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Posted by on July 1, 2011 in movies


If there’s yellow brick, I ain’t followin’.

My local Humane Society had a brilliant fund raiser. They set up a showing of “The Wizard of Oz” at our oldest, movie theater, the Palace Twin Theater. The huge auditorium was a packed house. Of course, everyone wanted to revisit an all-time favorite or share it with a new generation.

Let me just start by saying, I enjoyed the evening immensely and was glad to help a local charity. I am thrilled at any chance to view classic cinema on the big screen. Now, let’s be real. “The Wizard of Oz” is one of the scariest movies of all time. No? Yes…it is. I have intentionally avoided this movie for about 35 years or so.

I remember seeing it as a small child…too small with an imagination that was too big. This movie still makes me uncomfortable. I just remember “creepy” everytime I think about it. I was willing to put aside my hang-ups. I decided to view the movie again, with a new perspective…an appreciation for classic cinema and especially movie musicals.

 This movie is really dark. No wonder I was creeped out as a kid. I remember when the Wicked Witch of the East was killed. Did I say killed? Yes, and we get to witness the carnage through her stocking striped legs sticking out from under Dorothy’s house. Those legs haunted me. They were death! Things were only made worse when they rolled up & disintegrated. Yikes, people!

Let’s examine the main characters of the movie. The Wicked Witch of the West, that’s a no-brainer. Of course, a “wicked” witch is scary.

Next, let’s take a quick look at the others. Ahhh!

A scarecrow coming to life? Yep, that’s the stuff of nightmares.

A lion with a human face…eebie jeebies. And what about those ears?

How about those Munchkins? Are those demon horns?

Living trees, not too bad…except these aren’t nice, they’re MEAN!

Now, for the scariest part of the entire experience. I will never forget those smirking, blue faces of terror. Flying monkeys, alone, could easily turn this into a horror flick. Their mouths continually move, but they don’t say anything. Double yikes.

In this movie, Dorothy is most likely either crying or looking like she might. Rightfully so, this whole story is grim. Well, now you know. I think this movie is kuh-reepy. Stephen King couldn’t spin a more chilling scenario.

Since I’m confessing, let me add the rest of my Never Let Your Child Watch This list…”Dumbo”, “Pinocchio”, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and “Alice in Wonderland.” Children’s classics or source of years of therapy?

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in old movies


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Coleman Theatre Beautiful

Need a place to watch those old, silent films? Try the Coleman Theatre Beautiful.

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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in old movies



Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

I totally judge a book by its cover! That’s why I’m so completely in love with these books by Penguin Classics. The covers are designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. The whimsical patterns are stamped on linen complete with ribbon markers. I want the whole set and I don’t even care what’s on the inside. Well, it does help that these fancy jackets encase the classics.

The first book that caught my eye was this one. Pink flamingos?! Yes, please.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

As if Shakespeare isn’t classy enough…

The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint by William Shakespeare

Making Jane Austen even more romantic!

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

A peacock feather for Dorian Gray? Brilliant.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The pictures really don’t do justice to these treasures. You gotta get your hands on one to truly appreciate it. I promise if you’re a book lover and appreciate the classics, you’ll want one! Buy me one while you’re at it.

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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in book


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Red Riding Hood

I’m hacked. This may contain the worst ending of a book ever. There is a bonus chapter at the website. I’m unsure of how I’m going to proceed. The bonus chapter could resolve my feelings about the ending or it could be even worse, causing more irritation. Why is the bonus chapter not included in the book? Was everyone else perturbed as well?

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Posted by on June 16, 2011 in book


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Something Borrowed

Do you ever choose a book to read for an odd reason? I chose to read “Something Borrowed” based solely on the fact that John Krasinski was in the movie version. Makes sense? I may need to examine my book selection criteria.

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Posted by on June 14, 2011 in book


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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

I recently read “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson . It took me awhile to get through it. The story is not riveting, but quiet and simple. I will recommend the book, but with the warning the ending left me deflated. The story took a turn that diminished my sympathy toward the characters.

Some of my favorite lines from the book:

“The world seemed to have shrunk to fit quite perfectly inside the room.”

“‘There is no poetry in your soul, Roger,’ said the Major.”

“I always thought it important to decide where one would be buried, and then one could sort of work life out backward from there.”

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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in book


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I was excited to watch Intermezzo (1939) because of Leslie Howard. He is a favorite of mine. Well, I ended up being skeptical of the plot. The basic premise is a violinist falls in love with his daughter’s piano teacher, played by Ingrid Bergman. Did I mention he was married? Eww, we’re off on the wrong foot already, especially when you discover his wife is not a treacherous villian deserving of being kicked to the curb.

Well, I was fully prepared to chalk this one up to the “dislike” pile. Then, reality returns to her throne. (Wodehouse) Real life demonstrates what they undoubtedly should have pondered from the start. I love this revelation…”I wonder if anyone has ever built happiness on the UNhappiness of others.” Indeed not. I like this movie after all.

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Posted by on June 19, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Very Good, Sir

The Page Turners selection this month was “Thank You, Jeeves” by P.G. Wodehouse. It was an enjoyable read for me, a fun romp with the “gentleman’s personal gentleman”, Jeeves and the endearing but clueless, Bertie Wooster. Wodehouse is best known for his “Jeeves” novels. I look forward to taking a look at more in this particular series. I have already acquired a copy of Very Good, Jeeves.


 The list of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories:

The Man With Two Left Feet (1917) — One story in a book of thirteen

My Man Jeeves (1919) — Four stories in a book of eight, all four reprinted in Carry on, Jeeves. The non-Jeeves stories feature Reggie Pepper

The Inimitable Jeeves (1923) — Originally a semi-novel with eighteen chapters, it is normally published as eleven short stories (U.S. title: Jeeves)

Carry On, Jeeves (1925) — Ten stories

Very Good, Jeeves (1930) — Eleven stories

Thank You, Jeeves (1934) — The first full-length Jeeves novel

Right Ho, Jeeves (1934) (US title: Brinkley Manor)

The Code of the Woosters (1938)

Joy in the Morning (1946) (US title: Jeeves in the Morning)

The Mating Season (1949)

Ring for Jeeves (1953) — Only novel without Bertie (US title: The Return of Jeeves), adapting the play Come On, Jeeves

Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (1954) (US title: Bertie Wooster Sees It Through)

 A Few Quick Ones (1959) — One short story in a book of ten

Jeeves in the Offing (1960) (US title: How Right You Are, Jeeves)

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (1963)

Plum Pie (1966) — One short story in a book of nine

Much Obliged, Jeeves (1971) (US title: Jeeves and the Tie That Binds)

Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (1974) (US title: The Cat-nappers)

The Jeeves stories were adapted into a British TV series that ran from 1990-1993. The series was “Jeeves and Wooster” starring Stephen Fry as Reginald Jeeves and Hugh Laurie (aka Dr. House) as Bertram Wooster. I think it was perfect casting for the character of Bertie. What ho!



Posted by on June 18, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

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My family had been looking forward to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Honestly, it was a bit of a let down. No, it wasn’t as funny as the first one. It was just okay. But, it seems to be one of those movies that you find yourself laughing at more after the fact. My son and I have been quoting the movie and giggling, especially over the scenes with Napoleon Bonaparte. Alain Chabat was exceptionally funny as the puffy, height-sensitive emperor. “I am a big cat and you’re a little mouse.” We also enjoyed when Jedediah and Octavius charged into battle…slow motion attack on feet and ankles. We will probably buy this DVD and laugh even more.

Travel Trip Night at the Smithsonian


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Posted by on June 16, 2009 in Uncategorized


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