Showing posts with label freebies. Show all posts
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Merry Fictional Blog Challenge

'Tis the season to be jolly and ponder about our feels from the past year. I thought it'd be fun to make a challenge to chat about the holiday season and include some of our favorite (or least) fictional characters in on the fun. Below is A Merry Fictional Blog Challenge! 

You're invited to join in on the fun! Simply copy & paste the questions to your blog for you to answer. Feel free to use the banner above or make your own. This is an open challenge - so no deadline to participate!

Advent Calendar: What traditions you celebrate during December? Are you starting new traditions this year?
Carols: What's your favorite song(s)?
Coal: A naughty character you'd send coal to?
Fireplace: Favorite Christmas movie that melts your heart?
Gingerbread: What's your favorite holiday snack?
Hot Cocoa: What's your favorite drink?
Lights: A character has had the brightest or most positive impact for you this year?
Mistletoe: Character you'd like to meet under the mistletoe?
Mittens: A cozy outfit that keeps you warm during winter?
Naughty: Three characters who'd make the Naughty list.
Nice: Three characters who'd make the Nice list.
North Pole: If you could spend Christmas anywhere (even fictional), where would you go?
Presents: A book or movie on your wishlist?
Rudolph: What's your favorite TV holiday special?
Santa: A character you'd love to exchange presents with? What would you get them?
Scrooge: A villain you'd help see life in a different way?
Snowflake: A special fandom or movie moment that made 2017 awesome.
Tree: What do you decorate your house with for the season?
Yuletide: The top 3 things in your life that make you the most happy?
BONUS: Ugly Christmas Sweater: Would you wear a sweater Molly Weasley made you or avoid it like the plague?

❄️ Tag! You’re it! ❄️
I welcome anyone who would like to do this challenge and add a little holiday cheer to their blog. My answers will be coming along in a separate post as well. Comment below or  tweet me your post for a re-tweet and so I can add you to a master list of entries - I'd love to see your answers!

Thanks for joining in! Check out these awesome participants so far: NikkipediaPrincess Deia, Layla Wrote, Live Love RandomDePepi, Her Geekery, PrimaGeek, OftenOffTopic, BizarreBrunette, Epicfied, My Open Sketchbook

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Captain America: Civil War Blog Challenge

You're facing an epic battle against five extraordinary fictional opponents - all with superhero, magical, or supreme physical powers. You have your pick of partners-in-crime (justice, vengeance, etc.) to stand by your side and help you win. Who's on your team?

Since Civil War is rapidly approaching, I thought it'd be fun to do a related blog challenge. Pick any five fictional characters you would want on your team. They can be from any book, movie, tv show or comic - doesn't have to be from the Marvel universe. What would they bring to the team and how would you lead them to victory? Be as creative as you would like!

Below are my personal picks! If you want to take part in this challenge, feel free to make a post of your own (and send me a link) or comment! I'd love to read your picks!

Captain America
Sure, he has the body proportions of a Dorito. But nobody can really argue that he is one hell of a leader. He shows tact and diplomacy when voicing his opinion. People, superhuman or not, aren't perfect, and that's what keeps him human and grounded. He'd be a great voice of reason, fighter, and always has his friend's backs. Did I mention I was Team Cap all the way?

Ginny Weasley
Movie!Ginny is pretty cool, but Book!Ginny is 100x more complex. Next to Harry Potter, she suffered pretty heftily from Tom Riddle's destruction and managed to persevere almost unscathed. She survived the Dark Lord possessing her for a whole school term! That shows some insane resilience. She's outspoken and a capable warrior in battle and Quidditch. Ginny all the way!

Let's just forget about her romance to Neo and her silly fate in The Matrix series. Trinity is awesome. The first movie opens up with her kicking butt all on her own. She proves to work well on a team and on her own. A computer hacker, skilled martial artist and fighter, weapons specialist, and can slow down time to kick ass and take names. Sign her up to my team!

She's a little bit of an out-there choice, but am I gonna need someone who is good at researching and thinking outside the box? Who knows! Belle (Once Upon A Time version) knows how to dig deep to find the answer. Trinity can handle any and all computer hacking while Belle looks through any kind of print archive, books, maps - you name it. She's more than the idealist adventurer people peg her to be and is totally capable of handling herself against mean beasts.

Poe Dameron
Poe is a decorated X-Wing pilot and rebel fighter. He's one of Leia's most trusted operatives. He was raised by his rebel-fighting parents to defeat the dark side. It's great to have some man and woman power on the ground, but the open skies need to be covered too. How awesome would it be to see a starfighter soar overhead in victory? Go team go!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Dream Movie Vacation Blog Challenge

It's summertime and the living is supposed to be easy. Everyone is wishing bon voyage to their homes and workplaces to sail the open seas or relax on the beach. This little seasonal tradition gave me an idea : a dream (film-related) vacation blog challenge!

If you could travel to any place in the film universe with any of your favorite characters or love-to-hate villains, what kind of a vacation would you take?

Would you travel to a death-defying stay at Jurassic Park, a magical night at Hogwarts, midnight rendezvous to 1920s Paris, an alien planet far, far away?

Which characters would be your travel buddies - Hermione Granger, Jack Sparrow, Holly Golightly, Mary Poppins, or Indiana Jones?

Post your choice(s) of a destination(s), and at least three characters who would tag along.

Use pictures or gifs of your choices. What kind of things would you do on your vacation? Who would you meet? Venture to some place modern or a fantasy world? Be as creative as you would like!

Feel free to use one of my (full-size) banners or make your own. There's no deadline to post or share your idea! Tweet me or comment with your post!

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Friday, December 13, 2013

ABC Movie Blog Challenge

Taking a day off from movie reviews, inspiration struck me in a meme sort of way. I really wanted to do an alphabet related movie meme or 30 day challenge, but finding one was more than a challenge I thought it would be. In free moments here and there, I created this meme which I hope everyone enjoys.

As all alphabet memes go, each letter is a theme or question to answer about your love of movies. Feel free to share this on your own blog, and comment with a link to your own list. I'd love to see what your answers and choices are!

Anticipating Movie of the Year
My sister relentlessly calls me a hipster for falling in love with The Fault In Our Stars that's gained enough traction for her to think it was a hipster book. Shailene Woodley will star as Hazel Grace, a young teenager diagnosed with thyroid cancer who meets Augustus Waters, a former basketball player who lost his right leg to osteosarcoma. Together, their literary passion takes them across the world in search of an author who ended her favorite dramatic novel mid-sentence. I have high hopes for this flick and is crossing my fingers that it's as humorous yet heartbreaking as the novel.

Book Adaptation I'd Love To See
I'm surprised by the lack of studios who haven't tried to eat this novel up: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. The renowned author's only published novel centers around a young woman descending into a maddening depression, which leads her to an mental institution. Actress Julia Stiles has been attached to producing a movie adaptation but none have come to fruition.

Celebrity I'd Most Like To Meet
Dick Van Dyke. To me, no other movie starcompares. He's charming, light on his feet, does an amazingly-horribly Cockney accent which he'll own up to, and his whole career happened by one happy accident after another. He wasn't a dancer, he wasn't a singer; just a young guy who tried out for a few things here and there, eventually landing on The Dick Van Dyke Show. I would 1000% would absolutely die just standing in his presence.

Dream Director/Actor Pairing
Quentin Tarantino and Amy Adams. His work is entirely off-kilter. Depending if you like him or not, his films on paper never sound like they are going to succeed. But when you put people to his scripts and on-camera, he miraculously pulls it off every time. Amy Adams is an under-estimated talent; I feel like she could pull out a ballsy performance - like Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained.

Essential Classic Film
There are probably dozens of other classic films that will soon come to mind for this category, but my brain couldn't shake Miracle in the Rain. This is an essential classic film. Shortly after the U.S. enters World War II, a shy hermetic secretary Ruth (Jane Wyman) runs into an optimistic, extroverted G.I. Arthur (Van Johnson). Slowly, a romance grows as Ruth opens up about her fears about the war before he's shipped out for duty. Thus, ensues sobbing, sobbing, and more snot-escalating tears.

Favorite Film Franchise
Not being a big fan of Star Wars (sorry), and only just discovering Star Trek, and only liking one-half of the Indiana Jones series, and not seeing any Lord of the Rings installments (yet), it's not very obvious that Harry Potter is my final answer. I think just being a fan of the series through and through, I am obsessed with this series endlessly and ceaselessly. A thesis-length explanation could be written for how each film glares with imperfections, and at the same time, blindingly perfect.

Genre I Watch The Most
Looking at the variety of genres, I thought for a long while that there was a tie between drama and comedy. Dvds on my bookshelf reveal half of them dig deep into the dark wells of the human spirit, and others that are just plain goofy and cheesy. Then I realized staring at the titles that most of them are misfits. The genre I seem to watch the most are indie-blockbusters; movies with the power behind them to make a lot of dough but end up falling to the wayside of audience perception; either straight-up rejection or pockets of loving reception.

Hidden Gem
I never would have given The Kings of Summer a second chance if it wasn't for my aunt instructing me to watch it or else (I don't know "what else" would've meant if I didn't follow through). Three teenagers build a house of their dreams in the forest to live off the land, and discover what it means to be an adult. Not "in the mood" for another sarcastic weak teen indie, I shut this out of my life. Then, I gave it a shot and was happily rewarded with a movie experience of heartfelt performances and a nostalgic trip to another teen classic, Stand by Me.

Important Moment in My Film Life
I'm unsure if there are many important moments in my film life that I can rank against each other. But upon making this theme, my heart swelled with emotions about that one time I saw all 8 Harry Potter movies over a 3-day period. Personally at the time I needed something to turn on the light in my moment of darkness, and this experience did it. An epic movie marathon, where it was just me and countless of other dress-up Potterheads coming together to web our years of nostalgia, happiness, and sadness. It was glorious, stupendous, and I'm pretty sure it was real and didn't just happen all inside my head.

Just Right Movie for A Rainy Day
This letter was honestly just another perfect opportunity to list and bring attention to You've Got Mail; one of my all-time favorites. Going a different route, I couldn't help but think about One Fine Day. An often forgotten romantic dramedy of two divorced parents forced to take care of each other's kids during an extraordinarily busy workday.  Set New York City, it's George Clooney and Michelle Pfieffer falling in love; what could be better?

Kiddie Movie I Still Shamelessly Enjoy
Move over, Disney and all your princess movies - It's Cats Don't Dance time. What's that? Never heard of this. Well, be amazed by the whimsical upbeat that is animals trying to break into Hollywood as talented swinging and dancing actors. Not only are all the animals so freaking charming, you have a pint sized Shirley Temple inspired dame - Darla Dimple - who wields as much as rage as her giant butler Max and tries to end the spotlight from dimming her fame. It's just fun, big, and loud.

Location I'd Most Like To Visit

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter series might be the most tangible location to visit. I might try to actually run through the wall and proudly land in the hospital with a concussion and broken dreams. (My back-up choices included Oz and the Star Trek Enterprise. I'll travel there in my dreams).

Marathon I First Attended
There is only so many theme parks you can go to again and again before you very slowly lose your mind in the Sunshine State (Florida). In 2010, during one humdrum college semester my sister and I stumbled upon the AMC Best Picture Showcase. Over a two week period, all of the Best Picture nominees were screened. Giving it a chance, we attended the first day where we hadn't seen any of the movies nominated for an Oscar. Having so much, we went the next week. And in 2014, it'll be (very excitedly) our fourth annual year to attend.

Netflix Movie I Actually Watched
A longtime avid watcher of Joel and Ethan Cohen movies, I'm surprised how long it took me to get around to The Big Lebowski. The movie is centered around a guy called the Dude who gets wrapped up in a strange hostage crisis and identity theft.Perhaps overcome by anticipation that the cult flick would actually live up to its hype, one night I finally succumbed to playing it on Netflix. And it certainly lives up to its confusing hilarious drug-induced reputation. Jeff Bridges is The Dude. And the Cohens are the Cohens; creating another classic that entertains the smaller movie masses for years to come.

One Movie I Saw In Theaters More Than 3x
I remember the experiences of seeing Chicago again and again. First it was with my Mom, then on my own, then with my mom and my sister, then on and on with many more other relatives. Though the musical about two murderesses in the 1920s vying for fame from within prison gets a lot of flack, I think it's one of the better musicals to come out in the last decade.

Preferred Place To Watch A New Movie
I'm not going to go all anti-streaming on everyone, but it's just my inkling cinemas won't stick around forever when we don't see newer movies in theaters. No doubt the prices are exorbitantly high, and the only way you can actually keep theaters alive is by buying from the concession stand (all ticket sales go straight back to the studios), I like the atmosphere of a theater much more than huddling around my computer at home.

Though it is more convenient for restroom breaks, talking, and watching whatever I want in my pajamas, some magical moments have taken place in a theater. (And, I think the best theater experiences have happened because it comes down to the theater you go to; find a good one!)

Quote that Inspires Me
The Dead Poets Society may hold a record of most inspirational quotes. John Keating (Robin Williams) teaches poetry at an all male college, but his lessons aren't about merely learning the words or rhythm on the page; it's about instilling that sort of passion everywhere in your life. Inspired by his rousing classes, they form their own Dead Poets Society and make substantial choices to live beyond the "routine protocol" of getting through each day. And, it always emboldens me to do the same.

Remakes (Friend or Foe?)
I'm a stout believer that every movie takes on a different perspective for the production. Once every so often, it's acceptable to see someone else's interpretation of that story - after all, stories are recycled 99.9% of the time. However, when movies are remade every single year just so the technology is updated, or if it's a shot for shot recreation of a classic, they bring nothing new to the table.  Remakes can be a friend (i.e. You've Got Mail), but most of the time they are sadly a foe with weaker direction and acting than its original - Psycho.

Snack I Enjoy Most
Popcorn used to be a friend of mine until strangely my digestive sensibilities destroyed that buttery fresh relationship. Popped up a new snack: trail mix. Deliciously sweet combination of peanuts, raisins, M&Ms and all kinds of chippy goodness, I can eat a bag of these every movie - if I let myself...which I usually do.

Twist That Boggled My Mind
Am I the only one who didn't see the twist coming with Atonement? Set during World War II, a precocious girl Briony (Saoirse Ronan) claims to have witnessed a brutal rape of a friend by a family employee Robbie (James McAvoy). In love with her sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley,) their relationship is ripped apart by prison and war. Driven by mystery, we venture through time and Briony's revelations about what happens to Robbie, Cecilia and their relationship; does anyone survive this tragedy? I won't ruin it for you - it broke my wee little heart.

Unapologetic Fanperson For:
I'm pretty sure he had me at Jack Dawson in Titanic, but to be honest I was so young when the disaster flick was released, I don't know the exact moment my fangirl heart was captured. It could've been in Romeo and Juliet, or The Departed, or Shutter Island. And everything in-between. I am pretty sure though that I torture my family with my general scary obsession for all things Leonardo DiCaprio. (Win an Oscar for heaven's sakes, man!!)

Very Excited For Award Show Season?
Award show season is always tricky. One part of me is uber excited to see Hollywood gather for some shameless (and shameful) slapping on each others' backs. I enjoy rallying behind my top movie and acting picks of the year. On the other hand, it's also very angering; Hollywood has their favorites, studios buy wins, and sometimes more transformative films and performances are overlooked. For the most part I try to chill out and look forward to a wide range of artistic and valuable films.

Wish I Never Watched...
My tastes compared to my family's are usually right on point; we enjoy all the same comedies, dramas, and every genre in between. Then, there's always those fateful days when I pick something that just turns out to be an atrocious lackluster. The Forgotten, starring Julianne Moore, searching for her son that has something to do with aliens taking him, is one of those movies. It's not that it's so boring I could cry just thinking about it, but just that my sister never lets me forget the day I forced her to see this over something else she really wanted to see.

XXX Movie I Watched At A Really Young Age
(R or NC-17!)
My grandma was absolutely insane. She had a love of horror films but never really any concept of whether or not my sister and I should see them at such young ages. Visiting her on every other weekend, it was a guarantee we would watch horror movies like the Child's Play series. I don't remember in particular having any sort of nightmares, thank heavens. But I just recall this really weird doll being alive, murderous, and something I shouldn't be watching.

Your latest movie-related obsession
OMG, Batman. Having grown up more with the Christopher Nolan series starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader, I was never really familiar with the previous Batman installments. I had seen them when I was younger but was never head over heels. And then, oh television - one day recently there was a marathon of George Clooney, Michael Keaton, and Val Kilmer, and I began to understand all of their versions. I took my viewing a bit further by reading a tremendous amount of fascinating essays that really dig into the core of those movies, and I've just been absolutely obsessed ever since.

(name a movie that has put you to sleep)
Watchmen, based off of Alan Moore's graphic novel, trails a group of ex-super heros coming together again to put an end to one of their own's disastrous plans. As much people contend over J.J. Abrams overuse of lens flare, I really loathe Zak Snyder's love affair with slow-motion. From 300 to Watchmen and Sucker Punch, every frame moves slower than a snail's pace. Sometimes I just pass out from boredom.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Alphabet Blog Challenge for Movie Buffs

I was taking a day off from movie reviews when inspiration struck. Memes have always been something I loved, but finding one for movies was a challenge. In free moments here and there, I created this blog challenge which I hope everyone enjoys.

As all alphabet memes go, each letter is a theme or question to answer about your love of movies. Feel free to share this on your own blog, and comment with a link to your own list. I'd love to see what your answers and choices are!

Anxiously Waiting For...
Book Adaptation I'd Love To See
Celebrity I’d Most Like to Meet
Dream Director/Actor Pairing
Essential Classic Film
Favorite Franchise
Genre I Watch The Most
Hidden Gem
Influential Movie That Changed Your Mind/Beliefs/etc.
Just Right Movie for A Rainy Day
Kiddie Movie I Still (Shamelessly) Enjoy
Location I'd Like To Visit
Movie I Know By Heart
Never Seen This Classic Movie:
Overrated Movie
Preferred Place To Watch A Movie: Cinema Or At Home?
Quote that Inspires Me
Remakes - Friend or Foe?
Snack I Enjoy Most
Twist That Boggled My Mind
Unapologetic Fanperson For
Vehicle I'd Love to Travel In
Wish I Never Watched...
XXX Movie I Watched At A Really Young Age
Your latest movie-related obsession