Blogathon

Thievery and such…

thieves71So, by virtue of entering this Blogathon, there may  be a major spoiler. So, read no further if you don’t want the key plot point to be revealed. Although, having just looked out for the movie poster, it is no real secret what the spoiler is. So, maybe it isn’t spoiler after all. Oh well….moving along swiftly…

This is one of those movies that didn’t get much publicity (if I remember correctly) and that which it did get seemed to be the negative kind. Generally not “listening to” reviews or ratings and watching movies purely because they appeal to me for whatever reason, I was keen for this one to be released. Oh….yes, I’m talking about Man on a Ledge. Minor detail.

What’s it about? Well, yes, a man on a ledge. High above the hustling bustling streets of New York. He’s threatening to jump. The crowd has gathered below…many hoping he’ll actually jump. Others just gawking. And that, my dear readers is exactly the intention of this man, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington). You see, if all eyes are on him, they won’t be elsewhere…where a heist is underway.

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To seemingly drag it all out, Nick requests a specific negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) to come to the scene. He’ll talk to nobody else. And it’s roughly at this time that you’ll realise things aren’t actually what they seem. That this is no ordinary robbery and that it is all so very clever. So the plot thickens…as they say.

I really enjoy this movie. It isn’t a hectic action blockbuster but an entertaining heist movie that keeps you engaged at a slower pace than the car-chase type ones. Joining Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks are Jamie Bell (gosh…this was the first time I’d seen him since Billy Elliott, no more little child), Ed Harris, Edward Burns, Genesis Rodriguez and Anthony Mackie.

Join Moon in Gemini for some more thievery and robbery in her “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon.

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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 😦

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.

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 Crítica Retrô‘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.