Friday, March 14, 2008

I’m too tired to sleep.


So if I have to be awake, then I think it’s only fair that you guys amuse me. I’m feeling open-threadish ... so in the comments, if you please.

1) Favourite schlocky/cheesy/fluff movie.
2) Favourite book that was on your reading list in high school.
3) And just for fun, favourite flavour of ice cream.

I’ll start:
1) Reign of Fire. Hibernating dragons are disturbed by subway construction crew in London and then bring on the near-apocalypse only to be stopped single-handedly by Christian Bale. After Matthew McConaughey, as the gung-ho American soldier, is eaten. Hilarious.

2) To Kill a Mockingbird. Without a doubt, one of the best books I’ve ever read (and re-read an unknown number of times).

3) That’s a definite toss-up between Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia and their Chunky Monkey.

And is it just me, or is that horrendous picture of Patsy Ross aka Mr. Mullet following me with its eyes? I think it might just be me ...

27 comments:

thwap said...

1. Godzilla vs. Gigan, choreographed battle, ridiculous plot

2. I don't remember much about high school. I liked Shakespeare's "julius Ceasaer"

3. Butter pecan

I try to scroll past that photo quick as i can.

[typed with sleeping baby in one hand.]

LuLu said...

Godzilla ... heh. I wish I was sleeping like a baby. Boy or girl? How old?

Cameron Campbell said...

@ thwap, you must invest in saran wrap for the keyboard... soon the child will want to look at the screen.. spitting up will ensue and then much sadness...

1) Starship Troopers
2) Hmm.. I liked the Pearl, loathed Catcher in the Rye and enjoyed the hell out of The Merchant of Venice
3)Cherry Garcia or Half Baked

pretty shaved ape said...

i live to amuse the LuLu...

1. Zardoz it is just a great long episode of head scratching and repetition of "What the..."
What isn't to love about Sean Connery in post apocalyptic Britain running about in a failed bubble of utopia after stowing away on a giant, flying head? It is almost the perfect movie, a combination of bad sci-fi, 70s psychedelia, bombastic violence and pot head philosophy. For the boys and some gals, naked freckly charlotte rampling and for the ladies and some fellas Mr. Connery running about in a loin cloth.

2. Day of the Triffids. Just a superbly written science fiction novel of its time. Crazy killer plants from space. Wyndham managed to take a cheesy concept and make it frightening and threatening. Written in 1951, the humans in the story are palpably terrified and at risk. Wyndham presents normal people trying to cope with extraordinary circumstances nobody is jumping up in a chrome suit pronouncing a far fetched solution with instant powdered genius and techno babble.

3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! nom nom nom

Ti-Guy said...

1. Couldn't really say...Titanic or maybe one of these movies.
2. La Petite Poule d'eau. (Where Nests the Water Hen).
3. Chocolate mint.

LuLu said...

Here's a trivia question for you, PSA, what's the origin of the name Zardoz? And that was definitely one of those so bad it was good movies ...

the rev. paperboy said...

1.the Three Musketeers and the Four Musketeers. The ones from the 70's written by George MacDonald Fraser (who also wrote the Flashman books) Directed by Richard Lester and staring Michael York, Richard Chamberlin, Charlton Heston, Raquel Welch and her cleavage and the magnetic and magnificently hammered Oliver Reed. Totally awesome swordfights and buckleswashing, and Spike Milligan.

2.Catcher in the Rye narrowly edges out To Kill a Mockingbird, but I loved all the Shakespeare too.

3. Tin Roof, with lots of nuts.

pretty shaved ape said...

Zardoz is from the remnants of the wiZARD of OZ. As i recall that was revealed in a scene from the movie.

LuLu said...

Oooh .. you are teh very smart, PSA.

Frank Frink said...

Hmmmm.. fellow insomniac, although it is not quite 7pm yet on the left/wet coast.

Damn you, LuLu. You've already answered 2) & 3) for me. Yep, can't decide between thsoe same two B & J falvours.

Great movie choices all. Just to throw something different out there - They Live. 'Special' sunglasses *they're like a drug!), reptilian overlords from outer space, humans being bombarded by media and government with subliminal messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority", and Rowdy Roddy Piper spouting lines such as "I came here to chew gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of chewing gum".

Now, who outside of a Blogging Tory wouldn't enjoy watching that?

LuLu said...

Hey Frank, I'm coming to play in Vancouver the first week of August for Bloggerpalooza ... are you coming, too?

Frank Frink said...

I'm coming to play in Vancouver the first week of August for Bloggerpalooza

Kewl! First I've heard of a tentative date.

Since I'm already in Vancouver - blocking off calendar - I'll just have to make sure I'm not of town at that time. You should probably except Prole and pale to be along as well. They're fun!

Nullig said...

1. The Blob - A meteorite falls in the country of a small town, bringing a jelly creature. An old farmer is attacked by the alien in his hand, and two youths Steve Andrews (Steve McQueen) and his girlfriend Jane Martin (Aneta Corsaut) take him to the doctor. He carefully treats the blister, and asks Steve to investigate the location where they found the old man. When Steve returns, he sees the blob killing the doctor. Steve and Jane try to warn everyone, but nobody believes them, while the blob engulfs many people, getting bigger and bigger.

2. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger (in a catholic high school, no less)

3. Häagen-Dazs Mango Sorbet - not technically an ice cream.

Nullig

LuLu said...

I'm not sure this is the official west coast Bloggerpalooza but Dave at TGB said he'd put something together when I said I was coming out. So maybe you'll have Bloggerpalooza I & II - how lucky are you?

LuLu said...

I'm for bed, darlings. We'll play lots more tomorrow.

thwap said...

boy, 8 months

KEvron said...

one. battlefield earth. even cult devotees can excel at shlock.

two. while catcher certainly had a profound effect on me, too (what the fuck is that all about?!), cat's cradle was both my introduction to vonegutt and the final nail in my spirituality's coffin.

three. my fave is not one but two flavors combined: a scoop of rocky road and a scoop of pecan pralines.

KEvron

liberal supporter said...

1. Planet of the Apes - "You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"

2. Sirens of Titan . - I forget what was on the reading list; I'd gotten smart and took composition instead of lit, let them figure out the deep meaning I clumsily obscured and wove into my scrawlings.

3. butterscotch ripple

Red Canuck said...

1. Fletch (Fletch F. Fletch)
2. As I Lay Dying
3. Haagen-Dazs Coffee...without a doubt.

Mike said...

1. A tie between The Terminator and Highlander...if their on, I am compelled to watch...

2. 1984 and Clockwork Orange...though The Chrystalids stands out too. Why yes, I was in highschool before and after 1984, why do you ask...

3. Tiger Tail

Sheena said...

1. Breakfast at Tiffanys. Or Dirty Dancing. Or Princess Bride.

2. Poetry by Jorge Luis Borges

3. Lemon gelato or dark chocolate, but sensitive to cheap ass grocery dairy, so premium brands or nothing.

Boris said...

1. Was watching Slapshot earlier, but then Mike said Highlander - might have to go with that.

2. Who has seen the wind.

3. PC Beyond Decadence choco with the dk choco slivers.

Alpha Male said...

1. Army of Darkness aka evil dead three, Ash vs the Army of Darkness... Great one liners, appropriate regardless of political stripe.

2. Macbeth... Sex, violence, retribution, and everyone dies in the end. It's real life, just with a freaky Shakespearean accent. Second choice, Beowulf (long before the movie came out) see above.

3. Classical chocolate ice creame. Straight up.

danahunter said...

Oh, my. Choices.

Uno. I'm torn between Austin Powers and Grosse Pointe Blank. Such cheesey goodness in both! On the one hand, Austin provides so many tasty random quotes, but Blank's got Dan Akroyd as an assassin who takes a TV to the noggin...

Dos. Les Miserables. In, of all places, American lit. Our teacher was obsessed with both the book and the Broadway show, took a week out of weak American novels to do a unit on this, and had 30 high school kids lined up to buy a 20 lb French novel and a Broadway soundtrack. No shit.

Tres. Coldstone Creamery's sweet cream ice cream. The kind with all the fat in it. But closely followed by Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream, of course!

(Yes, I'm from the American Southwest. What tipped you off? ;-)

Mucho grande fun, Lulu, gracias!

pretty shaved ape said...

" thwap said...
boy, 8 months"

i hope that's happy news and not a flavour of ice cream. congratulations to the thwap family. might i suggest a first name? i like ker. as in ker thwap.

Balbulican said...

1) Big Trouble in Little China, John Carpenter's version of a Hong Kong Ghost-Fu movie. It's the only time that Carpenter's predilection for cheap, cheerful shlock works on every level (with the exception of "The Thing"- the low budget look just adds to the perfection.

2) I can't remember that far back.

3) President's Choice Christmas Crunch, only in December.

Chimera said...

1. Assault On Precinct Thirteen. The sound track alone creeps out everyone else in the house, so they go away and I get to watch it without a whole buncha unnecessary commentary from also-watchings.

2. Beau Geste. This was my choice when we were told we could choose one optional novel to read and on which do a review. The only "rule" was that it had to be more than 400 pages long. I went on to read the trilogy, and over the years I've reread the whole thing several times.

3. Triple chocolate fudge chocolate chip. With chocolate sauce. Served in a chocolate boat. Or in a chocolate waffle cone.