders movie posterThe Outsiders movie is so true to the book that it’s barely an adaptation and more of a book actually brought to life on screen. The book was essentially the script for the movie it was so accurate.

 

2. Catching Fire
Catching Fire book
Catching Fire movie posterThe Hunger Games was disappointing for me. It wasn’t a terrible adaptation, but it was really frustrating because there a few little things they could have changed to make it so much better. Since I wasn’t thrilled about Sam Claflin playing Finnick and I didn’t love the first movie, my expectations for Catching Fire weren’t great. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. This movie was so much better than the first and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.

3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower
the perks of being a wallflowerThe Perks of Being A Wallflower movie posterI love this book and movie. The only real flaw that I have with the movie adaptation is that Charlie isn’t quite awkward enough. In the book he was so painfully socially inept, and while he was definitely awkward in the movie it was to a much less extent. But I’m obsessed with Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller in this movie — it was cast to perfection.

4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With The Dragon TattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie PosterThis is one of the rare instances where I liked the movie more than the book. The book was good, but it was too long and had too many dull parts for me. The great thing about the movie was that it cut out all the boring parts! I really liked parts of the book and those were the only parts in the movie, so I loved this adaptation.

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban bookHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie posterPrisoner of Azkaban is arguably the best in the Harry Potter series (only Goblet of Fire  can compete with it imho) and quite possibly the best adaptation. The first three movies are all really good adaptations — it’s much easier to make a good adaptation when the books are shorter. While I love the entire book and movie series, Prisoner of Azkaban is the best adaptation.

6. The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner bookThe Maze Runner movie posterI love this movie and book so much. All the changes in the adaptation made so much sense for the movie and worked extraordinarily well. I’m very hopeful for Scorch Trials except I don’t like how they cast/styled Brenda for the movie…so we’ll have to wait and see if the sequel can live up to the first one.

7. Labor Day
Labor Day BookLabor Day movie posterThe book was terrible and the movie was just as horrendous. Perfect adaptation, awful movie.

 

 

8. Gone Girl
Gone Girl book coverGone Girl movie posterDisappointingly accurate adaptation. This book was one of the best I’ve ever read…until I got to the end. I don’t think I’ve read anything with such a disappointing ending (and I’ve read Allegiant). The movie was the same way — thrilling, suspenseful, exciting but…ultimately disappointing. The movie was actually more disappointing because we were all led to believe the ending to the movie would be completely different, but it spot-on with the book.

9. The Fault In Our Stars
The Fault In Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars movie posterBoth the book and movie were heart-wrenching and sob-inducing. I’m convinced that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort were born to play Hazel and Augustus. They were the perfect leads and I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the part any better. There are obviously some differences but nothing that bothered me too much. The only issue I have is that Augustus is such an unrealistically book-perfect boyfriend that reads really well, but can come off a little cheesy in reality. But don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely in love with him, okay?

10. The Princess Bride
the princess bride book cover
The Princess Bride posterGreat book, great movie. When I first read the book I legitimately thought it was the abridged version and when I found out it was all part of the story I loved it so much more. I love how they incorporate that story into the movie as well, everything about it is just wonderful.

Monday Movie Meme: Top Ten

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This weeks theme is: Top Ten! Pretty self-explanatory, just talk about your top ten favorite movies. Make sure you check to what the upcoming Monday Movie Memes are!

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Here are my favorite movies, in no particular order…

1. The Lion King
The_Lion_King_posterThis one actually is in particular order. The Lion King, as I’ve talked about many times before, is my favorite movie of all time. It was my first favorite movie and always will be my favorite movie. The soundtrack is fantastic, the comedy is on point, the life lessons are moving, and Mufasa and Rafiki have more  wisdom than all the other Disney characters combined. Basically there’s nothing wrong with it.

2. 10 Things I Hate About You
10 Things I Hate About YouI burn, I pine, I perish! This is a movie I’ve seen a million times because it lives in my DVD player. It’s the perfect movie for me to watch as I go to bed because there’s no bad part for me to start at. I know the movie inside and out, and I love all of it. I also quote it on a regular basis and sometimes people think I’m intellectual and quoting Shakespeare…but it’s really 10 Things I Hate About You.
P.S. If I ever yell “I need agua!” I’m not being rude, I’m being Kat.

3. Aladdin
AladdinI’ve also talked about my passionate love for Aladdin & Jasmine before and how they are my ultimate OTP. Like The Lion King, the soundtrack and comedy in this are bomb.com (Do people still say that? No? Okay, sorry.). Another important note is that, because of this movie, if you reach out your hand to me ask: “Do you trust me?” I will fall in love with you.

4. The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight posterBatman is my favorite superhero and my passion for him ignited when I saw The Dark Knight for the first time. My father is obsessed with superheroes (he even named my brother, Logan, after his favorite hero: Wolverine) so I grew up learning everything there was to know about superheroes, but I never had a clear-cut favorite. That was until Christopher Nolan came along and changed my world. Since 2008 I’ve been undeniab-ly obsessed with Batman and I’m pretty sure everyone I know has showed me every Batman meme on the internet.

5. The Departed
The Departed movie poster♫♪Good cops and bad cops, and Matt f#cking Damon. Whalberg and Leo and accents from Boston.
Criminals, suspense and mafia kings,
These are a few of my favorite things.♪♫

 

6. Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park poster
While I’ve talked about my excitement for Jurassic World on several occasions, I’ve yet to delve into my love for Jurassic Park. One thing I love about this movie is that I’m always finding out about little details, symbols and metaphors that I didn’t know before. Here’s my favorite one: You know when everyone is arriving to the island in the helicopter? Remember how Dr. Alan Grant couldn’t fasten his seatbelt because he had two “female” pieces and ended up tying them together? Much like all the dinosaurs on the island were female but still manage to breed…because “life finds a way.” *BOOM*

7. The Outsiders
The Outsiders movie posterStay gold, Ponyboy! I’ve talked about this book before and I have all the same feelings for the movie. This is one book-to-movie adaptation where I actually saw the movie before I read the book. My mom showed The Outsiders to me and my sister and ruined the night because we were so depressed. But the next day we wanted to watch it again. So I guess we kind of fell in love with it or something.

8. The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride posterMy love for this movie is like a storybook story. It has everything: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles… This movie (and book) is great for many reasons, but the one that’s the most impressive is that the movie is really two stories. The story of “The Princess Bride” is great enough to stand on its own. But the movie isn’t really about Westley or Buttercup or Inigo…it’s about a grandfather finding a way to connect and bond with his grandson through a book. It’s beautiful.

9. Toy Story
Toy Story posterAs I mentioned in last week’s Monday Movie Meme, my love for Toy Story is unreal. Woody has always been one of my favorite characters — my Woody doll (complete with my name of the bottom of his boot) is probably my most prized possession. My dream is to one day meet Tom Hanks and have him tell me that I am his favorite deputy and then immediately break down in tears.

10. Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting
Matt and Ben in Boston is always a formula for success in my book. Not to mention it stars the late and great Robin Williams and Casey Affleck is my spirit animal in this movie (“but we got snacks now!”). Additionally, if you tell your friends you “gotta go see about a girl” before talking to me I will fall in love with you.

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Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Whose Deaths Destroyed Me

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Several weeks ago the Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish was a choose your own adventure. The prompt was “Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc.)” I started writing this post then got wicked busy, let half a post marinate in my drafts for weeks, then finally finished and published it.

I decided to be depressing and talk about the ten book characters’ deaths that destroyed me the most (in no particular order). Obviously, there will be ~*spoilers*~ here.

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1. Newt in The Death Cure
The Death CureNewt’s death absolutely did destroy me. This is one of the only times I’ve ugly cried while reading. I had to put the book down and walk away, which I’m pretty sure is the only time that’s happened. It’s hard to describe my feelings for Newt. Minho was my favorite character in the series, but I loved Newt the most. He was so brave and strong but also caring and sweet, I didn’t know if I wanted to date him or give him a bath and sing him to sleep. Not only was the simple fact that he died devastating, but it was how he died that truly destroyed me. Between Newt having The Flare, losing himself as a person, attacking Thomas and being killed by Thomas….it was just too much.

2. Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
HP Order of the PhoenixShow me someone who wasn’t devastated by Sirius’ death and I’ll show you someone who doesn’t have a soul. Harry finally had family that is not only magical, loving and fun, but family who knew both his parents very well. He actually had a godfather who cared for him deeply and wanted to spend time and bond with him. There was so much potential for their relationship…just to have Sirius snatched away from Harry (and me) just two books after meeting him.

3. Johnny and Dallas in The Outsiders
The OutsidersDo it for Johnny!
Ugh. Johnny. So sweet and innocent and brave and just plain ol’ good. How could anyone not love Johnny? His death hit me hard and his letter to Ponyboy hit me even harder. Johnny telling Ponyboy to “stay gold” from beyond the grave will probably never not make me cry. Even though Dallas wasn’t my favorite character, his death was so unnecessary that it almost made me more angry than sad. He definitely had issues and I wouldn’t call him a “good kid,” but he had his redeeming qualities and I’m still really upset he died.

4. Finnick Odair and Primrose Everdeen in Mockingjay
MockingjayUnlike most people, Finnick’s death hit me the hardest in The Hunger Games series. I know the go-to is Prim; she is the reason the whole series set in motion and Katniss’ motivation for everything…but for some reason her death did not affect me as much. I think it’s because I liked Finnick more than Prim. The thing about Prim’s death is that I was more sad for Katniss’ loss than for Prim’s actual death, whereas when Finnick died I was absolutely devastated by his death as well as for the family he left behind. In short, I cried for most of the last half of the book.

5. Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault In Our StarsObviously.
“I lit up like a Christmas tree,” is one of the most depressing lines I’ve ever read. John Green is a cruel man for creating a teenage dreamboat and then ripping him from our lives. Augustus Waters is one of those absurdly and unrealistically perfect book boyfriends that ruins all real life boyfriends. Augustus ruined my life by not being in it, for that I can never forgive John Green.

6. Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceI didn’t believe that Dumbledore really died until his funeral, even then I wasn’t totally convinced he was really gone/wouldn’t come back until I finished the series. It was too hard to believe that Dumbledore wasn’t going to be around anymore. He was the most powerful wizard in the world and one of the best influences on not only Harry’s life, but Hermione’s, Ron’s and the rest of the Hogwarts students. I did not want to accept a world where Dumbledore wouldn’t be there to guide them.

7. Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potte and the Goblet of FireHufflepuff gets so much House hate, but if Hufflepuff is filled with people like Cedric then I don’t understand why. He is such a good, likable guy and he’s really genuine. Not always the most clever wizard, but still bright and promising. His death happened so quickly I didn’t have time to process it when it actually happened. It wasn’t until later when Dumbledore was talking to his parents that it really hit me and I shed a few tears.

8. Freakin’ everyone who dies in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsEven though all the deaths in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were hard, overall it was a lot less horrifying than I thought it would be. I didn’t read this one until years after it came out (I have no idea why I stopped in the middle of the series for so long) so I heard a lot about it. Nothing huge was spoiled for me, but I kept hearing about how much death there was and how devastating it was. So I went in expecting an epic bloodbath and for one of the trio to not make it to the end of the book. So even though I will never get over the many losses in Deathly Hallows (especially Lupin and Fred), I was just happy that so many people (the trio, Hagrid, Neville, McGonagall) didn’t die.

[Note: I’m going to cheat. I haven’t actually read the last two books yet, but I have seen the movie/show and these characters deaths affected me too much for me not to mention]

9. Neil Perry in Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets SocietyI don’t even know if I will be able to read this book because this death hurt so much. I’ve seen the movie twice and even though I loved it, I’ll never watch it again. I first saw this movie shortly after Robin Williams died, so I was extra emotional when watching it. In addition to being in an emotionally unsound space, I fell in love with Neil Perry immediately. Unlike Augustus Waters who was clearly a level of perfection unreachable in reality, Neil Perry was a realistic kind of perfection. He was kind and smart and wonderful without being over-the-top, and he still had his short-comings. He was such a bright and talented person with a such high hopes for his future, which makes his suicide all the more depressing. I will never get over his death.

10. Robb Stark in A Storm of Swords
A Storm of SwordsThis death by far affected me worse than any other fictional character’s death (in any book, TV show or movie). George R. R. Martin is a sick and twisted man for the things he does to readers (and now viewers). The infamous Red Wedding is the worst thing I’ve ever seen with my own eyes. I’ve watched every episode of Game of Thrones at least 2-3 times except for this one. I dare not put myself through it again. I was never just sad for several days/weeks after a character’s death until Robb. Not only did Robb’s death take my favorite character out of the show, it essentially destroyed my favorite family in Westeros and pretty much annihilated any chance they had of seeking justice and power.