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Monday
Jun032013

Monday Movie Meme: The Sisterhood of Award Recipients 

The theme for this week’s Monday Movie Meme is based on the kindness of my Road Trip partner, Tina Downey at Life is Good. Thanks to Tina, I received the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.” It is given to 10-12 lovely lady friends of previous award recipients but I will pass the badge onto eight of the coolest blogger chicks I know because...well...I need to keep it as short and sweet as possible, ok?!

So, let's get down to business with the Monday Movie Meme theme: Badges of Honor.

Share on your blog or in the comments section, movies featuring people who receive awards in one or more scenes. The awards can be in any form (statue, certificate, medal, sash, crown, etc.) and can -- but do not have to necessarily -- result from competitions or contests.

 

Here are my selections for this week’s Badges of Honor theme, followed by the ladies to whom I’m passing the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.”

The Fighter

 Different guys win prize money, titles, Championship belts and/or a combination of the three in this boxing movie about two brothers torn apart by greed, family quarrels and bad reputations. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams.

Courage Under Fire

Army Lieutenant Serling (played by Denzel Washington) who fought in the Gulf War receives a Silver Star upon his return. He later heads an investigation that intends to qualify Army Captain Walden as the first woman in history to win a Medal of Honor for valor in combat. Two awards, one movie. Checkmate!

Troop Beverly Hills

A ritzy housewife leads her daughter’s Wilderness Girl scouting troop in a race to become recognized by their regional council -- that’s if a nearby competing troop doesn’t interfere with their progress. There is a trophy at the end and I won’t tell you who wins it, for it would spoil the plot of this movie. So, go on and watch it already....it’s cookie time!

Now, here are my eight “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award” recipients:

So much can be said about Angela Brown at Pursuit of Publishness that I know I’m not alone in the army of appreciation for her strides in the blogging world. When Angela is not publishing her own YA novellas and working on future stories, she uses any remaining free time to support the work of other authors while also raising the profile of blog posts, giveaways and other online happenings that might otherwise fall under the radar.

Sydney Aaliyah who shares Happiness, Passion, Love & Faith to those who care to welcome a healthy dose of her musings. She quotes the movies like a true cinemaniac while also letting you know that the stories behind tattoos, and the people who rock them, are often much different -- sometimes even more surprising, than we think.

I always look forward to getting my glimpses of overseas travel, life ponderings and positive vibes from Erika at Chimerikal. She has a lot of offer the world and is very supportive of those in her circle. Erika is honestly the one of the (few), if not the most, best things that came of the Blog Everyday in May Challenge and for that, I am grateful to have found a new blogging buddy.

Alana Garrigues at Writercize has good things cooking up in her box of writing tricks. She teaches us how to play with words in a way that’s fun and useful for build our mental strength and creativity.

In addition to being my fellow LAMB, Shala Thomas at Life Between Films spreads her love of indie cinema through film festival reviews, roundups, recommendations and artist spotlights.

Kristen Dyrr at Random Musings from the KristenHead is among those who make sure my blogging efforts aren’t done in vain. She re-started blogging with a bang after Posterous closed down and if I don’t say so myself, this fellow caretaker of felines (aside from having the A-to-Z and Blog Blitz in common, we’re both cat mommies) has done a great job of making her fresh start count with a growing network of friends, fans and followers. Go Kristen!

When you come across someone like Alison at AliOfftheMark, who tells it like it is -- or how she perceives it to be, you gotta appreciate the raw and uncensored material. Ali’s not one for sugar-coating things such as the awkwardness of teaching your toddlers how to refer to their “lady parts” and finding some normalcy and practicality in pay-by-the-hour hotels, she keeps it real.

Paula at Paula’s Place is one of the strongest women that I’ve had a chance to come across this year. Her life experiences could make for one heck of a memoir; Paula’s family should be proud of her compassion for people and the work she’s done as a health professional. I’m just glad to have the opportunity to check out what she contributes to the online space.

What movies have YOU watched that feature people receiving awards?

Monday
May272013

Signed, Sealed and Delivered to the Monday Movie Meme!

If you wrote it, then you should’ve put a stamp on it! 

Jenni, host of the Blog Everyday in May Challenge, wants participants to publish a letter to those who read their blogs. Well – I’ve basically been there and done that with my “Letter T” post (circa April 2012), so let’s not rehash something that’s already available at the click of a button, ok?

The theme for this week’s Monday Movie Meme, however, remains set on one of the oldest forms of correspondence: In the Mail.

Share on your blog or in the comments section, movies featuring letters. These films include people sending letters, receiving letters and/or writing letters. They can either be in an envelope (stamped or not…doesn’t matter), folded, flat or still sitting in the typewriter. The letters are mailed, slipped under a door, placed on a piece of furniture, hid in a desk or box, etc. -- meaning email does not count.

Here are my selections for this week’s In the Mail theme.

After assembling the list, I realized that my picks have something else in common – being hidden due to people interfering with letters that belong to other folks or people with secrets. Ah well, here we go!

The Bridges of Madison County

While getting their deceased mother’s affairs in order (no pun intended), two siblings find a series of love letters written to her by a National Geographic photographer.

The Color Purple

Celie finds a ton of letters sent from her sister Nettie in Africa. They were secretly kept by Celie’s abusive husband, who declared that she would never hear from Nettie. Thanks to Shug, Sofia and a newfound sense of confidence, Celie realized that she still has a family who loves her.

The Notebook

Noah wrote Allie 365 letters – every day for a year, but, she didn’t even know because her mother confiscated them. Fortunately, Allie’s mother eventually gave her all of these letters. Unfortunately, they came to light during Allie’s wedding preparations with another guy. Talk about awkward timing!

What movies have YOU seen that feature people sending or receiving letters?

Monday
May202013

Monday Movie Meme: Struggling to Reconcile

Today’s prompt for the Blog Everyday in May Challenge couldn’t be any more perfect in terms of where I’m at, at this point – getting real. More specifically, Jenni asks to share something that you’re struggling with right now. That’s easy to do, given the fact that I’ve skipped nearly one week’s worth of daily blogging this month.

What’s a gal to do about it? Make it up!

So, the theme for this week’s Monday Movie Meme is based on my plan to play catch-up over the next several days by possibly doubling up on some of Jenni’s prompts: Reconciliation.

Share on your blog or in the comments section, movies featuring people who make attempts to reconcile something that once went well before going awry. This could involve platonic relationships, crime investigations, public and/or personal reputations, etc. so long as there is an attempt to mend that thing. Here are my selections for this week’s Reconciliation theme.*

On the Waterfront

Expect to be harassed, lose loved ones to violence, receive threats and get beat up if you choose to help dismantle the corruption plaguing your entire town, while standing up for your freedom of equal opportunities, in addition to better working conditions. Honesty and courage might get you in trouble and cause you to lose some friends but will eventually work out in your favor, earning you much respect.

The Town

Nothing else says “let me make it up to you” like planting a surprise in the garden tended to by the very person your friends are trying to kill.

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Want to know what the proper etiquette is for damage control after beating up your wife during a pool party? Just offer her some bedside flowers in hopes that she awakes in pure joy – despite having a bloody nose and swollen facial bruises. Yeah, one dozen roses (or were they carnations? I forget) will surely help smooth things over!

What movies can YOU think of that feature some form of reconciliation – or at least an attempt to reconcile?

*The descriptions of my last two selections are obviously sarcastic.