Friday, December 31, 2010

My (Bookish) Resolutions for the New Year

1. In honor of Stephanie Plum, I will wear mascara on a regular basis.*

2. In honor of Stephanie Plum, I will learn to make a mean macaroni and cheese dish. Stephanie loves macaroni and cheese (and pastries).  Circle of Friends has a free Kindle** cookbook full of macaroni and cheese recipes (Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Mac & Cheese Recipes: Exclusive on-line cookbook). No Excuses.

3. I will read all of the books in my “Shoulda Read By Now” list.

4. I will watch all of the movies in my “Shoulda Watched By Now” list.

*I just finished Sizzling Sixteen in the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series by Janet Evanovich. The series is crazy and funny. Can't wait for the flick to come out! Check it out, if you haven’t already.

**Don't have a Kindle? Get free Kindle Reading Apps for your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android phone. 

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Monday, December 27, 2010

New Year's Film Fest - Review & Shop List

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After the Thin Man (Video on Demand available)

The Apartment (Video on Demand available)

Boogie Nights (Video on Demand available)

Entrapment (Video on Demand available)

The Godfather 2 (Video on Demand available)

Holiday Inn (Video on Demand available)

New Year’s Day (2001)

New Year’s Day (1989) (Video on Demand available)

Poseidon (Video on Demand available)

Sex in the City: The Movie (Video on Demand available)

Sleepless in Seattle (Video on Demand available)

Someone Like You (Video on Demand available)

Sunset Boulevard (Video on Demand available)

Trading Places (Video on Demand available)

When Harry Met Sally (Video on Demand available)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

What's your favorite New Year's movie?

I have decided to stay in for New Year's Eve and Day. A Perfect opportunity for a movie fest. I have started a list of movies that have New Year's in the plot (horror movies excluded). Surprisingly, I have already seen many of these. I am starting with the ones that I haven't seen then moving on to some old favorites. Do you have any suggestions for additions to the list?

What's your favorite New Year's movie?

Friday, December 24, 2010

After the Thin Man - New Year's Film Fest

“This is a fine way to start the New Year,” Nick Charles (William Powell) says to Nora Charles (Myrna Loy) as he springs her from jail. This 2nd installment of the comedy whodunit Thin Man series (6 films in total) co-stars a young James (Jimmy) Stewart and Asta (my favorite). See film description, reviews and viewing options (Video on Demand available) at

The Thin Man film series is based on the novel, The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett (also penned The Maltese Falcon.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Hudsucker Proxy - New Year's Film Fest

This is a film (starring Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Newman) by the Cohen brothers (Joel and Ethen) that I hadn’t heard of before working on this list. The Hudsucker Proxy is kinda a throwback to cinema from back in the day. You’ll need to watch it a couple of times to catch all of the references that the Cohens slipped into it. I am adding “Need to start hula-hooping again” to my New Year’s Resolution list. I found an old hoop in my garage a few months ago and couldn’t get it going good. I called one of my friends upset about my hooping skills being gone. She could not stop laughing. It is SO on!!!! I must get a new hoop.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

An Affair to Remember - New Year's Film Fest

One of my favorite romantic comedies starring Cary Grant (Nicky) and Deborah Kerr (Terry).  It is a re-make of the 1939 film Love Affair. The story was retold in the 1994 film of the same name. References to An Affair to Remember in the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle (also in the New Year's Film Fest list) caused a renewed interest  the classic film – to the tune of 2 million extra VHS sales (according to the 20th Century Fox DVD liner notes).