The End

Wow I can't believe the year has come to an end.  It's been fun and time really challenging.  I hope that I've given you a few movie recommendations or reminded you of a movie you haven't seen in awhile.  I hope that you will follow me again this upcoming year, while I watch the prime-time soaps from the 80's.  Here is the link to that blog- melissa1980stv.blogspot.com .  Thanks again for following my progress.

Movie 365- Christmas Movies- The Holiday

Directed by Nancy Meyers
Starring Cameron Diaz
              Kate Winslet
              Jude Law
              Jack Black
              Rufus Sewell
              Edward Burns

I have a cow and I sew. How's that for "hard to relate to"?
Stuck in a vicious cycle of dead-end relationships with two-timing men, Los Angeles resident Amanda and Londoner Iris decide to swap homes. In the process, their trade paves the way for romances they never imagined possible.

I've put off watching this movie for a long time, and when I began this project I figured that it was the perfect opportunity to watch it.  It was a really good movie, the cast was great, I've always like Kate Winslet, and it was nice to see her in a more lighthearted movie then what she usually does.  I thought it was a nice change to see Jack Black not being so crazy as he can be most of the time.  Jude Law was great and Cameron Diaz was really good too.  It was a fun movie, my favorite part was when Kate Winslet's character was exploring Cameron Diaz's house, I think that is exactly what I would do if I were in her situation.  I'm glad that I finished my year of movies with this.

Movie 364- Christmas Movies- Little Women

Directed by Gillian Armstrong
Starring Winona Ryder
              Susan Sarandon
               Kirsten Dunst
               Christian Bale
               Gabriel Byrne

He's dull as powder Meg, can't you at least marry someone amusing?

Four sisters battle life's vicissitudes in Civil War-era America after their father leaves to join the conflict.

Little Women has always been one of my favorite stories, and this version is a favorite of mine.  I think the cast is great and everyone is perfect in their roles.  I love watching this movie.  Christian Bale is my favorite actor to have played Laurie.


Movie 363- Christmas Movies- Elf

Directed by Jon Favreau
Starring Will Ferrell
              James Caan
              Bob Newhart
              Edward Asner
              Mary Steenburgen
              Zooey Deschanel
              Peter Dinklage

You smell like beef and cheese, you don't smell like Santa.

When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong.

I love Elf, it's one of my favorite Will Ferrell movies.  It's a great Christmas movie, full of laughs and has a great story and cast.  There are so many great moment, but the one that I like the best is when Buddy confronts the store's Santa, it's a part of the movie that me and my sister quote all the time.

Movie 362- Christmas Movies- Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Directed by Jalmari Helander
Starring Jorma Tommila
              Onni Tommila

In the frozen beauty of Finland, where local reindeer herders race against the clock to capture an ancient evil: Santa Claus. Single father Rauno and his young son, Pietari, are caught up in the chaos as international scientists dig for artifacts. What they find endangers the entire village.

I had read a lot of good things about this movie, and I originally was planning on watching it when I was watching foreign films.  I'm glad that I finally watched it.  It's a dark, creepy and I had a great time watching it.  I like their take on the Santa myth.

Movie 361- Christmas Movies- It's a Wonderful Life

Directed by Frank Capra
Starring James Stewart
              Donna Reed
              Lionel Barrymore
              Henry Travers

You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn't, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I'd say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider!

George Bailey, a good man who's spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel named Clarence finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows George what life would've been like had he never been born.

It's been a long time since I've watched this.  I happened to watch the colorized version, which I've never seen before.  This is such a good movie, the cast is great and the story is inspirational.  It was great to see this again.

Movie 360- Christmas Movies- A Christmas Story

Directed by Bob Clark
Starring Peter Billingsley
              Melinda Dillon
              Darren McGavin

Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.

Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the '40's, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good 'ol Santa Claus himself.

This is a great movie.  I love the story and the cast is great.  The narration is great.  My favorite parts are when Ralphie is imagining, and of course the scene when his father gets his "major award."  It's not Christmas if we don't watch this one.

Movie 359- Christmas Movies- A Christmas Carol

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Starring Jim Carrey
              Gary Oldman
              Colin Firth

There's more gravy about you than grave.
 A Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this version of A Christmas Carol.  It was a great adaptation of the story.  The cast was great, I thought it was interesting to see how they animated the characters to resemble the actors providing the voices of the characters, some of the features were exaggerated.  I thought Jim Carrey was very good, not over done like he tends to do sometime.  I think this will be a favorite movie to watch each Christmas, and has become number 3 of my favorite versions of A Christmas Carol.

Movie 358- Thriller- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Directed by David Fincher
Starring Daniel Craig
              Rooney Mara
              Christopher Plummber

I want you to help me catch a killer of women.

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

I've been looking forward to seeing this movie since I heard they were making it.  It was really good, it was exactly how I thought it would be, I thought the changes they made worked well moving the story along.  It was fast paced but there is so much in the story, and most of it really essential to the story.  I thought the cast was great and the music was great.  The opening of the movie reminded me of the opening credits of a James Bond movie.  If you were a fan of the original movie then check this out too, it's just as good.  I can't wait for the next one.

Movie 357- Christmas Movies- The Shop Around the Corner

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Starring Jimmy Stewart
              Margaret Sullavan
              Frank Morgan

The boss hands you the envelope. You wonder how much is in it, and you don't want to open it. As long as the envelope's closed, you're a millionaire.

Klara and Alfred fall in love, even though they've only met before as pen pals and don't even know each other's names. Over Alfred's objections, Klara is hired in the shop where he works. But as they continue their loving correspondence, they embark on a combative working relationship.

I really like this movie, the cast is great and the story is funny.  The group of workers in the shop seem like a bunch you would like to work with.   This movie has been remade two other times and I think that this version is the best of them all.

Movie 356- Christmas Movies- Black Christmas

Directed by Bob Clark
Starring Olivia Hussey
              Margo Kidder
              John Saxon

No Claire, it's the Mormon Tabernacle Choir making their annual obscene phone call.

A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
I really like this movie, it's one of my favorite horror movies.  I think it's great that the same guy who directed A Christmas Story did this too.  The new version is ok, I think it spends too much time going through the killers back-story, which seems to be the new thing to do in all these horror movie reboots.  I like not knowing why the killer is doing what he's doing.  The cast is good, John Saxon is great as the cop trying to solve the case.  I think the story is original and I like how it's funny at times, while still being scary.  When I was going through my movies and came across this one I had to watch it after White Christmas, it was too perfect to pass by.

Movie 355- Christmas Movies- White Christmas

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Starring Bing Crosby
              Danny Kaye
              Rosemary Clooney
              Vera-Ellen
              Mary Wickes

I don't know what's going on, but he has that Rodgers and Hammerstein look in his eyes.

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.      

I've never seen this movie before, but have always meant to.  I liked the movie a lot, the songs were great, and I thought the four leads were really good.  I've always liked Danny Kaye and he was great as usual.  I liked the part where he and Bing Crosby did the girls song, it was very funny.             

Movie 354- Christmas Movies- Christmas in Connecticut

Directed by Peter Godfrey
Starring Barbara Stanwyck
              Dennis Morgan
              Sydney Greenstreet

Good morning; Merry Christmas. I hope I'm in time to see you flip the flapjacks.

Elizabeth Lane, a magazine columnist who touts herself as a blissful wife, mother and expert homemaker living on an idyllic Connecticut farm. Trouble is, it's all a lie. When her pudgy publisher cooks up a scheme to boost circulation by having Elizabeth entertain a war veteran on Christmas Eve, will her charade unravel?

This was a great movie, the cast was perfect.  It was funny and I really enjoyed watching this one while we baked cookies for Christmas gifts.  I had never seen this one before so I'm glad that I got a chance to see this one.


Movie 353- Christmas Movies- Christmas with the Kranks

Directed by Joe Roth
Starring Tim Allen
              Jamie Leigh Curtis
              Dan Ackroyd

You're skipping Christmas! Isn't that against the law?

A break from the frenetic activity that surrounds Christmas is what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, for once, they'll skip the holiday. They'll nix the tree, all the ornaments and their rooftop Frosty. They'll even forgo the chore of hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash. That's the plan, anyway. But can they deal with the fallout from crestfallen neighbors and even their own family?

This wasn't a great movie, but it wasn't bad the thing that is hard to get past for me was why everyone seemed to care so much why they were skipping Christmas, the problem may have been with the way they went about telling their friends and neighbors, but really most of them should have minded their own business and got on with their own holiday plans.  But that is really looking into the story too much.  There are some really funny moments.  I would recommend reading the book instead of the movie.

Movie 352- Christmas Movies- Holiday Inn

Directed by Mark Sandrich
Starring Bing Crosby
              Fred Astaire
              Marjorie Reynolds

Come out and relax on a farm, music, dancing, home cooking. Open holidays only.

Tired of the bright lights of showbiz, Jim Hardy retires to the countryside to become a farmer. He converts the farm into the Holiday Inn, open only on holidays, then competes against his pal for a singer-dancer's affection.

This was the first time I saw this movie and was a bit surprised by the racial stereotypes that were in the movie, it was a bit too much other than that the movie was good, the song and dance numbers were good, I don't think Fred Astaire's character was very likable, though. 

Movie 351- Christmas Movies- Meet Me in St. Louis

Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Starring Judy Garland
              Margaret O'Brien
              Mary Astor
              Tom Drake

Meeting him across the lawn for the first time would be so ordinary. I don't want to be just introduced to him. I want it to be something strange and romantic and something I'll always remember.
In the year before the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

This movie has one of the best Christmas songs ever.  It kind of reminds me of Little Women in a way.  It's my favorite Judy Garland movie.  It's has a great story and songs.  My favorite scenes are the Halloween scene and the Trolley song.

Movie 350- Action/Adventure- Sherlock Holmes- A Game of Shadows

Directed by Guy Ritchie
Starring Robert Downey Jr.
              Jude Law
              Jared Harris
              Noomi Rapace

I see your web of conspiracy has expanded.
Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

I thought that the movie was good, not as good as the first one, but I liked what they did with the story.  I thought Jared Harris was great as Moriarty, and Stephen Fry was hilarious as Sherlock's brother Mycroft.  There were some really funny scenes, I hope that they do a few more movies. 

Movie 349- Christmas Movies- The Thin Man

Directed by W.S. Van Dyke
Starring William Powell
             Myna Loy
             Maureen O'Sullivan

I don't like crooks. And if I did like 'em, I wouldn't like crooks that are stool pigeons. And if I did like crooks that are stool pigeons, I still wouldn't like you.

After a four year absence, one time detective Nick Charles returns to New York with his new wife Nora and their dog, Asta. He's also approached by Dorothy Wynant, father Clyde Wynant is suspected of murdering his mistress/secretary. Her father had left on a planned trip some months before and she has had no contact with him. Nick isn't all that keen on resuming his former profession but egged-on by wife Nora, who thinks this all very exciting, he agrees to help out. He solves the case, announcing the identity of the killer at a dinner party for all of the suspects.

I love this movie, Myrna Loy and William Powell had great chemistry and this series was so much fun, every one is good, but this one is my favorite, the one liners are great, as are the facial expressions the two give each other.  There's been talk of remaking this but I don't think that anyone else can do what Myrna Loy and William Powell have done.  If you've never seen this check this out, it's a great old comedy.

Movie 348- Christmas Movies- Babes in Toyland

Directed by Jack Donohue
Starring Annette Funicello
             Tommy Sands
             Ray Bolger
             Ed Wynn
             Tommy Kirk

Oh, for heaven's sakes! Such a dreadful temper! I'm glad I'm not marrying you! Well, I am marrying you, but I'm marrying you to her.

Mary Contrary, whose fiancé, Tom Piper, is abducted by a pair of goons. It seems that dastardly Mr. Barnaby -- who covets Mary and her inheritance -- dispatched the thugs to get Tom out of the picture. When the dim-bulb duo double-crosses the boss, it sets off a search for Tom and a slew of comical chases.

This is a fun movie, and I think pretty much forgotten, but it's always been one of my favorite old Disney movies.  I like the cast, and the songs.  Annette's costumes were ones I always wanted to have for dress up.  I think that they did a great job with the special effects at the end of the movie.  Ray Bolger made a great villain.  My favorite songs are Castle in Spain and Floretta, which is the funniest to me.  This isn't just a Christmas movie it's one you can watch all year round.



Movie 347- Christmas Movies- Fred Claus

Directed by David Dobkin
Starring Vince Vaughn
             Paul Giamatti
             Kevin Spacey
             Miranda Richardson
             Kathy Bates
             Elizabeth Banks
             Rachel Weisz
You're all fired, in the morning you'll all be on a bus back to Elfistan!
The joy and happiness of the holiday season is ruined for the saintly Santa Claus when his cranky older brother, Fred -- a repo man with a sizable rap sheet -- comes to stay with him at the North Pole.


This was a really funny movie, the cast was great, and the story was a lot of fun.  I liked Kevin Spacey's character and Willie the elf.  It was a mix of Elf and Santa Claus: The Movie.  I liked the scene where all the Salvation Army Santa's are chasing Fred.  This will be another movie I will watch every Christmas.



Movie 346- Christmas Movies- Love Actually

Directed by Richard Curtis
Starring Hugh Grant
             Emma Thompson
             Colin Firth
             Liam Neeson
             Laura Linney
             Alan Rickman
             Keira Knightley
             Rowan Atkinson
             Bill Nighy


Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don't buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

I love his movie, it's one of all time favorite movies, it's got a great cast and all the stories are interesting.  I like how they are all connected to one another.  There are a lot of funny moments, like when Hugh Grant's character is dancing to Jump, and all the scenes with Bill Nighy are great.  The only story I don't like is Laura Linney's, and really ever since this movie I haven't really been able to watch anything with her in it.  Another favorite character of mine is Colin, who goes to Wisconsin to met girls, he's hilarious.  This is a great movie, and if you haven't seen then I suggest you check this one out.

Movie 345- Christmas Movie- Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

Directed by Chris Columbus
Starring Macaulay Culkin
            Joe Pesci
            Daniel Stern
            Catherine O'Hara
            Rob Schneider
            John Heard
            Tim Curry
            Brenda Fricker

Howdy do. This is Peter McCallister, the father. I'd like a hotel room please, with an extra large bed, a TV, and one of those little refrigerators you have to open with a key. Credit card? You got it. 

Instead of flying to Florida with his folks, Kevin ends up alone in New York, where he gets a hotel room with his dad's credit card -- despite problems from a clerk and meddling bellboy. But when Kevin runs into his old nemeses, he's determined to foil their plans to rob a toy store
This one is my favorite, I think the story is better and the cast is great.  I love the whole movie.  There are so many funny scenes that I can't pick my favorite, but one of the best is when Kevin uses the old movie to escape from the hotel, it's the funniest things.  I remember going to see this in the theater when it came out and going to Wal-Mart not to long later and getting a Talk-Boy just like in the movie.  This is one movie that my sister love to watch with our Dad who will get red during certain scenes because he's laughing so much. 

Movie 344- Christmas Movies- The Bishop's Wife

Directed by Henry Koster
Starring Cary Grant
             Loretta Young
             David Niven

The only people who grow old were born old to begin with. 

This Christmastime angelic intervention sparkles with good humor. Dudley the angel is sent to help a bishop and his wife survive their attempt to finance a new cathedral and the strain it's putting on their marriage.


This is a great movie, the cast is the best, it's funny and makes you think too.  My favorite part is when they go ice skating, it's very clear that it's not Cary Grant doing all those tricks, they do a pretty good job at hiding the doubles face, but there are a couple times that you can clearly tell it's someone else.  This has been remade with Whitney Houston but I've never seen it, but after seeing this one as many times as I have I wouldn't ever watch it, this one is perfect.

Movie 343- Christmas Movies- Home Alone

Directed by Chris Columbus
Starring Macaulay Culkin
            Joe Pesci
            Daniel Stern
            John Heard
            Catherine O'Hara
            John Candy

This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back. No toys, nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie, and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And in a few years time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?

Eight-year-old Kevin makes the most of the situation after his family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on vacation. But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on Kevin's house, the plucky kid stands ready to defend his territory. By planting booby traps galore, adorably mischievous Kevin stands his ground as his frantic mother attempts to race home.

This has to be one of my favorite Christmas comedies.  I can watch anytime of the year.  The story and cast are great.  My favorite parts are when Kevin uses the old movie with the pizza guy, and again with the burglars, and of course the best part of the movie is when they are chasing him around the house and setting off all the traps that he set out for him.  It a great movie.

Movie 342- Christmas Movies- Noel

Directed by Chazz Palminteri
Starring Susan Sarandon
             Penélope Cruz
             Paul Walker
              Alan Arkin

Oh, your life matters, you've touched other people's lives in ways you don't even realize.

Five New Yorkers face Christmas Eve alone in this meditation on what lies at the root of the holiday spirit. Rose tries to connect with her dying mother. Nina and her boyfriend are in love but must work through his jealousy issues. Artie thinks his late wife's spirit lives in someone else's body. And Jules is a brutalized man yearning for peace.

I wasn't sure what to expect, parts of the movie were good, some were a bit boring.  The cast was good, it seemed to me that it was trying to be like Love Actually, but it just didn't have the spark that that movie has.  I did like how the stories were wrapped up especially the story involving Susan Sarandon and the one with      Penélope Cruz and Paul Walker. 

Movie 341- Christmas Movies- Christmas Holiday

Directed by Robert Siodmak
Starring Deanna Durbin
             Gene Kelly
             Gail Sondergaard
             Dean Harens

When I think of the things they didn't tell me in Vermont! 

A young femme fatale-type woman realizes that the wealthy man she married is an incorrigible wastrel.


I was curious to see this movie just because Gene Kelly was playing the bad guy, I don't think I ever saw him play anything but the leading man before.  I thought the movie was good, the story was interesting.  The acting was very good, Gene Kelly was very good in this, if your a fan of his then this is a movie you should check out.  There isn't much about Christmas in this movie, but it was a interesting movie anyway.

Movie 340- Christmas Movies- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik

Starring Chevy Chase
             Beverly D'Angelo
             Juliette Lewis 
            Randy Quaid

Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

Hapless Clark, exasperated Ellen and their kids gear up for Christmas in this Vacation. As usual, all the good intentions in the world can't save them from disaster ... or Cousin Eddie, whose unannounced visit throws the house into further disarray.

It's been years since I saw this movie, it was as funny as I remembered it, it was pretty cool to see downtown Chicago and Marshall Fields, we would go downtown every Christmas and have dinner at the restaurant and look at the windows.  The cast is great and the story is hilarious.  It made me want to watch the other Vacation movies. I thought it was funny to see what Wal-Mart looked like in 1989, and what dog food cost too.  My favorite part is Clark's meltdown.

Movie 339- Christmas Movies- Santa Claus: The Movie

Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
Starring  Dudley Moore
              John Lithgow
              David Huddleston
              Burgess Meredith
              Judy Cornwell

A sequel. That's it. We'll bring it out on March 25, and we'll call it... Christmas 2! 

This is the delightful story of a master toymaker who discovers a magical kingdom of elves at the North Pole. There he is entrusted with special powers. But one of his elves goes to work for a greedy toy baron who wants to put Santa out of business.

This was one of my favorite Christmas movies growing up.  The story is great, and as fun as I remember it.  The cast is good and likable, expect for John  Lithgow's character, he's the bad guy so you aren't supposed to like him, but he's great in this.  I like how they began the story then moved it forward to the present.  It was a lot of fun to see it again after so many years.

Movie 338- Christmas Movies- Scrooged

Directed by Richard Donner
Starring Bill Murray
             Karen Allen
             Robert Mitchum
             John Forsythe
             Bobcat Goldthwait
             Carol Kane
             Alfre Woodard

No, you are a hallucination brought on by alcohol... Russian vodka poisoned by Chernobyl! 

Cold-hearted TV exec Bill Murray is about to discover the true meaning of Christmas -- the hard way.

This was a funny movie, I haven't seen it before so I figured now was the perfect time to check it out.  I liked the story and how the ghost came to him, and I like TV ads for the Christmas Carol they are doing in the movie.  The cast is great, I thought I recognized John Forsythe's voice, but it wasn't till they went into his past that I realized I was right.  This will definitely become one of annual Christmas movies I watch during the holiday season.

Movie 337- Christmas Movies- Muppet Christmas Carol

Directed by Brian Henson
Starring Michael Caine
             The Muppets

Hello! Welcome to the Muppet Christmas Carol! I am here to tell the story.
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

This is a great version of A Christmas Carol, while adding The Muppet's into the mix, it's a true adaptation of the story, and Michael Caine is one of the best Scrooges I've seen.  I like the songs and sometimes I will randomly think of them through out the year.  I like how they incorporated The Muppets into the characters, my favorites are Statler and Waldorf as the Marley Brothers.  If haven't seen this movie before it's one I really recommend.

Movie 336- Christmas Movies- The Ref

Directed by Ted Demme
Starring Denis Leary
              Kevin Spacey
              Judy Davis
              Glynis Johns
              Christine Baranski
              Richard Bright

You know what I'm going to get you next Christmas, Mom? A big wooden cross, so that every time you feel unappreciated for your sacrifices, you can climb on up and nail yourself to it.

Gus, a burglar, is about to score on Christmas Eve by breaking into a posh home in the suburbs. But his plans change when he trips up the alarm and takes the occupants hostage. Or is it the other way around? After all, his hostages include the house's owners, an endlessly bickering husband and wife on the verge of divorce, and Gus finds himself refereeing their blistering -- and constant -- arguments.

I love this movie, it's hilarious.  The cast is perfect, there are so many great lines that it was hard to pick out the one I wanted to use for my quote, but the one I chose was my favorite.  This is one of the best Christmas movies from the 90's, but I can watch it anytime of the year, Denis Leary is great, and Kevin Spacey is so funny in this, he was the reason I first saw this movie, and it's still one of my favorite movies he's done.  I love the family dinner, and when they go to open presents, writing this review makes me want to watch it all over again.


Movie 335- Christmas Movies- We're No Angels

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Starring Humphrey Bogart
              Aldo Ray
              Peter Ustinov
              Joan Bennett
              Basil Rathbone

We came here to rob them and that's what we're gonna do - beat their heads in, gouge their eyes out, slash their throats. Soon as we wash the dishes.

Three escaped inmates who hatch a plan to steal from a shopkeeper on Christmas. But their plans change when they find themselves actually growing to like their target and his family. Besides, the luckless merchant is apparently about to lose his shirt, as his business is unraveling. So, instead of robbing him, the convicts decide to help him, a mission that proves wildly complicated.

This is one of my Dad's favorite movies, and is now one of mine as well.  Every year we would watch this movie, so it's now a tradition to watch this movie.  It's a great movie, it has a great cast, and the story is funny.  There are so many lines that we all just quote all the time.  If you've never seen this one then it's definitely one to check out.  My favorite parts are when they are getting ready for Christmas dinner, and when Basil Rathbone's character arrives and asks for some fruit, I won't tell you when Bogart brings him, but it's hilarious, and the exchange between them is perfect.

Last Month, New Genre


Wow, this year has really gone by quickly.  Obviously this month I will be watching Christmas movies.  This has been a fun challenge, but I am glad to be nearing the end.  I have something planned for next year so I hope that you will follow me through that as well.

Movie 334- Family/Kids Movies- Labyrinth

Directed by Jim Henson
Starring Jennifer Connelly
              David Bowie

You have thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us... forever.

Sarah embarks on a life-altering quest when she attempts to rescue her little brother, Toby, from the clutches of treacherous Jareth the Goblin King, who lives in a castle surrounded by a giant labyrinth. With just 13 hours to plot a course through the dangerous maze, Sarah must grow up fast, learn her responsibilities and muster supreme courage.

How great is this movie?  It's got David Bowie in it and it's got puppets, and great songs and a cool story.  I remember watching this in my English class in Junior High, why we watched it I don't really remember, but I do remember how much I enjoyed it.  They don't make movies like this anymore.  I like how it's a bit of a mash up of Alice in Wonderland and other fairy tales.  Love the adventure and the story.

Movie 333- Family/Kids Movies- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman and John Lounsbery
Starring Sterling Holloway
              Sebastian Cabot
              Ralph Wright
              Paul Winchell
              Junius Matthews
              John Fiedler
              Howard Morris

Winnie the Pooh lived in this enchanted forest under the name of Sanders, which means he had the name over the door in gold letters, and he lived under it.

Join dear friends Pooh, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Rabbit, Tigger and Christopher Robin as they enjoy their days together and sing their way through escapades that include honey, bees, bouncing, balloons, floods, Pooh sticks and more.

It is such a cute movie, it got great songs and the stories are cute. The cast is great, I think the funniest story is the one where Pooh gets stuck in the hole of Rabbit's house.  I love all the actors in this their voices are perfect for the characters.  It was a lot of fun watching this again, like most of these movies that I haven't seen in a very long time, it brought back a lot of fond memories.

Movie 332- Family/Kids Movies- The Rescuers Down Under

Directed by Hendel Butoy
Starring Bob Newhart
              Eva Gabor
              George C. Scott
              John Candy
              Tristan Rogers

So, um, which way are taking', uh, Suicide Trail through Nightmare Canyon, or the shortcut at Satan's Ridge?

A lawless poacher wants to capture a majestic and rare golden eagle, so he kidnaps the boy who knows where to find the bird. Not to worry -- the Rescue Aid Society's top agents, heroic mice Miss Bianca and Bernard, fly to Australia to save the day. Accompanying the fearless duo are bumbling albatross Wilbur and local field operative Jake the Kangaroo Rat.

This was one of my favorite Disney movies when I first saw this, it funny, and I think George C. Scott was a great villain. The story is good, there's lots of adventure in this one, and the cast is great, Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor are great, I liked the character Jake, he was a lot of fun. This one is a bit more lighthearted than the first movie, it brings back a lot of memories.  I like how they showed how the mice got information across the country. 

Movie 331- Family/Kids Movies- The Rescuers

Directed by John Lounsbery and Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring Bob Newhart
                     Eva Gabor
                    
Geraldine Page

Faith is a blue bird, we see from far. It's for real and as sure as the first evening star, you can't touch it or buy it or wrap it up tight but it's there just the same, making things turn out right.
Brave mice Bernard and Miss Bianca embark on a mission to save a missing orphan who's sent an urgent call for help from the depths of Devil's Bayou. The tiny heroes will need all their cunning to rescue the child from the evil Madame Medusa, who's using the girl to retrieve the world's largest diamond.

I didn't remember much about this movie so it was like watching it for the first time. I really liked Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor in this, I thought Medusa was a but like Cruella. The story was interesting. I liked all the different characters, I liked the albatross the best. I didn't remember that this wasn't a musical, there was just one. I liked the opening scene when all the mice are going to the meeting.

Movie 330- Family/Kids Movies- Beauty and the Beast

Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Starring Paige O'Hara
              Robby Benson
              Jerry Orbach
              David Ogden Stiers
             Angela Lansbury

I'd like to thank you all for coming to my wedding. But first I'd better go in there and propose to the girl.

Belle yearns to escape her ordinary existence -- and her village's boorish suitors -- until she becomes imprisoned in the mansion of a hideous, coldhearted beast. Can Belle help the monster revive the man within?

This is such a good movie, I forget how much I like it till I am watching it again.  The story is really good, and the songs are great, it's got everything in it, humor, adventure, a love story.  If it hadn't been released in 1991 I think it would have won the Oscar for best picture for sure.

Movie 329- Family/Kids Movies- Winnie the Pooh

Directed by Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall
Starring Jim Cummings
             Craig Ferguson 
             John Cleese

I believed you, but my tummy had to check for itself.

During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Owl convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet,Pooh, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named "Backsoon" and they set out to save him.

This was a cute movie, I love Winnie the Pooh, I like how they started the movie, just like the old one, in a real room with the stuffed animals, and during the credits they had the stuffed animals doing stuff they did in the movie, which I thought was really cute.  The songs were good, and the story was good.


Movie 328- Family/Kids Movies- Mary Poppins

Directed by Robert Stevenson
Starring Julie Andrews
              Dick Van Dyke
              David Tomlinson
              Glynis Johns                            
              Karen Doctrice
              Matthew Garber
              Elsa Lanchester

As I expected. "Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way."

A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family.

I can't remember the last time I saw this movie.  I really enjoyed watching it again.  It's a lot of fun, the songs are great, and the cast is just right.  Julie Andrews is the perfect Mary Poppins. 


Movie 327- Family/Kids Movies- Mulan

Directed by
Starring Ming-Na Wen
              Eddie Murphy   
              B.D. Wong  

The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.
 Mulan, a tomboyish girl who disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li Shang.

This is a great movie, it's got a great story, it's got great songs, the actors and singers are really good, it's an inspirational story and Mulan is a strong character, it's got a lot of funny part especially the parts with Mushu.  This is one of the best Disney movies.

Movie 326- Family/Kids Movies- Robin Hood

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring Peter Ustinov
              Phil Harris
              Terry Thomas
              Pat Buttram
              Brian Bedford

I'm an outlaw. That's what. That's no life for a lovely lady. Always on the run. What kind of a future is that?

With King Richard off to the Crusades, Prince John and his slithering minion, Sir Hiss, set about taxing Nottingham's citizens with support from the corrupt sheriff -- and staunch opposition by the wily Robin Hood and his band of merry men.

This is a favorite of mine, I love the songs and the story.  I think the cast is great, my favorite characters are Little John and Sir Hiss, Peter Ustinov is great as Prince John too.  Whenever I watch Robin Hood Men in Tights I think of this movie especially when Maid Marian goes to Sherwood Forest.  I like the fight scene at the end where it seems like a football game.  Great movie.

Movie 325- Family/Kids Movie- Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Directed by Robert Stevenson
Starring Albert Sharpe
             Janet Munro
             Sean Connery
             Jimmy O'Dea
             Estelle Winwood

Indeed I would. You know, someone beat me over the head that night, and I thought it was the little people. But when I spoke to King Brian about it, he said that you should take the consequences.

Irishman Darby O'Gill finds himself face to face with magical little people -- leprechauns. One of O'Gill's tall tales comes true when he captures the King of the Leprechauns, who must grant him three wishes. But all the wishes ultimately backfire, with comical results.

This is my favorite Sean Connery movie, it's a fun movie, I remember when I first saw it being really fascinated with the leprechauns.  The cast and story are a lot of fun.


Movie 324- Fantasy/Drama - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One

Directed by Bill Condon
Starring Kristen Stewart
              Robert Pattinson
              Taylor Lautner
              Billy Burke
              Michael Sheen
              Anna Kendrick

No measure of time with you will be long enough. But we'll start with forever.

The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.

Wow, what a disappointment, but really I wasn't expecting much to begin with, but what I saw was worse than I imagined.  It's pretty clear to me that the quality of the acting isn't that important to them, since most of the actors don't seem to be doing much.  There are a few actors who clearly stand out, namely Billy Burke, who plays Bella's father, and Anna Kendrick.  There was so much laughter during parts of the movie clearly not meant to be humorous.  My "favorite" part was when Edward revealed to Bella that he used to kill bad guys, which the first thing that came to my mind was "Oh he's just like Dexter," however the way they shot this to me it wasn't really clear that these were "killers" he was killing, he was the one that seemed suspicious.  I also thought it was funny to see Dexter's brother Brian show up at the wedding.  And of course there is the cameo of Stephanie Meyers, who like someone mentioned on IMDB, looked a bit like a stalker.  I'm so glad that JK Rowling never popped up in any of the Harry Potter movies.  This movie was way too long, the wedding dragged on and on, and the honeymoon seemed to last as long as they were supposedly gone for, as Michelle said after the movie.  It could have been cut down quite a bit.  As I'm sure you can tell I didn't care for the movie, and think it's the worst of the series so far.  One down one to go.


Movie 323- Family/Kids Movies- Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme

Directed by Jeff Stein
Starring Shelley Duvall
              Dan Gilroy
              Jean Stapleton
              Little Richard
              Paul Simon
              Bobby Brown

Well I am constantly the one who if forced to tumble down the hill following after you! Why can't it be Jill's turn to break her crown, and you come tumbling after for a change, huh!
There's a crisis in Rhymeland! All the Rhymies (the characters from Nursery Rhymes) are disappearing! Gordon Goose, son of Mother Goose, and Little Bo Peep set off across Rhymeland to find their missing friends.

I remember the first time I saw this on the Disney Channel, this was when the Disney Channel had good diverse programming.  This movie is really funny to watch now, it's really over the top, but it's such a blast from the past which makes it awesome.  I love the mixed cast, you've got everyone from Little Richard to Gary Shandling and Woody Harrelson.  Funny story with a fun cast.

Movie 322- Family/Kids Movies- Charlotte's Web

Directed by Charles A. Nichols and Iwao Takamoto
Starring Debbie Reynolds
              Paul Lynde
              Henry Gibson
              Agnes Moorehead

The goose was right, this fair is rat's paradise. Bye-bye, my humble Wilbur. Fare thee well Charlotte, you old schemer. This will be a night to remember!

When Wilbur is sold to a farmer and finds out that he will eventually be killed for food, Charlotte convinces the farmer that Wilbur is a very special pig.

I remember watching this movie so many time when I was younger, the songs are great, and the cast is one of the best.  Debbie Reynolds is great, and Paul Lynde is really funny.  My favorite song is still "A Fair is a Veritable Schmorgasboard-orgasboard-orgasboard", it's really funny.  It's a really great adaption of the book. 


Movie 321- Family/Kids Movies- Nim's Island

Directed by Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin
Starring Jodie Foster
             Gerard Butler 
             Abigail Breslin

Nobody invades my island and gets away with it.

When the young island-dwelling Nim loses contact with her scientist father who's lost at sea, she reaches out to her favorite author for help. Problem is, the writer -- of adventure stories, no less -- is a recluse who hasn't left her house in years. Can the agoraphobic author summon the same courage she's instilled in the hero of her novels in time to rescue her biggest fan?

This is a really cute movie.  The cast is great and the story is great.  Jodie Foster is really funny and Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler were great together.  My favorite parts are with Jodie Foster in her house. 


Movie 320- Family/Kids Movies- Poor Little Rich Girl

Directed by Irving Cummings
Starring Shirley Temple
              Alice Faye
              Gloria Stuart
              Jack Haley
            
I used to live in an orphanage, but they were mean to me, awfully mean, and now I'm on a vacation to see new faces. Your face doesn't look very new.
The daughter of a wealthy businessman becomes lost in the city while traveling to a new school, and is taken in by a pair of down-on-their-luck performers.

This is my favorite of the Shirley Temple movies, I like the story, the characters, and the songs.  It kind of reminds me of the movie Baby's Day Out.  One of my favorite parts was when Shirley Temple is having dinner with the organ grinder and his family, and when she sneezes she is surprised she isn't sent right to bed like she is at her own house.  This is a really cute movie.

Movie 319- Family/Kids Movies- The Little Colonel

Directed by David Butler
Starring Shirley Temple
              Lionel Barrymore
              Evelyn Venable
              John Lodge
              Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
              Hattie McDaniel

You're a bad man to make my mama cry!
When a Southern belle married a Yankee, her father, a former Confederate colonel, promptly disowned her. Now, years, later, the couple's only daughter visits the family plantation to meet her grandfather and heal old wounds. But will her spunk and a charming tap dance with the family butler be enough to win the crusty old man's heart?

The cast was good in this movie, Shirley was as cute as she always is.  I really liked the costumes.  I thought the one thing that was kind of confusing was that she called her father Papa Jack, it almost is the kind of thing I would think a young child would call a step father, I think that they could have explained that a bit more.  The tap dancing scene is the highlight of the movie.

Movie 318- Family/Kids Movies- Baby Take a Bow

Directed by Harry Lachman
Starring Shirley Temple
              James Dunn
              Claire Trevor

I should wait and eat a cold breakfast? Not for any husband. Sometimes I get so mad I could give him poison.
Trying to stay on the straight and narrow, sunny Shirley's father, Eddie, gets a chauffeur job. But when a necklace disappears, Eddie and his pal are immediately suspected. It's up to little Shirley to find the jewels and prove her pop's innocence.

This was a really cute movie, the cast was great and Shirley Temple was great.  There were a lot of funny scenes, I like the part when the detective is searching the house for the pearls, and when mother and daughter are exercising to the radio program.