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Ah the bliss

If one can tune out the whirring of the drills and slurping of the suction, is there a more serene seat than the dentist’s chair?

I know you may think I’m being sarcastic here, but seriously, after 2 hours in the chair this morning to have a filling removed and a temporary crown put in, I am feeling mighty relaxed. And I think I know why.

It was 2 hours of no expectation of me to participate in conversation. No chit chat, no small talk, just “Grunt if you’re in pain,” and “Here, let me wipe that drool for you” while I’m thinking, “I drooled? Dude, I can’t feel a thing.”

And lest you think this is just the lingering effects of nitrous oxide, I still haven’t had that pleasure. I was only under a local, which is finally beginning to wear off 3 hours later.

While in the chair, I closed my eyes and watched my favorite parts of various Jane Austen adaptations. I originally tried to watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog, but that made me giggle and giggling is not good when 2 people have their hands in your mouth with various sharp and whirring instruments.

On a totally unrelated topic, I watch Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep last night. I definitely enjoyed this film. It wasn’t as good as Eternal Sunshine, but it was very very interesting. I put down the knitting to watch and that’s saying a lot! I can’t wait to hear what Heather has to say about it after I take it to her place.

Remaining Netflix: Bleak House: Disc 1 (guess what I’ll be watching this weekend)

Movie List 2007

Movie Show 2007

Best Looking Female: Halle Berry, Things We Lost in the Fire

  • OK, I must confess that while I thought Halle Berry was pretty when I first saw her on-screen, I didn’t get all the hype about her beauty. In this film, I finally did. She really is something to behold both as an actress and a beautiful woman.

Best Looking Male: Nathan Fillion, Waitress I still love you Nathan, but Gerard Butler stole my heart in P.S. I Love You

Coolest Female: Amy Adams, Enchanted

Coolest Male: Matt Damon, The Bourne Ultimatum

Best Villain: Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

  • I’m not sure Robert Ford is a villain, but Casey’s performance was mesmerizing.

Worst Villain: Robin Williams, August Rush

  • I mean, really, what the heck was that all about??? Yes, he was supposed to be Fagin to the kid’s Oliver Twist, but his performance totally didn’t work for me, and ruined what otherwise could have been a much better film.

Best Sidekick: Robert De Niro, Stardust (hi-larious! so nice to see the softer side of De Niro)

Best Henchman: Artful Dodger, I mean Arthur, August Rush

  • Are you sensing my internal conflict about this modern musical Oliver Twist? I respect it for owning it’s sentimentality and even relishing in it’s melodramatic parts, but I didn’t fully enjoy it. Still, this kid was great and deserving of a little credit.

Best FX: Transformers

  • They all looked really cool, but the whole tiptoeing bit was ludicrous, and well, the girl looked like a skanky ho!

Best Shot: Jesse James riding alone through the snow some where in the midwest, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Best Chase: Superbad

  • A hilarious chase that actually forwarded the plot rather than just being a vehicle for cool stunts (probably because the budget wouldn’t support them, but whatever).

Best Escape: 3:10 to Yuma

  • While not technically an escape, I caught myself holding my breath for those last 15 minutes

Best Song: Falling Slowly, by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once

Best Score: Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, Enchanted with a respectable nod to Mark Mancina for August Rush

Best Sequel: Live Free or Die Hard

  • It was a tough call what with Spidey 3 and The Bourne Ultimatum mixing things up, but as both of those messed with canon, Bruce wins.

Worst Sequel: Elizabeth: The Golden Age

  • I was embarrassed to be seen exiting the theater after this clunker, so I can’t imagine how the cast and crew felt at the premiere.

Best Death: King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), 300

Best Action Star: Bruce Willis, Live Free or Die Hard

“You’ll never believe me, but this is a great” Film: Lars and the Real Girl

  • The premise certainly could have gone the down some sleezy alley into the part of town you never knew existed, and in the hands of a less gifted actor, Lars could have been exactly the creepy guy you’d expect to find there, but every aspect is handled with such delicacy, kindness, gentleness, and respect that it all works. The supporting cast members are wonderful.

“I can’t believe it didn’t suck” Film: Music and Lyrics

  • I was really surprised by the sweetness of this one, especially since I’m not super keen on Hugh Grant.

Biggest Disappointment: Blades of Glory

  • I thought the interview with Amy and Will was funnier than the movie. Plus it had been over-hyped and the funniest parts were in the trailer.

Weirdest Darn Movie: Black Snake Moan

Absurdity Award: They made Saw IV??? Did we really need the first one, let alone 3 sequels?

Most Overrated: Transformers or Blades of Glory, it’s a toss up.

Guilty Pleasure: Superbad

  • I really can’t recommend this movie to most of my friends, but oh my I laughed my ass off.

Feel-Good Movie: Ratatouille

Feel-Bad Movie: No Country For Old Men

“You can’t pay me to see this” movie: Captivity

  • Joss Whedon thank you for taking a stand against torture porn.

Best Line:

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Once
  2. Waitress
  3. Lars and the Real Girl
  4. Juno
  5. Things We Lost in the Fire
  6. Ratatouille
  7. Superbad
  8. Away from Her
  9. The Bourne Ultimatum
  10. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

BOTTOM TEN FIVE MOVIES

  1. Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  2. Love in the Time of Cholera
  3. Fracture
  4. Blades of Glory
  5. Becoming Jane

Movies of 2007

Since my normal source for the movie list had kids and retired from running this game, I had to find an alternate source. No worries, Wikipedia to the rescue.

So click here to download the list I stole from Wikipedia. And remember, traditionally, any films that saw limited release in the last months of 2006 (such as Sweet Land or The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) are acceptable on your final list.

Let the movie show begin…

Edited to add Current Netflix: No Country for Old Men & Kitchen Confidential: Season 1: Disc 1

Movies of 2007 Pre-Show Participation

OK, for movie show 2007, I’m looking for input on the categories and perhaps even a party. I’m also on the lookout for a source for the 2007 movie list as my usual source (upon having small children) has retired from ranking movies until such time as he is no longer forced to watch kiddie movies almost exclusively.

Here’s last year’s categories. Tell me which ones you want to keep, which should be retired, if you want to add any…you get the idea. And let me know if you wanna host a clip party.

Movie Show 2007

Best Looking Female:

Best Looking Male:

Coolest Female: 

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Best Villain:

Worst Villain: 

Best Sidekick:

Best Henchman:

Best FX:

Best Shot:

Best Chase:

Best Escape:

Most Unique “{fill in the blank}”:

Best Song:

Best Score:

Best Sequel: 

Worst Sequel: 

Best Death:

Best Action Star:

“You’ll never believe me, but this is a great” Film: 

“I can’t believe it didn’t suck” Film: 

Biggest Disappointment:

Weirdest Darn Movie: 

Absurdity Award:

Most Overrated: 

Guilty Pleasure:

Feel-Good Movie:

Feel-Bad Movie:

“You can’t pay me to see this” movie:

Best Line:

TOP TEN MOVIES

BOTTOM TEN MOVIES

Movie List 2006

This is way way late, but at last here is my list of the top movies of 2006. I’ve been drafting it for a month at least.

When it comes to numbers, I did even better than last year. I saw 53 movies of the 350 on the list (plus one from 2006 which didn’t make the list because it only played at film festivals before going to DVD).

Movies which I REALLY wanted to see but still haven’t gotten around to include Miss Potter, X-Men3 (yeah yeah, I can borrow this from my sis at anytime, I just keep forgetting), The Science of Sleep, Clerks 2 (though I’m in the credits and can also borrow this whenever), Inside Man, and Little Miss Sunshine.

So here’s my list:

Movie Show 2006

Best Looking Female: Shohreh Aghdashloo (take your pick), The Nativity Story, X-Men 3, The Lake House, or American Dreamz. The woman is striking and radiates intelligence.

Best Looking Male: Daniel Craig, Casino Royale (drool)

Coolest Female: Queen Latifah, Stranger than Fiction

Coolest Male: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brick

Best Villain: Ben Whishaw, Perfume: the Story of a Murderer

Worst Villain: Bobby Canavale, Fast Food Nation

Best Sidekick or Henchman: Michael Caine, Children of Men

Best FX: Superman Returns is the obvious answer, but I’m going with The Fountain

Best Shot: The Fountain, the entire film is a visual feast, not sure I get it, but it was gorgeous

Best Chase: Flushed Away

Best Escape: Clive Owen and Claire-Hope Ashitey’s escape to the ocean, Children of Men

Most Unique “casting”: Dame Maggie Smith wielding a meat clever and killing people with shovels, Keeping Mum

Best Sequel: Casino Royale (do Bond films really count as sequels?)

Worst Sequel: I only saw 3 sequels (if we count Bond) so by default and de-merit, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

********* SPOILER ALERT: SKIP THE NEXT ONE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE DEPARTED *********

Best Death: Matt Damon, The Departed cause I wanted him dead for sooooo long.

******** END SPOILER ALERT **********

Best Action Star: Clive Owen, Children of Men (I saw surprisingly few of the Action movies of 2006 so he’s kinda winning by default)

“You’ll never believe me, but this is great” Film: Brick, proof that film noir is still a viable genre and can work in a modern high school setting

“I can’t believe it didn’t suck” Film: The Lake House, I’m no Keanu fan, but I really liked this chick flick.

Biggest Disappointment: Lady in the Water, M. Night has lost it…

Weirdest Darn Movie: The Fountain

Absurdity Award: This Film is Not Yet Rated was rated NC-17

Most Overrated: Babel

Guilty Pleasure: The Holiday (what can I say Jude Law is oh-so pretty)

Feel-Good Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness (duh, it’s right there in the title)

Feel-Bad Movie: The Last King of Scotland, I have never been so viscerally disturbed by a film. I thought I was going to vomit for hours afterwards.

“You can’t pay me to see this” movie: Final Destination 3, the first one was terrible, how could it spawn one sequel, let alone 2!?!

Best Line: “It’s not schizophrenia. It’s just a voice in my head. I mean, the voice isn’t telling me to do anything. It’s telling me what I’ve already done… accurately, and with a better vocabulary.” –Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), Stranger than Fiction

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Stranger than Fiction, cinematic perfection!
  2. Brick
  3. Casino Royale
  4. The Departed
  5. Akeelah and the Bee
  6. The Queen
  7. The Prestige
  8. Dreamland
  9. Superman Returns
  10. Kinky Boots

BOTTOM TEN MOVIES

  1. Lady in the Water
  2. Man of the Year, why did Laura Linney demean herself by agreeing to do this film?
  3. Fast Food Nation, can you say propaganda?
  4. The Da Vinci Code, boring and without reading the book, I knew Tom Hanks was woefully miscast.
  5. The Black Dahlia
  6. Hollywoodland, despite a fabulous performance by Ben Affleck, this was a waste of time.
  7. Happy Feet
  8. Monster House, cool technology but not enough story
  9. For Your Consideration, they forgot the funny
  10. Babel