Category Archives: Movies

Summer Obsessions

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When I’m on break lately I’ve been watching tv shows I’ve heard about, but wasn’t able to watch because my dvr was otherwise occupied with at least 2 of my current obsessions on any given night. I’ve also had 2 particular movies on rotation right now as well 🙂

What have I been watching you ask that has me so obsessed:

1. Switched at Birth – If you’re a facebook friend you already know the reason I began watching this show, Blair Redford‘s character Ty. What a cutie! But then of course as many fans know he went away for a season and during that time I feel in lurve with Sean Berdy‘s character Emmett. Besides the adorable crushworthy cast, the storyline is a familiar one. Based on true events & an already made for tv movie ages ago, it’s about 2 girls who were born on the same day & switched at the hospital. After the discovery both girls deal with identity, relationships & how to cope with 2 sets of parents with different ideas of childrearing. Oh & did I add hunky Gilles Marini stars as one of the dads, sigh…..enough for continued viewing alone. Check out the link above to read more about Bey & Daphne & their “adventures” if you can call them that.

2. Dance Academy – As many who know me well know that I lurve my Australian tv show McLeod’s Daughters. As the years have gone on a lot of the actors have shown up either in bit parts in many movies & other tv shows here in the states. So a combination of Australia & another one of my longtime loves the movie Centerstage, enter teen drama Dance Academy. I’ve watched seasons 1 & 2 on netflix. Now I’m patiently waiting for the final season, 3, to make it to the US. I’ve only been able to preview 1 one of the teasers, the others are unfortunately now viewable outside of Australia 😦 Fortunately though many faces from Dance Academy will be making their debut in the new NBC summer series Camp.

3. Dark ShadowsJohnny Depp, Tim Burton & high camp dramedy soap opera remake, yes please! Anything Depp & Burton do in collaboration is an automatic yes in my book. As HBO replays Dark Shadows this past month, I’ve signed on for each viewing in addition to my own personal dvd copy. Don’t judge me.

4. Pitch Perfect – I saw this movie when it came out, because I’m such a fan of Anna Kendrick ever since I saw her in the indie film, Camp. I’m also a lover of all things Rebel Wilson, what a riot, love her as Fat Amy. When I first saw the movie I recognized one of the film’s locations as being the Greek Amphitheater on LSU’s campus. I thought “Nah,” couldn’t be, well then during the riff off in the Huey P. Long Fieldhouse & then the shot of the Music Building it was “OMG! That’s LSU!!!!!” So that movie has an even bigger place in my heart, Geaux Tigers!

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My Most Quotable Movies

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Whenever I’m saying bye to one of my best grilfriends, we always tell each other “Checkya latuurr!” from Dazed & Confused.

Being a child of the 80’s anything uttered by anyone in the Breakfast Club or Duckie in Pretty in Pink, “Do I offend?”

My students also get a kick outta me telling them “Hellurr” from anything with Madea.

Since I fashion myself as a studious offspring from Louisiana anything from Steel Magnolias “Smile it increases your face value!” or “Is that grape or aubergine?” And my all time favorite, “Thanks Ouiser, nothing like a good piece ‘o’ a**.”

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Oh my Farenheit!!

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Today I saw Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11. All I can say is that after viewing this movie anyone would be hardpressed to vote for our current president come November 2nd.

It was a great movie, although I have to say I got tired in the beginning of the constant grooming by administration officials before going “on air.” I think Mr. Moore could have just gone through the credits and grooming outtakes a bit faster. Although I found it amusing that they all, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeild, Rice, Wolfowitz and even Powell were having a good time smiling and waiting for the countdown to air.

I know the administration is just ignoring the film, its contents and not even validating it with responses to it. But I personally would like to hear their responses to the points the film makes, but I guess if they black out information from reports how can we expect them to answer truthfully.

I honestly believe the American public was vulnerable after 9/11 and the administration saw that as their chance to implement policies and acts, etc. with full support of most of the country. Which was evident by the mother Moore interviews in the film who was praising the military until she found out her son was killed in action. Having a family member in the military stationed in Iraq, I lost it. I almost lost it in the beginning when they were showing the scenes from 9/11, but that got to me.

The one complaint about the movie, Moore used the theme music from The Greatest American Hero during one particular pr spectacle during the war, and I love that song, Moor just ruined it for me. I know it’s cheesy, but at the same time it gives me happy memories. I won’t give away all details, but I highly recommend everyone go see it. We’ve been hearing only one side of the story for the past 4 years and it’s time we heard the other side.

I was going to vote for Kerry before I saw the movie, but I’m even more confident in my decision now.

Geaux Kerry!