Recommendations Round-up!

After exactly a month of August/September Recommendations month, I’ve managed to go through 15 movie recommendations and 2 book reviews from fellow bloggers and given them some credit.

In case you missed some of them, here is the entire list.

1) Dirty Dancing

2) Tai Chi Zero

3) The Descent

4) Forgetting Sarah Marshall

5) The Killer Inside Me

6) Romancing the Stone

7) Best Laid Plans

8) Say Anything

9) Kai Po Che!

10) Upside Down

11) Raising Arizona

12) Shaun of the Dead

13) The Jewel of the Nile

14) Sixteen Candles

15) Jab We Met

Along with the two e-books

16) A Woman Lost by T.B. Markinson

17) The First Pillar (Everville #1) by Roy  Huff

I had lots of fun with this! Did you?

It was an eye-opening experience and I actually was exposed to a lot of movies that I probably wouldn’t have watched otherwise.  Learned about the existence of Jake Ryan and Lloyd Dobler, Casey Affleck and his act of being a crazy guy, a world with opposite gravity, plans gone wrong, a claustrophic cave experience, adventures with jungle man and famous author, both inspiring and/or romantic Bollywood flicks, even had some zombies thrown in the mix.  I’d say it was a very colorful month 🙂

I certainly am thinking of doing this again but with a lot more advanced preparation to get recommended movies together instead of winging it day by day.  Plus, I only managed to mention to a small fraction of bloggers and I want to let everyone know about all of YOU 🙂

Remember to drop me more recommendations after reviews and if you have published a book, I’d love to include it in to share your work.  If you also want to recommend books, I’m totally down for that also!

Would you want me to do another recommendations month? Tell me what you thought about it: suggestions, comments, maybe a different way to set it up?

Sixteen Candles (1984)

After an amazing feedback from the review of Say Anything based on another recommendation, Table9Mutant at Cinema Parrot Disco with Sixteen Candles with her equal love for Jake Ryan (if not more) as for Lloyd Dobler. She can correct me in the comments if she’d like.  She posts up all these cute, creative and even weird-ish things like THIS and THAT along with awesome movie and book reviews.  You really should check out her blog if you haven’t yet.  I truly think we have quite similar tastes so if you like mine, you definitely should head on over to hers 🙂

sixteen candles posterDirector: John Hughes

Cast: Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Haviland Morris

Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald)  is finally sweet sixteen.  She doesn’t expect her life to change but she did expect at least a little difference for the better.  However, on the very special day, nothing really goes as planned.  Her family completely forgets her birthday because of her sister’s wedding the following day.  At school, she dreams about her crush, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) from noticing her but he doesn’t seem to even notice her.  Plus, she fills out a silly quiz and it vanishes, and she hopes that no one links the answers back to herself.  Plus, she is getting hit on by a geek Ted (Anthony Michael Hall). In the midst of all this, things shift without her knowing and behind the scenes, another story is actually happening.


Sixteen Candles is a high school love story and there is a whole lot to love about it. Just a reminder, I’m 27, ok? No longer in high school but its inevitable to feel that high school romance that I could relate to, granted I didn’t have any sweet-looking boy like Jake Ryan hanging around in my school.  BUT, even though I didn’t have high school romance, I am quite familiar with the world of high school crushes and the days of feeling like everything was crap.  Seriously, this movie really is great and I’m sure it actually probably still relates to the teens nowadays but then maybe even younger, I don’t know anymore.  I already feel too old to understand kids these days.

sixteen candles sam baker

Our main actress here is Molly Ringwald who plays Samantha Baker.  I haven’t seen anything from her or most of the rest of the cast.  Samantha Baker is the normal everyday girl and all she wants is to have a great sweet sixteen.  As normal and as shitty she views her life, she is respectful of herself and she’s very charming to watch especially when interacting with Ted and his persistance and her shyness with Jake.  Plus, if that is not the most awesome thing a father can say to their daughter.  I loved that part a lot.

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To match with Samantha Baker is her hugest crush and the one she wants to be with forever (or something like that), Jake Ryan. I’m not saying like all guys are bad in high school because I have a lot of guy friends from high school but dude, would they have conversation? Wouldn’t a teen freak out.  They would think more on the lines of the second dude, no? Jake Ryan is the dream guy every girl wants.  He is sentimental and wants to find true love.  Thats quite a mature thought in the high school scene.  But, thats what makes girls swoon, right? And he’s actually pretty good-looking also. Just to emphasize my point, look at the below caption and find me a teen that will say that.  If there was, I’d have had a massive crush and wanted to stalk him every single day till he noticed my existence.

And thats why he's just a fantasy high school boy :P

And thats why he’s just a fantasy high school boy 😛

Aside from all the love and unrealistic aspect of it (which I bought so it worked), this movie was hilarious.  It wasn’t all lovey-dovey and mushy.  It was stylish with its comedy also.  Its not some low-rated comedy.  Its actually some pretty funny moments that might probably happy at certain parties, especially how wasted some of the characters did get.  I look at a movie like this and I realized how much of  a goody two shoes I was in high school because I did none of the above. Ted/The Geek was possibly the funniest character there along with his sidekicks, and one of them was played by a very young  John Cusack (WHAT?!).

sixteen candles ted and group

Sixteen Candles is a very sweet and for the most part funny high school story.  For the most part, it really feels like nothing is happening, but there is actually something going on.  If you watch this (like me) so many years later, chances are everyone already knows that iconic ending scene.  Jake Ryan is that perfect high school boy that every girl dreams about and Samantha is a very good portrayal of a normal high school girl (at least I related). Its an adorable and endearing and that makes this movie awesome.  I recommend it ever so highly and I think if you haven’t seen this (which you probably have), you probably should 😉

Say Anything (1989)

I seriously haven’t seen Say Anything, ok? I’m righting a wrong as quickly as I could! Austin over at The Return of the Modern Philosopher recommended this to me after my review of Serendipity (HERE) during last year’s Christmas Marathon! Austin probably doesn’t need any help from me to showcase his blog since I did find him on Freshly Pressed (if I remember correctly) and he deserves every bit of that because he writes fun and witty posts everyday! Plus, he has written screenplays that were produced.  Seeing as I’ve been unsuccessful at finding it, the search continues! 😉 For now, lets check this one out!

say anything posterDirector: Cameron Crowe

Cast: John Cusack, Ione Skye, Jack Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Amy Brooks, Jeremy Pivens

Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) may be graduating from high school but he has no idea what he wants to do with his life except for knowing his school’s valedictorian beauty Diane Court.  After he knows that she received a scholarship to go to England to pursue further studies after the summer, he decides to call her and ask her out on a date.  As the summer continues, they see each other more and eventually grow closer.  However, things get complicated at home with Diane’s father (John Mahoney) with life and his father’s disapproval of the relationship and Diane has to make a choice.

say anything couple


As I’m sure most of you know already, Say Anything is a romantic comedy.  It is possibly one of the most authentic takes on the romantic comedy with just a hint of the drama.  Its fun to watch the love between Diane and Lloyd grow and in many ways, its defying a “perfection” and making different choices than expected or breaking out of a norm.  The characters are heartfelt and just so charming.  Whats nice is that there is a good balance of romantic moments that make me swoon and others that just make me laugh.  A true romantic comedy, right?

say anything john cusack

Our main character here is John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler! This is a story about a boy falling head over heels for a girl he only just saw at the mall and who has different goals and dreams from him.  Not only is the story so cute and refreshing, especially since most romantic comedies nowadays is about a crazy girl that tries everything to get the guy including embarrass themselves.  Don’t get me wrong, that type of comedy still makes me laugh, but this is a breathe of fresh air. John Cusack plays it so well.  They gave him a great script with just the most unexpected moments.  Now I know all about the boombox over his head and what happened! I have to give that originality points.  He did just the perfect lovestruck guy portrayal that just pulled me in.

say anything diane

The chemistry he had with his female costar Ione Skye, that I’ve never seen anywhere else, was just so sweet. Diane and Lloyd have to be one of the cutest couples.  They are different but it also shows the wonder of being in love and how it opens your eyes to other things.  People don’t just jump into bed when they are attracted, they date and talk and teach each other stuff.  I really connected with her character.

Plus, John Mahoney plays the role of Diane’s father.  I remember talking about how I liked him a lot in Flipped a few months ago and in this one, he picked another really good one again.  I’m pretty sure not many father’s would sit around to listen to dating stuff from their daughters but he was looking out for her in his own way and as her best friend, not just a protective parent.  I think its a great character.

say anything couple1

I’m sure you don’t need me overanalyzing this flick.  This flick was simple, sweet and the perfect balance of love and laughs.  It was filled with heartfelt and authentic characters and just so awesome! If you haven’t seen it, I’m highly recommending it! Now its your turn to right that wrong!

Thanks to Austin for recommending it to me! I love the movie and even though it took me 8 months to get around to it and it was not as immediate as he had told me to, I did watch it and loved every minute of it. Please drop by and get a few laughs at his blog and show him some love and support 🙂