25 Years of Movies

June 23, 2008

According to EW – below are the top 100 “New Classic” Movies from the past 25 years. I’m not sure how they made the list. I can think of several that belong on the list instead of some of these pieces of crap. But no one ever said I had GOOD taste in movies myself. Meme totally stolen from Avitable.

Bold movies are those I’ve seen. I’ve put an asterisk by those I like, 2 if I’ve seen them several times.

1. Pulp Fiction (1994) **
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03) **
3. Titanic (1997) **
4. Blue Velvet (1986) *

5. Toy Story (1995) *
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)**
7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) *
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) **
9. Die Hard (1988)**
10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984) **
12. The Matrix (1999) **
13. GoodFellas (1990) *
14. Crumb (1995)
15. Edward Scissorhands (1990) **
16. Boogie Nights (1997) *
17. Jerry Maguire (1996) **
18. Do the Right Thing (1989) *
19. Casino Royale (2006)
20. The Lion King (1994)
21. Schindler’s List (1993) *
22. Rushmore (1998 )
23. Memento (2001) **
24. A Room With a View (1986) *
25. Shrek (2001) [I own this but have not actually watched it]
26. Hoop Dreams (1994)
27. Aliens (1986) **
28. Wings of Desire (1988)*
29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004) *
30. When Harry Met Sally… (1989) **
31. Brokeback Mountain (2005) *
32. Fight Club (1999) **
33. The Breakfast Club (1985) **
34. Fargo (1996) **
35. The Incredibles (2004) *
36. Spider-Man 2 (2004) **
37. Pretty Woman (1990) **
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
39. The Sixth Sense (1999) **
40. Speed (1994) **
41. Dazed and Confused (1993) **
42. Clueless (1995) **
43. Gladiator (2000) **
44. The Player (1992)
45. Rain Man (1988)**
46. Children of Men (2006) **
47. Men in Black (1997) **
48. Scarface (1983) *
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) **
50. The Piano (1993) *
51. There Will Be Blood (2007)
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)**
53. The Truman Show (1998)**
54. Fatal Attraction (1987) **
55. Risky Business (1983) **
56. The Lives of Others (2006)
57. There’s Something About Mary (1998)**
58. Ghostbusters (1984) **
59. L.A. Confidential (1997) *
60. Scream (1996) **
61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984) **
62. sex, lies and videotape (1989)
63. Big (1988)**
64. No Country For Old Men (2007)
65. Dirty Dancing (1987) **
66. Natural Born Killers (1994) *
67. Donnie Brasco (1997) *
68. Witness (1985) **
69. All About My Mother (1999)
70. Broadcast News (1987) **
71. Unforgiven (1992) **
72. Thelma & Louise (1991) **
73. Office Space (1999) **
74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
75. Out of Africa (1985)
76. The Departed (2006) **
77. Sid and Nancy (1986)
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) **
79. Waiting for Guffman (1996) **
80. Michael Clayton (2007)
81. Moonstruck (1987) **
82. Lost in Translation (2003)
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) **
84. Sideways (2004) *
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005) *
86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002) *
87. Swingers (1996) **
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) **
89. Breaking the Waves (1996)
90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004) *
91. Back to the Future (1985) **
92. Menace II Society (1993)
93. Ed Wood (1994)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987) **
95. In the Mood for Love (2001)
96. Far From Heaven (2002) *
97. Glory (1989) **
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
99. The Blair Witch Project (1999) **
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) *

Movies I Think Should Be In the Top 100

  • The Green Mile
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Best in Show (I personally like it better than Waiting for Guffman) (not that I don’t like Guffman)
  • Seven (or Se7en, or whatever)
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Stand By Me (I think there’s a theme here)
  • Crash

I’m positive I could think of more (Shaun of the Dead) but I’m very tired (Snatch).


Hail? Yeah!

June 22, 2008

 

I love to take naps. My ideal sleep time, for a regular night’s day’s sleep, is from 6 a.m. to noon. Or somewhere around there. Unfortunately I don’t often get to actually sleep during that time. Since I prefer to not go to bed until 5 or 6 a.m. I often only get about 2 or 3 or 0 hours asleep a few mornings a week before I have to get up and work on one of my freelance jobs. I’m done by the afternoon so I curl up in bed and catch another 2 or 3 hours of sleep before starting work again. Which is fine because I don’t much like afternoons. Especially during the summer when it is 12000 degrees.

Inevitably, something interferes with my nap. Sometimes it’s my own fault by getting distracted by work, or something online, or something on TV. Many times it’s someone else, always during my nap. Of course.

Friday it was this.

Oh hail!

See those blurry lines across the top and bottom? More hail plummeting to the earth. 

And this.

River of hail

 

And yes, this.

Hail froze over

 

This month has been crazy weather month. It started with rain, then one of the highest floods we’ve ever had, then hot and humid (which is normal for this time of year but was made even worse because of the flood), tornado warnings/watches (our area is not suited for a tornado so we don’t often get them), another storm, a cold front (heavenly), and now this. I think the only thing left is snow.

Our electric had already gone off once Friday morning, right before I woke up, long before it started storming. I worked several hours and planned to go take my nap about 2 pm, which meant it was actually 4 pm by the time I made it back to bed. The NWS had sent several thunderstorm alerts and it sounded like the perfect time to sleep. (We have a metal roof and I absolutely love to fall asleep to the rain on the roof). I had barely started reading before the sound of the rain on the roof started. Which was followed 6 seconds later by the sound of horses galloping across the roof. I ran to the front door to watch. Cause that’s how I am. And because hail is cool. Especially when it’s like this and doesn’t do any damage.

We get about 30(ish) thunderstorm warnings/watches a year. About 95% of those say that it is capable of producing x-sized hail. We actually only get hail about once every 2 years. So when the emails said that this storm was capable of producing nickel-sized hail, I thought “Yeah, I’ve heard that one before”, and went to bed.

Back to the natural disaster voyeurism.

After being enthralled for a few seconds I ran to get my camera and came back to a surging river of rain, leaves, and hail on our sidewalk.  I took several pictures in between dodging hail that was pouring in, and bouncing in, through the front door. I’d kick the hail back out the door and more would come back in. It finally quit and I went back to bed. A few minutes later it started again. And then the electric went out again. A good excuse to sleep.

Right before I got up from my nap, and long after the storm, the power went out again.

Is it personal?


In MY Shoes

June 20, 2008

 

I have a confession to make: I am a Shoeaholic.

Most people that know me, know this about me. I’m sure my collection isn’t as large as many people have, but it is larger than normal. I actually don’t know how many pairs of shoes I actually have, but I do know that I could easily wear a different pair of shows every day for 2 months. I’m reasonably certain that I have more pairs of shoes than clothes, or at least complete outfits, by far.

There’s a line in the movie In Her Shoes where Cameron Diaz’ character asks her sister, Toni Collette’s character, why she buys all those shoes if she isn’t going to wear them – she should leave them for someone who is going to get something out of them. To which Toni Collette replies:

I get something out of them! When I feel bad I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good… food just makes me fatter… shoes always fit.

I completely get that! (And I so want her closet!) I don’t necessarily buy them when I feel bad, but they do make me feel better. I have loved shoes since I was a wee one playing dress up in my grandma’s old clothes. Clothes are nice, and I enjoy food, but shoes DO just fit.

Occasionally I’ll be posting about my favorite shoes, which does sound boring, but I’ll try to not make it too unbearable. And of course there will be pictures, because what’s the point of talking about shoes if you can’t see them? 

 

Shoes I Wish I Wore More Often But Don't

 

I call these my Shoes I Wish I Wore More Often But Don’t Because They Aren’t Practical for Tiny Town and I Rarely Get to Go Anywhere, or Barely Worn Part 1. That sounds like porn. I’m hoping I can wear them to the wedding next week, if I can manage to find a dress that will work with them.

You can’t tell from the photo, but these are wedges. I took a few photos of the sides, but they looked stupid. It’s surprisingly difficult to balance on the sides of 3-3/4″ heels and get a good shot. Not that this ^ photo doesn’t look stupid. Sorry you have to look at my feet. But you’ll get over it, or not. Just look at the shoes. And the rug, it’s my favorite rug.


It Ain’t Easy Being Blue

June 17, 2008

I stole this from Karl, cause that’s the kinda gal I am.

Apparently if I had a penis, and was a mutant, I would be:


Find out Which Marvel Superhero Are You at LiquidGeneration.com!

 

Luckily, blue is my color. Although if you are entirely blue I guess it literally IS your color.

Yay for mutants! Yay for penises!

Seriously though, how HOT is Beast?


Happy Father’s Day

June 15, 2008

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and dad substitutes out there!

My father is probably the most important person in my life. I am his oldest child and I was born on his birthday, which I think gave us a stronger bond. We haven’t always been exceptionally close but we have never been estranged.

Like many people would say about their own fathers, my dad is a very unique individual. He is quiet, very intelligent, sometimes strange, usually patient, extremely stubborn, and I could go on. He puts up with a lot, from his work to his relatives. Both of his parents are gone and his 2 sisters don’t usually contact him unless they need him for something. My parents have been divorced for almost 25 years and he hasn’t dated since. But he is starting to get back out there, finally!

My dad would do anything for us, and I would do anything for him. He was the only one who really supported my move cross-country. When I decided to leave my husband it was him I was most afraid of disappointing but he was the most accepting while my mom said she didn’t want to choose sides (and who conspired with my husband to try to get us back together).

Four years ago I was about to start a new job after telecommuting for 3 years. After a lifetime of avoiding doctors unless absolutely necessary, Dad finally decided to take charge of his health. After he was diagnosed with blocked arteries and diabetes. We knew he was probably going to need surgery within the next few months. He needed someone to help him out – before, during, and after the surgery. My Brother lived about 2 hours away and had a great job. My sister lived about 90 minutes away with her 2 children and then-boyfriend. I lived alone and could work from home – all I needed was broadband. And cable. Oh and cell service. Since all 3 were (actually) (finally) available in Tiny Town I decided to move back as I would be the least disrupted by moving.

After 4 years, 3 major surgeries, 2 minor procedures (the 2nd was because of his extremely stubborn pigheadedness), we are doing quite well in the same house. Even though I have 2 siblings, this isn’t the first time we have lived in the same house alone. When my parents divorced my mom was awarded custody of the 3 of us. A few years later I moved back with dad to get away from her live-in boyfriend and it was just us until I got married and moved away.

I could never live with my mom, but that those are stories for another day.

I think Dad and I do very well, better than a lot of parents and their adult children. Of course it helps that we each have our own living room. And bathroom. And I would hope that it would go without saying – our own bedrooms (but I thoughtI would say it anyway, because ewwww!). And the cornerstone of any good roommate arrangement? Our own TVs. And of course our own computers – no one is allowed to touch my computer! But one of the most important items we do not share? An air-conditioner. It has been in the 90s here and the man is still wearing sweatshirts!

Even though I don’t care much about what other people think of me, my stubborn pride thought I would be bothered by getting those looks because people might think I moved in with my dad because I couldn’t support myself. I probably have gotten those looks but I don’t notice them so much anymore. Do they bother me? No. The only person whose opinion matters in this situation is mine and my Dad’s.

Four years ago I knew, mostly, what I would be getting into. (OK, I didn’t really think about the possibility of not ever having sex again. Ever.) I would be happy to make this decision all over again. Getting to spend this time with my Dad while he is still here is worth anything.

 

Well, some sex would be nice. More than nice, really.

 


Friday the 13th Part I

June 13, 2008

No, this post isn’t about the movie. But while I’m on that topic I always wonder why I rarely see Friday the 13th movies on Friday the 13th anymore? Maybe it’s just my cable system, it is pretty shitty, but seriously? not even one? And what about Saturday the 14th? I haven’t seen that on cable in years.

I love horror movies and I’m not really picky about them. Cheesy? sounds good to me. Old? I’ll watch. Subtitles? I’ll probably be too busy to actually read all of it but I’ll still turn it on. I read a year or so ago that there is actually a Horror Channel somewhere (not on mine crappy cable, of course) and I thought “it is about freaking time!”

The Happening is coming out today. I know there are thousands of people who think M. Night is an untalented, egotistical hack – but I’m not one of them. I wouldn’t say I’m his #1 fan, but I do think his work is interesting. I don’t get to go to the theatre often but if I had the time I would definitely go see this on the big screen. My next big screen viewing will be The X-Files: I Want to Believe (oh, thank you!). It has been almost exactly 10 years since the first X-Files movie came out and I will never forget it. Not just because of the movie, though that was memorable, but because while I was watching the movie my ex-husband was FINALLY moving out. That’s a story for another time.

I used to go to the movies all of the time. My dad took me when I was little and growing up I went as often as I could, which isn’t easy. The first 2 movies I clearly remember seeing were The Coal Miner’s Daughter (which would have been around my 7th birthday, and For Your Eyes Only (I would have been about 8 for this one). I’m sure there were several before those, but for some reason those really stick out for me.

Tiny Town doesn’t have a theatre, though we do have a drive-in nearby. Since I moved back to Tiny Town 4 years ago I’ve only been there once. We have another single screen theatre about 45 minutes away but the closest multiplex is over an hour away. I’ve been averaging about 2 theatre trips a year for the last 4 years. Which sucks.

When I moved to CA in 1999, I went so often! In the first city I lived I didn’t really know many people so I would go once or twice a week. I moved closer to my job and started working odd hours – usually 3 or 4 hours during the day, and then back to work all night – so I had a lot of free time during the day when my friends were at work. I sometimes went to the theatre 4 or 5 times a week. On occasion I would watch a movie twice – once by myself and once withfriends. The best part was that there were 3 separate multi-plexes in town – all within walking distance of my work and home! The multi-plex I frequented most was underground and had about 6 or 7 screens. There was also a beautiful Art Moderne theatre that was an experience in itself. That theatre also had a three- or four-plex next to it (same company). I tried to watch more movies at the main screen though. I also went several times to a 3 screen theatre that showed mostly foreign and independent films. They had cheap (inexpensive) popcorn and drinks! There was a drive-in there but I never got a chance to see it.

When I go to a movie I absolutely have to have popcorn and a drink. I love popcorn anyway but there is nothing like Movie Theatre Popcorn (not even Orville Redenbacher’s Pour-over Movie Theatre Popcorn, but that will do when I’m craving it at home). And since I’m always thirsty, a drink is a must. Which gets pretty expensive.

The only other movie I know I’ll see this year on the big screen is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I’m a Harry Potter fan and I’ve taken my oldest nephew (and sometimes my other nephew) to all of the Harry Potter movies.

Wow, I hadn’t even thought about talking about movies this morning.


In the beginning

June 10, 2008

Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to keep a diary or journal. I bought them all the time but never wrote more than a few pages. I still buy journals – to give as gifts. Maybe I’ll inspire someone else to actually start it and finish it.

I am notorious for not completing projects. I do finish some things. I give myself 2 big deadlines a week for my work and that really helps. If I didn’t? I’d never get any of it done. Oh, I would do a lot of work, just not finish it. I’m a master of procrastination. Don’t want to work on Project C? No problem, start another one! Tired of looking at Project D? Hey, Project B still isn’t finished. Shit! Project A needs to be finished in 3 hours! Oh, I think I can wait a couple of hours to start working on it.

Brother is getting married out of state at the end of the month so I’ve been trying to get a lot of my work done ahead of time. I’m pretty shocked at how much I have ready. This will be the first day (actually 72 + hours) that I’ve had off since my vacation in 2003. I actually had 2 vacations that year – Tampa/Clearwater (lovely!) for 9 days just after my birthday in March and Myrtle Beach (oh how I loathe you!) for 8 days in October. I went both times with the same person. He was my boyfriend at the time of the March vacation but we were at the just friends stage before the October trip.

I have to start my Tuesday freelance job in about 2-3 hours (I never know exactly when it will start) so it’s time to sleep pretend that I’m going to be able to sleep.