30 Days, 30 Movies {Day 23} French Film – Populaire

God really loves me (and you, of course!). I mean, He really loves me. If He didn’t, this movie would not have been made.

Populaire is everything I love all rolled up in one great movie: a based on true events romantic comedy, a period piece no less, with 1950’s fashion set in France that stars a PINK TYPEWRITER (Ok, ok. The pink typewriter comes into the storyline towards the end, but still)!! Seriously?! Seriously? Best. movie. ever.


30 Days, 30 Scenes {Day 3} Music Scene 1

After four days, our car was finally ready to be picked up from the mechanic. Praise the Lord! Since I had to follow Hunny to drop off the car we were borrowing, I was able to do a little driving. I have taken to listening to classical music in the car. When one chauffeurs an inquisitive preschooler around in a vehicle that has neither CD player nor input for MP3 devices, it forces one to listen to lyric free music.

This piece came on the radio and it made me think of silent films. I thought about Charlie Chaplin and the 1920’s. The 1920’s made me think about flappers and prohibition, which led to the scene I wrote for today.


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I can’t believe I’ve made it through these past three crazy days. I’m hoping that the rest of the month is smooth sailing!

Saving Mr. Banks (Disney on Disney)

I love Disney; I love period pieces; and I am beyond excited about Saving Mr. Banks. As a small child, I loved Mary Poppins.  There is home video of me and my brothers singing “Stepping Time,” and if I knew how to convert VHS into digital, I would share it on the blog.  I reviewed Mary Poppins for my 30 Days, 30 Movies challenge, and while doing research on the film, I found that P. L. Travers left the premiere in hysterics over how Disney ruined her book.  I am so looking forward to how they portray this in Saving Mr. Banks, if they portray it at all. The Disney company has a tradition of taking stories and changing them to fit a “feel good” paradigm (have you ever read or seen the original The Little Mermaid? Gruesome).

In preparation for watching the film, I am reading the book and I will review Mary Poppins with Hunny this go around.

Are there any movies coming out this holiday season that you are looking forward to seeing?

30 Days, 30 Movies {Day 22} Elizabeth Taylor or (Life with Father)

The first time I saw this movie, I was in high school.  We had only had cable for about a year.  My mother saw that this movie was being shown on one of the classic movie channels.  She said we had to watch it because it was one of her favorite movies.  When mom was growing up, TV stations showed old movies on the weekends.

Prior to this viewing, I had never seen a movie with a young Elizabeth Taylor.  Man, was she talented!  Even at a young age, she was a natural.  The character she plays in this movie is such fun: a young girl on her first trip to New York.  I think this character is based on Clarence Day Jr’s wife.


Wasn’t she adorable? (Incidentally, when Cupcake saw this picture, she thought it was me!  God bless those little 19 month old eyes of hers.)

I love that this story was based on a play that was based on Clarence Day Jr’s book about his family.  I also love that the father is a hard business man who scares off maids and family members, but he has a soft spot for his wife.

I would love to be an actor in a period piece from this time.  I think it would be so cool to have my hair done like that and wear those gorgeous dresses.  I’m sure it would make me appreciate my modern clothes.  Can you imagine wearing clothes like that everyday?

Favorite Line: Gad!

Favorite Character: Vinnie

Favorite Scene: When the father is yelling about a story he read in the newspaper and the maid thinks he’s yelling at her.

Here is my other favorite scene (the money talk):