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The power of salsa




Nick Frost plays Bruce, a man hiding from himself and his passion, the dance of salsa. His co-worker Drew, Chris O’Dowd, is a jerk who goes after the new boss Julia, Rashida Jones. Will Bruce allow the fire of salsa to once again burn inside him?

This is a very funny movie with great characters. The only thing I didn’t like is Chris O’Dowd plays a jerk, and I love him and I don’t like seeing him be mean like that.

Very Annie Mary


Alica Mckenna Johnson, Very Annie Mary, movies
This is a British movie about an awkward girl in a small village named Annie Mary (Rachel Griffiths). Her asshole father (Johnathan Pryce) made me want to kick him. As with most small town British movies and shows the town is filled with quirky characters. One of my favorites is played by Ioan Gruffud. And to top it all off, it’s a musical (kind of). At times the silly/embarrassing things that Annie Mary gets herself into made me hide behind my hands, but all in all I really liked watching her find her way.

Foreign Film Friday- Philomena




Philomena stars Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, so yes, you should just go watch it right now :). This movie is based on the true story of a woman, Philomena, who was forced to give up her baby fifty years ago and kept it a secret. But now she wants to find him. Martin, a journalist, helps her as a ‘human interest story’ and to try and save his career, but what he finds is so much more. I don’t want to give anything away, but do have some tissues ready 

Let’s kick some bones.


Sorry Foreign Film Friday is coming on Saturday but yesterday was crazy, but in a fun way 🙂  Now onto the funBonekickers, Alica Mckenna Johnson, BBC, archeologists!!!!

Last week hubby and I watched the BBC series Bonekickers, a show about a university archeology team  causing havoc, solving mysteries, and getting into trouble in England.  I loved the characters, although the team leader Gillian Magwilde, played by Juile Grahm, does lean a bit too much on the bitchy side sometimes. It is consistent with her character, though, and you get enough back story to understand why.

Gregory Parton, played by Hugh Bonneville, and Ben Erga, Adrian Lester (love him),  balance Gillian and add humor to the story.

Now two things, first this is only a single-season show. The plot arc is wrapped up by the end, so I think it was only meant to be one season. And second, you shall have to give some creative license for the archeology. Archeology takes time, patience, and a lot of tests, which this show just doesn’t have time for. So if you can’t hush your inner critic, which I had difficulty doing  a few times, this might not be the show for you. BUT, I loved the history, the stories, the mystery, and the characters. I think you should check it out.


Also I am sorry if there is still code in this, I don’t know what’s happening. I only see it on my blog not on the edit page, when my son wakes up I’ll have my tech department work on the problem 🙂

True loves, new loves, and music


Foreign Film Friday is back! I have two wonderful British movies for you today in honor of Valentines Day.

Quartet, Alica Mckenna-Johnson, Maggie Smith, Billy Conolly


With the cast of Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Conolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, and a ton of amazingly talented musicians there is now way this movie could be bad. Set in a retirement home for musician Quaret is filled with music, wonderfully quirky characters, Diva’s trying to hold onto their fame, and a few trying to hold onto their dignity and age with grace.

I fell in love with the characters, the music, and the love story. This is such a sweet movie and it makes me want to stay in shape so my ‘golden years’ can be filled with fun and causing nursing home staff all kinds of trouble.







Alica Mckenna-Johnson, Terence Stamp, Christopher Eccleston, Unfinished Song

Unfinished Song

Okay get out the soft tissues because this movie is a tear jerker, staring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, and Christopher Ecceleston.

This movie focuses on a seniors choir as they practice and enter local competitions, the songs picked are so funny and the joy on the faces of the singers contagious. Terence Stamp’s character, Arthur is grumpy and thinks the whole thing silly, but once his wife passes away and he’s is left along with out any idea what to do with his life he them as a way to honor his wife and find some joy in life.

I cried a lot, some from sadness other tears with joy.

For some reason I can’t see to load a second youtube video, but go check out the trailer!


Don’t stop, keep talking. Is it hot in here??


Alan Rickman, Tim Curry, and Benedict Cumberbatch—scoot those over on the sexy voice couch so Sean Pertwee can sit down. Now I’ve seen him in other things, but today hubby and I watched all of the BBC series Honest. We picked it up because of Amanda Redman, who is the beautiful/sexy/strong, non-Barbie looking leading lady we have all been seeking.

Anyway Sean Pertwee has this deep raspy sexy voice that started making my knees week. His movie and TV list on IMDB is huge, but go ahead and watch Honest. It is super funny, and his character’s sexiness grows.

Word of warning—only one season, AND there is nudity, but it is equal. We get women’s breasts and the guys’ naked bums 🙂 But if you love a sexy voice as much as I do, trust me and check out Sean Pertwee.

Here is a clip of him narrating *swoons*

So who is your favorite sexy voice?

Classiness for the Geek


Reading Fan Girl, Downton Abbey, charm bracelet ,

Downton Abbey Charm bracelet photo from Reading Fan Girl

Every once in a while too horrific happens, and I have to dress up. And not just jeans instead of yoga pants paired with one of my nicer pop culture tee shirts instead of an older faded one. I mean shower, dust off the heels, wear grown-up stylish clothes, and possibly apply make-up. But even though I’m all dressed up, I still want to be me. So how do I honor my geeky fangirl soul and fit in at whatever function I’m being forced to go to?

Thankfully there is ReadingFanGirl on etsy. She has classy, beautiful jewelry that is subtle enough to pass inspection from the non-geeks but fangirly enough that other geeks in the room will send you nods of camaraderie, as they too have been forced to conform for the night.

Rose Brown creates Harry Potter jewelry such as Hermione’s Time Turner.

Time tuner, Alica Mckenna Johnson, Reading Fan Girl, Harry Potter

Time Turner, by Reading Fan Girl

Charm bracelets for Sherlock, Downton Abbey, and The Hunger Games.

Alica Mckeann Johnson, Sherlock, Reading Fan girl charm bracelet

Sherlock charm bracelet, by Reading Fan Girl

The sweetest hobbit doors.

Hobbit, necklace, Alica Mckenna Johnson, Reading Fan Girl

Hobbit Door by Reading Fan Girl

Plus much more. It would be hard for me to choose just one item! Do you have a favorite?

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Alice in Wonderland by Reading Fan Girl

Alice in Wonderland by Reading Fan Girl

Debauchery in Kenya


Heat of the Sun, Hide in Plain Sight, Alica Mckenna-Johnson
Heat of the Sun: Hide in Plain Sight

Apparently in the early 1900s Kenya was a hotbed of debauchery. People could go to Kenya and start new lives, be out and proud, and eventually the past would catch up to them, and then they would have to murder someone.

Heat of the Sun is a fun and interesting BBC crime drama. Kenya is a beautiful setting, and seeing a glimpse of life there during the 1930s was so interesting.

I found Supt. Albert Tyburn, played by Trevor Eve, to be charming and intelligent. Both my husband and I enjoyed watching him unravel the crime, find a way to keep his moral code, and follow the orders of his superior.

The IT Crowd


Alica Mckenna-Johnson, The IT Crowd
I have done something bad, I have signed up for Netflix streaming and spent an hour adding movies and shows to my queue. In order to justify this new time suck I will bring back my Foreign Film Friday blog. So the first show we watched is The IT Crowd. It is a funny British Comedy.

Description from IMDB:The comedic adventures of a ragtag group of tech support workers at a large corporation.

So this doesn’t say much but is very accurate. Jen, who only knows how to check her email, is put in charge of Roy and Moss, the two IT specialists at a large corporation. They cause trouble by convincing a group of people they broke the internet and the world will end, hanging out with a Cannibal, and even hiding a Goth in one of the back rooms.
Both hubby and I enjoyed The IT Crowd a lot, and there are four seasons available on Netflix.

It’s Okay—You Can Stare at My Chest


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I have an addiction to tee shirts, not just any tee shirts, but pop culture tee shirts, and not just any old pop culture tee shirts, but the unique, available for 24 hours only, pop culture tee shirts found on sites like teefury.com, yetee.com and shirt.woot.com.

Shirts from Comic Con

Shirts from Comic Con

I have far more shirts than I want to count because then I might have to admit I have a problem, which I don’t. I have a collection which I have complete control over. The tee shirts do not control me!! I am not their bitch. I’m not , I swear.

Dr. Who and Torchwood shirts

Dr. Who and Torchwood shirts

Anyway, I have an obscene amount—um a lot of tee shirts. Here is a picture of most of them. I can’t show all of them because some are tucked away as gifts. My kids also like them, or at least they are given a lot of them, and some are still being shipped to me!

80's movie shirts

80’s movie shirts

The reason I know I’m okay with my collection and that it doesn’t rule me the way bushido ruled foolishly optimistic samurai bound to death by their honor is because I have rules which I always follow.

Rule 1: I never buy the shirt right away. I always wait a bit and usually show it to my hubby when he gets home from work. If I can’t remember what the shirt is a few hours later, then it isn’t a buy.

Rule 2: Okay this one is more a justification—I do buy them for gifts also. I mean I always get one for myself, but I do buy them for my kids and sometimes other family members if it’s something really special.

Rule 3: I never buy from any of the UK sites. It’s not that I don’t like them, because I do, but the cost of shipping is as much as the shirt, so that is a no-no. The shirts usually come around to the US sites eventually.

Original art work

Original art work

Now I do have to admit that I have help with my addiction. There is an email service called The Tee Keeper, and every morning I wake up and there are the daily shirts for EIGHT DIFFERENT TEE SHIRT SITES, IN MY EMAIL, JUST FOR ME!!!!!!!
Anyway it is very nice and helpful.

Kids shows and cartoons

Kids shows and cartoons

My hubby helped me with photos. He made me include all my Comic Con tee shirts, which are free and therefore not part of the problem. Also I counted them—um right now—not including the ones I have tucked away for gifts or the ones that have yet to be shipped to me—I have 49 tee shirts. That’s not excessive is it????

Browncoats unite!

Browncoats unite!

British Goodness

British Goodness

Do you have any addictions—um collection? Are there rules you make yourself follow?