Friday, March 6, 2020

5 Underrated Disney Movies

That's right - 5 Fandom Friday is back!!!! This geeky blog series is probably what helped me the most with maintaining a semi-decent blog schedule over the past few years since geeky female bloggers The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick created this link-up series to bring other female geek bloggers together, and I am so excited that it's been brought back! Thanks to the lovely team at The Sartorial Geek, we've been given a whole year of new nerdy prompts to write about, and I'll be getting to share my fandom favourites with all of you each week!

This month, March 2020, is all about Disney! And to kick things off, today I've compiled a list of my top 5 favourite "underrated" Disney movies. Let me tell you, coming up with my list this week was not easy, because it's harder than you might think to find anything put out by Disney as being "underrated" by most standards - what it made at the box office, overall popularity or public opinion, etc. With the help of scrolling through the numerous films available through Disney+ (in Canada at least), I decided that the best way to go about this would be focusing on a few of my favourite live-action films created by Disney over the years. And yes, a lot of these titles will be Disney Channel original films, but I chose them for this list because they each hold a special place in my heart as a movie I watched over and over while growing up.

So not only will many of you not have heard of at least a few of these films, but it gives me the chance to give you some recommendations that are outside the norm, and for me to tell you why these underrated films are greater than the sum of their parts. And a quick note, every movie mentioned below is now available to stream on Disney+.

#5: Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003)
Re-watching this as an adult was more of a thrill than I expected, and I hope that any first-time viewers of this Disney Channel Original film will agree, no matter how old you are. This film tells the story of 14 year-old Eddie who is the star of his baseball team, coached by his father and where he plays alongside his best friends. He's known among his friends for making his famous 'Eddie Dogs' - essentially a hot dog loaded with every possible condiment and topping that you could think of. He discovers his passion and enjoyment for creating something out of nothing, and after signing up himself and his friends for Home Economics class, he learns about a competition titled the 'Million Dollar Cook-Off.'

For the record, the contest doesn't actually award a million dollars - it awards a small cash prize along with a million dollars in scholarships to various culinary programs across the country. He becomes obsessed with the contest, but he begins creating his original recipe for the contest entry in secret because he fears that his father won't understand his passion for cooking when he has pushed him so hard to play baseball his entire life.

Granted, this movie (as well as most Disney Channel films) are targeted towards a younger audience; Some parts are a little silly, and the level of bullying that Eddie receives for being a boy who is interested in cooking is highly exaggerated, both by today's standards and for the time that the film was released. Even so, it's a well-told story with plenty of funny moments, and for those who grew up watching this film, it's a nostalgic joy to revisit years later.

#4: Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
I adored this movie so much as a kid that, as an adult, I decided to purchase the novel by Kate DiCamillo to re-visit the world of Opal and her troublesome yet charming dog that she meets shortly after she and her father move to Naomi, Florida. I liked the story line of this film for the same reasons that Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli was one of my favourite books for many years; A girl (and in this case, a dog) meet the various people in their community that come from all walks of life, and it's through meeting Opal and Winn-Dixie and interacting with them that their lives, or at least their general outlooks, begin to improve. It's a heart-warming film for the entire family that will make you smile and feel warm inside, as well as having its touching and deeper moments that will make you think.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wednesday Wish Lists #36

Happy Hump Day, folks!

.... yeah, I don't care how old the expression is, that felt weird to type 😖

Hope everyone's enjoying their week so far. I'm working on keeping my word about maintaining a regular blogging schedule, and I thought I'd make up a new Wednesday Wish List given how long its been since the last one. Been doing my best to pinch pennies lately, so finding anything that I want really badly is almost dangerous for my wallet 😝 But my willpower remains strong, and I've come up with a list of a few things that I wish I currently had in my life.
#1: Our Super Adventure & Other Graphic Novels by Sarah Graley! I can't remember when exactly I first came across one of Sarah Graley's comics about her life at home with her boyfriend and her clowder of cats, but from the get-go I related to the comics because the characters reminded me so much of my boyfriend and myself, and I'm sure that's the reason her comics are so popular on the internet. She's published a few different collections of this series that she calls Our Super Adventure and I would love to own at least one of these collections as a physical book.

Last year I planned on checking out Toronto Comic Arts Festival for the first time, but at the last minute decided not to go - which was a huge mistake, because Sarah Graley was there last year and I could've both met her and gotten my own copy of each of her graphic novels AND gotten them all signed!!!! 😭 She hails from the UK, so her being in Toronto was an unexpected and rare occurrence, and unfortunately she and Stef (who is now her fiance - congrats you guys!) are too busy to come to Canada for TCAF this year, since it's very close to the pub date of her newest graphic novel. Hopefully I'll get to meet her & maybe even Stef & get autographs & pictures next year. But I'm still gonna try and make it to TCAF this year tho! I've never been and I'm excited to check it out!

#2: Young Sheldon Season 1 on DVD or Blu-Ray! My mother and I have been fans of The Big Bang Theory for years now - not since the very beginning, mind you, but it's still been quite some time since we fell in love with the show and its characters. We were both excited as well as nervous when we learned that there would be a spin-off show featuring a younger Sheldon Cooper during his early years of high school at 8 years-old, but we both quickly fell in love with Young Sheldon when it started airing in 2017.

We own - and regularly binge watch - all 11 released seasons of BBT on DVD, and I'm impatient to add the first season of Young Sheldon to our collection. I absolutely love the actors and the writing for this new show, although it also makes me nervous. I'll elaborate; I've been hoping for quite a while now, despite how much I love this show, that it would not continue beyond these two seasons, and the reason for that is because canonically, Sheldon's childhood wasn't all peaches and cream - things get sad and dark and tragic, and with how upbeat and optimistically the show is currently being presented, I feel like it would break my heart to witness a lot of the things that Sheldon went through as a child first-hand rather than just being told about his childhood when he reflects on it as an adult. Right now the show depicts a happy - slightly dysfunctional - family dynamic, and I'd like to keep it that way, rather than watch the family fall apart as the years go by 😥

Monday, April 15, 2019

My Insta Love #10

What's up, awesome people?!

Been a while since I've done one of these, and I like the idea of decorating my blog on a Monday with a bunch of pretty pictures; It seems like a great way to start off the week! I haven't been as active on Instagram since moving to the new apartment, but I'm working on fixing that. Mostly it's been because I've been cooped up at home and haven't been anywhere too exciting, which makes for zero opportunities for taking pictures, except maybe when my dog is doing something adorable.

With all the new ways Instagram has changed since I last did one of these posts - like including the ability to post more than 1 photo in a single post - these posts are going to look a little different than they used to. Instead of featuring 6 single photos, I'll be doing my best to feature 5 single photos AND 1 collection of photos, with each photo featured & the caption typed out so it's easier to read. So not only will you be getting some nice pictures to start your week, but you'll be getting a lil' big of real-life story time as well!📜😁

Don't forget to click on the pictures to be re-directed to that user's Instagram account, please feel free to add these awesome people to your Insta feeds 😊

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