Saturday, April 30, 2011

WTB--The Truman Show

A fantastic movie this week. I'm surprised more of you didn't get it. If it's because you haven't seen it, see it! It is fun as well as extremely interesting and intelligent. I think most of you know the basic premise, Jim Carrey as someone raised completely in a fake world that is a television show but not knowing that. But the film still makes many creative moves within that premise that surprise, sometimes delight, sometimes upset you. Plus the cutaways off and on to the half a dozen or so people and families they show who represent its regular watchers are really funny.

The Truman Show is also, to me, one of the most theologically and philosophically rich movies ever. It poses and asks deep questions. Tons of angles that shed light on basic themes of the LDS plan of salvation. A fun reversal in the Lucifer figure in all of this being named Christof. It has great insights about trying to control reality and failing because reality will always break in with its own plans. It's about safety versus adventure, about whether one, as John Stuart Mill says, one would rather be "a pig satisfied or Socrates unsatisfied," etc. Rich stuff. I'll write about it more in a separate post I'm creating in my head.

Anyway, for the game. The son knows the movies his dad likes, I guess. Alex got it from the first clue. No more action until the early Friday clues when George/Pops came in. Then after the late Friday ones, Matt and Em got it right within a few minutes of each other. Em says she's never seen it but put the clues together well. Anyway, congrats Alex!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

WTB--New Game Begins Now

Hi all,

I'm excited to have this one be the movie this week. I think most if not all of you will know it and will have liked it. It's fun as well as very thought provoking. Really kind of surprised it hasn't been done yet. And it may be so well known that even this most obscure of the various quotations I found might give it away. The rest of them will very likely generate winning guesses as it's a movie full of very memorable lines. Good luck!

Here is the first clue:

"What are you gonna do? Dice me, slice me, or peel me? There are so many choices."

Wednesday clue going up very late. Sorry!

Person 1: I want to be an explorer, like the Great Magellan.
Person 2: Oh, you're too late! There's nothing left to explore!

Friday early clues (Two lines from the same character but in different scenes):

"If his was more than just a vague ambition, if he was absolutely determined to discover the truth, there's no way we could prevent him."

"We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented."

Late Friday giveaways!

"Cue the sun!"

Said several times in the film:

"Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!"


The Prestige, Yo

As most of you know (judging from the guesses), this week's movie was The Prestige! Interesting, well made movie. Christopher Nolan is just the best. That dude knows how to make a good movie and keep it intriguing until the end when he blows your mind. It's the story of two magicians that start out as partners, but spend most of the movie as rivals. Set sometime around the turn of the century. Jackman and Bale are the rival magicians, Caine plays an old and wise magician of sorts and Bowie plays Tesla. Scarlett Johansson plays someone's wife and/or assistant (I don't remember to be truthful). Anyway, if you missed this one I urge you to check it out- you will most likely thank me.

Congratulations Lorri! You came in first, oh- I mean Dan (but he gave some credit to Lorri for getting it so fast). I actually think that was a good thing, because the second correct guess came in barely 10 minutes later and it was Haley. I think Haley has some distractions this week, so I think it is for the best that Dan won. Sorry Haley! B came in next and then Matt (who probably would have won if I had posted it at 2 in the morning, instead of at like 8). Coming in 4 days later was pops, and that was all the guesses. No one guessed wrong! On hindsight, I probably went with a pretty easy line for quote one, but I really didn't think it would get so many correct guesses! Oh well, easy ones are fun too sometimes, makes it more of a race instead of hurting our brains.

Take it away Dan! (ya monkey, closing that gap of ours again)

Monday, April 18, 2011


Never came up with that movie. Perhaps some other time, I was able to come up with a good movie anyways.

Woman: ________ I can't live like this!

Man: Well, what do you want from me?

Woman: I want... I want you to be honest with me. No tricks, no lies, no secrets.
Do you... do you love me?

Man: Not today. No.

Wednesday clue on Thursday:

Person #1: He says that it's even between you.
Person #2: Even? My wife for a few of his fingers?
Good luck! Playlist coming soon complete with a clue.

Friday giveaway:

"You always were the better magician. We both know that. Whatever your secret was, you have to agree, mine is better. "

Saturday, April 16, 2011

WTB--The Sixth Sense!

Classic movie. Glad so many have seen it. If you haven't, do! Best one by M. Night S, though I liked The Village, Signs, and Unbreakable, too. Not so much his others. Bad streak, for sure.

My wish did NOT come true in the sense that those who were tied with me or above me in the standings are the ones who came in earliest. EMILY, my nemesis, wins. Got it on the first clue. GEORGE/POPS got it next, and also from the first clue but about 15 hours after Em. Most excellent, you two. Rare to score first clue hits! SUE, who is responsible for this game and my obsession with kicking Wright butt, came in solid from the first of the Friday clues. AMY and HALEY scored some board action following the final clue. Way to go all of you! Be prepared for Radiohead or Arcade Fire, however. To avoid such tragedies in the future, beat the Em! (This message brought to you courtesy of true mainstream music lovers everywhere.) Take it away, Em. Pick a movie I know!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

WTB--Here we go again!

Alright bippers. Here is this week's first clue. It's possible that some will get it from this one... Definitely a memorable movie from the 90s.

Person 1: Do you ever talk to your mom about how things are with Tommy?
Person 2: I don't tell her things.
Person 1: Why not?
Person 2: Because she doesn't look at me like everybody else, and I don't want her to. I don't want her to know.
Person 1: Know what?
Person 2: That I'm a freak.

Some good action from the first quote. Woo hoo!
Here is the Wednesday clue:

Person 1: Are you a good doctor?
Person 2: Well... I used to be. I won an award once. From the Mayor. It had an expensive frame.
Person 1: I'm gonna see you again, right?
Person 2: If that's okay with you.

Alright, an almost giveaway (powerful moment in the film) for early Friday (posting this about 12:45 am). I'll post a dead-on giveaway later in the day if there are still stragglers.

BOY (speaking of his grandmother): She wanted me to tell you she saw you dance. She said, when you were little, you and her had a fight, right before your dance recital. You thought she didn't come see you dance. She did. She hid in the back so you wouldn't see. She said you were like an angel. She said you came to the place where they buried her. Asked her a question. She said the answer is: "Every day." What did you ask?
MOTHER: Do... Do I make her proud?

Final clue:

"I see dead people."

Good luck!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Toy Story!!

Toy Story!! Such a great movie. I watched this one and the second one this year, so I would be prepared for the third one. I hadn't seen it since it came out, I forgot how funny this movie is! Am I the only one that thinks Buzz Lightyear looks a bit like Alex in this picture?

No one guessed with the first clue, then everyone guessed with the second clue. All my correct guesses except for one, came in within an hour and half of the first correct guess. Who was that first one? It was Dan! Then Emily, Haley, Alex, Amy and Matt. I didn't realize that second quote was so recognizable.

Way to go Dan! You and Alex are now tied!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Allison

Allison turns two tomorrow so I made this little slideshow for her. Sorry about the abrupt ending to the song. The only mp3 I could find was incomplete and didn't realize it until I was all finished. I hope you enjoy it and I'm sorry if it makes you cry. Here you go:

If you aren't able to watch this because Emily or Matt aren't here to help this poor computer challenged sister of theirs, then go to my facebook profile.

Who's not here? - Emily

A Few Minutes with OWEN

I made this video in a few hours just for Amy. Just because:

1. She is amazing.
2. She has always wanted a Newfoundland and I think that is too cute.
3. I was really sick of doing high school kid slide shows yesterday.
4. B was out with friends last night so it was a good thing to do while I boiled artichokes.
5. Owen was extra clean and fun after getting groomed for 9 hours.

Love you Aims!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Haley's satanic wtb post

My Big Fat Greek Wedding! I think this is a really funny movie and enjoyed how she makes fun of her culture while also respecting it. I like when people don't take themselves too seriously and can make fun of themselves. A lot of funny lines in this movie and for those who haven't seen it, you should. Her parents are my favorite, especially her dad.

Sue is our winner this week!! She got it from the second quote, as did Dan just a few hours after Sue. Then the giveaways brought correct guesses from Alex, Cath, George, and Amy. Good job!

Take it away Sue!

*note from Em:

I copied Haley's post pic and all and then deleted her post altogether. I pasted it on a new post and it did the same thing! I tried again after deleting, and same result. I then cut the pic and posted again and it was fine! So I think it was just the picture that was satanic. I found a pic that was not the one she found for sure and have tried again, while I haven't looked to see the results on the blog yet, I am reasonably sure I solved the problem. The comments are gone, but they were just about the messed up blog anyway, so I figured no one would miss them.

What the be-bop-bippin-bip movie is this?

Yay! I won! It's been a couple of months since I've even had a guess. I've only seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding once, I thought it was pretty funny. I totally remembered the sideburns line. I might have to watch it again.

Here is your first quote for this week. Playlist will come later, I am at work right now and can't get on the playlist website. And hopefully the blog will get fixed soon, I don't like it this way! Call the blog police!
Okay, here is your quote:

"I'm going for fearsome, but I'm just not feeling it. I think I'm coming off as annoying." Good luck peeps!

Here is your Wednesday quote:

"You are a sad, strange, little man. You have my pity. Farewell."

Here is your Friday give away, although it is hardly needed:

"I've crash landed on a strange planet, the impact must have woke me from cyber sleep. Terrain seems a bit, unstable? No read out yet if the air is breathable, and there seems to be no sign of intelligent life anywhere!"


Just wondering if a new blog post fixes things.

And, just so this post isn't a total waste if it doesn't work--

Here is a cute baby to look at:

Here are two cute babies (in matching dunglees)

A cute Bean...

And why not? A pretty cute dog.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


WHAT THE BIP? What's with the mirror image, anybody. It's the first time I tried to use the Photobooth program on my computer. I'm lagging behind in tecknowledgey (sp) and lots of thing for that matter. But... here is this guy with both books and wondering which one to read first. That answer is easy because I have already read a little more than half of the Poisonwood Bible and must finish it. Stunning book, peeps. Go for it when you have a chance. I gotta finish it soon to get to Cronin's Passage. Have a good week.....ebau

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Passage

I just finished this book a few minutes ago. This is one of the best books I've ever read. I know that statement is a bit hyperbolic, but it is true. I want to start reading it again, right now. I found out about it because I read an interview with Stephen King and the person asked him his 5 favorite books from recent years. This was one of them, and I thought if he likes it, I probably will too.

It's long. It's 766 pages. It is a post-apocalyptic/vampire story. How could it not be good!?! It would be very tough to give a synopsis, because so much is involved in the story. It spans about 100 years and there are lots of different things going on, but it flows really well and is easy to follow. I'll just tell you a little bit. It begins with the Army developing a drug that they think will boost your immunity system and basically make you immune from all disease. Their theory is that people should be able to live for a very long time unless they are murdered, killed in an accident, etc. They get the drug from a species of bats in South America that attacked a group of scientists. The Army builds this huge bunker in Colorado and develops and tests the drug. The test subjects they use are death row inmates that are scheduled to die soon and have no family that will miss them. They use 12 of them and pluck them from the prisons and take them to the bunker in Colorado and inject them with the drug. And it goes very wrong. That is all I'm going to say about the plot, because it would be too spoilery if I said anything else.

I will say that the vampires or "virals" they call them are not really characters in the book. They kind of are, but they are not the narrators. The narrators are humans trying to survive and they are very likable and interesting. I hope at least one of you reads it so I can talk about it with someone. The book came out last year and is the first book of a trilogy. The second one will come out in 2012 and the third one in 2014. I'm so mad I discovered this book so early! I wish I could read the other two right now!