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I ♥ gem essences

Gem & Crystal Essences, or vibrational essences. Interest in the use of vibrational essences is currently growing enormously as more and more people reach a level of awareness that leads them to look for natural ways to create greater unity and wholeness in their lives.

Each essence contains the life force or energy imprint of a particular gem, crystal or mineral. These beautiful energies provide a positive balancing force, which in a natural gentle way help to release the energetic patterning of old thoughts, attitudes and emotional issues that no longer serve us. This simple system of re-patterning effects change at a causal level offering us the powerful opportunity to bring harmony and balance to emotions, mind, & spirit

How can Essences Help Us
Using vibrational essences will help us to gently feel and release the old layers of buried emotions and thought patterns that unconsciously create who we are and how we react to situations and people in our lives.

LUMINESCE

Gem essences follow a very ancient tradition. Ancient cultures used gems and sound vibration to direct the subtle forces of nature. Gems came to be used in astrology as well, to counteract the negative influence of the planets. In ancient eastern medicine, gemstones and gem elixirs played an important role in the healing process.

Crystals and gems were highly respected for their remarkable, even magical powers and vibrational healing properties. Scientific evidence that acknowledges the special vibrational frequencies of gems is only coming to light as science develops the knowledge and tools to analyze the structure and properties of gems, and quantum physics gives us some of the answers as to why gems, crystals and minerals are able to do what they do. Somehow they understood the vibrational power of gems and their potential influence on the subtle energies of the human being that science is only just beginning to explain today.

Zambian Emeralds

Dating back as far as 3000 BC, a number of Vedic texts mention the use of gems, both in terms of astrology and healing. Gems were used whole, placed or worn on the body, or crushed and ingested as a powder or drunk as an elixir.

Gem essences capture the vibrational frequencies of gems and are encoded with wisdom achieved at a planetary level. This wisdom is transferred from the gem to the essences in the process of making the essence. A gem is placed in a bowl of water and then in the sun for several hours, where the vibrational pattern of the gem is transferred to the water. The gem is then removed from the water and alcohol/brandy is added to preserve the memory of the vibrational frequency of the gem. This creates the ‘mother tincture’. The essence is then diluted to create a ‘stock essence’. A further dilution takes place to create a ‘dosage essence’.

As Masaru Emoto has shown in his work with water (www.hado.net), intent, words, thought and music all have an impact upon the structure of water.

– See more at: http://www.luminesce.ca/aboutgemess.html#sthash.1UOyKNWV.dpuf

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I ♥  FRENCH PASTRIES

Do you? Not big fat pastries, like canolis or Danish. I mean petit fours. The pretty, dainty pastries that are usually from France. This includes macarons.

I’m partial to éclairs and Napoleans. Canelé and Jesuite

Buttercream. Pink Fondant. Flaky bits of millefeuille. Raspberries.

Mmm.

How I love thee.

Not that I eat a lot of pastries in my city, but here’s what I do like:

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I ♥ CHRISTMAS TUNES

I love Christmas songs! So festive! I know that there are radio stations that play Christmas music 24/7 during December, but I don’t find that helpful because I have favourites that they don’t play. 

Here is a list of my favourite Christmas tunes. Enjoy!

TAMIKO’S CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

Ashanti | Hey Santa | LISTEN

Babyface | Winter Wonderland | LISTEN

Bishop Allen | You’ll Never Find Your Christmas | LISTEN

Blackalicious | Toy Jackpot | LISTEN

Boyz II Men | Let It Snow | LISTEN

Brian McKnight | Home for the Holidays | LISTEN

Christina Aguilera | Christmas Time | LISTEN

Christina Aguilera | The Christmas Song (remix) | LISTEN

Destiny’s Child | Eight Days of Christmas | LISTEN

Dido | Christmas Day | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Santa Claus is Coming Home | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | What Are You Doing on New Year’s Eve? | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Sleigh Bells | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Frosty the Snowman  | LISTEN

En Vogue | Silent Night | LISTEN

Guster | Tiny Christmas Tree | LISTEN

Harry Connick Jr. | Let It Snow | LISTEN

Indie.Arie & Stevie Wonder | The Christmas Song | LISTEN

Jason Mraz | Winter Wonderland  | LISTEN

Joe | This Christmas | LISTEN

KT Tunstall | Sleigh Bells | LISTEN

Lenka | All My Bells Are Ringing  | LISTEN

Little Jackie | Mrs. Claus Ain’t Got Nothing On Me | LISTEN

Mariah Carey | Christmas (Baby Come Home) | LISTEN

Mariah Carey | All I Want For Christmas | LISTEN

Matt Dusk | Christmas is Finally Here | LISTEN

Matt Dusk | Marshmallow World  | LISTEN

Matt Dusk | Cool Yule | LISTEN

Meghan Smith | It Snowed | LISTEN

Meiko | Maybe Next Year (Xmas Song) | LISTEN

Glee | Wonderful Christmas | LISTEN

Peabo Bryson | It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year | LISTEN

SheDaisy | Jingle Bells | LISTEN

SheDaisy | Deck the Halls | LISTEN

Take 6 | You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch | LISTEN

The Temptations | Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer | LISTEN

TLC | Sleigh Ride | LISTEN

Tony Bennett | Winter Wonderland  | LISTEN

Tony Bennett | I’ll Be Home For Christmas | LISTEN

Train | Shake Up Christmas | LISTEN

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FLORIOGRAPHY

I enjoy receiving flowers just as much as the next gal. My favorite season for flowers is spring, since my favourite flower is the peony. I also have a soft spot for cherry blossoms, tulips, crocus, freesias, and daffodils.

I have always been fascinated with florigraphy, the study of the language of flowers. Throughout the ages, flowers have been used to communicate messages, sometimes spiritual (such as the “purity” of the lily in reference to Mary), sometimes magical (as in medicine). The Victorian Age in England led to flowers being used as a means of communication in which flowers, posies, bouquets, and arrangements were used to send coded messages. Yes, you could express feelings with flowers that otherwise could not be spoken.

But it’s not just the British. The Japanese also have a language of flowers called Hanakotoba, used much the same way. I’ve touched upon both of these flower languages in a post about tulips (refresher HERE).

In the very least, I find it so artful and sweet, and useful for all bouquets, including wedding, friendship, courtship and the like. I’m just going to highlight the flowers I like the most here…

AMARYLLIS – pride (F); shy (H)

Amaryllis

AZALEA – Take care of yourself, Temperance, Fragile (F); Patient/Modest (H)

Azalea

BIRD OF PARADISE – Liberty, Magnificence, Good Perspective

Bird of Paradise

BLUEBELL/BELL FLOWER – Humility, Constancy, Gratitude (F); Grateful (H)

Bluebells

BUTTERCUP – Riches, Childishness

Buttercup

 CALLA LILY – Magnificent Beauty

Calla Lilies

 CAMELLIA – Admiration, Perfection, Good Luck Gift for a Man, Gratitude

CAMELLIA (PINK) – Longing

Pink Camellia

 CAMELLIA (RED) – You’re a flame in my heart (F); In Love (H)

Red Camellia

 CAMELLIA (WHITE) – Adoration, Perfection, Loveliness (F); Waiting (H)

White Camellia

 CAMELLIA (YELLOW): Longing (H)

Yellow Camellia

 CAMELLIA (JAPANESE): Unpretending excellence

Camellia Japonica

CHERRY BLOSSOM: A good education (F); Transience of life, Wabi-sabi, Gentle, Kind (H); Feminine Beauty (C)

Cherry Blossoms

CHRYSANTHEMUM (RED): “I love”

Red Chrysanthemum

CHRYSANTHEMUM (YELLOW): Slighted love (F); Imperial, Elegant (H)

Yellow Chrysanthemum (via elisedean)

CHRYSANTHEMUM (WHITE): Truth/Self-Esteem (H)

White Chrysanthemum

CORNFLOWER – Delicacy, Refinement (F)

Cornflowers

CROCUS – Cheerfulness, Abuse Not, Gladness (F)

Crocus

DAFFODIL – Regard, Unrequited Love, Sunshine, Respect, The Sun Shines When I’m with You; Uncertainty, Chivalry

DAFFODIL (YELLOW ): Chivalry

Daffodils

DAHLIA – Dignity and Elegance, Forever Thine (F); Good Taste (H)

Dahlias (via rclark)

DAISY – Innocence, Loyal Love, I’ll Never tell, Purity, Beauty (F); Faith (H)

 DAISY OX-EYE – Patience (F)

Daisies

DAISY (RED) – Beauty Unknown to Possessor

Red Daisy (via melissawrzesniewsky)

FORGET ME NOT – True Love, Memories

Forget-Me-Nots (via nodov)

FREESIA – Innocence, Trust (F); Immaculate, Childish, Immature (H)

Freesias (via lonoak)

GARDENIA – You’re lovely, Secret love, Purity, Refinement (F); Secret Love, Pure (H)

Gardenia

GERBERA DAISY – Innocence

Gerbera Daisies

GLADIOLI – Generosity, I’m sincere, Flower of the gladiators

Gladioli

HIBISCUS – Consumed by Love, Delicate Beauty, Rare beauty (F); Gentle (H)

Hibiscus

HYACINTH (BLUE) – Consistency

Blue Hyacinth

HYACINTH (PURPLE) – Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow

Purple Grape Hyacinth

HYACINTH (RED OR PINK) – Playful Joy

Pink Hyacinth (via o_lesyk)

HYACINTH (WHITE) – Unobtrusive Loveliness, I’ll Pray for You

White Hyacinth

 HYACINTH (YELLOW) – Jealousy

Yellow Hyacinth

HYDRANGEA – Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness (F); Pride (H)

Blue Hydrangea

IRIS – Faith, Wisdom, Promise in Love, Hope, Wisdom & Valor (F); Noble Heart, Good News (H)

Iris

IVY – Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection, Dependence, Endurance

IVY (SPRIG OF WHITE TENDRILS)- Anxious to please, Affection

JASMINE (WHITE) – Amiability (F); Friendly, Graceful (H)

JASMINE (INDIAN) – Attachment 

Indian Jasmine

JASMINE (SPANISH) – Sensuality

Spanish Jasmine (Jasminum Grandiflorum)

JASMINE (YELLOW) – Modesty, Grace, Elegance

Yellow Jasmine (Jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens)

JONQUIL – Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy

Jonquils

LAVENDER – Love, Devotion, Distrust

Lavender (kbhew)

LILAC (GENERAL) – Beauty, Pride (F); First Love (H)

 LILAC (PURPLE) – First emotions of love

Purple Lilac

 LILAC (WHITE) – Youthful Innocence

White Lilac

LILY (all) – Majesty & Honor, Purity of Heart

LILY (TIGER) – Wealth, Pride, Prosperity

LILY (WHITE) – Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It’s Heavenly to be with You

White Lilies

LILY (YELLOW) – I’m Walking On Air, False, Gay, Gratitude

Yellow Lily (via v4vikey)

LILY OF THE VALLEY – Sweetness, Tears Of The Virgin Mary, Happiness, Humility (F); Promise of Happiness (H)

Lily-of-the-Valley

LOTUS – Estranged love, Forgetful of the Past

Pink Lotus

MAGNOLIA – Nobility, Perseverance, Nobility (F); Sublime (H)

Magnolia (via Jörg Dickmann)

MAGNOLIA (CHINESE) – Love of Nature

Chinese Magnolia

MORNING GLORY – Affection

Morning Glory

ORANGE BLOSSOM – Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage, Fruitfulness

Orange Blossoms

ORCHID – Love, Beauty, Refinement, Chinese Symbol for Many Children, Thoughtfulness

Orchids

ORCHID (CATTLEYA) – Mature Charm

PANSY – Merriment, Thoughts (You Occupy My Thoughts)

Pansies

 PEONY – Shame, Happy Marriage, Compassion, Bashfulness

Peonies

PERIWINKLE – Early Recollections, Pleasures of Memories, Sweet Memories

Periwinkles

PLUM BLOSSOM – Pure & True

Plum Blossoms (via Eiki Yasuda)

RHODODENDRON – Danger, Beware, I am Dangerous

Rhododendron

ROSE (BRIDAL) – Happiness

Bridal Roses

ROSE (BURGUNDY) – Unconscious Beauty

Burgundy Rose

ROSE (CHRISTMAS)- Relieve my anxiety

Christmas Rose (via Imogen Eve)

ROSE (CORAL) – Desire

Coral Roses

ROSE (DAMASK) – Freshness, Persian Ambassador of Love

Damask Roses (via pedroam-bang)

ROSE (DARK CRIMSON) – Mourning

Dark Crimson Rose (via WS2)

ROSE (LAVENDER) – Enchantment

Lavender-Purple Roses

ROSE (ORANGE) – Fascination

Orange Roses

 ROSE (PINK) – Perfect Happiness, Secret Love, Grace & Sweetness, Indecision

Pink Roses

 ROSE (DARK PINK) – Thankfulness

ROSE (PALE PINK) – Grace, Joy

 ROSE (PEACH) – Immortality, Modesty

Peach Roses

 ROSE (RED) – Love, Respect, Beauty

Red Roses

 ROSE (A SINGLE RED ROSE) – I Love You

Single Red Rose

ROSE (TEA) – I’ll Remember, Always

Tea Rose

ROSE (WHITE) – Innocence, Charm, Purity, Humility, I am Worthy of You, Secrecy, Silence

White Roses

  ROSE (YELLOW) – Joy, Jealousy, Friendship (one yellow rose with 11 red ones means love & passion)

Yellow Roses

ROSES (ASSORTED) – You’re everything to me

Bouquet of Assorted Roses

ROSES (BOUQUET OF FULLY BLOOMED ROSES): Gratitude

ROSEBUD – Beauty & Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love

Rose Bud (HKM Photo)

ROSEBUD (RED) – Pure & Lovely

 ROSEBUD (WHITE) – Girlhood, Heart Ignorant of Love

ROSES (Single full bloom) – I truly love you, Simplicity.

* SNAPDRAGON – Gracious Lady, Strength

Snapdragons

SNOWDROP – Hope, Consolation

Snowdrops (via prolandscaper)

 STEPHANOTIS – Marital Happiness, Desire to Travel

Stephanotis (via alispoems)

 SUNFLOWER (TALL) – False riches, Pride (F); Love & Respect (H)

sunflowers (via imisshowitwasbefore)

SUNFLOWER ( DWARF) – Adoration

SWEETPEA – Good-by, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely (F); Joy (H)

Sweetpeas (via crudlynaturephotos)

 TULIP (GENERAL) – Perfect Lover, Fame, Flower Emblem of Holland

 

* TULIP (RED) -Believe me, Declaration of Love

 

* TULIP (VARIEGATED) – Beautiful eyes

 

* TULIP (YELLOW) – There’s Sunshine In Your Smile

 

* VIOLET – Modesty, Virtue, Affection (F); Please Love Me (H)

 

* VIOLET (BLUE) – Watchfulness, Faithfulness, Love

 

* VIOLET (WHITE) – Let’s Take A Chance On Happiness

 

* WISTERIA – Welcome (F); Beautiful Birth (H)

 

* ZINNIA (MAGENTA) – Lasting Affection

 

* ZINNIA (MIXED) – Thinking (or in memory) of an Absent Friend

 

* ZINNIA (SCARLET) – Constancy

 

* ZINNIA (WHITE) – Goodness

 

* ZINNIA (YELLOW) – Daily Remembrance


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I ♥ these 100 films

When I’m sick, which is rare but happens, I stay in bed and watch movies (or TV serials) on DVD. I happened to get sick, so I’ve been watching movies brought over for me. Yay! Which led me to think about movies I’ve enjoyed. I don’t know much about films, I just know what I like and what films have touched me or have been memorable to me or made me laugh so hard my gut hurt or even been so silly and stupid that it had me — whether they be blockbusters, independent, arty, docs, or even stupid. I can’t think of all of them, but I thought I’d try since I’ve got time on my hands.

Not in any particular order:

1. Bourne series — Never liked Matt Damon but he’s hot as Jason Bourne, who can beat people up using his eskrima skills, and, hello? He’s so bloody smart. Now that’s hot.

4. Bring It On — What can I say? It has the cutest scene when Kristen Dunst and Jesse Bradford brush their teeth together.

12. Godfather I & II — I watched them straight through together once, and was riveted the whole time.

6. Infernal Affairs (original Hong Kong film) — The pace and end threw me for a loop.

5. Monsoon Wedding — Brilliant from beginning to the end. The scene where the father rejects the patriarch for Ria kills me.

10. The Road HomeCrouching Tiger gal is so cute in this film. When she wears the pink coat, and her face when he gives her a hairpin, the meal she made for him, the words at the end of the film about their love for each other from their son. * wipe tear *

1. A Room With A View — It’s so very beautiful and inspired me to visit Tuscany. It’s about following your heart and what you want, rather than what you’re supposed to want and what others’ want for you.

8. Sense & Sensibility (Emma Thompson version) — I feel for Eleanor and the words are so poignant….about being constrained by societal rules. Besides it has Kate Winslet, who I have a girl crush on.

7. Throne of Blood — It’s a samurai version of Macbeth. I don’t know why everyone raves about Rashomon over this one. I love Akira Kurosawa films. Not in a pretentious way, though.

3. Together — I cried so hard…the ending. Father-son story. Chen Kaige’s films often pretentious, but this one’s heartwarming.

9. The Way Home — The kid in the film is a spoiled brat and I wanted to drag him down and kick him…but the grandma is so genuinely sweet and pure. It’s dedicated to all grandmas out there…and seriously, it will make you appreciate elderly people everywhere in a different light. I want that grandma!

13. Water — A film about an ashram for widows in India sounds boring, but it was so beautiful and touching.

14. Red Violin — It’s kinda pretentious but I liked how the red violin traveled through various time periods.

15. Oldboy — The fight sequences sideways in the hallway? Wow. Twisted, but that’s why it works.

16. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer — What a creepy story!

17. The Hidden Fortress – It’s the basis for C3PO and R2D2 in Star Wars…and Mifune I guess must be Han Solo. George Lucas was influenced by this film. I can still hear the music for the film, and the princess is spunky!

18. Hotaru no Haka (Grave for the Fireflies) — Yeah, I like Miyazaki’s films…but this one made by his Studio Ghibli still haunts me. An anti-war film that I see images of whenever people decide to berate me for what my people did during WWII. I know, I’m sorry, I had nothing to do with it, the government and military are dumbasses and should pay, but it was war…and the Japanese suffered too. 

19. Juno — When did Jason Bateman get hot? I hadn’t even noticed during Arrested Development.

20. The Negotiator — It keeps you on your toes from start to finish.

21. Ever After — I just like watching for the wonders of historical accuracy checks. Not. It’s pretty, it’s sweet, and Drew and the prince have fun little witty verbal spats together — very hot.

22. Love Actually — Okay, hello, Emma Thompson when she finds out? Kills me every time. Then there’s unrequited love. Unexpected love. All kinds of love…actually. Colin Firth’s storyline – major dislike. 

23. The Peacemaker — I randomly saw this and I quite enjoyed myself, thankyouverymuch. Nicole plays a brilliant physicist who is smart and sexy. And lots of things explode.

24. Etre et Avoir — This doc about a teacher in rural France is sweet, especially the little girl who pouts because someone uses her eraser without asking.

25. Love and Basketball — One of the best romantic films ever…it doesn’t get the cred it deserves. 

26. Indochine — Vietnam is luminous in this film, as is Catherine Deneuve. A reminder that once upon a time, Euro countries decided to colonize Southeast Asia…and not that long ago. Nonetheless, nice little love story between a French soldier and a Vietnamese girl.

27. Moulin Rouge — Nicole is fabulous in this! I want to dress up in her filligrie for that sequence when she thinks Ewen is the rich guy…and she’s on the swing and singing about diamonds and being a girl.

28. She’s All That — Sucker for teen flicks. I admit it. This one is cute. You can make fun of me….but I’ll bet if you hunker down and watch one, you’d likey.

29. 10 Things I Hate About You — A teen version of “Taming of the Shrew“. I like Julia Stiles character. The dialogue is clever. And, my favorite, “I’m not hostile, I’m annoyed.

30. Tennen Kokoroko (Gentle Breeze Over the Mountains) — What I love about Japanese people and the countryside rolled up into one film. The sweetness, the kindness, the gentleness…when it happens, it’s magic.

31. Indiana Jones Chronicles — So fun! I’d like to say it’s all the archeology in the chronicles that I like. Yeah, that’ll do.

32. Save the Last Dance — Inspiring dance audition sequence alert. Always makes me wanna jump around in my underwear and just dance.

33. Raise the Red Lantern — Gong Li is so beautiful…and the unravelling of her character before your eyes…amazing.

34. Brown Sugar — The scene where Andre and Reese break up is so real, so smart. This is after, of course, his line when he describes why he’s marrying her: “We all looking for wifey material. A woman that’s fine, smart, classy but not a snob; hella hella sexy but not a ho. That’s brown sugar. That’s my Reese.”

35. Love Jones — The way relationships work sometimes. You meet someone while you’re already attached, or you swear off women or men after a break-up but then meet someone, and that scares the crap out of you so you push them away. What to do?

36. Shall We Dance? (original Japanese version) — It says a lot of Japanese society — uptight, societal norms…and trying to find yourself and be unique when you’re supposed to conform. But it’s done in a funny way, and the character Aoki-san kills me….so funny.

37. Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle — Only because the last shot where John Cho smiles all disshelved did me in. Swoon.

38. Sliding Doors — A story about fate. Which path does your life take, depending on if you made it through the subway doors or not?

39. Bend It Like Beckham — Keira’s not annoying and pursuing her lips every 5 seconds. The family of Jess cracks me up. I want them to adopt me.

40. Clueless — If you read between the lines, the dialogue is brilliant and smart!

41. Cinema Paradiso — The little boy is adorable but the end is what I loved. It makes me cry…

42. The Lover — It’s disturbing but luminious at the same time. It’s sensual and passionate….a doomed love affair between a young French girl and a Chinese aristocrat. When he bathes her by pouring water over her by using a tea cup? Damn.

43. Friday — Stupid, but funny trumps the stupid.

44. Pride & Prejudice (Keira Knightley version) — The story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy … so smoldering hot. How love should be….passionate and full of witty verbal repartee! Elizabeth is headstrong, brilliant, holds her own, and knows herself. A great heroine.

45. Not One Less — Rural China…a young girl (a teen) takes over as the village teacher. She has only one responsibility: to make sure there is “not one less” — then she loses one to the city and tries to bring him back. Poignant.

46. Immortal Beloved — The imagined story of Beethoven’s “immortal beloved” who has yet to be revealed. Now, if I ever received a letter like that…I’d quite like it.

47. True Lies — It’s fun! Jamie Lee Curtis is a plain jane that turns into a yummy mommy. I bow to her!

48. Thomas Crown Affair — Because I want to be Rene Russo’s character, who’s smart sexy…and cool. And her wardrobe. I want.

49. The Notebook — Shut up! I have a girl crush on Rachel McAdams.

50. Blue Crush — Kate’s tough and sporty…and can surf.

51. The Bridges of Madison County — I never read the book as it looks sappy…but this movie killed me, killed me! it was so sad. When you love someone but can’t be with them, except for during a small window of time. Damn. The part with the rosary on his rear-view window while she watches? Oh gawd, I bawled.

52. Casino Royale — Daniel Craig made me want to sink my teeth into his forearms and whimper. He’s a man’s man. And, hello, Eva Green is sultry hot.

53. Brokeback Mountain — I weep.

54. The Wedding Banquet — Ang Lee kick. This was the first one I saw….then after, Eat Man, Drink Woman. Both are equally good. The father figures in both kill me, they are so touching.

55. Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang — This movie is so much fun! The dialogue cracks me up to no end!

56. Ocean’s 12 —  I’d like to be Isabel Lahiri, who was sexy, smart, and clever. And I quite like Vincent Cassel’s elegant capoeira moves to get through the laser wires.

57. Boomerang — I can’t say enough how much I like this movie. It’s so silly but when the player gets played, and then loses his true love due to his womanizing ways and gets burned….well, it’s good. And, the good girl wins! In this case, Halle Berry.

58. Batman Begins/Dark Knight & All Spidermans — I liked them all. Christian Bale is yum, Tobey Maguire is not. They were all so fun to watch….and the underlying current of our human darkness — sigh.

59. Kinky Boots — It really is about a boot factory struggling to keep afloat in England. Such a cute story!

60. Possession — Gwyneth and Aaron, meh, whatever. But the love story between the married writer and the bohemian (supposed) lesbian poetess? Hot.

61. Planet B-Boy — The touching stories about the Japan and Korean crews– lovely. That kid from the Korean countryside whose mom took off and he was raised by his dad? I tear up just remembering it. Oh yeah, the dancing kicks some ass too.

62. Sex and the City: The Movie — What can I say? I’m a girl. All elements we girls love are included. Love. Clothes. Friendship.

63. Shut up and Sing — This doc makes me want to hug Natalie Maines — she is spunky, if not a little crazy too.

64. Kissing Jessica Stein — Quirky and cute. The first time I ever heard the word “marinate” used other than in cooking. Love Jessica’s mom.

65. Waitress – Be fierce and brave enough to live the life you deserve. Do something unexpected. Sweet, charming, and hopeful. Keri Russell is brilliant. And darn if it doesn’t make you smile…and crave pie!

66. Morning Glory – Love Rachel McAdams’ energy in this spunky little film!

67. Inception – Confusing as all hell, but stylish. 

68. (500) Days of Summer – Cute story. A story about a breakup where the guy didn’t realize that the girl didn’t think it was serious anyways but he did and then he feels all devastate and can’t cope because he thought it would eventually turn serious? Find yourself through.

69. The Hangover – I didn’t want to like it…but damn that was hilarious.

70. Adventures in Babysitting – I don’t know why I like this but it’s plain fun and sweet…and Chicago looks real good.

71. Definitely, Maybe – I love April’s spunk…Summer’s intelligence…and Will’s preppy, intelligent, smartness. I like that type. Hot.

72. Coach Carter – Samuel L. Jackson’s coach-ness. Nice.

73. Up – Love it. The bird. The boy. The grandpa. Love.

74. Speed – Sandra Bullock is so cute. Keanu is so handsome.

75. The Blind Side – I love a gentle giant.

76. Conversations with Other Women – Witty dialogue. Fantastic premise.

77. Enemy of the State – Will Smith as a smart political guy. Like I said. Smart, intelligent, clever, preppy, athletic. Hot mix.

78. Bridesmaids – I love the touching moments between girlfriends juxtaposed with the hilarity. Love Melissa’s character.

79. Overheard – This Hong Kong police thriller is riveting. My eyes were wide-eyed throughout. Greed, revenge, bad guys winning, good guys losing. Fantastic.

80. Working Girl

81. Big Lebowski

82. Trading Places

83. Crazy Stupid Love

84. Wedding Crashers


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