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Hollywood: Please reunite Katie and Hubbell

Hollywood: Please reunite Katie and Hubbell

Yesterday, I caught the last 30 minutes of “The Way We Were,” which by my account is the best part. It’s at this point, Katie realizes her love is not enough for her, and Hubbell, and with much regret she lets him go, only asking that he stay until the baby’s born. But since Katie’s not the let-it-go-type and fights  for every cause from the atomic bomb to Hubbell’s career,  this is a crushing blow to all of us, me included, who fight for what we believe in.

And while I understand the cinematic purpose of this movie, you can’t give up yourself for someone else, I desperately want these two to get together.

So as I sat there watching Katie brush Hubbell’s hair to the side, being strong and commending him on his choice of a girl, saying, “your girl’s wonderful, Hubbell.”  I wondered why Hollywood can’t create a sequel where after years apart, they found their way back?

Heck, even Gone With the Wind had a sequel where Rhett and Scarlett got together. Of course, it wasn’t the cinematic masterpiece of the original, but it was satisfying to have closure on a couple where there was clearly no other choice, but the two of them together, forever.  

So with that, I need Katie and Hubbell to get back together. It just feels like there’s been enough time for them to have grown up, discovered the world and that the world is a better place with the two of them together.  Possibly, a 21st century widow meets widower through eHarmony? Please Hollywood, it’s time to reunite Katie and Hubbell.



The Academy of Amy, Presents Top Films

The Academy of Amy, Presents Top Films

oscarIt’s Oscar night, and it’s got me thinking about those films that I never tire of and never fail to plant me into the depths of my sofa as a Saturday reserved for errands eludes me in favor of faraway places and unforgettable characters. So today, The Academy of Amy, presents my Top 10 nominees for Best Picture.

10. Sixteen Candles. Maybe not an Oscar-worthy movie, but this movie is a Gen X classic. Of course, I blame this movie for planting the seed that all your dreams come true at the naive age of 16, and that the most popular, best-looking guy in school would whisk me away in his red Porsche. Yep, this did not happen and all expectations went south from that point forward.

9. The Queen. A sucker for British royalty, I love this portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II. It made me appreciate the old bitty who refuses to let Charles be King. She’s more a complex woman than I had initially gave her credit.

8. Bridget Jone’s Diary. Only single women can appreciate the beauty of this film. We all struggle with our weight, drink too much and can’t figure out men. Bridget Jones is my soul mate.

7. Terms of Endearment. This is my go-to movie for when I need to cry. It never fails me.

6. The King’s Speech. Just saw this film three days ago and fell in love. And finally, a Colin Firth film in which I don’t see him as Mr. Darcy.

5. St. Elmo’s Fire. I wouldn’t be an X-‘er if I didn’t include a film from the Brat Pack. Seven college graduates trying to figure out what it means to be a grown up sucks me in every time. They could do a sequel to this film and I predict they’d all still be trying to figure it out.

4. A Beautiful Mind. Overcoming the voices of the mind, John Nash discovers “It’s only in the mysterious equation of love that any logical reasons can be found. I’m only here tonight because of you. You are the only reason I am… you are all my reasons.” Ahhh…. this gives me hope that love can conquer all.

3. Gone with the Wind. A born and raised southerner, I’d be banned south of the Mason/Dixon line if I didn’t love this Civil War epic.

2. Dr. Zhivago. Is it better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. Only Lara and Yuri truly know. Every time I watch this, I still can’t figure out if that was Lara walking on the street.

1. The Sound of Music. If you know me at all, this is not a surprise. A love story, WWII, singing kids, an incredible soundtrack and score, and  an escape from the Nazis makes for a great family film, and my favorite.

Disney is a Cult: Happily Ever After Dispelled

Disney is a Cult: Happily Ever After Dispelled

Disney is a cult! Yes, I said, it. Disney is a cult! Sorry, Sue and Tyler, I loved your Disney wedding, but after five days living on the grounds of the “happiest place on earth,” I felt I was being wooed into believing that nothing bad ever happens in the world,  and if I stayed there long enough,  I too could find Prince Charming while riding Space Mountain.

Call me a realist, but life is not a “happily ever after,” as Mr. Disney wants us all to believe.  Cinderella and Snow White are just fantasies: A ploy to  warp little girls minds into believing that Prince Charming will come and sweep them away.  My rant on Disney could go on for hours, but I found that photos do a much better job in dispelling the happily ever myth that Disney has forced upon little girls for over 50 years.

Possibly, Disney should consider using these photos as a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie. WARNING: The movie you are about to see WILL NOT  happen to you. Instead, you will be forced into a life of reality!  (A note of thanks to Eilis for the photos. )


Snow White

Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

The Little Mermaid

And the nominees are…

And the nominees are…

Finally, the Oscars are here!  And yes, I must admit that instead of listening to today’s homily, I drifted to think about my favorite movies and the lines in them that “spoke” to me. Here’s my top 10:

10. Mommie Dearest – “No wire hangers.”

9. A Few Good Men – “He eats breakfast three hundred yards away from four thousand Cubans who are trained to kill him and no one’s going to tell him how to run his unit, least of all the Harvard mouth in his faggoty white uniform.”

8. Bridget Jones’s Diary – “The only thing worse than smug married couple; lots of smug married couples.”

7. When Harry Met Sally – “All I’m saying is that somewhere out there is the man you are supposed to marry. And if you don’t get him first, somebody else will, and you’ll have to spend the rest of your life knowing that somebody else is married to your husband.”

6. St. Elmo’s Fire – “You break my heart.  Then again you break everyone’s heart.”

5. A Beautiful Mind – “Classes will dull your mind, destroy the potential for authentic creativity.”

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – ”  You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels.”

3. Gone With the Wind – “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how. ”

2. Dr. Zhivago – “Tonya! Can you play the balalaika?  Can she play? She’s an artist! Who taught you? Nobody taught her! Ah…then it’s a gift.”

1. The Sound of Music – “Where the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.”

Things I Learned from the “Rocky” Marathon

Things I Learned from the “Rocky” Marathon

New Year’s Day is typically reserved for football fans or those who need inspiration to lose weight from a marathon of The Biggest Loser. But today, I found my inspiration from the Rocky saga. Even though I had seen them all at one point or another, somehow watching them all back to back brought a new perspective.

1. You may be down, but you’re never out.
2. There’s always someone that believes in you even when you don’t believe in yourself. “Yo Adrian!”
3. You’ve gotta have heart to win the fight and the crowd.
4. Don’t forget where you’ve come from and who helped you along the way.
5. Sometimes the enemy is within you.
6. What’s new and shiny is not always the best way
7.Go out on top.
8. There is a top and a bottom–you’ll be at both at some point in your life, sometimes even twice.
9. Sometimes you need to walk away.
10. You can reinvent yourself as many times as you need.

So on the 1st day of the decade, I’ve found that some of the best lessons come from three decades ago. I wonder what this decade will teach us 30 years from now?