Thursday, July 5, 2007
Jingers T13 Movies
This week T13 is so hard for me to come up with! I think we’ll go with my favorite movies:
1. Harvey. Have you seen this one? Black and White. Jimmy Stewart. Basically there’s this wonderful rumpot (Jimmy) whose closest and dearest friend happens to be a pooka. And not just any pooka but a 6’3” white rabbit. He’s about the only one who can see Harvey although occasionally Harvey reveals himself to others. But only on VERY rare occasions. If you haven’t seen this one I say check it out!
2. I Married a Witch. Another black and white classic. There is a woman, Jennifer,(Played by the beautiful Veronica Lake) who was betrayed by her lover (Frederick March) and proclaimed a witch. Well she really was a witch, but that didn’t matter. So anyway the pilgrims burned her and her father at the stake. Before she died Jennifer cursed her lover and all his descendents to be miserable in marriage by wedding the wrong woman. A tree is placed over the ashes of Jennifer and her father. When lightening strikes the tree Jennifer and her father’s souls are released and they form bodies to plague human kind. When Jennifer meets a descendent of her lover (Frederick March) named Wallace Wooley she decides to torment him all the more. She plans to give him a potion to make him fall madly in love with her and then she’ll refuse his affection. What she didn’t plan on was accidentally being given the potion and she falls in love with him. What follows is a madcap adventure of finding love while overcoming obstacles along the way. This movie was where the idea for the TV series Bewitched came from.
3. Bringing Up Baby. How can anyone not love Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. They made several movies together but this is my favorite from this dynamic duo. Cary Grant’s character, David Huxley, is waiting to get a bone he needs for his museum collection. Through a series of strange circumstances, he meets Susan Vance, and the duo have a series of misadventures which include a leopard called Baby. Susan is determined to catch a stuffy paleontologist and uses Baby, to help get his attention. The elements of this farce include a yappy terrier who steals and buries an irreplaceable fossilized bone, a pompous big game hunter, a rich old aunt, a jealous fiancée, and a case of mistaken identity involving a second, and vicious, leopard. Will Susan's love for David be reciprocated? Will David get his bone back? Will Baby be brought up - or brought down?
4. Arsenic and Old Lace. Another Cary Grant film. Yes I know he was quite a bit begore my time but how can you look at those dark eyes, those amazing facial features and not go “AH!!”? Ok so Arsenic and Old Lace: The year is 1941. The location is a small house next to a cemetery in Brooklyn. In this house live two kind, thoughtful, sweet old ladies, Martha and Abby Brewster who have developed a very bad habit. It appears that they murder lonely old men who have some sort of religious affiliation and they consider doing it a charity. They then leave it to their bugle-blowing nephew Teddy (who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt) to take them to the Panama Canal (the cellar) and bury them. In this instance, the "poor fellow" suffers from yellow fever found in the window seat. It is another of their nephews Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant), a dramatic critic, who returns home only to find the man in the seat by mistake. Another nephew, Jonathon, returns to the home after years of fleeing the authorities due to his "unofficial practice" of killing people and using their faces to change his. However the results cause him to look like Boris Karloff (this angers him upon the mention of his similarity to the actor) due to the poor craftsmanship of his German accented, alcoholic sidekick Dr. Einstein. As the story continues, we see each character trying to find resolve in their suddenly been flipped upside-down lives. Mortimer tries to keep his aunts safe and prevent them from continuing their nasty habit while trying to stay sane with the woman he loves (Elaine Harper), the aunts try to continue their "charities", and Jonathon tries to make a wealthy practice that is stationed inside the home.
5. Last Holiday. Is this finally one you all recognize? Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifa) clerks at a New Orleans department store. She defers pleasure: cooks gourmet meals, eats Lean Cuisine; likes a co-worker in silence; has savings, but hasn't left Louisiana. All that changes when an MRI discloses she has three weeks to live. She cashes her savings and heads to Europe's Grandhotel Pupp, where Chef Didier (Gerard Depardieu) presides. She checks into the Presidential Suite, orders everything on the menu, snowboards, and comes to the attention of the chef and the hotel's powerful American guests: a Congressman, a Senator, a retail magnate, and his mistress. She has nothing to lose, so she tells them what she thinks.
6. Practical Magic: Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman) Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts (Stockard Channing and Diann Weist) after their parents' death. The sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical--their aunts fed them chocolate cake for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. But the invocation of the Owens' sorcery also carries a price--some call it a curse: the men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Now adult women with very different personalities, the quiet Sally and the fiery Gillian must use all of their powers to fight the family curse and a swarm of supernatural forces that threatens the lives of all the Owens women.
7. Van Helsing. During the late 19th century, famed monster hunter Dr. Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) and his priest of a sidekick Carl (David Wenham) heads to Eastern Europe to battle with Count Dracula (Roxburgh), the vampires brides, To keep them from bringing the Count’s undead children to life. Along the way they encounter the Wolf Man (Kemp), and Frankenstein's Monster (Hensley). By his side is the ravishing Anna (Beckinsale), a member of a family committed to ridding the world of evil thus allowing Anna and the rest of the family Valerious, to enter the Gates of St. Peter.
8. Rocky Horror Picture Show. Come on. DON’T DREAM IT BE IT!!!! Who doesn’t want to time warp? I know I do! I was one of those people you could find every Saturday night, at midnight of course, standing in line, dressed like the characters from the movie. I’ve been Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Columbia and Janet. I’ve sung all the songs, danced along with the movie. Talked back to the screen, knowing each line by heart. I’ve carried in and tossed around all the props. I’m a true Horror! HEHEHE Ok for those who have lived in caves or closets The Rocky Horror Picture Show: What do a Transylvanian transvestite, a cryogenically-preserved biker (Meatloaf) and a Frankenstein's monster (Peter Hinwood) wearing golden underpants all have in common? They're all crucial parts of Rocky Horror Picture Show, the comedy cult classic which is at once hysterical, indispensable and truly disturbing. Innocent young lovers Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) are stranded when their car breaks down, so they are forced to seek refuge in the castle of the bizarre Dr. Frankenfurter (Tim Curry), who is having a gathering of some kind... What ensues is an unforgettable night of music and madness where, like a circus act, you never know what's going to come next. Adding to the madness is the narration of the criminologist (Charles Grey), who, in omnipotence, recounts the whole story from the comfort of his genteel study. There are the servants Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien, the genius who wrote the entire musical) Magenta (Patricia Quinn), Riff Raff’s sister and the maid. There is also Columbia (Little Nell Campbell) a maid/former lover/entertainer and general house about. Of course, there are pre-designed spots for audience participation - from being doused with spray bottles to throwing popcorn at the screen to getting up from your seat and dancing along to the incomparable "Time Warp". By the end of the night, fantasies will be realities, men will be women and everything will be explained - or will it?!?!?
9. Fiddler on the Roof. Musicals. Gotta love them. Isn’t it great when the characters just break out in song? Film version of the stage musical, based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem. Tevye the Milkman is a Jewish peasant in pre-Revolutionary Russia, coping with the day-to-day problems of 'shtetl' life, his Jewish traditions, his family (wife and daughters), and state-sanctioned pogroms. Originally entitled Tevye, the musical is based on Tevye and his Daughters, or Tevye the Milkman, and other stories originally published by the Russian Jewish author Sholom Aleichem in 1894. The story centers on Tevye (played by Topol), the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while the world and civilization around him change rapidly. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters — each daughter's choice of husband moves progressively further and further away from established custom, and with the edict of the Tsar that upends his village.
10. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Another great musical. Adam (Howard Keel), the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly (Jane Powell) to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers -- all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness . . . kidnap the women they want!
11. Oklahoma! Believe me this musical wouldn’t be forgotten. I watched I don’t know how many dozens of times. I’ve lived in Oklahoma (and unfortunately had to leave) but that has nothing to do with my love of the story or the songs! Set in the times of the early 1900s', the musical is partially about the Indian Territory becoming the state of Oklahoma. Curly (Gordon Macrae) is a stubborn cowboy who had trouble admitting his feelings to Laurey (Shirley Jones), as does she. They both love each other, but have much difficulty telling each other because of their stubborn behaviors and reputation. The story is also set around Ado Annie (Gloria Grahame) trying to choose between Will (Gene Nelson), who has strong feelings for her, and the peddler (Eddie Albert), who thinks he's a ladies' man and doesn't really want to marry her. Judd (Tod Steiger, talk about Twilight Zone…), Laurey and Aunt Eller's (Charlotte Greenwood) hired hand, tries to come between Laurey and Curly, because he is alone and has feelings for Laurey. Aunt Eller is a peppy and friendly middle-aged woman who pretty much knows everyone, and everyone respects her.
12. Mame (with Lucille Ball) or Auntie Mame (Rosalind Russell) The musical revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flare for life and a razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother's only child, Patrick Dennis. Her adventures take us from the speak-easies of the roaring 20's to the depression following the great Stock Market crash. She is rescued by a wealthy Southern plantation owner, marries and is widowed suddenly, and through it all, manages to keep things under control. With some help from her dearest friend, Vera Charles, she helps keep things at 3 Beekman Place a rousing free-for-all.
13. Yours Mine and Ours. I love this movie. The original with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda is my favorite but the one with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo is pretty good. The modern one gets me because I think Dennis Quaid is just too damn sexy. Dennis Quaid is like Hugh Jackman for me. I’d watch anything they were in just to see their hot bods! Anyway Yours Mine and Ours: When a widower with 10 children marries a widow with 8, can the 20 of them ever come together as one big happy family? From finding a house big enough for all of them and learning to make 18 school lunches, to coping with a son going off to war and an unexpected addition to the family, Yours, Mine and Ours attempts to blend two families into one and hopes to answer the question Is bigger really better? In the original, which was based on a real story (the book is called Who Gets The Drumstick). In the movie Helen North (Lucille Ball) was a nurse at a naval base where she meets Frank Beardsley. In the modern remake Helen and Frank are high school sweethearts reunited at last.
Ok there you have it. Jinger’s top 13 favorite movies
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Monday, July 2, 2007
This is SOOO awesome! All right well as you know, if you've been reading this blog, that I submitted my first novel (actually I guess its a novella?) to Samhain as part of their contest deal for an anthology, Strangers in the Night. It didn't make the cut and I was feeling low, but I took life by the balls and I submitted it to a new publisher, Resplendence Publishing. I saw that they were telling submitters that it would be a 6-8 week wait for replies. I could deal, I mean I understand submissions take a while to be read. Anyway, I submitted on Thursday and last night I received a request FOR THE FULL!!!
I hope I'm not breaking any taboos when I say one part of what the editor had to say. She said "I must tell you, for a while there, I forgot I was reading a submission, and that is a very good sign." CAN YOU BELEIVE IT???? I was and am so excited and happy!!!I really tried my best to make sure that my story was enthralling and apparently I did! I can't stop bouncing off the ceiling.
I know I must be realistic. The kind words are VERY promising but I also know that a request doesn't always garner a sale, but I'm so optimistic! If/when I do make the sale I will be shouting it all over the board and from my roof!
*Happy dancing in my seat.* Time for a celebration peice of Key Lime pie. If I make the sale it's going to be Tarantula Margarita night!
Will keep you all updated!
JJ (who is still floating!)
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