Jul 192012

This Thursday, I love… Now and Then

In the wake of the news 90s coming-of-age teen flick Now and Then is going to be revived into a TV show, penned by the same author, I thought I would share both my disappointment and my love for the movie.

Growing up I adored this movie. I was introduced to it by a friend of mine, and the two of us then decided that riding bikes, wearing flannel shirts and listening to 70s music was now the height of sophistication. To this day I know every word to every song on that sound track, even though at the time a lot of it didn’t make sense to me (“Now that you’re gone all that’s left is a band of gold” hits me right in the goolies these days as opposed to me thinking it had something to do with a crown). I was convinced that taping my non-existent boobs and playing softball would somehow make Devon Sawa magically appear and fall in love with me. Desperate to prove that I could somehow become Roberta, despite so obviously extremely closely resembling Teeny. Continue reading »

Jul 052012

This Thursday, I love… round the twist.

After lamenting recently that there are no quality kids TV shows left on telly, I figured I may as well bring back the ones I loved for Stepdaughter. As I write this we’re watching Episode 3 of the first season and she is staring at the telly, completely transfixed. Continue reading »

May 312012

This Thursday, I love… DVDs

The last movie I saw at the cinema was The Avengers. I loved it but seeing it confirmed something I have thought for a long time – going to the cinema is hugely overpriced. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have considered missing out on seeing it on the big screen, but at $24 each, plus the $1.10 booking online surcharge and the cost of glasses, the total cost of seeing it for the two of us was $52.20! That’s ridiculous!

So, for the most part, we switched to buying DVDs. We don’t rent, we don’t watch at the cinema, we just buy it when it comes out. At an average of $20 per new release and a maximum of $40 it’s still less than the cost of 2 adults going to the cinema. Some people don’t see the point in buying a DVD before you have seen the movie, but personally I think it’s the smarter way to do it!

There is a down side, it now takes something like 2 hours to pick a movie to watch. But I still love our wall of DVDs.


Jun 162011

This Thursday, I love… Dark Angel.

Dark Angel was a sci-fi fantasty show starring Jessica Alba about Max, a genetically engineered “perfect soldier” who escaped with 11 others from the government facility that created them. It ran for 2 seasons, and by the end was getting quite weird, but it was good while it lasted. I still re-watch my favourite episodes from time to time.

I love it because it’s a bit odd, a bit interesting, mostly believable, I adore Jessica Alba and Max just completely kicks ass! I adore strong female leads.

I find the setting very interesting, and quite realistic to be honest. We know people can be cloned, can be genetically engineered – what’s to stop people doing this? Then there’s the pulse – all our money destroyed in an electronic pulse that turns all out 1′s & 0′s in all the bank computer systems into plain old 0′s. That’s the thing that really grabbed me about the concept of this show – it is possible.

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Apr 292011

Recently I watched Four Weddings & A Funeral. I first watched this when I was about 10 years old, and it taught me a fair bit about life, love and love lost. I’d like to share with you 14 lessons I learnt from Four Weddings & A Funeral.

  1. Don’t ask if anyone has any objection in your wedding ceremony.
  2. Be honest with your friends.
  3. Everything is more dramatic in the rain.
  4. Marriage is not necessarily forever.
  5. Don’t get trapped in a water closet while people are having sex.
  6. You don’t know when people you love will be taken from you.
  7. Have your wedding party meet up before the ceremony.
  8. Some people expect less than thunderbolts.
  9. It doesn’t mean they won’t get them.
  10. Friends are forever.
  11. There’s no use loving someone who doesn’t love you back.
  12. Take the rings to the wedding yourself.
  13. If anyone quotes W.H. Auden at your funeral you’re very blessed.
  14. You should be with the person you love with your whole heart.


Mar 172011

This Thursday, I love… Easy A

On a recent Saturday night my husband and I watched Paranormal Activity. It was very good and very scary, so we then decided to watch something fun and light hearted afterwards to ensure we could sleep (OK, I did). Despite having watched it the day before, I felt Easy Awas the best idea as my husband hadn’t watched it yet.

Watching it once I loved it, and watching it twice I actually loved it even more. If you’re a fan of John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, et al) you will love the in jokes and subtle references, along with the more obvious references to his works.

The movie, to me, felt like a John Hughes movie. It had biting humour, actors aged way older than the characters they were playing and a touch of the absurd. That said, this could easily have been my high school, although perhaps not quite in this extreme.

I finished this movie laughing, amused, quoting it and obnoxiously singing “I got a pocket full of sunshine” at people (it’s true, you can ask my husband. I may or may not have accompanied this with a silly dance).

If you enjoy 80’s movies, in jokes, aren’t too sensitive about Christianity and have no objection to references to homosexuality I would highly recommend this movie. For her parents alone, it’s worth a watch. Trust me, the trailer doesn’t show you any of the good bits.


Feb 172011

This Thursday, I love… Idle Hands

Elden Henson Seth Green Vivica A Fox Devon Sawa Jessica Alba Idle Hands
Released in 1999, Idle Hands is a comedy about a stoner who’s right (idle) hand becomes possessed by the devil and goes around killing people. First to go are his parents, followed by his two best friends who decide not to go to heaven because it’s too far. So instead they hang around, undead, smoke pot and chase girls.

I first fell in love with Devon Sawa back in 1995 when he graced our screens as the human form of Casper the Friendly Ghost and I’ve been tracking down and watching his movies ever since. I always enjoy them, but this one quickly became one of my favourite movies of all time.

Also starring Jessica Alba and Seth Green, the movie is hilarious, enjoyable and worth seeing once if not many times more.

Oct 312010

In honour of Halloween, I would like to compile my own list of the scariest movies of all time. This list is based on my fairly extensive experience watching scary movies, however I haven’t seen all of the classics. For this list, I will rank them in order of how much they scared me.

1. Event HorizonA spaceship with the ability to bend space in order to travel disappears and reappears years later. The crew are dead, but something is alive. Liberate tutame ex inferis (save yourself from hell).
Sam Neil is amazing in this, and absolutely terrifying once he loses the plot.

2. The DescentA caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Left both my husband & I with chills, great ending and very well done.

3. The ExorcistA young girl is possessed, and her mother seeks the help of two priests.
The uncut version of this is much worse, but the scariest bit is the Making Of Documentary.

4. HalloweenAfter being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie.
Although the original is a classic, and scary, the remake by Rob Zombie is much worse.

5. A Nightmare On Elm StreetFreddy Krueger returns to revenge his death in the dreams of his killer’s children. This one scores bonus points for being Johnny Depp’s first feature film. Scared me, and that nursery rhyme still freaks me out. One, two, Freddy’s coming for you….

6. 28 Days LaterFour weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Fast moving zombies are always so much more terrifying than slow moving zombies. We have our own ZEP (Zombie Evacuation Plan) for the eventual Zombie Apocalypse (yes, there will be one) and I think we’ll be OK with the slow ones. But these fast ones, yeesh!

7. SawWith a dead body laying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw” by the police because of his unusual calling card.
This one had me too scared to watch it for quite a while. When I finally did, yes, it was terrifying! But worse than that, it was gruesome.

8. House of 1000 CorpsesTwo teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of serial killers end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.
Based on the Manson Family, this one scared me so much I actually found it hard to sleep afterwards. It’s always more terrifying when it’s true.

9. ScreamA killer known as “ghost face” begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends must push themselves beyond the boundaries of what they thought themselves capable of in order to survive.
The first time I watched this I was at my friend Jodine’s house for a sleepover. Part way through the movie (at approx 9pm) we screamed, and then her parents made us go get the bins from the top of her long, steep driveway on our own. One of the most terrifying moments of my life!

10. The GrudgeAn American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.
Weird ghosts, meowing children, what the f**k is going on in this one? Saw it in the cinema and got left by my boyfriend at the time half way through as he went to the bathroom. When he came back he copped a punch in the arm, partly for leaving and partly for terrifying me by sitting down.

11. Silence of the LambsA young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
This movie did give me chills, it’s true, but I actually rate it as one of my favourite movies as well. It’s got great suspense and deals the best with the character of Hannibal Lecter out of the 3 stories (4 movies) with him in them.

12. Idle HandsLazy Anton’s right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent. Idle hands are the devil’s playground.
OK, not at all scary, but I had to throw this one in because it’s one of my favourite movies. It’s hilarious, gruesome, and stars two of my favourite actors of all time, Devon Sawa and Jessica Alba, with Seth Green and Elden Hensen for kicks.

Also, two quick shoutouts. Happy Birthday to my dear friend Vanessa and Happy Anniversary to my husband. Love you!


Aug 172010

Apparently there’s a new biopic in the works of Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra with Clooney as Sinatra and Angelina Jolie as Monroe. The film, The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe, is a story told by the blond bombshell’s terrier (which was a gift from Sinatra) and follows the canine through the last two years of his master’s life.

Immediately came the outrage of Angelina Jolie is too thin to be Marilyn, she’d need to put some meat on her bones, they look nothing alike. And, I will admit I’m on their side.

Although she did do her best with a Marilyn inspired look in Life or Something Like It.

The most obvious, and in my opinion best choice for Marilyn would have to be the lovely ScarJo.

But, forgotten in this debate over who is the best Marilyn is the obvious question:

Why is this film narrated by a dog?!