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Q – Quotes from my 25 favorite movies

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You’ll never be a first class human being or a first class woman until you’ve learned to have some regard for human frailty.   (The Philadelphia Story, 1940)

Only grown-up men are scared of women.  (The Sound of Music, 1965)

I’m like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.   (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961)

I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.   (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939)

We all go a little mad sometimes.   (Psycho, 1960)

I understand you may have had sexual relations with my daughter before, but under our roof, it’s my way or the Long Island Expressway. So just keep your snake in its cage for 72 hours.   (Meet the Parents, 2000)

Mary: I want a guy who can play 36 holes of golf, and still have enough energy to take Warren and me to a baseball game, and eat sausages, and beer, not lite beer, but beer. That’s my ad, print it up.
Brenda: “Fatty who likes golf and beer.” Gee, Mary, where are you gonna find a gem like that?   (There’s Something About Mary, 1998)

Frodo:I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. 

Gandalf:So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.    (The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001)

I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.  (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994)

You know, you may be the first attractive woman I’ve not wanted to sleep with in my entire life.   (When Harry Met Sally, 1989)

Those aren’t pillows!   (Trains, Planes, and Automobiles, 1987)

Oh, I don’t know, Charlie. Unlike you, I never expected “the thunderbolt.” I always just hoped that, that I’d meet some nice friendly girl, like the look of her, hope the look of me didn’t make her physically sick, then pop the question and, um, settle down and be happy. It worked for my parents. Well, apart from the divorce and all that.   (Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1993)

We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.   (The Breakfast Club, 1985)

You’re my knight in shimmering armor. Did you know that?   (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, 1992)

If you fit into my pants I will kill myself.   (While You Were Sleeping, 1995)

Sometimes things happen between people that make it impossible for them to stay together. (A Walk on the Moon, 1999)

Unthinkably good things can happen even late in the game. It’s such a surprise.   (Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003

I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.    (Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001)

You can’t navigate me. I may do mean things, and I may hurt you, and I may run away without your permission, and you may hate me forever, and I know that scares the living shit outta you ’cause you know I’m the only real thing you got.    (Reality Bites, 1994)

Thank God its not a bullshit detector or none of us would get in.   (No Way Out, 1987)

A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.   (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)

You can’t handle the truth!  (A Few Good Men, 1992)

You swim alone, climb rocks, rescue servants, is there anything you don’t do?   (Ever After, 1998)

You know the Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: “Did he have passion?”.   (Serendipity, 2001)

No, sir, I have no experience but I’m a big fan of money. I like it, I use it, I have a little. I keep it in a jar on top of my refrigerator. I’d like to put more in that jar. That’s where you come in. (The Wedding Singer, 1998)

What are some of your favorite movie quotes?

April 20, 2017 Posted by | Blogging from A-Z, movies, Say What?, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

P – Paper Towns

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Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff as Margo Roth Spiegelman and Quentin "Q" Jacobsen respectivelyI could do a movie/book comparison, but I’m too tired today.  I read the book a few years ago (here) and watched the movie last night.  Amazingly, they both felt the same to me.  I’m sure there are differences, but my feelings about the story and each of the characters was the same for both.

Q and his buddies are not popular in high school, but they’re seniors so that part of their life is almost at an end.  Margo is popular, really popular, and Q has been in love with her since she moved in across the street over a decade before.  They had been friends before high school sorted them into different spheres.  One night not long before graduation, Margo sneaks into Q’s room and convinces him to join her on what turns out to be the best night of his life.  Thinking it was the beginning of something special, he is confused when Margo disappears the next day.

This was a good movie starring Nat Wolff who was Isaac in another John Green movie The Fault in Our Stars and Augustus from that same movie, Ansel Elgort, has a funny cameo.  My favorite part of the book and movie was the friendship between the three boys and the road trip they took together, even if it ended in heartbreak for one.

Solid movie based on a solid book.

April 19, 2017 Posted by | Blogging from A-Z, movies, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

K- Kisses On the Big Screen

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When I watched Catch & Release earlier this month I noted that it had a few hot kissing scenes.  Here’s one and a few others that come to mind.  I’d like to know yours!  Share in the comments 🙂

April 13, 2017 Posted by | Blogging from A-Z, Uncategorized | 10 Comments

J – Jack Reacher, Never Go Back

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I love Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.  He is the man.  If I ever get into any kind of trouble I hope that Reacher is going through town so that he can take care of it.  I was late to the series and am not rushing through so I’ve read the first 11 of the series.  I compared the first Jack Reacher movie with the book it was based on here.  Tom Cruise was not a popular choice to play the anti-hero, but I think he managed to pull it off.  I was surprised that they made a second film after the limited success of the first.

Never Go Back is based on the 18th book of the series, so I have a little while before I read it, but I did watch the movie with Jason over the weekend.  Jason loves the series too and thinks that Cruise is a good Reacher.

The movie is good.  He kicks some butt, but amazingly doesn’t sleep with any women in this one.  He might have a daughter, he escapes from a military jail, and he travels to both DC and New  Orleans.

So, if you are a fan of the series, who do you think is the perfect Jack Reacher?  I’ve always thought if Liam Neeson were a decade or two younger he might be able to pull it off.



April 12, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

H – Head Strong:The Bulletproff Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-In Just Two Weeks

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Today I am part of a TLC Book Tour for Head Strong.  I agreed to today last month and am lucky it worked for my A-Z challenge too 🙂

Title: Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-in Just Two Weeks, Author: Dave AspreyHead Strong by Dave Asprey

When I saw this on the book tour list I was really thinking of my husband.  It my mind I think I had some vague notion of reading it together or some such sweet thought, but, like most sweet intentions, it just never happened.  So I found myself starting a book that I wasn’t all that interested in, but was immediately surprised by just how much this book is in my wheelhouse, so to speak.  This successful man could have easily written this book with a biomed mom, the two are that similar.

Asprey was an overweight and overwhelmed 20 something who would often fall asleep in meetings.  To his credit, he was very successful, but he also knew something had to give.  One thing led to another and he ended up doing a brain scan and finding out his mitochondria were way out of whack.  I think it’s important to note here that Gage has mitochondrial disorder, so I know that his knowledge is solid.  He even taught me a few things I didn’t know already about the science.

You can fix your mitochondria.  The first and most important way is through diet.  Hm.  Those who know me and have followed some of the books I read on the blog know that I am no stranger to diets and this one is everything I’ve been trying to tell parents for years: no dairy and no gluten.  I learned about mold in food which I knew nothing about and I’m a little miffed that I know about now because he’s ruined coffee for me.

Okay, let me focus here.  What you eat is important but so is the elimination of toxins and junk light and adding in sunlight, exercise and meditation.  These may not sound new, but he does go into the science and reasoning behind it.  He also talks about some high tech resources that are out there now that I know Jason will interested to read about.

The reasoning behind his recommendations is detailed and the book is laid out in such a way that you can skip the more confusing parts and go right to the recommendations.  I think the two week plan needed more recipes, but that is my only suggestion.

I liked it and think Jason will too.  It’s full of great tips and explanations.  (Be warned that this is not the book for you if you are looking for a quick fix.  Yes, the title says two weeks, but these are not minor changes easy to accomplish.)

Thanks to Harper Collins for sending me a copy of the book.






April 10, 2017 Posted by | 4 Star Books, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

F – Far From the Madding Crowd

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I joined the Classics Club a few years ago and the goal is to read 50 classics in 5 years.  Well, I have less than 3 years to read 39 classics!  Yikes.  When the letter F came up I was going to watch Father of the Bride, one of my top 100 movies, but then I saw this on the shelves at the library and decided to give it a try.  I’ve never read Thomas Hardy and if I liked the movie then I could add the book to my classics challenge.

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015 film).jpgFar From the Madding Crowd is a 2015 film featuring  Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Michael Sheen.  Bathsheba Everdene is on her aunt’s farm in 1870 England when she meets Mr. Oak.  He proposes.  She says no husband, no way.  She inherits her uncle’s large, very successful farm.  The neighbor, Mr. Boldwood, asks her to marry him.  No husband, no way.  A soldier shows up one day and kisses her, boom, they’re married.

I liked the movie quite a bit and think I will add this to my classics challenge.  Sure, I’m a sucker for a good romance, but more than that I really want to get to know Bathsheba a bit better.  She is a fascinating woman.

Has anyone read it? What did you think?

April 7, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 9 Comments

E- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

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This month I’m focusing on movies, but I plan to compare the book to the movie in another post so I’ll tell you about the book since I just finished it.

Extremely loud and incredibly close large.JPEGFinished 4-6-17, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2005

Unabridged audio read by multiple authors. 11 hours.

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is a precocious Francophile who idolizes Stephen Hawking and plays the tambourine extremely well. He’s also a boy struggling to come to terms with his father’s death in the World Trade Center attacks. As he searches New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he left behind, Oskar discovers much more than he could have imagined.             from Goodreads

This description is accurate but not complete.  There are really three storylines, with Oskar’s voice carrying most of the story.  His grandmother and grandfather are the other two narratives and to say that this family is a little different is an understatement.

Oskar is an old nine and very likely on the autism spectrum even though it’s never stated specifically.  After his father dies on 9/11 his emotions spiral, so some of the autistic like traits could stem from that, but I personally thinks he’s an asperger’s boy with many of the strengths.  I love that his dad really played up those strengths so when we saw Oskar hoofing it around New York on his own it didn’t seem completely out of the question.  I love Oskar.  I recognized my son in him and fell in love. He also made me laugh and broke my heart.  By being true to himself he brought happiness to people’s lives.

The dueling grandparent narratives were okay.  They were both broken people so their stories sometimes contradicted each other and always left me feeling sad.  For much of the book I had some sympathy for the mute grandfather and little to spare for the grandmother.  I guess that held true but I did at least understand the grandmother better by the end.

I think I would have really loved this one if I had read the actual book.  I understand that there were drawings and illustrations that really helped make this something special, but the library didn’t get the book to me in time 😦  When it comes in I will flip through a take a look.  For that reason I don’t recommend the audio.

Take a chance and fall in love with Oskar.

April 6, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 7 Comments

D- Desk Set, fave movie #90

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I’m more likely to watch a favorite movie again and again before I’d re-read a favorite book.  Maybe it’s because a favorite movie takes less time or I can share that time with a friend.

Desk Set cinema poster.jpgDesk Set, 1957

Cast-Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Joan Blondell, Gig Young

This was the 8th pairing of Tracy and Hepburn and their first color film.

Bunny (Hepburn) is the head reference librarian in the research department at the fictitious Federal Broadcasting Company.  She has a beau in the company and after seven years she still holds out hope for more.  Sumner is an efficiency expert and a man with a machine, EMERAC.  As he spends more time in the research department the women there start to fear for their jobs.

Why I love it – I’m a Hepburn fan (Katherine and Audrey). I love the strength, smarts and independence that Katherine pulls off in every film.  She was able to shine as the woman who knows everything (or at least how to find it). I like Tracy well enough, the easy chemistry between them seems so comfortable after all of their years and roles together.

Like the recent Hidden Figures, it is about an office of women depended on for their intelligence who were slowly being replaced by computers.  Remember when we had to use the card catalog to find references and information?  Well, these women were Google before Google.  Librarians don’t get enough big screen attention.

It’s light and fun and the dialogue is sharp. A smart romp that will leave you smiling.

I realized this last time I watched it that the screenplay was written by Henry and Phoebe Ephron, parents to Nora who would go on to write so many iconic romantic comedies.

Here’s a clip…


April 5, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

C – Catch & Release, Fave Movie #89

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I decided to give this month’s challenge a movie theme so today I’m writing about one of my top 100.

Catch and releaseposter.jpgCatch and Release, 2006

Cast-Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant, Kevin Smith, Juliette Lewis, Sam Jaeger

The movie opens at the funeral of Gray’s (Garner) fiancé, the wedding cake in the refrigerator ready for the big day that would never happen.  As Gray tries to find her bearings after six years with Grady, she leans on his friends who are just  as in the dark about the real Grady.  When Maureen shows up, kid in tow, everyone has to reassess who Grady was and what that means for the future.

Why I love it– Okay, to be completely honest, I didn’t like this the first time I saw it.  I thought the story was convoluted and felt like it was missing something.  This may be still be true, but since then I’ve seen it several more times over the years.  It’s a comfort movie and it’s got some great kissing scenes 🙂

I love the actors.  Kevin Smith carried the movie with his humor and heart, while Olyphant and Garner turned up the heat.  The Boulder setting was beautiful and makes me want to visit!

What would you do if you found out devastating news about the man you were supposed to spend the rest of your life with after he died?  Maybe you wouldn’t do what Gray did, but I think some of us would wish we had the grace and courage.

I love this soundtrack. All of it.  It may be what keeps me coming back (well, that and the kissing). What If You is one of my favorites and I discovered while writing this that musician Joshua Radin is from Cleveland.  All the cool kids come through Cleveland 🙂




April 4, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 14 Comments

B – Beauty and the Beast, a tale as old as time

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When I went to hear author Eloisa James speak last month she mentioned the original story of Beauty and the Beast and I realized that it had never occurred to me to wonder if Disney had taken liberties with the source material.  So, I did a little looking around and found that the tale originated with Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740 and, yes, Disney and others since then have molded and shaped the stories into something different.

Beauty and the Beast 2017 poster.jpg


Instead of Gaston there were brave brothers.  Instead of jealous village beauties there were jealous sisters.  Instead of enchanted servants there were fairies that seduced and helped.  But, in the end, a rose is still a rose and the tears of a beauty still transformed a beast.

Some researchers think that the Beast could have inspired by this real man, Petrus Gonsalvus, who had hypertrichosis.

I admit that I prefer Dan Stevens, interesting likeness just the same.  I like the Disney version, although having read more about the original I’d like to see that onscreen too!

I did like the new version with Emma Watson and nothing can beat the songs.  Have you seen it? What did you think?


April 3, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 22 Comments