Monday, April 26, 2010

Music Monday/Ten Movie Facts About Me

Hello and happy (or the nearest available emotion) Monday to you. It is rainy and gross out and I had to drive my tiny car through Rainpacolypse to get back to school. Because nothing motivates me to return to school and take on finals like a monsoon of death. Wheee. Anyways, The Unwashed Mass over at the always entertaining The Intermittent Sprocket has tasked me with continuing the ten movie facts meme and thusly nominating two other bloggers to keep the flame alive! ...except the only movie blogs I follow at the moment are his, Four Of Them and The Kid In the Front Row, and they all already did it, so...I nominamate Brenda of One Thousand Words Home, even though it's not a movie blog she seen a billion movies so nyah, and, I have no blog friends, or at least none that I am familiar enough with to force a meme on. :(

All together now: D'aaaaaaaaawwwwwwww!!!!

Well, anyway, here are ten movie-related facts about me!

1. I hate musicals with a deep, burning passion. Especially Rent. Out of all the musicals in the world the only ones I like are Chicago, Moulin Rouge and The Producers. Also occasionally Phantom of the Opera but that's really just me wanting to see Gerard Butler in period costume.

2. I have a disturbed affinity for great bad movies. Not painfully dull or unwatchably bad, but cheesy, over the top, and (weirdly enough) generally from the late 80's-early 90's, such as Super Mario Bros, Empire Records, Big Trouble In Little China, etc.

3. I am a massive James Bond fanatic and can not only list all the Bonds from memory (Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig) but also nearly all the movies (this is off the top of my head so I'll miss a few, also not in order): Thunderball, Dr. No, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me, From Russia With Love, A View To A Kill, Never Say Never Again, Moonraker, Licence to Kill, The Living Daylights, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, Goldfinger, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace...whew!

(damn, I went an looked them up, I missed Live and Let Die!)

4. I am really not a fan of Orson Welles, but the one movie with him that I like, The Third Man, I freaking LOVE. The last scene with him in the sewers is epically awesome.

5. If someone hates a movie that I love, ie Blues Brothers, The Princess Bride, Indiana Jones, etc., I totally judge them for it. I'm like a movie snob without the obscure sort of elitism.

6. Continuing on that thought, it still blows my mind how many people at my college haven't seen films that I always thought were instrumental to proper growth: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Star Wars, The Goonies, Indy or even friggin GHOSTBUSTERS! Did your parents not love you?!

7. Movies that made/make me cry: Up (the montage), The Green Mile (the whole entire movie), The Lion King (it should be obvious), The Last Samurai (ok, I know that one's weird, but near the end, when Katsumodo sees the perfect blossom, I just...don't judge meeeee)

8. Movies are the only thing I can really pay attention to for an extended amount of time (except for books, I guess). I lose interest in things incredibly fast (I keep stopping while writing this to browse the web for ten minutes) and get antsy watching sports or other stuff but I have no trouble parking myself in front of a movie for 2+ hours. Go figure.

9. As much as I hate ass-butts who text or talk loud at movie theaters, I actually like a crowded theater when I see a movie. I feel like it adds to the experience somehow when you're in a huge group reacting to what's on screen. A good crowd can make horror movies scarier and comedies funnier. And opening night at something like Harry Potter (or Pirates back when that was in theaters) with die-hard fans is usually awesome/hilarious. (Except Twilight, you couldn't pay me to see that, period, let alone with a crowd of fans *shudder*).

10. When watching movies at home, me and my brother are incredibly irritating to be around, we can't keep from making silly comments and jokes, especially if it's a movie we've seen more than once. We are basically Mystery Science Theater 3000: Home Edition.

And that is that.

Seriously though, go watch this movie, it is awesome personified

Ok, on to Music Monday! It's hard for me to pick a favorite band, I tend to find one, obsess over it for a few months and move on, but if I had to pick one (emphasis on "band", in terms of solo artists, my heart belongs to Stevie Ray Vaughn forever) it would be The Clash.

Front-running fathers of punk! And also zippers, apparently...

I've loved them since before I could figure out what Rock The Casbah was about and will continue to love them long after I've sunk into senility and forgotten what Rock The Casbah was about. So today I thought I'd share my top five favorite Clash songs. Emphasis on MY. It's not a best of or whatever so don't be all gripe-y and "dude, how could not have London Calling?! You suck!" or "oh my god that's all their mainstream crap, you're a lousy fan!" It's just the Clash songs that personally, I find the most awesome:

1. Train In Vain/Stand By Me. Besides being the only Clash song I can get a good score singing on Rock Band, this is one of their more mellow songs and I really love it. It chronicles a guy (possibly actually the singer, I don't remember) and the girl that couldn't wait for him and ditched his ass. Also the lyrics are just wonderful "so alone I keep the wolves at bay"

2. The Magnificent Seven. A comment on our psychotic consumer culture that still holds pretty true for today. That and anyone who learns all the words deserves a badge of honor...for having no life (I am one of these people)

3. Rudie Can't Fail. Synopsis: Oh you poor Rude Boy, you can never catch a break! What's a Rude Boy? A near-extinct breed of Ska soldier:

The freeze-frame jump is optional, the suit and fedora are not.

Anyway, Rudie Can't Fail is The Clash's ode to the Rude Boy and is probably my favorite song by them ever in the history of ever:

4. Lost In the Supermarket. Also an anti-consumerism song, but more melancholy and reserved where Magnificent Seven is mocking and snarky. I still can't get over how awesomely depressing this song is if you give it thought: "I wasn't born, so much as I fell out, nobody seemed to notice me"

5. Death or Glory. It was a toss up between this one and Complete Control, but the lyrics in Death or Glory are genius: "Now every cheap hood strikes a bargain with the world/And ends up making payments on a sofa or a girl" or my absolute favorite: "And every gimmick hungry yob digging gold from rock 'n' roll/Grabs the mike to tell us he'll die before he's sold/But I believe in this-and it's been tested by research/He who fucks nuns will later join the church" it's basically a song about having crazy dreams of stardom and settling for a mediocre life instead.

Do you have any idea how frustrating it is to miss a band that stopped existing before you existed? It's a musical mindfuck! I'll leave you to ponder that one, I gots me some laundry to do (and teach skateboard tricks to) See ya tomorrow!

"What I like about playing America is you can be pretty sure you're not going to get hit with a full can of beer when you're singing and I really enjoy that!" -Joe Strummer of The Clash


  1. Two blogs for the price of one! What a deal.

    Oh, yeah. I'm totally following this. Sean Connery tributes? Highlander reviews? MST3K references?? I may have to change your perspectives on some of these things, but I am with you from here on out. Ooh-rah.

  2. Cheers for the facts! You don't like "Sweeney Todd"? That's a musical designed for people who don't like musicals! What about the "South Park" movie?

    With you on the judging people's movie tastes. I got very upset recently when I watched "The Untouchables" with my housemates and two of them said it was "dogshit", "boring" and "nothing happened". I had to go outside for a cigarette to calm my nerves.

  3. Jacob: Awesome! Ooh-rah indeed

    Unwashed: All I can say is get new friends (not really...maybe) that's actually the movie I was planning on doing for the next sean connery sunday, it's CLASSIC!

  4. Uh... I don't really think I have 10 movie facts. I actually haven't seen that many movies. I'm a shut-in.

  5. Hi,

    Since I have been following your blog, I find your insights brilliant, helpful and of course funny.

    I am a long time fan of [older] cult films, e.g., Freaks (France 1939) and Delicatessen (also French 1991). I love to look for the underlying metaphors and critique production values. I do not however possess your bright wit and insight and therefore look to you as a mentor for my movie pressure :)

    Keep up the good work!!!

  6. Brenda: I figured since you were a shut-in you'd have time to watch movies. oh well :(

    Ron: My knowledge in older films (pre 60's-70's) is pretty lacking. Thanks for the high praise and I rise to the challenge of mentoring you in the world of deranged, (slightly more current) film! :D

  7. Pshh. Doug is trying to get me to watch more movies. I think I may be up to the double digits of movie ownership now.

    Also, you need to review the Gene Wilder version of the Little Prince. Bob Fosse and Gene Wilder make the movie. :D

  8. dude, I remember watching that as a munchkin! I'll have to re-watch it once summer starts


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