Most anticipated movies of 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
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In the highly-anticipated “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” debuting June 26, 2009, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again joins with the Autobots® against their sworn enemies, the Decepticons®. Michael Bay directs from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman.

Angels and Demons
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The team behind the global phenomenon “The Da Vinci Code” returns for the highly anticipated “Angels & Demons,” based upon the bestselling novel by Dan Brown. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals. When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati – the most powerful underground organization in history – he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization’s most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. When Langdon learns that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, he jets to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra will follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that mark the Vatican’s only hope for survival.

Star Trek
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From director J.J. Abrams (“Mission: Impossible III,” “Lost” and “Alias”) and screenwriters Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (“Transformers,” “MI: III”) comes a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, “Star Trek,” featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no man has gone before.

G.I. Joe
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Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “Transformers,” join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” is directed by Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns”).

Land of the Lost
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Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, sucked into one and spat back through time. Way back. Now, Marshall has no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures from beyond our world – a place of spectacular sights and super-scaled comedy known as the Land of the Lost.

Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian
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It’s a new “Night” and “Museum” for Ben Stiller, who is joined by several other stars from the original film, as well as new characters from history — including Amy Adams as famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, Hank Azaria as villainous Egyptian pharaoh Ka Mun Rah, Christopher Guest as Russian tyrant Ivan the Terrible and Alain Chabat as Napoleon. Owen Wilson is back as cowboy Jedediah, and Robin Williams again rides into history as Teddy Roosevelt.

2012

Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. “2012” is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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Leading up to the events of “X-Men,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” tells the story of Wolverine’s epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simpering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

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A few pet peeves (Repost)

So, when I moved to AL,I learned a lot of things were going to be different and I would have to adapt and/or assimilate my ways quickly.  I started working at a restaurant called Baumhowers as a way to find something to do to keep me busy. I lived on campus for awhile and after doing all the college related things,I got bored easily. I learned a few things really quickly. Two main things that have become part of my pet peeves. One. People in AL take their sports,mainly football,college football seriously and two,Coke is the same thing as Pepsi. This irks me very VERY much. There are some more things that I learned but,we will start with these. 

Scenario–Me:”Hi. Welcome to Wings. What can I get for you to drink”? Guest/s: “I will have a Coke and I will have Sprite”. Me:”We have Pepsi products,is that OK”? Guest/s:”Sure,Coke and a Sprite”. Me: “Pepsi and Serra Mist”? Guest/s: “Whatever”? Now I look like I was being rude and I wasn’t. I might be annoyed that they don’t grasp the concept of Coke and Pepsi being two different products made by two different companies that actually compete against each other. Is this so wrong?
Very few people in AL do not know which football team they pull for. The rivalry there is equivalent to the borough game between the NY Mets and the Yankees. Most places you go, you are asked, Alabama or Auburn? You don’t even have to go there or have gone there to know which team you pull for. At the risk of being ‘foot-in-mouth’ party of one,most of the BAMA fans I dealt with were abrasive and a little rude. They take pride in their choice of being fans of this team and will taunt the more docile Auburn fan. We had a lot of Auburn fans that came into the restaurant that,love the game just as much as the BAMA fan but show it quietly. I myself,have grown to like Auburn,maybe mostly to taunt the BAMA fans but moreso I consider them to have a really great team and really hot players. WAR EAGLE!
The South. To a Southerner,well,some of them at least consider everything above them to be North,technically it is. Most people consider,(NY,NJ,Maine,CT,RI etc.)to be North or geographically Northeast. I lived in Wisconsin for 9 months,as a move by my mother who thought it was a great idea to have her youngest daughter experience some “pre-college” classes. Anyways..the Wisconsinites all called it the “Midwest”,which may or may not encompass Idaho,Nebraska,Iowa,Minnesota etc. But some think it’s North and everyone has a “Northern accent”,the accents are so different in any part of this country. I’ve also learned that,if you are not from the south and don’t have a southern accent,you are told you sound like you are from the north,regardless of where you were born(I get this ALL the time). Someone could be from Canada and they say,”Oh. You are a Northerner,from Wisconsin maybe”? Technically,it is North but I bet the Canadians get offended and would rather someone say,”You must be from Canada” you know,being that it’s a totally different country and all. But
I thank the south and my good friends Britanie and Catherine for introducing me to Biscuits and Gravy(my absolute love),dressing…made with cornbread(which I’ve always hadstuffing,made with bread crumbs),grits…Joe Pesci’s character in “My Cousin Vinny” sums it up best. Kripsy Kreme over Dunkin Donuts. I’m sorry KK has the best glazed donuts ever! Krystals over White Castle. In the South it’s sweet tea and not Iced Tea. I made that grave mistake and was snarled at. 
I can’t forget the North and Midwest though. Great bagels,pizza,hot dogs(the street vendors food. There’s something about the dirty water and dust in the food that make it SOOO good),coffee,high rises,bootlegs off the streets of NY especially,cheeses(shout out to the cheese-heads and cheese curds from WI),snow storms and the good ole’ minding your own business as you walk down the street!
With this just being the tip of the iceberg of pet peeves for me. I am signing off. Until next time! I If you want good reading. Check out this interesting blog about pop vs soda

Hulu Awards week 11

Best Web Original
National Geographic Animals

Worst Web Original
Dating Brad Garrett

Best Science Fiction Movie
The Planet of the Apes

Best Videogame Coverage
XPlay

Best Scifi/Fantasy TV Series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Heroes
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Fringe

Worst Movie
Bedazzled
The Crawling Hand
Xanadau
National Lampoons Spring Break
Monique:I Coulda Been Your Cellmate

Worst Scripted Television Series
Cleopatra 2525
Team Knight Rider
The Return of Jezebel James
The Munsters Today
One Tree Hill

Best Talk and Interview Show
Chelsea Lately
Inside the Actor’s Studio
Tonight Show
Attack of the Show

Best Informational Show
Crime and Punishment
Insider Secrets
National Geographic Channel
Nova
Wired Science

Best News Show
Access Hollywood
MSNBC Decision 08
NBC News Time Capsule
Tom Brokaw Reports
TV Guide Specials

Best Network and Movie Studio
BRAVO
Comedy Central
E!
FX
Sundance Channel

Major Network
FOX

Movie Studio
Lionsgate
MGM
Paramount
Universal

Overstock.com commerical

Ok. I’ve been seeing this commercial a lot lately and I think it’s a cute one. Apparently, they’re a real traveling singing couple and what not! I didn’t think that they were. Like usual, I thought they were two actors hired for their ads?! If you haven’t seen it, here’s a clip

So,I did some more research and found this video! It’s a clip of an audition tape they sent into a show called,”Can You Duet”? Never heard of it! Anyways,the clip is called, “Love Story” and here it is

They are too cute! Seriously? How have they NOT gotten any bigger than this? Cute couple with good voices! Gives ya hope that there’s REAL love out there huh?

The best shows you are not watching part 2

There are so many channels on our cable and satellite that we sometimes overlook shows that are very good. As a result of this, most of these shows often loose ratings and are canceled or it can take a great turn and become phenomenons!

True Blood
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Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, returns to HBO with a new series based on the novel series Southern Vampire by Charlaine Harris. The series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic barmaid who finds comfort in the company of vampires since they have no brainwave activity for her to read. She and her brother Jason were raised by her grandmother after losing their parents in a flood and she tries to keep her telepathic ability a secret. Thanks largely in part to the creation of a Japanese-made synthetic blood called True Blood (where the series takes it name) vampires have make their existence known to the world. Sookie works at the bar ‘Merlotte’s’ which is owned and operated by her boss Sam Merlotte who has a secret of his own.

Fantastic show! That’s all I have to say!

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a sitcom on FX, starring (and created by) Rob McElhenny, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day. It’s about four friends (the fourth friend played by Kaitlin Olson) who run an Irish bar in Philadelphia. The series deals with serious topics such as abortion rights, gun control, racism, and gay rights, but in humorous ways. The show debuted in August 2005.

According to Rob McElhenny, who was recently on a Philadelphia radio program, word of mouth on the show has been good and FX has renewed it for a second season, set to premiere June 29, 2006. Danny DeVito will join the cast for season 2.

The first season’s final episode aired on September 13, 2005. Reruns of edited versions of first season episodes began airing on FX’s parent network FOX in 2006.

Kath and Kim
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Adapted from Australia’s hit comedy of the same title, is a look into the minutiae of middle-class suburbia that digs deep into the daily lives of Kath, a cheerful, forty-something divorcee, and her self-absorbed daughter, Kim. It’s the love and hate, push and pull, of the dysfunctional relationship only a mother and daughter could share.

Pushing Diaisies
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This romantic drama shows us the strange world of a man, Ned, who can bring dead people back to life through the power of his touch. The people he touches, however, can only stay alive for one minute, and if they don’t die again, someone else nearby will die. Ned decides to use his ability to solve crime. He and a local investigator, Emerson, bring murder victims back to life and find out who killed them, to cash in on case-solving rewards. But, when Ned brings an old crush back to life, and decides to let her live, things start to get complicated…

30 Rock
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30 Rock centers on a comic (Tracy Morgan), who stars in a late-night comedy show called “The Girlie Show.” Tina Fey stars at the head writer who works hard to keep her job as well as her sanity as she deals with the network and the stars.

Hulu Awards week 10

#1: Award Winners

Best Travel/Leisure Show Top 5
After Hours With Daniel
Any Given Latitude
Bikini Destinations
Destination Truth
The Rachel Zoe Project
Uncorked

My choice:
After Hours With Daniel

Best Cooking/Food Show
30 Minute Meals
Ace of Cakes
Good Eats
Hell’s Kitchen
Kitchen Nightmares
Top Chef

My choice
Ace of Cakes

Worst Reality Series
Denise Richards: It’s Complicated
Living Lohan
Hey Paula
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Temptation Island

My choice: This was really hard and I say that because the choices given were all horrible in their own right…so, I chose Living Lohan Denise Richards: It’s Complicated, a close second, maybe tied…

Best Classic Movie
Night of the living Dead
Pride of the Yankees
Wuthering Heights
Some Like It Hot

My choice: Another difficult choice. I’ve seen all of them,quite a few times actually and the mixture in this category is crazy! Night if the Living Dead is a classic horror film…can’t be beat. Wuthering Heights? I guess if I were an extreme literature freak I would pick this but, I’ve seen this movie as well..loved it! I finally went with Night of the living Dead and I wasn’t too sure on that choice either. LOL.

Best Action TV Series
24
Burn Notice
Chuck
Journeyman
Prison Break

My choice:
24
I liked Journeyman but they canceled it. I thought it had lots of potential!

#2: Proposed Nominees

Best Web Original
Barely Political
Best of Penn Says
Dating Brad Garrett
Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog
Flirt
Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show
National Geographic Animals
National Geographic Environment
National Geographic Travel
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Top 5
National Geographic Animals
National Geographic Environment
National Geographic Travel
Barely Political
Spacerip

Worst Web Original
Barely Political
Best of Penn Says
Comedy Gumbo
Dating Brad Garrett
Destination X
Flirt
Funnysodes
Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show
The Matty Blake Show
Owen Benjamin Presents
Retro Minute

Top 5
Dating Brad Garrett
The Matty Blake Show
Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show
Best of Penn Says
Comedy Gumbo

#3: Exciting New Categories

Best Science Fiction Movie
Atom Age Vampire
Bedazzled
The Crawling Hand
Empire of the Ants
The Fifth Element
Ghoulies II
Heroes (the movie)
Horror Express
Men In Black
Naked Lunch
The People That Time Forgot
The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues
Pitch Black
Planet of the Apes
Quintet
Speedracer: The Movie
Starship Troopers
The Thing
Titan A.E.
The Toxic Avenger
Underworld: Evolution
Xanadu

Top 5
Men In Black
Planet of the Apes
Underworld Evolution
The People That Time Forgot
The Fifth Element

Best Scifi/Fantasy TV Series
Angel
Babylon 5
Battlestar Galactica
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Cleopatra 2525
Eureka
Firefly
Fringe
Heroes
Highlander
The Invisible Man
John Doe
New Amsterdam
Outer Limits
The Pretender
Roswell
Sanctuary
Sliders
Surface
Swamp Thing
Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles
Total Recall 2070
Tremors
Weird Science
Young Hercules

My choices
Angel
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Heroes
Battlestar Galactica

Best Videogame Coverage
Arcademojo
Attack of the Show
E3 08 Live
Event Coverage
Game Reviews
Gamespot
Videogame Specials
Videogame Trailers
X Play

Top 3
Attack of the Show
Gamespot
X Play

Worst Movie
Atom Age Vampire
Bedazzled
The Crawling Hand
Empire of the Ants
The Fifth Element
Ghoulies II
Heroes (the movie)
Horror Express
Men In Black
Naked Lunch
The People That Time Forgot
The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues
Pitch Black
Planet of the Apes
Quintet
Speedracer: The Movie
Starship Troopers
The Thing
Titan A.E.
The Toxic Avenger
Underworld: Evolution
Xanadu

Top picks
Xanadu
Bedazzled
The Crawling Hand
Empire of the Ants

Worst Scripted Television Series
24
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Burn Notice
Chuck
Cover Me
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven
Crusoe
Flipper
Journeyman
Knight Rider
My Own Worst Enemy
Peacemakers
Prison Break
She Spies
Standoff
Team Knight Rider
Tequila and Bonetti
Vanished

My choices
Chuck
She Spies
Tequila and Bonetti
Team Knight Rider
Cover Me
Blankslate

The best shows you are not watching or not watching enough of

Hey all! Happy Belated New Year! My computer got a virus so I have been indisposed for a while and have been unable to write any blogs…until now. While on my hiatus, I caught up on some television viewing and rekindled my love affair for the shows I lost time to watch and found new loves of those I haven’t seen before. Here’s a list. First up,

Damages

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DAMAGES is a legal thriller set in the world of New York City high-stakes litigation. The series follows the turbulent lives of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) the nation’s most revered and reviled high-stakes litigator and her bright, ambitious protégé Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) as they become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting the allegedly corrupt Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), one of the country’s wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles with Frobisher and his attorney Ray Fiske (Željko Ivanek) Ellen Parsons will be front and center witnessing just what it takes to win at all costs, as it quickly becomes clear that lives, as well as fortunes, may be at stake.

This show is gritty, cutthroat and dirty. I love it! It basically takes women, throws them in the shark tank of crime, money laundering and good ole’embezzlement and, shows that women can be just as devious(maybe even more) and dangerous as men are. It shows us the high stakes and dangerous world of the high-powered lawyers. The show just started it’s second season so, there is only the first season to catch up on. It airs Wednesdays at 10e/9c. If you miss it, remember you can always check out sites like Hulu or FX. The home site has the complete first season that you can watch for free!

Dexter
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Dexter is a television drama series based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay and adapted for television by Emmy Award-winning screenwriter James Manos, Jr., who wrote the pilot episode. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a serial killer governed by an ambiguous moral code who works for the Miami Metro Police Department as a blood spatter analyst.

One of my absolute favorite shows on TV right now. I summarize “Dexter” as a blood splatter analysis by day and serial killer by night. Well,he is a serial killer to some extent. He justifies his killings as “wrongs made right”. He preys on the pedophiles, rapists and anyone that has done something wrong to someone or something innocent. I personally, don’t know many people that have heard of this show or even seen a preview. It mostly comes from the show being on Showtime and not many people subscribe to this channel. Fear not! There are many sites you can catch up on these thrilling shows. Enjoy!!

The Secret Life of An American Teenager
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Amy and Ben are just your normal high school couple, except she’s having a baby (and it’s not his). Super-Christian Grace thought she and Jack were for keeps, but then he cheated on her with wild-child Adrian Lee. This threw Grace into the arms of bad-boy Ricky (the father of Amy’s baby). As secrets and scandals begin to surface at Grant High, with they bring the students and their families together – or tear them apart?

I stumbled on this show one night channel surfing. Watched the two episodes that aired and, I’ve been hooked ever since. This is also in its second season so I’ve been busy catching up on season one, you won’t be disappointed. ABC Family has clips of season one and some of this season is up on it’s main site.

Mad Men
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Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell. The series revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper (Hamm), the biggest ad man (and ladies man) in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. The series also depicts authentically the roles of men and women in this era while exploring the true human nature beneath the guise of 1960s traditional family values.

Okay. For a big laugh and some interesting night-time TV viewing check out My Big Redneck Wedding. It airs on CMT and the website has previous full videos of the show.

Movie flashback: Howard the Duck

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2009 is a better year for many,including myself!
I am on vacation in New York with my dad and his flavor of the month. It’s about 11:10am on New Year’s morning and, we don’t have plans till later. I went on Hulu to check out the new content that was added over the past few days. If anyone has STILL not checked it out please do. This site has allowed viewers(U.S. viewers,not available to anyone outside the U.S. at this moment) to view free streaming video of TV shows and movies for free. Yes,it’s LEGAL! I wrote about it in my my 4 quick ways to watch tv and movie for free
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I saw that they added “Howard the Duck”. Quite a bit of people have seen this and some of the ones that haven’t either love it or absolutely hate it. I have seen this movie quite a bit when I was younger. I actually like it’s campiness and the weird vibe of a talking duck, that lives his life as a playa. LOL.
I am going to post two of the comments that Hulu has gotten on this movie over the past few days.

Disgraceful
This film is an abomination. The lowest form of crap. It is not just the bottom of the barrel, it is below the barrel. The bottom of the barrel is on top of it. I am shocked that so many people actually enjoy this horrible film. It is a disgrace to the name of filmmaking. Anyone who likes this film is an idiot. No offense, but they clearly have no idea what a good film is. Anyone who has a brain cell in their head will definately hate this film. Do not waste your time.

Or this lovely person that has written a letter to Hulu about them advertise the recent added of the film to their banner. Dearest letter writer:
Hulu advertises ALL TV shows and movies they add to the site on their banner!

Here’s a letter I just sent to HULU:
Dearest Hulu:
I know that convincing owners of content to allow you to post through your portal has been a tough sell, as evidence by the overall quality and quantity of the movies available.
However, even though a relatively new addition, it’s not a really good idea to be hyping the fact that you just added “Howard the Duck” into rotation.
Why? Its one of the worst movies ever made….its almost as bad as Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 from Outer Space” (but not as campy fun)
1. It isn’t going to get current hulu subscribers excited. It won’t be rallying “the base”
2. It certainly isn’t going to serve as incentive to convince new users to subscribe
3. Hyping HTD has the brief whiff of desperation about it. Perception is Reality.
I love hulu, and can’t wait for content creators to catch up with you!

People are entitled to their opinions and views of any movie or tv show put on there. Why do people think they were FORCED to watch the content that Hulu has so graciously allowed us to view? The content on there may not be recent especially, if you want to view movies and maybe,the list of movies to watch is a little sparse and B-rated like “The Toxic Avenger”, “Bloody Mallory” or “The Thing”. That was the 80’s! The movies that were made and produced for the 80’s is what it is. I can name quite a few of them that I sat and watched. It might not have seemed silly or stupide them, but they are made the 80’s an era of ” I can’t believe I used to watch that!” or ” What was I thinking when I wore that”?.
I talked about “The Pirate Movie” in an earlier post that I liked and, I watched it again a few days ago and I laughed to myself, thinking why did I like this movie? I look at it now and, the acting wasn’t great, the dancing was sub par and the storyline was corny…but I still LOVE it! What other era can you get these types of movies call it “cheesy” and say,“this is a classic” all in one sentence? We can surely thank George Lucas for this movie

Does anyone remember this movie?

We were sitting around work the other day, talking about movies. We got on the subject of musicals and the really old ones(well not too old. Most people I know are kids of the late 80’s early 90’s) that we watched when we were younger. I brought one particular movie up and, maybe, two other people were like, “Yeah. I remember that”!
Now, I will admit. It was cheesy and musicals, have definitely come a long way since this one. In fact, we don’t get many musical now-a-days that are worth seeing. The children today like “High School Musical” and that’s about the only one I can think of off the top of my head.

Anyways, this movie is called, The Pirate Movie”
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I once thought, I only remembered one person from this movie, Kristy McNichol because she was on the tv show Empty Nest and, last I heard, she’s retired from acting altogether. While researching more of this movie, I realized the guy from “Blue Lagoon” played her love interest! I never really knew his name except that he was the really cute, half-naked, curly-haired kid that took “Brooke Shields'” virginity away in the movie! LOL.

Here’s a clip of the final scene called,”Happy Ending”

There are, of course more clips of this movie on youtube and this DVD can be purchased at Amazon. Yes. I searched for it!

Disney Movies of the Past: A walk down memory lane.

I was watching Turner Classics Movies(TCM) on Sunday and, airing was a documentary called, “The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics”about Disney movies of the past. It was narrated by Angela Lansbury, who is a Tony winner and a three-time Oscar nominee. Angela Lansbury is probably most known and recognized from her work as Mrs. Jessica Fletcher from Cabot Cove in the hit TV show,“Murder She Wrote”.

The documentary featured interviews from actors/actresses that starred in some of the classics Dick Van Dyke, Kurt Russell, Lesley Ann Warren and Karen Dotrice. It also features Roy E. Disney and clips of Walt Disney himself, working hard to get Walt Disney Studios to what it has become today. What I am gonna to do today, is refresh your memory on some of these classics. I didn’t think twice about these movies movies until I watched this documentary that brought up memories! Disney has definitely shaped how some of the family movies are made today.

The Swiss Family Robinson(1960) is shipwrecked en route to a new life in New Guinea following a horrible night at sea. The parents and their three sons, find themselves deserted on an island with no rescue in sight. The Robinsons quickly learn to adapt to life on the beautiful island, but danger is never far away as the family copes with bad weather, deadly wild animals and pirates who have threaten the paradise the Robinsons have made for themselves. Here’s a clip from the movie:


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Pete and the Dragon Pete’s Dragon (first released on November 3, 1977) is a live-action/animated musical feature film from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action film but its title character, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. It is about a young orphan named Pete (played by Sean Marshall) who enters a small fishing community in Maine in the early 20th century. His only friend is a dragon, Elliott (voiced by Charlie Callas and animated by Don Bluth), who also acts as his sentinel. Elliott can make himself invisible and is generally visible only to Pete, which occasionally lands Pete in trouble with the locals.

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions which combines live action and animation; it premiered on October 7, 1971. It is based upon the books The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons and Bonfires and Broomsticks, by Mary Norton. It stars Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson.
The film has similarities to Mary Poppins (1964): combining live action and animation and partly set in the streets of London. They share cast and crew members, namely Tomlinson, supporting actor Reginald Owen, songwriters the Sherman Brothers, director Robert Stevenson, art director Peter Ellenshaw, and music director Irwin Kostal.

The Gnome Mobile

The story opens with the children’s grandfather, D.J. Mulrooney (Walter Brennan), a well-known executive officer of a vast timber-trading company. D.J., an eccentric and passionate man with a distinctive snore, as well as vast dedication and determination, has bought up a preserve of ancient virgin forest to show his descendants the majesty of the Redwood trees. In order to meet with business clients in Seattle, D.J. takes his personal, customized Rolls-Royce Phantom II on a trip, picking up his grandchildren and taking them to a part of his forest en route. In a brief conversation with his Company Head of Security, Ralph Yarby (Richard Deacon), we learn that the car was purchased after D.J. earned his first $1 million.

The Apple Dumpling Gang
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The Apple Dumpling Gang is a 1971 novel by Jack Bickham, about a group of orphaned children during the California gold rush. They encounter a gambler who reluctantly helps them, as well as a pair of hapless robbers who are after the gold the children have found.

Candleshoe
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Con-artist Harry Bundage (McKern) believes that there is a great treasure at Candleshoe, the large country estate of Lady St Edmund (Hayes).
Harry recruits American Casey Brown (Foster)—a street kid—into the plot, employing her to pose as Lady St Edmund’s granddaughter, the Honourable Margaret, 4th Marchonesse of St. Edmond, who disappeared as a baby after her father died in a car crash. Lady St Edmund, however, is poor and owes money in back taxes. Priory (Niven), her butler (who is forced to pose as a gardener, chauffeur and gentleman Colonel), and some local orphan children help keep the estate finances one step ahead of the government by selling produce made on the estate. All of this happens unknown to Lady St Edmund. Initially Casey enters the con attempting to find the location of the treasure; but her affections gradually turn towards that of the household and Lady St Edmund. She eventually joins them in their quest to uncover Lady St Edmund’s treasure for the benefit of Candleshoe, rather than for Bundage.

Mary Poppins
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We all know the plot of this favorite. Parents have two kids that pretty much run off every nanny they’ve had. The kids write a description of what type of nanny they would be happy with and , maybe, they would not “get rid” of this one. I noticed, while writing this blog, the children in this movie is also in “The Gnome Mobile” as well! Disney keepin’ it all in the family,similar to“The Sound of Music” except with no Nazis!(not a Disney Movie,produced by FOX)