At the Movies

A Sort Of Love-Hate Relationship


I keep a running list of Books-I-Want-To-Read and Movies-I-Want-To-See.  There are hundreds of books titles on the book list . . . and just a handful of movies on the movies list.  (Lucky for me, there are 12 at present, so I have some breathing room for today's Ten on Tuesday list!)


You see, I have a sort of love-hate relationship with the movies.  I love the concept of Going to the Movies.  I have many happy memories of going-to-the-show with my friends as I was growing up.   I like the coomfort of the newer stadium-style movie theatres.  But.  I rarely go to the movies.  Instead. . . I wait.  I watch them on my own television in the comfort of my own family room.  (Usually with my knitting and a glass of wine.)

Anyway.  Back to my list!  This week's Ten on Tuesday topic is Ten Movies We'd Like to See Right Now.  Here goes:

  1. The Artist (This one just sounds delightful.)
  2. Moneyball (I have a thing for baseball movies.)
  3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Yeah.  I know.  I rarely watch movie versions of books-I-loved, but I've heard this one is quite good.  And.  Well.  Daniel Craig.)
  4. My Week With Marilyn (Just want to watch Michelle Williams become Marilyn Monroe, which I've heard is pretty amazing.)
  5. The Descendents (Ummmm.  George Clooney.)
  6. The Ides of March (Yeah.  George again.)
  7. Hugo (I came this close to seeing this one in an actual theatre. . . but ended up not.)
  8. A Separation (This foreign film is getting great reviews.)
  9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Robert Downey, Jr.  And Jude Law.  'Nuff said.)
  10. Haywire (I'm sort of interested in seeing why this is described as a "fast and spare thriller;" what does that mean, exactly?)

And there you have it!

How about YOU?  What movie do you want to see right now?


Join the fun!  Sign up for Ten on Tuesday here.


Thunderbolt City!*

This week, Carole has us thinking about our Ten Favorite Romantic-Comedies.

I'm not much of a movie-goer or movie-watcher -- but I do have a few favorites.  And I'm not sure if there's really a clear "definition" for the genre "romantic-comedy"  -- but I do think that some of my favorites might fall into the rom-com category.

Before we get started - and to get us in the mood, let's watch one of my favorite movie lines (from the ever-adorable Hugh Grant):


Perfect, non?

And, now.  My Ten Favorite Romantic-Comedies, which may or may not technically fit into that movie genre -- but do tend to be about love, and are also comedies.

  1. Amelie
  2. High Fidelity
  3. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  4. Something's Gotta Give
  5. Love, Actually
  6. Bull Durham
  7. Spanglish
  8. When Harry Met Sally
  9. Notting Hill
  10. Groundhog Day

How about you?  What are your favorites?

*Can you name the movie with this quote?  And who says it?




Harry Potter!  Why. . . you're all grown up! 


With this Friday's opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2), the HP saga is coming to a close.  .  . and Carole has us thinking about the Awsome-ness of Harry Potter.

I remember when the first Harry Potter book was released.  Erin had just started fourth grade -- the perfect age for Harry!  She loved it -- she "grew up" along with Harry, Ron, and Hermione (the final installment of the book was released shortly after her high school graduation).

I've read each of the books (once), and I've seen a couple of the movies, so I'm qualified to create a list of ten awesome things.  But.  I decided to get a little help on this one -- from my family.  I figured it would be interesting to get the Harry Potter Perspective from a cross-section of ages --- AND a wide spectrum of Harry Potter Interest (spanning the range from . . . my sister, who will be FIRST in line to see the movie when it opens at 12:00am on July 15. . . to my son, who has never read a Harry Potter book and who has seen only a couple of movies -- and only because of "the most perfect female being on earth," Emma Watson).  So, I asked my family to help me come up with  Ten Awesome Things About Harry Potter (book or movie), and here's the result:

1 -- Magic.  From the spells to the gadgets, it was hands-down -- everyone loved the magic!  The Marauder's Map (me), the flying brooms (my Mom; my sister), time-turners (my sister), the Sorting Hat (my sister), the Cloak of Invisibility (Tom, who wants more than anything to don an Invisibility Cloak and skulk off to enjoy a Butter Beer!) -- the magic was just plain fun!

2 -- Classic story line.  Good triumphs over Evil; Love triumphs over Hate; choices matter more than abilities (my sister).  My child, with her liberal arts degree in English literature firmly in hand, explains the charm of Harry Potter this way:  "The fresh use of conventional fantasy tropes such as hero rescue (Harry and Ginny in Book 2), an arch nemesis (Voldemort), side kicks (Ron and Hermione), and the "destiny / chosen one" plot, to build a world that has enthralled so many readers of all ages and statuses (economic, social, political, etc)." (Erin)

3 -- The good guys really do win.  It was always exciting and a little bit scary (my Mom), but, in the end, we could depend on the kids in Gryffindor to win!  Why?  Well, because they had heart!  (Tom)  And not just regular "heart" -- but tenacious, gritty, loyal HEART; integrity; perserverance; muddy HEART. (Tom)  Ten points for Gryffindor!

4 -- Strong social justice messages.  I like to think that an entire generation (or more) has just had a huge lesson in the silliness of bigotry.  Muggle?  Half-blood?  Full-blood?  Doesn't that seem silly?  I'm hoping so.  I'm hoping that a whole lot of people have had a subtle lesson in prejudice and discrimination.  (Me)  My sister points out several other important lessons.  Like . . . the fact that you don't have to be related to be "family". . . or that there are so many strong female characters in the HP series:  Hermione Grainger, Ginny Weasley, Molly Weasley, Professor McGonagall, Bellatrix Lestrange, etc.  The world needs more "sheroes" in literature. (my sister)

5 -- Quidditch.  Oh, yeah.  How cool is Quidditch?  (me, my sister, my Mom, my Dad, Tom)   Tom's goal (after the Invisibility Cloak and the Butter Beer)?  "I want to be a seeker." 

6 -- Getting people READING.  (my sister)  This was huge!  It seemed everyone. . . everywhere. . . was reading Harry Potter.  (Well, except my son. . .)  My Dad never reads books -- but he couldn't wait to read Harry Potter.  (my Dad)

7 -- The movie adaptations, generally, did not disappoint.  The special effects (Quidditch, the flying, the creatures - and dragons(!), the moving photographs, EVERYthing magical) were fabulous (my Dad; my Mom).  The casting was superb -- from the guys in Diagon Alley (my Dad) to Helena Bonham Carter (bow down!) (Erin), the characters translated well from book to movie.  And more on the casting . . .  "Emma Watson." (Brian)  "I'll see your Emma Watson and raise you an Alan Rickman." (Keith)

8 -- Owls.  (Erin) 

9 -- Chocolate.  Harry Potter just confirmed our faith in chocolate as a cure-all --- the perfect antidote to those pesky dementors!  (my sister)

10 -- It wasn't just about destiny.  Sure, there was destiny -- and that lightning bolt scar, etc.  But, when it came right down to it, Harry made "good choices."  And I like that.  (Me)



On Ice

This evening, as the sun went down on a very, very cold day. . . I noticed a glittering in my front garden, right out my dining room window.


This little shurb (a Coppertina Ninebark) is playing host to some pretty impressive icicles.  (It lives right under a downspout from my eaves.)

Pretty, non?






In other news -- We have a winner in my Guess-my-Ten-on-Tuesday-Movie-List Contest.  Drum roll. . . the winner is JessaLu, who correctly guessed 4 of the movies on my list! 

I think this was a lot harder than I imagined it would be. . . and probably reveals just how nerdy Tom and I are when it comes to movies. . . and dialogue.  (For us, it's all about the dialogue!)

Here are the answers to my Ten-on-Tuesday movie list:

  1. "I don't know what to make of that.  I sure do don't." -- No Country for Old Men
  2. "Jane. Honey. Are you trying to look unattractive?" -- American Beauty
  3. "Sometimes, I guess there just aren't enough rocks." -- Forrest Gump
  4. "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies!" -- Gone With the Wind
  5. "Women weaken legs!" -- Rocky
  6. "At my signal, unleash hell." -- Gladiator
  7. "I'm done with theatre.  The playhouse is for dreamers.  Look what the dream brought us." -- Shakespeare in Love
  8. "Hello, Clarice." -- Silence of the Lambs
  9. "Sorry I'm late.  I was taking a crap." -- The Sting
  10. "Round up the usual suspects." -- Casablanca

Thanks for playing along!  And, JessaLu -- watch for your exciting prize package. . . headed your way soon!


A Word. . . is Worth a Thousand Pictures


This week, Ten on Tuesday takes you to The Oscars!  Yes, this week we'll be revealing our Ten Favorite Oscar Winning Movies.

Tom and I put our heads together on this list, and we decided to have a little fun with it.  Instead of listing the titles of our Ten Favorite Oscar Winning Movies . . . we decided to list a quote from each movie.  Play along -- and see how many of our favorite movies you can identify.  (A prize will be awarded to the commenter with the most correct answers.)

And so. . . here goes . . . Kym and Tom's Ten Favorite Oscar Winning Movies. . . in quotes:





  1. "I don't know what to make of that.  I sure do don't."
  2. "Jane. Honey. Are you trying to look unattractive?"
  3. "Sometimes, I guess there just aren't enough rocks."
  4. "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies!"
  5. "Women weaken legs!"
  6. "At my signal, unleash hell."
  7. "I'm done with theatre.  The playhouse is for dreamers.  Look what the dream brought us."
  8. "Hello, Clarice."
  9. "Sorry I'm late.  I was taking a crap."
  10. "Round up the usual suspects."

How many of our favorite Oscar movies can you identify?

Lights! Camera! Holiday Action!


This week, Ten on Tuesday is all about our Ten Favorite Holiday Shows.  December isn't complete, for me, without a few of my favorite holiday movies.  My all-time favorite. . .


1.  Love Actually

Followed by. . .


2.  A Christmas Story

Another must-watch is. . .


3.  White Christmas

Rounding up the list. . .

4.  The Muppet's Christmas Carol

5.  The Holiday

6.  Miracle on 34th Street (the Natalie Wood version)

7.  The Santa Clause

8.  Home Alone

9.  The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (the animated version; I've never seen the movie)

10.  Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer

What's your favorite?


Hurray for Hollywood!

This week, Ten on Tuesday. . . goes to the movies! 

It's time to reveal the Ten Movies We'd Like to See in a Theatre.  Now, I need to preface this post by explaining that . . . I rarely set foot in a theatre any more.  We have a nice, big HD tv, and I am perfectly content watching movies at home.  Every once in a while, though, it's fun to experience a film in its big screen glory.  The movies I'm listing today are movies that lend themselves, for one reason or another, to a big screen viewing.   (Note:  These are not my favorite movies.  Not even close.) 

Movies that have great effects, for example.  Movies like. . .

1 -- The Matrix

2 -- The Harry Potter series

Or. . . Epic movies that are just Too Big for anything other than the theatre; movies like. . .

3 -- The Lord of the Rings triology

4 -- Star Wars (the original)

Or. . . movies that are simply too intense or too scary to watch alone

5 -- Pulp Fiction

6 -- The Sixth Sense

Then, of course, come the movies that have cult status. . .

7 -- Rocky

And movies that just. . . aren't any fun without a crowd. . .

8 -- Rocky Horror Picture Show

Or. . . larger-than-life action movies (especially those starring Robert Downey, Jr.) . . .

9 -- Iron Man

And, last but not least, ANY, ANY, ANY movie with George Clooney!

10 -- George Clooney movies; all of them!

So, sit back, relax, and grab the popcorn.  It's showtime!




Bringin' Home the Bacon


This week, Carole has us. . . thinking of bacon. . . with Ten Reasons to Love Bacon.  Hmmmmm.  This one requires a little thinking. . . because as kmkat pointed out earlier today. . .

1.   Taste

2.   Aroma

Where do you go from there?  How about. . .

3.   Kevin

What else?

4.   It goes with everything

5.   It's easy to cook

6.   You can eat it all day (a meat that segues from breakfast to dinner)

7.   You can share it with your dog

8.   It tastes great with beer

9.   It tastes great with wine

10.  BLTs

Watching Christmas

When I was a little girl, I got so excited about Christmas "shows" on the television.  Absolutely giddy, in fact!  I would mark on the calendar when my favorite shows were going to be aired. . . because, back then, you watched the show when it was on. . . or you missed it completely.  No DVR.  No DVD.  No Internet.  You got One Chance. 

This was my favorite.  I never missed it!

Of course, by the time I had my kids, "Rudolph" was available as a recording. While I never got enough of "Rudolph" as a child, I certainly had my fill as an adult!

My sister and I discovered "White Christmas" when we were in our early teens, and we loved it!  I still watch this one every year (on DVD!) -- and I think my sister does, too.

It wouldn't seem like Christmas without Bing!

Tom and I have always loved Ralphie and "A Christmas Story."  We used to watch it - just the two of us - once we'd put the kids to bed on Christmas Day.  Now, the kids love it just as much as we do.  In fact, it's one of those movies that has wormed it's way into the family lexicon:  fra-gi-le. . . you'll shoot your eye out. . . it's a Major Award. . . he lay there like a slug - it was his only defense. . .Daddy's gonna kill Ralphie. . .

My current favorite Christmas movie, though, is this one. . . "Love, Actually."

A bit sappy. . . but perfectly fun.  And. . . who can resist Hugh Grant dancing through the halls!

I still love watching Christmas movies!  What's your favorite?

On Portobello Road

Anyone remember this movie scene . . . from Disney's 1971 classic "Bedknobs & Broomsticks"?

This movie came out when I was in 6th grade.  I remember seeing this movie in the theatre -- but keeping my head down, in case any of my peers would spot me at a Disney show.  I was at that . . . awkward age.  Too old for Disney, and eager to go see "Love Story" instead.  But.  Disney it was.  Anyway, I never really liked the movie (probably an adolescent automatic-aversion to anything Disney), but I always liked the Portobello Road scene.  I was a dancer, and I liked watching dance scenes in movies --- so I could try to steal the steps!

Anyway.  It was fun to visit Portobello Road, live, in London!  Let me tell you -- it's so much cooler, and so much more colorful, than it is in the movie (even though there were no street dancers!) . . . but, the movie-song was right about one thing -- "you'll find what you're wanting on Portobello Road!"

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It's antique shop heaven!  From the established shops. . .

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. . . to street vendors, antiques rule on Portobello Road!

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At least, until you get to the market!  Then, Portobello Road becomes a farmer's market, mixed in with some souvenir stands, oh. . . with a little "world market" flair!

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And all of this is mixed in with charming shops!  Some shops are famous and well-known, like. . .

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Books for Cooks has a demonstration kitchen and restaurant in the back!  Their cookbook selection is incredible. . .

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And, look!  It's the Travel Bookshop from the movie "Notting Hill"!  We checked out the inside -- it looks just like it does in the movie.  Without Hugh Grant, though. . .

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The Hummingbird Bakery!  It's as charming as it is sweet.

And some shops are not so famous, but equally charming.  Like. . .

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An optician!

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Bike shops!  (This one is for you, Jessica.)

I didn't find any yarn shops, but I did find a couple of wonderful Scottish woolen shops that specialize in cashmere goods.  No photos -- the cashmere fumes put me into a bout of camnesia.  But I did come home with a scarf and gloves.

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Anyway, Portobello Road has something for everyone! 

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You'll definitely . . . "find what you're wanting on Portobello Road!"