Archive for April, 2011

Quote Quiz 4.29.11 – ANSWERS

1.  “Whose dish is on the chopping block?” – Ted Allen, Chopped

2.  “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.  “Impudent piece of crockery.” – Merlin, The Sword in the Stone

4.  “Why didn’t you tell me you were some sort of Alaskan Kennedy?”  –  “How could I? We were in the middle of talking about you for the last three years.” – Margaret Tate and Andrew Paxton, The Proposal

Pass on by

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.  I’m thinking ‘gusher’ might work, though.  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).  The Picts are described as lacking honor because they don’t fight like Romans.  Well, if they Romans hadn’t showed up in their homeland and tried to rule them, they probably wouldn’t have fought at all.  So there’s that.

The movie is perhaps even a grade C movie.  The plot is terrible, but that’s not even as bad as the psuedo-philosophical existential moments.

“Let the battle begin!”

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.  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.  Such lovely-looking food!  Why can’t I have some?

Quote Quiz! – ANSWERS

Yesterday’s quote quiz.  I didn’t do it yesterday because it was Good Friday.

1.  “Now speaks the rat that would be my ears.” – Ramses, The Ten Commandments

2.  “Let’s get them no good cheeky bull in the big bloody metal ship!” – Nullah, Australia

3.  “A promise is a promise! Head must not be higher than mine! A promise!” – King Mongkut, The King and I

4.  “For two hundred and fifty dollars I would fight your wife!” – Jim Braddock, Cinderella Man

5.  “I shall never forget the way Marguerite’s feet went up over her head like that.” – Jacqueline, EverAfter

Good Friday

Happy Good Friday, everyone!  I hope you all have a great Easter weekend!

Whale Rider

I saw Whale Rider when it first came out, but I just watched it again.  And I enjoyed it again.

It’s an interesting look at Maori culture, through the eyes of a young girl, Pai.  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.  However, the full of people trying to find their place in their world.  The scenery and the whales don’t hurt either.

Whale Rider is a good, family-friendly movie.  And Keisha Castle-Hughes turns out an excellent performance as Pai.

Big Red

Since Amadeus is such a dark movie, I decided to watch something a little more uplifting.  I happened to have Secretariat at hand, so I watched that.

I think I enjoyed it more the second time than the first.  It’s a thoroughly enjoyable movie, and one that’s definitely family friendly.  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.  I don’t know if I’d go that far, but he was amazing.  And most of his records are unbroken today.  So there is that.

Long-dead genius

This past week was a busy one.  I was in two concerts, for one thing.  However, I did find the time to watch Amadeus for the second time.  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.  It is true that Mozart was a genius who may not have been appreciated as much as he deserved until after his death.  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.  I’m not sure how accurate the rest of the movie is, but it’s worth watching.  Once, anyway.

I was in a concert last night, so I didn’t get a chance to do a quote quiz.  Until now.

1.  “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.  “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.  “What’s the matter, Morty? Can’t you buy her a whole dress?” – Brenda Cushman, The First Wives Club

4.  “Here. It’s all right here in my noodle. The rest is just scribbling. Scribbling and bibbling, bibbling and scribbling.” – Mozart, Amadeus

The world needs all kinds of minds

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!