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1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times: Toy Story
2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in a theater: Real Genius (twice during original run), The Rocky Horror Picture Show
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie: Simon Pegg (just watched Hot Fuzz last night...yowza!)
4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie: Tom Cruise
5. Name a movie that you can quote from: Finding Nemo
6. Name a movie musical that you know all the lyrics to all the songs: Across the Universe, but it's kind of cheating. White Christmas. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. There are others.
7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with: All of the above and many more, including Mulan. I even tried to learn the Chinese version of "Make a Man Out of You"...the Jackie Chan Mandarin (I think it's Mandarin...?) music video is on the DVD, since he did the lead's voice in the Chinese language cast.
8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see: Wordplay
9. Name a unusual movie that you own: The Three Caballeros
10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops: Hmmm...I don't know.
11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? No, sadly
12. Ever made out in a movie? Not since high school, more's the pity
13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't gotten around to it: The Dark Knight (yeah, yeah, I know.), An Inconvenient Truth
14. Ever walked out of a movie? No, though I've come close.
15. Name a movie that made you cry: Pan's Labyrinth
16. Popcorn? Does it have real butter on it?
17. How often do you go to the movies? Maybe three or four times a year
18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater? WallE
19. What is your favorite/preferred genre of movie? Action or Thriller, but it has to have some brains, and I don't mean as zombie food
20. What was the first movie you remember seeing in the theater? Star Wars. I still don't understand how in the heck my totally non-geek parents decided to take the whole family to this movie. This is the only movie I remember *ever* going to with my whole family. I remember buying candy at the mall drug store to sneak into the theatre. It was the first time I'd ever had Now and Laters. I was 7 and my sister was 6 and it was awesome.
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When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

As you wish... ;-)

Inigo: Who are you?
The Man In Black: No one of consequence.
Inigo: I must know...
The Man In Black: Get used to disappointment.
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I have two daughters and I heard this review.

I &hearts Peter Sagal.
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Netflix coughed up this movie as a recommendation for me. I saw a preview for it on another NetFlix disc recently, and the eye candy it presented seemed irresistible. Who was I to resist?

The general premise is that it's a musical constructed from Beatles Songs. Good Beatles songs, weird Beatles songs, and obscure Beatles songs. Bono and Eddie Izzard make appearances as a psychedelic guru-figure and Mr. Kite respectively. Joe Cocker appears as a triple character, including as a pimp sporting an impossibly-wide purple shirt collar. The choreography, merely hinted at in the preview I saw, was amazing and fun. I totally ate it up.
Continue reading... )

Mail call

Dec. 30th, 2006 12:07 pm
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This week, I opened a new Blockbuster online subscription due to a free trial offer and a gift subscription from one of my sisters. The first three movies just arrived in today's mail. Wordplay, A Prairie Home Companion, and Monster House. I'm glad they showed up today. The envelopes shipped yesterday, and the expected delivery was 1/1/07. Which would have meant Wednesday. Have you heard that there won't be mail on Tuesday due to President Ford's funeral observance? The way the subscription works, we can return our movies in their envelopes to any Blockbuster location for a free in store rental and faster shipping of the next movie in our queue. Kinda neat. I will have to watch out for movie overload. Or get a treadmill for in front of my TV. I'd get rid of our cable if I didn't like to watch college football on TV.

In the same set of mail, I also received an envelope from This is an organization whose purpose is to raise awareness about HPV (Human Papaloma Virus) and cervical cancer. I wouldn't be surprised if it's funded by the pharmaceutical company which recently developed the first HPV vaccine. Fine by me. My daughters will get that vaccine when they reach whatever the recommended age for it is. Which appears to be possibly as early as after S's next birthday, actually. The envelope contained an awareness bracelet kit. I ordered several kits IIRC, whatever the limit was, quite a long time ago. I'd frankly forgotten about it. The envelope contained one (very stylish, actually) kit and a note saying that "due to overwhelming interest" they can only fulfill one bracelet per order at this time. I'm now wearing the bracelet, but it needs a real clasp instead of just a knot IMO. My older daughter wants one too. Especially if you have daughters, sisters, nieces, or granddaughters, age 26 and younger, then I think you should help spread the word about the vaccine. And every woman should get yearly Pap tests. Unfortunately, the web site above says they are not taking new bracelet orders at present, but you can go there and to the CDC vaccine page to get more information on the campaign and the issue.
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In my college and early married years, I went to a lot of movies at the Michigan Theatre. We saw a lot of offbeat stuff, including the original Pixar short in an animated film fest before Pixar was anything but a tiny computer animation studio struggling to make a name for itself. I saw a lot of foreign and independent films before Sundance got so hot and made indie films le sexay. I remember fondly the Henry V double feature...the Lawrence Olivier version paired with the then-new Kenneth Branaugh one. I miss us being members of the Michigan. *Thinks ahead to life after children are old enough to not need a babysitter; sighs*

I absolutely adored the films of Peter Greenaway, including the infamous The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. That one is worth a look if you like the odd and shockable, btw, and IS available on DVD.

Two films of his that I would really like to see again, Prospero's Books, which starred John Gielgud as the title character in an absolutely lush vision of Shakespeare's Tempest, and Drowning by Numbers, are not available on DVD. *cries*
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A funny movie trailer. For "An Undead Office Commedy" called NetherBeast Incorporated. It stars Dave Foley. Judd Nelson. And STEVE BURNS. As in Blue's Clues and Songs for Dustmites. Bwahahahahahah
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Dear older daughter is now done with school for the year. Yesterday was her last day, and a half-day at that. This morning we got up, dropped younger sis off at pre-school and sped over to the nearby mega-ultra-plex (now! featuring! the county's only IMAX screen!) for the first showing of Cars at 10:15. Wow! Pixar never disappoints. You go in with high expectations and you go out with those high expectations met and exceeded. Just amazing!

The only weirdness for me was Owen (I assume it was Owen, but maybe it was Luke?) Wilson's performance in the lead. (Actually, I was right: Owen. Just checked IMDB.) Owen Wilson has this smarmy patter down pat as shown in various of his movies including the fun Shanhai Noon, it's -eh- sequel Shanghai Knights, and others, but pretty much it just comes across as plastically false to me, as very performance-y. And self-conscious of how performance-y it is too boot. But I could deal, especially with the vast array of other voice performers to listen to. Voice Acting Spoilery )

Fun, flashy effects, excellent if mildly predictable storytelling, and frequent, wonderful crack-up, cultural-smash-up, moments and scenes. Lots of self-referential gags as fans of Pixar movies have come to eagerly anticipate. And awsome little one-off jokes like I mention in this visual gag spoiler. ) Best movie I've seen in quite a while, possibly since The Incredibles. It gets two thumbs way up from me, and from my daughter as well. Go see it.

And still everytime I see their logo sequence with the white luxor lamp, I remember that I saw the original Pixar short Luxor Jr. in an animated film fest at The Michigan Theatre, probably in 1987 or 88. That short was the start of something very big, and very good for American movies and culture. Thank you John Lasseter and everybody else at Pixar, again!
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[ profile] folkmew had this list in her journal (from Jim Emerson’s 102 Essential Films. )
Bold = I've seen it
Italics = I am pretty sure I saw it but you know, I'm not 100% positive, it must have been a long time ago
the rest I haven't seen.

“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) Stanley Kubrick
“The 400 Blows” (1959) Francois Truffaut
And many more... )

We saw Inside Man last night, and I realized that I don't think I've seen any of Spike Lee's other films. I don't know why...I wasn't avoiding them. Inside Man is fantastic, by the way. I highly reccomend it. I love the way Mr. Lee gave small roles to a wide variety of actors, asian, indian/pakistani, et ceterea, and then *gave them a scene to show what they can do.* They are not only there for window dressing. Way to open up careers!! Fantastic acting performances all around.
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...and loved it.

If you have no idea what this movie is, don't just go because I say to go. At least check it out on the IMDB first, please!

Read all about it. Warning: spoilers and some adult language )


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