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The Movie that Inspired my Wanderlust

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Confession: I didn’t start taking my travel desires to the next level until I was 30 even though my desires started rooting themselves at 13 well 5 technically but that is a story for another day.

French Kiss was the movie that inspired dreams that I had not really had until I watched this movie.

Now that I am 32 not 13, I think I understand why this movie inspired me, for the next 17 years I would act like Kate the main character.  She found reasons to not do something… hatred of the French, intolerance of cheese… whatever she could pull out of the hat to not go.

For 17 years I would do the same thing even though “I wanted to travel”

I can’t go to Germany, I want to audition for drill team officer” … which I did not make.

I think I am just going to work and save money and not volunteer this summer in Africa…”  I spent all my money on beer and didn’t save a dime.  (I was in college, it was ok to make bad decisions)

I don’t want to study abroad my senior year of high school because I am going to marry
“he I will not name on my blog” and if I go he might break up with me…
” We broke up three days before Valentine’s day, and two weeks after I was supposed to leave and study abroad & untimely this crap would destroy my senior year (at least that is what 18 year old Jen thought).

I think I just got really good at making excuses, I don’t think I was ever really committed to any of the things I choose over traveling it was just easier to choose staying rather than going.

Which brings me back to my point even though Kate was an adult in the movie and I was 13, I think I was drawn to her character because I would in fact grow up and be like her.  If that crazy talk makes any sense at all.

Anyway Kate gets a rude awakening when she decides to not go with her Fiance to France and receives a call that results in her being dumped for a French woman.

So you know what Kate does she gets on a plane in an effort to win him back.

This decision ends up resulting in Kate taking a life changing adventure through France with Luc, a Frenchman that has every quality Kate hates.

You know the typical romantic comedy stuff… I am sure if you have seen enough romantic comedies you can figure out how this story ends.

The story is not what fascinated me though it was the French countryside while they were on the train. I remember going to the library after seeing this move and reading about trains in Europe (internet was not THAT common in 1995, I am so glad we have google now that would have been a whole lot easier)  and the countryside of France.

I remember the scene when the characters are in Cannes France and thinking wow that water looks awesome.  I then read about Cannes and told myself I would  visit there someday.

The movie does inspire a French love affair and while the movie has a typical outcome it still has an amazing back drop.   While excuses kept me from going in the past, I will say that like Kate I have learned my lesson and that I no longer turn down opportunities.

Granted I have  not been to France since seeing the movie but I can tell you that 32 year old Jen will not turn down the opportunity once it arises.  My biggest issue now is deciding where the hell I am going next.

 

 

Sharknado 2: A review

I must confess I am Shark Disaster Movie Addict.

I apologize for nothing.

I love the bad special effects, the bad acting, the bad everything.

I loved Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus.  I loved Two Headed Shark Attack. I loved Snow Shark.

I really loved Sharknado. So last year when I learned about this movie.  I was stoked.

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So when it was time to watch Sharknado 2, I was 100% on board.  I convinced my dad it was the best junk food for the brain and for 2 hours you won’t think about anything except sharks

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Last year when Sharknado took twitter by storm I was excited because FINALLY I would have people that got “the disaster” shark movie genre.

I could talk to people about Sharknado and not get weird looks.  (Seriously when I talk about Mega Shark peopled looked at me like I was a compete psycho)

Spoilers ahead, but believe me they won’t ruin the  movie for you.  You really have to watch it to really enjoy it for all of it’s glory.

This movie was so deliciously bad for you that instead of being a sane rational person and quit after the commericial break you just hung around to see what was next.  Something this bad for you has to be good for you too right?

There were chainsaws for a hand, there were sharks flying through the air.

There was even a scene that Tara Reid was trying to convince  “Fin” the shark was after her for revenge.

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Say what? Did I start watching the remake of Jaws The Revenge?

The plot was practically the same as the first one, except let me just tell you unlike the folks from LA, the New York mayor made it know that was LA this is NYC and we don’t take no sh*t.   When the mayor said that I couldn’t help it, I was rolling in laughter.   Next thing I know there are people in the streets of NYC (where you can’t find guns by the way) carrying machine guns (and firing them into the air like we were on the set of rambo), pitchforks, shovels.

Cause a shovel totally can knock a shark out by the way.   Didn’t you know?

There really is not much of a plot.  Sorry there wasn’t.  (Hope you were not expecting one!) but if we ever have a Sharknado I just hope I get to ride a shark down the tornado like Fin did.  Cause yeah, that would be epic, and my life would be complete.

I would most likely be dead, but at least that is one epic way out of this life.

Guys do yourself a favor and go snag a little junk food that is Sharknado.

PS:  I love how Will Wheaton had a “Sharknado 2” audition in The Big Bang Theory and bailed on Penny… only to really be in Sharknado 2.

What were your thoughts on Sharknado?  What was your favorite scene.

The Purge: Anarchy – A Review

Minor spoilers ahead…

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“This is your emergency broadcast system announcing the commencement of the annual Purge. At the siren, all emergency will be suspended for 12 hours. Your government thanks you for your participation.

Non-compliance with any of the aforementioned rules will result in death by hanging. Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, up to, and including Murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours. Police, fire and hospital aid will be unavailable until … when The Purge concludes. Blessed be our New Founding Fathers and America, a nation reborn.

This is not a test. This is your emergency broadcast system announcing the commencement of the Annual Purge sanctioned by the U.S. Government. Weapons of class 4 and lower have been authorized for use during the Purge. All other weapons are restricted. Government officials of ranking 10 have been granted immunity from the Purge and shall not be harmed. Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours. Police, fire, and emergency medical services will be unavailable until tomorrow morning until 7 a.m…when The Purge concludes. Blessed be our New Founding Fathers and America, a nation reborn. May God be with you all.”

Could you imagine living in a country that allows this? In my line of work I see a lot of scum, and a lot of scum that take advantage of the less fortunate, so when I learned of this movie it started a very hot topic of debate for me. Would people stand for this? Would you kill someone? What would you do if a loved one kill? Would I survive?

Because truth be told, if this was legit, pretty sure this is how it would be. After watching Last Night’s Premier and hearing the audience… yeah it would go down.

Again in typical Jen fashion, digress.

I saw The Purge last year, because as I said, the concept of this film fascinated me.  A lawless night that the Government pardons Murder?  Umm hell yeah I will go see that.

While I enjoyed the first movie, it was really just a home invasion movie. Nothing original.  I felt I had seen this movie before, it was just set in a world where one night a year murder was legal.  Well the world is somewhat original. I will say the first movie did set up the concept of The Have’s vs The Have Not’s.

I left wanting more (I tell you I am a lunatic), I wanted to know about people who disagree with the purge, the people that don’t accept their love ones getting murdered (cause I am sorry you kill a person I love, not sure I would wait until it was “legal”). I was disappointed that I paid to watch another home invasion movie when I was expecting dystopian street gangs & rich people that think they are entitled to kill (it was implied in the first film, that the rich have a sense of entitlement).

Anyway, when I first saw the trailer for The Purge: Anarchy, I thought hell yeah, that is what we should have gotten the first time around.

I don’t care about what happens in the safety of ones home, I want to know what the hell goes down on the streets. Cause let’s face it peeps, I am not rich, I wouldn’t have some state of the art security system, in fact I am assuming most wouldn’t. Obviously I would be a Have Not.

Before I saw the movie I was under the impression that the couple ran out of gas.

This part bugged the crap out of me. It bugged me before I even want to see the movie. In fact I was asking co-workers, would you run out of gas? Seriously? It really irked me.

The couple runs out of gas…on the night of the purge… the night murder is legal… less than a hour before the purge starts… on a bridge… You with me on where I am going with this?

If that doesn’t scream Darwinism I don’t know what does.

People freak the hell out when a hurricane “might” happen and practically wait for hours in line to get gas, “just in case”.

In this situation, YOU KNOW MURDER IS ABOUT TO BE LEGAL FOR 12 HOURS” how the HELL do you run out of gas?

I am telling you not only would have a full tank of gas, I would have back up gas, a machete, a gun & pop tarts. Just in case I have to make a run for it. You got me?

This bothered me from the very beginning, how are you running late getting home AND you run out of gas? Seriously.

I just want to say, the couple DID NOT run out gas their vehicle was tampered with. Why was their vehicle tampered with? Well you will need to see the movie.

Now this makes sense, I am so glad the writers did it this way.

So how did I like the movie?

I loved it. I am not that into gore and I was worried this movie would be a gory one, because today horror movies try to out gore the last. This was not the case.

It was very much a thriller where 5 people are just trying to survive the night. This Purge is exactly one year after the first movie.

4 of the people are on the streets by accident one of them is there to Purge.

We know from the previews that Frank Grillo is seeking retribution for his son that was killed. You don’t find out how his son was killed until the last five minutes. I didn’t see that coming by the way.

Side note: if they remake the Punisher, Frank Grillo has my vote. He was pretty believable as this character. He has a new fan, that much is for sure.

The plot of the New Founding Fathers of America thickens in this movie. We find out how truly menacing they are, which is really no shocker. I mean if you think about it they are a government that allows murder for one night a year but grants them immunity. yeah… they are not corrupt at all.

Also there is a resistance that comes into play, and because of this I fully expect a third movie, hell I want the third movie. This movie was that good.

Sure there are some things about this world that are not believable and deep down you know that would never happen, but truth be told when I go to a movie I go to be entertained and for 100 minutes I was highly entertained.

There is a scene (that is in the previews) where a broker is strung up on his bank for loosing a person’s pension.  That did give me slight chills, because in my line of work I piss people of daily.  People in my line of work would be a target, hell if this world was legit I would be a target. 

If you are worried about guts spilling out and gross factor, it is minimal. This movie really is all about the thrill of survival. I jumped exactly twice.  I called some of the characters stupid idiots often cause let’s face it ever survival movie needs a few idiots.

One thing I would like to see in the next movie is more of other crimes taking place. Cause gonna be honest folks if the Purge was real, I would be knocking over Neiman Marcus and clearing out Christian Louboutin’s & Valentino. Don’t have a need to murder anyone but I would set myself up to have a fabulous wardrobe the following year.

The Purge: Anarchy comes out July 18. Believe me it is worth it for entertainment value. If you are wanting to debate the “actuality” of the situation, you might want to pass.

 

My rating? A

A because I was highly entertained and for the most part I felt the movie was believable, and the acting was ok, not Oscar worthy but believable.

Movie Monday

For my New Year’s Resolution I said I was going to tackle the AFI’s 100 Greatest Films List I have been slacking on this list quite a bit and have barely made a dent, and we are almost HALF way through this year. Lucky for me,  I have seen a lot of movies on this list already.   AFI recently changed the list but I am going to stick to my original list, because that is the one I wanted to conquer.   So starting today I am dedicating Monday’s to this list (and any other great movie I have seen this past weekend)  I saw Captain American for the fifth time this weekend so I won’t bore you with those details.  I don’t want to turn this into another fangirl post or rant 🙂

My goal is to start with number 100 and work my way down, so without further ado.  Here is my thoughts on

Number 100- Yankee Doodle Dandy

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When I decided to watch this on Amazon the other night I didn’t realize what it was about, I thought it was about a big Fourth of July celebration up north or something.  I really had no clue what I was getting into.   For those of you that don’t know like me it is about George M Cohan, who is known as “The Man Who Owned Broadway.”

I understand why the movie is on the list, it has great acting, it is well cast and great musical numbers.  It just isn’t my cup of tea and I found myself nodding off during it.  I did enjoy the dance numbers, but I always enjoy the dancing.

Number 99 Guess Who is Coming to Dinner
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I loved this film. I loved this film to the point I started researching it. If you are not aware, this film was made in 1967 and tackled interracial marriage/relationships. An issue that is STILL very relevant today. I found it interesting that back then it took a very liberal stance (for the time period) on the topic. I found the characters refreshing, and the movie is worth seeing. I am also a huge fan of Sidney Poitier, and I am very ashamed to admit I have never seen this movie.

If I ever taught a film class I would show this film. I enjoyed it that much. In fact I started watching it at 11 pm at night and finished it. If you see one film from this list, see this one. I have so many positive things to say about this movie, and I feel it is still very relevant today. To me this is a very important film to preach tolerance, a topic that is still relevant today.

Number 98 Unforgiven

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This was a good film, I understand why most view it as a great film, but to me it was just good. I am not a fan of westerns, and I do not get really that giddy over Clint Eastwood. I did find the plot interesting and very intrigued about the dark developments of Eastwood’s character, but again it did not move me like Guess Who is Coming to Dinner.

Don’t hate me though, I know Unforgiven is very much a fan favorite for a lot of people.

So there you go, I made it through three of the films and I am hoping to make it through a few more in the next week. If I had to choose a favorite I would choose Guess Who is Coming to Dinner. If you have not seen any of these films I would recommend seeing all three, but if you can only watch one, watch Guess Who is Coming to Dinner

Until next time

XOXO

Jen