Monday, October 02, 2017

What I'm Into (September 2017 Edition)

Read and Reading

I've been in a massive reading slump for the past few months... I don't like it. But I am getting back into the swing of things now with reading for classes. So here are the last two books I finished:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Science Fiction
5 of 5 stars

I love this book so much! It is especially fun to listen to Wil Wheaton read the audiobook. Is it fine literature? Of course not. But it is so much fun! This was my second time to read it and I'm fairly certain it won't be my last!

I'm also excited about the movie coming out next March!
Watch the movie trailer here.


The Circle by Dave Eggers
4 of 5 stars

This was an interesting experience for me because I watched the movie first and then I read the book. I was not expecting the ending of the book to be so different from the way the movie ended. I still enjoyed both the book and the movie. But I'm not sure if I enjoyed the book enough to want to read it again in the future.



What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell

I am currently listening to Rob Bell read this audiobook which is a much more enjoyable experience for me than trying to read his books. 

I do not like his 
actual writing style.

Where there are breaks
all over the place.

Dramatic pauses.

And such.

But it works when he's the one reading it to me. Because it is a conversational style.

I am also reading the following books for my two seminary classes this semester:

  • Providence and the Problem of Evil by Richard Swinburne
  • The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings edited by Michael L. Peterson
  • The Problem of Evil edited by Marilyn McCord Adams and Robert Merrihew Adams
  • God's Universe by Owen Gingerich
  • Religion and Science by Ian G. Barbour
  • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins
  • Science, Evolution, and Religion: A Debate about Atheism and Theism by Michael L Peterson

TV

With the revival of Will and Grace, I got curious and started watching from the beginning on Hulu, and I'm hooked! It's so funny! I made it through the first 16 episodes two weekends ago! And I finished season 1 and made it through the first 7 episodes of season 2 this past weekend. Of course I also had to watch some Boy Meets World, now that it is available on Hulu! I'm super pumped about that!!!


I'm also happy to have new episodes of This is Us and The Big Bang Theory. And I can already tell that I'm going to love Young Sheldon.







Movies

I've started using letterboxd.com to keep track of the movies I have watched. It's kind of like goodreads but for movies. Feel free to add me on there if you start using it. Here is a snapshot of what I watched in September:



I actually had the chance to see Beauty and the Beast (1991) in the theater with my friends Amber and Steve! That was really fun!

You can see all of the 2017 movies I've seen here.

Podcasts

I am terribly behind on my podcast listening, but I did recently listen to Michael Rosenbaum interview Tom Welling on his podcast: Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum. For those who don't know, Tom Welling played Clark Kent on one of my favorite TV shows of all time: Smallville. And Michael Rosenbaum played Lex Luthor.

"At last, Clark Kent and Lex Luthor are reunited – Tom and I spent ten years working together on Smallville – he’s like family. We reminisce about old days on the set together…how the cast all came together to get him a driver so he didn’t kill himself driving to set at 4:30am for an 18-hour day, the time I yelled at him when I was directing an episode, and how much we both enjoyed making out with Kristin Kreuk.

We also talk about his high school years, working construction, getting into modeling, and his career before Smallville, plus what it was like to marry and divorce at such a young age."

Instagram
You can follow me on Instagram @jenniferneyhart.

My cousin's family

Celebrating my cousin's youngest child's birthday! Izek turned 2!

It is rather difficult to get a good picture of all three kiddos! :-)

Izek loved this present!
My cousin, Julie (L) and me (R) circa 2001

I painted this at one of those painting class things!

On the blog

On July 21 I published my first post in a series of posts ranking my favorite movies from each year. I started with the current year and worked my way backwards to the 1950s. I landed on four basic categories for how I rank them:
  • Favorite Movies (definitely re-watchable)
  • Good-Decent Movies (might re-watch)
  • Meh (Probably wouldn't choose to re-watch)
  • Not worth the money/time (definitely don't want to re-watch) 
I also put together a list of my top 100 favorite movies: My Favorite Movies. As of right now, this list is comprised of my favorite movies that have been released from 1970 to the present day. It is not a hard and fast numbering system as I love many of these movies almost equally. I plan to keep updating this list on an ongoing basis as I continue to look back at the movies released prior to 1970 and as I continue to watch movies I have not seen before.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2017 TBR List



So I'm a day late, but I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for their prompt "Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List" although I'm technically listing more than ten...

1. What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell

2. Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News by Brian Zahnd

3. Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence by Gregory A. Boyd

4. We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines

5. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

6. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green



7. The Evangelical Universalist by Gregory MacDonald

8. Lies We Believe About God by William Paul Young

9. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

10. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

In addition to those ten books that I hope to read, I will be reading the following books for my two seminary classes this semester:

  • Providence and the Problem of Evil by Richard Swinburne
  • The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings edited by Michael L. Peterson
  • The Problem of Evil edited by Marilyn McCord Adams and Robert Merrihew Adams
  • God's Universe by Owen Gingerich
  • Religion and Science by Ian G. Barbour
  • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins
  • Science, Evolution, and Religion: A Debate about Atheism and Theism by Michael L Peterson

Friday, September 08, 2017

Movies from the 1950's and 1960s

I had to pull from two decades in order to have enough movies for a good list for this post! It's interesting to me that my top four movies here are all musicals, and most of the movies in my "Good-Decent" category are the Disney movies from those years.

Favorite Movies of the 50s-60s (definitely re-watchable):
1. The Sound of Music (65)
2. White Christmas (54)
3. West Side Story (61)
4. Mary Poppins (64)

Good-Decent Movies of the 50s-60s (might re-watch):
5. Peter Pan (53)
6. My Fair Lady (64)
7. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (61)
8. Alice in Wonderland (51)
9. The Sword in the Stone (63)
10. Cinderella (50)
11. Lady and the Tramp (55)
12. Sleeping Beauty (59)

Meh (Probably wouldn't choose to re-watch):
13. Camelot (67)
14. The Ten Commandments (56)
15. The Jungle Book (67)
16. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (69)

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Movies from the 1970s

Well, I suppose it's not all that surprising that I have not seen very many movies that were released in the 70's.

Favorite Movies of the 70s (definitely re-watchable):
1. Star Wars: A New Hope (77)
2. Superman (78)
3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (75)
4. Grease (78)

Good-Decent Movies of the 70s (might re-watch):
5. Where the Red Fern Grows (74)
6. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (79)
7. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (71)
8. The Godfather (72)
9. The Godfather Part II (74)

Meh (Probably wouldn't choose to re-watch):
10. Robin Hood (73)
11. Pete's Dragon (77)
12. The Aristocats (70)
13. Tora! Tora! Tora! (70)

Movies I haven't seen but want to watch:
  • The Lord of the Rings (1978 animated film)
  • THX 1138 (71) - George Lucas's first feature film
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (79)
  • The Muppet Movie (79)
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

1980, 1981, and 1982 Movies

Favorite Movies of 1980-82 (definitely re-watchable):
1. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (80)
2. Superman II (81)
3. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (82)
4. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (82)
5. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (81)

Good-Decent Movies of 1980-82 (might re-watch):
6. Somewhere in Time (80)
7. Annie (82)
8. Tron (82)
9. The Fox and the Hound (81)
10. The Secret of NIMH (82)

Meh (Probably wouldn't choose to re-watch):
11. Blade Runner (82)
12. Grease 2 (82)
13. History of the World, Part I (81)

Not worth the money/time (definitely don't want to re-watch):
14. Poltergeist (82)

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

1983-1984 Movies

So I have a few things to talk about with this post. First of all, I've finally made it back to one of the original Star Wars movies: Return of the Jedi (1983). So clearly that has to be number 1 on this list. But I was obsessed with The NeverEnding Story as a kid (ask my brother, it drove him crazy, lol!), and it came out in 1984. So it would be #1 from 84, but it gets edged out by Star Wars with the years combined.

I was surprised at how low The Terminator was on the list of highest-grossing films from 1984. It was #21. The Tom Hanks mermaid movie (Splash) landed at #10! What?

And finally, who remembers The Charmkins? It was a television film based on a toyline by Hasbro, in the early 1980s, which was broadcast on October 25, 1983

"Brown-Eyed Susan and the other Charmkin children of Charmland go on a quest to rescue Lady Slipper after she is kidnapped by Evil Dragonweed and whisked off to Thistledown to dance for him and his goons."

You can even watch it on YouTube! And yes, I did!


Favorite Movies of 1983-84 (definitely re-watchable):
1. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (83)
2. The NeverEnding Story (84)
3. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (84)
4. The Terminator (84)
5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (84)
6. Superman III (83)

Good-Decent Movies of 1983-84 (might re-watch):
7. The Outsiders (83)
8. The Karate Kid (84)
9. Footloose (84)
10. The Charmkins (83)

Meh (Probably wouldn't choose to re-watch):
11. A Christmas Story (83)
12. National Lampoon's Vacation (83)


Movies of 1983-84 I haven't seen but want to watch:

  • WarGames (83)
  • Supergirl (84) - I know, I know, it's not a good movie. But I love all things related to the Superman universe so I want to watch it anyway.
  • Risky Business (83)
  • Sixteen Candles (84)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four (84)
  • Dune (84) - I need to read the book first, but after that, is this film worth watching?
  • Ghostbusters

So which one should I watch first? :-)


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Friday, September 01, 2017

1985-1986 Movies

Favorite Movies of 1985-86 (definitely re-watchable):
1. Back to the Future (85)
2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (86)
3. Stand by Me (86)

Good-Decent Movies of 1985-86 (might re-watch):
4. The Breakfast Club (85)
5. Witness (85)
6. The Karate Kid Part II (86)
7. Top Gun (86)
8. An American Tail (86)

Meh (Probably wouldn't choose to re-watch):
9. The Goonies (85) - I bet if I had watched this as a kid I would have loved it, but watching it for the first time now, it was just okay.
10. Labyrinth (86)
11. Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird (85) [of course I loved this movie when I was a kid!]
12. Clue (85)
13. Crocodile Dundee (86)

Not worth the money/time (definitely don't want to re-watch):
14. Desperately Seeking Susan (85)
15. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (85)
16. Blue Velvet (86)
17. Poltergeist II: The Other Side (86)


Movies of 1985-86 that I haven't seen but want to watch:
  • Hoosiers
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Teen Wolf
So which one of those four should I watch first? :-)


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