Monthly Archive: February 2009

I’ve seen 89 out of 83 films — I JUST managed to have a life!

Saw this meme on Marg’s blog, Reading Adventures, and thought I’d give it a whirl, in honor of Oscar night. I have to say that last night’s Oscar ceremony was the most entertaining in years. Beyonce was awesome, and Hugh Jackman was a fabulour host! So, let’s see how I go!

SUPPOSEDLY if you’ve seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own blog, paste this as a post. Then, put x’s next to the films you’ve seen, add them up, and change the header adding your number. Have fun.

( ) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
() Fight Club
() Starsky and Hutch
() Neverending Story
() Blazing Saddles
(X) Airplane
Total: 4

( ) The Princess Bride (- much to the shagrin of my Boss, who tells me I MUST see this)
() Anchorman
( ) Napoleon Dynamite
(X) Labyrinth
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( X) White Oleander
(X) Anger Management
() 50 First Dates
( )The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 7

( )Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( X) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(X) American Pie
(X) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 10

(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
(X) Harry Potter 3
(X) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(X) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 15

(X) Finding Nemo
(X) Signs
(X) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
(X ) I, Robot
( ) Robots
Total so far: 19

( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
() Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
() Never Been Kissed
(X) Meet The Parents
(X) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
() Joe Dirt
Total so far: 23

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(X) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(X) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
( ) Flubber
Total so far: 25

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
() Practical Magic
(X) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( X) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( X) I Am Sam
( X) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 29

( X) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(X ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(X) Nightmare on Elm Street
() Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
(X) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 34

( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(X) Ocean’s Eleven
(X) Ocean’s Twelve
( X) Bourne Identity
( X) Bourne Supremacy
( ) Lone Star
() Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(X) Ice Age
() Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 39

(X) Independence Day
( X) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(X) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(X) Maid in Manhattan
(X) War of the Worlds
() Rush Hour
() Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 44

( ) Best Bet
(X) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( X) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
() Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz
(X) Forrest Gump
() Big Trouble in Little China
(X) The Terminator
(X ) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 50

( X) X-Men
( ) X-2
( ) X-3
(X) Spider-Man
(X) Spider-Man 2
() Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
(X) The Little Mermaid
(X) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2
Total so far: 57

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
(X) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
(X) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 59

(X ) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
( X) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
( X) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 65

( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
() Elf
(X ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
(X ) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 67

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc.
(X) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total so far: 70

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(X) Hook
() Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
() 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
Total so far: 71

( X) Kill Bill vol 1
( X) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 73

(X ) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
( X) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( X) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X ) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
( X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X ) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 79

( X) The Matrix
( X) The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
(X ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(X) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal
Total so far: 83

Now Add them up and…

Put “I’ve seen …__ out of 239 films” in the subject line and repost it.

I have to say it’s a rather odd list. It’s not like they’re award winners or anything.

Book Review – The People of the Book

Wow – Geraldine Brooks has so far not disappointed me. Mind you, I’ve only read Year of Wonders and this one so far.

This book touched me in very different ways. I loved the writing. I thought the language was wonderful, and I really enjoyed the story for the share narrative joy of it.

But more than that, this book put into a novel what I feel about books in general. The premise of the novel is that of a manuscript scholar studying an ancient book (or manuscript). She finds clues in the manuscript that correspond to vignettes in the novel. It is a testament to Brooks’ writing that I usually forgot about the overall story when I was reading vignettes. That’s how much she pulled me in. We are taken to Spain in 1492, to Venice at the end of the Inquisition, and to the mountains outside Sarajevo during World War II. With a deft stroke of her pen, Brooks brings to life characters that are immortalized in the manuscript her main character is studying.

And the vignettes corresponding with the microscopic pieces of evidence illustrate soooo well why I love a hand-held book so much better than a Kindle. The history, the love, the triumph , the heartache that is attached to this volume is amazing. What potential is there for that in an electronic copy? How can an electronic copy ever convey the drama attached to a reader’s experience when reading the work?

If you love books, if you love mother-daughter drama, if you love a good coming-of-self novel for women, this is a MUST read.

Hell, even if you hate all those things, you should read it anyway. For the joy of the Book.

These Books Were Made for Walking – February 2009

So, it’s already the third Wednesday of the month (well in some parts of the world … not here, here it’s still Tuesday!). I was thrilled with the response that my little idea received last week! Thanks to all of you who contributed. I really don’t care if you arrive late to the party, as long as you come … leave a comment with a link to your post to let me and others know what gems there are to read out there.

Just to refresh our memories … I am inviting you on the 3rd Wednesday of every month to think about a topic that has to do with books and travel. So, here is the topic for this month:

Is there a place that you have always dreamed of visiting specifically because of a book you read? It can be any kind of book: fiction, non-fiction, travelogue, you name it. If you have been to the place, did it live up to your expectations? If you haven’t been, do you think you’ll ever make it there?

My own reply:

I actually found this much more difficult to answer than I was expecting when I wrote the question. I’ve been thinking about it for a few days now. I’ve thought of a lot of places I really want to visit, but not really any one book that would sum it up. But I have picked one to illustrate my point!

When I first read this book I started totally longing to go to St. Petersburg and Russia in general. Anna captivated me when I was 16 – my heart broken into a thousand pieces for her. The tragedy is just exquisite! And I was mesmerized by Anna’s world. Imagine the beautiful homes you could see there. The problem, of course, is that that St. Petersburg and that Russia does not exist anymore. So, what I would really like, I suppose, is to time travel and see the Russia as it was in the 1800’s. Imperial Russia. I think it must have been spectacular.

And this problem has repeated itself in many of the books I thought of: Shogun for example. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to for one day visit Japan in the 1600’s … not as a peasant of course. But again, that would be time travel. Modern day Japan doesn’t fascinate me at all.

I do, however, still want to go to Russia. I would love to see the Winter Palace:

And walk grand staircases such as these:

Then maybe, just maybe, I could imagine that I really had done a bit of time travel … it worked for a few magical moments in Versailles, so why not here?

For now, it will probably have to be a dream. Russia is way, way down on hubbie’s wishlist. And it doesn’t seem like the safest place to go at the moment. But, maybe someday ….

Weekly Geeks – Passions

This week’s Weekly Geeks asks: What are you passionate about? There is a much fuller explanation here.

In the post, it seems that the intention is to discuss a hobby or past time that you are passionate about. When I first read the topic, however, I instantly thought of it as a CAUSE that you are passionate about … like world peace or something like that. For me, that would be individual liberty. I tend to write impassioned posts about it … like this one. For this reason, I am a passionate follower of the United States (and occasional other countries’) Supreme Court. It usually upsets me tremendously when personal liberties are curtailed. John Stuart Mill was probably my biggest hero.

When I read the further details of the Weekly Geeks topic, however, I think my first thought wasn’t the big idea. I think the intention is more to discuss what other hobbies you get caught up in (other than reading). For me, the answer is simple: World of Warcraft. This is probably not a big secret, since I sometimes blog about my adventures there. I started playing World of Warcraft because my husband was playing it. He loved it, and I was starting to not be able to discuss his hobby with him, because I didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t want to be one of those wives who put her foot down and wouldn’t let her husband play, so I decided to check it out. A month later we had two accounts in the family (you have to have an account to play the game). We now have 3 so that the kids can have their own characters too.

Sometimes, we play together, help each other out, and group together. But a lot of the times we do our own thing. I have the house specifically set up so that my husband and I are in the same room when we play.

I sit at this desk, and he sits around the corner at the little kitchen desk. We can both see the television from there. It’s nice. And we have the same hobby now, so we can talk about each others’ accomplishments and dilemmas. It’s actually pretty cool.

So what is World of Warcraft’s attraction? It’s difficult to explain to non-gamers, and even other gamers who have never tried it, but I will give it a shot. A basic introduction to the game can be found here. It’s an entire universe. You don’t just go on quests and hunt monsters, although that’s a huge part of it. You interact with the millions (over 11 million players worldwide) of players to accomplish great feats in the world of Azeroth. You are literally saving this fantasy world from great evils. Think of it as a Lord of the Rings type universe where a great evil is preying upon the land. It’s a very intricate story, which can be found here. On the way, you make lots of friends, find a few people to put on your ignore list (players you DON’t want to interact with!), and actually have a ton of fun! You also have professions like fishing, leatherworking, tailoring, etc, where you can make items that you or other players need in the game.

It’s a great escape. You can play a Night Elf druid like my Mynxx:

She usues the forces of nature to fight and to heal herself and other players. She is very attuned to nature, and uses herbs and flowers that she picks to make potions and elixirs that she can sell or use herself.

Or you can be a gnome, like my Mage Snazzie here:

This picture shows her casting a frostfire bolt. She’s kind of a deceptively sweet looking pyromaniac. I love her. She comes up to the knees of my Night Elf.

I probably play an hour or two every evening. On the weekends, I play lots and lots more. But that doesn’t mean my family doesn’t do other things. Yesterday, my family and I spent the day in the mountains skiing, for example. But I think it’s a much better use of my time than sitting vegetating in front of the television! You can get as into it as you want. Some people are in highly competitive guilds that require attendance at events and really monitor that you are doing your job well. And there are people like my 67 year old father in law who plods along at his own pace, and has a TON of fun exploring the world and figuring out how to complete quests at his own speed. There is no ‘right’ way to play the game.

If you are at all intrigued, you should try the 10 day free trial! It’s not for everyone, but 11 million people can’t ALL be wrong!