Posts Tagged ‘Movies’

A Bohemian Kind of Day!

February 11, 2017

If you enjoy “Bohemian Rhapsody” (I do) and if you enjoy movies (I do), then you are sure to enjoy this version of the song using clips from 260 movies.

Quote-Worthy!

August 24, 2016

Have you ever found yourself reusing a quotation from a movie?  For example: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” [Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), Gone With The Wind].  Well, I do it all the time (circumstances permitting).  Here are a few of my favorites . . .

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” [General Maximus (Russell Crowe), Gladiator, 2000]

“Tomorrow is promised to no one.” [Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood), Absolute Power, 1997]

President Asher (Aaron Eckhart): “What are you made of?”
Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler): “Bourbon and poor choices.”
[London Has Fallen, 2016]

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” [Sheriff Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), Jaws, 1975]

John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “How are you feeling?”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “Fine.”
John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “Fine, do you know what ‘fine’ stands for?”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “Yeah, unfortunately.”
John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “Freaked out . . . ”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “Insecure . . . ”
John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “Neurotic . . . ”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “and Emotional.”
[The Italian Job, 2003]

“You hurt me, I hurt you worse.”  [Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner), Criminal 2016]

“Let’s see if we can’t buy the world another day.” [Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales (Gregory Gadson), Battleship, 2012]

Necktie of the Month – August 2016!

August 4, 2016

HannahOkay, last week was the twelfth annual Traverse City Film Festival and while attending films, we found ourselves walking past Hannah Park and this statue of Perry Hannah (considered by many to be the “Father of Traverse City”).  Each day he was adorned with another memento of the film festival.  On one day he was “wearing” this wonderfully fashioned bow tie/necktie comprised entirely of film festival tickets.  So this was an easy decision this month.  This year I had a light schedule and only watched 14 films (in five days), but I had a marvelous time (as always).  Movies, food, family, and delightfully cooler temperatures (from what I’ve grown accustomed to during my summers in Oklahoma).

TCFF 2016!

July 29, 2016

Happy Friday!  Well, movie fans, the Traverse City Film Festival is now in full swing with a few more days of film watching still on the schedule (things will wrap up on Sunday).   Another year of “just great movies” and I’ve been fortunate enough to experience sixteen movies over the five-day event!  So many movies . . . so little time.  I figured it out that if I was wanting to view a different movie in each and every time slot available, I’d end up seeing more than 30 different movies (and be totally brain dead for having tried).  The most movies I have scheduled for any one day: five (whew, that’s a lot of screen time.)  Needless to say, I will not be attempting to fill each and every day with this many movies.  But I will certainly get in a good share.  My final list of movies I’ll be seeing (plus the country):

  • Adult Life Skills (UK)
  • Certain Women (US)
  • Concerto: a Beethoven Journey (US)
  • Conspiracy of Faith (Denmark)
  • Equity (US)
  • Five Nights in Maine (US)
  • Folk Hero & Funny Guy (US)
  • Hell or High Water (US)
  • Here Alone (US)
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand)
  • Infinitely Polar Bear (US)
  • Man Called Ove (Sweden)
  • Marguerite (France)
  • My Blind Brother (US)
  • Viva (Ireland)
  • Welcome to Norway (Norway)

“The Artist’s Dream!”

June 12, 2016

On June 12, 1913, The Artist’s Dream (aka The Dachshund) was the first animated cartoon created with cel animation.  Produced by John Randolph Bray, and using clear sheets of acetate, the cartoon depicted Bray drawing a dachshund that continued to eat sausages to the point of exploding.

For more information and history re: animation, visit this link.

Source: Famous First Facts by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell

Traverse City Film Festival Getting Underway!

July 28, 2015

Today marks the official start of the Traverse City Film Festival 2015!

Are you ready to watch movies?  This year there will be more than 200 screening across the ten venues: the State Theatre, the Old Town Playhouse, the Lars Hockstad Auditorium, the City Opera House, the Milliken Auditorium, the Bijou by the Bay, the Buzz, the Dutmers Theater, Movies on a Boat, and the Open Space Park Outdoor Cinema on the waterfront.

I’ve got my tickets, what about you?

The numbers last year (the tenth anniversary) . . .

– 131,000 admissions
– 82% of available tickets sold to 250 screenings, of which 170 were sold out
– 128 features, 85 shorts across 12 venues
– 160 industry guests
– 1,600 Volunteers, 500 Volunteer Managers
– 100 festival musicians
– Mid-Life Achievement Award – Barbara Kopple
– Movie Around the World
– The Buzz and Movies on a Boat added as Venues
– “Best of” Open Space

A Dynamic Duo!

June 10, 2015

No, I’m not talking about Batman and Robin, but rather Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (Fritz).  This duo of songwriter (Loewe) and lyricist (Lerner) collaborated on eight plays as well as six films (or film adaptations).  Most notably: Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Gigi (all of which were produced on the screen as well as the stage). My Fair Lady is by far my favorite.

I’m a sucker for musicals, and these two were among the best of their time (along with the duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein who had the following Broadway hits: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music).  In honor of Fritz’s birthday (today), here are a couple of clips of the Kennedy Center Honors from 1985, a tribute to Lerner and Loewe (Lerner would die three months following this tribute and Loewe three years later).

Comics and the Movies!

November 19, 2014

I think it is safe to say that I am an avid moviegoer.  Did you know until the year 2000, there were just a handful of movies based on old comic books (Marvel, DC, etc.) and that they were predominantly Superman or Batman?  Here recently there has been an explosion of movies based upon old comic books and from the production schedules (Warner/DC; Marvel), it looks like there are numerous others in the pipeline for years to come.  Here’s the complete list of films based on Marvel Comics.  Here’s the complete list of films based on DC Comics.

Checkout this infographic (courtesy of Comics Alliance) that highlights the superhero movies that are scheduled for the next several years.

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Foodie/Movie Lovers Arise!

August 23, 2014

These two hobbies (food lover and movie lover) seem to go hand-in-hand and I know that I am not alone when it comes to both of these passions.  Numerous movies have been released over the years that are set in either kitchens and/or restaurants or about food and/or drink.  Just this year there have been “Chef” and “The Hundred-Foot Journey.”   Some of my other favorites include:

  • Babette’s Feast
  • Ratatouille
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • Chocolat
  • Fried Green Tomotoes
  • Soylent Green
  • Julie & Julia
  • Who’s Killing the Great Chefs of Europe
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
  • Bon Appetit
  • No Reservations

To name a few . . . What are your favorite food movies?

Way Too Much?

August 14, 2014

The Tenth Annual Traverse City Film Festival took place last month . . . and I was fortunate to have been privileged to see a nimiety of movies over the course of the week.  But then again, that’s the whole point of having a film festival in my humble opinion.  This year’s festival had a lot of great movies to choose from and I’m hoping our local independent film theater will get in some of the ones I was unable to catch.

nimiety

nih-MYuh-tee \noun;

1.  The state of being too much; excess.