Friday, August 27, 2010

Some Like it Hot!

So apparently, a startling amount of you are totally unfamiliar with this movie! This is a crime! I used to watch this over at my friend Emily's house at a young age (when we weren't watching Gone With The Wind), then I rediscovered it in my late teens and watched it a LOT! It is hilarious. Basically, Curtis and Lemmon- two musicians, have to hide out for a while from gangsters and they get a job with an all girl's jazz band, so they pretend to be women. Of course Marilyn is in the band and of course they both fall for her and become her best friends as women- and simultaneously try to woo her as men. Well, Lemmon gets into his own situation and kind of forgets himself and by himself I mean "him"self. It's a Billy Wilder concoction and here are some stats: (I did a little digging into this picture this week trying to help you guys out): It is listed in AFI's 100 greatest movies of all time, they ranked it #14 in greatest American movies and ranked it the #1 greatest comedy in their 100 years, 100 laughs list. Lemmon won the best actor Oscar, and the movie won several other Academy Awards and also Best Picture at the Golden Globes. I've got to say- I just love Jack Lemmon! He is so perfectly goofy. Some actors take goofy to proportions I don't care for (see Jerry Lewis), but Jack carried goofy like an art form. Tony Curtis was alright, but the show was stolen from him. I did get a kick out of his choice of imitating Cary Grant when he was pretending to be a millionaire while wooing Sugar (reportedly, Cary Grant saw the show and said, "I don't talk like that"-- yes you did Cary and we love you for it.) And finally, despite all the reported problems she brought, I am so glad Marilyn played Sugar. She is just darling. The problems she caused on the set are Hollywood legend. This movie was shot in the last few years of her life and we all know she was a downward spiral. Reportedly she was a no show, a mess when she did show, forgot her lines (many were written down on chalkboards- here is a little blurb about it from IMDB:
"Marilyn Monroe required 47 takes to get "It's me, Sugar" correct, instead saying either "Sugar, it's me" or "It's Sugar, me". After take 30, Billy Wilder had the line written on a blackboard. Another scene required Monroe to rummage through some drawers and say "Where's the bourbon?" After 40 takes of her saying "Where's the whiskey?", 'Where's the bottle?", or "Where's the bonbon?", Wilder pasted the correct line in one of the drawers. After Monroe became confused about which drawer contained the line, Wilder had it pasted in every drawer. Fifty-nine takes were required for this scene and when she finally does say it, she has her back to the camera, leading some to wonder if Wilder finally gave up and had it dubbed. "
That cracks me up! 47 TAKES TO SAY "It's me, Sugar"??????????
Oh Marilyn. She reportedly was not invited to the wrap up party. Crazy thing is, she made like 3 pictures after this one before her demise.

Where's the bonbon! Love it. Anyway, see this movie! It is a classic. The gangster parts wear thin to me and I usually fast forward past them when they come on screen. I've seen it so many times, I need not see them anymore.

So I guess you all want to know who won eh? I got two correct answers today and they were within 10 minutes of each other. Dad, I'm sorry to say, but this was Sue's week! She got you by a hair. (Incidentally, she was the one I was worried about giving an advantage to since I knew she listens to Filmspotting and they made a big deal out of this movie and played many of the lines from the movie including the "Nobody's perfect line" more then once I believe.) I tried to avoid the clips that they chose until the end when I gave up on you all. Off subject, but they also made a big deal out of "The Apartment" which is one I had never seen. I took their advice and rented it and LOVED it! I came to realize that I had never seen a Shirley McLaine movie when she was young and who knew she was so adorable? I just thought she was the cutest, charming thing ever. But that all doesn't have too much to do with Some Like it Hot. I can't resist adding the trailer, I watched it last night and it had one of the best trailer lines in the history of trailer lines:
"You've never laughed so hard at sex........or a picture about it"

So congrats again Sue! Take it away.

Congratulations Sue!!!

I wanted to give a big congrats to Sue, she was the winner of this week's Massacre Theater on the podcast Filmspotting!

She even mentioned it on this blog this week and how they did a scene from To Kill A Mockingbird in the comments and low and behold-- she happened to be the winner!
For those that aren't familiar, this is actually a very popular and well acclaimed Podcast and is produced by the same producer of "This American Life" and is also recorded in Chicago probably on the same radio station and has something to do with NPR, but I honestly don't know enough about that world- but Cat and Sue do. (I am just saying, this is no fly-by-night podcast with 100 listeners or something- it's the big time).

It's a good movie review podcast, they review one new movie, they do Massacre Theater, they also do top 5 lists, and movie marathons- where over a span of episodes, they watch a different movie from a specific group each time and discuss it, then at the end they do a little award ceremony kind of thing- it's kind of fun. (Their latest movie marathon just ended where they did Billy Wilder movies).

Massacre Theater is a little segment that they do every week -not unlike WTB-. But what they do is they take a little scene from a movie and they act it out, but instead of reading it like the character's do, they throw you a little by say- if it is a movie where the character's feature a heavy Southern drawl, they play it like Italian gangsters or something, or they will read a woman's voice like a crusty old man- which can REALLY throw you off.

Anyway congrats Sue!!! They did mess up where she is from, they said Kearns, Ohio- but she got a correction in the show description and Adam puts the mistake entirely on his shoulders. (If you are curious, it is episode #314, reviewing "Animal Kingdom".) She wins her choice of any DVD from AFI's 100 greatest films.

Hmmm...... perhaps she could choose this week's wtb, it is pretty high on that list...........

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Em's WTB

Man: Look, if are you interested in whether I am married or not...
Woman: Oh, I'm not interested at all.
Man: Well, I'm not.
Woman: That's very interesting!

First Wed clue (the win is still up for grabs!) I'll do an easier one later in the day:

Woman: Water polo? Isn't that terribly dangerous?
Man: I'll say. I had two ponies drowned under me.

No guesses yet!!! I forgot to do this yesterday, but this one ought to get a few guesses. If you've seen this movie, I think this one will give it away (if not, Friday's will):

Man #1: Have I got things to tell you!
Man #2: What happened?
Man #1: I'm engaged.
Man #2: Congratulations. Who's the lucky girl?
Man #1: I am!

Well, I've had one guess and I was going to drop that person a hint and steer them in a better direction but decided that would be unfair, so I decided to help the person out for all to see:

No one in this movie is gay (except for one of the actors).

Good luck!

Alright- you guys need a Thursday quote (but I'm not advertising this one, you'll have to stumble upon it yourselves):

Person #1: [pouring bourbon into paper cup] Turn the lights on.

Person #2: No lights, we don't want anyone to know we're having a party.

Person #1: But I might spill some.

Person #2: So spill it! Spills, thrills, laughs, and games. [said to themselves] This may even turn out to be a surprise party.

Person #1: What's the surprise?

Person #2: Not yet.

Person #1: When?

Person #2: Better have a drink first.

Person #1: There. That'll put hair on your chest.

Person #2: No fair guessing.

I CANNOT believe I am stumping everyone with this movie!! What the bip indeed!!

I have been avoiding this quote since I am almost certain it will give a certain person on the blog a (kind of) unfair advantage, but too bad! Someone needs an advantage here.........

AND I'm leaving the names in.

Oh no you don't! Osgood, I'm gonna level with you. We can't get married at all.
Osgood: Why not?
Jerry: Well, in the first place, I'm not a natural blonde.
Osgood: Doesn't matter.
Jerry: I smoke! I smoke all the time!
Osgood: I don't care.
Jerry: Well, I have a terrible past. For three years now, I've been living with a saxophone player.
Osgood: I forgive you.
Jerry: [Tragically] I can never have children!
Osgood: We can adopt some.
Jerry: But you don't understand, Osgood!
[Pulls of wig]
I'm a man!
Osgood: Well, nobody's perfect!

Please tell me that someone in this family (besides Rob and I) has seen this movie!

Saturday, August 21, 2010


I hesitated to use this movie /book for fear of giving Emily an advantage. I didn't want to lose my lead on top of the winners board and Ems doesn't need an advantage unless she is dealing with the pregnant brain syndrome. I decided to do it anyway because the movie/book/story is just too good not to use sometime. Greg Peck is so good as Atticus Finch. It was Robert Duvall's first real role in a movie. (by the way, did you know that Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, and Gene Hackman we all room mates at actors school and have been best friend ever since?)

Well! Couldn't beat Emily. She got it on the first quote. Not because she knew the quote. It just sounded like Atticus and she knows Atticus. Props to Ems. Most of you knew it by the second quotes. First, Emily, then Haley, Alex, Dan, Cat and Sue. I didn't hear from Matt and B. Must be too old school for them.

I will miss my playlist of music. I love those songs. Be kind, Ems.

Mom and mine annaversery this Wensday. I have got a small supprise for her planned. One of the few that I know she will love. Have a good week, peeps.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

WTB Movie Quiz

Just to add a little color to the WTB Movie posting, I added these two pics of Chester and Matt. We have been out to a little lake (Morton) outside of town to teach Chester how to swim and stuff. Chester took to the water like a dog. Loved it with great enthusiasim after at first being a little timid. Now he runs, leaps and bounds into the water chaseing a ball or stick. Last night we took the canoe to see if he would ride in it and not tip it over or jump out. It was a fiasco. The wind came up and it was blowing about 40 knots and whitecaps were on the lake and we got all wet. It was awlful, but Matt and I laughed about the experience.

As to the Movie of the week. No tie-in to the lake, water, dog or any of that. Hope you all have a good time trying to figure it out, but don't wait for the "give-away friday quotes", because I believe someone will have guessed it before Friday.

QUOTE: Person #1: Do you know what a compromise is?

Person #2: Bendin' the law?

Person #1: [slightly bemused] Uh, no. It's an agreement reached by mutual consent. Now here's the way it works. You concede the necessity of goin' to school, we'll keep right on readin' the same way every night. Just as we always have. Is that a bargin?

Good luck and have fun....


Man: "Didn't you know your daddy's the best shot in this county?"

Boy #1: Hey.
Boy #2: Hey yourself.
Boy #1: I'm Charles Baker Harris. I can read. I can read anything you've got.
Boy #1: Folks call me Dill.
Boy#2: How old are you? Four and a half?
Boy #1: Going on seven.
Boy #2: Well no wonder then. ***** ben readin' since she was born, and she's not even six yet.
You're mighty puny for nearly seven.
Boy #1: I'm little but I'm old.

If you don't know it yet, just wait for Friday's give-a-way quotes.

FRIDAYS GIVE-A-WAY QUOTES: Most of you have already guessed correctly on this classic book and movie. Who was first? Stay tuned for tomorrows answer.

Quote # 1:
Girl: Why there he is, Mr. Tate. He can tell you his name...
[Looks at the man]
Girl: Hey, Boo.
Father: [making introductions] Miss Jean Louise, Mr. Arthur Radley. I believe he already knows you.

Quote #2: Girl: [narrating] "Neighbors bring food with death, and flowers with sickness, and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. he gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a knife, and our lives."

Quote #3: Rev. Sykes: "Jean Louise. Jean Louise, stand up. your father's passing."

Well, there you are. Can't get anymore "give-a-way" than that!!


Contact, baby! One of the most thought-provoking movies of all time! Sorry more of you haven't seen it--or seen it recently enough to stay in your memories very well. Besides great acting, this film is completely engrossing even as it is wrestling with very high-level science and cultural commentary. If we actually had discovered irrefutable evidence of uber-intelligent life in another galaxy and this other species invited us to build a machine, I absolutely think the variety of reactions portrayed in this film would be nearly exactly the same--everything from the military and defense guys' worries over security, to the religious groups trying to protect their turf (in both subtle and terrible ways), to the parties and crazy folk, to the international committees attempts to find the right kind of person(s) to represent our species to the aliens, etc. Besides being fascinating in all these ways, it is also--at least to me--very inspiring, pointing toward a more ennobling future. I highly recommend it.

As a teaser to get some more of you to see it, there is a very short but unflattering Utah reference in the film (though not really something to be upset about as there is no Mormon-specific commentary). The reference relates to this crazy character (played by Gary Busey's son, who totally looks like his dad, I think):

Side note: Carl Sagan, the author of the book that this was based on, and which was quite different than the movie, spoke at my Ph.D. graduation just months before he died and also before the film came out. He admitted to being very much like the Jodie Foster character in this film: skeptical but capable of profoundly religious-type feelings upon some of his experiences pondering the cosmos. He didn't think it was a good idea to look to God or outside forces to solve our planetary crises--that is our job--but he could still understand the feeling of mystery at the heart of much religion.

So, how did the contest go? Matt and Alex weighed in with good guesses, though wrong ones, based on the Monday clue. They guessed Finding Forrester and Juno respectively. No one guessed anything from the Wednesday clue. Our winner came following the Thursday one about how they should have sent a poet--and that winner was George. I didn't know this was quite so high on his list of all-time favorites so perhaps the contest was a bit unfair. BUT it does show that the man with the unusual musical tastes does know a great film when he sees it! The Friday clues brought two more correct guesses, the first by Emily quite quickly after the clues were posted, and then a few hours later by Matt. That was it. (Let me quickly add that Emily is an impressive player to me. This was the second or third time she's weighed in on films that I've picked where she tells me she really isn't all that familiar with the film but then shares how she pieces the clues together to make her guesses. And she's been right each time simply based on really examining the quotes for any kind of context they provide and then running through films that she knows are about those subjects. So congrats to her for a well-deserved First Runner-up this week.)

George, you are stomping us in this contest! Congrats. Looking forward to what film you choose for this week's competition....

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Sorry to be late in putting this up. Gone all day... I'll get a kickin playlist up on Monday (I know you all just can't wait!)

Here is this week's first quote:

Person 1: What are you writing?
Person 2: The usual. Nouns, adverbs, adjective here and there.

Here is Wednesday clue:

"I'm not against technology, doctor. I'm against the men who deify it at the expense of human truth."

Friday's clues will be pretty easy, so now is the time to get this one! If you've seen the movie a time or two, this is a pretty fair clue.

I've decided to add another slightly vague clue in order to generate more guesses. Friday's will definitely provide the full context, but this clue is also right on if you know and like this movie. I know some of you definitely do as we've discussed it.

Here is a Thursday clue:

. . . No words to describe it. Poetry! They should've sent a poet. So beautiful. So beautiful... I had no idea.


I'll begin with the one I call the Joseph Smith quote (due to its similarity to something he said when challenged about his visions):

Person 1: Why don't you simply withdraw your testimony, and concede that this "journey to the center of the galaxy," in fact, never took place!

Person 2: Because I can't. I... had an experience... I can't prove it, I can't even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real! I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever... A vision... of the universe, that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how... rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater then ourselves, that we are *not*, that none of us are alone! I wish... I... could share that... I wish, that everyone, if only for one... moment, could feel... that awe, and humility, and hope. But... That continues to be my wish.

The second clue is just for fun:

Jay Leno: So it turns out there's life on other planets. Boy, this is really going to change the Miss Universe contest, you know what I mean?

If you don't get the answer from these, you haven't seen the film!

Good luck!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

WTB Movie Quiz

Dudes and Dudettes: The early bird gets the wor. errr, Movie. Waytogo, Dan. You are the Man! 7:16 on Friday morning. Emily next at 10:00. Amy at 10:03. Bronwyn at 10:19. Haley at 10:42. Matt at 12:34. and Jeanine last.

I laughed and laughed reading the quotes from this movie. What a bunch of talented writers. One thing after another. Most excellent. One of my favs I didn't use was the fish in the aquarium at the denist office talking about the root canal being done and argueing over what instrament or clamp he was using. Anyway, fun movie and as Dan said in his message. Not R rated for sure. (or something like that). Also the two dude turtles being named Squirt and Crush. Two cirtus soft drinks. What's up with that! WTB?

Carry on, Dan. Have a good week you all, and have a great, fun, interesting, safe trip to Europe you Phister family and say "hello" to Simone for us.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

WTB Movie Quiz

YES! I'm on a roll. I really lucked into this one. (See comments on the other posting) Anyway, here is the new movie of the week. Not "R" rated this time.

Quote: "It's because I like you, I don't want to be with you. It's a complicated emotion."

Good luck and it will get easier on Wednesday. Have a good week.


1st: If we ask it directions, It cou'd ingest us and spit out our bones.

2nd: What is it with men and asking for directions"

1st: I don't want to play the gender card right now. You want to play a card, let's play the "let's not die" card.

Thursday morning: Giveaway Friday tomorrow. There has not been any, repeat any, guesses on this movie. None! The first one to read tomorrows posting will get it. So stay tuned.

Okay, peeps, here is the friday giveaway quotes. I told you it would be a "Duh" as Sue would say.

Quote 1: Crab#1 Hey.
Crab#2 Hey.
Crab#1 Hey.
Crab#2 Hey.

Quote 2. Squirt: Whoa! That was so cool! Hey. Dad! Did you see that? Did you see me? Did you see what I did?
Crush: You so totally rock, Squirt! So gimme some fin.
Crush: Noggin'.
Squirt, Crush: Dude!

Quote 3. Dory: [about the humpback whale] Maybe he only speaks whale. {slowly and deeply, imitating the whale}
Dory: Mooo... Weeee neeeeed.
Marlin: Dory?
Dory: ...tooo fiind hiis sooon.
Marlin: Dory! Heaven knows what you're saying! See, he's swimming away.
Dory: Cooome baaaaack.
Marlin: He's not coming back. You offended him.
Dory: Maybe a different dialect. Mmmmooooooowaaaah.....
Marlin: Dory! This is not whale. You're speaking like, upset stomach.
Dory: Maybe I should try humpback.
Marlin: No, don't try humpback.
Dory: Wooooooo! Wooooooo!!
Marlin: Okay, now you really do sound sick.
Dory: Maybe louder. Rah! Rah!
Marlin: Don't do that!
Dory: Too much orca. Did it sound a little orca-ish to you?
Marlin: It doesn't sound orca. It sounds like nothing I've ever heard!

Quote # 4: flock of seagulls: Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine.

There you are, guys. Have fun. One of the better movies, ever!!!