With Memorial Day Weekend now behind us, it's the unofficial start of summer and what better way to cap it off than with a watch of Now and Then! It took us forever to get to this one, because it's not streaming or available to rent anywhere! What gives? Sweety very sweetly bought a DVD copy so we can finally bring this favorite to you all, and it did not disappoint! For the "then", it's 1970 and four close friends have a magical summer riding bikes, drinking Black Cows, and conducting seances in a spooky cemetery! During a seance, they think they've released the spirit of a dead boy and they spend the summer learning about his mysterious death but also a lot about themselves and their friendships. And the we have the "now", which involves getting the girls all back together in their small Indiana town when one of them is about to pop out a baby! We watched this movie at many sleepovers over the years and consider it pretty much timeless. We'll talk about everyone's favorite scene where you may or may not see Devon Sawa's peen, if the older/younger actress pairing really works out, how fun it was to ride our bicycles all day every day in the summer, and how we've really underestimated Brendan Frasier's acting chops and looks all these years.
Sweetie's second pick for her birthday week is Rookie of the Year, her favorite baseball movie from the 90s with her number one crush in it .... that guy who she doesn't know his name. But man is he cute! Released in 1993, Rookie of the Year follows a year in the life of Henry Rowengartner, a 12 year old who is pretty horrible at baseball, despite giving it all he's got. He has a horrible fall one day, breaks his arm, and when it heals back up a couple weeks later, the ligaments have melded to the bone giving him a literal rocket arm, which he finds out he has when he attends a Cub game and throws a home run ball back to home plate all the way from the bleachers! Despite being 12, Henry gets recruited to play for the Cubs and becomes an all star pitcher - taking them all the way to the Division playoffs! This movie is super cute and despite some real cheesy comedy, Sweetie still cried buckets at the end, so guess that means it's an A plus movie after all. We'll talk about our love/hate relationship with baseball, Norfin trolls, our feelings about Daniel Stern, and how impressed we were with Gary Bussey's turn in this movie as the washed up star pitcher, Chet "Rocket" Stedman. BONUS Sweetie tells a fun anecdote about a limo ride from hell up to a Red Sox game back in 2001.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETIE!!!!
Lil Ole Sweetie turned the big 3-5 this weekend, and while she celebrated all week the piece de resistance is definitely getting to watch her favorite court room comedy of all time, My Cousin Vinny! Holy hella this movie is funny and perhaps is most known for Marisa Tomei's star turn and OSCAR win for playing Miss Mona Lisa Vito, a wearer of tight dresses but also a whiz at car mechanics! We love her and this movie about two recent NYU grads (one is Ralph Maccio aka Danielson) who find themselves taking a road trip in Alabama only to be in the wrong place, wrong time when a store clerk at the Sac of Suds get murdered and they were the last ones seen entering the store. Cue Joe Pesci as one of the kids cousins who just passed the NY State Bar Exam, who comes to the rescue as their lawyer, despite not really knowing what the hell he is doing. This is Joe Pesci at his finest and we loved slapping on our best Brooklyn accents and discussing Ralph Macchio's unfortunate dirt lip, details on the North and South divide, our love for grits and when people under estimate slutty dressing women AND Sweety makes a confession that will leave you speechless.
Theme song performed by Deidre Cullen. Logo designed by Frankie Donlon.
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Dance Movie! Dance Movie! We did a dance movie! Center Stage, from the year 2000, was all about the world of ballet and how with perseverance, hard work and conveniently sleeping with the choreographer of a piece you want to be in, can really get you far! Join Jodie, Charlie, Eva, Maureen, Sergei, and Eric as they do their senior year at The American Ballet Academy in hopes of getting one of six slots that will guarantee them a spot in the world renowned ballet company. But there's some set backs - your typical dancer set backs of injury, evil teachers, scary stage moms and of course BULIMIA. We'll chat about Sweetie's early life as a amateur ballet dancer, the amazing soundtrack that includes the life of Jamiroquai and Mandy Moore, how most of the dancers slash actors suck at acting, and if it was realistic that in one quick change they would have been able to cornrow the heads of 15 girls! BONUS we chat with a real life ballerina, Sweetie's bff Robin Bangert, a professional dancer for The Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. Jodie Sawyer .... slow clap.
Who's ready for the darkest cartoon of all time? From 1987, The Brave Little Toaster is considered by some to be Disney's first attempt at the child/adult hybrid cartoon ala Pixar, but despite a happy ending for all the appliances, it's kind of the saddest movie in the world. But we all remember the story right? A slew of antique appliances get left in a summer house and are determined not be left to the dustbin - so go in search of their master in the Big City. You have Toaster, Blanket, Lamp, Radio, and good ole Kirby the vacuum. So many obstacles get thrown in their way - but they persevere because of teamwork and batteries. We'll chat about the very scary parts of this film, argue endlessly about whether the Toaster is a girl or a boy (or does it really matter?), try to remember our family toaster (was it four slots or six?!), and Sweetie determines Blanket to be the saddest character in the history of cinema. Period.