Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Mashup: Fitz and the Tantrums, Friday Flix & Fred

Happy Friday!  Aren't you happy the week's almost over?  I am.  There's a few things that I'm obsessed about this week other than my family, work, Conan O'Brien or my manuscript.  And so I thought I'd share my obsessions this week.    

Fitz and the Tantrums

As I go through the projects I'm working on I can't help but relate to this video by Fitz and the Tantrums.  In their Walker video, this guy is at the DMV and bless him because we all know how maddening that can be.  To be honest though, when I first saw this, I said to myself, "Oh, he must be writing a novel."  Hehe.  Am I right?  Anyway, I really enjoy this band, the video and the song.  You'll have to watch the video on YouTube since it's restricted content here.

Friday Flix

Watch Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters on NetFlix!

This movie didn't review that well.  In fact, Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 1 star rating.   LOL!  Now I've learned to not read too much into these types of reviews.  Last January this movie released in the US and made a disappointing $55M.  Interestingly enough, the movie then released internationally and was reported to gross a whopping $177M in other countries.  Worldwide, the film made over $225M.  See all the fascinating facts here.   And with numbers like that, you knew there would be a sequel, right?  Yup...see this article from last year mentioning movie number two.

I find it intriguing that even though a movie isn't a hit in the US, it can still be a sensation worldwide.  Have you thought about this perspective with respect to books?  Do you have a favorite book that hasn't made it over to the US yet?  Or if you're an author, are your books doing better in the US as opposed to other countries?

On another note, if you're interested in reading the real-deal, check out my Creepy Classic review of Grimms' Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel. Have you read this classic?

Fridays with Fred

Its been some time since I've posted an image of Fred.  I'm sorry to say this but Fred's getting older and is a bit grouchy in his senior years. :(  He has issues with his back legs and frankly I try not to bother him anymore.  Anyway, the kids were playing with the dinosaurs one day and I snapped this one of Fred walking with the dinos.  Can you feel the ground shaking?

Fredrannosaurus Rex

Did you watch the video?  Are you a fan of Hansel and Gretel?  Do ya miss Fred at all?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Mina B. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Welcome back Fred! Funny photo.
Hansel and Gretel wasn't great, but it was fun and better than the reviews suggested. I always look at world wide grosses, which are often different than the American ones.

Elise Fallson said...

Oh I so missed Fred! You still got it ole boy! And yes, I liked Hansel and Gretel, it wasn't the best movie, but still fun to watch. :)

Pat Hatt said...

Fred looks like he wants to eat the dinos lol

Heather Holden said...

Aw, Fred is adorable!

Michelle Wallace said...

When last have I seen Fred? How old is he?
And, in case you've forgotten, I'm not really a movie person...

Kimberly said...

I haven't seen Hansel and Gretel.

That's a cute picture of Fred with the dinosaurs.

The video and song was great.

Mina Burrows said...

@Alex: I agree about H&G too.

@Elise: Fred love you too.

@Pat: LOL! He does doesn't he?

@Heather: Fred's the bomb!

@Michelle: Fred's 15. Poor buddy.

@Kimberly: Thanks. Glad you liked the song too. My kids sing it all the time. LOL!

Carla said...

We still check in, and we miss seeing Fred.
Darcy is also 15, and not moving as fast as she used to. We had a blood panel done at her last vaccination update, and everything was pretty good. It's hard to see them get older.
How's Spike doing?
Darcy and Sophie say hi and licks to Fred!