• Culture and Entertainment

    Have a Happy Hallmark Holiday

    Most movie watching we do around the holidays is Hallmark. I’ve been rather burned out plus Hallmark seems to be turning out quite a few busts. I felt a lot of films were blah if not worse this year, many we (even my mom who’s usually willing to finish more) didn’t finish. This year the younger girls didn’t join in as much either. Anyway, I think the ones below are worth watching. I watched the first three more than once. And of course we watched most of our old favorites that we own or had taped (ha, recorded) as well.

    Road to Christmas. Adorable and funny with little drama, my idea of a perfect Hallmark recipe. Also Chad Michael Murray (thinking this out I wanted to say Chad Dylan Cooper, probably NOT a coincidence Disney).

    It’s Christmas, Eve. Sweet and no drama, gorgeous singing. A bit of humor

    A Shoe Addict’s Christmas. Hilarious guardian angel, looking at past choices.

    Christmas Joy. Sweet (and Matt Long is really cute).

    Someone told us almost all Hallmark movies are filmed in Canada. I know all the actors aren’t from Canada, but lately we’ve sort of been playing “spot the Canadian” noticing all the Canadians via the vowels.

    As far as the other movies, we watched The Grinch (original animated) before Christmas, White Christmas on Christmas Day (I was a little distracted what with trying to get ready) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (and another extra Charlie Brown Christmas on the DVD) after Christmas. I don’t love It’s a Wonderful Life or Christmas in Connecticut, but I might try some from this list of old Christmas movies next year.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    What I Watched Recently

    I don’t think I watched many new movies. I can only remember one new movie, a Hallmark, A Country Wedding which was super cute. We rewatched a lot of movies including North and South, That Darn Cat, and Parent Trap (I got all these for my birthday).

    However, I have watched a lot of travel shows over the last couple months

    Rick Steves Europe
    This my least favorite. A bit more touristy/watered down history. Not enough culture or interesting details.

    Little Europe (this featured five micro countries which can all fit into the sixth smallest, Luxembourg)
    Israel (not Europe, clearly, but still under this show)

    The Curious Traveler
    I like the focus on architecture and historical details.

    Kotor, Montenegro
    Oslo, Norway
    Bordeaux, France
    Venice, Italy

    Born to Explore
    This is my favorite. He focuses on food, nature, handicrafts, culture, animals, etc. The Namibia show focused entirely on cheetah conservation. I think the shows on Turkey and Namibia may have been my favorites.

    Turkey
    India
    Shetland Islands, Scotland
    Namibia

    Wild Alaska Live Special
    Anyone else grow up with the Kratt brothers’ shows? Pretty sure I had a crush on Chris. When I was little I watched Kratt’s Creatures every so often. When my youngest sisters were little they watched Zoboomafoo. Us older siblings watched them too, but I apparently wasn’t as devoted; the little girls can remember so many episodes and details.

    Well, they’ve aged considerably, but still apparently talk the same way as they did in their kids’ shows. A bit jarring. But these three 2+ hour long specials on Alaska were magnificent. They filmed these during the Alaskan salmon runs at a couple locations including Tongass Natural Forest and Katmai National Park. The show focused on how salmon is the keystone to the entire Alaskan ecosystem and feature all sorts of Alaskan wildlife: brown (called Grizzlies in the lower 48 and black bears, beavers, otters, orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles, gray wolves, an absolutely adorable porcupine, salmon (of course), and some of the ugliest animals I’ve ever seen, walruses. I had forgotten they existed, and I must have only ever seen photos and drawings of the supermodels of this animal. They appallingly ugly. Anyway, the whole show showcases the absolute gorgeousness of this area of our country. Glaciers, lakes, forests, fjords, etc. Well worth a watch or two. (I watched a considerable amount again with my sister who hadn’t seen it the first time).

    Ireland’s Wild Coast Special
    A two-hour show featuring man making his way around the Atlantic coast of Ireland in an old-style boat. A rather softer part of nature, compared to Alaska. Even the salmon look different because of the milder environment; they didn’t go throught the bizarrely dramatic changes the Alaskan salmon did. Birds (including the ludicrous, adorable puffins) comprised a huge proportion of the wildlife, but we also saw humpback whales again, a blue shark, a basking shark, red deer (they are huge, my sister thought they looked like cows; the mule deer out West were huge too, not like our over super abundant white-tailed deer), red squirrel (much prettier than our aggressive gray squirrel which has apparently invaded and harmed red squirrel populations in Ireland and the UK), and pine martin.

    I was looking up the name of the last animal and discovered the last wolf was killed in Ireland in the 18th century. I guess that is rather more recent than I would have thought although I usually think of England in terms of that (and they became extinct there two centuries earlier; that is a big difference though). Wolves are “extinct” if you can call it that in my state and region which is JUST fine with me. They are one of the most dangerous predators to humans and their animals. By wolf, I mean gray wolf. I think the coyotes around here may have red wolf blended in them.

  • Reading

    Books I Read and Movies I Watched in July

    Let’s just say this was an embarrassing month. I read a whopping 2 books and watched and re-watched a TON of Hallmark.

    Books
    So I read two books . . . but only one new one. I did read on plenty of other books that I will be finishing up in August (but that I easily could have finished in July, ahem).

    Reread
    A Tangled Web
    Since I was not super motivated with my main stack of books, I decided to read something I wanted to read. I’ve since increased my lighter and fun reading pile. I usually have plenty of fun novels, but they are usually shorter, and I read them first, plus this time I didn’t finish at least two.

    Anyway, I had forgotten some of this, and I love all the details. I laughed out loud at parts. I went back and re-read parts again after I had finished re-reading.

    New Read
    Cheaper by the Dozen
    Dad started reading this to us when we were small; he may have finished it, but what I found most memorable were the times he stopped because of not age appropriate issues. Definitely adult areas, but written in a way a child wouldn’t understand, I think. I was surprised at this for the time period though.

    Movies
    At some point, I might start writing down all my re-watches because I need to limit my movie viewing. I don’t want to watch movies at the same pace or higher than I read whether they be new or not. I’m not sure if I’ve listed everything, but this is bad good enough. I don’t have much to say. We, of course, enjoyed the Thin Man mystery, and some of the Hallmarks (the last two listed) were dumb/boring, some were cute and funny (the first two listed) and one had a really funny guy but the rest was blah.

    Classics
    Shadow of the Thin Man

    Rewatches
    Hallmarks
    How to Steal a Million
    Roman Holiday

    Hallmark
    Surprised by Love
    Appetite For Love
    Moonlight in Vermont
    Autumn in the Vineyard
    Chance At Romance

  • Culture and Entertainment

    June Movies

    I’ve already written on our Star Wars marathon, so I will just skip that.
    We watched the rest of the Thin Man movies our library has (After the Thin ManAnother Thin Man, and The Thin Man Goes Home, so we still need to see Shadow of the Thin Man). I watched the first with sister #3. Then Song of the Thin Man with that sister and sister #4. Sister #2 joined in for the three this month and so all of us at home are now hooked.  We’ve added this series to our buy list. Now murder mysteries aren’t exactly my thing, well the murder part anyway. It is one thing to read them, but I grew up with a phobia of bodies and bones. And the first one freaked me out. But I do love mysteries, and the thing about these movies is Nick and Nora’s relationship and shenanigans. Sister #2 said Nick and Nora are relationship goals; yep.
    I watched Miss Potter by myself because I never could get anyone interesting. It was sweet and sad, and I wish the film showed her other love story. Not a favorite film.
    La La Land. I thought the concept of a modern musical was fun (once my sister told me it was modern; I’d thought by the clothes that it was supposed to be set in old times). Granted I didn’t like all the party numbers and the first scene reminded me of a silly Disney musical number, but City of Stars and the couple’s dance numbers?! I wasn’t wowed, but I liked it . . . wondering what the end was and guessing by what my sister said. I knew it was sad, but she said she know how it was sad. Which made me rather guess the ending. Except I wasn’t sad. I was mad. Disgusted might me a better term. Here is what I wrote for my Letterboxd review:
     “Okay, that ending was absurd. Why bother to make a film about a “love” story that doesn’t work out?! That’s not “realism” that’s absolute flakiness. The ending isn’t creative or whatever, its feeble and pathetic. “Not working out” means “someone wasn’t that interested” which means the whole love story is a lie. And it made her side of the story that much more silly and flaky. Stereotypical acting dream, stereotypical actor’s shallowness and fickleness in relationships.”

    A sister suggested I just watch it and skip the end. I think I will do that because some parts were SO cute.

  • Reading

    Would You Rather, Jane Austen 2nd Edition Plus Mr. Darcy’s Inner Struggles

    I’m borrowing these questions from Cordie. My sister kept mentioning and sending me Mr. Darcy’s Inner Struggles on Pinterest, and I only recently realized how many of them exist, so I set about trying to find them all. Here is the original source. The link is to the beginning, scroll down to see the earliest, and then go to the next page and repeat. Enjoy, they are hysterical (note, some language).

    1. Would you rather summer at Abbey Mill Farm with the Martins or spend the winter in London with your aunt and uncle?

    2. Would you rather be carried away in the moment and insult someone in company or be overcome by horrid imaginings and have to confess your thoughts to someone you admire?
    Oh, I’d far likely do the former, and I would probably prefer it too.

    3. Would you rather marry Mr. Bingley or Robert Martin?
    Mr. Bingley. We can see in the book that he’s intelligent, kind, sweet, etc. while I only know that Mr. Knightley thinks Robert Martin could.

    4. Would you rather tour the lake country or visit the seaside?
    Tour the lake country. I’m rather tired of the Southern default to Florida. Do we have to do the same thing a trillion times? Although, the British beach would be new to me, but I’m trying to translate my experience here. I’d go to Colorado lakes or mountains before another beach trip if I had my choice.

    5. Would you rather entertain Miss Bates or Mr. Collins in conversations?
    I think Miss Bates would be easier and less embarrassing. I’d rather listen to Mr. Collins safely from afar though for amusement.

    6. Would you rather sing a musical piece at a gathering while hiccuping every other line or take a great tumble while dancing?
    Fall. Definitely.

    7. Would you rather be deceived by Willoughby or Wickham?
    I would rather be deceived by someone more clearly wrong and far less interesting, like Wickham, but I’m sure I’d more likely be deceived by Willoughby’s good (superficial) qualities.

    8. Would you rather fall head over heels in love with a man who turns out to be engaged or fall for a man too busy loving someone else to notice you?
    If the engaged man loved me, then the engaged man.

    9. Would you rather ride in a carriage or upon a horse to an evening party?
    A carriage; I’d want to still look nice when I got to the party.

    10. Would you rather accept advice from Mrs. Weston or Elinor Dashwood?
    Mrs. Weston? I don’t know. I prefer advice from people who have both more of a claim to experience and more mildness and humility of manner. But I wouldn’t call Elinor a know-it-all.

    11. Would you rather have as a companion Jane Fairfax or Charlotte Lucas?
    Probably Charlotte as she talks. I talk a lot, but I don’t like talking to silence; I want a response.

  • Reading

    What I Read and Watched May

    I didn’t read much in May, so I thought that I would combine with June . . . but June is shaping up to be the fullest reading (or completion) month yet, so I will combine May books and movies.
    Books
    The Song of Glory and Ghost (second book in Outlaws of Time series) by N.D. Wilson. Interesting, I suppose. The plot dragged in the first book, and sped up unbelievably for this one. I prefer his stand-alone books and his first trilogy to his more recent series (and I’m still waiting for the end of Ashtown Burials; the last book left with a whole new can of worms opened).
    Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi. I greatly enjoyed this, but I do think it is kind of misleading. He comes from a privileged, sheltered background and learned from those who cherry picked their doctrines, history, and teaching or from those who learned from those. He points this out, but I still feel that he is trying to translate his experience to far, even for a Western Muslim, he certainly goes too far to include Muslim and Muslim majority countries. I think it’s a good starting point for learning about Islam and Islamic apologetics if you read critically and intend to study further.
    From Pride to Humility: A Biblical Perspective by Stuart Scott. I finally read this booklet Mom gave me.
    Bookish Things
    I often have used scraps of paper for bookmarks, but I’ve gotten better with using bookmarks of late. I had a bookmark from a birthday card from my parents that had sweet words (like favorite things or something) on it and was pink with a pink ribbon. I didn’t think to laminate it to preserve it, and so I wore it out, and instead of ending my stupidity there, I think I threw it out instead of putting it in a scrapbook. Sometimes I really want to go back in time and slap myself hard.
    My bookmark collection (I have three more of the Jane Austen quote set; I won them in a giveaway). The Harry Potter ones I haven’t used; I like them for decorative purposes. I’ve had the Switzerland one for probably a decade and a half (my grandmother went on a Beth Moore trip there), and I’ve had the metal one probably almost as long. The two on the top left I’ve found in books I’ve bought or library books. I intentionally got the two cat ones because I just love that art (I also have the greeting card set).
    Oh, and more on my blonde-ness. I’ve discovered “stats” on Goodreads. I’ve been on there 8 years, people. When I found a stats page via Google, I didn’t realize it was something always on my home-page; what an idiot. Anyway, I LOVE this. I can look at what I’ve read year by year in total books and pages and see what the longest book for each year was, and I can see what proportion of books from different shelves and see the number of books by my rating. Goldmine.
    Movies
    Rogue One. The horrible pragmatic (which doesn’t work) “ends justify the means” worldview that pervades the rebel forces ruins this as a good movie for me. The plot and acting are considerably better than the previous Star Wars movie. Why couldn’t the morality be? Especially because I like Cassian (whose morality is the most, um, questionable).
    Swing Time. Boring.
    An American in Paris. Boring. I skipped a lot of this, mostly songs.
    Song of the Thin Man. This is a much lighter version (although, it is still a murder mystery with more than one murder, though not NEAR as many as the first). My sister who hadn’t seen the first one now wants to see more these.
    Two of my sisters also started watching (and re-watching) all the Star Wars movies in order (except Rogue One) at the end of May through the beginning of June. I’d seen IV and V over a decade ago (I think I was grounded or something when the rest of the family watched the VI, lol). I watched II a couple years after that and then VI several years after that. Then I watched the newest shortly after it came out. The two younger girls hadn’t seen I-III, I think. We laughed and mocked the films quite a bit. We decided we still didn’t “get” the Star Wars fandom, but we thought the movies were fun. I’m not sure I’d waste much time re-watching them, especially not the first episodes.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Robin Hood Week Link Up

    I’m joining here for Olivia@Meanwhile in Rivendell’s Robin Hood Week tag.

    What was your first exposure to Robin Hood?
    I can’t remember. The basic story is common knowledge.

    On a scale of 1 to 10, how big of a fan are you?
    Maybe a 7?
    How many versions and spin-offs of the legend have you experienced?
    The first that I can remember is when Robin Hood appears in Ivanhoe (Mom read this to us, and I’ve seen a couple versions). I think I read or skimmed The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green. I’ve watched the animated Robin Hood movie, and I watched the first two seasons of the BBC Robin Hood. After Marian died and I heard a bit about the 3rd season, I decided it was too sacrilegious (like the 3rd unmentionable Anne movie, though I did watch that and annoyed my family with my raving; of course, the first two are inaccurate also but the inaccuracy increases from movie to movie). I think Howard Pyle has a Robin Hood book, and I’d like to watch the Errol Flynn Robin Hood movie and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Those are all I know of, but I’m open to more.
    What is your favorite version of Robin Hood (can be book, movie, TV series, anything)?
    The BBC miniseries. This version is so inaccurate both as to the myth and the possible historical period, that the issue doesn’t matter to me (I must have either perfect or awful). I just find it, particularly I think the second season, so fun.

    Are you one of the lads? (Meaning, have you watched/are you a fan of the BBC show?)
    Yes. Alan is my man.

    Who is your favorite Merry Man?
    Alan. My favorite couple is Will and Djaq, and I don’t think they get enough time.

    Do you have a favorite portrayal of Lady Marian?
    The fox Marian? The first season of BBC Marian is a self-righteous brat, but then she matures.

    Do you have any interest in or aptitude at archery?
    Nope.

    Fact or fiction — which do you think? 
    Perhaps like King Arthur there might be some very slight shadow of fact, but it is majorly myth.

    Do you think Robin Hood has been “done to death,” or are there still new twists that can be found?
    Oh, no. I’m always up for retellings of myths, legends, fairytales, books, etc.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Beauty and the Beast 2017 Review

    FYI, I watched this film almost two months ago although I wrote my notes well before this. 

    I had low expectations when we watched this, so I like it better than I expected or at least I liked it okay instead of hated it? My expectations for Cinderella barely existed. A friend pointed out that Cinderella was rather a surprise, that it wasn’t emphasized very much. When movies get tons of attention, I often don’t like them because I forget that I don’t have the same taste as other people and raise my standards unintentionally. I prefer to know little going into books and movies. 

    So, I had stacked my expectations (known and unknown) against Beauty and the Beast
    ~Not Cinderella 2015
    ~Not my favorite plot
    ~Star-studded (often means stars overshadow movie or character or change movie or aren’t really a good fit)
    ~A musical (I don’t dislike musicals; my favorite music is from musicals, but in terms of overall movie choice, I prefer a more developed story)
    ~Director of Twilight vs. Kenneth Branagh (no wonder Cinderella is so brilliant)
    ~My dissatisfaction with the casting and the suspicion that Emma Watson couldn’t sing, partially proven by movie clips
    ~The moral scandal (and yes, they did everything quite deliberately with the media focus)

    What I liked
    ~Dan Steven’s voice.

    ~Evermore (I’ve listened to this so many times).

    ~Luke Evan’s voice (“Kill the Beast” is where his vocals really got me).

    ~Seeing Dan Steven’s facial expressions in the beast (that is so fascinating).

    What I disliked aesthetically
    ~I preferred the bright, clear, sparkling, sunny visuals of Cinderella, and I prefer the greater depth in Cinderella that a non-musical allows.

    ~My favorite musical themes were cut short.

    ~I prefer the original version of “Beauty and the Beast.”

    What I disliked in the plot
    ~In addition to the fact that a musical format doesn’t allow for much depth, this film had waaay too many plot lines and so none of them felt completed or deep. I always prefer simpler and deep to intricate and shallow (i.e. unfinished).

    ~The original movie had enough plot lines, this one added more and increased the old ones, so much so I felt that Belle and the Beast’s romance and the Beast’s transformation is eclipsed; both feel comparatively short or rushed, and I feel like they hardly get any attention at the end.

    ~Enough has been said on the moral issues that I won’t address it here except to state that besides the subplot being distraction, the immorality is also a distraction.


    What I disliked about the casting and acting
    ~Star-studded casts often means stars overshadow movie or character or change movie or aren’t really a good fit and all three apply for Emma Watson in this; she overacts and cannot sing (you would think an excellent voice is essential for a role in a musical, but after seeing the movie versions of Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, I wasn’t surprised).

    ~I love Dan Stevens as Edward Ferrars, he is adorable, but he is not the Greco-Roman looking blond god-figure the animated version promised. He is sweet and candid looking, not the kind of handsome that can really pull off regal dignity and arrogance.

    ~I wasn’t happy with Luke Evans either, he is too old and not the fleshy, bold Gaston kind of handsome (I don’t think he handsome in this film at all), but I think he performed his role the best.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    The Other Movies I’ve Watched This Quarter

    I’ve watched 5 new Hallmark movies: Love on Ice (eh), A Royal Winter (adorable), Birthday Wishes (hilarious), Love Blossoms (gorgeous setting and scenery and fun story with decent actors for Hallmark), and Campfire Kiss (absurd and with bad actors, even for Hallmark).

    I’ve watched 7 more miscellaneous films and miniseries, which I organized by date.

    Sword in the Stone, 1963
    Boring.

    The Great Mouse Detective, 1986
    This is Sherlock Holmes for mice which is a funny concept, but I thought the movie too sad and scary for an animated children’s film. Boring for adults.

    Henry V, 1989
    While I prefer the Hollow Crown version, I enjoyed this film. I like the play or at least the performance of it. I don’t enjoy every single minute, but the speech is thrilling, the fencing of words and challenges with the French is interesting, and the courtship charming. I love Henry’s stalwartness and dignity.

    Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004
    I need to re-read this book because I don’t remember much, and I think the filmmakers changed quite a bit. Also, I didn’t care for the anime; Howl is SO effeminate despite Christian Bale’s awesome voice.

    Little Dorrit, 2008
    I read the novel a couple of years ago, so I didn’t remember everything. And watching a creepy, disturbing story is different than reading it. Andy Serkis’ character is truly a psychopath, and I do think the filmmakers made some parts worse (although everything fit in with Dicken’s story) plus violence is worse when watched. I skipped some scenes and would skip more next time, so be warned.

    The miniseries captures the story brilliantly. I thought the plot, most of the characters, and scenery excellent. Amy and Arthur are perfect. I loathed Matthew McFadyen as Mr. Darcy, but what little else I’ve seen of him, I’ve liked, and I LOVED him here; Arthur Clennam’s character is perfect for him (I had a eureka moment after pondering all this, and realized he would be the perfect Colonel Brandon).

    Letters to Juliet, 2010
    Bleh.

    Austenland, 2013
    Although this film is rift with objectionable aspects and has a super awkward heroine, I did enjoy it well. And I loved J.J. Fields (especially in modern clothes at the end).


  • Culture and Entertainment

    Classic Hollywood Movies I’ve Watched This Quarter

    I’ve watched 8 classic Hollywood movies, most of them from my lists.

    To Catch a Thief, 1955
    A famous movie starring two famous actors. I think that its overrated. I found it interesting enough, and I laughed, but the humor isn’t particularly witty. The identity of the thief isn’t surprising (and I’m easily mislead or at least allow myself to be easily mislead), and I just didn’t find the mystery exciting or the romance strong.

    The Thin Man, 1934
    I wanted to watch this after this review highlighted the main couple. They are adorable as described. This mystery is more complex than the above movie because of all the characters and all the complex intrigue. The movie had some humor, but not tons or at least not my kind of humor. And I thought it quite dark and scary, especially near the end. However, I still would like to watch more of this series.

    Laura, 1944
    Dana Andrews plays the detective in this film, but with his looks, clothes, and worldly persona, he appears like a gangster. I liked that juxtaposition of “bad guy” feel on a good guy character. I enjoyed the film noir aspect of this film. But the dramatic, suspenseful music keyed my nerves so tight! The plot may seem absurdly convoluted and simple, but like I said, I’m easily fooled with mysteries, and I don’t think the plot is everything (or even the main thing).

    Holiday Inn, 1942
    I found the humor in this film to my taste; the sabotaging that goes on amongst the various characters is outrageous and hilarious. The dancing is excellent but of a different type than the grand numbers in White Christmas, but the music (except for the song I’m Dream of a White Christmas) is decidedly inferior. The plot is much inferior too. A younger Bing Crosby is nice to look at though.

    Funny Face, 1957
    Meh, and I’m not a Fred Astaire fan.

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939
    Jimmy Stewart looks so sweet and often plays such sweet, honorable, naïve characters. I felt that his character in this film, Jefferson Smith, exhibits these qualities the highest I’ve seen yet. While the plot overall (not enough romance) isn’t really my thing, the naivete of Jefferson Smith and his endurance and sweetness added to the plot made the film enjoyable.

    The Ox-Bow Incident, 1943
    In comparison to Lonesome Dove, this Western seems almost saintly; it has a solid moral framework. It clearly indicates that vigilantism isn’t justice. However, I don’t believe that the guilty men murder the innocents in purely hot-blood mob mentality (as the film and DVD cover imply) because they have plenty of time to cool down and plenty of opportunities to listen and observe. It’s clearly murder, not manslaughter. I’m not sure that it is great to focus so solely on violence in movies.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Christmas Movies and Books

    In addition to watching Hallmark movies (more on that later), we re-watched a lot of childhood favorites plus some old classics. I’ve seen all of these before (although A Charlie Brown Christmas only once and didn’t remember it well) except Polar Express. I had few more new to us movies from the library but couldn’t motivate anyone to watch them with me before they were due back.

    Christmas Sing Along. I hardly paid attention once I realized it wasn’t the one I thought.

    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Sing Along. I enjoyed this; its quite short to an adult. I thought it lasted forever as a child.

    Polar Express. We didn’t even finish this as we were so bored. It was both weird and boring. I’m not ever sure I’ve been that bored.

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Frosty. As cute as always.

    Its a Wonderful Life. I liked it better this time around, but I still don’t greatly enjoy it, especially as a Christmas movie since it has SO much angst.

    White Christmas. Still waiting on Holiday Inn from the library. I’m thinking I will still prefer White Christmas.

    Hallmark was rather a disappointment this year. We only had the second channel temporarily, so we didn’t get to see to many old favorites (they’ve seemingly moved most of them over to that channel). And most of the movies didn’t get a super high rating from us except A Perfect Christmas. A Nutcracker Christmas, Christmas Cookies, and Finding Father Christmas were cute in my opinion (the latter is on the second channel) but nothing like our favorites.

    I didn’t do much Christmas reading because I ordered so late. I read Christmas with Anne, marking down food references: turkey, plum pudding, and mince pie featured in almost all the stories, and nuts, candies, taffy, and fruitcake made a couple appearances and raisin pudding at least one appearances. This seems so 19th century and British and Canadian. Only fruitcake is familiar to me (in name, we don’t usually have it). We have turkey at Thanksgiving and ham or beef at Christmas and Christmas Eve.

    I read one prosy, sententious story from Christmas from the Heart three. I haven’t been inspired to read more. I have Letters from Father Christmas from the library now, but I might just wait until next year.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Blogmas Day Two: Christmas Movies List

    I am linking up here.

    We of course watch tons of Hallmark, I will write more about that in another post. I thought I should make more of an effort to watch non-Hallmark movies, especially childhood favorites and Christmas classics.

    Rewatch
    ~Frosty
    ~Mickey’s Christmas Carol
    ~Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Songs (I bough a vhs because the DVD version has changes 🙁 Ruining childhood memories, Disney!
    ~Christmas Sing Along (I though this one and the above were combined until we watched it this year and my sister pointed out that we had two sing alongs when we were little; this was not the favorite)
    ~How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    ~White Christmas
    ~Hans Brinker (well, we’ll see, “our” version is harder to find and expensive!)
    ~Its a Wonderful Life I watched this a decade ago and didn’t like it, so I thought I had better try it again. I highly doubt it will ever come close to White Christmas though.

    Never Watched Before
    ~Holiday Inn
    ~A Charlie Brown Christmas
    ~The Polar Express
    ~Miracle on 34th Street
    ~The Bishop’s Wife
    ~The Holiday
    Any others that I read about that interest me.