Movies That Everyone (But You) Loves

Happy New Year!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful time ringing in 2013 and bidding farewell to 2012. Ryan and I had a no fuss celebration as planned and celebrated together over margaritas.

margaritas el torreo

Earlier in the day, before the margarita drinkin’, I saw Les Mis!

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I really, really wanted to love this movie. Really. But I just didn’t.

I feel like I’m in the vast minority, but I simply wasn’t enamored with Les Mis. I adore musicals but have never seen Les Mis on stage before, so maybe that had something to do with it? Perhaps knowing and loving all of the songs beforehand would’ve made me feel more connected to the film?

I thought it was a decent movie with some beautiful songs, but I felt restless as I watched and thought it was rather long. (I must say that I thought Anne Hathaway’s “I Dreamed a Dream” was absolutely gorgeous and have already downloaded that song, so there were some moments in the movie that I definitely enjoyed.)


After a later-than-usual start to the day, Ryan and I meandered over to the gym for our first workout of the new year this morning.

I warmed up with 20 minutes on the elliptical before I completed my Winter Circuit Workout.

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Super sweaty!


Breakfast this morning featured your average run-of-the-mill staples: Cereal, fruit and yogurt.

cereal yogurt banana

Nothing too special, but it tasted good and satisfied my hunger. That’s all I ask!

Question of the Morning

  • Is there a movie out there that everyone seems to love that you don’t think it all that great?

For me that movie is The Goonies. I never saw it as a child and after seeing it for the first time as an adult, it left me feeling underwhelmed (as they say on Cupcake Wars).


  1. Kacey says

    Everyone always raves over The Princess Bride, but I never saw it as a kid, and when I saw it as an adult, I just thought it was all hype. There are some funny parts, but I never can get into it. This is a true confession here, because when I tell other people about this, I get a LOT of gasps!


  2. JAF says

    OMG I hated Les Mis too! My bf and I went with another couple and they were loving it whilst we were rolling our eyes at each other literally counting down the minutes till it ended.

    Another movie I didn’t like but everyone loved when I was younger was Titanic. All of my friends were in love with Leo and I was just like ‘meh’.


  3. Jamie says

    I did not like Les Mis at all! They made it just as long as the Broadway play but did not give you an intermission….I think if it had been an hour shorter, it would have been wonderful.


  4. says

    I haven’t seen Les Mis yet but I completely agree. I am NOT a fan of the Goonies. I just don’t get it. The next movie at the top of the list of “bleh” is…and no one yell at me….but I can’t stand it….Christmas Story. I’ve tried to watch it a handful of times and every time I have to change the channel or leave the room. It leaves me unreasonably irritated. I can’t explain it.


  5. says

    So, I am a Les Mis fanatic. And I also was not in love with the movie. There were good moments to be sure (Anne Hathaway was AMAZING!) and I thought some of the barricades scenes really leant themselves to cinema…but…overall I’ll give it an “eh.” It’s a movie musical after all. And very few — I think — can live up to the stage.

    If you ever have a chance to see a real production, I really recommend you do. It’s long (be warned!) but I was in love. It has the best staging of any show I’ve ever seen. You’ll see what I mean if you go, but the STAGE itself its circular and ROTATES so you get the most amazing movement / impression. Hard to describe.

    I’ll leave you with this: It’s the 10th Anniversary “Dream Cast” of Les Mis and they are astounding. THIS is what the songs should sound like! In particular, listen to One Day More, On My Own, Empty Chairs At Empty Tables, Stars and Bring Him Home (you can search individually for any of the songs, but the full link is there).

    Sorry for the Les Mis nerd-rant! Happy New Year!


  6. Lindsay says

    Top Gun. I didn’t see it until I was much older since I couldn’t see “R” movies. But after all the hype, when I saw it as an adult, I just didn’t see what all the fuss was about. I saw Les Mis yesterday, loved it!


  7. Pam says

    I didn’t like Les Mis either!! The singing was great but the plot moved way too slow. My husband caught my eye in the middle of it and gave the universal “wrap it up!” gesture and we both almost burst out in laughter (in a very quiet theatre). Glad to hear we weren’t the only ones who weren’t so into it!


  8. Lyndsay says

    I definitely have a few, but the top ones are “Dumb and Dumber” and “Tropic Thunder!” Do I just not get the humor!? Les Mis sounds like a snoozie, so thanks for saving me the three hours! :)


  9. Leslie says

    Julie, you are NOT the only one. My husband and I saw Les Mis on NYEve and both were checking our watches and afterwards kinda felt like bad people for just thinking it was ok! I mean hello, Anne and Hugh were AMAZING but it was sooooo long and a new plot line after an hour and a half into the movie? I couldn’t believe it!! You aren’t alone girl.


  10. Jennifer says

    Les Miserables is one that you should see on stage first. Even at first, I thought “oh brother” but by the end, I loved it. The movie was awesome in a different way. This play/movie is not for the faint of heart but the message of redemption is beautiful. My thirteen year old daughter loved both the play and the movie but I know she would not have liked it had she not seen the play first.


  11. says

    A lot of people don’t like Les Mis — the music is a little repetitive, even in the show because it is technically an operetta, so lots of dramatic dialogue is sung to similar musical themes. It’s also sad…there just isn’t a lot of happiness in there to make it all better. The “bad guys” never really get what they deserve, which always happens in Hollywood.

    I have seen the show several times, and I felt the movie clarified a lot of plot points that the show rushes through. I had no desire to read the book after seeing the show, but after seeing the movie, I feel like I might like the book.


  12. says

    I don’t think I could get into Les Mis, but I would definitely go see it on stage. We just went to see Django Unchained the other night. I thought it was excellent, although I had a REALLY hard time with the overall concept and all the blood. The story, the killing and the blood were too much for me to handle and yet at the same time I thought it was very well done.


  13. says

    I agree Les Mis is much better if you’ve seen the play, but I don’t think it’s for everyone since there’s only like 5 words spoken (but it was amazing!) Oh, but the book is really good, I bet you would enjoy it. I know the feeling though, everyone loves Duck Dynasty but I really don’t like it.


  14. says

    I didn’t go see Le Mis for the same reason… everybody has said it was amazing, but I just didn’t think I was going to like it. Even though I LOVE musicals, and this seems like it would be right up my alley, I don’t know all of the songs to it and I’m not extremely familiar with it, so I felt like that would take away from the movie experience. I’ll probably try to see it when it comes out on Netflix, though. I just wouldn’t waste money going to see it in the theaters, I don’t think.


  15. says

    I havn’t seen Les Mis just yet – but I have a feeling it’s not going to be a winner! Of all the movies, I absolutely hate ‘The Notebook.’ Everyone goes crackers over it; but I cannot STAND Rachael McAdams character! Another movie I can’t stand (but everyone else seems to go nuts for) is Cheaper by the Dozen – but I guess that’s just because I find A.) anybody that would actually want 12 kids and B.) Steve Martin a little bit creepy. JM


  16. says

    phew, glad to hear i wasnt the only one that just was not at all a fan of it. anne’s role was legit but i seriously struggled to watch the rest. but have you seen Pitch Perfect!? ohhhh boy–the acronym “LOL” doesnt even do it justice.


  17. Caitlin says

    I HATED the Avengers. I swear it was in a different language, because it made absolutely no sense to me. Longest 2 hours of my life!


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