Thursday, February 27, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks:TV Edition-Romance


Oh, I am not into gushy-ooshy romance but this is the final end before we embark into March. Wandering through the Shelves decided to end this month with romance on TV. I have picked 3 I think are pretty good and here they are....

1. BRIDGET LOVES BERNIE- 1972-1973


Probably most of you don’t even know this show at all but it was and is the only top rated tv show to be cancelled despite the top ratings. Why? Major controversy from the, believe it or not, the Jewish sects who took a major affront to this tv show to the point where bomb threats were made on the show. The show was about a Catholic upper crust woman, who is a teacher, meets a working class cabbie, played by David Birney, who is Jewish. They fall in love and marry but to the disdain of both parents who don’t want to see that their kid's love seems to conquer all. Alas, the network capitulated and cancelled the show. Romantically, David Birney and Meredith Baxter fell in love and married after the show ended, had 3 Children and starred on other shows like Family Ties starring Meredith Baxter Birney. Oh...then they split up, she came out to say he physically and emotionally abused her which he has vehemently denied. She is now very happy living with her current partner, coming out as gay.... who knew? And good for her.

2. MOONLIGHTING-1985-1989


I love this show..love and wish it would come back in reruns because it was smart, witty, original, funny and sophisticated often paying homage to the great films of yesteryear. It stars Cybill Shepherd as a down on her luck former top model who only has this detective agency left. She is persuaded by the detective to come in and help run it only to find out that they often bicker. The detective in question was Bruce Willis when he still had some hair and thought he could sing. Their witty repartee was so much fun to watch as they traded barbs even as they were falling for each other, reluctantly. It lost a little heat nearer the end but it still is gold in my books. It work quite well because Willis and Shepherd didn’t care for each other because Shepherd thought she was the next Sarah Bernhardt and felt she was a big star...so did Willis for that matter.

3. AS TIME GOES BY-1992-2005


I love this British TV Show that starred Dame Judy Dench and Geoffrey Palmer as 2 older people who happen to meet up again quite by accident after 40 years. You find out that, during the Korean War when she was a nurse and he was a soldier, they had a steamy love affair only to part due to letters not being delivered. They each carried on their own life with Palmer marrying, living in Kenya and then divorcing his wife. Dench married, had a daughter and became a widow only to start a secretary business. This show had a first run of a few years and then a few specials only to have a couple more seasons later on. You love how these 2 people become reacquainted and fall in love all over again being surrounded by her daughter, the head secretary and the millionaire book publisher of Lionel’s book about Kenya. You meet Lionel’s kooky dad and his girlfriend as well as Jean's sister in law and her spaced out dentist husband. This is a gem of a show and worth watching.

What are your 3?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks-Love in the Tech Age


Love is all around from music, books, film and real life but there are so many versions of love that it’s hard to figure them all out. This week, at Wandering Through The Shelves, it is about Love in the Tech Age and I had to think about this one for a while but I think I chose 3 that work and here they are...

1.  STAR WARS-1977


Friends can love each other deeply and nothing speaks love of friendship in the tech age than R2D2 and C3PO. It is with little wonder that George Lucas was inspired by the great friendship team of Laurel & Hardy( my dad’s favourite comedy duo). Laurel & Hardy were tied to the hip and Hardy would always complain and blame Laurel...sound familiar? These 2 robots almost stole the picture because they were funny, endearing and loving as only 2 dear friends could be.  We know the plot of this great film but no one thinks that the best love story is between these 2 robots.

2. YOU’VE GOT MAIL-1998


Oh, this tech love story sounds like a relic nowadays but it still fits since this involves computers. This is a remake of The Shop Around The Corner with James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan and In The Good Ole Summertime, a musical remake with Judy Garland and Van Johnson. This film stars Tom Hanks as a big chain bookstore owner who is despised by a small children’s bookstore owner played by Meg Ryan and they often argue. Unbeknownst to both, they are “pen pals”  who discuss their problems specifically with the jerk/jerkess that is irritating the hell out of them. It’s a nice little romance movie made better by the acting of Hanks and Ryan even though I found her annoying in this flick. I prefer the original and the musical over this one.

3. A. I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-2001


This is an under-rated gem of a film with a heartbreaking performance by Haley Joel Osment as a young robot who can feel love and only wants to be loved. He is with human parents whose son is not expected to ever come out of his coma. The mother enacts the human emotion from her robot son who loves to have a mom. This is cut short when their human son regains consciousness and comes home only to become jealous of his robot brother. He makes sure the robot brother is blamed for something the human son instigated and the parents agree to send the robot boy away to be demolished only the mother can’t do it so she lets robotboy off in the woods and leaves. The robot boy wants to become human and goes in search of the blue fairy to make him human going on an adventure that is equally thrilling and dangerous. It was not widely received when it came out but I thought it was brilliant and shows how much a boy just wants to be loved.

Which 3 films would you choose?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks-Meet Cute


Ahhh, cute, you either go awwwww or ewwwww and it depends on what each like as cute. Personally, seeing a baby full of cake all over its face, is messy and gross, not cute. Parents thinking their kids taking a dump is cute, is not cute. If that was cute, we would be gooing over grandpa taking a dump when we visit him in the old folks home and we don’t....at least I hope not. I have to say it will be a fun week to see what everyone will choose as cute for this week’s theme over at Wandering Through The Shelves. Here are my 3...

1. THE LITTLE PRINCESS-1939


I had to choose a Shirley Temple film because she is the epitome of cuteness and was THE biggest star in the 1930s ahead of Gable, Garbo, Tracy, Grant...all of them and she was exceptionally talented who could recite lines, dance, sing and was one kid that did not turn up dead or rotten like so many others. She actually became the ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia during the 1970s and early 1990s. Ok, back to the film, she plays cute as a button daughter to a captain who is off to fight in the Boer War. He leaves her in a private girl’s school paying for all she wishes. When a letter comes that he has died, the matron of the school, realizing there will be no more money from her dad, decides to keep her on but to live in a cold attic room with the other girl and work as a servant. Temple is bullied by a couple of snots(she doesn’t put up with it) and does her best to be positive all while visiting the hospitals since she believes her dad is still alive. It is a very sweet film that showcases her cuteness best but she doesn’t take much guff either.

2. BABE- 1995


I love this film and found it such a sweet fairy tale from the thatched farmhouse to the cute as button little pig named Babe. Babe is bought by a farmer, played by James Cromwell, and brought to his farm to be fattened up but Babe meets all the other animals and wins their hearts except for the surly old male dog and the nasty cat. The farmer sees something in this pig and realizes this pig can communicate quite well with the sheep and decides to bring Babe to the fair to win the cup of best dog to round up the sheep. It is sweet, touching and even scary, well, kind of scary and, except for some CGI to have the animals talk, real animals were used (Not like the total CGI dog in the new film version of Call of the Wild, one of my favourite books). I actually had a dream that I asked the mice if I could sing with them and they said sure so I got right in the middle of them and sang the song. The next morning, my husband (at that time), asked me what the hell I was dreaming about. After I told him he said, “That’s it! You woke me up from your singing and I couldn’t place the song now I know!” Yes, I have very wonky dreams.

3. FRENCH KISS-1995


Meg Ryan was considered one of the cutest actresses from all the romantic comedies she made and this is one of the best. She plays a Canadian, engaged to an American doctor who is flying to Paris for some conference. She is too phobic to fly so he leaves much to her regret, when she gets a call from him one night saying he met this “goddess” and can’t marry her. She overcomes her phobia to get on a plane to win him back only to sit next to a Frenchman, played by the great Kevin Kline. He is carefree where she is not and, unbeknownst to her, he drops a stolen necklace into her bag. Let’s just say the necklace is lost, they become attached to the hip for various reasons as they travel from Paris to the south of France to meet up with her ex-fiancée. It is a real gem of a film and one of the best romantic comedies. Meg Ryan looks great which is way before she screwed up her face with all these Botox, surgeries, cheek fills etc...

Which 3 would you choose?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Oscars 2020


Another Oscar telecast is done and it was a big surprise that Parasite won both International ( instead of Foreign film) and The Best Picture..I was Voting for 1917. I always enjoy the Oscars and, this time, a friend of mine, with her daughter and yours truly, went to a restored movie theatre to watch The Oscars.  Now I always have my own questions about the Oscars and I answered them. It would be great if you give your 2 cents worth:).

1.  BEST SPEECH- I have to give it to Laura Dern who was concise yet heartfelt when she gave her honours to her parents, Diane Lane and Bruce Dern. Taika Waititi, who wrote JoJo Rabbit was quite funny. Speaking about funny, I loved Steve Martin and Chris Rock’s introduction, along with Maya Rudolph and Kristin Wiig’s introduction....more about them later.

2. WORST SPEECH-None were really bad but Rene Zellweger’s speech was pretty blecchhh. See below about her though. Joaquin Phoenix went on a bit long. I’m  supposed to love his speech because  he was political etc.. but blah, blah, blah.

3. Whom Do I love that Won- The Neighbour’s Window. I watched the Short Films on YouTube on Saturday and this film was very heartfelt and really touched me. I have to say I also loved Nefta Football Club that made me laugh and that little kid is hilarious. If you have a chance, watch those 2 and I bet you will like both.

4. Who Do I Hate That Won- The Best Score for Joker. Yeah I know many will disagree with me but I don’t care because I don't even remember the score at all. It meant nothing to me when I watched this horrid little film. That’s right, not a fan of this film. I was watching Phoenix play the Joker and kept thinking how he did a lot for this role, like losing all the weight but I never got swept into him being the joker the way I was with Heath Ledger. Ok back to the score, to me this was the worst of the 5. I thought 1917 was excellent but I thought John Williams would win for Star Wars since he is in his 80s now.

5. BEST PART OF THE SHOW- I loved the opening musical number of the show and Steve Martin and Chris Rock. I thought Maya and Kristin were hilarious and so were Julia Louise Dreyfus and Will Farrell but I give it to James Corbin and Rebel Wilson who dressed as cats to present best special effects. When they started hitting the mike like cats would do, the theatre erupted in laughter.

6. WORST PART OF THE SHOW- Can you guess?? M & M’s rap performance with his pants falling off his ass. I don’t care that he appeared at the awards show when he wasn’t around when this song won the Oscar. I just dislike rap for the most part although the one guy who did a summary of who won in rap style, blew me away. M & M just needs a slap. I am with Billie Eilish’s look and Martin Scorsese who looked like he dropped off for a few minutes. I did laugh at all the white people trying to sing along to the rap song..they are just too white and un-hip.

7. MOST BORING- Andre Buckland’s speech for winning Ford Vs Ferrari. Snore, belch, snore

8. WHAT DRUG WERE THEY ON- Renée Zellweger...ughh did she go on and on. She wanted to sound passionate about the world like Phoenix did but she just sounded like she took too many little blue pills and she runneth over. Hey, Renee, when you start saying Um and have pauses, time to leave the stage.

9.  BEST DRESSED- OK, I am going to do something different and show a few outfits and you let me know which one is your favourite.
Brie Larson looked so great in this outfit and I loved that cape shoulder thingy-Really looked good from behind.


Regina King looked so elegant and I am not a pink person but this is my favourite

Mindy Kaling in bright yellow looked so pretty and thank God necklaces are finally in. I hated the bare necks all the time.

Yes, I chose Rebel Wilson who looked so pretty in this gold gown. 

I LOVE this green Gown Sigourney Weaver wore. This is so beautiful but Where the F*^% is a necklace? Not a huge one but a nice elegant emerald necklace would have worked.


10.  WORST DRESSED-So Janelle Monae is always weird but I really liked this crystal gown she wore even though she looked like she just came off the Romulan ship. It has something like 168,000 swarovski crystals and took 600 hours to make. It is still see through mind you and she could hardly walk in it..imagine the weight. Now let's hope the sell this dress and help some animals who have been abused.

Billie Eilish thinks she knows all..she is what? 20 something. One thing, how does she wipe her butt with those frikken nails of hers.

Maya Rudolph...so smart but when it comes to fashion, she must have gone to the nearest fabricland, bought a huge amount of orange sequinned  fabric, cut a hole at top and just let it hang. 

Side boob held up by flesh coloured mesh with a bib on top, a flap at the bottom and some red ruffles out to the side that makes me think of lasagna, sea cucumber, some bird ready to mate...ughhh

I love Gal Godot but this confection is a travesy of ripped pink fabrick all tied up with some black lace on top...nope


Saorise Ronan knew how to dress, she has a dust pan in front that will catch all the food that drops from her lips plus it also acts as a food tray.

Caitriona Balfe took a nice black gown and covered it in this pink window crap with a bow no less.

Sandra Oh..Oh, oh no...Carmen Miranda must be saying, "Where's the colour?" This is just not very nice.. too poofy  with too much fabric. I was expecting her to bring out some maracas.

Disagree? Did anyone watch the awards?  From my list here, who is your best and worst...if ya care:)

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks: Seven Deadly Sins Edition-Lust


I noticed that when I check out a blog, it asks me if I want to continue or not, an extra step...WTF?? This is annoying but I don’t think I can do anything about it. My pain seems to be a bit better and I actually could sleep until 7am yesterday instead of crawling out at 5am. I have to go for xrays, ultrasounds and another test to see what is going on. I think it is my bursitis that got irritated but we shall see. Unfortunately, not much lust is going on in my neck of the woods but that doesn’t mean lust isn’t around and kicking. A good lust in the dust ( not with Divine...ewwww) is always fun and this is a deadly sin which Wandering Through The Shelves has decided to showcase for this week’s theme. I decided to go with 3 films that, I believe, show Lust well( no, I’m not talking about Raquel Welch from Bedazzled).  Here are my 3...

1. PANDORA’S BOX-1929


Oh yes, nothing says lust like a Silent German film unless it stars the luminous Louise Brooks. She is one actress that I think most of you would love to read about and she was an excellent writer herself about old Hollywood who did not pull any punches about ole Hollywoodland. Louise gave the finger to her studio and hightailed it to Europe where she made 2 great films in Germany and one in France, this being one of them( the first of the 3 and in Germany). She stars as Lulu, a beautiful woman who knows what she does to men and women especially a Countess who can’t stop being with her. This Countess may be the first time a Lesbian is shown on film( not including porn) that will do whatever she can for Lulu. Lulu uses and leaves but each time she descends further into the underbelly of society. You never know who might finally make Lulu feel sensuality for the first time but this may not be a good thing. Well directed by G. W. Pabst with sensual camera effects, costumes and the face of Louise Brooks, it’s a film that is a must see.

2. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE-1946


Lana Turner is at her sexy, platinum blond best as a duplicitous wife of a nice old, daft man who believe his wife is happy running their diner in a dusty, hot U.S. town. Enter John Garfield( died too young and a victim of the communist witch hunts) as a smoking hot hunka,  hunka burning loins who comes to the diner and is hired to help out. He proceeds to help himself to Lana and she is more than willing. Their lusty trips down sex aisle leads them to kill her daft husband so they can be together and it seems to work but not for long. This is a much better film than the one with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. I hope you get to see it one day.

3. LOLITA-1962


I have seen the very good remake with Jeremy Irons but my heart belongs to Daddy..Er...wrong way...my heart belongs to this version directed by Stanley Kubrick. This stars James Mason as Humbert, Humbert, a professor who becomes in lust with a 14 year old daughter of his landlady. What's he supposed to do but marry the mom whom he is repulsed by. When mom finds out what he thinks of her and her daughter she runs right into a car a dies. Humbert ventures off to Lolita's school and eventually tells her about mom. The gal knows what's going on and uses her charms seducing the perv and relegating him to colouring her toe nails. You know he is going down a path of lustful degeneration but you can't help but watch. Lolita was played by Sue Lyon who was only 14 years old at the time but carried the film quite well given her naivity.

Which 3 films would you choose?


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks:TV Edition- 2019 Freshmen Series


I must do a correction from last week....last week’s suggestion for Best Score came from Brittani, a great blogger who loves film and Wandering Through The Shelves chose her suggestion that we talked about last week. This week is all about TV and the new shows of 2019..of which I lack big time and have been searching for anything new that I am watching. I think I found 3 and if they don’t fit...too bad!

1. CORONER


This stars Serinda Swan as Jenny Cooper, as a, well, yes, a coroner who figures out who the killer is...think an updated Quincy but with a hot chick with anxiety issues. I actually find this drama quite good because it deals with the case but it is also character driven and it is a Canadian show. You see how she figures out the cause of death and the murderer in a nice succinct hour (plus you see Toronto in all parts) while trying to deal with her teenage son.

2. PERFECT HARMONY


I hope this lasts because I enjoy this quirky comedy about a disillusioned, grieving widower who ends up in Kentucky and finds “redemption” teaching a bunch of misfit adults how to sing properly. He is a disgraced music professor from Princeton who is teaching the ragtag group of nuts  like the perky gal who is just sunshine and cream. Her deadbeat, bubba ex; a very tall, deep voiced hunk of man, a golly gee Indian minister, a no nonsense maybe husband killer gal and others round out the characters in this funny show. I have a feeling it won’t last.

3. THE ZOO


OK, so this may have appeared the year before but I found it last year and it’s all about the zoo from the Bronx and how they care for their animals and are even part of trying to rehabilitate animals to go back into the wild. I love animal shows and am all for helping animals when they need it. Anyone who kills endangered animals just to make their dicks not seem so, so small ( hear that Trump brats), need to feel how those poor defenceless animals feel meaning, the dickless can go out in a park and I will be there with my high powered rifle, a super scope, night vision goggles and I’ll just wait until they come into range. Oops I got off track, anyway, animals deserve our protection and considering that zoos often have endangered animals and are their only hope of survival, I think zoos are important.

I know we are talking about 2019 but has anyone seen Picard? I just saw the first episode on the Sci-Fi network and I am loving it. Great acting, story, effects...it has it all...forget STD( Star Trek Discovery and yes I know what STD stand for and think it’s apt) and watch Picard.


Which 3 shows have you seen  if you have seen any?

Monday, January 27, 2020

Made 2 cards...Hold Da Phone!


Polar Bear stamp, glossy white paper, midnight blue dye ink, various pretty paper in blues and silver, snowflake embossing pad, blue stickle paint. Border stickers

CHNC-No Sentiment
Animal Friends-Polar Bear
Christmas Crafts All Year Round-Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly- Winter Blues
The Male Room-It’s Snowing

I made a couple of cards, this one on the weekend, and the other 2 weeks ago. This actually works with that Dolly Parton challenge going around where you take 4 pictures with the top left being Linkdn, top right being Facebook, bottom left, Instagram and bottom right, Tinder( what is Tinder??). Anyways, I had fun making this card because I think the stamp is funny. Where I live, we have had hardly any snow so this polar bear must be in Newfoundland this time.  Hope all of you are having a good week so far.


Fabric, glitter cardstock, ribbon, snowflake die cut, sentiment stamp, dye ink and embossing powder  gem, star stamp, pearl pen

ABC Christmas- A and B for Anything Goes and Bingo which I did the diagonal-die cut, sentiment and ribbon
Crafty Creations-Anything Goes

I made this before I felt icky and decided to use this fabric that came in a gift basket to my work. I glued the fabric on a piece of cardstock and the upper half is a piece of glittery card that I love. I added the sentiment and stars that I stamped and embossed in teal to match the colour of the fabric and finished it off with the snowflake that I glued on with pop up dots. The pearl pen surrounds the die cut where the saying is stamped on

Have a great week until Thursday, if I can think something up for my Movie Picks

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks-Film Scores


Can you believe all the snow Newfoundland has received?! Check it out if you have not heard, because they got our Blizzard of ‘77. Last Thursday, I got my flu shot, by Friday I was feeling some pain in my lower back and hips but thought it was all the grocery shopping I did. The weekend, I was toast. I had so much pain I had a hard time in coping and could not sleep and could not move well. I think that it is related to the flu shot...that’s my humble opinion. I feel a tad better this evening which is Tuesday when I am writing this little corner of fun film land. Let's turn to something more fun, I am going to an Oscar party, free , where I will see the red carpet and the Oscars on the big screen...first time ever! I will let you know how it will turn out. Now, Wandering Through The Shelves picked a great theme this week because it is all about film scores and I love scores and no, I am not talking about notches on my belt because there would not be that many, but actual film scores. I could go with the obvious which would be anything from John Williams like Star Wars or Jaws but I went with the Western and Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Here are my 3...

1. THE BIG COUNTRY-1958


This is a big film with big actors, a big expanse because it is the time of all the Vision and scopes..Vista vision...CinemaScope etc.. and it has a big score and it is one of my favourites. The score was composed by J. M who garnered an Oscar nomination for this score which is used throughout the film to great effect. It stars Gregory Peck as a man from the East who comes out west to marry the woman he loves played by pouty Carroll Baker. Little does he know that his quiet bravery is put to the test by the bigness of the people he meets and ends up in the middle of a land war. This is a great film with a deserved acting award going to Burl Ives(the Snowman in Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer) as the one half of the feuding men. Just listen to the opening theme, it gets ya going.

2.  MYSTERIOUS ISLAND-1961



I love Bernard Herrmann who is best known for his collaboration with Hitchcock on Psycho, Vertigo and other Hitchcock films, but he also did some great fantasy films often in pairing with Ray Harryhausen whom I adore for bringing us this film along with the Sinbad films and Jason and the Argonauts. This film starts off during the civil war and men climb into a hot air balloon and become stranded on an island where they soon meet 2 women who survive the sinking of their ship.  They very soon, realize that the animals, on this island, are a bit too big and they could end up being their dinner. Throw in Captain Nemo and you have a good adventure yarn.

3. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST-1969


How can I not pick Ennio Morricone who never won an Oscar, yet, for his scores and his most famous, arguably, are from the Spaghetti Westerns he collaborated on with Sergio Leone. This film does not star Clint Eastwood but Henry Fonda as one mean son of a bitch plus Charles Bronson, the good guy, Jason Robards as a fun bastard, and Claudia Cardinale as the Lady in the midst of it all. It is a glorious opera of film making that is a must see even if you are not one for Westerns but how can anyone not like a good western.

Which 3 would you choose?

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks-2019 Releases


I am writing this on Wednesday, January 15th which marks 2 years since my mom died. I miss her every day and long to hear her wise words which I have not heard in 10 years because of the dementia that took her mind. I can be thankful that she always knew me, she was a spitfire to the end and always gave hugs. I hope she is with daddy and they are enjoying their moments together. Now, on with the show..the Oscars are out and I have seen very, very, very few. I hope to remedy that before February 9th. Why are the Oscars on so early?? Wandering through the Shelves has some great themes this year so check it out. Here are my 3...

1. AVENGERS:ENDGAME-2019



This is the final(so they say) film in the Avengers saga. There will be other films about the players but this is the finale of these films showcasing all the Marvel super heroes from Ironman to Captain America and Dr. Strange. Too bad Deadpool was not in this because he would really shake things up. I have to say, this movie is well acted, has a great plot and keeps the gigantic group of people all together showing them just about equally. It is also surprisingly touching which gave it heart. The evil guy was truly annoying especially his soft way of talking...he was irritating to say the least. Worth watching. Oh yeah, the effects are amazing.

2. DOWNTON ABBEY-2019



Oh yes, this is an excellent film that continues from the great tv show that was on PBS. The Crawley family receive a formal letter that the King and Queen will be visiting their home for one night sending the house into a frenzy. The staff are ready to be on their toes to deal with the royal visit but get their noses out of joint when the King’s stuffy staff come and decide to rule over the home. All the regulars are here along with the great writing, the beautiful setting and the clothes. They should have been up for best costumes in my book.

3.  JUDY-2019



This film got mixed reviews because there isn’t much of a plot and people  felt bored but, to me, they missed the mark of this film because it is a character study of one of the greatest film stars and singers that ever graced the screen, Judy Garland. To say this gal was mixed up is an understatement because she had many layers from loving mother, great singer, addict, volatile, bitter, lonely..the list can go on and on. Renee Zellweger, not a favourite of mine, nails the part of Judy in her last year of her life. She was missing her cues, flubbing lyrics, ridiculed on stage but still carried weight and still wanted to please her audience and love her children. We also see the very young Judy on the set of The Wizard of Oz, when she is first given uppers and downers so she can finish her scenes. Yup, started with this classic.

Which 3 would you pick?


Rather than show a picture of my mom, I decided to show a chicken egg she created. It's an actual egg that she cut and placed an angel inside with little stars surrounding the angel. She was a great artist and now she is an angel.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks-Favourite Films of Steven Spielberg


Anyone watch the Golden Globes? Fashion was crazy and they all seem to be loving all over themselves with many not happy at how spot on Ricky Gervais was. He was biting, truthful, uncomfortable for the stars and funny. No one spoke about the Me Too even though Weinstein was appearing in court the next day, no women directors nominated, no Mira Sorvino or Ashley Judd, no minorities well represented and no unison in wearing black. Oh well, the fad is done. Now, on to nicer stuff...it’s all about Spielberg and he is a stellar director, no doubt about it. Some of his most famous adventures are ones I am not really enamoured with( sorry Indiana and E. T) so I am going with still famous choices just  not the most popular. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what the others have chosen. Here are my 3...

1. DUEL-1971


This is actually a TV movie starring Dennis Weaver as a family man who is travelling to meet a client  through the desert in his little car, where he passes a slow moving truck driver. This was the wrong thing to do because this truck driver is nuts and so begins a tense and harrowing film about a man being chased by a trucker who is bent on killing him. We never see the trucker but the fear he instills in the businessman is all too real. This is an excellent movie that, thankfully, was on a regular tv network because, today, it would be scooped up by Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime or whatever...see it if you get the chance.

2. EMPIRE OF THE SUN-1987


I think this might be my favourite Spielberg film starring a young Christian Bale as a privileged brat growing up in China who ends up separated from his parents and is taken by the Japanese to one of their prisoner of war camps. Through his eyes, we see how the other British and Americans  try to survive this horrific time. He becomes someone where many depend on since he can scrounge and he even becomes friends with a young Japanese boy. He is enamoured with the head of the American POW’s played by John Malcovich and wants to be one of them not knowing he is much better than they are. This got barely a mention at the Oscars which is a crime in my book.

3. SCHINDLER’S LIST-1993



This is, I believe, his most important work and one that still leaves me speechless at the end. I still remember how everyone just walked out of that film numb, not talking, slowly leaving the theatre. This is based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a wealthy German who hobnobs with the Nazi elite and is, himself, a member of the Nazi party. When he sees what is truly happening to the Jewish people, he decides to try to save  as many as he can enlisting the help of a Jewish man played brilliantly by Ben Kingsley who should have won the Oscar but was not even nominated. Liam Neesom should have won as well as he gave his heart to this role as a man who must make a list of people he will do his best to save. He does save many and this man is the only German from the Nazi Party buried in Jerusalem on Mount Zion and is highly revered to this day.

Which 3 would you choose?

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks-Escape


A new year and a new decade and already bad news where a zoo, in Germany, near Holland, lost  most of their apes-chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas plus their bats and birds. This was caused by people who lit candles in Bags and let them float up. It is banned in Germany but people did it anyway and a few landed on the ape enclosure and bat enclosure and it went up in flames. This is devastating and so sorry to start off with this but it really has upset me. I just hope the individuals are caught and that 2020 will also have this zoo spring back from this devastation, the fires end in Australia and we hear less deranged nuts shooting people and places up. Ok..sorry....this is the start of a new weekly pick of 3 films that follow a theme. This is the brainchild of Wandering Through The Shelves and this week is all about Escape. This is broad ranging but I went with 3 films that just popped into my head and here they are...

1.  I WAS A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG-1932


This film really got under my skin when I saw it and it addressed the deep issues of how mistreated prisoners were and, because of this film, an overhaul was being looked at. A young man gets wrongfully convicted of a crime because of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is convicted for 10 years hard labour but he escapes and becomes a success but married a shrew. It goes on from there and you are taken in by this man’s plight and hope he succeeds. A gritty, realistic film with some fine acting. I need to see this again.

2. THE DEFIANT ONES-1958


This is another great film that I want to see again. It stars Tony Curtis and Sydney Poitier as 2 convicts shackled together when the prison vehicle gets into an accident. They escape but must work together since they are still shackled. They hate each other, mainly due to Curtis’s bigotry, but soon this begins to change as they are not able to escape one another and soon develop a bond and a strong friendship that can’t be torn apart. Well acted with a great plot and character study.

3.  ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ-1979


I am sticking with prison outbreaks, obviously. This is based on a true story starring Clint Eastwood who is a prisoner on the rock who  deals with all sorts of bad asses and decides to escape this unescapable prison. He brings in 2 other men and they slowly figure out an escape plan and it is a doozy! To know more, see the film or watch a documentary on this because this has turned out to be one of the biggest mysteries where many shows have spoken about this. Personally I think they did get away. 

Bonus

THE GREAT ESCAPE-1963


I had to include this great adventure/action film with an all star cast starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Donald Pleasance( who really was in a POW camp) and Charles Bronson. The German army  Nazis, Gestapo built a camp for all the POW men who are repeat escape offenders. The prisoners end up devising a huge escape from the 3 tunnels they start to dig. Of course, the film is not accurate since the Canadians were big in the real life escape which is not shown but this is a great movie worth seeing.

Which films would you choose?

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Sunshine Blogger Award


Well, we are 20 minutes into the new year and I have decided to write this as I was awarded this by the wonderful Armchair Squid. So here are the rules...


I am not going to nominate anyone but if you want to answer my questions afterwards, you can. So here are the questions given that I will answer

1. If you could live one year over again, which year and why? I wouldn’t want to because for every year that I had something nice, I also had something not so nice so I realize that the good, the bad and the ugly is what is meant to be and I don’t really regret anything. I have made some huge blunders and things that I wish I would have chosen differently....maybe. No, not really, I would still make the so called mistakes because it made me grow.

2. If you could learn to be an expert in Something without putting in the work, what would it be? I would love to be a film historian that is asked about films, stars etc...on every  tv special and documentary. I would also love to be an art historian and a travel person like Rick Steves. Either of those 3 or maybe a drunkard.

3. If you could learn a new language instantly, which would you choose? I would choose German...I can speak it a little but I am not fluent. I know people would think French because  I live in Canada but nope, German or that African language where you use that clicking sound all the time.

4.  If you could give one million to charity, which would you choose? The charity of moi. No? Ok, provided 100% would go to the actual charity and not their paycheques etc,,, it would be to help out animals. If I could give the guns to the animals that the dumb ass Trump kids killed, so they could be hunted down, I would.

5. When was your Robert Frost moment a la "2 roads converged in a yellow wood...?" The point is you can't go back and that's true.
But if you could, would you? What is the difference you think it would have made?  I don't think I would but....I would ask my dad more questions  and cherish the moments.

6. Time Travel, where would you go and when? Humm if I couldn't change anything, I would go back to the 1970s and have a good long visit with my parents. I would want to go and visit my mom when.shr was a child to.meet my oma and opal and my great grandparents as well as meet my dad when he was little and meet my grandparents on his side. I might go back to the Titanic and tell everyone not enough life beats...too mean?

7. Who would you want on your fictional bowling team? You get to pick 4. Of course, I would have to pick Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble plus the Invisible Man because he can cheat and Harry Potter because he has that wand of his....no.not that wand you sick buggers.

Am I going to Hell yet?

8. What would you want for your last meal? Chocolate. Something created from the great British Bake off with lots of whipping cream...and more chocolate. This could be  some sex question actually.

Told you I am going to hell.

9. What's your favourite song? One?? Ok "To Dream The Impossible Dream."  Chris DeBurgh, " The Girl With April in her Eyes." "You'll Never Walk Alone." And "I love Big Butts."

10.  Are you and extrovert or an introvert? Believe or not, I have done 4 different personality tests when at conferences and each time I score exactly 50% on each. It depends on my mood but, since I am writing this on New Year's Eve and am drinking alone, I will swing to the left...um I mean to the introvert side.

11. If you came over to my home and I offered you a drink, What would you want me to serve you? Now, mr. Squid creates a new drink about every week so I would love some blue drink but make it creamy. Good luck!

Now here are my 11 questions...

1. Favourite holiday?
2. Favourite colour?
3. Favourite wild animal?
4. Favourite tame animal? Dog, cat, fish, ferret, wombat( I thought of you Liz)
5. Glitter, yes or no?
6. Sparkle from.glitter, gems etc.. yes or no?
7. Favourite colour?
8. Favourite colour combo?
9. Hate lovey/dovey or thrive on it or for it?
10. Love Angels or fairies or that's a no?
11. Love a good drink? Just one, nothing crazy...would it be wine, beer or a mixed drink? My brother loves beer especially a pilsner so what do you like?

Have fun and wishing all of you a beautiful year ahead.