24 before 24: Watch Titanic

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The first time I watched Titanic, it was 1997 and I was six years old.

I was not allowed to see the whole thing.  I saw most of it though. I was either kicked out of the family room or just dismissed myself for the “Draw me like one of your French girls” scene. Honestly, I found what I did see of it a little boring at the time, but I’ve always thought that I should watch it again later since it’s held in such high esteem.

So I did. And it was terrible.

If you feel differently, please let me know why. I just do not see the appeal.

I went into a bit of a rant about it last night to my mom. Man, I wish I would have gotten that on video. I’m not sure if I could repeat it on cue. So, I’ll just try in writing.

First off, the couple only knows each other for two days and they’re terribly in love. That’s the part I just can’t relate to. I get that Rose didn’t want to be with her fiance and that Jack was a nice guy. But it’s a little ridiculous when Jack says things, “I know you.” Kid, no you don’t.

Jack isn’t so bad though. He’s kind of cute and he’s sure of himself. It’s Rose who is a little annoying. Even as an old lady, she’s a little selfish. I mean think about it. She’s recollecting her time on the Titanic while on this boat with a crew who is looking for a very specific, expensive necklace. I get that it was sentimental for her, but it seems so rude when she drops the necklace to the bottom of the ocean without telling anyone she had it with her.

In the scene when Rose and Jack are running away from Rose’s fiancé Cal while he is firing gunshots at them, they run down the ship instead of across. Watching that felt like watching a horror movie. “Don’t go in there! Just run the other way. It’s not that hard. If you down, there will be water. Idiots.”

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The one character I actually liked would have to be Molly Brown. I love her wit and dry humor. It turns out that she’s based on a person who lived, whereas Jack and Rose are not. Margaret “Molly” Brown was an activist who worked for labor rights, women’s rights, education and literacy, in addition to being a world traveler. She also ran for Senate twice.

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Sorry, guys. I’m a cynic when it comes to love sometimes, even though I am happily in love myself. I’ve just never understood the head over heels love at first sight kind of love because I’ve never had that. Perhaps that isn’t fair.

Funnily enough, I brought up the fact that I had watched all of Titanic on Netflix recently, along with my sentiments, while my boyfriend, his sister and her boyfriend and I were eating dinner together. Paul’s sister said something about how Paul thinks quite the opposite.

While I was six when the movie was out, he was 10. Apparently Paul saw the whole movie and loved it. Like my brother who is a few years older and I’m sure other boys at the time, he became very interested in the Titanic itself. Paul built a model of Titanic and learned to draw it. He’s sure he could still draw it from memory because he has done it so many times.

This movie was nominated for fourteen Academy Awards and won eleven. So, it’s clear that it was appreciated by other people. I guess it just wasn’t for me, or my older sister Katie, who I watched it with. I can’t deny that I’ve loved other things the director and actors have done.

Now I can say I have seen all of one of the most iconic movies of my generation. Hurray!

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Go see Guardians of the Galaxy

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Normally I’m not really into super hero movies, but a few weeks ago when my boyfriend asked me if I wanted to see Guardians of the Galaxy I said “Yes! Definitely! Chris Pratt is in it and it looks funny, so yeah.” Or something like that.

Although the movie doesn’t come out until August 1, we had the opportunity to see the movie. My boyfriend works for Yahoo, which has been promoting Guardians. He was invited to Disney Studios, along with other media people, to see the movie and bring a guest (me). There are perks of dating someone in media, my friends. Not all the time, but when they come they can be pretty special.

I’m really glad I gave this movie a chance. The thing is, it’s not really a super hero movie. Or at least it’s more than that.

In the words of writer James Gunn:

“…I don’t think of Guardians as a superhero movie. I think of it as a space epic. I guess they’re sorta superheroes… but I don’t 100 percent think of it as a superhero movie.

When I saw that on Tumblr last week, the phrase space epic instantly made me think of Star Wars. It’s a story of group that bands together for different reasons, but in they end they’re all on the side of good. It has action, drama, comedy and a bit of romance. All the makings of a good movie, if you ask me.

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We saw the movie in 3D, which I wasn’t expecting and don’t always like. I’ve seen a handful of movies in 3D and sometimes it’s seemed overdone to me. Too many elements were flying toward my face. Maybe that was around the time when the technology was new and Honey I Shrunk the Kids was a big deal. Thankfully, Guardians wasn’t like that.

The story was a little hard for me to follow. Maybe I just wasn’t trying hard enough, honestly, but keeping track of the bad guys was the toughest part. Still, the story had heart and that got to me. The characters had depth  and went through growth that felt genuine.

The movie has a stellar cast. I love Chris Pratt from his role as the loveable dope Andy on Parks and Recreation. In Guardians, he gets to play one of the smarter guys in the room and he’s still just as funny. Zoey Zaldana does a great job playing a complex character here. I think her character is actually the most nuanced of the lot of them and she plays it well. Surprisingly, I didn’t get annoyed by Bradley Cooper in this movie, but maybe that’s because he was lending the voice to a brilliant raccoon. Something about Bradley Cooper – or I guess just the characters he plays – normally bothers me, but not this time.

By the way, you can see the Yahoo Q and A with the stars and director of Guardians of the Galaxy here.

Whether you’re in it for Chris Pratt’s ripped abs (worth it) or the comic book story, you won’t soon forget this epic adventure. If you see it, let me know your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments below. I want know what you think.

P.S. Parents, in case you’re wondering, this movie is PG-13 and it seems safe for kids to me. It can be a bit scary for young kids, but I don’t think it would be bad. There was nothing sexual except for a joke that would go over their heads and no cursing that I remember.

Go see Chef


I’ve been meaning to tell you for quite some time to get off your butt and..


See Chef in theaters!


On the risk of over hyping it (Is that a phrase?), I feel that I must tell you to catch this movie while it’s still in theaters.

The cast is spectacular, the writing is amazing and the soundtrack rocks. It’s honest, sweet, funny, romantic and inspiring.

Centered around restaurant chef Carl Casper, played by Jon Favreau, the movie takes us on a summer adventure. How perfect is that? In an attempt to get back his creative passion for cooking and make some extra cash after losing his restaurant job, Casper starts up a food truck. The journey ends up being a great bonding experience for him and his son Percy, played by Emjay Anthony.

Sofia Vergara, Jon Leguizamo, and Dustin Hoffman round out the all-star cast of this independent film. Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. play a role as well.

My boyfriend and I don’t always agree on movies, but we both loved this one. He said he had never laughed that much in a movie before and it had him smiling the whole time. It’s like food for the soul.

We saw it a few weeks ago and I haven’t stopped recommending it since.

Seriously, catch it on the big screen while you can!

BTW: I feel like I should mention that this post was in no way sponsored, although I would love to be sponsored to write movie reviews of sorts. Look for more film, TV and pop culture blog posts in the future.

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Comfort movies

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Whenever I have a sick day and have some time to lounge around, I throw on a movie I’ve seen enough times to have it practically memorized. It’s a kind of comfort to me, similar to eating a favorite food or reading a book over again. The familiar is comfortable. Comfort movies are great for a few reasons. With most of mine, I have good memories of watching the movie before and I know it by heart.

Today I had the chance to stay home and watch one of my absolute favorite comfort movies, 10 Things I Hate About You. You see, yesterday morning I felt like I might be coming down with the flu and by the end of the day I  was positive. My whole body ached, I was hot and cold, my throat hurt, my head hurt, my ears and nose hurt. Although I don’t own a thermometer, I’m also pretty certain I had a fever. My mom and sister can vouch for me on that. I was talking nonsense and feeling warm when I got home. So, for all those reasons I decided to call in sick and take a day of rest. In fact, now it’s 11 at night and I should be in bed getting more rest. Eek!

This morning I thought as long as I’m home sick, I should put on a comfort movie. That’s what I think of certain movies as. Is that just me?

Well, 10 Things I Hate About You is one of those movies for me, so I popped it in the DVD player. I love every bit of it. My sister Mary and I used to watch it a lot when we were younger. I am trying to remember when we first  got into it. The movie came out in 1999. At that time I must have been about 8 years old. I’m sure I didn’t see it that young. I do remember one time when my sister and I were watching it and she kicked me out of the room for a scene in which the Stratford sisters talk about sex (shown above), which is odd really because a lot of the movie does. I might have been in junior high at that time.

Some of my other favorite comfort movies, especially for sick days, include Beauty and The Beast The Lion King, Newsies and The Holiday. What can I say? I’m still a kid at heart. My mom says that when I was about 2 years old I would watch Beauty and The Beast just about every day. When I was about 5 years old, that same scenario went for The Lion King. The day after I got in a bad car accident in which I totaled my car on the freeway (another story for another time) I watched The Lion King. That felt like a warm hug in a scary time.

Of course, then there’s comfort television too. That’s a whole other thing. Friends, Gilmore Girls and MASH are definitely on that list for me. My family has all of Friends and MASH on DVD.

It’s nice to revisit favorite characters, hear familiar quotes, see great scenes play out and– as lame as this sounds — know what is going to happen, but still love every minute.

Image via IMDB.