A Shoutout to My Fave Movie Couples

Watching TV and movies is one of my most favourite things to do. I used to be a little bit ashamed of admitting this – some consider it a “lazy” pastime. Now I don’t give a fuck who knows. I friggen’ love it! A comfy couch, a blanket, something yummy to snack on and a hot cuppa while watching the newest release or an all time classic. What’s not to love about that?!

While some movies are fun to watch; full of suspense; a jam-packed rom-com; or a real tear jerker, it’s the couples that I fall in love with the most. And there are some couples that stick with me long after the movie has finished, drawing me back time and time again to revisit their magic. Here are some of my fave movie couples.

Joaquín Phoenix and Reece Witherspoon

  
Today I watched “Walk The Line”, the movie based on the true story of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Joaquín and Reece were the perfect pairing for this tale. They completely engulfed their characters and made me believe that they really were who they portrayed in the film. The fact that in real life Joaquín was going through his own drug problems while filming this movie made it all the more believable. Fun (or not so fun) Fact: The family home that was featured in the movie John and June lived in from when they got married in 1968 to when they died six months apart in 2003 was bought by Barry Gibb and his wife when they died. While renovating the home, there was a fire and it completely burned to the ground. 

Leo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet

  
Okay, let’s talk about “Titanic” and my love for Jack and Rose. Some may love or hate this movie. I for one love it. It’s not a movie that I watch that often but when I do I still cry every time. The poorest ship’s traveller falling in love with the rich girl, sparing his life for hers (although seriously, they both could’ve fit on that piece of timber). Kate and Leo should be together in real life and making babies. For real. 

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey

  
“Dirty Dancing” wasn’t destined to be a big hit when they made it. How wrong they were! Johnny and Baby were the shit. Although she was underage (she was only 16) or did that not matter in the 60s? How did that work? I could watch the final dance over and over and over and over and over … you get my drift.

Dorothy and Scarecrow

  
“Wizard of Oz” is an amazing movie. A timeless classic made in 1939 that can still pull an audience. Dorothy and Scarecrow aren’t a romantic pairing but I just can’t go past them. Meeting by chance along the yellow brick road and becoming lifelong bff’s, now that’s special. Scarecrow would do anything for Dorothy, even stepping in front of her to save her from the Wicked Witch of the West and consequently being set on fire. The best line of the movie has to be when Dorothy says to Scarecrow, “I think I’m going to miss you most of all.” Oh, it kills me. 

Allie and Noah

  
The best thing about Allie and Noah from “The Notebook” is that they are featured as a young couple played by Rachael McAdams and Ryan Gosling, and an older couple played by Gena Rowlands and James Garner. I’m a big fan of James Garner, especially as a 1960s actor playing alongside Doris Day. What a dish! I’ve read most of Nicholas Sparks’ novels and seen the movies that have come from these novels but this one would have to be my fave. When older Allie towards the end of the movie realises that the story that Noah is reading her is about them – pass me the tissues! Tears every time ! So beautiful.

Honourable mentions have to go to:

Danny and Sandy from “Grease”

Ellen and Nicholas from “Move Over Darling” (if you haven’t seen this movie, please do. It’s Doris Day and James Garner made in 1963. It’s brilliant)

Vivian and Edward from “Pretty Woman”

Harry and Sally from “When Harry Met Sally”

Bella and Edward from “Twilight”

Andie and Duckie from “Pretty in Pink”

What’s your favourite movie couple? Do you share one of mine or do you have one of your own?

Happy movie watching …

Aimee x

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Bring Back The Vinyl

One of my favourite past times is to watch music clips on YouTube. I can literally do this for hours, which in turn results in posting some of my fave clips to my Facebook page and usually gets me all nostalgic for the music I grew up listening to. (Who knows what my Facebook friends think).

My parents are pretty cool when it comes to music and well versed in the types of music they listen to. It was never a certain genre: we pretty much listened to and enjoyed everything. My sisters and I were raised right; being exposed to all sorts of music from Motown, British 60s, the 70s – think ABBA, Boney M, Carly Simon, Neil Diamond to name a few, followed by the best decade ever – the 80s – where it was Hall and Oats, INXS, U2, Hunters and Collectors, Elton John and all of the above. What baffles me though is I am a total nutcase lover of Bruce Springsteen (probably because he’s still a big spunk at the age of 65!!) but I don’t remember a lot of Bruce growing up. I’m pretty sure my love for him stemmed from “Dancing in the Dark”. I’m only human, right?

Watching these music clips on YouTube has made me think of the way we purchase our music. Obviously, growing up it was all vinyl which then moved to cassette tape then CD and now iTunes. For me, vinyl is definitely the best.

In Perth where I live, we have a few vinyl stores in Freo, the City and even one a few suburbs away which is awesome. And I think it’s awesome that artists are releasing their albums on vinyl again. Bring back the vinyl!

It got me to thinking of my fave vinyl record stores featured in some of my fave movies. So here are my top picks (all images courtesy of Pinterest):

Pretty in Pink

What I wouldn’t give to have worked in a record store like this. Pure enjoyment.

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High Fidelity

The craziness of Jack Black and the cool John Cusack = an awesome record store. In fact, any movie with John Cusack is going to have a viewer in me.

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Empire Records

Renee Zellweger’s debut film is a goodie. My favourite scene in the film is when Dire Straits’ “Romeo and Juliet” is playing on the loudspeaker with the girl dancing along while listening to it on her headphones. Plus you can’t go past Rex Manning Day!

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Are you a vinyl appreciator too? What are your faves?

Until next time …

Aimee x

The End of Parenthood

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This is not a blog about parenthood in the sense of being a parent. It’s about “Parenthood” the TV show. So if you’re a TV nut like me, then read on.

I like to watch a TV series in its entirety rather than week by week with all the ads and having to wait a whole week to find out what’s happening next. This way the storyline stays fresh in your mind and if it’s an emotional finale, well your emotions take a swift kick in the ass too!

Over the last few days and this afternoon I have caught up with and watched the final season of “Parenthood”. And let me tell you, it was a doozie. I’ve watched this show from the beginning and to see it come to an end is bittersweet but alas, these things must happen.

I can relate to the Bravermans. I don’t have brothers but I do have two sisters and fantastic parents which equals a crazy family who talk over each other all the time and spend a lot of time together. We are all extremely close and have an amazing relationship with our parents. There are nieces and nephews, cousins and in-laws. There’s not too many of us but we love it.

Here are some things I loved about “Parenthood”:

1. The sibling connection. Having two sisters – an older and a younger (yes, I am a middle child and occasionally suffer from Middle Child Syndrome #nojudgment), I love the bond I share with my sisters. I couldn’t imagine not having a sibling. It’s one of the best things a girl could have. Although I must admit I would’ve loved a brother. But I do have brothers-in-law so that’s good enough.

2. Camille and Zeke’s house and Joel and Julia’s house. I love these houses. Americans really know how to build them. I’m not sure if they were filmed on a set but even the front facades are fantastic. I was surprised when Camille and Zeke sold their house. I’d never leave if I lived there.

3. Joel and Julia getting back together. They’re perfect for each other and I was glad that this happened.

4. The ending. What a sad and happy ending all in one. I don’t want to say too much just in case I spoil it for someone who hasn’t seen it, but it was perfect.

5. That Sarah finally got her shit together. Finally, she picked a good guy and they’ll live happily ever after.

6. Amber and Drew. They are the cutest siblings with the strongest bond ever. I hope my son and daughter have that too.

7. That Zeke calls Camille “Millie”. That is just the cutest thing ever. If I had another daughter (not a chance by the way) I’d call her Millie. So sweet.

8. Crosby. Just Crosby.

Now I know this is just a TV show and none of it’s real but I had to debrief with someone about how goddamn awesome this show was! Have you watched it? What did you love?

Until next time …

Aimee x

You’re The One That I Want

There are some movies that I would say I’m addicted to. You know the ones: the movies that you’ve seen more times than you can remember but you still have to watch them EVERYTIME they are on the telly. All of these movie faves I have on my hard drive but I will still watch them on the box – ads and all! Somehow it seems more exciting to me. I know, I’m a weirdo, right?

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Tonight Grease will be on the screen and my daughter and I are settled in on the couch waiting waiting waiting for it to start. As I’m typing this the excitement is building within me. It’s like it’s my first time seeing it. I can’t explain it. Tell me you feel it too about your fave movie?

My other fave movie list includes, but is in no way limited to:

The Sound of Music

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Who can resist Fräulein Maria and the shenanigans that her and the Von Trapp kids got up to?

Dirty Dancing

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“Nobody puts Baby in the corner” is the most popular quote from this iconic film but mine is “I carried a watermelon”. Love this movie. Patrick. Swoon.

The Breakfast Club

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A self-confessed 80s tragic am I. Anything of John Hughes’ is a must-love of mine. And I just can’t get enough of this one.

National Lampoon’s Vacation

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Chevy Chase is hilarious. That’s all that needs to be said about this film.

What are some of your faves?

Aimee x

My Top 10: TV Theme Songs

In my last blog I mentioned Grizzly Adams, a TV show from the late 70s that I loved watching when I was a little girl and what started my love of beards. Grizzly Adams had a beautiful theme song and its made me think of my favourite theme songs from some of my favourite TV shows. So here is my:

Top 10 List of Favourite TV Show Theme Songs

10. The Big Bang Theory – I love this show and the theme song is just as great. Not only are you being entertained, you’re learning stuff too.

9. Sesame Street – This show is still going strong with some of the same cast members as when I was little. And you know, I never did find out how to get to Sesame Street?

8. F.R.I.E.N.D.S – I was completely obsessed with this show in the 90s, so much so that I declined joining a netball team because the games were played when F.R.I.E.N.D.S was on. I watch reruns now on telly and still laugh as hard as when I first watched it.

7. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – You can’t help but sing along with this one. Will sang this on the Graham Norton show a while back and he’s still got it! Smell ya later!

6. The Flintstones – I spent many a Saturday morning growing up watching The Flintstones. I loved the friendship between Fred and Barney and how Wilma and Betty could rock their little outfits. The end of the closing credits was the best. Wiiiillllmmmaaaa!!

5. Beverly Hills, 90210 – Just hearing the beginning intro music takes me back to high school and being completely smitten with Dylan McKay and Brandon Walsh. Although I did have a soft spot for Steve Sanders too. Watching the reruns now the show seems so completely daggy and I just want to punch Brenda in the throat!

4. The Golden Girls – These ladies were a hoot! My favourite was Rose and I loved Blanche. She was such a dirty bird! I imagine that my girlfriends and I will be like this when we’re seniors.

3. The Brady Bunch – Here’s the story … Everyone had a favourite Brady. Mine was Jan. Probably because I could relate to being the middle child. This is a theme song that kind of shits you but you secretly love it and before you know it you’re singing along with it.

2. The Wonder Years – “With a Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker was the perfect theme song for this show. Kevin and Winnie were the cutest and didn’t she just have the best hair? A fantastic series set in the 60s about a boy growing into an adult.

And my number 1 is …

1. Cheers – Who wouldn’t want to go where everybody knows your name? And there’s always glad you came? To be greeted when you walk in to a room just like Norm? Now that would be nice 🙂

What are some of your favourites?