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Let it Snow …….In The Movies.

So I’m doing a bit of recycling of Christmas Posts again. 🙂 A few snowy snowy movies to enjoy this winter. Let me know of any others I can add. They don’t have to be Christmassy, just snowy. x

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We all love a Christmas film to cozy up to at this time of year…..but sometimes all it takes is a flurry of snow or even a twirl of a snowflake, to make us feel like snuggling with a mug of mulled wine. Here are just a few snowy scenes from the movies!

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Heartwarming adventure in the arctic with Paul Walker ~ Eight Below ( 2006).

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Furry hats, Ice palaces and love in the time of war ~ Doctor Zhivago ( 1965).

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An unlikely Bob Sleigh team ( from Jamacia!) qualify for the Winter Olympics in Calgary ~ Cool Runnings(1993).

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Lily Collins finds her handsome prince in this sweet adaption of Snow White ~ Mirror Mirror (2012).

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Inspiring true life tale about how an Alaskan town gathered together to rescue three blue whales trapped under the ice ~ The Big Miracle (2012).

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Ten Films I have Enjoyed In 2016.

So I thought I would write a movie post !  All about Ten films I have enjoyed renting or  watching on the big screen, in the past year. Please let me know in the comments if you have enjoyed any of my picks, disliked them immensely or have any recommendations for my next movie night. 🙂

The Walk. ( 2015)  On 7th August 1974 French high-wire artist Philippe Petit attempted the impossible , a daring ( and safety net free!)  tightrope walk , between the twin towers of the newly built World Trade Centre in New York.   Joseph- Gordon Levitt plays Petit, who is obsessed with pulling off the amazing fete, without permission, but with the help of a bunch of friends and believers. The film starts off in street performing Paris and ends on a high ( literally!) in the clouds of a NY skyline. It is dedicated to the victims of 911.

Crimson Peak. ( 2015) I watched this sumptuous Gothic Horror Costume drama as a guest of a local film club……and those  quite pretentious ‘film buffs’ disliked it. However I’m  a fan!  Edith Cushing ( Mia Wasikowska) meets and falls in love with the charming Sir Thomas Sharpe ( a brooding Tom Hiddleston) and after the wedding she becomes mistress of his vast sprawling and very eerie mansion. Or she would, if Thomases creepy sister Lady Lucille didn’t hold tightly onto a big bunch of keys…and  ghosts of dead previous brides didn’t seep through the cracks, in what is a living, breathing, creaky old house. Beautifully filmed sets and costumes. Directed by Guillermo del Toro of Pan’s Labyrinth fame.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. ( 2016)  Tim Burton cooks up another quirky offering in his film adaptation of Ransom Riggs dark fantasy.  The story centres around teenager Jake ( Asa Butterfield ) who is suffering from horrendous nightmares after finding the body of his dead grandfather, and apparently seeing his attacker. Jake decides to hunt out the children’s home his grandfather would tell him stories about in childhood, but on arrival finds that the house was bombed and destroyed in 1943. However his grandfather’s childhood friends  still live there in a protective time loop, constructed by their enchanting pipe- smoking guardian Miss Peregrine, played by Eva Green. The children are ‘Peculiars’ blessed ( or cursed) with special powers and are hunted by shapeshifters who consume their eyeballs. Kooky but enjoyable.

Spy.  ( 2015)  Here is a madcap spy comedy starring our favourite ‘Bridesmaid’ Melissa Mccarthy. McCarthy plays a deskbound CIA analyst , whose dashing  partner in the field ( Jude Law) is apparently assassinated while on duty. Our heroine takes centre stage as an unlikely agent, dressed to hilarious effect in random disguises ( see crazy cat lady above) to infiltrate the female assailants gang. There’s great cast support from Jason Statham, Law, Rose Byrne and even our own Miranda Hart. From Bridesmaids to Bond, hey why not !

The Mermaid. ( 2016)  I love mermaid films ( How exciting  that Splash is being remade!) , so was incredibly happy to find out about this chinese movie, which on release in China broke just about every box office record going.And it’s a fun ride with plenty of action, slapstick comedy, romance of course and even a strong environmental message. Jelly Lin plays Shan, a young mermaid sent by mer folk to seduce and assassinate a ruthless playboy tycoon ( Deng Chao)  intent on destroying all marine life in the bay he wants to build on. Shan’s attempts go hilariously wrong and love and chaos ensues.

Diary Of A Teenage Girl. ( 2015) American Coming-of-age drama starring Bel Mooney as Minnie, a precautious teenager in 1970s San Francisco.  I loved the retro seventies vibe and soundtrack of this movie, though the film is a wee bit disturbing , concentrating mostly on Minnie’s sexual awakening and affair with her bohemian mother’s boyfriend. Maybe not one for parents of young teen daughters then!  Diary is based on a graphic novel and also stars Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard.

Bridget Jones Baby. ( 2016)  No one was more excited than I when the latest Bridget Jones installment hit the cinemas. And happily it delivers. 🙂  Bridget is back with a bump after  liaisons with both her ex Mark Darcy and a dishy American’ Jack’ played by Grey’s Anatomy ‘ Doctor McDreamy’ Patrick Dempsey. But in typical Ms Jones style , she doesn’t exactly know who the father is. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, old faces return and feisty new characters ( Bridget’s work pal Miranda in particular) add fun to the proceedings. . I loved the last scene where Bridget juggles holding a baby…and a glass of chardonnay. What else!

The Lobster. (2015)  ok so this is one strange little film but I included it anyway because my thoughts kept returning to it again and again after watching. Set in a distopian future where single people are sent to a hotel to meet someone within 45 days ….or get turned into an animal of their choice, this is a dark tragi-comedy ,which is wierd with a capital W. David ( Colin Farrell ) plays a guest who arrives at the hotel with a collie dog ( his brother ) but his last ditch attempt at pairing up with a fellow guest goes terribly wrong. The second half of the film sees David escape into the woods where he becomes part of a group of individuals who strive to be completely separate….and where relationships are punishable by terrible torture. Not for the faint hearted.

Eddie The Eagle. ( 2016 )  Here’s a true story with a real feel good factor. Eddie The Eagle has it in spades. 🙂  If you are  of an age ( like me!) to actually remember the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards is most probably a name ingrained into your memories of the eighties , like leg warmers, reversible mickey mouse sweaters and Gordon the Gopher. Edwards is a British Skier who became the first competitor since 1929 to represent Great Britain in Olympic Ski Jumping. How he got to be in the games  in the first place is testament to his endurance and determination. He didn’t exactly look like your average Olympic athlete!  This affectionate movie chronicles Eddie’s journey through adversary to his last minute entry in the 90- metre jump. Taron Egerton stars.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. ( 2016 )  Let us end with a magical prequel to the Harry potter films. Fantastic Beasts follows British Wizard Newt Scamander ( Eddie Redmayne) arriving in New York  en route to Arizona. He carries with him a suitcase which contains a secret world of fantastical creatures, some of whom manage to escape in the city and create mayhem.  I enjoyed the film though I possibly warmed more to the mythical beasts than to the main characters. Look out for an unexpected cameo appearance.:)

February Things. :)

Just a quick catch up post of all the lovely things that I have enjoyed in February. I must say this month has really flown by. Sometimes it has felt like Spring really is just round the corner. And at other times I’m very glad to be snuggled by the roaring fire in the local pub. 🙂

Books. This year I have decided to try and read at least one book a month. And in February I happily did. I am falling back in love with reading again. 🙂 I completed Gone Girl ( I am now tempted to call any Amys I know ‘Amazing Amy’ 😛 ) and I also enjoyed Eva Rice’s charming 1950s tale The Lost Art of keeping secrets with its ditsy characters, crumbling mansion, duck suppers and afternoon teas.

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Eve & Adam.

Films. The romance of Valentines day did not really reflect in the movies I watched this month. My fave by far is an original and captivating vampire story The Only Lovers Left Alive which is actually a love story of sorts.Adam and Eve are years old vampires and the epitome of cool.They are married but live apart.Eve in Tangier.Adam in Detroit ~ his present reincarnation being that of a reclusive rock star, hiding away from his fans.Both have evolved over the years, preferring not to kill humans , sourcing their diet by other means. Eve is reunited with her lover when she senses he is growing jaded of life.The Older by maybe a few thousand years Eve still sees beauty in the world that humanity created. Their reunion is thrown into chaos when Eves younger sister ( who is quite fond of the odd midnight snack) pays them a visit. I loved this film and Tilda Swinton and Tom Huddleston are just right in their roles. Swinton especially brings a wisdom and ethereal quality to Eve. Divine.

Of course I had to watch Gone Girl after reading the book. I thought it was a pretty faithful adaptation. Although if you read the novel you do get a better insight into why the characters behave as they do. If you liked Gone Girl then you will probably also like Before I go to Sleep , a thriller starring Nicole kidman as a woman who wakes up every morning with no memory of anything from her life before. Colin Firth is her long suffering husband and Mark Strong a doctor who claims to be helping her. But whom can she trust…….
So February has been full of thrills and chills film wise. And no Fifty Shades of Grey , as yet. 😉

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Paloma. 🙂

Music. Currently listening to ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ Paloma Faith in the car. Oh yes this girl has style and strength and has just won a Brit Award for Best British Female.

Tea Room Treasures. February has seen me eating out at the Garden Kitchen near Sawley with the other half and also my friend Lisa and I discovered the perfectly pretty shabby chic tea room Mellingsin Whalley. I do love a good tea room.:)

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Mellings in Whalley.

What have you enjoyed in February?

Arm chair Travel. :)

It might be just about now that your thinking about booking a foreign holiday, somewhere you can laze in the sun maybe,or take in the sights. Recently I watched one of my fave films ~ Under The Tuscan Sun , which never fails to make me long to explore the rolling hills and vinyards of Tuscany in Italy.  Here are a few movies that inspire me to journey to these places for real. Or just enjoy a spot of armchair travel. 🙂

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Lost In Translation ( 2003 ) ~ A tired actor ( Bill Murray) and a photographer’s young wife ( Scarlett Johanssen) both find themselves in Tokyo and form a close friendship, whilst getting to grips with Japanese culture and figuring out what they want out of life. Love this movie.

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Amelie ( 2001) Charming romantic comedy set in Paris about a young waitress ‘Amelie’ who dishes out good deeds along with her creme brulee.A magical film.English Subtitles.

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The Way (2010) ~Tom an American doctor ( Martin Sheen) travels to France to collect the remains of his estranged son who was killed in an accident in the Pyrenees. He had died walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as ‘The Way of St James’. Tom decides to complete the pilgrimage for him and embarks on the 800Km trek across the top of Spain, meeting other troubled souls along the way. A road movie where the characters walk…..and the journey is also one of self discovery.

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Roman Holiday ( 1953) ~ Why not discover Rome through the eyes of a Royal princess playing truant. Audrey Hepburn plays the princess longing to do normal everyday things in the city….and Gregory Peck is the undercover reporter showing her the sights, looking for a good story and finding himself falling in love. A fairytale romance. 🙂

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Only You ( 1991) ~ To Italy again and Marissa Tomei plays Faith, who travels to Europe in a quest to find her one true love and destiny. A sweet rom com about mistaken identity and dreams coming true , with scenes shot in Venice and Positano and Rome.

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In Bruges ( 2008) ~ Irish hitmen and dwarves in Bruges.This black comedy stars Collin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as assasins waiting on instruction in the historic Belgium city one Christmas, after a job goes wrong. Darkly funny.

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Midnight in Paris (2011) ~ Discover the Paris of today and the Paris of the 1920s in this time travel romance directed by Woody Allen. A nostalgic writer ( Owen Wilson) finds himself mysteriously going back in time to the days of Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali everyday at Midnight. A homage to the citys artistic history with a love story thrown in too.

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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) ~ Based on the journals of ‘Che Guevara’ this is the tale of two medical students who travel through South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s. Enjoy the stunning scenery and find out how the Cuban revolutionary got his calling. English subtitles.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) ~ New York is the setting for this iconic Audrey Hepburn movie.She plays madcap socialite ‘ Holly Golightly’ who lives in a Manhatten appartment with her cat with no name. George Peppard is the unknown writer who falls for her charms.One of my favorite films ever!

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Under The Tuscan Sun (2003) ~ Diane Lane plays a writer who whilst holidaying in Tuscany after her marriage breaks down, impulsively buys a crumbling villa. Life changes for her in many unexpected ways.A fabulous little film. 🙂

Which films inspire you to book a holiday?

January Jottings.

I thought I would start a series of  round up posts of bits and pieces that I have enjoyed and discovered each month. Hopefully I will stick to it!   I’m a bit rubbish at keeping up with things. But I will give it a go. 🙂 So without further ado, here is what I have enjoyed about January.

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Books ~ Keeping up fine with my personal challenge of reading one book a month.Doesn’t sound a lot as I used to read tons. Then I lost my reading Mojo! Shhhh don’t say anything but I think I’ve got it back.:). Picked up The Miniaturist one winters afternoon and couldn’t put it down. Swiftly followed by The Curvy Girls Club and now ( rather behind the times) whizzing through Gone Girl. So busted my target already. 🙂

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Films ~ If you like rom coms, 50’s fashion and France , then you may also like Populaire , a french film that combines all the above in a tale of a clumsy secretary, a speed typing competition and a dishy Professor Higgins type. Saw Cathy’s recommendation on her lovely blog and rented the dvd straight away.Loved it! Also enjoyed the rather silly but fun chick flick ‘The Other Women’ , starring Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. And another flirty film set in France Chocolat which was on freeview recently. Mouth watering chocolate and a youthful Johnny Depp. Whats not to love! 😉

Travel ~ This month I was lucky enough to spend a week in a cottage on the coast. Being able to walk on the beach every day ( even in January! ) was a dream come true. It has made us want to get away to the seaside again and we are now thinking of booking somewhere in Whitby, near the end of the year. 🙂 I’m also planning a few days away in London in May. Can’t wait!

A beach in Winter. Baycliff near Ulverston.
A beach in Winter. Baycliff near Ulverston.

App ~ Being January, I thought I had better try and make a bit of an effort to lose some weight! My fab work colleague Hermione told me all about My Fitness Pal which is a free calorie counting app you can put on your mobile. If you like making lists like me, its a great and easy way of tracking your calories and fat intake. My new pal first helped me work out how many calories I should be eating each day. Then I logged down what I ate for each meal from the gigantic food database. You can also add food to the database, though I think it has just about every edible item going on it. And it takes into account any exercise you do too. Oh and it memorises the foods you log, so you don’t have to search for them again. Soo is it working? Well, Yes! I’ve lost 4 pound…..and not for once, through paying for a weight watchers meeting!

Nature ~ Saw my first wild snowdrops of the year in the grounds of ‘Conishead Priory’ and spied oystercatchers, curlews, redshank and shelducks whilst holidaying in Baycliff.

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Oystercatchers.

What have you enjoyed about January?

Let it Snow …….In The Movies.

We all love a Christmas film to cozy up to at this time of year…..but sometimes all it takes is a flurry of snow or even a twirl of a snowflake, to make us feel like snuggling with a mug of mulled wine. Here are just a few snowy scenes from the movies!

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Heartwarming adventure in the arctic with Paul Walker ~ Eight Below ( 2006).

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Furry hats, Ice palaces and love in the time of war ~ Doctor Zhivago ( 1965).

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An unlikely Bob Sleigh team ( from Jamacia!) qualify for the Winter Olympics in Calgary ~ Cool Runnings(1993).

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Lily Collins finds her handsome prince in this sweet adaption of Snow White ~ Mirror Mirror (2012).

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Inspiring true life tale about how an Alaskan town gathered together to rescue three blue whales trapped under the ice ~ The Big Miracle (2012).

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A boy builds a snowman who comes to life and takes him on an adventure one winters night, before melting in the morning.Sob 😦 ~ The Snowman ( 1982).

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Four siblings travel to the magical land of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe. They discover it is their destiny to help defeat the White Witch Jadis who rules the kingdom under an icy grip ~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ( 2005).

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Romance and snowboarding find Kim ( Felicity Jones ) when she accepts a job as a chalet maid in this engaging chick flick ~ Chalet Girl (2011).

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Hans Christian Andersons fairytale ‘The Snow Queen’ is brought to life in this beautiful looking Disney animation. I’ve yet to see this…..looks perfect for my winter film fest ~ Frozen (2013).

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Classic tale of a gold hunters friendship with a wolf dog , starring Ethan Hawk ~ White Fang ( 1992).

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Our favourite ‘singleton’ finds love for being ‘just the way you are’ with her own Mr Darcy ~ Bridget Jones Diary ( 2001).

What will you be watching this winter? :))

Ghostly Movies….of the not to scary kind. ….

As I had such a wicked time compiling my spellbinding screen witches post, I thought I would assemble a list of ghost movies.Bare  in mind though I’m a bit of a scaredy pants when it comes to ghosties and ghouls , so most of my films contain friendly apperitions.

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Blithe Spirit (1945). ~ Noel Coward’s madcap comedy is given the big screen treatment with Rex Harrison playing an author whose late wife’s ghost comes back to haunt him and his present wife. Margaret Rutherford plays the ditzy clairvoyant house guest who appears to have summoned her over from the other side.

The Corpse Bride (2005). Bittersweet fairy tale, animated in Tim Burton’s kooky style. A nervous bridegroom to be accidentally finds himself betrothed to ‘the Corpse bride’ , when practising his wedding vows in the forest. Johnny Depp stars.

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Scooby – Doo (2002). Scooby, Shaggy and gang are reunited after acrimoniously going their separate ways. Can they solve the spooky goings on in an island horror resort.Scooby-Dooby-Doo!

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Truely, Madly, Deeply (1990). When Nina’s soul mate dies she pines for him so much, he finds his way back to her.Heart warming love story about the choice between an enduring love and new beginnings. Get the hanky’s out.

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The Ghost and Mrs Muir ( 1947).
Rex Harrison must have enjoyed appearing in spooky romantic comedy’s. Here he plays a grumpy sea captain ,haunting
prospective buyers of his coastal cottage.Gene Tierney is the young widow who won’t take any nonsense.

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Casper (1995). Based on the cartoon strip ‘Casper, the friendly ghost’ , this is a sweet family fantasy film. A slightly kooky ‘ghost therapist’ takes a job in a creepy old manor house to rid it of its resident trouble making ghosts. He is accompanied by his young daughter Kat , who befriends the spirit of a young boy living there too. Fave line of the movie ~ Casper saying to Kat, “Can I keep you”. Aw.

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Portrait of Jennie (1948). An aspiring artist (Joseph Cotton) meets a young school girl Jennie ( Jennifer Jones) and paints a portrait of her. Over the next few months he sees her several more times and at each meeting she seems to have aged a little more. He soon realises she may not be of this world…..

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Charlie St Cloud (2010) Zac Efron plays Charlie whose younger brother was killed years earlier in a car accident. Charlie can still see his deceased sibling as long as he meets him in the same place ,at the same time every day. Eventually he will have to choose between living in the past and saving a life. A sweet touching tale.

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Beetlejuice (1988). This has to be my favourite Tim Burton film. 🙂 Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin play a recently passed away married couple who seek the services of bio-exorcist ‘Beetlejuice’ to rid their home of its awful new owners. Michael Keaton and the wonderful Winona Ryder co star.

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The Uninvited (1945). Spooky ghost story about a brother and sister who fall in love with a house on the coast, only to find out it contains an evil presence……..

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Scrooge ~ A Christmas Carol ( 1951). There are lots of versions of Dicken’s spooky Christmas classic. My personal fave is probably the muppets one …..but Alistair Simm makes a suitably humbug Mr Scrooge in this version. Will nightly visits from three ghosts convince him to change his miserly ways….

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Paranorman (2012). Young Norman sees spirits of the dead everywhere he goes, but nobody else can see them, so he gets bullied.:( Halloween arrives and so do witches, ghosts and zombies. I love this cute animated comedy horror!

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Ghostbusters (1984).
A ghost catching business gets more than it bargains for when huge marshmallow like monster ghosts invade New York.Classic 80’s comedy.Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver.Who ya gonna Call? Ghostbusters!!

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Ghost ( 1990). And I’ll end with a big dollop of spooky romance. Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore provide the emotion and Whoopi Goldberg the laughs in this tear jerking and spine tingling drama. I think this other worldly hit might be on my Halloween film list this year….

What ghostly movies will you be snuggling up to on the 31st?

Spellbinding Screen Witches.

Halloween is on the horizon, so I thought I would compile a list of those spellbinding sorcerers , the winsome and the wicked, who have appeared on the big screen ( and the small screen) over the years. Do you remember these magical movies and tv shows?

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Hocus Pocus (1993). Three witch sisters are resurrected and cause hilarious havoc one Halloween. They like to sing, dance and eat the odd child or two.. Look out for SJP before her transformation into Sex and the city’s fashionista Carrie Bradshaw.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005).
Tilda Swinton is the powerful white witch Jadis in the 2005 Narnia movie. She manages to portray her as both ethereal and evil.

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The Wizard Of Oz (1939). Probably the most iconic Witch of all, the Wicked Witch of the West ( Margaret Hamilton in lurid green makeup) truelly terrifies with her evil cackle and flying monkeys. Hide those ruby slippers Dorothy.

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The Craft(1996). Teenage supernatural movie centreing on four high school outcasts who form a coven and cast spells to get revenge on the people who have wronged them. Things soon spiral out of control. Fairuza Balk who plays the rather nasty Nancy apparently became a wiccan in real life.

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Bewitched( TV series 1964-1972). A beautiful witch marries a mortal man and agrees not to use her magical powers in their everyday life……but often finds she cannot resist. With a twitch of her lovely nose ,Samantha can’t help but try and save the day, especially if her interfering Mother visits( another witch) or Darrin ( her hubby) needs a helping hand. They are joined later in the show’s run by baby witch Tabitha. Happy families!

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The Witches of Eastwick(1987). Jack Nicholson plays a mysterious warlock who moves to the town of Eastwick and sets about seducing three friends , who become his coven. Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pheiffer play the sexy witches to be.

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I married a witch(1942). Charming supernatural romantic comedy starring Veronica lake as the reincarnated bewitching Jennifer, intent on having her revenge on the ancestor of the man who originally had her burned at the stake. Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble.

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks(1971).
Angela Lansbury plays ‘Miss Price’, an apprentice witch , who reluctantly takes in three child evacuees during World War 2. The children soon find themselves on a magical adventure, involving a flying bed and an adundence of animated characters, as they search for a way to save the country from invasion.

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Charmed(Tv series 1998-2004). The Halliwell sisters are three powerful witches known as The Charmed Ones. In the show they battle demons and save innocents, whilst juggling their magical powers with the trials and tribulations of everyday life in modern day San Francisco.

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Bell, Book and Candle ( 1958). Gillian, a sorceress in a rut, living in New York with her familiar ( a siamese cat called Pyewacket 🙂 ), casts a spell on a man she’s just met to fall in love with her. But the problem is…. she soon finds herself falling for him, for real. And witches who fall in love with mortals risk losing their powers. Kim Novak and James Stewart star in this spell binding rom com.

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Harry Potter Films. We all know and love the good witches who passed through Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. The most evil and loyal follower of Voldemort however was the evil Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange. In the films she first appears in The Order of the Phoenix and is played by the wonderful Helena Bonham Carter.

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The Witches(1990). A young boy on holiday in a seaside hotel finds out that the ‘Royal Society for the prevention of cruelty to children’ convention being held there, is actually a witches get together. Angelica Huston plays the Grand High Witch demanding that all Englands children must be destroyed…..or turned into mice. Roald Dahls witchy tale is given the big screen treatment.

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch( Tv series 1996-2003). Sabrina discovers she is a half witch on her 16th birthday and madcap magic follows.She is taught how to use her new powers by her two six hundred year old aunts and their black cat Salem. Sabrina has to learn to Juggle high school with hocus pocus, often with hilarious results.

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Snow White and the seven dwarfs(1937). The Wicked Queen , jealous of Snow Whites beauty ,uses witchcraft to transform herself into an old hag and gives our heroine a poisoned apple. Lots of Snow White adaptations. This is the Disney
original of the brothers Grimm fairytale.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series 1997-2003). Ok Buffy was a mean kick ass vampire slayer, but remember her best mate Willow? She became an extremely powerful witch as the series went on. I think a Buffy fest is on the cards!

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Practical Magic(1998). Sisters, Sally and Gillian Owens ( played by Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) are witches with not your average relationship problems. Any mortal men they take up with are doomed to an untimely death. The feisty Gillian meets an evil demon,who’m the ladies have to vanquish…..but he keeps coming back to life! And Sally finds herself drawn to a dishy cop whose investigating the case. Toil and trouble in this entertaining witchy chick flick.

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Maleficent(2014). I have yet to see this classic retelling of Sleeping Beauty,told from the perspective of the villianess Maleficent. Angelina Jolie certainly looks magnificent in the part though. 🙂

Hope you have enjoyed my list and its certainly inspired me to dig out a few of the films/shows mentioned here. Who is your favourite Screen Witch? What will be on your Witchy Watch list this October? Let me know.:-D

Classic Chick Flicks ~ Gigi

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Gigi (1958) is a romantic comedy musical adapted from the French novella, written by Colette. I have recently read it and was intrigued when I found that this film had been made. The story is set in turn of the century Paris ( 1900), where society seems to revolve round men taking mistresses and women aspiring to become them. Leslie Caron plays the young and carefree ‘Gigi’, who lives with her Grandmother ‘ Madame Alvarez’ and her mother , an opera singer , who we often hear practising her singing but never actually see.

Louis Jordan is the rich and charming ‘Gaston’, a family friend who becoming bored of the playboy lifestyle, finds himself spending more time drinking camomile tea with Madame Alvarez and playing cards with the refreshingly naive yet mischievous Gigi.

Gigi with her friends.
Gigi with her friends.
Gaston loves nothing better than getting beaten at cards by Gigi.
Gaston loves nothing better than getting beaten at cards by Gigi.
Eva Gabor plays Gastons cheating mistress Leanne.
Eva Gabor plays Gastons cheating mistress Leanne.

Every week Gigi visits her Great Aunt Alicia ( Madame A’s sister) for lessons in etiquette and charm ( something she is not very good at! ). Her elder relatives believe she will eventually need these attributes if she is to become a celebrated mistress like her Aunt. Meanwhile Gaston has discovered his own mistress ‘Leanne’ has been unfaithful , and promises to take Gigi and her Grandmother to the coast after Gigi wins a wager at cards. The three enjoy a weekend by the sea where they bump into Gastons uncle ( Maurice Chevalier) who quite often pops up in the film ( somewhat annoyingly ) to give Gaston advice on how to be the perfect playboy.

Gigi fooling about playing tennis with Gaston.
Gigi fooling about playing tennis with Gaston.
Aunt alicia shows Gigi the types of jewels that are acceptable presents off admirers.
Aunt alicia shows Gigi the types of jewels that are acceptable presents off admirers.
And how to choose a gentlemans cigars.
And how to choose a gentlemans cigars.

When Aunt Alicia finds out about the seaside trip she is furious and points out to her sister that Gaston surely has feelings for Gigi and that her lessons and wardrobe need to be stepped up at once. Unaware of what’s going on, but delighted at the prospect of some new grown up gowns Gigi spends more time learning how to become a lady. Comparisons to My Fair Lady here, even down to the Cecil Beaton designs.

That ruffle is not a good look Gigi !
That ruffle is not a good look Gigi !
Gaston doesn't react well to Gigi's change of image.
Gaston doesn’t react well to Gigi’s change of image.

Visiting Madame Alvarez once again, Gaston is amazed at the transformation in Gigi who suddenly stands before him as a sophisticated young woman. Yet the change has disturbed him and he storms out , realising as he stomps the streets of Paris, that he has fallen in love. Returning to the apartment he asks that Gigi become his mistress and promises her a life of luxury and kindness. Initially Gigi rejects Gaston ( though she now knows she is in love with him too, she has spent time reading about all his mistresses , along with the rest of Paris), but then decides that she would rather be miserable with him than without him and accompanies him on their first date as a couple.

On their date at Maxims.
On their date at Maxims.

Gigi puts all her Grandmothers lessons into practice on their date at Maxims which instead of pleasing Gaston, only makes him uncomfortable. Happily it then dawns on him that actually he doesn’t want Gigi to be his mistress after all. He wants her to be his wife. Hurrah. 🙂 The film ends with the happily married couple strolling in the park ~ looking very much in love.

The Happy Couple.
The Happy Couple.

I really enjoyed the book and the movie especially the fact that despite all the meddling our heroine was able to marry for love….and not become just a mistress with a pouch full of expensive jewels from long gone lovers.

Have you read any stories by Colette?

Looking back : Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. :)

I’m reblogging an old post today……about the time I got to mingle with the stars at Cannes. Well kind of ! x

sunshine and celandines

Imagine a film festival with a backdrop of sun,sand, sea and Palm tree’s and there you go,you’ve thought up the gorgeous Cannes Film Festival in the South of France.The sixty sixth annual Festival de film will be held from the 15th -26th May 2013 ,with the delightful ‘Amelie’ actress Audrey Tatou hosting the opening and closing ceremony’s. I have always loved the glamour of Cannes and back in 2009 myself, Wil and a couple of friends and their boys enjoyed a holiday in nearby St Raphael in a hot and sunny May. Of course we were up for a bit of star spotting! Firstly though here are a few shots of vintage Cannes. 🙂
Grace Kelly at the festival in 1955. Grace Kelly at the festival in 1955.
Ginger Rogers poses in front of the Carlton hotel  1956. Ginger Rogers poses in front of the Carlton hotel 1956.
Brigitte Bardot on the beach in Cannes. Brigitte Bardot on the beach in Cannes.
In the sixties even the daleks posed at the festival. In the sixties even the daleks posed at the festival.
This year…

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