So what’s your answer?

The time for Hodgepodge has come around again, and this time I’m ahead of the game!  I haven’t posted anything else on the blog in the last week, but I haven’t had much to say either.  So that being said, let’s go with the randomness!

1. Describe love using all five senses.
Oooh, this could be interesting.  Hmmmmm.
See: When your soul lightens upon seeing the one you love
Smell: That unique scent that no one else has
Taste: Just tastes better when shared with a love one
Hear: The one voice that after all this time can still make you melt
Touch: That ability to tell without even looking that the one you love has brushed up against you, but you still know who it is

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Did I Know? Did I Even Have a Clue?

In a word, no.  I had no idea.

In 2001 I was in my late 20s and working two, sometimes 3 jobs.  Full time during the day, restaurant and catering gigs at night.  Watching the news was not much of a priority.  The events of 9/11 changed that a bit, but after a few weeks of coverage I couldn’t take the bad news anymore and started watching the Food Network non-stop (a behavior repeated after the Virginia Tech massacre but even more intense).  So I don’t remember the shockwave that rocked New England when The Boston Globe broke the Catholic Church sex scandal.

Fast forward to 2016.  I went to the movies with a friend, and she is one that will enjoy some of the more cerebral films with me (unlike the chick flick tradition I have with my mom on New Years Day).  We started with lunch, then watched Star Wars again (for both of us), and then walked across the parking lot to the Criterion theater to watch SpotlightContinue reading

Supporting the Fascist Media in 2015

Continuing the tradition, year 4:

Did I support the Fascist Media (i.e., did I go to the movies) in 2015? Yes, although nowhere near as much as I have in past years. Darned study schedule.

Here’s the list of those that I saw in the theater in 2015. Not ones I watched at home or ones I rented, just ones I sat in a squeaky seat and dealt with zero parking and idiot people smacking me in the head as they get up mid-movie. Here are the ones I paid money for:

  1. St. Vincent
  2. Divergent: Insurgent
  3. Age of Adeline
  4. Woman in Gold
  5. A Walk In The Woods
  6. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  7. Pitch Perfect 2
  8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Supporting the Fascist Media in 2014

Continuing the tradition, year 3:

Did I support the Fascist Media (i.e., did I go to the movies) in 2014? Yep. As often as possible. Here’s the list of those that I saw in the theater in 2014. Not ones I watched at home or ones I rented, just ones I sat in a squeaky seat and dealt with teen texters. Here are the ones I paid money for:

  1. Philomena
  2.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  3.  Nebraska
  4. Thor: The Dark World
  5. Saving Mr. Banks
  6. Frozen
  7. The Monuments Men
  8. The Amazing Spiderman 2
  9. Million Dollar Arm
  10. X-Men, Days of Future Past
  11. Belle
  12. Divergent
  13. Wish I Was Here
  14. The Hundred Yard Journey
  15. Malificent
  16. How to Train Your Dragon 2

It occurs to me that I only paid full price for about three of these, it was mostly a “What’s at the Byrd this week” kind of year.  Which is sad.  There are still a lot I want to see, but time just didn’t work out for me this year.  I got a lot more budget conscious, as there was a brief bout of unemployment and a lot of catching up still to do.  But it was a good movie year!  I still have a lot on my Tivo that were released earlier in the year but then have made it to cable: Continue reading

Supporting the Facist Media in 2013

I’ve done it for two years, so why not keep it up for three. . . .

Did I support the Facist Media (i.e., did I go to the movies) in 2013? Yep. As often as possible. Here’s the list of those that I saw in the theater in 2013. Not ones I watched at home or ones I rented, just ones I sat in a squeaky seat and dealt with teen texters. A surprisingly short list this year, but not surprising given the problems my mother has had and my attempts to study for the Series 7.  And for the most part, many of the movies that I wanted to see were only playing in my hometown for about a week.  Essentially, if it wasn’t a zombie movie or something that had a superhero overtone, it didn’t play for long here.  This also explains why the list of films that I still want to see is extensive for 2013.  So here are the ones I paid money for: Continue reading


I never knew Lou Holtz could be so funny.  I’ve watched him for years, and generally think he’s a nit wit.  But I’m watching the extras in the movie The Blind Side and he was talking about how he originally only had one line in the movie.  And was slated for a 12 hour call.  So he knew he could get more lines in there.  Then, talking about Houston Nutt, a former player under Lou Holtz and a former co-coach with Holtz, Holtz said  “He wasn’t particularly fast, as a matter of fact if he got in a race with a pregnant mother he’d come in third, but he could throw the ball very very well.”

I’m sorry, that just cracked me up.

In which I become a certified film student

Warner Brothers just came out with a box set of the 100 films you must own.  It’s a fantastic film collection, but I was trying to figure out if it was worth supplementing my collection. I instead decided to try to see what movies I have already seen.  At least half on a collection like this should be considered art school, right?  Not a waste of time?  Aside from a woeful lack of study in the 1930s to 1960s, I’ve done well, right?

There is just NO WAY to choose just ten!

Okay, I just can’t choose ten.  I scrolled back to an old Facebook meme where we were challenging people to guess the movie quote and copied them here.  Come to find out some of the ones I included on my Monday Listicles were also listed there.  (Must truly be favorites!)  But let’s play along . . . See if you can name the movie these come from (I have removed those in the Listicles!):

  1. “I’m afraid I walked in on your guest in his state of nature. I fear that I have outraged his sense of propriety.”
  2. “At the beep, please leave your name, number, and a brief justification for the ontological necessity of modern man’s existential dilemma, and we’ll get back to you.”
  3. “You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement: make sure when your shift is over you go home alive. Here endeth the lesson.”
  4. “Goodbye Porpoise Spit!”
  5. “As you know, that was a done deal long ago. Unless, of course, Claudia Schiffer calls, in which case I want you out of the house straight away, you wee motherless mongrel.”
  6. “Well, here’s all you need to know. Classes: nothing before eleven. Beer: it’s your best friend, you drink a lot. Women? You’re a freshman, so it’s pretty much out of the question. Will you have a car?”
  7. “In fact, I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.”
  8. “I tried to kill myself with a Lady Bic. A pink plastic razor with daisies on it and a moisturizing strip.”
  9. “We were told to comb the desert so we’re combing it.”
  10. “This, for instance, is under ‘H’ for “toy.””
  11. “You are drunk, and when you are drunk you forget that I am in charge!”
  12. “Sixteen years ain’t gonna be long enough. Hell, I wouldn’t care so much if there hadn’t been so many things I haven’t done yet. So many damn things I ain’t seen or done.”
  13. “All I want to do is graduate from high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die.”
  14. “Look Charles, I gotta do this. If I don’t, I’ll be nothing. I’ll end up like my neighbor Ricky Smith. He just sits around crocheting all day and snorting nasal spray.”
  15. “Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”
  16. “We need each other. Words and Music.”
  17. “Toe pick!”
  18. “Galaxy Glue, Galaxy Glue! What would you do without Galaxy Glue?”
  19. “Smiling’s my Favorite” “Make work your favorite”
  20. “I don’t have time for a grudge match with every poser in a parka!”
  21. ” I killed the President of Paraguay with a fork, how’ve you been?”
  22. “Whoa, lady, I only speak two languages, English and bad English.”
  23. “It’s better to help people than garden gnomes. “
  24. “Your highlights go green if you leave them in too long, love.” “How long’s too long?” “About now. “
  25. “Un-congratulations, you’re definitely having a baby.” “Un-thank you.”
  26. “I swear on my bus pass.”
  27. “You feel like callin’ some dinosaurs?” “I thought I might give ’em a holler.”
  28. “I call it Action Jackson, after Jackson Pollock. I am SO getting an A.”
  29. “Don’t knock the ice capades, it was a very good living!”
  30. “Well I had enough, so I said when.”
  31. “Looks like a LOOOONG afternoon of SEGA!”
  32. “Who are they, ma?” “Beats me. Hooligans is what they are.”
  33. “And when were you hoping to dine with us?” “Two years from tomorrow.”
  34. “Shama shama elma commama!”
  35. “Even if, you know, even if we never talk again after tonight, please know that I am forever changed because of who you are and what you’ve meant to me, which – while I do appreciate it – I’d never need a painting of birds bought at a diner to remind me of.”
  36. “Looks like it’s gonna be a two-on-one, a menage a trois of pain.” “Usually you pay double for that kind of action, Cotton.”
  37. “Anybody see ‘Battle of the 80’s Has-Beens’ last night? That Debbie Gibson can take a punch.”
  38. “Bear left.” “Right, frog.”
  39. “Kat, such a good girl. Where did we go wrong with her sister Daisy?”
  40. “I know this is wrong, but do you ever wonder if she just made the whole thing up? I mean, it’s a pretty good one. It’s not like anyone can ever use virgin birth as an excuse again.”
  41. “At least I taught her full Indian dinner, the rest is up to God.”
  42. “Didn’t you take economics? You could have had me for $49.95.”
  43. “You don’t buy black lingerie unless you want someone to see it. “
  44. “I feel like I’m babysitting, except I’m not getting paid.”
  45. “Well, you told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has *no idea* what it means to have a plethora.”
  46. “What are you giving him drugs for? What the hell are Pirin tablets?” “It’s aspirin with the “A” and the “S” scraped off.”
  47. “The school gets taken over by terrorists and I’m still on pots and pans.”

You know, I tried hard to make it a list of 50.  I just couldn’t do it off the top of my head.  So for now, here are an additional 47 movie quotes.  A Million theoretical points to whoever guesses the most.  I’ll link the answers here once I get them typed in.  Here is the link for the answers!  Enjoy!

Supporting the Facist Media in 2012

So last year I had been asked the same question for 2011.  Thought it was interesting to see what I had paid for and what I had not, so let’s do it again for 2012.

Did I support the Facist Media (i.e., did I go to the movies) in 2012?  You betcha.  Here’s the list of those that I saw in the theater in 2012.  Not ones I watched at home or ones I rented, just ones I sat in a squeaky seat and dealt with teen texters.  A surprisingly short list

  1. We Bought a Zoo
  2. Young Adult
  3. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  4. Iron Lady
  5. Puss In Boots
  6. One For The Money
  7. The Hunger Games (3 times, twice at full price once at $1.99)
  8. The Avengers (twice, once full prince once $1.99)
  9. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  10. Mirror Mirror
  11. Rock of Ages
  12. Brave
  13. The Amazing Spider Man
  14. The Dark Knight Rises
  15. The Bourne Legacy
  16. Guilt Trip

So far in 2013: The Silver Linings Playbook

Movies released in 2012 that I still want to see:

  • Pitch Perfect
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • The Hobbit
  • Les Miserables
  • This is 40
  • Parental Guideance
  • Skyfall
  • Magic Mike
  • Men in Black 3
  • The Dictator
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

The Internet Confessional

Everyone has a guilty pleasure, right?

Something they don’t necessarily admit to a stranger as the first thing to tell them, but something that their best friend will know?

I have more than a few.  I knit and I’m almost 40, and I used to own a cat–stupid stereotype.  I like to cook, love board games, and have an unhealthy obsession with movies and tv.

Certain shows, no matter how many times you’ve seen them, you always stop at, right?  Another broadcast of Bring It On, or Legally Blonde, or Firefly/Serenity.  The private DVD stash of Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Zorro: The Gay Blade, and Clueless.    Things you hide in the back of the drawer but can quote word for word?

The latest one for me is Burlesque.  I never saw it in the theaters, but found it on Encore one night when channel surfing.

I think I’ve seen it 30 times since. 

I can’t help it.  I admit it.  I love Cher.  I love Christina Aguilera’s music, and as an actress she grows on you.  I adore Stanley Tucci.  McSteamy makes an appearance.  And Cam Gigandet?  Yummy.  I love the bawdy dance numbers.  I love the corny lyrics.  I love the predictable plot.  I just adore the movie.

I have to go now.  They’re talking about “air rights” again….

Listaholic at the movies

I love lists.  I live by lists.  Do this, buy that, go there, get this.  Clean that, see this, do that, call there.  It’s a process, you see.  A way to feel like you have accomplished something.  Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to CROSS something OFF one of the lists.

There are lists of chores, lists of people, lists of errands to run, lists of books to read, lists of lists, and (my favorite) lists of movies to see.  The Yahoo! Movies editorial staff has released the top 100 modern-era movies that are a must-see for all movie buffs, and all movies have been released 1990 and later.  For once! A list that doesn’t make me feel guilty for never having seen Casablanca or The Godfather!  (Yes, I know, I am lacking in my movie history.  I will watch them.  Someday.  I swear.)

Here, then, are those movies, with the ones I have seen earmarked. It’s not too bad–I’ve seen over half.  There are some I disagree with–like Boogie Nights or Anchorman, and of course there are some that I feel were unfairly left off.  What are your favorites? Continue reading

In defense of the worst, part two, in honor of Valentine’s Day, recently posted what they consider to be the worst 25 romantic comedies of all time.

25. Rumor Has It
24. Blind Date
23. Simply Irresistable
22. Employee of the Month
21. Arthur 2: On the Rocks
20. Alex & Emma
19. Haunted Honeymoon
18. Two of a Kind
17. Who’s That Girl
16. Over Her Dead Body
15. Down to You
14. My Boss’s Daughter
13. Say It Isn’t So
12. I Love Trouble
11. Good Luck Chuck
10. All About Steve
9. Summer Catch
8. Because I Said So
7. Mannequin: On the Move
6. Dirty Love
5. The Beautician and the Beast
4. Mr. Wrong
3. From Justin to Kelly
2. The Hottie and the Nottie
1. Gigli

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Aw, he’s all growed up now!

Totally meant to post this the other day.

You know that feeling you get when you are watching a movie and you’re so distracted because you know you have seen the guy before but you just can’t place him?  That was me watching Dear John last Friday.  The guy that plays Tim.  I knew I had seen him before, I just couldn’t place it.  About 45 minutes into the movie I figured it out.  He’s been in a ton of movies, and I had just watch (a truly awful) one a few weeks ago called I’m with Lucy.  Darned if it wasn’t the same guy.

Of course, no one has seen I’m with Lucy.  It’s one of those movies you can usually get for $2.99 in a bin somewhere.  The rest of you might recognize him from one of his more famous roles:

Yep, it’s Elliott!  All growed up!  Still cute, in his own dorky way, isn’t he?

(And rent I’m with Lucy.  It’s so bad it’s enjoyable.  Besides, it has Henry Thomas, David Boreanaz, Anthony LaPaglia, John Hannah, and Monica Potter.  It’s a fun two hours.)

Time for not only year-end movie lists, but the beginning of decade-end movie lists as well!

With my apologies from the people at Times Online, who have posted their version of the top 100 films of the decade.  Yes, this is a British online magazine, so the tastes may differ, however it’s pretty extensive.  Again, I have marked the ones I have seen and have some of my comments next to a few.  All movies are listed with (Director, release year).  Thus far I have seen 32, own 4 not watched and have 27 of them in my Blockbuster queue.  I am a bit surprised at the list, but again, I think it skews from the British mindset.

Without further ado, here we go!

100 The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel, 2006)
99 Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000)
98 Crash (Paul Haggis, 2004) [This movie has been in my DVD player (which holds 5) for at least two years.  One day I’ll get around to watching it!]
97 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook, 2005)
96 Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay, 2002)
95 Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2000)
94 An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006)
93 House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou, 2004)
92 Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears, 2002)
91 Lantana (Ray Lawrence, 2001)
90 Wedding Crashers (David Dobkin, 2005)
[Really?  This movie?  Frat boy humor has never really been my cup of tea.]
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