Monday, October 9, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Topper


Topper and Topper Returns are classic comedies that are sure to be a haunting good time that your family is sure to love.


Topper
George (Cary Grant) and Marion Kerby (Constance Bennett) are a fun-loving couple. But when a car accident kills them both, and they become ghosts, they decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of George's boss, Cosmo Topper (Roland Young). While Topper begins to take their ghostly advice and enjoy life for a change, his wife finds her husband's laid-back behavior infuriating.

 
Topper Returns
A murder mystery of ghostly proportions. As Gail (Joan Blondell) and Ann (Carole Landis) make their way to Ann's family estate they hitch a ride with Cosmo Topper (Roland Young). Gail finds the mansion plenty spooky but is even more dismayed when she is killed by a frightening clocked figure. She reaches out to Topper, and they bumble along together to solve her murder.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Arsenic and Old Lace


This is an all time favorite of ours! Be prepared to laugh until you cry, Carry Grant does puts in an amazing performance like only he can! Get the popcorn (or pie *wink*) and settle in for a great movie!



Arsenic and Old Lace
On Halloween in a charming neighborhood in Brooklin Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) and Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane), marry in secret avoiding reporters seeking a big story. The newlyweds return to their family homes to deliver the news before they go on their honeymoon, and that is where normal ends. Enter a cast of interesting characters. Things quickly get out of control, all too soon he soon discovers that insanity runs in his family (practically gallops) and.his charming aunts Abby and Martha are far from the exception. A brother who thinks he is Theodore Rosevelt, a cop playwright on his first beat, bodies in the basement, and one in the window seat and a maniac (we'll let you decide which brother that is) on the loose. Packed with laughs, Cary Grant expressions, murder, and mayhem oh yeah and pumpkins! After all, this is Halloween! (PS. huge fan of what the aunts hand out to trick-or-treaters!) 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A Letter To You- An Autumn Poem


As Autumn sets in,

And the leaves start to change,

And the air becomes crisp.

I think of all the things we missed.

Of you carving your first pumpkin.

Your first sip of cider.

Of jumping in piles of leaves.

Of making pies and cookies.

Of new traditions and old.

Of stories of pumpkins and the magic of legends of old.

Of campfires and marshmallows.

Of long walks and playing in the park.

Curling up on the couch with a good book and a warm drink.

Of listening to jazz and dancing to songs about the season.

Of pilgrims and Indians.

And of plays in costumes made by hand.

Thoughts of you fill my mind,

Of your smile, and your laugh,

And I love you, evermore.



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Bringing Up Baby


This romantic screwball comedy is one of my favorite Grant films. It's one of the screwiest movies i've ever seen, filled with zany antics, snappy and flirty banter, wisecracking one-liners, absurd situations and hare-brained misadventures.


 Bringing Up Baby Bringing Up Baby

While trying to obtain a sizeable donation for his museum, David Huxley (Cary Grant) clashes with a flighty and often flirty heiress, Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) and her pet leopard, Baby.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Did I Make A Difference?


 Did I make an impact?

Did I make a change?

Did I follow or lead?

Did I Conform or Stand out?

Did I stand up for my beliefs or keep quiet?

Was I different or standard?

Was I a good friend?

Was I a good sister?

Did I show you a difference?

Did I Make A Difference?....

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Please Don't Eat The Daisies


 What does, a housewife, a writer, four boys, a dog, and an old house get you? Why a romantic comedy of course. Well, Que sera, sera.



Please Don't Eat The Daisies

Kate Mackay (Doris Day) is a busy housewife with a drama-critic husband, four rambunctious boys, and a dog that's afraid of, well...everything. And with only three weeks left on their lease they bye an old (BEAUTIFUL) fixer-upper out in the country, but Lawrence Mackay (David Niven) is finding the commute less than ideal, as well as not being able to write anything good about the plays he see's, his newfound celebrity causes problems with both his friends and family.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Merrily We Live



























This is a delightful romantic comedy I was lucky enough to come across awhile ago. Filled with witty banter, wisecracking one-liners, and delightful teasing, this is sure to be a family favorite.




Merrily We Live
The wealthy Kilbourne family is tired of Mrs. Kilbourne, their screwy wife and mother (Billie Burke) hiring tramps and drifters as servants, especially after the new chauffeur runs off with the family's silver, Mrs. Kilbourne agrees to never hire another drifter for help. But when a rough-looking man named Rawlins (Brian Aherne) arrives at her doorstep, she cannot help but hire him as the new chauffeur. As Rawlins catches the eye of their oldest daughter, Jerry (Constance Bennett), the Kilbourne's realize that he may not be the vagrant they thought he was.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- The Thin Man Series

I absolutely love these movies, they're so fun. A screwball murder mystery about a former private detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora, who investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it, and become a sophisticated, glamorous, wisecracking and urbane husband-wife detective team (William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles).



The Thin Man  (1934) 
The recently divorced Gilbert discovers that his new girlfriend has stolen $50,000 from him and is dallying with other men. Not long afterward, he disappears. Anxious to locate her father, Gilbert's daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan) goes to a retired private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) for help.
Recently returned home from vacation, retired private eye Nick Charles (William Powell) and his socialite wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), are back on the case when Nora's cousin, Selma (Elissa Landi), reports her husband Robert (Alan Marshal) missing. As the duo search for the disreputable Robert, Selma's friend David Graham (James Stewart), who secretly pines for her, aids the investigation. The case soon goes from missing person to murder.


 
Another Thin Man (1939)
Retired gumshoe Nick Charles (William Powell) and his wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), accept an invitation to visit family friend Col. Burr MacFay (C. Aubrey Smith) at his estate. Soon after arriving with their new son, Nick Jr., and their dog Asta in tow. When MacFay is murdered, Nick and Nora unravel the mystery.


It's murder at the race's!! Retired shamus Nick Charles (William Powell) and his glamorous wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), discover a jockey was murdered by the police, Nick refuses to get involved. Approached later by athletics commission head Maj. Jason Scully and a reporter Paul Clarke (Barry Nelson), Nick still declines to investigate. But when another reporter is murdered and Paul is arrested, Nick gives into Nora and sets out to solve the murders.
Famous retired detective Nick Charles (William Powell) takes his wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), and their dog, Asta, to visit his parents in their quiet, small town. Determined that Nick's father should respect his son's profession, Nora urges him to find a crime to investigate, unaware that Nick's presence has already frightened a corporate spy, Edgar Draque (Leon Ames) into action. After Nora buys a painting for Nick's birthday and the artist is murdered, Nick discovers that the murder is connected to espionage.


Tommy Drake (Philip Reed), a musician aboard a gambling ship, is shot and killed while trying to break into a safe. Later, retired PI Nick (William Powell) and his wife Nora (Myrna Loy) receive a visit from a Mr. Brant, Drake's former boss and the main suspect in his murder. After they give him up to the authorities, they start digging around for clues. The couple question Brant's wife and one of Drake's colleagues until they start to piece together the intricate puzzle.

I hope you enjoy these screwball mysteries as much as I do, and with that I bid you adieu.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Good Girls Go to Paris



A delightful romantic screwball comedy, that will be sure have you in stitches or should I say butterflies.


college canteen waitress, Jenny Swanson (Joan Blondell) befriends a visiting professor, Ronald Brooke (Melvyn Douglas) and tells him of her plan to marry a rich man and move to Paris, Soon she finds herself engaged to a rich guy. But when things fall apart, Ronald suggests that she go home. But she makes a slight detour and ends up getting into even more trouble.



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Mystery of the 13th Guest


This is one of my favorite 40's murder mysteries. Check it out, it's sure to have you guessing whodunit.


Marie Morgan (Helen Parrishgoes to an old house to open her grandfather's will when she turns 21. Someone starts killing off everyone that attended a banquet thirteen years before. And is placing them at the table in the same seats they had occupied originally.

Private Investigator Johnny Smith (Dick Purcell) is hired to find out who's doing it. He discovers that the killer is targeting the guests by where they sat, and therefore the murderer must have been one of the 13 guests.




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- I'm Not Ashamed



This movie had a big impact on me. Mostly because of a friendship I was in, similar to that of Rachel and Celine.

I highly recommend it, though do recommend viewer and parental discretion for those under thirteen. 

I'm Not Ashamed 

Rachel Joy Scott grew up knowing God, and from the time she was little, Rachel had a sense of destiny. This is the story of the life of a normal teen grappling with young love and peer pressure, obedience and recklessness, faith and family. Rachel's story is one of fortitude and frailty, bravery, and fear.

RATING
PG-13

SEXUAL CONTENT
Some kissing and making out.
Some sexual content is shown (NOT graphic) and implied several times.

VIOLENT CONTENT
Some traumatic elements.
Bullying
Shooting
A suicide attempt

DRUG/ALCOHOL CONTENT
The movie realistically depicts high school parties at homes with no parents present.
Students drink alcohol and smoke.