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(no subject) [Feb. 24th, 2011|04:24 pm]
Cullen Ryan
It has been forever and a half since i posted to this thing. I sit in front of my computer at work all day and I really should find more time to post and respond to people- because I love you!

Things are really good. They really are.

New Developments:

My job as an employment counselor at Lifetrack Resources is going swimmingly. I've been put in charge- well, not "in charge" per se- but I am the only counselor assigned to this federal grant project called heading home ramsey- serving single homeless adults. Of course, I approach it from the employment side. It's a huge project and undertaking. Its the first of its kind in the country. So if I'm successful, this could be huge professionally. I'm really humbled and proud and excited and nervous about it and want to make sure I do a really amazing job.

Friends:

I've recently made very good friends with a new crop of folks- three girls from the UW River Falls ESL Masters program named Laura, Alexa, and Sarah, and this bang-up awesome dude named Eric. They are all fun and amazing and I haven't made new friends like them in probably a good five years- last good friend like these ones that was new was my friend Jane, who lives in Washington and is great beyond words. They are all so much fun and are so smart and its... well... its amazing! Laura and Sarah came out to the house to visit when I was all blood-puking and everything (a story I haven't told on here! Maybe I should!), and Eric has been over for a movie night already. I love them and new friends are fun! Everyone I know should meet them!

Comedy:

I haven't been on stage for four months at this point. I really want to get up again, but I've really struggled to write jokes. I'm working with these fellow on sketch comedy stuff, and we are actually shooting our first material this weekend! I look forward to seeing how it looks.

yay!
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(no subject) [Oct. 20th, 2010|08:43 am]
Cullen Ryan
It is very fun to be alive, and I think the more we love and accept ourselves the more we can understand and love other people.


...just my thought for the day.
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(no subject) [Oct. 14th, 2010|03:22 pm]
Cullen Ryan
hey there, journal place and friends at the journal place!

...who really cares about this other than me... but I'll tell ya anyway.

...so if you don't know, I've been trying stand-up comedy the last six months or so. It's very competitive, nerve-making, more difficult than I thought it'd be and I thought it'd be very difficult to start with, and... well, hasn't seemed like something I've learned from.

until this week!

...dudes, I freaking killed this week. Just killed.

...and it was my weirdest set ever.

I believed in it very strongly for the two weeks I practiced and honed it in my head. I thought, "yes- this is the sort of stuff I want to do..." Up until ten minutes before my set!

I tried to call my sister in a panic, because she and I have the exact same sense of humor, and it's incredibly easy for me to make her laugh- it's the most natural thing I know of in this world. I wanted her honest feedback, because I knew it'd be solid and kind... but I couldn't get through to her! arg! ...so I was reeling and worried, thought about just scrapin' the whole thing... but just said to myself, "dude- you are overthinking this. Just do it. you love the material. don't second-guess yourself."

...and it freaking worked.

I cut out the first joke and added a short one that I came up with on the spot, expanded dramatic pauses to the point that I'm most comfortable instead of rushing through those moments, and cut about 20 seconds off the end of my last joke... all kinda on the fly. ...and it worked like gangbusters.

I'm very happy and proud of myself. ...jokes about emotionally damaged 19th century whalers CAN WORK!
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I really have nothing to do at work today, with three cancellations- so I'm blogging questions! [Sep. 16th, 2010|01:30 pm]
Cullen Ryan
Last Road Trip-

Last Year, My friend Jennifer and I drove down to Milwaukee to see comedian Todd Barry.

Last Bad Advice

Again- involves seeing comedian Todd Barry! My friend Jennifer and I went again, this time in St. Paul, and our friend Blake joined us as well. I was singled out by Mr. Barry when he asked the auidence if anyone was in therapy. There was a two or three second pause where no one said a word or clapped or anything... so I very tentatively clapped. ...and he tore into me, as is his style.

"You? Jesus Christ- you're the last guy in here who I thought would be. ...looking all put together [I had come straight from work so I was wearing a tie and such]... wearing a fucking tie to the Turf Club... and in a sweater when its 95 degrees in here."

It was really funny.

Then he asked me, "What do you and your therapist talk about?"

...the joke being, that's not really a question you ask someone, of course... so I chuckled, and didn't answer it- that wasn't really the point. Todd Barry paused like he was waiting for my answer, of course...

...and I guy in the audience yelled, "Do It!"

...that was bad advice.

Last Movie I Saw in a Theater

hmmm... what was it? Ah- Machete.

Last TV Show Watched

hmmm... watched a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother last night.

Last TV Show I Enjoyed Watching

I liked How I Met Your Mother- that's why I was watching it! ...but the last show I really enjoyed watching was episodes of the new season of Mad Men at my mother-in-law's house this weekend. So so good, people!

Last Book I Tried to Read

Ha! ...tried? I'm currently reading three- all with much different tones. Freddy Goes to Florida (a children's novel from the 1930s), This Book Will Save Your Life, and The Remains of the Day

Last Thing I Left Home Without

DVD copy of Hedwig and the Angry Inch I was going to lend to a coworker.

Last Take Out Meal

BBQ Pork Sandwich and soft pretzel from Kwik Trip last night.

Last Celebration

hmm... I... don't know! Probably the wedding I DJed on the 5th of September.

Last Item Loaned Out and Haven’t Gotten Back

True Blood, Season One- to my friend Amanda Van Beek

Last New Words Added to Vocabulary

Sapid- something that tastes good.

Last New Word of a Foreign Language Learned

Ta-Blu! Means thank you in Karen.

Last T-Shirt Acquired

Last T-Shirt Acquired? ...jeeze. I never really buy them anymore because I can't wear them to work... I bought some white t-shirts for under dress shirts about four or five weeks ago. Oh- that's not true. I bought a T-Shirt for Amanda- a Seinfeld themed shirt that says "The Human Fund" (the name of the fake charity George says he donated to on behalf of people in one of his offices for Christmas in order to get out of actually getting them gifts).

Last Package Received

God- I have no idea! Probably the box for our receiver and satellite pieces when we cancelled our Dish Network service.

Last Web Site Visited

The AV Club. I read an article about 70s sitcoms.

Last Injury

I have a big open blister on the back of my right heel from new dress shoes. It is still there and hurts like the dickens

Last Run In with the Law

Got pulled over a few weeks ago for inattentive driving. I dropped Jennifer off at her house after we saw the Last Exorcism and pulled away fromt the curb and the cop said I cut him off. I really didn't. He paused behind me so I thought he was letting me go, since I wasn't in a parking place. I mean- don't get me wrong- I broke the law. Totally. But it wasn't inattentive driving.

Last Place I’d Want to Live

I don't think I'd be very thrilled to live in the desert. I hate heat and bright sun bugs me and they aren't pretty.

Last Physical Fight

Well- some drunk rednecks grabbed me and threw me around a few months ago and bruised me up pretty good, but I didn't touch them. Last time I hit anyone was in junior high when I kicked the shit out of Robby Grindell.

Last Magazine Read

ehhh...? I read mostly online now so it's hard for me to even remember. Oh- I read a Time Magazine in a waiting room last week.

Last Thing I Broke

A pair of pants. The button fell off.

Last Thing I Fixed

My Playstation. MaryAlice knocked it on the floor so I had to fool around with it to get it to work again.

Last Thing That Made Me Laugh

There's a job posting for some dress shirt company called Dillon Road, and they urge folks to become "Dillon Roadies" ...it's so lame I laughed.

Last Thing That Made Me Go Huh?

How enormous my face looked in a picture I took of myself with my phone earlier.

Last Thought

"I should get a haircut... why does my neck itch all of a sudden?"
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Back to this thing! [Sep. 13th, 2010|01:45 pm]
Cullen Ryan
Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Your first love, in great detail
Day 03 – Your parents, in great detail
Day 04 – What you ate today, in great detail
Day 05 – Your definition of love, in great detail
Day 06 – Your day, in great detail
Day 07 – Your best friend, in great detail
Day 08 – A moment, in great detail
Day 09 – Your beliefs, in great detail
Day 10 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 11 – Your siblings, in great detail
Day 12 – What’s in your bag, in great detail
Day 13 – This week, in great detail
Day 14 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 15 – Your dreams, in great detail
Day 16 – Your first kiss, in great detail
Day 17 – Your favorite memory, in great detail
Day 18 – Your favorite birthday, in great detail
Day 19 – Something you regret, in great detail
Day 20 – This month, in great detail
Day 21 – Another moment, in great detail
Day 22 – Something that upsets you, in great detail
Day 23 – Something that makes you feel better, in great detail
Day 24 – Something that makes you cry, in great detail
Day 25 – A first, in great detail
Day 26 – Your fears, in great detail
Day 27 – Your favorite place, in great detail
Day 28 – Something that you miss, in great detail
Day 29 – Your aspirations, in great detail
Day 30 – One last moment, in great detail

I don't really know- isn't this the question?

I was I knew. I'll just post this thing I heard on NPR yesterday because I was in a very emotive mood (see Hedwig) and it was quite touching.

This is an excerpt:

In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship - be it JC or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles - is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things - if they are where you tap real meaning in life - then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you. On one level, we all know this stuff already - it's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, bromides, epigrams, parables: the skeleton of every great story. The trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness. Worship power - you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart - you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out.

The insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they're evil or sinful; it is that they are unconscious. They are default settings. They're the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that's what you're doing. And the world will not discourage you from operating on your default settings, because the world of men and money and power hums along quite nicely on the fuel of fear and contempt and frustration and craving and the worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom to be lords of our own tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the centre of all creation. This kind of freedom has much to recommend it. But there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talked about in the great outside world of winning and achieving and displaying. The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the "rat race" - the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing.

I know that this stuff probably doesn't sound fun and breezy or grandly inspirational. What it is, so far as I can see, is the truth with a whole lot of rhetorical bullshit pared away. Obviously, you can think of it whatever you wish. But please don't dismiss it as some finger-wagging Dr Laura sermon. None of this is about morality, or religion, or dogma, or big fancy questions of life after death. The capital-T Truth is about life before death. It is about making it to 30, or maybe 50, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head.
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(no subject) [Sep. 13th, 2010|01:39 pm]
Cullen Ryan
Matt Taibbi is amazing.

He is very much so.

...I urge you not to turn a blind's eye to this just because it opens with football talk. ...it's difficult to keep things in perspective relating to professional sports- but if an industry make a lot of money, it makes sense for those who actually create that money get paid- no matter the size or source of that pay day. So as silly as it sounds, the labor fight of pro football athletes does have some value.

Read on!

On ESPN and "Replaceable" People by Matt Taibbi

Was on the way home from Kentucky -- was covering the Rand Paul race -- when I heard something crazy on the radio.

So it seems the whole sports world is abuzz about the decision by the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints players to raise a finger in the air before the season-opening game as an expression of union loyalty -- "We are one" -- in a year in which the players and the owners are negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement. I watched that gesture during the game and knew it was going to inspire the usual sneering (it started almost immediately, with Al Michaels chirping, "There's nothing like starting an NFL season with a labor statement"), as voices from all corners (including, unbelievably, many former NFL players) denouncing the absurdly brief, silent, and inoffensive demonstration as a tasteless interruption of our God-given right to nonstop mindless entertainment.

Forget about people actually supporting unions in a labor disagreement: they apparently don't even want to see them, not if it's going to delay a football game by three whole seconds. There were actually arguments across the media landscape to the effect that NFL players were out of line bringing their labor disagreement into our living rooms, the implication being that any display of union activity is somehow unseemly or ( I love this) selfish. We have a whole reality-show culture celebrating the cause of people eating centipedes and stabbing each other in the back for cash prizes and fame, but football players quietly showing union solidarity is tasteless. If you can explain that one to me, please don't hesitate to write in.

Anyway the NFL players gesture was a significant thing because it was seen by 28% of the country; it's probably going to be the signature piece of labor theater in America this year. For obvious reasons the NFL union is a tough sell to most people. You're talking about guys who get paid millions to play a kids' game, so when they start getting together to talk about holding out for more (although any work stoppage next year will technically be a lockout), most people tune out instantly. I don't agree with this attitude -- if people think the players are greedy, what would they call the owners, who don't even have to get beat up for their money and have the gall to beg taxpayers for stadium money on top of their TV billions -- but I get where it's coming from.

Thus is wasn't exactly a surprise when former "proud union guy" Mike Golic came out slamming the gesture, nor was it a shock when serial hair-care products consumer/ESPN morning host Mike Greenberg insisted that 99% of the calls and emails ESPN got were critical of the players. The sports media establishment bashing player union "greed" isn't exactly a new broadcast meme.

But when I heard loudmouth large-nostriled afternoon host Colin Cowherd go off on unions in general on my way out of Lexington, I nearly had an aneurysm. Cowherd actually came out in support of the NFL players -- although his reasoning there wasn't exactly clear to me -- but he said that in general, he tended to be "anti-union" because unions apparently don't encourage elite performance and creativity, and instead just protect the lazy, the weak, the unremarkable. Then he went into this long rant about how great football players like Drew Brees were remarkable and irreplaceable, as are -- and this isn't a joke -- radio stars like Rush Limbaugh, and appalling American Idol douche-twat Simon Cowell.

Then, to steelworkers and teachers, he said this: "Steelworkers? I love you. But guess what? You can be replaced. You can't replace Rush."

And there's only one Simon Cowell, he said.

Leave aside for a minute the fact that Cowherd's concept of talent and specialness is completely fucked (not only is Simon Cowell not irreplaceable, he should have his head chopped off the next time he opens his mouth on national television) and forget also the obvious provocation of lionizing a fat, racist slob who hasn't worked an honest day in his life like Rush Limbaugh while simultaneously ripping steelworkers and teachers for being lazy. In fact it wouldn't be worth mentioning the views of this half-bright sportscaster at all, except that his underlying point, that the worth of human beings is measured entirely in how much capitalist revenue they generate, is now basically hegemonous in American society -- to the point where even ordinary people who decades ago would have been union workers or at least union supporters believe it implicitly.

Almost everyone who has a job is economically "replaceable," but shit, outside an Ayn Rand novel, there's more to it than that. Does it make economic sense to fire the auto worker who mangles his hand in the factory machinery and bring in a younger guy with all his fingers? How about the secretary who refuses to fuck the boss, isn't she replaceable? Couldn't we put her ungrateful ass out on the street and bring in another, hotter girl to do the same job at the same price? How about a teacher who refuses to pass his failing students on to the next class? How about the worker on the oil rig who complains about his company's safety procedures? The aforementioned steelworker who gets a little too old and becomes too much of a liability to the company health plan? The government civil servant who turns whistleblower?

Yes, Colin, you spoiled little fuckhead, we can replace all of these people. After all, you're right, none of them are truly valuable, at least not like Simon Cowell or Rush Limbaugh, anyway.

But we don't always replace them, because some people in our past spent generations fighting to push us up above the level of savages. Unions aren't perfect, and they don't always pick the right causes to fight for, but they have to exist precisely because the vast majority of workers are replaceable, which is to say not special, which is to say vulnerable. Not that Cowherd would have any reason to know this, but that's what a "job" is, as opposed to what he and I both have, careers -- a job always involves shelving your own personal creativity and ambition to at least some degree, in order to push someone else's idea along for a while.

Measuring people by how much numerical wealth they produce is a kind of psychopathy -- it's that kind of thinking that led to Larry Summers famously saying that African countries are "underpolluted," because poisoning people in low-GDP African states makes less sense than poisoning the relatively more economically productive citizens of Western countries in Europe and America.

That kind of thinking is spreading, because our pop culture priests have succeeded in filling the population with shame and nervous self-loathing to the point where they think of anyone who isn't an employer as a parasite, and anyone who isn't rich and famous, or trying to be, as a loser. People even think of themselves this way, which is why there are so many down-and-out people voting to give tax breaks to the same bankers who've been robbing them for years, and booing when the mere concept of unions shows up for a few seconds in a football game. It's sad, and a lot of it's the fault of mean little assholes like Cowherd. Shame on him.
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(no subject) [Sep. 13th, 2010|12:01 pm]
Cullen Ryan

The incomprable Miss Dee as Hedwig

I'm probably going to sound like a college freshman through most of this post... so forgive me.


Amanda and I went and saw the Menominee, WI Theatre Guild production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch this Saturday. Menominee is a city of about 15,000 people. In the middle of Wisconsin. This is unprecedented and for the area, a pretty challenging piece of theatre.

Amanda had the pleasure of knowing the star- Miss Dee- through high school. In fact, they went to (the first ever!) Lilith Fair together, and attended gay prom together.

Most folks who know me know that when the Hedwig film was released back in 2001, I was an immediate, massive fan. I found it incredibly funny and moving and wonderful.

...well, it hit me even harder this time, six or seven years later, after not having seen or really thought about it for quite some time.

Miss Dee was astounding. I was completely blown away. Completely. Seriously one of the best theatre experiences I've ever had. Perhaps knowing the material so well, and knowing a little bit of the back story about the lead made it more resonnate. But wow- what a performance and what source material.

Hedwig is just a beautiful, beautiful story. It's just such a simple yet rich and powerful metaphor. It's about seeking love and acceptance, giving and taking, jealousy and fear, and all that wonderful stuff... then ultimately states that each of us IS ALL WE HAVE AND THAT IS ENOUGH... LOVE YOURSELF AND TRULY BE WHO YOU ARE DESPITE ALL THE OBSTACLES.

Miss Dee's performance really moved me. The production moved me. I feel very good today because of it. When I get sad, I should think about two things- Hedwig and the finale of Six Feet Under. So universal and wonderful, simple and great.

Art is really good.

In the spirit of Hedwig, go ahead and take a shot at me for being a dork! I can take it! :)
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(no subject) [Sep. 8th, 2010|03:21 pm]
Cullen Ryan
Day 01 - Sequel that should not have been made
Day 02 - Movie that you think more people should see
Day 03 - Favorite Oscar-nominated movie from most recent ballot
Day 04 - Movie that makes you laugh every time
Day 05 - Movie you loathe
Day 06 - Movie that makes you cry every time
Day 07 - Least favorite movie by a favorite actor or actress
Day 08 - Movie that should be required high school viewing
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A movie you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A movie that disappointed you
Day 12 - Best soundtrack/background music in a scene
Day 13 - Favorite animated movie
Day 14 - Favorite film in black and white
Day 15 - Best musical
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure movie
Day 17 - Favorite series of related movies (for this, a series can be two)
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best movie cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite romantic couple
Day 22 - Favorite final scene/line
Day 23 - Best explosion or action scene
Day 24 - Quote you use most often
Day 25 - A movie you plan on watching (old and new)
Day 26 - Freakishly weird movie ending
Day 27 - Best villain
Day 28 - Most overhyped movie
Day 29 - Movie you have watched more than ten times
Day 30 - Saddest death scene
Day 31 - Scene that made you stand up and cheer


Best Villain:


Look, I'm not even going to bother to get creative with this one!

Most Overhyped Movie:

there are A LOT, and it's one-upped every year, really. Just the marketing alone associated with the latest Transformers movie felt like, as Roger Ebert so aptly described it, "(going) into the kitchen, cue(ing) up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get(ting) a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then clos(ing) your eyes and us(ing) your imagination."

But I'll alter this a little and say this movie:



Sure, I probably should've known when I heard it was called "Reloaded"... that's so juvenille, like they polled a bunch of rap-rock fans in 2002 what they should call it, and they chuckled and high-fived as they spit out this nonense. Reloaded? Get over yourself. That's so dumb.

I liked the first Matrix movie- I still think it's a good movie- I thought it was smart and fun and also over the top, the filmmaking was original and... good. (I don't feel like trying to read all good n' shit today) But this movie- well, this movie sucked. Sucked sucked sucked. They took everything good about the original and made it complete crap (the mental fuck-i-tude of finding out the entire reality we have is fake is the interesting, albeit not very original part, it was presented well- and dealing with and manipulating that change in reality... perhaps finding more people living within the matrix who will help free humanity, or actually having the action take place there and dealing with that issue- would have been way way way more interesting than the idiotic crap they came up with... GOD! I just HATE IT SO MUCH!!!!) All the interesting parts of the first movie were completely abandoned. Fucking hippy dance party!!! What the crap was that?



...that was in the first half hour of the movie if memory serves me correctly. While watching that I was like, "oh no... oh no... what the fuck is happening?" ...it made it OBVIOUS how much it was going to suck suck suck.

And it was marketed like it was better than the original- of course they HAVE to do that... but I don't remember the reviews of it being as negative as it actually was... I'm going to check rottentomatoes now... yeah- 73% fresh! ...what the crap!!!!! it's TERRIBLE!!!!!

I felt like a fool for believing it could be a decent franchise- felt like I was wrong to like the first one (I wasn't)... but I've been right since- every movie since the Matrix that the W-blah-blah brothers have made is terrible.

Movie I've watched More than Ten Times:

I'll just make a list of the ones that are "definitelys":

E.T.
Back to the Future I, II, III
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
The Wizard of Oz
The Neverending Story
Big
Beauty and the Beast
Blue Velvet
Aladdin
Ernest Goes to Camp
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
It's a Wonderful Life
A Christmas Story
Field of Dreams
And Most ridiculously, an obscure, made for PBS movie called "Brother Future" that my parents taped. It's about a street smart kid who goes back in time and becomes a slave and learns about black history:

I thought it was awesome in 1991!

I guarantee there are others but that's probably enough.

Saddest death scene:




Cmon, man! Have a heart! ...this is for sure the answer, right?

Scene that made me stand up and cheer:



I'm a huge baseball nerd. When Roy Hobbs is bleeding from the side and hits the ball so far he breaks the lights? ...yeah- it's calculated movie storytelling. Purposefully. But damn if I didn't love it and still think it's great. ...I mean, it isn't great. But it plays with my emotions effectively. great for me.
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(no subject) [Sep. 2nd, 2010|04:57 pm]
Cullen Ryan
Day 01 - Sequel that should not have been made
Day 02 - Movie that you think more people should see
Day 03 - Favorite Oscar-nominated movie from most recent ballot
Day 04 - Movie that makes you laugh every time
Day 05 - Movie you loathe
Day 06 - Movie that makes you cry every time
Day 07 - Least favorite movie by a favorite actor or actress
Day 08 - Movie that should be required high school viewing
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A movie you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A movie that disappointed you
Day 12 - Best soundtrack/background music in a scene
Day 13 - Favorite animated movie
Day 14 - Favorite film in black and white
Day 15 - Best musical
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure movie
Day 17 - Favorite series of related movies (for this, a series can be two)
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best movie cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite romantic couple
Day 22 - Favorite final scene/line
Day 23 - Best explosion or action scene
Day 24 - Quote you use most often
Day 25 - A movie you plan on watching (old and new)
Day 26 - Freakishly weird movie ending

Day 27 - Best villain
Day 28 - Most overhyped movie
Day 29 - Movie you have watched more than ten times
Day 30 - Saddest death scene
Day 31 - Scene that made you stand up and cheer


Best action scene:



Car chase, The French Connection

...it is so, so, so bad-ass. Apparently all the curb hits and running off course was ACCIDENTAL and they just kept it in the movie! It's just fist clenching, hardcore, teeth grinding tension. It's awesome as hell, and I'd put it up against all the CGI I've seen.

Quote I use most often:

Okay- I really, really, really hate it when people walk around quoting movies or tv shows. I think its the worst form of comedy/comedy stealing there is. I absolutely loathe it, unless its a mash up or something incredibly stupid (I do find it funny when my friend Sam quotes the movie "Dont Mess With the Zohan" for example... and when I made him do Yoda singing Sublime lyrics the other day, it made me laugh on a very deep emotional level at how stupid it was...)

Having said, that, there is a very, very, VERY random scene in this movie:



I wish I could remember the context exactly. I think Danny DeVito's character and Ahhh-nold's character meet two sisters or friends or something and they are both going to hook up with one of them. Arnold's character is naive and never been with a woman... the lady he's with tries to seduce him, but he's a gentleman and he's sleeping on the floor of a hotel room. The lady gets out of bed, and comes over to him... and as a way to justify why she's leaving the bed to come to the floor to be next to him, she says,

"...this bed is lumpy."

...in this ridiculous, fake sexy accent that I found hysterical as a kid even... I don't even know if it's funny, but I will remember it to this day and use it on ocassion.

A Movie I Plan On Watching

New:

I was thoroughly reviled and shocked but equally impressed by the imagery in Gaspar Noe's Irreversible, so I'm equally incredulous and excited about Enter the Void, his newest movie, which is hopefully coming to play in the Twin Cities soon and is supposedly a complete mind-eff and a sensory juggernaut or something. Have to check it out. It's been a long damn time since I've been wowed at the movies... I saw The White Ribbon at the end of January and I think that's the only time this year... well, and Bad Lieutenant II, but I watched that at a friend's house, not in the theatre.


Old:


I've just never gotten around to seeing it, and I have no reason why. It's supposed to be great.

Best Ending:

I tend to like "weird" endings. A lot, in fact. I can't believe people didn't get or wanted answers at the end of "Inception" for example (a perfectly good film in a lot of ways but not nearly as challenging or deep as I've heard it described)... and I was even more bothered by people's reaction to the ending of "No Country For Old Men" (I mean- did you not WATCH the movie???? What did you think it was trying to say? It was beautifully executed and delivered and appropriate!) ...there are a lot of them. Brazil. The Tenant. Magnolia (which I've already gone over and by all rights should be my pick). Dr. Strangelove (which I think would win if they'd gone with the original ending Kubrick wrote, which was a giant pie fight!). Dogville (which I already wrote about too). 2001. heck, even mainstream-y movies like The Game and The Usual Suspects and The Sixth Sense can't be hated on!

But here is my pick:

Being There

The main character- who we think is a sweet simpleton and as viewers can't believe other people believe his "wisdom"... walks on water at the end. I still can't entirely wrap my head around it... It just assaults us all- if we are all really simple, penned in by cultural/social impacts, if he is christ because we made him christ... I don't exactly know what it's saying... and that is why I just love it.
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(no subject) [Aug. 31st, 2010|10:04 am]
Cullen Ryan
Day 01 - Sequel that should not have been made
Day 02 - Movie that you think more people should see
Day 03 - Favorite Oscar-nominated movie from most recent ballot
Day 04 - Movie that makes you laugh every time
Day 05 - Movie you loathe
Day 06 - Movie that makes you cry every time
Day 07 - Least favorite movie by a favorite actor or actress
Day 08 - Movie that should be required high school viewing
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A movie you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A movie that disappointed you
Day 12 - Best soundtrack/background music in a scene
Day 13 - Favorite animated movie
Day 14 - Favorite film in black and white
Day 15 - Best musical
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure movie
Day 17 - Favorite series of related movies (for this, a series can be two)
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best movie cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite romantic couple
Day 22 - Favorite final scene/line

Day 23 - Best explosion or action scene
Day 24 - Quote you use most often
Day 25 - A movie you plan on watching (old and new)
Day 26 - Freakishly weird movie ending
Day 27 - Best villain
Day 28 - Most overhyped movie
Day 29 - Movie you have watched more than ten times
Day 30 - Saddest death scene
Day 31 - Scene that made you stand up and cheer

Favorite kiss:



...can't really argue this one- it does seem super obvious though.

Best Romantic Couple:


I definitely pick this one because of the memories associated with it. It is one of the first movies I've ever watched with my wife (...the first one was Pecker, the basically forgotten but somewhat charming John Waters film). It's about Queen Elizabeth and her bodyguard... it was clearly a romantic relationship (or portrayed as one) where two people never actually engage in any romantic activities. There have been other movies like this- is one is just my favorite.

Favorite Final Line:



Some Like It Hot

"Well, nobody's perfect!"


Favorite Final Scene:


Dogville.

...it's pretty old now so I can throw out a spoiler. Everyone gets slaughtered. It's equally terrifying and emotionally satisfying. It's kinda awful and hilarious at the same time.
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