I did not fall off the face of the earth. I haven’t been on here for nearly two months. My weekly “Blast from the Past” posts I write up ahead of time, so those have been updating the blog at least weekly. During September, I sort of went into a reading slump, which continued pretty much until now. I’m trying to come back–I’m finally giving up the book that didn’t really encourage or entice me, The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. And I can still make some headway with some of my resolutions and challenges for 2012, so I’m seriously trying to come back!
This past week was Thanksgiving, and Nick and I hosted my family for our first holiday in the house. It was so nice to see my family together–we all live within a 20-mile (diameter) area, but we have some crazy schedules, so it’s a bit hard to get together. Also, I learned from our housewarming party how to prepare for a crowd. So I wasn’t nearly as flustered, trying to run around and cook and clean this time around.
Nick and I are still working on little projects on the house. We had a septic tank issue that we’ve fixed. But now our oven/stove isn’t working, so we’ll need to get a new one. As everyone told me when we bought the house, a homeowner will always have something to work on. And our house has definitely kept that a truth. But, I did have a Clark Griswald moment about a week ago. If you’ve seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you know about the issue Clark has with the lights on the house. Well, Nick and I have this switch in our hallway and we could not for the life of us figure out what it did! But we found out accidentally that it turns on two exterior outlets (which, incidently, will be very nice when we have Christmas lights up!) This is how I felt, figuring out what it did:
I do have a few movies to briefly discuss, but as I said before, I really haven’t read in two months, so there’s no books to talk about.
America’s Next Top Model Cycle 18: British Invasion (Spring 2012)
This doesn’t really have any specific thoughts to go along with it, but I tell you about any other TV show that I watch after I’ve missed a season or two, and this is no different. ANTM is my one reality show guilty pleasure. This cycle is particularly interesting, as it was Americans vs. Brits. They haven’t done that before, so it was fun.
Dark Shadows (2012; Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer)
A young man is cursed by a witch whose love is unrequited in the mid-1700s. Nearly 200 years later, in 1972, he is able to escape his imprisonment–but he’s still a vampire. He works with his family’s descendants that still live in the town which was named after the family to bring back their reputation and prestige.
As a Tim Burton movie, it’s a little dark. But there wasn’t all that much comedy to break up the seriousness. But it’s not the serious-seriousness. I know that doesn’t make much sense, but you know how a dramatic serious is different than a comedic serious–this was supposed to be comedic serious, but there wasn’t any comedy. It just wasn’t good. And it ended so a sequel could be made easily. But I won’t waste my time on that one, if it comes to fruition.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012; Robert Pattinson, Kristin Stewart, Taylor Lautner)
It’s hard to summarize this without giving away anything in the previous four movies/three books, and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. But I will say that this movie was surprisingly awesome–I haven’t liked any of the other movies enough to watch them again after the midnight showing at which I saw all of them. Not that they were bad, but that they just weren’t good enough to see again. The “battle” at the end of this film was so weird! My friends and I were like, “That didn’t happen in the book, did it?!?!?!” (I read the books 4 years ago and haven’t read them since that, so I honestly forgot if some specifics happened or not.) And then there was this revelation at the end which was a double-whammy! I was impressed 🙂
Move Over, Darling (1963; Doris Day, James Garner)
A man has his wife who disappeared in a plane crash five years ago officially declared dead and marries another woman on the exact day his “dead” wife comes home after the navy rescues her from a desert island. He wants to get his new marriage annulled, but has a hard time breaking the news to his new bride about his wife still being alive.
This was really funny. Some of those movies from the 1950s and 1960s have great story-lines that would make really good films today with some new actors. I honestly get mad when movies like Footloose and Red Dawn are remade and they’re only 25-30 years old when there are funny movies like this one that would make excellent movies. Down With Love is a great example of a 1959 movie (Pillow Talk), remade.
Do Not Disturb (1965; Doris Day, Rod Taylor)
An American couple moves to Britain. Husband is always at work, and a wife’s friend tells her to create an imaginary lover to make the husband jealous and spend time with her. Even though the husband knows of this fake plot, he can’t help but feel jealous of his wife’s interior decorator. At the same time, the wife is jealous of her husband’s secretary who he spends so much time with.
This one felt a little bland to me, honestly. There were some comedic moments, but they were few and far between.