Monday, August 31, 2009

the joy of the park

teaching Monique the joy of....
1. real grass
2. frisbee
3. and "studying" outdoors

oh. she is going to miss iowa

Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Week In The Life Of Kelsey

1. had sushi for the first time.... it was interesting
2. went to 5 different bars with Steph on our birthday, where she was only ID at 2 of them.  
3. went to my first class of the semester hungover (i didn't really get to apperciate the idea that it was my last first day of class ever.. but whatev)
4. had my first class at the fieldhouse
5. dropped my first class at the fieldhouse... the teacher asked me why and my response was "i just don't want to take it"  her response was "well what are you going to do"  my response "not take your class" her response "well that is just to bad, relaxercise is really good for you"
6. realized i love history classes (about 4 years to late)
7. went on a min-bar crawl with allison on thursday.
8. realized Glenn Live still plays at BoJames on thursday and got really excited. 
9.  Didn't go to class on friday... not because i skipped it, but bc i don't have class (i love being a senior)
10. picked up Monique from the airport. 
11.  started drinking a little to early
12.  took a million photos. 
13. had a disney-ish adventure with Monique
14. woke up the next day hungover and watched Disney Channel from 1-8
15. went out to eat and got Nachos.... really bad nachos
16.  went out again and drank too much again
17. took a million more photos
18.  had my left over nachos at 5:30 am (they weren't very good the second time)
19.  had a "what the hell happened last night" conversation with Monique, allison, and Steph while laying in my bed.  
20. went out to eat at texas roadhouse with a bunch of random people. 

i realize i kind of skipped over the "normal" days of the week, but those are never really that interesting. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Yes, I am watching Star Wars...

I like to think I am only re-watching star wars episode 2-3 because I want to see how accurate they are for my own "cinematic" pleasure.
And I can only hope that it is not because I am secretly hoping they will play the original Star Wars after this.

.... really I have no idea who I have become.  

I also re-watched the Manchurian Candidate the other day and actually enjoyed it the second time. 

thought:  maybe the AFI movies are really only great the second time.  

Reason I hate the first week of school.

Almost every professor makes you go around and state your name, major, year, why are you taking this class, and some even ask a stupid question like… what did you do this summer, or what’s your favorite  (fill in the blank)

as if they really care about the answer to any of these questions.  I know I’m not going to remember the person next to me the next class period (and if they remembered me I would be freaked out.)

I hate hate hate the question “why are you taking this class” or “what do you want to learn”

Um…. When I take a class called Germany since 1914 or African Americans and the Media, the title of the class usually provide the answers.

I will never understand why professors feel the need to read through the syllabus…. I’m not an idiot I can read it by myself.

That there is always one student in every class who feels the need to ask “are these notes going to be on ICON?” 

Lets think you are in a upper level “social science” class…. What do you think the answer is? 

Just take notes it is not that hard.

People are just way to happy the first week of school

The gym is way to busy

The campus is just way to crowded…. I took me forever to walk to papa john business building the other day.  I like it better when people give up on school and just stop going to class.

….. that may be all for now.  

Thursday, August 20, 2009

3 movies and not one stared Harrison Ford. I’m shocked.

Dr. Strangelove: A what-if movie about communist, Russia, Dooms Day bombs, and the end of the world. Probably would have been more interesting if I lived through the “red scare”

The Searchers: Cowboys v. Indians. Hint: John Wayne wins. And who doesn’t love predictable westerns.

Double Indemnity: a “film noir” movie.
A movie that felt the need to actually define it as a Film Noir on the back cover.

Side Note:
I’m going back to Iowa City tomorrow, which means...

1. I may actually have a social life. (Correction: a social life with people my own age)
2. I will have less time to watch movies (well really the same amount of time, but I imagine it will be hard to convince my roommate to watch a black and white movie with me every night… she suggested I make a new friend, a friend who has nothing better to do then watch movies. Suggestions?)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hint: Scumbags, Cowboys, James Stewart, and Harrison Ford

Easy Rider: my dad always said that Scumbags drive motorcycles and this movie proves he was right.  of course now I think my dad is a scumbag

Midnight Cowboys: this movie ruined everything I thought I liked about cowboys; I’m hoping in the long run it doesn’t ruin snappy shirts for me.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: small town boy (aka Jimmy Stewart) taking down corrupt Washington. Loved it!

American Graffiti: The plot is the most believable of the George Lucas films I have seen, but it is also the most boring. (And guess what Harrison Ford is in it… remember my theory about Harrison Ford selling his sole to Lucas, I no longer think it is a theory)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Birthday Month

Today I received a birthday card from one of my mom’s aunts and when I realized that this was the only birthday thing I received all month, I got kind of sad.

Normally I am slightly spoiled when it comes to my birthday. Growing up, I justified it by saying that my birthday always ran into the first week of school and my presents were always overshadowed my back to school shopping.
So it makes since that a birthday that would fall on Aug 23, would have to be celebrated on more then that one day… so why not a month.

Last year I was spoiled once again with my birthday because my sisters came to visit me at the beginning of august and I also wore the “happy birthday” Disney pin all month long.

At the time this was just a normal tradition for the Sloss family, even though every one always hated the “Kelsey gets a birthday month” thing, but they still celebrated it.

If I would have realized that my 22nd birthday would have been my last birthday-month birthday I would have appreciated it more.

Realizing that my birthday may be like everybody elses, I told my mom, she was in shock and told me she forgot I got birthday months and that the 5 dollars she gave me earlier that day was an early bday present. (I didn’t really buy that lie, but was okay with the idea of having 5 extra guilt free dollars.)

Another sad moment came today when I was texting steph, she told me she was eating part of her second birthday cake she has received this month.
-We have the same birthday and I haven’t had a single piece of cake in ages. (But I also made a point of thinking… that I did get 3 bday cakes last year and a cupcake).


I figured it would be my responsibility to inform everyone that it looks like I’m no longer important enough to celebrate my birthday all month long, and will have to stick to celebrating it in a normal time period like normal adults.

…Growing up stinks.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Some day I’ll get sick of blogging about movies, today is not that day. (sorry)

I just finished watching Some Like It Hot
The movie had a little bit of everything; music, the mob, singing, dancing, gun fire, Chicago, Florida, booze, and oh yeah the two main characters were two guys trying to pass as female musicians.

The movie seemed a little long, but was amazing b/c it was a Marilyn Monroe movie full of cheesy pick-up lines.

I have actually noticed that the majority of these movies I have been watching have wonderful “pick-up” lines. They all seem to be hilarious, come out of nowhere, and only get better with time.

I’m working on putting together a list… so be excited!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

37 down only 63 to go

To Kill a Mockingbird: I thought the dad acting was a little rough, but I could look past it since the movie wasn’t in his perspective.
But the one good thing that came out of this movie is that now I have a great desire to read the book. … but that is mostly because I don’t understand how a book that is only 296 pages could produce a movie that is 2 hours and 11 minutes long.

Saving Private Ryan: it was a war movie about WWII… so of course I loved it.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: lots of Spanish and no subtitles, the Mexicans wore sombreros, and there were lots of donkeys. Very stereotypical Mexico.
The last 10 minutes of the movie had a turning point that involved a brand on a livestock animal and the “bad guys” getting caught,
which was almost the same exact thing that happened in ….

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: I would call this movie a gangster/western movie. And since those genres are turning out to be my favorites, I liked the movie. (Well I might just like it b/c I watched it right after the Sierra Madre movie, and I that one seems like a waste of a AFI 100 spot compared to this movie)
-but, this movie would be 10x better if they would have had a better makeup artist/wardrobe specialist.

Bonnie and Clyde:
on the back of the DVD they called it a gangster movie, I don’t think I would consider it one.
I was disappointed that more people didn’t die, how messed up Clyde was, and how they didn’t seem that successful at robbing banks.

The Deer Hunter: I would only watch it again if I was watching it with some one who has never seen it. (I enjoyed the shock value)

Lawrence of Arabia:
way way way to long. This movie should not be in the top 10. *

I ended up buying a VCR at a goodwill-ish store they have in Perry. I figured I could waste 5.50 on something that may or may not work.

* it is now 2012 and I still tell people that this is my least favorite movie on the list.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My very productive day!

- I got at text from Monique at 8:30 am telling me she bought a plane ticket to come and visit me!
- woke up at 10:30. Not by choice, I had my alarm set for noon. My mom decided that 10:30 would be a good time to go on our “adventure” today.
- ten minutes after I woke up, my mom couldn’t figure out what was taking me so long. (This was the first time she mentioned me prowling)
- ran a million errands in town. (Bank, post office, gas station… typical “mom” places)
- Expressed my hatred for drive-thru windows

- drove to Adel.
- got a text from my Aunt Kate telling me my cousin loved the old art supplies I gave him.
- listen to my mom call Kate and gossip to her about life.
- arrived at Adel.
- grabbed my number for the DOT #89.
- saw the reaction of a 14 year old flunking their driving test.
- watch a 16 year get very excited when he got his first license.
- realized how young I looked as a teenager… then got a little sad.
- answered a wide variety of yes and no questions…. Seriously debated saying no to the organ donor question, but said yes when I realized I didn’t want people to judge me.
- passed my eye exam!
- learned that the DOT has a new policy where you can’t wear glasses in your picture, because quote “they want to see your whole face”
- took an amazing photo.
- My mom told me for the second time that this photo will be good when I go prowling in Iowa City. (She also added if I ever kill anyone that this photo would look good on the news… compliment?!?)

- went to pick up a USA today
- went to eat at Patrick’s.
- took a Twitpic of my mom
- tried telling her how I get annoyed when movies have actors in it and they don’t fit the time period they are trying to portray. She didn’t seem to care, but I still wrote a blog about it.
- ordered and ate. I got a tenderloin sandwich. It wasn’t very good.
- drove back to perry.
- decided I could work in Adel. Thought for the next 5 minutes about what I could do in Adel, couldn’t come up with anything.
- arrived in Perry, went to another bank.
- expressed my hatred for drive-thru windows a second time.

- arrived at home.
- decided that since it was 1:30, that I could actually do something.
- decided to lay outside
- listened to the mp3 player kaci gave me; and was loving that my shuffle played HSM3, Matchbox 20, and backstreet boys right in a row.
- Listened to a Clay Aiken song that said “I’m not lookin' for a one night stand” I immediately changed to another song
- got slightly embarrassed that I don’t have better taste in music.
- decided that after I finish my AFI 100 movie list that I would work on having better taste in music. (I am sure there is some kind of list for music)

- starting reading a book, Driving With Dead People
- stopped after the third page because I became really depressed that I no longer take pictures.
- decided that I was going to start taking pointless photos again.
- spent a couple of minutes trying to figure out how much it cost to get a roll of film developed.
- spent a couple more minutes trying to figure out where my digital camera is at.
- decided that when I get a “real job” I will buy a fancy camera
- went inside, bc it was to hot and a slight cloud seemed to be blocking the sun.

- watched The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
- wiki what else Humphrey Bogart was in.

- got ready to go to town.
- my mom told me that she needed a “couple of minutes to make out her grocery list, so I could have a couple of extra minutes to get ready to go prowling”
- asked her exactly what she thinks prowling is… her definition included the word prowling.
- asked my dad if he needed anything from the store, he said no.
- went to Hy-Vee.
- Came home from Hy-Vee
- carried in the groceries while my dad watched me make 3 trips.
- Then he asked me if I could run to Fareway to get him some meat.
- went to Fareway.
- saw a girl I graduated with and successfully avoided an awkward conversation.
- told my mom I was no longer making trips to the grocery store everyday because I was sick of running into people I graduated with.

-read an article about how exercise won’t make you thin
- decided that is must be a sign that it is okay that I didn’t exercise today
- did a load of laundry
- folded a load of laundry
- cleaned the bathroom
- realized that I hate that Miley Cyrus has a Twitter… and could care less what her everyday thoughts are. (she is slightly a drama queen)

- decide to take apart our VCR to get out the VHS that was stuck in it.
- found a Philips screw driver
- It turned out to be too big
- looked for 10 minutes to find another one, found about 10 slotted screwdrivers.
- tried to figure out why someone needed 10 slotted screwdrivers and if anyone actually every needs a slotted screwdriver.
- figured out what to get my dad for Christmas
- used the oversized screwdriver to unscrew the VCR
- spent another 10 minutes trying to figure out how to actually get the VHS out.
- After 30 minutes, I was able to retrieve the VHS. Go me!
- wrote this blog.

My main problem with movies…

Yesterday I watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, overall I liked it (…but then again I am a fan of westerns.) But that isn’t the point of this post.

As soon as we were introduced to the character Etta, I couldn’t get past how much she looked like a women from the late 1970’s wearing “western” attire just for fun.
My main problem was that her hair style looked as exactly the same as it did in the graduate.
Normally I would have overlooked this, but she was also wearing eye liner and mascara…. She practically screamed “I have no desire to be historically accurate, b/c obviously women in the late 1900’s wore eyeliner.”



Robert Redford (Sundance) also had a mustache and I’m pretty sure John Wayne never had a mustache.

I’m just not a big fan of when a movie is trying to represent a certain period and the actor’s looks like they are from another time period.

Other perfectly good example:

Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom

Big puffy hair… A trend in the 80’s not the 30’s (i googled "women 1935 hairstyle")



Cleopatra… didn’t have bangs. But bangs were a new popular trend when movies about Cleopatra started to appear, so magically Cleopatra got bangs.

(The actress who played Cleopatra in 1934, Claudette Colbert, wore bangs because of a personal fondness for them, in the 1960 remake Elizabeth Taylor wore them because they were in style at the time.)

IPTV

4 hours ago my dad turned on IPTV because he thought I needed to learn about Iowa 6 v. 6 women’s basketball. To please him I watched the episode and because I’m lazy I continued to watch the 5 programs that followed.

Here is what I have learned
1. I really wish I was born in the 1920’s, lived in a small town, and could play basketball. Apparently Iowa was one of the only states that allowed women to play basketball and if you made it to the state championships you were treated like a celebrity. (I also learned that before Title IX, 6 v. 6 basketball was only played in small town… some thing I would have guessed, but I really had no idea how popular the sport was before 1980.)

2. Twitter and facebook or rivals
3. There is a cocktail championship that takes place every year. (I’m on a new quest to go to it… I imagine they give out free samples)

4. I forgot how entertaining it is to watch one individual try to do extraordinary things, epically when it involves nature.
(things I learned from these shows)
-a human can only dive in water so far before their body will start to be crushed.
- Squids only come out during the night. Normally they hang out near the bottom of the ocean, but during the night they come closer to the surface.
-falcons don’t actually fly; they glide with the help of hot air pockets in the air.

5. pbs news really likes talking about twitter
6. They play the same commercials between each program: Celine Dion concert, Iowa State fair, “I support public television”, National Parks, and some commercial about their 3 other channels. 7. The same guy also does all the IPTV voice-overs
8. BBC is funny

9. smart people like laughing at their own jokes, jokes that normal people don’t get. (which is probably why their program is on at midnight)
..... wait these so called “smart people” aren’t all that smart. I understand what they are talking about. (maybe their jokes are funny)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My Temporary Solution

So today I went and got a library card (yes... I know I am also shocked that I decided to spend the 4 dollars to get a replacement one).

Before going to the library I spent 5 minutes writing down all the movies I needed to watch to complete my list.
After typing in about 60+ movies into the search engine, I found that my local library only had 5 of the movies I needed to see on DVD.
I rented three of them (The Deer Hunter, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and will rent the other 2 when I finish these.

At the rate I’m going it looks like that by this weekend I will be completely bored

I’m hoping to convince my dad to find an old VCR at a garage sale for me.

Side note: I’m still waiting on the leprechaun … (I guess an elf would be a better person to ask…)

Now What?

My movie watching has been put on a hold the past couple of days, because (I’m pretty sure) I broke our VCR. (Well it won’t stay on for longer then 5 seconds and won’t eject the VHS that is currently in it).

I’m currently in a slight predicament…
I have found the joy of renting movies from my local library (mostly bc it is free) but 75% of the movies are on VHS.
But I’m slightly cheap and get my self to purchase a new VCR (well a VCR/DVD combo)

It seems that my only options are….
1) Buy a VCR/DVD player… even though I go back to school in a couple of weeks and Steph already owns one.
2) Rent the movies from the local movie store… but I have found they only own about half of the movies I need to see.
3) Stop my conquest to watch all 100 movies… well put it on hold until I get back to school
4) Hope that some magic leprechaun will come and fix the VCR… I really believe that this is a plausible solution.

I am currently watching Lawrence of Arabia; I found it in a redbox… I know I was also shocked.
It is 3 ½ hours long and I’m only half way down with it, they had an intermission half way through and I thought it would be a good time to take a break. Needless to say I haven’t been able to make my self sit down and watch rest of it.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Allison!

Allison has decided to start a blog… it only took me about 6 months to convince her.

You all should follow it… if anything for the sole reason to make her feel cool

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Grapes of Wrath

This was the first movie that I have watched (since starting my quest to watch all 100 movies) that I really debated stopping and just wikipedia what happen.

The movie was just way to long, I was tired, and the vhs copy I had was really shaky… all these factors made the movie un-enjoyable.

I have been told the book is good, I have not read the book, but in this case I would recommend just reading the book.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Ridiculous Sports Tradition

I never really understand how one person can be so obsessed with one sporting team or event. And I definitely don’t understand how one person can cover their house/car/wardrobe with one team’s colors.
It all seems a little crazy and unneeded to me.

Because of this I never really follow sports. I do enjoy the occasional sporting events and I did show my Iowa pride when I encountered another Hawkeye fan when I worked at Disney.
But I never really cared if one team wins or another team loses.

Obviously I don’t follow football and as a result I had no idea what media day was.

But over the past couples of days I have slowly learned, what amazing events actually take place.

Kinsey first showed me a photo of the Iowa offensive lines doing a jumping photo, and at that moment I became an Iowa fan for life (sure I was shown this photo yesterday and I do already consider myself an Iowa fan, but that’s just technicality).
My only and first thought was “that was awesome”

Then today Kinsey showed me this photo.

After I realized that the definition of media day is “taking a bunch of ridiculous themed posed photos” I decided that some day I want my child to play college football for the sole reason that they can take ridiculous themed photos that people will actually want to publish and buy.

Movie Update

Citizen Kane: it was good, but I don’t know if I would consider it the “greatest movie ever.”

On The Waterfront: typical “good guy spent his whole life being part of the mob and decided to turn good after his friend is killed and he falls in love with his sister” movie.
Overall I liked it and I would probably watch it again… especially for the parts that revolved around the priest motivating a group of individuals to stand up against the mob boss “Mr. Friendly” (it was pretty hilarious… in a very 1950’s drama sort of way)

Vertigo: it took me an hour to get passed the fact that Jimmy Stewart was in the movie and that it’s plot was completely different then It’s a Wonderful Life (my all time favorite movie). As a result this made it really hard for me to watch the last 30 minutes and I spent the whole time wishing Jimmy Stewart would stop being crazy (really just wishing they had a different actor).
I did end up really liking how the movie concluded. (and more importantly I still believe George Bailey is a good guy)

Sunset Boulevard: this movie reminded me Singin’ in The Rain if you took away the musical numbers and changed the old silent movie star to a 50 year old has-been.
Once again I liked the ending… I’m beginning to notice a trend in how these “old” movies end.

I also rented Psycho, the Grapes of Wrath, and All About Eve

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Kinsey’s new awesome updated blog!

well… not literally awesome, but awesome bc she is actually updating it

As of right now she is writing a blog serious entitled Iowa v. Iowa State.
She claims to have an upper hand in deciding which school is better in various thing (ex: athletics) because she is an Iowa student spending the semester at Iowa State.

Obviously all of her blogs will be fair and balanced (considering she hasn’t been a Hawkeye fan and an Cyclone hater all her life).

If anything I am more interested in how long she will keep this up for…

The Graduate

Taught me two things

1) Being persistent pays off:
-Mrs. Robinson was able to convince Benjamin Braddock that it was okay to sleep with her multiple times.
- Benjamin was able to convince Elaine to marry him (well at least not marry Brian Avery) after multiple conversations.

2) It is okay to play mind games with people to get what you want (very closely tied to point 1)
- Mrs. Robinson tricked Benjamin into believing it was okay to sleep with him
- Benjamin was able to trick Elaine into believing that they should get married (even though they only went on one date and he slept with her mother multiple times.)

Conclusion: the movie was awesome.

Driving Range

Yet another reason I rock at life (and more importantly why Kinsey doesn’t!)



Yesterday, we went to the driving range with TJ and I totally kicked Kinsey’s butt at golfing…. I would say my average was at least 110 yards (give or take 30) and Kinsey’s average was about 50 yards (giver or take 30).

Taking into account that I have never been golfing before, I can only come to the conclusion that after going another 100 times (give or take 90) I could go pro.

Also. I learned that some people (mostly old) stretch before they golf and you can also buy really cool golfing shoes … I guess maybe it is a legitimate sport. (but then again I’m usually wrong about these sort of things)

AFI Top 100

Update on the AFI list
Apperently they updated the list in 2007 and the website I went to didn’t feel the need to tell me that.
and I have decide to go with the updated list.. (mostly bc I have seen more of the movies)

Here is the list of movies they dropped and added. (and personally I’m a little upset b/c they dropped The Manchurian Candiadate and I just watched it)

Dropped:
39. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
44. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
52. From Here to Eternity (1953)
53. Amadeus (1984)
54. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
57. The Third Man (1949)
58. Fantasia (1940)
59. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
63. Stagecoach (1939)
64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
67. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
68. An American in Paris (1951)
73. Wuthering Heights (1939)
75. Dances with Wolves (1990)
82. Giant (1956)
84. Fargo (1996)
86. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
87. Frankenstein (1931)
89. Patton (1970)
90. The Jazz Singer (1927)
91. My Fair Lady (1964)
92. A Place in the Sun (1951)
99. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Added:
18. The General (1927)

49. Intolerance (1916)
50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
59. Nashville (1975)
61. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
63. Cabaret (1972)
67. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
71. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
72. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
75. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
77. All the President's Men (1976)
81. Spartacus (1960)
82. Sunrise (1927)
83. Titanic (1997)
85. A Night at the Opera (1935)
87. 12 Angry Men (1957)
89. The Sixth Sense (1999)
90. Swing Time (1936)
91. Sophie's Choice (1982)
95. The Last Picture Show (1971)
96. Do the Right Thing (1989)
97. Blade Runner (1982)
99. Toy Story (1995)

I’m not sure if I understand how a movie can be great one year and then the next year be replaced by a movies from the same time period (I understand replacing new movies with old ones, but not replacing old movies with old movies.)

also: I just finished The Godfather pt.2, The Graduate, and The Manchurian Candidate ( once again I’m upset that it was taken off the list)
Today I rented Citizen Kane, On the Waterfront, and Sunset Boulevard.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Why I love Webster Word of the Day

Because they teach my amazing new words like…

daymare: a nightmarish fantasy experienced while awake.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Godfather

Under the instruction of TDM (aka Derek) I watched the first Godfather movie and my concluding thoughts are it was amazing.
Normally I would have been bored with a 3 hour movie about the Mob, but I ended up enjoying the majority of it and can’t wait to watch the next one.

I really have no profound thoughts about the movie expect that I really just want to marry into the Mob now…

Side note: I also ended up renting the Manchurian Candidate and The Graduate

Sunday, August 2, 2009

political science haters

I found this blog post by a Notre Dame student. And even though 85% of the content was targeted at making fun of political science majors I still found it hilarious.

Enjoy :)

AFI top 100

I’m slowly realizing from multiple outside sources that the movies I grew up with did not included movies people would consider great. (apparently my parents cared more about entertaining me, then making sure I was culturally rounded.)

Because I was curious and because I have all the time in the world I decided to look at AFI website for what they consider the top 100 films ever.
(And for my own justification I have heard of the majority of these movies and at least 2 of these movies i haven’t seen I have written papers about and another 3 we have discussed ineptly in one of my film classes)

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2. CASABLANCA (1942)
3. GODFATHER, THE (1972)
4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
6. WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
7. GRADUATE, THE (1967)
8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
9. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)
10. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)
11. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
13. BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE (1957)
14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
15. STAR WARS (1977)
16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17. AFRICAN QUEEN, THE (1951)
18. PSYCHO (1960)
19. CHINATOWN (1974)
20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)
21. GRAPES OF WRATH, THE (1940)
22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
23. MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941)
24. RAGING BULL (1980)
25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
27. BONNIE & CLYDE (1967)
28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
30. TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
31. ANNIE HALL (1977)
32. GODFATHER PART II, THE (1974)
33. HIGH NOON (1952)
34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
37. BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE (1946)
38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
42. REAR WINDOW (1954)
43. KING KONG (1933)
44. BIRTH OF A NATION, THE (1915)
45. STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A (1951)
46. CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A (1971)
47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
48. JAWS (1975)
49. SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

50. BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
51. PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE (1940)
52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
53. AMADEUS (1984)
54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
55. SOUND OF MUSIC, THE (1965)
56. M*A*S*H (1970)
57. THIRD MAN, THE (1949)
58. FANTASIA (1940)
59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
61. VERTIGO (1958)
62. TOOTSIE (1982)
63. STAGECOACH (1939)
64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
65. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE (1991)
66. NETWORK (1976)
67. MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE (1962)
68. AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN (1951)
69. SHANE (1953)
70. FRENCH CONNECTION, THE (1971)
71. FORREST GUMP (1994)
72. BEN-HUR (1959)
73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
74. GOLD RUSH, THE (1925)
75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)
76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)
77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
78. ROCKY (1976)
79. DEER HUNTER, THE (1978)
80. WILD BUNCH, THE (1969)
81. MODERN TIMES (1936)
82. GIANT (1956)
83. PLATOON (1986)
84. FARGO (1996)
85. DUCK SOUP (1933)
86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
88. EASY RIDER (1969)
89. PATTON (1970)
90. JAZZ SINGER, THE (1927)
91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)
92. PLACE IN THE SUN, A (1951)
93. APARTMENT, THE (1960)
94. GOODFELLAS (1990)
95. PULP FICTION (1994)
96. SEARCHERS, THE (1956)
97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)
99. GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

yes I am embarrassed that I have only seen 20 percent of these movies…

But I can say I have seen all of the
top ten animated movies
And all but one of the
top ten fantasy
movies

Indiana Jones.

After watching the Raiders of the Lost Ark my only response was “What the hell just happened?”  Mostly because I really had no idea what to expect before watching these movies I honestly thought the plot was going to have a very “western feel” about them…
you know a movie where there is a damsel in distress, gun fire that seems to magically miss the main characters, multiple bar fights, and a typical battle of good guy v. bad guy.


Even though the movies did end up containing all of the above factors, my main problem was the very unbelievable plot lines… it was like watching a non-mummified Mummy movie.
the plots had great potential, they all all seemed to start of normal-ish, but then you would get to the climax of the movie and all of a sudden lighting is shooting out of the sky, random ghost are flying around, stones start glowing, people become possessed, and you have a 3,000 year old men guarding the holy grail.

If you can get passed all the crazy stuff and the minor historical inaccuracy I would recommend The Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade. (I actually fully enjoyed Last Crusade it reminded me of the Mummy Returns and the Da Vinci Code combined.)      And plus the plot also seemed to be more put together then the other ones.
The Lost Ark was decent…. And the times when the plot got a little ridiculous I could just appreciate young Harrison Ford.

I would completely avoid watching the Temple of Doom. The main lady and the little boy in the movie were very annoying and the plot just seemed ridiculous.  It was also suppose to act like a prequel to the first movie…which means it included no Nazis and more importantly it did not included any added character developments. (I could have completely looked past all that but Harrison Ford wasn’t all that good looking in this movie.)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Yet Another Harrison Ford Movie

After finishing the Star Wars saga I decided I should devote rest of my summer to watching movies that I have never seen, but for some reason people obsess over them.
I have decided to stick to the trend of Harrison Ford and George Lucas movies and I will now dedicate the next couple of days of my life to watching Indian Jones.

After looking at the cover of the DVD I was hesitant to rent them, but then the description mentioned something about Nazis and once again my obsession with WWII has influenced me to rent something I normally would have avoided.

(You all should just make a mental note that I am now official bored and I am slowly hoping watching movies that seem to come in sets of three will make the next couple of weeks go by faster.)

and in blog fashion I will keep you updated.