Monday, September 22, 2014

It’s a BLOGFEST - an Alex J Cavanaugh HOP no less!



It’s been a while since I stepped out and participated in a HOP.


Alex wants to know…

as all enquiring minds do…

if I have any UNDERRATED TREASURES (in the way of a Book, TV Show, Music or Movie) to share with you... 

… and I do!



BOOK 
Crazy Ladies, by Michael Lee West, 1990

Source and reviews

This book was given to me by my daughter, for Mother’s Day, way back when she was about nine years old (she’s now twenty-seven). She was helping her after-school daycare with a Saturday garage sale and as Mother’s Day was the next day she took her little bit of saved up nickels and dimes and bought this book for me.
It was a great read! I highly recommend it. In fact, I’ve pulled it off my book shelf several times; each read shedding different light on the characters that make up the cast of Crazy Ladies.



MOVIE
Dreamscape, 1984

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, David Patrick Kelly, Kate Capshaw.

Source and movie trivia


This is my all-time favourite movie. If you haven’t see this flick you really are missing out. The cast is great, particularly David Patrick Kelly (The Warriors - a second fav) and the storyline is strong.

The premise of mind linking and participating in someone’s dreams is fascinating… and, at one point, in the early days of raising my daughter I actually used the principles from this movie to help my little girl deal with a scary nightmare with amazing results.


SO…

I’ve shared two of the four, as I don’t really have a TV Show or Music preference that would fall into the “underrated” category.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN.

Join the Linky List (at the bottom of Alex’s post) and share your Underrated Treasures… I am curious!



Cheers, Jenny

50 comments:

  1. Great choices, Jenny, and the whole issue of reading minds is fascinating. It's always interested me. Neat that you could use a premise like that for a practical purpose with your daughter. A dragon collection as you mentioned on my blog is even more interesting, as there are many kinds of dragons, depending on which country they hail from.

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    1. Hi DG - If you haven't seen Dreamscape I highly recommend it. I ended up finding a copy years ago, I'm not sure how easy it is to come by these days.

      As to Miss CP's dragons, here's the link to WINDSTONE if you want to see them.

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    2. Ooh, I liked the coiled ones, and they are beautifully made. Thanks for the link to the images.

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  2. Hey Jenny! Good to hear from you. Thanks for jumping in on the blogfest.
    I remember seeing Dreamscape in the theaters when it came out, but haven't seen it since. I need to watch it again on NetFlix.

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    1. I didn't see it in theatres, but have my own copy and have worn a hole in it! :)
      Is it on NetFlix? I don't have NetFlix yet - soon, after my renos are finished - but you Americans get so much more with your service than we Canucks do - must be due to our igloos getting poor reception - hahaha!

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  3. Didn't the ending of Dreamscape take place on a dream train, with Dennis Quaid fighting the bad guy? It's been so long since I saw it.

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    1. And while I didn't get to visit Vancouver, we did stay on Vancouver Island a few nights. Loved it!

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    2. Yes, the ending was on a dream train - good memory!

      I'm glad you got to the Island - it's beautiful. Did you make it over to Long Beach and Tofino, now that's spectacular?

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    3. No we didn't, but we did see Butchart Gardens. That was amazing.

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    4. Amazing sums up the gardens well… I've been several times; sometimes with out of towers, other times playing tourist myself - I can safely say I see something new each time. I wished I was a gardener… oh to dream. :)

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    5. Hi Jenny - when I came over to see my mother's cousin (Jenny too) in Duncan - we visited those three places ... loved it and now want to go back ...someday - also we didn't really see Vancouver .. one day! H

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  4. Oh - DREAMSCAPE - I'd forgotten about that movie. thanks for the reminder!

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    1. It's a classic! I gather you've seen it!

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  5. Gee, I've never seen Dreamscape and now I want to, so thanks!

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    1. You'll enjoy it - I've seen it so many times and each is like the first!

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  6. You're back! I've got Dreamscape on DVD and saw it when it was in the theaters so I've seen this one a few times. I'm a big fan of all things dream related. Great film.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Sheeee's back! Hahahaha! Well, for a minute or two anyway.

      I'm glad you're a Dreamscape fan - as I said in my post I've put it to practical use. I think I'll do a more in-depth post about what I actually did with that knowledge and how it helped my daughter.

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  7. The book sounds like lots of fun!
    The fact that your daughter bought it as a Mother's Day gift using her nickels and dimes, makes it extra special.

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    1. The book was, and is, a great read. I've enjoyed it about three times since my first reading and given the way it's written, each chapter told through the eyes of one of the women, it has given me several different viewpoints.

      Getting it as a Mother's Day gift made it all the more special. And, since I see myself as a "crazy lady" I think it was a perfect gift.

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  8. I just watched Dreamscape a few months ago (Arlee Bird had mentioned it on one of his blogs) and it was great! How cool you put it's premise to use. I'm checking out that Crazy Ladies book! Looks fun, and thanks for commenting on my blog! This has been a super blog hop!

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    1. I'm thinking a blog post is in order to give a little insight as to how I incorporated what I learned from the film to help my daughter with a nightmare. It was quite brilliant, if I do say so myself… (vanity be my name) hahaha

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  9. Dreamscape looks interesting. I'll have to check it out :)

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    1. You won't regret giving it a look!

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  10. I saw this film when it was in the theatre and I watched it again a couple of years ago. It holds up well and is quite exciting

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    1. For me, it's a classic - every now and then I pull it off the shelf and sit back and enjoy it for the first time all over again. It never gets old. (wished I could say the same for me… haha)

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  11. Thanks for sharing your book and movie pick for the Underrated Treasures Blogfest. I'll have to check them out.

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    1. If you haven't seen Dreamscape start there - the book it great too.

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  12. I remember thinking Dreamscape was extremely creepy when I was a teen! They showed it on the movie channels all the time.

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    1. I didn't know it was still so popular. As I have my own DVD of it I watch it with regularity… hmm, maybe tonight, as it's rainy and cold, I might snuggle up and watch it… again, for the umpteenth time. :) :)

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  13. Never heard of Dreamscape but the whole thing is on Youtube so maybe I'll watch it there (only versions available in my country are as much as a new full priced movie DVD!). A lot of the movies on my shelves were underrated by critics at the time of release and later became cult classics like Big Trouble in Little China. Sometimes it's really surprising to find critics hated a great movie or the general audience loved a bad, in some cases it's like everything gets retracted later. People loved The Phantom Menace when it first came out for example. A couple of years later, it was considered the worst thing to happen to Starwars.

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    1. Hello Mr. Sigar! I'm so happy to see a familiar blue fluff ball in amongst a sea of new faces, here in my comment area. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      I have not seen Big Trouble in Little China - hmmm, don't know why as this would appeal to me! (I googled it)

      Sadly, with Phantom Menace I was a non-fan right from the get-go. I grew up with the originals (4/5/6) and loved them, so when this one came out I was not happy with all the high tech and over the top stuff that shouldn't have been in there as this was supposed to be before the other, which where much simpler and had better story lines. Anyway, my daughter loved it - I went with her to see it - and thought I was just sooooooo not with it! hahaha, kids!

      Hope your a happy cookie monster… and all's well in your neck of the woods.

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  14. I remember Dreamscape, but haven't heard of the book before. I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks!

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    1. I'm hoping gets the readings it deserves - it was fascinating as each chapter is written through the eyes of one of the four main women that make up this story. I really found it gripping. Do look for it!

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  15. I'm going to have to watch Dreamscape

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    1. Yes… you will have to watch it… and you'll love it. Yup, you will!

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  16. Hi Jenny - I've never heard of (to my awareness) of Dreamscape or heard of the book - but I was in South Africa .. and lots was excluded and I was always out and about ...

    I'll need to check them out - cheers Hilary

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    1. Dear Hilary - thank you for always taking the time to leave a comment - you truly are a special blogger - your sunny avatar equals happiness. I'm smiling.

      You will enjoy the movie, the book is very entertaining too.

      Hugs and Happy Thoughts are coming your way. :) :) Cheers, Jenny

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  17. Wow Jenny, it feels amazing to just randomly drop by onto Blogger and see your first post of the month just recently posted, I've never heard of Dreamscape before but if it's your all time favourite then it must be good, it actually sounds like the kind of thing that I'd like.

    I also hope that in general things are going well with you, your daughter and your mum. I've been doing a general checking up on people who I know on Blogger today and your blog is the last that I visited because you're one of my favourites. Your kindness, your positivity and your wisdom was a huge help for me during a dark phase of my life and I can never thank you enough. You are genuinely one of the most wonderful and talented people that I've ever had the absolute pleasure of getting to know and I hope that it's something that you're well aware of because I honestly do owe you a lot. Stay sunny :)

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    1. Matt - what an unexpected treat. You've started my rainy Wednesday off beautifully - I'm happy and smiling. Thank you for the kind words, they've touched my soul. I'm so happy for you and Sarah - it really is the icing on the cake, isn't it. Life is a mystery - enjoy what awaits and don't fret, as you see things always turn out well.

      I think you and Sarah would enjoy Dreamscape, there is a powerful message within. Soon, I'll post the story of how it help me when Courtney was a wee tyke and had a bad dream.

      Also, I'm tickled to see your blog up at the top of my Blogroll - that means your back… well, for a post now and then. How amazing. This day just gets better!

      Tight hugs are coming your way, Jenny :)

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    2. So glad that I called back to see your reply Jenny, it feels so good to finally after so long to feel content in my skin and I remember that you called it happening a long time ago and quite honestly I didn't think you were right, I've learned my lesson! I look forward to the blog post about Dreamscape too, I read up on it a little and it sounds genuinely interesting :)

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  18. I went to amazon and read more about "Crazy Ladies." It sounds wonderful, entertaining and rich. The author is flexing some serious storytelling muscles, with the unique blends of characters and settings, you'd never expect to be weaved into a single story. Seems like a must read. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The characters are truly colourful and very well written with each chapter in the voice of one of them. Gussie, the housekeeper, is the most moving and her life is powerfully written.

      I hope you get a chance to give it a read, you won't be disappointed.

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  19. Great to see you today. Wishing you a great big boogie boogie Halloween season with lots of fun writing and good food.

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    1. Happy Halloween to you Ms. Spooky! :)

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  20. Garage sales are the best for finding those underrated gems. Thanks for pointing the book out, Jenny. I'm interested in that one. Looks great.

    Dreamscape sounds like a winner too - how wonderful that you applied it to parenting and helped your daughter overcome her nightmares. I'm intrigued by that movie too, yet hadn't heard of it.

    Thanks, Jenny, and thank you for your kind, supportive words at my blog.

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    1. I'm late in replying to your lovely comment - but thanks Robyn, for dropping in and taking a read. Much appreciated - always!

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  21. WARNING: Serious response ahead. These things don't happen often, so you might want to pay attention.
    An underrated treasure?
    Mrs. Penwasser.
    I never give her enough credit.
    Whew! Now that THAT'S over with...pull my finger?

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    1. Al, I know you may not get back to see this but WOW - that is so EPIC, and so COOL. I just wished Mrs. P could see this!

      And… okay… I'll pull your finger. What kind of friend would I be if I didn't! :)

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  22. Good selection! I haven't read that book.

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    1. I really do hope you get to read the book - it's good… really good!
      Thanks for dropping by!

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Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

I'd give you a penny for them, but alas we just snuffed it out. Yup...gone!
It's all about the nickel now...so at this rate you can leave 5 thoughts!

Cheers, Jenny

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