50 Day Movie Challenge, Movies

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 15

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 15: What’s the first movie you saw in theaters?

Little Mermaid PosterSo, this question prompted quite the discussion between me, my parents, and my older sister, because to be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure what the first movie I saw in theaters was. I’m to the point of old where all those early memories are either completely gone, or just blurry suppositions or based on stories my parents have repeated to me, rather than on what my memory can conjure on it’s own. Therefore, to answer this question I’m taking a bit of an educated guess. Since I was born in 1984 (yup, I just recently hit the big 3-0), and I’m a girl, I’m pretty sure the first movie my parents would have taken me to was The Little Mermaid. That would have made me around 5 when this first came out, and a great age to be able to sit through a film.

I thought it was pretty funny when I questioned my parents on this subject. Neither one could remember what movie it might have been. And the first thing both of them told me (during 2 separate conversations) was that I should check with my older sister, as they probably took both of us to the same movie together. Which makes sense, since we’re only a little more than a year apart in age.

sebastianAs for the film itself, it’s a great movie for kids, one of Disney’s finest, I think. It was also the film that I think kind of kicked off the Disney renaissance, with all those major hits (this was the first of them). The songs, the animations. It’s wonderful. Sebastian the Crab is probably my favorite character. He’s so fantastically expressive and loud, and I love him. Plus, lets face it, he had all the best songs.

Well, that’s it! Day 15, Complete!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge, Movies

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 14

  • My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 14: What’s your favorite sports film?

Remember the TitansSports films are all about camaraderie and (often) humor. They are about people coming together for a goal, and I can’t think of many films that do it better than Remember the Titans.

This movie is based on real events from the life of African American football coach Herman Boone (played in the movie by the fantastic Denzel Washington) and follows him as he tries to introduce a racially diverse team at the T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971. Obviously, not an easy task. The whole thing has a bookend narration done by the daughter of the assistant coach, Sheryl Yoast (played during the bulk of the story by a very young Hayden Panettiere). But most of the story is actually about the coming together of this team during a time when it wasn’t exactly safe to do so. Integration of schools sets the backdrop for the film, and you can really feel the charged atmosphere of the town. It’s pretty fantastic the way the team brings everyone together, how people of every age learn to put aside their differences.

titans ensembleI think one of the things that makes this film stand out for me–aside from that it was about high school kids, and was released to theaters during the time when I was also in high school–was the music. I LOVE the soundtrack to the film. It might be one of my all-time favorites, and it just makes me want to dance!

Here’s the Track List (both the ones on the official album, and others that are played but not included):

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • Spirit In The Sky – Performed by Norman Greenbaum
  • Spill The Wine – Performed by Eric Burdon and War
  • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Performed by Steam
  • House Of The Rising Sun – Performed by Frijid Pink
  • Venus – Performed by Shocking Blue
  • Fire and Rain – Performed by James Taylor
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Up Around the Bend – Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) – Performed by The Hollies
  • Peace Train – Performed by Cat Stevens
  • Express Yourself – Performed by Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  • Act Naturally – Performed by Buck Owens
  • A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Performed by Leon Russell
  • titans dancing 3I Want to Take You Higher – Performed by Ike & Tina Turner (as Ike and Tina Turner)
  • Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are) – Performed by The Temptations
  • You’ve Got to Earn It – Performed by The Temptations
  • Them Changes – Performed by Buddy Miles
  • titans dancing 1Time Has Come Today – Performed by The Chambers Brothers
  • Amazing Grace – Performed by Soweto Gospel Choir
  • The Way You Do the Things You Do – Performed by The Temptations
  • Call On Me – Performed by Bobby Bland as Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • titans dancing 2Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Performed by The Temptations
  • No Surrender – Performed by Chris Goulstone
  • Quiet Home – Performed by The Sea Shells

Even the Titans themselves want to dance to this stuff!! lol! But I think the music really helped to show off the spirit of the film. I love it, can’t get enough!

And now, Day 14 is done!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge, Movies

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 12

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 12: What is your favorite animated movie?

This could be a tricky question, because there are so many incredible animated films out there, but my favorite by far is Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty poster

It’s one of Disney’s earliest “princess” films and for my tastes, it’s one of the best. The animation is hand-drawn, which, I’m sorry to all the tech fiends out there, is so much better than many of the current films being made. It just has so much wonderful detail and skill built into not only the characters and how expressive they are, but also the backgrounds and settings. It’s such a gorgeous affect. And I’m not saying I don’t like animated movies out today, because many of them are awesome, but I just feel like films with the detail of the older handmade illustrations have so much more life to them.

princess aurora prince phillip dancing

Now, what makes Sleeping Beauty my favorite above all those other, older, movies is the classic fairytale feel to the story. Even though the leading lady is not the most feminized or take charge of the bunch, I still like her, and the overall story. Also, this film has the best Disney Villain of all time, and one of the two best leading men Disney has ever created and the supporting cast is pretty spectacular too.

First there’s Maleficent. Who doesn’t love her as a villain? Even though they recently tried to redo her story and make her a sympathetic character, I like her much better as a wicked, evil fairy with no remorse, and the ability to turn into a kill-you-all dragon! She’s so much fun when she’s enacting her plans for revenge, and let’s face it, she’s pretty successful. If it weren’t for the stupidity of some of her minions, she might have actually won. (Also, she had to contend with a prince who actually knew what he was doing for once, and that doesn’t always happen in Disney films…)

prince phillip fightingSo let me now bring this discussion around to one of my all-time favorite leading men. Can we just take a moment to appreciate how wonderful Phillip is? First he’s a go-getter. He sees a girl, admires her, and manages to win her over right away. Next when he’s threatened by a bunch of goblins or ogres (or whatever those things are) he actually holds his own pretty well — even when hopelessly outnumbered. And even then he’s not backing down. He rushes headlong into danger in order to save his princess, rides through fire, crumbling bridges, giant thorns, oh, and let’s not forget Maleficent, who transforms herself into a dragon and tries to eat him. I mean, after all that, he still wins the day and the girl. He’s the ultimate hero.flora fauna and merryweather

And yet, when it comes down to it, he wouldn’t have been as successful without the support of a certain trio. These ladies, who provide most of the comic relief in the movie, are the ones who enable the prince to be his most heroic self (providing him with a certain magic sword and freeing him from his chains, and all). I think they might be the real, deep down reason why this movie stuck with me as my favorite for all these years. Their bickering and facial expressions are priceless, and they all have personality for days. I love that even after happily-ever-after, they’re still fighting over pink or blue.

In the end, this fantasy has everything I want, dragons, swordfights, and a little true love to carry the day.

And that’s Day 12 for you!