Thursday, May 26, 2005

A fun little list game

I got this from The Daily Bitch:
The basic rules are that you list 10 things you've never done but with a twist. Here it is: You post the list of the person who tagged you and then write your own below it. Only change items that you HAVE done and leave the ones that you have NEVER done. Get it?? Then pass it on...

aka_monty's List:
1. Jumped from a perfectly good plane that's still flying
2. Jumped from a perfectly good bridge with an oversized rubber band around my ankles
3. Been on safari
4. Intentionally hit someone with my car
5. Chewed tobacco
6. Been an OPRAH fan
7. Won the lottery *sigh* (wish I could've changed this one)
8. Driven a race car
9. Flown in a hot air balloon
10. Run for public office.

1. Jumped from a perfectly good plane that's still flying
2. Jumped from a perfectly good bridge with an oversized rubber band around my ankles
3. Been on safari
4. Intentionally hit someone with my car
5. Chewed tobacco
6. Had sex in a public place
7. Won the lottery *sigh* (wish I could've changed this one)
8. Driven a race car
9. Flown in a hot air balloon
10. Run for public office.

I only got to change one thing. :( Man, I'm boring.

I do request that if you decide to play along, please leave me a comment telling me so that I may come admire your list.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Best Films List

Time Magazine came out with this list. Here's my take on it:

  • It's a long list.
  • I've only seen 10 of the films on the list.
  • I'm going to rank the ones I've seen.

    1. Lord of the Rings (trilogy)

    2. Star Wars (trilogy)

    3. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

    4. Pulp Fiction

    5. Pinocchio

    6. Finding Nemo

    7. A Streetcar Named Desire

    8. Taxi Driver

    9. Goodfellas

    10. King Kong (only made the list because I know I've seen it, even if I can't remember it)

  • They grouped trilogies together as one instead of counting each installment of the trilogy as a separate film.
  • I'm going to make up my own list.
  • The 10 from their list that I've seen aren't all going to make my list.

Amanda's All-Time 102 Best Films

This, like most things, is relative, and applies mostly just to me.

Almost Famous - Made me want to report for Rolling Stone.
American Beauty
American Graffiti - Great 60's coming of age story.
American History X - Great story about how people can change & how your choices effect everything.
American Pie - Porky's for my generation.
An Officer and a Gentleman - An excellent love story.
Annie - First movie I ever saw in the theatre.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery - Yeah baby.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Austin Powers in Goldmember - Austin & Dr. Evil brothers? Who knew.
Back to the Future
Beauty and the Beast
Benny and Joon
Best in Show
Big Fish - Wonderful fantasy. Great story about different perspectives.
The Blair Witch Project - Scared the crap out of me.
The Blues Brothers - They were on a mission from God. How could you not love that?
The Breakfast Club - Saturday detention wasn't like this at my high school.
Bring It On - Made me want to be a cheerleader.
A Christmas Story
Dazed and Confused - Great 70's coming of age story.
Dirty Dancing - Great 60's coming of age story.
Drop Dead Fred - Made me want an "imaginary" friend.
Edward Scissorhands
Empire Records - Made me want to work in a record store.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Field of Dreams - Great baseball story/history lesson.
Finding Forrester
Forrest Gump - I don't know how this movie could not be on everyone's top 100 list.
The Fox and the Hound
Friday the 13th - Scared the crap out of me.
Full Metal Jacket
Gladiator - I have Brion to thank for this one.
Good Will Hunting
Gone in 60 Seconds - Made me want to steal a car.
Grease - Introduced me to John Travolta; made me want to be Sandy.
Home Alone
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Interview With the Vampire - Made me want to be a vamp, just a little bit.
The Karate Kid
Kill Bill Volume 1
Kill Bill Volume 2
A Knight's Tale - Heath was so hot in this one.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - The only time I've ever found Sean Connory sexy.
A League of Their Own - Rosie's first movie.
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Man Without a Face
Mary Poppins
Monsters, Inc.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding - Made me want to be Greek.
Napoleon Dynamite - Everyone either is or knows someone like Napoleon.
National Lampoon's European Vacation - I learned so much from this movie.
The Neverending Story - Wonderful fantasy.
Ocean's Eleven
Office Space
Peter Pan
Pretty Woman
The Princess Bride - I didn't rank the others, but this one is definitely #1.
Pulp Fiction
Rain Man
Reservoir Dogs
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Who wouldn't want to spend a fun filled night in Dr. Frank's castle?
Searching for Bobby Fischer - Introduced me to chess.
The Silence of the Lambs
The Sixth Sense - Scared the crap out of me.
Sleeping Beauty
The Sound of Music - Some of the best music I've ever heard.
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - An instant classic.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar - Patrick Swayze & Wesley Snipes in drag; who could ask for anything more.
Top Gun - Introduced me to Tom Cruise & Val Kilmer.
The Truman Show - Jim Carrey's best movie.
Unbreakable - It's like Superman in the real world.
Wayne's World - Party time! Excellent!
West Side Story - Oh, the tragedy!
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Where the Heart Is
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - I wanted to be Charlie after he found the golden ticket.
The Wizard of Oz
Young Guns
Young Guns 2

Friday, May 20, 2005

King & King controversy


When a grouchy queen tells her layabout son that it's time for him to marry, he sighs, "Very well, Mother.... I must say, though, I've never cared much for princesses." His young page winks. Several unsatisfactory bachelorettes visit the castle before "Princess Madeleine and her brother, Prince Lee" appear in the doorway. The hero is smitten at once. "What a wonderful prince!" he and Prince Lee both exclaim, as a shower of tiny Valentine hearts flutters between them. First-time co-authors and artists de Hann and Nijland matter-of-factly conclude with the royal wedding of "King and King," the page boy's blushing romance with the leftover princess and the assurance that "everyone lives happily ever after."

Here's what's going on. The state is threatening to cut the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System's funding if children's books about homosexuality aren't reshelved separate from the other children's books. This all started with King and King.
Libraries as a rule are very anti-censorship and pro-freedom to choose to read whatever you want without the state interfering. I also have very strong feelings about this issue. It is not the state's or the librarian's responsibility to screen what children read. That responsibility falls of the parents/guardians of those children. If the parents don't want the children reading it, they shouldn't let them. If they do let the children read it, maybe they should read it together and discuss what they thought, how it made them feel, etc.
I know from a religious stand point that homosexuality is wrong; I also know that judgment is just as wrong. God gave people free will for a reason. Contrary to popular belief, I am not God, so I don't know that reason, but I know that people DO have free will to make their own choices, and in doing so have to live with the consequences of the choices that they make.
Whether the state of Oklahoma likes it or not, there are people out there who are in homosexual relationships and have children. It can be hard to explain to a child that their family is different from their friend's, and these books are there to help. These books don't need their own special "homo" section.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Happy Star Wars Day!

Unless you've been living in a cave, you know that today, well tomorrow officially, is the release date of the final Star Wars movie. I'm very excited. The reviews say its disappointing, blah blah blah, but, dude, seriously, IT HAS DARTH VADER. I've never been disappointed by Vader before, and I don't expect to be now.

My mom thinks that it's unsafe for me to go to the midnight movie by myself. My reaction to this was, "Mom, I won't be by myself. There'll be lots of other Star Wars geeks there too." I really don't think that that was a sufficient arguement for her, but too bad. I'm going to see Star Wars!!!

I'm an independent woman, and have been going to places at midnight by myself for the last 10 years or so. The only reason she's worried is because she knows I'm doing it. If I didn't live with her, I'd still be going, she just wouldn't necessarily know about it. At least she'll know whether or not I made it home safely. She doesn't object to my brother going to the midnight movie, but that's probably because he's a boy. My sister probably does stuff at midnight all the time, but she's safe because she's in a really small town. Whatever.

I watched Britney & Kevin: Chaotic last night. I've been looking for someone to discuss it with, but I'm embarassed to tell people that I watched it, so I'm having a little trouble. The show is basically just home videos that Brit took while she was on the road and was lonely starting back not long after she met Kevin, but before they got serious. It's kind of funny. The best part was when Brit predicted that within the next 5 yrs. Brad Pitt was going to get bored, get divorced, and find a younger woman. At the time, it was just wishful thinking on her part, but alas, that's exactly what happened, only it didn't take 5 yrs. it only took 5 months. Too bad she married Kevin, cause she maybe could have had Brad. Shoot, Angelina is only a couple years older than Brit.

Just 9 hr & 42 minutes to go!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

This is post version 2.0 for today. I just spent 20 minutes writing up a really good post, and as I was about to post it, my computer froze up. I'll try to recreate it to the best of my ability.

So, I suffered another reality TV disappointment last night. On The Bachelor, bachelor Charlie didn't choose the girl that I wanted him to choose. I wanted him to chose Krisily, but he chose Sarah instead. He said something that confirmed a suspicion I have had for a long time about the way men like to be treated. Charlie's friend said that Sarah was controlling, and Charlie said that he likes letting her control him. This is a concept that I just can't grasp. I am an independent person, and don't like being controlled. I in turn feel it unnecessary to try to control potential mates. A romantic relationship is supposed to be 50/50, give and take, so I don't understand how that formula can hold true if one person is being the boss.

(just saved, so I wouldn't lose that paragraph:))

The other disappointment came from Survivor. I really wanted Ian to win this Survivor, and he came pretty damn close. Ian quit the final immunity challenge with the condition that if he quit Tom would take Katie to the final 2 and not him. I don't understand how after surviving for 38 days, 1 day short of the end someone would decide to give the prize away. I know, honor, friendship, integrity, blah blah blah. Are those things going to pay you $1 million? NO!!!!

(just saved again; learned my lesson)

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Butt Cleavage = Plumber's Crack


It wasn't cute in the mid-70's when Dan Akroyd was mockingly pulling a pencil out of his; it's not cute now when there are butt cracks butt cracks everywhere. If I wanted to see naked butt cracks everywhere I went, I'd live in a nudist colony.