Muppet Friday?

No not exactly but I just found something on one of my favorite blogs “The Muppet Mindset” that brought the fondest of memories to mind.  It is a post about the 1996 Christmas special – “The Christmas Toy”.  Read the post here.

I don’t know about you, but as a kid I truly and honestly believed that my stuffed animals came “alive” at night or whenever I was not in the room.  I often wondered about the kinds of games they played and the fun that they had during their special time.  Call me crazy, but that was one of the wonders of childhood!

If you haven’t had the chance to see this…. if you have kids — or not — do yourself a favor and watch it.  It will warm your heart and brighten any bad day this Christmas season.  Amazon has it for just over $6.50.  Just one more gem from Jim Henson….it’s definitely worth it!

A Howlin’ Good Time…blah, blah blah!

Suit of Armor: Sir, sir, we have an urgent plumbing issue.
Dracula: Plumbing?
Suit of Armor: There is a clogged toilet in room 348.
Bigfoot: (makes sighing noise)
Dracula: It’s okay, we all get stomach aches, Mr. Bigfoot.

I have to tell you…this movie had me crying.  Crying from laughing so hard!  I successfully embarrassed my 14 year old, as I wiped tears from my face and he leaned over to tell me “I’m going to call daddy to come pick me up….oh my gawd….nobody else is laughing…please stop!”  I couldn’t stop…and I caught him chuckling a few times too.  When we left the theater my stomach hurt and my mascara was ruined.

I’m a fan of old monster movies and legends and this cartoon plays upon all of the typical stereotypes in a totally hilarious way.  There were some jokes that the kids didn’t get but the adults did.  Basically, Dracula’s wife met an untimely demise at the hands of humans when their daughter was a baby.  Dracula vows to protect her “forever” and builds the Hotel Transylvania: A place where monsters and ghouls of all kinds can enjoy themselves free from the dangers of humans.  Drac throws a party for his daughter a party for her 118th birthday and chaos ensues when a young man, backpacking through the woods, finds the hotel and falls for Drac’s (that’s what they call him – Drac) daughter.  She falls for him right back….will it ever work out between vamp and human??  Go watch it.  It’s not a Twilight movie……it’s soooo much better.

Adam Sandler plays Dracula (which you pick up on right away from the first scene when he’s singing his daughter Mavis, a song) and Selena Gomez does the voice of Mavis.  More stars join the cast, which I didn’t know until the credits but Dracula’s monster friends were voiced by the talents of Kevin James, Steve Buschemi, Ceelo Green, Molly Shannon and more. Adam Sandler’s daughter and wife even have a few lines here and there.

If you want to know which part brought on the tears…the scenes in which the monsters are playing bingo and the invisible man is playing charades.  I thought I was going to die….”glasses!…..glasses!”   This movie fit my sense of humor perfectly.  I’m definitely buying the blu-ray when it comes out.

 

Hotel Transylvania looks like a rockin’ fun place and I wouldn’t mind staying the night there!  I think Drac will want everyone to know however…..he doesn’t say “BLAH, BLAH BLAH” !!

Rant: Yes, I feel bad for Tom Cruise

I hope everyone had a very happy and safe Independence Day.  I spent mine with the fam soaking up some rays at the pool and ending the day with a nice firework show. 

I really had no idea as to what to blog about today.  I’ve been reading a lot of the media hype surrounding the surprise divorce between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and it seemed like a relevant topic especially because I have my own opinions about it.  Bash me if you may, but I am feeling very sad for Mr. Tom Cruise right now. 

Putting aside his religious choice or the fact that he is one of the most famous actors in Hollywood; he is still human and what Katie did to him has to hurt like hell.  There was an article that came out in People magazine about a week or two before Katie anonymously filed for divorce in New York City in which all he could do was express his love for her, and Suri and state how happy he is to be with them.  Was it all fake or a cover up for underlying pain?  Maybe, but I don’t think so.  I think they were truly the words of a man who loves being a husband and a father who had no idea what he was about to endure.

Happier Times

I think what makes it heinous is the fact that Katie had been planning this for a very long time behind Tom’s back.  Sources say that she and her father had rounded up attorneys, changed out her cell phones and moved belongings into her new NYC apartment.  I found it interesting that she is blaming her reason for this on Tom’s preference for Scientology.  C’mon Katie the whole world knows that Tom is a practicing and very faithful Scientologist….didn’t you know this when you married him?  Did you think he was going to want your kid raised Catholic?  Really?  Can you say that in the 7 years you were together, this subject never came up?  Unbelievable and incredibly stupid.

I think what Katie did was horrible, mean and downright nasty.  I think she married her “crush” and now it was becoming all too real.  No more fairytale and she panicked.  Instead of talking to her husband about her concerns or attempting to work things out, she cowards out and has divorce papers presented to him while he is out of the country!  Of course all we know about Ton Cruise is what we see on TV and read in the papers however he has made no secret about how much he loves Katie and Suri.  From what is out there, they were his whole world.   

If it is true what they say about Karma, then Katie is in for it for sure.

Music to My Ears, “Rock of Ages” Movie Review

I will forever stand by my argument that I WAS an 80’s child.  Even though I was born in ’77, I grew up listening to the sounds of Aerosmith, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Journey etc.  I might have been young but I’ve always loved music.  At the age of 4, I clearly remember the day MTV first aired on August 1, 1981.  My brother is 13 years older than me and I remember when it came on, I was told not to go in his room because MTV wasn’t “appropriate” for a kid my age. (boy how things have changed).  I started listening to my 45 of Billy Joel’s “It’s Still rock and Roll to Me” when I was only 5.  By the time I was around 9-10yrs old, I knew all the words to most of the well-known 80’s rock band songs.  Music has definitely changed since then but most of us still love those old sounds.  Concerts such as Journey and Aerosmith still sell out to this day, so the spirit of rock is not dead…it definitely lives on.   

When I saw the “Rock of Ages” preview for the first time, I knew that it was a move I MUST see.  I had my doubts about some of the casting – 50 year old Tom Cruise as an 80’s rock star?  What?  But now having seen it I can say the production crew did a fabulous casting job.  Everyone was SPOT ON.  Set in 1987, the story is predictable as most campy musicals are: girl leaves small town searching for fame in Hollywood…girl meets boy and finds love instead….girl and boy have misunderstanding and go their separate ways only to meet up again towards the end to make up and have a happy ending.  In the meantime, there is a parallel story about a Steven Tyler/Axel Rose/Bret Michaels mixed character (Tom Cruise) who’s popularity can save a little dive bar venue from  being shut down by the mayor and his over-the-top wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) but the plan goes sour at the hands of his slimy agent (Paul Giamatti).  All ends well during the closing scenes and you can’t help but have a smile on your face as you exit the theater.

Every single actor and actress had an incredible singing voice.  There are even a few appearances by Mary J Blige towards the end of the film.  Also bringing good and surprising talent to the screen were Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin.  Those guys can actually sing (Russell Brand more so) and were always good for some improv and hilarious moments that will have your sides splitting.  I was truly and undeniably shocked when I heard Tom Cruise open his mouth for the first time singing Bon Jovi’s “Dead or Alive”.  As one of my favorite songs ever, I am a tough critic but he was absolutely amazing.  He must’ve worked closely with several of the 80’s greats during filming.  His body movements were dead-on while doing the stage performances and even his appearance and way of speaking embodied the exact persona of the likes of Axel Rose, Steven Tyler, Bon Jovi and Bret Michaels.  I did read somewhere that Bret Michaels thoroughly enjoyed Cruise’s performance and thought he played it perfectly.

There are a few scenes that feature some well-known rock star cameos you may or may not notice like Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin and Debbie Gibson.  Watch during one of the large group scenes towards the end while singing a combination song of “We Built This City” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”  You will see them.  Keep your eyes out throughout the movie, you will notice more.

I absolutely loved this movie.  I will definitely buy it when it comes out on DVD and I have a CD of the soundtrack on its way to me from Amazon already.  The only negative critique I can give it is it’s rating.  I take my 11 and 13 year old kids to several PG-13 movies and it is normally a safe call.  This movie however…NOT appropriate for them.  The whole movie is full off suggestive sexual content and doesn’t leave much to the imagination.  So, unless you have an extremely mature “tween”, I wouldn’t take them to this one.  More than likely it’s not their kind of music anyway and won’t run the risk of embarrassing them from singing along!

Such a Happy Day!

I officially have my very own copy of the recently released “The Muppets” and I couldn’t be more excited.

 I saw the movie when it first came out in theaters and it took me back to my childhood.  I’ve been a die hard Muppet fan even before I could talk.  My mom told me that I would be crying and throwing a fit but the minute “The Muppet Show” intro music would start on TV I would stop immediately and stare at the TV for the next hour in a trance, not saying a word!  From then on, I was hooked!

This movie is touching, heartfelt and humorous of course!  There are several references to Muppet movies past so for my children there were a few jokes they didn’t get but if you are a child of the 80’s you will definitely catch them.  Of course, just like any Muppet movie there is a moral to the story…that it is ok to be different and everyone has a place in this world!

I immensely enjoyed the new Muppet movie and find the songs repeating themselves in my head often.  My favorite?

I’m going to get in my PJs, get comfy on the couch and load up the movie in the ol’ Blu-ray player this weekend and have me a mah na-mah na time!