brb, geeking out over the music in Inglourious Basterds.  D:  Watching it again with friends gave me a chance to musicgasm over it since I spent my whole first viewing being all “WHO IS CHRISTOPH WALTZ AND WHY IS HE SO AMAZING”.  I know much of it, including this, is lifted from old movies, but the music choices worked SO WELL.  I was really amazed at how effectively terrifying this track was.  I don’t know how, but it really conveys a human terror.  You don’t hear it and think of scary beasties and mutants chasing after you—it sounds like the terrifying depths of depraved humanity.  The first chapter of the movie is probably my favorite simply because of how perfectly it defines Landa’s character, and I just adore how this track gradually crescendoes into the really terrifying and evil side of him after the audience has had a chance to get to know the charmingly smug gentleman side of him.  (Gah.  I still can’t get over how Waltz got the charming/smug/douchey/gentlemanly/sexy/terrifying combination down so well.) 

—and I really love the way that whole scene was shot.  Something about the way Landa looms in the doorway as Shosanna runs off was so subtly scary (not even when he’s holding the gun—just like when he’s simply walking over to the doorway.  I love how his figure contrasts with the intense light outside, and he just swallows it all up.  It’s like “OH.  CRAP.”). 


Movie Tag


It was pretty much Mission Impossible to narrow down my favorite movies to list my Top 15, but here is my attempt. And no, Mission Impossible is not included on my list:

TOP 15 - In Alpha Order

1. Avalon

Jewish family living the American dream. Classic story. Classic style.

Memorable quotes:

“YOU cut the turkey without me!?!” We use that one every Thanksgiving.

“An elephant just walked by the window”.

2. Back to the Future (1,2,3)

I am sure some will disagree, but with the exception of Rocky, I don’t think that there has been a movie whose sequels were just as good as the original. I am still waiting for the arrival of the pink Barbie Hover Board.

3. A Bronx Tale

“There is nothing sadder in life than wasted talent”. Words to live by. If only the actor who played “C” took those words to heart.

4. The Breakfast Club

Although I did not fully identify with any one of the 5 clubbers, I did want to lock myself in a file room with the young Judd Nelson. I do not have diamonds to give him but I have other treasures. I think this movie is what started my attraction to the “bad boys”.

5. The Delicate Delinquent

This is the first movie Jerry Lewis made after “Martin & Lewis” broke up. I think he stood his own and he stood tall. It was funny and had heart.

Bonus: You get to see how hot the Dad from A Christmas Story was. He played the cop - Mike Damon.

6. For the Boys

I love the music of 40’s and no current singer can capture that era like Bette Midler. She is sassy and brassy and still remains a class act.

7. The Godfather I and II

Did you notice that I did not include III? Can you blame me? The third installment was not worthy to be included in the Godfather saga and should have been severed like that horses head.

8. Gone With The Wind

Everyday I wish for the beauty and strength of Scarlet. Every night I wish for someone like Rhett. A Clarke Gable look alike would be just dandy.

9. It’s A Wonderful Life

I think of this movie every time I hear a bell ring and I look back to see if I got my wings.

10. A League of Their Own

Reminds me of my Nana. She was and still is a “Dirt in the Skirt” kind of gal.

11. Lost in Yonkers

Neil Simon is a genius. If I ever act in a play, I would love to play the character of “Aunt Bella”. It would not be much of a stretch. I am already a little slow and childlike.

12. The Outsiders

It’s not easy being Greasy. It’s also not easy being “tuff” when you have names like Ponyboy and Soda Pop. These guys did it and they did it for Johnny. I would stand with the Greasers over the Soc’s any day.

13. Rebel Without a Cause

I think DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince can sum this up for us:

You know parents are the same

No matter time nor place

They don’t understand that us kids

Are going to make some mistakes

So to you, all the kids all across the land

There’s no need to argue

Parents just don’t understand

14. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Simple. Beautiful. Classic.

15. When Harry Met Sally

Repeat After Me. Pepper. There is too much pepper in my paprikash but I would be happy to partake of your Pecan Pie. Pecan Piiee.

This picture portrayed the pairing of a presumptuous man and a prissy woman and the path their relationship took from platonic pals to playful partners to perfection - they found love.

Oh and wait! Do you hear that? Who’s singing? Harry?? Oh, beautiful Harry. Mr. Connick, Jr. Well, Harry, it’s nice to meet you.


Current Favorite: Pineapple Express - I seen’t it. Have you?

The Princess Bride – Greatest thing in the world, except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe.

The Sandlot - I will love this movie forever… Forever… FOREVER.

Sixteen Candles - I <3 Jake Ryan

So I Married an Axe Murderer - My favorite movie to Movie Quote War with. HEED! PANTS! NOW!

I am not into cowboys but I will ride one of them cowboys any day: Hope Floats - Harry Connick, Jr. Urban Cowboy - John Travolta

Throw Mama from the Train -

I have a headache in my eye and the salted nuts make me choke.

Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael -

“I will never be the same. Caught in your eyes. Lost in your name. I will never be the same…

But I loved you. And I lost you. And I will never be the same.”

All Dog’s Go To Heaven, An American Tail, Angela’s Ashes, Barbershop, Big, Big Fish, Breakin’, The Break Up, Casablanca, Casino, Catch Me If You Can, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Story, Clueless, The Color Purple, Cry Baby, Dirty Dancing, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Dream a Little Dream, Dumbo, East of Eden, Edward Scissorhands, Elf, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Finding Neverland, The Five Heartbeats, Forget Paris, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Friday, From Here to Eternity, The Help, Home Alone, Glory, The Green Mile, Grey Gardens, Good Fellas, Goonies, Grease, Home for the Holidays, How to Make an American Quilt, Inventing the Abbotts, James Dean, The Joy Luck Club, Kissing Jessica Stein, La Bamba, Lady & The Tramp, Legends of the Fall, The Little Mermaid, Love Actually, Made, The Majestic, Memphis Belle, Mermaids, Mi Familia, Mobsters, My Best Friends Wedding, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Cousin Vinny, The Notebook, Ocean’s 11 (the remake), Office Space, An Officer and a Gentleman, Oliver & Co., Pearl Harbor, Pirates of the Caribbean, A Place in the Sun, Planes, Prime, Trains & Automobiles, Platoon, Purple Rain, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Quiet Man, Radio Flyer, Raising Arizona, Ray, Rocky (I – V, plus Rocky Balboa), Romeo + Juliet, Say Anything, The Search, Serendipity, The Shawshank Redemption, Shop Girl, Sleepy Hollow, Slumdog Millionaire, Space Balls, Stand and Deliver, Stand By Me, Steel Magnolias, A Street Car Named Desire, Surviving Christmas, Swingers, Terms of Endearment, Thelma & Louise, The Three Amigos, Titanic, Toy Story, Two Weeks Notice, Unconditional, A Walk in the Clouds, The Wedding Singer, West Side Story, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz.

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Tag List:

21 Jump Street X

Breakfast at Tiffanys X

Bridesmaids X

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory X

Clueless X

Disney X

Dobutsu No Mori X

Easy A X

Funny Girl X

Howls Moving Castle X

Juno X

Kikis Delivery Service X

Legally Blonde X

Maleficent X

Mean Girls X

Moonrise Kingdom X

Pirates of the Caribbean X

Pitch Perfect X

Ponyo X

Scary Movie X

Scott Pilgrim VS the World X

Spirited Away X

The Devil Wears Prada X

The Grand Budapest Hotel X

This is the End X