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Harry Potter Illustrated Books

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Illustrated Books

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Harry Potter Illustrated books by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay.

Book review 5 out of 5 Stars

I wasn’t a fan when the illustrated book for Sorcerer’s Stone was released. I thought that it was just another ripoff to make more money. Twenty-five dollars a book, this making $150 for the entire series! And we have to wait each year for the next book! I’m sure if it was released in one big bundle it would look like a ripoff for just another book copy of this series because there is other reprint editions too. I do like some of the editions now, but the prices are ridiculous for some of them. Continue reading “Harry Potter Illustrated Books”

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Throwback Thursday Reviews May 19th

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Throwback Thursday Reviews

A Thursday theme of mine here where I’ve been posting some of my old reviews.

This week is an old movie review to a French film. Watched and reviewed in November 2013.

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Populaire

Populaire

5 stars β˜… and loved it β™₯

2012 French movie

I really loved this movie. I watched it on my kindle with Netflix streaming (on the app). It’s a romantic comedy in the late 1950’s setting. The name Populaire is for the famous typewriter machine by Japy Populaire. It’s a feel-good-romance, in which it’s a little predictable but with a little realistic touch to it. There is more to the plot than the romance and I liked that. I was laughing and cheering for Rose. Continue reading “Throwback Thursday Reviews May 19th”

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Throwback Thursday Reviews

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Throwback Thursday Reviews

My Thursday meme so that I can post those Older Reviews.

This book review is from a June 2013 read.

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

5 of of 5 stars β˜… and a favorite β™₯β™₯

“Youth is still where you left it, and that’s where it should stay. Anything that was worth taking on life’s journey, you’ll already have taken with you.”

Wedding Date by Sophie Kinsella

I absolutely loved this book. I loved both Lottie and Fliss’s life. I think this is Sophie Kinsella‘s first book with 2 character’s point of view (both sisters). And normally I don’t feel connected to the divorced-single-mom. But Fliss’s bitterness, etc., over the divorce was quiet realistic. And Lottie. Well I agree (slight spoiler) that one should never try to return to their youth times. And I laughed out loud quite a bit at some of the “honeymoon from hell” scenes.

A really good Kinsella book. I think it’s (maybe) better then I’ve Got Your Number. Continue reading “Throwback Thursday Reviews”

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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.Β 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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TCM 31 Days of Oscar – Sense and Sensibility

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TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. I’ll be focusing on the movies I haven’t watched yet, with maybe just a few movies I’ve already seen.

Here is my 30th day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

(Rewatching) Sense and Sensibility

9 out of 10 All Stars

Sense and Sensibility 1995

1995 Historical Romance film. Based on Jane Austen‘s book. Starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Robert Hardy, Greg Wise, Harriet Walter, James Fleet and Hugh Laurie.

The 360Β° Game: starts off with Torpedo RunΒ starring Robert Hardy, and he was in Since and SensibilityΒ with Emma TompsonΒ who was in the next film, The Remains of the Day.

And the Oscar goes to… Won Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Emma Thompson.

And the Oscar did not go to… Nominated for 7 awards. Best Picture: Lindsay Doran. Best Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Thompson. Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kate Winslet. Best Cinematography: Michael Coulter. Best Costume Design: Jenny Beavan And John Bright. Best Music, Original Dramatic Score: Patrick Doyle.

My Short Synopsis: The Dashwood sisters find love and friends in the 19th century.

A note before I start watching this. And why I chose this movie… Rewatch. And I’ve been rereading a Jane Austen book too.

Sense and Sensibility 1995 Alan Rickman

My Thoughts: When I first saw this when it was released I wasn’t too thrilled about Alan Rickman playing Colonel Brandon. I still had him pegged as the bad guys like Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 Robin Hood movie and Hans Guber in 1988 Die Hard. It wasn’t until his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies that I liked Alan Rickman. So now after liking the guy, I’ve actually liked him as Brandon now.

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As for the movie now. Well my favorite is Marianne because of Kate Winslet. I really thought she should’ve won for Best Supporting Actress but oh well. I think that Emma Thompson did an astounding job at writing this screenplay. She really is a talented person. As for the cast, well I love every single one of them now. They all did a great job I thought. And I think this is my favorite Jane Austen adaptation now. Tops.


The Play by Play Thoughts

A man’s promise do his dying father. 1500Β£ with 100Β£ a month down to 20Β£ a month or here and there. And this first impression of the of John and Fanny Dashwood. Fanny is a pretty rotten woman here isn’t she?

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Marianne and her mournful piano playing. And the Dinner with their cousin John Dashwood. Kate Winslet at the piano, did she really play and sing these tunes? I don’t care, I still really liked these scenes.

Elinor Dashwood: “Marianne, can you play something else? Mamma has been weeping since breakfast.”
[Elinor exits; Marianne switches to a dirge]
Elinor: [from the other room] “I meant something LESS mournful, dearest.”

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TCM 31 Days of Oscar – The Apartment

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. I’ll be focusing on the movies I haven’t watched yet, with maybe just a few movies I’ve already seen.

Here is my 28th day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

The Apartment

8 out of 10 All Stars

The Apartment 1960

1960 Romance film. Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Jack Kruschen, Ray Waltson, David White, Hope Holiday and David Lewis.

The 360Β° Game: starts off with Sunrise at CampobelloΒ starring David White, and he was in The ApartmentΒ with Fred MacMurrayΒ who was in the next film, Double Indemnity.

And the Oscar goes to… The Apartment received 10 Academy Award nominations and won 5 Academy Awards. Best Picture: Billy Wilder. Best Director: Billy Wilder. Best Writing (Original Screenplay): I. A. L. Diamond and Billy Wilder. Best Film Editing: Daniel Mandell. Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White: Alexander Trauner and Edward G. Boyle.

Short Synopsis: An unlucky “man (Jack Lemmon) tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.” (125 mins)

A note before I start watching this. And why I chose this movie… It’s a Billy Wilder movie with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine – both are some of my favorite actors. Plus I haven’t seen this yet.

The Apartment 1960

My Thoughts: Jack Lemmon played it good as the unlucky guy that’s stuck in what looks like a dead end job with a bunch of higher ups that takes advantage of him and his apartment. But the best character was Shirley MacLaine and I’m not I just saying that because I’m a fan. She was both adorable and smart, even though she didn’t know how to spell. My favorite part of this movie was the ending. I’ve found a YouTube clip for that and it’s at the end of this post. I’ve added it for myself and others. I just love it.


The Play by Play Thoughts… the past thoughts during the movie has taken me longer to do than it has in watching these movies and I have this and 3 more movies to review for this, so I’m not adding the time or too much thoughts on them. I will try to add some quotes I liked or the songs if it’s a musical.

Now on to the movie The Apartment.

The Apartment 1960

“On November 1st, 1959, the population of New York City was 8,042,783.” And this is our first impression of Jack Lemmon’s character – a “pencil pusher” at a desk along with rows of other desks with the same type of “pencil pushers.” And here we thought the people on the show & movie The Office had it bad. Continue reading “TCM 31 Days of Oscar – The Apartment”