Wednesday, August 8, 2012



Love your plans for the end of the summer vacay. Keep us posted on the racer back tankini. I want a cannonball rating when you get back.

I told you a few months ago that Jeff and I are working our way through the AFI Greatest Movies of All Time list. We started in April with #100 Ben Hur, and I'd like to tell you we've made it further, but actually we're at #94 Pulp Fiction. Turns out we haven't been cruising through these at the pace I envisioned. Mainly because while I'm excited to watch all of the movies on the list, I'm not always amped to watch a particular movie. I definitely dragged my feet on Blade Runner for at least a few weeks and with the Olympics... forgeddaboudit. So we'll keep chuggin' along at our own pace. No deadline on this one which is just my style.

Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942
I find that older black and white movies take a little bit longer to get in to, but patience is a virtue with such films. Jeff and I both enjoyed this musical and were humming old show tunes (Over There!) for days after. James Cagney is incredible in this. Easy to see why it's a classic.
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Blade Runner 1982
I love Harrison Ford like every other red-blooded American, but this movie did not do it for me. I'm not into sci-fi anyway, and I thought the plot was loose and there was zero character development. Those things combined meant I started ironing napkins half way through to keep myself occupied. Sean Young stars in this movie and, showing my age, I said "Jeff, that's the woman from Celebrity Rehab!" 

Do The Right Thing 1989
I thought this movie was amazing. One of the best I've seen in a while. After we watched this I was reminded why we're watching all these movies, for these little gems that I might otherwise have never seen. I loved the way this movie was filmed, I loved the characters and the story line and the ENDING. OMG. This one stuck with me for a while.

The Last Picture Show 1971
This movie is sloooooooow. But when it was over, I realized I liked it. The plot is not complicated, but the characters are and I loved seeing so many stars when they were so young... Jeff Bridges, Cloris Leachman and Randy Quaid. And I don't know that I've ever seen a more beautiful woman than Cybil Shepherd in this movie. Totally unreal. It was her debut!

PS... The Olympics are killing me! Week 2 of staying up too late watching the competitions is starting to take it's toll.

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