Monthly Archives: March 2016

‘The Moviegoer’ by Walker Percy [ REVIEW ]

The Moviegoer

One of my goals for 2016 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. I have a goal of reading 100 books this year, along with me!

 

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy is your typical American novel at face value, but there is something about it that makes it special.

Binx Bolling is a New Orleans stockbroker who is searching for something beyond his everyday by the cultural references that have come to define him:

“Other people, so I have read, treasure memorable moments in their lives… What I remember is the time John Wayne killed three men with a carbine as he was falling to the dusty street in Stagecoach, and the time the kitten found Orson Welles in the doorway in The Third Man.”

Bolling is, of course, a moviegoer, and the magic of the silver screen is consistently more captivating to him than his affairs with his secretaries or the concerns of his family. He’s not particularly unhappy with his life, but his search requires that he identify a meaning in his own life to keep him going. He hasn’t anything exactly in mind, but keeps at it. Classic existential angst. But The Moviegoer is more than just Southern charm (which it has in spades). It’s more than just another hollow story of making it in America. The Moviegoer, after nearly five decades is captivating because The Moviegoer is now, more than ever. We are all Binx Bolling.

That’s book 16 of 100! Read all the reviews here.

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Click here to see my goals for 2016

You can also see my goals for 20152014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

Book 1. Wake Up Happy by Micheal Strahan

Book 2. Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke

Book 3. The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie

Book 4. Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed

Book 5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Book 6. Binge by Tyler Oakley

Book 7. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book 8. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Book 9: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Book 10: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Book 11: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Book 12: Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander

Book 13: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

Book 14: Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Book 15: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Book 16: The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

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2016 Movie Challenge|Week 12|A Trip to the Moon

moon-shot-350x468As one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!

Week 12: A silent movie

For this week’s theme I watched a French short silent film from 1902 called ‘A Trip to the Moon’. It is a satirical film, with no base in reality. It was an instant sensation when it came out and was copied over and over again. The film itself is highly theatrical, the filming stationary so the viewer watches the film as though in the audience. It is widely regarded as the earliest science fiction genre film and more generally one of the most influential films. Most importantly, it was captivating and hilarious. A must see!

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2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A movie by a female director
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future

Lush : Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt [ REVIEW ]

One of my goals for 2016 is to test every Lush bath bomb and as many bubble bars as I can. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

Lush’s Golden Egg bath bomb melt is pretty amazing. I tried it last year and thought I would give it a go again because well, glitter. It smells of ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ and is SO incredibly moisturizing. As a ‘melt’ that Lush makes it is so moisturizing it is almost like bathing in lotion. The fair trade cocoa butter and olive oil are so moisturizing you can see where the oils have separated from the water on the surface. Also, the glitter is clearly pretty excessive. You get glitter fingers just touching it. When the bomb is dropped into the bath all of the glitter just clouds out and it sticks to the skin afterward. This is a classic for a reason!

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Valentine’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Unicorn Horn bubble bar, The Kiss lip gloss, Prince Charming Shower Cream

Christmas Lush Products I’ve tested:

Frozen Bath Bomb, Dashing Santa Bath Bomb, Peeping Santa, Bar Humbug bubble bar, Golden Slumbers bath bomb, Shoot for the Stars bath bomb,

Halloween Lush Products I’ve tested:

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub, Humpty Dumpty

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Space Girl Bath Bomb, Big Blue Bath Bomb, Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, Rose Queen Bath Bomb, Ickle Baby Bot, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Yuzu & Cocoa Bubble Bar, Karma Bubble Bar, Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bubble Bar, Milky Bath Bubble Bar, Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb, The Experimenter Bath Bomb, Green Bubbleroon Bubble Bar,

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2016

You can also see my goals for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

Lush : Humpty Dumpty Bath Bomb [ REVIEW ]

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One of my goals for 2016 is to test every Lush bath bomb and as many bubble bars as I can. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

Lush’s new Humpty Dumpty bath bomb is actually up to three bath bombs in one! You crack it open- clever Lush, very clever- and in the center is a cute little fried egg. Each half of Humpty and the egg can be used separately – unless your egg is stuck to one of the halves like mine was! It was difficult to open even with a table knife, so you may want to shop for one that rattles a bit when gently shaken.

The smell of this bath bomb is absolutely gorgeous. The bergamot and Brazilian orange oils make it smell fabulous in and out of the water. The bomb is only slightly moisturizing, but that is made up for by the pure enjoyment of the scent and the beautiful turquoise waters. I hope this bath bomb comes back out next year, I will certainly purchase it again if it does!

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Valentine’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Unicorn Horn bubble bar, The Kiss lip gloss, Prince Charming Shower Cream

Christmas Lush Products I’ve tested:

Frozen Bath Bomb, Dashing Santa Bath Bomb, Peeping Santa, Bar Humbug bubble bar, Golden Slumbers bath bomb, Shoot for the Stars bath bomb,

Halloween Lush Products I’ve tested:

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Space Girl Bath Bomb, Big Blue Bath Bomb, Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, Rose Queen Bath Bomb, Ickle Baby Bot, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Yuzu & Cocoa Bubble Bar, Karma Bubble Bar, Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bubble Bar, Milky Bath Bubble Bar, Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb, The Experimenter Bath Bomb, Green Bubbleroon Bubble Bar,

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2016

You can also see my goals for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

2016 Movie Challenge|Week 11|To Be or Not To Be

To be or not to beAs one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!

Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover

For the challenge of this week’s theme I browsed the shelves of my library’s DVD section, and eventually found this film. ‘To Be or Not To Be’ directed by Ernst Lubitsch. It is a screwball film with the boldest black humor, based on Adolph Hitler and the antics of a comedy troupe in Poland it went into production right before the US entered WWII. As the film states it manages to perfectly blend political satire, romance, slapstick and wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled. It has the COOLEST cover art, with the illustration of a Nazi officer whose face is hidden by a skull held by an arm in the manor of Shakespeare’s Hamlet,  complete with an Elizabethan wrist cuff ruffle. Hilarious movie, I highly recommend!

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2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A movie by a female director
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future

2016 Movie Challenge|Week 10|42 The Jackie Robinson Story

42As one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!

Week 10: A movie with a number in the title

Looking up movie titles with numbers in them for this week’s challenge many of them were off the wall – or I had seen them before. The one I found – ’42’ – Jackie Robinson’s story was the perfect fit. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in the MLB. He had incredible talent and had to endure extreme racist opposition. Living in Kansas City, I remember when the movie premiered here because Robinson got his start with the Negro League Kansas City Monarchs. I wanted to watch the film back then and I am glad I finally got to because of this challenge! Harrison Ford is brilliant as the Dodgers manager, but the real break out stars are Chadwick Boseman who plays Robinson and Andre Holland who plays the sports writer Wendell Smith. They gave truly incredible performances.

The film picks up right as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey decides to break the color line in the MLB by hiring an African American baseball player- and he wants Jackie Robinson. Jackie earns his way to the field for the Dodgers and proves that he deserved to play in the big leagues whatever the color of his skin. It is an incredible look into what he had to endure, his home life, and it really captured a bit of the magic but also the darkness that time in our history held. It is a reminder of what a man is worth. It is heart, talent, courage and the drive. By becoming the African-American trailblazer of the Major Leagues, Robinson also provided a huge boost to the civil rights movement in the United States and around the world. This is not just a baseball movie, it is a movie about history.

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2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A movie by a female director
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future

‘Eight Hundred Grapes’ by Laura Dave [ REVIEW ]

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One of my goals for 2016 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. I have a goal of reading 100 books this year, along with me!

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave is a gritty realistic look at a woman’s coming to terms with her own needs and wants in the world of her changing family and the circumstances surrounding her fiance. With the things she counts on as constants breaking down she tries to fix things, usually messing them up more. In the process she learns that what she wants isn’t necessarily what she needs, and what she needs isn’t necessarily what she wants. It is a honest, heart warming story that makes you think about what you may have settled for or what may really be right for you. Great novel!

That’s book 15 of 100! Read all the reviews here.

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Click here to see my goals for 2016

You can also see my goals for 20152014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

Book 1. Wake Up Happy by Micheal Strahan

Book 2. Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke

Book 3. The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie

Book 4. Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed

Book 5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Book 6. Binge by Tyler Oakley

Book 7. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book 8. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Book 9: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Book 10: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Book 11: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Book 12: Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander

Book 13: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

Book 14: Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Book 15: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Book 16: The Moviegoer by Walker Percy