Saturday, July 22, 2017

Summer Look + NEW BLOG REVEAL!!!

YES, you read that correctly.  I'm here to reveal a new, second blog.  And since I'm assuming y'all are more interested in that than my puttering about the new look on this blog, I shall address it first.

So.  Several months ago -- during the second half of last year, actually -- I began to get some new and exciting leadings from the Lord regarding my post-high school plans.  I won't go into all of it here, since I talk a lot about it on the new blog, but suffice it to say that one of these promptings was to take the plunge and create a second, more personal blog, on which to document what happens next.  (And technically I was supposed to have this ready to reveal at graduation, more than two months ago, but oh, well.  Better late than never, eh?)

And don't worry, I have every intention of continuing THIS blog for many, many years to come.  It will probably still be my main blog. :) 

This new blog will probably take a while to get up and running, and it'll probably continue to be tweaked (possibly completely overhauled).  In theory, it will focus mainly on my writing, musings, and, as I said, post-high school (a.k.a. probably college) adventures. 

But enough of all this introduction!  Behold the title and link of my new blog!!! :D

*confetti and bursts of applause*

Two more things about the new blog and then I shall return to this one.  First, I realize that's an odd title, but you'll have to visit it to find out what it means. :-P  Second -- and I mean this -- you are under no obligation whatsoever to follow this new blog.  Seriously.  I mean, obviously, I HOPE you'll follow it, but only if you're really actually interested in the description I gave above.  Because I would C.O.M.P.L.E.T.E.L.Y. understand if you're more interested in what I talk about here on "Meanwhile, in Rivendell . . .," since personally, I'm not ALWAYS interested in more "writing-focused" blog posts.  I'm not trying to dissuade you from coming, of course --  I'm just trying to say that I promise I would understand if you'd rather stick with what we talk about here. :)  (And, of course, there will be some overlap -- things from MiR will come over onto TIaPS, and vice versa.)

Okay, enough about that. 

Well, as you can see, I've changed this blog's look again.  I usually like to change my headers with the seasons, at least, so I decided since July is already almost half gone, it's probably time to get a summer look up. :-P  I'm pretty satisfied with it on the whole, I think. 

(And yes, the picture on the right is me, finally revealing my face on zee blog.  Behold.  :-P  As a matter of fact, that picture was taken by a certain special someone on the occasion of the wedding of another certain special someone. ;))

You know, I was reflecting recently:  I love this blog.  It's been such a blessing in my life.  You've all been such a blessing in my life.  I love "doing life" with you guys.  Thanks a million for being such awesome people. <3

Okay, sentimental sappiness over.

What think you all of the new look? 
 How's your summer going? :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Top 10 Chick-Flicks

Soul-baring time: I actually really like chick-flicks.

I haven't seen a ton, but I've seen several, and yes, I'm now going to talk about my favorites. ;D  But first, some preambles:

#1.  Since chick-flicks do tend to be heavier on innuendo and such (duh), there are varying levels of content in each of these movies.  I probably won't give a very detailed summary of said content for each film, for time reasons, but if any of you want to know more about my thoughts on a particular movie, feel free to ask in the comments.  I'll try to provide a satisfactory overview. :)  (One blanket statement I can make, however, is that there are no sex scenes in any of these films, though some of them do feature main characters who are living with partners prior to marriage.)

#2.  I've thought long and hard about this list (too long and too hard, heh), and especially about what constitutes a "chick-flick" in my mind.  (Condensed version for you curious types:  has to be at least semi-contemporarily set, has to be at least mostly lighthearted, and has to feature at least a light romance for the main character.  I'm probably forgetting something else, too.)  Movies like Ever After, Mirror Mirror, Roman Holiday, The Princess Diaries, A Walk to Remember, and The Parent Trap won't appear in this post because they seem to me to belong to a different genre. Okie-dokie?

#3.  An asterisk next to the title indicates that the title is linked to a review that I've written!  (Whiiiich will only happen for three movies.  But anyway.)

#4.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words and all that, I'll probably let the pictures do most of the talking for most of these films.  (But then again, most of the pictures have dialogue on them, so . . . )  And again, they're all over the place in terms of size.  Sorry for any disorienting effects. :-P

And now, the list!

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#10.  10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

This is one of those that is what some would call "edgier," but I really like it.  Yes, some of the content seems a bit unnecessary to me (particularly the guidance counselor's "novel" and conversations), but for all that I think the movie actually has some really good messages.

For those of you who don't know, 10 Things is a modern-day spin on The Taming of the Shrew (and in my personal opinion is vastly superior to the play).  I LOVE the characters -- Kat, Patrick, Bianca, Cameron, Cameron's friend (is his name William?), Mandela, Mr. Stratford . . . even Joey is entertaining.

(Plus, there's Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona, and he is . . . a dear chap. :D)

#9.  The Proposal (2009)

I really like Ryan Reynolds' and Sandra Bullock's chemistry.  This one has some great banter, good character arcs, and some awesome scenery (since it takes place in Alaska).  The supporting cast is also great.  (Be forewarned, though, that this one also has some more content than some of the others.)

#8.  What a Girl Wants (2003)

This one is so cuuuuuuuuuute. <3  I mean, it's Colin Firth in a Parent Trap-esque story, and it features culture clash and a mainly British cast and, underneath all the corniness, some surprising heart.  The teen romance isn't too annoying, which is always a plus.  (I really like Anna Chancellor's character, even though she's an antagonist -- she's really funny. :)  Plus, just the fact that Anna Chancellor is in it with Colin Firth -- it's like P&P all over again.)  And it's just very fun and humorous (the dialogue is golden) and sweet and I like it a lot. :)

#7.  Two Weeks Notice (2002)

I think at least a solid 35% of why this movie is so engaging is the fact that George is British, but the basic storyline is cute, too. :)  Hugh Grant is ridiculously endearing as George, and Sandra Bullock is a nice balance for him as Lucy.  Sandra Bullock does really well in chick-flick roles, I think. :-P  (She's good in dramatic roles, too, of course.)

I don't know what to say about this here, since I said most of it in my review and you can just go read that, but I really like this movie.  I love how atmospheric it is, and I love the characters and the cast (Harrison Ford <3) and the storyline.  So basically all of it. :-P

#5.  Leap Year (2010)

I've seen this one so many times that I'm not suuuuuper crazy about it at the moment, but it was one of the first chick-flicks I watched, and it's still a great one.  Anna is adorable, Declan is awesome, it's set in Ireland (so the scenery and soundtrack are wonderful), and you should try it.

#4.  While You Were Sleeping (1995)

This one is so SWEET and wholesome and mainly clean and feel-good and adorable, aaaaaahhhhh!  Lucy Eleanor Moderatz (I love her name) is totally #friendgoals and the family focus is just precious . . . *sighs again*  (Also, can we all just take a minute to appreciate Joe Jr. for a minute??)  I love the Callahans so much. 


Granted, Lucy's loneliness can actually give the movie almost a depressing tinge at moments, but that makes the bonds that develop between her and each member of the family all the more heartwarming and satisfactory.

#3.  You've Got Mail (1998)

I love this one!  It's so fresh-seeming and engaging, and such a pick-me-up.  Also, the script is amazing.  And it's semi-clean!  (Not all the way.  But it's fairly harmless.) 

Also, CAN WE JUST TAKE A MINUTE TO APPRECIATE THE BRILLIANCE OF MEG RYAN'S SICK SCENE.  So. stinking. accurate.  For some reason, it always just makes me so happy -- the congestion ("It was personal to bme"), the flurries of Kleenex, the random-osity. 

(Really, Meg Ryan's performance in this movie in general just makes me happy.  She's so effervescent and cheery.)  And, of course, Joe is adorable in this scene, too -- how he comes to check on her and bring her flowers and tucks her in to bed.  Happies. :)

Okay, so, this one is technically kind of a fantasy, but it's also enough of a chick-flick that I felt justified in including it.  I love this movie; it's very special to me.  Go read the review if you want more deets. :-P

And #1 is . . .

I LOVE THIS MOVIE LIKE REALLY A WHOLE LOT. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3  I don't even know if I could fully explain why.  I just do.  :) 

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Do you like chick-flicks?
If so, do we share any favorites?
Are there any you recommend?