Oscars 2013 – Who will win?

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It is so easy to get caught up in the presentation of the Oscars every year.  I’ll admit it is a little more difficult for me to manage my score card now that the number of movies has increased from five, but I still try.  We have usually seen some of the movies by the time the event rolls around, so we feel like we have a stake in the competition with our own objective subjective opinion (which is highly educated and wholly insightful, of course) Laughing.

The Oscar presentation is a good opportunity to cook up something special, whether for a crowd or simply for the ‘fam’ at home.  Tonight we are going to a throw-back from years ago and we’ll have a quasi-Mexican style casserole (recipe to follow later).  Will you be serving anything fun for the Oscar presentation tonight?

oh dear…what shall I wear?…………DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation or free products (nope, no Oscar goodie-basket) to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

Movie Marathon – Batman – Part 3

The Dark Knight Rises is the final movie in this marathon.  One thing that can be said of these three movies is that they are very dark.  I realize that is the effect needed, but I feel like a need a flashlight to watch them.

We had a lot of chores and things to accomplish today and I kept thinking that once finished we would be able to relax with our final movie.  What fun!  Sometimes movies are like mini-vacations.

We liked the middle movie the best.

We watched this one through Amazon’s Instant Movie feature streaming through Roku. I love the convenience of the streaming service and equipment.

This marathon is officially over….DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation of free products to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

Check here for our impressions of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Movie Marathon– Batman – Part 2

The Dark Knight is the second movie in this series and we began watching it this evening.  We had checked out a copy from the local library, but as it turns out it was so damaged we couldn’t reasonable watch it.  Poo!

Plan B  – go through Roku and rent the streaming version from Amazon.  I love living in this age of technology.

I found this movie to be much better than the first movie (Batman Begins) and Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker was phenomenal.  I also thought Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman) was much more refined in this movie.  Maybe he is more comfortable in his role after all his experiences in movie # 1.  Be right back

There were other good supporting actors in this movie, but Heath Ledger’s performance was overpowering.  He was seriously creepy.

Now I am looking forward to the third in this series.

Return later for The Dark Knight Rises – DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation or free products to create this post.  The ideas and opinions were my own.

Click here for our impressions of Batman Begins.

Movie Marathon – Batman – Part 1

We frequently fall behind on the popular movies only to find that two or three sequels have been released and we have yet to see the first movie.  One of the secret pleasures of this condition is when you finally decide to ‘catch up’ with the rest of the movie-loving world and do a movie marathon.

This week-end we have managed to get our hands on a copy of all the recent Batman series, and our Friday evening movie began with Batman Begins.  This is the version starring Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes and Michael Caine were supporting roles.

There was some great scenery and believable special effects.


Stay tuned for The Dark Knight…. DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation or free products to create this post.  The ideas and opinions were my own.

Now this is the way to see a movie!

We love it when the Oscars roll around every year, and we try to see as many of the movies as possible before the event.  Usually we don’t meet that lofty goal, and this year is no different, but we thought we’d take in one this past Friday night so we could at least see half of them (okay, really only 3).  One of our local theaters recently converted to a Dine-In Theatre, so we decided to give it a try. 

ARGO has been at the top of our list so we decided to see the movie and the new dining set-up all at the same time.  I purchased the ticket through the website and was excited to see that we could select our seats in advance.  When we arrived at the theater we skipped the ticket line and went directly to the area where kiosks were set up for advance purchases.  There were a lot of them so it was very convenient.  One swipe of the credit card that purchased the tickets led to the immediate production of the tickets.  No questions to answer and now buttons to push!  Easy!

We were greeted by very friendly staff and shown to our seats.   WOW!   Now this is the way to see a movie!  (I hope I don’t fall asleep in this cozy comfy chair).  We sat in plush and roomy recliner style chairs with a pull over table.  The chair reclined in various stages so everyone can find that sweet spot where perfection is achieved.

The waiter came to us immediatly and explained how things would work and offered us some water while we perused the menu.  Yes!  I was thirsty after all this excitement.


After looking at the menu several times and playing with all the buttons on the chair, we finally ordered.  As frequently happens, even with about 50 items on the menu, we ordered the same thing.  Exactly. the. same. thing.  The Thai Bang Shrimp Tacos and a Woodchuck Cider.  Everything on the menu looked good, but I would like to see a few more healthful choices added (hint, hint).

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Yummy, yummy and  a lot of crunching while violating our low-calorie, low-fat diet.

The movie was great and I loved the suspense.  I had recall of many of the events surrounding this time period, but the movie did a great job of putting the viewer in the shoes of those people who took some courageous risks.  I was shaking at the end.  Ben Affleck has certainly evolved from an actor into other roles now that show he has talent.  Plus he still has that frown that tends to melt every female in the room.  I looked around the theater to see if it had the same effect on everyone, and I think it did, but it was hard to tell with everyone sitting in recliners with their feet up (I think a couple of people had dozed off, and I was just glad it wasn’t me).


We love going to the movies, and this is definitely flying first class.

Until Later — DebraJ

NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation or free products to create this post.  The ideas and opinions were my own.