Cinema {ish} With Jennifer: Pulp Fiction

AFI # 94 Pulp Fiction (1994)

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I will begin each review with a “What I know, or What I Think I Know…” intro. These intros were all compiled before I set out on this journey, and can be read in their entirety (HERE).

The Review

Several stories being told at once, but all connected somehow. Samuel L. Jackson is a hit man who carries around a briefcase for his boss and is angered easily. John Travolta, also a hitman falls for his boss’s girl, they dance in a retro diner and in her living room. Girl overdoses on drugs that where not hers, but why not, and is violently revived. Weirdness ensues during the whole movie.

Remember the good old days when I got to watch movies like Toy Story and Yankee Doodle Dandy? Yeah, me neither. At least with this movie, I had already seen it and knew what I had in store. Although, knowing what was coming didn’t make it any easier to watch.

Being that this is my second time through watching this movie (which I still don’t feel old enough to watch, btw) there are two questions I still have.

1. Whats in the brief case?! Is it revealed in the plot and I miss it? I took to google because…google knows everything and it appears that I am not the only one who has ever wondered this. Further proof that there are no original thoughts. The leading theories are Mr. Wallace’s Soul, Diamonds and some type or radioactive material.

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2. Why do bad things always happen when Vincent (John Travolta) goes to the restroom? The end of the movie, Vincent goes to the restroom decides to read a book and the diner they are eating at gets robbed, The middle of the movie (its told out-of-order) Vincent comes out of the restroom only to be shot dead by Bruce Willis, and at the beginning of the movie, he excuses himself to the bathroom in an effort to talk himself out of getting into trouble with his bosses wife. He comes out of the bathroom to find that she has almost overdosed on some of his drugs.

I know a more serious movie buff would have a better dissection of everything that went on this film, but alas, my taste is more of the “Toy Story” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” variety, so this is what you get. Sorry, not sorry.

 

Looking for a serious review of this movie and the rest of movies on AFI’s greatest 100 list? Check out the The Confusing Middle and read his thoughts!

7 movies down, 92 to go! Next up: The French Connection. Sigh.

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Though We’ve Got To Say Goodbye…For The Summer…

A week, one week! I had been on quite the roll in terms of a posting schedule. Monday, Wednesday & Friday like clockwork, then bam. I disappeared. I was sick for some of it but if I am being 100% honest with you (and myself), I just wasn’t feeling very funny. It happens, and that is part of the reason why I started this blog back up.  Writing can be therapeutic whether its serious writing or funny (or attempted funny in my case). So, until I find my groove again (anybody got Stella’s number?)…I’m going to take a look back at the events of Summer 2018 and hopefully we will be back to our regular scheduled programing soon!

2018 Summer Recap!

  • Took a big leap of faith and put my 2 week’s notice in at my job of 7 years so I can take better care of my momma who moved in with us 2 years ago this week. It was the hardest but best decision I’ve ever made!
  • Spent many days on the beaches both in Texas and in Florida
  • Made it to opening weekend of MLB seeing the Texas Rangers loose to the Reigning World Champs, the Houston Astros!
  • Speaking of baseball, made it to 3 different stadiums one of which was a new one for us and another to cross off our list in our quest to hit all 30 Stadiums! Globe Life Field (Texas Rangers) Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros) and the new to us Coors Field (Colorado Rockies)
  • Went to a motor bike race and sat in a luxory suite box for the first time
  • Cut all my hair off because I live in Texas and refuse to let the heat win
  • Spent Memorial Day weekend in Colorado, enjoying the beautiful Rocky Mountains via a train as well as taking our first rapids/rafting trip!
  • Made a last-minute trip to Florida for a family reunion and spent much needed time with people we don’t see nearly enough
  • Went home to Indiana for an unexpected funeral and shocking reminder that tomorrow is not promised but Gods love, hope and grace for us, (if we accept Him) is.
  • Became a mac user/lover and said goodbye to the last Microsoft product in our house..#notsorry
  • Went to exactly 1 movie in a theater (wish it could have been 0 ) 
  • Learned to cook seafood gumbo, chocolate lava cakes and a cheese soufflé. I also watched my fair share of ‘The French chef’ with Julia Childs…
  • Learned to cross stitch…now I just need to learn how to finish it.. 😉
  • Bought 3 new books that I will eventually read 😉
  • Lost some weight…gained some weight…had fun in the process.
  • 2 plane trips, 1 train trip and 1 16-hour road trip
  • Put up a pool in our backyard and was quickly reminded why I didn’t take chemistry in high school..(pool chemicals are not fun..)
  • Bought a new car
  • Shaved 1 half of a 24 lb cat because life isnt interesting enough and because he sat on a wax warmer…
  • Challenged myself to go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up at a normal hour and lasted precisely 1 day.
  • Finally cut the cord that is traditional TV and have become a household of Netflix, Hulu and Prime.
  • Re-watched every episode of Scrubs, Roseanne, Greys Anatomy, Sex and the City and Seinfeld from start to finish…again.
  • Challenged myself to watch all 100 movies on American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Movies of our time. I’ve watched the first 6 and am wondering if I made the right decision lol

 There they are, several of the high lights of this past summer. What is something you did this summer that you were glad you were able to accomplish?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help Me With A Special Project!

Hey Guys!

Not trying to be weird, buttttt I want to know when you go to sleep, and when you wake up..

You see, I have developed a bad habit of going to sleep when most are getting ready to wake up and now I want to see (and try) how the other half, the normal and responsible half, live.

So if you could spare 2 mins of your time to fill out this survey I would greatly appreciate it!

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Quiz Me Friday: Spelling Edition

Hey Guys! It is Friday which means the weekend is upon us! Also upon us, is another “cliff notes” video for your non-reading pleasure!

Today, my husband joins me and gives me a basic spelling test. If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you should already have an inclination of how it went.

Disclaimer: If you are reading this and had any hand in my education growing up, go ahead and back out of this page. Just for today. Come back next week, I will try to do a better job at making you proud. I hope.

ENJOY!

 

 

Cinema {ish} With Jennifer: Blade Runner

AFI # 97: Blade Runner 1982

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What I “Think” The Movie is about

Space age super hero, Hans Solo Harrison Ford, stops bad guys while wearing roller blades. (close but no cigar)

The Real Review

“A former police officer trying to enjoy his time away from the grind, is forced to go back to work to capture 4 human-like robots that the government created. 1 by 1 the robots, with shiny eyes and bad attitudes, meet their demise but not before killing those who stand in their way, proving once again, that no one wins when humans attempt to create life from scratch”

Where to begin on this movie review? I think a poem sung to the tune of “Folsom prison blues” is a good place to start (sing along in your head please).

“I hear the cars are hovering, they’re flying over men, and there hasn’t been sunshine, since I don’t know when, I’m stuck watching Blade Runner, and time keeps passing on. If this movie doesn’t end soon, someone shoot me with a gun.”

Ok, that was a bit dramatic, I know, but I’ve been trying to come up with a way to honestly and fairly review Blade Runner. After two days I still have nothing. I hated this movie. I knew we were headed for trouble when, even my husband wanted out after just 20 minutes.

It’s easy to say, “but Jennifer, it’s just not your type of movie, other people really enjoy this genre.” This sentiment doesn’t surprise me, I mean there has to be a reason this movie is on this list, right, or did AFI put a bunch of movies on a dartboard, close their eyes and throw?

If that’s the case, I noticed Steel Magnolias is missing from this list, I think a swap is in order.

So, what to do with a movie you paid 10$ for and never want to watch again? You post it for free on Craigslist (see listing here) and see if someone is crazy enough to want it.

Update: Posting has been up for 2 days, and while it was removed once by Craigslist (they must not be fans of this movie either,) some brave soul claimed it on LetGo!

Update 2: Brave soul who claimed movie stood me up during pick up. (sounds about right) Movie is still up for grabs.

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Are you a fan of Blade Runner (why?) and want to watch along with me? Click HERE to read my ‘live’ scene reactions while I watched this movie for the first time.

Also, are you looking for a serious review of this movie and the rest of movies on AFI’s greatest 100 list? Check out the The Confusing Middle and read his thoughts!

4 movies down, 96 to go. Next up, Do The Right Thing!

Quiz Me Friday: This or That Edition

Hello everyone! It’s Friday! The weekend is upon us, you made it!

 

I traditionally post  every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with Wednesday exclusively reserved for our AFI 100 Greatest Movies challenge, (coming up this week, Blade Runner!)  Monday and Friday are usually reserved for long winded, grammatically incorrect, ramblings of my day to day life (which you guys seem to like, thank you 😉 ).

We are trying something a little different today, instead of a written post I have made a video for you all, think of it as the same Jennifer, but the Cliff notes version! ( who really wants to read this close to the weekend anyway?)

Disclaimer: If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, you may already know that my attention to detail in terms of spelling, sentence structure and punctuation placement, leaves little to be desire. You will now find these same qualities in my video editing skills. Yay, You’re welcome.

Cinema {ish} With Jennifer: Yankee Doodle Dandy

AFI # 98: Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942

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What I “Think” The Movie is about

A biography of the life of The great Babe Ruth, his time with the New York Yankees and the rest of his historic 35-year career.

The Real Review

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Is he a leprechaun or Pilgrim?

“A man named George falls in love with a girl named Mary and meets an angel named Clarence. Wait, different George, wrong movie, let’s start again. A man named Cohen..I mean Cohan is nervous when the President of the United States Donald Trump  Franklin Delano Roosevelt summons him to the oval office. While there, Cohan is presented with a Medal of commendation and has flashbacks with the President about his time as a struggling tap dancing leprechaun all the way to his Broadway staring days. Cohan is very thankful to the President for the recognition. His mother is thankful, his father his thankful, his sister is thankful, and I’m pretty sure his hamster, Atriums is also thankful.”

                         Wrong George and Mary          Right George and Mary

      Wrong (Cohen) and President              Right (Cohan) and President

This movie surprised me in many ways. This was a musical and NOT a baseball movie as I had hoped it would be.

Also, it is a true story and based on a real person. I didn’t know that! This discovery was made when George mentions his sister as “Being gone now.” I asked myself, “Where did she go? Did she die, did she go to market, to the salon to get her nails done?” I need details George. After consulting the great and powerful Wikipedia, I began to see facts on what I thought was a fictional character only to realize that these people were REAL!

Another surprise was the music! With the exception of a few songs, I was very familiar with most of the tunes. Give My regards to Broadway, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and my favorite (thanks to the Golden Girls) Over There.

I enjoyed the movie, but I must admit I had to watch it twice to fully understand what was going on (I’m not stupid, I swear). The flashback didn’t help, then I kept confusing George’s sister for his would-be wife. I asked my husband 3 times “Now is that his girlfriend or his sister? Oh, they are kissing, I hope it’s his girlfriend.”

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The dancing is what really caught my eye! When I saw the name ‘Cagney’ in the opening credits my mind immediately went to great, it’s a “tough guy film.” When I saw it was a musical I then became worried because “surely this guy can’t dance.” WRONG! He sang and danced through-out the whole film and it was wonderful! In fact I replayed several scenes over and over again almost because I was so taken with his skills. So taken in fact, I tried to copy his moves at home. I’ll let you know when I find my knee caps again. Thankfully I don’t have access to a stair case, I probably would have broken my neck!

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Are you a fan of Yankee Doodle Dandy and want to watch along with me? Click HERE to read my ‘live’ scene reactions while I watched this movie for the first time.

Also, are you looking for a serious review of this movie and the rest of movies on AFI’s greatest 100 list? Check out the The Confusing Middle and read his thoughts!

3 movies down, 97 to go. Next up, Blade Runner!

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