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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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Spring 2014 Movie Previews

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We just experienced the Oscars and now it’s time for more movies! Spring is just around the corner (supposably) and with it comes a brand new group of movies to see. I’ve put some trailers together of movies releasing in March, April, and May that look interesting and some that don’t, some that are already getting a lot of talk and a few that I’d never heard of. And while I love movies and going to the movie theater, there are really only a few in this batch that I’d pay to actually see in the theaters. I hate to sound like such an old lady, but movies are expensive these days! Movies I’m most excited for: Veronica Mars and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Movies I’m most interested to hear what you think about them: Divergent and Noah. Movies we might see in the theatres: The Grand Budapest Hotel and Muppets Most Wanted.

I’ve listed the movies by release date and can’t wait to hear what you guys are thinking about them.

March 7

300: Rise of an Empire: I’m not actually even interested in seeing this one but it is by far the one I’ve seen the most previews for. Are any of you guys going to see it? It’s definitely visually interesting, at least.

Mr Peabody & Sherman: If I’m going to go to take my kids to a movie in the theaters, it needs to be one I’m sure we’re all going to enjoy. Otherwise, it’s just a huge waste of money. The movies we’ve seen in the theaters I could list on one hand. And while I love Ty Burrell on Modern Family, this isn’t a movie I’ll be taking my kids to. Are your kids interested in seeing it?

The Grand Budapest Hotel: My husband loves Wes Anderson and all of his movies and is super excited for this one. I’m on the other side of the camp. I think his movies are weird. I’m not hipster enough for them or cultured enough or cool enough or I’m too old or something. Whatever. But I enjoy them enough that I’ll agree to watch them with my husband. Which Wes Anderson side are you on?

March 14

Need for Speed: I’m not really into this one either. If I want to watch something with Aaron Paul in it, I’ll start watching Breaking Bad.

Veronica Mars: Now this is one I’m really excited for! Any marshmallows out there? We’re in the middle of season 3 (so I haven’t actually watched the trailer yet in case there are spoilers for the last season) but will definitely be finished by the time this comes out. Who’s going to see it? Did any of you contribute to the kickstarter campaign? If you did, I say thank you. We wouldn’t have started the show without the movie coming out and I’m so glad we’ve been watching it!

Bad Words: I loved Jason Bateman on Arrested Development but this does not look like my kind of movie. It has a good rating on Rotten Tomatoes so far so maybe it’s good, I don’t know, I just know that movies like this make me feel old.

The Art of the Steal: I’m only mentioning this because I had no idea there was a Kurt Russell/Matt Dillon movie coming out. I thought for sure the current year was 2014. But I must be mistaken. It seems to be a sort of Ocean’s Eleven thing. Let me know how it is if you see it.

March 21

Muppets Most Wanted: The last Muppets movie was one that we took the kids to and we probably enjoyed it more than they did. We haven’t decided if we’ll see this in the theaters yet, but we’ll probably leave that choice up to the kids when the time comes. I do love Tina Fey. And an evil Kermit twin? I think this will be good.

Divergent: Tell me, are you seeing this? There is so much excitement for this movie. But unfortunately, I haven’t been entirely sold on it. I wasn’t a big fan of the book, though, so I was never really sold on it. But along with all of the hype, we’re now hearing about how Divergent is the YA book-to-movie adaptation that all future YA adaptations hopes lie on. But I would argue that both Harry Potter and The Hunger Games have done amazingly well. All movie makers have to do is make a good movie and people will see it. Don’t try to sell us crap and think we’ll buy it just because you make it. That being said, I do hope it does well and more YA adaptations will be made. And made well. I don’t know what the right answer is. Will you see this movie because you want to? Or will you see it because you want more YA movies to be made? Or are you skipping it altogether? In all honesty, I don’t know what I’m going to do yet.

March 28

Noah: The only thing I care about with this movie is Emma Watson. The preview only shows her briefly but I still love her. I won’t go see this movie because I’m not a Russell Crowe fan and I have no interest in seeing a movie about Noah, but I’m always happy to see Emma Watson continuing to make movies. I really think she’s great.

April 4

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Oh Captain America. Just another sequel to another super hero movie. I’m guessing this will be a big movie. I wasn’t a fan of the first one but I’ll still see this one on DVD. Maybe my brother will let me borrow his copy. It’s unfortunate because I think Captain America is a great character in the Avengers movie. But alone, he just wasn’t that interesting. Except to look at, of course.

 May 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Are you a fan of the Spider-Man comics? If you are, how do you feel about this set of remakes? Also, how do you feel about Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane being cut from the film? I never read the comics but I’ve heard plenty about Spider-Man’s story from my husband. I really hope this is good. I loved the first Spider-Man and think Andrew Garfield did a great job with the character. Also, him and Emma Stone are great together. Probably why they cut Mary Jane. To let Peter and Gwen have more time together. I hope I’m not disappointed in this sequel.

May 9

Neighbors: Okay, this one actually looks like it might be funny. It might not be. It might be stupid. But I haven’t completely counted it out. What do you guys think?


May 23

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Can I just say how much I hate that name? Because I do hate it. But besides that, I’m a fan of the X-Men. And I love James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the younger Professor X and Magneto. Also, Jennifer Lawrence. And all the other awesome people in it. But I’m definitely worried about this movie. And I’m worried I’ve outgrown X-Men over the last 10+ years.

May 30

Maleficent: Well, I certainly think Angelina Jolie looks perfect for the role. I’m not convinced it’ll be a good remake and it’s too scary to take my wimpy kids to, so I’m not sure if we’ll ever see it, but I do think Jolie will be great in this role. Is this one you’re looking forward to? I need help deciding about this one.

Which spring movies are you looking forward to? Are you going to a midnight showing of Divergent? Or will you be staying far away from the theaters this spring? Tell me what I should see!

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Winter 2014 Movie Previews

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It’s movie preview time again!! I’m so excited for several of these winter movies. A couple have already come out but there are still a lot to look forward to. In this season’s post, I included a ton of previews. There were just too many movies to choose from. It doesn’t mean I want to see them all or am planning on seeing these, these were just the ones I really wanted to talk about. As always, I’d love to hear any comments you have about these. Love them or hate them, I want to hear it. Just make sure to keep the spoilers on The Hobbit to a minimum. I’m seeing it soon and I can’t wait!

Here are the trailers for some movies coming out this winter, between December and February. I used the released dates that are listed on my Flickster app, so the dates might be different for your area.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Opening December 13, 2013 – Are you guys all excited for this one? Because I can’t wait! We just finished reading the book as a family and it’s making the movies so much more exciting.

Saving Mr. Banks: Opening December 13: Everyone seems to be talking about this one. Maybe this will be the Tom Hanks movie I see this year since I missed Captain Phillips. Seems Tom Hanks might finally be back for an Oscar next year.

American Hustle: Opening December 13: I actually hadn’t seen a preview for this one before this post. I’m not sure it’s my kind of movie but my husband really wants to see it. I haven’t decided if that’s for content yet or for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. Also, that’s an unfortunate still for JLaw.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Opening December 16: Honestly, I’m not going to see this one. I know people who are very excited about it and I did enjoy the first one, when it came out. But I have no desire to see this one this time.

The Wolf of Wall Street: December 25: This does not appeal to me. I feel like I’ve seen this movie a million times already. What makes this one special? I don’t know yet.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: December 25: I’m not sure about this movie except for two things. 1) I may have a thing for Ben Stiller and 2) It looks beautiful. The scenery. The photography. Ben Stiller. All beautiful. I haven’t decided if I’ll see it in the theaters, but it’s definitely a maybe. Also, I kind of want to see Adam Scott’s beard on the big screen. It’s glorious. Even if it is a fake.

August: Osage County: December 25: I love everyone in this movie. I’ll see this one at some point, though probably on video. And I’ll probably cry a lot.

I, Frankenstein: January 14, 2014: I love Aaron Eckhart. And Bill Nighy. And it has that girl from LoTR. But I was confused when I first saw this because Frankenstein is the Doctor, not the monster. But when I looked at the Flickster listing, Aaron Eckhart plays Adam Frankenstein, so I guess they named him that so they could get away with using the Frankenstein name which people will recognize even though Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. But whatever. I’m not going to see it.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: January 17, 2014: I love Chris Pine. But I don’t plan on seeing this. Do any fans of the older movies out there have any thoughts on this reboot? Also, Kevin Costner. Is he making a comeback?

The Nut Job: January 17: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl. I will not see this. Besides the fact that it’s a kid’s movie about nuts (I mean really? Or is it just me?), it also looks annoying. But judge for yourself and go if you want. I’ll be interested to see how it does. Maybe seeing this would be better than being stuck inside with the kids during winter for another day. Who knows.

That Awkward Moment: January 31, 2014: Lol It looks like Zac Efron really has grown up. Check out that cocktail. *wink wink*

The Mounuments Men: February 7: Man, I love George Clooney’s voice. Not his mustache. But add in Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, and all those other old guys and I’ll definitely see this one. Also a bonus? It actually looks interesting.

The Lego Movie: February 7: This looks hilarious. We’ll definitely see this, though probably when it comes out on video. My kids don’t do well in movie theaters.

Vampire Academy: February 14: Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of the book. But I don’t remember it feeling as funny or silly as this trailer makes the movie look but I really don’t remember much about the book at all. If you’re a fan of the series, what do you think about the trailer?

A few movies coming out this winter that I’m just not interested in seeing: 47 Ronin (Keanu Reeves, Dec 25, I haven’t read the book. Keanu looks old.), Lone Survivor (Mark Wahlberg, Dec 25, I already know everything I need to from the title.), The Legend of Hercules (Kellan Lutz, Jan 10, Lol), Justin Beiber’s Believe (Justin Beiber, Dec 25, Is he still around?), The Invisible Woman (Ralph Fiennes, Dec 25, I think I’ll stick to Shakespeare in Love), The Best Offer (Jeffrey Rush, Jan 3, This actually looks creepy), RoboCop (Gary Oldman, Feb 12, Oh boy.), and Endless Love (Alex Pettyfer, Feb 14, Looks predictable. Also, not a Pettyfer fan.).

Wow, that was a long post. Is that too many movies? If it is, I’ll cut it down next time. I really can’t wait to see The Hobbit and The Monuments Men. Since I don’t see many in the theaters, that might be it for me this winter. But I’ll definitely catch a bunch of these on video. Or DVD, I guess, for all you not old people out there.

What movies are you looking forward to seeing this winter?

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