June movie challenge for day 9 to 13

Oh dear, it looks as though I’ve fallen behind again. And the draft that I thought I’d saved deleted itself. Pooh! But as they say, oh well. All the more for me to post right now, and get it over with. Here we go!

Day 9, favourite horror film: Cat People.

There are so many creepy elements in this movie, I can’t even begin to describe it.

Day 10, favourite movie monster: The creature from Young Frankenstein.

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Day 11, favourite damsel in distress: Willie from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

The DID thingy is slightly problematic in itself, but you know what? I love Willie anyway. She’s whiny, but she’s hilarious.

Day 12, best book to movie adaptation: The Wizard of Oz (written by L. Frank Baum)

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Even though MGM took quite a few liberties with it in in the movie, I still enjoy it because it is a classic and magical and perfect.

NOW FOR DAY 13! favourite movie soundtrack: Cinema Paradiso.

I couldn’t for the life of me choose a favourite soundtrack, but then I remembered how absolutely beautiful the soundtrack is. Listening to it, I feel like I could float away.

Willie image from here, Wizard of Oz gif via Tenor

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June movie challenge: day 7 and 8

Day 7: favourite character actor

Edward Everett Horton. He does his roles so well, and any time I see him on screen just makes me unreasonably happy because he’s so good in his roles, and he’s very funny.

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Day 8 (today!): Director you most admire

Ida Lupino. An actress turned director, Ms Lupino was ahead of her time; she brought realistic (and sometimes controversial) stories about women to the big screen that weren’t often talked about.

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Images from here and here

June classic movie challenge!

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It’s back! And this time, it’s all about the classic films. I loved doing the 30 day May movie challenge last year, and I’m excited to kick it off again this year. I’m 6 days behind, but no worries, I’m happy to do a quick catch up.

  1. Favourite movie: The Women. I love everything about it, from the snappy dialogue to the late 1930’s fashion. Plus, an all female cast, baby! 
  2. Favourite actress: Katharine Hepburn. She can make you laugh while breaking your heart at the same time.
  3. Favourite actor: Donald O’Connor. This one was tough (and subject to change), but the first guy that came to mind was Donald, because he is all around amazing, and immensely talented and immensely underrated. (And cute.)
  4. Most underrated movie: A Matter of Life and Death. Brilliant from beginning to end.
  5. Most overrated movie: Singin’ in the Rain. #Sorrynotsorry.
  6. Favourite character actress: Thelma Ritter. Or Mary Wickes. I can’t decide, they’re both great.

Seen and heard lately

The month goes by so fast, and I can’t remember the last time I wrote one of these, but I figured it was time for an update. And oh, what a month it has been! I didn’t end up throwing self-control away (re: my last post), but my horizons were certainly broadened in some respects.

Seen:

First, allow me to begin with the obvious: the Royal Wedding of the year. It was only natural I should get up with the birds on the Saturday so I could watch the coverage as it happened. I made cream scones for the occasion and sipped loose-leaf English breakfast tea, and I watched it with my Mom. (We did the same for William and Kate’s wedding in 2010!) I must admit, it was a very sweet ceremony. Cheers to the happy couple!

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A snap shot of some lilacs that I took while I was attending a wedding shower one weekend. The venue/nursery Bloom Field Gardens was truly breathtaking!

Speaking of gorgeous, here’s a ballerina who’s fouettes/pirouettes/chaines I aspire to have. Oh, and to dance to that glorious Swan Lake Coda. (And that ending!!!)

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The new Solo movie!!! Ok, I haven’t seen it yet, but I will make sure I do so soon, because to not see a Star Wars movie in theatres is to be considered an abomination. (I learned this the hard way after not seeing The Force Awakens. #regrets)

Heard:

This Woman’s Work, Kate Bush. I heard this on the 2nd season premiere of the Hand Maid’s Tale, and my oh my, that was a powerful scene.

Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush. Another Cathy–I mean, catchy song! I think I’ve watched the video enough times to get the dance moves down pat. If I ever hear it playing somewhere, it will be incredibly hard not to dance to it.

Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act III No. 18, Tchaikovsky. I am mainly here for the trumpets and dramatic entrance of Odile.

You’re so cool, Hans Zimmer. Ok, so I recently began taking up jogging (something I never thought I’d want to take up again, because why run when you can dance?), and I was looking for ways to ease my way into it. I came across one blogger who used this as one of her running themes. What a superb idea! Indeed it is a good piece, because as soon as I had first played it through, I knew I wanted it on my iPod (which doesn’t come often).

Tra la!

Image from here, Solo gif from here

Thoughts on a Friday

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  • All I smell is the perfume I sprayed on my wrist while I was in Sephora today.
  • Can’t say that I’m crazy about it.
  • But what can one do when faced with so many perfume options? Other than spray your wrist, I mean.
  • I can’t remember who it was by, but I’m thinking it was Dior.
  • In Bloom, maybe?
  • It’s a little too floral-y and sweet for my taste.
  • In fact, it smells like something my sister would wear.
  • I wish I had a signature perfume.
  • But I have no idea what it is.
  • It takes experimentation, I guess, and body chemistry.
  • Guys out there, is it any easier when trying cologne?
  • Probably.
  • *snorts in derision*
  • This is what happens when you just want to smell nice.
  • I think it’s time to start wearing cologne.
  • Then watch with a creepy smile on my face as I confuse the heck out of everyone.
  • I watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle the other day, and it lived up to every one of my expectations.
  • I was not disappointed.
  • I was only slightly apprehensive about it because it was coming off of the original Jumanji movie, but…. It was really good?
  • Plus they paid tribute to Robin Williams, and that made me happy and sad at the same time.
  • But yeah, I enjoyed it.
  • It was funny, full of action and just… I can’t… Even.
  • Robin Williams 😢
  • And I found a new crush in Nick Jonas.
  • Oops.
  • I made a good choice.
  • I mean, a good choice for a movie!
  • I wish more movies out there were like that.
  • Nothing like a romp in the jungle.
  • Apparently it was filmed in Hawaii.
  • Well, then I guess I’m going to Hawaii.
  • If—aha, no, I mean when—I make it there, I’m going to pretend as thought I’m in the show Lost for my entire stay.
  • That’s just how it is.
  • Because I think of Hawaii, and then I think of Lost.
  • Smoke monster, aaah!
  • Aaaaand I just got a whiff of that perfume on my wrist.
  • But really.
  • I got more excited than I should have this morning when I heard that there would be a Star Wars tv series in the works.
  • It’s all too much for my nerves.
  • Shit, when did I become such a Star Wars freak?
  • Probably because of the most recent one.
  • Dammit.
  • My stream of consciousness is going great guns, and I think it’s because I’ve had too much coffee.
  • Makes for productive thinking.
  • Like coming to terms with the fact that Krispy Kreme now has a lemon-glazed doughnut.
  • Or is it donut?
  • Other than Hawaii, the one place I would like to be at this moment is in LA for the TCM film festival.
  • Don’t you @ me.
  • It’s all over my Twitter feed, and I just want to have a good time and bask in the Old Hollywood-kissed sun.
  • And maybe run into a famous celebrity.
  • Seasoned or new.
  • And eventually fling myself onto someone’s Star on Hollywood Boulevard.
  • I think my stream of consciousness has nearly run its course.
  • Unless you want to hear about my baby-related dreams.
  • No, you probably don’t.
  • It’s the weekend, I’m free.

Today’s musical piece is from… You guessed it! Because it gave me all the feels of the original movie.

Image via Yesterday’s Print

Be kind

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It was a rough start to the week in our city. There are no words I can easily express to describe what everyone has been feeling these last few days, other than sad. Just really, really sad.

It is a tragic time for Toronto–with lives lost and others injured on account of one individual. We have seen such incidents played out in other cities around the world, and while it was something we knew we were not immune to (fortunate as we have been), it came as a devastating shock never the less.

Grief is a personal and, at times, lonely thing. However, I’ve seen time and time again that in tragedies like this, that it brings people together. In Toronto, it is no exception. In fact, we’ve come together more as a city than we have in quite some time.

If there’s one thing I’ve heard more often than not since this past Monday, it has been one simple thing: to be kind to one another. In the hubbub of our busy lives, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own issues. But the act of kindness and being considerate towards others can make a remarkable difference, and since Monday, I’ve seen plenty of it around Toronto.

Lastly, I just wanted to say how proud I am of this city, and how happy and fortunate I am to call it home.  This incident has changed us, but will certainly not define us. The journey to recovery and closure won’t be easy, but at least we’ll going through it together.