Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cramming 31 Days of Blogging Into One

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's your neighbor's dog on meth, No! It's Sugary Cynic!

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So there's this meme-a-majig going around that's a month-long dealie which sounds fun but as we all know I don't have nearly enough of an attention span to-

.......Huh? Were you saying something?

Yeah. Well, the everly clever Univarn of A Life In Equinox revealed in a post the obvious genius of just doing it all in go. An idea that I am promptly stealing. Because today was a slow day, the highlight of which was re-watching Kick-Ass and defacing my roommate's Twilight poster of Jacob with post-it notes when she made the mistake of leaving her door unlocked (and open!) again. Also Ashley helped, so I'm not the room's sole deviant.

Hey, Jake, you look...different somehow. New haircut?

So yeah, since that took up a lofty two sentences, let's see if we can't blow through a month's worth of meme-ing in one go:

1. Sequel that should not have been made
So many to choose from! I'm gonna say Ocean's 12 aka Hot Dudes Fuck Around In Europe For Two Hours But Not In A Good Way. The first one was so much fun, for both the actors and the audience. The second one, not so much.

2. Movie you think more people should see
Ooh another hard one. I think everyone should see just-barely-post-rehab Robert Downey Jr in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang because it is AMAZING and has Val Kilmer playing a gay bad-ass detective, but if you'd prefer something a tad obscure, Zero Effect is a favorite movie of mine that every time I bring up people go "wha?" It has Bill Pullman as this super-genius Sherlock Holmes-type who is a basket-case full neuroses and rampant assholery. Ben Stiller is his weary assistant in a role that actually makes you not want to strangle him. It's a very simple, very spare movie and if you're a fan of detective fiction, you'll probably dig it.

Please ignore the horrid 90's music:

3. Favorite Oscar-nominated movie from most recent ballot
Dang, that's a toss up between Up and Inglourious Basterds...which is a movie I would totally watch.

4. Movie that makes you laugh every time

Be Kind Rewind. A lot of people give this movie shit, but all I know is that I crack up every time I hear Jack Black sing his rendition of the Ghostbusters theme song:

5. Movie you loathe
The Notebook. Or any Nicholas Sparks-based film, honestly. But mostly The Notebook, which my friend Val made me watch with her as a support because her roommate was making her watch. It is such a sappy, ridiculous, groan-inducing...uuuuurrrrrggghhh. I hate it so much.

6. Movie that makes you cry every time
I'd say Green Mile but I've only seen it once, I couldn't handle watching it again because I sobbed like a baby through about 60% of it. It's just so damn painful and Michael Clarke Duncan is all magical and...and the prison dude was such a jack-ass!! ...Ok, I'm ok. Barring that, all four times I've seen Up, I tear up during the Married Life Montage

*sniffle* don't judge me

7. Least favorite movie by a favorite actor/actress
Reign of Fire. I love Christian Bale, both because he is mad sexy and also because he's an insanely dedicated and talented actor. But God, not all the sexy and/or talented actors in the world could save this piece of shit. You' think the presence of maternal-fornicating DRAGONS and a bald and insane Matthew McConaughey would hold some novelty. But no. Not even a little.

*Snort**Giggle* ...ok, maybe just a little

8. Movie that should be required high school viewing

Ferris Bueller's Day Off. You should not be allowed to graduate without seeing it. There are college students in this world who don't know who Abe Froman is!!

9. Best scene ever
Shit. That's rather difficult. I feel like I'd have to name like, twelve before I could be happy but since it was the first one that popped into my head at this question, I'd go for the last scene of The Usual Suspects. If you're one of the three people on earth who haven't seen this movie I won't ruin it for you. Suffice to say it is mind-blowing, changes the whole movie and will make you love Kevin Spacey.

10. A movie you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving

I. Hate. Musicals. With a roaring, bloody passion. One day, Moulin Rouge was on TV. I was going to flip away but Ewan McGregor looked really good so I figured I'd check out the beginning, see how bad it was and whatnot. Two hours, a musical number featuring music by Freddie Mercury, an evil count, a singing dwarf dressed as a nun, a narcoleptic Argentinian and a nasty case of consumption later and I was converted.

11. A movie that disappointed you

Heat. Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm crazy, I have no good taste in cinema, so on and so forth. Admittedly, the scene of Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino together is AMAZING and the gun fight near the end is epic, it's just all the space in between is so boring. I get nuance and pacing and subtlety but I just didn't feel that. I felt bored and kept wondering when DeNiro was going to stop dithering with the art-chick and do something awesome again.

12. Best soundtrack/background music in a scene

That is not a question you ask a soundtrack geek. There are like, two dozen ones I can think of, but for the preservation of your sanity, I'll go with The Legend of 1900, the track/scene called "Playing Love" by Ennio Morricone

13. Favorite animated movie
It feels like a cop-out picking a Miyazaki movie. But they're just so awesome! It's a tie between Spirited Away, which has such a fantastic story and characters and Howl's Moving Castle, which story-wise isn't as strong, but is visually epic.

14. Favorite movie in black and white

The 3rd Man, with Orson Welles, just before he ballooned-out, as everyone's favorite Magnificent Bastard, Harry Lime. No contest...Unless Young Frankenstein counts. Then it gets a tad more complicated.

15. Best musical

See number 10. Although the musical version of The Producers is pretty good too.

16. Your guilty pleasure movie
There are two. One is my all-time guilty pleasure and the other is the new champion. One is Casanova, which stars the sadly departed Heath Ledger as the titular womanizer and is really just a silly, fluffy good time. The other is How To Train Your Dragon, which I like way more than it is reasonable to like a Dreamworks animated film. Also it's not out on DVD yet and I've already seen it (through various avenues legal and otherwise) six times. Yeah, I have a problem. And it is dragon-related.

17. Favorite series of related movies
The Indiana Jones trilogy. Raiders of the Lost Ark = AWESOME, Temple of Doom = SLIGHTLY LESS AWESOME BUT ON A SLIDING SCALE OF AWESOMENESS STILL PRETTY GOOD, and Last Crusade = MOST AWESOME EVER FOREVER. It's a good thing they didn't screw it all up by making a fourth one twenty years later....

18. Favorite title sequence
Catch Me If You Can. Not really sure why, it's very old school and I really like the overall style of them, I think it goes a long way towards conveying the tone of the movie:

19. Best movie cast
Good Night and Good Luck, and also possibly Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Both had actors that really inhabited their characters and gave knock-out performances.

20. Favorite kiss
Like you even have to ask:

21. Favorite romantic couple
Hellboy and Liz from well, Hellboy. Mostly because I love that all their couple-y issues have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he's a demon hellspawn and she's a human Bic lighter.

There are so many other delightfully screwed up reasons that they're such a deranged couple :D

22. Favorite final scene/line
I don't think any line ever in the history of ever beats the final line in Caddyshack, spoken by Rodney Dangerfield:

"Hey Everybody, we're all gonna get laid!"

23. Best explosion or action scene

The continuous shot from The Protector aka "Oh, I'm sorry, did Tony Jaa just beat the stuffing out of you guys in one long continuous take up a winding staircase?"

24. Quote you use most often
Once again, do you even have to ask? (I'll spare you the video this time)

The Rock, John Mason: "Losers always whine about their best, winners go home and fuck the prom queen"

A movie you plan on watching (old or new)
I have a list: Punch Drunk Love, Up In The Air, Children of Men and A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints to name a few

26. Freakishly weird movie ending
I feel like the answer to this question is always Fight Club, or I suppose I could claim the non-ending of Monty Python and the Holy Grail as freakishly weird seeing as it's their most linear film and then it just...stops. And then plays some lively music.

27. Best villian
Jeremy Irons. In anything. But if you want to be particular I cast my vote for Scar in the Lion King, who for many in my age bracket was out first good look at true diabolical evil.

28. Most over-hyped movie

For me, it was The Incredibles. I remember people going positively apeshit over this movie. And then I saw it and it was like "huh?" I mean, it wasn't bad. A Pixar movie could never be called bad. But it just didn't seem to live to the mass fanboy orgasms. Also I have a few issues with the films message, which seems to say "some people are just special and you aren't so suck it up and let them do their thing" which is kinda weird. So yeah, The Incredibles just didn't click with me.

29. Movie you have watched more than ten times

The Rock. I could watch it a hundred times and still love every bit of it. Same with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Combined I've probably seen them close to fifty times.

30. Saddest death scene

I'm a wimp, so I can think of quite a few that killed me on the inside. Most recently though, I'd say Virginia's death in Let The Right One In. She's not a major character by any means but it's still powerful. She becomes infected when she's attacked by Eli and decides that rather than turn into a monster, she will take her own life to protect her husband and, everyone else, I guess. I cried. A lot.

31. Scene that made you stand up and cheer
Toy Story 3, just in general. The ending is so perfect it hurts.

Well, damn that was eventful. If you actually made it through all that, here's a reward:

Yup, still not tired of it!


  1. The best movie soundtrack is from Highlander. The original. You can't possibly do better than Queen. I have never seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Or the Usual Suspects. I may have to borrow this idea that you borrowed. Hmmm, maybe on Tuesday........ ;)

  2. Thanks for the mention, though I should note I did not come up with the idea of putting it all on one day. I stole it from Mad Hatter (Dark of the Matinee) and MovieNut14 (Life of a Cinephile and Bibliophile), who in turn took it from others. Perhaps an origin trace could be done!

    As for yours, awesome choices all around. Way back when I was in my senior year of high school (well 2005 isn't "way" back), our "senior quote" was from Ferris Bueller.

  3. People just don't understand Be Kind Rewind. Bastards.

    Doing it all at once is so much easier, I saved, like, a month of my life.

    Hellboy and Liz are so cute together.

    Disney villains get the best songs. And they're so much cooler.

  4. You lie!!!! I know you like musicals!!!!! LIAR!!!!! You just hate Rent...

  5. Truly an epic post! I visialize James Brown at the end of a concert when the Roadie comes on stage to put his cape on and help him off.

    You made me cry with the "Up" clip and I am mad at you for that...I don't cry...well, yes I do...never mind.

    The Billy Joel take on Farris Bueller was brilliant.

    Jack Black could recite prescription labels and I would pay to watch.

    Anyway...I could chew up your cyber comment space, but I won't. Great Post...breath in, breath out :)


  6. Rich: If you pass on this meme to four hundred and sixteen friends in five days, you will have luck and happiness and find your true love in Belgium.

    Univarn: My bad >_< what a tangled web the internets weave

    Simon: As always, glad you approve :D


    Ron: YES. I NEED A JAMES BROWN CAPE! Sorry I made you cry, but at least for a nice reason and not because you dropped a couch on your foot or somesuch

  7. Oh my goodness, I was completely unprepared for the Married Life montage when I saw Up at the movies. My sister and I were sobbing. I cried again watching it the first two times on dvd, now I have to force myself to be very detached. I like the idea of stealing this meme.

  8. Manda: Go for it! At this point, stealing this meme is becoming a meme itself (META!)

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