30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 19

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 19

Day 19 – A Favourite Actor

Okay, so I don’t have just one favourite actors. I have many. So let’s just talk about them. Also, a lot of them will come from television shows more than movies, as I just watch more tv than movies.

Also, my favourite actors aren’t always based solely on acting skills or other talents. To me, if they’re also super nice and genuine, that immediately makes them more endearing.

Anyway, let’s get into it.

Chris Pratt

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You guys will primarily know him from Parks and Recreation and Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s very funny and charasmatic, even before he get super buff. He can french braid hair, he’s super genuine and nice, he’s always visiting children hospitals, how can you not love the guy? Plus, he’s a good actor on top of all this.

Donald Glover

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I primarily know him as Troy from Community. But he’s been in an endless amount of shows, both live action and animation. He’s been in a handful of films, and is set to star in a few upcoming ones like the Han Solo spin off (as Lando), and The Lion King live action remake (as Simba!!). He is also talented in the musical world as Childish Gambino. As far as anyone is concerned, he’s a triple threat. So besides all this talent already, he’s also insanely funny!

So anyway, here’s two songs from him. A classic one, and his latest one which threw me when I first heard it, but now I’m into it.

This got a bit off-topic.

Lin Manuel-Miranda

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Literal cutie pie and genius. You guys will know him off Hamilton, but I remember seeing him in House when he guest starred. He’s also guest starred in a few other shows like How I Met Your Mother. He’s also incredibly kind, aware of issues, and seems like such a fun person to be around.

John Oliver

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Another Community alum. He’s also appeared in a number of other shows and movies both in live action and animation. He is just so funny, and incredibly quick-witted. Have you guys seen Last Week Tonight? I can’t stop watching that show and that’s the only way I ever really know what’s going on in the US politically. As a comedian and political satirist, he strikes me as someone who won’t bullshit you, on top of being hysterical. He has a very self-effacing humour and often mocks himself as well as everyone else which is just fun.

So there you go. A number of favourite actors of mine who I like for a whole bunch of reasons. They are just talented, funny, and seem really nice, which is enough for me to brand them as favourites.

Who are some of your favourite actors?

Angela.

Favourite Dresses

The ever amazing Cheila recently did her own Shoe Collection post, and then she said she was considering doing a post about her favourite dresses, and asked me to join her. I, of course, immediately said yes. So here we are 😀

So I only have six dresses at the moment. I used to have more, but I have decluttered recently. I don’t wear dresses often, I normally wear pants or skirts. But during summer, I love to wear dresses. Course it’s winter at the moment, so I don’t wear any of these which is a bummer. A few of them got a lot of use back in Fiji. Anyway, enough rambling. Here are my favourite (and only!) dresses.

The Graduation Dress

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The dress is hidden under all the ceremony garb in the end

The longest dress I’ve had so far. I bought this in mid 2013, when my graduation for completing my Bachelor of Music was coming up. At this point I had no dresses, and wanted something nice for said graduation. I bought this cute blue dress for $25 from Glassons. I loved the little touches of designs with the lace around the neck and shoulders. It’s also blue which is one of my most favourite colours. The skirt is really light and floaty, which is good, but also bad as one breeze blows it right up (Wellington gets real windy). I still love the dress though.

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Harry Potter Party!

Did you guys know that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out on June 26 1997? Which means today marks the 20th anniversary! How awesome is that! In recognition of this, I’m sure you guys have seen the new fancy covers they’ve come out with.

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Isn’t the Hufflepuff one the best??? (no bias here 😛 )

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Before I get started, my fellow Harry Potter fans and blogging friends Hannah and Pamela have also posted about this Harry Potter milestone too!

The Books

Back in June 1997, I was only 5 and a half years old. We were living in the Philippines and I didn’t even have a clue what Harry Potter was.

In fact, I didn’t start reading Harry Potter until I was 11. That’s right, I didn’t start reading them till 2003, when there were already a few out. Order of the Phoenix was just coming out and people were freaking out cause apparently someone kinda important dies. I had not much interest in the books, but I picked one up at random from the school library, and I was hooked. It was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Yes, I read the fourth one first. No idea why, ask 11 year old me. Once I finished that, I went back and read the first three. There was no turning back at this point.

I read the fifth and loved it. In 2005, I read Half-Blood Prince and finished at midnight, yelling at my sister about Horcruxes. In 2007, I read Deathly Hallows and cried at the end. I loved these books, since finishing Deathly Hallows, I have gone on to read the entire series countless times.

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The Movies

When the first one came out, I had no interest, but everyone else did. I was the new kid back from overseas and had no idea what this fuss was all about. After I got into the books, I went to the movies to see Chamber of Secrets. It was okay. I wasn’t wowed though. Neither was my dad, as he fell asleep. I lost interest.

Then around 2007, they were marathoning the first four on tv. I decided to watch Prisoner of Azkaban and my mind was blown. The movie was good! It didn’t follow the book to the letter, but the acting was decent, the effects were good, and it looked good. I was suspicious that this was a one-off deal. So the next night, I watched Goblet of Fire. It was also good, the child actors were now growing up and beginning to hold their own. I was getting attached to the movie characters as much as the ones in the book. Well shit, now I need to see it in the theatre.

Order of the Phoenix, I watched that in the movies. Then while waiting for the sixth to come out, my friends and I had Harry Potter movie marathons where we watched all five. We watched Half Blood Prince in theatres in 2008 and cried. Then we had more marathons. Finally, we watched both parts of the Deathly Hallows at midnight screenings in 2010 and 2011. During part 2, I bawled my eyes out and cheered with the crowd. I was among my peeps, and you could feel the emotion in the room. I went home exhausted at 3 am, and got up for a 9am class for uni. It was cancelled as our professor was sick. So two of my friends who also went to the midnight viewing, decided to see it again. I agreed. We went and cried again. Later that week, a friend who hadn’t seen it wanted to go. I came with, and yes I cried. I now watch it without crying but I still get all the feels. I have yet to do a marathon with all eight movies. I don’t know if I could now, but I would be willing to try.

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The Obsession

This all helped to fuel my love of the magical world of Harry Potter. I joined Pottermore the second it opened. I was sorted into Hufflepuff which I always felt a kinship with. It led to endless conversations with my friends, and speculations about how it would end before we knew. It led to me owning all the books, and all the movies. It led to my friends and I buying each other Harry Potter merchandise and gushing about how amazing it is. It led to endless gift ideas for me, as you know I’ll love it as I love anything Harry Potter related. It led me to admire the actors from the franchise, to watch them grow alongside me and see how incredible they have become.

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Now that my rant is over, it’s time to party. If you’re a fan (like me!), then share your own story of how you came across Harry Potter, whether it be books or movies or both. Share what house you’re in, and what your favourite characters or moments are. For today, Harry Potter has been around for 20 years, and that is amazing.

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All the images come from Pinterest. I don’t own them.

Angela.