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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

Book Review Sunday: Dorothy Must Die

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It has been a little while since I reviewed a book on here, and I think it is time I get back on track with reviewing books.

I recently finished Dorothy Must Die and I loved it for so many reasons I really am kicking myself for not getting this review up much earlier.

The Plot: This was one twisted, fun and messed up plot. Take the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz and throw it out the window. Dorothy is not the sweet girl we all know and love but in fact a very evil and powerful version of her. She is actually down right psycho and scary. She has let the power go to her head (I mean who wouldn’t) and has taken over Oz and all her glory she now rules it with an iron fist, and even forces her minions to wear perma-smile. I recommend you read the prequel before you start this book to give you an idea what really happened.

The lion? yeah his bravery turned him into one scary beast.
The Scarecrow? Well his brains have turned him into the psychotic scientist.
The Tin Man? Is a Dorothy obsessed weirdo (shame he was my fav!)

The Wicked? Man oh man the switch has flipped and they are the good guys.

The point of view is told from Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas. she is a strong willed and strong character that gives the story some grit. She isn’t perfect but she is determined to take Dorothy down.

The characters were well developed, Paige took very well developed characters and developed them for evil and did a damn good job at doing it!

Oh don’t worry you wizard lovers, the Powerful Oz will also make an appearance. I know you were secretly worried. I was 😉

Some people have called in Dystopian and I suppose in a weird way it is, but I just think it is a very fun twist with a slice of crazy that makes this book such a fun ride.

I give this book five fun stars, because while the characters may not be original the story sure as hell is.

Hurry up Ms. Paige let’s get that next book out, cause we really need to know “Will Dorothy Really Die”

Disclaimer: This was a fun book, but I know I have read a lot of people out there ticked because it takes away from the political interpretations and symbolization that Baum intended. This was still a fun ride and if you can let that aspect go, I feel you really can enjoy the book.

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