why dust kittens?

we all have dust bunnies in the corners-- things we need to clean up before company comes over. well, i have a cat, so my bunnies are more like kittens. and they're not just in the corners. they're on the stairs, under the beds, and clinging to the ceiling fan. i think i even found one or two in the refrigerator.

that being said, this is a blog about life and trying to be real. i'm going to try to share my "dust kittens in the corners," so to speak. i can't promise that i'll post content on a regular basis, but as my brain becomes less foggy (from the meds i've had to take recently), and as the ideas start to pile up in my brain, i'll do what i can. (and somewhere in there, maybe i'll work on my sequel.)


Remakes Blogfest

we LOVE movies around here. at least once a week, i watch a movie with one or more of my 3 kids. when i read the blurb for the Remakes Blogfest--"tell us about a remake that doesn't suck"--i knew i had to do movies, and i couldn't choose just one from my 3 favorites, so i'm doing all three. (just a warning... there are some spoilers.)

my brain has been kind of foggy for the last few months, so rather than try to come up with all the reasons i like these movies, i figured i'd ask my kids. they had so much to say i'm going to try to condense it down a little.

the question i asked them was, "What do you like about this movie?" the top answers for all three were, "It was made with our culture in mind," "It was different but still paid homage to the original," and "It was a really good story." i think those are the qualities of any good remake.

then, of course, there were answers that were specific to each movie. so here we go. :)

Movie Remake # 1 - The A-Team 

we were skeptical when we heard this one was coming out a few years ago because the original TV series is so iconic. here's a favorite scene. Flying a Tank. 

we liked it because--

-- it was an origin story.

-- it has more action.

-- there was more at stake.

-- it has a lot of great quotable lines (a must to make it into our favorite movie collection).

-- Murdoch is still the best character and makes the film. Sharlto Copley was "a hoot."

Movie Remake # 2 - The Magnificent Seven

we didn't watch this one in the theater because, again, we were skeptical. we were afraid they were going to remake the original. i'm so glad we gave it a try on pay-per-view. here's a trailer.

we liked it because--

-- the director didn't try to re-do the original.

--it was grittier, and more was at stake.

--it was more epic because of today's standards for action movies.

-- the deaths were more meaningful and heartbreaking. as my son said, "It was a good way to go after doing something incredible."

-- the villain was much worse and more sinister.

-- we loved the score by James Horner.

** the originals for both of these were great for their time, but i can't watch them anymore because i like the remakes better.

Movie Remake # 3 - Beauty and the Beast

i don't think there's any way that anyone could have missed the trailers for this, but i'll post one anyway.

in this case, my middle son, daughter, and i could hardly wait to see this because we loved the original story so much. it was a joy to sit between them in the theater and watch their reactions, and it was hard to not sing along with the classic songs. we bought the blu-ray version as soon as we could.

i asked my daughter about this one, and she gave me a lot of great reasons why we love this movie.

-- it's more epic.

-- this version fills in more backstory and plot holes from the original.

-- it brings a lot of reality to the emotion of the first one.

-- all of the main and side characters feel more realistic. for example, we get to see how the Beast feels guilty for bringing the curse over the castle and the people who live there. Maurice is more compassionate and sad, and less comical. Belle is trying to help the villagers even though they reject her. she also wants to help lift the curse. Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Mrs. Potts seem to truly care about Belle. we even get to see why Gaston has so much influence on the village, and that he has a very dark side.

-- in the end, when we think the curse hasn't been lifted, we feel the hopelessness and tragedy as the castle crumbles and characters turn to objects.

-- the ending portrays the joy everyone feels at being restored.

-- we love singing the songs.

** in this case, i still love the original movie (i watched it at least 5 times in the theater, and then bought the video when it came out some time later, and then bought a blu-ray version a couple of years ago), but i love this one just as much.

my final thought about these movies is that i love them because i get to watch them with my kids, and that's one of my favorite things to do on this planet.

thank you for reading all the way through this post. i would love to read your thoughts in the comments. do you have a favorite remake?

if you want to read posts from other participants, you can find the list at Alex Cavanaugh's blog or Heather M. Gardner's blog. 

***** now that i've gone through the whole list of participants, i realize that i don't have just 3 favorite remakes. we love the Mission Impossible movies (especially #4 and #5), the first 2 Star Trek remakes, the Christopher Nolan Batman series, the newest Wonder Woman, Man of Steel, and The Count of Monte Cristo with Jim Caviezel. and then personally, i love the newest Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightly, the newest BBC versions of Sense and Sensibility and Emma, the Disney live action remake of Cinderella, and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (remake of a book i never read). see--- i told you we love movies around here. *****


being brave

it's easy to encourage other people to be brave, but when it comes to being brave yourself... well, you know how that goes. it's easy to say you're going to be brave and vulnerable on a blog when things are going well and you feel good. but when it's not that way... not so easy. 

i had one of those days yesterday. i call it a deletion day. i wanted to get rid of every word i'd ever written, including my one blog post. thankfully, i got over it faster than usual and didn't hit the "delete blog" button. 

and this post was going to go somewhere insightful, but i'm finding now that it's not. (i still have that foggy brain.) i'm going to share it anyway because a post doesn't have to be insightful to earn a right to be published. 

i hope you can tell hurt and fear to get out of the way today. i'll try too. but if we can't, we'll try again tomorrow. there's no expiration date on trying.  


dust kittens, starting over, and trying to be real

i've wanted to start a new blog for a long time now, but i'm on medications for pain and they make my head foggy, so it's taken me a while to get to this post. it's easy to design a new blog when your head is foggy, but not so easy to write a blog post that makes any sense. but a lot of my posts may be rambling posts, so what the heck? why not start with this one?

i could have just started adding new content to my old blog, beautiful chaos, but since that one has been about writing for so long, my idea for a new blog just didn't fit with that. and i haven't blogged there for ages because i haven't had anything to say about writing, mostly because i haven't been writing for a long time.

i wanted to start over, and i wanted this one to be about life and trying to be real. i wanted to share my "dust kittens in the corners," so to speak. i was going to put it up at wordpress and have it look all professional, but then i thought, that's not me. i'm not snazzy or sophisticated. and this blog isn't going to be about being snazzy or sophisticated. it's just about being myself and you being yourself.

so here i am, sharing my kittens, and hoping someone will come along and join me for the wild ride.

and i can't promise that i'll post content on a regular basis, but as my brain becomes less foggy, and the ideas start to pile up in my brain, i'll do what i can. and maybe get back to writing that novel. but if i don't, that's ok too.