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Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes…

Everyone has movies that are such a key part of their lives that they are nearly sacred. For most of us, they are “coming of age” movies, or movies that are a big part of our childhood. Just a few of the ones on my list would be Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing, and Footloose.

So you can imagine that I did not take the news of a Footloose remake well. At all.

It is an ’80s classic! How could they remake it and even come CLOSE to the original? No way! That is just so wrong!

But tonight when Amy offered up free passes for a sneak preview on Twitter, I decided to take her up on it. Dude, I will see almost ANY movie for free! I asked Mike to join me, and we were off for the Studio Movie Grill at Town & Country on the west side of Houston.

I don’t want to give away too much, but it was not the horrible remake I was bracing myself for. I found myself giddy and almost toe-tapping over the remake of the opening scene. You know the one – all the shoes shuffling and dancing to Footloose. Even doing the dance that they did in the original movie. But quickly I discovered that this movie had been rewritten almost completely. The premise is the same, and the kids just want to dance. But the rest of it? Instead of attempting to recreate the original movie, they did us all a favor and wrote a completely new, updated version! YAY!

Some of the classic scenes have been redone, and they were done very well as a nod to the original movie. Not lame at all like I was expecting. You’ll know them when you see them. And if you were a high school girl in 1984 when the original came out at watched the video over and over with your best friend, and even owned the soundtrack on cassette and later on CD, you’ll be thrilled when you recognize some of your favorite songs are still there. But there is just enough differences to keep it interesting for you, and just enough of a modern update to make it current.

Was it the most gripping movie I’ll watch in 2011? No, of course not. It wasn’t meant to be. Is it a movie that will make you smile, tap your toes, and maybe even cry a little bit? Yes, yes it is. I’d give it an 8 out of 10, I would have cast someone a little stronger as Ren probably (of course, Kevin Bacon is hard to top), and I would have put Kevin Bacon in as a cameo somewhere. Just to make the moms in the audience giddy. It is the sort of movie I’ll watch again when I spot it on the movie channel or NetFlix. Totally worth it!

Disclaimer: Mike & I were given free tickets to see the movie, but I was not asked to write anything about it. I’m doing this just because I liked it enough to share!

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Mary, Queen of Pizza…

Vision of MaryI get having faith. Especially when you live in a neighborhood that has problems with gangs. You might need something to cling to for belief. But seeing a vision of Mary in a pizza pan? Hundreds of people coming to pray to a pizza pan? People driving here from Corpus Christi or Austin to see it?

Come on people. That is just a bit over the top.

I wonder if Mac will still get on the plane on Sunday after seeing this news. Or maybe she will want to go and visit the pizza pan?

Anyone want to place bets on how long it takes for GoldenPalace to make offers to buy this? They can put it alongside the Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich after all.

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Anna Nicole Smith collapsed and died today. After having her in and out of the news for the past 13 years, it is just strange to think that at 39 she is suddenly dead.

Maybe it is just me, but this really doesn’t make me want to rush out and try TrimSpa any time soon.

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Because One Can Never Blog Enough…

Jesus Saves

Ok, so I wrote this great post. And Jesus Saves, but I don’t, so it was lost instead of posting. Ack. Oh well – here it goes again. I’ve decided to move the knitblogging content over to PointySticks. I will cross-post here for a little bit, and continue to post big things here like the fact that my Faith Jacket might just bust the sweater curse of 2006 and I will finally have a sweater in just a few days. If I can find a RSS plugin that will allow me to post excerpts in my sidebar, I will do that – that way you can see here what is going on there and vice versa.

I may end up with multiple personalities by the time this is over. However, it has bugged me for long enough, so I think it is time to do it.

This site will keep the personal stuff, along with the geek posts and the photography stuff.

Speaking of photography, I am also considering starting a 365 day photo project – but photos of things, not myself. I admire too many other people’s self-portraits too much (Mac is the queen of them, in my book), so I don’t think I could even begin to do it justice. But photographing things? That I can do. It is time to finally make the $10 lightbox that I’ve had bookmarked for ages, and I need to get a flash for my camera and learn how to use that too. So many goals, so little time.

For now, I can’t take any pictures at all. My camera battery died on Tuesday, and the battery charger is missing. I have searched high and low, but there is no sign of it. Craptastic. Hopefully Elaine’s charger will work and I can juice up tomorrow, and meanwhile I will end up ordering a new one. Of course, as soon as I get it, the old one will reappear. It always works out like that.

This time, I’m doing the “copy” thing. I’m not writing this post a third time.

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I Didn’t Want To. I Really Didn’t Want To…

I didn’t want to watch “America’s Got Talent.” It looked way too cheesy. All of the commercials made me cringe. I just did not want to watch it.

When we turned on the TV tonight, it was on.

We got sucked in. All three of us are sitting here, just waiting for the next talented act or the next train wreck. It rocks! If you have missed it, check it out. If you watched tonight, which act did you like best? The cloggers gave me goosebumps. Angel boy was a bit freaky, but I’m glad they gave him another chance. And while Mike didn’t like the band and agreed with Piers that the lead singer wasn’t strong enough. The eleven year old girl that sang? She was incredible! A-maz-ING. Amazing. Stunning, so amazing.

Snow White should never strip though. That was just wrong.

Regis Philbin still bugs the heck out of me, but fortunately he was a minor part of the show. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go set up my Tivo season pass…