Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Good morning all you LSB bloggers!

Rise and shine. ‘Course, I’m on Central time so maybe a lot of you have already risen and shone. Me? I’m just having my first cup of coffee after seeing hubby off and taking a brisk walk around the square to get my back kinks out. Normally I like kinky stuff, but not when it affects my back.

Anyway, yesterday and last night I was sitting around wondering what in the heck I could write about. During the day, I intermittently stopped working on my novel, worrying about this blog. My hamburger burned on the grill at dinnertime because I was preoccupied with what I might say this morning. Hubby gave up trying to engage me in conversation because every other sentence I asked, “What can I write about??” He finally patted me on the head and said, “You’ll think of something,” and toodled off to do something in another part of the house.

I was left alone, twiddling my thumbs and absently watching TV when I noticed The Odessa File was on TCM. Gosh, I loved that movie! It was my introduction to Frederick Forsyth novels and I read every one I could find—he was never a disappointment. (The Day of the Jackal came on TCM afterward, and I set the tape machine for that.) You know, they don’t hardly make movies like those any more. I mean really good movies that revolved on plot rather than sex..

So my blog is about movies. Maybe not the greats, but some of those I particularly enjoyed. My all time favorite, Dr. Zhivago, I saw with my mom and grandmother in Iowa the summer of 1966 when I was a mere babe. Actually I was going into my sophomore year of high school and I fell in love with Pasternak and all things Russian (which wasn’t very popular since my grandfather was Lithuanian, but that’s another story). My grandmother talked all the way through the film. “Would you look at that? My GOD why would anyone live like that??” “Oh, my Lord, I’m getting cold just watching this.” “Well, for crying out loud, why didn’t he know that?” And so on. It’s a wonder we weren’t thrown out.

I thought the imagery and story of the movie and the book were splendid! I carried the sheer romance of Pasternak’s story in my heart for years. Then I showed the movie to a high school class I was teaching in the mid-1990s. I taught sociology in an all boys’ school and I used the movie as a Friday, end of week, give-the-teacher-a break activity. I told the administration the film demonstrated revolution, one of the ways societies bring about change, but the boys knew the real reason. Showing a movie gave them something other than me to ignore. Anyway, go figure. The kids (seniors and juniors) loved the scene where the protesters were mowed down by the czar’s soldiers and totally missed the sensuality of Lara and Komarovsky’s first awareness of each other. I thought at the time the difference in perception was a generational thing, but in fact it was due to their being BOYS.

Other movies I loved: anything with Robert Mitchum (remember The Enemy Below or Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison?), The Fox (Keir Dullea was yummy, and oh, yeah, it was also a D.H. Lawrence story. PLUS, it was very sexy and Keir Dullea was yummy), The List of Adrian Messenger (what a great, fun mystery with the added advantage of a cameo by Robert Mitchum and other greats), Psycho (I saw this movie at Damn Neck Naval Base when I was in the fourth grade, and a little sailor sitting in front of me screamed when the detective was stabbed at the top of the stairs, jumped up and left the theatre. I wouldn’t take a shower for months afterward—this is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen), any of the original James Bond movies with Sean Connery, Ship of Fools (I had a thing for Oskar Werner. I don’t know why.).

DH is the kind of person who looks for three people killed or two buildings blown up or something to happen before the credits are off the screen, or else he says, “I’m bored. Tell me why I’m watching this again??” So it’s surprising that we both enjoyed these kind of low-key movies, all from Australia: The Dish (this was actually wonderful, but my draw was Sam Neill—hubba-hubba!), The Man From Snowy River, and My Brilliant Career (the ending was very disappointing, but did I say I adore Sam Neill??)

Two films I can’t say I loved, exactly, but which I have to mention are Flesh Gordon and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Flesh Gordon is the first XXX rated film I ever saw that I remember. Let’s face it, most adult films aren’t very memorable, but hubby (who took me to an “art” theatre to see this masterpiece) and I have used lines from this movie for years. “I have the Power Pasties and I know how to use them!” Or “I just lovvvvve murder.” Who can forget Flesh and Emperor Wang on the planet of Porno?? (BTW, the only other person I know who has seen this film is another LSB author. Guess which one…)

I have to include It’s a Mad…. not because of the film, but because it’s what Jack and I went to see on our first date (December 21, 1966--Yes, I’m a sentimental slob.). But I should have noticed at the time. That film is pure slapstick. Jack loved it. So lets’ see. I loved Dr. Zhivago, with all it’s angst, and he loved Mad World. What does this tell us? It’s a good thing he’s so lovable in other ways.

I know there are a zillion more films I’ve really enjoyed, but tell me about some of your favorite films. Tonight I’ll select a winner from the films noted and I’ll gift you with your choice of a Dee S. Knight book download and a book download by another LSB author. Stop by the blog tomorrow morning to see if you’ve won—I’ll need you to send me your email address.

Okay? So please blog with me today and share your favorite movies and any little story that goes along with them. I showed you mine, not show me yours!

Dee S. Knight


Blogger Tiffany Aaron said... I can't be included in the contest, but I have to say I loved your blog, Dee.

I adore THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER. I used it in my freshman 101 college course along with Rudyard Kipling's 'IF', I think to prove how visual arts and written words can tell the same story. (It's not really

My other all-time favorite movie is MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON. Jimmy Stewart was so yummy! lol I cried like a baby during his filibuster scene. :)

I could go on and on about all the movies I love, but I won't.

Just wanted to drop by and say hi. No need to be nervous. You did great.


10:47 AM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Big Trouble starring Rene Russo, Tim Allen, and Stanley Tucci is a favorite of mine. Based on a very funny Dave Barry novel, it pokes fun at Florida Gator fans, Martha Stewart, and cable TV, all while Tim Allen tries to save the world from two bungling idiots with a nuclear device. Lots of action, romance, and fun. And Fritos® too.


10:49 AM  
Blogger Feather Marosek said...

Hi Dee,
good blog. Um Alltime fav movies?
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Tank Girl

yah, I'm weird :)

Feather Marosek

10:58 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Morning Dee,

Well now, can I just borrow one of your fav's, because instead of telling you about movies, I have a question ~grinz~!

I remember reading in the non-promo, promo, dirt digging post something about your first husband being a really good marksman, yes?

Then this morning I find out from your post that in 1966 you had your first date with your darling hubby and in 1966 you entered your sophomore year in high school.

Doing the math, which I'm so good at, LOL, I must conclude that either your first hubby was very, very young, or your first hubby is your only hubby ~smiles~!

Okay, spill the beans, darlin. Why the 'first' in that little exposed secret? Are you trying to confuse me?

Oh, by the way, I can just picture your dear hubby patting you on the top of the head, that look on his face. Yes, I know the look, I saw it at RT, LOL. Tell Mr. Handsome hi for me, please.

Michelle Hoppe

11:19 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

LOL.. I really enjoyed your blog. A definate pick me up after loading software this morning.

My all time favorite movie is White Christmas. I am a sap when it comes to Christmas and musicals.

11:27 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

okay the best movie was easy - the worst movie I ever saw didn't even leave me with some good quotes unlike your Flesh Gordon. My friends and I thought we would be cool and rent a foreign film in college. Obviously we should have paid more attention to selection criteria. We got a Japanese film that dealt with a guy that worked in machinery. Anyway - something went wrong and the man's body started to turn into various machinery. Now I like a good drill, but seeing his anatomy changed to a drill and what he did with it - wouldn't want to be his girlfriend. I couldn't go to a Home Depot for days without laughing in the tools department.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Kate Willoughby said...

THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER was an excellent movie. I even have the soundtrack from it and listen to it when I'm writing. Too bad the sequel fell short. But that's to be expected. Very few sequels live up to the original.

I adored EMMA with Gwennyth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam, and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY was great too. I'm a generally a sucker for any period movies.

Goofy movies I liked but am ashamed to say so...? AIRPLANE. I haven't watched that in years, but is ripe for quotable quotes. ("Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up ____.")

MURDER BY DEATH is another great one and not too well known. It's a spoof on the old mysteries with sleuths like Poirot, Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, etc. FABULOUS cast. David Niven, Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, Eileen Brennan, Maggie Smith. Rent it.

11:40 AM  
Blogger snowflake said...

Good morning, Dee. My all-time favourite film is Bridget Jone's Diary, closely followed by LOTR, and Harry Potter.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I am a sentimental at heart so I love Romantic Comedies. One of my favorites would have to be Kevin Costner's ROBIN HOOD. What girl would not love to have a guy fight for her? Some of my other favorites are: SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, YOU'VE GOT MAIL, THE WEDDING SINGER(humorous but I loved the song he sang on the airplane), and JERRY MAGUIRE. I know, Jerry Maguire, why would I pick that? "You had me at hello."

Since the holiday season is upon us, one of my favorite Christmas movie of all time is CHRISTMAS COMES TO WILLOW CREEK. I am not sure if I loved this movie originally because it had Bo and Luke Duke (Dukes of Hazzard) in it or if I always loved the humor along the way and everything coming together by the end. My other favorite would have to be MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. Both the old one and the new one.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...I feel so superficial because I'm going to put Chronicles of Riddick because...dang, have you seen the arms on Vin Diesel? Plot shmlot. He can growl at me any day. Grr, baby, grr.

And The Rundown with The Rock? Torn white tee, big, beefy bod. Booyah.

But my all-time favorite movie has to be E.T. Every time...I cry every time. And there's not even a beefcake in the movie. Wow. I feel like I've grown as a person.

Now should I go see Doom despite the fact that it looks like it'll scare the beejesus out of me? I mean...have you seen The Rock's back in that in the previews? Yow-zah.


12:19 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Tiffany Thanks for saying hi! Jimmy Stewart was so great. I actually saw a movie of his this morning (yes, I do occasionally do something besides watch movies…) that I’d never seen before. It was called … uh, something like Come Live With Me—or something—with Heddy Lamar. Very cute. Mr. Smith was very inspiring wasn’t it? Makes you want to stand up and salute, lol.

Nessie For a moment I thought you were going to say Big Trouble in Little China, lol. We cracked up at that. But if Dave Barry wrote Big Trouble, it has to be funny.

Feather I must be the only person in the world who’s never seen Rocky Horror Picture Show. I know—I’m deprived. Or is that depraved?

Michelle You give away all my secrets! Yes, Jack is the first, the last, the only. Lord knows, I wouldn’t want to go through the hassle again. Do you know how long you have to live with someone before you feel comfortable letting loose with a… Well, never mind. We dated seven years—I have so much invested, I’m not likely to give up without a long, hard fight. He’s been forewarned! It just now occurred to me that I gave the DATE of our date as well as my year in school, thus telling everyone my AGE. I must not have been firing on all electrodes when I wrote that.

I do feel it necessary to say, Jack didn’t take me to the (now defunct) Lee Art Theatre on Grace St. in Richmond, VA when I was 15! Just want to make that clear.

Amanda Donating blood would be a pick-me-up after loading software all morning, lol! But I do appreciate your sweet words. Your post made me laugh out loud picturing Mr. Drill Man!! Please tell me the name of that one! Personally, I always wondered if Superman, the Man of Steel was really, well, you know. As for White Christmas, I still cry at the end.

Kate Oh my gosh! I don’t know how I could have forgotten Airplane. Lord, I could see that over and over again! In fact, I think I have. Another one we also quote!

Jenny Gosh, LOTR—classic mind boggling books and the films do them justice, I think. I’m hoping for a set for Christmas. (Just in case The Husband reads this.)

12:21 PM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

Dee, my favorite movie is SARATOGA TRUNK with Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper *YUM*. I lived in Saratoga Springs, NY twice and both times I loved it! It's one of my favorite places in the world. And, it's cool to see old footage of Saratoga. I also like TANK GIRL and PREY FOR ROCK AND ROLL. Two punk rock movies that bring back great memories since I'm now grandma punk. *G*
LOL! My mother told me years ago she wouldn't shower with the doors closed for months after seeing Psycho. I love that movie too and was going to meet Anthony Perkins in Orlando when they did Psycho 4 but I left town and didn't get to meet him.

"Stay on the scene, (get on up), like a sex machine, (get on up).."
-James Brown

12:26 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Jessica I cried through all of those movies except The Wedding Singer and that's probably only because I haven't seen it, lol. Sloppy sentimental is wonderful!

Jenna WAHHH! I haven't seen any of those except E.T. and I blubbered like a baby at the end of it. Obviously my movie experience is lacking, Jenna. I need to get with you and find out about the Hunky films!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Meljprincess I think Psycho had that effect on a whole generation! Ingrid Bergman was so beautiful. Gaslight was on the other day, but you read about dh and how he likes his movies. Before they ever entered the house he was asking when we were going to eat, lol. I think Gary Cooper was one of the last really handsome actors. There aren't many of them today, sad to say.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

LOL...of course I'm not going to give away all your secrets, Dee. If I did that, what would I write about on my 'blog day'?

I almost fell on the floor laughing when I read your post.

"...wouldn’t want to go through the hassle again."

Is this what you call 'not pulling any punches'? HAHAHAHA!

"...thus telling everyone my AGE. I must not have been firing on all electrodes when I wrote that."

Anyone need to borrow a calculator? LOL!

As for all the movies everyone has I'm going to have to pull out all the boxes of VHS tapes and see which ones still work, than head to the video store to rent some others...OY, I forgot about some of these!

Michelle Hoppe

12:53 PM  
Blogger Ana said...

Hello Dee, I have to say that my favorite is "Forever Young" with Mel Gibson. Just love the guy in that movie, he was wonderful. It's a romantic fantasy movie, comedy, adventure and definitely a tearjerker.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous BarbK. said...

Hi, Dee. I enjoyed your blog this morning. It's fascinating what some see as "great" and others see as "not so great".
The only thing that stayed with me from Dr. Zivago was the SNOW and the perpetual leavings! The title song, though, is super!
If I have to choose, I would say any movie with Judy Garland or Fred & Ginger. I really love musicals.
On a more current level I would say STAR WARS. It was just so spectacular and out there when it first came out. The music, the characters, the special effects.
The Harry Potter movies are pretty good, too. More or less for the same reasons.
One movie that has stayed with me over the years is THE BEDFORD INCIDENT starring Richard Widmark and introducing Robert Wagner. (Yes, that's pretty old, huh?) It's the first film I'd ever seen that stuck to the storyline of a book.
The suspense grows to such a degree that by the time you get to the end you are really holding your breath, thinking, "That's not really going to happen!" And when it does, it's total shock. I think I enjoyed the response of my family more than anything else. Especially my father's.
There just don't seem to be many movies out there that measure up to those American Classics. Of course, that's just my opinion.
Have a great day, Dee.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Pepper Espinoza said...

I absolutely love The Man From Snowy River AND Return to Snowy River. Both fabulous movies that I watch every chance I'd get.

It's hard to pick an all time favorite movie. Right now, I'm going to have to go with the great western classic, "Once Upon a Time in the West." It's a perfect movie from start to finish, as far as I'm concerned. Perfectly shot, perfectly directed, perfectly acted. I can't think of a single flaw. I'm also partial to another Italian western that I think is lesser known, "The Great Silence." Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous movie.

A friend of mine once told me she really didn't like Italian westerns. Her reasons were something like "they're too dirty, too sweaty, too violent, and too ugly." I must be weird, because that's why I love them.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Dee said...

You mentioned a lot of good movies there, Dee. But I have to say my favorite part of Psycho was this: The psychiatrist goes through his long explanation about the motivation for Tony Perkins acting the part of his mother and killing people. Then the guy who has just lost his fiance to murder and should be utterly distraught says something like, "I understand that, doctor, but why was he wearing a dress?!" As if the cross-dressing was worse than the murder. It's laugh out loud funny every time.

How can a person choose one favorite movie for all time? Impossible. So I'll just mention one of my current favorites from a couple of years ago, "Bend It Like Beckham." It's a great female empowerment movie with interesting cross-cultural stuff and the offbeat good looks of Jonathan Rhys Meyers. It's a feel-good movie every time. Watch it on a bad day.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh...I forgot The Transporter. Oh yeah. How could I forget The Transporter. The original. I mean...Jason Statham...covered in oil...shirtless nearly 90% of the movie.

Hot damn. I knew I forgot someone. I mean...Jaaason Staaaatham.

Jenna;) really up there with the thought provoking movies.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Michelle Put the calculator on the desk and back away, Missy!

The hassle... Honestly, I once said that if Jack ever divorced me I'd find a cloistered convent somewhere and spend the rest of my days. Of course, that was before i started writing erotic romance. LOL. I'd have to spend every day in confession, so Plan A is probably out.

Ana I enjoyed Forever Young, too. And to my mind, Mel Gibson is one of those rare modern actors who is truly handsome. The older he gets, the better he looks. I'd go to see most anything he's in.

BarbK By the time we got to the snow scene in Zhivago I loved with the candle shining through the frost, the boys in my class were asking when the next war scene was coming. I retaliated by making them write an essay on revolution as depicted in the film. Of course, they got back at me because I had to grade all the essays.

The Bedford Incident was absolutely outstanding!! I know what you mean about the ending because I kept thinking right up to the end... Well, we don't want a spoiler here. That was in the same time period as Failsafe, another movie that held pretty close to the book.

Our favorite musical is Paint Your Wagon, one of the few movies we own and watch over and over.

Pepper I also love those old "spaghetti westerns!" They're pure entertainment for me. Besides, without them, we might not have Clint Eastwood. Now you've made me want to check out The Great Silence."

1:30 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Bonnie Re: Psycho: Hey, fashion is ALWAYS important, lol.

I heard really good comments on Bend It Like Beckham but haven't seen it. I'm finding good recommendations from this blog!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

"THE WEDDING SINGER(humorous but I loved the song he sang on the airplane)."

What about his other song, "Somebody kill me now, put a gun to my head...", the one he tells Julia is "uneven." That's still my very favorite Adam Sandler movie!

Nessie, who has way too many favorites to name!

1:37 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Dee wrote:
"Jessica I cried through all of those movies except The Wedding Singer and that's probably only because I haven't seen it, lol. Sloppy sentimental is wonderful!"

I cried at the end of JUST MARRIED. Anyone else? That speech Ashton Kutcher makes to Britney Murphey via the gate intercom had me boo-hooing. DH just looked at me with a worried frown. *LOL*


1:39 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

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1:40 PM  
Anonymous RobynL said...

My favorite movie for Christmas is The
Gathering with Ed Asner where a dying father (Ed Asner) pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas.
Plus, Miracle on 34th Street is great.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

I deleted a duplicate post. Don't know why it double-posted my question about JUST MARRIED. Maybe because nobody answered me??????

OK, more favorites of mine: Oh, brother, where art thou? Second Hand Lions, Young Frankenstein, Legally Blonde,and Drowning Mona. *LOL*

lonely Nessie, who has realy weird tastes in movies.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous RobynL said...

Another movie I loved is The Bridges of Madison County with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. I've watched it on TV and have it on VHS. Love it!!!

2:14 PM  
Blogger Pepper Espinoza said...

Now you've made me want to check out The Great Silence."

It's out on DVD and definitely worth the price of rental!

It also includes one of my favorite lines from a villian. "You all saw the lady shot first."

2:14 PM  
Anonymous annalisa said...

Hi Dee!

Love your blog! One of my all-time favorite movies was STAR WARS. I remember when my husband and I took our first child (he's almost 26 now) and our nephew to the drive-in when the first movie came out. It was fantastic sitting under the stars watching the movie!! Another movie I have always liked is RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK with Harrison Ford. His early movies were the best! DIRTY HARRY, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, THE RED VIOLIN, X-MEN, THE GODFATHER, LOTR, HARRY POTTER, and CARRIE are all great flicks. I saw CARRIE again around Halloween and it was fun seeing how young John Travolta looked. THE RETURN OF ZORRO with Antonio Banderas was a fun movie to watch. I enjoyed watching Antonio with his sword!! Lots of action! I also enjoyed watching him in INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE...WOW... It's been fun reading your blog and remembering all the great movies that people have mentioned! Some of them I haven't seen for years!

2:16 PM  
Anonymous BarbK. said...

Yes, Dee, I have to say PAINT YOUR WAGON was great, too. I really enjoyed Lee Marvin in that. I can still hear him singing the theme song.

You know, so many of the old actors were song and dance men as well. The only movie I really liked James Cagney in was YANKEE DOODLE DANDY.


2:22 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Vanessa Nessie, I would never go up against you in movie info! Every time I read The Wedding Singer in this post I think The Jazz Singer--is that the one? With Neil Diamond? I did see that one, so I'm not totally hopeless.

Robynl The original Miracle on 34th Street is my favorite. years ago, Marlo Thomas did a rendition of It's a Wonderful Life for TV and it was very good but I don't know what ever happened to it. And Bridges of Madison County, I enjoyed the book more than the movie, despite Meryl and Clint. But I blubbered through both of them, lol.

Annalisa I also saw Star Wars when it came out in the theatre! Jack and I took his mom and we felt like kids cheering for the good guys--what fun! But shame on you for focusing my brain on Antonio Banderas's sword!! You naughty girl! Yes, indeed, that's an image that will stay with me all day...

BarbK Drive-ins are a part of the past we should all mourn. They were GREAT!! We went almost every week when we lived in CA--$2 for the whole carload, and it was like a picnic with a movie.

I understand they had to get Lee Marvin drunk for him to sing "Wandrin' Star." It was worth it, lol.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Ah, drive-ins! That's where my generation went on dates to have sex *LOL* Well, maybe just heavy petting, but we sure steamed up the windows.

The Jazz Singer was re-made by Neil Diamond, yes. Great soundtrack. Speaking of Neil, has anyone seen Saving Silverman? It's crude, it's silly, but I loved it! First of all, it has Neil himself in a cameo. And how can you forget R. Lee Ermey playing an ex-con high school football coach who's gay? *LOL*

Robynl, sorry I can't share your enthusiasm for Bridges of Madison County. I read the book and that was enough. I didn't even give the movie a chance.

Christmas movies? A Christmas Story! Love that one! Ralphie's grown-up voice is the late, great Jean Shepherd, who wrote the book upon which the movie is based, the classic In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. I also love Ernest Saves Christmas. I'm so sorry Jim Varney died, you know what I mean? ;-)

I told you Nessie has weird taste in movies!

2:49 PM  
Blogger glenna day said...

Some of my all time favorite movies are Love Actually, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Queen of the Damned, Interview with a vampire, Michael, Bridget Jones Diary, and my favorite christmas movies are White Christmas, all the Christmas Carol movies, Santa Claus the movie, and The Santa Clause.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

THE WEDDING SINGER has Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in it. They are the main characters.

Vanessa Hart,
Yes, I liked JUST MARRIED too.

And, Adam Sandler's other song...Somebody kill me. I don't know another actor that could pull that off. LOL. Have you seen 50 FIRST DATES yet? He has another hysteria song in it.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Glenna I also liked The Santa Claus. Did you see it? I was surprised by it, actually. Thanks for posting!

Jessica I feel compelled to rent an Adam Sandler movie... And I guess it'll have to be The Wedding Singer, lol.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Hey Dee, Just popping in to say hi and see if I can do this blog thing. I think I set up my username okay. I'm still unpacking from my trip--I'm so bummed to have missed the unveiling of SEx, but I plan to catch up soon. :-)

5:08 PM  
Blogger Christy Robin said...

I've always considered myself a movie freak, but I must admit I've never seen any of these, Dee. Of course, I'm a romantic comedy or historical girl myself. Probably why.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Rae Morgan said...

Okay, I loved the Indiana Jones movies -- the ones with Harrison Ford, not the Young Indiana Jones. I loved Speed, The Rock, Broken Arrow, Under Siege I and II, Clear and Present Danger and the other Tom Clancy movie with Harrison Ford, can't think of it right now, and well, just action pictures in general. :)

All the Bond movies except for the Peter Sellers one and the one with George Lazenby, those two were lame. I do think Daniel Craif, even though he is blond, will be a hunky Bond -- I love him!

And I agree Vin Diesel, although I liked XXX better because of the soundtrack (can we sing/yell "FEUR") than the Riddick movies, although they were worthy of one or two -- okay, three looks.

BTW, my hubby and son met Vin at Sundance when his first movie came out at the alternative indie festival several years ago-- said he was a really nice guy and talked to anyone who would stop and talk to him. Very cool. I am really sorry I passed going skiing in Park City that year. Dang it!

Rae Morgan

6:15 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Hmmm, Dee. Got your message about the calculator too late ~sly smile~, already loaned it out to several inquiring minds, LOL!

OMG, a cloistered convent. I can see it now...well actually, I can't see it at all, LOL. Although plan A is out, I doubt you'll need a plan B, I've seen the way Jack looks at you, darlin.

Michelle Hoppe

6:34 PM  
Blogger Rhiannon said...

Hi Dee,
Coming in on this a bit late but you know me...

Fav movies huh? Well, my tastes for movies run to the darker side. Bram Stoker's Dracula is wonderful. I had to watch it three times before I saw 'everything' that Dracula did in the background. One scene especially well done was when Dracula is walking up behind Jonathan Harker as he sits at a desk. The first time I watched the scene, I thought something was wrong with it but couldn't figure out what. The second time I realized that while Dracula is walking toward Jonathan, Dracula's shadow is doing some really strange things on the wall as he moves closer.

Another fav of mine is Alien Resurrection. Sirgorney Weaver has done wonders with the role of Ripley.

Then again, I love comedies. Baby's Day Out is my absolute favorite comedy. Yes, it's slapstick. Yes, people "get hurt". But it's the only movie where I almost rolled off the couch laughing so hard I cried. My husband thought I was totally losing it.

So, that's my contribution for today. How's your day going, Dee?

6:45 PM  
Blogger Jeanette J said...

My favorite movie is A Christmas Carol..the 1951 version with Alastair Sim in B&W. Back before VCR's and DVD's my family would watch this every Christmas and it still gives me the same enjoyment today.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Phyllis said...

I like The Man From Snowy River and Return to Snowy River. Anything with Harrison Ford or Mel Gibson in it. And one of my all time favorites is The Last of the Mohicans.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Dayum, you saw the ORIGINAL Dr. Zchivago (sp?)in 1966? I was born that year.

ROFLMAO--I just couldn't stop myself. LOLLOL

Great blog!
Dakota :)

8:22 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Rae, I've seen all the Bond films; and believe it or not, my favorite is Golden Eye. Pierce Brosnan was terrific, and the kick-butt heroine broke the typical plot pattern for Bond movies. I really, really liked that spunky Russian lady!

The other Clancy film with Harrison Ford was Patriot Games, which -- if you read the book -- was an awful script. Still, Harrison and Anne Archer pulled it off.


8:23 PM  
Blogger Amy S. said...

I loved Psycho!! The remake was pretty good too. My favorite movies are Speed, A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Princess Bride, The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals, any Adam Sandler movie, and What Lies Beneath.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Pam P. said...

Hi Dee, Day of the Jackal was one of my favorite movies, along with Dr. Zhivago, Reds was another really good one. I've always liked the older movies the best, got into them late at night when I was a teen, and so many I can watch again and again.

Some of my favorites: Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Thomas Crown Affair (original with Steve McQueen), though the remake with Pierce Brosnan was pretty good), Mrs. Miniver.

Saw lots of others that were enjoyable back in the days of drive-ins, though we missed some of them, too, - as said, heavy necking and petting, lol.

Pam P.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Shara Thanks for stopping by to say hi!

Christy Believe me, I’ve found quite a few in this list that I haven’t seen, too! You might not have seen some I mentioned because I’m OLD, Christy, lol! I’ve had lots of years to see movies.

Rae Hey, Rae. See? You can tell about when I stopped going to movies—I have no idea who Daniel Craif or Vin Diesel are… I know, I’m so out of it. I know Harrison Ford, though, lol.

Michelle Jack looks at me? In a nice way, not like, “Okay, what useful thing have you done with your life lately??” LOL! That’s so sweet of you to say. Hope you’re right, because I am right lousy at making plans.

Rhiannon Rhi, thanks so much for saying hi!! I used to love vampire movies, but I stopped watching all things scary when Jack was working in Kansas City and I was still in Virginia and I had to spend so much time by myself. Then it was happy, happy stuff all the time, lol. I appreciate your stopping by, Missy!

Jeanette I never liked A Christmas Carol until I saw it on the stage, and then I started liking the movies, too. I also really like Scrooged, with Bill Murray. I swear, Carol Kane cracks me up no matter how many times I see that movie.

Phyllis You have great taste in men, Phyllis!! I’m kind of surprised how many people have said they like The Man From Snowy River!

Dakota Missy, youth is in the mind, Woman. And my mind is as childlike as they come. You couldn’t help yourself?? I have two words for you: Try. Harder. LOL—thanks for visiting.

Vanessa I didn’t care for the movie versions of Patriot Games or Clear and Present Danger, while I really liked both books. Nothing against Harrison, but…

Amy Oh, The Princess Bride is another we own and can watch over and over. And speaking of U.S. Marshals--that was Tommy Lee Jones, right? There’s another hunk, in my book!

9:47 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Pam Oh, you listed good movies! I loved Breakfast at Tiffany’s. My grandmother (the same one who talked all through Zhivago) saw BaT’s when it came out and said she never understood it—they never did have breakfast in the store. She was a trip! As for necking and petting, the Lord and Master and I used to go to drive-ins and I plead the fifth.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Hello, Movie Watchers!

I didn't want to interrupt Tiffany's morning post, so I gave the winner here:


Your name was chosen to win a free download of one of my books and a free download of any other LSB book you want. Check out the LSB ( site and let me know at


Thanks for blogging with me yesterday, everyone!


8:15 AM  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

I can't believe I missed this whole conversation!!

I was home sick on Monday and Tuesday but Monday afternoon I stretched out on the couch and watched *sigh* "The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer" THEN watched "Bringing up Baby". I don't know if they're necessarily my favorite movies, per se, but it was like chicken noodle soup and your favorite blanket (both of which I had) to sit and watch them while I felt so cruddy. *g*

Great post Dee!

12:15 PM  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

ONe last comment and I"ll go away--I watched 50 First Dates the other night and it was so CUTE! I'm a total Sandler Junkie (which is strange cuz I"m not a big comedy person). Action, Adventure, Riddick, The Rock, Suspsnese, Guns, Bombs--I'm so there! Chick flicks? Well lets just say that Legally Blonde qualifies as a Guilty Pleasure *blush*

12:22 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Cece I'm sorry you missed the blog, too! The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer was cute, but Bringing Up Baby made me laugh out loud in several places. Cary Grant was such a natural--he's always a pleasure to watch!

Hope you feel better!

8:25 AM  

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