Monday, September 04, 2006

Joke's Movie Meme

It's raining and even though it's a holiday, I have to churn out massive amounts of paperwork while overseeing my children. You pretty much don't want to know what I'm thinking. Therefore, I'm doing Joke's movie meme. And I quote:
As you will doubtless recall, the purpose of these lists is to inform the readership of the things which have informed our attitudes, outlooks, choices, etc. Therefore, here are the programs/films that have helped shape my way of looking at things.

Relations with the Opposite Sex
Cat Ballou--Don't mess with her; she'll shoot you dead.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes--I always identified with the Jane Russell character. Always the sidekick, eventually the bride.
The Women
--teaches the valuable lesson that Virtue Will Triumph in the End

What it means to be a man
Any BBC adaptation of a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery, whether it stars Ian Carmichael, or Edward Petherbridge
The Dirty Dozen
Grand Illusion
Groundhog Day
Hogan's Heros
Master and Commander
My Man Godfrey
Stripes

Music
Any Warner Bros. musical with numbers choreographed by Busby Berkeley
Austin Powers
The Big Chill (I can't help it. I'm a baby-boomer. And this was the first film to use songs that had already been hits.)
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Last Days of Disco
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
So I Married an Ax Murderer
Tous Les Matins du Monde
Master and Commander

Work

Absolutely Fabulous (Edina, the feckless employer, and Bubble, the idiot secretary)
Beverly Hillbillies (Mr. Drysdale/Miss Jane)
Footlight Parade (James Cagney as Chester Kent; Joan Blondell as his secretary)
Fawlty Towers (John Cleese as the overbearing owner; Connie Booth as his wonderful assistant)
Working Girl (Sigourney Weaver as the Boss from Hell; Melanie Griffith as the ambitious secretary)

Lifestyle

High Society
Housesitter
Laura
Metropolitan
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

The Philadelphia Story
The Thin Man Goes Home
Trading Places
The Women

Family
Ordinary People (My original milieu. To be avoided. What not to be.)
I, Claudius (What not to be, cubed.)
Moonstruck (What I aspire to.)

God
Beckett

Country
Yankee Doodle Dandy

Worldview (tied)
Metropolitan
Wayne's World

4 comments:

  1. Just wanted to say Happy C&C Monday!

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  2. My worldview was once and forever formed by Peter Sellers' Being There. Based on the final vignette where he appears to be walking on water to the sound of quotes from the Great Man Recently Dead read to the mourners by the President. And there he is, walking on the water without so much as making a ripple, and the President's voice reads "Life.......... is a state of mind."

    I get teary-eyed...

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  3. Just visiting from Much More Than A Mom's blog and wanted to say "hi!" :)

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  4. Just visiting from MMTaM.. have a wonderful day!

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