Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday's With Sue 9/13/9

As Good As it Gets! One of my favorite Jack Nicholson roles ever. He is great in this movie. Greg Kinnear is also really good. I normally don't like the romantic comedy type movies, but I really like this one, even though it has Helen Hunt in it.

Dad got it first! All right Dad! You're moving up on the all stars! Cat was next, then Haley, then Emily! B thought it might be Foul Play. Emily's message to me said this, and I quote, "Why oh why did you have to do this movie on my last pregnancy week?" I'll tell you why Em, I thought you would get it right away! I know you love this movie. I thought I'd pick one you'd get easily, in case Tiny E wasn't born yet, then at least you would be happy winning Sunday's With Sue. I had no idea you'd be the last one to guess it Wright.

Here is this week's movie quote:

Easy peasy japanesey

42 comments:

Emily said...

Ah Sue, you underestimate pregnancy brain.
I have a funny story even about the end of last week and this movie.... but I am too tired and will tell it tomorrow.
Congrats dad! And that was sweet Sue to try and boost my spirits if Tiny E wasn't born- which she isn't.

Haley said...

Dang, I got it pretty fast and I was third! Marcus and I just watched this movie for the first time a couple months ago on watch instantly on netflix. We had both heard a lot about it but never seen it. It was really good, we both liked it. Jack was great in it. I was surprised that I recognized the quote so fast. Good job Gramps!

Pops said...

Whooo..hooo score another for the pops. I always liked this movie. The Jack was great in this role and he really ripped into Greg K with a vengence. Maybe that's why I remembered the first quote. I saw the last 10 minutes of "A Few Good Men" yesterday and studied the "you can't handle the truth" speech by Jack Nicholson. He is truly a remarkable actor. His eyes were just blazing when he was sitting on the courtroom stand. Go Jack! My boy, Kevin looks so good in a Marine Corps uniform.

Hope you guys can stand my playlist.

Emily said...

Here is my story I promised: At the club last week, one of our older members came in with his wife for lunch. He is a lawyer (ambulance chaser kind) that retired last year, he has gone steadily down hill since. He is 2 years younger then dad and is currently shuffling around in sweat pants only now. Anyway, he seems to have a weird new request every time he comes in, lately it has been warmish tap water (don't even think about pouring it out of the pitcher and just not getting any ice.) You must get it directly from the tap. Well, this time I happened to still be chatting a bit with them when the busser came to the table and got their lecture about water (she was new), then he asked her for plastic utensils. She kind of looks at me for guidance, I was like, "sure, we'll go get them right away". So I go back to the kitchen to get them and had to mention it to Peter since I knew he'd get a kick out of it. When taking it back to him, I couldn't help myself, I had to ask him why (I used a very polite and breezy tone). He turns to me and goes, "metal silverware is dirty! Do you know how many mouths these forks have been in??" --I was like, oh yeah, ok, alright. His wife looks at me and goes, "it's just him, I trust you guys and how you wash them". (But he insisted she use them too). Anyway, the entire staff learned of this and laughed and I compaired him to Melvin Udall and he may just have a new nickname. He really should learn to carry his in a little plastic bag from home though, because, "do you know how many hands have dug into the tray to retrieve those plastic utensils?"
That's my story, kind of long and perhaps not as funny if you don't work at the country club and know this guy, but my point in telling it is that I was referencing this movie and quoting it last week.

Dan W said...

Congrats to George and everyone who got it. I can't frickin' believe I didn't! Of course it was As Good As It Gets! I own it, I love it, I quote parts of it from time to time, I've used a scene from it as a major piece of one of my Sunstone editorials.... UGH!

Love "Riders" and "Pie" George. That Chet Baker song is a bit freaky, though. Maybe it will grow on me?

Now what's with the Helen Hunt dissing, Sue?)

Haley said...

Oh, don't even get them started on their united hatred for Helen Hunt......

Funny story Em!! That's so funny that he asked for plastic utensils!

Haley said...

And who the BIP is Chet Baker??? I'm sorry, but I can't stand Willie Nelson. He sounds like a dying cat. I like the other two songs though :)

Pops said...

Oh, Crap!! That Chet Baker song is not the one I expected. It is pretty lame, Dan, don't even try to let it grow on you. Em's, if you can remove it with out too much trouble that would be well. It's the trumpet playing that I like and not the singing so much.
Thanks..

Haley said...

You are cute Grandpa.

Pops said...

Crap, again! i just lost a long comment. I hate that when I do that. Haley, Chet Baker was a jazz trumpet player from the 50s and 60s. Noted for his cool playing, good tone and clear notes. Not noted for his singing. Midnight Rider is a song from "Electric Horseman" One of Robert Redfords and Jane Fondas better movies. It was filmed in Southern Utah. Netflix it if you havent seen it. I like Willie Nelson a lot. I just like dying cat sounds. To bad Rocky didn't have vocal cords. hahahaha

Emily: Love the story of the geeser and the plastic ware. Yes, very Melvinish at the Riverside C.C. What happened to Ella Fitzgerald (Little Girl Blue) and Otis Redding (Stand by Me)?? You couldn't get a download?

Matt said...

I love "Riders on the Storm". Good pick Dad. Elizabethan Report wants to do an all Doors cover show for halloween one of these years. Aaron, the bass player is a REALLY good piano player so that could be way sweet.
ANYWAY--
I knew Dad already one SWS last week after he heard the first quote, so I didn't even bother with a guess. Haha, I'm lame I know.
"Easy peasy japanesey" is on the tip of my tongue! Driving me nuts! I know I have seen this movie a lot.
Haley, your Willie Nelson comment made me laugh. Willie just makes me smile. Not a huge fan, but he kinda rules.

Matt said...

Spelling error: Won not one. haha

Oh, and Ben & Jerry's - Willie Nelson Peach Cobbler Ice Cream is pretty bippin' good.

Haley said...

Matt and his Ben & Jerry's. Thanks for explaining Grandpa. I really don't know much about Jazz music so thanks for filling me in! I know who Ella Fitzgerald is though! You have good taste in music Gramps.

Haley said...

Oh and I'm surprised that Matt didn't comment on the Helen Hunt comments. Hehe.

Dan W said...

I dig Willie, too. Midnight Rider not one of my favs of his but overall I'm a Willie fan. Thanks for the free pass, George, on having to give Let's Get Lost a few more listens...

I love my Wright cousins despite their strange hatreds. Can't wait to hear what offends about Helen!

Emily said...

I am not too fond of Helen Hunt, especially Mad About You- but I like her ok otherwise. I think she did great as Carol the waitress. She totally owned that role. Other then those two role (one hated, one liked) I can't think of much else I've seen or whatever to bash her about. Perhaps some of my siblings can.

Haley said...

What the? My wv is groped. Uh...

Amy said...

I have to admit to liking Willie Nelson, too. I, like Matt, can't help smiling when I hear him sing. Not sure what it is. I don't like his braids and tank tops, though! Love your story Ems, sounds like you handled the situation great. Sometimes you just have to cater to people's strange whims. Dad always has good playlists...they make me smile, too.

Sue said...

I like Willie Nelson a lot, I like his music and I think he is adorable. So good pick dad!

And yes, I do not like Helen Hunt at all. I forgot that some of my siblings share that. I seem to remember talking about it once with everyone. My dislike totally comes from that show Mad About You. I hated that show. There was a time, a long time ago, when I didn't have cable and only got like 3 channels. And one of the channels always had that show on. I thought they were the worst married couple ever! One of them could not do or say ANYTHING without the other one questioning their motives behind it. "why did you do that?" "what did you mean when you said that?" Drove me crazy! They were a couple of totally insecure people who were terrible for eachother. So basically I hate Helen Hunt because of her character on that TV show. And she also pulls the same squinty eyed, furrowed brow face for every emotion she is trying to depict.

That's my reasoning. Not sure why Matt hates her.

Dan W said...

To me, Paul Reiser is to blame for everything about Mad About You. Totally his show, so the characters come out of his own neuroses.... I like Helen as an actress, though. Beautiful and clearly very intelligent. She also seems to be in charge of her life (at least as far as I know). I like talented people who have their act basically together.

Neaners said...

Love American Pie and Riders on the Storm. Doors were awesome! WIllie Nelson isn't on my list of favorites at all but tolerable. As far as Helen Hunt goes, I do think she is a great actress but I really didn't like Mad About You either. She hasn't been in much lately? She was married to cute Hank Azaria. I laughed at him in the 2nd Night of the Museum. He was sexy too:) Anyone see that?
The quote sounds familiar but maybe Wednesday will help. Have a good one!

Emily said...

Sorry for the delay on your song request business dad.
I removed Chet Baker and was unable to find those two other songs. Your playlist is quite scant so may I suggest picking another song by any or all of the artists that are not featured currently that you had requested? I was especially disappointed about the Ella Fitzgerald song since Ella will be born this week and she is half her namesake. Would have been cool.

Matt said...

Helen Hunt- I don't know, she just always bugs me! I haven't even seen Mad About You. But like Sue said, her facial expressions just seem buggy. I know, that's picky, but we all have those actors/actresses that just get under our skin. For Em, it's Russell Crowe. For B, it's Nicholas Cage. For me, Helen Hunt can nearly ruin a movie. I was sad that she was Tom Hanks' one true love in Cast Away, I just felt bad for him even more! I don't even know why really. Even the sound of her voice bugs me! For real. She speaks out of her throat like a muppet or something.
I'm sure she is very nice, smart and stays out of trouble and all that, so I don't dislike her as a person, I just would rather not see her on the big screen.

Dan W said...

Thanks for the explanations about Helen. As you say, for whatever reason, some folks just don't strike us as appealing. FWIW I like Crowe and Cage.

Speaking of Hunt and Cage, each one of them is part of one of my favorite SNL skits. For Hunt, it's the one where she is a stewardess doing the obligatory "buh bye's" to passengers de-planing. (Happy to describe it more for anyone who hasn't seen it). The Cage one is when he's playing a guy who is shooting down names that his pregnant wife is pitching as possible ones for their soon-to-be son. At first, his objections are reasonable (wimpy boy names or how kids named Peter could get teased as it's a euphemism for male genitalia, etc.) However, his objections get more and more bizarre as she keeps going. Finally we understand, for the doorbell rings and its the UPS guy with a delivery for "Mr. Asswipe (sorry B--no way to avoid it). He blows up at the guy: "It's pronounces Az-whipp-eh! Az-whipp-eh!"

For me, a lot of stuff about actors/actresses and whether I like them has to do with their personal lives and/or my sense of the diva-ishness. In real life and for my screen icons, I don't like high-maintenance people, and if I hear of a Hollywood person's super arrogant ridiculousness (or super insecurity) it puts me off them big time. I suppose I can still handle seeing them in movies if they are good in the roles, but I will refuse to read storylines, etc. about them.

Dan W said...

Wow, lots of grammar misses and mis-matched tenses in that last post! Sorry! Usually read through them before hitting send! Ack!

Cat said...

Yay for Asswipe! That is one of my favorist SNL skits ever. I still refer to anyone with a laughable name as Asswipe.

Neaners said...

LOL. I saw that skit too. Asswipe. Hee hee!!! I don't watch SNL much anymore because so many of the amazing stars are gone. Nobody can replace Belushi,Chase,Curtain,and Gilda! Boy that dates me I think. LOL!

Emily said...

The Asweepe' skit is on my top list of SNL skits ever. Rob and I use the term every so often when we would like to call someone a harsher name. Aim, you don't work at a country club for 9 years without learning how to cater to stupid whims with a smile on your face (and laughing lots in the kitchen when you can).

Amy said...

I can only imagine! Matt, your Castaway comment about Helen Hunt is hilarious! I don't dislike her that much.

Sue said...

I forgot HH was in Castaway. I love that movie, luckily she is in it very little. I think Wilson was way better for Tom than her. And I knew she and Hank Azaria were together for quite awhile. I remember thinking he could do better when I heard that. He is a huge part of the Simpsons, not to mention Agador. And Dan, you mention she is clearly intelligent, you got some back up for that? I'm not saying she isn't, just seems you know something.

Asweepe! One of the best SNL skits ever! I think of that skit often, and have recreated it for many people. Classic. Perhaps it was on the same episode our beloved Tiny Elvis skit was on.

And Em, I feel for you when it comes to your country club story. I worked at the Peppercorn long enough to get to know the weirdness of some of the regulars and the hysterical laughter they caused in the kitchen. That is how me and my friend Doug became such good friends, and are best friends to this day. (Cam and I miss him so much we are flying him out here next month to visit! I can't wait. He doesn't know, I've worked it all out with his partner Ricky. I am so excited!)

Pops said...

I feel so out of it sometimes. I have never seen Mad About You and have never seen SNL skit about the name thing. So that said, I still like Helen Hunt for her role in As Good As It Gets. Like what Emily said.."She owns that role as a waitress". I love that scene where she and the mother are at the kitchen table with Harold Ramis (the doctor) and they can't believe a real doctor is in the house and is going to do something for her boy. Good acting there and cute facial expressions. Anyway, props to HH.

Dan W said...

Yay for George and something positive about Helen! That scene you mention in As Good As It Gets is totally one of my favorites, too! The pure relief they feel is thrilling to see.

Can't say I have any specific evidence of Helen's smarts, Sue. She has been a director and producer as well as an actress, and those roles take some intelligence and a decent amount of drive and ambition. She also is very well spoken. For me, I guess overall I just like that she seems like a person who is in charge of her life, makes decisions based on what she wants to do and isn't one of those insecure, media whore types. (Of course, she's gotta be pretty rich--hauling in a million per episode that last season or two of Mad about You--which has to make things like choosing projects and commitments a bit easier. Still, lots of folks with bucks still act like idiots, but I can't say I know of any episodes when she has done that.)

Looking forward to a new SWS clue today! From the first one, I'm pretty sure I've seen this film but can't get my brain around it yet....

Emily said...

So taking in your comments Dan, about the personal lives and characters of actors and famous people, how are you liking Kanye West?
I have the same kind of thing as you, and for years now, I have hated that guy. I've never listened to his music, but I know it would instantly piss me off and I would hate it just because he is singing it.
Talk about an Asweepe'.

Pops said...

Yeah, Emily, Kanye West the Asweepe. I saw the clip a few times on Fox News and what a jerk. Bounce did a nice think bringing Taylor back on stage and all. Class!

I completely agree with Dan about the personality of celebs and divas and all that. A few years ago I read with disbelief what a jerk JLO is and how demanding she is when she travels and checks into a hotel. Way over the top with demands. I haven't liked her much since. I can usually overlook the personalities of actors and the role they play on the screen. i.e. R. Crowe, S. Penn and Tim Robbins and the like. But I prefer the "good guys" , the Paul Newman types. Props to Patrick Swaesy (sp) and his long marriage and courage with the cancer battle.

Dan W said...

Had been aware of Kanye before this Taylor Swift thing but had never given him a second thought as I'm not really a fan of his music. Now definitely will never purposely read about him. What a self-centered prick--or as Obama said, jackass.

I have a dream that being a "diva" will some day stop being something to strive for--wouldn't it be great if everyone just plain out rejected anything diva-ish out of hand? It wouldn't take that long for folks to get the message.

Haley said...

Yeah what a jerk Kanye is. I don't really care for his music either but have heard some of his songs on the radio once in a while and he is very pompous and self-centered in his lyrics. So dumb what he did to Taylor Swift. Grandpa, you crack me up when you call Beyonce "Bounce!" She did a very classy thing, so props to her.

Haley said...

PS I'm not a fan of Taylor Swift, she is talented and cute but her songs just kind of annoy me. Anyway, I decided after all this fuss about her video to watch it, and it's actually good. I thought it was cute.

Matt said...

Dad, it freaking KILLS me when you call Beyonce "Bounce". B too.

Sue said...

I love Bounce too! Cracks me up. I agree about the whole celeb personality thing too. I think I would probably find the majority of them very unpleasant people to be around. Good explanation on HH Dan, but I still don't like her.

I do love that scene in the movie around the table with Harold Ramus. There is a great quote from that one that I so wanted to use, but didn't think it was appropriate for the blog. You can all probably guess what quote that is.

Kanye West is hud. I've never heard any of his music, but can imagine what it sounds like, not my thing. I was actually watching the VMA's and saw it happen. I was watching because I knew they were going to premier the new New Moon trailor, and the trailor to the Michael Jackson doc coming out this fall. So I watched the show while making dinner etc. When it happened, I thought it was a stunt. I didn't know until the next morning that it wasn't a stunt. I didn't even know it was Kanye until the next morning.

Have you guys all seen the Southpark with Kanye? They've been playing it all week. The one where he thinks everyone is calling him a gay fish? So funny!

Sue said...

Here is the wednesday quote:

That's the beauty of music. They can't take that away from you.

Matt said...

Oh Sue, that gayfish episode was SOOO FUNNY. It's awesome that it came out just a week or 2 before the award show. Poor guy is not having a good month!
Did you see him apologize on Jay Leno? I watched it on youtube and it is pretty pathetic. I think he was faking the tears.

Neaners said...

I agree Matt, looked like he was faking it and Taylor was on the vView and said he never even called her to apologize. I am not a huge fan of her either but she isn't a big diva YET! Young so we will see. I am curious about the gayfish episode now. I also totally cracked up when I read "BOUNCE".