Ronovan Writes Weekend Mick Flick. You Down With Love?

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I suppose you might want to know what a Mick Flick is. Well every man fears, actually dreads two words; Chick Flick. That’s right, we know what it means. Romance, tears and we are deemed as failures either because we are men or because we aren’t the men in that, dare I say it, RomCom.

Instead of Chick Flicks, men need an alternative. And this is something we men need to embrace and women, you should as well and you may find date nights become a whole new experience.

The alternative? Rooster Flicks? No. I don’t even like saying Chick Flicks so giving it some form of relevance by actually calling the alternative as Rooster doesn’t work for me. And with the various possible definitions one could give to Rooster based ones mindset and locale, I am just not going there. No, Male Chick Flick. That’s right, the Mick Flick.

What constitutes a Mick Flick?

  • It needs a touch of humor if it doesn’t have action.
  • It needs to tug the heartstrings in some way, with a message or something.
  • And yeah, an attractive female lead might work out, but it’s not completely necessary. Oh, you don’t believe me on this one? I shall prove you wrong, although attractiveness is in the eye of the beholder. For me it is the eye of the personality. Pretty lady, ugly personality equals scary run the other way. Yeah, NOT attractive.

Today’s Mick Flick is:

Down With Love

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Ewan McGregor (Catcher Block)

  Renee Zellweger (Barbara Novak)

David Hyde Pierce (Peter McMannus)

Tony Randall (Theodore Banner)

IMDB 6.3/10 over 30,000 users.

 

Cromedy this week.

A homage to the Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony Randall movies. Catcher Block is the”ladies’ man, man’s man, man about town’ magazine writer who always gets the scoop but then he is called out in front of all of America by Barbara Novak on national television while discussing her book Down With Love, about how women don’t need men. She names him as the perfect example of ‘The Worst Kind of Man’.

Of course the humor begins when Catcher Block pretends to be an astronaut, Zip Martin to expose her as a fraud when it comes to love and men.

 

Now time for the BroJo to get going.

Men, why you need to watch this movie.

Comedy. This week it’s comedy and some good old throw back dumb sexist overtones that are so over the top they are funny. By this I mean even women laugh at how dumb the jokes are. Okay, dumb in a good way.

Now to the ranking of the movie:

Good acting: To pull of that old feel of the 1960s and get away with it is great. McGregor and Hyde Pierce nail it. Zellwegger? Well she does okay but she’s no Doris Day. She just doesn’t quite pull it off in my opinion. But I give it an overall Yes.

Attractive Female Lead: Well, As you know personality is a big part of attractiveness to me and Zellwegger doesn’t have it. No.

Insane Characters: I think the basic premise of the movie lends itself to insanity with some antics of McGregor and supporting cast members. Yes.

Humor: I’ll just say Yes.

Bodily Harm: I guess you would say there is that mild bodily harm you might expect from a bit of slapstick comedy send off of those old 1960s movies. Yes.

Food Humor: I don’t think so. No.

Action: There is a little throwing of some things. Yes.

Good Message: I think so. Again, this is about love. So there is a love message here. Yes.

Tear Moment: Nah, dude, not gonna do that to you this week. No.

Male Lead is Not Made Out to Be Stupid: I think McGregor looks pretty smart here. Yes.

Cuddle Taco Bonus: Not this week. Not even a nacho chip.

So on the Taco Scale of 10 Tacos being awesome and 1 being like tacos without the meat, cheese or sauce,today’s Mick Flick receives:

 7 out of 10 Tacos.

Not the Feast but grab some bean dip and you’ll be fine and with no Cuddle Taco Bonus eat all the dip you want.

That’s my Cromedy Recommendation for this weekend. What movie can you think of that meets the Mick Flick requirements? I already have future movies in a list so don’t be surprised if you end up seeing your idea in a future post. Leave a comment and let me know your pick.

Much Respect and Much Cuddling for you This Weekend, well, if you leave out the bean dip.

 

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Being Positive to See the Positive

Last week in Sorting Your Life’s Junk I talked about how the way to being a positive and wonderful me, well a better me, was how I like to place events and thoughts into  Mental Folders. I called them:

  • Awesome
  • Needs Work
  • So Not Worth It

By doing this, I am able to sort through things quickly and move on. It’s a habit. A reflex, if you want to look at it that way. Just like driving a car. You see  something brake in front of you, you don’t have to think about it, you hit your brakes to stop something bad from happening. This is the same thing. By sorting those events or interactions into folders, those emotional/mental energy vampires/leeches/parasites don’t have a chance to latch on.

But you are probably thinking to yourself there are still things in the folders and you are likely to thumb through those files at some point. Ignoring the negative things doesn’t work. I like the adage or phrase “You got to own it.”

Accept it and Deal With it

Eventually whatever it is must be taken care of. Due to a concussion I’m not allowed to drive at the moment. I’ve driven 7 minutes in the past 18 months. And that was an emergency. Am I happy?

I guess you need to take a look at happy first. Everything that needs to get done in my life gets done. So in the grand scheme of things, not driving is not a major problem for me. I have filed it and dealt with it. I’m okay with it.

Does being okay with it mean I don’t miss the ability to get up and go whenever I want to? No, of course not. But I own the situation, I understand it, and I handle it. It does not get me down.

But what about REAL problems?

I knew you were thinking that. I’ll use my Fibromyalgia. It was discovered that the debilitating pain that I had been having for more than a decade was Fibromyalgia, which runs in my family. Walking is difficult. Sleeping is difficult. Sitting is difficult. Lying down is difficult. Maybe you see where this is headed. Combine that with migraines that are 24/7 and things are bad. By 24/7 I mean they never stop, just vary be intensity.

So what do I do about that? What do I do because I miss ball games and school events of my son? I deal with it. I have a son and one to be proud of. So I can’t do everything I would like, I am still proud of him and tell him that and show him every chance I get. And he knows it. Does it get me down at times? For a moment, then I shake it off.

It’s Not All Sunshine and Peanut Butter Cups

That’s one thing we have to remember, positive doesn’t happen 100% of the time. It’s just like anything else, it’s what you do with it. I had an old pastor friend say to me once that you can look at a woman and see she’s beautiful, just don’t turn around and watch her walk away, that is where the bad part comes in.

What’s in your folders is the same way. You see it, and you deal with it. Sure, it will hit you and you might have a moment of problem but then move on and don’t look back. It’s done. It’s over.

As time goes by and perhaps the problem comes up again, you will eventually have developed the habit. File, deal, and begone. The most positive people are the ones usually who have gone through the most junk.

The Positive Results of Being Positive

Being positive has its advantages. You begin to see the positive in many situations you never saw before. You see beauty where you only saw ugliness before. And you give words of encouragement when you at one time yelled or ignored.

I’m positive positivity will bring positive things to your life.

For the next in my Positivity Day series, it’s not really a series but just me focusing on being positive, you may want to read The Importance of Being You. It’s kind of neat to see how someone grows and where their thoughts carry them on a subject in order. Do they grow or not?

Join me and several other blogger friends as we start #BeWoW Bloggers. BeWoW means Be Wonderful on Wednesday. Be Positive, Encouraging, Inspiration, and Uplifiting. If you like something positive you read somewhere, or you write something yourself, Tweet it with the hashtag of #BeWoW on Wednesday and we see it and ReTweet it and visit it ourselves to be encouraged. If you don’t like to Tweet, then share the link to that article you have or you found in a comment here so people can find it that might not normally do so.

Much Respect and Much Love to You,

Ronovan

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Living the Rhythm of Life

Florence 2This month’s guest is Florence Thum of Meanings and Musings. Lawyer, Therapist, College Professor, Writer, Blogger, Mother, and more. And no, those are not in any particular order. A lady from Down Under with a lot to say and lot of ways to say it.

As I venture here as a guest still wondering what I could possibly offer on RonovanWrites, I am reminded ‘write what you love’. At the moment, what I love is TIME because I have so little of it. It is what I covet most.

Time poor

Time cannot be bought, it is beyond my control. If I do nothing, if no one does anything, time will still pass in its own rhythm, in its own time.

Time is.

Of course my perception of how time passes, the judgment I bring to its passing and to my being in it as it passes, is my own. That is my reality, no one else’s.

It took a long time for me to understand the old adage ‘time flies when you are having fun’. It is not about forgetting time when I am having fun. It is about not measuring it, not watching it go by but instead just being in it. When I am in the flow, I am deeply engrossed within that which I am passionate, that which I love, that which I am focused upon. And I stop measuring time. It is of no significance in that moment. In that moment, I am fulfilled.

We human beings created the measurement for time – the days, the hours, the minutes and seconds that ticked by. Yes, time ticking by because we invented the clock, and other technologies like the sun dial  :-). You get what I mean. We privilege accuracy, consistency, being definite. But that is not how the rhythm of life is.

My day rarely ever goes to plan – the writing that took longer than I had imagined, the unexpected injury I am needed to attend to, the conversations that I am drawn into sometimes kicking and screaming because they are not what I had planned, but alas, life is sometimes erratic but always rhythmic if we can hear it.

Time in flight

What happened before we were obsessed or governed by the measurement of time? We watched the ebb and flow of the tides, the wane and wax of the moon, the height of the sun in the sky, we felt the heat or chill on our skin, the smell of the rain in the air. We listened to nature tapping out its rhythm, we followed its call and we responded. We then set to our tasks of living as time passed. Sometimes winter arrived later and harsher, sometimes summer arrived sooner and brought the rain. Whatever it might have been, we adapted. In our adapting, we tapped into our creativity, we harnessed our knowledge and we set out to overcome, to accomplish. Yes times were hard by our present standards. Yet the human species has survived by our ingenuity, our creativity.

Much of our present day lived experience is dictated by our measure of time. We adhere to order and structure, much of which is measured by when, at what time, we ought to do things, how much stuff we do within a duration of time, how often we must do a certain thing and for how long for it to be counted, to be valid as our expertise. Do we not question this? I do, sometimes. Sometimes when I am reminded to adhere to a deadline, an inner voice shouts, “says who?”

It occurs to me we have let some ‘muscles’ go slack – muscles to tap into our creativity, to take things within our stride, to respond with equanimity, to trust in our own resilience. Instead we mock and undermine those who push back against competing with time – those we labelled eccentric, dreamer, disordered, purposeless…just because the dictates of time have little hold on them, as they follow the rhythm of their own life.

We are guided by time, we do not control it.  Rigid control of what we do with time will not make us masters of time.

So here I was trying to fit writing this post into a time frame, as other ‘things’ queue for attention. Well, it is not to be so. This post comes to me because of the significance of time to my daily living, it comes to me because there is a lesson to be learnt, it comes to me because it wants to be written. In the middle of writing I was tempted to stop because the time I had allocated to writing had expired. It took but a few seconds for me to notice the irony. Will I learn? Yes. I will write as long as I am inspired.

rhythm of life

Time is. I cannot possess it, I cannot demand more of it. What I can do is change my perception of it. To experience time differently. To step out from the paradigm that time (to be precise, our measure of time) controls my life.

I will bask in the warmth of my children’s company for as long as we wish. I will read for as long as the book holds my attention. I will sit in my anger for as long as it requires processing. I will listen to reasons until they become excuses. I will BE IN the rhythm of my life, tapping out the beats of my heart.

So time aside, what is the rhythm of your life? Are you living it?

In love,
– FlorenceT

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Ronovan Writes Weekend Mick Flick. You need to be The Quiet Man.

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I suppose you might want to know what a Mick Flick is. Well every man fears, actually dreads two words; Chick Flick. That’s right, we know what it means. Romance, tears and we are deemed as failures either because we are men or because we aren’t the men in that, dare I say it, RomCom.

Instead of Chick Flicks, men need an alternative. And this is something we men need to embrace and women, you should as well and you may find date nights become a whole new experience.

The alternative? Rooster Flicks? No. I don’t even like saying Chick Flicks so giving it some form of relevance by actually calling the alternative as Rooster doesn’t work for me. And with the various possible definitions one could give to Rooster based ones mindset and locale, I am just not going there. No, Male Chick Flick. That’s right, the Mick Flick.

What constitutes a Mick Flick?

  • It needs a touch of humor if it doesn’t have action.
  • It needs to tug the heartstrings in some way, with a message or something.
  • And yeah, an attractive female lead might work out, but it’s not completely necessary. Oh, you don’t believe me on this one? I shall prove you wrong, although attractiveness is in the eye of the beholder. For me it is the eye of the personality. Pretty lady, ugly personality equals scary run the other way. Yeah, NOT attractive.

Today’s Mick Flick is:

The Quiet Man

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John Wayne (Sean Thornton)

Maureen O’Hara (Mary Kate Danaher)

Barry Fitzgerald (Michaleen Oge Flynn)

Victor McLaglen (Squire “Red” Will Danaher)

IMDB 8/10 over 23,000 users.

 

Another Cromedy this week. Starring

John Wayne being, well somewhat un-John Wayne. And Maureen O’Hara being very much Maureen O’Hara. I imagine it’s possible the ladies saw John Wayne’s name and instantly turned away. Well they are missing out. This is not your typical John Wayne fare.

Sean Thornton, from America, has decided to return home to the place of his birth in Ireland and retire to a quiet, peaceful life. Do you hear the birds singing and the Irish music now? No? That’s because if it were that perfect it wouldn’t make much of a movie.

Enter Mary Kate Danaher, the sister of Squire “Red” Will Danaher. The two are more alike than either care to admit. Strong minded, opinionated, and independent. When Mary Kate and Sean meet we set off on a tale of clashes in personalities, emotions, and traditions.

You get to see Ireland in all it’s beauty. I tell you the movie is worth watching just for those scenes.

There is one scene where some might have a problem with Sean dragging Mary Kate over the land but it’s at times humorous and done for a good reason. So no one get mad at the movie. Keep going.

You have it all here from Cromedy to Action, but modestly so. It’s a build up and worth every moment of the wait.

Now time for the BroJo to get going.

Men, why you need to watch this movie.

Guys, you’ve got fights, comedy, and those stare down moments we all like. You know John Wayne can kick anyone’s um, behind, and you just wait for it. Of course then the pitch fork gets involved and things change a little.

Now to the ranking of the movie:

Good acting: I’ll tell you the honest truth here and no exaggerating. John Ford really brought out the best in Wayne and not the over the top “Duke” we all know. The title The Quiet Man means something for real. He brings out the chemistry that unites Wayne and O’Hara in a number of movies. Fitzgerald’s comedy, McLaglen being McLaglen, Ward Bond showing up as a fishing loving Father Loneran bring all of this movie together for about as perfect of a movie as you will find. I say that without having only just started the rating. Click here for some Google photos of John Wayne in The Quiet Man, not a website. Yes.

Attractive Female Lead: Maureen O’Hara has always been one of those classic beauties that you just can’t help but say wow when the camera catches those certain moments. I don’t think the movie does her as much justice in this aspect but then she is playing a woman in a small place in Ireland. If you can’t quite place her, she played John Candy’s mother in the movie Only the Lonely. Click here  to see some photos of her on Google, not a website. Yes.

Insane Characters: Michaleen is a crazy match making Irishman whose horse knows to stop at the pub even when not prompted to. Will Danaher is entertaining in his over the top insanity of being an overbearing big brother whose jealous of Thornton. Then you have the gambling leader of the local ministry. Yes.

Humor: See the Insane Characters. There is humor everwhere, even during the final moment everyone is waiting for. Yes.

Bodily Harm: It’s John Wayne and McLaglen. There has to be some damage. And I won’t mention the poor bed during the honeymoon. Yes.

Food Humor: There are uses of some liquids at times that are humorous and exasperating in their predictability but that makes them even funnier because you see it on the face of the actors. No.

Action: It’s John Wayne. You have to give the audience at least a taste of what they expect. But in this case it’s not just what you expect. There is a pivotal horse racing scene as well that makes things happen to set off the course of events. Yes.

Good Message: I’ve talked about Wayne so far. Love is the overall message here. But there is a lot that leads up to the realization that love is the important thing. A woman’s rights and wants are show and her not backing down in regards to them. O’Hara was the perfect woman for this part. This may not have been the first women’s rights movie but it did deliver a message. Yes.

Tear Moment: Hmm. I think Sean’s and Mary Kate’s troubles when they finally come to a head do make one well up a touch. There is also that moment when Thornton has finally had enough. You’ve been waiting for it for so long you get those tears of joy. Yes.

Male Lead is Not Made Out to Be Stupid: Wayne is not stupid in this movie. He is obviously intelligent. He invested in his past and was able to retire to Ireland at a youngish age. Plus he does not play the games that are against his beliefs. Not religious beliefs but his beliefs in life. Yes.

Cuddle Taco Bonus (CTB): You know I wish I could give this a Bonus Taco but in truth, I don’t see it happening. I mean there might be a chance, but I don’t see it.

So on the Taco Scale of 10 Tacos being awesome  and 1 being like tacos without the meat, cheese or sauce,today’s Mick Flick receives:

 10 out of 10 Tacos.

All You Can Eat.

 That’s my Cromedy Recommendation for this weekend. What movie can you think of that meets the Mick Flick requirements? I already have future movies in a list so don’t be surprised if you end up seeing your idea in a future post. Leave a comment and let me know your pick.

Much Respect and Much Cuddling for you This Weekend,

 

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Confession Revealed.

On Valentine’s Day I wrote something titled Lasting. (A Confession of Want.)  There were a couple of comments left and the reaction was fairly nice for a Saturday post. I thought those who enjoyed reading that confession of tongue exhausting pleasure would like to know the inspiration for said Confession. Admittedly chocolate might not have come to mind when reading my post and I will further admit that I now understand why chocolate is a substitute for some regarding other delightful pleasures. There is a feeling that spreads through every part of your body as the chocolate melts slowly in your mouth, coats your tongue and then travels down. If one lets their mind and imagination run away and closes their eyes other thoughts do come to mind. I greatly enjoy chocolate, the real kind or the kind it replaces. Both are delightful tastes and satisfying.

 

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And I enjoy people following me here and wherever else you may find me. May your thoughts be filled with pleasure of every kind as mine are of you.

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