Recap – The Dog Day Blogathon

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Happy Bank Holiday Monday to all of my UK friends! And um, happy Monday everyone else! Thanks so much to everyone who took part in the Dog Day Blogathon yesterday, I haven’t been very active lately so I didn’t work on it as much as I would have liked (lesson learnt for next time) but as promised, I want to share with you all the posts that were published for the day.

Here they are in no particular order:

Reelweegiemidget shared her 5 favourite dogs from TV and Film

Movierob re-watched Marley and Me for the occasion

Dell on Movies shares his fondness for Dottie from Coming to America

Rambling Film gives a big ‘eff you’ to dog deaths in movies, and shares 3 adorable movie dogs too!

18 Cinema Lane entered with a double whammy, with reviews of Logan Lucky and Season for Love

Tranquil Dreams posted a list packed full of her favourite on screen dogs, and even included her own gorgeous ball of fluff!

What About Movies shows us why dogs are the best, both real-life and animated

If I’ve missed your post from this list firstly a huge apology from me, but just give me a nudge in the comments and I’ll add it straight away! Once again though a huge thank you to everyone who wrote a post, tweeted, or simply shared the news of the blogathon – I’m so grateful!

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The Dog Day Blogathon

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Happy National Dog Day, everyone! I’m a little early I know, or perhaps not depending on when you’re reading this, but I wanted to be first in there filling up the blogging world with our favourite good boys (and girls!). National Dog Day was started to celebrate all dogs, whether they be our family members, service dogs, guide dogs, all dogs! It’s also a day to highlight the number of dogs that need adopting. With 2 cats, a baby and a full-time job I’m not able to adopt yet (I would love to in the future!) so I thought this Blogathon would be a good alternative way to celebrate.

It’s not too late to take part if you’d like to, you can find all the details in my announcement post here!

For my post, I wanted to share my Top 5 movie dogs. I couldn’t settle on just one, and you all know how much I love my lists! Here they are, n no particular order…

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Feast (2004) – Winston

It’s a fact, all Pixar shorts make me cry, (Bao was an exception because it confused the hell out of me) and none made me cry more than Feast. If you thought your friends felt left out when you met your significant other, just imagine how your poor dog feels to be left out. Worse than that, forced to eat healthy!

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Marley and Me (2008) – Marley

Marley and Me is one of the very few movies I refuse flat out to ever watch again. I watched it in the cinema during a time when actually I wasn’t a huge fan of dogs (they scared me!) and it still made me sob. I realise this list is rapidly turning into a ‘Movies that made me cry’ list – but I mean happy tears! Adding a furry family member really does change your life.

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Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) – Prison Dog

A little bit of a random choice I know but I like to think outside the box, and honestly when I started to think about dogs and this post, the dog carrying the prison key in the Pirates of the Caribbean Disney ride was one of the first that came to my mind! I even picked up the Tsum Tsum version when I was in Disneyland Resort a couple of years ago.

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I Am Legend (2007) – Sam

Again with the movies that made me cry! I’m beginning to see a bit of a pattern here. Sam is the ultimate embodiment of the loyalty that dogs have for their owner, and I honestly think that’s all I can say before I start to think about ‘that scene’ and start sobbing all over my keyboard.

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Up (2009) – Dug

Let’s end on a happy note, shall we? If I Am Legend shows the brave, loyal nature of dogs, then Up shows the funny and lovable side to them with Dug. If only you really could buy collars that allowed you to know what it was your dog was saying!

national-dog-day-harvey-cockapooFinally, I want to share with you my dog. He’s our family dog, although in reality he’s my Mum’s dog. His name is Harvey, and he’s a nine year old Cockapoo! He’s a huge baby – on his first walk in the woods as a puppy he cried the whole way there, and he lets other dogs know he wants to play with them by crying at them. He’s also massively confused by my little 10 month old daughter, which is hilarious. Last time we went to visit my daughter was crawling, and you could see the bewilderment in Harvey’s face!

That’s all from me – I can’t wait to see everyone else’s posts! Also, on Monday 27th August I’ll post a recap with links to your blog post. Thanks for reading!

Announcing the Dog Day Blogathon!

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It’s been far too long since I’ve hosted a Blogathon and for a couple of weeks now I’ve been wracking my brain for an idea. It was actually whilst at work that I discovered that 26th August 2018 is National Dog Day! As a lover of dogs both real and fictional, I thought this would be a great chance to celebrate Man’s best friend whilst still talking movies.

So, what I would like to propose is the following…

  1. Write a dog-related movie post for your blog. Tell us about your favourite on-screen canine, put together a Top 10 list, whatever your creative minds can think of.
  2. Publish your post on Sunday 26th August 2018, on National Dog Day.
  3. Either send me a link to your post as a comment here, send it to me on Twitter, or email it to allieisoftenofftopic@gmail.com. Heck, write the link on a post-it note and stick it on my front door if you like! Just let me know!
  4. Optional: Do you have a dog? Or perhaps you had a dog you sorely miss? Share them with us, all dogs should be celebrated!
  5. On the following day, I’ll create a master post with links to everyone’s posts.

Feel free to use my banner, or create your own, and have fun with it! I really hope to see my Blogroll filled with furry faces on the 26th August.

Christmas in July Blogathon – Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Originally posted on Drew’s blog here as part of his Christmas in July Blogathon – be sure to check out the other posts!

Opening my laptop this morning, trying to decide what to write about for Drew’s annual Christmas in July blogathon (which I am once again fashionably late for) I was horrified to read the news title “Bruce Willis CONFIRMS Die Hard is not a Christmas movie”. Aca-scuse me?!

The terrible statement was made during his appearance on his very own Comedy Central Roast. Come on, Bruce! This is something us movie fans have been arguing about for years, in fact, YouGov even ran a poll on it, in which over 50% of people also claimed Die Hard isn’t a Christmas movie.

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If you haven’t guessed, I am firmly in the Yes camp. In fact, I only watched Die Hard for the first time fairly recently, because I’d been told it was a Christmas movie and so it felt wrong to watch it in any month other than December. In my eyes, any movie that takes place during Christmas counts. That’s why you’ll find me rewatching Love Actually, Just Friends, and Bridget Jones’s Diary every single year.

I’d really love to settle the debate once and for all so please let me (and Drew!) know – is Die Hard a Christmas movie?

Now, the best part of Drew’s Christmas in July blogathon is the after-party. We’re allowed to bring 1 guest of our choice. My previous guests have been Dan Stevens, Oscar Isaac, and Chris Pratt. I would bring Bruce Willis this year but there’s no chance now he’s trying to ruin my festive spirit so his invite is in the bin. As I still have another year and a half to wait to see him again in Star Wars, I’ll bring Adam Driver with me this year! Drew can you make sure the heating is on, please? He’s decided to come shirtless!

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Christmas in July Blogathon: 5 Movies to Show my Daughter

ORIGINALLY POSTED at Drew’s Movie Reviews here. Please check out Drew’s blog and the rest of the entries to his Christmas in July blogathon!

I can’t believe I’m taking part in Drew’s Christmas in July Blogathon for the 3rd year running! Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year, and so I don’t need many excuses to talk about the festive season and related movies. Thank you Drew for hosting again!

This year, Christmas is going to be pretty different for me, as I’ll have a 2-month old baby! Part of me is dreading the chaos, but mostly I’m looking forward to making the holiday a magical time for this little one. Of course, that’s going to include brainwashing introducing her to some of my favourite Christmas movies! That’s why this year, I decided to dedicate my blogathon post to 5 Christmas Movies to Show My Daughter.

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The Snowman (1982)

Wait, don’t call Child Protection Services yet! I don’t mean the upcoming horror/thriller by the same name. I mean the classic British Christmas TV movie, The Snowman, where a boy builds a snowman that comes to life on Christmas Eve. It’s a magical story and features one of the most beautiful songs, ‘Walking in the Air’. We might even follow it up with the 2012 sequel, The Snowman and the Snowdog, but it still makes me cry!

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Shrek the Halls (2007)

How on Earth is Shrek the Halls 10 years old already?! Another short TV movie that’s been an annual event in my family since it was released. We’re big Shrek fans in my family (only the first 2 movies though) and we sadly know all the words to this! If you’ve never seen it, after the hustle and bustle of the Shrek family settling down on Christmas Eve, Donkey, Shrek & Fiona tell the tale of the night before Christmas…in their own special way!

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

The Muppets were a huge part of my childhood, it was my favourite show when I was little and I’ve continued to love them ever since. In fact, the song ‘Life’s a Happy Song’ from the 2011 movie was the song my husband and I walked back down the aisle to on our wedding day! I’m hoping my daughter will have the same sense of humour as I do, so I’m sure she’ll love watching The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Whilst those are 3 movies that I think any child would easily enjoy, mine is going to have accept the fact that she’s going to have her Mum & Dad’s favourite Christmas movies ever forced upon her. Let’s start with Dad, shall we?

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Jingle All the Way (1996)

I can’t believe that 9 years ago I had no idea Jingle All the Way existed. I was invited to my (now) husband’s parents house over Christmas where they sat for their annual watch of this movie, and I loved every second. In fact, it’s impossible for anyone to eat a cookie around me without me shouting ‘put that cookie down, NOW!’. So whether she loves it or hates it, a bit of Arnold Schwarzenegger is always needed at Christmas!

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

I talk far too much about the National Lampoon’s movies so I’ll keep this brief, but there’s no way it couldn’t have been in this list! I’m just dreading the moment in a few years time where my daughter will complain about having to watch it and exclaim ‘this movie is as old as you!’.

Finally, part of Drew’s tradition is to host a party of our favourite celebrities, and we all get to add a name to the guest list. I think it’s only fair that I throw Dan Stevens an invite this year, and carefully place as much mistletoe around the venue as possible!

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