Monday, October 31, 2011

Back to the Future trilogy

Hello, my lovely readers. Time for another edition of...

The Back to the Future trilogy

Chris and I watched these movies a few weeks ago. I had never seen them before, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

In the first movie, Doc Emmett Brown invents a time machine in 1985, and asks his young friend Marty McFly to help him document the first run. Through a series of unfortunate events, Marty gets sent to the day in 1955 that his parents were supposed to meet... Note "supposed". Because Marty shows up in the past, he prevents his parents meeting, and thereby could prevent their marriage, and eventually his own birth. He finds Doc, and with his help they work out a plan to set future events right.

Doc and Marty trying out the time machine

Marty playing at the dance where his parents are supposed to fall in love

Bit of an Oedipus thing going on here with Marty's mom, Lorraine

The iconic time machine

The second and third movies were just as funny and action-filled (although I think the first one is my favorite of the three). In Back to the Future II, Marty and Doc go the year 2015 to help change Marty's loser kids path. However, someone from their '85 past recognizes them and "borrows" the time machine to go to '55 and change his own future. When Doc and Marty arrive back in '85, they find that things are much different than they left them. After realizing happened, they must again go back to '55 and prevent things from going into the wrong hands to return their present to the right state. (Make sense? I'm trying not to give too much away if you have never seen them!) At the end of the movie, a fiasco happens with the time machine, and Doc gets sent to 1885 with Marty left behind in 1955.

 A moment with the McFly family

Hahaha! Evil will never prevail!

The third movie picks up where the second one left off, with Marty alone in 1955. Since Doc was farther in the past with the time machine, he left it somewhere where Marty would be able to find it in his time. Doc also writes Marty to leave him be in the past, he likes his life there, but Marty is determined to bring him back. Of course, things happen that cannot be left as-is in the past, otherwise their future will be ruined. Along the way, Doc finds love for the first time in his life, and he must choose whether to stay with her or return to his rightful place in time.

The final chapter

In every movie there is a photo that plays a key part in the plot. (Love Doc's doofy face here!)

I recommend these movies for a fun movie night with friends, where everyone can sit back and just laugh. Pour some Pepsi, pop some corn, and settle in for a wild ride.

Have you seen them? What did you think? Can you recommend some movies I should watch and possibly feature?

Friday, October 28, 2011

filling in the blanks. 2.17

Hi kids. Yes, I'm still here. I don't have much to say these days. At least anything that would be interesting to the internet. But here I am, once again.

1.   When I was a kid I wanted to be      a librarian    when I grew up.

2.   As an adult, my dream job would be   a book editor (and also being a mama of 4 kids would be sweet)      .

3.  W hen I was younger I wanted to be just like  my mom, probably. I don't remember   .

4. The childhood Halloween costume that I remember most was when I was  Don't do Halloween. Never have, never will. I don't like it.

5.  My favorite childhood toy was    Barbies. My sister and I would build elaborate house layouts and play for hours  .

6.  The time I got into the biggest amount of trouble when I was a kid was when I     Oh this will sound bad, but when I was 9 or something my friend passed me a note and we got caught. The note said something mean about our teacher (my friend hated our teacher. I didn't.) so we both got in trouble. I was mad because there was no way I could have prevented this situation. I mean, you can't refuse a note. I didn't know what it said until I read it. I'm not bitter :P      .

7.  I get daily inspiration from    books, blogs, the hubs  .

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Help

The Help (2011)

I'm going to keep this one short, because I can't even describe how amazingly powerful this movie is. Seriously. One of the best movies I have ever seen.

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960's decides to write a book detailing the African American Maid's point of view on the White families they work for, and their hardships they go through on a day to day basis. (description courtesy of IMDB)

This description does not even begin to warn you how emotionally engaging this film is. I sat there the whole time, completely involved in the story taking place in front of me.

Also, here is another indicator to tell you how involved you will be in the story:

I have never cried in a movie before. Honestly, never. Not one time. Because even though they're sometimes sad, they are never real to me.

I cried during this movie. It was real.

There. Go watch it. It is intense. It will be the most powerful movie experience you will have, probably ever. And if not, then you do not have human emotions. Or something else seriously wrong with you.

Okay, this post is ridiculous and doesn't nearly do such a terrific movie justice, but I just want to tell you to watch it now!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

10 facts about me.

1. When a recipe calls for chocolate chips, I always eyeball how much I put in. Always. Who wants what it calls for? More please!

2. (no offense to anyone!) When people call Native Americans "Indians" it really annoys me. Mostly because it's just geographically incorrect!! They're not from India, so they're not Indians!!!! Sigh.

3. I love the smell of campfire smoke. At this time of year a lot of the farmers burn their fields and it smells like smoke for days. Awesome :)

4. I love Slurpees and ice cream in -40C weather. Yes, I'm weird.

5. I didn't grow up with Christmas traditions like hanging stockings or watching a certain movie every year with the family. We don't even have our family Christmas on the same day every year.

6. I start thinking about Christmas shopping at the end of September.

7. Swearing in a movie turns me off more than sex scenes or violence. So pretty much every movie out in theatres right now.

8. I also really despise raunchy movie and will not watch them. I'm the only one from my siblings that hasn't seen The Hangover. I will never. (So pretty much every movie out in theatres right now.)

9. I read the first Harry Potter book in July for the first time because I had to for a course. I felt like such a hypocrite because I had avoided anything Harry Potter with a passion since the beginning because of the hype. I'm still not going to jump in.

10. I am a terrible drawer, and I can't even doodle cool fonts or anything for when I do mail art. It sucks.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fill in the Blank Friday 2.16

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1.   Something popular that I can't stand/just don't "get" is      leggings as pants, especially the sheer ones! Honestly!   .

2.   Something unpopular that I secretly love is    playing Super Smash Bros. Wii with my husband       .

3.  When I've had a bad day I   grab a cold Pepsi, my current read (the one I enjoy most, anyway) and hide under blankets on the couch   .

4. I'd prefer    10 real birthday cards    to    100 wall posts on Facebook      any day.

5.  Something that makes me nervous is    having to choose a career for the rest of my life .

6.  Something worth fighting for is     marriage. Marriage is God's idea, and that alone makes it worth it. Never mind all the other awesome stuff about it. I could go on for a while about my stance on this, but you might get bored :P   .

7.  When people think of me, I hope they think    "She is a kind, gentle soul who makes me laugh and inspires me to get closer to Jesus."  .

Monday, October 3, 2011

Notting Hill

Wow, 2 months since I've done one of these? Terrible! Well, I've seen so many movies lately that I had a hard time picking one to do today. But since it's been a while since I've seen a new-to-me chick flick, I decided to pick that one.

I have to say, I am a sucker for Hugh Grant movies. And I don't know how I went this long without seeing it. I love British comedies - I just totally get that humour.

 This scene was fantastic. Definitely made me smile.

So Notting Hill is about a bookstore owner, William, who has a big surprise one day when Anna Scott, movie star of the moment, walks into his store. They have a connection, and after a few mishaps, they find themselves in something resembling a relationship. However, Anna's fame is huge, and Will is just an ordinary man - will their romance be able to survive their differences?

Of course, because this is a Hollywood movie, there is sexual content that I find inappropriate (and is actually featured in a prominent way in this film - Anna is a famous movie star, after all, and scandal seems to follow them like a puppy). However, I still enjoyed this movie. Will's character was sweet and kind - maybe he could have shown more aggression at times, but generally a very likeable man. I think this movie is great to watch alone with a big bowl of ice cream (or whatever your movie watching snack is) when you just need to wind down.