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Fabulous Five: friend or foe?

May 6, 2011


***No spoilers contained in this post!!!***

A few weeks ago, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Canada here in Saint John held their major annual fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake. My little brother and I have been matched up since just before he turned 12; he is now 17 and this was the 6th year we participated in the fundraiser. Something neat they did this year was have prize tables; for each $100+ that you raised, you got to pick a prize from a certain table. I would like to thank each and every merchant who donated  a prize, especially Empire Theatres; my “little” chose one of their $10 gift certificates as our prize  🙂

Mmm...yummy!

Tonight was the night we chose to redeem his gift certificate, as he has tomorrow off from school and I didn’t have to worry about staying out a bit later on a school night. What movie did he want to go see? We’ve seen quite a mix of movies in the past; “High School Musical 3” (*gag*), “Flushed Away” (excellent!) and “Twelve Rounds” (I’m still not a WWE fan, but this wasn’t bad!). Tonight, he picked “Fast Five”. Now, the only reason I knew what this movie was about was because I had seen a poster for it the last time I went to see a movie with a friend (“Limitless”, which I also greatly enjoyed :)). I will be the first to admit that I’m not a fan of what I term “muscle movies” that star Vin Diesel-The Rock-my-arms-are-the-size-of-tree-trunk- guys. However…

I actually liked this movie! Before it started, I had formed the opinion that it was going to be full of people illegally racing souped-up cars, which I believe the first few movies were about. I also didn’t have a favorable view of the whole “Fast and Furious” franchise, due to a past *cough* acquaintance thinking he was the second incarnation of Vin Diesel (a whole other post in itself…! 🙄 ). Anyhow, as a female who has absolutely zero knowledge or like of souped-up cars, I enjoyed the special effects a great deal, especially during the action scenes. Plus, there was actually a storyline to the movie, which there often doesn’t seem to be in action flicks. There were also several women  who had more of a role than standing there with their boobs hanging out, which I appreciated a great deal.

Overall, if you’re a woman who is thinking of appeasing your little brother, significant other, male friend, etc., by agreeing to see a “non-chick flick”, you won’t be disappointed. I hope you enjoy!

My aversion to Glee

May 4, 2011

So, a friend recently tweeted that “Glee” is coming out (hee hee!) with a 3-D movie version of their summer concert tour later in August. Notwithstanding the fact that I won’t watch ANY 3-D movie because they make me dizzy and nauseated, I certainly will NOT be going to this one. surprised

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You may ask the question: why bother devoting your time (or in this case, a blog post), to something that you don’t like? Don’t you have better things to do? Well, yes, I do. The thing is, I’m not sure why I dislike “Glee” so much. Two of my very close male friends are ardent fans, and my best friend actually convinced me to watch the show once. “It’s awesome!”, he said. “You’ll love it!”. Off I went to download the first 3 episodes (I do this with most new-to-me-shows), and I sat down to watch the pilot. I got about 5 minutes into the show, and had to turn it off because I disliked it so much. This is the same girl who still sings along to Backstreet Boys songs, who has the songs “Insensitive”, “Stupid”, and “Call and Answer” on her iPod, and who loves going to professional and, yes, high school musicals. Speaking of “High School Musical”, I wasn’t a fan of that either. Perhaps that’s why I don’t like “Glee”; to me, it’s basically a “grown-up” version of the tween franchise. Yes, I know the storyline is different, but hey- they both take place in high schools!

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To those who ARE “Glee” fans; I apologize right now. The who know me can attest to the fact that I am MORE stubborn than a mule, and that I defend my (often strong) opinions to the death. I don’t like the show, so by extension I’m not going to be a fan of the concert tour movie. I’ll try and restrain myself as best I can when someone posts something about it, but sometimes something just slips out! I am a realist; for example, my bff and I have been friends for 20 years. I like the Backstreet Boys; he hates them. I liked the show “ER”; he did not. He likes “Glee”; I don’t. I’m sure there are countless other likes and dislikes as well! However, we have managed to stay friends and have never, not ONCE, gotten into a fight about anything, let alone entertainment choices. I hope it stays that way with all my friends, and I use this as an open invitation to give me a slap on the wrist if I’m mean, or if *gasp* my sarcastic streak comes out once in awhile. Do understand, though, that this passionate, stubborn streak also makes me a very loyal friend. I promise! 😀

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p.s.- I really don’t like “”Seinfeld, and two of my all-time favorite shows are “Golden Girls” and “Three’s Company”. I suppose I’m really in no place to mock the “Glee”-watchers out there! :p We all have our “things”, and it’s part of what makes us interesting  🙂

RIP Patrick Swayze…

September 16, 2009

I heard the sad news a couple days ago that Patrick Swayze had passed away. I know that he was in many movies and television shows, but I’m going to concentrate on the most iconic one- Dirty Dancing.

I saw this movie for the first time in high school (my viewing preferences tend to be about 10 years behind the times; I just saw “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” last month). Being 16 or 17 years old, I didn’t “get” a lot of the things in the movie. For example, the watermelon; why would staff members partying need a watermelon? Years later, when a roommate and I were having a parry, I was indoctrinated into the world of watermelons + vodka 🙂  I also thought that they were saying something other than “mashed potato” in the “Do You Love Me” scene…

The most significant thing I missed appreciating, though, was the relationship between Johnny and Baby. This was the story of a young girl growing up, of meeting her first love, of being independent, and from breaking away from the sheltered life she had enjoyed as the youngest child of a doctor and a stay-at-home mother in the 1960s. It was the story of the loss of innocence and the winds of change. It wasn’t just about shaking hips and sexy swagger; it was about tender moments between two people who grew to care for each other very much.

That is why I will miss Patrick Swayze so much. I know he couldn’t stay young, healthy and 35 forever (DAMN, he was 35 in that movie??? WOW!!!), but you never want to see your favorite actors waste away and suffer either. RIP Patrick…you will live on forever in my heart. Thank you  🙂