1. Â ”Whose dish is on the chopping block?” – Ted Allen, Chopped
2. Â ”You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it? This is it.” – Trish Jenner, Jeepers Creepers
3. Â ”Impudent piece of crockery.” – Merlin, The Sword in the Stone
4. Â ”Why didn’t you tell me you were some sort of Alaskan Kennedy?” Â - Â ”How could I? We were in the middle of talking about you for the last three years.” – Margaret Tate and Andrew Paxton, The Proposal
If you are in a rental store and find yourself looking at a movie called Centurion and wondering if you should rent it, put it down and walk away.
I don’t know if it’s appropriate to call it a slasher movie since it’s not horror. Â I’m thinking ‘gusher’ might work, though. Â There is a lot of fake blood sloshed around the set.
Centurion is yet another movie about the glorious Romans trying to suppress the evil Picts (Northern Britons). Â The Picts are described as lacking honor because they don’t fight like Romans. Â Well, if they Romans hadn’t showed up in their homeland and tried to rule them, they probably wouldn’t have fought at all. Â So there’s that.
The movie is perhaps even a grade C movie. Â The plot is terrible, but that’s not even as bad as the psuedo-philosophical existential moments.
One of my friends told me about Iron Chef America, and since I recently got into watching some cooking shows, I checked it out.
Yes, it’s quite wonderful and entertaining. Â It’s interesting to see how two chefs will use a secret ingredient to make a number of dishes in the time allowed.
The only bad part about the show is that it usually makes me quite hungry, as do most cooking shows. Â Such lovely-looking food! Â Why can’t I have some?
Yesterday’s quote quiz.Â I didn’t do it yesterday because it was Good Friday.
1.Â “Now speaks the rat that would be my ears.” – Ramses, The Ten Commandments
2.Â “Let’s get them no good cheeky bull in the big bloody metal ship!” – Nullah, Australia
3.Â “A promise is a promise! Head must not be higher than mine! A promise!” – King Mongkut, The King and I
4.Â “For two hundred and fifty dollars I would fight your wife!” – Jim Braddock, Cinderella Man
5.Â “I shall never forget the way Marguerite’s feet went up over her head like that.” – Jacqueline, EverAfter
Happy Good Friday, everyone! Â I hope you all have a great Easter weekend!
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I saw Whale Rider when it first came out, but I just watched it again. Â And I enjoyed it again.
It’s an interesting look at Maori culture, through the eyes of a young girl, Pai. Â Her grandfather often takes her for granted because he wants a grandson to carry on the family line.
The movie could have easily focused too much on this and become another movie about a young person proving him or herself. Â However, the full of people trying to find their place in their world. Â The scenery and the whales don’t hurt either.
Whale Rider isÂ a good, family-friendly movie. Â And Keisha Castle-Hughes turns out an excellent performance as Pai.
Since Amadeus is such a dark movie, I decided to watch something a little more uplifting.Â I happened to have Secretariat at hand, so I watched that.
I think I enjoyed it more the second time than the first.Â It’s a thoroughly enjoyable movie, and one that’s definitely family friendly.Â In fact, I think everyone should watch it at least once!
After all, Secretariat is considered by many to be the greatest race horse that ever lived.Â I don’t know if I’d go that far, but he was amazing.Â And most of his records are unbroken today.Â So there is that.
This past week was a busy one. Â I was in two concerts, for one thing. Â However, I did find the time to watch Amadeus for the second time. Â I forgot how depressing that movie is.
I love the movie for its brilliant use of Mozart’s music, but once it makes that dark turn I find it hard to watch. Â It is true that Mozart was a genius who may not have been appreciated as much as he deserved until after his death. Â It is true that he died a pauper, but that may have been more to do with his spending more than he earned than anything else. Â I’m not sure how accurate the rest of the movie is, but it’s worth watching. Â Once, anyway.
I was in a concert last night, so I didn’t get a chance to do a quote quiz. Â Until now.
1. Â ”Donger’s here for five hours, and he’s got somebody. I live here my whole life, and I’m like a disease.” – Samantha, 16 Candles
2. Â ”If we’re going to Virginia why don’t we drop by Fort Knox? I could fly a helicopter through the lobby and set it down right inside the vault. And it would be a h***of a lot easier than breaking into the CIA.” – Franz Krieger, Mission: Impossible
3. Â ”What’s the matter, Morty? Can’t you buy her a whole dress?” – Brenda Cushman, The First Wives Club
4. Â ”Here. It’s all right here in my noodle. The rest is just scribbling. Scribbling and bibbling, bibbling and scribbling.” – Mozart, Amadeus
April is Autism Awareness Month (well, it’s also National Poetry Month), so I thought I’d share a video clip of Temple Grandin being interviewed.
Sharing this clip has nothing to do with nepotism and everything to do with the importance of Dr. Grandin’s message.
Watch and learn!