Sunday, April 03, 2016

A year's worth of movies



Film School Rejects (well worth the follow) has released a calendar of movies corresponding to specific dates. I've put it here to see which ones I've seen (in red), and if I can think of anything to add in green).

JANUARY
1: New Year’s Day (Henry Jaglom, 1989)
2: January 2nd (Matt Winn, 2006)
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6: Three Kings (David O. Russell, 1999) – it’s already Three Kings Day
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8: (500) Days of Summer (Marc Webb, 2009) – the day Tom met Summer
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12: 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) – HAL 9000 was born on 1/12/97
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23: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974) – 1-2-3
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FEBRUARY
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2: Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
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20: Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939) – Scarlett saves the plantation Tara on 2/20/1866
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29: Leap Day (Anand Tucker, 2010)
President’s Day: President’s Day (Chris LaMartina, 2010)
Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday (Edward Burns, 2002)

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6: The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998) – Day of the Dude, because of its original release date
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10: 3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves, 1957)
11: The Matrix (Lilly and Lana Wachowski, 1999) – Neo’s birthdate is 3/11/62
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Good Friday: The Passion of the Christ

APRIL 
1: April Fool’s Day (Fred Walton, 1986)
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5: Star Trek: First Contact (Jonathan Frakes, 1996) – humans make first contact with aliens on 4/5/2063
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8: Empire Records (Allan Moyle, 1995) – “Rex Manning Day,” based on this being the date of Rex Manning’s appearance at Empire Records
9: April 9th (Roni Ezra, 2015)
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15: Titanic (James Cameron, 1997) – the Titanic sank on 4/15/12
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26: Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) – “Alien Day” based on the alien moon LV-426
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29: The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) – Don Corleone’s birthdate is 4/29/1892 (although in The Godfather Part II it’s said to be 12/7/1891)
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23: Cloverfield (Matt Reeves, 2008) – the monster attacks on 5/23/08
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28: Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993) – last day of school
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Mother’s Day: Mother’s Day (Garry Marshall, 2016)
Memorial Day: Memorial Day (Samuel Fischer, 2011)
 
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5: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (John Hughes, 1986) – fans believe the day off took place on this date
6: Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994) – Forrest’s birthday
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Father’s Day: Father’s Day (Ivan Reitman, 1997)

JULY
1: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981) – Indiana Jones’s birthday is 7/1/1899
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4: Independence Day (Roland Emmerich, 1996)
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AUGUST
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4: The Terminator (James Cameron, 1984) – Skynet went live on 8/4/97
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8: August. Eighth (Dzhanik Fayzlev, 2012)
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27: The Town (Ben Affleck, 2010) – date of the robbery is 8/27/10
28: Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater, 2016) – the first day of the end of summer break
29: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron, 1991) – Judgment Day was 8/29/97
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31: Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier, 2011)

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5: Back to the Future Part III (Robert Zemeckis, 1990) – Hill Valley was founded 9/5/1865
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8: Howard the Duck (Willard Huyck, 1986) – Howard arrives on Earth
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11: September 11 (Youssef Chahine, Amos Gitai, Shôhei Imamura, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, Samira Makhmalbaf, Mira Nair, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Sean Penn, Danis Tanovic, 2002)
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Labor Day: Labor Day (Jason Reitman, 2013)

OCTOBER
1: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971) – Willy Wonka Day because that’s the day of the factory tour
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18: The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008) – the day The Joker starts trouble in Gotham City with a bank robbery
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21: Back to the Future Part II (Robert Zemeckis, 1989)
22: October 22 (Richard Schenkman, 1998)
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24: E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982) – E.T. is left behind on Earth
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31: Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
Columbus Day: Columbus Day (Charles Burmeister, 2008)

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DECEMBER
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2: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) – the day, of all the gin joins in all the towns in all the world, Ilsa walked into Rick’s
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6: Aliens (James Cameron, 1986) – the colonists of LV-426 are wiped out after investigating the alien ship on the date 12/6/2079
7: Pearl Harbor (Michael Bay, 2001)
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21: 2012 (Roland Emmerich, 2009) – the world ends on 12/21/12
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23: Home Alone (John Hughes, 1990) – Kevin is left home alone
24: The Night Before (Jonathan Levine, 2015) (I would have chosen It's a Wonderful Life or any one of the versions of A Christmas Carol)
25: A Christmas Story (Bob Clark, 1983)
26: Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo, 1998) – Billy Brown’s birthday
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31: New Year’s Eve (Garry Marshall, 2011)


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The best movie the year you were born.



Using data from a number of sources, PrettyFamous identified the best movie of every year since 1916. They selected the movie with the highest Smart Rating each year, which is a weighted average out of 100 of the following:

- Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer
- Rotten Tomatoes' Audience Score
- IMDb Rating
- Metacritic's Metascore
- Gracenote's Proprietary Rating
- Inflation-adjusted cumulative domestic box office gross

This is 100 movies. I've marked in red the ones I've already seen. I'll try to see the rest as I go along.

Intolerance (1916)
Easy Street (1917)
A Dog’s Life (1918)
Broken Blossoms (1919)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Kid (1921)
Nosferatu (1922)
Safety Last (1923)
The Navigator (1924)
The Gold Rush (1925)
The General (1926)
Metropolis (1927)
The Wind (1928)
Pandora’s Box (1929)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
City Lights (1931)  (Personally, I would have chosen M)
Freaks (1932)
King Kong (1933)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Modern Times (1936)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Gone With the Wind (1939) (Personally, I would have chosen The Philadelphia Story)
Rebecca (1940)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Spellbound (1945)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Miracle on 34th St. (1947)
The Bicycle Thief (1948)
The Third Man (1949)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Seven Samurai (1954)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Killing (1956)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Vertigo (1958)
North by Northwest (1959)
Psycho (1960)
Yojimbo (1961)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Birds (1963)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Patton (1970)
The French Connection (1971)
The Godfather (1972)
The Sting (1973)
Chinatown (1974)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Taxi Driver (1976) 
Star Wars (1977)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Raging Bull (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Amadeus (1984)
Back to the Future (1985)
Aliens (1986)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Goodfellas (1990)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Unforgiven (1992)
Schindler's List (1993)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Toy Story (1995)
Fargo (1996)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Ratatouille (2007)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Up (2009)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
A Separation (2011)
Argo (2012)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Whiplash (2014)
Inside Out (2015)




Friday, January 15, 2016

Just read



Terrible Typhoid Mary

A detailed account of the life and history - what little there is of it - of Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary. In the early part of the 20th century, she was responsible for several outbreaks of typhoid fever in and around New York City. 

Mary was a hardworking, taciturn, Irish immigrant who supported herself as a cook. She was well-respected in her field until it was discovered that she was a carrier of typhoid.She was confined at an island hospital for years out of concern for public safety, although she fiercely resisted.

If you've heard of Typhoid Mary, you might know that much. Bartoletti's research goes even deeper, teasing out details of Mary's background, her work history, and what became of her after her confinement. It's an interesting story about medicine, politics, and overreach.

Just read



Long and in-depth, The Witches, Salem, 1692 chronicles the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Heavily researched and footnoted, the book goes much more deeply into the events and motivations (as evidenced by diaries and other writings) than anything I've read so far. It's very informative, but very long.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

January 1, 2016

New Year, new me?

Nah. But I'm trying some new things. And some old ones.

Today I had a good start. I woke up in a good mood, sang in the shower. I had looked up traditions for New Years and discovered that pork and rice pudding are traditional Good Luck foods. As a child, I remember my aunt always prepared lentil soup with pennysliced hot dogs for New Years.

So the night before I went to the grocery and got pork chops, rice pudding and lentil soup. I'm avoiding processed meats, so I gave the hotdogs a miss.

The lentil soup was awful. Really bad. I forced down a couple of bites, then offered some to Wren. She responded by spitting it back into the bowl. It's now feeding the trash can. Next year I'll try my hand at homemade.

I prepared the pork chop myself, so I was satisfied with the results.

I was in a good mood most of the day, though I did kinda break my intention to not spend.




Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Word Association

First Thought That Comes To Mind When You Hear…

1. Snowflake! falling

2. North Pole! Santa

3. Elves! toys

4. Sleigh! ride

5. Presents! under the tree

6. Cookies! and milk

7. Mistletoe! and holly

8. Rudolph! the red-nosed reindeer

9. Blizzard! Nooooo!

10. School’s Canceled! Yay!

11. Ice Skating! cold!

12. Santa’s Lap! um...

13. Black Friday! Noooo

14. Melting Snow! ice

15. Carols! bells

16. Lumps of Coal! stocking

17. Nutcracker! ballet

18. Ho Ho Ho! Santa

via Kwizgiver

Sunday Stealing on Monday, the 2015 year-end edition

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? 
I visited my Nana now that Alzheimer's disease has complete robbed her of any real cognizance.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? 
No. And yes.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
Not this year.

4. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2015? 
My middle daughter and I have learned some valuable lessons about each others' boundaries.

5. What was your favorite new TV program? 
I honestly can't think of one. The December hiatus has wiped what's new and what's returned from my memory. 

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015? 
A better grip on my finances.

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 
December 4-6, when I joined my mother in Florida to visit my Nana on her 95th birthday.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? 
I was shocked and delighted to find that my I {heart} Rhody website had been used as a reference in a book on local history.

9. What was your biggest failure?
My inability to motivate my daughter and her family to get their own place.

10. What was the best thing you bought? 
I can't think of a best thing.

11. Whose behavior merited celebration? 
Peppy learned to walk.

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted? 
When al Qaeda says "those guys are too violent," you know you've found the worst of human behavior. Looking at you, Boko Haram.

13. What song will always remind you of 2015? 
I can't think of one.

14. What do you wish you’d done more of? Exercise. 
Exploring.

15. What do you wish you’d done less of? 
Laying around on my lazy butt.

16. What was the best book you read? 
Gumption, by Nick Offerman. It's a series of essays about the people who impress him most.

17. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying? 
Having the house to myself. 

18. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Walk-a-walk
Peppy walk-a-walk"


2015 days of Christmas blogging Days 24

Day 24. What is your favorite Christmas Eve tradition?



Dinner with the extended family, then church, a light drive on the way home, and new pajamas waiting for us from Mrs. Claus.