Monday, September 26, 2011

50 of My Favorite Films to Watch...10-6

     HOLY MOLY!!! We are in the Top 10!!! Okay, get ready to be wowed!

#10  The Bourne Identity

"What is the French word for "stakeout," huh?"

Even though I like finding out who Jason Bourne was before he became Jason Bourne (via Bourne Supremacy), I really like watching how he discovers who he is and what mad Chuck Norris/Jack Bauer skills he has.

#9  The Shawshank Redemption

"Yeah. The funny thing is - on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook."

There is just something about this movie that is fantastic.  Is it the story?  Is it the soundtrack?  Is it the fact that Morgan Freeman is playing an Irishman named Red?  Yes.

#8  Ocean's 11

"Shane, you've got three pairs. You can't have six cards! You can't have six cards in a five-card game!"

The other two are great, but nothing is better than the first one.

#7  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

"I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky..."

This movie is double the historical fiction for me.  World War II era Nazis and looking for the Holy Grail.  Yes, please.

#6  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

"What Russian novel, embraces more than 500 characters, is set in the Napoleotic wars?"

Just ask Matt Mahler.

Soon to come...MY TOP 5!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

50 of My Favorite Films to Watch...15-11

     Here is round 8 of my favorite films list.

#15   Star Trek: First Contact

"Assimilate this!"

Of the STNG movies, this is the by far the best.

#14   Better Off Dead

"Two brothers... One speaks no English, the other learned English from watching "The Wide World of Sports." So you tell me... Which is better, speaking no English at all, or speaking Howard Cosell?"

Classic 80s comedy.  Need I say more?

#13   The Princess Bride

"And YOU: friendless, brainless, helpless, hopeless! Do you want me to send you back to where you were? Unemployed, in Greenland?"

This movie along with #35 are the ones that everyone needs to watch.

#12   A Few Good Men

"Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to."

Even though I own the movie, this is one of those that I have to watch when it is on TV.

#11   Terminator 2: Judgment Day

"The more contact I have with humans, the more I learn."

Great movie theme.  Great movie.  A must see.

Finally.  We are coming up on my top 10 favorite movies to watch.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Land of the Free. Home of the Brave

     September 11, 2001.  The first semester of my junior year of college has just begun several weeks prior.  Oklahoma was 3-0 in football and had just finished beating North Texas 37-10 the Saturday before.

     I woke up to my alarm, probably around 8:45.  I walked into the front room and turned on the TV.  The channel it was on was one of the local TV stations, but it was airing footage from New York City.  It was hard to believe what I was seeing.  The top of one of the World Trade Center buildings was spewing smoke.  They said that a commercial airliner had been flown into the top of the building.  Just over 15 minutes into watching the news, I saw the second plane fly right into the second tower.  Now I definitely could not believe what I was seeing.

     The whole time I was thinking, "Is this really happening?"  My memories from high school of seeing the OKC bombing on the news when I got home from school on April 19, 1995 (I went to school in Maryland) were popping in my head.  So were the memories of the Columbine shooting.  I was asking myself, "How can something like this happen?"

     I didn't go to class at all that day.  I was glued to the TV watching the news coverage.  Once it was mentioned that a plane had flown into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., I called my parents to ask if they were okay.  I had forgotten that earlier in the summer of 2001, they had moved from Maryland up to Pennsylvania.  They were completely fine because they were out of harms way.

     It has taken me several years to see the fruition of history being made.  Everything has changed because of September 11th.  With regard to United States history being taught in school, it will soon be taught in three semesters instead of two.  What the 1840's and 1850's were to the Civil War, the 1980's and 1990's are to September 11th.  Everything has changed.

     I would like to leave you with a song that came out in 2004.  This song was written because of the events that happened on our most modern Day of Infamy.  This is a music video by Michael W. Smith and the song is called, "There She Stands."

Saturday, September 10, 2011

It's tough...and Nostalgia

     Clearly it can be seen that my last post was weeks ago, on August 21.  It has been really hard to be consistent with creating blog posts.  Normally, one could post how their day went and that sort of thing, but for me as a teacher, I can't really do that.  No matter how goodhearted I want to be posting something about school, I can't go there.  There are teachers that have been fired over things that they have posted on blogs about their jobs.  In the words of Forrest Gump, "that's all I have to say, about that."

     So I am sitting here watching John Wayne in The Sons of Katie Elder on AMCHD.  Today, AMC is doing a "Crazy About" The Duke.  All the movies are John Wayne movies.  I was thinking about how movies aren't made like this anymore.  They aren't made the way they use to be.  I then was thinking about how nostalgic I am sometimes.  This happens when I am watching TV shows or movies or listening to music.  Sometimes I think back on my childhood or my youth and wonder what it would be like to revisit it for a brief moment.  I also think about what it would be like to actually go back through grade school, kind of like Billy Madison, but not exactly.  The fact that I only got straight A's once (it was in 3rd grade) in my whole K-12 career kind of makes me want to go back and see how I would I do now.  I know I have gone to college twice (once undergrad, second grad-certification only) but I have to say I do miss being in college.