30 Days of Blogging Honesty (+1 Dare) – Day 29

“My television is showing the same show on every channel.  I really don’t mind watching ___________ (from the 1960’s) and I really loves this show because…”

Note: I realize it’s Thursday, but I only had two posts left so I figured I may as well just finish up the 30 Days so I’m not so behind!

Some people out there may not know this, but I actually really enjoy older television shows.  They’re so much better than some older movies (sorry but some older movies are just too campy for my liking – not all…just the ones my parents watch I guess).  But I love the older television shows, I used to watch them a lot when we had a different cable package.

It’s hard to pick one show I wouldn’t mind watching to be honest.  My first thought was the original Batman show – you know, the one with Adam West.  That show is awesome, it’s so silly and hilarious, and I honestly used to watch reruns of it on Space channel with my brother every day one summer when I was younger.  Another obvious choice would be the original Star Trek show, I’ve seen quite a few of the episodes, but not all of them like my TNG.  I’d definitely give it a watch now, so I don’t see why I wouldn’t mind watching it if nothing else was on TV.  And my last top pick would be the Carol Burnett Show.  I love this show, and I wish the reruns were on tv again, because I can’t even describe how much I love this show.  Carol Burnett is one of my most favourite female comedians and this show is just absolutely hilarious.

Some other choices I’d have to pick though would be:

  • Bewitched
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • The Beverly Hillbillies (I already watch reruns of it now)
  • Get Smart
  • Hogan’s Heroes
  • The Fugitive
  • Maverick (my parents recently showed me the tv show, and I love it!)
  • Outer Limits
  • The Twilight Zone
  •  The Addams Family (although, it’s not a long show like some of the others, so I may get bored of it quickly)
  • The Bugs Bunny Show (yay for real cartoon violence without the damn censorship it gets now)
  • The Flintstones
  • The Jetsons

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31 Days of Blogging Honesty – Day 3

Hopefully by now you realize what 31 Days of Blogging Honesty is, because I can’t think of any interesting ways to describe it again.  So let’s just skip the awkwardness from now on and go straight to the question!

#3. My favourite song for the year I was born…

I would like to state for the record that I do not like this question.  Anyone who knows me well will know I’m a freaking moron when it comes to music.  I enjoy music theory, musicals, and the stuff that I generally know and like already.  But I hooorrrible when it comes to music trivia, like when songs came out and who they were by etcetera.  I don’t like this question because I had to look through lists up on lists of singles that were released in the year 1989, which was expected, but most of the songs I was literally drawing a blank on.  I’ve probably heard plenty of them, but I could only really recognize a few.  So shame on you question for bringing to attention my musical stupidity. 

However, I have two songs, because I recognized them and I do like them.

My favourite would have to be One by Metallica

Sorry again for the crappy video, the official videos are never allowed to be embedded it seems.  Now I do know that this album was released in 1988 technically (I only know this because I actually love Metallica and was relieved to see them on any of the lists).  This song was released as a single in January of 1989, so technically, I think it should count.  Why I love this song?  It’s Metallica, duh.  Nothing is more satisfying than hearing the beginning of this song, it’s just dark, melodic, sad, and kind of resentful all at the same time.  Not to mention the lyrics.  Oh man, Metallica lyrics – so amazing.  Now this isn’t my favourite Metallica song, but it’s up there.  This song definitely is for days where I’m pissed off, or feeling upset, and I just need some music to make me feel justified in my feelings, or to help put words to what I’m feeling.  It’s just epic. 

For any sticklers out there who think it’s not “fair” that I picked a song that’s album came out in 1988, I did pick a “back-up” of sorts.  The other song I picked was Janie’s Got a Gun by Aerosmith. 

Crappy quality video, I know, sorry.  I really enjoy Aerosmith, I think they have a lot of great songs, and they’re all very catchy.  I really enjoy this song, it’s again, a very dark song.  Because of the subject matter of the song, I don’t listen to it very much.  It makes me angry, and sad, not at the song, but where the song comes from and what it’s about.  I think it’s a well made song, but when I put it next to Metallica, Metallica wins.  Hell, most things compared to Metallica in my eyes don’t have a winning chance, so what can you expect.

And just because I bitched and moaned about not knowing anything about music, I’m going to tell you what my favourite movie is that came out in 1989, you know, just to make myself feel better. 

1989 was a great year (at least in my opinion) for films.  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade came out, so did Back to the Future II, and Ghostbusters II.  Not to mention Little Mermaid, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Dead Poet’s Society, Parenthood, Driving Miss Daisy, and UHF.  Be impressed because I only had to look up one of those movies to make sure I had the date right.  And yes, I definitely put UHF, the Weird Al movie up there – it’s awesome.  But if I had to pick one favourite film that was released the year I was born – I’d absolutely have to say, without a doubt:

Oh yes, I went there.

 Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

Personal Update: I woke up this morning and found out the results of the Canadian Federal election.  My thoughts – overall unimpressed with the number of mindless sheep in this country, following what’s “easy”, aka, what they do not have to research.  People, I do not want to live in America, and Conservatives idealize the Republican party, so it’s only a matter of time before this country I love starts to look unfamiliar.  It will begin with the privatization of our healthcare, and lax gun control.  I hope you fucking idiotic sheep are happy that you didn’t have to do any research on the issues, or make any effort at all.  Yes, listen to the flame ads on the television and radio, because obviously they must be true.  Thanks you, you fucking asshole, mindless, sheep.  Follow your shepherd towards making the rich richer and towards the red, white and blue, go now, follow!  BAHHHH!

A note on my update: It is 10am and now that I got a bit of my frustration out of my system, I realize my update was a bit harsh I suppose.  Overall, that is how I feel, but if I were to write it again, it probably wouldn’t be so angry.  Oh well, that’s what happens when I get bad news when I haven’t had my coffee yet.  Ok, I promise, no more personal updates!

Top 10 Best Movie Sequels

First off I’m going to apologize to my friend Ryan.  I was trying to think of ideas for “Top 10” lists, and Ryan suggested best sequels.  I shot the idea down, saying it’s been done.

Well, during a break from homework today, I’m drinking my coffee staring blankly at the screen trying to think of Top 10 list ideas.  Then it dawned on me – it’s all been done before.  No matter what kind of list I try to make, someone has probably already done it.  So I might as well be true to myself, and add my own take on an idea that’s already been done.  Then Ryan’s suggestion popped in my mind – what is a sequel, but adding to what’s already been done before?  It was perfect…well at least I thought so.

So sorry and thank you to Ryan for the suggestion!

I also wanted to mention that I did include trilogies and series, as you’ll see in a minute.

Let’s not waste anymore time, and here’s my take on the Top 10 Best Movie Sequels:

10. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Not many people my age have actually seen this movie, which is a shame to begin with.  Additionally, not many people my age even realize that this is a sequel.  It’s the third in the Dollars Trilogy (or as some would know as the “Man with No Name” Trilogy).  It’s also the most recognizable of the three films.  I really think I enjoy A Fistful of Dollars more (the first film), but this is a great sequel nonetheless.  It’s a classic western, and while not everyone will enjoy it, I believe it’s one of the best films from its era.

9. Shrek 2
Honestly, I love Shrek.  I love the characters, and I just really enjoy watching these films.  Shrek 2 I feel really improves upon the first film in many ways.  I recently watched both films again, and I noticed how the first film really is simple compared the second.  The first one really plays out like a fairy tale, which is what they were going for I suppose.  I just felt that the second film has a lot more dimensions to its story, therefore making it more interesting to watch.  It takes an already entertaining film and one-ups it.  The third one…well that’s a different story, and I’d rather not mention that piece of shit tonight.

8. Lord of the Rings: The Towers
I wasn’t going to add Lord of the Rings to this list at all.  A few people may argue that Lord of the Rings is one large story and this shouldn’t be counted as a sequel…but I think if one can say that about this story, you can say that about any sequel.  Sequels are just additions to a familiar story, containing similar places, characters, plots or themes.  They can be completely relevant to the previous familiar story, unrelated or continuations.  That’s just how I see it.  Anyways, I’m rambling.  I picked the Two Towers instead of Return of the King because in all honesty, I like it better.  They’re both great, but there are just so many parts of this film that I love – Helm’s deep, the Ents, Sam’s speech at the end (as cheesy as it is, I still love it).  Return of the King is awesome, but fuck it’s long.  They’re both long ass movies, but Return of the King kind of drags on.  I find Two Towers really exciting for the most part, and that’s why it’s on this list.

7. The Dark Knight
I almost didn’t put this film on my list at all, but it’s too good to ignore.  Batman Begins was a really great way to reinvent the franchise of Batman, which was almost destroyed when Joel Schumacher made Batman Forever and Batman and Robin.  The Dark Knight did everything Batman Begins did, but about ten times better.  The film is dark, edgy and really emotional, and it carries a very strong (sometimes very blatant) message.  I really think a lot of this films success can be attributed to Heath Ledger.  And I’m not saying that it wouldn’t have been successful if Heath Ledger hadn’t passed away prior to the films release, I just feel that because of his untimely death, the film attracted an audience that might not have gone to see the film in the first place.  I’m not going to lie though, the Joker was by far my favourite part of the film, and I feel it overshadowed the character of Batman immensely.  I have trouble recalling the film without thinking of scenes with the Joker in it, and this is why I put the film so low on the list.  While I really love this film, to me I think that because of its huge success, the sequel that will eventually come out is almost doomed to fail.  There is more expectations for the sequel to this film, and honestly, I don’t think they can top the Dark Knight.  Also, unlike some of the other films on my list, I believe this one is a film that is not timeless.  While it’s very relevant to our society today, I’m not entirely sold that this film will be quite as important 20 years down the road.  I’d love to be proven wrong, but that’s just how I see it now.

6. Aliens
Alien was a great horror/sci-fi flick, and it really is a classic.  Aliens is a lot different from Alien though, and in certain ways I feel it’s superior.  While Alien is very much about the mood, and the suspense – Aliens is about action and excitement.  Sure, it has suspense too – but some people don’t get scared the same way anymore, and although I love Alien, some people find it a bit boring in comparison to Aliens.  I enjoy suspense, and I don’t have to see the alien in the film to be afraid of it, because my imagination fills in what my eyes are missing (probably a reason why a lot of people either were super scared of Paranormal Activity or thought it was boring…but that’s for another time).  And I love when a movie does that, makes me imagine my own horror.  However, Aliens caters to a wider range of audience, and it really is a classic all in its own.  While I don’t find Aliens frightening, I love watching it.  It’s got a really decently written story, and I love how it doesn’t copy the original film.  It takes the same sort of idea, the same creatures and premise and ultimately creates its own unique film out of it.  It’s like awesomely written fanfiction – in many ways it’s more enjoyable than the original source material.

5. Die Hard 2 – Die Harder
God I love Die Hard.  There’s nothing like coming home, ordering some pizza and wings, having some booze and watching Die Hard.  While I still think the first one is better, Die Hard 2 is still fucking awesome.  It’s got all the same plot elements of Die Hard – John McClane is just minding his own business, terrorists show up and start some badass shit, and it’s up to John McClane to stop them – and on the side, again his wife is in trouble at the same time.  It’s action packed, it’s mindless fun, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I fucking love this film.  I didn’t put the third or fourth one on here, because honestly while I still like both of them, I still think the second one is better.

4. Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness
The number four spot is a tie for me.  Both films are similar and different at the same time, and I really enjoy both of them.  If I had to pick which one I liked better, I’d honestly have to say Army of Darkness, because I think the story is better, and it’s got some really funny parts in it.  That’s not to say Evil Dead 2 is worse, I just personally enjoy Army of Darkness  more.  They tie for number four because I couldn’t decide which one to put on my list, and they’re both great cult films.  Evil Dead 2 is sort of not a direct sequel anyways…It starts off with a bit of the first film, so while it’s a sequel, in my mind I find it to be more of an extension of the first film (an awesomely entertaining extension that is).   I still love both films, and no one can deny that they have the best one-liners ever.  Where else are you going to hear gems like “Gimme some sugar baby” and “This…is my BOOMSTICK!”?

3. Back to the Future II
Why is Back to the Future II so high on the list?  Hello??? Anybody home??  Think McFly!!  Ok I really just love the Back to the Future series.  And while the first one is still my favourite of the series, the second one is my favourite sequel.  It jumps right into the story, and doesn’t slow down at all.  And it really keeps the charm of the first film, which is why it’s so awesome.  Plus, I absolutely love Biff in this film.  He’s an awesome bad guy, and I love how his character is played up in this film so much, just makes the movie more memorable for me.

2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
I’m not going to lie, I saw this film before Terminator.  Well technically that’s not true, but apparently I saw the first film when I was a little kid and I was scared shitless.  Honestly, I don’t remember this.  But I did see T2 when I was about 10 – and man is it fucking awesome.  I still think that some of the technology of this film is still amazing and is comparable to films nowadays.  I love both films (and I choose to ignore T3…because it sucks…).  It’s so high on the list for a few reasons. A) I love action films, B) I love Arnold films and C) It is just that much better than Terminator that I felt that it needed a very high spot on my list.  If you haven’t seen it, then shame on you – naked Robert Patrick shuns you!

1. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
Do I even have to fucking explain this?  The Empire Strikes Back is not only my favourite Star Wars film, it is one of the best.  A New Hope is amazing, it changed film history.  But Empire is dark, it takes the “boy goes on an adventure” story from the first film, and develops it into a story about a boy becoming a man – learning who he is, learning his values.  He faces temptation, fear, and most importantly, his own doubts.  It’s a great continuation of the original story.  And lets face it – it’s fucking Star Wars!!

And that’s it, my list of top 10 best movie sequels.  I wanted to note that yes I know that Godfather Part II isn’t on there…I’m ashamed to say I haven’t seen the Godfather films yet – but I assure you, they are on my to-do list!

Honorable Mentions: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek First Contact, Toy Story 2, Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me, X2, Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan, Mummy Returns, Red Dragon, Spider Man 2, Lethal Weapon 2.