You want memes? I'll give you memes!

Traffic at this blog seems to drop like a rock on the weekends starting on Friday’s. So in a vain attempt to bump that up and give readers something fun to do, I thought I would join in on a few of the memes kicking around the ‘sphere these days.

–> Ed started this one about AFI’s Top 100 Films. Below is my list (with those I have seen in bold):
1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2. CASABLANCA (1942)
3. THE GODFATHER (1972)
4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
7. THE GRADUATE (1967)

8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
9. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)
10. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)
11. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)
14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
15. STAR WARS (1977)
16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)
18. PSYCHO (1960)
19. CHINATOWN (1974)
20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)
21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)
22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
24. RAGING BULL (1980)
25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)

27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
31. ANNIE HALL (1977)
32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)
33. HIGH NOON (1952)
34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)

35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)
38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
42. REAR WINDOW (1954)
43. KING KONG (1933)
44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)
46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)
47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
48. JAWS (1975)
49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
53. AMADEUS (1984)
54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)
56. M*A*S*H (1970)
57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)
58. FANTASIA (1940)
59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
61. VERTIGO (1958)
62. TOOTSIE (1982)

63. STAGECOACH (1939)
64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
66. NETWORK (1976)
67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)
68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)
69. SHANE (1953)
70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
71. FORREST GUMP (1994)
72. BEN-HUR (1959)
73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)
75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)
76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)
77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
78. ROCKY (1976)

79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978)
80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
81. MODERN TIMES (1936)
82. GIANT (1956)
83. PLATOON (1986)
84. FARGO (1996)
85. DUCK SOUP (1933)
86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
88. EASY RIDER (1969)
89. PATTON (1970)
90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)
91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)
92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
93. THE APARTMENT (1960)
94. GOODFELLAS (1990)
95. PULP FICTION (1994)

96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)
97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)
99. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

I guess you can see I am a book person not a film person. What’s that 36? Ed had 96!


–> Despite that let me play at this film orientated game created by OGIC. The thing is to post five movie quotes that pop in your head. So here goes (these are all rough quotes until I can verify):

– “Geez, you’re real nice. If I didn’t have puke breath I’d kiss you.” Strange Brew.

– “I’m not oppressing you, Stan. You haven’t got a womb. Where’s the fetus going to gestate? You going to keep it in a box?” The Life of Brian.

– “I understand you have been missing some work lately?”
“Well, I wouldn’t exactly say I’v been MISSING it, Bob!” Office Space

– “Jeez! Somebody must have spiked the egg salad.” Ghostbusters

– “That was my skull! I’m so wasted!” Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Okay, I see I was in a bit of a comedy mode there. Two quotes from Rick Moranis? That’s little weird . . .

–> By way of Ed, via Terry Teachout, via Even Tushnet we get a Ten Things I’ve Done That I Probably Shouldn’t Have Done type thing. So here is mine in no particular order:
1. Swim across an ocean fed channel, steal a bottle of Canadian Club, swim back across, step on a sea urchin, ask for a doctor, tell the lady that responds: “No, I need a doctor not a nurse!”
2. Run away from home and sleep in a bus for two weeks.
3. Wreck a state car within the first month of a new job.
4. Flunk a class because you didn’t think the proffesor would fail on attendance alone despite it being spelled out in the sylabus.
5. Get in a shouting match with the assitant dean of students assuring her that she would leave the school before you did.
6. Get arrested driving your uncles car, in front of your girlfriend, while you are staying at your grandma’s house with your mom.
7. Get drunk by drinking the remainders of other patrons drinks at a hotel.
8. Eat birthday cake that had fallen in the street (I ate only the part that didn’t touch the ground).
9. Leave your car parked in the street until it gets towed and then forget to pick it up (ever).
10. Buy a car without talking to your wife about using money borrowed in her name (and get in an accident a week later).

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2 Comments

  • Here’s what I’ve seen. 27 total.
    1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)
    > 2. CASABLANCA (1942)
    3. THE GODFATHER (1972)
    > 4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
    5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
    > 6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
    7. THE GRADUATE (1967)
    8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
    >9. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)
    >10. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)
    >11. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
    12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
    13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)
    14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
    >15. STAR WARS (1977)
    16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
    17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)
    18. PSYCHO (1960)
    19. CHINATOWN (1974)
    20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)
    21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)
    >22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
    23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
    24. RAGING BULL (1980)
    >25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
    26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
    27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
    28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
    29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
    30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
    31. ANNIE HALL (1977)
    32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)
    33. HIGH NOON (1952)
    34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
    >35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
    36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
    37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)
    38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
    39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
    >40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
    >41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
    >42. REAR WINDOW (1954)
    43. KING KONG (1933)
    44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
    45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)
    46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)
    47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
    >48. JAWS (1975)
    >49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
    50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
    >51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
    52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
    >53. AMADEUS (1984)
    54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
    >55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)
    56. M*A*S*H (1970)
    57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)
    >58. FANTASIA (1940)
    59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
    >60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
    >61. VERTIGO (1958)
    62. TOOTSIE (1982)
    63. STAGECOACH (1939)
    >64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
    65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
    66. NETWORK (1976)
    67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)
    >68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)
    69. SHANE (1953)
    70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
    >71. FORREST GUMP (1994)
    >72. BEN-HUR (1959)
    73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
    74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)
    >75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)
    76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)
    77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
    >78. ROCKY (1976)
    79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978)
    80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
    81. MODERN TIMES (1936)
    82. GIANT (1956)
    83. PLATOON (1986)
    84. FARGO (1996)
    85. DUCK SOUP (1933)
    86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
    87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
    88. EASY RIDER (1969)
    89. PATTON (1970)
    90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)
    >91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)
    92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
    93. THE APARTMENT (1960)
    94. GOODFELLAS (1990)
    95. PULP FICTION (1994)
    96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)
    97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
    98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)
    99. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
    100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

    Drinking after several hotel guests is gross, sir.

  • Here’s what I’ve seen. 27 total.
    1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)
    > 2. CASABLANCA (1942)
    3. THE GODFATHER (1972)
    > 4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
    5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
    > 6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
    7. THE GRADUATE (1967)
    8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
    >9. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)
    >10. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)
    >11. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
    12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
    13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)
    14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
    >15. STAR WARS (1977)
    16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
    17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)
    18. PSYCHO (1960)
    19. CHINATOWN (1974)
    20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)
    21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)
    >22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
    23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
    24. RAGING BULL (1980)
    >25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
    26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
    27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
    28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
    29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
    30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
    31. ANNIE HALL (1977)
    32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)
    33. HIGH NOON (1952)
    34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
    >35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
    36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
    37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)
    38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
    39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
    >40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
    >41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
    >42. REAR WINDOW (1954)
    43. KING KONG (1933)
    44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
    45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)
    46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)
    47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
    >48. JAWS (1975)
    >49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
    50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
    >51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
    52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
    >53. AMADEUS (1984)
    54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
    >55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)
    56. M*A*S*H (1970)
    57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)
    >58. FANTASIA (1940)
    59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
    >60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
    >61. VERTIGO (1958)
    62. TOOTSIE (1982)
    63. STAGECOACH (1939)
    >64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
    65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
    66. NETWORK (1976)
    67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)
    >68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)
    69. SHANE (1953)
    70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
    >71. FORREST GUMP (1994)
    >72. BEN-HUR (1959)
    73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
    74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)
    >75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)
    76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)
    77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
    >78. ROCKY (1976)
    79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978)
    80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
    81. MODERN TIMES (1936)
    82. GIANT (1956)
    83. PLATOON (1986)
    84. FARGO (1996)
    85. DUCK SOUP (1933)
    86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
    87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
    88. EASY RIDER (1969)
    89. PATTON (1970)
    90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)
    >91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)
    92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
    93. THE APARTMENT (1960)
    94. GOODFELLAS (1990)
    95. PULP FICTION (1994)
    96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)
    97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
    98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)
    99. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
    100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

    Drinking after several hotel guests is gross, sir.