Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks-the forest


I had to really think about what films took place in a forest because, it seems, so many are actually horror movies which I haven't seen. I think I accomplished the feat and am wondering what the other film buffs will choose. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves (The Brainchild) to see what the others have chosen. Here are my 3....

1. ROSE MARIE-1936


I bet all of you are Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy fans:) No?? Oh well, what is fun is how hugely popular they were way back in the day since they were operatic stars, MacDonald being the more famous. This film became a huge hit and cemented their careers as a team. MacDonald plays a Canadian Opera diva who finds out her scumbag murderous brother , played by...wait for it... James Stewart, has escaped and is hiding somewhere in the mountainous woods of the Canadian wilderness. She goes to find her brother to convince him to turn himself in and ends up meeting a Royal Canadian Mountie played by Eddy. They sing the Indian Love Call and fall in love. They did actually film certain parts in the Canadian woods which is not outshone by the 2 singing operatic lovebirds. This is not everyone's cup of tea but I love their films because there is a certain innocence about them. One will never see these types of films ever made again which many say yippee but I am saddened by it. I chose the video above because Canada is celebrating 150 years so what better way to pay homage than to see nelson Eddy and the Mounties sing it up

2. ROOSTER COGBURN-1975


This is a sequel to True Grit with the great John Wayne teamed with the equally great Katherine Hepburn. You would think that the right wing Wayne and the democrat Hepburn would not get along but they did. They had a huge respect for one another and thought quite highly of each other and this comes across in the movie. Hepburn is too old to play her role but I don't really care. It's not as good as True Grit but, again, I don't care and find it a great western starring 2 older people that hold your attention. A settlement of missionaries is overrun by drunken bastards who destroy their home, rape and kill. Hepburn's dad( hahahaaaa-the actor was only a year older than Hepburn) is killed and the bandits take off. In come Rooster, played wonderfully by Wayne, who decides to go after the heathens but has to take Hepburn and one student along. They enter the Wild woods, high in the mountains, chasing the killers and encountering many challenges including rapids. It is a fun western made great by 2 legends who clearly enjoy working together. Wayne only had one lung at this time so keep that in mind too.

3. THE EDGE-1997


I would say this is the closest to a horror movie that I get but it's more of a thriller. I love that Bart the Bear steals all the scenes and rightly so because he looks like one mean bear...very scary actually. Anthony Hopkins plays a billionaire married to a young model. Alec Baldwin is a photographer who not only shoots the young model but also is having an affair with her. Baldwin and Hopkins take off in a small plane to look at all the wilds but their plane crashes. They are miles away from nowhere with little to keep them safe. They soon realize they are being tracked by one hungry, huge  bear and must band together to survive and not be dinner for the bear. This film keeps you on the edge of your seat. The location is beautiful and the acting excellent...Bart deserved an Oscar/)

What are your three??

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks-Movies based on True Events


It has been a sad week with the shooting in Virginia(Gun laws anyone??) and the horrible Fire in London...my thoughts are with the victims and their families. On Tuesday there was a tractor Trailer that overturned and phosphine gas was the cargo. Thankfully, the highly flammable gas was not disrupted but there were evacuations over a 2 mile radius. We live right near that 2 mile radius but we did not have to leave. Let's hope the rest of the week is boring. Let's talk movies to get our minds off all this sadness and this week it is all about movies based on true events. I am going all New movies so no old films showing here this week:) Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what the others have chosen. Here are my 3....

1.  HACKSAW RIDGE-2016


I was unsure how this film would be since I don't like violence for violence sake and I don't like religion being thumped on my head, but I was very pleased to say this film is neither. Now, don't get me wrong, it is violent but it is based on a horrible battle during World War 2 so there will be violence and I think what was shown is real and not overdone. In fact I think it is needed since we should not glorify it. Andrew Garfield plays Desmond T Doss a real life hero who, due to his religious beliefs, refused to carry a gun and was chastised and bullied by his own men until he proved just how brave he was when the battle began and the men were trapped. This man saved many, many men and won the Congressional Medal of Honor. It is beautifully acted and the battle scenes are well done.

2. HIDDEN FIGURES-2016


Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson are 3 African American women who work as "computers" at NASA in the early 1960's. They not only have to deal with being women in a male dominated workplace but they must also deal with being black. It just seems to showcase how a first world country can be so disgusting with their views of a people who are persecuted just for having a different colour skin. Ok, so these 3 women had to fight to show that their prowess is needed at NASA and that the space program may not have moved forward if not for them. It is well acted by the three leads but also Kevin Costner as the head of the space program. I loved Taraji P Henson's performance of this great lady (Katherine Johnson who is still alive at 99) and how she stands up for her rights and her knowledge of science and math. Just watching this made me laugh at myself since I still use my fingers to count.

3. LION-2016


This true story starts in 1987 and ends in 2012 and what a journey! The little boy who plays Saroo (Sunny Pawar) should have been up for an Oscar because he was excellent. Saroo adores his big brother who has a job and, after much begging, allows Saroo to join him. The big brother tells his baby brother to stay at the train station since Saroo is so very tired and has a tough time waking up. He watches his big brother leave and this is when his journey begins. Young Saroo wakes to find himself alone and he starts looking for his brother. He ends up on a train and falls asleep waking up to the train moving across the country and now he is totally lost. He must fend off many dangerous situations, never mind hunger and ends up at an orphanage where he is finally adopted by a very kind Australian couple. When he is in his 20's, he can not shake his home and must find out where he comes from and must find his mother and brother. A beautifully acted film and one that sticks pretty close to what happened.

What would be your 3??

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2 cards to show ya

I have been a busy camper, not in the, "I've traveled to Paris" kind of way or "I have solved the riddle of  Stonehenge" but just busy seeing family, birthdays, calling people I have not spoken to in a long time and all the rest of that type of jazz.  I have also been catching up on some movies that were Oscar worthy and reading ...such fun:)


I created these cards back in May and am just showing them now. One if for my Dear Hubby's birthday and the other is for my best friend who is going through a horrible divorce and one that could be on a TV show.


variety of stamps, flower punch, distress inks, scissors, blue dye ink pad, embossing powders, sizzex machine,

Tuesday Throwdown-For the Men
The Flower Challenge-Anything Goes
Simon Says-Male Card
Retro Rubber Challenge-Anything Goes-rrcb64
Happy Little Stampers-Anything Goes with Dies

I created this card out of love for my hubby and was so scared he would think it too girly but he loved it. His favourite colour, like me, is blue so the card is all about that colour:). The bird stamp is one he found for me which I used since he loves all animals(more than people) and he feeds the birds in the winter. I took blue cardstock that I punched out a design and used the cut out part for the focal point.  With a deeper blue, I stamped a swirly image, that must be 15 years old now along with the stamp saying, all over the blue cardstock and added some stars. I stamped and embossed the bird image on white and place it behind the blue cardstock. I used distress inks in a variety of blues and purple, watered it down and placed white cardstock on top to get the blues effect (no B.B. King, sorry). Once it was dry, I punched out a ton of flowers and then I took some blue and violet pearl paint and coloured all the flowers. I stamped leaves in green and embossed it with Turquoise glitter powder and then fussy cut them all out. I started laying the flowers out all around the image, gluing them in place along with the leaves and also used pop up dots for some 3D effect. I stamped the happy birthday on a piece of lavender cardstock, cut it with some fancy scissors and adhered it to the card. he loved it...he better! :)


cuddlebug machine, distress inks, butterfly sticker, flowers and star sticker. embossing paste, gold paint, word stamp, gold embossing powder, cardstock pieces, stencil sheet, embossing folder

Happy Little Stampers:Mixed media Challenge-Glitter
Eclectic Ellapu-A touch of pink and/or purple
Crafty Creations-Anything Goes
Animal Friends-Animals with wings

My dear friend is going through ...major shit at this time. There is no other way I can say it because it involves, affairs, compulsive shopping, major debt incurred under her name without her knowing, many trips to Bermuda with his mistress...that is just the tip of it. I have been helping her as much as I can and I made this card for her. I actually just tried this stencil with the embossing paste that I coloured with gold paint and it turned out quite well I think. I put the pink glossy cardstock into the embossing folder and rung it through the cuddlebug and started layering. I finished it off with the butterfly and flowers that I fussy cut out and placed it onto the card with pop up dots. My friend appreciated it and I am glad for that.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks-double features


This is a heavy week for movies because it's all about the double feature so I'm not going to blah blah even though I enrapture you, often, with my literary style....hahahahaaa. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what double features the others have chosen. Here are my double features that you may want to see in the drive in.

1. LOVE AFFAIR- 1939


This is actually the first film of what I call a trilogy with the last one being Sleepless In Seattle. It is Romance time and this is all about Irene Dunne meeting, bedroom Eyes, Charles Boyer on a ship and fall in love. They decide to meet on top of the Empire State Building but, on her way there, you guessed it, she meets with an accident and can't get to her destination. Does it end there? Oh please! It is a true romantic film and a very nice watch.

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER-1957


This is the more famous remake and one that makes a brief appearance in Sleepless in Seattle. This time the film stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as the 2 romantic leads who meet on a ship and fall in love. The first part is almost comedic but then takes a more dramatic turn when things go splat. I have to say I actually prefer this one to the original.

2. THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN-1957


I have to go with the cheesy 1950's  horror flicks because there are so many. I decided to go with this double feature. This is about a man who ends up growing larger and larger due to a plutonium blast that makes him grow but, unfortunately, not enough blood goes to his brain and he goes nuts (sounds like some of my clients). What is the military to do but take him on at Boulder Dam.

ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN-1958


These films are so bad that they are great and I have spoken about this one before. A rich, spoiled woman whose husband wants her dead so he can have her money, leaves and meets up with a man from outer space who looks like the Genie from Mr. Clean. Somehow the radiation from the space ship makes the gal grow until she is one angry 50ft mean machine.  She ends up creating havoc in the small town, taking her dumbass husband and getting electrocuted by the wires...dems da breaks!

3. TIME AFTER TIME-1979


I love this film which was used as inspiration for a recently defunct tv show. Malcolm McDowell plays H.G. Wells who talks to his friends about a time machine he has created. Unbeknownst to him, one of his friends is Jack the Ripper played by the under-rated David Warner, who steals his machine and ends up going to present day. Wells follows him to the present day to stop him and he, Wells not Jack, ends up meeting the love of his life. It's suspenseful, romantic and well acted.

SOMEWHERE IN TIME-1980


Utterly romantic which stars Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour about a young actor who is  approached by an old lady who gives him a watch asking him to come back to her. He can't get her out of his head and reads up about her and finds out she was an actress in the early 1900's and he starts falling for her. He reads about time travel and finds a way to go back into time to meet her. It is so romantic and one that just cemented my big crush on Reeve. Seymour never looked more beautiful and the theme music used throughout the film is lovely.

What double feature would you pick?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks: Tall Buildings


Is this weird or what, but I am actually choosing 2 newer films this week! Ok, some may not think so but, to me, they are new:) It's all about tall buildings and you will never, ever catch me in this type of predicament since I freak out when I am on the second rung of a ladder. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what other films have been chosen by us film nuts. Here are my 3 plus a bonus....

1. THE TOWERING INFERNO-1974


It's an Irwin Allen production which means fun and campy! There are a mega load of film stars in this flick from Paul Newman to Steve McQueen( who wanted to be posted first in the credits and then wanted to be on the left side when he had to share his name with Paul Newman on the credit opening). Paul Newman plays an architect who designed this mega structure for his dad In Law, William Holden. To celebrate the grand opening there is a big ball at the top of the building where many big wigs attend. No one realizes that a fire has started in a closet...except for OJ Simpson but, instead of going down to the closet and using a fire extinguisher to put the small Fire out, he disappears and the fire gets out of control. I always laugh at that scene. Now, of course we wouldn't have a film if they just put the fire out. When the blaze goes nuts, in comes Steve McQueen as the fire chief to try to control the blaze. We have people panicking, people crying and poor Robert Wagner walking in full blazing glory. I love this flick.

2. ENTRAPMENT-1999


This is not a fantastic film by any means but a fun one to watch and you get to see dance moves from Catherine Zeta Jones as she wiggles  and winds herself around some laser beams not to mention the camera lingering on her butt. So she plays an insurance investigator who is asked to investigate and nab the famed thief played by Sean Connery. She learns some tricks from him and he learns...about her nice ass. Anyway they end up at Kuala Lampur at those insane twin buildings with some glass bridge connecting the 2 towers. They plan to steal a lot of money and end up outside those building high, high up. Even watching that made me ill and, yes, I will never be caught up there...ever. Anyway, intrigue, deceptions and who is playing who, is wrapped up in this fun flick.

3. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE:GHOST PROTOCOL-2011


I like these flicks even though Tom Cruise's character would have broken all his bones and he would be slobbering in a cup somewhere if he actually survived all he does in these films. This 4th installment has Tom and his team after some device that could hurt the world..of course. They end up in a very tall building in Dubai. Of course, Tom can only get to something if he climbs outside the building so he does...and guess what? Tom Cruise really is outside that building doing most of the stunts! He is nuts we all know that because he think Scientology is aok instead of  nutty and dangerous, but he also must be an adrenaline junkie since he loves doing these stunts. This movie has death defying stunts, 2 women duking it out and some fun humour. I'd love to see Jeremy Renner in a comedy actually.

Bonus pick.

4. SAFETY LAST-1923


Harold Lloyd is one of the top 4 comedians from the silent era. He plays a meek man who leaves his mother and girlfriend to go to the big city and make good! Somehow he ends up outside a tall, department store building and is trying to get in with much hi jinks. Now it is filmed in such a way that you think he is up that high but he is not. The facade of the building he is climbing was built on top of  the highest building at that time in L.A. Mattresses were placed at the bottom in case he fell. All worked well but afterward, they tested it out on a dummy that was the same weight as Harold. The dummy fell, bounced off the mattress and went over the edge! Another point...back in 1919, Lloyd was holding a what he thought was a prop bomb. He lit it with his cigarette which blew up taking his thumb and index finger with it and laying him up in the hospital for a few months. When he is climbing look at his right hand and you will see it is a glove to hide his disfigurement.

What are your picks??

Monday, May 29, 2017

Cards galore!

What can I say except I made some cards in the last 2 weeks. It is a big birthday month with 7 birthdays ending with mine on June 2nd! My hubby just turned 60 and looks way younger which is great for him:) I made a card for him but it will turn up later so it is not in this round. Without further adieu, here are my cards


Cuddlebug, sizzex machine, stickers, village cutout, markers, glitter, rubber stamp, distress dye inks, white marker

Christmas Cards All Year Round-Precipitation
Addicted to Stamps- Holidays
CHNC2-Always Anything Goes Christmas

I have this village die cut and used the blue background that I created with dye inks and had cut out the village. I had the hole or silhouette of the village so I just cut out the village with white cardstock and inserted it into the cutout part. I coloured the village with markers, I used glossy accents on the village and sparkle on the snowy parts-hard to see how it looks here as it looks like a shiny sparkly goo. Anyhoo, I used the white marker on the raised bumps for snow and adhered it to cardstock with the last being a beautiful shimmery gold cardstock which  was run through the cuddlebug to get the raised design. I finished it off  with the Happy Christmas stamp and stickers for the borders.


Poinsettis stamp, scissors, tombow markers, gold die stamp pad and gold embossing powder, border stickers
Craftyhazelnut Challenge #1-Use some gold
HLS-Watercolor challenge-use some red

This was fun to do! I took watercolour paper, stamped and embossed the image and then, using my tombow markers, I coloured in certain areas.  I took my watercolour brush and blended the colours. I cut out the image and placed it down on the cardstock. I stamped and coloured the image again but just the flowers, cut the flowers out and placed them over top the image using pop up dots for a 3D effect. I added the border stickers and some stars.



Poinsettia die cut, distress inks, sizzex machine, cuddlebug machine, embossing folder, antique gold dye pad, some gems, of course not real:)

Eclectic Ellapu-Anything Goes
HLS-Anything Goes with Dies

This is obviously girly unless you are a Liberace wanna be. I cut out the poinsettia image and using the distress ink pads and some water, I coloured the flower. I put the cardstock through the cuddlebug for the raised image and took the gold ink pad and lightly skimmed over it so the raised image got some colour. Added the bling and Voila! This will be a nice birthday card for my sister whose birthday is Dec. 22nd.


Various blue ink pads, a sponge, rubber stamps, cardstock, stickers

Crafty Creations-Anything Goes
Glitter N' Sparkle-Anything Goes

This was fun... I say it again but it's true. You can play with the colours and can use the same stamps and get a different take every time. The glossy card really takes well to the colour you rub on with the sponge. The rubber stamps are all from one block, sort of speak, to create this scene. My dear friend, who loves the tropics and met his partner when he was in Thailand, just recently got married. He loves blue, the tropics and the ocean so I thought this works for him. They loved the card!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks:TV Edition-time Travel


It's the last Thursday of the month and this means TV edition. Now, I chose not to watch the latest TV show about time travel (Timeless I believe) and it was saved by cancellation due to the fans writing in.....just like what happened to Star Trek way back when. I am going to rectify that and start watching that show on youtube. Head over to Wandering Through The Shelves to find out what the others have chosen. Here are my 3....

1. TIME TUNNEL-1966-1967


I was so little when this came out but I still remember the actual time tunnel which looks like it would make me dizzy. 2 scientists invent a time machine and enter into it but can't get out. While in other periods of time, they must make sure not to change the course of history. Their first stop is on board the Titanic! Great show that ended way too early and now has a cult following. Love the Music-sooo Irwin Allen isn't it?

2. LAND OF THE LOST- 1974-1976


This was a Saturday morning show that I enjoyed despite the really cheesy effects. A father and his 2 kids end up going over a waterfall and going back in time to the land of dinosaurs. One T- Rex would love to make them his snack bit they always evade the peanut-sized brain Rex. They make their home in a cave and the young girl even befriends a young brontosaurus whom she rides like a pony. Eventually they meet up with an intelligent race that look like the Gorn's cousin. This cheesy show ended up having a following which produced a bad movie starring Will Ferrell and a TV series remake of this TV show. I think this kind of fits the theme...doesn't it?

3. QUANTUM LEAP-1989-1993


Love this show and loved Scott Bakula whom I wished I could have met back then to do things not allowed in some states:). He plays a scientist who, through some "quantum leap" inhabits the bodies of people and only his trusty friend with a computer can see him as Sam and Sam is the only one who can see his friend. They have to find out why he replaced the person so he can somehow change the course of history and make it right. Once he accomplishes this he travels immediately into the body of another. It was well written and could be serious and funny especially when Sam ended up as a woman.

Which picks would you choose?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks-The Renaissance films from the 1400's to 1700's


I kept thinking of films I have seen and many I have already talked about so I believe I found 3 that fit the bill and I have not already discussed. Check out Wandering Through The Stars to see what others have chosen. Here are my 3....

1. THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY- 1965


So we have 2 big ego stars, Carlton Heston and Rex Harrison playing 2 big ego historical figures, Michelangelo and Pope Julius II. The Pope, being a pious man( enter laugh track here) wanted a small chapel come to life with paintings depicted from the bible that would be on the ceiling and possibly the walls. Michelangelo was chosen and so the fight began. The Pope wanted things to move along quicker than Michelangelo was painting. Arguments, stand-offs, huffs and puffs followed for the years spent while Michelangelo painted his masterpiece...the Sistine Chapel. The Pope was busy with other matters....like siring kids and participating in battles. It is excellently acted and fun to watch the 2 banter back and forth. It helps that the 2 stars did not care for each other at all. It does seem to accurately portray what did happen way back when this masterpiece was being painted and one I will see one day.

2. THE THREE MUSKETEERS-1973


To me this is the best rendition of this adventure which has been filmed many times over the years. Michael York plays D'Artagnon who decides, after his father is killed in front of him, to become a Musketeer to seek revenge. He meets the 3 Musketeers, played wonderfully by Richard Chamberlain, Oliver Reed and Frank Finlay who take him under their wing and teach him their trade. During their adventure they must deal with intrigues by Cardinal Richelieu( Charlie Heston again) and Faye Dunaway as Madame De Winter. York also meets his Landlord's clumsy wife played by Raquel Welch. Great sword fights, action, heaving bosoms, and comedy makes this film a must see. Love the sequel also which is just as good as this original film.

3. EVER AFTER-1998


I love this movie because it is a great take on the Cinderella  theme. Drew Barrymore plays a young girl who loves her father. Her dumb ass dad met and fell in love with a viper, wickedly played  by Angelica Huston, who has 2 daughters, one nasty and one sweet. When Drew's dad dies, his wife becomes the head of the household and immediately puts Drew to work as a common slave along with the other help for this household. Drew is not the simple demure lass but has her own mind and is quite intelligent and often takes off into the forest. There she meets the Prince whom she does not realize at first is the Prince of the land. She also meets Leonardo Da Vinci and Gypsys and becomes friends with Da Vinci and the Gypsies. Soon enough she realizes he is the prince but he has no clue who she is and tries, in vain, to court her. Of course, there is a huge ball and the nasty step sister wants to be the new bride to the prince. More intrigue, deceptions and romance ensues before the pair are united in love. It's not only the typical romance but one feels the romance of the era due to the costumes, writing and cinematography. A lovely, well-written and acted film.

Which films would you choose??

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day



My mom....She refuses to get her hair cut, she must have Teddy with her, tucked under her arm at all times and she loves to be hugged. Of course I hug her and we lean into each other to just feel the love from one another. For anyone who has read my blog, you know my mom's life is the stuff movies are made of.  If she didn't have that major head injury, she probably would not have the vascular dementia. If she didn't smoke for 50 years, she might have been able to breathe without the use of the oxygen but these are ifs and times from the past can not be changed.  She always asks, "What am I doing here?"  "What do I do all day?" "Where's Baron (My brother)?" This is repeated every 3 or 4 minutes but that's OK. She would have gone to the ends of the earth for me so her inability to remember plus other nuances that dementia brings, is truly insignificant to what she has done for me.
Yesterday, she enjoyed her 2 children, the flowers and a good piece of cake! She also loved her card I made for her..


Alphabet Challenge-Enchanted Creatures
Crafty Creations-Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu-Anything Goes
Glitter N' Sparkle- One for the Ladies/Mother's day
Retro Rubber Challenge-Use Flowers-rrcb62

Flower Stamp (5 years old), Unicorn Stamp(10 years old), Tombow markers, Watercolour paper, brush, Gold dye ink and Gold embossing powder, Black ink pad, glue, glitter and crystals

I stamped the flower image in gold and heat embossed the gold powder onto watercolour paper. I took my markers and coloured everything but, with tombow markers, you can take water and spread the colour around as long as you have the right paper. I cut out the centre so the unicorn would be framed. I coloured around the unicorn in pale green since green is my mom's favourite colour. I added the glitter dust and the crystals.

My mom did love the card and wondered aloud if I still make cards. I told her I do and enjoy it. She couldn't see the unicorn too much but I told her I chose the unicorn because of dreams and freedom which she holds dear to her heart. One day I will not be able to hold my mom but, for now, I take great pleasure in doing so. I do miss her though...the old mom.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks- Deserts-Hot or Cold


It's May and it feels like March in my neck of the woods but by next week I bet it will be so warm people will complain that it's too hot. Canadians love to bitch about the weather. Ok, enough of that, I am talking about films that take place in deserts, hot or cold. I almost picked Florence of Arabia....I mean Laurence of Arabia, but I think I already spoke about this film. I love that line from Noel Coward who, upon seeing a young Peter O' Toole, said that if he was any prettier that movie would be called Florence. Anyhoo....check out Wandering Through The Shelves to see the what the others have chosen. here are my 3....

1.  GREED-1924


Yes, it's a silent film but it's an excellent study on what happens to a couple when they win the lottery. It is directed by the great Erich Von Stroheim whom most people know as the butler from Sunset Blvd. This film was, apparently something like 8 hours long and the few who saw it said it was a masterpiece but nobody could sit for that long so it was hacked down to a bit over 2 hours. Even in this state it is still compelling. It Stars Gibson Gowland as a mild mannered dentist who falls for Zasu Pitts( love her name) and they marry. Soon after she wins the lottery and rather than enjoy the winnings she starts to hoard it and becomes obsessed by it. Gibson's friend, played by Jean Hersholt (famous for the Jean Hersholt humanitarian award) also gets into the mix and we watch these 3 normal people become destroyed by winning this lottery. The crew actually shot on location including Death Valley which was so hot that the film was close to melting and the 2 male stars suffered terribly under the sun. This film is worth seeing

2. THE MUMMY-1932

Image result for The Mummy 1932

This is the film that started it all regarding this franchise. I love the Brendan Fraser film and can watch it over and over but I chose the original film because I just recently saw this for the first time! Boris Karloff, of Frankenstein fame, played the Mummy and he was excellent as this creepy character who came back to life. The start of the film takes place in the valley of the kings and poor Karloff had to endure some pain with this great makeup. Remember they didn't have the same materials we have now so layers of cotton was glued to his face....it took 8 hours to apply! As you know, the mummy comes to life and takes his leave but a few years later he ends up in London because his lady love is entombed there. A young woman is drawn to him through his ancient ability to resurrect his love. The museum guys are to the rescue.

3. LEGEND OF THE LOST-1957


This is a John Wayne film and it's fun to watch but it's not a good one overall. He is hired by romantic lips, Rossano Brazzi, to go to the desert to find a treasure. Along for the ride is Sophia Loren because, well, why not. Rossano treats wanton gal Loren like a lady where Wayne is rough and tough. They deal with the desert and the growing concern over Brazzi's obsession in finding the lost treasure. Brazzi was the romantic rage for a couple of years in the 1950's and his pursed lips are a lot more inviting than Trumps. Wayne is always fun even in this flick which one just shakes one's head at. Loren looks sultry in her ripped clothing and sweat. What more can I say. Campy fun.

What films would you choose?

Monday, May 8, 2017

A To Z Reflections



Now we come to reflections part of which I will give my 2 cents worth and probably repeat what many say.

1. I enjoyed the A to Z as I always do each year...I think this is my 3rd year..no, I believe it is my 4th....forgive my menopausal brain.

2.  There was no link which I actually didn't mind because I did not have to surf through 2,000 links and click on one only to find out they did not do any write ups, they wanted to sell crap or they disappeared like a fart in the wind (Shawshank redemption quote).

3.  The amount of people who did participate went quite a bit down probably due to what I mentioned above plus some just decided not to participate this year either due to being too busy or not liking the new format.

4. I was a bad girl because I still could not keep up especially with one of my favourite bloggers-Vidya Sury, who is always an inspiration.  I do intend to go back and read more and even comment! I did enjoy finding a few new blogs which I follow now due to the A to Z. I was also quite bad in linking up. I'll get my hubby to spank me later:)

5. I'm not sure if I will write about the same thing next year-Movies and stars of yesteryear. I always enjoy it but I feel the need to branch out to something else. If you all enjoy it, then maybe, but change is good as well. One thing I need to do is write these posts ahead of time! Famous last words

6. I was not going to sweat over not being able to visit or comment. It is supposed to be fun besides if I sat and reviewed all the posts I wanted to, my ass would be the size of Cleveland.

So...there you have it, my reflections. Were they not the most well thought out comments ever? I hope, after your eyes roll back to their normal position, that you will do the challenge next year and let me know what you would like me to show/talk about....Film and film stars, My amazing mom and her life, My travels, where I live, Art, and, oh yes, my card making. Any comments about this would be great

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks-Clones/Doppelgangers


The A to Z is now done for another year and I hope to get back to my crafting but it's Thursday which means it's Movie time and this week the theme is about Doppelgangers/Clones. He'd on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to check out the other Movie Picks from people who love film. Here are my 3....

1. THE GREAT DICTATOR-1940


This movie was filmed during 1939 before much was known what happened to the Jewish population in Europe. Chaplin said he never would have made this movie if he would have known but I think this film is strangely foreboding even though it's a comedy. It's about a Jewish barber who looks very similar to a dictator, Adenoid Hynkel, and ends up impersonating the dictator. It's actually quite funny especially the names, like Napaloni ...the Italian Dictator. I love how Chaplin takes the world and throws it up in the air, twirls it around on his finger and his foot...quite funny. For those who did not read this before, Hitler fashioned his moustache on Chaplin's little tramp!

2. VERTIGO-1958


I might have spoken about this masterpiece of film making but, I don't care, I'm speaking about it again. I have to admit, it's not my favourite Hitchcock personally but I know what a great film it truly is plus it stars my favourite actor, Jimmy Stewart. A man hires his old friend, who is a detective, to watch his wife. The detective ends up falling in love with this mysterious woman who feels she is the reincarnation of an ancestor. She ends up becoming so distressed that she climbs a tower and before the detective can reach her, she falls to her death. Overtaken with guilt because he could not reach her in time due to his vertigo, he goes into a deep depression. One day, feeling better he is walking down a street and meets a woman who reminds him of his friend's wife.....obsession starts to take control.

3. ON THE DOUBLE-1961


I watched this film a couple of times a long time ago but it stayed with me probably because I was sick the first time and my dad sat with me...we both were laughing. It is a typical Danny Kaye film where he plays a fumbling coward in the army who is asked, well, told, to impersonate a general. This general's life may be in trouble because there are nasty German double agents working as his staff. Hijinks ensues as well as romance with a delightful performance by Kaye. If you want a fun movie when it's raining outside and you want to just lay low, I say this is a fun movie to see.

I almost picked Surrogates and the Stepford Wives but I didn't...which films would you pick??

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A to Z Challenge-The Last Letter-Z...Yippee!


It's the last day of the challenge and I know everyone is whooped even though it has been enjoyable. So head over to the A to Z Challenge to check out all of the last posts.

ZIEGFELD FOLLIES-1946


DIRECTOR: Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Vincente Minnelli plus a few more
STARS: William Powell, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Lucille Bremer, Judy Garland.......
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
OSCAR WINS: Nil
PLOT: None really...just a showcase for the amazing talent at MGM. Flo looks down from heaven and imagines up some new shows
LOVE: The Dancing segment with Astaire and Kelly-simply stunning!
TRIVIA: The Lady has an interview number with Judy Garland is a spoof on the big star, Greer Garson. Judy was known to be a great mimic. Another number, involving a bubble machine went  wacky and so many bubbles were created that the fumes knocked out a camera man and many went home ill. Vincente Minnelli ran under the big camera because the cameraman was hanging from the crane! Vincente was trying to figure out what to do so the cameraman would be safe.

FLORENZ ZIEGFELD-March 21, 1867-July 22, 1932


OCCUPATION: Theatre Impressario
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
OSCAR WINS: Nil
ANECDOTE: He created the Broadway show from having beautiful girls in a chorus line scantily clad with heavy head pieces to weigh them down to introducing some big comedy stars like Will Rogers, W.C. Fields and Fanny Brice. He brought shows to the Great White Way that are still around, like Show Boat. Oh, and he was married to Glinda from the Wizard of Oz, Billie Burke.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A to Z Challenge-The Letter Y


We are now at the letter Y....Go check out the A to Z challenge to see what else may start with Y

YOURS, MINE AND OURS-1968


DIRECTOR: Melville Shavelson
STARS: Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Van Johnson
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
OSCAR WINS: Nil
PLOT: A widow with 10 Kids and a widower with 8, meet and fall in love much to all the kids' dismay
LOVE: When the kids get Lucille drunk
TRIVIA: This is based on a true story and Lucille Ball liked the family so much she treated them to Disney. Fonda used to date Ball in the late 30's/early 40's an, according to his daughter Jane, Henry seemed to want to rekindle his liking with Ball.

YSABEL MACCLOSKEY-January 20, 1915-March 11, 1981


OCCUPATION: Actress
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
OSCAR WINS: Nil
ANECDOTE: Someone many of us older people may know from the movies and TV shows we used to watch. She was often on Bewitched, for example. When her husband was stationed in Stuttgart, West Germany, she became part of the Opera company there. I love her lavender hair!

Friday, April 28, 2017

A to Z Challenge-The Dreaded Letter X


Close to the end.....It is the letter X. It is always fun to see how the other people deal with this letter. Head on over to the A to Z to see what everyone chose for today.

XANADU-1980


DIRECTOR: Robert Greenwald
STARS: Olivia Newton John, Michael Beck, Gene Kelly
OSCAR NOMS: Oh God..No!! But it was up for the Razzies
OSCAR WINS: I didn't check if it won any Razzie awards
PLOT: So, the muses come down to Earth to aid  young men and their dreams. Olivia plays Terpsicore, The muse of dance, who helps a young man achieve his dream of opening up a disco rolling rink.....Yup..Ya heard it here folks
LOVE: The music is good and it's just so damm tacky
TRIVIA: Gene Kelly took this role because it was close to his house...he should have just kept on dancing by. The name of his character is the same name used in a breakthrough role of his, Covergirl (1944).

NOREEN XAVIER-


OCCUPATION: Actress, dancer
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
OSCAR WINS: Nil
ANECDOTE: I hope this is a picture of her since her name ended with an X which is why I chose her. In fact, if you ever have watched movies with background dancers or even the old variety shows, these dancers had to be in top form, learn so much, be great but never outshine the star. Too bad we don't know enough about all these people because they gave their all.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

A to Z Challenge- Letter W and TMP-TV Edition: Police shows


We are now at the letter W.....Head on over to the A to Z Challenge and find out what everyone else is talking about. My Thursday Movie Picks follows right after:) I had to still combine the 2 even though I can't quite fit them in all together.

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION-1957


DIRECTOR: Billy Wilder
STARS: Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Elsa Lancester
OSCAR NOMS: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound, Best Editing
OSCAR WINS: Nil
PLOT: A young man, arrested for the murder of an elderly, rich lady, asks a brilliant, but unhealthy barrister, to defend him. This lawyer must deal with the defendant's wife and he must deal with his nurse who knows all the hiding places for his cigars.
LOVE: The banter between Laughton and Lanchester (married in real life)
TRIVIA: Laughton and Lanchester were nominated even though they did not actively pursue the award nomination. In fact, Laughton openly rallied for Alec Guiness(For Bridge on the River Kwai).  On the other hand, Marlene (who is excellent in this by the way), thought she would be nominated for sure. She was playing in Vegas at the time and had her introduction changed to, "nominated for best actress...". She was not nominated which really upset her....the introduction had to be change obviously.

BILLY WILDER- June 22, 1906-March 27, 2002


OCCUPATION: Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Editor
OSCAR NOMS: Fortune Cookie, Some Like It Hot, Witness For the Prosecution, Sabrina, Stalag 17, Ace In The Hole, A Foreign Affair, Double Indemnity, Ball of Fire, Hold Back The Dawn, Ninotchka
OSCAR WINS: The Apartment, Sunset Blvd, Lost Weekend, Honourary Awards
ANECDOTE: He fled Nazi Germany in 1933since he was Jewish, but his mom and other members of his family still lived there. They all died in concentration camps and he rarely talked about this. He was known for his brilliance, sarcastic wit and hard hitting look at Hollywood (L.B. Mayor wanted him thrown out of town) but he could also be nasty.

Thursday Movie Picks...


I decided to just make a longer post and combined the 2:) At least the one character was arrested by the police so it connects a little:) This week it is all about TV and Police shows so let's get on with it. Check out Wandering Through The Shelves to see what the others have chosen...

1. COLUMBO-1971-2003


Peter Falk was great as the title character because the killer always thought he was dumb and so, underestimated him. Columbo also got on everyone's nerves which was just so much fun to watch because we all like doing that to someone at least once in our life time:) This show first started as part of the Mystery Movie (the other 2 were McLeod which I love, and McMillan & Wife). Finally, this show had special episodes which would air off and on until 2003. You always knew, from the beginning, who the killer was but you enjoyed how Columbo figured everything out. Columbo never cared if the person was rich or not (usually they were) because he would come in his beat up car, wearing his beat up coat and smoking a cigar. The coat was actually Peter Falk's coat..I guess to cut down on costumes..Haha.

2. BARNEY MILLER- 1974-1982


These cast of characters were just so funny from Fish to the classy Ron Harris. You would always see the comings and goings of the detectives working in that shabby office dealing with a whole bunch of characters. I still love Det Yemana, made famous by that wonderful actor, Jack Soo who died during the run of this show. I think my favourite episode is the brownie episode (Mush, Mush, Mush).

3. CASTLE-2009-2016


This is a recent TV Show that I really enjoyed. It is the very implausible story of a rich, successful mystery/crime writer who starts working with the police force to help solve crimes. The head detective is played by a quite stunning, kick ass gal with some major hang ups. Of course they are attracted to each other and play the back and forth but when they do finally get together, the show does not run dry. There are shows that are much heavier and others more fun but always entertaining especially with the other characters from the 2 police detectives who aid the main gal to the writer's mom and his daughter. It's fun and that's what I like.

One extra....

T.J. HOOKER-1982-1986


Yes....I watched this show...and yes, it is campy especially William Shatner's hair. He plays a veteran cop who decides to stop being a detective and go back to being a beat cop with a rookie partner played by the world renown star, Adrian Zmed (crickets please). The cop who knows all helps the rookie cop, with hair Shatner wishes he had, learn the ropes. Later Heather Locklear is brought in for that special touch of acting...ughh who am I kidding..T & A. It was a show that had some humour in it and, Leonard Nimoy was in an episode! Adrian Zmed left the show to pursue his acting career.....hahahaaaaaa.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A to Z Challenge-Letter V


So today is this wonderful letter..I don't know why it's wonderful, but it is:) Head on over to the A to Z Challenge to see what other people are writing about.

VICTOR/VICTORIA-1982


DIRECTOR: Blake Edwards
STARS: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Rocco
OSCAR NOMS: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Costume
OSCAR WINS: Best Score
PLOT: A young, starving singer meets a gay man who reinvents her as a gay transvestite man from a small Eastern block country. She becomes the new hit as a man pretending to be a woman but is a woman. Things get difficult when a mob boss from the States comes to see the show and finds himself falling for the man..er...woman.
LOVE: Robert Preston who I thought should have won the Oscar
TRIVIA: The dress Julie Andrews wears in her scene in the nightclub is the exact same dress Robert Preston later wears. They tied the dress up so it would fit her. When Preston wears the dress, he does the scene in one take which is why he is a bit out of breath and starts to laugh. The dress suffered a few rips.

VIVIENE CHANDLER- November 6, 1947-June 6, 2013


OCCUPATION: Actress, Photographer
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
OSCAR WINS: Nil
ANECDOTE: She played bit parts in many films and even in a rock video by Asia (The Smile Has Left Your Eyes). She changed careers and became an excellent photographer specializing in children and sold many of her works to private collectors

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A To Z Challenge-The Letter U


This was a tough one and I was struggling to find a film I have seen with someone in the film whose name starts with the letter U. I decided to look up some people who have names with U in them and I came across this film that I feel is a stretch for 3 reasons....I can hardly remember it, I saw it when I was 18 when visiting Graz, Austria. It is a French film dubbed in German, so I could not quite get to know what they were really saying but I do recall that I was laughing. Head on over to the A to Z Challenge to see what everyone else is talking about.

Oh...I am sorry for not replying to comments like I love to do...I'm falling behind....

UP TO HIS EARS-1965


DIRECTOR: Philippe De Broca
STARS: Jean Paul Belmondo, Ursula Andress
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
OSCAR WINS: Nil
PLOT: A depressed billionaire has failed several times to end his life so he hires hitmen to take him out. Once he meets a beautiful stripper, he wants to call off the hitmen but things don't go as planned...let the chase scenes begin!
LOVE: I remember the scene on the rickety bridge..it made me laugh and be terrified at the same time...I'm really, really, really scared of heights.
TRIVIA: Jean Paul loved heights and was a prankster much to the dismay of one actor who was scared out of his wits. Except for the scenes in the Himalayas, the rest of the action takes place where you see it. Jean Paul and Ursula, that sex kitten, started seeing each other while making this film and lived together until the early 70's. I have to see this film and not in dubbed German

URSULA ANDRESS-March 19, 1936


OCCUPATION: Actress, Publicity Star, Just standing there in bikinis
OSCAR NOMS: hahahaaa
OSCAR WINS: eye roll
ANECDOTE: Even though she was raised in a strict German household, she rebelled, as one can see, and had no worries appearing nude. She is most famous in her white bikini from the James Bond film, Dr. No. She also had this wild bikini (see above) that was a shooting machine and was wonderfully parodied in the Austin Powers film. She had many affairs...big surprise.


Monday, April 24, 2017

A to Z Challenge-Letter T


The beginning of the last week! Check out the A to Z Challenge to see what the other people have talked about.

TO CATCH A THIEF-1955


DIRECTOR: Alfred Hitchcock
STARS: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis
OSCAR NOMS: Best Art Direction (Color), Best Costume Design (Color)
OSCAR WINS: Best Cinematography (Color)
PLOT: A former jewelry thief is being framed, so he goes to Monaco to prove his innocence. There he meets a beautiful, icy blonde in great gowns.
LOVE: The picnic scene between Kelly and Grant
TRIVIA: Cary Grant became great friends with Grace Kelly and, for once, she did not sleep with her male co-star (the other being Jimmy Stewart). She was seeing Oleg Cassini (dress designer) at the time but this is when she met Prince Ranier so that affair soon ended. Landis, who plays Kelly's mother in the film is only 8 years older than Grant. In North by Northwest, she played his mom!

GEORGE TOMASINI- April 20, 1909-November 22, 1964


OCCUPATION: Film Editor
OSCAR NOMS: North By Northwest
OSCAR WINS: Nil
ANECDOTES: His film editing is considered so great he is studied at film schools across the land. Even though Hitchcock edited while he filmed, Tomasini was so intuitive to Hitchcock's wishes that they worked on 9 films together ( Rear Window and Psycho being 2) that it only stopped when Tomasini suffered a fatal heart attack.

OK, I know, I know...but I just love these gowns as well....These are Edith Head creations





Saturday, April 22, 2017

A To Z Challenge-Letter S


The end of another week! We are going into the home stretch but now we must talk about anything with the letter S. Head on over to the A to Z Challenge and see what everyone else is talking about for this letter. My theme is about movies and a person attached to the film. Here is mine....

SABRINA-1954

DIRECTOR: Billy Wilder
STARS: Humphrey Bogart, William Holden, Audrey Hepburn
OSCAR NOMS: Best Actress, Best Director,  Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction
OSCAR WINS: Best Costumes
PLOT: A chauffeur's daughter leaves for Europe and comes back much more refined and cultured which grabs the look of the one brother whom she always had a crush on. Seeing this could hurt business, the older brother woos her instead and now she has to decide which rich brother she truly loves.
LOVE: The wittiness of the script and direction plus the gowns! FYI-the gowns were done by Hubert De Givenchy who became the exclusive dress designer for Hepburn from then on.
TRIVIA: Edith Head won the Oscar and took it even though most people loved the gowns which Givenchy created but did not get any recognition for. Hepburn had to pay for the gowns herself since the big wigs stated it was not in the budget. By the way, she got paid $15,000 while Bogie got paid $300,000 and Holden got paid $150,000.  Also, Hepburn and Holden fell in love on the set and he wanted to marry her but when she found out he could no longer have children she broke it off.  Cut to the 1980's when I was watching the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Carson asked Holden who was his great love (or something like that)...without hesitation, Holden said Audrey Hepburn. Oh and Bogie was a real S.O.B. on the set and hated everybody:)

SAMUEL A TAYLOR-June 13, 1912-May 26, 2000


OCCUPATION: Playwright and Screenwriter
OSCAR NOMS: Sabrina
OSCAR WINS: Nil
ANECDOTE: I had heard that he left the set of Sabrina after Billy Wilder  changed one too many things in his play but I only read it in one spot so....not completely sure. I do know he wrote the screenplay for Vertigo and Topaz and became friends with Hitchcock. He saw Hitchcock's vulnerability when they, and their spouses, were walking in the snow and Hitchcock fell. Hitchcock did not want to be seen so they circled around him and helped him up which was no easy feat.

Just 2 gowns..I couldn't resist:)