Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Q. of the Day

Ella (a.k.a. "the human alarm clock") woke up at 4:50 a.m. ... how does she know I have to get up at 5:15? Wish I could get those last few minutes of sleep back. She's got a mild case of pinkeye, which has translated to me somehow as a summertime cold.

Yik.

Anyway, I'm in the midst of a poem for Poetry Thursday. In the meantime, I thought I'd post a question to "keep things whole." (Yes, that's a reference to the Mark Strand poem.)

Here's the Q. of the day:


If you're flipping channels on television, what movie(s) do you stop to watch no matter what?


My top three:

1. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
How can you not watch a movie with lines like, "Revenge is a dish best served cold"?

2. Poltergeist
Have you seen it lately ... it scares the bejesus of me yet I'll still watch it.

3. Sneakers
I think it's the last movie where Robert Redford looks rugged and cool, not old and holding onto his youth with both hands, as he does now. Also, awesome cast: River Phoenix, Sidney Portier, Mary McDonnell, etc.

Yeah, I could have said Goodfellas or All the President's Men, but my picks I classify as true guilty pleasures. Also, my first job was as a concessionist at a movie theater ("Would you like butter flavoring with your popcorn?") so my love of movies runs deep.

Now it's your turn. What movie(s) do you break for no mater what?

11 comments:

twitches said...

1. When Harry Met Sally, 2. Urban Cowboy, 3. I, Robot.

I'm not exactly what you'd call a movie aficionado.

January said...

I, Robot? Really?

(Just kidding)

:)

paris parfait said...

Any Wim Wenders film (remember this is French television), or any Pedro Almodovar film (especially if Antonio Bandaras features, i.e. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) or old black-and-white films from the '40s. Hope your daughter's eye is better! My daughter got a bad case when in Florida recently and had to wear an eye patch, a la a pirate!

Kristine said...

In no particular order:
Imitation of Life (old Lana Turner movie)
Picture Perfect w/ Jennifer Aniston
Erin Brockovich

bostonerin said...

1. Star Wars--any of them
2. Clueless
3. Ten Things I Hate About You (Heath Ledger and Shakespeare! It gets me every time)
4. Bring it On ("This is not a democracy. It's a CHEER-ocracy.")

I am truly shameful.

January said...

One of my coworkers said that Bring It On was her guilty pleasure, so you're not alone.

No shame here. Just movies.

Deb R said...

I'm with you on Sneakers. I love that movie! Really, I stop on too many to list, but here are a few (besides Sneakers) that occur to me immediately without thinking about it too hard:
A League of Their Own, The Princess Bride, Clueless, My Cousin Vinny, pretty much any Bill Murray movie, pretty much any musical (but especially the ones from the 1950's or so)

I love your new profile pic!

Writing Blind said...

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

The Thomas Crown Affair

Sleepless in Seattle

Let's just put it this way, if it's on TBS at 2:00 in the morning, I'm watching it.

Hey, no one ever said I had good taste.

wendylou who? said...

great new pic...bubbles!!just kiddn..as for movies

1.Father of the bride w/Steve martin (I and II)

2.The Natural with lovely robert

3.Hannah and Her Sisters,

The other guilty thing is that I by movies, and watch my faves over and over..

PS GOTTA love Bring It On!!! TORRANCE rocks!!

J.B. Rowell said...

Anything with Cary Grant and Brit movies and teen flicks especially:

Clueless and Bring it On!

We should form a support group . . .

January said...

I didn't realize how popular Bring It On is. Maybe I should give it a second look next time it's on TV.

And my coworker who likes the movie is also a cheerleading instructor. She says kids would never do those flips in high school. That's college-level stuff.

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