Everybody’s Chattin, Weekend Roundup + Music Break: The Eagles’ Hotel California


Happy Tuesday everybody! It’s a short week with the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, and thank God we got an extra day off in the coldest weekend of Minnesota Winter. Well I sure hope this is as cold as it gets, with temps reaching double digits BELOW ZERO. We barely made it to zero the past couple of days! But hey, it’s gonna be in the 20s tomorrow, heat wave! 😛

Well, since I haven’t been doing a Weekend Roundup post in a while, I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been watching this weekend…

I’m not going to review Sicario as Ted has already done it here. But here’s my reaction:

I wish I had seen Sicario sooner, it’d surely make my top 10 list! Oh, and Benicio Del Toro was surely robbed of a Best Supporting Actor nomination!

Stanley in French TV Movie ‘Figaro’ (2008)

Marie Antoinette was pretty interesting but it’s way too s-l-o-w and it felt so repetitive as for a while the film just didn’t go anywhere. It seems that Sofia Coppola is a hit and miss and this is certainly no Lost in Translation. I think I probably enjoyed it a bit more as I’m intrigued by French history but under a different director I think the film would’ve been a much better film.

Kirsten Dunst was surprisingly good in the title role though, and I did like the use of modern music in some of the scenes, but overall the movie is rather meh. Wish Stanley Weber had played Marie’s lover Count Axel Fersen instead of Jamie ‘Christian Grey’ Dornan. Stanley might still be in acting school back in 2006 but heck, I think he could still pull it off, I mean he IS French and quite a seductive one, I might add 😉

No doubt it was bittersweet watching Alan Rickman as Col. Brandon once again in Sense & Sensibility. I had to admit I teared up a bit when he showed up on screen for the first time… I wrote a tribute for him this weekend, I shall miss him dearly. As for 45 Years, it’s such a delicate and beautifully-told story that shows how delicate love truly is. Charlotte Rampling is wonderful, her Oscar nomination is well-deserved.

So about those links…

Keith reviewed 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. I was as surprised as he was that this wasn’t another crappy Bayhem, I think he did the story justice. (Check out my interview w/ the three soldiers who lived it)

I’ll be participating in Cindy’s Lucky 13 Film Club next month, woo hoo! Check out next month’s topic and hope you’ll participate!

Reviews galore… Steven and Ian reviewed The Revenant, Mike reviewed the indie sci-fi 400 Days, and Vinnie reviewed The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Speaking of 400 Days, check out my Q&A with the writer/director Matt Osterman)

A couple of awesome music-related lists! Chris picks his top 10 best albums of 2015 and Margaret lists her picks of 10 best film tracks of 2015.

Last but not least, Dan wrote about Tom Hardy winning Best British/Irish Actor of the Year at London Critics’ Circle Award. Woo hoo!! Definitely well-deserved, let’s hope he wins an Oscar too!

Music Break


This music break is dedicated to Glenn Frey, one of the founding members of The Eagles who just passed away. Yes, another rock royalty has left us… boy it hasn’t been a good start to the new year has it? 😦

I love what the author of this CNN article (who wrote the biographic To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles) said… “The passing of Glenn Frey both recalls and closes the book on one of rock’s most celebrated rock ‘n’ roll songwriting teams, but for many of us it also signals something more personal: the passing of a time when the Eagles’ “Hotel California” was the anthem for the youth of America in the ’70s — the way Beatles music was for the children of the ’60s…[Hotel California] described both the band’s self-destruction by excess, its awareness of that self-destruction and its inability to stop it. (‘You can check out any time, but you can never leave. …’).” 

Hotel California is certainly my favorite from The Eagles, and also one of my favorite songs from the 70s. There’s something so eerie in the poetically-mesmerizing lyrics that always hypnotized me every time that song came on the radio. It also has a cinematic quality in that I somehow visualize the song every time I heard it.

Rest in peace, Mr. Frey.


Hope you enjoyed today’s music break!

The Movie Questionnaire Blog-a-thon

Yes, another blog-a-thon! I’ve been reading a few of these questionnaires around the blogosphere, spearheaded by Alexander from Cinemaniac Reviews. I figure why not join in on the fun.

1. What’s your favorite movie?

Sense & Sensibility – my love for this film knows no bounds

2. Least favorite movie?

Ghost Rider – simply ghastly

3. Name one movie you loved upon initial viewing but eventually grew to hate (or vice-versa).

Conan The Destroyer. Used to LOVE it as a kid and would watch it endlessly… now I can’t imagine watching it again without cringing.

4. Name your biggest guilty pleasure film.

Roger Moore Bond movies, yes even Moonraker 🙂

5. Favorite quote from a favorite actor/actress (must be a line from a movie)?

…It is bewitching in the idea of one’s happiness entirely depending on one person.
– Elinor Dashwood, Sense & Sensibility

6. Favorite quote from a favorite actor/actress (must NOT be a line from a movie)?

I’d move to Los Angeles if Australia and New Zealand were swallowed up by a huge tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England, and if the continent of Africa disappeared from some Martian attack.
Russell Crowe

7. Three favorite movie scenes?

  • Colonel Brandon’s entrance in Sense & Sensibility
  • Christ giving Judah water scene in Ben-Hur
  • Supes rescues Lois scene in Superman: The Movie

Just three of the top 20 scenes (Part I & Part II) I could watch over and over again

8. Four films that should NOT have won Best Picture?

9. Top five of the year (currently)?

10. Bottom three of the year (currently)?

11. What film gets your vote for the worst or most pointless remake?

That’s got to be Total Recall.

12. Is there any film you think is actually desperate for a remake?

I don’t know if there’s any film that’s desperate for a remake, but it’d be good to see a decent adaptation of Daredevil

13. Name your three favorite film heroes/heroines.

Maximus – Gladiator
Elinor Dashwood – Sense & Sensibility
Edward Fairfax Rochester – Jane Eyre

14. Name your three favorite film villains.

Hans Gruber – Die Hard
Neville Sinclair – The Rocketeer
The Joker – The Dark Knight

15. Best sequel?

Tossup between Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade and Toy Story 3

16. Worst sequel?

Batman & Robin [Same answer for Worst Superhero Movie]

17. Best trilogy?

I’m torn between The Lord of the Rings and Toy Story trilogy, they can’t be more different from each other but each of the films are excellent in my opinion. The first three Bourne films would make my list, too.

18. Worst trilogy?

Fortunately I have not seen too many terrible trilogies, i.e. I skipped the third Matrix and Underworld movie.

19. What’s your favorite word to use in a movie review (if your film blog does not feature reviews, substitute “review” with “-related post”?)

Seems like I say ‘compelling‘ a lot in my reviews. I wish I had more opportunities to use the word ‘discombobulated‘ more, I just LOVE that word! 🙂

20. Anything else?

Working on all these blog-a-thons just spark up an idea for a future blog-a-thon I’m hoping to assemble. Hope y’all would participate. Stay tuned!

Check out my fellow blog friends’ answers: 

Committed to Celluloid | Cinematic corner | The Cinematic Spectacle

Well, hope you enjoy reading my answers 😀 Feel free to join in on the blog-a-thon fun!