Archive for June, 2011

The Goonies

I came across this “Then/Now” series of photos of The Goonies cast.  I was amused, so I thought I should share!

4th Movies

I think I should watch a good action movie on the 4th.  I’m currently trying to decide between Independence Day and Live Free or Die Hard.  Both are rife with one-liners ranging from “I gotta get me one of these!” to “You just took out a helicopter with a car!”

I enjoy both movies, so maybe I’ll have to watch both of them.  Do any of you have a favorite “4th” movie that you’d recommend?

12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men was one of Sidney Lumet’s first movies, if not the first.  I finally watched it.

It’s an interesting movie, especially since the entire ‘action’ of the movie is limited to the jury room (other than the first minutes in the courtroom).

One thing that I didn’t like was the first speech by the Henry Fonda character.  He goes on about how he’s not sure the boy is guilty, and then his initial reasons seem to have nothing to do with the facts, but rather that he feels sorry for the kid because he’s had such a hard life.  Well.  That’s almost an insult to all the people who have had hard lives and been able to rise above that.  People’s circumstances do not dictate who they will become.

The rest of the movie, however, was interesting and thought-provoking.  It shows how different people remember different ‘facts,’ often colored by preconceived notions or prejudice.

12 Angry Men is definitely worth watching, especially for those who enjoy the intricacies of the processes of law.

The King of eyebrow acting

I recently started watching the show Firefly, which gets rave reviews from a lot of people.  I’ve been enjoying it so far, but then I’m a fan of Nathan Fillion and his eyebrow acting!

The show would be good (although not as good) without Fillion because it would still be funny.  After all, a show about cowboys/pirates in space?  It’s unique, if nothing else.

The show also stars Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk, two other actors I enjoy.  I can see why so many people are addicted to the show.  It’s entertaining!

Quote Quiz! – ANSWERS

1.  “She doesn’t get eaten by the eels at this time.” – The Grandfather, Princess Bride

2.  “I’ve always been considered an as***** for about as long as I can remember. Uh, that’s just my style. But I’d really feel blue if I didn’t think you were going to forgive me.” – Royal, The Royal Tenenbaums

3.  “Don’t dilly-dally there, pretty lady. We’re all gonna be down here talking about you.” – Ben Stone, The Family Stone

4.  “Listen closely. I’d like to help you but I can’t. I’d like to tell you to take a copy of your policy to Norma Wilcox on… Norma Wilcox, W-I-L-C-O-X… on the third floor, but I can’t.” – Bob, The Incredibles

5.  “Lots of respectable people have been hit by trains. Judge Hobbie over in Cookville was hit by a train. What was I gonna tell them, that you got sent to the penal farm and I divorced you from shame?” – Penny, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I was very sad to hear that Peter Falk died yesterday.  I loved him as Columbo, and of course, as the Grandfather in Princess Bride.

He was a wonderful actor, and will be missed.

New theater!

I went to the new theater in Jamestown today, to watch Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  To tell the truth, I think I could have watched a really terrible movie and still been excited.  The new theater is that amazing!

Penguins is not a terrible movie, however.  It is a rather good movie, and a clean one that would be good for an entire family.  Jim Carrey’s acting falls somewhere in the middle of his super-serious acting and his manic comedic acting.

“I coulda been a contender!”

I finally watched On the Waterfront, and unlike some other “classic” movies, it actually stood up to the test of time.

It’s a story that will probably never age–the power of one person standing up for what is right, no matter the cost.

Marlon Brando was good in the role of Terry Malloy, an ex-fighter of questionable intelligence.  It’s hard to play someone like that well, and it’s often overdone.  A recent example of an actor who does this exceptionally well is Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter.

I would recommend On the Waterfront to anyone who has not seen it.  It’s worth watching.

Happy Father’s Day

I hope all the fathers out there have had a wonderful day today.

After all, where would we be without our fathers? Or mothers, for that matter. :)

Quote Quiz – ANSWERS

1.  “Broaden your minds–have another beer. Have two!” – Mrs. Darcy, Return to Snowy River

2.  “I’m the king of the world!” – Jack, Titanic

3.  “This is the story of how I died. Don’t worry, this is actually a very fun story and the truth is, it isn’t even mine.” – Flynn Rider, Tangled

4.  “Hey, remember your friend, Mr. Thunder? How ’bout his buddy, Mr. Lightning? Ooh, I know you know him. You know him real well, don’t ya?” – Travis, The Rundown