251 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'movies':


I'm Spartacus! I'm the king of the world! I am Mrs Nesbitt!

Now that I have finished the AFI Top 100 there are many other projects I could take on, but I've decided to tackle the 10th anniversary version of the list, which came out in 2007. The revised list removed 23 of the films and replaced them with 23 different ones. After deciding on a project, the next step is to determine how much progress I've already made. I'm not quite sure whether I've seen Cabaret,12 Angry Men or Swing Time all the way through, so I will err on the side of caution and rewatch them. I know, however, that...

srah - Wednesday, 23 May 2012 - 11:35 AM
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You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me about my little girl hands?

In talking to a friend about my AFI project, I discovered that not only had I had not done an AFI progress update since 2009, but in the last three years I hadn't even seen all seven of the movies I had left to see. So I decided it was time to do another post AND finally finish the list. 100/100 Raging Bull (#24)Yet another AFI Top 100 movie that I can acknowledge is very WELL-MADE, with lots of symbolism and well-crafted shots, but one I can't really get into myself. I like to have a character who I can...

srah - Wednesday, 23 May 2012 - 11:24 AM
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Cute doctors: doctors who are cute

There have been rumors this week that George Clooney was spotted around town, scouting a location for an upcoming movie. None of these rumors seem to include any reports of anyone actually talking to this supposed George Clooney, though, so the cynical part of me thinks that it was probably just a guy who looked kind of like George, or maybe a well-groomed Bigfoot. It would not be totally unheard of for a movie to be filmed here, and if it turned out to be true, it would be the most exciting celebrity sighting since I did or did not...

srah - Saturday, 13 November 2010 - 8:07 AM
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To y'all's own self be true

I was browsing through Netflix and found a movie with this description: Igby Walter, a do-gooder sound-mixing engineer, meets and falls in love with untalented violinist Juliet while both are working on a low-budget cowboy film version of "Hamlet." I thought this sounded hilariously bad, but what made it even better was the user review that said: With the [...] synopsis of the film I thought it would have been a lot better than this film turned out to be. It was pretty disappointing altogether....

srah - Wednesday, 20 October 2010 - 8:15 PM
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I'm mad as hell, and we don't need no stinking giant gorillas!

I made a New Year's Resolution to complete the AFI list, but then almost immediately took a break from the AFI to watch as many Oscar movies as possible in February. Then it took me until June to pick it up again, but I've made some decent progress since then! It's strange to think that I'm in the 90s now. What will I do when this project is over? I've been working on it since 2005! 93/100 Network (#66)I went into this movie knowing nothing about it except the "mad as hell" scene and a vague idea that it had...

srah - Thursday, 30 July 2009 - 6:27 PM
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My name is Srah and I'm here to recruit you!

Oscar time snuck up on me and there are still three more I'd like to see before the night itself. We'll see if I actually accomplish that, with everything else I have to do. In the meantime, you can still enter my Oscars poll. Some people have reported errors in submitting their picks, so if your name is not on the list below, please re-enter! TrishaAlfieKatelinJess (fushmush)Aunt PamSylvieJasonMaryleneBob B.Erin P.Mike H.allthewine The rest of you have until Saturday night to enter!...

srah - Tuesday, 17 February 2009 - 8:35 PM
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I'm BLOGGIN' here!

Turns out I made way more progress on the AFI list in January than I'd thought. 88/100 The French Connection (#70)I think this mostly made the AFI Top 100 list because the car chase was influential on later movie car chases. There wasn't much to the movie, other than chasing. I didn't get to know or care about any of the characters, because it was just chase chase chase. I did like the subway scene, though, with Doyle and Charnier trying to chase/lose each other without letting on that they were aware of each other. Jaws (#48)SO SCARY. Good thing...

srah - Sunday, 1 February 2009 - 2:40 PM
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WTF, Academy?

I have created an Oscars pool. You can enter your picks here, any time between now and 12am EST on February 22, 2009 (that is to say, the Saturday night before the Oscars). First prize is a mix CD with the music of my choice (YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED). Second prize is NOTHING! Third prize is your money back (which is okay because this pool is free). I will be entering myself, but seeing a lot of Oscar movies does not equal guessing a lot of Oscar winners correctly (as I have seen in past years), so there is little...

srah - Friday, 30 January 2009 - 12:48 PM
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So much for those resolutions about being more active...

It's that time of year again, when I set aside the long-running AFI Top 100 project and instead go on a crazed rampage, trying to watch as many Oscar nominees as possible. If I were really smart, I would spread this out a bit more through the year, watching movies that are likely to be nominated before the official nominations are announced. I never have much interest in watching dramas unless I think it's going to help me in Oscar pools, though, so I'm generally not motivated to watch them until it's official. So instead, it's a late-January/early-to-mid-February movie-going extravaganza....

srah - Thursday, 22 January 2009 - 12:29 PM
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I think it's more of a spoiler if you tell me, partway through the movie, who Orson Welles plays

AFI progress review time! 84/100 The Godfather, Part II - December 2008On Flixster I said: Poor Fredo. No one should have to die in that hat.Very enjoyable to watch. I like the interweaving of the Vito/Michael stories. and some stranger got mad and was like, "Phew I'm glad I'm reading this AFTER I saw the film!" I didn't say anything about how he died¹, and while Fredo dying is important to Michael's character development, it's not like knowing that he dies is going to ruin the film for you.... did it?Maybe they thought they could use telepathy to communicate?High Noon...

srah - Thursday, 8 January 2009 - 12:29 PM
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'It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.'

It's been over two years since I went on an American Film Institute Top 100-watching kick, but I thought I would check my progress now, since Alfie did. I'm at 81, if my calculations are correct. I think these are the only AFI Top 100 (1998 list) movies that I've seen since my last update: Lawrence of Arabia - August 2007I had seen Lawrence of Arabia, but I wasn't sure if I'd seen it all in one sitting. Now I have, and on the big screen, too! If you have an opportunity, see it on the big screen. Annie Hall...

srah - Wednesday, 17 December 2008 - 10:23 PM
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My life in film

Micah did this meme eight million years ago over a month ago and I made a note to myself to do it too. Now I am finally getting around to it. This is a list of my favorite movies for every year I've been alive. Please note that favoritism is frequently based on entertainment value rather than quality, so I am not trying to say that The Fugitive is better than Schindler's List, but rather that I can (and do) watch The Fugitive, like, five or six times a year and I haven't seen Schindler's List again since I saw...

srah - Sunday, 17 August 2008 - 11:41 AM
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Another series of short lists, regarding Mr Batman

I don't think any of these points are particularly spoilery, but if you haven't seen The Dark Knight you might want to skip it for now. One of my big complaints about Batman Begins was the excessive violence and destruction that occurred wherever Batman went. In this one, there was probably just as much violence and destruction, but the violence and destruction did not bother me nearly as much as the time Bruce Wayne ran a stop sign on his motorcycle. I didn't mind Batman breaking laws left and right, but once he does it as Bruce Wayne, he needs...

srah - Monday, 4 August 2008 - 12:12 PM
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Those who object to ninjas, vampires, werewolves and LOTS of swearing should probably abstain

I realize that I have already spammed you about this in pretty much every outlet known to man me (Twitter, Facebook, This is Awesome!, Digg, shouting at random strangers on the street), but there may yet be audiences and individuals I have not yet reached, and who desperately need to watch Le Strat: His Rock Is So Hard ("The story of the vampire that sucks blood and totally wails on guitar, and also saves rock and roll."). Here's the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebf8hZgic7I If you're not sold yet, let me inform you that the movie includes cameo appearances starring-ish roles by such...

srah - Saturday, 3 May 2008 - 10:19 AM
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Interviewed by The Collective

It's been over a week since The Collective invited readers to be interviewed. I asked for questions then forgot about it for a while, but here - at last - are my answers to their questions. From Jennie!: 1) Why does Ohio insist on throwing more snow at us? Why? From heather! anne!: 2) What is the all-time best Christmas movie? The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It makes me tear up every time I see Imogene taking her earrings out to look more like Mary, or hear that Leroy left the ham behind for the Baby Jesus. "It's a present....

srah - Saturday, 15 March 2008 - 6:46 PM
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Signs that I am probably going to get murdered one of these days

my love for Garland Greene in Con Air my love for Norman Bates in Psycho my love for Benjamin Linus from Lost...

srah - Thursday, 13 March 2008 - 12:42 PM
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Time for yet another quiz...

... for I am too lazy/boring to make up my own content this week. Here is a meme that I have adopted: Pick 15 of your favorite movies. Go to IMDb (or Wikiquote) and find a quote from each movie. (Or in some cases, just remember them.) Post them here for everyone to guess. Italicize it when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it correctly and the name of the movie. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb/Wikiquote search functions. Anyone caught cheating will be put to death. My sister can offer no more than one guess per hour. The sun will go...

srah - Wednesday, 5 March 2008 - 12:05 PM
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Oscar countdown!

You have about 24 hours left to locate and watch the movie Once before it is no longer "the movie Once" and is instead "the Academy Award-winning film Once." You have been warned! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mIpwx5lA5I It's such a sweet, lovely movie and I would love for everyone to see it. It manages to be romantic without being Romantic - that is, it's a wonderful story about the relationship between two people, but it's also very realistic. It felt very real - possibly influenced by the fact that the leading actor and actress fell in love during the making of the movie....

srah - Saturday, 23 February 2008 - 8:49 PM
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There is no Briony, only Zuul

I went to see Atonement last weekend. I think it turned me into Anne of Green Gables. It was so very beautiful and so very tragic and so very beautifully tragic. The people were beautiful, the costumes were beautiful, the settings were beautiful, the cinematography was beautiful... and when the movie wasn't being visually beautiful, it was full of tragic, Romantic warfare and suffering and angst and longing and undying love. Anne probably would have very nearly swooned. Not actually swooned, but very nearly. It would be such a romantic experience to nearly drown swoon! James McAvoy as Robbie was...

srah - Thursday, 7 February 2008 - 8:41 PM
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You Are the Music, Parte the Firste

I am running late for Tiff's latest CD Swap, but I thought I would post the beginnings here, with a question for all of you! The theme of this swap was: Have you ever watched a movie or a TV show and though, "wow, this music is really great!" Or, more commonly, "this music is so distracting! Why are they playing Nickelback, I think my ears are bleeding! I could’ve totally done a better job." Well here’s your chance. And you even get to pick the movie. The way many of us interpreted this was "Put a whole bunch of...

srah - Saturday, 2 February 2008 - 11:33 AM
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Purple haze all in his brain

Mansfield Park is possibly my least favorite Jane Austen novel. I'm actually not sure exactly how I would rank all of her novels - it would be something like: Persuasion/Pride & Prejudice (tie)Northanger Abbey/Sense & Sensibility (tie)Emma/Mansfield Park (tie) I have a general idea of how much I liked them, but I've also never sat down and read each one in succession and my memories of the books are very much influenced by the movie versions. Mansfield Park, I think, suffers the worst from this, because I've never been satisfied by a movie version. Although I'm not that fond of...

srah - Monday, 28 January 2008 - 10:12 PM
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You know, they call me the cautionary whale

It's a good thing that I went to Kroger in my pyjamas that one time, because otherwise I think this would have turned entirely into a pop culture and movie-reviewing blog. Don't expect that to end anytime soon. My movie-viewings are usually more exciting than my real life. And so, with no further ado, I bring you... Juno! I am really glad to be able to say that I've seen Juno. It makes me feel like that much more of a legitimate moviegoer, since my Oscar-nominee-viewing was - pre-Juno - at three, and none of those had been nominated for...

srah - Monday, 28 January 2008 - 8:41 PM
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Lazy Reviewing

It's about time I finally got around to watching Northanger Abbey, since Mansfield Park is on tomorrow! I shall shamelessly copy and edit - only slightly - my own Facebook/Flixster review of the film rather than writing anything original. Alas, poor readers! It was good, but leaves room for improvement in future film versions. When I read the book, I felt that the judgment of Catherine was coming from inside - from the narrator and the reader, so that we were sort of laughing at her from our side. In the movie, it's all Henry and I felt a bit...

srah - Saturday, 26 January 2008 - 4:20 PM
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Barouches of Fire

I guess I should finally finish writing this post, before it's Sunday again and time for more Jane Austenpalooza (I've never seen a film adaptation of Northanger Abbey so I'm looking forward to that one, but I think I'm going to have to tape it). Things I liked about Persuasion (2007) It was produced by Clerkenwell Films. Rupert Penry-Jones is ridiculously handsome and smoldering. I felt like Mary Elliot Musgrove was a more complex character in this adaptation than in Persuasion 1995. In 1995, her hypochondriac tendencies seemed more like annoying attention-seeking personal traits, whereas in this version it was...

srah - Friday, 18 January 2008 - 12:29 PM
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One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other

This SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY, coming to a TV near me (and maybe you, if you're lucky!) is the three-month Jane Austenpalooza on Masterpiece Theatre. In case this is the first you're hearing of the loveliness that PBS is providing in our hour of television need, here's the program: January 13: PersuasionThe Amanda Root-Ciaran Hinds version is probably my favorite film version of a Jane Austen novel, so I'm a bit hesitant about this one. Can it be anywhere near as good? January 20: Northanger AbbeyI've never seen a film version of Northanger Abbey, but it's the novel that I've read...

srah - Thursday, 10 January 2008 - 9:53 PM
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We have no time to lose! Let's go! To my secret woodland acting training area!

Last week I watched Who Am I This Time?, a made-for-TV movie starring Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon. This movie is perfect for anyone who ever saw Christopher Walken playing a homicidal lunatic in any of his millions of homicidal lunatic roles and thought, "You know what? I need to see this guy playing a romantic lead." In this movie, instead of playing a serial killer, Christopher Walken plays an extremely shy hardware store clerk-slash-thespian who Susan Sarandon manages to seduce through the THEATAH! And who is probably a serial killer. It was actually pretty terrifying. I kept thinking, "Give...

srah - Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 12:27 PM
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Psst! Carrots!

I rediscovered this morning a list that I made a little over a year ago for my own use. It occurred to me, upon rereading it, that others might be interested. It is equally likely, however, that you will all just laugh at me. So, at risk of great personal embarrassment, I bring you: The List of Gilbert Blythe Appearances in the First Two Anne of Green Gables Movies (Because the Third One Is an Abomination) Complete With DVD Chapter Number and Approximate Time of Appearance (This is particularly useful in Anne of Avonlea (aka Anne of Green Gables -...

srah - Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 12:09 PM
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'Mary doesn't even get to name her own baby? I woulda called him Bill.'

'Tis the season for lists, 'tisn't it? Last year I listed my favorite Christmas songs so this year I'll do my favorite Christmas movies. Maybe next year - if I remember - it will be books. srah's Ultimate List of the Best Christmas Movies and/or Movies That Take Place at Christmas Home Alone - I actually haven't seen this in years, but it makes the list out of some sort of loyalty to my Not-So-Secret Twin.Christmas in Connecticut - I love Barbara Stanwyck and I love Cuddles Szakall. Never mind that I can't remember exactly what happens in the movie....

srah - Saturday, 15 December 2007 - 12:04 PM
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Yes, it came direct from Paris, France

Paris, je t'aime is a ridonkulously huge collection of famous directors (Joel and Ethan Coen, Gurinder Chadha, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Sylvain Chomet) and actors (Steve Buscemi, Other People Who Aren't Steve Buscemi) in a series of short films about Paris. I actually wasn't expecting much, just because I find short-format films pretty hit-or-miss, but it was a cool mix of subjects and directing styles. It's hard to say which one was my favorite because there were so many good ones. The last film is about a lonely American mail carrier who's studied French for two years in preparation for...

srah - Thursday, 29 November 2007 - 7:35 PM
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A mezzanine seat to see the flickers

Every year, my mom, my sister and I go to see a movie on the Friday after Thanksgiving. When we first started this tradition, the theaters were almost deserted, but I think more and more people are taking advantage of the opportunity to get away from the Black Friday shopping insanity. This year, our movie was Enchanted, where an animated Disney Princess accidentally finds herself in live-action form in New York City and has to deal with the problems of the non-fairy-tale world. Disney is a pretty safe Thanksgiving Friday choice for us, but after seeing Shrek 3 this morning,...

srah - Friday, 23 November 2007 - 11:50 PM
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She's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead

Warning #1: If for some reason you haven't seen The Sixth Sense yet and have managed to get through the last eight years without having the ending spoiled for you¹, you might want to stop reading now. Warning #2: The following post makes me sound like a crazy person. I kind of am. I've known more than one person (it's not just you, Jennie) who saw The Truman Show and became convinced that their entire life was a reality show created for others' entertainment. For me, it was not so much The Truman Show but The Sixth Sense that had...

srah - Friday, 16 November 2007 - 12:38 PM
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You'd think a bit of snogging would cheer her up!

Last night I decided I wanted to go to the movies, so I searched online to find all of the movies that were playing in a two-town radius, then narrowed that down to the ones I wanted to see. It came down to: SuperbadThe Simpsons MovieHairsprayBecoming JaneThe Nanny Diaries So I went to see... Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Again. It was nice, though, because I got a private showing. Apparently no one else wants to see months-old movies on Labor Day night (Labor Night?). In my defense, I guessed that it would be interesting to see...

srah - Tuesday, 4 September 2007 - 12:32 PM
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Dream

I had a nightmare last night where I found another Chinese restaurant in srahtown. It's not that I dislike Chinese food - it's just that Chinese and Mexican are all the "ethnic" food we've got in town and I think we could stand to diversify. I was driving around srahtown with my family and kept finding all of these stores and restaurants that I think are standard for srahtown in my dreams, although they don't exist in real life. In my dreams, srahtown seems to be an old-timey Wild West town that is going to be a ghost town at...

srah - Saturday, 18 August 2007 - 9:17 AM
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'Now I've got this dumb look on my face'

The day is nigh! Trapped in the Closet Chapters 13-22 will be released August 21! Stereogum has an awesome preview, but it also contains a LOT of spoilers for chapters 1-12. It's really something that you don't want to have spoiled, because there are so many cliffhangers. So if you've seen the first 12 chapters, proceed to Stereogum. If you haven't, well, the DVD is really the best way to experience Trapped in the Closet (the director's commentary is priceless) but YouTube will do if you can't get to the DVD. Here are the first 5 chapters: For the other...

srah - Wednesday, 1 August 2007 - 11:09 PM
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Now I will go try on some shoes...

Hello, The Internet. If you care to be all up in my personal business like that, I will tell you that apete and I broke up today. We couldn't make the long-distance thing work, it's mutual but it still hurts and that is all I care to share with The Internet. I hate telling people about breakups and I really hate being all Web 2.0 about it, but I feel like I have to tell people somehow. I wish I could just wear a sandwich board instead, or maybe have a t-shirt printed. At least this way I can just...

srah - Sunday, 22 July 2007 - 3:59 PM
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Weasley is our king!

To begin with, I have to say that I really liked the movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It is a huge challenge to turn an 896-page book into a 138-minute movie and they did pretty well with it. I do still miss the things that had to be cut, though. I shall hide further discussion of this subject in the extension, for those of you who have not seen the film yet....

srah - Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 12:58 PM
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Ok, fine, you're Boba Fett and you're Grand Moff Tarkin.

While watching Can't Hardly Wait: X-Phile #1: There's going to be drinking there. What are you going to do? They're going to kick you out if you don't drink. William: Well, I will be drinking. X-Phile #2: (shocked) But William! You could get drunk! X-Phile #1: You could get addicted. William: I downloaded this little baby off the Net. I will know exactly how many spirits I may imbibe without affecting my judgment or my behavior. me: That's totally us. That would have been us in high school. Alfie: Except we didn't go to any parties in high school. We...

srah - Monday, 9 July 2007 - 5:07 PM
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Jason Segel has the CRAZY EYES

In all of my Apatow-fest viewings, I have taken a shining to two of his fetish-actors (Do we use that phrase in English? Where did I get that phrase from???). The first is Martin Starr, whose comic timing and delivery is HUGE and SPECTACULAR in a very understated way as Bill Haverchuck in Freaks and Geeks (but he's also very good at the sad, hurt parts as well). He also appears as Martin (the guy with the beard) in Knocked Up and as a visiting high school friend of Steven's in Undeclared. These clips are both from Freaks and Geeks:...

srah - Wednesday, 27 June 2007 - 12:52 PM
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I'm not a little girl, I'm a bionic woman.

I am having a Judd Apatow-fest of late. I recently checked Freaks and Geeks out of the library and watched it for the first time. Well, sort of. I watched the final episode back when it was on TV and went "Oh, this is pretty funny. But now it's cancelled. I guess I should have started watching earlier." Then the voices of thousands of Freaks and Geeks fans cried out and were suddenly silenced. I feel bad for them, because I felt the same way after Arrested Development was cancelled and people kept telling me they'd seen it on DVD...

srah - Wednesday, 27 June 2007 - 12:08 PM
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You say oyster and I say erster¹

I was surprised, as we started our descent into Houston, to see lots and lots of forests of green trees. Everything I know about Texas I learned from the movies, so I expected it to be all brown and sandy with little scrubby bushes, rather than huge forests of green trees. I expected it to be more like the Australian Outback, which I am also very familiar with from my vast experience of... watching The Thorn Birds miniseries once. Also, I didn't see Rock Hudson or James Dean or even Sal Mineo. All of my lifetime experience with Texas (2.5...

srah - Wednesday, 13 June 2007 - 11:30 PM
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By the power of Greyskull!

Last weekend (or rather two weekends ago, but I'm really behind on posting) I went to the movies. I didn't really intend to go, as I haven't been to the movie theatre in about five months (because I'm so cheap), but it turns out that in Ann Arbor I have friends and friends like to do social things and sometimes social things include going to the movies. So we went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. It was a very pleasant popcorn movie. It was overly complicated with everyone betraying everyone else, but that's what pirates do....

srah - Monday, 4 June 2007 - 12:13 PM
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In the future, we will all have flying cars! But our kids will be jerks.

When I was driving to work yesterday, I thought, "Well, it's Tuesday. Gas prices are usually lowest on Wednesday or Thursday, but this is a holiday weekend, so I should probably fill my half-empty tank this evening when I get off work." Between driving past the gas station in the morning and the time I got off work, gas in my town went up 30¢ a gallon! Argh! I am obsessed with gas prices so I tend to watch them like a hawk so that I can save something like 20¢ on a fill-up, but this will probably be a...

srah - Wednesday, 23 May 2007 - 12:04 PM
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Is this a kissing book movie?

Hooray! Lots of action and tension... and I don't just mean the awful, awkward Harry/Cho kissing situation. And while we're at it... [new international trailer via dollsome]...

srah - Sunday, 22 April 2007 - 8:22 PM
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Aren't you relieved to know that you're not a golem?

I just watched Stranger than Fiction. It made me cry and cry. Seeing Will Ferrell cry when he's not just drunkenly sobbing about being in a glass case of emotion really gets to me. This was the first time I've seen him in a straight role, and I was surprised to find that it actually worked for him. As for the movie... I was expecting something totally different. I don't know if it was the marketing campaign or just the presence of Emma Thompson, but I was expecting something along the lines of a romantic comedy, and it wasn't anything...

srah - Sunday, 22 April 2007 - 7:27 PM
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Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

If you were George McFly, wouldn't you be the least bit suspicious when your third child ended up looking exactly like that guy your wife went out with in high school? Lorraine, you ho'!...

srah - Tuesday, 10 April 2007 - 12:38 PM
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Pumpkins and shoes!

Mma Ramotswe is coming to film! I don't know how I feel about this. On one hand, I'm excited about the opportunity to expose The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency to a wider audience, but on the other hand, I don't see how any movie can measure up to my mental image of the book or any actress to my mental image of Precious Ramotswe. It is nice to see, though that the movie is actually being filmed in Botswana. If nothing else, we will get to see the scenery!...

srah - Thursday, 8 March 2007 - 9:07 PM
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F***ing Oscars f***ing report f*** f*** f*** blah blah

So... how 'bout them Oscars, huh? About a week before the Oscars (which was weeks and weeks and weeks ago) I saw The Departed, which brought my grand total of Oscar-nominated Movies Seen from three to four. That's an increase of... something percent!¹ It actually improved my viewing a lot more than that, because the other ones I'd seen were Little Miss Sunshine, The Devil Wears Prada (nominated for Best Actress and Costume Design) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (nominated for several miscellaneous crew awards). So I went from seeing one of the Best Picture nominees to...

srah - Thursday, 8 March 2007 - 5:01 PM
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You think... you wink... you do a double blink... then JUMP!

I have always hated Mary Poppins, who swoops into a family's life, announces all of their flaws while claiming to be (practically) perfect, refuses to perform her witchcraft for them until she has an opportunity to show up Bert, later denies that any such witchcraft took place and basically tells the children they're liars, gets them hooked on drugs by making their medicine taste like their favorite flavors (hers is very suspiciously rrrrrrum punch!), refuses to join in a ceiling tea party like some kind of ceiling party pooper, then swoops away again. That was a long sentence. So I...

srah - Wednesday, 6 December 2006 - 10:36 PM
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Oh my god, a Mafia-Looking Guy

I meant to remind everyone about The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines as December approached, but December snuck up on me. I am still in December denial. I forgot to ask someone to tape it for me, but fortunately Robin tuned in partway through and Tivoed one of the thousands of repeat showings. She has it waiting on the ol' Tivo till I come home for Chrimbo. Merry Christmas indeed! I hope that you will all have an opportunity to watch it as well. An even better Christmas present has come my way, though. Indeed, my December now glows...

srah - Monday, 4 December 2006 - 10:20 PM
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Blond James Bond

Apete and Alfie had been planning for months to go see the latest James Bond movie together, leaving my 007-hating self at home. However, I began to warm to the idea of this movie once I heard that so many true Bond fans hated Casino Royale. I was still on the fence, but then as it turned out, srahmom wanted everyone out from under her feet on Wednesday night while she got things ready for Thanksgiving dinner, so the rest of the family went to the movie theater en masse. Let me tell you, this was the worst James Bond...

srah - Monday, 27 November 2006 - 5:50 PM
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Why don't I remember going to King Solomon's Mines in the first place?

Are you ready for the excitement? Are you ready for the drama? Are you ready for the SEQUEL TO END ALL SEQUELS? Are you ready for The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines? You'd better be, suckah! This kind of cinematic masterpiece only comes around every two years or so. I only hope that this latest episode will tell the tale of the time-traveling ninjas introduced at the very end of the last one. Also more Bob Newhart, please. Why oh why don't I have a full cable package that includes TNT? Why am I depriving myself so?...

srah - Thursday, 9 November 2006 - 12:07 PM
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Reptiles in some sort of jet-powered ambulatory device!

I am counting down the hours... [via celtic_elk]...

srah - Wednesday, 16 August 2006 - 12:26 PM
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Jedi Poo-doo!

Mince! J'ai failli oublier la Semaine des Langues aujourd'hui! Ce soir j'ai fait du chili végétarien à la srah. Ça consisite des tomates, des haricots rouges, des champignons, des épices, et beaucoup beaucoup beaucoup d'oignons. C'est quelque chose que j'ai inventé en France quand j'avais peur de cuisiner de la viande. Ça répresente toutes les groupes alimentaires: les proteines, les fruits... et beaucoup beacoup beaucoup d'oignons. J'adore les oignons! Alors, je n'avais pas de projets pour bloguer au suject de mon chili - je voulais écrire sur Le Retour du Jedi¹. Les seules personnages au palais de Jabba qui parlent...

srah - Wednesday, 26 July 2006 - 9:57 PM
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If you build it, they will come... FOR YOUR SOUL

On my way to the airport last week, I drove through the farmland that is The Area Between Srahtown and Cincinnati. There is a stoplight in the middle of nowhere, and the corn on either side of the road has grown so that it was much higher than my car and came right up to the sides of the road. As I sat there at the light with no cars around in either direction and the corn closing in around me, I thought, 'I could be eaten by space aliens or the 1919 Chicago White Sox right now and no...

srah - Monday, 24 July 2006 - 12:08 PM
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'Remember when I killed your brother? I talked JUST LIKE THIIIIIIIIS!'

Another update on my AFI Top 100 progress... #71: The Manchurian Candidate - I figured it would be another one I'd have to suffer through, but... war, romance, Solitaire, politics, brain-washing... this movie has a little something for everyone! It's a must-see, especially for my sister! #72: A Streetcar Named Desire - O, Streetcar! Um, it was pretty good I guess. It was nice to see all the clichés ("I have always depended on the kindness of strangers", "STELLAAAAAAA!") in context. It had interesting, complicated characters, which I usually like, but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it's the...

srah - Tuesday, 18 July 2006 - 7:09 PM
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The Devil Wears A Retainer

I went to see The Devil Wears Prada today with some friends here in Srahtown. We met in the lobby, then someone led us into the theater, which was already dark. The room was pretty packed, but we managed to split the group up into only two adjacent rows. The previews began, including a trailer for John Tucker Must Die, an incredibly stupid looking film. It was only while this rather embarassingly explicit trailer was playing that I started to notice that the theater was full of pre-teens, most of them boys. I mentioned to someone else in the group...

srah - Sunday, 16 July 2006 - 10:30 PM
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Everyone involved in the creation of this film must walk the plank!

I have been trying to blog about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest for almost a week now, but I have been so ENRAGED with RAGE that it... flames... flames, on the side of my face. Heaving... heaving breaths... Well, I think I am mostly sort of cooled off enough to write about it now, but hopefully not too cool to express to you my RAGE. When the movie ended, I could barely speak in full sentences, such was my RAGE. The only thing that I could utter between my spitting and clawing at the screen was an threat...

srah - Thursday, 13 July 2006 - 6:43 PM
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'I thought they smelled bad on the outside!'

Why is it that George Lucas will go back into his old movies and fiddle with things that don't need to be fiddled with, needlessly changing the fact that HAN SHOT FIRST, adding silly dinosaurs to the background of scenes, and inserting Stupid McWhinersen where Sebastian Shaw should be, but he won't go back and change the ridiculous stop-actiony way that tauntauns run? I'm pretty sure that the gravity on Hoth is the same on any other planet in the Star Wars movies. I saw Han walk through the snow and I saw Luke fall from the ceiling and both...

srah - Tuesday, 6 June 2006 - 12:52 PM
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X-Men 4: The Last Lemonade and Cupcake Stand

Apete and I went to see X-Men 3 a while ago. A lot of people didn't like the movie, but I felt it had many explosions and people in crazy costumes with magical powers. I don't expect much more from an action movie. I found it interesting that Beast was never referred to by his superhero name. Apete tried to convince me that Hank McCoy's nickname was "Blueberry," which made him seem even cuddlier than he already was. Awwwww. He is like a big furry Sesame Street monster, but one that can TOTALLY kick your ASS. As I was watching...

srah - Tuesday, 6 June 2006 - 12:38 PM
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And then Angela Lansbury pulled out her Beretta...

Dear Planet Earth, In going through the list of great characters... few come to mind. Blanche Dubois, from "Streetcar Named Desire"... Willy Loman, from "Death of a Salesman"... Screech, from "Saved By The Bell" and, of course, Big Man from "Trapped in the Closet". If you ever want to see acting at its finest... acting that will make you re-examine your life... acting that will make you see the world for the first time... watch the 2005 hip-hopera raperetta music video serial monstrosity Trapped in the Closet. It is truly scrumtralescent. Yes, this weekend I saw yet another example of...

srah - Tuesday, 16 May 2006 - 9:16 PM
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Another reason to hate George Lucas

You money-grubbing bastard... I totally want to give you more money....

srah - Thursday, 4 May 2006 - 11:34 AM
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François!

Reasons why this Wes Anderson American Express commercial is better than Wes Anderson's movies: 1) I never fell asleep while watching the commercial. 2) I never got up to make myself a sandwich while watching this commercial then forgot (or "forgot") to come back. 3) Although longer than most commercials, this commercial is about eight hours shorter than any of Wes Anderson's movies. 4) Or maybe it just feels that way. 5) Bayonets. Actually, to be honest, Rushmore (runtime: 93 minutes) was pretty good. "O.R. they?"...

srah - Tuesday, 25 April 2006 - 8:24 PM
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'Go Kelly! Go Kelly! The other team is smelly!'

Say what you will about The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold, but it is my belief that I saw The Worst Movie Ever Made on the plane back from Israel. Yours, Mine and Ours seems to take the premise of the original 1968 version then "updates" it by including as many clichés, unbelievable plot points and terrible dialogue as possible. Not satisfied with "family" movies where the dad slips and falls all over the place and nearly rights himself, only to fall face-first into a pool of something sticky? Yours, Mine and Ours can top that - Dennis Quaid...

srah - Sunday, 2 April 2006 - 5:40 PM
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Four soggy Mr Darcies per day!

I think that there should be a (network) television channel that does nothing but show the 5-hour 1995 Colin Firth version of Pride & Prejudice in an ongoing loop....

srah - Sunday, 26 March 2006 - 1:46 PM
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He riddled with Gollum!/ A magic ring he stole!

It's been a really long time since I did an AFI Top 100 update. But it's also been a long time since I watched an AFI movie. I am in a lull, probably mostly due to the fact that American Idol is on EVERY FRIGGIN' DAY OF THE WEEK so I just try to avoid turning the TV on altogether. But since I'm going out of the country, it would be good to get this posted before I go. #67: Wuthering Heights - There was some question in my mind as to whether I would ever be able to complete...

srah - Monday, 6 March 2006 - 5:44 PM
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This is a bitch of an satisfactory situation

The only Academy Award that I cared about this year was won by the person I wanted to win it. Ford's in his flivver, etcetera etcetera. [ETA] I don't really get the "Best Song" category though. Is it for the song that's the stand-alone best or the song that supports its movie in the best way or what? I didn't see Hustle and Flow, so maybe the song worked well in the movie, but now that I've had it in my head all day today, I have to say that I'm not all that impressed with the incessant repetition of...

srah - Monday, 6 March 2006 - 11:24 AM
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Srah makes some errors, AFI-wise

I have discovered some inconsistencies in my AFI Top 100 list. I had some question as to whether I'd seen Tootsie all the way through before starting this endeavor and that seems to have thrown my count off. Either way, I've seen it all the way through now. I also wasn't sure if I'd seen Dances With Wolves all the way through or if I'd only seen part of it, but let me put it this way: I am not watching Dances With Wolves again. So now that I've gone through the list again and ended up with a different...

srah - Monday, 23 January 2006 - 7:59 PM
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Nino Quincampoix Grows A Beard

I went to a meetup.com Movie Fans group this weekend in Cincinnati. We saw Brokeback Mountain, which was very good and silent and moving. After that, I did a little shopping around and figured as long as I'd already driven that far, I might as well get another movie out of it. So I went to see Munich. I'm afraid that any deep thoughts I was having about Brokeback Mountain have now been stricken from my mind, because Munich overpowered my evening's moviegoing experience. I spent about 2 and a half hours in a constant state of nervous tension. I...

srah - Monday, 23 January 2006 - 5:02 PM
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*mush mush mush mush SMAAAAAAAAAAAASH eat face*

Those of you who have ever watched a movie with me may find this hard to believe, but when I watch a movie by myself, I don't talk. I have a tendency, when watching TV with others, to either make comments to my fellow watchers or to interact with the characters onscreen. When I'm at home alone, I hardly ever hear the sound of my own voice and somehow talking to the characters starts to feel crazy when I can no longer claim I'm just trying to entertain someone else in the room. So if I said "ew" out loud...

srah - Sunday, 8 January 2006 - 4:25 PM
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Yet another update from the AFI files...

I guess it's been kind of a slow period for my mission to watch all of the AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies, seeing as I went home for more than a week and didn't take any of the DVDs with me. Luckily, apete got one of them for Christmas, so I did actually manage to make some progress. Now I'm back on top of things... and I'm watching The Thorn Birds, which is not in the Top 100 and is about 700,000 hours long. Oh well. But here are the ones I have watched recently: #59: Mutiny on the Bounty...

srah - Sunday, 8 January 2006 - 4:22 PM
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'Til I saw your City Lights, honey I was blind

Boy, it's getting to be Sarah's Movie Blog around here. But that's because I have no life. Onward and upward! This week, I checked a passel of DVDs out of the library. Once I got them home, however, I was loath to sit down and watch them because I had managed to check out two Charlie Chaplin movies at the same time. This meant that I could allow myself to check out no new movies until I had managed to stomach those two. So I immediately sat down and watched Tootsie, which I've already seen, and It's a Wonderful Life,...

srah - Friday, 16 December 2005 - 9:01 PM
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Remake à la srah: The witch and the wardrobe

Last weekend I went home to see the UMGASS performance of The Sorcerer, attended a lovely SI party and went to the movies. I haven't been to the movies in Ohio yet, because I have no one to go with and a host of lovely old classics to check out of the library and watch at home. So I go back to Ann Arbor to go to the movies. On Saturday night, I tore myself away from It's a Wonderful Life (which was showing on TV and which I was flat-out sobbing while watching because I was so emotionally affected...

srah - Friday, 16 December 2005 - 7:55 PM
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srah's latest project: watch a hellalotta movies

When I moved here, one of the first things I did was to join the local library. The DVD/video section is just across from the circulation desk and is much more compact than the book section, so the first thing I did was to check out DVDs. They have a list of The American Film Institute's 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time posted on the wall, and this (and the fact that apete's already done it) inspired me to take a shot at watching all 100. It's going to involve watching a lot of westerns, gangster films and war...

srah - Friday, 9 December 2005 - 12:24 PM
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CHEEEEEEEEEEEEESE!

apete and I went to see Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit last night. Gromit was funny and Wallace was a pain in the neck as usual but I was enthralled by the hundreds of bunnies in the movie. Everything they did was so cute and awesome... I had a huge grin on my face through most of the movie and I giggled and even clapped my hands a little because I was so happy to see the adorable rabbits and the things they did. I told my mom, "It was weird, because none of the other kids...

srah - Saturday, 8 October 2005 - 7:53 PM
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'So... love has blinded you?'

I only saw Star Wars: Episode III once in the theater. That was enough for me - it finished things off and gave me some closure to the nightmare that was the Star Wars prequels. But then Katie linked to something that brought it all rushing back to me: 91 Reasons to Hate Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith WHAT? Only 91? I think I've linked to the Reasons to Hate guides for the earlier prequel episodes before, but this is the first that I've seen of this one. It goes through the movie chronologically, annotating with the...

srah - Monday, 1 August 2005 - 7:51 AM
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Get thee to a movie theater, posthaste!

Who says it's a bad summer for movies? I've seen plenty of nice things, including: Fifth-graders who can dance better than I canDarling Oompa Loompas singing Roald Dahl's original songsPinguiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinos!...

srah - Tuesday, 26 July 2005 - 4:23 AM
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A short srahfamily exchange

srahmom: (looking at the video box for Terms of Endearment, which I've never seen) When we saw this in the theater, your aunt said "This is you." It's about a mother and a daughter. This movie is about our relationship. Alfie: (overhearing our conversation) What movie are you talking about? Silence of the Lambs?...

srah - Tuesday, 5 July 2005 - 11:07 PM
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Lundi

(Voilà le début de la Semaine des Langues chez srah blah blah. Je vois qu'il y a, déjà, beaucoup plus de participants que la dernière fois et je vous remercie! Parmi ces participants: Anyhoo, Armin, christina, Elemmaciltur, in actual fact, J, Jamie, katie, Marisa, patricia, Renee et Stuart) Alors, aujourd'hui on est le 4 juillet, la fête nationale des États-Unis. Notre famille vient de visionner 1776, l'un de nos films préférés, et ce qui est devenu une activité traditionnelle pour fêter le 4 juillet chez nous. L'été dernière j'étais en France et j'ai passé la plupart de notre fête nationale...

srah - Monday, 4 July 2005 - 6:46 PM
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Frankly, Georgie, I don't give a damn

On Tuesday, we watched the American Film Institute's special 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes. The show had clips from various famous actors, writers and directors including Star Wars destroyer director George Lucas, whose chin and neck have recently combined and expanded to make him look like a manatee. I always wondered where he got the idea for some of his characters and have now come to realize that he's not that creative after all - he was just looking in the mirror....

srah - Thursday, 23 June 2005 - 11:50 AM
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Late addition to the list

Things that I learned from Batman Begins: The Archives is the worst place on earth to be. This is where you are sent before you are fired, which makes it One Step Up From Unemployment. Dammit! I meant for this to be an insult to all of my lovely, easily-antagonized archivist readers, but I have just realized that they're still One Step Up From Me....

srah - Tuesday, 21 June 2005 - 1:34 AM
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A series of short lists

Movies I saw in the theater Saturday night: Batman Begins Movies I saw previews for Saturday night that I don't want to see: All of them Things that offend me about The Fantastic Four: How come Mr Stretchy Guy gets the name Mr Fantastic instead of something descriptive of his powers? Is there something especially Fantastic about being stretchy? Things that offended me about Batman Begins: The Scarecrow was not given the attention and power that I feel he deserves as a Batman baddie. He was just a throwaway underling to Raz-al-Ghul or whatever his name is, rather than an...

srah - Monday, 20 June 2005 - 1:14 PM
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'I get it! French class!'

I bet Little Debbie® allowed their product to be used in the movie so that whenever we saw Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, we would think of Oatmeal Creme Pies. But whenever I see Oatmeal Creme Pies, I think of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Do you have any examples of your own of this backfiring product-placement?...

srah - Wednesday, 25 May 2005 - 3:07 PM
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Bleep bleep bloop

What kind of nerd am I? Here it is, May 23 and I haven't yet blogged about Star Wars Episode III. Well, I was having trouble organizing my thoughts into cohesive sentences, so instead I bring you some bullet points, hidden in the extended entry so as not to spoil things for those of you who ain't seen it yet....

srah - Monday, 23 May 2005 - 11:31 AM
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Saturday Movie Meme thing (on Sunday)

I was planning to write something about the movie I saw last week, but I'm terrible at movie reviews ("Movie X is good. You should go.") so I decided to do a meme instead: 1. The last movie you went to see in a theater: The Chorus (Les Choristes). It was good. You should go. It's a French movie about a new surveillant (I forget how they translated this word - something like supervisor?) who arrives in a school for troubled boys. He has a past as a musician and forms a chorus in the school that brings the boys...

srah - Sunday, 1 May 2005 - 12:21 PM
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Required reading... and viewing

I realized today that there are certain things that should be a prerequisite for anyone hoping to be "in" with srahfamily*. Srahfamily is, of course, the coolest family on earth and everyone wants to be "in" with them. But first you must understand the organizational culture by way of its cultural artifacts!**. This is an attempt to chronicle some of the things that are most often quoted or referred to around here (in some cases I have included a favorite quote because I just can't help myself!): BooksThe Stupids Die ("This isn't heaven - this is Cleveland!")Dave Barry's Book of...

srah - Tuesday, 15 March 2005 - 5:28 PM
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'You are on this council, but we do not grant you the title of Master.' 'What? Hells no, biatch!'

Srahfamily sat around the TV this evening and sacrificed our souls and our eyes through fifteen minutes of The O.C. in order to catch the Star Wars: Episode III (I've forgotten the title of this piece of garbage) trailer. From what I can tell, this episode in the series is going to be a tale of disappointment. Obi-Wan's disappointment that Anakin is not The Chosen One Who Will Bring Balance To The Force. Anakin's disappointment that he's not made a Jedi Master. Samuel L. Jackson's disappointment that he's gonna die. And, of course, last but not least, your disappointment and...

srah - Thursday, 10 March 2005 - 9:45 PM
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You put a spell on me...

The O.C.? Gah! I know this stupid movie is going to be crap and it's going to make me angry that it's so crap! ... but I'm still going to want to see the trailer. And I'm probably going to put up with watching The O.C. in order to do it. Sigh. George Lucas, you jerk!...

srah - Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 7:06 PM
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I'll think about that tomorrow!

My mom and I are watching Gone With the Wind and it has been recognized that I am Scarlett O'Hara Minus Southern Accent. Well, what's the mattuh with preferrin' to eat barbecue instead of talking about some silly war, anyway? I do declare! I don't normally approve of hitting slaves, but for Prissy's sake, I'll make an exception. I'm proud of Scarlett for only verbally abusing Melanie Hamilton-Wilkes behind her back so far. I would have punched her by now, because SERIOUSLY, where did Ashley dig up this sappy, whispering wet blanket? Well, I have a long life of adventure...

srah - Saturday, 12 February 2005 - 5:34 PM
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I can't even think of a title for this post because of the giggling

Every time I see the words Amish Face on this post, it makes me squash up my face with repressed giggles. AMISH FACE! Coming soon to a theater near you! In the blahblahs, I would like you to tell me what you think the plot of Amish Face would be. Set your imaginations free!...

srah - Tuesday, 8 February 2005 - 10:05 AM
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'I've seen lonely times when I could not Phone a Friend'

My cell phone rang. I looked down at the display, assuming that it was someone who knew I'd been in class and had waited until five minutes after the end to call me. Instead I saw that it was my long-lost college roommate, Roommate. It seemed strange that she would call at 10:05 pm on a Monday, since we haven't seen each other in months and all of our recent correspondence has been in the form of LiveJournal comments. I answered the phone. "Hi srah. Listen, in the movie Amish Face--" "WHAT?" "In the movie Office Space--" "Oh, that's better...

srah - Monday, 7 February 2005 - 10:16 PM
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Central Services! We do the work, you do the pleasure...

We are having central air conditioning installed in the house this week. They began today and should finish up by Friday. At this point, they've installed some of the tubes that the air will be flowing through but haven't connected them to the vents or, I assume, to the central cooling system. There are big, insulated silvery things poking out of holes in the ceiling and I'm concerned that a tiny Robert De Niro is going to pop out of one of them....

srah - Tuesday, 1 February 2005 - 3:04 PM
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'Four-thirty: time for milking...'

It's Friday night. My parents are out having a life and I am having a Friday Night In For One - chicken fried rice and a video. I scanned our DVD shelves. Sabrina? No, Harrison Ford's too stuffy in that. But Harrison Ford's a good idea... So I set off to pick my favorite Harrison Ford vehicle - the one where he's at his peak in terms of looks and romantic heroishness. I set off scanning the VHS collection for the video in question. Willow... Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory... Working Girl... WORKING GIRL? There is a conspicuous gap...

srah - Friday, 28 January 2005 - 8:57 PM
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'She was wide-eyed, now she's streetwise/ To the lies and the jive talk'

I haven't watched Sliding Doors in years. I've considered it one of my favorite movies since about 1999, but I think that once I hadn't watched it in a while, I got scared that when I finally did watch it again, I wouldn't like it. So I avoided watching it to avoid facing that fear. I think I was also driven, to some extent, by my guilt at not updating JohnHannah.net in years. It's basically abandoned - an excellent source of information on John Hannah's career up to about... 2002 or so, but hopelessly lacking in recent years. I'm sorry,...

srah - Thursday, 27 January 2005 - 10:53 AM
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'Aliens? Us? Is this one of your Earth jokes?'

I'm a lot better at complaining about things than admiring them. So while I managed four paragraphs on Troy, here are some good movies I've seen recently and said nothing about: The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: I came across this at the video rental store on New Year's Eve. Justin had mentioned it months (maybe years?) ago and I'd watched the trailer and looked forward to seeing it. So I rented it and showed it at our Tuesday movie night the next week. It was a masterpiece! Aliens, mutants, a sarcastic talking skeleton, people drinking out of candle holders, a...

srah - Sunday, 23 January 2005 - 5:26 PM
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'Perhaps if we built a large wooden badger...'

My family is insane and buys movies that we've never seen and sometimes don't really have that much interest in seeing. Troy had been sitting on our shelf for at least a month and we finally pulled it out today. At 35:30 of the movie, there's a shot of a marketplace. Animals are being led around to be sold, including a pair of llamas (possibly alpacas). Where the heck do ancient Trojans get llamas? I wasn't really prepared to take this movie seriously, but the llamas ruined that for me. It's all downhill from here. If I were Achilles, I...

srah - Sunday, 23 January 2005 - 4:43 PM
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'Don't want to ruin my chances at romance by smelling of dung all through the reception'

Sometimes it's sad that in the Great Movie Of Our Lives, we have to be the main characters. The supporting cast is always more interesting and usually seem to have an simpler time of it without all that nasty plot-driving conflict. *watches Four Weddings and a Funeral* *fast-forwards through all the Andie MacDowell parts*...

srah - Thursday, 6 January 2005 - 4:35 PM
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'Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills. You know, like nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills...'

My hair is in a ponytail on the side of my head (because I couldn't quite tease it into a 'fro). I'm scoffing. I'm thinking about getting some sweet moon boots. I'm craving tater tots. And I'm the only one who knows the illegal ninja moves from the government. It's AWESOME. Goshhhhhhhhhhhhh. While we were at Hollywood Video last night, we came across what we originally thought was a joke but turned out to actually be the first volume of a movie version of the Book of Mormon. We thought about renting it as a joke. But then by some...

srah - Saturday, 1 January 2005 - 10:53 PM
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The lunatics have taken over...

My dad and I went Christmas shopping at Borders the other night and he bought an early Christmas present for the whole family. We got home and were deciding what movie to watch when he told me about the DVD he'd bought for us. I wondered which new release or British-TV-series-on-DVD he'd thought of, since these are the sort of thing we usually get. I tried to guess. "Have we seen it recently?" I asked. "I haven't seen it for... probably about thirty years," he answered. "Wait, have I ever seen it? Then why do you think I'd like it?"...

srah - Thursday, 23 December 2004 - 9:23 AM
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'No one can understand the mysteries of the Library tradition unless they have lived it'

Or, "What is this, Slap the Librarian Day?" Wednesday night is the night that all of my SI friends come over to watch movies. This was a very special night because Matt had taped The Librarian: Quest for the Spear just for this event. It was the perfect audience to share this terrible, wonderful movie with. It was so bad and spoofish that it was good. We bitched about Noah Wyle's character becoming a librarian without a library degree, went "an RSS feed of WHAT?", my mom squealed in pain when the "librarian" pulled books from the shelves by their...

srah - Thursday, 9 December 2004 - 12:38 AM
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Yet another tale of my family being dorky together

My family all went to the movies together last weekend and saw Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. I imagine that at screenings of this movie, there were a lot of people who squealed the first time that Colin Firth appeared onscreen. I imagine that there were also people out there who squealed when Hugh Grant appeared. Maybe Neil Pearson (Richard Finch) or Jim Broadbent (Bridget's dad) have a sizable fan following. But I highly doubt that there was another theater in the entire United States where four people people squealed, poked each other and whispered excitedly when Neil Dudgeon...

srah - Friday, 3 December 2004 - 12:30 PM
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You may consider shenanigans called

How can you make a movie version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire without Percy Weasley? I love that dirty rotten slimeball, but I could accept them cutting him out of Prisoner of Azkaban. Sometimes when you make a movie, things have to go and Percy wasn't really vital to the plot. But Percy is very important to Goblet of Fire. He's Barty Crouch's mouthpiece when he's missing! Percy is also very important to the fifth book, but if we jump from Chamber of Secrets to Order of the Phoenix, we will be seriously lacking in character development....

srah - Monday, 22 November 2004 - 7:22 PM
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'It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces'

My mom and I just watched Bridget Jones's Diary in preparation for the sequel, which comes out this weekend. When the movie was over, my mom set off to clean house. Inspired by the fact that Colin Firth/Mark Darcy/Mr Darcy is adorable and everything that is wonderful, I got out my homework and popped Pride and Prejudice into the DVD player. My mom wandered in with her dustcloth, saw the DVD menu, threw the dustcloth into the air and leapt into the recliner with a surprising agility for someone who's just had a total knee replacement. "What, you didn't want...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2004 - 3:44 PM
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The Greatest Story Ever Told

" THE LIBRARIAN tells the story of a repository for humanity's greatest secrets, all hidden beneath the monolithic Metropolitan Public Library. From the Golden Fleece to the Ark of the Covenant, every enigma and artifact from every known and unknown civilization is protected from the forces of evil who, if given the chance, would use the priceless treasures for their nefarious plans. Only one man can keep them safe: The Librarian." - TNT Originals: The Librarian I don't quite know how to feel about the idea that when a librarian finally becomes an action hero, it's a dude. [thanks to...

srah - Tuesday, 26 October 2004 - 5:44 PM
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'If promises were crackers, my daughter would be fat'

I finally saw Spider-man 2 last night. It was very nice, but I was an awful movie-going patron and ended up whispering annoying comments to my companion through the whole thing. It must be rather awkward to be Mary Jane. I mean, when it comes time to send out the wedding invitations, do you invite Harry* Osborn or Peter Parker? You can't invite both of them, what with Harry wanting to kill Peter and all. Heavens, it's so awkward. What would Miss Manners have to say about superhero-supervillain grudges when it comes to seating at the reception? Update: I forgot...

srah - Monday, 13 September 2004 - 9:54 AM
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'Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point.'

I read A Swiftly Tilting Planet this weekend and decided that Peter Jackson really ought to get in on the Wrinkle in Time action - that the Wrinkle in Time series deserved the same treatment as The Lord of the Rings and that he could probably do it. All through the Harry Potter Extravaganza last night (Sorcerer's Stone plus deleted scenes plus previews from Prisoner of Azkaban) they showed previews for a made-for-TV Disney miniseries of A Wrinkle in Time that airs on ABC tonight. Calvin doesn't have red hair. Mrs Murry isn't beautiful enough. Sandy and Dennys have disappeared....

srah - Monday, 10 May 2004 - 9:01 AM
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'Husbands should be like Kleenex: soft, strong and disposable'

We managed to initiate at least three new people to the Cult of Clue on Friday, when we had a Clue party complete with costumed attendees. The party was, for some inexplicable reason, hosted by Mrs White. In attendance were Colonel Mustard, The Motorist, Mme Rose, Mrs Peacock, Wadsworth (Rachel), Miss Scarlet (Allison) and Mr Green. We watched the movie, during which Colonel Mustard was killed with the Brass Monkey in the Family Room for mumbling along with the entire movie. Then we played Clue Master Detective, where Mme Rose uncovered the dastardly plot, and we ate s'mores which had...

srah - Sunday, 2 May 2004 - 2:02 PM
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'The world forgetting, by the world forgot'

I saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind this weekend with Young Matthew and the Urstodian. It was as good as everyone says it is, which is very. I highly recommend it! It's sweet but at the same time, quite thought-provoking and visually interesting*. In case anyone wondered and didn't have their Bartlett's on hand, the Alexander Pope poem quoted in the movie is "Eloisa to Abelard". ––––– * My movie reviews are always totally lame and sound like I'm only pretending to know what I'm talking about. This is probably because I am. Go see it for yourself....

srah - Monday, 12 April 2004 - 12:23 PM
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Is this a kissing movie?

In a conversation this weekend with a friend who shall remain nameless, it was revealed that he had never seen The Princess Bride. At first, I didn't believe him. But he insisted. This information slowly sunk into my mind and the top of my head has now healed quite nicely, thank you very much, from when it blew right off. There are people out there who have never seen The Princess Bride? There are nerds out there who have never seen The Princess Bride? I have been associating with people who haven't seen The Princess Bride? It is so important...

srah - Monday, 12 April 2004 - 11:22 AM
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'He's a mild and lazy guy!'

Justin and I are going to make the epic cinematic masterpiece Srah, The Flying Pig. And when I say Justin and I are going to make it, I mean "Justin mostly ignored me as I went insane planning this horrible horrible movie." Justin is an up-and-coming young director and I'm going to hitch a ride on that star no matter how many times he tries to pry my fingers loose. The baddie is Richard Simmons in goth makeup, platform shoes and with chartreuse horns that he claims are fuchsia. The title role will be played by Christopher Walken in a...

srah - Tuesday, 6 April 2004 - 11:35 PM
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Thrill me with your acumen...

Dear Stupid Idiot, Why did you think it was such a bright idea to watch The Silence of the Lambs in the middle of a Sunday afternoon? Far from saving yourself from fear by watching it during daylight, you have now committed yourself to several extra hours of terror wherein you fear moths and transvestites and creepy creepy men and men in general and men in night-vision goggles and visions of serial killers are dancing in your head, which has plenty of dance room because they have already eaten your brain. This was Clarice's first big shot at practicing her...

srah - Sunday, 4 April 2004 - 6:00 PM
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Dorkgument

My sister set out to watch Hello Dolly! last night and instead ended up watching Road to Bali. My mom and I immediately had the same reaction: "The two were so much alike!" "They were! They still are!" She didn't take kindly to us making fun of her through Pirates of Penzance quotes and really ought to have fired back something along the lines of: "Collectively, I look upon you with a disgust that amounts to absolute detestation."...

srah - Sunday, 28 March 2004 - 10:57 AM
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Hey baby, wanna walk in Cupid's grove together? *wink*

Listen, you freaking whores. I grew up watching musicals. Musicals have a lot of sex in them, but like good humour, it appeals to people on different levels. Jokes in Animaniacs were funny on one level to kids and on another to adults. Sex hidden in flowery language is understood by adults and kids just accept the words, sing along, and don't worry about getting it. That's why I didn't realize until about 1999 exactly what Aunt Alicia was training Gigi for. You can't go mindlessly banning one of the best musicals on Earth and the one thing that makes...

srah - Monday, 22 March 2004 - 11:21 AM
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'It's like you and I are clipped from the same coupon'

If you are a fan of good movies, you need to see The Theory of the Leisure Class. I don't recommend it because it's a good movie, but because it is so bad that after seeing it, all other movies will look ten times better and you will be able to enjoy a much wider range. The lead actress (and co-producer) of the film is named Tuesday Knight. When we saw this on the box, we hoped it would at least be a p0rno, but it turns out the acting was too bad to be p0rn. The acting was bad,...

srah - Sunday, 25 January 2004 - 2:17 AM
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Because I enjoy sitting on my ass in the dark for long stretches of time

Here are the IMDb's top 100 movies - with the ones I've seen in bold. Which of the rest do you recommend?...

srah - Wednesday, 21 January 2004 - 5:11 PM
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'Gondor has no pants. Gondor needs no pants.'

Did you know that there is a whole other world out there, existing in the same time and space as our own? This is the world of the People Who Think That Pants Should Be Introduced Into The Lord Of The Rings. After seeing these shots from the terrible cartoon version of the movie, I am inclined to agree with them. "Do not meddle in the pants of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger." [via fujikosmurf]...

srah - Tuesday, 20 January 2004 - 12:39 PM
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The question asked throughout the ages

Perhaps you would like to help my sister and me out in the eternal debate: Which are cuter, Orcs or Uruk-hai?...

srah - Monday, 29 December 2003 - 7:40 PM
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Doot'n doo doo, feelin' girly

Wearing: pyjamas Eating: ice cream Watching: Pride and Prejudice I somehow end up watching at least part of Pride and Prejudice every time I'm left home alone. I may be developing a sideburn fixation or something. Now I don't know whether to go for more Jane Austen or more Colin Firth or go a completely different route in my Big Girly Video Fest....

srah - Sunday, 28 December 2003 - 4:40 PM
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'He's just another scripture thumping hack from Galilee'

I saw Elf last night with the Pato. I know everyone on earth has already seen it and loved it, but I feel obliged to put my two cents in. It was terribly cute and very funny. I was surprised that a Will Ferrell movie would turn out to be so cute and innocent. Later, I watched Jesus Christ Superstar* with Mr B------. Having heard so many different versions of the soundtrack, I had quite a different image of the production in my mind. It's now my mission to remake the movie in a style that isn't quite so... 70s....

srah - Sunday, 21 December 2003 - 12:31 PM
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'Uncle! I'll nurse you back to health! With soup!'

Return of the King was The Book That Wouldn't End. The climax comes, then the book drags on forever, tying up millions of loose ends and telling you what everyone did for the rest of their lives. Even after taking out an important end sequence, Return of the King was The Movie That Wouldn't End. It was great, but the end was so very long and so very filmed in slow-motion. I also laughed inappropriately much too often, but that could be me. For example, I couldn't help but giggle every time Gondor's ridiculous helmets came onscreen. And seriously? They...

srah - Thursday, 18 December 2003 - 2:57 AM
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Comparrrrrrrrrrrison shopping

My parents pored over the newspaper ads this weekend, looking for the best deal on the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD. Some people would consider the "best deal" to be the lowest price. But that would really not be enough for my family. We have elected to purchase our wares from our local Media Play store, because they are giving away free pirate flags with every copy. Sometimes I worry that the dorkiness running through my veins is so thick I'm going to get blood clots and have a nerdeurysm....

srah - Tuesday, 2 December 2003 - 8:14 AM
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'Shall I describe it to you... or would you like me to go find you a box?'

I still haven't sat down to watch The Two Towers Extended Version. And I call myself a nerd! A nerd, perhaps, but a nerd in the crazed end-of-semester mode where I am perfectly willing to be distracted ALL the time, but can't in good conscience consciously commit to a four-hour distraction. In the meantime, I bring you this quote, which I think you should keep in mind whenever reading my blog or interacting with me in meatspace: "That doesn't make sense to me, but then, you are very small." - Treebeard...

srah - Sunday, 30 November 2003 - 5:14 PM
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'I shall call him Squishy, and he shall be mine, and he shall be my Squishy'

I watched Finding Nemo last night. I loved Bubbles* and the seagulls. I think I have an affection for the stupidest characters in a movie. You should probably not give too much thought to what this means about my real-life relationships. * Who I have just discovered was voiced by Stephen Root, which explains everything....

srah - Thursday, 20 November 2003 - 2:01 PM
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Bring home my name/ on the wings of Gwaihir*

(listening to Neil Diamond as I get ready this morning) srah: I always want to sing this "Sar... Saruman" instead of "Soo... Soolaimon". (pause) srah: I am such a nerd. Mom: Well, from what I've heard, you're in good company at SI. srah: This is very true. Hopefully Return of the King will come out after all of our exams are done. Otherwise we're in trouble! Mom: Why's that? srah: Because no one will show up for class the next day! Mom: Oh. Well, that's okay. Your teachers probably won't either. ––––– * thanks to Mr B------ for the nerd-assistance...

srah - Tuesday, 11 November 2003 - 11:04 AM
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Love actually is all around

Roro and her sister and brother-in-law and I went to see Love Actually yesterday. I wasn't expecting any more than a chance to stare at Alan Rickman and Colin Firth, and was pleasantly surprised. It's done quite well, actually. It's a lovely movie telling something like ten stories about all of the forms of love. I cried and laughed and laughed through my tears. I'm not sure why they released a Christmas movie this early in December, but maybe they're hoping it will gain momentum through word of mouth and be big just in time for the holiday season....

srah - Monday, 10 November 2003 - 8:09 AM
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Exit the Matrix

Roro, Mr B------ and I went to see The Matrix Revolutions last night. If you haven't heard of it, this is a great comedy that just came out. Well... maybe it wasn't really intended that way, but I still laughed all the way through. There were several good parts, but the dialogue was crap and the battle scenes were long and nauseating. I think it bothered Robin that I was the only person in the theatre cracking up when people were dying. I did have good company, though. General: If we detonate that EMP, we'll lose the dock. Underling: Sir......

srah - Saturday, 8 November 2003 - 10:14 AM
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Me, well, I wouldn't holler if he were as handsome as anything

I spent the weekend listening to the soundtrack from Fiddler on the Roof. I keep wondering what the town thought of Motel and Tzeitel getting married. Did Golde really believe in the dream, or did she just play along so that her daughter would be happy? I suspect that she did believe, because the girls seemed to think that her main concern was finding a wealthy husband ("For Mama, make him rich as a king") and I don't think she'd give up the butcher for a poor tailor without a sewing machine. And yet... why would she believe Tevye? How...

srah - Monday, 13 October 2003 - 10:27 AM
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'Lip my stockings!'

Lost in Translation was really good. Roommate only thought it was "okay", but I quite enjoyed it. It didn't really have a plot, but some movies are about plot and others are about character study, experiences and the development of a relationship. Bill Murray was great. I want to go to Japan....

srah - Monday, 6 October 2003 - 7:59 AM
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Boost me up my ladder, kid, and I'll boost you up yours

Thanks to smg's Quintessential Burn CD, I have had When You're Good to Mama from Chicago in my head all morning. I can hardly think of someone less appropriate than myself to sing things like, They say that life is tit for tat And that's the way I live. 'Cause I deserve a lot of tat for what I've got to give. Oh wait, I can think of someone: my old friend Mrs Nobody. Yes, I am five. Who let me come to work today?...

srah - Monday, 29 September 2003 - 11:19 AM
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The movie in my mind

It's raining. And when it's raining, I don't feel like being out and about or even like being at work, next to the window. I feel like being curled up in a blanket on the couch, drinking tea and watching Jane Austen movies. But I'm not. So let's pretend we are and recreate Austen movies in quotes. I am watching Sense & Sensibility in my mind. You may watch it with me, or curl up on your own couch and watch something else. Edward Ferrars: I wish to check the position of the Nile. My sister tells me it is...

srah - Monday, 22 September 2003 - 9:45 AM
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Rough and irritating

What my family enjoys even more than watching the new Star Wars trilogy is watching the new Star Wars trilogy annotated. This is a handy guide to the Star Wars universe narrated by... well, me... in my family room. Today we watched the middle one. Anakin: I'm sorry, master! srah: I'm sorry, too! Sorry that you're in this! Obi-Wan: I hate it when he does that. srah: Me too, Obi-wan. If by "that" you meant "appear in this movie", that is. The parents had their own input: Mummy: Why does he want her dead? srah: Who? Mummy: The clone guy....

srah - Tuesday, 9 September 2003 - 8:02 PM
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Pok pok pok

I am such a chicken. Movies like What Lies Beneath and Signs scare me out of my wits. They make me so scared that I curl up into a ball and cover my eyes or clutch onto my fellow moviegoers, hoping that they're whoever I came in with and not the stranger on the other side. To some extent, though, these movies are supposed to scare you. I, on the other hand, have just been freaked out of my mind by The Life of David Gale. The movie is not at all a horror or suspense movie. Robin and I...

srah - Monday, 8 September 2003 - 12:13 AM
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Ten! Ten! Ten films in one!

If Love Actually - directed by Richard Curtis and out in November - sounds like Notting Hill, Four Weddings, Sliding Doors and Bridget Jones all rolled into one, that's because it probably will be. But, if a formula works, why not stick with it? - firth.com Notting Hill, Four Weddings, Sliding Doors, Bridget Jones, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson, The Delectable Mr Darcy Firth (smiling!), romance and love abounding AND Richard Curtis. Lovely lovely lovely. Why does this only have a limited US release date????? Join with me in demanding that this movie...

srah - Monday, 1 September 2003 - 10:32 PM
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Can't stand still while the music is playin'

I really expected Saving Silverman to be just like all of the other gross-out buddy movies that are churned out every year, all of which seem to star Seann William Scott*. And yet it stood head and shoulders above the crowd of buddy movies. And why, you may ask? I can tell you in two words. And if you've already seen the movie, I think you know what those two words will be: NEIL DIAMOND. I don't think I ever would have thought to watch this on my own, but I got it as a birthday present from Robin. Five...

srah - Sunday, 31 August 2003 - 1:27 AM
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'It's such an interesting mixture of poetry and meanness'

I hate You've Got Mail. I don't want to hate it. I love romantic comedies. I feel like it's my duty to love this one, but I don't. Not only do I not love it, I hate it. I hate it for lost potential, for what it could have been but wasn't. I hate its long stretches of pointless dialogue. I hate Tom Hanks. I hate all of the characters in it. I hate it because it's not In the Good Old Summertime. I hate it for itself. We watched In the Good Old Summertime followed by You've Got Mail...

srah - Tuesday, 26 August 2003 - 10:48 AM
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I'll tell you what a girl wants

Synopsis of What a Girl Wants (starring Colin Firth and Some Other Girl) Colin Firth wore a suit. Colin Firth got angry. Colin Firth was reunited with his long-lost daughter. Colin Firth smiled a shy little smile and we all went, "AAAWWWWWWWWWWW". Colin Firth rode a motorcycle. Colin Firth wore leather pants. Colin Firth refused to head-bang. Colin Firth was sad and lonely, but happy in the end. And some other stuff happened....

srah - Sunday, 17 August 2003 - 10:24 AM
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Guest blog-entry by another personality in my head

i am sooooooooo excited to see gigli, peeps. it's this one new movie with my boy ben afleck and j-lo she's so pretty, even if this one girl srah says her posture makes her look like donald duck. what is she talkin about ne-way? she dosnt no shizzle about my girl jennifer lopez and how shes from the block but shes still keepin it reel, ya know? like she only has five butlers just like she did back in the day. newayz, aparently this movie is really really a chance for benben and jenny to show there acting skillz. j-lo...

srah - Thursday, 31 July 2003 - 10:39 AM
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Ye'll walk the plank, ye scurvy dogs!

To celebrate Becky's birthday, we went to see Pirates of the Caribbean again. Watching all of the credits like a true member of my family, I found my calling: pirate dialect coach. Not a dialect coach for pirates in movies, of course, nor dialect coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I'll sail the seven seas, teaching novice pirates to sound more authentic. In other news, I decided I was tired because I was dehydrated, so I've been drinking vast (avast!) amounts of water today. It hasn't helped so far, so I've decided that since I can't remember the last time I...

srah - Tuesday, 29 July 2003 - 12:07 PM
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A pirate must indulge a little pardonable swagger

I saw my pirate movie last night. Sigh... It was lovely. There are movies that make me laugh, but my face returns to a neutral movie-watching face after that. This is one of the few that makes me grin. Tho' I'm sure Legolas had something to do with that. Mmmmm. Pirates are wonderful. If I can be very nerdy for a moment, I think I like them because they have such interesting language. They have muddled, strange accents from being on boats with a mix of people, and they have a vocabulary all their own. I am so going to...

srah - Sunday, 27 July 2003 - 10:37 AM
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Meesa meejahoor

I am what Meg calls a meejahoor. Recently I have been constantly trying to read four or five books at the same time and watching movies when I come up for a breath of non-literary air. I think this is because I was deprived of English-language books and movies (or at least of selection) in France and I'm now so inundated with them that I gave myself and get in over my head. Read/viewed within the past week: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - it's a reread, but an interesting one, what with all I've learned in book...

srah - Tuesday, 22 July 2003 - 7:03 PM
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'It's a pretty long article about why her hair is brown'

Cheryl, adding the description above, sent me a Mandy Moore interview that, among other things, talks about her next movie (Mandy's, not Cheryl's): In "Saved," due out this fall, she seems to mock her own righteous image in a story about a teenager attending a Christian school who tries to "save" her gay friend by having sex with him -- and winds up pregnant. "It could be quite controversial," Moore says slyly of the film in which she co-stars with Macaulay Culkin. Moore plays the friend of the pregnant girl (played by Jena Malone). I wouldn't dream of making a...

srah - Monday, 21 July 2003 - 1:44 PM
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Humpbuckling

My family went on a rare late-night excursion yesterday to see On Guard! as part of the Michigan Theatre French Film Series. It was a charming swashbuckling comedy, and quite enjoyable. Of course anything that can be described with the word "swashbuckling" and includes the word "hump-buckle" in the subtitles has to be good....

srah - Friday, 11 July 2003 - 9:41 AM
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I'm obnoxious and disliked

Only a family as dorky as my own could get as excited about the Restored Director's Cut DVD (with reinserted scenes banned by Richard Nixon!!!) of 1776 as other people get about the Star Wars Special Editions. Watching 1776 on video is our Fourth of July tradition, but we bought the DVD this weekend and couldn't wait until Friday. I'm sure we'll watch it again then, and that we'll sing along and recite the entire script, just as we did last night. It may be physically harmful to be as nerdy as we are....

srah - Monday, 30 June 2003 - 1:19 PM
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Hit her gently

Whose idea was it to have that stupid mouse character in Cinderella's catchphrase be "Strike 'er easy"? What does that mean? Who says that, apart from cartoon mice? And why won't it get out of my head? Cartoons say weird things anyway. For a good year after seeing Lady and the Tramp, my sister would exclaim, "You mongrel!" whenever she got upset at someone. Which, if you know my sister, was often. Of course, this is not to suggest that my sister is a cartoon. Although......

srah - Wednesday, 11 June 2003 - 5:09 PM
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Viva Nerdia!

We watched Revenge of the Nerds in two parts last night, with an Auberge Espagnole break in the middle. I almost feel sorry for the cool crowd because there are so many movies about the nerds and outsiders overthrowing them, and because their lives are basically sad and empty and they are all going to grow up to be failures. Plus, the nerds are always more attractive....

srah - Thursday, 5 June 2003 - 5:04 PM
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"Je ne sais pas pourquoi le monde est devenu un tel bordel"

We went to see L'Auberge Espagnole last night at the lovely mall theatre. I've been talking sans cesse about this film, so I suppose I owe it to you to tell you about it. Xavier is a young Frenchman who wants a job with the French Ministry of Something Or Other. He talks to a friend of son père at the Ministry, who would like to hire him but with the European Union and blah blah blah, in short it would be easier for him to get this job if he spoke fluent Spanish and understood the Spanish economic system....

srah - Thursday, 5 June 2003 - 9:28 AM
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Köszönöm and all that jazz

In case you were wondering, as I was, what the heck the foreign murderess is saying in Chicago, IMDb has the answer: "Mit keresek én itt? Azt mondják, a híres lakóm lefogta a férjem, én meg lecsaptam a fejét. De nem igaz. Én ártatlan vagyok. Nem tudom, miért mondja Uncle Sam, hogy én tettem. Próbáltam a rendõrségen megmagyarázni, de nem értették meg." which means: "What am I doing here? They say my famous tenant held down my husband and I chopped his head off. But it's not true. I am innocent. I don't know why Uncle Sam says I did...

srah - Monday, 2 June 2003 - 4:22 PM
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Begone with you

Is this movie playing near you? It is? What are you doing reading my site? You are supposed to be at the movie theatre! L'auberge espagnole is a lovely French film that perfectly documents the experience of studying in another country, from the linguistic mishmash that results to the relationships you make. If you have ever lived or wanted to live in another country, or if you have ever wondered about the experience, I highly recommend it....

srah - Thursday, 29 May 2003 - 2:48 PM
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Reload! Reload! Reload!

I went to see The Matrix Reloaded last night. My thoughts are as follows: Lambert Wilson, despite being a real live French person, has the fakest French accent ever. He has a good English accent and was trying to cover it up, very ineffectively. He just sounded German. I still lurve him just for being French and I curled up in a little ball and giggled when he would swear and order wine. Keanu Reeves seemed to me to be lacking in keanureevesocity. I didn't hear him say "Whoa" or "I know kung fu" once! I was not once distracted...

srah - Wednesday, 28 May 2003 - 10:38 AM
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Down with pants

Alex and I saw Down With Love last night. As a big fan of Tony Randall movies Doris Day and Rock Hudson movies, I was rather excited about it and rather disappointed. I found it fluffily entertaining but confused, disjointed, overcomplicated and long. It felt like it wasn't sure whether it wanted to be a Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie or a parody thereof. I would recommend it on video, but it's not particularly worth seeing on the big screen, except maybe for David Hyde Pierce, who was excellent as Tony Randall the hero's neurotic boss and friend. He made me...

srah - Thursday, 22 May 2003 - 12:54 PM
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What I learned on a trip to the mall

When they closed the United Artists cinema at the mall, I was not terribly upset because it was kind of skanky and I never went there anyway. It did, however, seem like a waste to have a big movie theatre there and nothing playing. I decided that if I suddenly became rich, I would buy the theatre and show old, foreign, and art-house movies there (with free parking!). At some point while I was gone, someone did just that, freeing me up from investing in the potentially risky scheme of putting an art-house cinema in a place frequented by brainless...

srah - Thursday, 22 May 2003 - 12:43 PM
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Shall we take the speeder or the broomstick, dear?

Why is it, in movies, that if there are only two gay characters, they will almost always end up together? I know movies like to tie everything up and make everyone happy at the end, but sometimes it's just stupid. In Sweet Home Alabama there are significant gazes at the end between the sweet Southern Ethan Embry character and the rather scary fashion-designer Gay Best Friend From New York, when they clearly have nothing in common except for being gay. Heterosexual characters are never matched up just for being heterosexual - we would find it odd if Professor McGonagall ended...

srah - Sunday, 11 May 2003 - 6:03 PM
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Richard Gere in underwear causes airsickness

Our in-flight movies were Chicago and Maid in Manhattan, both of which I had already seen and neither of which I had particularly liked. Unfortunately I finished my book about two hours into the 8+ hour flight, so I was forced to watch. If you are interested, Maid in Manhattan was better in French....

srah - Monday, 5 May 2003 - 5:53 PM
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Going to the movies alone

Saw Laisse tes mains sur mes hanches tonight, which wasn't particularly spectacular and just made me feel lonely. My observations on the film and its previews: Jean-Hugues Anglade looks like a French Kevin Spacey. Mmmm, French. Mmmm, Kevin Spacey. If I see another preview for The Recruit, I am going to bite someone. The Hulk looks disturbingly similar to Shrek. And the saddest thing about my departure from France is that I will miss the June 11 release of Mais, qui a tué Pamela Rose?, the greatest French cinematic classic since La Tour Montparnasse infernale....

srah - Wednesday, 23 April 2003 - 4:36 PM
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Bon cinéma!

For weeks now, I've been looking forward to seeing Bon Voyage. The previews looked incredibly stupid, but the leading man looked really hot. No, not Gérard Depardieu. The other leading man. Anyway, WWII-era costumes and Grégori Derangère were all this movie had going for it in my opinion, but I am shallow, so I considered it well worth paying 6€ to see a Hot Guy In Costume. I am glad I did, because it turned out to be a funny, dramatic, good movie with, as an added bonus, scenes filmed at the Aletti Palace Hotel in Vichy. Rather ironic that...

srah - Monday, 21 April 2003 - 5:17 PM
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Thirsty?

Renaud was so adorable in Wanted that we squealed whenever he came onscreen. I was in a Renaud mood when I got home, so I put on the Best of '75-'85 CD I burned from Renata. In Dès que le vent soufflera, Renaud sings "La mer, c'est dégueulasse/ Les poissons baisent dedans." In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, after Indy bluffs to the Germans that Marcus Brody will blend in and disappear in Egypt, it flashes to Marcus in Cairo, looking for someone who speaks English or ancient Greek. When someone offers him some water, if you listen carefully,...

srah - Sunday, 20 April 2003 - 5:46 PM
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'If you say baseball one more time, Zéro is going to shoot you.'

A cinematic masterpiece has been born! Renata, Jennifer and I finished off our Traditional Easter Sunday with a kebab and a movie. We went to see Wanted, wherein a band of French braqueurs including Gérard Depardieu, Johnny Hallyday, and an adorable gun-toting Renaud, set off for Chicago for a heist. They wind up with the FBI, the Chicago Mafia, and a Latino gang all after them, and hijinks and gunfights ensue. It is wonderful and perfect, and yet not really a good movie. Nonetheless, I suggest it highly. The weird thing about the movie is that it seems to have...

srah - Sunday, 20 April 2003 - 5:23 PM
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Movie night - again

I went to Agnès' ce soir for dinner and a movie. We talked about end-of-the-year activities and watched Mon Oncle by Jacques Tati, a comedy without dialogue. There's speech, but it's almost unnecessary. Monsieur Hulot must be the ancestor of Mr Bean, but his character was set in a futuristic world from the 1950s. Very funny little thing and I'm glad I passed up Pile et Face to get a chance to see it....

srah - Wednesday, 16 April 2003 - 6:02 PM
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Movie night

We saw the Club Cinéma movie Mies vailla menneisyyttä tonight. I am now fascinated by Finland and the language, and even more fascinated by the fact that French has two different words for the people (finlandais) and the language (finnois) of the country....

srah - Tuesday, 15 April 2003 - 5:46 PM
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Go away, Mr Clown, you scare me

Saw an entertaining movie called Effroyables Jardins ce soir with Renata and Andrés. Despite a large number of clowns figuring prominently in the film, it managed to be enjoyable and sad. It is unusual for me to be unhappy during scenes of violence against clowns, but this film managed it....

srah - Friday, 11 April 2003 - 4:57 PM
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Fiddle-dee-dee!

The latest big-scale musical comedy extravaganza in France is Autant en Emporte le Vent. I don't know yet what the show itself is like, but judging from the soundtrack, it seems to have been written by a French person with a vague idea of the causes of the Civil War, who saw Gone With the Wind once while very drunk. There seems to be a good deal of emphasis on slavery and slave revolt and the slaves' desire to be treated as human beings. I myself don't remember slavery being much of an issue in the movie, except that when...

srah - Tuesday, 25 March 2003 - 2:40 AM
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Déjà vu

Chicago won Best Picture? I no longer have any desire to live on this cursèd planet. I hate the Oscars....

srah - Monday, 24 March 2003 - 6:35 AM
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St Gangs-of-Young-Boys Night in Vichy

For those of you who are not up-to-date on the latest in my life, I will sum it up in a brief resumé: Ralph Fiennes and I are going to get maaaaarried and have seventeen little Hispanic children named Ty. After a crappy day at work, it was with great joy that I learned of the Printemps du Ciné. The PdC means that from March 16-18, movies in Vichy are only 3€. At 3€, one could go see any old trash, so we did. Coup de foudre à Manhattan is the kind of tripe I would be hard-pressed to pay...

srah - Monday, 17 March 2003 - 5:43 PM
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Movie night

My parents left this morning, so I spent the day gavering myself on English-language cinema. I saw The Magdalene Sisters, which was very dramatic and moving, and Chicago, which had a lot of nice singing and choreography, but was a little light on the plot and clothing....

srah - Friday, 7 March 2003 - 5:59 PM
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Demi Moore on the pot

We watched Ghost on TV last night in the same way we watch all French-dubbed American movies - mostly talking and occasionally glancing at the screen to make fun on whatever's going on. We are all perplexed as to how Patrick Swayze was ever considered attractive. It must have been an 80s thing. His acting skills are somewhere between Kevin Costner and Keanu Reeves and when he's trying to act sad, he scrunches up his face and looks unnervingly similar to George W. Bush. It is really freaky. I have to stop writing now, because all I can think of...

srah - Wednesday, 19 February 2003 - 5:38 AM
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Bob Barker wants YOU

Yesterday, between all of the adorable little caniches I saw in the street that begged to be petted and cuddled and my fellow moviegoers at the Harry Potter screening, I decided that we have it all wrong. We should be spaying and neutering our neighbors and letting the puppies flower and multiply in abundance. The family behind me had somewhere from 3 to 8 kids. I couldn't tell, because they were moving around throughout the whole movie. And kicking my chair. And kicking other chairs in my row so mine bounced along with them. And walking up and down their...

srah - Thursday, 13 February 2003 - 5:48 AM
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Can I buy my tickets yet?

The IMDb summary for Dougie Henshall's next film (also starring Sean Penn, Joaquin Phoenix and Clare Danes) reads: It's All About Love is the story of two lovers and their attempts to save their relationship in a near-future world on the brink of cosmic collapse. John, and world-famous ice skating star, Elena, are about to sign divorce papers when they realise that, in spite of everything happening around them, their love is worth fighting for. It's All About Love is a fresh take on modern love and future life as two lovers struggle in a conspiracy of epic proportions. I...

srah - Thursday, 13 February 2003 - 5:27 AM
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One-word post

Hooray!...

srah - Saturday, 8 February 2003 - 5:49 AM
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Report on Ghost World

I would have made the film differently, but it didn't seem to completely disgust the internes, so I guess I can breathe easier. We shall talk to them about it on Monday....

srah - Saturday, 18 January 2003 - 4:05 AM
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Club Ciné put to the test

Tonight is the first night of Ghost World, the January film for the Club Cinéma. As it is an American film shown VOSTF, Agnès and I managed to convince the Vie Scolaire that it would be mighty educational to bring the kiddies. Thusly the 37 or so students who board on Friday nights will be going to the movies tonight, to see a movie that Agnès and I recommended despite having never seen it. I am terribly frightened that they will hate the movie and that it will turn them off of subtitled films for the rest of their lives....

srah - Friday, 17 January 2003 - 8:43 AM
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Mo' Better Trilogy

A way long time ago, I blogged about these three movies, which are now finally coming out in France. One critique I read gave them one, two, and three stars respectively, but I still want to see all of them because they were filmed in Grenoble....

srah - Saturday, 11 January 2003 - 4:25 AM
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I can't get no satisfaction

Today was a day of halves and not-quites. I had my visite medicale in Clermont-Ferrand, beginning with the lung x-ray at 2pm. I left Vichy at 12:00 because the next train was at 1:07 and wouldn't get me to Clermont until 1:40. I was concerned that I would not have enough time to find the office if I arrived with twenty minutes to spare. So I arrived at 12:40 instead, looked at my convocation to see the address of the radiography center, and discovered that my appointment was at 2:30, so I was wandering around Clermont for two hours for...

srah - Wednesday, 11 December 2002 - 3:21 PM
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"Oh no, that should be restricted. There are some wackos out there."

I spent yesterday bullying all of my classes about going to see Bowling for Columbine. "We have too much homework," said the S1OLs. "Is there a bowling alley in Vichy?" asked the S2OLs. "If we go, will you come with us?" and "Are you taking us to the movies?" and "Are you going to pay?" asked the THOTs. I, myself, had not yet resolved whether I wanted to see it again this week or whether, like Il faut sauver le soldat Ryan, it was too stressful to see ever again. I decided to ask Renata and Jennifer if they wanted...

srah - Tuesday, 10 December 2002 - 6:46 AM
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Ça craint

I went, yesterday afternoon, to see Bowling for Columbine all by myself. Renata and Jennifer had gone to the Gorge de Sioule or however you spell it, but I'd had a headache and research/blogging to do at the cybercafé so I stayed behind. I discovered that Bowling for Columbine was being shown in VO. I was thrilled and ready to go tell all of my students on Monday, and it occurred to me that before I went and recommended it, I should probably see it. So I went and bought a ticket. It could have had something to do with...

srah - Monday, 9 December 2002 - 10:28 AM
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Une place pour 'Arry Potère, SVP

Everyone else on the Internet has seen Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and it's finally my turn tomorrow, as Renata, Jennifer and I are going to Clermont for a subtitled-movie treat and some Christmas shopping. I expect to leave giggling and sighing over le Professeur Rogue....

srah - Tuesday, 3 December 2002 - 4:12 PM
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Knives? Chains? Potatoes?

What on earth is Gangs of New York about? I don't understand a thing of the plot from the French-dubbed previews. From what I can tell, it recounts the famous Battle Of The People In Comical Hats. As Daniel Day-Lewis' side is wearing top hats and Leonardo diCaprio seems to be wearing something resembling an ancestor of the modern baseball cap, I have to assume that the battle was really over which was to be the Hat Of The Future and Leo is the triumphant one in the end. I think that the movie and the divisions between the gangs...

srah - Sunday, 1 December 2002 - 4:54 AM
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Soupe aux crevettes, cocktail aux crevettes, crevettes Creole?

After the glorious thing that was Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves dubbed into French, this week's Sunday night movie was Forrest Gump. It's been a while since the last time I saw the movie. Haley Joel Osment is so young. It's funny to see thirty years of Americana dubbed into French. Et c'est tout ce que j'ai à dire à ce sujet....

srah - Monday, 18 November 2002 - 11:42 AM
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Jean Reno as romantic hero?

I went to the movies last night with Renata, Jennifer, Rachel and some of Rachel's French friends from the foyer. Ooh, alliteration. We went to see Décalage horaire with Jean Reno and Juliette Binoche which, as I predicted, was a rather confused Franco-American mess, having been billed as the first French American-style romantic comedy. It didn't seem to know if it was French or American, and neither did Jean Reno's character, who kept throwing random English phrases into his dialogue and making the anglophones titter. All in all, it was rather amusing but nothing to write home about. Or write...

srah - Thursday, 14 November 2002 - 1:58 AM
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The Lady and the (Little) Tramp

This afternoon, I went to see Le Dictateur, the French-dubbed version of Charlie Chaplin's talkie The Great Dictator. I had never seen one of Chaplin's films all the way through and was quite impressed, as were the two other spectators in the enormous screening room. Chaplin played Adenoid Hynkel, a dictator who was meant to resemble Adolf Hitler, and a Jewish barber with amnesia, who had just been released after 20 years in the hospital for an injury received during WWI. There was, as could be expected, a case of mistaken identity, so that the barber had the opportunity to...

srah - Thursday, 24 October 2002 - 12:33 PM
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Among the people I would kick in the gulliver...

I thought that I had blogged about this before, but a quick search of my archives turns up nothing before Monday on "Kubrick". So I must have just ranted aloud. This simply will not do! I cannot go on without recording for the public and for my future self, how much I hate the films of Stanley Kubrick. I saw Dr Strangelove years ago and it scared me. All in all, I found it disjointed and mostly a waste of Peter Sellers. It doesn't seem to me to add much to the genre of bomb-movies. Thus, it is one of...

srah - Tuesday, 22 October 2002 - 4:54 PM
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Jamais il ne se coiffait, jamais il ne se lavait... (13.10.02)

I am in love. His name is Jojo, he lives in the backwoods farming country of Central Auvergne, he wears a black leather jacket... and he is four years old. No longer feeling like I was dying of la crève, I wandered around downtown and by the river this afternoon, but when the Sunday-shopping crowds started getting to me and the sun went behind the clouds, I found myself next to the cinéma Mat, just in time for the 2:30 showing of Être et avoir. The movie, an official selection at Cannes, was a very delightful way to spend the...

srah - Monday, 14 October 2002 - 10:56 AM
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The Srah Identity

As I walked home from the movie last night, I felt super-aware of my surroundings, afraid that CIA agents were going to jump out and grab me or just take sniper shots at me from the roof. Yes, because of course, I am a supersecret spy and the CIA is going to take an interest in me. What I should be more concerned about is normal criminals, I guess. Vichy, as you may have heard, is full of old people. Old people like to get their rest. So Vichy shuts down in the evenings and goes to sleep. Walking home...

srah - Thursday, 10 October 2002 - 5:46 AM
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Vichy in the dark

I HATE DUBBED MOVIES. That said, there isn't much else to do around here. Tuesday night I saw Le Pianiste with Agnès and Sigrid and last night I was La Memoire dans la peau with Renata and Rachel. Le Pianiste was good, in a touching-war-movie sort of way. True stories often seem more fake to me than fiction does and there were a lot of violent scenes with people getting shot in the head. But I suppose it did add something to the genre and it was rather beautiful with the music and all, so I enjoyed it. There were...

srah - Thursday, 10 October 2002 - 5:40 AM
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Abbrev. movie review (24.9.02)

Saw La Callas tonight with profs from V. Larbaud. Don't know English title. Music v. good. Film dragged when there was no music. On the whole recommended, as is soundtrack. Saw preview for I'm With Lucy (dubbed)....

srah - Thursday, 26 September 2002 - 4:47 PM
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I'm With... myself, actually

I went tonight to see I'm With Lucy, a John Hannah film that has been released in France and nowhere else. I saw it dubbed into French, because I figured that was better than not seeing it at all. It was kind of oddly composed and I think that if I had been making it, I would have done it differently... or made it into two separate movies. Anyway, it was very entertaining, so I recommend it. I'm sure I'll see it again. The problem I had with the movie was that it was very romantic and made me feel...

srah - Saturday, 21 September 2002 - 2:31 PM
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My big fat movie experience

I went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding last night with Robin. It was really funny and (pardon me for being a nerd here) an interesting view into cultural differences. Sometimes we forget that we don't even have to leave the city to find someone who has a different way of doing things. End nerd rant. The movie was really funny, the love story was sweet and the heroine was a real character, rather than some prepackaged Hollywood junk. Go see it. The movie only strengthens my desire to get married on the moon and not invite anyone at...

srah - Tuesday, 10 September 2002 - 11:03 AM
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Now I'll inflict it on you

"Seven, like Seven chipmunks twirling on a branch, eating lots of sunflowers on my uncle's ranch. You know, the old children's story. From the sea." Sorry about that. It had to be said; I've had it in my head all day....

srah - Monday, 2 September 2002 - 11:15 PM
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Thank you, Vin Diesel

Upon their arrival in the U.S., Albion's new native speakers and international students were taken on a tour of Albion, which included passing the Bohm Theatre. Imagine their surprise when they saw XXX plastered on the marquee. So..., they thought, Albion only has one theatre, and that's a porn theatre. Fortunately, we have rectified the situation....

srah - Monday, 26 August 2002 - 7:09 AM
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The perils of the world-traveller

This comes out in the US two days after I leave. This comes out in France two weeks before I get there and may be gone by the 19th. Poop. I want them both....

srah - Thursday, 22 August 2002 - 10:27 AM
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Extra! Extra! America Not Perfect

There are some "anti-American" elements to an upcoming French film about September 11. I thought the USA was a happy fairyland and never did anything wrong. What a shock. I must go lie down now....

srah - Wednesday, 21 August 2002 - 8:44 AM
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Signs... that I am a wimp

I saw Signs this weekend. It was very good, but I think I should have waited until it came out on video. Spending $8 (or having your boyfriend spend $8) for you to close your eyes and curl up into a frightened little foetal ball is not an efficient use of money. It scared me. It scared me. It scared me. I was shaking after I left. I still liked it and thought it was a good movie, but if you're going to see it, don't see it at night. Or just be braver than me, which is not difficult....

srah - Sunday, 18 August 2002 - 10:44 AM
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Aw, the schmall one can't take a hint

I saw Austin Powers in Goldmember last night. I was pleasantly surprised. From everything I'd read, it was a big disappointment and was horrible. But it was an entertaining movie and I laughed a lot. There were parts where it dragged and I would have changed things, but they didn't ask me. They were really packing celebrities in at the beginning, and I was afraid the whole movie was going to be like that. I thought Goldmember was a funny evil henchman, but he didn't need a whole plot line. He could have just appeared at the table. And whyyyyyyy...

srah - Sunday, 11 August 2002 - 9:25 PM
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The Tuesday This-or-That

1. Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton? Buster Keaton. I always thought silent films were classics just because they were old and they were the predecessor to sound films. But I saw The General in an art-house cinema when I was in Grenoble and I found myself laughing out loud. Plus, you gotta love him in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and In the Good Old Summertime (which is vastly superior to the other movies based on the same play). 2. Laurel & Hardy or Abbott & Costello? Don't care. Neither are particularly funny. 3. Marx...

srah - Tuesday, 30 July 2002 - 8:55 AM
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Marcus Brody, the Jonathan Carnahan of the Indiana Jones series?

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, just after Indy tells the Nazis that Marcus speaks several languages fluently and will blend in in Egypt (I hate putting the same word twice right next to each other like that. If I had had the choice, I wouldn't have), it flashes to Marcus in a busy Egyptian street, asking if anyone there speaks Ancient Greek. If you listen, someone offers him some water and he says, "Water? No thank you, fish make love in it." Don't know why I was thinking about that, but I thought I'd share....

srah - Monday, 29 July 2002 - 10:34 AM
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Live and Let Die of a Mysterious Sexually Transmitted Disease

We watched Live and Let Die this weekend on ABC. The reasons were twofold: I wanted to see the young Jane Seymour and I wanted to see previews for MDs. Mmmm, James Bond. Yes, I am not exactly what you would call a James Bond fan. In fact, I see absolutely no value in the movies and can't understand why people like them, except possibly because they're so stupid they're kitschy. I've never seen a James Bond movie I liked. And yet somehow this one managed to be worse than any I've ever seen. It doesn't have Sean Connery's very...

srah - Monday, 29 July 2002 - 10:34 AM
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About About a Boy

I reread the book About a Boy over Memorial Day Weekend. I really shouldn't have. About a Boy was a good movie. You should go see it and THEN you should read the book. And then you should read Bridget Jones's Diary and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They were good movies of better books. I was a bit spoiled for About a Boy because I'd read the book so recently and I was disappointed when they didn't follow it exactly. Of course, that would difficult. The problem is that the book uses the death of Kurt Cobain as...

srah - Wednesday, 5 June 2002 - 8:39 AM
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HP-DVD

We finally got around to picking up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on DVD. I think I liked the movie better than I did before - after a while to think about it - but there's still a lot missing. I would much rather have Book 5 out than the Chamber of Secrets in theaters. The extras on the DVD are odd. The box says there are deleted scenes somewhere, but the extras are such a complicated tangle that it's impossible to find anything. Instead they make you play their little games. I WANT DELETED SCENES!...

srah - Monday, 3 June 2002 - 8:30 AM
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Dumb srah brought her CD player to work but no CDs

I have just discovered (I think I knew before but forgot) that my mom owns the 2-CD set of the soundtrack to A New Hope. I love the Binary Sunset part. Aw, I love the whole thing. I wonder how much of Star Wars' popularity is due to the music. Speaking of A New Hope, I've been wondering since Sunday - is Princess Leia's title a hereditary one or an elected position? Was she elected Princess of Alderaan or did Bail Organa go from being a senator to being a king? How's that going to work?...

srah - Tuesday, 21 May 2002 - 9:03 AM
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Attack of the Clones? More like... Attack of the Bong!

Heh heh. Title has nothing to do with anything, except Gobie on SNL. Yup, so we went to see it this weekend. We took the French archives intern with us, so when they were making comments about the Jedi Archives and things like that, we were making archives-jokes and our row was laughing when no one else was. Heh heh. Family full of archives dorks. I liked it! I agree with the Free Press that the romantic scenes were painfully bad, but there was a lot to enjoy in there, especially for the geeks. Plenty of references to future events...

srah - Monday, 20 May 2002 - 8:25 AM
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Spider-man

Yen, Samata, Alex and I saw Spider-man tonight at the Bohm. I didn't want to see it because I can't stand the cartoon, but it was free at the Bohm so I went. I was pleasantly surprised. It's a Cinderella/coming of age story, a Jekyll and Hyde story, a nice love story, and an action film all in one. It played off well on the fact that it's based on a comic book and the characters were, for the most part, pretty developed. Who can help but cheer for the dorky kid who gets super powers? We all want to...

srah - Saturday, 4 May 2002 - 12:39 AM
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srah has musical trivia of her own

Name three movie musicals that involve people pretending to be cows or bulls. There may be more than the three I'm thinking of......

srah - Sunday, 28 April 2002 - 2:04 PM
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Musical analysis?

Katie's Musical Trivia Quote made me put the My Fair Lady soundtrack on. Ah, Rex Harrison. 'Enry 'Iggins is such a prescriptive grammarian. Or a prescriptive phoneticist or something. He's pretty much just a jerk. Does anyone know if he was like that in Pygmalion? I've never read it, but I've seen the movie. Mmm, Leslie Howard. Leslie Howard played Ashley Wilkes in Gone With the Wind. What an unfortunate pair of androgynous first names....

srah - Friday, 26 April 2002 - 3:34 PM
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The Ring agin

I saw The Fellowship of the Ring for the FOURTH time this weekend. But we had to go to see it because they had a ten-minute preview for The Two Towers on the end of the film this time. I have ALWAYS cried when Sam chases after Frodo at the end. EVERY SINGLE TIME. The preview for The Two Towers looks really good. I am more excited about this one than Episode II or The Chamber of Secrets. Which is saying a lot, for a Star Wars/Harry Potter fan who has never read any of the Lord of the Rings...

srah - Monday, 1 April 2002 - 1:54 PM
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Moulin Rouge

I finally got around to seeing the thrilling, award-winning film Moulin Rouge this weekend. Huh. It was entertaining, but I don't quite see why it seems to be everyone in the world's favorite movie at the moment. It was funny and it was different, but it was lacking in many ways. It didn't really pick up at all until the "Like a Virgin" sequence and by then, almost all of the music was over. It was like: First half: Many musical sequences that have nothing to do with each other or what's going on onscreen. I thought it was really...

srah - Monday, 1 April 2002 - 1:47 PM
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Indiana Jones - 3, Nefarious Hippies - 0

If you think it's silly or sad that Steven Spielberg went back and changed things in E.T. for its 2002 release, how about changing some of his other movies? [via yrth mirror]...

srah - Tuesday, 26 March 2002 - 3:11 PM
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Another convert won

Joh came over and watched Sliding Doors with Roommate and quite enjoyed it. If you haven't seen it yet, I suggest you pick it up next time you're at the rental store. It's funny, sad, romantic, and makes you think. It's one of my favorite movies of all time. If you do rent it, let me know what you thought!...

srah - Tuesday, 26 March 2002 - 12:23 AM
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Yeah, two-man threesome

Would you think less of me if I didn't mail $5 to Hollywood? Patito and I rented the video of the TNT mini-series The Mists of Avalon, which is about the Arthurian legend from the point of view of Morgaine (or Morgan le Fey). I, silent and respectful video-watcher that I am, offered Launcelot, Guinevere and Arthur $5 if they had a threesome and then they did! This is wholly unexpected. I'm always offering people in movies $5 to do things, but they never do. So I really don't know how to handle it when they do. So I'm going...

srah - Wednesday, 6 March 2002 - 12:28 PM
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Humo(u)r

I don't know if I really have a point or a message to this blog, but I felt like posting about the kinds of comedy I like. Then I shall invite you at the end to share your favorite types of comedy. We will all rejoice in the sharing that results. Animaniacs - I liked Animaniacs because it's fun for the kiddies, but it's fun for us, too. Adults, or whatever we are. It's funny on several levels and often plays off things that only older people would understand like current events, Jerry Lewis, or... Gilbert and Sullivan. Helloooooooo Nurse!...

srah - Thursday, 14 February 2002 - 5:01 PM
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Last night...

Last night we (several members of ISU and the Wenzels) went to the Japan America Society of Western Michigan's New Year's rentai (networking) and film. What a great experience. First we filled up on Japanese food like rice, noodles, fried vegetables, shrimp and vegetables, and sushi. There was a lot of food and it was all excellent. We all at least tried to eat with chopsticks. Then we went into the auditorium and saw a Japanese juggling group. Normally, if I hear the word juggling I start to squirm and look longingly towards the exit. Not such a big fan...

srah - Sunday, 27 January 2002 - 12:22 PM
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Orphans

Orphans is a lovely Scottish film about four adult siblings dealing with the death of their mother. It stars the delectable Douglas Henshall (who you wouldn't know from anything), the dad from Billy Elliot, and Magnus from Rushmore. I don't know why I was thinking about it, as I saw it over a year and a half ago. But one of the most amusing things is that when it was released on video in the US, they subtitled it for people who couldn't handle the accent. Hee hee hee....

srah - Thursday, 24 January 2002 - 4:47 PM
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I just watched Il Postino

I just watched Il Postino con mi chilenito and it's got me in a big confusion of Italian, Spanish and French. Italian is so similar to both languages and we spent a lot of time talking about that. Then Pablo Neruda would stop the Italian and bust out in Spanish. And there's always French floating around in my head. Plus, it's a Chilean book made into an Italian movie by Italian-French producers. Ai! Must go to sleepy-bye porque tengo sueño. Anyway, the movie was good and very sad in the end....

srah - Thursday, 24 January 2002 - 1:58 AM
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Sampling of those I wanted

Sampling of those I wanted to win Golden Globes and those that did win: BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA A Beautiful Mind In the Bedroom The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Man Who Wasn't There Mulholland Drive BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Amélie (France) Behind the Sun (Brazil) Monsoon Wedding (India) No Man's Land (Bosnia) Y Tu Mama Tambien (Mexico) BEST DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE Robert Altman - Gosford Park Ron Howard - A Beautiful Mind Peter Jackson - The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring Baz Luhrmann - Moulin Rouge David Lynch...

srah - Monday, 21 January 2002 - 5:33 PM
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Recently re-experienced

Recently re-experienced: A Wind in the Door - I reread this Monday and Tuesday nights. I just made Alex read A Wrinkle in Time and lent him A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. I had nothing better to do, so I started rereading AWITD because I hadn't read it in several years. Then when I did have better things to do (or more important things to do, I should say), I was hooked and couldn't stop reading. Mmmmmmm, love it. Chicken Run - I love this movie, but I fell asleep. We had to watch it...

srah - Thursday, 17 January 2002 - 11:17 AM
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It's 2002

It's 2002. What does this mean? Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones (Spring) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Summer) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Fall) What are you looking forward to in 2002?...

srah - Tuesday, 15 January 2002 - 1:08 PM
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It's Wednesday

"It's Wednesday. Shag Day, remember?" - Sliding Doors There simply aren't enough opportunities to use that quote. My Sliding Doors DVD is missing with my chai....

srah - Wednesday, 9 January 2002 - 10:57 AM
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Your average Star Wars watcher

Your average Star Wars watcher might only know Bib Fortuna as "Jabba's butler with snakes coming out of his head", whereas fans can recognize people like him and Boba Fett (even before Han Solo calls him by name in Return of the Jedi), know that Greedo is a Rodian, and know what a Twiilek is (oh god, I have just outed myself as an enormous dork, but I swear - my dad and sister are worse). But who the heck knows the names of characters who were only in the film for five seconds? Apparently this guy: The Big Ass...

srah - Wednesday, 9 January 2002 - 8:05 AM
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One of my biggest fans

One of my biggest fans wants stories. So here's a story for you, B.L. The Story Of What I Did Yesterday by srah Yesterday I woke up and still had a sore throat. In fact, I couldn't even talk. But I had a cup of tea and then I could talk again. Ooh ahh. I wrapped myself up in a blanket, didn't shower or get dressed, and watched movies all day, including Mr Roberts, which was very disappointing because I expect zaniness and humor in my Jack Lemmon movies, and the extras on the Monty Python and the Holy Grail...

srah - Wednesday, 2 January 2002 - 3:33 PM
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It's a little late...

It's a little late for this announcement, but for my money, this is the best Christmas movie of them all. Especially the singing vegetables....

srah - Sunday, 30 December 2001 - 6:45 PM
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Went to see FOTR again

Went to see FOTR again, this time with my family. I cried when Sam came along with Frodo again. It seemed a lot scarier this time, because instead of having Mr Lord Of The Rings Expert with me, who knew the story and was just wondering how they'd express it, I had a four-year-old (who should not have been there) in front of me and my mother next to me, screaming and clutching my arm in terror when hobbits popped out of the corn fields. I was very impressed with the four-year-old. He held out for a long time. Before...

srah - Thursday, 27 December 2001 - 12:14 AM
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The Detroit Free Press gave

The Detroit Free Press gave Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius three stars. Pardon me, that gagging noise would be me, choking on my index finger. I've had to put up with those stupid previews for months now. The LEAST awaited movie of the year. "I may not be smart... but I've got a BIG HEAD!"...

srah - Friday, 21 December 2001 - 2:26 PM
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Oh dear, they're making Shrek 2

Oh dear, they're making Shrek 2. Shrek was amusing enough, but once was enough and I saw it twice so I'd rather not see it again for several years ifyoudon'tmind. But I have a feeling it's one of those movies that I didn't like but that were popular enough that people will want to watch it all the time and I will get trapped seeing it seventeen thousand times until I get to the point where someone pulls out the video and I leap at their throats, teeth bared, and maul them like a wolverine. Other movies like this: Grease,...

srah - Friday, 21 December 2001 - 10:45 AM
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Do you think the people in Shrek looked realistic?

Do you think the people in Shrek looked realistic? I don't. They looked fake and they didn't move like real people do. We don't have the technology yet. Will someone please tell Hollywood? There was only one point in The Fellowship of the Ring (and now I don't remember where it was) where I had that creepy Shrek-feeling, but I noticed it a lot more in Harry Potter - like when Neville flies into the air and falls off his broom, most of the Quidditch sequence, and when they're fighting the troll. We do not have the technology to replace...

srah - Friday, 21 December 2001 - 10:40 AM
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Boyfriend was offended

Boyfriend was offended by previous complaining Golden Globes post. It was not to say that there have been no good movies, but that there isn't much competition for his beloved Fellowship of the Ring. The year in movies has been top-light and very very bottom-heavy....

srah - Friday, 21 December 2001 - 10:00 AM
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What a sad sad slow year

What a sad sad slow year this has been for movies. Echhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I hope Amélie gets nominated for the Best Picture Oscar....

srah - Thursday, 20 December 2001 - 3:39 PM
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I cried and cried

I cried and cried during Fellowship of the Ring last night. This may have had something to do with my post office experiences and my lack of sleep, but anyway... It was very good and very epic. I was going to say "I especially liked..." but I especially liked everyone. A post about my study-abroad experiences will come during today's staff meeting, Krista. It seems like all they do around here anymore is have staff meetings....

srah - Thursday, 20 December 2001 - 8:47 AM
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Bob and Roommate say

Bob and Roommate say I'm Bette Davis in All About Eve. Reading the summary, I have to say that's a little scary. Now I have to rent it....

srah - Thursday, 13 December 2001 - 9:57 AM
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I gave my presentation

I gave my presentation on Chile this morning. Not so bad, but nothing spectacular. Then I came back to the room and zoned out until 11, when I went to see Noises Off... in Bob's room. Oh dearie me, what a funny movie. It's about a theatre company putting on a British sex farce and trying to get to Broadway, but the goings-on behind the scenes are even crazier than what's going on on stage. It has Michael Caine as the director, Carol Burnett as the star, John Ritter (no really, it's good, I swear) as the annoying jealous actor...

srah - Tuesday, 4 December 2001 - 2:04 PM
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Mr Enlow is playing a game

Mr Enlow is playing a game where you try to come up with a the largest group possible of people who have been in movies together. At least that's how I've understood the rules. This is one I've come up with: Bernard Hill was in Madagascar Skin with John Hannah, Dirty Something with Rachel Weisz, and Titanic with Jonathan Hyde. John Hannah, Rachel Weisz, and Jonathan Hyde were all in The Mummy. After four it gets really complicated. I give up. Damned Andy Serkis got my hopes up....

srah - Wednesday, 28 November 2001 - 12:27 AM
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The squirrels were MARRIED

The squirrels were MARRIED. Not merry. Hooray for closed-captioning. Isn't this post delightfully vague? I just want to be like my roommate....

srah - Friday, 23 November 2001 - 6:28 PM
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Saw Harry Potter again

Saw Harry Potter again. Ron Weasley stole the show. Life is as it should be....

srah - Friday, 23 November 2001 - 6:01 PM
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Saw Amélie for the third time

Saw Amélie for the third time yesterday. It was still as wonderful as the first. I was glad to hear the (enormous) audience laughing along and enjoying it like I did. And it was helpful to have subtitles so I could finally understand Mme Wallace (Mrs Wells), who delivers all of her lines with a rather drunken slur... I was afraid Amélie wasn't going to be popular... but it looks like it is in Ann Arbor, at least!...

srah - Wednesday, 21 November 2001 - 10:56 AM
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Why the Star Wars I-III Trilogy Does Not Work

Why the Star Wars I-III Trilogy Does Not Work as Well as the IV-VI Trilogy (a Five Minute Thought On the Way to Women And Art Class): - No one (or at least not me) would think to call Star Wars IV "the introduction one" or V "the romance one" or VI "the one with the big battle". I think that oversimplifying and telling us what to expect is dumb. In the original trilogy, they ALL had big battles. They ALL had romance. - They ALL had entertaining creatures that spoke foreign languages instead of strangely-accented English. If you know...

srah - Monday, 19 November 2001 - 1:04 PM
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I watched Apt Pupil

I watched Apt Pupil today with Alex, who is madly and passionately in love with Sir Ian McKellen. I think I may have to fall in love with him myself. This is particularly frightening considering that, in the movie, he plays a former Nazi concentration camp officer who enjoys murdering homeless street hustlers and putting cats in the oven. Of course, this is from the girl who finds Norman Bates attractive. I think I have serious issues and that someone should probably look into Boyfriend's background and make sure he's not a psycho killer....

srah - Sunday, 18 November 2001 - 7:34 PM
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It was much better than expected.

It was much better than expected. Overall, it was quite enjoyable, although I have those normal Potterholic complaints of things that were left out or changed and a few other things as well. Most of the effects were great - especially the Invisibility Cloak, which I really liked. I thought the movie worked pretty well for those who had read the books and who knew what they were expecting. I think it worked less well for those who were new to the Potter experience. I'm not sure that everything was made as clear as in the books and they might...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2001 - 2:32 AM
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Judging from the reviews

Judging from the reviews I've read, I think Harry Potter is going to be a disappointment. But then again, anything is going to be a disappointment when it's built up like this. Look at The Phantom Menace... I hope The Fellowship of the Ring lives up to everything Alex is expecting of it....

srah - Friday, 16 November 2001 - 6:46 PM
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Amélie

Amélie (Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain) is an absolutely lovely French film that has just recently come out in the US. It's about a girl in Montmartre with a creative and imaginative outlook on life, who one day decides to meddle in the lives of the people around her. The tagline is "She'll change your life" and even if that isn't completely accurate, the film will definitely change your day... or maybe even your week. If you're feeling down about anything, see if "Amélie" is playing near you, because it's a real pick-me-up. It's sort of like a drug, actually...

srah - Friday, 16 November 2001 - 11:25 AM
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I did manage

I did manage to get Harry Potter tickets for Friday, after all. Becky is going to come and watch with us and spend the night....

srah - Wednesday, 14 November 2001 - 12:38 PM
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Cheryl and I watched La Reine Margot

Cheryl and I watched La Reine Margot today for our French class. Whooey! Did Dr Yewah watch this before he assigned it for class? It is chock-full of violence, sex, gore, naked Vincent Perez, incest by the truckload, no plot to speak of, confusing character motivation, the always-adorable Daniel Auteuil with an atrocious hairdo, and an astonishing lack of cross-dressing on the part of the Duc d'Anjou. Hmm... at least it's better than Cyrano de Bergerac, which I've seen at least three times in the past year. The fact that it's written in verse (and an attempt is made to...

srah - Tuesday, 13 November 2001 - 12:28 AM
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Un couple épatant - Cavale - Après la vie

Un couple épatant - Cavale - Après la vie I don't know how I find these things, but here's a trilogy of films that were filmed in Grenoble this year, including the time that we were visiting there this summer. Now I don't want to go jumping to conclusions or anything, but there seemed to be a lot of cinema-esque lighting nonsense going on down the street from our hotel... Well, even if I didn't almost see this filming, it's exciting to see recognizable scenery from Grenoble! Sigh......

srah - Monday, 12 November 2001 - 11:55 PM
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Last night I saw

Last night I saw Life as a House - it was really good. I can see why people compared it to American Beauty, but I think it has its own merits and is a really great movie. It made me cry. Kevin Kline is great and it was cool to see Hayden Christensen and test him out for SWII. Kristin Scott Thomas' US accent was quite good. How long has it been out? It's only playing in one theater in Jackson - I wish it had gotten more publicity and theaters......

srah - Sunday, 11 November 2001 - 1:19 PM
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I HATE DUBBED MOVIES.

I HATE DUBBED MOVIES. I need to read boxes more carefully. That said, I put up with the dubbing for the whole movie and quite enjoyed Les Rivières pourpres. Lots of fun and action and thrills and the library scenes filmed in a building on Place Verdun in Grenoble that I passed every day and also HAVE BEEN INSIDE. Pardon me, I'm easily impressed. Vincent Cassel's English dubbing of his own part was very amoosing, as I have no idea where he learned English, but it might have been inner-city NYC. Jean Reno is divine and I think Vincent is...

srah - Saturday, 10 November 2001 - 4:12 PM
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I finally saw The Usual Suspects

I finally saw The Usual Suspects last night. An would be proud. It was good. I looooooooove Kevin Spacey. Alan Cumming is going to be on Celebrity Weakest Link. Almost makes one want to watch. Almost. "Mr Bojangles, you have a drinking problem..." Today I am finally going to watch Les Rivières pourpres. Yay! Nothing interesting to say. I spent the early part of the morning reading my wall to my roommate who wasn't listening but that's okay because I was mostly reading it to myself. I think I'm losing my French. 6 days to Potter. And more importantly, to...

srah - Saturday, 10 November 2001 - 12:08 PM
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I am so shamefully slow

I am so shamefully slow. I should have bought Harry Potter tickets weeks ago and didn't get around to it. Now we probably won't be able to see it opening night. Shame shame shame! I am hanging my head and sniffling....

srah - Friday, 9 November 2001 - 5:42 PM
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I like Harry

I like Harry, but I wouldn't want to wear his glasses. Alex has the advantage of a dork-stigma on The Lord of the Rings, so it isn't as heavily merchandised. :( 11 days to Potterdom......

srah - Monday, 5 November 2001 - 11:02 AM
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Last night Alex and I

Last night Alex and I watched Star Wars: A New Hope and I fell asleep. Shame on me. The Special Edition definitely has better sound quality, although you have to put up with a lot of silly additions for it. Watching the first scene with the ship appearing from the top of the screen made me think that Star Wars movies belong in a theatre. I miss Norris 101 movies. Jillian and I are drinking all of the Earl Grey in Baldwin. Mwah ha! Another convert to the World Of Tea Addiction! Marian needs to get his own AIM account...

srah - Sunday, 4 November 2001 - 7:59 PM
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I am a hopeless HP geek

I am a hopeless Harry Potter geek. 13 days....

srah - Saturday, 3 November 2001 - 4:01 AM
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Monsters, Inc. was fun

Monsters, Inc. was fun and entertaining. I quite enjoyed myself, even though I've never seen a Pixar film before. The Pixar short before the movie was hilarious, too. But let's skip to the important part: the previews. There were precisely three million hours of previews. Ice Age sounded stupid when I first heard about it, but after having seen the preview, I want to go see it. It looks like a fun Disney movie. I think Disney is trying to move away from musicals, which is too bad in a way because they seemed to be the only institution of...

srah - Friday, 2 November 2001 - 11:13 PM
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Coming Attractions says:

Coming Attractions says: "October 27, 2001... We have heard from one of our top sleuths in Hollywood, and so what we're about to report to you is the closest thing to finding out direct from Lucasfilm what's going on with the Episode II trailer. Ready? The first trailer, dubbed the "Breathing" teaser, will definitely run attached to all prints of Monsters, Inc. on November 2nd. The second trailer, slated to appear online at the official Star Wars website, will debut November 9th. The third trailer, longer and containing more adult-oriented material than the first teaser trailer, will be attached to...

srah - Wednesday, 31 October 2001 - 1:48 PM
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Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (US title: Amelie) will be coming out 9 November in a theatre near you. Go and see it or I'll bite your butt. It's a lovely happy movie....

srah - Tuesday, 30 October 2001 - 1:51 PM
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Close Encounters was

Close Encounters was a supergood post-September-11th movie. It opened with mysterious airplane problems, mentioned anthrax, and had a general theme of mistrust of the US Army and government....

srah - Monday, 29 October 2001 - 1:21 AM
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

I just finished watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind. What a beautiful, lovely, wonderful movie. I don't know how I never got around to watching it before. At the beginning, it was like a horror movie or Ghostbusters or something and by the end it was beautiful - just like the characters felt: frightened, then at peace. I especially liked that there was no love angle and the woman and the man were working together for a common goal. Oh whatever. I'm so happy that I watched that. I was crying by the end. Wasn't it creepy that Barry,...

srah - Saturday, 27 October 2001 - 9:30 PM
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I was told that you would not move my desk

'I was told that you would not move my desk, but my desk has been moved three times now and I used to have a view of the window and I could see the squirrels playing outside the window and they were merry.' Or possibly "married". Hard to tell....

srah - Saturday, 27 October 2001 - 3:35 AM
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