Top 100 Favorite Movies|20-11


Well, we’ve hit my top twenty (plus a bonus in this post-because of rearranging.) Although I’ve loved that I’ve been able to do this blog series, I’m also excited to be near the end! No lie; it has been very challenging to come up with 100 mini reviews within the past two months. Still, I’ve been thrilled just to have achieved this task of ranking some of my favorite movies, even if they rearrange themselves every so often. Seriously, it’s a huge accomplishment for me personally! Okay, enough talking, let’s go!

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20. How to Train Your Dragon | 2010 | PG

This actually feels a little low for How To Train Your Dragon because this movie is genuinely awesome–like, pretty much everything about it is awesome. I tend to be a little protective of the film-it always made me mad to hear church friends call Hiccup a modern day wimp, even before I watched the movie. Hiccup is one of my favorite animated characters Dreamworks has ever made because he’s a hard worker even though his size prohibited him from being like everyone else. He’s an underdog, he’s compassionate, smart, has a fun sense of humor and brave enough to change his entire culture by learning to not be afraid of new knowledge. Besides Hiccup and Toothless (who can dislike Toothless) being some of my favorite characters, the film has an amazing soundtrack, fantastic visuals, lots of fu and suspense along with the interesting setting of the Vikings. How To Train Your Dragon is very easily one of the best animated films I’ve seen and it’s very easy for it to be in my top twenty!

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19. The Help | 2011 | PG-13

Earlier I said “The Devil Wears Prada” was my highest ranked chick-flick and I would continue to hold to that statement because The Help, although a film that would appeal more to women, has content more deep than one would normally find in a “chick-flick”. Once again, Emma Stone is perfection, this time as Skeeter, an aspiring writer looking to talk about something deeper; with the invaluable help of Minny and Aibileen, she goes attempts to do just that. I love this movie for how many issues it touches without being overwhelming–standing up for something you believe in, even when it’s very very scary; being bold enough to write something revolutionary; learning that people are not always what they seem; learning what real beauty is: all with depth, humor, and heart. The story is moving and encouraging and sad and quite funny! A chick flick this is not.

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(Bonus) 19. Men in Black | 1997 | PG-13

Some last minute rearranging led to have Men In Black bumped around a tad bit; it is technically now the new number 19. 😛 Anyway. Men in Black! When I put the film into my laptop, I didn’t know much about it at all except that it was very popular, but that can mean so many things when it comes to certain movies, right?! So, I went in with no expectations and was shocked to fall in love with it as the film got going. In fact, I’m mad that I didn’t get to see it sooner than I did. I’ve always liked Tommy Lee Jones but this movie made me really love Will Smith. The combination of the two actors is a match made in heaven. Besides the enjoyable science-fiction/super-secret agent elements, it was also just darn funny and exciting! Definitely stood up to the hype and was incredibly fun! So, bumped up high because of surprise elements and brilliant script, MIB is definately one of my very favorites.

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18. Despicable Me | 2010 | PG

Despicable Me; it looks like one of those cheesy kid movies, and in some ways it is. It’s also heart warming and plain freaking hilarious . The minions are pretty much the pinnacle of success when it comes to comedy and animation. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like the minions. Steve Carrel is perfect as Gru; the accent and everything is what makes the character so great. The three girls are very lovable and they balance each other’s personalities out well. Their interaction with Gru is great. One of my favorite parts about this movie is Gru’s transition from his bad guy persona to willing father to three girls who need a dad and what he’s willing change  for them. Considering I’ve seen my own dad choose things over me, these moments in the film are very touching to me, especially near the end. So, packing a punch to funny bone and heartstrings, Despicable Me is one of the best non-Disney movies in my book!

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17.  Iron Man | 2008 | PG-13

(I swear foreign posters are always the coolest–I had to use at least one! :P) The beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, Iron Man is still one of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen. What a strong start! Tony Stark’s origin as a playboy genius turned terrorist fighter is rendered beautifully in this film. Tony Stark is one of my very favorite heroes because his journey towards heroism is gradual but real. I still consider Tony Stark one of my top ten favorite fictional heroes ever. Iron Man also introduced one of my favorite female characters from comic book origin, Pepper Potts. Pepper and her relationship with Tony is set perfectly in the first film and developed well throughout the Iron Man movies. I’m always grateful that the relationship was not rushed within this particular film as it kept it realistic and more lovable. Besides the AMAZING soundtrack, humor and heart, Iron Man is a fantastic superhero movie that begins one of my favorite franchises perfectly.

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16. Iron Man 3 | 2013 | PG-13

In which Tony Stark continues to get even more awesome! This was the perfect place to pick up right after The Avengers and it was also just a great continuation of Tony Stark’s story. The Tony in Iron Man 3 is way more sensitive and mature than the Tony in the first Iron Man. This is what continually reminds me that Tony is one of my favorite heroes. He’s still himself while becoming more responsible and dependable, like a real hero. Besides the movie just being all around entertaining, hysterical, and engaging, I really appreciated how much raw soul we got from the characters. There nothing like a “former” bad*ss superhero now dealing with panic attacks and making more effort than ever to make his girl feel secure in their relationship–seemingly small scale things that are actually very relatable, relevant and important! As Tony becomes more and more real, the more amazing he becomes. And Pepper Potts; she was just AWESOME in this movie. Also the climatic ending of this movie is one of my ultimate favorites.

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15. Wreck-It Ralph | 2012 | PG

I’M GOING TO SAY THIS FOR THE ONE THOUSANDTH TIME. THIS IS UNDERRATED GENIUS. From the minute I saw the first trailer, I knew I would love this movie. And boy is it good. I love the video game world that was constructed–the whole world just reeks with brilliant creativity! The plot delivery is great and main characters are so lovable! However, my favorite aspect of the movie is it’s message. I saw Wreck-It Ralph during a point in my life when I really didn’t know what was “me” and what was ‘what other people wanted me to be” and it was very confusing. I was at a place where I was becoming tired of trying to please everyone, of trying to keep from stepping on toes in my Christian circles and was slightly conflicted on what my dad wanted me do/be and what I felt was right. Wreck-It Ralph was a beautiful, funny yet perfectly timed reminder that the best thing to be in life is yourself.

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14. Thor: The Dark World | 2013 | PG-13

Oh my gosh this movie was so fun. Haha, that could be the tag line: Thor The Dark World: so much fun. While I was a little worried about how they would handle post-New York Loki, Marvel was amazing and handled him and Thor beautifully. What I loved best about Thor The Dark World was how well they continued the main characters’ stories while delivering a fantastic theater experience. It. was. so. fun! Thor and Loki’s brother dynamic was explored more and that was one of my favorite parts. I do not understand the hate for Jane, I loved her in this movie and waiting for the reunion between her and Thor was also high on my list of priorities for the movie to cover. I was pleased with the result! Despite Darcy being a little over the top, I can’t come up with any complaints that I have about the movie. It was everything I wanted from the Thor sequel and easily one of the most enjoyable times for at the theater!

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13. Die Hard | 1988 | R

The action genre at it’s best. I repeat, it’s best. I’m serious, I consider this the unrivaled king of action films because it’s basically as close as you can get to perfection. Especially in this genre where 90% of recent action movies can’t seem to handle a good plot, special effects, decent humor and believable characters all at once (resulting in the characters becoming limp, thus the inevitable flop into the mud.) Die Hard delivers the opposite of that in spades. Basically, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, you need to do whatever you have to do to see it. So, besides it being perfection, why else is it so high on my list? One name: John McClane. Your every day cop pushed beyond the limits. He’s such a great character, who not only is a perfect bad*ss action hero but also goes through some fantastic character development! One of the most touching parts to me is when he realizes what he should have done differently in his struggling marriage and takes it to heart. I wish I could have seen this in real life from my own dad, but the next best is from the good heroes in the movies. That’s what I’ll always say. Yippee-ki-yay!

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12. Captain America: the Winter Soldier | 2014 | PG-13

Of all The Avenger sequels, I was most worried about this one for the sake of my favorite Avenger. I didn’t want Steve Rogers’ conservative beliefs to be changed, watered down, or compromised to “make all audiences happy.” I didn’t want Sharon Carter to be introduced right away as a love interest and loose the specialness that Steve and Peggy had had. I didn’t want Natasha’s character to be handled wrong or taken in a weird direction. Thankfully, Marvel delivered and my faith in them is now stronger than ever before. 😀 I personally was relieved that my favorite superhero wasn’t tampered with but was delighted that he and his beliefs were respected throughout the film. So, not only was it amazing sequel to The First Avenger/The Avengers, it delivered it’s own story keeping true to the heart of what Captain America actually represents. Five stars from me!

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11. The Avengers | 2012 | PG-13

The Avengers bounced up and down my list constantly, from between my top forty and top ten. It was hard finding even a temporary point for this film. It’s not like I rewatch The Avengers all the time or anything like several of the movies in my top ten. However, it has finally settled here at number eleven, and so many of you have already seen it that I shouldn’t need to go into too much explanation as to the specialness of this movie. Because even though it didn’t make my top ten, The Avengers and it’s many movies have had a beautiful impact on my life. This movie is what I consider “comic book spirit adaption” perfection. Marvel gave us something very special. It gave me something special. Superheroes in New York. Who knew it could be so funny, touching, and exciting! That’s what movies are all about.

~Jamie

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The Elegant Blogger Award


Elegant Blogger Award

  • When you receive the award, link back to keepcalmandsparkle1099.blogspot.com and the blog that nominated you
  • Display the award button in the post
  • Answer all of the 12 questions given in this post (Do not make your own questions)
  • Nominate 12 bloggers
  • Notify them that they have been awarded

Thank you Sarah for nominating me for this award (and I assume you thought me elegant to give this so thank you for that as well. :P)

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1. What made you decide to start blogging? This is probably an old story to my oldest followers; I originally started blogging on my mom’s blog just because she let me. I started this blog because I wanted to talk about things that weren’t on her agenda for the family blog and so this blog appeared. 🙂

2. What is your fashion style? I’ve been redoing my fashion style this past summer but I’m not really sure what to call it because I’m not familiar with fashion language. It’s a bit hip–young person related with all my new t’s and pants. I still wear skirts and fandom shirts too, though. So, it’s just Me, I suppose. What I like.

3. What is something none of your followers know about you? I don’t know, let me think for a while… no one probably knows I go to sleep with an audio book on every night.

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4. What are some of your blogging goals? I suppose one of my goals is to respond to every comment I get. Some people don’t respond to comments and it feels like they didn’t even see them. So, I decided early on that I was going to respond to comments just so people knew that I appreciated the time they took leave me feedback. And because I appreciate it when people respond to my comments. 🙂

5. Where is your favorite place to shop? I like thrift stores because you can get more for your money. The mall is also great fun to go to but only after a birthday or a income of cash because it’s more expensive.

6. What would your ideal amount of blog followers be? I never really thought about an ideal number. I always thought having a hundred would be really cool but only if all the people voluntarily followed me without having to tease them into with a giveaway or stuff like that. The blog just went over that number, so that’s really neat. I don’t really have another set amount I would like to see right now, though.

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7. What are your talents? I’m not sure if this counts as a talent or more as gift but it’s the only thing I could come up with so I’m putting it down here: Words. I think I’m really good with words; I suppose communication is general. While I’m more fluent with my pen, I also have a knack for understanding what people are talking about and helping them form their thoughts into words. I do it with my sister a lot and I’ve actually done it with friends too. Sometimes I think I could be a counselor when I’m older.  😛

8. Are you a leader or a follower? It depends. With my siblings/family: leader. With friends, it depends on who they are, what personalities they have, how I’ve been feeling the past twenty four hours, ect. With Baptist friends, they could be more serious and I actually found it easier to be more funny and outgoing around them. So I’m more a leader in my old Baptist circle. With my Presbyterian friends, there were more loud, outgoing ‘characters’ and during the time I knew them I was under a lot of stress. So I was more quiet and more a follower with them. Confusing, I know, but it’s true.

9. What is one of your favorite quotes? I love pretty much anything that comes out of Tom Hiddleston’s mouth: here’s the quote that is on my sidebar: “So I suppose my simple advice is: Love your life. I only say that because your life is what you have to give.” – Tom Hiddleston

10. Do you have a favorite book or book series? THE SHERLOCK HOLMES STORIES. Cannot stress that enough. 😛

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11. Out of all of the synonyms for elegant, which would you describe yourself with (smart – stylish – dressy – graceful – dainty – fine)? Uhhhh, I’m not really sure. It’s plain hard trying to be classy, although I’m not a slob either. I don’t really do the white gloves, tea cups, ect so I’m not dainty. I wouldn’t consider myself dressy, although I try to dress well. And there is no way in heck that I’m going to pretend I’m graceful–at least in the flesh. I suppose I’m the smart type. I don’t know. HELP ME OUT HERE, PEOPLE.

12. What is your favorite flower? I love red roses.

Well, I debated for a while if I was going to tag anyone and I came to the conclussion that this is the sort of tag that you do have to tag people  because you can’t really say, “If you think you’re elegant, go ahead and grab this tag!” because that’s no fun. So, I’m going to tag a few girls who I consider elegant and if they don’t want to do the tag, that’s fine by me.

Maribeth

Emily

Miranda

~Jamie

Weekend of rain and flooded by that recent comic-con


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Yesterday we actually had a decent rain burst that lasted more then five minutes and wasn’t in the middle of the night. I actually went out in my clothes and walked around our cul-de-sac stepping through the rain puddles. Kayla joined me but she was smart because she was armored with an umbrella and trench coat. We walked all the way down our street to check out the huge puddle that had pooled at a more busier street and that was fun. What’s awesome about rain here in AZ is that, at least in my neighborhood, people come out of their homes and instead of going in. Anybody who wasn’t at church or wasn’t still asleep (it was about ten o clock in the morning) was sticking their heads out their doors. It was pretty neat. I got majorly wet and got to walk the streets barefoot for once. It was very thrilling.

Besides that, I haven’t done much of anything except being overrun by everything comic con from San Diego this past week. Between Twitter and Tumblr, I have been kept well up-to-date on all the news on my favorite tv-shows and movie franchises and all the fun panels and shops I’ve missed. I’m extremely hyped for Season Three of Sherlock and the news I’ve heard of that (SHERLOCK FANS READ THIS) and of course Tom Hiddleston showing up as Loki is probably the best thing I’ve seen from the whole weekend. I was getting chills just watching the footage that captured those moments. I think “Say my name!” will go down as one of Loki’s best quotes and it won’t even be from a movie! But seriously, that was amazing of Tom to do, to put the hair and costume back on for us fans. Even after he made it very clear last year that his costume was extremely uncomfortable and hard to get into. So showers of thank yous to him; this is what makes him one of my most favorite actors.

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I’m also trying to remember that my birthday is this Wednesday; I keep forgetting!! How weird is that?! I’m going to start writing a post talking about my eighteenth year, though, so hopefully that’ll help me not forget! 😛

So. How was your weekend?

~Jamie

Q&A


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Okay, I’ve always loved getting tagged! And at this point, I have two rounds of questions I need to answer! Let’s get started with the tag from my new friend Sarah.

Favorite restaurant? I like Panda Express, Pei-Wei’s, Flamingo Palace, and… I can’t think of anything else outside of Chinese food at the moment.

Favorite music band/group? I’m not really into any particular band, I like a little bit of this and that from all sorts of artists and groups but none big enough that they come to mind right away.

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Favorite tv show? THIS QUESTION TORTURES ME NOWADAYS. I HAVE SO MANY FAVORITES! Sherlock, Dr Who, The Office, Merlin, Grimm, Warehouse 13,  Once Upon a Time, Castle; I CAN’T JUST PICK ONE THAT’S LIKE ASKING WHO MY FAVORITE CHARACTER OF ALL TIME IS  YOU JUST CAN’T PICK ONE………. Sherlock Holmes to that question, but never mind, I’m ruining my own argument.

Favorite movie? I’ve been consistently saying The Avengers for pretty much a solid year so let’s stick with that. 😛

If you could be friends with one celebrity-who? Wow, I have no idea, there are some really nice celebrities out there like Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Evans– and Martin Freeman is hilarious. But I’m going to break down and say Robert Downy Jr!  He’d be great fun; I can tell!

If you could marry one celebrity-who? This is even more intense because you need to marry someone who will treat you right. Right? So, without a doubt, without second thoughts: Tom Hiddleston. By far one of the most gentlemanly, considerate yet down to earth celebrities in this day and age. After him, I go for Benedict Cumberbatch. 🙂 *sighes* five years ago I would never believe I would be likng British guys, but look at me now.

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You could live in a movie-which one? Um okay, did you just want my head to malfunction? There are too many to choose from! I’m going to go with my first thought, which would be Star Wars!

Biggest pet-peeve? Gosh, I know I have more then a few, why can’t I think of any of them? Why was I born so optimistic? I’ll think of one after I publish this post. 😛

Biggest fear? Never having or loosing friends. As someone with the ENFP personality type, I learned that people and friendships are very important to me. This is something I’ve known for a long time but didn’t realize was actually  in my DNA, so to speak. I really need to have friends but I always loose contact of the few that I do make. So, it’s always one of the biggest fears I have when I make new friends; that I’ll loose them. Sometimes when we’re just hanging out, I’ll just look at them and think: I don’t ever want to loose you. Or you. Or you. And certainly not you.

If you could change your hair color-which one? Well, my hair color is a sandy blonde/brown. If I could change it, I’d try black first. I love black hair, especially on guys. Then maybe I’d try a really obnoxious brown/red mix. Haha. And then pink. Because I might like sci-fi and murder mysteries but I’m still a girl at heart.

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And these other questions were free to grab and answer from this blog; and a couple were fun looking so I just had to give them a try!

You are eating ice cream, when you get a nice big dollop on your nose. Do you wipe it off with a napkin, ignore it, or try to lick it off with your tongue? I would probably swipe it off with my finger and then eat it!

What is your favorite candy? I like Milkway bars, special dark Hershey’s chocolate… I’m not a super huge candy eater.

What book are you reading now? Or what was the last book you read? I’m still in the middle of The Time Machine. I know, it’s taking me forever. I need to pull the book off the shelf and not put it back till I’m done with it that way I’ll actually finish it.

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What’s the most exciting thing to happen to you while blogging? (Nice comment, hit a certain amount of followers, ect) Probably hitting over a 100 followers. That was really exciting. 🙂 Thank you again, especially to the next ten of you who have come along since.

Artsy (drawing, writing, creating) or sporty? Or both? I think I’m more artsy; I prefer writing, creating stories and characters and communicating than running or biking every day.

Red & white or blue & yellow? Blue and yellow. Or both. Or all four together in a colorful rainbow. Turned into cotton candy. I mean, I would eat that. . . . . look at me, I’m turning into Willy Wonka.

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Favorite color for a house? Something neutral, I suppose, like a cream or something just soft. I guess that’s what I’m used to. Who knows, maybe if I had my own house and was feeling excited, maybe I’d paint it red. Or blue.

Cooking or baking? BOTH! I like both, but I suppose I like cooking a teeny bit more. With baking you have to be so precise or else the chemistry could get messed up and your muffins could turn out wrong. With cooking it’s a bit of this and that and toss this in and measure that with your hand and throw it all together and it can come out awesome!

Dickens or Austen? Neither. Sorry. I’m kinda of a Arthur Conan Doyle/Agatha Christie/mystery genre type of girl. 😉

Well, that was a lot of fun but I must draw this to a close. Everyone, have a good Memorial Day, okay?

~Jamie

“Your life is what you have to give.”


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I could ramble on and on for days about Tom, British actor and probably best known now for brilliantly playing the role of Marvel villain Loki.

I adore him as both a brilliant actor and one of the most kind and gentlemanly Hollywood stars in existence–no exaggeration. I don’t think I’ve ever talked too much about Tom here on my blog even though I’m a die-hard fan of his, but I had the idea to share just a few of my favorite quotes of him.

They’re inspiring, they ring true and quite refreshing. Just like him. 🙂

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Thanks for being you, Tom. You’re one of my role models and heroes, real life heroes. You give me hope that real, gentlemanly men are still in existence. Thank you for that.

~Jamie