the fall film challenge: my list recap

November 30, 2014

one. any action/adventure flick. x-men: days of future past. this one was pretty nifty. not the best of the x-men films, but certainly not the worst. loved quicksilver's character. loved jennifer lawrence as mystique. and i really like james mcavoy as professor x. but it was sometimes hard to follow, and i feel like some of the storyline was constructed just so the crew could show off their impressive skills at creating special effects.

two. any shot in budapest, hungary. a good day to die hard. UGH. this film franchise needs to die. i loathed this film in the beginning. way too much of the same shit--same car chases, same chaos, same demolition... same story, really... just set in a different country. it got a little better as the film progressed, but... UGH.

three. any awarded an oscar for best cinematography. who's afraid of virginia woolf? richard burton. elizabeth taylor. god, they were beautiful to watch on the screen. not just because of their physiques... their presence was incredible. but i didn't love this movie. i know i should. i didn't like the other couple. you're not supposed to like either one, really, but... i felt sorry for burton's and taylor's characters. the other ones irritated me. and it felt long overall. maybe it was supposed to do so. i can't quite put my finger on it. i would've been okay if i'd never seen this film. i really don't know how to explain it.

four. any drama/biography/documentary. the judge. i love robert downey, jr. i love him in this film. and robert duvall is amazing here.  it's a good story, well-scripted and well-portrayed.

five. any awarded an oscar for best film editing. argo. i loathe ben affleck. but here, he did good. and this story... it's definitely worth watching.

six. any science-fiction/fantasy flick. brave. haven't watched it. this was not an original choice.

i think originally i'd planned to watch hereafter, which i did attempt to see. i watched it for maybe half an hour. but there was a scene that was too difficult for me to see, so i turned it off.

seven. any starring an actress whose last name begins with the letter g. meet me in st. louis (judy garland). i'd meant to watch this for the holiday category. i did not like it, but i LOVE the trolley song. and judy garland's voice... it's so lovely.

originally, for this category, i'd selected dallas buyer's club starring jennifer garner. i watched about thirty minutes of it, but i could not stand matthew mcconaughey's character (and i know... i wasn't supposed to like him); i just could not muster any semblance of compassion for that man. i know it's something i should see. i'm aware of how important his life was, of the impact of his efforts. but i could not bring myself to finish it.

eight. any set during any holiday. in bruges. haven't watched it. this film replaced meet me in st. louis.

nine. any from internet movie database's top flicks list. american history x. haven't watched it.

ten. any starring an actor whose last name begins with the letter j. lincoln (tommy lee jones). i fell asleep so many times during this movie.

eleven. any starring an actress whose last name begins with the letter k. unhook the stars (moira kelly). usually i love gena rowlands. usually i love moira kelly. usually i love marisa tomei. this film is one of those rare exceptions. don't bother with it.

twelve. any shot in london, england. sherlock holmes: a game of shadows. so much of this film went over my head, just like the first one. but i enjoyed watching it.

thirteen. any awarded an oscar for best original score. the way we were. wow. robert redford was a damned fine looking man back in the day. good god. but i could never believe that his character would go for barbra streisand's character. no way, no how.

fourteen. any adapted from any novel. this is where i leave you. i liked this movie a lot, though there's a scene here and there that i wish hadn't been included.

fifteen. any awarded an oscar for best original screenplay. butch cassidy and the sundance kid. SO boring. SO, SO boring.

sixteen. any awarded an oscar for best picture. driving miss daisy. this movie beat out dead poet's society for best picture. that is a horrible, HORRIBLE crime.

seventeen. any featured on american movie classic's fifty great movie quote's list. national lampoon's animal house. watched thirty minutes of it or so. was not amused. of those i'd begun but not yet finished, this is the only one i feel inclined to see to the end, which i will do... at some point.

eighteen. any romance or comedy. st. vincent. LOVED the acting. bill murray is fantastic here. and i actually liked melissa mccarthy, which has never happened. but the story? meh. not so much.

originally, i'd planned to watch airplane!

nineteen. any sports flick. when the game stands tall. this had the potential to be a BADASS film. what an amazing story. and yes, there were definitely scenes that i found gripping. but overall, too much of the story was told with too many of the usual cliches. there are so many better sports films out there.

twenty. any thriller or mystery. lincoln lawyer. of the film's i've seen for this challenge, i liked this one the best. i am NOT a matthew mcconaughey fan, but here, he's impressive.

twenty-one. any starring an actor whose last name begins with the letter u. the newton boys (skeet ulrich). boring. don't bother.

twenty-two. any shot in a country you've never visited. rush (austria). niki lauda's story is wondrous, and daniel bruhl did a beautiful job portraying that man.

twenty-three. any shot in wilmington, north carolina. twenty-eight days. i watched maybe forty-five minutes of this one, but had to turn it off. too difficult for me to see.

twenty-four. any western or war film. fury. UGH. such a waste of time and money.

twenty-five. any from american film institute's greatest american movies of all time. a streetcar named desire. this one's like who's afraid of virginia woolf? i'm glad i watched it, i guess. marlon brando and vivien leigh... but i would've been okay not watching it, too.

final tally: twenty of twenty-five films viewed.

random quarter: the q&a edition - november

November 24, 2014

there's a five-year journal called q&a: three hundred sixty-five questions - five years - one thousand, eight hundred twenty-five answers. i found it at barnes & nobles and anthropologie. it's good for road trips. it's good for these rq posts i do. this one's gonna be a little different. instead of me rambling about some subject of my choosing, i'm picking twenty-five of november's questions from this here book and anwering them with five words or less.

one. what was something you couldn't do today? have lunch with the twins.

two. what's your biggest expense right now? transportation.

three. when did you last hold a baby? i don't remember.

four. what time did you go to bed last night? nine.

five. what are you bored talking about? sex.

six. is there anything missing in your life? yes.

seven. what song could be your self-portrait? indigo girls' closer to fine.

eight. what do you need to vent about? family.

nine. waking up was pleasant.

ten. what are you obsessed with right now? fixing things potentially irreparable.

UPDATED TUESDAY: phineas, my beloved vehicle, is in fact dead.
i'm quite certain i've wrecked things with someone i would've liked to at least call friend.
thankfully, i saw this in a college friend's facebook feed:

lately i feel a lot like pigpen. and seeing this made me think of the charlie browns in my life.

eleven. which friend(s) did you last speak to? veronica.

twelve. what is your dream job of the day? something in communications.

thirteen. when was the last time you checked an online social network? fifteen minutes ago.

fourteen. what do you have to get done? my room's a disaster zone.

fifteen. what are your favorite shoes? brown docs.

sixteen. what are you trying to do? i don't know.

seventeen. what is your favorite brunch food? sausage, egg and cheese sandwich

eighteen. who have you recently deleted from your contacts/address book? i don't know.

nineteen. how much water did you drink today? none.

twenty. what three words describe your family? smart, odd, loving.

twenty-one. who inspires you? currently? no one.

twenty-two. what was the last risk you took? submitting a manuscript.

twenty-three. what five words describe your mood? sad, shameful, frustrated, disgusted and perturbed.

twenty-four. today you almost had lunch with the twins.

twenty-five. did you leave work on time? no.

random quarter

November 13, 2014

one. my friend melissa and i attempted to watch gone girl tuesday. we sat in that theater for maybe twenty minutes of the show. then we walked out.

two. froot loops are better than fruity pebbles.

three. my first dog, a black lab, was named buckwheat.

four. if given the opportunity to take a trip to anywhere i want with as many or as few people as i'd like for as long as i'd like and money is no object, i would go by myself and fly to alaska and hawaii and then i would take a nationwide roadtrip for however long it takes me to see what i want to see.

five. i'm still descending, though the fall isn't as speedy and straight as it had been.

UPDATED FRIDAY: actually i spoke too soon. apparently there's a whole other chute into hell that i was supposed to find. though this one isn't quite as vertical as the last, it's slick.

six. if a genie were to grant me three wishes i would wish for... here is where the road diverges... if i'm descending, then i would wish for love and health for my younger brother, love and health for his children, and sudden death for me (the less violent, the better)... if i am well, i would wish for love, literary representation and publication. (either way... it's selfish.)

seven. i believe in ghosts... that it's entirely possible for a spirit to linger and to haunt.

eight. i am not a huge fan of steak, but if i must eat it, i would prefer it be cooked medium well.

nine. if i am out with my friends at a bar, i like chocolatey drinks and lately i favor a variation of a mudslide. i'm not too much a fan of the blended version... just put the liquor (an ounce of tito's vodka, an ounce of kahlua, an ounce of bailey's) and a little milk in a rocks glass, and i'm good. if the bartenders can't be accommodating, i'd probably get a vodka (tito's again... it's from texas, yall) tonic.

ten. two insurance companies have determined phineas is totaled, but the dealership is saying he can be fixed, so... more waiting. i just want my car back. i can't afford a new one, and i'm kind of in love with that one. i hadn't realized a person could be in love with a car. and yes, i'm aware of how ridiculous that sounds.

eleven. i don't much care for dancing.

twelve. i don't much care for jalapenos, BUT there's a cheesy bread that's got those in it that i love.

thirteen. my biggest achievement is existing when i'd rather be extinguished.

fourteen. if i could go back in time and change something i would hold my older brother tight instead of giving him the pathetic excuse of a one-armed hug he got the last time he reached out to hug me.

fifteen. i am not hungry at all and yet i can't stop munching on the stupid bag of nacho cheese doritos to my left and sipping on what is probably my fifth soda for the day (dr. pepper! yum!).

sixteen. i want a new job. the other day i went to a staffing agency for assistance and was told they could not help me. when i went to a former manager and asked if i could come work for her, she was oh so reluctant. i suppose i should keep the job i have, yeah? at least i have one.

seventeen. i count on my father. i wish i didn't do that quite so much as i do.

eighteen. the other day i used the word pervasive correctly in a sentence; i had to ask my mother just to be sure. on the same day i had to look up the spelling for the word rapport; i'd been helping a friend with her resume and had forgotten how to spell it, so i googled repoire (spelled just like that). my friend suggested that maybe if i couldn't spell the word that perhaps we shouldn't use it in her resume. but i figured out how to spell it. affect and effect confuse the snot out me on a regular basis. i just thought i'd mention this in case yall were thinking i'm some linguistic genius. i'm not.

nineteen. the last person in my missed calls is geico's insurance adjuster calling me about phineas.

twenty. i am very bad about overstuffing myself and overindulging. if it's good, more's better, right?

twenty-one. my biggest expense right now is going to be phineas' repairs. he's really messed up, yall. really messed up. so those following distances they preach about in driver's education and defensive driving... those really are crucial things.

twenty-two. the texas longhorns' football program should remain as is (pathetic) forever.

twenty-three. my dad is my hero.

twenty-four. at the moment, i am stuck on needtobreathe's something beautiful.

hey, now. this is my desire
consume me like a fire
cause i just want
something beautiful
to touch me

twenty-five. i don't really have a victory dance. if something goes well and i'm that excited about it, i throw my fisted hands up and lock my elbows so that my arms are straight like goal posts on a football field.