Fifty Shades Darker (Movie Review)

I’m a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey. If you read my top romance movies, you will know that the first installment almost made the list. I went to see the newest installment, 50 Shades Darker, this past Friday and just wanted to write down my thoughts.

I liked it. A lot. I may even be able to say I loved it, but I’m trying to give it a little time to sink in. If you enjoyed the first one, I don’t think you will be disappointed in this one.

Now, I believe that there were some parts of it (not sexual) that could have been slowed down or elaborated on, but it wasn’t a deal breaker on my enjoyment of the movie. I really LOVE Christian and Ana’s relationship. I love seeing it evolve on the screen. I really enjoyed seeing more of Christian’s turmoil and willingness to try to work on his “mommy” issues. I will say that the lipstick scene made me laugh out loud though. Ha!

The movie wasn’t exactly like the book, but touched on almost everything. Reading a book is very different from a movie, because the book is through your imagination. If I had to give one suggestion, I would have just said to add more in depth, longer scenes to the more important scenes.  The scene where Christian “submits” to Ana was so emotional in the book.  I would have loved to see MORE during that scene.  It just didn’t last long enough to give it the impact that it deserved. Never the less, though, the scene still made me gasp when it happened.  I knew it was coming and it was still good, but could have been great.

Anyway, enough of my rambling.  All in all, it was a very good movie that I’m sure will be in heavy rotation in my DVD player when it comes out.

Talk to you soon!

Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas 2016

As I do every year since it began, my television has not moved from The Hallmark Channel since the end of October.  I know the movies are cheesy and a little bit repetitive, but I love them.  I did not enjoy many of the movies that were done last year for Countdown to Christmas (the best movies from last year was actually from Fall Harvest), but this year  has many more that are giving me the warm and fuzzies.  My favorite, so far, has been December BrideA Dream of Christmas was pretty darn cute too. There is still a few more new ones to go, but I have been loving it….as usual.  One of these days, I’m going to do a list of my favorite movies from Countdown to Christmas in the last few years.  Are you watching?  What has been your favorite?

Talk to you soon….

My Halloween Movie List

Since it is almost Halloween, I decided to make a list of the movies that I could watch that evening.  Now, I am not really into horror, so movies like Halloween, It, and Exorcist would never make my list because I could never stomach watching them again.  My scary movies are very cheesy but still has a “scary-ish” vibe.  So, below are my top 1o “scary” movies in no order.

  1. Gremlins
  2. Practical Magic
  3. Goonies
  4. Critters
  5. Nightmare on Elm Street (1st one only) – The only horror film I can stand.
  6. Fear
  7. Cujo
  8. The Wraith
  9. Jaws
  10. What Lies Beneath (I was traumatized at Harrison Ford being a baddie)

 

My top favorite romantic movies

I was just sitting here thinking of all of the romantic movies that I can watch over and over and decided to share my list of top ten. Controversially, I would have added Fifty Shades of Grey to the list, but I  think I need to give it a few more years.  The Wedding Date was also a contender. What are some of your favorites?

  1.  Gidget
  2. Sixteen Candles
  3. Love Jones
  4. The Sound of Music
  5. Tammy and the Bachelor
  6. Pillow Talk
  7. French Kiss
  8. Something New
  9. The Holiday
  10. Pretty Woman

My Top 4 Christmas movies

As I have been enjoying watching all of the holiday movies recently, I decided to actually write down my favorite movies to watch during this time.  I determine my favorites by having the ability to watch them over and over.  I think I will have to make a separate list for my favorites on the Hallmark Channel because if you have read my page for a while, then you will know that is what is consuming all of my time for the past two months.  🙂

1.  Elf – I absolutely love this movie.  As far as Christmas movies, this is the most recently made holiday movie that was actually so good and unique.

2.  Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version) – Mara Wilson is such a cute little girl in this movie, and Richard Attenborough plays the best Santa!  Then of course, there is the bonus of staring at the beautiful Dylan McDermott for the entire movie.

3.  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – The squirrel in the tree gets me every single time.  I often have to pause the movie to finish laughing before I can continue.

4.  The Holiday – Of course there would have to be a romantic one in there.  I don’t think this one is that popular, but I have to pop this DVD in every Christmas.  I love it.

These are the movies on repeat at my house during the holidays in between the Hallmark movies.  What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Talk to you all soon!

So cheesy, but I love it

I was watching Wedding Date the other evening and sat their wondering why cheesy, romantic comedies please me so much. I’m still trying to figure that out but for two hours on Monday night, while I was skipping out of my music class, I was happily watching this movie on cable. I escaped into another place and wondered what if I were in this movie? How would I feel? What would I be doing? Hmmm…wonder what kind of man $6000 from my 401k could get me?  Would he look like Dermot Mulroney?

Just the randomness in my brain.

Merry Christmas!

As I sit here thinking about what a nice holiday today was, I have had the great privilege of watching some of my favorite Christmas movies. This morning I watched Elf, which is the most current movie that has quickly become one of my favorites. Right now, I am watching the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street. I BELIEVE! 🙂 As I have mentioned in previous posts, I love the holiday season. It gives me a lot of time to reflect on the things that I have accomplished this year, and unfortunately many things that I have not. Well, those things will continue to be on my list for next year. I hope that you all have had a wonderful holiday and day of reflection, and time spent with your families.