Monday, March 18, 2013

Top 10 Movies Blogfest

This is a blogfest being hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh or, as somebody recently christened him, the Blogfather. If you click on the Ninja Captain's badge at the side, it will take you to his announcement.

At the moment, the top of my list is:
AvatarAvatar, fantastic movie, just wish I had seen it in 3D. I don’t want to know how it was done, but the idea of Pandora was incredible and I would love to be a Na’vi. If its sci fi, I enjoy it anyway. Its about scientists ‘driving’ avatars which are created with a combined genome of the local people and the human driver. One of the scientists dies and his twin brother, an ex Marine with a spinal injury, is sent to Pandora in his stead. He ends up getting really close to the Na’vi people.

The King and I, every time the king dies I cry, the film was just a King and Ifairy tale, the real Anna Leonowens wasn’t nearly such a nice person, not sure the king was either. Anna certainly thought they were all savages, if you read her memoires. Anna did help to modernise Siam though. Always liked Yul Brynner.

AnastasiaAnastasia, loved the concept that the Tzar’s youngest daughter might have survived. I always hoped she had. Yul Brynner again and Ingrid Bergman who was always a favourite. Such an elegant woman too, I think I saw most of the movies she ever made. One which comes to mind, was a slightly sad little move called The Yellow Rolls Royce which comprised three stories about the car and its current owners.

Gigi, lovely romance, lovely music. Liked Maurice GigiChevalier. In fact I made a point to see more of his films after I had seen this one. The time of the movie was an era I very much admired, clothing was so graceful and the lives they (well the rich anyway) led seemed to be admirable, or maybe ‘such a bore’.

The King's SpeechThe King’s Speech, well done and a good story based on fact. Colin Firth did an excellent job as the King and Geoffery Rush was a wonderful Lionel Logue. I was familiar with the speech done by the King himself although I didn’t hear it at the time, too young. Also, being too young, I had never heard about the king’s stutter which Colin Firth did beautifully.

Stardust, lots of magic and nasty witches; Michelle Pfeiffer was a Stardustgreat, but nasty, witch. More romance. Wonderful part played by Robert de Niro as Captain Shakespeare, one of the best bits in the movie. I first saw the movie on the plane returning from England and fell in love with it right away. Michelle Pfeiffer was a particularly wicked witch right to the bitter end. Of course there’s another love story. The hero has stars in his eyes.

How to Train DragonHow to Train Your Dragon, very funny although why Vikings should have Scottish accents, I haven’t a clue. A village is constantly plagued by dragons who steal their sheep and burn down their dwellings, the villages are excellent dragon fighters and know all about dragons from their many years of experience until the chieftain’s son, named Hiccup, turns it all on its head. The main love story here is between Hiccup and his dragon.

Dirty Dancing, great story and I love the dancing. Plus I was Dirty Dancingalways nutty about Patrick Swayze. Certainly in his earlier films before he was struck by cancer. I loved him in Roadhouse and Ghost too although not so keen on Point Break which was a surfing movie, good, but not as good to me.  Particularly love Whoopie in Ghost, she played the most wonderful medium.

StarmanStarman, a love story with a twist and an alien played by Jeff Bridges. Earth has sent off invitations to aliens to come visit us. When one does, they shoot him down. He simulates a widow’s husband, but has to get back to his mother ship soon or he will die. At first she, the widow, is terrified but eventually, surprise, surprise, they kind of fall in love. OK, I love happy endings, so sue me!!

The Last Starfighter, you don’t have to be stuck in a boring The Last starfighterlife. A young man on a trailer park, fed up with spending his life fixing people’s power circuits and running errands. Disappointed about not getting a loan to go to a good college and take his girlfriend with him. His one pleasure is to play a video game of starfighting and protecting a planet against an armada. One day he breaks the record on the machine only it turns out it was actually a test for a real off world situation, not just a game at all. The only ‘name’ I know was Robert Preston of Music Man fame.

I want to say so much more on this subject, thinking about it, that I have started tomorrow’s blog about movies rather than make too long a post for the blogfest.
As this is all about movies, I thought a drink served on Oscar night would be appropriate.


Paris's Crimson Champagne Cocktail

Epicurious | February 2008

By Lara Shriftman and Elizabeth Harrison

Paris's Crimson Champ. Cocktail
yield: Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

Brandy-cranberry syrup
  • 1 quart cranberry juice cocktail
  • 4 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece star anise

Champagne cocktail
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • Champagne
  • 1 fresh cranberry, for garnish
Preparation

For cranberry syrup
In a medium saucepan, boil the cranberry juice cocktail, the ginger, the cinnamon stick, and the star anise for half an hour or until reduced to 1 cup. Let cool.
For cocktail
Fill a Champagne flute half-full with Champagne and add the brandy. Add 1 ounce Brandy-Cranberry Syrup and mix. Garnish with fresh cranberry.
Cook's note: The syrup recipe makes enough for 10 drinks.

Have a great day
Jo_thumb[2]

39 comments:

  1. You picked some of my favorite Sci-Fi movies. I think I fell in love with dutch apple pie because of Starman.

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    1. That was a fun scene wasn't it? Wonder if he took any apples home with him.

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  2. Love Last Starfighter... one of those gems that is fantasy.

    Jeremy [Retro-Z]
    Howlin' Wolf

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    1. My favourite line is when he describes the pilot as a 'gung ho lizard'.

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  3. Ooh, a cocktail. :D

    But anyway, I almost want to go back and amend my post to add Dirty Dancing, but I already did it once. haha

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    1. I have Dirty Dancing and often watch it. Its a lovely movie.

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  4. Hi Jo,
    My gosh, you and I could have the same list. I'd forgotten King and I, Dirty Dancing and Starfighter. Even if Alex had asked us to list 20 favorites, it would be impossible.
    karen

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    1. That's why I am writing more about movies tomorrow. It's impossible to stick to 10.

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  5. I loved Starman. Such a sweet film.

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    1. Isn't it, I wanted her to be able to go with him.

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    1. I've got most of them, so see them more than once or twice.

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  7. I loved your list Jo. The King and I and Gigi are some of my all time favorites too. Musicals are big in my house. You can find me either watching them, singing off key to them, or just listening to the soundtrack. Great job!

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    1. I love musicals too. Do you cry when the king dies though??

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  8. Avatar would be one of my top films.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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    1. I watch Avatar over and over I always like alien contact stories, first contact mainly, but I guess this doesn't quite fit there.

      Enjoyed your blogfest Alex, thanks, its kinda carrying on tomorrow

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  9. This is a totally cool list. My husband kept screaming AVATAR! I like that movie, but I think it's his favorite :-)

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    1. As I said, I keep watching it. Its such a beautiful story too.

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  10. Great picks! Can't believe I forgot about Avatar! i loved that movie.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. That's the trouble, there are so many good movies out there. It is a great movie isn't it?

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  11. Dragon, Stardust, Last Starfighter ... yep, this list is epic! :)

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    1. Glad you like my choices.

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  12. Avatar is such a breathtaking movie...it really changed the idea of fantasy movies, if you ask me :).

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    1. Wasn't it just, some of the scenery was fantastic. Particularly the floating mountains.

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  13. Some wonderful movies there! My wife and you have a similar taste it seems. Although Starman and the Last Starfighter are some of my favorites too.

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    1. Not Avatar Rusty? As I said, I so wish I had seen it in 3D.

      Haven't seen your choices yet.

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    2. You haven't done your movies Rusty. Not joining in?

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  14. Our lists have nothing in common. How to train your dragon was fantastic.

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    1. Yes, its a movie I am fond of. Anything with dragons appeals to me anyway.

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  15. As a kid, I watched The King and I on late TV with my mom. We watched a lot of the old movies with coffee and usually after all the kids were in bed. Special time. Avatar is great, ditto with Starman--Margo kidder was good in that one, The last Starfighter was a favorite as well. Absolutely loved The King's Speech and the cast!

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    1. Funny that Sia, you seem to be the only one who saw the King's Speech. I actually saw that in the theatre and bought a copy so Matt would see it. He will NOT go to the movies.

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  16. I haven't seen most of these, but I've seen & loved Avatar & Dirty Dancing. :) Gosh, I guess I really have missed out on a lot of classic movies!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Trisha. Some of these movies are quite old, but worth seeing in my opinion.

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  17. Good list-a lot of variety here!

    Larry

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Larry. Glad you liked my list. Yours was interesting too.

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  18. nobody puts baby in the corner!!! ya, dirty dancing rocked it out! new follower, hi!

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    1. Hi Tammy, thanks for dropping by. I have Dirty Dancing on my computer. Love to watch it.

      Thanks for dropping by and thanks for becoming a follower.

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  19. Loved "The Last Starfighter" when I was a kid. I think I've watched it several dozen times. Great list! :3

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    1. I still love it and I'm no kid LOL.

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