What Have They Done to Pooh?

Fall is here and with fall comes all the things heading towards spooky season. Halloween candy is for sale, costumes are being thought about and all the new horror movies are coming out.

Do you like horror movies? I like certain ones. I am more into psychological thrillers than I am slasher flicks. I will watch “Halloween” or “Friday the 13th”, but I will pass on most things in the horror genre. So, I have to ask a question related to the new batch coming out…what the hell have they done to Winnie the Pooh?

I have three favorite childhood characters: Curious George, Paddington Bear and Winnie the Pooh. That is who they are for, kids, and that is how they should be remembered. Have you heard about the movie, “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey”? It is coming out soon.

Apparently, Christopher Robin has gone off to college and left his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood to fend for themselves. When the food supply runs dry Pooh and Piglet become unhinged, and all hell breaks loose…WTF? I can’t even begin to imagine how that would even look.

I watched the 2018 movie “Christopher Robin” when I was home sick recently and while sad, it makes more sense to me that Pooh would go on a search for his friend to reconnect, not go on a rampage. As an adult I would be traumatized by it, I can’t imagine if a young kid saw it by accident.

What’s next? Is Paddington Bear going to go berserk and go on a killing spree if Mrs. Brown forgets to buy marmalade one day at the store? Will Curious George get a little too curious after seeing a slasher film and bump off the man in the yellow hat just to see what it feels like?

I know we live in a world where anything goes, but I think some things should remain innocent and pure. Is that too much to ask? Listen, I am in no way a prude, at all, but come on…childhood things should remain cherished.

That is my opinion anyway. I will be watching my usual scary movies while eating a bag of candy corn this year, like I do every year, but I will be giving the blood thirsty Pooh a pass.

***Questions for the comments…What about you? Do you like horror films? Which one is your favorite? How do you feel about the Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey film coming out?

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Dahl, Wonka and Gobstoppers…a Threesome

I was tooling around the internet last month looking for topics for September and I came upon something cool. Yesterday was Roald Dahl Day and today is Gobstopper Day…coincidence? I think not and it’s a perfect topic for today.

I LOVE the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It has kids in it, it has a weird, magical man and it has chocolate. What more could a kid want in a story? I don’t remember when I first read this book, but I can tell you I definitely saw “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” first.

Just like “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Sound of Music”, it was a movie we watched every year when it came on television. Back before the days of streaming and DVD’s, even before the VCR, we had to wait for its yearly showing on network TV. It was always a big production with popcorn and my mom would watch with us.

I couldn’t believe how bad the kids were and their parents let them get away with it. All it took was one look of death from my mother to know I better knock it off or I was going to get it. Every time a kid was sent away for being bad, I was glad. They deserved it. I thought Wonka was right in how he handled those brats.

I loved Willie Wonka himself. Gene Wilder was a genius. Everything from his timing to the looks on his face was priceless. As a kid, I just liked his wild hair, purple coat and top hat. As an adult…I love the sarcasm and humor. The way he interacts with the adults is hysterical, which is why my mother watched it with us.

I laughed out loud in a college English class when the professor quoted Ogden Nash’s “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker” line. She asked me what was so funny, and I just said, “Wonka”. It took a minute, but she finally got what I meant, the rest of the class burst into laughter too. The movie came out in 1971, so it kinda belongs to my generation, LOL, but we will share it with others.

Roald Dahl was not thrilled with the movie at all, because it strayed from the story. He totally disowned the movie. As an adult, I tend to think the same thing about books and their movie adaptations, but as far as Wonka goes…I will pick the movie every time.

I know they made another movie in 2005 with Johnny Depp and it is based on the book and more to Dahl’s vision, but I have not seen it. As much as I love Johnny Depp, and I have ever since 21 Jump Street, I can’t bring myself to watch it. He just looks too creepy to me, even by Tim Burton standards. To me, Gene Wilder is the one and only Willie Wonka.

So, how will I celebrate these two “holidays”? I will sit down and watch “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, of course. Before I do, I have to go to the store and pick up some gobstoppers and other Nestle candy. (Nestle Candy Shop was originally known as The Willie Wonka Candy Shop.)

Then I will come home, turn on the television and be in a world of pure imagination…

***Question for the comments…Do you like “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”? Do you have a favorite Roald Dahl book? Have you seen “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”?

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Watched Anything Good Lately?

Do you find yourself streaming the same movies and television shows you have seen a million times? I am not talking about occasionally coming across an oldie but a goodie that you decide you have to watch because you haven’t seen it forever. I am talking about going through all your streaming services looking for your favorites and just watching them.

I do this all the time. I will rewatch shows over and over again and movies…forget about it, I can’t tell you how many times I have watched “You Got Mail” and “Goodfellas” plus a thousand more. I enjoy them every time I watch them, but I started to think I needed to find something new, at least new to me.

I was on the phone with my sister yesterday, I know…big shocker there, LOL, and I was scrolling through Peacock looking in the all-movie section. There was, of course, a bunch of titles that I had no interest in whatsoever, but I came across four movies that piqued my interest and I saved them to My Stuff so I wouldn’t forget about them.

I sat down and watched one of them after our daily phone call. It was called “The Public” written by, directed by and starring Emilio Estevez. Before I even read the blurb about it, I knew I wanted to watch it, because Emilio has always been a favorite ever since I watched “The Outsiders” in 1983. It also starred Christian Slater and Alec Baldwin, so win, win and win.

I loved this movie. It is about a group of homeless who stage a peaceful protest at the Cincinnati Public Library during a brutal cold front. All the homeless shelters are full, and the library is where they spend their days, so it is the perfect choice. They tell the supervisor who they are friendly with (Emilio) they are staying and what happens after that is touching and funny. This was a perfect movie. It made me laugh, it made me think and it changed my way of thinking about the homeless. I would recommend watching it.

Next on the list to watch is “California Typewriter”. It is a documentary about celebrities who still use typewriters as a muse and about one of the last remaining typewriter repair shops in America. I love the clickety clack sound of the typewriter, but I have never been good at using one, I think I got a C in that class in high school. There are interviews with Sam Shepard and Tom Hanks. I am thinking about watching it today. You know me, I like things that are a little out of the norm and I think this might be a perfect choice.

So, let me ask you, have you seen any good movies lately? They don’t have to be brand new, just new to you. There are millions of things available to watch all over the place these days and I have decided to keep trying to find new things to view. That does not mean that I still won’t sit down and watch a favorite from time to time. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is currently streaming and of course I will watch it, but I would like to see and learn new things too. In the immortal words of Jeff Spicoli, “Learning about Cuba and having some food.” Translation for me? Watching new to me movies and eating some popcorn.

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Summertime Movies

So many great things about the summer season, no school, warm weather, picnics and BBQ’s, vacations and going to the movies. It is always a good time to catch a flix down at the local theater, but there is something about the summer season that makes it a little better.

It’s the season of the “blockbuster” movies. Most of the big action movies come out in the summertime, have you noticed that? Right now, in the theaters you have the choice of “Top Gun: Maverick” or “Jurassic Park: Dominion”, both movies have been anticipated for release for a long time now and finally have made it to the big screen. So many of the big movies get released in the summertime, it’s something else to look forward to and plan.

Some of the biggest movies of all time were released in the summer months: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Back to the Future”, “Star Wars IV” (memorial day weekend, 1977…it counts as summer) and one of my all time favorites…”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. We went opening night and it was so crowded we had to sit in the first row. (I think my neck is still sore from it, LOL) What is your favorite blockbuster movie?

The year E.T. came out I was 11 years old. There were not a lot of movies playing near us that was suitable for my age group. But it was summertime and when it’s hot and you can’t get to a pool, you go to the movies. My brother was such a good sport; he took me to see E.T. like 8 times. Thank you, Donnie, I know you must have hated it.

As I got older, the gang would get together for an afternoon show or, if nobody else wanted to go, I would go by myself. I love to go to the movies alone…all I want to do is concentrate on the movie and my popcorn and candy. The first movie I saw by myself was in the summer. It was “WarGames” with Matthew Broderick. I don’t know why, but I wanted to see it and nobody else did, so my parents dropped me off and picked me back up and thus began my love for Matthew Broderick, which continues today. I was 13 years old.

When people in my group started driving, we would head over to the Edmondson Drive In and hang out for the double show. I don’t remember getting all loud and rowdy like you see Drive Ins shown on film, but we might have snuck a few people in by throwing them in the trunk, my memory is a little fuzzy. We were sad the night it closed, I don’t think we went that night, but I do remember going shortly before it closed for good. In my mind, I think one of the films we saw was a Michael J. Fox movie, maybe “Doc Hollywood”, but I can’t be sure.

I love a good drive-in theater, I don’t know why, but it reminds me of summertime back in day, like the 50s and 60s. In fact, I think I would have loved to live back then. Going to the drive-in and then going for a hamburger at the malt shop after. Or….maybe I have just watched “Grease” too many times and want to live out some Frenchie fantasy.

The one thing I am not fond of when it comes to movies in the summer is the movies in the park. They used to show movies around Columbia Lake. It sounds like a lot of fun, and it probably is for some people, but you can never hear the movie, kids are running all around…it can be a real mess. I remember one time we went to see “Yellow Submarine” down at the lake. But we could only get a spot on the lawn off to the side, so we couldn’t see the screen, we could barely hear the music or dialogue. I did not have a good time and I think that was the last time I went to an outside movie.

Nowadays, I am more about sitting home and watching movies. I still make some popcorn and bring out some candy, but I like the comfort of watching what I want, when I want. I totally want to see “Maverick” and “Jurassic Park”, but I will wait till they hit streaming and then binge watch the older movies before I watch the new one. Does that make me old? Maybe. Does that make me boring? Maybe. But it makes me happy and that’s all that matters. In fact, I think this afternoon I am going to make some popcorn and watch “Ferris Bueller” because, “Life moves pretty fast. if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

***Question for the comments…when you think about movies in the summer, what’s comes to mind? Did you used to go to outdoor movies or drive-ins? What is your favorite movie snack? What is your favorite big blockbuster movie?

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Is It a Classic?

I was on the phone with my sister the other day, (I know, big shocker there, lol.) and the subject of movies came up and I don’t know why, but I ended up scrolling through the Turner Classic Movies options on HBO Max. I’m minding my own business just scrolling and chatting when I noticed something bizarre to me…the choice of movies they consider “classic”. Sitting there next to great black and white movies and huge blockbusters from days gone by were certain titles that I thought had no business being there. Movies I watched in the 80’s were there…really?!?!?!

Look, I understand that a lot of people have a hard time leaving their youth behind and they don’t want to believe time is marching on. I may have a bit of a Peter Pan complex and I might always want to be a Toys R Us kid, but I realize and accept the fact that I am over 50 (slightly) and things change. But when did things change so much that 80’s movies are not considered classics?

This led to a long conversation with my sister. I actually went down the list with her, asking her to choose if the titles were classic or not. We disagreed on some movies and of course, we looked up what made a movie a classic. They say 25 years, which means that any movie made before 1997 can be considered a classic if it’s a good movie that can stand the test of time. Wait…what? 1997!!!! Wow..I am starting to feel a little dizzy. I guess I never thought about it.

Like I said, I know time marches on and the 80’s was a long time ago, but it does feel like it was just yesterday that I was sitting in the front row of the theater the night “Ferris Bueller” premiered. I guess not though, because it was really 36 years ago. “Dirty Dancing” is also considered a classic. I argued this point with my sister. She said yes and I said no. I said it was iconic, as were many of the movies in my teen years, but really a classic? Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I am old, I mean I knew I was, I can deal with my age, but it was more than that. My prom theme came from “Dirty Dancing”. How can it be a classic? The year I graduated high school the biggest song everyone wanted for the prom was “I’ve Had the Time of my Life”, and now it is just a song in some old movie that kids watch on cable.

But, then again, the movies I consider classics were once out in the theaters and new. I wonder if back in 1986 while I was watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” if someone wasn’t sitting around like I am now saying that “It can’t be a classic, I saw it in the theater in 1961.” But it is, as I guess my teenage movies are now.

So, I will continue to watch the movies of my youth and probably never get over the fact that they are the classics now. Just like I will always wear my chuck taylor high tops and sport a backwards baseball hat with a million different bracelets on my arm. You may ask if I might be a little too old for such things…my answer is no…I am just being myself….a classic.

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Celebrity Crushes…Who was Your First?

We have all had one. Don’t tell me you haven’t, because it’s not true. Somewhere down the road you have had a crush on a celebrity. Maybe it was a model, music artist, television or movie star or maybe a sports person…it doesn’t matter which, at some point in your life your heart went pitter patter for someone you have seen on the screen. So, who was it? Let me know in the comments please, inquiring minds would like to know.

I will fully admit, that at the age of six I had a thing for the 6 Million Dollar man, Steve Austin. Rumor has it I would run around the house in slow motion making the bionic noise. If you don’t know what I am talking about, please look it up on You Tube. If you can imagine a little 6-year-old girl in a Dorothy Hamill haircut doing this, it’s pretty funny. Sounds about right for me. Also, full disclosure, that same year I tumbled all over the living room during the summer Olympics thinking I was Nadia Comaneci getting a gold medal. That wasn’t a crush, but I had to mention it before one of my siblings did.

Flash forward 6 years to 1982. A new show entered the NBC lineup and from the moment I saw the older brother character I was in love. I am talking about that preppy boy Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties. Something about him just got me. I made sure I was in front of the television every week. Also, that year I fell in love with Jason Bateman from Siver Spoons. Most girls I knew liked Ricky Schroeder, but not me.

So, I was a regular girl reading all the magazines like Tiger Beat and 16, tearing out the pictures and hanging them up on the wall. They changed from time to time as I got older. In 1985 I was hit with a new crush…Mike Seaver of Growing Pains played by Kirk Cameron. Cute smile, a little bit of a troublemaker (not real bad boy stuff, just small kind trouble). But then…a bunch of movies started hitting the screen with cute guys everywhere.

I did not see The Breakfast Club in the theater when it came out that year, but my friend Clare and I got in to see St. Elmo’s Fire. We were both 15 and went to an afternoon show. The kid behind the ticket booth asked if we were 17. Clare said yes right away; I looked at him with a little smirk and tilt of the head and said almost. He let us both in. I was at that moment, watching that movie a forever Brat Pack fan. I just watched this movie the other day…still love it and still an Andrew McCarthy fan, but instead of seeing him on the screen now, I enjoy his books and travel writing.

And don’t think crushes end when your teenage years end. They continue into adult hood. Maybe your heart doesn’t swoon like when you were a kid, but you can look at a celebrity and think that person is niiicceeeee. For me, Bradley Cooper comes to mind, also Alex O’Loughlin from the recent Hawaii 5-0. Some older crushes actually get better looking with age. Rob Lowe was too pretty looking for me when he was younger but looks good now. I always liked Robert Dowing Jr., but it wasn’t until he cleaned up and stopped using drugs and got a little older that I thought he was good looking. And the best example is George Clooney. I watched him on Facts of Life, but it wasn’t until he became Dr. Doug Ross on E.R. that I really noticed him.

Celebrity crushes are just a simple fact of life. Don’t think from all these examples that I was boy crazy or anything. I am very particular about who I like in real life. As I look over the ones mentioned here, I realize I could have listed a thousand more. But now that I have listed a few of mine; it’s your turn to tell me…

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Fictitious Places…Where You Going?

I was scrolling through Instagram the other day and I came upon an ad for The Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia. In front of the building was a sign that read Kellerman’s. For those of you who don’t know or remember Kellerman’s was the resort Baby and her family went to in “Dirty Dancing”. It brought me back to 1987. I was sitting in the movie theater watching this movie and wanting to go there and spend the summer. It was beautiful. I wanted to swim in the lake, go to dinner dressed up with my family; I even wanted to play games in the big house on a rainy day. Even looking at the ad, I wished I could have that experience.

That started me thinking about all the other places I wished I could go to that were pure fiction. Have you ever wanted to go visit a place you have seen in a movie or on television that aren’t real? You know, to go be in that place with the characters, to hang out and have a good time? Tell me in the comments your favorite fictional spot.

Even though I am considered too old to like Harry Potter, I would like to visit Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. My nephew and niece were big into the books and movies, and I had heard about it, but didn’t think much of it. A series about a wizard school didn’t pique my interest, I was already over 30. But, one day years ago I was sitting around the house flipping through the channels looking for something to watch and “Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone” was just starting, so, o.k. let me see what all the fuss was about. I loved it. I kinda wished I could go back in time to being 12 years old and receive my own letter. I rewatched all of them recently because I wanted to see the 20-year anniversary special on HBO Max. They really are good movies. One day I will read the books.

Another place on my hit parade is Central Perk from “Friends”. I remember being in front of the television when the show premiered. I was 24 years old, around the same age as the gang. I had always wanted to live in New York City and this coffee shop would be a daily stop. I am a little bit goofy and quirky, and I think I would have fit in great as the seventh friend. Joey was the actor, so I would be the writer who spent all day at the coffee house, wired on caffeine writing about everything that was going on. If you know me, you know you can see it.

The last place I will tell you about is Stars Hollow from “Gilmore Girls”. I didn’t watch it when it aired the first time, I actually only saw it a few years ago when it went to Netflix. But this has turned out to one of my favorite shows ever. I don’t know if I could live there, but I could definitely go once a month for whatever silly festival they had going on. I like small town charm, but only in small doses. Of course, I would eat at Luke’s diner, shop at Doose’s market and go to the town meetings. I could give Lorelei a run for her money in talking fast and while I haven’t read all the same books as Rory, I have read enough of them to have a decent conversation with her.

I have a few more places on my list, but these are my top picks. Now it’s time for you to let me know in the comments what places you would like to go to. I am really interested in seeing your answers. Oh, by the way, I know this is Wednesday and not a day I normally post, but it is now, Lol. I have decided to go up to 4 days a week with the blog. Thanks for reading.

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