Posted in Sports, Things That Make Me Angry

Rocky’s Dangerous Implications

After the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, several of the players mentioned how they watched the Rocky movies in order to get pumped for their games. I had never seen Rocky, although I knew the basic storyline and had seen the training montage. I’m just not interested enough in boxing. The American Film Institute ranks it the 2nd best sports movie of all time, so why not watch it? It’s rated PG; how bad can it be?

Subtly terrifying. Continue reading “Rocky’s Dangerous Implications”

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Posted in Historic Figures, Literature, Movie Moments, Recommendations

My Favorite Historical Period Dramas

Back in March, I wrote a piece about my favorite period dramas. Among other requirements, the films on that list had to be fictional. I promised to write a post on my favorite true story based period dramas. Voilà!

Here are my qualifications for this list.

  • The events of the film must take place in a time period before the movie was made.
  • The film must include some sort of love story
  • It must be a clean film. PG-13 is my limit.
  • The film cannot be a musical, western, or primarily a war film.
  • For this list, the story must be about real people. How much literary license is taken with the facts is inconsequential.

Again, please remember that this is a list of films that I have seen and enjoyed. If you have a favorite historical period drama that is not on the list, please leave me a comment. Continue reading “My Favorite Historical Period Dramas”

Posted in My Life

Those Things Called Fads

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve spent most of my life being purposefully anti-fad. I never had a Furby or a Cabbage Patch doll. I never wore skinny jeans or bell-bottoms. And I didn’t wear make-up until I was a junior in college. I have never read nor watched Harry Potter, Twilight, or The Hunger Games.

All this made me think of fads that I did/am participating in. I have lost count of my Beanie Babies. My grandmother always got us a few for Christmas. I keep my Princess Di bear in a plastic case.

Then there’s Captain America. All the Avengers, but especially Captain America. I am anxiously waiting for Civil War to come out on dvd (because I don’t go to theaters) before I find out all the spoilers (which unfortunately was not the case with The Force Awakens). I am also looking forward to the release of the live-action Beauty and the Beast. According to Oh My Disney quizzes, if I were a princess, I’d be Belle.

Coloring is the new fad on the market. You’ll see commercial for coloring books, find them on the grocery store check-out aisle and recommended on Amazon. It’s the new thing in relaxation. Where did it start? I have not idea, but I like it.

I never outgrew coloring. I still have my Precious Moments coloring book and box of crayons. The problem was that the coloring books available were for children. I didn’t watch Sesame Street as a kid, why would I want to color it as an adult? Not a problem anymore. Adult coloring books are everywhere. Of course a bunch of them are just mandalas which I find pointless. I want to color real pictures.

But this coloring fad is annoying too. Whenever I talk about coloring or make a coloring purchase people assume I’m following the fad. Nope. Not so. I’ve been doing this for a while.

Posted in Literature, Movie Moments, Recommendations

Period Drama Film Recommendations (Updated 9/2016)

Recently I have been searching for well-made period dramas to watch. While I have found a few recommendation lists, after researching the films, I found that the majority are not the type of movies that I would watch. So, being a girl with a blog, I decided to create my own list of clean period drama recommendations.

I do not claim to be an expert on the genre or to have seen every good film (if I had I wouldn’t be searching for more). And I leave the analysis of plots, characters, and filming devices to Jerome Weiselberry. This is simply a list of movies that I like.

Period drama is one of those murky things that I know when I see it, but is a struggle to define with words. Here are my qualifications for this list.

  • The events of the film must take place in a time period before the movie was made.
  • The film must include some sort of love story
  • It must be a clean film. PG-13 is my limit.
  • The film cannot be a musical, western, or primarily a war film. As much as I love The Sound of Music, you will not find it on this list.
  • For this list, the plot must be fictional. Which is another reason why The Sound of Music is not on this list. Perhaps someday I will write a list of my favorite historical period dramas.

Remember, this is a list of movies that I have seen and enjoy. If a period drama you particularly like isn’t on this list, I either haven’t seen it or didn’t care for it. For example, I am still waiting for a film version of Persuasion that can capture the essence of Anne’s character and the pining beauty of the story. Despite the fact that it is my favorite Austen novel, none of the adaptions are on this list.

Also, these are in no particular order. Continue reading “Period Drama Film Recommendations (Updated 9/2016)”