Books, Movies, Television

Wrapping Up Holiday Reading & Watching!

the spellman mortuary

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I thought I’d combine my December Blind Spot with my holiday reading and wrap it all up at once. I didn’t finish my Christmas reading list. But I still had some fun with it. And years ago I once promised myself I would never watch A Christmas story mainly because TBS was running it constantly at Christmas but hey, I enjoyed it anyway.

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Movies

My First Die Hard

die hard

Die Hard

Directed By: John McTiernan

Grade: A-

Die Hard was my Blind Spot movie for November because I am in a very weird holiday mood. It was Die Hard or Krampus. But this… this turned out to be a good pick. Not sure I’d classify it as a Christmas movie as much as some people do but whatever.

It has young cute Alan Rickman in a suit.

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Movies

Finally Mulan!

Mulan

Mulan

Directed By: Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook

Grade: A

I watched Mulan for the first time ever this month and I’m using it for my Blindspot Series for September even though it wasn’t on my list!

I was more than a little excited to see this one (and a couple of other Disney animated movies I missed) on Netflix. So it was lovely to check Mulan off my list.

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Movies

And They Prefer the Diamonds

Gentleman Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Grade: B+

Considering that choosing films for the Blind Spot Series is very much like a TBR (TBW?) it’s amazing I stuck with it this long. Truth be told I’m very much a mood watcher like a mood reader and I didn’t want to watch any of the movies on my list.

I wound up watching this Marilyn Monroe/Jane Russell classic and completely enjoyed it.

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Movies

Not My Kind of Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Directed By: Wes Anderson

Grade: D

For me the entire purpose of doing the Blind Spot series was to watch movies I wouldn’t otherwise. Films I had been interested in one way or another but would put off, push to the background and not bother with while watching the latest blockbuster. Mostly I’ve been happy with the films- even if I have issues with some.

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Movies

Coming of Age in Iran: Persepolis

Persepolis

Persepolis

Directed By: Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud

Grade: B+

Persepolis was my Blind Spot pick for May. (Five months in and sticking with it!) I actually do remember reading Persepolis in college. The story is about Satrapi’s youth during and after the Islamic Revolution.

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Movies

Are You Oscar or Felix? The Odd Couple

the odd couple

The Odd Couple

Directed By: Gene Saks

Grade: A

This was my Blind Spot Series pick for April in which I had one requirement: no romance. Also I wanted to watch it early because my movie going mind is swiftly shifting to exactly one track for the next couple of days!

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Movies

Who Doesn’t Like Stuff?

The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring

Directed By: Sofia Coppola

Grade: C-

The best part about this movie was the stuff.

The Bling Ring is my pick for The Blind Spot Series for February. I kind of had some trouble picking this month because I didn’t want something heavy. (I’ve been trying to catch up on the heavy Oscar movies after all.) The film is about the Hollywood Hills burglaries that happened a couple of years back hitting some big celebs that turned out to be orchestrated by a couple of kids.

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Movies, Other

Blind Spot Series 2018: It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

Directed By: Frank Capra

Grade: C+

Ellie Andrews decides to run away from her domineering father to meet up with the man she loves in New York. While on the way there she winds up with Clark Gable, a down on his luck reporter, and a series of problems that keep them together longer than they would have expected.

This was my first pick for the Blind Spot Series and a movie I’ve really wanted to watch for a while.

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