Archive | March, 2011

Current Obsessions III

30 Mar

Grill’d – It’s not even morning tea time and I am craving a large delicious burger from this place, particularly the Hot Mamma Burger. As an added bonus – they have gluten-free options on their menu. Two thumbs up!

Q&A tshirt – I love you Tony!

Apple and Pear ciders – they are my current favourite drink choice at the moment and I’m happily making my way through my local bottle-o’s supply. My favourites are Little Creatures Pipsqueak (yummy fresh granny smith taste), and Bulmer’s Pear Cider. The one pictured below though is also very nice and very drinkable!

I would like to wear suspenders. I recently rescued a pair from sudden death. I love this look.

Music for Monday

28 Mar

I love this quote!

28 Mar

“You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-You-Are? You’re chicken. You got no guts. You’re afraid to say, ‘O.K., life’s a fact.’ People do fall in love. People do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness. You call yourself a free spirit, a wild thing. You’re terrified somebody’s going to stick you in a cage. Well, baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded by Tulip, Texas or Somali land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
— Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Favourite movie scenes night

27 Mar

My picks in the order they appeared on the night:

Best Scenes:

+  Some Like it Hot – Jack Lemmon, dressed in drag proclaims to Tony Curtis that he is engaged to Osgood Fielding III

+ Rushmore – the revenge montage between Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman

+ Two Hands – aussie black comedy, namely the coughing scene. If you have seen it, you will know why this one is so epic.

Worst scene:

+ Pearl Harbour (so many to choose from) – Alec Baldwin’s self-righteous speech near the end that ends with the line, “But that’s just me.” Gets me every time. to quote another fabulous movie, ‘he’s so cheesy I can’t watch him without crackers.’

Watching that scene now, years after seeing this for the first time at the movies he just cracks me up rather than making me groan. I think that’s because I just picture him in his pompous role in 30 Rock, a brilliant comedy.

Honorable mentions need to go to the end scene in the subway system in the Matrix, The Princess Bride with Vizinni and the iocane powder, the beautiful piano piece at the end of The Pianist with Adrien Brody and the German officer, the dance in Napoleon Dynamite and the ending of The Graduate that is really wonderfully parodied in Waynes World II.

As for worst scenes I think B may have stolen the show with a dance sequence from Footloose. Tragic!

Movie Extravaganza

25 Mar

I have a question for you. What are your favourite movie scenes of all time?

I’m hosting an event on the weekend. I have invited a small number of good friends to my place to share their three most favourite movie scenes, and also include one of their worst as well. I’m baffled. What to choose?

I have been thinking of hosting this for months now. I love the idea. I love film so anymore time I can devote to thinking of it and watching it is for me is a wonderful thing indeed. But I’m feeling torn as to what I am going to pick. Many scenes come to mind, here is a bit of a list of possible contenders:

The Princess Bride –

“The Breakfast Club – “Eat…My…Shorts!”

Blues Brothers – “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, a half a pack of cigarattes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it.”

Check back for my final picks!

Song for Monday

14 Mar

Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up

Stop trying to hit me, and hit me!

14 Mar

Here is the promised story about the first time I saw The Matrix.

Back in 2002 I was travelling with my parents in Ecuador. We flew into Quito, the capital, and spent a couple of nights there, and met up with our guides for the next month – friends S and C. They were movie obsessive so we spent part of our time in the city catching up on some new releases – The Count of Monte Cristo and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones in huge cinemas. I remember falling in love with the story line of The Count of Monte Cristo and laughing over all the ‘teenage angst’ in Star Wars.

A couple of days later we travelled from Quito to Riobamba in the south, about a five hour trip by bus. As pretty much everything in Ecuador it was a pretty fantastic experience. Sellers of various foodstuffs would get on from time to time and try and sell you icy poles or nuts. II sat next to C who took me through the opening sequence of The Matrix. The thing that struck me at the time was how passionate he was about this film. I also realised how obsessed with it he was and how many times he had watched that movie – he knew the whole movie scene by scene.

I just had to see it purely based on his enthusiasm. And I did. On a small computer screen, the only way to watch movies with their primitive provisions. And what an impression it did make. I seem to recall coming to the close of the movie and seeing C and S gazing at me eager for my thoughts.

So Saturday night I went to see the Matrix as I should have seen it way back in 1999, on the big screen. For me its still wonderfully thrilling, and it was special to see it on the big screen. It still generates moments of humour (remember that huge Nokia phone that Neo opens right at the start in his office?) and gasps of awe (the fight scene between Morpheus and Neo to name one).

Are you a fan?