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interstellar

Have you guys seen this movie? It is epic.

It had been on my “to watch” list since it came out in 2014, we just never got around to seeing it in the theater. Then I saw that IMDb added it to the top 250 list, and there you have it, two birds – one stone! Also, seeing as the slogan for the movie was “THE END OF EARTH WILL NOT BE THE END OF US” I was pretty confident it would lift my spirits regarding the future of humanity. You know, that the only possible series of future events won’t inevitably lead to our extinction.

I ended up seeing Interstellar on an aircraft. Where I proceeded to hold onto my face for stability for the duration of the movie. My fellow passengers may or may not have thought I have anxiety. Which wouldn’t be completely untrue with regards to the emotional roller coaster I went on during the viewing.

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Ladies and gentlemen, prior to take off please make sure your seat and tray table are in the upright position, that your seat belt is securely fastened and that all carry-on luggage is properly stowed. At this time, please feel free to take a firm grasp upon each side of your face and do not let go for the following 150 minutes.

Now, I’m no theoretical astrophysicist, but I’m pretty convinced everything in the movie could totally happen. Hence the need to clutch my face for two and a half hours. If you have not seen this move, please do so. It is worth your time.

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one flew over the cuckoo’s nest

One flew over the cuckoo's nest

I’ve tried to see these IMDb movies without much knowledge of them before hand. Some, like Schindler’s List, I had already seen scenes from in the best history class ever. But others, like this one, I had barely heard of. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was amazing. Definitely a bold amazing, it was so good. This IMDb list really hasn’t let me down.

I loved One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and I hope you will too (if you haven’t already seen it).

Without giving too much away, here are some things from the movie I truly hope are based on fact not fiction:

  • Psych ward stretching
  • Thoroughly tobacco blackened finger tips
  • Basketball lessons
  • Boating day trips

To top it off, three things that just made me smile about the movie, still no spoilers. The 1963 Yankee stadium reference & the lines “Cheswick c’mere quick!” and “Ahhhh, Juicy Fruit.” You just don’t see writing like that anymore.

And yes, if you’ve been keeping track, this is my final IMDb movie from my 25 before 25 list! I have officially completed number 10! Seeing this movie also means I’ve seen the top 20 movies on IMDb’s list. Feel free to congratulate me via virtual high five.

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seven samurai

Have you seen this movie? It. Is. So. Awesome. I had never seen a movie actually in Japanese, with subtitles and everything. Man am I glad I started with this one. It’s from IMDb’s top 250 list that I’ve talked about before.

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Here are my thoughts on the movie, of course without giving away any spoilers, because you guys gotta go see this one for yourselves!

  • I had no idea all Japanese men bald in the exact same pattern. Apparently even very early in life.
  • The farmers were sitting in the so-called third world squat – which is interesting because it’s discussed in the weight lifting world as the go to for form improvements. Those farmers could probably learn to squat a lot, and fast!
  • It was very thoughtful of the sound editors to always play chirping birds during the daytime and hooting owls during the night-time – so the viewers wouldn’t get confused.
  • When were muskets invented?

My favorite lines from the movie:

  • Even bears come down from the mountains when they’re hungry.
  • A true samurai won’t get hit.
  • Won’t fall for that trick again, eh?

You may be wondering about that last quote, doesn’t seem particularly zen or samurai-like. I just thought it was hilarious that it was apparently Canadians who translated the Japanese. Eh?

Now, go watch. This movie was so good.

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twelve angry men

It finally happened! I watched the movie!

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It was seriously good! I understand how it landed so high on IMDBs top 250 list. We read the play in seventh grade, I enjoyed it then and I enjoyed the movie now. I haven’t actually watched many black and white movies (don’t worry it’s on the to-do list), so I was very pleased to enjoy this one so much.

Haven’t seen 12 Angry Men? Put it on the list!

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ten. watch 10 films on imdb’s top 250 list

To specify, I wanted to watch 10 films I had not yet seen, from this fun list on IMDB’s webpage.

Sidebar: Does anyone use the word webpage anymore?

ANYWHO!

I got really close on this one. As of my latest update I had watched 6/10 of the movies on my list. Since then Evelina and I watched Schindler’s List, so that’s another step forward.

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I was a little embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t seen this one. We had seen clips in history class, but I don’t believe that counts…If you haven’t seen it, Schindler’s list is a horribly wonderful movie. Comes highly recommended.

It does, unfortunately, leave this item incomplete. Evelina seems less than thrilled with the three remaining films, so if this item is to be completed looks like I’ll be going it alone.

Have you seen any of the remaining films? Which should I see first?

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the good, the bad and the ugly

WAH WAH WAAAAAAH

Now that that’s said and done, I’d like to welcome you to the second installment of movies I watched with Ryan on his visit! (First installment found here.)
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We watched the good, the bad, and the ugly. Much to Evelina’s chagrin. Apparently old Western’s are not her thing. And I can honestly not see why. This movie was clever, funny, amusing, and had lots of guns and blowing up things and plot turns and twists and things. Everything you need in a Western. Plus: WAH WAH WAAAAAH, played at least one million times. At least. I see no down sides.
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I’m here today to share with you what I have learned from this gripping Western:
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  • People made some sweet movies in the ’60s.
  • If you attach a donkey to a well/water pump someone has to ride it. Donkeys are not smart enough to walk in a circle without a little guidance.
  • White teeth were very common in the Old West. Probably as common as it is in the New West.
  • Wheelchairs were not common.
  • Pink umbrellas are the appropriate sun protection – do not leave yours at home.
  • Hide your gun in the bubbles – no one will expect it.
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If you haven’t seen it, you should. Unless you REALLY don’t like Westerns. Then I guess it’s fine to do the dishes or whatever.
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more movies: the godfather

Yes, I am continuing down the list of popular movies to be watched by me!

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Before seeing The Godfather I didn’t exactly tell people I hadn’t seen it. Certain people tend to freak out if you haven’t seen it, and I can now see why. This is one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time. And, just like Pulp Fiction, very educational.

Things I learned from The Godfather:

  1.  If you ask an Italian for something on the day of his daughters wedding you will get it.
  2. Al Pacino was young once!
  3. Hiding in the beautiful Sicilian lands will solve all your problems.
  4. Don’t mess with the family.

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If you haven’t seen it (I promise I won’t tell anyone) I really do recommend it. It is a long one though. Evelina and I, admittedly watched it two parts. So, be sure to set 3 hours out of your schedule, and start early in the evening. Especially if you’re liable to fall asleep on the couch. No sleeping during The Godfather. That’s just the way it is.

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