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Winter Movie Previews

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It’s winter!! And that means it’s time for another movie preview post! I love doing these because I love movies and discovering what’s coming out and sharing my brief thoughts on the trailers with all of you. But I also know this is a book blog so it won’t bother me if nobody sees this. Though I have a feeling there are at least some of you out there who enjoy movies just like I do! So if that’s you, let me know what you think of these movies! I’ve put together trailers of ones that interested me the most, for both good and bad reasons. I share the ones I definitely want to see and the ones that interested me for other reasons. *Spoiler alert* I enjoy movies that entertain rather than preach, funny movies over violence and gore, and almost never horror films. I’d love to know what you think of these previews and which movies you think you’ll see in the theaters! I sorted them here by release date.

December 12

Exodus: Gods and Kings: Last I saw this movie only had a 32% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, which is less than the approval rating for Horrible Bosses 2. I don’t plan on seeing it. Though not because of the rating but rather just because it isn’t my type of movie. And if I ever felt the need to watch a movie like this, I’d watch The Ten Commandments instead.

Inherent Vice: Again, not my type of movie but it looks interesting and I can definitely see where the audience for this is and really hope it lives up to their hopes. Watching the trailer I was amazed at just how many people are in this film. And it has the same director as Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood.

Top Five: This looks good and really funny. It’s written and directed by Chris Rock and if you’ve ever watched any Chris Rock stand-up, you definitely get that same feeling in the trailer. We won’t see this in the theaters, but it definitely seems like something we’d rent later on.

December 17

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies: Yes, of course I’ll be seeing this. While I wasn’t hugely thrilled with the second Hobbit movie, and the things they changed/added, I’m still hoping this one will be great. Also, I’m hoping I won’t cry. Because…you know. Reasons.

December 19

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb: This looks like another good Night at the Museum movie. Unfortunately, they scare my kids so we don’t watch them. I keep trying to get them to go see movies with me, but they refuse every time. I’m hoping that’ll change soon and we can catch this one on video. I just love the cast and the stories and the magic in them. Plus, Robin Williams.

Annie: Okay, who isn’t a sucker for Annie? I remember going to this show as a kid and loving it. The songs are so catchy and the story is full of emotions. This remake actually looks pretty good. I mean, who doesn’t love Jamie Foxx? My only concern is that Cameron Diaz is a bit annoying in some of the previews.

December 25

Into the Woods: Holy crap. This looks so good. I watched the trailer for the first time while writing this post and now I’m really excited for this movie. I’ve never seen Into the Woods before but if it’s as good as the trailer, I think I’m going to love it! I wonder if my family would mind me ditching them on Christmas…

Unbroken: This is an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s novel and is directed by Angelina Jolie. I haven’t read the book and this isn’t a movie that interests me, but I’ve still been seeing previews for it everywhere and am pretty sure it’s going to be a big deal. I read a few critics reviews and they said both that this could be Oscar worthy and that it’s boring. So who knows. Are you going to see it? Did you read the book?

January 16

Paddington: Awwww. Paddington is so cute. But I didn’t actually read a lot of Paddington when I was a kid so there isn’t a lot of nostalgia for me here. But he is cute and I’m sure my kids would find this hilarious. If I could just get them to the theaters. Because this definitely looks like a family movie with lots of specific kid humor. But critics are liking it and it’s produced by David Heyman (producer of the Harry Potter movies). So that seems promising.

January 23

Mortdecai: Another Johnny Depp movie so it shouldn’t need to be said but I’m saying it anyway, this one looks weird. I’m not even sure what it’s about. But I think maybe we’ll see this one at some point. Because it does look like fun. Almost like a Wes Anderson movie. But not quite. Plus, I like Paul Bettany.

February 13

Fifty Shades of Grey: Yeah, no, I’m not going to see this. But I included it on this list because I’m pretty sure this is going to be a popular one. I’m just not sure what I think of a Valentine’s Day release. Will you be seeing this one? Is this a date movie? Or maybe more of a rent and watch it in your home movie?

February 20

The Duff: Yeah, I’m going to see this. But first I need to read the book. This looks funny. But I don’t think I’ll be able to convince my husband to see it so I need to find someone else to go with me. Who wants to go see this with me?!

Okay, that’s a lot of movies. And it’s not even close to all of the movies that are coming out this winter. There’s also The Interview with Seth Rogen and James Franco which I’m not even going to discuss, Big Eyes with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams which we might end up seeing but looks kind of creepy to me, American Sniper with Bradley Cooper, Taken 3 with Liam Neeson, The Loft with Karl Urban and James Marsden which looks a lot like Very Bad Things but darker, The SpongeBob Movie which I’m not even offering to take my kids to, Maps to the Stars for David Cronenberg fans and people wanting to see Robert Pattinson, Escobar for Josh Hutcherson fans, and Song of the Sea which looks super good. As well as many others.

Winter always seems like a great time for movies. I’m hoping to get out to several of these but we end up averaging only about two a season. With the prices so high and having to find babysitting and having Netflix at home, it’s easier to wait for movies to come to us and use babysitting for nice dinners or games instead. But maybe I’m just being old and grumpy. Either way, I love movies and am always excited to see new ones. I really do hope to see at least three of these in the theaters. And I hope The Duff is as good as it looked in the trailer!

Which winter movies are you most excited to see?

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Fall Movie Previews!

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The beginning of summer was so crazy that I somehow forgot to do a summer movie preview post! I can’t believe it! It turns out, I only ended up seeing two movies this summer! While I don’t usually see a lot of movies in the theaters because of babysitting and cost and time and stuff, I usually get out to a few more summer movies. I’m so ashamed! I didn’t see Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver or If I Stay. I’m going to have a lot of DVDs to catch up with this fall. And that’s okay! At least I’ll be able to cry in the privacy of my home. Though, hopefully, I won’t have to cry during Guardians of the Galaxy.

Hopefully I won’t miss out on some of the movies coming out this fall! Because there are some big ones! And I won’t even pretend that you guys forgot Mockingjay Part 1 was coming out. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE! I WILL see that one in the theaters. And I will cry. I did not expect to cry at Catching Fire, but I did. And that’s okay. But as excited as I am for Mockingjay, it’s not the only movie coming out this fall. Here are some other movies that I’m looking forward to and that seem interesting.

September 19

The Maze Runner!!! I’m actually really excited for this movie even though I didn’t love the book and never read past the first one. It looks really well done and Dylan O’Brien looks like he makes a great Thomas. I will hopefully be seeing this in the theaters!! I hope it’s good.

This is Where I Leave You: This looks decent enough and somewhat interesting, though I think that’s mostly due to the cast. I’ll want to see this but will probably wait until it comes out on video. I don’t really do family dramedies in theaters.

Hector and the Search for Happiness: I love Simon Pegg so much. I’m dying to see this movie. I hope I can find someone to go with me. It looks good, right? Is that just me? I don’t know, maybe. But what is it about Simon Pegg that makes me love him so much?

Tusk: Have you seen this trailer yet? It’s a Kevin Smith movie based on an episode of his podcast that was originally titled The Walrus and The Carpenter. I think that title makes it way more creepy. Just watch. It’s creepy. Or maybe hilarious. Or both. I’m not sure yet. And I’ve already watched it twice because the first time I only saw Justin Long’s mustache.


September 26

The Boxtrolls: I love this so much. I’m hoping my kids will want to see it but they are such wimps about movies I’ll probably have to watch it on video by myself later this year. Those boxtrolls are just so cute! And I love the animation!

Pride: Rufus Scrimgeour. (AKA Billy Mack!!!) Dolores Umbridge. Moriarty. All in a movie together. About a true story in 1984 when a group of gay and lesbian activists support a town of miners on strike. It looks good. Plus, so many people in a movie together! I love that you can count on British movies to have at least three or four recognizable actors.

October 3

Gone Girl: I was really not a fan of this book. I appreciated the mystery of it but I really just hated the ending. I’m curious how the movie will be but I don’t know that I’m curious enough to actually see it. Are you guys going to see this?

The Good Lie: I love Reese Witherspoon. I can’t help it. I’m still not sure what to think of this movie but I really hope it’s good.

October 10

Alexander and the Horrible No Good Very Bad Day: Oh boy. I really loved this book growing up. I felt like it really embraced how kids feel some days. When grownups just don’t understand how all of the little bad parts of a day can really just add up and become something horrible. But I don’t think they captured that in this. It’s totally different from the book and while I really love Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, it looks like they dumbed it down and I’m just not sure it’ll work for me. That’s a kangaroo behind Steve Carell in the preview. It does not look like a good scene. I do think my kids will find it hilarious, though. And that’s kind of unfortunate. And now I’m sad.

October 17

The Best of Me: James Marsden is one of my favorites. I love him. But that’s still not enough for me to go see this in the theaters. Does anyone think that he and the younger Dawson actor could actually pass for the same person? I don’t. I know this role originally went to Paul Walker and they offered it to Marsden after Paul Walker’s death. I think he would have been great for this role and he would have been a better fit for the younger actor. But they didn’t cast the younger guy until after that cast change. So I don’t really get it. Also, does anyone think the younger Dawson actor actually looks 20 years younger than him? I don’t. (I checked ages and he is 16 years younger. Apparently.) I still find it all very distracting. I could barely pay attention to anything else and I have no idea what this movie is about.

October 31

Nightcrawler: I’m going to go ahead and admit that I totally thought this was an X-Men/superhero movie until I saw the trailer a few minutes ago. And I was really excited for it! Now I don’t know what to think. This is definitely not my type of movie. And Jake Gyllenhaal looks a little scary in it. He lost maybe 20 pounds for the role and I have to say, it does not look good on him.

Horns: Daniel Radcliffe has an american accent in this movie and his voice sounds totally different. Or maybe it’s just me. I’m not sure if I’ll see this one but it look interesting and he looks like he does a great job. I’m just happy whenever I see the Harry Potter actors in new movies! Look at him growing up!

November 21

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: It’s almost here! I cannot wait for this movie. I’m absolutely seeing this in the theaters. Hopefully on opening weekend. Hopefully more than once. Although it does come out on the weekend of my kids’ birthdays. So maybe not twice that weekend. I’m so happy with the way these movies have been made and I’m pretty confident that will continue with the last two. Even with the split. The writers have done really well so far. And think whatever you want of Jennifer Lawrence, but she really does capture Katniss exactly the way I imagined her while reading the books. I really just hope I love these more than that last Harry Potter movie. I can’t even talk about that.

I think that’s it for movies for this fall. These, of course, aren’t the only ones being released, but they are the ones I’m most interested in. Do you guys see lots of movies in the theaters? I don’t get to see nearly as many as I would like to. Which ones are you most excited for this fall? If you’re excited for Mockingjay like I am, there is suppose to be a trailer released next week for it. Hopefully I’ll be able to do a post on it when it comes out. I’ve been loving everything they’ve shown us so far!

Let me know in the comments what you think of these previews. And let me know if there are any other movies you’re excited about this fall. Which ones will you go see?

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Favorite Movies and TV Shows!

We’re going a little of topic today and not talking about books or reading or blogging. We’re talking about movies and tv shows! We’re allowed to choose one or the other to talk about but I’m splitting it in half and doing five movies and five TV shows. I don’t know if these count as ALL TIME FAVORITE movies and TV shows but I do love them. I’ve seen all of them multiple times and will definitely watch them again in the future. I’m not sure what my choices say about me but I hope it isn’t too bad!



The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: I love these movies. They have everything. Magic, war, love, friendship, humor, drama. As Legolas would say (with serious eyes), “They have feelings, my friend.” He also says things like, “The forest is old. Very old.” And “The White Wizard approaches.” So he speaks truth. I will continue to watch them over and over again forever.

Harry Potter: I readily admit that the books are my first love and the movies aren’t as good as I had hoped they would be. But I still love everything Harry Potter and if I’m looking for a quick fix, I’ll put on a movie. Most likely it will be number 3, 6, or 7. I don’t watch the last one much because I’m still mad about the Harry/Voldemort fight/death scenes. But whatever.

Clueless: Seriously, a classic. Has anyone not seen this? I love this movie so much. It’s how I first fell in love with Paul Rudd. And Turk. And Brekin Meyer. And where I learned the definitely of sporadically. And surfing the crimson wave. And that now gives me flashbacks to old cellphones and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and cassettes and chin pubes and Cliff’s Notes. I love this movie.

Pitch Perfect: This is a much more recent favorite. Obviously. But it has just the right amount of funny and serious and emotions and drama and silly. Plus it has great music. And I’m a sucker for the last scene with the big Breakfast Club finish. I can’t help it. I smile everytime.

An Affair to Remember: We love old movies here and this is one of my favorites. I can’t help it. Except for that weird singing scene in the middle (and who doesn’t like a little weird now and then) I love it. I always feel like Meg Ryan and Rosie O’Donnell in Sleepless in Seattle when I watch this. “Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.” And the end kills me. I love how dramatic everything is in old movies. Plus, Cary Grant. I mean, really. I love it.

Honorable Mentions: The Hunger Games, Frozen, the new Star Trek movies, Elf, and Die Hard

TV Shows

Friends: Could there BE any other show listed first here? No. I will watch this show anytime. Whenever I see it’s on, I stop to watch it. Even though I own all of the seasons. I quote it all the time. It was the first show I was really obsessed with seeing every week. And way back then, there was no DVR. It was required weekly viewing. Or setting the VCR and hoped you had a blank tape somewhere. I still remember seeing Ross and Rachel’s first kiss. And always wondering if they’d finally figure out how to be together. And really loving Chandler and Monica together. Really, I could talk for hours about this show even though I haven’t really watched it in years.

Gilmore Girls: I didn’t watch this show until a few years after it started. My MIL and SIL recommended it to me. I picked up the DVDs and was completely hooked. My son was a baby and I could still watch TV with him the room so I seriously marathoned this show for days.  The only real question in regards to the Gilmore Girls (because we all know Luke and Lorelei are the best) is: Dean, Jess, or Logan? I know the right answer.

Dawson’s Creek: Yes, you know it wouldn’t be a post about shows without Dawson’s Creek on it. I can’t help it, I love this show. It was actually on when I was in high school and I remember catching the show every once in a while. Then I found it years later in my library on DVD and thought, why not? I watched it from start to finish and now I own the whole series and my husband laughs at me whenever I watch it but I just don’t care. It’s my show. And don’t even try to convince me that Dawson is better than Pacey. Just don’t.

Veronica Mars: I’m so glad we started watching this show. We picked it up just this year before the movie came out and both my husband and I loved it. Unfortunately, the first season is definitely the best, but the other two were still enjoyable. I think it’s going to be tough to find a better, snarkier MC than Veronica or a better supporting cast between Keith,Wallace, and Mac. But I’m not even going to talk about my pick of guys for her because I’m definitely in the minority there.

Parks and Rec: I love everything about this show. The sarcasm. The heart. The dry humor. The characters. Everything. (Except the new guy, Craig. I hate him.) But everything else is amazing. And in case you were wondering which character I am, according to some online quiz, I’m Andy. So that should tell you a little bit about me. But Ron is my favorite.

Honorable Mentions: Sherlock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, Chopped, and College Football

Okay, that’s my top ten for this week. I’m surprised by my lack of any sort of fantasy or sci-fi elements in my favorite shows. I did just start watching Vampire Diaries a few days ago, so that makes me feel not quite so unbalanced. But with how much I love those kinds of movies and books, you’d also think I’d have some shows in those genres as well. So let me know, do you watch any fantasy/sci-fi shows? Do you have any to recommend? Let me know!

What are your favorite movies/tv shows? Do we have any in common?

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The Second Mockingjay Teaser Trailer is Released!

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And guys, it’s good.

In case you were unaware, I’m super excited for this movie. I cannot wait.

Yep, that’s me. Every time a new trailer is released. I freaking love these things!

Here is the newest one, released a little after midnight. You can visit TheCapitol.PN to see this and the first one. (Also, a super creepy pic of Snow, Peeta, and Johanna.)

See what I mean?!?! So good!!!

Even though we’re seeing very little of the movie, all of the events and emotions from the book keep flooding back to me whenever I watch one of these. It’s brilliant. I love these teaser trailers so much. I can’t wait to see the actual movie. (Or a real trailer. TBH. I love these but now I’m getting more and more ready for some real glimpses of the movie!) I imagine, or hope, that we’ll get one more teaser with an actual visual of Katniss and then a real trailer after that. I hope. Please?

 What do you think? Do you love these trailers too or are you upset that we aren’t seeing more of the movie? Or are you just annoyed at all of the gifs in this post?

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The First Mockingjay Teaser Trailer is Here!!!

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Guys, I don’t even know if I can express how excited I am to finally be seeing something from Mockingjay. I’m seriously excited for these movies. Maybe more excited than I’ve been for any other movie release. Really. I’m excited. For me, The Hunger Games have been some of the best movie adaptations I’ve seen and I can’t wait for the last two to finally come out. I will admit that Mockingjay was not my favorite book in the series and that I’m nervous about how they are splitting it into two films (as well as annoyed because, ugh, more money), but I’m going to try my best not to worry and assume that they know what they are doing. So far, with the exception of a few of The Hunger Games additions (hello crazy Caesar hallucinations with explanations we don’t need), the extra scenes have all been good and definitely added to the overall story. But I’m not here to talk about the previous films. I’m simply here today to share with all of you the first Mockingjay Teaser Trailer. I don’t want any of you guys who are excited about this movie like I am to miss it. So here it is!
I know it doesn’t give any information about the movie but I love it anyway. The advertising for these films has always felt unique (though sometimes confusing given the books feelings towards those in the Capitol and trying to sell us products as if we were Capitol residents) but I really love that they went this route for a teaser. President Snow is addressing us as if we are part of Panem. I just love it. It’s eerie and President Snow is a creepy creepy man but it managed to make me more excited for the film without even seeing any real footage of the film! And Peeta. Peeeeeeeeeeeeetaaaa! This movie might just kill me. Now tell me, did you watch the trailer? What did you think? And how much do we all hate President Snow?

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