Blue Views--remember to click photos to enlarge them...in some cases, it is well worth it.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 31

Here it is...the final post of the Challenge. Day 31 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Your "guilty pleasure" show. I may not be a Howard Stern fan, but there is a show that he executive produces that I actually love. Sophmoric humor and double entendre abound in this Baywatch parody. Guaranteed to make me laugh every episode...Son of the Beach.

Friday, August 30, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 30

Day 30 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Brilliant but Cancelled. Bryan Fuller has created some popular shows...Dead Like Me, Heroes, Pushing Daisies, and Hannibal. While I liked Heroes, and loved the short-lived Pushing Daisies, my favorite show of his was cancelled after the first season of 13 episodes. Inanimate objects come to life to speak only to one young woman, giving her cryptic messages/instructions. Cute and quirky, this series had a wonderful cast and great guest stars. Cancelled way too soon...Wonderfalls.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 29

Day 29 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Best Series Ending Episode. Bobby Ewing's death on Dallas and all of Season 9 may have been of dream of Pamela Ewing, but no one suspected that all eight seasons of Newhart were a dream. That's how the final episode of Newhart ended. After Dick Loudon was hit in the head with a golf ball, he woke from a bad dream. He wasn't Dick Loudon, but psychologist Bob Hartley in bed with his wife Emily. The best part is that the scene from the final episode of Newhart ended with The Bob Newhart Show music. Classic ending!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 28

Day 28 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Best Season Cliffhanger. While Dallas, Falcon Crest, Knots Landing and Dynasty always tried to give us the best cliffhanger for the season...and while "Who Shot J.R.?" was groundbreaking and a world-wide phenomenon...my favorite was the Moldavian Massacre on Dynasty. It's too bad the clip below ends before the bell chiming and the dramatic pull back, but it was a great "Who will live?-Who will die?" cliffhanger. The only fault of this cliffhanger was the resolution--two minor characters killed, Luke and Lady Ashley and then back to Denver.

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 27

Day 27 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Favorite TV show from your childhood. For three years I spent Saturday mornings in front of the TV watching this show religiously. I was six when it started and watched it for Grumpy, Dopey, the Sleestak, and of course, Wesley Eure. My favorite show from my childhood is definitely Land of the Lost!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 26

I've missed two posts. I don't know how I did that. I did remember to post them on my Facebook, but totally forgot to hit the blog. So here is the first of the two I missed! Day 26 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Favorite Talk Show Host. Across the pond on the BBC is my favorite talk show host. It's definitely Graham Norton first from So Graham Norton and now the long running The Graham Norton Show.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 25

Day 25 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Your favorite TV miniseries. I was originally going to choose Mother Love starring Diana Rigg, but as much as I like it, I don't think I could call it my favorite. The one that I guess I consider my favorite was the original V. The way it ended with a cliffhanger and left you wanting more made this feel like an event. I remember everyone talking about. They eventually made a sequel, V-The Final Battle and then followed it up with a weekly series, but it became overkill and the production went down hill. Still loved it and have all three on DVD!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 24

Day 24 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Best TV Couple. Their love story began in 1975 when they reconnected and reignited their high school love. An accident, a coma, amnesia, and a spin-off later, they began to rebuild their relationship. Then they went to separate networks. Years later, they reunited again and by 1994 they finally tied the knot! The Six Million Dollar Man--Steve Austin and The Bionic Woman--Jaime Sommers are my pick for Best TV Couple!

Friday, August 23, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 23

Day 23 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Best TV Cast. Without a doubt, the best cast on any TV show was one where each member of the cast won an Emmy for their performance in the show. They made you laugh every time. Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty were the Golden Girls.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 22

Day 22 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: TV show with the best title sequence. While I love good animated openings like Wonder Woman, Batman, and The Nanny...or graphic openings like Charlie's Angels or Dynasty...my favorite opening is my favorite because it went against what was expected. The first and second season had an aerial view of a cul-de-sac with each person's image in the street, but they then went to a scrolling series of images with the scenes and individual shots of each star. It stayed like that for six more seasons. The music was fast and playful. Season nine, they went to Sandy Dvore (famous for the walking partridges for The Partridge Family). He took what looks like a Jackson Pollock painting and, while panning over it, superimposed cameo shots in black and white of each of the main stars. They slowed down the music and it became very ethereal. Season Ten they went to color cameos. Eleven was a sandcastle city with no cast images and later back to scrolling images but updated it with frames. My favorite ends up being Season Nine of Knots Landing!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 21

Day 21 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: a TV Theme song you know all the words to. Let's face it. I know a lot of TV Theme songs by heart. My favorites are the ones that tell a story, origin, or premise. Shows like The Beverly Hillbillies, Gilligan's Island, H.R. Pufnstuf and The Nanny are some of the great ones that are examples of that. Since I know so many, I decided to spotlight one that I just love to sing along with. The two stars sing the theme themselves and make it even more special. Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor in Green Acres! Sing along...GREEN ACRES is the place to be....

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 20

Day 20 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: a TV family you would like to be a part of. They're creepy and they're cooky, mysterious and spooky, they're all together ooky...The Addams Family! Plus their house is a museum...

Monday, August 19, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 19

Day 19 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Saddest character death. The one that makes me cry every time I see it is actually from a sitcom. A mafia princess who was disowned by her father and forced to live with the man they had arranged her marriage to. She was spoiled and rude, but over time came to think of her husband's family as her own and considered their home as her home. She had been kidnapped, but in her escape, she was shot. Her only thought was to make it "home". The saddest character death to me was Elaine on Soap. If you can make it through the musical montage in this clip someone posted on YouTube, you will see her final scene. No sad music during her death scene, just the sounds of approaching ambulance sirens...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 18

Day 18 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: A TV villain so bad they're great. Most people would assume that I'd head to my nighttime soaps for this one. They would think that I'd put Alexis Carrington Colby, J.R. Ewing, Abby Cunningham Ewing, Angela Channing, etc... Nope! Probably the most evil person that I've ever seen on TV is someone that I had hard time finding a clip for that wasn't too violent. One of the funniest things is that no one can pronounce his name. He would be one of those people that I would totally hate and also be totally scared of in real life. One of the most hated men in OZ, but played to the hilt by J.K. Simmons...Vern Schillinger.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 17

Day 17 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Favorite TV Superhero. Fighting evil in every guise: as a Yeoman First Class Diana Prince during World War II; as Agent Diana Prince for the IADC; and as Princess Diana of Paradise Island, better known to the world as Wonder Woman.

Friday, August 16, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 16

Day 16 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Favorite TV Spy. While my favorite TV show is an espionage show, Emma Peel was not a spy...just a talented amateur, so my number one spy would be the agent that works with another talented amateur. This agent is Lee Stetson, better know as Scarecrow in Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Here is a video that someone did spolighting Bruce Boxleitner as Scarecrow.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 15

Day 15 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Favorite TV Detective. It's six for me...Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the Police Academy, followed by one from San Francisco, another from Boston, and one from a top school for models. They left their exciting careers and went to work for Charles Townsend. My favorite detective(s) are Kelly Garrett, Sabrina Duncan, Jill Munroe, Kris Munroe, Tiffany Welles and Julie Rogers. Not to forget their man Friday--John Bosley. So for this one, I had to create a tribute video for Charlie's Angels.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 14

Day 14 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Favorite TV Cop. She was an undercover cop for the Los Angeles Police Department working in the Criminal Conspiracy Unit. She's posed as a nurse, a flight attendant, a prostitute, a prisoner, a dancer, and more to get information that will bring down the bad guys. My favorite TV cop is Angie Dickinson's Sgt. Pepper Anderson of Police Woman.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 13

Day 13 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Favorite TV Lawyer. She was the first full-time Assistant Distict Attorney for the Special Victims Unit and has been the best in the series. Played by Stephanie March, Alex Cabot in Law & Order: SVU

Monday, August 12, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 12

Day 12 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Favorite TV Doctor. I had to go to the future...After the 1st season, she was let go from the show, but thanks to fan outcries and a plea from Patrick Stewart, she was brought back for the 3rd season and stayed for the remaining five seasons. Usually, when two characters have great chemistry, they make them a couple and/or fall into bed, and once the sexual tension is gone, it becomes flat...but thankfully, they teased a romance from the beginning of the show through to the end with hints for what may be in store beyond the series finale. Once the show went to feature films, it was all but forgotten...oh well. Here is nice tribute to the love that could be or almost was...from Star Trek: The Next Generation is Captain Jean-Luc Picard and my favorite TV doctor Beverly Crusher.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 11

Day 11 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: The funniest TV show you've watched. From the creators of Airplane! which I listed as my funniest movie during the 31 Day Film Challenge, the funniest TV show for me also led to three feature films based on this short-lived TV series. Even though it lasted only 6 episodes, it had jokes and laughs every couple of minutes. My choice is POLICE SQUAD!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 10

Day 10 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Most annoying character on TV. He appeared halfway through the first season of this sitcom as a recurring character and then took over. It pushed the main characters to the background and it became his show even though the show was created for the family. He was just supposed to be the nerdy kid next door and while cute in the very first episode he appeared in, it was already grating my nerves by the second. I eventually just stopped watching. Even with his character only appearing in about half of the first season and the fact that he wasn't even a main character, look at this release of the first season DVD. How much more annoying can you get? So my choice for most annoying character is Steve Urkel from Family Matters.

Friday, August 9, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 9

Day 9 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Favorite Female Character on TV. This was hard, because my favorite characters have been spotlighted in my Day 1 favorite TV show ever (Emma Peel of The Avengers) and Day 2 favorite actress (Carrie Nye as Susan Piper on Guiding Light) features. So in keeping with the rule of not doubling up, I have to choose a female character that I love that hasn't already been spotlighted. She appeared on the show very seldomly, but she made such an impact that I fell in love with her. I wanted them to change the show to feature her more. In fact, the clip I'm attaching is a tribute video I made about her character spin-off. My favorite female TV character is Angie McDaniel from Gimme a Break! Here is my spin-off dream show starring Alvernette Jimenez as Angie in "Angie, baby..." The title comes from the way Nell always addressed her.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 8

Day 8 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Favorite Male Character on TV. While I love Mr. Granger from Are You Being Served? and Bosley from Charlie's Angels, I decided to go with the Doctor. Specifically, David Tennant's characterization of the ...10th Doctor. With 11 filmed Doctors and a 12th on the way, I felt David Tennant had the right amount of fanboy in him to really enjoy the role. He could be funny during the comedy bits and bring real pathos to the tragic. While Tom Baker's #4 was the Doctor I grew up with, I have to vote Tennant's #10 as my favorite male character from TV's Doctor Who.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 7

Day 7 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: A hit show you could never get into. There have been quite a few shows that I always seemed to be out of the loop on. People would come in and say "Last night on The Bachelor..." or "I can't believe Bobby... died on NYPD Blue..." I'm like, "Who?" "What?" "Where?". But that's okay, I enjoy the shows I like. I tried this show twice. Once with the first episode and once again in the middle of the 1st season. I didn't get the appeal. So my choice for a hit show I couldn't get into is: The Sopranos.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 6

Day 6 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: Groundbreaking Television. While most sitcoms aired live or were filmed like a movie with one camera and adding canned laughter, this show pioneered the studio audience with a 3 camera filming technique which became a staple for all sitcoms to follow that had live studio audiences. Beyond that (and why I'm saying it was groundbreaking) when Lucille Ball became pregnant and the show wouldn't be able to keep it's episode count commitment to the network, Desi Arnaz decided to show the filmed episodes from season one to give Lucy a break. This is widely considered the birth of the "rerun". Now considering the way I watch TV, if it weren't for reruns, I wouldn't have a thing to watch without the contribution of I LOVE LUCY! Also, Happy Birthday Lucy!

Monday, August 5, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 5

Day 5 of the 31 Day TV Challenge: The Greatest Moment in TV History. The one that started it all. It took a popular nighttime drama to the heights of world-wide acclaim. It led to months of speculation, gamblers betting on the outcome, TV and media coverage looking at every angle of the story. It has been parodied, copied, and built upon. The nighttime soaps would never be the same as each tried to outdo the others for years to come. It grew beyond the nighttime soaps, because even other dramas, sitcoms, and animated shows have left us with summer cliffhangers that wouldn't be answered until the following fall. They all owe a debt to the shot heard 'round the world. DALLAS gave us "Who Shot J.R.?"

Sunday, August 4, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 4

Day 4 of the 31 Day TV Challenge--A show you used to like, but now hate. There is only one show that I remember watching that I couldn't watch anything more than just this clip of a promo for the final episode of M*A*S*H

Saturday, August 3, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 3

Day 3 of the 31 Day TV Challenge--Your least favorite show ever. To be honest, any of the multitude of reality shows that make celebrities out of the worst people on the planet fits here for me. This includes anything with Paris Hilton, any of the The Real Housewives shows, anything with any of the Kardashians, anything featuring Honey Boo Boo, or that thing called Jersey Shore. I couldn't even bring myself to post a clip...so here is just a photo...YUCK!

Friday, August 2, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 2

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 2--Your favorite actor/actress featured in a TV Show. My favorite actress didn't appear in a lot TV shows or TV movies. She did appear in a couple. In one show, she appeared as the evil real estate agent, Susan Piper! Here is Carrie Nye in a short clip from Guiding Light.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

31 Day TV Challenge: Day 1

Your Favorite Show ever

Whether John Steed was teamed with Dr. David Keel, Mrs. Cathy Gale, Tara King, or my personal favorite Emma Peel, the show stands as my favorite show ever. Watch out for diabolical masterminds!

The Avengers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The 31 Day TV Challenge begins tomorrow!!!

The 31 Day TV Challenge of 2013 is a meme for the month of August spotlighting television shows or moments each day of the month. Below is the list of prompts for each day. They have been revised for the 2013 year. Choose a television show or event that corresponds with the prompt and post on your timeline. Hopefully, you will have 31 different TV moments and shows by the end of the month. For each post, try to add a photo or video to correspond with your choice.

Day 1: Favorite TV Show ever

Day 2: A TV Show featuring your favorite actor/actress

Day 3: Least Favorite TV Show ever

Day 4: A show you used to like, but now hate

Day 5: The Greatest Television Moment in History

Day 6: Groundbreaking Television

Day 7: A hit show you could never get into

Day 8: Favorite Male Character on TV

Day 9: Favorite Female Character on TV

Day 10: Most annoying character on TV

Day 11: The funniest TV show you've watched

Day 12: Favorite TV Doctor

Day 13: Favorite TV Lawyer

Day 14: Favorite TV Cop

Day 15: Favorite TV Detective

Day 16: Favorite TV Spy

Day 17: Favorite TV Superhero

Day 18: A TV villain so bad they're great

Day 19: Saddest character death

Day 20: TV Family you would like to be a part of

Day 21: The TV Theme song you know all the words to

Day 22: TV Show with the best title sequence

Day 23: Best Cast

Day 24: Best TV Couple

Day 25: Your favorite TV Mini-Series

Day 26: Your favorite Talk Show Host

Day 27: Favorite TV Show from your childhood

Day 28: Best Season Cliffhanger

Day 29: Best Series Ending Episode

Day 30: Brilliant...but Cancelled

Day 31: Your "guilty pleasure" show

The final day of the 31 Day film Challenge: Day 31

Day 31 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The "perfect" film. A perfect film should have great cinematography, great acting, great music. A perfect film should incorporate many genres like fantasy, drama, horror, comedy and musicals. A perfect film should be watched by children, adults and families. Only one film hits all of these: THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Day 30 of the the 31 Day Film Challenge

Day 30 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The "smartest" film you've seen. It's only good the first time you see it. Once you've seen it, you can never watch it again. THE USUAL SUSPECTS

31 Day Film Challenge: Day 29 missed

Somehow the day got away from me and I forgot to post my Day 29 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: A film that you will never tire of. Eric and I watch this at least once every other month... 9 to 5

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The 31 Day Film Challenge: Day 28

Day 28 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: Your "perfect date" film. A perfect date film means a romantic film. I can only think of one film the I love that is romantic. Combining a beautiful love story, a moving musical score, and time travel: SOMEWHERE IN TIME.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The 31 Day Film Challenge: Day 27

Day 27 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: A film from your childhood. As an only child, my imagination allowed me to play for hours with action figures and toy cars. I had a large collection of Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. I would sit outside in the dirt making roadways, driveways, and caves for my cars to have chases. I had a red with white stripe Ford Torino that would be Starsky & Hutch chasing down the bad guys. I had a Batmobile that would race out of a cave to head to Gotham City. I had a Lincoln Continental, a dump truck, a station wagon, a Rolls Royce, etc... so I could re-enact the final demolition scene from NORTH AVENUE IRREGULARS.

Friday, July 26, 2013

31 Day Film Challenge: Day 26

Day 26 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The film that should have never had a sequel. There have been bad sequels, but not because they weren't wanted, just the script, execution, or acting were bad. To me, a film that should not have had a sequel is a film that had a definitive beginning, middle, and end, while not warranting the need to see where the characters went after the credits rolled. I would have said Speed 2: Cruise Control was that sequel, but it is what I would call a spin-off. It took only the character of Annie and put her in a different locale with a different supporting cast. The original Speed could have had a sequel, if Keanu had joined Sandra, so we could see the relationship go to the next level. So I finally decided that the film that didn't need a sequel was Gremlins. I was sad but satisfied with the ending and I didn't need to know what happened next. Now, I know where the characters went or what happened next and I was sorely disappointed. It took great memories of the original and tainted them, if only slightly. Gremlins was good enough and definitely did not need Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Day 25 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

Day 25 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The film that made you want to be a filmmaker. I was 10 years old and even then watching this film, I saw the three different styles that Richard Donner went for: the antiseptic, clean Krypton; the Norman Rockwell-esque Smallville; and the busy, fast-paced Metropolis. While Star Wars may have eclipsed all special effect films of the 70's, it was this film that grounded my fantasies in reality and made me realize that anything could be possible in film. My Saturday morning cartoon hero was bigger than life on the movie screen and I truly believed a man could fly: SUPERMAN

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The 31 Day Film Challenge: Day 24

31 Day Film Challenge--Day 24: Your "guilty pleasure" film. I actually don't really feel all that guilty about it. It was a film that was suppose to launch the 80's, but celebrated the end of the 70's. A few things I'm not a fan of: Steve Guttenberg has no rhythm and seemed to scream most of his lines...Bruce Jenner proved he can't act...Paul Sand (enough said)...but two stand outs from this film are Tammy Grimes and Marilyn Sokol who should have been spun-off into their own buddy sitcom. With a soundtrack featuring the original Village People that is in my top 10 albums, this "quasi-biographical" film about the formation of the Village People is a film I can watch just about any day or time of the week. You can't stop the glamour, you can't stop the excitement, you can't stop the dancing, you can't stop the laughter, but most of all you CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The 31 Day Film Challenge: Day 23

Day 23 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The funniest film you've ever seen. Scene for scene, minute for minute...AIRPLANE!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Day 22 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

Day 22 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The film you feel you should like, but don't. I know that for it's time, it was ahead of the curve. Innovative special effects and camera shots, great storytelling techniques and enigmatic plot device...s have made this one of the greatest films of all time. For some reason...I don't like it. I feel it's boring and because it has been analyzed to death and many films have taken the original and built upon the techniques, so I just feel that it is done. I applaud the movie for what it was and what it represents, but you will not catch me sitting through it one more time. I feel like I am trying to make excuses for what others will probably call the "perfect" film for the 31st day, but for me CITIZEN KANE falls here...

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Day 21 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

Day 21 of 31 Day Film Challenge: The film that not only changed the way you saw cinema, but the way you saw the world. While it could have been my favorite documentary, I saved it for this post. I originally saw this in 1999 on an old VHS tape Eric had. The Beales show you that no matter where you live or how you live, you can still have a positive outlook on life! The original (before Drew Barrymore and Broadway ruined it)...GREY GARDENS

Missed Day 20 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

Day 20 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The best political film. Movies about politics have never been my cup of tea. I really had to rack my brain for this one, but I finally came up with one that I actually love! Here is Jack Lemmon and James Garner in MY FELLOW AMERICANS (it's as political as I get)!

Friday, July 19, 2013

31 Day Film Challenge: Day 19

It's Day 19 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The first film you saw in a theater. I'm going to have to modify this one. I am sure as a child I saw films like Herbie Rides Again or Disney's Robin Hood, but there isn't a specific memory with those. The first film that I saw in the theater that I remember seeing in a theater was JAWS. I remember my mother trying to cover my eyes during the shark attacks, but I wanted to see. Mom said that I was shaking during the music that represented the shark, so she didn't want me traumatized. The only other time I shook like that was playing the game Operation.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

31 Day Film Challenge: Day 18

Day 18 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The Worst Script in any Film. This movie is so bad it's good, but there is no denying that it is the worst script in the world. Even Gore Vidal, the author of the book that the script was based on, disowned this film. Here is the amazingly bad, but good Myra Breckinridge!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

31 Day Film Challenge: Day 17

Day 17 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The most beautiful scene in any film. A lot of films that I've listed have some great cinematography that enhance the scenes. Since I don't want to duplicate movies I've already listed or could possibly list in the coming weeks, I've chosen this scene that has fluid action and emotion combined with a breathtaking setting as Moon confronts Flying Snow in HERO.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Day 16 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

Day 16 of the 31 Day Film Challenge. A film you just did not "get". I had a real problem with this day's subject. I couldn't decide whether it meant that the film was confusing and hard to follow or if it meant you didn't get the appeal ...of the movie that others seem to. Now I feel I'm pretty intelligent, so following plots has never really been a problem for me, but there have been a couple of films that I've thought, "What am I supposed to walk away from this film with?" So I guess that's the route I'm going to take: I remember seeing this film in the theater and owned it on VHS, hoping each time I could say, "Oh, I get it." I like the film, eventhough many people have a hard time with HD technique they used in 1987. So if anyone out there wants to explain the ultimate "lesson" of this film with me, please comment. My choice is Julia and Julia.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Day 15 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

Day 15 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The Best Horror Film. Setting the standard of slasher films for years (isolation, creepy music, masked killer, teenagers on the run): Halloween is a genuine classic horror film. The killings aside, the best scares come from when he appears outside a window or emerging from the shadows, or just when you think he's dead, he rises up behind our heroine.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

It's Day 14 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

Day 14 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: A film that you used to love, but now hate. I'm submitting this film, only because Eric and I revisited just recently and discovered how much we hate it. We both loved it when we were younger. We love some of the actors in it, like Paul L. Smith, Donald Moffat, Paul Dooley and of course, Shelley Duvall who was born to play Olive Oyl, though I'm sure she wouldn't consider it a compliment. A beloved childhood film from a director (Robert Atlman) who we love is now a film that I never want to see again. It took all our strength and patience to make it through this last time. So while I use to love it, I now hate POPEYE!

Day 13 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

Day 13 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: A film with your least favorite actor/actress. In one of the worst film adaptations of a TV show (granted there haven't been many great ones), they not only changed the wonderful premise and killed any hope of success by doing so, but they put the worst (in my opinion) actor in it. So here is a film starring Will Farrell, my least favorite actor. BEWITCHED (what a travesty to such a beloved TV show)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

31 Day Film Challenge: Day 12

I've been looking forward to Day 12 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: A film with your favorite actor/actress. Anyone who knows me, even a little, knows that my favorite actress is Carrie Nye. Here's the tribute video I made a little while back While she hasn't been in many movies, people will usually recognize her from something. The most recognized role people seem to remember is Sylvia Grantham in the "Father's Day" segment of Creepshow.

Day 11 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

The 31 Day Film Challenge has reached Day 11: The best Sports film. I am not a huge sports nut. I can sit through a game of football, baseball, basketball, etc. I don't, however, follow teams or rearrange my Sunday to be sure to catch a ...game. So this topic was a little hard for me. If I was a huge baseball fan, I might pick The Natural, Field of Dreams, or Eight Men Out. If I was a football fan, I might pick The Longest Yard (Burt Reynolds version), Rudy, or North Dallas Forty. Since I'm not a big sports fan, the only sports movie that I can enjoy over and over again is SHAOLIN SOCCER!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

31 Day Film Challenge--Day 10

Day 10 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: A film from your favorite director. A great director is one who can film any genre and my favorite director could do just that. He directed family holiday movies (A Christmas Story), teenage sex romps ...(Porky's), mysteries (Murder by Decree), even television episodes (Eric's favorite Amazing Stories episode--"Remote Control Man"). My favorite director is Bob Clark and the film I chose to spotlight for the film challenge was one of his early horror classics: Black Christmas

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Day 9 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

It's the 9th Day of the 31 Day Film Challenge where I name my choice for best documentary film. There were a few I have really liked that were thought provoking, educational, or inspiring. Ultimately, I had to choose one that it just plain fun: Best Worst Movie - Troll 2 Documentary.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

31 Day Film Challenge: Day 8

Day 8 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: A film you can quote a line from. There are many films that Eric and I quote lines from like "9 to 5", "Evil Under the Sun", and "Clue", but the one we quote probably more than any other is "Murder by Death".

Saturday, July 6, 2013

It's Day 7 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

The topic for Day 7 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: A film with your favorite soundtrack. I had a hard time with this one. When people talk of their favorite genre of music (i.e. pop, country, rap, heavy metal, etc.), I always say soundtracks. Whether it is the score or a collection of songs, I love music that reminds me of the visuals from the movie in my head. I decided against musical soundtracks, because there are many that I love, but for some reason, I didn't feel like it was fair to the other films. It's just the way my brain works. I debated among three movies...Kill Bill Vol. 1 Flash Gordon, and the eventual winner...James Bond spy spoof CASINO ROYALE!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Day 6 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

A film that reminds you of a certain event. Every summer, we'd go to Florida for a week (sometimes two) to visit the rest of the family because we were the only ones that lived out of state. My cousins (which were a lot) and I would go to the Priest Theatre for movie night. The one that sticks out the most in my mind was CANNONBALL RUN. Everyone was imitating the Jackie Chan "split the pants" kick and running around yelling "Captain Chaos!"

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Day 5 of the 31 Day Film Challenge

Day 5 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: A movie that reminds you of someone: CONVOY reminds me of my dad. Usually, I went to the movies with the family or friends, but this was the first film I saw where it was just me and my dad. We saw it at the little "theater" (really just a common room with a projector, speakers, and a screen) at the NAS Willow Grove base in Pennsylvania. I was probably 10 or 11.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

31 Day Film Challenge

So, I've decided to take the 31 Day Film Challenge, but I'm starting a day late. (No surprise there) DAY 1-Your Favorite Film: BAGDAD CAFE DAY 2-Your Least Favorite Film: CONDORMAN

Monday, June 10, 2013

The 12th Doctor

Now that Matt Smith has announced he will be leaving the role of the Doctor on Doctor Who, the question becomes, who will be the 12th Doctor. I have my top 6 choices of candidates and so over the weekend, I decided to create images to show the possibilites: #6: Dan Stevens
Doctor Who 12-Dan Stevens by ~HillyBlue on deviantART Since he recently left Downton Abbey, he may be free to take on the role in 2014. I think he could play the role a little like the 5th Doctor, Peter Davison. #5: Benedict Cumberpatch
Doctor Who 12-Benedict Cumberpatch by ~HillyBlue on deviantART He would be ideal, however, he currently works with Steven Moffet on Sherlock and the characters are very, very similar already. #4: Richard Armitage
Doctor Who 12-Richard Armitage by ~HillyBlue on deviantART I think he would be a cross between Christopher Eccleston's 9th Doctor and David Tennant's 10th Doctor, with a little of John Barrowman's Captain Jack thrown in. #3: Matthew Macfadyen
Doctor Who 12-Matthew Macfadyen by ~HillyBlue on deviantART I really liked him in Spooks (aka MI-5), so he can handle action and drama, plus I think he could play it similar (but not the same, of course) as Paul McGann's 8th Doctor. #2: Rory Kinnear
Doctor Who 12-Rory Kinnear by ~HillyBlue on deviantART Like my choice #6, Rory would probably be similar to Peter Davison's 5th Doctor. I really liked him in Skyfall and with Bond movies coming out every 2-4 years, he wouldn't have to give them up to be the Doctor. and my #1 choice is: Jack Davenport
Doctor Who 12-Jack Davenport by ~HillyBlue on deviantART When they were originally looking for David Tennant's replacement, Steven Moffet said he was looking for someone older, but Matt Smith nailed the audition, so they went young. If he wants to go back to looking for someone older, then Jack Davenport would be perfect. He's seasoned and mature, he can do drama and comedy, and he's worked for Steven before. In fact, Jack's character on Coupling was a semi-autobiographical depiction of Steven. If I made a prediction, the winner would probably be Rory Kinnear, but I guess we'll just have to wait for the offical announcement from the BBC.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tomorrow is April 1st

Every year, my mother tries to get me first by calling really early before I'm barely awake to try and get me for April Fool's Day. Sometimes she succeeds, other times, she fails. This year, I'm going to post on her facebook wall that I have photoshopped her head on the body of a nude centerfold. When she clicks the link it will take her to this posted image. So, April Fools Mom! Hope you have a hilarious day!


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