September 28, 2015

"Calling Barranca"~A Review of Only Angels Have Wings

You know those movie that you watch and love, but don't watch again for awhile? Because of circumstances you don't pick it up again for some time. When you finally get around to obtaining it from the library, you sit and watch it with nervous apprehension. "Will it still be my favorite?" "What if I don't love if I used to?" "What if it's lame and boring?"

And then. You find out, that instead of loving it less, you love it even more.

Only Angels Have Wings is "my" movie. It's so fun to love a movie that isn't very well known-because then it feels like it belongs to you. AND, it also means you get to force ask all your friends to watch it and love it too.

Granted, watching it again I realized a few more of its flaws then last time. ;) I can see where a longer run time could have fleshed out the characters and their relationships even more. But, even as it is, it's pretty darn spectacular.

(oh, and by the way, this is my first movie review since October 25th of 2014! Wow. It's been nearly a year!!)

Cary Grant plays the tough Geoff Carter, a pilot who acts careless and gruff, but underneath has a soft heart of gold. He's been hurt in the past-probably more than the movie even reveals-and does all he can to avoid being hurt again.

He vows never to settle down and marry because all women want to "look ahead" and "make plans". With his pattern of living he can't afford to do that-he's a pilot whose job is Very Dangerous.

Jean Arthur is one of my favorite old-time actresses. She's adorably funny and lively. She plays Bonnie Lee, a piano player stopping over in Barranca (South America) on her way back home (I think). After being invited to dinner by two American fliers, she meets their boss, Geoff and is immediately attracted to him-despite his gruff and almost mean attitude.

After a tragedy strikes, she is horrified by how nonchalant and careless everyone acts over it-especially Carter.

He tries to force some sense into her, explaining how down there they can't get emotional over every accident and lost man, It's part of the job, part of their life, and the men have to shrug it off in order to face each day.

Despite herself, Bonnie finds herself falling for Geoff. When she decides to not take her boat home, however, she is met by icy coldness from him. She resolves to be on the boat home next week.
Carter's rebuff of her desire to stay cures her-or so she thinks.

All the action centers around the Geoff's struggle to keep the airline going by getting the mail delivered on time. This involves a dangerous flight over the mountains. If they miss one flight they'll lose the business due to money problems. He's the boss and has to be the one to send his pilots out on their flights-even to their deaths. 

However, he claims the toughest flights for himself. If the weather is as bad as it can get, Geoff won't let anyone else up but himself . Bonnie struggles with learning how to "stomach" the dangers of flying. She can't help herself-she's still in love with him-but she isn't sure if she could stand watching him fly off to his possible death day after day.

"The Kid" (or "Uncle Billy" to all you who have seen It's a Wonderful Life ;)), Carter's best friend, helps Bonnie out by being her friend as well. He listens to her and tries to help her feel better. But he tells her what he thinks is the truth-Geoff Carter is trouble for any woman. 

More drama ensues when a new pilot arrives-a pilot with some past actions that has stained his name forever. Despite his attempts at covering up, Geoff and the others find out who he is. Geoff decides to keep him on-they need pilots. The Kid isn't too happy when he finds out. He has a personal grudge against the man.

Things get even more complicated when the wife -Judy- of this new pilot turns out to be the woman from Geoff's past-the one who wanted to plan out their future together and couldn't stand his flying. 

*This section is kind of spoiler-y. It won't give away any major plot points, but if you like to avoid all spoilers till you watch the film, I'd recommend skipping this section. *

At one point, there was really good, thoughtful scene. Judy had  asked her husband what it is he had done to make everyone hate him so. He didn't tell her. When she complains of this to Geoff and tells him she's essentially "done" with her husband, Geoff shakes some sense into her.
He tells her she should stick by him and trust him. I just thought it was a really interesting scene. If someone I loved had done something in the past that everyone detested them for-would I still stick by them even if kept in the dark of their "crime"? I hope so. 

*end of slightly-spoiler-y section*

Slowly, Geoff finds himself warming to Bonnie. I think he liked her from the start-but, scarred from his past, wanted to avoid any woman who would try to "tie him down."

Guys, these two are SO DARN CUTE. Every scene with them together is adorable and I love them as a couple so so so much. If you watch this movie for only one reason, watch it for them because it's such a sweet romance.

I can't really go into the rest of the movie because.....

The stakes build up in the latter half of the film as flight after flight is ticked off till their down to only one more-the one that will solve all their financial problems.

But as the stakes pick up, so does the danger.
Some characters will have to choose between life and death and some are offered the chance of redemption.
Bonnie decides to go home-unless Geoff asks her to stay-the man who claims "he'd never ask any woman to do anything."

Aren't you just dying to find out what happens now?? :D
And no, of course I won't tell you. You need to watch the movie yourself!

The movie is totally family friendly (I mean, you know, unless you don't want to watch movies where the characters drink casually and smoke even more) and SUCH A GOOD FILM. It has humor and fun  but the excitement, suspense and emotion outweighs it. It's sad without being depressing, and it's thoughtful without being heavy. 

Only Angels Have Wings deserves to be more well-known and popular and I sincerely hope I can help that happen by my review. Hopefully some of you can get a chance to watch this movie! 

ps. It's one of my favorites, did I say that already? ;)

September 24, 2015

A Party Concerning Hobbits

Hamlette over at The Edge of the Precipice is hosting a Tolkien Blog Party! (make sure you check it out and maybe join up because she has a huge giveaway!)  I guess this is an annual thing she's done before, but until this year I haven't had more than a nodding acquaintance with Tolkien.

But now, I've read The Fellowship and am ALMOST done with The Two Towers--and I've watched The Fellowship as well. So now I feel familiar with Tolkien enough to participate! Yay!
(I've also played the Lord of the Rings video game. Does that count?)

So, although I am a newbie to LOTR and don't know all there is to know yet, I am in love with his books and would definitely call myself a fan. :)

1.  What draws you to Tolkien's stories?  (The characters, the quests, the themes, the worlds, etc.)
Hmmm...many things! I love his style. His writing is so beautiful. I love his characters, and how they speak and act. Everything is reminiscent of fairy tales, legends, and medieval times, and yet it's all so unique and fresh. I'm already in love with how Tolkien has spun the quest of the Ring in his books-it takes real talent to create such a moving, dramatic story such as that-all within the bounds of fiction.

And oh yes, THE CHARACTERS. Character make or break a story, and Tolkien's definitely make it. I love the characters. So much.

2.  What was the first Middle Earth book you read and/or movie you saw?  What did you think of it?
The Fellowship of the Ring! (book) I loved it. Similarly, I just recently (like, last week!) saw The Fellowship of the Ring as well. It wasn't quite as good as the book but I still loved it, too. :)

3.  Name three of your favorite characters and tell us why you like them.
Aaahhhh...only 3??!

Okay. -Deep breath-

Aragorn, because he's totally awesome strength and bravery combined. He's wise, true, and just SO cool.

I thought this was funny, but then I read the books and saw the movie and realized it's true.

Sam is another favorite character. HE'S SO SWEET. And loyal. And adorable. Funny. Caring. I love him so much.
Samwise Gamgee - the true hero in Lord of the Rings. "Frodo wouldn't have made it very far without Sam." My personal favorite quote, " There's some good left in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for".:

And, then, hmm....the third favorite? I can't just choose ONE more.....
I guess I'll say Frodo. He's precious (no, no, I did not mean that that way...). He is truly brave-he takes so much upon himself willingly-he goes to his death-willingly. He realizes the lot of saving Middle-Earth has fallen upon him and he can't refuse. I admire his strength and just how good he is.

4.  Are there any secondary characters you think deserve more attention?
I think Merry needs more spotlight sometimes. He's always there but never really does anything...yet.

5.  What Middle Earth character do you relate to the most?
Sam. And Pippin. I relate to Sam's caring, ISFJ nature (whenever I take the Meyers-Brigg test I come out as ISFJ...but when I go through each meaning separately and look at the definitions I feel I'm more like an INFP. So I guess I'm a mix of both!). I relate to Pippin's sense of curiosity. Like, when he looked at the Palantir I cringed because that probably would have been me, too. Unfortunately.

Oh, and I relate to Eowyn because she loves Aragorn but he doesn't love her toooo. hahaha

6.  If you could ask Professor Tolkien one Middle Earth-related question, what would you like to ask him?
Hmm....I really don't know yet. Perhaps, "What gave you the inspiration for your fictional world?"
And, "Do you have a favorite character?" ;)

Oh! I'd like to know what he thinks of the movies.

7.  Are there any pieces of Middle Earth merchandise you would particularly like to own, but don't?
All  of the extended movies. Heh ;)
Oh! And The One Ring from Amazon. hahaha

8.  What battle would you absolutely not want to be part of?
Ha. Um, all of them? ;P

I think the one in the Mines of Moria would have freaked me out the most. I mean, there was no where to run! They were underground! It was creepy.

9.  Would you rather eat a meal at the Rivendell or Bag End?
Ooooh.....probably Rivendell. When reading the book I was fascinated by the elven drink the hobbits get to taste when they meet Gildor. A "fragrant draught, cool as a clear fountain, golden as a summer afternoon"....doesn't it sound delicious? It just sounds so sweet, refreshing, and cool.

At the time, it was summer and I happened to be drinking a strawberry-lemonade juice. I liked to pretend that was what the draught tasted like.  :)  haha

10.  List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.

sooo beautiful!
"The grey figure of the Man, Aragorn son of Arathorn, was tall, and stern as stone, his hand upon the hilt of his sword; he looked as if some king out of the mists of the sea had stepped upon the shores of lesser men. Before him stooped the old figure, white, shining now as if with some light kindled within, bent, laden, with years, but holding a power beyond the strength of kings." ~The Two Towers

oh my word, the SARCASM. Why didn't this make it into the movie?!?

"But I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend." ~The Two Towers

awww -sniff-

wonder what that could be? ;)

this is so very true

Thank you for this magnificent party, Hamlette!!

September 18, 2015


Hello again, my dear readers! If you have read my previous post on Henry, my hero of my current work-in-progress novel, then you knew that next up was my post on Henry's best friend, Arthur.
(And yes, Miss March and Olivia, I know you have been waiting expectantly for this. ;))
So here he is. 

Yes, he is played by Tom Hiddleston. Like him yet? ;)
Where do I begin to describe Arthur?? I want you all to form your own opinion of him, of course.......

Actually, no. I want you to love him as much as I do!!!
 When I first started writing this, Arthur was my favorite character. He holds such a special place in my heart. He's not the main hero. He's Henry's best friend. But he's so much more than a sidekick. His story is woven in among Henry's and Alethea's ( she is the main character and heroine, whom I will do a post on soon!). I hope you like him. 

Arthur wounded in war...but still with his smile. ;)
As I did with Henry's post, I am conducting an interview with Arthur so you can get to know him first hand. The questions are from the Beautiful People archives of the Paper Fury blog.

Let us begin! Blog readers, this is Sir Arthur Downing of Bevonhurst. blog readers.
Arthur: -smiles and nods hesitantly toward the screen- Very pleased you meet you.
Me :You don't mind answering a few questions so my friends can get to know you better?
Arthur: Not at all. I only hope I don't bore them. -grins adorably-
Me: Not a chance. -whispers to you all- This is the difference between him and Henry!

Me: All right, let's start. Arthur, do you have a secret desire?
Arthur: -frowns and shifts uncomfortably- Why...yes, as a matter of fact. I'm not sure if it would be wise to tell anyone, though.
Me: It's all right, what you say here won't reach anyone from your story. And my friends know how to keep a secret. ;)
Arthur: Well, if you think it is safe, I suppose I don't mind telling you....I..I'm in love with a certain Lady....whom Henry is determined to marry.
Me: That makes things difficult doesn't it?
Arthur: -laughs sheepishly- Yes, it does.

Speaking to Henry

Me: If you were permanently leaving town, what would you easily throw out? What would you refuse to part with? Why?
Arthur: I don't own that many material possessions. There are three things I wouldn't leave behind, though. My Bible, my horse, and my sword.

This is him, being epic on his horse.

Me: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Arthur: Ermmm......I..don't know. I can't really think of anything. I mean, I know I have great need of improvement in all sorts of areas. I'm certainly not perfect. I think I need more patience...with Henry and other people. And I can lose my temper when riled.

Me: What things do you turn to when you need a bit of hope?
Arthur: God. And my mother.
Me: You're very close with her, aren't you?
Arthur: -smiles softly- Yes. I can't imagine life without her, frankly. She's been a guiding influence. She helps me see my troubles clearly.

Me: What do you absolutely hate?
Me: Arthur?
Arthur: I apologize...hatred certainly shouldn't be bestowed lightly. I'm trying to think...
I suppose I hate...war. I can't think of anything good that comes out of war. Of course, the need to defend one's country and people is great sometimes, and I couldn't dream of abandoning my duty. But  find no pleasure in using my sword against others.

Me: If you were writing this story, how would it end?
Arthur: Welll....I know how I'd like it to end. Although, I also know that what may be best for me now may not be best over time or for others.
Me: How would you like it to end?
Arthur: I think we both know the answer to that question.
Me: All right, fine, be secretive.

Me: What are your nervous habits?
Arthur: Do I have any?
Me: At first I would have said no, but I realize you like to run your hand through your hair when you're thinking or agitated.
Arthur: I never realized that about myself. -grins-

So much swag. haha

Me: What habits, speech patterns, etc. are unique to you?
Me: He's super polite and gallant. He would say "m'lady" "madam" "miss" to pretty much every woman-even if she is nothing but a servant.
Arthur: You didn't even give me a chance to answer it!
Me: Well, I wanted everyone to know what a gentleman you are.
Arthur: -he smiles and laughs- Well, then, thank you.

Me: How do you deal with conflict?
Arthur: -chuckles- I don't know. I suppose I just try to remain calm and see the other person's point of view....and try to help them see mine. -smiles mischievously- If it's Henry, we just fight it out in banter.
This is so him.

These three questions are of my own making, not from Beautiful People.

Me: Arthur, when in the book (so far) are you at your happiest?
Arthur: Any time early on in the book, when Henry and I were bantering and talking with each other. We were still completely on good terms and having fun together. I felt no guilt or constraint with him.

Me: With one word, what sort of behavior from people around you makes you angry?
Arthur: Cruelty.

Me: Do you have a favorite pastime?
Arthur: Visiting my mother, sword fighting with Henry or racing Henry on our horses. I enjoy reading books of poetry and classics. I also like to work out of doors. It feels good to get my hands dirty and to use my body physically. Henry teases me because I like to help the stable-hands sometimes.

Me: Thank you so much for answering my questions, Arthur! I have a few more thing I'm going to share with my readers, but you're now free to go. I know I kind of left you in a tight stop last time I was writing...sorry about that.
Arthur: You left us frozen in the middle of a battle. I am surrounded on all sides, and fighting alone.
Me: -winces- Yeah....I'm sorry. I'll get you out soon, I promise.
Arthur: -quirks his brows skeptically but leaves-

Describe your character’s personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences.
Honorable. Arthur holds honor and chivalry in high esteem. He is loyal to a fault, and wouldn't dream of purposely hurting someone he loves (which causes him some problems in the book!). He is carefree and fun loving, and while respectful of those in authority, he does not think a high title or noble birth automatically gives you importance. He is more concerned with someone's character. He is a good listener, and always there to help. He makes things brighter for people with his kindness and laughter. He is a really great friend to have.

Who’s one person they really miss? 
Well, I suppose he misses his mother. She lives a few miles out of town in a little cottage. She could have a lovely room at the castle, but prefers to live in the woods with her garden and flowers. Arthur lives at the castle, being a knight, and he visits his mother frequently.

What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?
Flowers, undoubtedly. Baked bread, warm soup, garden herbs, and the sound of sweet singing.

And here is a song that captures a little of Arthur's relationship with Henry and how he feels about it.

Annnnnd, since I included a snippet for Henry's post, here's one for Arthur. I have to be fair, now, don't I? ;)

They found the cottage, grey, snug, and cozy as usual in its tiny green clearing. Summer roses and blue chicory nodded in the breeze under windowsills filled with geraniums and black eyed susans. A tall sunflower grew by the door, proud of its golden crown and duty black eye. 

Alethea found herself gazing wordlessly at the place. Arthur was beside her horse, hand ready to help her down but she hardly noticed. "This-this pace is like a fairy tale cottage. How can it be so beautiful?"

Arthur grinned. "Well, my mother does have a nearly magical touch with flowers." 

"Magic! Pish posh! There's nothing magical about hard work and care!" exclaimed a sprightly but deep female voice. The pair turned and saw a plump old woman with thick gray hair coming up a path with a bucket of water in each hand.

Arthur abandoned Alethea quickly. "Here, let me help you, mother," he said cheerily. 
He took the buckets and transported them quickly to the front doorstep. Alethea, meanwhile, dismounted and watched with a smile as Arthur bent his tall frame to kiss his mother on the cheek.  "How are you, mother?" 

She laughed and wrapped her arms around her son. "Just fine, now you're here. I have some muffins just yearning to come out of the oven and be eaten." She turned and her blue eyes twinkled merrily at Alethea. "My, my, Arthur. Have you brought home a girl at last?"

Arthur smiled but shook his head. "Mother, you're an incorrigible romantic."

(I realize the snippet is not from Arthur's perspective, but I thought it helped shed some light on his personality and background. His mother is a big part of his life, and so I thought it appropriate I include a snippet of him visiting her. :))

Thank you for reading!

September 10, 2015

2 Years+ Ask Me Anything!!!

Happy Birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday, RaindropsonRosesandWhiskersonKittens......happy birthday to you!

Yay!! Today marks the occasion of my little blog's birthday. It's now 2 years old!!
What an adorable number 2 is. It just sounds so cute and tiny and precious.

And here is also a thank YOU, dear readers. If I had never gotten any followers and comment-ers, I probably wouldn't be here today!

In all seriousness, I feel like the past year has been one of the best and most fun, blogging-wise. Last year around this time, I went through a span of not much blogging inspiration. I just felt a little bored with it and I actually considered giving up blogging at one time. -gasp-

But, I'm so glad I didn't, because the more I got to know my lovely readers the more fun it became and I really adore blogging now. It's so wonderful to come online and have a group of friends to talk to about all sorts of lovely things through our blogs.  :)

That was me for awhile.  In the very beginning. Haha

So let me just give you all a hug in the form of this adorable gif.

Here are my stats:

Most viewed post of all time: My Favorite Couples
(I'm not surprised-and I'm quite pleased....I did like that post very much myself. :))

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Not sure what "fans meeting Jonathon Crombie" has to do with my blog...

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Guys! I have 312 views from Malaysia! I'm not even quite sure where that is!!

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The Bookshelf Tag ~33 comments

In celebration of this Momentous Day, I have something lined up for you.
I currently have  93 published posts. So that means that with 7 more I will be at 100 posts!

Please join me, dear readers in celebrating that and my 2 years with.....  


 Ask Me Anything post!!!

 I am going to time it so that the AMA post will be my 100th post.

Ask me any random, silly, nonsensical question that pops into your head. Have you always wondered what color my eyes are? Do you want to know if I ever received a proposal of marriage? Would I think nearly drowning a romantic experience?

Although I do reserve the right to ignore any questions I don't deem proper. :P

Have fun! I'm so excited for your questions. And please, ask as many questions as you like. The more the better, I say. There's no limit! (although, you know....keep it reasonable. ;))

Farewell, my dear readers. I'm going to go fight some Orcs--er, um, read about Aragorn fighting Orcs.  Or, more precisely, work on the literature questions I have to answer for my study of The Two Towers.  

I'll be checking the comments box for your questions! :)