Sunday, March 31, 2013

Blogging from A to Z...

The big event kicks off tomorrow!!  I have finally settled upon my theme.  I'm going to go through my flickchart list and find the first occurrence of each letter.

I'll try to find an alternate poster and include some sort of personal anecdote about the movie...and I'll try to be quick!

And if you like movies, you've GOT to try flickchart....and share your lists with me!!!


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Why not jump around the Blogging from A to Z Challenge and find some new blogs to read!




Saturday, March 30, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

"Argo f*ck yourself."

#42 on my flickchart
I am taking a personal day tomorrow to deal with some family issues.  Nothing too major, but the timing during the day end up necessitating a full day off.

Knowing that, I decided to rent some movies just for myself.  Nan made it clear that she was not interested in seeing this, so I figured I'd give it a go after she went to bed.

Argo is the first Best Picture winner I have seen since The Departed in 2006. (The last Best Picture I saw in the theater was 1997's winner....I went to see it during the worst ice storm and prolonged power outage in Vermont's history...it was a long movie and I needed somewhere warm to be...I also saw Costner's The Postman for the same reason!)  .  I've seen some of the recent nominees, but none of the winners.

I liked Argo.  I have recollections of these events.  I was in third or fourth grade and beyond reading items on Wikipedia, I've not really delved into what happened.  This was a harrowing film.  And the look of it felt very much of the time...on screen fonts chosen felt sort of 1979/1980 retro.  There was a slightly washed out look to the movie.  

My complaints would be minor.  I think I would have preferred the opening narration to be replaced with on screen lettering.  The movie might have been a shade too long.  But all in all, Affleck has yet to direct a movie I didn't like.  And I still like him as an actor, too.

My only two Affleck connections...we attended the University of Vermont at the same time (though I did NOT know him).  And once my family was camping at a semi-remote location and the campground owners were convinced I was Ben Affleck incognito.  I claim NO resemblance at all...it was all them!!!

In all honesty, I usually "get" Ed Helms....



It's like looking in a mirror!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weekend Recap 3-24-13

I spent all of last week disturbingly obsessed by the Taco Bell Cool Ranch Doritos Taco.  I can't explain the fascination.  Regardless, once school was out on Friday (and my teaching partner and I had our monthly debriefing beer), the family and I headed out to the mall and had the taco.

meh.
I think we were all underwhelmed by the experience.  After dinner, we wandered into a collectible shop.  I have a list of movies I've been hoping to find and FYE had none of them at a price I was willing to pay.  We hit the jackpot...at 3 for $10 I couldn't pass these up...the numbers are my flickchart ratings...

#1

#98


#113
#280

#103

#392
#343

#336


#829, 735, 894, 186


The four pack made it an average price of $2.50 per movie!  Cheaper than renting them again!!  We did "Spies Like Us" once we got home.  Most of the movie seems to have held up and the one or two borderline jokes ("What's a dickfer?") seemed to go over the kid's heads.

Saturday was...interesting.  I drove to Rutland (about 2 hours south) and met Marc for lunch and "Olympus Has Fallen."

#146


We had a fun time.  The movie was over-the-top, gratuitously violent and jingoistic.  Marc provided my two favorite moments....First, there was a on screen "18 months later" graphic...Marc paused just long enough and leaned over and said "That's a year and a half."  Second, as the end credits rolled, Marc summed the movie up as "So, the whole movie was about a guy trying to get his job back."

I left Marc to meet up with my folks.  We went to the memorial service for the man who performed my brain surgery all those years ago.  His wife was the head nurse and the first person who got me out of bed and started me on the path to recovery.  I got word of his death last week after dealing with some other rough family stuff.

I stopped at a local video store near our house on the way home and picked up a few more movies.  At four bucks each I got...

#688

#341

#245

I passed on Dredd....which I am regretting, even though it was $7.....  

I also hit the local comic book store and grabbed a few things....which made me realize I need to do a proper comic post REAL soon!

Last night we watched "X-Men: First Class" and today the weekend is ending with a handful of "Law and Order" episodes before everyone woke up and then viewings of "Jurassic Park III" and "Journey 2 The Mysterious Island".

So just some babble....

Super Powers!

Super Powers by Phil Postma



















Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Top Ten Movie Blogfest!




Are we friends on FLICKCHART?  If not, click HERE and let's be friends!!

There is SOOOOOO much to say about these movies....alas, I have no time.


According to flickchart, my top ten favorite movies are....

10.  Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters

9.  The Hunt For Red October
The Hunt for Red October

8. 12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys

7.  Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark

6.  It's A Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life

5.  Fight Club
Fight Club

4.  The Fugitive
The Fugitive
3.  The Avengers
The Avengers

2.  Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down

1.  Die Hard

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This Day In History: March 14, 1975


Monty Python and the Holy Grail is released!  

Here is a behind the scenes photo for you to enjoy!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Five Second Rule!


I always heard it as the "3 Second Rule" growing up....I wonder where the extra two seconds came from...

Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy March!

Hey there!  Long time, no see!  These comics all have a March cover date!  I couldn't pick a strong year for releases like I have done in the past so here is just a smattering...


1966
My oldest March comic! 


1972
A March comic featuring my hometown of Rutland, Vermont!


1983
First March comic I bought off the shelf!


1988
The last March comic (actually the LAST comic altogether) I bought before a five year hiatus from comics!

2003
Just a cheeky Batgirl cover I really like!



2008
The first mature themed series I ever picked up.  This was a satisfying finale.


2012
One of only two comics on my pull list right now....I sat down a few weeks back and finally read the first 8 issues of this and it blew me away!  I absolutely love this series!
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