Hello friends! I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. Summer has begun in earnest here in Utah with lots of sun and high temperatures. I thought it would … Continue reading Happy Beginning of Summer
So April has almost come and gone and it has been a jammed packed month. The Hallmarkies podcast has been doing great and we currently have a whole bunch of interviews and podcasts stored up ready to be played over the next month or so (or if one of us gets sick). Doing all this prep work, while still producing 2 shows a week (regular episode and tv recap) has been a bit overwhelming but very satisfying. I have also been keeping up my personal channel and had some great interviews/discussions and reviews on there.
As I was looking over the month it occurred to me amongst all the busyness very little of it was with in-person human contact. There are things I did alone like go see Hamilton so at least I was out of the house but with actual people it is pretty sparse:
I saw Ready Player One with Amber and then again with my book club friends (I missed book club this month because I didn’t have time to read it).
I saw Isle of Dogs with my friend Phaedra and that was a delight (both movie and time with friend).
I had Easter with my parents, grandma and brother.
I went to see Camelot with my parents and two of my friends were in it.
I attended study group for church (and church)
And that’s it! The rest including my job were all online. But oddly I do not feel malnourished or socially bereft. In fact, quite the reverse. In just the last week I will have done 5 podcasts including an interview with friends from Israel and Australia. I think it is pretty cool! I also posted to my movie blog and to rotoscopers.com and contributed to other social media posts.
I don’t know. What do you think? What is the right balance of in-person interactions with online? I know mine will never be close to equal but I at least try and make an effort to get outside and see friends in-person. It’s tough but I do the best I can.
Hey guys! I had a really cool experience on Sunday. My friend Steve (aka The Lawn Gnome) has started a new series on his youtube channel called Sunday Sit Downs and he gave me the honor of being his first guest!
It was so much fun being on Steve’s show and we chatted like old friends, which is what we are. If he and his wife ever came out to Utah I hope he would look me up and vice versa. You really do get to make friends and support each other through this crazy thing called youtube. I liked our discussion about the histories of our channels and what we’ve learned along the way. It made me feel very nostalgic because we have been friends since the very beginning.
Please give it a listen and let me know what you think! And subscribe to Steve’s channel. He has great content on everything from Disney to Batman.
Hey guys! I just wanted to let you know about a new podcast I’ve become very engrossed in. In August my friend Amber and I decided to start a new … Continue reading Hallmarkies Podcast Happiness
Hey guys! This is just a quick update to share some exciting news. This week I finally figured out how to get my podcast on Itunes and was officially approved! … Continue reading Rachel’s Reviews on Itunes
Hey guys! Happy Sunday! I just wanted to share with you all a review I just posted for my Family Movie Night Series. In this case it is not technically a movie that I am talking about. Today I look at a television show from my youth called Faerie Tale Theater. It ran during the 80s and has a bunch of famous people all reenacting different famous fairy tales like Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Mermaid and more. The production behind these mini-films are hokey and cheap by today’s standards but there is a lot of enthusiasm and loved put in that make a difference. I love how true to the original stories they are with darker themes and endings explored. I also love that the actors seem to be having the time of their lives.
It seems like a lot of my friends in Utah watched the show, so I’m not sure if it aired more here than other places but it was a lot of fun. It kind of feels like Once Upon a Time does now. That has a continuing story-line but it celebrates fairy tales in kind of a hokey way. Some people will be distracted by the cheesy production design but if you can get behind that then there really is something there to enjoy.
What made me think about it is there seems to be this insatiable appetite for these live action Disney remakes with Beauty and the Beast being the latest. I have been mixed on these remakes but many others have loved all of them. I think just like I liked seeing the live action fairy tales told in Faerie Tale Theater, kids today like seeing these live action movies. They fill that faerie tale loving niche!
So did you watch Faerie Tale Theater? What did you think of it? You can purchase the dvds on amazon or watch many on youtube. Let me know what you think!
Sorry I haven’t written all week. Any free writing time I’ve had I’ve been spending on Nanowrimo. It’s currently day 19 and I’m at 37,251 words. I know I will … Continue reading Thoughts On Being an Expert
One of the fun things about being a blogger or youtuber is participating in tags! This is where a list of questions is created and then various people give their answers. I have created a few tags but most successfully with my friend Aly at the Little Librarian we did The Little Mermaid Tag a few months ago.
Now I have created another tag for us to do called The Alice in Wonderland Tag! My friend Emily joined with us and I created 18 questions that use Alice in Wonderland as the catalyst. I recently read Alice in Wonderland for the first time and really loved it. I found it charming, funny and magical. You can read my review of the book here. Also to see my Alice in Wonderland Disney and Burton reviews go here.
Here are all 3 of our videos and I will put the questions below. If any of you want to participate please do and let me know what the links are so I can promote them. Have fun going down the rabbit hole!
1. Wonderland- What is your favorite fantasy land in movies or books?
2. White Rabbit- What’s something you were late to checking out that others raved about? And one you still haven’t watched/read others love?
3. Cheshire Cat- Who is an actor or actress that you think has a great smile?
4. Mad Hatter- What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? (Keep it clean!)
5. Tea Party- What’s your favorite kind of tea or hot drink?
6. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum- What’s your favorite duo in movies or books?
7. Queen of Hearts- Who is someone in movies or books that should be lovely but is really a villain?
8. Caterpillar- Do you have a poet or philosopher who inspires you or makes you think?
9. Eat Me- Favorite cookie
10. Drink Me- Favorite drink- alcoholic or regular
11. Would you rather be very large or very small?
12. What’s a book or movie that made you cry oceans?
13. Jaberwocky- Favorite mystical creature from book or movie
14. What cinematic version of Alice do you prefer best? Burton/Animated/Other?
15. What is your favorite character in Alice in Wonderland?
16. If someone asked you to pitch an Alice in Wonderland movie/TV show what would you suggest?
17. Why do you think Alice in Wonderland has remained so popular for so long?
18. If you could go to Wonderland would you and what would you most want to see?
Sorry it has been a few days since my last post. I have been a little overwhelmed getting ready for my upcoming trip to Spain. I am trying to make sure my youtube channel isn’t dormant during that time so I am trying to get my Family Movie Night, Friday 5’s and Disney Canon Project videos all pre-filmed and scheduled before the trip. Of course, this requires watching all the films, taking notes, filming and editing the videos. No small task. Last weekend I finished all of the Friday 5s for when I’m gone.
I also did last week’s Friday 5 which was songs not in your native language and I went with Hawaiian music!
So last weekend I filmed the Friday 5 for a lot of fun upcoming topics. And I also filmed reviews for Finding Nemo, The Goofy Movie, Independence Day, Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron and 3 unboxing reviews. You can see the Finding Nemo review here. I should be able to see Finding Dory tomorrow and post the review so keep an eye out for that.
On Monday I got to see an early screening for a new comedy called Central Intelligence and that was really funny. I genuinely laughed a lot.
And then today I did a podcast with my friend Tom on the 3rd Star Trek Movie- Star Trek 3: The Search for Spok
Not only have I had video reviews but also written reviews for my blog http://54disneyreviews.com and my column for LDSBlogs.com .Make sure you check all of that content out. In addition I have done some posts for Rotoscopers.com including a review of Make Mine Music and a piece that got a lot of discussion going on The Lego Movie and The Other Pixar Films. I’m tired just reading all of that! Nobody can accuse me of not creating enough content!
But it’s not all viewing I also have done some reading. Recently I read Lady Susan and Love and Friendship the more obscure Jane Austen novels and loved them. It’s so funny with Love and Friendship Austen feels like a teenager of today complaining about her parents (she wrote it when she was between 11-15). Lady Susan has Austen’s most devious and selfish heroine but she is hilarious. I loved the book and the movie. Check out my review of the movie here.
I have also finished reading I Am Malala for book club and found it very moving. Here’s my goodreads review:
It’s not going to win any awards for great writing but sometimes life is just captivating on it’s own. I really loved learning about Malala’s family most of all. Her Dad seems like the coolest guy and her Mom as well. The fact they all spoke out at great risk and then had to deal with their daughter getting shot in the face is pretty remarkable. I felt like I got to know her well and that it wasn’t just a fluff type biography. It worked for me.
I also read Burning Glass a fairly mediocre YA novel but it had some campy fun and good kissing scenes:
I started out hating it as another YA love triangle, strong mystical woman book but after a while it won me over. It’s extremely silly but I felt it embraced the campy world. The kissing scenes were fun and it was all very over the top with auras melding together and an extremely silly bad guy. Definitely too long and drawn out for how silly it is but I had some fun with it. I don’t think I enjoyed it in the way the author was intending however. It’s pretty dumb. So if you are expecting a great fantasy read than you will probably be disappointed. If you want an over the top campy romance with fantasy elements than you might have fun with it.
I got my first taste of open water for the year last week with my friend Etsuko. That was so much fun! I can’t wait to be in Spain and swimming my heart out.
I got 3 new swimsuits for my trip and I think they are pretty cute!
Finally I went and saw the Broadway touring company of Newsies and it was everything I wanted and more. I have a lot of nostalgia for the film and the Broadway musical has made it even better. It was so much fun! I also got to do it with the Utah Theater Lovers who I’ve wanted to meet up with for some time. I hope I will continue to be able to see more things with them.
Finally we had our first meeting Sunday of the new Midsingles Ward and it was amazing! I felt such a good spirit there and I know it is where I need to be. I can’t wait until some activities start and things really start going.
So all in all things are going pretty good in my life. I’m certainly staying busy. I hope things are going well for you.
Hey guys! Quick post today. I hope you are all doing well and getting ready for a fun weekend. I don’t have a ton planned but I haven’t been feeling super well so I may just rest up and work on content for next week.
Speaking of content it’s Friday so that means it’s time to participate in the Friday 5. This is a weekly series of youtubers/bloggers who get a topic and have to pick 5 songs that within that topic. This week was wild card so we could pick whatever we want. I decided to have a little fun and dive into my favorite songs from the 1980s.
To me when I think 80s music I think of big arena type sound- you could call them epic songs! I think all 5 of my picks capture that spirit. Let me know what your favorite songs from the 80s are and what you think of my picks.
Also if you have a blog or channel you should participate in the Friday 5. It’s really fun! Take a look at the tumblr page to see upcoming topics and then join in! http://thefridayfivemusic.tumblr.com/
Have a great Friday guys!