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 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?

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 19 & 20

IMG_20141001_185130Ooops!!!!!  I totally forgot to post yesterday for the movie challenge after I did the post about the day at the farm!  Guess I’ll have to do double today!!

Day 19: Your favorite movie of all time

This one is a huge no brainer for me.  GONE WITH THE WIND!  I fell in love with this movie at a relatively young age at my grandmother’s house back in the days of VCRs and VHS tapes.  It became a ritual.  I would watch this movie everytime I went to Grandma’s.  I own collectibles, photographs, posters, etc.  I own 3 copies of the movie.  I am a sucker for Rhett Butler.


Day 20: A guilty pleasure movie

This one took me a little while to settle on.  There are quite a few movies I like that I would consider guilty pleasures.  This movie was a trilogy that in recent years added a 4th (and rumor has it a 5th and 6th in the future).  They aren’t the greatest movies and certainly not the scariest.  But I love them.  Can you guess?

screamP.S.  I still don’t get why they make Drew Barrymore stand out so much in the images for Scream.  She was only in the very beginning!  Stupid.  Oh well…

So yeah, I love the Scream movies.

Books vs. Movies

I’ve been thinking a lot about books and movies based on the books lately.  Whenever there is a book turned into a movie, I always try to read the book first.  My main reason for this is, the book is always better.  I don’t think I have ever read a book, then seen the movie and preferred the movie over the book.  I think one of the main reasons for that is when I read a book I sort of see a movie of it in my head.  As I read, I visualize what the places and people look like and play it all out.  Many people complain about the differences between the books and the movies, and I’ll admit that I do too sometimes, BUT we all have to remember that the movies are BASED on the books.  Right there that tells us that there are going to be differences.  Never have I seen a movie that followed the book 100%.  When I see these movies, I like to point out the differences to myself and wonder… Why did they add that?  Why did they take that part out?  Why did they change this?  Sometimes the answer is as easy as time.  Some parts that are not important to the plotline would just take extra time to add in to the movie.  One example of this is from Gone with the Wind.  In the book, Scarlett has two children before she marries Rhett (a son with Charles Hamilton and a daughter with Frank Kennedy).  In the movie, these children do not exist.  The relationships between Scarlett and her first two husbands (Charles and Frank) are barely touched upon in the movie because of the time it would add to the film, which is already around 4 hours long.


Charles Hamilton and Scarlett O'Hara

Charles Hamilton and Scarlett O’Hara

Frank Kennedy and Scarlett O'Hara

Frank Kennedy and Scarlett O’Hara

Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara

Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara

My next movie-based-on-the-book will be released in theaters on March 29, The Host!  I have been waiting for this movie for years, ever since I read the book.  I loved the book, which was written by Stephanie Meyer, and have read it a few times.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

After I read it the first time I started visualizing the actors and actresses I could see in the roles.  When they started making the movie, I’ll admit that I was very disappointed with the people chosen to play the roles, especially for the main character.  I am very interested to see how the movie pans out.  I’ve watched the trailer a few times and noticed differences already.  They are small differences but enough to make me a little crazy haha.


The Host

The Host

One of the major book vs. movie upsets for people is for the fairy tales.  I grew up with Hans Christian Andersen and Grimm’s fairy tales.

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

Brothers Grimm

Brothers Grimm

Disney has their own versions of many of those tales.  Some people berate Disney for changing the fairy tales and the way that they changed them.  Not me though.  I love Disney movies, always have and always will.  I don’t care that they are different because like I said before… these movies are BASED on the original stories.  I love both the original tales and the Disney versions of the tales.



I’m always interested to see how people change the fairy tales to make them their own.  Recently I’ve started watching the ABC show Once Upon A Time.  I’m about halfway through season one and I love it!  I love how the show connects all of the classic fairy tale characters together AND how it transfers them into modern times, not knowing who they used to be.  If you’ve never heard of the show, haven’t watched it but have an interest in fairy tales, check out this link to read more about what the show is.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_Upon_a_Time_%28TV_series%29

The series takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, in which the residents are actually characters from various fairy tales that were transported to the “real world” town and robbed of their real memories by the Evil Queen, Regina (Lana Parrilla), using a powerful curse obtained from Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle). The residents of Storybrooke have lived an unchanging existence for 28 years, unaware of their own lack of aging. The town’s only hope lies with a bail bondswoman, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), who was transported from the fairy tale world before she could be cursed. As such, she is the only person who can break the curse and restore the characters’ lost memories, aided by her son, Henry (Jared S. Gilmore), with whom she has recently reunited (after giving him up for adoption upon his birth), and his book of fairy tales that holds the key to ending the curse. Henry is also the adopted son of Regina (who is the mayor of Storybrooke), providing a source of conflict between the two women.

Each episode focuses on a character backstory. One segment details the character’s past life that, when serialized, adds a piece to the puzzle about the primary and/or secondary characters and their connection to the events that preceded the curse and its consequences. The other, set in the present day, follows a similar pattern with a different outcome but also offers similar insights. In addition, another storyline follows the results of what had happened after the curse took place and after it was broken by Emma.

That section is the show’s summary taken from Wikipedia.  I really enjoy the show’s take on the fairy tales.  I like seeing the characters from different stories interact with each other, creating new fairy tales.  Once-Upon-a-Time-once-upon-a-time-26428326-800-600

In conclusion… Books definitely over movies but I still enjoy the movies (and tv shows)!