Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from The Broke and the Bookish is a Movie Freebie. That means I can post anything about movies: top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top then rom-coms, top ten tear jerkers, etc.

I have decided to do my Top Ten All Time Favorite Movies.

  1. Image result for willy wonka and the chocolate factory

And, yes, the original with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, not the Johnny Depp version.

2. Image result for the sound of music

3. Image result for p.s. i love you

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5. Image result for babycake starring Rikki Lake

6. Image result for star wars                   Image result for star wars        The original trilogy. (The newer three were okay.) & the newest release.

7. Image result for chronicles of narnia

One of the few movies that I think was almost as good as the book.

8. Image result for batman begins starring Christian Bale

I’ve been a Batman fan ever since I was a little girl and watched Batman and Robin starring Adam West on t.v. many years ago. However, in my opinion, the Batman movies starring Christian Bale are the ultimate. For me, Christian Bale is Batman.

9. Image result for White Christmas

Since Christmas is a little more than a month away, I decided to include my two favorite Christmas movies; movies that I have to watch every year at Christmas time.

10. Image result for The Nativity Story

11. Image result for ladyhawke film

Okay, I had to add this one because it is one of my very favorites of all time. It’s a beautiful medieval love story.

Movie Madness Monday

No, this will not be a regular weekly post, and, no, it will most likely not be what you expect.

I just wanted to take some time to express my frustration with the movie industry.  You see I still have a child under the teen years at home, not to mention that I think the teen years need to be carefully guided because they are so important and teens are so impressionable.

Anyway, I am disgusted with the fact that the movie industry seems to think that it is important for animated movies to “appeal” to adults as well as children in today’s society.  I just have to ask, did the old animated movies not “appeal” to the adults who took their children to seem them, or even the old Disney movies that weren’t animated?

I remember my parents taking my sister and I to see animated movies like the Peanuts and Winnie-the-Pooh when I was a kid and they seemed to enjoy them.  I never heard them complain about them.

But, suddenly if an animated film doesn’t include innuendo, potty humor or swearing (or something close to it) or something scary, the film isn’t adult friendly.  Seriously, do all adults feel this way?  I can answer that with a resounding “no”.

I, and many of my friends, want “family friendly” films by which I mean films that are appropriate for children; films that parents can take their children to without worrying that their children will be exposed to something they don’t want their children exposed to at a young age, or that their children might ask about that they don’t want to explain to their children at a young age.

It’s downright aggravating to have such limited, almost nonexistent, films that I find appropriate for our youngest son to see.  Therefore, we purchase and watch DVDs at home of things we find appropriate; things like The Peanuts, Winnie-the-Pooh, old family friendly t.v. shows like The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie.

The last really family friendly movies we have seen were the Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University movies and Inside Out.  I am thankful that Pixar still does a fairly good job of making family friendly films.

How about you?  Do you think today’s new adult friendly animated movies are fit for children of all ages?

Christmas — Happiness is . . .

Last night we watched “Miracle on 34th Street” (the original with Ed Gwinn and Maureen O’Hara).  I love this movie, but last night it really struck me when Doris criticized Fred for placing such importance on intangible things like joy and love; to which Fred responded that some day she will realize that the most important things in life are the intangibles.  I completely agree with Fred.

Then, today I visited my friend Lisa’s blog:  Lisa’s Musings and thoroughly enjoyed her post on Happiness is . . .

So, I left her a comment letting her know that I was going to borrow her wonderful idea to share my own version of my Christmas version of Happiness is . . .

I thought it might be nice to frequently post something a little more personal about me, so that you, my readers, can get to know me a little better, and I thought Christmas was a great time to do so.

happiness is

Lisa shared this cute picture from a book by Charles Schultz.  I remember this and all of the “Happiness is . . .” stuff that followed.  Something wonderful to focus on:  things that make us happy, and for this Christmas season, I’d like to share some of the wonderful intangibles that make me happy.

This Christmas, Happiness is:

A warm puppy, yes I love our affectionate,black Labrador Retriever

A cup of Chai tea and a good book

Watching our favorite Christmas movies together, as a family

Loading everyone in the car and taking a drive to look at the wonderful Christmas light displays

Listening to, and singing along with, Christmas carols, especially the ones that direct our focus to the true meaning of Christmas — the Christ child, who came to save us

Family get-togethers where we share love and laughter, oh yeah, and food  🙂

Watching our sons hang their homemade ornaments on the tree

Our Christmas Eve service, (that isn’t usually on Christmas eve anymore), with our loving church family

Baking my sons’ favorite Christmas cookies and making their favorite brunch recipes for our brunch on Christmas day

Shopping with my husband — because we get some treasured one-on-one time

How about you?  What are the intangible things that make you happy during the Christmas season?


I’d like to include one more item in this post, and that is My Favorite Christmas Movies:

It’s a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart

White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye

Miracle on 34th Street starring Ed Gwinn and Maureen O’Hara

The Polar Express (animated)

The Little Drummer Boy (also animated, or, rather claymation, I think)

A Christmas Carol starring Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge and Gene Lockhart as Bob Cratchit

The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews (I know that this is not technically a Christmas movie, but I love to watch it at this time of year)

Frosty the Snowman (animated)

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (again, I believe this is claymation)

How about you?  What are your favorite Christmas movies?

Leave a comment and let me know the intangibles that make you happy at Christmas and your favorite Christmas movies, or do a blog post sharing these things and leave a link to your post in the comments.