December 2 08

ince we finished watching Six Feet Under last month, we have been debating over what show to start watching next. my vote was for Dexter. or The Wire. The husband’s vote was for Oz.

(Isabella had put a vote in for Yo Gabba Gabba, but her vote SO didn’t count, especially since she spent all night last night barfing. while the husband was out playing hockey. and was unreachable. of course. i had a full-fledged panic attack before he came home. also? am officially the worst mother in the world.)

So, since we are both stubborn as balls, we decided to take a different route and watch the James Bond movies. from the very beginning. We laughed our way through Dr. No…but not because we didn’t like it.

we did. i mean, Sean Connery IS James Bond (i mean, you are saying it right now with a hint of a Scottish twang…Jamesh Bond, right?) but mostly because of how DIRTY James Bond is. He is a DOG. to every woman he’s all “Tell me Miss Trench, do you play any other games?” oh, and also, they had some sort of problem getting actual Asians to play certain Asian parts, so they used MAKEUP on some of the women’s eyes to make them APPEAR Asian. bwahahah.

We LOVED From Russia With Love….and we are now watching Goldfinger. and the husband thinks it’s hysterical when i have my ah hah moments…“so THAT’S where Austin Powers gets it from!” i mean, i always knew that the character was loosely based on the 007 character. British Intelligence. the women…with the names like Alotta Fagina (hi. i’m giggling. hi. i’m 12) and the hairy chest. but it’s ridiculous. EVERY single thing in Austin Powers was lifted from a Bond movie.

i mean…look familiar?

and now that i’ve totally bored you to tears with my current obsession with James Bond…

i’ll tell you about some more old school movies. and obsessions. Remember when i went to see “A Chorus Line” and kind of sort of didn’t like it? as Arica put it, “i felt…nothing” but i absolutely loved the movie. it was one of those, well, institutions in our house. My siblings and i are products of four working parents. we were raised by nannies and holocaust surviving grandparents….so, we had two things to keep us busy…our tv and our vcr. we watched a LOT of movies. we watched movies until the tape on the vhs tape wore down and rendered it unplayable (for all you youngins out there…we used to watch movies on TAPE!). A chorus line was up there with our favorites. So, on Saturday night, Tova, Ilana and I watched the movie. (Tova had NEVER seen it! the horror!)

because no one has watched the movie in at least a decade, no Blockbuster in the city was carrying it on DVD. so, of course, i downloaded it in torrent form.

in Italian.

because i’m awesome.

(luckily the husband was able to work his fancy magic and fix it so we could watch)

and you know what?

it totally held up. i was smiling through the entire thing. i remembered every single scene. every song. every outfit. except, i totally didn’t remember the giant crotch packages that were on display. EW.

and you know what else Tova had never seen??

my gosh. just LOOK at Michael Jackson! i LOVE that he says he likes what he looks like. um, okay. i TOTALLY believe him…

also, at dinner on Sunday night, there was a challenge to come up with a top ten favorite movie list. The deal is there’s no judging allowed (that was mostly aimed at me, since i’m a total music judger). This was very difficult. because my list would be long and lengthy. I’m a movie LOVER and i love so many for so many different reasons. but, i had to come up with ten. so…here it is, in no particular order:


Almost Famous

Pulp Fiction

Fight Club

On the Waterfront


Godfather, part II

Usual Suspects

Silence of the Lambs

Stand By Me

okay..YOUR TURN!

  1. I started watching Dexter not too long ago and it’s pretty good! I recommend it.

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    Comment by Shannon on December 2, 2008
  2. Oooh, what an excellent movie list – “The Usual Suspects” is high on mine as well. On my highbrow days, that list also includes stuff like Hitchcock (“Rear Window”) and, ahem, ART films (“Y Tu Mama Tambien”, “Lost in Translation”). I’m too judgey to post my embarrassing others in a public forum, except that my username sort of gives away the farm . . .

    If I can recommend another show to get into / fight with the husband over, “Mad Men” is outstanding. So incredibly well-written and compelling.

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    Comment by Legallyblondemel on December 2, 2008
  3. 1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Silence of the Lambs
    3. Dirty Dancing
    4. A Christmas Story
    5. Shawshank Redemption
    6. The Other Sister
    7. Hope Floats
    8. Annie
    9. Stealing Home
    10. Grease

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  4. We have very similar tastes in movies. However, mine would include one or two sports movies (Remember The Titans), a comic movie (The Punisher), and of course Empire Strikes Back.

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on December 2, 2008
  5. sorry to hear that bella was sick again.i have never seen a chorus line or that show with michael jackson.and my list would never be the same for movies it would depend on my mood.one2 movies come to mind now though to add to your list sophie’s choice and empire of the sun.


    Comment by LAVENDULA on December 2, 2008
  6. I just LUV you right now – “Free to Be You & Me”, I haven’t seen that in years!!! How do you think of & remember these things?! I am just cracking up right now – thanks! Mine, in no order
    Grease, St. Elmo’s Fire, Breakfast Club, When Harry Met Sally, Little Women, Sound of Music, City of Angels, Officer & Gentleman, Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz


    Comment by Maria on December 2, 2008
  7. Got to be Bond – any Bond on a winter’s Sunday. Mind you – the usual suspects is due another watch…

    Good list – thanks.

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  8. all about the cheese over here:

    *dirty dancing
    *sweet home alabama
    *miss congeniality

    of course there are others but those ones always come to mind.

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    Comment by Holly on December 2, 2008
  9. Wait. Princess Bride isn’t on your list?? My fav of all time. I miss when MJ was “normal”. Oh and A Chorus Line. LOVE IT!


    Comment by kd@abitsquirrelly on December 2, 2008
  10. You’ve got to start watching Dexter!

    A couple of movies on my list:

    Moulin Rouge

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    Comment by metro mama on December 2, 2008
  11. I don’t know if I could squeeze it down to 10. Good list though. And I don’t understand the fascination with prison shows or movies. Unless there’s an escape involved the only thing they’re about is violence and rape. I only needed to see a few prison movies to know that is not where I wanted to end up. Zero desire to watch Oz, regardless of how well it’s written.

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    Comment by Captain Dumbass on December 2, 2008
  12. You’re right. That was random.

    Some of my top movies are Field of Dreams, Shawshank Redemption, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Clueless, 13 Going on 30.

    Cleary I’m a tween.

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    Comment by Kristabella on December 2, 2008
  13. in no order..

    The Matrix
    Dead Poets Society
    When Harry met Sally
    Benny and June
    A Beautiful Mind
    Life is Beautiful
    The Godfather


    Comment by Sarah on December 2, 2008
  14. I went to see the Chorus Line with my Dad when it was on Broadway. I was 13. He was a college teacher and chaperoning a NYC trip. He took me along. It is one of the highlights of my life.
    My fave movies include:
    Shining Through
    Life is Beautiful
    Princess Bride
    Christmas Story
    Say Anything
    One Crazy Summer
    Can you tell I haven’t watched a movie in a while. They are all ancient.

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    Comment by Chantal on December 2, 2008
  15. Not “the Chorus Line”
    “A Chorus Line” DUH me!

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    Comment by Chantal on December 2, 2008
  16. OK, I just went and added all the old school Bond flicks to my Netflix queue, so thanks for that. I so wish I’d watched them all (or at least rewatched Casino Royale) before going to see Quantum Solace.

    Off the top of my head, 10 of mine would be:

    Princess Bride
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    Forrest Gump
    Remember the Titans
    The Net (random, I KNOW)
    The Little Mermaid
    The Lion King (actually, my top 10 could easily consist of all Disney cartoons)
    Harry Potter (the earlier ones)
    Notting Hill

    I think my list sums up how I inhabit the body of a seven year old (I told you Emily and I would be great pals!)

    Books are far easier to choose then movies…as are TV shows…

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  17. The Power of One is one of my all-time favourite movies…

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    Comment by Angella on December 2, 2008
  18. Gonna do 5, since I can’t think that long…
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    Tommy Boy
    Breakfast Club

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    Comment by Nap Warden on December 2, 2008
  19. So hard! But I’ll try.

    1. Love Actually
    2. Urban Cowboy (please don’t tell anyone.)
    3. Sixteen Candles
    4. HP and Sorcerer’s Stone
    5. When Harry Met Sally
    6. Water for Chocolate
    7. Miracle on 34th Street
    8. Grease
    9. Pretty Woman
    10. Debbie Does Dallas (not really.)

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    Comment by Jennifer, Playgroups are no place for children on December 2, 2008
  20. Shawshank.


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    Comment by Backpacking Dad on December 2, 2008
  21. Oh, just ten? That’s tough. Off the top of my head, and in no particular order, though:

    When Harry Met Sally
    16 Candles
    Shawshank Redemption
    Hannah and her Sisters
    Love Actually
    Annie Hall
    Four Weddings and a Funeral
    The Parent Trap (the original, not the crappy Lindsay Lohan edition)
    Brighton Beach Memoirs


    Comment by Assertagirl on December 2, 2008
  22. Ali:

    I hope the barfage has cleared up, so you can enjoy your cuppajoe. :)

    I am not entirely certain of the protocol for this, but I have given you an award, as required by Da Roolz! You can see them at Irish Gumbo.

    Congratulations and good luck!

    Hey! The post feed is back!

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    Comment by IrishGumbo on December 2, 2008
  23. You must watch Dexter!

    The only Bond movie I’ve watched on purpose was ‘View To A Kill,’ and that was only because Duran Duran had the theme. It sucked.

    Ok, movies:

    The Breakfast Club
    Sixteen Candles
    Silence of the Lambs
    The Terminator
    Romeo and Juliet
    Can’t Buy Me Love
    Pretty In Pink
    Pulp Fiction
    The Exorcist

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    Comment by differentkindofgirl on December 2, 2008
  24. Valley Girl
    Donnie Darko
    Silence of the Lambs
    16 Candles
    Say Anything
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Departed
    La Belle La Bete


    Comment by gorillabuns on December 3, 2008
  25. Beautiful Girls (always #1. always)
    Back To The Future
    Dead Poets Society
    A League Of Their Own
    Forrest Gump
    Good Will Hunting
    Dirty Dancing
    That Thing You Do
    Sixteen Candles
    Anything by Kevin Smith

    …there’s so many more to boot!


    Comment by Chantal on December 3, 2008
  26. I’ll play!

    Beautiful Girls
    That Touch of Mink
    Breakfast at Tiffanys
    Old School
    Pretty in Pink
    Little Miss Sunshine
    The Sandlot


    Comment by jodi on December 3, 2008
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  28. Okay. In no particular order:

    Desperately Seeking Susan
    Sid and Nancy
    American Beauty
    Requiem For a Dream
    The Shaggy Dog (the old B&W one)
    The Rutles
    Shakespeare In Love
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Walk the Line


    Comment by mamatulip on December 3, 2008
  29. wait – back to tv series. have you seen Dirty Sexy Money? I just finished season one and LOVED IT. And, it includes Peter Krause. Sure, it’s just been cancelled and will wrap up with season two – but it is GOOD.

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    Comment by jennie on December 3, 2008
  30. OMG, I am such a failure! How could I NOT mention Love Actually, which is just my FAVORITE movie on the planet???? Fail.

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    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on December 4, 2008
  31. THE WIRE IS AWESOME (and very graphic/explicit *wink wink nudge nudge*)

    Breakfast at Tiffanys, Bullit, Papillion, and Goodfellas would be on my list for sure.

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    Comment by katie ~ motherbumper on December 4, 2008
  32. In no particular order…

    1. Gia
    2. White Oleander.
    3. Scarface
    4. Some Like it Hot
    5. High Society
    6. V for Vendetta
    7. The Lord of The Rings (all of them)
    8. Kill Bill Vl 2.
    10. Saving Private Ryan


    Comment by Maria on December 5, 2008
  33. Also in no particular order:
    Raiders of the Lost Arc
    Pulp Fiction
    The Princess Bride
    La Femme Nikita
    The Professional
    Shawshank Redemption
    the Sound of Music
    Toy Story
    Raising Arizona
    O Brother Where Art Thou

    I probably missed some, but those movies I will watch and watch and watch.

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    Comment by monstergirlee on December 6, 2008
  34. No particular order… I’m also a sucker for period pieces… gimme those costumes and accents any day…

    1 Princess Bride
    2 When Harry Met Sally
    3 A Room with a View
    4 Monty Python & the Holy Grail
    5 Bridget Jones’ Diary
    6 Pride & Prejudice (both Colin Firth and Keira Knightly versions)
    7 Back to the Future
    8 The Lord of the Rings
    9 Star Wars
    10 The Matrix

    I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten something. Meh, I’ll just come back if I think of any.


    Comment by Nenette on December 6, 2008
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  37. Clash of Titans is a superb movie and i am a fan of the classic movies featuring Hercules and some other greek god.


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