Pick your movie of the week: 1950’s! (Oct 2-8/15)

Oct 2-8-15

These four movies are typically the most celebrated of 1950’s cinema. But which one is the real top dog for that decade? Which do you think should be this week’s movie of the week?


1. 12 Angry Men (1957, #5)
2. North by Northwest (1959, #67)
3. Singin’ in the Rain (1952, #91)
4. Ben-Hur (1959, #186)


1. 12 Angry Men (1957, #51)
2. North by Northwest (1959, #83)
3. Singin’ in the Rain (1952, #96)
4. Ben-Hur (1959, #200)


1. Singin’ in the Rain (1952, #5)
2. North by Northwest (1959, #55)
3. 12 Angry Men (1957, #87)
4. Ben-Hur (1959, #100)

Movie of the Week

What’s Your Next Sequel?

If the box office tells us anything it’s that we love a good sequel. At least we’re all in search of a good one. Every time there is a wildly successful movie, we can be sure that a sequel is imminent. Sometimes they’re terrible. Jaws remains one of the greatest classics, especially in the summer blockbuster category. But each sequel got worse and worse. Speed, The Blues Brothers, and The Matrix have the same story. Yet Star Wars, Batman Begins, and The Terminator all had sequels that most feel surpassed them in greatness. Whether they turn out great or end up as a stinker, they still make lots of money. We all want to know what happens next.

I remember anxiously awaiting to see the second Back to the Future movie. Doc Brown’s declaration that “where we’re going we don’t need roads,” raised my excitement to a dizzying level. For as long as I have enjoyed watching movies I have waited for sequels. I’d look forward to what would follow Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Bourne Identity, and Batman (1989). It’s fun to see how things have changed, what hasn’t, and what new adventures await.

Sometimes I’m excited when I think of potential sequels to my own life. Sometimes I’m scared. The next chapter could be a tragedy. It could be a heart-wrenching drama. But worst of all, it could end up being boring. But whatever may come, bad or good, I can look forward with positive anticipation for one big reason. The cast of characters is freaking awesome!

Congratulations Finding Dory. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Of course we can’t choose who did the best acting if we haven’t seen the movies yet, but I can tell you which actress I look forward most to seeing: Kristen Wiig. She’s one of the funniest comic actors in the business today. A close second choice would be Ellen Degeneres in Finding Dory.

Best Actor: I look most forward to seeing Bill Murray in the new Ghostbusters.

Best Quote: Well, I guess I can’t quote any of these movies. I can however, provide a great quote from one of the originals that these movies are based on: “Ray. If someone asks if you are a god, you say, ‘yes!’” — Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddermore in Ghostbusters (1984).

And in the story of my life, my favourite character is Joy. In fact, I have a major crush on her!

Popcorn Pop Quiz: Disney Movies!

Popcorn Pop quiz

It’s that time again. Win yourself a bag of popcorn by getting the most answers correct. The following 20 questions are all Disney-themed, in honour of a very memorable trip to Disneyland that our family took this past summer.

Submit your answers to me at carrutherst@gmail.com before midnight this Sunday night (Sept. 27). I will announce the winner and the answers one week from today, Tuesday, Sept. 29/15. So without any further ado, here are the questions…

1. Since 1969, Disney has made five movies (plus one TV movie) about a Volkswagen Beetle named “Herbie.” What was the very first film named?

a) Herbie

b) Herbie the Love Bug

c) The Love Bug

d) Herbie Running Wild


2. How many times does Cinderella lose a shoe in the movie of the same name?

a) Once

b) Twice

c) Three times

d) Four times


3. Which of the following is NOT true about the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks?

a) Julie Andrews played the lead role

b) It was the last Disney film to receive an Academy Awared until The Little Mermaid

c) There is an animated soccer game in it

d) It was the last Disney film released while Roy O. Disney was still alive


4. When Walt Disney was a young boy he carelessly killed an animal, which brought him so much remorse he vowed never again to kill a living creature. This was the beginning of his interest in personalizing animals. What kind of animal did he kill?

a) A deer

b) A mouse

c) An owl

d) A fox


5. Mickey Mouse’s official birthday is Nov 18, 1928. What is significant about this date?

a) It was the day Walt and Lillian Disney got married

b) It was the release date of Steamboat Willie

c) It was the first day of operation for Walt’s new business enterprise, Disney Studios

d) It was the birthdate of Walt and Lillian Disney’s first child

6. In 2014, the American Film Institute (AFI) released a list of the top movie songs of all time. Coming in at #7, and ranking the highest amount Disney animated feature films was:

a) “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Pinocchio

b) “Hakuna Matata” – The Lion King

c) “Someday My Prince Will Come” – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

d) “Part of Your World” – The Little Mermaid


7. Which Muppet Movie was the first made under the Disney name?

a) The Muppets Take Manhattan

b) A Muppet Christmas Carol

c) Muppet Treasure Island

d) Muppets Most Wanted


8. Which Disney/Pixar film is the only one to not have a Pizza Planet truck appearance?

a) Cars II

b) Inside Out

c) Bolt

d) The Incredibles

9. Which of the following is NOT true of the movie Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

a) The film is dedicated to its producer who died during filming

b) It is a remake of a 1963 movie

c) Sassy the cat is voiced by Diane Keaton, who was reluctant to take the role

d) The film features a Himalayan cat, an American pit bull, and a golden retriever as main characters


10. What was the first animated Disney feature film to be released on DVD?

a) Dumbo

b) Pinocchio

c) Bambi

d) Lady and the Tramp


11. In 2008, AFI released a top ten list of the greatest animated films. How many of the ten films were Disney movies?

a) 10

b) 9

c) 8

d) 7


12. Which of the following live action Disney flicks was released in 1977?

a) The Shaggy D.A.

b) The Black Hole

c) Pete’s Dragon

d) The Apple Dumpling Gang

13. Disney World has only closed three times since it first opened in 1971, and the
three instances happened relatively close to each other. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001 closed the park as well as a 2002 power failure. The third was in 1999. What caused the closure?

a) A mass shooting in Mall at Millenia, Orlando’s largest shopping centre

b) A Y2K mega-computer failure

c) A bomb scare phoned in by a 12-year-old

d) Hurricane Floyd


14. Which rock band is the focus of Disney World’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster?

a) Aerosmith

b) U2

c) Pearl Jam

d) Van Halen


15. When Walt Disney passed away in 1966, his last words were the first and last name of an actor who just signed a 10-year contract with Walt Disney Studios. Who was it?

a) Tim Conway

b) Buddy Hackett

c) Mickey Rooney

d) Kurt Russell


16. Each year Disney World’s electricity bill averages:

a) $100 million

b) $250 million

c) $750 million

d) $0 (they own their own power plant)


17. Which Disney computer-animated movie was released exactly 75 years to the day after the first ever Walt Disney animation film?

a) Frozen

b) Up

c) Wreck-It Ralph

d) Tangled


18. When the popular weekly TV program Wonderful World of Disney aired it had a different name in its first five years (1954-1960). What was it?

a) Disney World

b) Disney Land

c) Walt’s Wonderful World of Disney

d) The Mickey Mouse Club


19. Which was the first television network to air Wonderful World of Disney?

a) ABC

b) CBS

c) NBC

d) CTV


20. Which is the only Disney animated feature film to reach the 2-hour mark?

a) Cinderella

b) Oliver and Company

c) The Sword and the Stone

d) Fantasia

How did you do? Find out next week…


Movie of the Week

Pick your movie of the week: The 2nd Most Anticipated Movie for 2016! (Sept 25-Oct 1/15)

Sep 25-Oct 1-15

This week we are voting on three nominees that have not been seen by anyone yet. In fact, I don’t think any of these movies are completed yet. I was just thinking about how we’re all almost wetting our pants in anticipation of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opening this Christmas, and I thought we could pick the most anticipated movie of 2016.

Now I know Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t for everyone, but in a general poll I think this would win as most anticipated. In fact, if you google “most anticipated movie of 2016”, you’ll have this movie appear at the top as the answer before the linked results.

So let’s pick which we think would come in second*:

1. Ghostbusters (July 15, 2016)

2. Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24, 2016)

3. Finding Dory (June 17, 2016)

*There are a TON of highly anticipated movies for next year including Deadpool, Star Trek Beyond, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, and Captain America: Civil War. For whatever reasons, these are the three I settled on. Which one is your most anticipated out of these?

The Greatest Movie Soundtracks! (6 Lists that just MUST be right)

In honour of this week’s movie, Titanic, which has one of the most memorable and flawlessly performed themes in movie history (imho), let’s take a look at some of the great songs, soundtracks, and music moments from the silver screen. Let me know if there are any you think I’ve missed?

The Top 10 Coolest Movie Soundtracks (or the Greatest Pop-in-the-CD-and-Drive Movie Soundtracks).
These are simply great music CD’s that have more than just “that one song” or a ton of orchestra music.

10. Anchorman 5. Forrest Gump
9. The Bodyguard 4. Dirty Dancing
8. Hard Day’s Night 3. Top Gun
7. Slumdog Millionaire 2. Wayne’s World
6. Pretty Woman 1. Footloose

The Top 12 Most Fitting Songs for their Respective Movies
Titanic kicks butt in this category. “My Heart Will Go On” goes along with the movie’s theme and story so well it’s uncanny. Here are some other examples:

12. “Blaze of Glory” (Young Guns II) 6. “Lose Yourself” (8 Mile)
11. “To Sir With Love” (To Sir With Love) 5. “Ghostbusters” (Ghostbusters)
10. “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Beaches) 4. “St. Elmo’s Fire” (St. Elmo’s Fire)
9. “Tradition” (Fiddler on the Roof) 3. “Don’t You Forget About Me” (The Breakfast Club)
8.  “Eye of the Tiger” (Rocky III) 2. “Power of Love” (Back to the Future)
7. “Everything I Do” (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) 1. “Stayin’ Alive” (Saturday Night Fever)

Big Song Little Movie
Were these songs big hits? Yup. Do people still recognize them? Sing along with them? Yup. Does anyone talk about the movie it came from? Nope.

10. “Because You Loved Me” (Up Close and Personal) 5. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (Manequin)
9. “Against All Odds” (Against All Odds) 4. “Separate Lives” and “Say You Say Me” (White Nights)
8. “You Light Up My Life” (You Light Up My Life) 3. “Crazy for You” (Vision Quest)
7. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (Criminal Minds) 2. “9 to 5” (9 to 5)
6. “Two Hearts and Groovy Kind of Love” (Buster) 1. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (The Woman in Red)

The Top 10 Sing-along Movie Soundtracks.These Soundtracks are ones that most of us can sing along to, even with a stranger on a subway train.

10. The Jungle Book 5. Beauty and the Beast
9. The Little Mermaid 4. Grease
8. Help! 3. Frozen
7. Mary Poppins 2. The Sound of Music
6. Lion King 1. The Wizard of Oz

The Top 10 Epic Orchestral Movie Soundtracks.
A list of movies with the most memorable and legendary melodies:

10. The Last of the Mohicans 5. Indiana Jones
9. Superman 4. James Bond franchise
8. Jurassic Park 3. Jaws
7. Chariots of Fire 2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
6. ET: the Extra Terrestrial 1. Star Wars

The Top 16 Most Iconic Music Scenes in Movies.
Pretty self explanatory. My favourites are 12, 9, and 5.

16. “Twist and Shout” in the parade (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

15. Stallone working out to “Hearts On Fire” (Rocky IV)

14. “Say A Little Prayer for You” wedding sing along (My Best Friend’s Wedding)

13. Pee-Wee Herman dances to “Tequila” (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure)

12. John Cusack lifts a stereo over his head with “In Your Eyes” playing (Say Anything)

11. Mr. Blond sadistically sings “Stuck in the Middle With You” (Reservoir Dogs)

10. Tom Cruise slides in his sock feet and no pants to “Old Time Rock n’ Roll” (Risky Business)

9. Tommy and Richard listen to the car radio (Tommy Boy)

8. A Woman and a Ghost make pottery to “Unchained Melody” (Ghost)

7. TIE: Jennifer Beals dances to “Maniac” (Flashdance) AND Tommy dances to “Maniac” (Tommy Boy)

6. Swayze lip-syncs “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” to Jennifer Grey and then they tear up a rug (Dirty Dancing)

5. Michael J. Fox plays “Johnny B. Goode” at his parents’ prom (Back to the Future)

4. “Stayin’ Alive”, the dance (Saturday Night Fever)

3. Dorothy and her three friends sing about Lions and Tigers and Bears (you finish the line) The Wizard of Oz

2. Gene Kelly swings around a lamp post (Singin’ in the Rain)

1. Julie Andrews spins in a field (Sound of Music)

Congratulations Titanic. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Other than Kate Winslet, I’d say Gloria Stuart, who played the aged Rose in Titanic deserves the distinction this week. Loved her in this movie.

Best Actor: Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I realize he’s up against Leo and Johnny, but in this particular movie he is at his best. (And for me, even better than the other two performances mentioned here. And that says a lot.)

Best Quote: “Young boys should never be sent to bed… they always wake up a day older.” — JM Barrie (Jonny Depp) in Finding Neverland.

And my personal favourite movie music moments:

5. “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath being played after Tony Stark does some blowing up of stuff in Iron Man.

4. “Oh Yeah” plays as Ferris and Cameron check out his dad’s car in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

3. Marty McFly skateboards to school while “Power of Love” plays in the background in Back to the Future.

2. Kermit Sings “Rainbow Connection” in The Muppet Movie.

1. Star Wars song plays and logo appears after “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away.”

The Jury is Out — Who should be the next PM, President and other crap job positions

The cases have been made, the jury has returned and given the little slip of paper to the judge. Yes, all of this has taken place in my head, and here are the rulings:

Prime Minister of Canada

Bobby Orr — If you didn’t know already, Orr was the ultimate “offensive defence.” In other words, his job was to defend the goalie, but while doing that he often went on the offense and scored goals. As a country, we should always be prepared to defend, but that shouldn’t be our #1 concern right now. We are in need of some victories a la health care wait times, economy and hockey game ticket prices.

President of the US

Jon Stewart — My American friends, please act now. The man just retired! Consider how he used a mere mix of humour and common sense to completely own both Tucker Carlson on CNN and Bill O’Reilly on Fox News. He’s always had the most realistic view of your economy, foreign policy, and domestic concerns. Consider this: Stewartif you were to hear a “state of the union address” from either Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, or Jon Stewart, which would make the most honest, passionate, accurate, and clear presentation? In fact, it’s as simple as this: take all the current candidates running for office, line ‘em up, and now put John Stewart on the end. See??

Prime Minister of Britain

Prince William — William is popular, charming, smart, compassionate, sensible, and seemingly down-to-earth like his late mother. Brits, it’s time to take advantage of his youthful potential. And by the looks of it, he’s not going to be crowned king anytime soon.

President of France

Nicolas Sarkozy — Ok France, it’s like this. I’m not sure he’s what’s best for you right now, but his absence has left a huge gaping hole in the area of news entertainment. Nic kept us going for so long with the scandals, bloopers, and Sarkozyhijinks. And just when he was no longer President, God gave us Rob Ford. It was a golden era to be sure! Though I thought Trump would bring us a good dose of entertainment, it’s no Sarkozy drama nor a Ford comedy. It’s more like an Elm Street nightmare. Please France. Forgive Nic, bring him back, and make the heroic sacrifice for your fellow western civilization citizens who desperately need to watch the news and have a good laugh again. France, the entire jury is Canadian, so just be a lamb and get it done for us. k?

Congratulations A Few Good Men. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

vinnyBest Actress: Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny. Marisa, if you can win an Oscar for a role in a movie that is 1) a comedy and 2) wasn’t nominated for anything else, you know you’re good.

Best Actor: Tom Hanks in Philadelphia. This was a tough one though, considering Denzel Washington and Joe Pesci were in the running.

Best Quote: I like what It’s in the Email suggested from My Cousin Vinny: “I ain’t slept in five days. I got no money, a dress code problem, AND a little murder case which, in the balance, holds the lives of two innocent kids. Not to mention your [taps his foot] BIOLOGICAL CLOCK – my career, your life, our marriage, and let me see, what else can we pile on?

Btw, if you like courtroom dramas, I would highly recommend:

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Erin Brockovich (2000)

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

I Am Sam (2001)

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)