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100 Modern Classic Movies MEME

From Wordlily!    She and I seem to share a lot in movie taste (we seem to avoid the same kind);  I have a few years of experience movie watching…

Instructions are to bold movies seen. I’ve added my own comments — so you can see if we share the same tastes or not.

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03) — I own these, too.
3. Titanic (1997) The boat sinks.
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
5. Toy Story (1995)
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998 ) — We put this movie in right after sitting down with dinner.  BIG MISTAKE.   Awesome movie.

 7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) —
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) —
9. Die Hard (1988 ) – uh YEA!!  
10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
12. The Matrix (1999)
13. GoodFellas (1990)
14. Crumb (1995) —
15. Edward Scissorhands (1990) — THIS is NOT a Halloween movie!!!!  Go see it WordLily!!

16. Boogie Nights (1997) – where I fall in love with MarkyMark.
17. Jerry Maguire (1996) – love it.
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)
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) — seen many many times, yes tis a classic.
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) — Not yet.
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) — huh?!   This isn’t showing up in imdb.com except as a future 2010 release?
57. There’s Something About Mary (1998 ) — Wordlily says “I don’t have a great appreciation for slapstick.” And I don’t either.  Hated this.
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) — brilliant
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) — ugh
76. The Departed (2006)
77. Sid and Nancy (1986)
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) —.
79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
80. Michael Clayton (2007) — ok
81. Moonstruck (1987) – one I’ve seen many times – delightful!
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) — parts of it.  Need to put it back in queue.
87. Swingers (1996)
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
89. Breaking the Waves (1996) – seriously?
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) – WHO compiled this list!?
96. Far From Heaven (2002)
97. Glory (1989) – everyone should see.
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) —

 

I question the list; some good, some obscure, a few greats.    Just off the top of my head on my must see list:   Adaptation, The Whale Rider – there are tons more but these two popped in.     Was Kill Bill on this list?  

Weekly Geek WEEK TWELVE

This week’s Weekly Geek theme fits in nicely with the post I published earlier today (you’ll see it when you finish reading this one) and that is to ask for QUESTIONS for upcoming reviews!

So, if you want to know my thoughts on

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

and/or

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

please, do, ask away!  I will link back to your blog and say nice things about you in the upcoming resulting postings.    oh, and attempt to answer the questions, too.

One more note, I don’t think Dewey was guilty of being selfish, do you?    But she does seem to have one heck of a terrific husband…   Happy Moving Dewey!    Can’t wait to see the photos of books in their new home.

Teaser Post

I wanted to post something - anything!  yet the real world beckons and I must go to the grocery store.  

SO, I’m just giving you some heads up what I’ve read and what I intend to post on later.   soon.    someday.

1.    Inspired by Nymeth’s review of Pride & Prejudice, I want to return to The Handmaid’s Tale and give a Care-Review.   I’m not a professional, I’m just me and this new ‘me’ doesn’t want to back down from a challenge.   (Backing down from challenges is my usual way of handling things I don’t think I’ll be perfect at on the first attempt. I am most certainly NOT one of those people who when told I can’t do something, goes out and does just that. I’m more the type to say, “ok.” and then go find something else to do.)   

2.  Yesterday, while Hub caught two 3-4 pound largemouth bass and lost a few lures, I sat on the back of the boat and finished Neil Gaiman’s Stardust .   I will give this a proper Care-Review, too.

3.  I have the movie The Other Boleyn Girl and hope to watch it today.  

4.   Celebrate wtih me – I received my first book from bookmooch!   It is a paperback, slightly yellowed and musty Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie.    I have no timetable to get to this.   I have committed to a Rushdie for the 1% Challenge.

Happy Sunday and into Monday, y’all.

Why, It’s a Brand New Washing Machine, Drew!

Thank you to everyone who encouraged me in my comparison shopping for a new washing machine!   (Can anything be MORE exciting?!)  

   It’s the Fisher-PayKEL Ecosystem and when I told my friend that it would only cost me $11 a year in electricity and that this is based on two loads of laundry a day (PER DAY!) and I hardly launder that often, she informed me that bygolly – they’ll probably owe ME money.    

Alas, it did not come with champagne.  AND, get this:  apparently, I still have to do the loading, button-pushing and unloading pieces of this chore.

Yes, I realize that now my washer and dryer do not match.    TRAVESTY!   I don’t care.  The dryer seems to work fine.    Though, the sales dude did tell me that F&P make a fine dryer – maybe even the finest on the market for the money and especially considering its low energy use.    File away for future reference…

To make this a bookish post, please notice the book in the upper left corner.    It’s Don Aslett’s How Do I Clean the Moosehead  tome.   (Can I use the word ‘tome’ here?   I’m so tired of the word ‘book’.)   I do not have a stuffed moosehead, but this might come in handy some day, I’m hoping.

If no other reason to snap this photo, I doubt my laundry room will ever be this clean again and now I can use this in the real estate photo gallery if we ever try to sell this house.     Which also means any buyer is going to expect the W&D will convey…   Sigh.

OK,  I’m off to go find some towels to wash.  Yippee!!

Goodbye Mr Chips AND P.S. I Love You

Wow – I just ran over to my favorite Movie Info Website – the Internet Movie DataBase – and it tells me that this movie was Greer Garson‘s FIRST movie!  Louis B Mayer discovered her on a trip to England.   I don’t know why this is so cool to me, but it is.    I would be a movie fan FREAK if I allowed myself one interest only…  Like, did she appreciate everyone thinking her first name was ‘Greer’?   (She was born and named Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson; her nickname was Duchess.   I’m not sure I like that any better.   I’d have preferred Evelyn – very grand.)    She was Elizabeth in the 1940 production of Pride and Prejudice – gotta see this next!!!    I think she is lovely and smart and was well received in many of her films.    I want to see all most of them.

Anyway, back to the topic of this post.  I saw the 1939 Goodbye Mr Chips the other night and LOVED IT!    Even better than the book; they succeeded in capturing the warmth of the original written work.   At first, I wasn’t impressed with the first scenes of Chips as the very old guy but as the movie progressed and Donat aged his character, it got better.    Garson was fabulous.   

I CRIED and CRIED!   I love crying to movies.  

My book review of this is here.

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Last night I watched   PS I Love You starring Hillary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, Kathy Bates, James Marsters, Harry Connick Jr.

I cried and cried again!  This movie was a lot better than I expected.    Based on Cecilia Ahern’s book of the same name, this is the story of a young widow receiving letters from her dead husband; others are afraid this is keeping her from moving on with her life.    Can she learn to live and love again?

This was Ms. Ahern’s first book – I have yet to read it, but promise you this:  I WILL – and it looks like from all the book press that she is on her way to a fabulous writing career.    The movie was everything I wanted it to be in a good love story, a woman finding herself, humor and wisdom combined with great fashion and more than a few good looking men.    Jeffrey Dean Morgan   [Jeffery Dean Morgan]     Hillary’s character was an unhappy real estate agent (been there, done that) and she stumbles into a career idea that combines what she loves (shoes, art) and learns to appreciate those she loves even more, especially herself.

Chick lit at its finest?   Well, I can’t say I’m an expert on that.     But I enjoyed this movie very much and I’m inspired to read the source.

Posting Just To Post

I can’t think of a thing to write.   

I wanted to write a review of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.    But I’m all a-blank.   I can say that I loved it.   It was a fabulously refreshing change of pace, style, mood, subject for me over what I’d read before that.  NOT that I want to disparage what I had read prior – in fact, I have enjoyed most of the books I’ve read lately.

I left this book for my Aunt and Cousin to read and since I don’t have the source text to inspire me, I just don’t think I’ll do it justice.     I’m probably one of the last to read it anyway, so I wouldn’t be telling you anything new.    I am definitely hoping to read more Atwood soon.

AND THEN.  Well, then… I played hostess/tour guide to my sis-in-law and her hubby for seven days and I’ve not read but 2 pages of my Bloom How To Read and Why.   I’m fascinated by this challenge!   [click here]

One activity I was able to do that was book related while my SIL was here was one day of shopping.    Said shopping excursion included a stop to the new Borders in my locale and, yes, I did buy some books.     Being without my list of MUST-BUYS, I screwed up and did not buy The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao  nor The Remains of the Day.  Instead, I remembered Neil Gaiman’s Stardustcan’t wait to start! and Life of Pi – inspired by it being on the list of my prior post, and a $4.99 Gregory Peck bio A Charmed Life by Lynn Haney in hardback.

I haven’t started any of them.   I’m in the middle of comparison shopping for a ***  Brand New Washing Machine!!!! ****   (It helps if you can say that or imagine the voice of the guy who announces the prizes on the Price is Right show.)

I’m considering the Fisher Paykel model – low energy use AND low water use.   Anyone have one?

Oh – I joined BookMooch.    Hmmmm.     My cheerleading award was a prize of bookmooch points – how could I refuse?     I have yet to hear from the moochees for my books that I requested.    I will give them a couple more weeks to respond, I guess.

My participation in Weekly Geek Week ELEVEN is not gonna happen either, I’m afraid.   I can’t think of any questions.  I’ve not read of any of those books and well, having taken this week off of blogging, I’m just stumped for which to pick and what to ask.    I will sit this one out.   Good luck with your move Dewey and I’ll commit to week TWELVE.

That’s it for now – I must visit my blogger buddies and let them know I’m still here!  I’m still a fan!

Oh – thanks Chartroose for the link love and mention!    I’m blushing… Oh – re-reading her post (which is here) I see I WON AN AWARD! deep red blushing and stammering commences.

I Like Lists, Too

Book Nut has a list of books from somewhere (The Big Read?) and apparently the average adult has only read 6 of these…   How many have you read?

The instructions:
Look at the list and
Bold those you have read.
Italicize those you intend to read.
Underline the books you LOVE.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling  (I’ve only read one)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. 1984 – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (I’ve only read the first)
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (maybe someday….)
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (Why is this one here? It’s part of the Chronicles of Narnia, right?)
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood – this is the last book I read!!!
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (will seeing the movie count!?)
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare 
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Bummer, only have 39 read.   I might have to substitute the Salman Rushdie book from my 1% of the 1001 Well-Read Challenge for Midnight’s Children.    That list is going to change a lot before Feb 09!

 

 

 

Weekly Geek Week TEN

This week is about reading MAGAZINES!   Dewey has a meme to stimulate some conversation about this week’s topic but I’m veering off these questions…   I’ll just type my thoughts.

I don’t subscribe to many (in fact, I don’t subscribe to ANY!  – others do it for me); my Aunt&Uncle gave me Reader’s Digest for Christmas, and my MIL gave me a cooking magazine that I can’t even remember the title off the top of my head…    We also get the NebraskaLAND  magazine which is AMAZING.     Here’s the link:  http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/nebland/    The photography is phenomenal and really highlights the beauty of the terrain.

 

Other than those, I peruse the covers of magazines at the grocery story and rarely buy.    Occasionally, I will purchase a magazine before a flight with the intent of leaving it on the plane.    Usually, the selection is PEOPLE magazine.   I’ve mentioned before that Elle magazine often has terrific book reviews but I only get this once or twice a year.

I have too many BOOKS to read and money to save (so I can buy books)!     It’s funny how I find the price of magazines exorbitant – just to flip through drug ads, it seems.   and I hate to buy CDs and movies but think absolutely nothing about dropping $15 on a book…   

What does this say about me?

Happy Independence Day Holiday

I will be spending a few days lounging by a lake in Maine for the holiday (thank you Auntie Lil!) and will be bringing the following books with me:

  Ronald W. Clark, Einstein: The Life and Times

I’m really diggin’ it;   I’m barely 100 pages in. 

 Kazuo Ishiguro’s When We Were Orphans. 

I don’t have to take this afterall!  Unless I want to write a review…   I finished it today!  

I can most definitely tell this is an Ishiguro book – very similar style and even similar characterization even if personalities and story lines are vastly different than Never Let Me Go.   Makes me wonder if Remains of the Day will be so obvious an Ishiguro novel, as well, and use the same techniques – if that is an accurate term?    If yes, I may need a break.   I like to mix it up – genre, style, etc.

On the other hand, the story just took an unexpected – HEY! WHAT??!?!?! – kind of turn and I need to jump back to it right now.    DONE.   

  How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom

I’ve accepted a challenge!!!   yea, me!    I’m woefully behind and have yet to even check out the details with true study.   Does this bode not well for me?   sigh.   Rebecca Reads is hosting this challenge. 

 The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline

I won this from Softdrink!   It arrived yesterday – THANK YOU, Fizzy Beverage!   You are awesome.

 The Soloist by Mark Salzman

My friend Holly gave this to me to read.   I have yet to even read the back cover!   I love not knowing ANYTHING so please don’t tell me.   Oh, you can tell me that you read/reviewed and I’ll read them later, would that be OK?   good.  thank you. 

I have a few other books I could take, too, but we are not driving the SUV this time;  we taking the car.   Less room to pack coolers, sleeping bags, food, dog crate/stuff, luggage, and…    books.

Have a great holiday everyone!  Happy Reading, -Care

PS – I just remembered Anna Karenina! I should be getting back to that.


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