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Summer Plans

Can you believe Summer is here?

As I sit back and think about the past few months I really can’t believe that it is already May and that this is already an insane year.

I am going to be traveling a lot the next few months and I really just can’t wait for the hot summer sunshine.

Summer is my favorite time of year because yes I am a fan of the hot humid summer air that Texas is known for.  So let’s get to my plans for the summer.

What do I plan on reading this summer?

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It just isn’t summer without a hot Stephen King book, last summer I fell in love with Joyland and judging by the overview of this book, it will be no different.

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I have been a fan of the Stephanie Plum series for years I am one of the few that does think the series needs to come to an end, but I will be very sad when it does. I can’t wait for book 21 of this hilarious series.

As far as books go, those are the only 2 I am dying to read. I know I will read a lot of different books  but these are the two I can’t wait for.

What movies am I most excited about?

When it comes to summer I feel like I am at the movies every single weekend to see movies, often more than one movie.  This summer is no different!

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I am a huge fan of re-tellings, and trust me I can’t wait for this movie. I love that Disney is FINALLY giving the Villian’s more pub and I will be lined up for this movie May 30th.

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When this was teased at the end of Wolverine, I am pretty sure I almost peed my pants. (I am a nerd get over it) I have been waiting very patiently for this movie, and I can’t stress enough how excited I am. Just two weeks. 🙂

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I can’t help it. I loved 21 Jump Street and I feel like I am being un-loyal if I don’t go.

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AS I love everything Vikings…. OBVIOUSLY this is a must see for me 🙂

Also plan on seeing but don’t want to make this post uber long, so I will list them out 🙂
Transformers 4
Snow Piercer (Umm Chris Evans anyone?)
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Dawn of the Planet of the APes
Jupiter Ascending
The Purge: Anarchy (Yes I think there is something wrong with me!)
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Guardians of the Galaxy (Cause Duh!)
The Expendables 3
The Giver
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

and that rounds up August 🙂

Places I am visiting this summer

Florida 🙂
New York City
Phoenix
San Diego
Hawaii!!!!!

I will expand on those for sure in the future but I am very excited about the upcoming summer

This is going to be a very jam packed Summer and I am so excited it is FINALLY here!

What are you plans & Must Do’s this summer?

Wordless Wednesday

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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

The Greatest Films of All Time?

well at least according to the AFI.

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On New Year’s Day I proudly announced I was going to tackle this list in 2014.  While I have seen a few of the movies on the list, I said I as going to tackle the list.  I haven’t started, and here we are almost to April. It is time to get cracking.

Here is the list:

1.CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2.CASABLANCA (1942)
3.GODFATHER, THE (1972)
4.GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
5.LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
6.WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
7.GRADUATE, THE (1967)
8.ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
9.SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)
10.SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)
11.IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
12.SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
13.BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE (1957)
14.SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
15.STAR WARS (1977)
16.ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17.AFRICAN QUEEN, THE (1951)
18.PSYCHO (1960)
19.CHINATOWN (1974)
20.ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)
21.GRAPES OF WRATH, THE (1940)
22.2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
23.MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941)
24.RAGING BULL (1980)
25.E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
26.DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
27.BONNIE & CLYDE (1967)
28.APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
29.MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
30.TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
31.ANNIE HALL (1977)
32.GODFATHER PART II, THE (1974)
33.HIGH NOON (1952)
34.TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
35.IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
36.MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
37.BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE (1946)
38.DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
39.DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
40.NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
41.WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
42.REAR WINDOW (1954)
43.KING KONG (1933)
44.BIRTH OF A NATION, THE (1915)
45.STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A (1951)
46.CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A (1971)
47.TAXI DRIVER (1976)
48.JAWS (1975)
49.SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
50.BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
51.PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE(1940)
52.FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
53.AMADEUS (1984)
54.ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
55.SOUND OF MUSIC, THE (1965)
56.M*A*S*H(1970)
57.THIRD MAN, THE (1949)
58.FANTASIA (1940)
59.REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
60.RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
61.VERTIGO (1958)
62.TOOTSIE (1982)
63.STAGECOACH (1939)
64.CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
65.SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE (1991)
66.NETWORK (1976)
67.MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE (1962)
68.AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN (1951)
69.SHANE (1953)
70.FRENCH CONNECTION, THE (1971)
71.FORREST GUMP (1994)
72.BEN-HUR (1959)
73.WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
74.GOLD RUSH, THE (1925)
75.DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)
76.CITY LIGHTS (1931)
77.AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
78.ROCKY (1976)
79.DEER HUNTER, THE (1978)
80.WILD BUNCH, THE (1969)
81.MODERN TIMES (1936)
82.GIANT (1956)
83.PLATOON (1986)
84.FARGO (1996)
85.DUCK SOUP (1933)
86.MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
87.FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
88.EASY RIDER (1969)
89.PATTON (1970)
90.JAZZ SINGER, THE (1927)
91.MY FAIR LADY (1964)
92.PLACE IN THE SUN, A(1951)
93.APARTMENT, THE (1960)
94.GOODFELLAS (1990)
95.PULP FICTION (1994)
96.SEARCHERS, THE (1956)
97.BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
98.UNFORGIVEN (1992)
99.GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

As always I will share my thoughts, on the films.  I am starting with Yankee Doodle Dandy and will work my way down! Cheers!

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