50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 18

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 18: What’s a film you wish more people would see?

Veronica Mars Movie PosterThe Veronica Mars Movie!

There aren’t even enough words in the English language to describe my love for this character, this story, this everything! lol, I will probably be mocked for this but if there’s one movie/series that I would love for more people to check out it’s Veronica Mars. What originally started as a TV series, the show was so beloved by the fans that 10 years after it was cancelled, they Kickstarted it into a major motion picture. That, of course, came after it was cut down by a network that didn’t realize what a gem they had (big shocker there). And yes, I was absolutely one of those fans who donated money to see it get made.

I discovered V. Mars somewhere between the end of the first, and beginning of the second season and watched it pretty religiously. I was so mad when they cancelled it! For years I would hear snippets about how the cast would love to bring it back, how Rob Thomas would love to make a movie, and then, one random day in March 2013, I saw a post on Facebook that I never expected. Most people know how this story goes, they put up the project on Kickstarter and fans broke records like a smash-and-grab heist to get this movie into production.

LoganThe movie itself brings the characters back to Neptune, California for Veronica’s 10 year reunion. Of course, she has no intention of going anywhere near it, until her former flame gets himself into some major trouble. What I think is really wonderful about the movie is the way everyone came back for it, all the principle actors, and how excited they were to be a part of it. I loved that the movie had it’s own complete mystery, as well as subplots that don’t all get neatly wrapped up by the end, so the story still has new places it can go. And, I can’t speak to this directly, but I felt like people who weren’t a part of the series could be introduced to it in a way that would make them want to go back and check out what they missed in Veronicathe early years. I know I tend to underrate stuff that gets a lot of headlines, and I think people some people may have overlooked this movie because of all the fan hype that surrounds it. But I still think it stands by itself in a way. It has all the excitement of a 21st Century mystery/noir film; action, drama, love. Anyone who hasn’t seen it should give it a go.

Day 18, Done!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 17

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 17: What’s your favorite classic movie?

To Kill a MockingbirdA classic film, a classic leading man, and a classic story: To Kill a Mockingbird (starring Gregory Peck). I’m not very big into classic movies (I haven’t made time to see many of them, which is kind of horrible, I know). There are so many that people rave about and I just find I don’t want to see them by myself. So this may change some time in the future, but for now, I don’t think it gets much better than this.

I first read To Kill a Mockingbird in my freshman year of high school, and it completely captivated me. We were also doing the story as our fall play, so I had a unique opportunity to see it acted live (and to act in it live) with my friends. I was the understudy for Scout, and it really gave me so much insight into the story. So when we also got a chance to watch it, I kind of fell in love a little with Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. It Gregory Peckmight be one of the most perfect casting choices, ever. I think it’s because of his voice. He speaks with so much power and conviction and is so utterly that character. If I were ever to get all swoony over an old Hollywood leading man, I think it would be him.

The rest of the cast, and the film as a whole are really excellent too. It’s one of the most well-done translations from book to screen that I’ve ever encountered. The kids, the racial tensions, the courtroom scenes… it’s all perfect. It’s clear how much esteem and commitment was given to Harper Lee’s story and getting it right. But *sighs* what puts it over the top is definitely Mr. Gregory Peck.

Day 17, Done and done!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 16

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 16: What movie have you most recently seen in theaters?

Mockingjay Part 1 PosterMockingjay, Part 1

Which I thoroughly loved, I must say. There’s a lot I could talk about with this movie, and I’m sure there are people out there who didn’t enjoy the translation from book to film, but I’m just going to talk about why it was good, in my personal opinion. Also, if you haven’t seen it, now would be the time to stop reading because there are spoilers ahead!

One of the main reasons why I liked this movie was because of the way the director/producers, etc. were able to visualize all the things that weren’t shown in the book. By this, I mean, all the things that were happening that Katniss probably wasn’t aware of, or able to see. You get multiple points of view here, as opposed to only knowing what Katniss does. The manipulations become very clear in this case. I really liked the conversations between President Coin and Plutarch, for example, and how they showed what was happening in the command center when everyone else was in the bunkers during the District 13 attack.

SS_D105-310019.dngI also really enjoyed how they were able to show how Katniss affected the people in the districts. You kind of see it a little bit in Catching Fire, with the graffiti and when they’re making their speeches during the victory tour. But the cutaway to District 7, where you see the people climb the trees to take out the Peacekeepers, it becomes so immediate. Then there’s the song. When Katniss sings (I was surprised by how great it came out, first of all) you can see the affect she has on the people who immediately surround her. But what was really wonderful was how they showed the people take up her song, and with it her fight. They basically walk to their deaths in order to take out the dam… and, Wow. It’s powerful stuff. mockingjay dam

I also liked the scenes where they rescued Peeta, and his transformation. They did such a great job creating an overall feeling for the film. I also think they picked the right stopping point. It seems like they all really stepped it up for this film, and I’m so excited to see the next, and final, installment!

Day 16, termine!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 15

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 15: What’s the first movie you saw in theaters?

Little Mermaid PosterSo, this question prompted quite the discussion between me, my parents, and my older sister, because to be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure what the first movie I saw in theaters was. I’m to the point of old where all those early memories are either completely gone, or just blurry suppositions or based on stories my parents have repeated to me, rather than on what my memory can conjure on it’s own. Therefore, to answer this question I’m taking a bit of an educated guess. Since I was born in 1984 (yup, I just recently hit the big 3-0), and I’m a girl, I’m pretty sure the first movie my parents would have taken me to was The Little Mermaid. That would have made me around 5 when this first came out, and a great age to be able to sit through a film.

I thought it was pretty funny when I questioned my parents on this subject. Neither one could remember what movie it might have been. And the first thing both of them told me (during 2 separate conversations) was that I should check with my older sister, as they probably took both of us to the same movie together. Which makes sense, since we’re only a little more than a year apart in age.

sebastianAs for the film itself, it’s a great movie for kids, one of Disney’s finest, I think. It was also the film that I think kind of kicked off the Disney renaissance, with all those major hits (this was the first of them). The songs, the animations. It’s wonderful. Sebastian the Crab is probably my favorite character. He’s so fantastically expressive and loud, and I love him. Plus, lets face it, he had all the best songs.

Well, that’s it! Day 15, Complete!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 14

  • My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 14: What’s your favorite sports film?

Remember the TitansSports films are all about camaraderie and (often) humor. They are about people coming together for a goal, and I can’t think of many films that do it better than Remember the Titans.

This movie is based on real events from the life of African American football coach Herman Boone (played in the movie by the fantastic Denzel Washington) and follows him as he tries to introduce a racially diverse team at the T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971. Obviously, not an easy task. The whole thing has a bookend narration done by the daughter of the assistant coach, Sheryl Yoast (played during the bulk of the story by a very young Hayden Panettiere). But most of the story is actually about the coming together of this team during a time when it wasn’t exactly safe to do so. Integration of schools sets the backdrop for the film, and you can really feel the charged atmosphere of the town. It’s pretty fantastic the way the team brings everyone together, how people of every age learn to put aside their differences.

titans ensembleI think one of the things that makes this film stand out for me–aside from that it was about high school kids, and was released to theaters during the time when I was also in high school–was the music. I LOVE the soundtrack to the film. It might be one of my all-time favorites, and it just makes me want to dance!

Here’s the Track List (both the ones on the official album, and others that are played but not included):

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • Spirit In The Sky – Performed by Norman Greenbaum
  • Spill The Wine – Performed by Eric Burdon and War
  • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Performed by Steam
  • House Of The Rising Sun – Performed by Frijid Pink
  • Venus – Performed by Shocking Blue
  • Fire and Rain – Performed by James Taylor
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Up Around the Bend – Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) – Performed by The Hollies
  • Peace Train – Performed by Cat Stevens
  • Express Yourself – Performed by Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  • Act Naturally – Performed by Buck Owens
  • A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Performed by Leon Russell
  • titans dancing 3I Want to Take You Higher – Performed by Ike & Tina Turner (as Ike and Tina Turner)
  • Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are) – Performed by The Temptations
  • You’ve Got to Earn It – Performed by The Temptations
  • Them Changes – Performed by Buddy Miles
  • titans dancing 1Time Has Come Today – Performed by The Chambers Brothers
  • Amazing Grace – Performed by Soweto Gospel Choir
  • The Way You Do the Things You Do – Performed by The Temptations
  • Call On Me – Performed by Bobby Bland as Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • titans dancing 2Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Performed by The Temptations
  • No Surrender – Performed by Chris Goulstone
  • Quiet Home – Performed by The Sea Shells

Even the Titans themselves want to dance to this stuff!! lol! But I think the music really helped to show off the spirit of the film. I love it, can’t get enough!

And now, Day 14 is done!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 13

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 13: What is a movie you can watch over and over again?

princess diaries posterThe Princess Diaries! Oh, Gods, I could absolutely watch this movie again and again. Hah, and in fact, I kind of have. I spent a couple years living with my gram, and any time this was on TV (which it was a lot) I would sit down and watch it. To the point where she would roll her eyes and say something along the lines of “This? Again?” I don’t think she appreciated it as much as I do. But I can’t help it. It’s fun, more than a little cheesy, and very much a feel-good movie. Anne Hathaway shines in the lead, but I kind of watch it just as much for Julie Andrews, an all-time favorite actress of mine.

Every girl (or, almost every girl) has probably wondered what it would be like to discover they are some long-lost or undiscovered royalty, so this is a total wish-fulfillment kind of story. Girl who gets picked on and made fun of by her peers one day discovers she’s a princess. Who wouldn’t love that? Well, Mia, for one. She is especially wary of all the things she must do as a royal (things she’s particularly bad at) like public speaking.

me a princess

Having done some of that in my time, I can attest to the nerves it induces. But of course, everything works out for Mia and Co. and it’s all happily-ever-afters and palaces and such. The kind of story that makes some of us sigh while other roll their eyes. But I say let ’em! (Or else, they can just see the gif above!) lol, I’ll take my cheesy movie and watch it again and again till the end of time!

Day 13, terminé!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 12

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 12: What is your favorite animated movie?

This could be a tricky question, because there are so many incredible animated films out there, but my favorite by far is Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty poster

It’s one of Disney’s earliest “princess” films and for my tastes, it’s one of the best. The animation is hand-drawn, which, I’m sorry to all the tech fiends out there, is so much better than many of the current films being made. It just has so much wonderful detail and skill built into not only the characters and how expressive they are, but also the backgrounds and settings. It’s such a gorgeous affect. And I’m not saying I don’t like animated movies out today, because many of them are awesome, but I just feel like films with the detail of the older handmade illustrations have so much more life to them.

princess aurora prince phillip dancing

Now, what makes Sleeping Beauty my favorite above all those other, older, movies is the classic fairytale feel to the story. Even though the leading lady is not the most feminized or take charge of the bunch, I still like her, and the overall story. Also, this film has the best Disney Villain of all time, and one of the two best leading men Disney has ever created and the supporting cast is pretty spectacular too.

First there’s Maleficent. Who doesn’t love her as a villain? Even though they recently tried to redo her story and make her a sympathetic character, I like her much better as a wicked, evil fairy with no remorse, and the ability to turn into a kill-you-all dragon! She’s so much fun when she’s enacting her plans for revenge, and let’s face it, she’s pretty successful. If it weren’t for the stupidity of some of her minions, she might have actually won. (Also, she had to contend with a prince who actually knew what he was doing for once, and that doesn’t always happen in Disney films…)

prince phillip fightingSo let me now bring this discussion around to one of my all-time favorite leading men. Can we just take a moment to appreciate how wonderful Phillip is? First he’s a go-getter. He sees a girl, admires her, and manages to win her over right away. Next when he’s threatened by a bunch of goblins or ogres (or whatever those things are) he actually holds his own pretty well — even when hopelessly outnumbered. And even then he’s not backing down. He rushes headlong into danger in order to save his princess, rides through fire, crumbling bridges, giant thorns, oh, and let’s not forget Maleficent, who transforms herself into a dragon and tries to eat him. I mean, after all that, he still wins the day and the girl. He’s the ultimate hero.flora fauna and merryweather

And yet, when it comes down to it, he wouldn’t have been as successful without the support of a certain trio. These ladies, who provide most of the comic relief in the movie, are the ones who enable the prince to be his most heroic self (providing him with a certain magic sword and freeing him from his chains, and all). I think they might be the real, deep down reason why this movie stuck with me as my favorite for all these years. Their bickering and facial expressions are priceless, and they all have personality for days. I love that even after happily-ever-after, they’re still fighting over pink or blue.

In the end, this fantasy has everything I want, dragons, swordfights, and a little true love to carry the day.

And that’s Day 12 for you!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 11

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 11: What was your favorite movie from childhood?

a-little-princess-posterA Little Princess (1995)

I’m such a fan of this story, and this version in particular. Based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this is the story of Sara Crewe. When her father is made to serve in WWI, Sara is sent from her home in India to Miss Minchin’s Seminary for Girls in New York. Minchin is a vile woman who seems to hate children, but gives Sara all she wants or needs because of her father’s wealth. When her father goes missing in action, Sara must become a servant in the school where she was once the “princess.” Her life becomes harsh, but is not without it’s friendships. And almost any hardships become more bearable with an imagination like Sara’s. minchins girls

I loved movies as a kid.

Each story was wonderful and transported me to so many different places. It’s hard to pick one that stands out above the rest as the favorite, because there were so many that I treasured, but A Little Princess is one of the top-tier stories for me. It came out right around the time/age where I would have read the book. I think I was about 10 or 11 when this movie was released, and for me, it completely captured the emotion (and my vision) of the story.

sara and her dadThe actress who played Sara Crewe, Liesel Matthews, was fantastic in this piece. She was the essence of the character, and when I watch this as an adult, she still works for me. The sweetness and innocence, coupled with the heartbreak of losing everything… *sighs* I know there have been other renderings of this story, but as far as I’m concerned, none were as good as this one. I thought the costumes and sets for this time period were great, and the girls who played her friends (and enemies) were wonderful. In particular I really enjoyed the little girl who played Lottie (what a screamer!) And Rusty Schwimmer who played Amelia Minchin, the harried sister to the school’s owner Miss Minchin, was wonderful in this film! I love how jumpy she was, and how clearly unhappy her sister made her until Sara helped her find her own courage. Plus, the movie’s message really resonated with me when I was young.

I don’t think I could ever get enough of this movie. It’s definitely one that I’ll watch with my own kids (if and when I have any).

all girls are princesses

Day 11, Check!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 10

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

Day 10! For those just tuning in, on other sites I’ve seen bloggers do 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 10: Who is your favorite director?

Joss_WhedonThe Man, The Myth, The Legend: Joss Whedon

I think one of the things that makes Joss my favorite director is that he’s not only a director, but also a writer. I’ve listened to him speak in interviews and on panels and he puts so much heart into his work. Since he’s a writer and most of what he directs he’s also written, makes his vision come to the page much more clearly. He’s stated in interviews that when he writes, he’s also seeing it in his head, directing it as he’s writing it, which I think makes that final vision so much more cohesive.

“I have always thought of the entire process as one thing. Writing is my favorite part, but when I’m writing I’m shooting in my head. I try to write things that read as though they will be seen. That feel when you’re reading it that you’re looking at it. So for me, directing is an extension of that.”

A lot of people were “concerned” that he wouldn’t be able to succeed with Avengers, because he was so “inexperienced” as a director. (Aka, he’d only done 1 other studio film — his much beloved, Serenity — prior to signing on to Avengers.) But anyone who’d seen Buffy, Angel, or Firefly, or Doctor Horrible would’ve had faith in his capabilities. He directed some of the biggest and most well received episodes of every series he was a part of, and let’s face it, he clearly had the Nerd-Knowledge Needed, which was really the more important part to fans. His success was so huge I’m pretty sure it shut up even the loudest of Nay-Sayers.

joss and buffyI also like how he is held in such high esteem by most of the actors, writers, and crew who work with him. He just makes you believe in all he can do, and has so much passion for so many subjects. He cares about the world and I think it shows in every piece he works on.

 

Some more Awesome Quotes by Joss Whedon…

“There’s a time and place for everything and I believe it’s called fanfiction.”

“Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.”Joss strong Women

“Two things that matter to me. Emotional resonance and rocket launchers.”

“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.”

“People love a happy ending. So every episode I will explain once again that I don’t like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy.”Joss on Colbert

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things that I’m afraid of.”

“Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own.”

“Write it, publish it, crochet it, sauté it, whatever. Make.”

Day 10, mission accomplished!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 9

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

Day 9! For those just tuning in, on other sites I’ve seen bloggers do 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 9: What’s a movie that you can dance to?

footloose opening feetFootloose!

I don’t know how anyone can not dance to Footloose. Even if you’re not a dancer, watching the movie just makes you (or at least me) want to move. The story is all about dance, why we like it, and how we personalize it. Dance is also a form of rebellion in the film, and who doesn’t want to buck the system every now and again? Then, there’s the titular song which is basically calling out people to get up and get on the floor.

“Footloose” Lyrics:

Footloose

footloose-danceHow do you not dance to that?? Between this and the other wonderfully 80’s songs, its an almost unbeatable dance mix. Uplifting, fun, and very, very danceable. And if you’ve never seen it or seen it and not tried to dance to it (or along with it) I highly recommend you try it. Not a great dancer, well, you can always watch it alone. No one will see you try it out then! I leave you with the final moments…

Day 9, done and done!