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Throwback Thursday Reviews May 5th

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Throwback Thursday Reviews

Another Thursday meme of mine so that I can post some Old Reviews.

Girl Scout Sleepover Double Feature Movies

I’m not sure what year at was exactly, sometime during the late 1980s I think. My sister and was apart of the Girl Scouts in elementary school and our group adult leader was a little strange. We had our first sleepover at that time too. The adult let her kid pick out one of the movies, A Nightmare in Elm Street. ย The other movie was not much better of a pick for 8 year olds and older (I was the older). The leader picked The Three Amigosย (my favorite quotes and some YouTube video favorites bellow because I rewatched this today).

I suppose after watching a horror movie, the comedy was much needed, well mostly for me. While everyone was watching A Nightmare on Elm Street, I was hiding behind the couches because I was so scared. That movie gave me nightmares for weeks after this. This scene still gives me the creeps:

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Gojira vs Godzilla: 1964 Mothra vs Godzilla

Godzilla 1954-2014 Incarnations

Gojira vs Godzilla

The old Godzilla movies vs those newer versions. (The full 30+ list of films). After seeing the 2014 film at the beginning of this year and really liking it, I have decided to watch some other Godzilla films.

Since there’s about 30 films (and one more soon to come in July), I’ll only be doing a few of them at this moment. I most certainly have the original 1954 film on my agenda. I have watched and reviewed these films so far: 1998 Godzilla (and now this movie below).


Mothra vs Godzilla

6.5 out of 10 stars ๐ŸŒŸ

Mothra vs Godzilla

American re-editing title: Godzilla vs The Thing.

1964 Fantasy/ Science Fiction film. Toho Production Film directed by Ishirล Honda. Starring: Akira Takarada, Yuriko Gosh I, Hiroshi Koidumi (as Godzilla) and Yu Fuijiki.

Short Synopsis: Mothra defends her offspring when Godzilla invades their Pacific island nursery.

Godzilla vs The Thing Mothra

My Thoughts: This was a fun film. It was quick and simple with some cute monsters. That’s right, I said cute. One if my younger cousins was under the impression that Godzilla was a puppet. Toho Production Co. doesn’t do those sort of monsters. In fact, in this film there is even two miniature women.

As for this oldie, the plot is simple. There was a storm. Mothra‘s egg rolls off the mysterious island. And Godzilla shows up for that egg. Oh and of course there was some wealthy business wants to profit from that egg. How is not really clear. So the (Japanese and U.S.) military tries to capture, then kill Godzilla. And all that poor Godzilla wants to do is destroy the egg, Well that’s where the miniature women and Mothra come in to the movie.

This was a Japanese film made by Toho Production, and then remastered by the Americans. So besides the English dubbed language, this was a decent classic.


The Play by Play of my thoughts

Mothra vs Godzilla 1964

“It’s Gigantic Monster Egg.” And naturally everyone wants to see it. And here’s the journalists who found “something” and touched it because it was “very pretty.” Continue reading “Gojira vs Godzilla: 1964 Mothra vs Godzilla”

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Gojira vs Godzilla – 1998 Godzilla

Godzilla 1954-2014 Incarnations

Gojira vs Godzilla

The old Godzilla movies vs those newer versions. (The full 30+ list of films). After seeing the 2014 film at the beginning of this year and really liking it,I have decided to watch some other Godzilla films. Since there’s about 30 films (and one more soon to come in July), I’ll only be doing a few of them at this moment. I most certainly have the original 1954 film on my agenda.

Godzilla (1998)

5 out of 10 Eye-Rolling Stars ๐ŸŒŸ

Godzilla 1998 movie poster

1998 Science Fiction film. Starring:ย Matthew Broderick, Kevin Dunn, Hank Azaria, Vicki Lewis,ย Jean Reno and Maria Pitillo.

Short Synopsis: Nuclear testing in the South Pacific produces a giant mutated lizard that wreaks havoc upon New York City.

First a note of how long we see Godzilla in this movie. Thisย 1998 version, out of 2 hours and 20 minutes, we see Godzilla for 11 minutes and 18 seconds (or so says this YouTube video below). And according to some comments in the video for the 2014 Godzilla film, the 1954 film and 2014 film both had a total of about 9 minutes of Godzilla scene time (although the 2014 also had the MUTO monsters too).

This video will have spoilersย (as will my review), but then I think that watching this movie is not worth watching. So I suggest watching the video anyway and then my review which will pretty much give a quick break down of each certain scenes.ย I truly do suggest just skipping this movie. It even won the award for Worst Remake or Sequel at the 19th Golden Raspberry Awards.

So despite the spoilers in this video and review, it’s worth it rather than watching this entire 2+ hours of rubbish!

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Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

Northanger Abbey Val McDermid

Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

4 out of 5 stars โ˜… and a favorite โ™ฅ

This is the second book of The Austen Project series. There’s two other books to this series so far, along with one more book being released on April 19th (Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld). I’m looking forward to reading Emma by Alexander McCall Smith (book 3).

This series is a satire to Jane Austen‘s books. I know that nobody else can write like Janeย can, but I still enjoy reading these retelling stories. I love Austen’s books and her writing. Val McDermid normally writes mystery books. I really don’t often read mystery books so Val was a New-To-Me Author. I don’t know if I’ll be reading any of her books but Northanger Abbey was a fun read.

Northanger Abby Val McDermid

I know the story of Northanger Abbey quite well already due to the fact that this is my favorite Jane Austen book, although it’s been a while since I’ve read it. Val was able to add thisย 21st Century update to the story with all those texting, Twitter and Facebook media stuff. And I loved that the theme in Bathe took place during a sort of Art Festival of sorts (books, theatre, etc.)

how to catch Mr Tilney bymidenianlostie

I did find it ridiculous that “Cat” Morland (short for Catherine) thought that the Tilney family was a bunch of vampires. Seriously how naive can a girl get? I don’t remember Austen’s heroine being that naive. As for the other characters… Well to put it bluntly, all but the Tilney’s and Catherine’s characters are more developed in this than the others. The Morland family is quickly described, and then it’s off to be with The Allen’s who have a small role in Cat’s life – more like chauffeurs than anything. And then there’s the much hated Thorpe family. Oh it’s no spoiler how these characters are bad news. I did really like Cat Morland and Henry Tilney. Continue reading “Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid”

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Rewatching Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz

Rewatching Wizard of Oz

I’m rewatching this for two Blogathon: Once Upon a Time X and Beyond the Cover Blogathons.

But first I watched the Documentary and I highly recommend seeing it.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic

The documentary is Hosted by Angela Lansberry. It’s now an old film because it’s from 1989, but it’s still very much worth watching.

There’s lots of fun facts about the movie – like The Lion costume weighed 90 pounds! And there’s also lots of interviews, including some from Judy Garland’s children (Liza Minnelli doing all the talking). And Angela Lansberry did a nice job talking about the movie too.

I watched it on the TCM channel because Judy Garland is their Star Spotlight of the month.

A documentary that I highly recommend seeing (along with this 1939 movie too).

Wizard of Oz (1939)

Wizard of Oz

10 out of 10 All Stars

1939 Fantasy/ Adventure movie. Based on the story by L. Frank Baum. Starring Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burk and Clara Blandick.

Short Synopsis: A young girl (Judy Garland) wonders what life would be like away from her home, meanwhile a “Twister” of a tornado comes through and takes her and the house to Munchkin Land in Oz.

My Thoughts: I have lost count to how many times I’ve watched this movie. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is my favorite song and it’s one that I sing to my nieces and nephews for lullabies. The story itself is simple and yet so magical. I always wished that I could be Dorothy (and not just because of those Ruby Slippers). This is a favorite of mine.

I do plan on reading the book this year. I am not sure how accurate the movie is to the book, but according to the documentary that I watched, the filmmakers worked pretty hard in giving the movie justice to the book. The documentary also mentioned that 14 scriptwriters and 2 directors were involved in making this movie.

Play by Play of the Songs and movie

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” – Dorothy.ย Dorothy pondering where her place would be in her new home with Auntie Em.

A note here about this song. In the documentary it is said that the filmmakers were thinking of not even having this song in the movie. This song is sacrilege! It’s great! And these filmmakers didn’t even like this normal Kansas girl image. Thankfully they kept both. Thankfully for Judy too because she won the Oscar for Best Juvenile Actress.

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3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 3 and Blazing Saddles

3 Days 3 Quotes

3 Days 3 Quotes

Ok I have been tagged a lot so far this year so please stand by. I am trying my best to get through them.ย I was tagged by 4 lovely bloggers and these lovely 4 bloggers who tagged me are Giovanna @Book Coma, Shivalika @Whimsy Journals, B.G. @Getting Through Anxiety, and Beth @The Books Are Everywhere.

The Rules:

1) Thank the person who nominated you
2) Post a quote for three consecutive days
3) Nominate three new bloggers each day (not going to do this for Day 3. Unless you reader wants to do this tag the I Tag You. Just remember that I nominated you.)

My Gramps and I watched Mel Brooks’s film Blazing Saddles on Tuesday. All of Mel’s movies are fun to watch I think and I highly recommend watching any of them (History of the World, Part 1, Young Frankenstein, and Spaceballs are my favorites).

Now I know that I only have to do one quote for this post, but

Day 3 & Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks - Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles is a 1974 Western Comedy and satire to all those Spaghetti Western Movies (a lot of Western actor name dropping and stereotypes in this movie).

Now with all of Mel Brooks movies, there is a lot of good fun quotes to be found. There’s even scenes like in this movie where sound effects of farting noises is only needed. Though that scene is gross it’s still is pretty funny so here’s the YouTube link for that Fart Scene.

The Quotes:

To describe all the Johnson’s that are the council members of Rock Ridge town:

Mel Brooks - Blazing Saddles

(Besides the fact that they all have the same last names, which hints at inbreeding.)

Jim: [consoling Bart] “What did you expect? “Welcome, sonny”? “Make yourself at home”? “Marry my daughter”? You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons.”

Because of Mel Brooks:

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