Friday, August 6, 2010

Wrapping up the Week with some Flicks and a New Blog

GR&DF another week closer to Fall - and here in the city the temps are hovering around 50 degrees - yesterday the high was a boiling 52 degrees. Now don't get me wrong - I love the cool, cold weather but with no warm days in sight how are we going to have a "Doggie Day Spa" day? - (which translates to doggie baths for the who-hounds!) I certainly don't want it cold out and them running around shaking a quaking - we get enough of that already without them being damp - so I guess it will be put off another week. I am just feeling like it is going to be a stay inside and keep warm weekend - of course we will have to go out to breakfast somewhere - but the rest of the time I am thinking will be spent watching movies and stitching. The laundry is all done, got that finished off last night. I should probably run the vacuum and of course I will bake something up on Sunday. Oh well, moving on.....

Here are three flicks I caught this week - lets start off with the oldest of the three - "Poor Little Rich Girl" - 1936 - starring Shirley Temple, Alice Faye, Gloria Stewart and Jack Haley. This typical Temple film was a real joy to watch - some great songs and some interesting dance numbers - the story revolves around a rich little girl going on "Vacation" when in reality she is actually lost in the big city. She is befriended by an Italian family and then sort of adopted by a song and dance team trying to break into radio - while lurking in the background is a bad guy trying to snatch her from her new friends. If you sit back and just watch this little dynamo work you can see why she was the biggest money maker 20th Century had and the biggest star for three years running - 1936, 37, 38. I have a bunch of her films scattered about my Netflix queue over the next year or so - should be some interesting viewing.

I am often accused of watching nothing new - and granted I do enjoy films from the past - so I a watched a couple of interesting modern films from this century - amazing!!! The next two films where recommended by Netflix as titles I might be interested in - I put them in the queue and gave them a try.....
First up is an adult film that I really enjoyed - "Irina Palm" - 2007 - starring Marianne Faithful and Miki Manolovic. The story revolves around a widowed grandmother who has a very sick grandson. The family is basically spent from taking care of this ill child. They are offered a spot for treatment, but they have to get to New Zealand - and for that they will need a large chunk of cash. So, Maggie, played by Faithful try's legitimate ways of getting some funds but is shot down at every turn and eventually ends up getting a job at Sexy World and becomes Irina Palm, the best right hand in London. Here is the Trailer -

I think that about says it all. What I like the most about this film is the determination of Maggie to do what has to be done to help her family.

The last film is a claymation piece called "Mary and Max" - 2009 - starring the voices of Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Barry Humphries. This is a wonderful film and I was very surprised at how much I liked watching it. Here is the trailer -

If you rent the DVD check out the special features section. There is another claymation film from this director - called "Harvie Krumpet" - 2003 - this film won the Best Animation Oscar in 2004 and is another fun claymation film.

I wanted to mention a new Blog Started by Ann called Beadlework - she is a really sweet person and does some great things!! Go check it out and say Hello!!

There you go sports fans - have a great weekend!!

Take care,


Jon Lee said...

I live in the Chicago area, and we have been having temperatures in the high 80s and 90s. We are supposed to be in the 80s this week-end, and it sounds like a reprieve. We go back to the 90s this Sunday. We usually don't have cool weather in the 50s until October. I watch a lot of TCM movies also. My favorite actess in Barbara Stanwyck.

Lisa said...

I guess that we just aren't going to get much "summer" this summer. Event the temps in the Tri-Valley area have been kept in the low to upper 70s. But I don't want to sound like I am has been heavenly especially since we have been able to utilize nature's A/C versus PG&E!
Enjoy your weekend

dixiesamplardesigns said...

I am sooooooo ready for Fall! I love heat...hate cold...but even I am sick of the sweltering heat and humidty we have been having in lower Alabama! Our who-hounds would welcome being cool & damp these days, LOL!

Edgar, I just want to say thank you for all the wonderful movie reviews you give us...I have many a wonderful flick through you!

And thanks for always promoting new is such a sweet thing for you to do...


Mary said...

It's amazing that your temps are so nice and cool there...we have been in the 100's this week! Can't wait for fall!

Have a wonderful stitchy weekend! And, try to keep warm...LOL!

dixiesamplardesigns said...

"I have FOUND many a wonderful flick through you!"

Good Lord, I really need to type as fast as my brain thinks, LOL!

DonnaTN said...

After having temps in the 100's all week we are having a cooler cloudy day...89 for a high. I'll take it! I love those old Shirley Temple movies. Have a great weekend and stay warm!

April Mechelle said...

Edgar, Bring those babies here to Alabama for Doggie Spa Day. It was 105 here yesterday. We can but them on in the sun for about... 1 minute and they will look like Phyllis Diller!!! LOL Still wishing I was in SF. 50's sound like Heaven to me.

diamondc said...

Excellant film choices I love animation my first was Corpse Bride and mow I am hooked its similar to claymation don't you think.
Love your blog site keep stitching.

Nancy said...

Thanks for the recommendation of Mary and Max. I'm going to go to Netflix and put it in the Queue. And thanks for the new blog link. I'm on my way to pay her a visit.

Enjoy the weekend!

MyLifesAStitch said...

Oh wow... that first movie looks fantastic! Gotta see if my library has it. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

Can you send some of your temps on over to the MidAtlantic? Please??

Sounds like perfect stitching and snuggling weather; enjoy the weeekend, Edgar!