Actors and Actresses

Happy Birthday Meg Ryan…

Meg Ryan is forever associated with school friends and movie nights. Back in those days she was the girl we all went to see regardless of the movie because she was inevitably in a “good one”. In fact, it was a given that you’d have seen the “latest Meg Ryan movie”. I’m sure many of you know exactly what I mean. Right?

maggie-blogathonI was introduced to Meg Ryan, rather late…that means, NOT with When Harry Met Sally (“oh no, how could¬†you???” you cry), which was most people’s introduction to this star, but, with Sleepless in Seattle. And from then on, we’ve probably all got similar watch lists…although, Top Gun, which chronologically comes before Sleepless in Seattle, is one I only saw relatively late in my Meg-Ryan-movie-watching-timeline. But she isn’t really in a main role here, is she?

Oh, and then came Courage under Fire. Everyone went to see it. I recall it being good. Although, I barely remember what it was about. Sorry ūüė¶

Addicted to Love was another good one. Misunderstood and underappreciated by many I think. Unlike the popular City of Angels (which my aunt from Los Angeles couldn’t stop raving about). Although, and don’t unfollow me for this, I wasn’t the biggest fan.

Ahhh…..then came the most delightful, wonderful, feel-good, sweet, lovely (fine, I’ll stop) You’ve Got Mail. Sigh…what a cute movie that was. As for Meg, she was wonderful (but wasn’t she just always?). I dreamt of running my own book shop for a long time thereafter (but that had just as much to do with my love of books as with this little cinematic delight).

Everyone had come to think of Meg Ryan in that rom-com manner when along come Proof of Life. And my girl friends just wouldn’t watch it. I, on the other hand, thoroughly enjoyed it. And to be honest, while the overall genre and feel of this movie might have been different, Meg‘s character was still that wonderful woman who could hold her own. After all, isn’t that what she did in You’ve Got Mail and Addicted to Love?¬†

Sadly, the last movie I remember having watched with our birthday girl was Kate and Leopold. Another one I thoroughly enjoyed. After this,¬†somewhere along the line, ever so quietly, Ms Ryan slipped off the movie radar. Maybe, I should say “my movie radar”.¬†Yes, granted, we all grow older but still, I miss that youthful “bubbliness” that was Meg Ryan in her prime. OK, fine, maybe I’m wrong and just haven’t kept up with her movies but I will forever have her in mind as I had back then.

Whatever the case, here’s to a wonderful actress who was such a big part of my high-school movie days. Those fun nights out at the cinema with friends. Wonderful days. Wonderful movies. So, dear Meg Ryan, here’s wishing you a very happy birthday. You brought that special touch to romantic comedy that few others managed.

Thanks Pfeiffer Films and Meg Movies for your Meg Ryan Birthday Blogathon.

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Now for the last few entries of the Now (and Then) Blogathon…

With the Now and Then Blogathon officially over, we’ve still had some posts coming in. No problem…life happens after all. So, keep coming back to this page to see additional Now entries with the Then ones over here co-hosted by Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

Diary of a Movie Maniac tackles two oldies…and still more than a 20 year gap. Here‘s from the year 1959 as the Now entry is The Bat.

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Pure Entertainment Preservation Society gives us a James Cagney in Mister Roberts. A huge apology for missing your post…it hid itself in my Spam folder.

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Looking back…here are the Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 Now entries. And don’t forget to pop past Realweegiemidget Reviews (there’s a link on each of my day links above to keep things easy) for the corresponding Then entries.

 

Now that’s a wrap (almost) of the Now (and Then) Blogathon…

Fours days of Now and Then Blogathon have already flown by. Thanks so much for everyone who participated. It has been great fun. I’m listing all the Now entries below and they’ll all have a corresponding Then entry here over at Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

VinnieP reviews The Stud right here. That’s his Now entry for Joan Collins.

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Now we head on for some Christopher Lee in The Resident with Cinematic Catharsis right over here.

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With one of his favourites (if not THE favourite), here‘s a post on Titanic by Movierob.

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And closing off the day (we’ll add some late entries tomorrow or so), another one right here from Movierob. The Jackal it is.

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Thanks so much for all of you who participated, read, commented on or simply liked the posts. It is greatly appreciated. To my co-host, Realweegiemidget Reviews, a thank you and another thank you for your patience with me while I’ve been juggling everything.

Now, now, we’re on day 3 of the Now (and Then) Blogathon…

Wow, things are flying past so quickly…and another day of entries is almost over. Our Now and Then Blogathon has been fantastic. Once again, I’m listing all the Now entries below and they’ll all have a corresponding Then entry here over at Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

My co-host Realweegiemidget Reviews gives us one of her favourite actors, Michael Caine, in Interstellar right here.

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Moon in Gemini picks my favourite Genre and has a look at the remake of a classic over here…being The Magnificent Seven.

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Robert Redford is Cr√≠tica Retr√ī‘s choice in Our Souls at Night which she reviews over here

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Join us again tomorrow for the 4th and final day. If you want to you can still join in. Check out the original announcement by clicking the banner below:

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Now then…let’s see what we have Now…day 2 of the Now (and Then) Blogathon

Wow…day two is already here with the Now and Then Blogathon. As per yesterday I’m listing all the Now entries below and they’ll all have a corresponding Then entry here over at Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

Co-Host Realweegiemidget Reviews presents Robert Downey Jr in Captain America: Civil War right here.

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The Humpo Show tackles an iconic reboot with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull here.

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Movie Reviews from the Dark greets us from the darkness (here) with The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

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Cinematic Scribblings gives us an interesting view of Louis XIV right here with The Death of Louis XIV.

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Old School Evil gives us his dreaded review of Transformers: The Last Knight here and hurries back to watch the first one…

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Once again, the wonderful entries keep coming in. We’ll be back tomorrow for day 3. And if you’re still keen to join, click the banner below for the original announcement.

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Now…for some 1st day entries….in the Now (and Then) Blogathon

So, we’ve had a wonderful first day of Now (and Then) posts (because that’s what we wanted…the Now and the Then of movies, series, actors, actresses, directors, anything. As long as there was a minimum of 20 years gap between the selections.) I’m listing all the Now entries below and they’ll all have a corresponding Then entry here over at Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

Movie Movie Blog Blog gives us some Charlie Chaplin A Countess from Hong Kong over here.

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And Glenn’s Movie Mumblings gives us a recent Tom Hanks role in Sully right over here.sully-dvd-cover-30

The iconic Karate Kid is revisited in the 2010 remake reviewed over here by Movie Reviews 101.

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What the Craggus Saw brings Leslie Nielsen to the party with The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! over here.

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With exactly 20 years to prepare, Shameless Pile of Stuff gives us a reboot that is Independence Day Resurgence right over here.

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Taking Up Room gives us the delightful You’ve Got Mail. Read about it all here.

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Remember to head back to our sites tomorrow for some more fabulous entries. Wishing you a great week ahead.

The Now (and Then)…

nowwell, not now and then but NOW…and THEN…as in…oh whatever…here’s the Blogathon…

As you might have discovered by now, now and then, well, actually quite often, Realweegiemidget Reviews and I end up going off on a tangent around actors (every now and then actresses) and what they were like way back then and also how gracefully they’ve all aged…hmmm…

Here’s the NOW & THEN Blogathon running from 12 to 15 November 2017.

Well, that all depends on which one of us you ask…I think it is the Now & Then Blogathon but Realweegiemidget Reviews is adamant it is the Then & Now Blogathon…oh well…each to their own. What’s important is that it’s a Blogathon and what it is about…

So, we’re asking you to:

Select either

  1. an actor or actress and review two movies in which they appeared OR;
  2. a director or producer and review two movies they directed or produced OR;
  3. a film or tv series which has been rebooted or remade and review those.

BUT there needs to be at least a 20 year age gap between the two films/tv series being reviewed.

AND…there’s more:

  1. The reviews/posts need to be separate i.e. one review/post for the THEN choice (the earlier film and a separate review/post for the NOW choice.
  2. The THEN review/post must be sent to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) and the NOW review/post must be sent to Thoughts All Sorts (that’s me, right here). We do require two reviews/posts i.e. if you only send one review/post we will deem the Blogathon requirements not met and won’t post it. So…we need to have both a THEN and a NOW review/post. Please send these to us within a few minutes of each other so we can keep track.
  3. No need to match up your reviews/posts…just send the relevant one to the relevant person and we’ll do the matching and linking and all that jazz.
  4. We will allow duplicate actors/actresses/directors/producers BUT not duplicate films. Example: we will allow duplicates of say, Leonardo DiCaprio, but not duplicate NOW and THEN films he appeared in. (although in Leo’s case Realweegiemidget Reviews might argue this point)
  5. Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts will link to each other’s sites during the Blogathon days as well as the recap. We will keep these updated as entries come in throughout the Blogathon.
  6. Due to us having to match up posts, we ask that you restrict entries to a maximum two sets/pairs of NOW/THEN combinations so we don’t lose track. (hope this makes sense)
  7. Remember….the age gap between the THEN and NOW selections must be at least 20 years e.g. 1978 and 1998.
  8. Have fun and be creative! Oh, and grab a banner below for your NOW post and head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) for the corresponding THEN banner.

You’ll find the roster further down.

Examples include:

The Poseidon Adventure and Poseidon

Leonardo DiCaprio in Marvin’s Room and Shutter Island

Dallas (1878-91) and Dallas 2012

3:10 to Yuma (1957) and 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

 

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The NOW (and Then) roster so far:

Thoughts All Sorts – Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (2009) (and Lolly-Madonna (1973))

Thoughts All Sorts – T2 Trainspotting (2017) (and Trainspotting (1996))

Realweegiemidget Reviews –¬†Michael Caine in Interstellar (2014) (and The Eagle Has Landed (1977))

Realweegiemidget ReviewsRobert Downey Jnr in Captain America: Civil War (2016) (and Chances Are (1989))

dbmoviesblog Little Women (1994) (and Little Women (1994))

Tranquil DreamsJackie Chan in Police Story: Lockdown (2013) (and Police Story (1985))

Cinematic ScribblingsJean-Pierre Léaud in The Death of Louis XIV (2016) (and Out 1 (1971))

The Humpo ShowHarrison Ford in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) (and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

What the Craggus Saw…Leslie Neilsen in The Naked Gun (1988) (and Forbidden Planet (1956))

pure entertainment preservation societyJames Cagney  in Mister Roberts (1955) (and Footlight Parade (1933))

Vinnieh –¬† Joan Collins in The Stud (1978) (and Sea Wife (1957))

Taking Up RoomYou’ve Got Mail (1998) (and The Shop Around the Corner (1940))

Silver ScreeningsIthaca (2015) (and The Human Comedy (1943))

Movie Reviews 101The Karate Kid (2010) (and The Karate Kid (1984))

Movie Movie Blog BlogCharlie Chaplin as various in A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) (and The Kid (1921))

Moon in GeminiThe Magnificent Seven (2016) (and The Magnificent Seven (1960))

Listening to FilmJeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy (2010) (and Tron (1982))

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Movie Reviews from the DarkNicole Kidman in The Beguiled (2017) or The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) (and Dead Calm (1989))

Cr√≠tica Retr√ī –¬† Robert Redford in Our Souls at Night (2017)¬† (and Barefoot in the Park (1967))

Glenn’s Movie Mumblings – ¬†Tom Hanks in Sully (2016) (and Apollo 13 (1995))

In The Good Old Days Of Classic HollywoodRobin Williams in One Hour Photo (2002) and The Angriest Man In Brooklyn (2014) (and Mork and Mindy (1978-82) and Dead Poets Society (1989))

Old School Evil Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) (and Transformers movie (1986))

Cinematic Catharsis Christopher Lee in The Resident (2011) (and Rasputin ‚Äď The Mad Monk (1966))

silverscreenclassicsblog  Mutiny On The Bounty (1962) (and Mutiny On The Bounty (1935))

Shameless Pile of Stuff  Independence Day Resurgence (2016) (and Independence Day (1996))

cropped-cat2Don’t forget to head on over to Realweegiemidget for her announcement by clicking here or on the image to the left.