Posts Tagged ‘Movies’

“Born on a Monday . . . !”

April 23, 2018
Happy Monday!  I rewatched the movie The Accountant the other day and was reminded of the poem “Solomon Grundy.”  Until this movie, I had never heard of this poem, but Ben Affleck’s autistic character was taught to use this poem as a calming mechanism (repeatedly reciting the poem to himself when he is in stressful situations).   He recites the shorter version, but I discovered that there was a longer version as well.  And, if you have not seen the movie The Accountant, I give it two thumbs up.  It is a very entertaining, star-studded (Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jean Smart, and John Lithgow) crime thriller.  Enjoy!  
Short version
Solomon Grundy,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Grew worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday,
That was the end,
Of Solomon Grundy.
Long version
Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday,
Christened on a stark and stormy Tuesday,
Married on a grey and grisly Wednesday,
Took ill on a mild and mellow Thursday,
Grew worse on a bright and breezy Friday,
Died on a gray and glorious Saturday,
Buried on a baking, blistering Sunday.
That was the end of Solomon Grundy.
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BAM (Bohemian And Movies)!

March 22, 2018

I just discovered a new video that combines one of my favorite songs (Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen) with references to movies . . . all voiced by Peter Hollens.  Simply wonderful!  Enjoy!

Happy Halloween 2017!

October 31, 2017

If 2016 can serve as an indicator of popularity, 2017 should be no exception (here are some fun facts from 2016).  Of course, for all of you who enjoy the occasional Halloween-themed movie (not all of these are “scary”), here is a list of movies you may wish to watch again (I should have thought to post this earlier in the month so that you could have watched one of them each day for the month of October, but alas . . . ).

My favorite is the original Halloween (1978) and they have a whole website dedicated to the fans of this movie (and its numerous sequels).

If you are brave enough to venture out tonight . . . be safe.

Greatest Films of the 21st Century!

July 29, 2017

As the Traverse City Film Festival prepares to wrap up the 2017 season, here is an infographic that details the greatest films of the 21st Century so far through July 2016 (courtesy of the BBC).  This list is based upon the input of 177 critics from 36 countries and does not necessarily represent “my” list of the greatest, but alas!

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Traverse City Film Festival 2017!

July 25, 2017

Lucky number thirteen!  That’s the number of years that Traverse City (Michigan) has hosted their film festival and today marks the kickoff of this year’s festival!  I can’t wait to start seeing movies!  This year I had more than twenty movies on my “to see” list over the six day festival;  I only ended up with seventeen (17) tickets.  And, this year, we are actually sponsoring a movie (in memory of Mom) — Cool Hand Luke, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year!

The movies that I’m interested in viewing include:

http://www.traversecityfilmfest.org/

 

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