What Movie is Your Soul Mate Deal Breaker?

September 23, 2008

Last night on the Season 4 premiere of How I Met Your Mother, we find out that a recently engaged Ted spent the entire summer mooning over his fiancé only to discover that he really doesn’t know anything about Stella.

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How I Met Your Mother - Season 4 - "Do I Know You?" - Sarah Chalke as Stella and Josh Radnor as Ted. Courtesy Eric McCandless/Fox

He doesn’t know the color of her eyes, the foods she is allergic to, her favorite color and most importantly what she thinks of his favorite movie.

In Ted’s quest to determine if Stella really is the woman he can spend the rest of his life with, he stages a movie watching session to determine how she reacts to Star Wars, his all time favorite movie.

Hilarity ensues as he watches her watch the movie.  In the end, Stella hates the movie, but tells Ted she loves it and in an ahhhhh moment confesses to Marshall that she’s comfortable with pretending to like Star Wars for the rest of her life if it means she can be with Ted.

But the scene immediately generated a conversation in our household.  What movie is so important to you that your significant other must like it if you two are to spend the rest of your lives together?

My husband immediately agreed with the Star Wars choice and added his favorite John Wayne movie, The Searchers – both of which, fortunately, I happen to like.

Then after a moment, he decides that it really is a wonder that he married me because his deal breaker movie is The Christmas Story

I quickly explain – you know my marriage is on the line here – that I do like that movie.  I just don’t feel the need to watch it for 24 hours straight.

My deal breaker is a little harder to define.  I know right off that any chick flick is out when talking to a guy.  If I go with my sick day movie, the movie I fall back on when I need cheering up or time to zone out, then I’d have to say The Lost Boys.

My husband will never watch the movie as often as I do.  And I can’t call it his favorite, but at least he didn’t boo at it.

I guess the morale of the story is that you don’t have to share the same favorite movies, but you do have to at least be able tolerate each other’s favorites.

So then, what movie is a deal breaker for you if your significant other doesn’t like it?  (Please say I’m not causing any divorces or break ups by asking this!)


Will Guest Mentors Nuture a Star Among Idol Contenders?

March 20, 2008

Finally, American Idol announced the Season 7 guest mentors on the Top 11 results show.  Expect to see Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Neil Diamond mixing it up with the Top 10 over the next few weeks.  No word yet on which show each mentor will appear.

American Idol logoSo what do you think of this year’s guest mentors?  Do you think they are a good match for this year’s contenders? 

Will these mentors bring out top-notch performances like some of the ones we saw during the first Lennon-McCartney night?  Or are we in for more stale, mediocre performances like this week?

Too bad Amanda Overmyer is gone.  Wouldn’t you have liked to see her teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber?  Which musical would you have like to see her chose a number from?  The balladeers – Brooke White, David Archuleta and Ramiele Malubay – will shine Webber night.

Dolly Parton night should be a hoot.  I hope it’s soon before Kristy Lee Cook’s luck finally runs out.  Maybe Dolly can fine tune Kristy Lee’s country influence in her songs.  And what will Dolly do to help Chikeze with his bluegrass arrangements?  Can Dolly trade Carly Smithson’s Irish accent for a country twang?

I am dreading Mariah Carey night.  Not because of the diva herself, but because we will be subjected to everyone trying to belt out her songs.  No one does it as well as she does and we are left with a bunch of subpar performances. 

Weren’t we subjected to enough of these during the auditions and then we had a surge of her songs again during ‘80s week.  Syesha Mercado is probably the only one who has half a chance and succeeding on Carey night.

On the other hand, I think Neil Diamond has the most potential.  Neil has a host of hits that would be great choices for the contenders to customize to their benefit.  I can see Jason Castro doing “I’m a Believer” and David Cook rocking to “America.”  Could Michael Johns finally find a song among Neil’s hits that suits him?  Who will sing “Sweet Caroline?”

So tell me which mentor are you looking forward to?  And what songs do you hope to hear?

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Whoopi Defends Michael Vick, Can you Believe that?

September 5, 2007

I’m not really a fan of The View.  It has more drama that most soaps.  Between this drama and the revolving door of hosts; however, I can’t help but hear about the soap talk show in the news.  Most of the time I just skip right over those headlines, but the news of Whoopi Goldberg’s first day has me outraged.

Whoopi joins The ViewAccording to TV Squad, Whoopi chose her debut as host of the The View to take a stand defending Michael Vick of all things.  Is that really what you’d want to be remembered for — defending a rich football player that gets his kicks allegedly by training dogs to fight and kill each other?

And her defense was a pretty poor one at that — he’s into dog fighting because of his “cultural upbringing.”  Is that the best she could think of? 

As a white woman, I’d never be able to pull off that excuse.  My father is a bigot (I’m not proud of it, but it’s a fact I’ve long dealt with).  If I should suddenly start spewing racist remarks — especially if I was someone famous — and then attributed it to my “cultural upbringing,” I’d have people screaming everywhere.

I’m sure no one would think of attributing Vick’s success on the football field to his “cultural upbringing.”  That, I’m sure he did all himself.

I cannot stand when people blame “society” for their wrong doing.  Grow up and take responsibility for your actions.  You are only as good as who you make yourself. 

(Photo Courtesy of ABC)


Damon to Guest Star on ‘Arthur’

August 15, 2007

I’m guessing that it won’t be his box office success with The Borne Ultimatum that will capture Matt Damon’s daughter’s attention, but his latest guest starring role.  An animated Damon will guest star on the September 3 episode of Arthur, according to the Boston Herald.

Matt DamonDamon, complete with animal ears and nose, will host “Postcards from You” that encourage children to send in homemade videos and will cause the friendly aardvark and his friends to produce their own vidoes for submission.

I think it’s great when actors and actresses take time to guest star in children’s programs, especially stars that are parents too.  Tina Fey was on Sesame Street this week.

Personally, I don’t think my children would know who Matt Damon is, but then again they are only two.  But it’s still a great idea.  Also, guest stars like Damon are a great way to get the parents to watch these shows with the kids.


Jimmy Stewart Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

August 13, 2007

On Friday, one of my favorite actors will be honored when his image is released on a U.S. postage stamp on Friday, August 17.  The Jimmy Stewart stamp is the 13th in the Legends of Hollywood series.

Jimmy Stewart StampI’ve been a big fan of Stewart since my first viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life.  Then I saw Mr. Smith goes to Washington and Stewart was forever immortalized as one of my favorite actors.  What is your favorite Jimmy Stewart movie?

But Stewart, who starred in more than 80 movies, is not only an inspiration on the screen; he’s an inspiration to the American citizen.  In the middle of a successful movie career Stewart enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a pilot during World War II where he won several honors for dangerous combat missions including the Distinguished Flying Cross and The Air Medal.

The stamp will be released in a ceremony on Friday at Universal Studios in Hollywood.  The James Stewart Museum in his hometown — Indiana, PA — will also be celebrating the stamps release.

Since I will not be able to attend either, I think I will break out my favorite Jimmy Stewart DVDs and have my own little marathon this weekend to celebrate.

Next year will honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of the actor who passed away in 1997.


James Doohan remains return to Earth

May 21, 2007

James Doohan’s remains have safely returned to earth.  They were found Friday in the New Mexico mountains after being launched into sub-orbital space nearly three weeks ago.

On Saturday, April 29th James Doohan’s remains along with those of 200 others were successfully launched from Spaceport America in New Mexico.  The 20-foot rocket flew 70 miles to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere before returning to earth.  During the return, however, the rocket blew off course and has been missing until Friday when it was found in the New Mexico mountains.

James Doohan is best know for his role as Scotty, the fiesty engineer in the Star Treck TV series and movies.  

When I reported, Doohan’s launch into space I was under the impression this send off was permanent.  But the fact that it was sub-orbital should have been my first clue.

Families members paid nearly $500 for the deceased relatives short-lived trip to space.  Not that I know it’s not a permanent ride, I think the fare is little expensive for my taste.  But at least Doohan and the others got what they wanted.


John Wayne — an American Patriot or a Racist?

May 19, 2007

Recently, I was reading a post about the Top 15 John Wayne movies in honor of his centennial birthday.  I grew up on John Wayne movies and have always loved his patriotism and said as much in the comment section.  Another commenter replied that John Wayne was the “most racist actor/filmakers of all time.”  Let’s take a closer look at John Wayne.

The commenter’s exact post was:

John Wayne may be iconic in american film and culture (and granted the western would be incomplete without his contributions); but off the screen (and sometimes on it) he was one of the most racist actor/filmakers of all time. A patriot in the most minimal, and narrow view.

When asked to elaborate, the commenter replied:

Well there is his infamous playboy interview in which he states he believes in white-supremacy; and further states that blacks should be isolated until they become educated enough to participate in society. His rants on Native Americans and how they were “savages,” are well known; and during the Vietnam war there were numerous interviews and accounts of him making racist remarks against the Vietnamese. In terms of him being a racist on screen…well most westerns in those days were not kind to the Native Americans. Simply his on screen persona did not match his real life personality a bit. He had a ferocious temper that often came out negatively in interviews (his response to the question of everything being black or white “why the hell not!”); and he was a draft dodger in WWII, choosing to pursue his acting career.

However, I have to disagree with the commenter on several points.

John WayneFirst, I think that John Wayne’s on screen persona did match his real life personality (from what I’ve read about him. I’ve never met the guy).  Both on and off the screen, Wayne was a tough, gritty guy that told you frankly how it was without sparing any thoughts for your feelings.  A very candid man, he was unwavering in his beliefs regardless of whether than conflicted with yours.  And he never, ever backed down from a fight — even that of lung cancer (which he beat) and stomach cancer (which he did not).

Secondly, he was not a draft dodger.  He received a 3-A deferment for dependency reasons, as did most men who had more than two children.  Records indicated that he never personally filed for a deferment claim.  I assume it was Republic Pictures that filed for the deferment because they needed their money maker, their leading man, at home. 

True, he could have enlisted or appealed the deferment.  I don’t know why he didn’t.  And everything I’ve read says that he regretted not doing so.  But not serving does not mean he didn’t answer America’s call.  He was a stanch supporter of the war efforts — both WWII and Vietnam.  Not only did his films serve as inspiration to the fighting men and women, he toured with the USO, as did many other entertainers who did not serve.  Wayne was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service to America on May 26, 1979.

As for his comments, I ask you to remember that he lived in a different era.  Things were different in that time — nobody was politically correct.  Everybody said things back then that were socially acceptable that would not be uttered today.

I’ll freely admit that he is known for his remarks being controversial.  In fact, I think he did that on purpose to stir up issues.  When asked about the reaction to the infamous 1971 Playboy interview, he said, “I must have said some things a lot of people have been thinking, but were afraid to express.”

I was not able to find a copy of the interview (I don’t have back issues of Playboy just laying around). I was, however, able to read excerpts in the book John Wayne: American.  Although they were contentious, I personally didn’t find them offensive.  I don’t necessarily agree with some of them, but I think he was just expressing his opinion.  I think the remarks are open to interpretation.  If you’re looking for a fight, then you could find one.

Likewise, I could find no references to Wayne calling Native Americans savages.  He did call them selfish in the Playboy interview, but that’s a matter of opinion, not racism.

Regarding his comments for the Vietnamese, he was a strong supporter of the American solider and at the time the Vietnamese were the enemy.  I’m not saying it’s right, but I know I’m not above calling my enemies a few nasty names (or even my husband when he’s made me mad).

As for racism in his movies, let’s not confuse fantasy with reality.  Just because you play a racist in a movie — not that I can remember him doing so, but I haven’t seen every movie he did — doesn’t mean you are one.  Regarding Native Americans in his movies, I think that John Wayne movies often had the best portrayals of them — strong leaders just trying to protect their families and lands.  Often in these movies, his role was that of the liaison between the settlers and indians.

John Wayne spanks Maureen O’HaraBesides it’s a movie.  I’m not upset by the portrayal of women in his movies.  Granted if my husband ever tried to spanked me or tar and feathered me like Wayne’s character did Maureen O’Hara’s in McLintock, I knock him into next week.  But I still love that movie and think that scene is hilarious.  O’Hara apparently wasn’t appalled either, the Irish actress had this to say about Wayne:

To the People of the world, John Wayne is not just an actor and a very fine actor.  John Wayne is the United States of America.  He is what they believe it to be.  He is what they hope it to be.  And he is what they hope it will always be.

Did Wayne have a temper?  Both on and off screen from what I heard.  I also understand he had some pretty old fashion theories about women, at least by today’s standard.  By the way, all three of his wives were Hispanic.  Was John Wayne perfect?  By no means.  But I dare you to find me someone that is.  I take my heroes just like I take my friends — the good with the bad.  Nobody’s perfect.  And what John Wayne did well, he did very, very well. 

John Wayne remains an American patriot — albeit a flawed one — in my book.

(McLintock photo courtesy of jwaynefan.com)