Week Seven – Favorite Criminals

I am participating in the Get Rec’d: A Movie/TV/Book List Challenge and this is the seventh week’s entry.  I have decided to be bold and list a response for all three categories; a television show, book and movie. Week 7: Favorite Criminals

Television Show – The Blacklist- Raymond “Red” Reddingtonthe blacklist

From Wikipedia – Raymond “Red” Reddington, a former U.S. Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, voluntarily surrenders to the FBI after eluding capture for decades. He tells the FBI that he has a list of the most dangerous criminals in the world that he has compiled over the years and is willing to inform on their operations in exchange for immunity from prosecution. However, he insists on working exclusively with a rookie FBI profiler by the name of Elizabeth Keen. Talk about a smooth criminal.

Book – Catch Me if You Can- Frank Abagnalecatch me if you can

This is the autobiography of the ultimate con artist, who not only managed to cash 2.5 million worth of bad checks but he successfully impersonated a pilot, a doctor, a teacher and an attorney. After finally being caught by FBI agent Carl Hanratty and serving time in prison he eventually finds a career in catching and preventing the forgery he had become so good at. The true story is even more amazing than the movie based on it.

Movie – Bandits – Joe Blake and Terry Collinsbandits

From Wikipedia – Two friends and convicts, Joe and Terry, break out of Oregon State Penitentiary in a concrete mixing truck and start a bank robbing spree, hoping to fund a dream they share. They become known as the “Sleepover Bandits” because of their modus operandi: they kidnap the manager of a target bank the night before a planned robbery, then spend the night with the manager’s family; early the next morning, they accompany the manager to the bank to get their money. Using dim-witted would-be stunt man Harvey Pollard as their getaway driver and lookout, the three successfully pull off a series of robberies that gets them recognition on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. Also starring Kate Blanchet and January Jones pre-Mad Men. Very few movies can make me actually LOL, this is one of them. “Beavers and Ducks!”

 

 

Week 6 – Surprisingly Good Adaptation

I am participating in the Get Rec’d: A Movie/TV/Book List Challenge and this is the sixth week’s entry.  I have decided to be bold and list a response for all three categories; a television show, book, and movie. Week 6: Surprisingly Good Adaptation

TV Show – Centennial Centennial_Mini-Series_DVD_Cover

In 1974 the book Centennial was published, the author James A. Michener was known for telling epic sagas over several generations. This 909-page book was turned into a 26 ½ hour miniseries that started airing in October 1978 through February of the next year. It would be the second longest ever made, with an all-star cast that included a future James Bond. While I was only nine I remember being glued to the set, partly because I had a huge crush on Robert Conrad and David Janssen, but also for the amazing scenery and music.

ET the Extra-TerrestrialBook – ET the Extra-Terrestrial

In 1982, I was thirteen years old and a little movie called ET the Extra-Terrestrial was released in theaters, it immediately became a huge hit and was all anyone was talking about. I knew I would never get to see it so I purchased the paperback at K-mart and devoured it. Oddly enough I did get to see the movie, twice actually, it would be the first time I became aware that no matter how awesome the movie, the book is usually better.

 

Movie – Forrest Gump

Whenever I think of a movie that was better than the book, this is always my first thought. The movie was pretty good but even if it wasn’t it wouldn’t matter because the book was ridiculous. It was so bad that I’ve forgotten most of it but I do remember he went to space with a talking ape, crashed in the jungle, then ended up playing chess with a cannibal.

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Week 5 – First Purchase

I am participating in the Get Rec’d: A Movie/TV/Book List Challenge and this is the fifth week’s entry.  I have decided to be bold and list a response for all three categories; a movie, book and television show. Week 5: First Purchase

Movie – Pretty Woman

Circa 1990ish, I put my very first VCR along with the VHS movie Pretty Woman on layaway at Kmart in Davenport, Iowa. I was not nor am I now a fan of Richard Gere, but there was something about that movie that I could watch over and over again. My favorite scenes were the ones with Hector Elizondo because he is awesome. I had forgotten that it had a great soundtrack as well, wonder if I still have that somewhere….

slipperly suckers necklace

 

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Book – The Black Stallion

This is a guess because I was a voracious reader starting at an early age, but most of the books I read were from the library, or as I like to refer to it, the happiest place on Earth. I managed to collect all the Black Stallion series of books, I even had the Island Stallion Races, in which aliens were a significant part of the plot. I think that is when I realized the author Walter Farley might have run out of ideas involving race horses.

 

TV Show – As Time Goes byas time goes by

I have this entire series as well as all the reunion episodes and I will still stop and watch it on PBS if I’m channel flipping. As Time Goes By is a show about Lionel and Jean, two long lost lovers who meet up again later in life for a second chance at love. Their story is sweet and funny and there is a whole cast of quirky characters that make it altogether entertaining and enjoyable to watch. On a side note, I have a sort of obsession with Judi Dench, and if I ever get to meet her, I have two questions. Will you be my Mom, and what exactly is a custard tart? Not to be confused with custard and fish fingers.

jean and lionel  custard tarts

Magical Creature

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you, Louise!

Bob’s face was turning bright red and there was a very prominent vein in his right temple throbbing. This was partly because he had the worst hangover ever but mostly because the more he tried to tell his fishing buddies about the amazing thing he saw during the night, the more they erupted into fits of giggling. He couldn’t believe this group of teenage girls were his friends.

“I’m telling you, I really saw it” He stammered.

“Dude we warned you not to chase an Ambien with a beer, I promise you did not see a mermaid!”

But Bob stubbornly shook his head in disbelief, “I know what I saw” He then crawled into the boat and motioned towards the beach, “right there, I saw her right there.”

“Oh really,” said his buddy as he held up a mostly deflated blow up doll. “Sure about that are you?”

Cue the girls.

151 words

This is a writing challenge called Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Each week there is a new photo and the writer is to create a story inspired by that picture and no longer than 175 words. This is my submission for the week of 7/25/17.

Week 4 – Favorite First Installment of a Series

I am participating in the Get Rec’d: A Movie/TV/Book List Challenge and this is the fourth week’s entry. I have decided to be bold and list a response for all three categories; a movie, book and television show. Week 4: Favorite first installment of a series

 

 

the whole nine yards

 

Movie – The Whole Nine Yards
With an all star cast headlined by Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry and including Kevin Pollack, Michael Clark Duncan, Rosanna Arquette, Natasha Henstridge and Amanda Peet this is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen and I’ve seen it a lot. If you learn nothing else from this movie it is that dentists are apparently highly suicidal. Also, it is possible for a hit man to grow a conscious, well a small one at least. There was a sequel to this movie called The Whole Ten Yards, but it wasn’t near as good, the second one rarely is.

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fool Book – Fool by Christopher Moore

Whether you are a fan of Shakespeare or not, you can still enjoy this book, in fact, this is way better than cliff notes.  If you are a fan then you’ll recognize some of King Lear and Macbeth in the story of Pocket the court fool, who may be a fool but is no idiot. I dare you not to use fuck-stockings as your new go-to curse word. The sequel to this book is called The Serpent of Venice and combines The Merchant of Venice with Othello and even a little bit of Edgar Allen Poe. Both books are awesome and worth the read.

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TV Show – Sherlock

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If you haven’t watched this show, then what is wrong with you? There are only 13 episodes, you can binge watch that in one weekend. Trust me if you give A Study in Pink a watch, you’ll be hooked, that’s all she wrote, and you’ll find yourself in shock and needing a blanket after you finish the last episode of season four.

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Week 3 – Hidden Gems

I am participating in the Get Rec’d: A Movie/TV/Book List Challenge and this is the third week’s entry.  I have decided to be bold and list a response for all three categories; a movie, book and television show. Week 3: Hidden Gems

 

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Movie Gem – Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

I found this movie while searching for something to watch on Amazon. I had typed Judi Dench in the search which provided me with an extensive list of movies with the all the great Dames, Dench, Smith, Mirren and Plowright.  I put this movie on and was pleasantly surprised. It was not only touching but humorous as well. Plowright is Mrs. Palfrey, a widow who had the perfect marriage and is now trying to find some independence for the first time in her life. Rupert Friend, who plays Ludo her accidental, honorary, Grandson, is adorable but his strong resemblance to Orlando Bloom is a little distracting. I kept expecting him to stare off into the distance and say something like “A red sun rises, blood has been spilled this night”.  I was not surprised to find that Roger Ebert had given this hidden gem four stars, and if you have Prime it’s free, so what do you have to lose?

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last chance to see book

Book Gem – Last Chance to See

If you are familiar with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then you have heard of Douglas Adams. What you might not know is that he and zoologist/photographer Mark Carwardine went on a whirlwind tour of the planet to get a last look at endangered species while they still could, before they became extinct. What followed was a BBC radio documentary series and a book called Last Chance to See, in which Adams documented often comically their journeys. This was such an amazing experience that Adams became a great voice for animal conservation until his untimely death.

 

 

 

douglas and markStephen and Mark

TV Show Gem – Last Chance to Seelast chance to see TV

In 2009 actor Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine followed up on the endangered animals that Carwardine and the late Douglas Adams had originally went in search of in 1989. Fry had been a close friend of the author and provided the comic relief, including giving the play by play of Mark being shagged by a Kakapo. Of the nine animals documented in the book and radio series in the eighties, two, the Yangtze River dolphin and the Northern White Rhino are believed to be extinct in the wild. All of the rest are still critically endangered. While the subject matter is sad at times there are also several great moments such as the release of baby sea turtles, the introduction of orphaned chimps to their adult counter parts and the up close visit with the rare mountain gorillas. This series is currently available on Netflix so give it a chance, if for no other reason than to see a poor photographer getting shagged by a giant endangered parrot.

parrot shag

Week 2: Favorite Introduction of a Main Character

I am participating in the Get Rec’d: A Movie/TV/Book List Challenge and this is the second week’s entry.  I have decided to be bold and list a response for all three categories; a movie, a television show, and a book. Week 2: Favorite Introduction of a Main Character

Movie – Jurassic Park

dinosaur first look

I’ve always thought the dinosaurs were the main characters in this movie. Being introduced to the massive yet gentle Brachiosaurus at the same time as the dinosaur hunters was magical, which only made the introduction to the meatosaurous even more terrifying. I remember getting chills the first time I saw the movie and still do every time I hear that amazing score.

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TV Show – Doctor Who

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Spoilers. This is the only show where the main character is reintroduced over and over again and it is always spectacular. Each Doctor’s introduction to our lives has been memorable from number nine’s first introduction with “RUN!” to number eleven’s “Geronimo”, but it is the departures that are unforgettable.  Because if you can make it through “I don’t want to go” without crying you need a doctor.

i dont want to go

 

Book – A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

a dirty job

Christopher Moore may be my all time favorite author, he is so deliciously twisted. This book may be tied with Fool as my favorite. You got to love Beta Male, Charlie Asher. When his new baby daughter is born he is convinced she had a tail and he has turned her into a shiksa. No matter how many times the nurses tell him that she has no tail, or his wife explains that she is her daughter and therefore Jewish and not a shiksa. He is a Beta Male, through and through. This book will make you laugh out loud and shed a tear or two within the first few pages.

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Reasons Why My Fur Kids Are Just Like Your Human Kids

Expensive, Very expensiveFur kid collage

Kisses, Kisses, Kisses

Toys, Toys, Toys

Silence is Suspicious

Worry when they’re sick

Make the biggest messes

Potty training fun

Lots of pictures

Lifetime commitment

Cuddles, Cuddles, Cuddles

Throw fits when they don’t get their way

Demand your attention, such as crying hysterically while you are trying to write a blog

Give you a reason to get out of bed every morning, cause there is no way you are sleeping once they are awake.

Won’t take medicine, no matter how much you sing” spoon full of sugar”

Pick at their boo, boos, thus the cone of shamecone of shame gif

Put anything in their mouth

No matter how great the toy or treat, they want what their sibling has

Follow you everywhere you go, Everywhere you go

Sometimes you just have to wipe their little butts

You can put a leash on them

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