Day 115: Tangled (2010)


When I was younger, I watched a lot of Disney movies (this may be why I am a little “eccentric”). Each year Disney would release a new film and I looked forward to it with eager anticipation. Then, after my family purchased our first VHS player, I watched the videos–each in their large, plastic case–so often that the tapes were worn to the point where no amount of tracking adjustments could remove the flickering bars of static (*note: those too young to know about VHS really are missing out on the joys of this medium and will just have to trust me here). Those were the golden years of Disney—before the ever-blowing hair of Pocahontas, before Tarzan used the jungle as his giant skatepark, and before the Emperor decided he was in need of a new groove (let’s be honest, who isn’t?).

 

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Day 75: Megamind (2010)


Last week my husband and I went to see a matinee of Megamind. Admittedly as of late, I haven’t been a fan of seeing movies in the cinema because the public’s movie etiquette has become exponentially worse over the years. Besides, the trailer for the movie didn’t really beckon me to the theater. Plus, let’s be honest, the last Will Ferrell film I saw, Land of the Lost, makes me throw up a little in my mouth when I think about it. It soured me towards both my love of anachronisms and delicious fear of dinosaurs for a few months. Plus, I thought I had reached my fill of Tina Fey after watching a few seasons worth of 30 Rock. Yeah, seeing Megamind at the multiplex just seemed like a recipe for disaster to me. However, we took a chance that Friday afternoon. I’m actually glad we did.

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Day 73: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)


You can thank me in advance here. A slew of Ron Jeremy jokes popped in my head when I was typing the title of this review, but I have decided to take the high road and leave it up to your own imagination if you want to make crude jokes. Did you do it? For shame! Is that anyway to start out a discussion of a “G” rated movie? Probably not.

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Day 70: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)


OK, I’ll admit it– I love a good anachronism as much as the next person. Combine that with my strange fascination (slash fear) of dinosaurs, and you have an explanation as to how Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ended up on my queue. As to how it ended up in position #1, well, I guess that can be attributed both to the fact that I am trying to watch (and review) a variety of shows for this site and because I have quirky taste in media.That leads me to this moment—the aftermath of finally completing the beloved Ice Age trilogy.

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Day 52: Bolt (2008)


All I wanted to do today was watch some X-Files, season 2. It’s cold and cloudy here. I just felt like putting on some flannel pants, popping my toesies in a soft pair of slippers, and curling up on the sofa for some unexplained cases and conspiracy theories. Is that so wrong? Apparently it was. I am nowhere close to finishing the second season (if I started it when I woke up today and watched episodes back to back until I went to sleep, I still wouldn’t have the season finished), and I know I had to knock something off of my queue today. Naturally, the runner-up was Bolt. You know what I always say (or always, starting right now), “If you can’t watch conspiracy shows, a talking dog is the next best thing.” I am sure that adage is one for the ages.

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Day 51: Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)


Wow. Just wow. Mark this one in your calendar folks. Today I watched a Wallace and Gromit that I wasn’t absolutely over the moon with. Yeah, I was surprised, too. Usually, I am utterly smitten with this crazy duo, but I found the latest installation to be a little on the “meh” side.

 

If anyone is unfamiliar with the Wallace and Gromit franchise, for shame, for shame. Do some penance: eat a few stinky cheeses, count sweater-wearing sheep named Shaun, and give your dog a treat (he is probably a lot smarter than you realize, if Gromit is any indication). Then, watch a few of the early shorts—A Close Shave or The Wrong Trousers. When you are done, then we can talk.

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Day 33: Despicable Me (2010)


This week I have been visiting my family in Iowa. The weather has been awesome—summer with a splash of fall. The scenery is beautiful. The grass and trees are green, providing a striking contrast with the browning fields of corn in the backdrop. It has been wonderful to visit with family and friends. Even though I am only here for a few days, they have been socially productive. My parents have a fire pit in their yard and on Tuesday a few of us sat around it, talked, and looked at the bazillion (wait, spell check is actually letting me get away with that word?) stars in the clear, crisp night.

 

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Day 26: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


When I was young, I used to sing the song, “On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed.” This meatball had several adventures as it rolled off the table and onto the floor. You can imagine everyone’s shock when it rolled right out the door! Subsequently, that meatball made its way to Hollywood. I imagine it packed its little meatball suitcase and boarded the meatball bus with dreams of making it big. It probably worked some odd jobs at restaurants or car dealerships; maybe dabbled in real estate before landing its first role. Although the part was only as an extra meatball in a commercial for an Italian restaurant, this meatball had dreams. The meatball wanted to see its name in lights.

 

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Day 5: Futurama-athon


 

OK, I realize I already gave myself an “out” by limiting my blog entries to a Monday through Friday system. But this weekend, well, this weekend I wanted to give my readers something special—in honor of my first week on the blog.

 

That being said, my husband and I were dog sitting a friend’s three dogs this week, and were a little more tied down to the home than usual. We don’t have cable and there was absolutely nothing we wanted to watch on television (no surprise here). So, we pulled up the handy Netflix watch instantly queue. After some debate, I submitted to my husband’s choice of Futurama the Movie: Bender’s Big Score. We followed this film with three other movies: Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs, Futurama: Bender’s Game, and Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder. Sense a theme here?

 

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