30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 30

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Day 30: Most thought-provoking movie

The end is finally here!  I hope everyone enjoyed this challenge if you’ve been reading along or if you’ve been participating on your own blog.  There were some days I just wanted to give up and not continue but I trudged along and did it anyway.

The most though-provoking movie I have seen would have to be Inception.  I’ve always had incredibly vivid dreams so this movie hit close to home.  Often I would wake up from my dreams thinking that what I saw was real.  It would take me a little bit to realize that it was just a dream.  So what would it be like to be able to go into other people’s dreams or go further yet into a dream within a dream…  The end of the movie still haunts me in a way.  Did Cobb’s totem fall or is it still spinning meaning he is still in a dream?  Ahhhh!  Great movie, loved everything about it.

And now this challenge is over.  What you would like me to post about in the future?  I’m looking for some input on post ideas!

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 29

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Day 29: A movie you tell people you’ve seen but haven’t (or haven’t finished)

Hmm… I am really drawing a blank here.  Usually if I don’t finish a movie I don’t say that I’ve seen it, I say I’ve seen parts of it but not the whole thing.  And I don’t think I’ve ever said that I’ve seen a movie when I haven’t.  So this post is kind of a bust, but oh well.  Can’t win them all.  But I guess in this case that’s a good thing.

So Halloween is tomorrow!  What are you dressing up as this year?  Every year our friends have a party at their house, usually the weekend after Halloween.  I’m still debating on my costume.  I’ve been dying to have a Civil War era costume but don’t have the funds for it.  I have costume pieces that I could easily make a temporary Civil War era costume.  I’ve also been playing around with the idea of going as Emma Swan from Once Upon A Time.

I have a jacket very similar to this and I have the necklaces that she wears.  My main problem is the hair.  I recently cut my hair to shoulder length and I refuse to wear a wig.  So… I’m still on the fence about what I want to be.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 28

IMG_20141001_185130Day 28: The first movie you bought and the format

This is going to have to be a short post.  I injured my hand at work and it’s a bit painful so it’s not very comfortable to type or do anything with my right arm.

The first movie I bought was The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on VHS!  Way back when you could still buy VHS tapes at places like Target.  Oh, the memories!

What was the first movie you ever bought?

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 27

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Day 27: A movie you wish you could live in

I have been waiting for this day the entire challenge!  I have always dreamed about what it would be like to live in this world! And I know I am not alone in my wishful thinking.  I wish I lived in the world of Harry Potter!

Since the beginning I’ve been a huge Harry Potter fan.  I fell in love with the books and when the movies started coming out, I fell in love with those as well.  Even though it is basically the world we currently live in but with magic present, this is what I would pick for this question every time.

Attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?!  SIGN ME UP!

Attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?! SIGN ME UP!

I love all of the places like The Leaky Cauldron, Platform 9 3/4, the Hogwarts Express, Hogwarts itself, Hogsmeade, etc.

Traveling on the Hogwarts Express to school at Hogwarts!

Traveling on the Hogwarts Express to school at Hogwarts!

Going to school at Hogwarts would have been so much more interesting than anything else our muggle schools have to offer!  Can you imagine having a gentle, half-giant named Hagrid teaching you about the care of magical creatures?

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Or having one of the most incredible Christmases of your life at the feast in the great hall!  Look how gorgeous that is!

Having an incredible Christmas in the great hall!

Having an incredible Christmas in the great hall!

What could be better?  Of course you’d have to deal with the pesky issue of Voldemort but that’s okay!  I love the world that J.K. Rowling has created in this series and want more than anything for it to be real!

If you could live in any movie, which would you choose?

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 26

IMG_20141001_185130Day 26: Favorite side character from a movie

So I’m going to have to do another multiple answer.  Instead of ten this time I’m going to just go with five.  Make it a little simpler.  So here we go…

I have to go with Megan from Bridesmaids because she is hilarious!  She is definitely my favorite part of that movie.  Plus I already love Melissa McCarthy from her awesome role as Sookie on Gilmore Girls.  I love that show

Next I’ll have to choose Legolas.  He has definitely been one of my favorite characters for years.

Next we have Henry Crawford from Mansfield Park.  Every time I watch this movie I still wish that he could be the good guy and end up with Fanny.  But then he has to go and screw it up every time.  I still love him though, even if he is a narcissistic ass.

This list wouldn’t be complete without having a character from my favorite movie so here she is!  Mammy from Gone With The Wind.  Such an awesome character and Hattie McDaniel did an incredible job portraying her.  She ended up winning the Academy Award for this role, making her the first African American to win an Academy Award.  Bravo!

And last but not least, Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games.  I’m not really sure how to describe why I like Effie so much.  There’s just something loveable about her.

So who are your favorite side characters?

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 25

IMG_20141001_185130Day 25: Favorite title of a movie

This one was so easy for me!  Every time I have ever thought about what I think is the coolest movie title I always think of the same movie.

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This is one of my favorite movies.  Such an interesting story.  Definitely makes you think about if you would have something removed from your mind if such a thing were possible.  Or would you leave everything untouched and just try to forget.

Jim Carrey stars as Joel Barish, a man who is informed that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their relationship erased from her brain via an experimental procedure performed by Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). Not to be outdone, Joel decides to have the same procedure done to himself. As Mierzwiak’s bumbling underlings Stan (Mark Ruffalo) and Patrick (Elijah Wood) perform the operation on Joel — over the course of an evening, in his apartment — Joel struggles in his own mind to save the memories of Clementine from being deleted.

Love, love this movie. And I love the title.

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

IMG_20141026_172023I love this recipe!  My mom has been making this for years and years.  Today I finally decided to make it myself!  The wings are full of flavor and the meat is so tender it falls right off the bone.  Perfect for game day or just a fun appetizer or even the main course for dinner.

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Assemble your ingredients.  You will need 3 lb. bag of chicken wings, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, lemon pepper seasoning and Louisiana hot sauce.IMG_20141026_141151

Arrange all of the wings in a 9×13 pan.  It may take a bit of re-arranging but you should be able to get all of the wings into the same pan.  As they cook, more room will be created too.IMG_20141026_141755

After pouring the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice on the legs, slice up the butter and place on the chicken wings.  This is for a more rich flavor.  For a healthier dish, feel free to skip the butter.IMG_20141026_141855

Sprinkle the wings with the Louisiana hot sauce.  The amount is up to you depending on how spicy you want the wings.  Ethan and I are not big on spicy foods so I just used a fairly small amount.IMG_20141026_141945

Sprinkle the lemon pepper seasoning over the wings.  Again, the amount is up to you.  Place in the oven for 30 minutes.IMG_20141026_145025

After the first 30 minutes take the pan out of the oven and flip all of the wings over.

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Baste the wings and sprinkle more hot sauce and lemon pepper seasoning.  Put back in the oven for 30 minutes.  Continue basting the chicken every 30 minutes until the liquid is almost gone.  This will usually take about 2 hours.IMG_20141026_171609

They will be done when the wings are a nice golden color and the meat starting to fall off the bones.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Louisiana hot sauce
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • 3 lbs. chicken wings
  • 1/2 stick of butter (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a 9×13 pan, arrange the wings.  It might take a little puzzle piecing to get all of them to fit in one pan.
  3. Mix the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar and pour over the wings making sure each wing gets wet from the mixture.
  4. Take the half stick of butter and cut little pats and place them on top of the wings.
  5. Shake Louisiana hot sauce over the wings.  Amount is up to you depending on how spicy you want them.
  6. Shake lemon pepper seasoning over all the wings.
  7. Place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  8. After the first 30 minutes, take out of the oven and flip the wings over.
  9. Sprinkle with more hot sauce and lemon pepper seasoning.
  10. Put back in the oven for 30 more minutes.
  11. After the next  30 minutes, take out of the oven and baste the liquid over the wings.
  12. Return to the oven and continue to baste every 30 minutes.
  13. When most of the liquid is used up, keep in the oven until the wings turn a golden color.
  14. Remove and serve with a side dish of your choosing.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!  Happy cooking!

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 24

I have missed another post!  Last night we ended up with some spontaneous plans to go out to a friend’s house for a bonfire.  By the time we got home it was too late to post.

IMG_20141001_185130Day 24: A movie you love but hate at the same time

This one took me quite awhile to decide on.  I’m still not exactly sure about my choice but it’ll have to do for now since I’m already late on posting this day.

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I love this movie because it was very well made, the acting was great and the story was very, very touching.  I’ve always had a high interest in the Holocaust.  My senior paper in college was about the Holocaust (I was a history major).  It is always heartbreaking to me reading and seeing what the Jewish people went through during this time in history.  It horrifies me that  people could be so cruel and hateful.  And that is exactly what I hate about this movie.  The same goes for Schindler’s List.  It’s one thing to read about what happened but seeing it takes it to a whole other level.  It’s very hard not to tear up during this movie or any other movie about the Holocaust.

The Best of Me – Movie Review

The_Best_of_Me_posterI’m a big Nicholas Sparks fan.  I just have to have my cheesy romance books/movies every now and again.  The Best of Me was probably one of my least favorite of his books because there is no happy ending.  I have to have a happy ending in my romances otherwise it just doesn’t seem right.

So I went to see the movie today with a friend.  First off, it just came out last weekend and there was just the two of us in the theater!  Granted it was 1:40 pm on a school day but I would have thought there would have at least been a handful of people in there.  While we waited for it to start I decided to look it up on Flixster to see the Rotten Tomatoes score…. I was shocked!  7%… I don’t think I have ever seen a movie that has scored so low!  So things were not looking good.  I was already hoping like hell that they would change the ending of the book like they did for Dear John.

I like James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan is okay in my book.  I think they did a great job at picking the actress to play young Amanda.  Liana Liberato looks so much like Michelle Monaghan.  You could definitely see her as a younger version of Michelle.

Michelle Monaghan (Amanda Collier) vs. Liana Liberato (Young Amanda Collier)

Michelle Monaghan (Amanda Collier) vs. Liana Liberato (Young Amanda Collier)

The actor they chose for young Dawson was a completely different story!  First of all, he looked so old!  Not old old but definitely much older than a high schooler is supposed to look.  Hell, I’m almost 28 and he looked older than me!  After doing some research we discovered that he is 25 but still… he just looks too old for this role.  And he does not look like James Marsden at all!  Not a good choice.  Some of the other choices for actors were a little odd.  But what can you do…

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When I compare the film to the book, it doesn’t exactly crossover very well.  My friend kept asking what was happening since I had read the book and knew more of what was going on.  It’s seems hard for Hollywood to translate a book to the big screen well.  This fits in right with that.  I like the storyline of the book and the way it is all laid out but on the screen, it doesn’t seem to fully transfer.

I was not very impressed by this film adaptation.  Will I watch it again someday?  Probably.  Just like I still torture myself with Nights in Rodanthe, another Sparks book to movie that has a shitty, sad ending.  I don’t want to give away the ending in case you have never read the book and are interested in seeing the movie.

Overall I would rate this movie 2.5 out of 5.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 23

IMG_20141001_185130Day 23: Favorite movie you own

I think this one is going to be pretty obvious to those of you that read this blog.  My absolute favorite movie is Gone With The Wind.  I own three copies of the movie so that is what I’m going to share with you for this post.

First off, I have the 70th Anniversary Limited Edition.  I have number 119724 of 150000 made.  This copy is definitely my favorite and also why I am putting it first.  It is in a gorgeous hinged box covered with a velvety type of material.  The classic scene with Rhett and Scarlett on the front.

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Reproductions of telegrams, memo etc. during the casting and filming.

Reproductions of telegrams, memo etc. during the casting and filming.

Film discs with art postcards

Film discs with art postcards

Special Features

Special Features

CD sampler of soundtrack

CD sampler of soundtrack

Reproduction of the program from the Atlanta premiere in 1939

Reproduction of the program from the Atlanta premiere in 1939 (I keep this framed)

So that is one copy that I own and definitely my favorite copy.

My next copy is just the regular blu-ray edition which they decided to call the Scarlet Edition.

IMG_20141024_200742And last but not least, the newest edition that was just released this year.  The 75th Anniversary Limited Edition.  Definitely not as cool at the 70th edition though.

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Movie with new special features, a music box and reproduction of Rhett's handkerchief

Movie with new special features, a music box and reproduction of Rhett’s handkerchief

So those are my favorite movies that I own.  What is your favorite?