Archive for September, 2012

Quote Quiz 9.28.12 – ANSWERS

1. “God sometimes does His work with gentle drizzle, not storms. Drip. Drip. Drip.” - John Newton, Amazing Grace

2. “Back home everyone said I didn’t have any talent. They might be saying the same thing over here but it sounds better in French.” - Jerry Mulligan, An American in Paris

3. “ It’s 110 in the shade.”  -  “Well, I guess it’s a good thing we don’t have to play in the shade.” - Keeler and Bobby Jones, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius

4. “Excuse me, sir, you’re standing on my sleeve.”  -  “Am I? So sorry. I might point out you’re lying under my bench.” - Michael Llewelyn Davies and J.M. Barrie, Finding Neverland

Trouble with the Curve

When I heard about the movie Trouble with the Curve I was excited about watching it for two reasons: I generally like Clint Eastwood, and I genuinely love baseball. The movie did not disappoint. There were definitely predictable parts, but the story was well-told, so anything predictable fit in and enriched the story.

Trouble with the Curve is about a lot more than baseball. It’s also about family relationships and the conflict between working at a good job or working at a job you love. The writing is witty and cohesive, and the acting is excellent. Clint Eastwood is excellent as the old-style, anti-technology scout, Gus. But the real standout is probably Amy Adams as Gus’s daughter Mickey. John Goodman does a good job of portraying Gus’s long-suffering friend Pete, and Justin Timberlake is good as the new scout Johnny.

The pace of the movie might be a little slow for some people, but it seems to mirror the pace of many baseball games. There is a somewhat methodical pace, punctuated by moments of high tension and excitement, and yet the viewer’s interest and attention is held throughout the movie.

Trouble with the Curveis a thoroughly enjoyable, well-made movie, and I would recommend it to anyone, even someone who is not a baseball fan.

Quote Quiz 9.21.12 – ANSWERS

1. “Excuse me a moment. I’m in the middle of my performance of the attentive son.” - Lord Arthur Goring, An Ideal Husband

2. “If you ever get depressed, pull up a chair to your kitchen sink and turn on the tap.”  -  “Well, if I ever get depressed, remind me not to come you for advice.” Einar and Nina, An Unfinished Life

3. “Miss Stoeger, I would just like to say that physical education in this school is a disgrace. I mean, standing in line for forty minutes is hardly aerobically effective. I doubt I’ve worked off the calories in a stick of Carefree gum.” - Cher, Clueless

4. “I think a man only needs one thing in life. He just needs someone to love. If you can’t give him that, then give him something to hope for. And if you can’t give him that, just give him something to do.” - James Liddle, Flight of the Phoenix

5. “We’re not odd, we’re just over-expressive.” - Helen Schlegel, Howards End

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is yet another in a line of movies similar to Love Actually. Unlike most of the others, however, Marigold Hotel lives up to the standard of Love Actually.

Marigold Hotel deals with the problem of ageism and related issues, but it’s not a movie only for the elderly. I think it’s a funny, well-written story that anyone can enjoy. In fact, Dev Patel adds quite a whirlwind of action just by himself, and there are other younger characters as well.

Another nice thing about Marigold Hotel is the location. It shows what some would find hard to deal with as a tourist to India–the crowds, the noise, the filth–and with the beauties of India–the music, the scenery, and the people. It is a gem of a movie, one that is thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. I highly recommend it.

Quote Quiz 9.14.12

1. “Mr. Worthing. I must confess that I feel somewhat bewildered by what you have just told me. To be born, or at any rate bred in a handbag, whether it have handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life which reminds one of the worst excesses of the French revolution, and I presume you know what that unfortunate movement led to?” - Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Ernest

2. “How can I answer that if you got the nerve to ask me?” - Jude, I’m Not There

3. “You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life.” - Mufasa, The Lion King

4. “It takes a big man to play a little guitar.” – “And a bigger one to listen.” - Hank and Alexander, Journey 2: Mysterious Island

The Words

The Words, as one would imagine from its title, deals with words, and the power they can have to change lives.

The main character, Rory, played by Bradley Cooper, is a struggling writer who stumbles unto a book that is better than his own. He publishes it as his own, and must deal with the aftermath of his decision.

What is interesting about The Words is that is it sort of a literary version of Inception. The story of Rory is only part of the story–it is kind of a story within a story within a story.

The Words also looks at what it means to have to work for something, how getting praise for something not earned can be hollow. It’s a thought-provoking movie, and one that I would recommend, especially for anyone interested in the power of words and honesty.

Quote Quiz 9.8.12 – ANSWERS

This has been a busy week, so this quote is a day late.

1. “Don’t make me throw this hummus… it’s spicy!” Neil, ParaNorman

2. “I can read! I can read! Ajax! This is Ajax!” - Henry, Regarding Henry

3. “God uses people like you, Lancelot. Because your heart is open. You hold nothing back. You give all of yourself.” - King Arthur, First Knight

4. “I know you work in the real world and you’re very good at it. But that’s work. Where do you live, Linus?” - Sabrina, Sabrina

MCD

The movie world lost something great on Monday, with the death of Michael Clarke Duncan.

He was a wonderful actor, and from all accounts a wonderful person when he wasn’t acting. I will always remember him as John Coffey in The Green Mile.

Rest in peace, Mr. Duncan.