A Colourful Reminder…

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…that it’s almost time to bring all your colours for

The Colours Blogathon

8 & 9 September 2017

 

It’s not too late to join in. Anything colourful goes. In any language. And I’m happy to push the boundaries…chocolate and rose are colours in my book.

Here’s the original post…Announcing the Colours Blogathon

That Thing…with Grosie Josie

Those braces, geeky look and “Grosie Josie” are the first things that come to mind when thinking of Never Been Kissed (1999). Poor girl. But then, I’m sure many of us have been in that same boat. Only to be a totally (sometimes) different person as an adult. And some get a second chance at ditching that geeky look. I’m sure many wish they never had to go through a second chance in the first place. Never mind the first one.

While the story is nothing new…”cool” girls, hot dude who dates the cool girl ‘leader’, the not so cool group…and Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), it is done in a sweet way. Poor Josie. You really feel for her. Cringe for her. And I think it is all made worse by the fact that she is now an adult and should really know better. The story has her working as a copy editor, still a bit geeky, fumbling along, when her boss Gus (John C. Reilly) agrees (after some convincing) that she can go on a reporting job she’s randomly been assigned to. Undercover. At a high school. As a student. (So yes, at this point you just need to put aside any disbelief around how old one possibly looks at high school. I mean, we all watched Grease and didn’t say anything). Off she goes with half the publishing house following her every move. And gets caught up in all the drama of high school all over again. Just this time she really should know better…well, she does, to an extent, but she still doesn’t always “get it”. Having never kissed a boy (although she says she has), she’s waiting to feel “that thing”, that thing you experience with the right guy. ”That moment. When you kiss someone and everything around you becomes hazy. And the only thing in focus is you and this person”.*

Drew Barrymore takes on this role so well, convincingly becoming that girl we all don’t (or didn’t) want to be. So much so that you almost want to switch off the movie just so she doesn’t embarrass herself some more. But then, you’d miss the sweet parts. Those where she stands up for those who, like her, used to be the poor sods who were put down by the cool kids. You’d miss her being the girl who’s “…not the kind of girl who does things like this”. Yet, sometimes, being (or not being) that kind of girl is exactly what a girl needs. And Josie Geller definitely needed to be (or not be) that girl.

Joining the fun is a wonderful cast that includes David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon, Octavia Spencer, LeeLee Sobieski and a whole lot more.

A sweet movie that is perfect for some light escapism. Don’t overthink. Just watch and reminisce.

And gee, can’t believe another year is already over. Seems like just yesterday we had the 2016 Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon. Well, here’s this year’s one…The Third Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood.

*quotes taken from watching the movie

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Summer Under the Stars…John Wayne

This is my entry for the 2017 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Journeys in Classic Film.

I was over the moon when I saw John Wayne on this year’s Stars list. My childhood hero. The one who made me fall in love with Westerns from way back when I was a little girl. To this day my absolute favourite genre. And John Wayne still holds a special place in my movie heart.

It isn’t only John Wayne though. No, it is a combination of him and the Super 8 films through which we were introduced. As some of you may know, I never had a television growing up (parents’ choice). But, I did have a whole stack of Super 8s that my parents had rescued from landing on the dump when video cassettes first came out. Amongst those wonderful reels were The War Wagon and Big Jake. Did I love watching those (I know the dialogue by heart – to this day). Had to be a non-school night and some setup was required.  Screen. Projector (maybe lightbulb replacing or un-jamming the film before it melted too much). And then the sheer joy of watching.

To mind always that strawberry-pinkish shirt he wore in The War Wagon. And the running leap onto his horse. He made it look so easy, elegant (in as far as cowboy elegance goes) and effortless. Then came Big Jake. I still have a soft spot for this movie and the colourful lines that come out of tough dad Jacob McCandles’ (John Wayne) mouth. My best was/is when son James, played by real-life son Patrick Wayne, calls him “daddy” to which the no-nonsense answer is “You can call me father, you can call me Jacob, you can call me Jake, you can call me a dirty son-of-a-bitch, but if you ever call my daddy again, I’ll finish this fight“. 

We also had McQ  with a much older John Wayne. For me though…cowboy works better than detective. It was only many years later that The Cowboys came my way. Another perfect role for this man as he takes a group of school boys on as hands for a cattle drive. Naturally The Seachers was next on my radar. Thoroughly enjoyed The Comancheros. Hmm…McLintock was different to what I’m used to. And the list goes on.

All I can say is: John Wayne. Cowboy like no other.

Wow…I’m on an adrenaline, stress high…

…but I feel good. For now. Until reality hits home. Then we’ll talk again.

Never did I realise what a big thing moving is. Not “down the road” big…but “to another country” big. “To another continent” big. 

I’m trying to find my feet but with family support and a relatively familiar environment (holidays are always different to living in a country though) I should be back to my usual comments and likes soon. Thanks for your ongoing support. I really appreciate the time you take to read my posts and comments and have felt really bad for being distant and distracted these past few weeks.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

So, until my high crashes to a “what the *%#! have I done?????” low…I’ll take each blogging day as it comes. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Pure delight…Ballerina

Just gorgeous! That is Ballerina (aka Leap!) (2016). Wow…where to even start…did I say it is magnificent? Wonderful? Delightful? Oh, I did…didn’t I?

But seriously…it is all that. And this coming from someone who isn’t an “animation” fan. Ballerina doesn’t “feel” like the typical, comic, blockbuster animation movie. It’s more like a classy, visual feast with real, breathing characters that just happen to be animated. Am I making sense?

This Canadian-French collaboration has Félicie and her best friend Victor, both orphans with huge dreams (she wants to be a ballerina, he an inventor) make an interesting escape (he’s the inventor, remember) to head for Paris. Once in this wonderful city they become separated and through a series of events, Félicie ends up in the Paris Opera Ballet and Victor in Gustave Eiffel‘s workshop. And so their dreams are set into motion.

Paris is wonderfully recreated with a host of colourful characters. As for the leads, they are alive, they feel, they are more real than many human actors/actresses on screen. Dare I say that the entire ensemble is a pleasure to watch? There’s Odette with a tragic past (but never soppy), Camille who’s dancing for all the wrong reasons, the stern Mérante, charmeur Rudolph (Rudi), pushy mother Regine and a troupe of interesting ballerinas.

I left the cinema with a big smile on my face and that wonderful feel-good feeling. But, I also felt fulfilled. A movie with a good story, wasn’t trying to be a funny blockbuster, good acting characterisation and visually splendid. Yes, it had humorous parts but they came naturally without trying too hard. Directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin, the beautiful score comes courtesy of Klaus Badelt. The people behind the voices? Elle Fanning is Félicie and Dane DeHaan is Victor.

This is one you absolutely have to see. *sigh* it is sooooo lovely.

Head on over to Christina Wehner or Love Letters to Old Hollywood for some more toe-pointing, pirouetting posts.

If I’m distant…it’s not you…

…it’s me.

So, just to let you know that if I’m not commenting or liking posts as often as I used to – I haven’t lost interest. I’m just totally snowed under (in packing boxes) at the moment. Lots on the go (I’ll update you all soon-ish). Any Blogathons I’ve committed to, I’ll still contribute to and I’ll try be “around” as much as possible for other posts.

Just give me another week or so…

Book Tour: The Last Dragon Rider

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I’m venturing into the unknown in more than one aspect. Firstly, I’ve never taken part in a Blog Tour before. And secondly, this type of book (genre-wise, or rather sub-genre-wise) is totally new to me.

ButtonHosted by Shanannigans of Reads & Reels under her R&R Book Tours, I thought I’d sign up for something a little different. So, here goes…

My two cents’ worth: As I said, I’ve never read a book where the characters are elves and dragon riders. In fact, other than The Hobbit, I’ve never read a dragon book before. So, to be very honest, I needed to “get into” this new world that has been crafted. Had to really focus on the descriptions in order to visualize the characters. But, I enjoyed that. Something new. Once I’d managed to sort out who was who and form the elven world in my mind, I quite enjoyed this novella. A quick read perfect for me with limited time on my hands at the moment.

The numbers: I’d give this a rating of 3 out of 5 points (or 6 out of 10 😉 ) but that’s probably purely because this world that has been created is totally new to me.

The Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure/ Romance

Novella Release Date: August 9, 2017

TheLastDragonRider CoverThe bit on the back of the book: Trained as an elite warrior from childhood, the elven crown prince Flintathriël fights to bring a stop to a war that began before he was born. With the aid of his betrothed Sairalindë, a skilled mage and dragon rider in her own right, they must find the Book of Souls – an ancient and mysterious tome rumored to have belonged to the god Hath’Raal.

When the missing book turns up in the hands of Mnuvae, the bastard child of the dead king, Flintathriël finds himself fighting to not only save his people from this new threat but also trying to keep Sairalindë safe when Mnuvae takes over the dragons in her attempt to win back the kingdom she believes is rightfully hers.

The love Flintathriël and Sairalindë share shines pure and true, but when the smoke of the battle clears, will their hearts survive the aftermath of war or will their love become a casualty that cannot be revived?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35090656-the-last-dragon-rider?ac=1&from_search=true

Author PicThe lady behind it: Errin Krystal is a fantasy romance writer who has been writing since she was a small child. Her head has always been full of stories. She began work on her first novel when she was sixteen.

She lives with her family in regional Victoria, Australia, and works as a chef. In her quieter moments, she loves to indulge her passion for storytelling, basking in the joy that comes from creating vibrant characters, fantastical worlds and all manner of magical creatures. Dragons and elves, mages and warriors, troubled princes and beautiful princesses, romance, magic, and adventure can all be found in her writing.