One of my favourite things to do around Christmas is to watch all the cheesy (and the good) Christmas movies on Netflix. It’s become a wee bit of a tradition for my Mum and me to watch a few of them together each year too! So I thought, why not share with you some of the movies that are on my list this year?
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I’ve been reading the books over and over since I was 8 years old and I watch the movies (marathon style) yearly. So, of course, I was super excited when I heard the news that J.K.Rowling would be publishing the script for her play The Cursed Child. In celebration of its release date TODAY, I wanted to do do this Harry Potter tag and share a bit more about my obsession with this amazing series. These are the confessions of a Potterhead.
There is nothing more festive to do at night around this time of the year than to curl up on the couch with a blanket and pillow and watch a good Christmas movie with your family or friends. Of course I couldn’t go through my 12 Days of Christmas without compiling a list of what are (IMHO) a part the Ultimate Christmas Movie List.
It’s Sarah here, friend of the lovely blogger. You might remember me from the ‘Sarah Dates’ Sarah-
Elizabeth and I go on now and then, and from the Lumatere Chronicles book review she was kind
enough to ask me for, a while back. Well I’m here again and this time Sarah has asked me for a film
review on Insurgent which we went to see a while back. Before I say anything else, let me just say,
the Divergent Series films are must see, as are the books. For this series I decided to try a little test,
and instead of devouring all the books in one sitting, and then sitting through the movies going
“Mmm, they changed that”, and “This wasn’t how it went in the book…” I thought I would
experiment and read each book…after watching the movie. Thus I get to see a kick-ass film with no
prior expectations and then go on to read the better book. (Let’s face it; in most cases the book is
better than the movie, though not always).
Well hi there! As I hope you are aware by now, from the previous guest posts, I just come back from a trip to Australia with one of my best friends from my Auckland school days. So while I am still away (giving myself a couple days grace to get back into life in New Zealand) I have the last of my guest bloggers Dani to share some movies that will spark of your Wanderlust! Sarah-Elizabeth xoxo
Movies are a powerful source of travel inspiration and some places become even more interesting after they’re shown as part of a story told on the silver screen. There are many movies worth mentioning, but here’s a list of 7 movies to spark your wanderlust:
1. Begin Again
Young songwriter Gretta teams up with disgraced music producer Dan for an ambitious project: to record an album in public locations around New York City. Her songs are inspired by a recent break-up with singer Dave and are powerfully bittersweet, a delicate balance of heart ache and healing magic. Written and directed by John Carney, who’s also responsible for the beautiful musical Once, Begin Again features NYC as one of its main characters, a welcoming muse shinning bright on a summer day, inviting you to experience the weird déjà vu of visiting such an iconic city for the first time but feeling like you already knew it quite well all along.
18 years after Jesse and Celine met on a train to Vienna in Before Sunrise, and 9 years after they reunited on the streets of Paris in Before Sunset, we follow them along this time while on a holiday in the Greek Peloponnese peninsula. The previous movies are great too, but the location chosen for the third chapter in their relationship is truly remarkable. The colour palette rich in cool tones matches the blue sea surrounding the peninsula to Celine’s dress and Jesse’s shirt, and the dialogue is just as compelling as the idyllic scenery, from the landscapes of the Messinian part of Mani, all along to the coast of Messinia and the foot of Mt Taygetos.
Last Friday I went on another (of what we are now calling) Sarah Date with one of my good friends the “American-but-not-so” Sarah. I met Sarah at the beginning of my last year of high school and we instantly hit it off. Which is kinda weird because normally I steer clear of being good friends with someone with the same name as me. Anyway we pretty much hit it off instantly even though we only talked to each other online and through or Classics Video Conference class. We found that we had very similar tastes in a lot of things, including movies and our love for Jeanswest.
Anyway this post is supposed to be about the fantastic movie musical we went to see called “Into the Woods”. If you are not familiar with the movie musical here is a little run down. (And yes I am totally listening to the full soundtrack as I write this!)
In a far away kingdom, we meet a childless Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt). They learn from the Witch next door (Meryl Streep) that because the Baker’s father had stolen magic beans from her garden, she made his father and mother pay by giving up their daughter, Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), to her. The poor Baker didn’t even know he had a sister! To his further dismay, he learns the Witch also placed a spell on him to ensure that he would not be able to have children. She promises to reverse the spell if the Baker will collect four items for her within three days—“ONE: THE COW AS WHITE AS MILK, TWO: THE CAPE AS RED AS BLOOD, THREE: THE HAIR AS YELLOW AS CORN, FOUR: THE SLIPPER AS PURE AS GOLD.” Getting all four of these items is no easy feat and the Baker and his wife have to do it all in 3 nights! It’s safe to say there are a few hiccups along the way.
The Baker (unknowingly followed by his wife) sets out on a journey through the neighbouring woods to find the items. Meanwhile, Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) is making her way through the woods to her grandmother’s house, while Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) is going to visit her mother’s grave in the woods, and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) is off to the market in order to sell his cow, Milky White, to get money for food. In the course of their journeys, these characters and others meet and intermingle in ways familiar and unexpected, but by the end of the first half of the movie, the characters have all been granted their wishes and prepare to live their lives happily ever after. You also get to see a bit of the stories of , Rapunzel, Prince Charming (Chris Pine!!!) and his “brother” (a.k.a the Other Prince, Rapunzel’s Prince).
Today’s Christmas Blog Challenge prompt is to name some of your favourite Christmas movies.
I actually have quite a few Christmas movies that I love to watch year after year. I just don’t get sick of them because to me they are now Classics. Plus it is always great to just relax and unwind at on those Christmas nights with a good Christmas movie to get you in the holiday mood.
Home Alone (Only 1 and 2)
Want to relax with an awesome Hispanic based movie this weekend?
Well today I have for you guys a little list of some Hispanic based movies which either have Hispanic characters/Hispanic actor or are set in a Hispanic Country. I have nearly finished watching all of the movies on this list, however there are a few which I haven’t watched, which have been recommended to me by friends! All the movies are in English too! Let me know if you have watched any of these movies before in the comments below!
1. Zorro – The Mask of Zorro (1998) and The Legend of Zorro (2005) (Watched) – These two movies are my all time favourite Hispanic movies! Now this might have something to do with the fact that Antonio Banderas (my favourite Hispanic Male actor, and one of my favourite actors in general) is in these movies, as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones (favourite female Hispanic actress).
In the Mask of Zorro, Antonio Banderas plays a young thief (Alejandro Murrietta), who is seeking revenge over the death of his brother. He is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro (Anthony Hopkins), who is also seeking a vengeance of his own. The original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega, is captured and imprisoned just as Spain concedes California to Santa Anna. 20 years go by and his mortal enemy, Don Rafael Montero, returns to California with a plan to become wealthy at the expense of the peasants. The original Zorro escapes from prison and trains a new Zorro to take his place. Much swashbuckling and derring-do ensues. (IMDB)
In the Legend of Zorro, despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California’s pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) — and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) — to take action. The Legendary Zorro goes off on another adventure to protect the future of California and its citizens. This time, he fights against evil-doers with the help of his beautiful wife, Elena, and their precocious young son, Joaquin. Alejandro De La Vega is torn between two worlds: his life as Zorro and his life as a family man. After Alejandro once again breaks his promise to stop wearing the mask, Elena leaves him, and soon begins seeing Armand, a haughty French Count. But a mysterious explosion in the desert leads Zorro to believe that there’s more to Armand than meets the eye, and our hero is intent on finding out what that is. Little does he know, there are others working to uncover certain truths as well. (IMDB)
2. Spanglish (2004) (Watched) – I only watched Spanglish earlier this year but I feel in love with the movie. In a mix of English and Spanish spoken throughout the movie you will definitely get a feel for life as a Spanish speaker in an English speaking country.
Spanglish is about a woman (Paz Vega) and her daughter (Shelbie Bruce) who emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef (Adam Sandler) with an insecure wife (Téa Leoni). John Clasky is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have offered his family a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new Mexican housekeeper, named Flor. She and her daughter Cristina have recently emigrated to L.A. from Mexico and are trying to find a better life. When they move in with the Clasky’s for the summer, Flor has to fight for her daughter’s soul as she discovers that life in a new country is perilous! (IMDB)