30 Underrated Movies, Day 4

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Originally, I was going to review an underrated horror movie, but I will have to save that for another day.

You see, I’m a romantic through and through. I have many layers, many, many, layers, it takes years to get to know me. Just ask my friend, Amanda, she’s known me for 23 years and she’s still learning; but at the core of every single layer is love. I’m full of it, but I get that from my father.

I watched a movie for the first time, and I decided to write about it because up until last week, I hadn’t even heard of it.

Kristian’s 4th underrated movie is:

Forget Paris (1995) Directed by Billy Crystal

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First of all, I love Billy Crystal, he is so funny, and y’all know my weakness for funny guys.

Secondly, I was hooked by the first song. If you ever want to woo me, you’ll win me over by playing Billie Holiday.

Mickey, a basketball referee, (who makes me feel bad for ever yelling at the refs during a sports game. Bad enough to stop? Probably not. HA! What can I say? I’m passionate!) who flies to Paris to bury his father and meets and falls in love with Ellen, who works for the airport in Paris.

Mickey & Ellen’s relationship is narrated by Mickey’s best friend, Andy. We learn of all of the hardships Mickey and Ellen face throughout the course of their relationship, some of which had me falling to the floor with gut wrenching laughter, others left me placing my hands over my heart while tears fell from my eyes. I’m a sucker for the over the top, cheesy romance lines. Oh my gosh, it turns me to jelly. Haha!

Anyway, if you’re looking for another heart squeezing, warm fuzzy, romantic film, look no further than Forget Paris.

I recommend pairing this movie with a thick, robust wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is my favorite, and chocolate covered strawberries.

And just for good measure, here’s some Billie Holiday!

Have you seen Forget Paris? What are your thoughts? What underrated movie to you recommend? I would love to read your thoughts!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Going To Market On A Wednesday Afternoon

is not the way to start a poem

but have you?

Have you walked through the

not as crowded as Saturday aisles

and watched the butcher shave

the meat from a cured ham,

hanging over his head?

Has your stomach woken

from its slumber

at the scent of

freshly baked bread?

Have you watched the baker,

her hands stained

with cinnamon,

as she rolls out

her pastry dough?

Have you tasted

the delicate sample

of an angel wing,

my favorite pastry,

that melts

as soon as it hits

your tongue?

Have you stopped by

the delicatessen

and sampled the different cheeses?

Have you felt the sharpness

of the cheddar as it dances

with your taste buds?

Have you watched

someone make your sandwich?

Spreading olive oil

on a freshly baked roll

topped with smoked provolone

and the finest Italian cured meats –

ham, salami, and pepperoni?

Adorned with banana peppers,

kalamata olives, fresh tomatoes

off the vine, and garlic pickles.

Have you bitten into it, experienced

the umami party?

Is your mouth watering?

Have you ever been to

market

on a Wednesday

afternoon?

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This poem was written for Jar of Poetry’s Challenge. Click the link to be directed to the original post. He explains that we don’t need to tag him, but I am a firm believer of giving credit where it is due, and I think it’s awesome of Jar of Poetry to host this challenge!

So go check him out, you’ll be doing yourself a favor!

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Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Underrated Movies, Day 3

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If I asked you to tell me your favorite Tom Hanks movie, what would you say? Forrest Gump? The Green Mile?  Cast Away?

All of those movies are excellent. Honestly, I’m not sure there’s one of his movies that I don’t like, but there is one I hold very high, one the is often overlooked, and it’s my third choice.

Kristian’s 3rd choice of underrated movies is:

Joe Versus The Volcano (1990) Directed by John Patrick Shanley

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Joe versus The Volcano is a romantic comedy, a very original romantic comedy. We all know that Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan have chemistry in movies such as You’ve Got Mail or Sleepless In Seattle, and you can easily see it in this movie as well.

If you pay close attention, this movie has a lot of symbolism, lots of connections, and it’s very well written. The movie starts with Joe, tired of his mundane job and life. When he receives a fatal diagnosis from his doctor, Joe quits his job and decides to truly start living. He is offered the chance of a lifetime, but it will cost him his life, having no family, and knowing his time is running short anyway, Joe accepts his fate.

This movie left me chuckling and gives me heart squeezes time and time again. It’s a classic that never grows old! It’s a great reminder to take chances and face our fears, and that there’s more to life than simply working and paying bills. It teaches the importance of human interaction, and most importantly, love. The soundtrack is pretty decent too. If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s an absolute must!!

Have you seen Joe Versus The Volcano? What underrated movie(s) would you recommend? I’d love to read your thoughts.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

 

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30 Underrated Movies, Day 2

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I don’t know who Becky G is, but I completely agree with her!!

Many of you know I love to cook and bake, and today’s movie choice highlights the art of cooking.

Kristian’s 2nd choice of Underrated movies is:

Chef (2014) Directed by Jon Favreau

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I have two words for you:

Food Porn!

Okay two more words:

Cuban Sandwich!

This film was not only written and directed by Jon Favreau, he also stars in it, but this movie left me with a new found appreciation for the man. Jon plays a high end chef who leaves his restaurant and starts a food truck while trying to piece together the broken pieces of his estranged family.

His passion for cooking really shines in this movie, he even makes creating a grilled cheese sandwich look like an art. After watching this movie, I found myself wanting to run out to the store and buy fresh ingredients, search for different spices I have never cooked with, and make something incredible.

This movie has it all, excellent acting, dialogue, and drama. The story line hooks you and even the soundtrack is amazing. It’s a very well done movie and I’m not sure why it isn’t highlighted more. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t even heard of this movie until late last year, and now that I’m writing about it, I want to go watch it again.

I love when movies have a long lasting impact, and this one definitely did. It is a new favorite, for sure! I still have this burning desire to cook gourmet meals that will leave everyone I cook for speechless. You know you’ve cooked a fantastic meal when no one at the table is talking because they just can’t get enough of the food. Whenever I cook, I put my heart into the dish, so if I ever invite you over to my house for dinner or send you cookies in the mail, just know that it was done with all of the love I could possibly muster.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I believe it is still available on Netflix, and if not, I’m sure you can find it on Amazon Prime.

I recommend pairing this movie with a plate of spaghetti and a glass of Pinot Noir.

Enjoy!

Have you seen Chef? What movie(s) do you consider to be underrated? I would love to read your thoughts!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

 

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30 Underrated Movies

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It’s been a long time since I have done a list, and I was sitting here thinking since we are all staying at home anyway, why not compile a list of movies? I have done horror movies and romantic movies in the past, but I wanted to create a list of movies that a lot of you might not have seen, haven’t watched in a long time, or maybe haven’t even heard of.

Every day during the month of April I am going to share one of what I consider to be 30 of the most underrated movies. If the world isn’t giving them the recognition they deserve, I surely can!

Go grab your favorite movie watching snack, turn off the lights, and let’s get the movie watching party started! <— It actually would be fun to have a movie watching party together!

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Kristian’s First Choice of Underrated movies is…..

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Strange Wilderness (2008) Directed by Fred Wolf

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Peter, (played by Steve Zahn,) inherits his father’s television show “Strange Wilderness,” a documentary about animals. The ratings plummet and the show is cancelled. We are blessed with long flashbacks of the show’s demise, which is quite comical.

The studio head gives the show two more weeks. Peter tries to think of a genius way to save the show when his friend tells him a story about how Bigfoot was spotted in Ecuador. Peter and his friends, who just so happen to be stoners, set out on a road trip. Just like most comedies, chaos, trials, and even tragedy ensues, but all in a very hilarious way.

The cast, which includes Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Peter Dante, and Ashley Scott make for hysterical scenes. Honestly, I don’t know why this movie isn’t more popular, my stomach and cheeks hurt after watching it from laughing so hard.

I definitely recommend this movie to lighten the mood and guarantee laughter during these trying times.

 

What are some of your favorite underrated movies? Have you seen Strange Wilderness? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Wordless Wednesday 54 – Photo A Day, Week 20

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Day 135

The Special at Cafe de Weigman With Chef Kristian

Parmesan crusted pork chops, rosemary roasted potatoes, and pan seared green beans in a butter garlic sauce

Day 136

Today I am Thankful for Family. Everything in this picture was either given to me or reminds me of them! ❤

Day 137

Just a Robin Taking a Bath.

Day 138

Enjoyed a Glass of Raspberry Wine in My New Wine Glass!

Day 139

A Beautiful Sunset

Day 140

It’s the Little Things.❤

Day 141

Participated in Quarantine-O-Ween. Sorry for the repeat. I was too giddy not to share yesterday.

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Quarantine-O-Ween

Many of you probably know I am a huge lover of Halloween, so when I saw that today was Quarantine-O-Ween, there was no way I could pass up the opportunity to participate!

I drank my morning coffee out of my Snoopy Halloween mug, sat out some skulls, & best of all, I dressed up as Elvira!!!

Just because we have to stay home doesnt mean we can’t have fun! Did you participate in Quarantine-O-ween?

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Practicing Gratitude

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Thank you my everlong morning

this early spring

which is ageless.

My front porch

where I can sit

in nothing but my negligee

and wear the sunlight

in my hair.

The coffee for the buzz

pulsating through my veins,

and the warm breeze

caressing my thighs –

for the reminder

that I am still here.

•••

Thank you melodic wind chimes

for your beautiful song

and keeping time

for the robin –

this robin taking her morning bath

in my driveway puddle as she whistles

good morning.

A symphony of reminders

that my mom is still with me.

In my heart

and in my thoughts, I carry her

every. single. day.

•••

Thank you

beautiful stillness

amongst the chaos

and sickness

and death

for this heartfelt reminder –

that sometimes

remaining idle

is truly living.


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My Burning Heart

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Can’t you feel my burning heart –

leaping through my bosom

bleeding on pages?

 

Can’t you feel the rain –

my tears, trying to reach you

saying, “I’m here?”

 

Compassion is in my nature

I have been here all along

maybe it is you, who needs to address your fears.

 

I weep with the sky

I too have dark clouds

but I do not fret, for the sun always comes out.

 

I am not the definition of beautiful

I am deeply flawed

my looks fail, but my heart has it all.

 

Full of love and passion

art and pain –

never quite good enough, never quite sane.

 

Still I keep giving

it is simply who I am

I refuse to apologize for what you don’t understand.

 

I cry and I laugh

for I see and I feel

maybe you are just petrified –

 

Because

I Am

Real.


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Pockets of Wonder

magical world

When I was a child

I was obsessed with pockets

wishing I could jump through

and come out on the other side

♥♥♥

Maybe I would enter

a magical world

where unicorns run wild

through fields of lavender

♥♥♥

Maybe I would be a mermaid

naked and swimming

able to breathe underwater

and make friends with a flounder

♥♥♥

If I had the power

I would burn holes in all of my pockets

and jump through the other side

to see what was waiting for me

♥♥♥

But before I rode unicorns

or swam naked in the sea

I would grab your hand

and together we would roam free


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