7.31.2008

Top 6 elimination show recap

The show opened with a beautiful contemporary routine from Mandy Moore to "The Rose" by Bette Midler. I love that song, so it was great to see it interpreted on the stage. The dancers all looked great.

Guest judge Adam Shankman announced that in addition to the top prize already established for the show this year, he's also adding a feature dance roll in a movie he's producing. That's mighty nice of him. That reminds me, my friend Jeanene told me that Twitch was in Hairspray--I was going to watch the movie that night, but didn't get around to it. I will try this weekend.

Before the elimination, the judges gave a pep talk to the dancers. Nigel was a downer though--told them they'll have to face rejection in front of millions of people. BUT...on a high note, each dancer pulled over 1 million votes. Good for them.

Mary was a bit verklempt. She was pleased with the maturity of each dancer & can see how they each grew over the weeks of the show. She said she loves them all.

Adam said "what she said." Adam commented on what great people the dancers are, and asked them to really remember every moment of the show--it can never be taken away from them.

Next, all six danced solos. (Of course they gotta drag this thing out as long as possible!) Courtney: nice; Mark: weird, but interesting tonight; Katee: energetic & emotional; Joshua: amazing to see the control he has over his body (and he looks so cute! he got his braces off!); Courtney: I didn't care for it, more because of the country song than her dance moves--she should've stuck with the Latin style; Twitch: very cool routine to "Don't Worry Be Happy"--how to you dance hip-hop to that?! Ask Twitch! He looked so cute & hopeful at the end.

A tiny child comes out to dance to "Planet Rock" -- what?! Tiny little B-Boy--so cute--he must be 5 or 6, doing windmills and spinning on his head! Impressive! He says he's 6 and has been dancing since he was 4.

OK. Here we go. We get a run down of what happened last night, and then Cat announces that Katee is safe. I think we all knew that. And then, Joshua moved on. Woo-hoo!!! The crowd seemed VERY happy!

Now comes Lady GaGa to sing "Just Dance." Who? Fast-forward. OK. Back to the girls. The girl joining Katee in next week's finale is COURTNEY!!! Woo-hoo!!!!!!! That's who I was pulling for! Great job! (Hmm.....could this mean Courtney's partner Mark did as well this week? I hope not. I don't dislike Mark, I just want Twitch in the final.) First we watch Chelsie's footage. She did have some good moments this season.

OK. Guys. Moving on is TWITCH!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!

So, our final four are Katee, Twitch, Joshua, and Courtney. I like all of these dancers SO much, I will be completely happy with whoever wins the final. Awesome!!!!

Oh, we're watching Mark's footage now--he seems like such a crazy guy. He's very talented and I wish him the best. He's got quite a personality, and he was very gracious in saying goodbye. I'm sure he'll be fine.

I can't wait for next week!

SYTYCD - Top 6 perform - late edition

I'm late with my summary of last night's SYTYCD, but I still have 4 hours until the top 4 are revealed, so I feel okay. I have 45 to enter this though, because tonight I'm going with my folks & some friends to get me some culture. More on that later.

OK. Here's how I'd rank last night's couples performances:

6. Chelsie/Twitch - Mambo - "Ahora Me Toca a Mi" by Victor Manuelle: The mambo isn't Twitch's thing. That's okay, I still love him. There were a couple times where I was worried their hands weren't going to connect. Chelsie is amazing--her legs go on forever and ever in these Latin dances I enjoyed it, just not as much as the others. I hate to put Twitch in last place on a dance, but that's just the way it is... :o(

5. Courtney/Mark- Viennese Waltz - "The Time of My Life" by David Cook (yay David Cook!): This was a beautiful dance; Courtney & Mark have good chemistry, and this V.W. seemed much better technically than others we've seen this season. Judges loved it.

4. Chelsie/Twitch- Hip Hop - "Control" by The Vitamin String Quartet: I really enjoyed this one. Chelsie held her own against Twitch.

3. Courtney/Mark - Jazz - "The Garden" by Mirah: Whoa! Mark really stepped it up last night. This dance was interesting with a great driving beat, and I couldn't stop watching either Mark or Courtney. Mark had the perfect facial expressions for it.

2.Katee/Joshua - Paso Doble - "Filet" from Le Reve (original soundtrack): Joshua pulled off the matador magnificently! The whole routine was fantastic. I loved how Joshua dragged the "slaughtered bull" (Katee) over to the judging area when the dance was over. Mary Murphy said it's true magic when Katee & Joshua are together. I'd have to agree. It was so good to see them together again.

1. Katee/Joshua - Contemporary - "All By Myself" by Céline Dion: WONDERFUL. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED when Katee jumped into a lept into a split, and Joshua stuck out his arms to catch her. Beautiful. (The leap is at 1:25 in the video.)



I'm not going to rank the solos, but just say I loved Twitch's solo to Midnight Star's "Midas Touch." I probably didn't need to see Cat Deely trying on Twitch's gold teeth though. Ew. I'll post a picture later on.

Notes: Paula Abdul was in the audience tonight--she looked bright & cheerful. Maybe they'll get her to choreograph something soon. I called several times for Twitch & Joshua last night. I hope they make it to the Top 2 guys. Keeping my fingers crossed! Can't wait to see what happens tonight!

7.30.2008

Too Funky

Deb and I went to the George Michael concert last night, and it was fantastic! George looked great with his 5 o'clock shadow and tinted shades, and he can still swivel those hips like he did 25 years ago.

Now, tickets ranged from $55-$250, so of course we got the $55 tix, a.k.a the nosebleed seats. (Now, if this was Prince, I might consider that $250 price....). The show was supposed to start at 8pm, but hadn't started by 8:30pm. Deb and I could see that the house clearly wasn't sold out. Then we noticed some of the ushers giving people higher up than us new tickets and those folks moving. We guessed they were filling in lower rows.

So, the show starts around 8:40pm--George came out and everyone was so excited. He sang one song (that I can't remember), and then he sang "I'm Your Man" and Deb and I stood up to dance. We saw several people in front of us move themselves down to the front of the section, and then we saw an usher usher them back to their seats. Oops. But then, as George started singing "Father Figure," the usher came up to me and Deb and offered seats WAY down below. OF COURSE we took her up on it! So, we went from this, Section 410, Row M, where the stage was on the direct opposite side of the arena, to this, Section 101, Row H. Yeah, baby. The guy next to me said he paid $160 apiece for his tickets that day, and the guys behind had $150 tickets that they got from one dude's boss. And there we were. Ahhhh....

Oh, and I fell. In our rush to get to our new seats, I slipped on something wet, and landed on my left knee. Ouch. Deb laughed at me at first (as she's known to do--don't blame her, I tend to laugh too, but I try to wait until I'm sure the person is okay...), but then she realized I wasn't laughing, and she helped me up. I skinned my knee (don't think I've done that since I was 10), and it's a little swollen, and still hurts a little bit, but I'm otherwise okay. Deb and I think it was karma at work--earlier in the evening, we were laughing about a spill my mom took in Barcelona. It apparently came back to bite me in the butt. Sorry Mom!

The only thing noticeably missing from the concert was "I Want Your Sex," but, it's not on his TwentyFive album, so I guess we shouldn't have been surprised. He did "Careless Whisper" as part of his encore, and then he asked, "if you could hear one more song, what would it be?" The overwhelming response was "FREEDOM!" so off he went. It was a perfect ending to a great show.


I apologize for the crappy recording, but you get the idea...

7.28.2008

Go Ernie! Go Ernie!

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook--I just had to share...

We have a new Food Network Star!

Aaron McCargo will be the Food Network's next TV star. He won the competition last night with his "Big Daddy's Kitchen" pilot where he cooked jerk rib-eye & honey glazed plantains, which looked wonderful. I'm glad he won--I only saw the last 4 or 5 episodes of the show, but I was always most interested in Aaron's style of cooking & I love his personality. I'm looking foward to his new show.

Doesn't Lisa Garza (below left) look like Sandra Bullock? There were times when Lisa was talking that the resemblance was really striking. (To me anyway....)


Update: In the comments section, Mark expressed hope that the honey-glazed plantains recipe is online. It is, and I added the link above. Also, Mark thinks Lisa looks more like this:


He definitely has a point!

7.25.2008

I'm devastated...

AAARRRRGGGHHHH!


Will was voted off SYTYCD tonight. "America" f'd it up AGAIN. I feel slightly responsible since I didn't watch the show until after voting was over and didn't get my own votes in. Shame on me! There's no excuse for Mark still being on the show & Will being off. I'm so upset by this. Here's Will in his solo from the week of the Top 12--in my opinion, it's the best solo ever performed on the show.



Oh, and Comfort's gone too, but we all saw that coming.

I loved Twitch's solo tonight, to "Hollywood Swinging" by Kool & the Gang. I love his moves, and now that Will's gone, I'm pulling for Twitch to win. Next week I'll have to make sure to get my votes in!

p.s. LL Cool J performed--did you see those arms?? Too bad the shirt was on.... ;o)

7.24.2008

SYTYCD - Top 8 perform

I think last night's show was one of the best yet. I think Mary Murphy screamed for everything except Comfort & Mark's fox trot. Has anyone ever done a good fox trot? And what is the fox trot anyway? I told my mom I *get* all of the other dances, but not the fox trot. She said she learned it years ago, and couldn't really remember, but for example, where the waltz is done in a bit of a triangle, ONE-two-three ONE-two-three, the fox trot is done along lines in a four count. OK. Sounds good to me.

I forgot my notes again, so I can't recap the whole show, but I will say that Twitch & Katee's performance of Mia Michael's choreography was probably my favorite of the whole season. It told the story of a crazy girlfriend going off on her man. When he doesn't react and remains calm, cool & collected, it just makes her crazier. This routine was passionate and fun to watch. It started with a HUGE kiss between the two & just took off from there. I absolutely loved it!

My next favorite was Will & Courtney's Samba. SEXY!! Shake those hips Will!!!!

My favorite solo of the evening was Will's. He channeled James Brown and danced to Get Up Offa That Thing. He came out in a JB wig & commanded the stage. 30 seconds wasn't enough--I wanted it to go on and on. Will's solos are always my favorites. And now, I'm listening to JB on the iPod. Get Up Offa That Thing is my favorite song of his.

For a full recap of the show, check out levy on tv. I don't agree with everything he says (for example, he's rooting for Mark over Twitch) but he gives a thorough recap of the show.

I think Comfort & Mark will be going home tonight. The remaining six dancers are all to good too be in the bottom. From here on out, it's going to be really tough to see any of them leave. I still think Will should take the whole thing though.

One more thing--maybe I missed something, but I didn't really care for Joshua & Chelsie's disco performance. I thought their lifts were great, but I thought the timing was off in the beginning, and that Gloria Estefan's Everlasting Love was a terrible song choice. The judges LOVED it, though. What do I know?

Oh, wait! ONE more thing--this is it. I would love to see Mary or Nigel perform a ballroom dance on stage. They should arrange that for one of the Thursday shows. Mary's the "ballroom expert," so I'd love to see what she's got.

OK, now I'm really done. Ciao.

7.22.2008

Books and stuff

Books

On Friday night, I finished reading a book called The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. It's been on my mind ever since. It's about a woman who works for an organization that finds homes for the homeless. After one of the organization's clients passes away, they discover a large box of photos, many of celebrities, some dating back to the Roaring 20's. The woman starts to investigate how a man who seemed to be a professional photographer wound up a homeless man. Interestingly enough, some of the characters in the book are descendants of the characters from The Great Gatsby, which has lead me to re-read TGG. Once I've done that, I'll need to re-read The Double Bind too. I don't want to give anything away, but I had so many questions about this book when I finished it. I'm not in a book club, but I think this would make for a great discussion. I found a website hosted by the author where folks have posted questions and discussions. The author seems to respond pretty regularly, but I notice his answers are often vague & even more thought provoking. Very interesting book. I look forward to reading it again to hopefully work out some of the questions I have.

I also recently finished a book called Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass LookBig, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer which my friend Dana & I each bought based on the title alone. It was hilarious, and I've become a fan of Jen Lancaster. I also bought Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? and will start reading after I finish my Great-Gatsby/Double Bind project. Dana bought Jen's third book, Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office (which was actually her first, I think). We'll exchange them when the time comes. Jen says stuff that I might be thinking, but wouldn't dare say out loud. It's a nasty sense of humor, but she cracks me up.

Stuff
  • The Closer and Saving Grace are back on TNT. Yay! Psych's back on USA. I love The Closer & Psych. Saving Grace I like a lot, though Holly Hunter's character sometimes gets on my nerves.
  • Mad Men starts July 27! AMC ran a marathon on Sunday. I didn't record the whole thing, but recorded the last three episodes so I can have a refresher before the show starts again. This is definitely one of the best shows out there. As my friend, Jeanene, says, it's addictive!
  • Saw Mamma Mia! over the weekend. Eh. The casting was bad--Pierce Brosnan had no business in this movie. He's nice to look at, but not when he's straining to sing a duet with Meryl Streep. Meryl seemed to be having fun. I enjoyed much of the music, but I'd really recommend waiting for video on this one.
  • Speaking of Meryl Streep, I watched Sophie's Choice over the weekend. One word: wow.
  • Also watched North by Northwest - Cary Grant was so yummy. I really enjoyed it.
  • Now in the middle of Raging Bull.
I guess that's it for the weekend round-up. Looking forward to seeing who's paired with whom on SYTYCD tonight tomorrow. UPDATE: I always get the nights confused with American Idol's schedule. Every Tuesday I turn on the TV and wonder where my show is. Hopefully I'll get over this by the time the season ends.

7.19.2008

SYTYCD - Down to 8

So, Gev & Kherington are gone. Kherington I'm okay with. Gev, I'm not. As my friend Erika pointed out in the comments to the previous post, Gev's solos were so much better than Mark's this week. It really should've been Mark to go. My prediction about Comfort making it through panned out, but we'll see what happens next week. I just don't think she's as talented as Katee, Courtney and Chelsie. I'm SO excited that Will, Joshua & Twitch are in the top 4. After we hopefully get rid of Mark next week, they'll be the best top 3 guys the show's ever had, and it will be hard to say goodbye to any of them. The Top 4 for the whole show should be Will, Josh, Twitch & Katee. IMO, of course.

7.17.2008

SYTYCD - Top 9 + 1 perform

Wow--so much happened on last night's show, and I forgot to bring my notes with me, so I'll just make a few observations:

1. Jessica is out, Comfort is in. At the beginning of the show, Jessica came out to announce she has some broken ribs and is going to be out for four weeks (it sounds like she'll still tour with the Top 10 though). Nigel said they felt it was fair to bring back the last girl who had been voted off, and that's Comfort. If she survives this week, I wonder if she'll be able to tour with the Top 10?

2. Kherington and Mark's pairing wasn't good. Their first dance, a country two-step, was HORRIBLE. The worst I've seen probably since season one. Their connections weren't there--it always looked like Mark was waiting for Kherington's hand to arrive. The two also couldn't muster any chemistry, which was very apparent in their second dance--a jazz routine. I thought they danced it well, but I was bored. The judges seemed to agree.

3. Gev can do anything. I forget that he's a B-Boy sometimes. Even though he's not perfect at other genres, he goes head first into them, and I thought he did a great job with the contemporary & the Jive. His solo was a lot of fun to watch--he bounces around and drops to the floor like he doesn't have any bones in his body. BTW, his partner this week was Chelsie, who's a little ball of fire. She's got the most energy of anyone on the show.

4. Anyway, Comfort danced with Twitch, who I love more and more every week, if that's possible. Their first dance a waltz, which was just eh. I think Twitch did better than Comfort did. Their second dance was a Hip-Hop routine choreographed by Dave Scott (Erika, it was great to see a different choreographer, right?) and I thought they knocked it out of the park. It was fun to watch, and I felt Comfort's dancing came close to matching Twitch's. (I won't say she matched him completely, because she didn't...but, she came close.) I think this routine might save her this week. (This week, eliminations are based solely on America's phone calls. I think Kherington and Mark might be in trouble.)

5. Will and Katee--A FANTASTIC PAIRING. I think they're the most talented and versatile guy & girl. Their first routine was Broadway and their second was a Pas de Deux, a first for the series. That Pas de Deux was wonderful. Mary Murphy called it exquisite. It was SO powerful and we got to see Will without a shirt again, which was just fine with me*. Except for one little mistake they made, I think this could've been a professional performance shown at the Kennedy Center. Just wonderful--my favorite of the night.

6. I still love Joshua too. He danced with Courntey this week, first a hip-hop routine, and then a rhumba. The hip-hop was cute, but woo-hoo! That rhumba was SEXY!!! Joshua & Courtney looked like they'd been dancing that style forever. I loved it!

Each dancer also performed a solo (I told you it was a busy show!) Will blew me away with his solo last week. I thought it was the best I'd ever seen on this show. He didn't disappoint last night either. I also enjoyed Twitch & Joshua's solos. Those guys are great at what they do.

After all that, my favorite routines were:

1. Will/Katee - Pas de Deux
2. Joshua/Courtney - Rhumba
3. Twitch/Comfort - Hip-Hop

Least favorties:
1. Mark/Kherington - Country Two-Step
2. Mark/Kherington - Jazz
3. Twitch/Comfort - Waltz

~~~~~~~~~
*Last night I was talking to my mom about Will and his amazing physique. I told her that I wasn't sure how old he is, but I hope he's in his 20's, because otherwise, I'd feel a little skeevy. (Good news: he's 21!) Then I had a flashback to the early 80's when we were at one of my sister's swim meets. One of the 18-year-old swimmers from another team walked by and my mom commented about how good looking he was--she probably commented on his physique because swimmers have great backs. Anyway, I was grossed out (I was 10 or 11) and told her "Mom, he's too young for you!" She replied, "I can still look." As we were talking, I realized that I'm now about the same age she was then (I'm 37), and am drooling over a 21-year-old on TV. My mom said something about the cycle continuing. UGH.

7.16.2008

Why I Love Tivo

I discovered recently that Tivo has a feature that will record all movies on AFI'S 100 Years...100 Movies - 10th Anniversary Edition whenever they're on, whatever channel. So far I've seen The Best Years of Our Lives (#37) and half of Sophie's Choice (#91). That means I've seen 59/100 of the top 100 flicks. A Night at the Opera (#85), North by Northwest (#55), The Grapes of Wrath (#23), and Swing Time (#90) are in the queue. As long as the movies are on cable channels with no commercials, I'll watch 'em. Slowly but surely I'll whittle down my list of need-to-sees.

In case you're wondering, here's the rest of the list. Similar to what I did with the Entertainment Weekly list recently, movies I've seen are in bold text (if I've only seen part of the movie, I didn't count it):

  1. Citizen Kane (1941)
  2. The Godfather (1972)
  3. Casablanca (1942)
  4. Raging Bull (1980)
  5. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
  6. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  8. Schlindler's List (1993)
  9. Vertigo (1958)
  10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  11. City Lights (1931)
  12. The Searchers (1956)
  13. Star Wars (1977)
  14. Psycho (1960)
  15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  16. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
  17. The Graduate (1967)
  18. The General (1927)
  19. On the Waterfront (1954)
  20. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  21. Chinatown (1974)
  22. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  23. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  25. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  27. High Noon (1952)
  28. All About Eve (1950)
  29. Double Indemnity (1944)
  30. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  31. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  32. The Godfather Part II (1974)
  33. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  35. Annie Hall (1977)
  36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  39. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  40. The Sound of Music (1965)
  41. King Kong (1933)
  42. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  43. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  44. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  45. Shane (1953)
  46. It Happened One Night (1934)
  47. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  48. Rear Window (1954)
  49. Intolerance (1916)
  50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  51. West Side Story (1961)
  52. Taxi Driver (1976)
  53. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  54. M*A*S*H (1970)
  55. North by Northwest (1959)
  56. Jaws (1975)
  57. Rocky (1976)
  58. The Gold Rush (1925)
  59. Nashville (1975)
  60. Duck Soup (1933)
  61. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
  62. American Graffiti (1973)
  63. Cabaret (1972)
  64. Network (1976)
  65. The African Queen (1951)
  66. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  67. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  68. Unforgiven (1992)
  69. Tootsie (1982)
  70. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  71. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  72. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  74. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  75. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  76. Forrest Gump (1994)
  77. All the President's Men (1976)
  78. Modern Times (1936)
  79. The Wild Bunch (1969)
  80. The Apartment (1960)
  81. Spartacus (1960)
  82. Sunrise (1927)
  83. Titanic (1997)
  84. Easy Rider (1969)
  85. A Night at the Opera (1935)
  86. Platoon (1986)
  87. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  88. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  89. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  90. Swing Time (1936)
  91. Sophie's Choice (1982)
  92. Goodfellas (1990)
  93. The French Connection (1971)
  94. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  95. The Last Picture Show (1971)
  96. Do the Right Thing (1989)
  97. Blade Runner (1982)
  98. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  99. Toy Story (1995)
  100. Ben-Hur (1959)

7.15.2008

What to rent, what to rent?

The Bank Job comes out on DVD today. Add this to your Netflix list immediately.

I LOVED this movie--one of my faves of the year.

Enjoy!

7.10.2008

SYTYCD - Top 12

Because I spent three $#*$% hours last evening trying to connect my DVD recorder so it could record, I was unable to see the whole show last night. I saw the last performance of the show live, and then watched the first performances of the six couples on Tivo.

Of the first six performances, the only one I didn't really care for was Thayne & Comfort's hip-hop routine. I agreed with the judges that the couple just didn't show any chemistry. Thayne did better than I thought he would, but it wasn't an exciting performance.

I LOVED Will & Jessica's contemporary performance--Mary Murphy said she was blushing--I think I was too! It was so sensual & intense. Will and Jessica were wonderful. I also liked Chelsie & Mark's salsa and Gev & Courtney's cha-cha (choreographed by last season's Pasha & Anya--it was great to see them).

Now, there are five performances I still haven't seen, but my thinking is that, hands down, Josh & Katee's Bollywood routine was the best of the night. It was FANTASTIC!!! My knees hurt watching all the stress they put on theirs. The routine was different and exciting, and it was a treat to see something new on the show.

I think Thayne & Comfort should go home this evening. The other 10 dancers are wonderful and deserve to be in the Top 10. I don't think Thayne & Comfort will be able to create that chemistry that the other couples have, and the two of them have been in the bottom three a LOT. Time for them to go.

About that DVD Recorder: I've had it set up to use as a DVD player for the last several months, but never took the final steps to fully connect it until now. Now it's necessary because I've got 12 episodes of SYTYCD on Tivo that I need to save to DVD for my sister, who was out of the country and missed the beginning of the show. The shows are taking too much room. Anyway, I probably spent a total of six hours over two days to get the connection correct. I kept searching online for help, but couldn't find any, until, a Google search lead me to a photo on Flickr.com of a couple's home theater--they had the same equipment (and more) as me, so I sent an email asking how they have it connected. Thankfully, the lady of the house wrote me back right away, and of course, the hookup was SO simple. I should've been able to figure it out on my own. Oh well. Anyway, my Flickr friend was terrific, and she takes great photos. I'm glad I found that home theater picture.

The whole ordeal reminded me of my college days as a computer science major. I'd spend a few hours in my dorm writing a program. I'd traipse across campus to the computer lab, type it in, and it wouldn't work. I'd then spend another few hours trying to figure out why not, and usually, it came down to the fact that I'd missed a colon somewhere. UGH!! That's why I dropped the computer science major.

7.02.2008

EW's top 100 from the last 25 years

Found this over at Michael's Daily? Musings and thought it sounded fun.

Using the Entertainment Weekly list of the top 100 movies from the last 25 years, the rules are to:

1. Bold the movie if you’ve seen it
2. Put asterisks next to the movies you’ve seen and liked.

1. Pulp Fiction 1994**
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy 2001-03**
3. Titanic 1997
4. Blue Velvet 1986
5. Toy Story 1995**
6. Saving Private Ryan 1998**
7. Hannah and Her Sisters 1986
8. The Silence of the Lambs 1991**
9. Die Hard 1988**
10. Moulin Rouge 2001**
11. This Is Spinal Tap 1984
12. The Matrix 1999**
13. GoodFellas 1990**
14. Crumb 1995**
15. Edward Scissorhands 1990*
16. Boogie Nights 1997**
17. Jerry Maguire 1996**
18. Do the Right Thing 1989**
19. Casino Royale 2006**
20. The Lion King 1994**
21. Schindler’s List 1993**
22. Rushmore 1998**
23. Memento 2001**
24. A Room With a View 1986
25. Shrek 2001**
26. Hoop Dreams 1994**
27. Aliens 1986
28. Wings of Desire 1988
29. The Bourne Supremacy 2004**
30. When Harry Met Sally… 1989**
31. Brokeback Mountain 2005**
32. Fight Club 1999**
33. The Breakfast Club 1985**
34. Fargo 1996**
35. The Incredibles 2004**
36. Spider-Man 2 2004**
37. Pretty Woman 1990**
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004**
39. The Sixth Sense 1999**
40. Speed 1994**
41. Dazed and Confused 1993
42. Clueless 1995**
43. Gladiator 2000**
44. The Player 1992
45. Rain Man 1988**
46. Children of Men 2006
47. Men in Black 1997
48. Scarface 1983**
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000**
50. The Piano 1993
51. There Will Be Blood 2007**
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad 1988**
53. The Truman Show 1998
54. Fatal Attraction 1987**
55. Risky Business 1983**
56. The Lives of Others 2006
57. There’s Something About Mary 1998**
58. Ghostbusters 1984**
59. L.A. Confidential 1997**
60. Scream 1996**
61. Beverly Hills Cop 1984**
62. sex, lies and videotape 1989**
63. Big 1988**
64. No Country For Old Men 2007**
65. Dirty Dancing 1987**
66. Natural Born Killers 1994
67. Donnie Brasco 1997**
68. Witness 1985**
69. All About My Mother 1999**
70. Broadcast News 1987**
71. Unforgiven 1992**
72. Thelma & Louise 1991**
73. Office Space 1999**
74. Drugstore Cowboy 1989
75. Out of Africa 1985
76. The Departed 2006**
77. Sid and Nancy 1986
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
79. Waiting for Guffman 1996**
80. Michael Clayton 2007** (I liked this movie, but still don't get all the raves.)
81. Moonstruck 1987**
82. Lost in Translation 2003**
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn 1987
84. Sideways 2004**
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin 2005**
86. Y Tu Mamá También 2002**
87. Swingers 1996**
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997**
89. Breaking the Waves 1996**
90. Napoleon Dynamite 2004**
91. Back to the Future 1985**
92. Menace II Society 1993**
93. Ed Wood 1994**
94. Full Metal Jacket 1987**
95. In the Mood for Love 2001
96. Far From Heaven 2002**
97. Glory 1989**
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999**
99. The Blair Witch Project 1999 (Seriously?! I hated this movie.)
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut 1999**


Wow, I've seen 87 of these movies, and liked 78 of them. Gee, Valerie, go to the movies much?

So, where's Good Will Hunting? The Princess Bride? Ferris Bueller (Bueller...Bueller...)? Platoon? (I'd prefer this to be on the list over Full Metal Jacket.)

I have this issue of EW at home, but haven't read it yet--I'll have to see how they explain the inclusion of Michael Clayton, The Truman Show, The Blair Witch Project, and Breaking the Waves.

7.01.2008

A new find

I found a new Internet radio station that I love. It's AllNumberOneRadio.com. As the title suggests, they play only number one hits from the Billboard charts. It's fun hearing songs you haven't heard in a while.

Over the past couple of hours I've heard:
  • Got To Give It Up - Marvin Gaye
  • Kiss Kiss - Chris Brown
  • Holding Back the Years - Simply Red
  • Music - Madonna
  • Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
  • Low - Flo Rida
  • Call Me - Blondie
  • I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry
  • Eternal Flame - The Bangles
  • Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson
Fun right? And quite a variety. Check it out.

p.s. I was telling Debbie (yay, she's home!) that last week I heard Milli Vanilli's Blame It on the Rain. She said they heard a Milli Vanilli song when she was on her tour in Italy. One of her young traveling buddies had never heard of them, or the scandal surrounding them......the girl was born in the mid-to-late 80's. Wow.