Pick your movie of the week: Hockey! (Dec 2-8/16)

This past Saturday night I was watching Hockey Night in Canada; one of my favourite things to do next to watching movies and WWE. And this led to the inspiration of this week’s nominees: they are what I believe to be the four best hockey movies ever made. Which one would you choose to be movie of the week?

Slap Shot (1977)

Mystery, Alaska (1999)

Miracle (2004)

The Rocket (2005)


When you’re not supposed to be friends…

0000-foxhoundI wish I knew the formula for making enemies become friends. I’ve heard stories, like we all have, of people who are supposed to be enemies (or at least unsympathetic opponents) but come together somehow, beating the odds. The Fox and the Hound has this story, as does Gran Torino, Ratatouille, The Help, E.T., and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. But it seems like people coming together and mending fences, especially in large groups, is as elusive as opening a garbage bag at the right end on your first try. We all love hearing about it happening. We insist that it needs to happen, though usually with words like “they” as if we’re outside of the equation. It frustrates me that there isn’t an apparent, clean cut step-by-step solution that we can all apply, but then again, there are so many things like that in life. Maybe it’s right in front of us and we just haven’t acknowledged it yet.

And I’m not using this post to be preachy either. I don’t have any group of people to condemn nor a solution that everyone needs to get from me. I know nothing more than you do about fixing this problem. But I can tell you about my sorrow and frustration, which just… feels0000-foxhound right. Feels good too. Getting it out can be therapeutic. And at the very least, I think change can begin when that happens when we talk about this stuff.

It also feels good to think about dogs, who can be the most forgiving, unprejudiced, and affectionate animals on the planet. Growing up there was rarely a time when we didn’t have a dog in the house. Penny, Mindy, Holly, and others (never more than one at a time) became family members and offered their loyalty, love, and an unforgettably pathetic gaze when we’re eating. And Lucy is perhaps the most loved individual in my household today. So, in that vein, here are (imho of course) the greatest cartoon dogs of all time—other than Copper. He’s pretty awesome.

10. Dog (CatDog)0000-foxhound
9. Sam Sheepdog (Looney Tunes)8. Pluto
7. Brian (Family Guy)
6. Goliath (Davey and Goliath)
5. Ren (The Ren and Stimpy Show)
4. Scooby Doo
3. TIE: Lady and Tramp
2. Bruno (Cinderella)
1. Snoopy

Congratulations The Fox and the Hound. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

0000-foxhoundBest Actress: Betty Lou Gerson as Cruella DeVil. I know nothing about this actress, but she was a perfect voice for one of the greatest animated movie villains.

Best Actor: Jack Albertson as Amos Slade in The Fox and the Hound. I was pleasantly surprised that this is the same actor who played Grandpa Joe on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).

Best Quote: “How do you say ‘No way I’m doing this’ in crazy?” — Mittens (Susie Essman) in Bolt.

And from the soundtrack of TFATH describing the title characters:

Life’s a happy game
You could clown around forever
Neither one of you sees
Your natural boundaries
Life’s one happy game
If only the world wouldn’t get in the way
If only people would just let you play
They say you’re both being fools
You’re breaking all the rules
They can’t understand
Your magic wonderland


Popcorn Pop Quiz (ANSWERS), Nov 2016

Popcorn Pop quiz

Here are the answers to this week’s Quiz:

  1. A) The evil robot on Wall-E was named AUTO.
  2. B) Joe Pesci’s character’s name in Home Alone is Harry Lime.
  3. D) Nurse Ratched was the antagonist in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
  4. A) Wes Craven was not influenced at all by Wolverine when he conceptualized Freddy Krueger. Unfortunately for him, the hobo in the window was true.villains
  5. D) Cameron Diaz played Miss Hannigan in the 2014 version of Annie.
  6. B) Gaston quotes Macbeth in “The Mob Song” when he tells the would-be-beast-hunters to “screw your courage to the sticking place.”
  7. C) Tom Hardy used the voice of an Irish bare-knuckle boxing champion as his inspiration for the voice he gave to Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
  8. A) All of those actors, and many more very well known actors auditioned and were considered for the part of Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.
  9. D) Robert Mitchum sported those knuckle tattoos when played Rev. Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter.
  10. A) Good ol’ Alan Rickman. He was always such a great villain, and yes he was the one who ad libbed “…and call off Christmas!” as Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
  11. C) This was Dark Helmet in Spaceballs. Perhaps the Winnebago tipped you off.
  12. D) Henry Fonda shocked everyone when he played a role he wasn’t used to, a villain, in Once Upon a Time in the West.villains
  13. B) Misery. What an incredible story.
  14. D) Bruce. Which is the name of the great white shark in Finding Nemo.
  15. A) In 2011, the Wicked Witch of the West’s crystal ball (The Wizard of Oz) was sold at an auction for $126,500.

Congratulations Ross, you are the winner! Inbox me your address and you’ll receive your new DVD movie in the mail.

See you all next time folks!


Heeeeeeeere’s Jack!


Don’t you just love Jack Nicholson movie quotes? Everyone does, right? And trying to sound like him when you quote one is a bonus. Below are popular lines from some of his most popular movies, and I’ve highlighted my favourites, of course. So please forgive me if I’ve left yours out.

Popular Quote:  (After a character asks if his bandaged nose hurts) “Only when I breathe.”
My Fav: “I want the truth!” (Mainly because of the much more famous quote he makes 18 years later.)

Popular Quote: “I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this0000-jack.”
My Fav: “But I tried, didn’t I? At least I #$%& did that.”

Popular Quote: “Here’s Johnny!”
My Fav: “Danny! Daddy’s home!”

Popular Quote: “And where is the Batman? He’s at home washing his tights!”
My Fav: “Wait til they get a load of me?” (SO hard to pick just one for this movie!)

Popular Quote: “You can’t handle the truth!”
My fav:I eat breakfast 300 yards from 4000 Cubans who are trained to kill me, so don’t think for one second that you can come down here, flash a badge, and make me nervous.”

Popular Quote: “You make me want to be a better man.”
My fav: (After Helen Hunt’s character says he gave her the best compliment she’d ever received) “Well, maybe I overshot a little, because I was aiming at just enough to keep you from walking out.

Popular Quote: “By the way, I like to sleep in the nude.”
My fav: “Shut your pie hole, we’re working here!”

Popular Quote: “Erica, you are a woman to love.”
My Fav: “Schmucks are people too.”

Popular Quote:When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I’m saying to you is this: when you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?
My Fav: “One of us had to die. With me, it tends to be the other guy.”

Popular Quote: “The last months of his life were the best months of mine.”
My Fav: “My dear friend, close your eyes and let the waters take you home.”

Congratulations One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

0000-jackBest Actress: Helen Hunt as Carol Connelly in As Good as It Gets. I’ve always appreciated her acting and I think she’s one of the most underappreciated actresses today.
Best Actor: Other than Jack, I’d like to give this one to Brad Dourif in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He was nominated for best supporting actor at the Oscars and won a Golden Globe for “new star of the year” for his portrayal of Billy Bibbit.
Best Quote: (Answering the question how he writes women so well) “I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability.” — Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall in As Good as It Gets.

Sadly, there are so many great Jack movies that I haven’t seen yet. The one I’m looking most forward to is
Five Easy Pieces (1970) and Hoffa (1992). I’m not in any hurry to see Mars Attacks, though…


Popcorn Pop Quiz! — Movie Villains!

Ok, you have 5 days to send your answers in, which means on Sunday night (Nov 20) at midnight, time’s up. Simply send an email to carrutherst@gmail.com with your answers to the following 15 questions. The easiest thing to do is copy the quiz below and paste it into an email, then highlight (bold or underline) your selection for each question. Winner gets a free DVD in the mail!

Popcorn Pop quiz

1. The villain in Disney’s Wall-E is reminiscent of Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). What is this evil robot’s name in Wall-E?

b) A113

2. In Home Alone (1990), Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci are “the Wet Bandits.” Stern’s character is Marv Merchants. What is Pesci’s character name?

a) Harry Lemon
b) Harry Lime
c) Hank Marley
d) Hank Polinski

3. Which movie’s evil villain is Nurse Ratched?

a) A Clockwork Orange
b) The Rocky Horror Picture Show
c) Patch Adams
d) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

4. Which of the following was not an inspiration to Wes Craven in his creation of Freddy Krueger?

a) His favourite comic book character, Wolverine
b) A bully from his childhood named Fred Krueger
c) The movie The Last House on the Left (1972)
d) A hobo he saw staring at him through his window when he was 10

5. In 1982, Carol Burnett gave an unforgettable performance as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Who played this same role in the 2014 version?

a) Phylicia Rashad
b) Octavia Spencer
c) Drew Barrymore
d) Cameron Diaz

6. Which of the following Disney villain quotes Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a song?

a) Ursula
b) Gaston
c) Scar
d) Governor Ratcliffe

7. Who did Tom Hardy base the voice he used for Bane in The Dark Knight Rises?

a) Audio tapes of Winston Churchill
b) A Welsh olympic shot put champion
c) An Irish bare-knuckle boxing champion
d) His great aunt

8. John Travolta, Brad Pitt, Roddy Piper, Chuck Norris, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Patrick Swayze, and Kieffer Sutherland all auditioned for the role of what movie villain

a) Ivan Drago in Rocky IV
b) Hans Gruber in Die Hard
c) T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day
d) Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas

9. Which classic movie showcased a villain having “love” tattooed on one hand and “hate” on the other?

a) The Grapes of Wrath
b) On the Waterfront
c) Singin’ in the Rain
d) Night of the Hunter

10. Which movie villain yelled, “…and call off Christmas!” an ad libbed line by the actor?

a) Sheriff of Nottingham (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves; Alan Rickman)
b) Captain Hook (Hook; Dustin Hoffman)
c) Dr. Evil (Austin Powers; Mike Myers)
d) Mugatu (Zoolander; Will Ferrell)

11. What hilarious villain said, “Say goodbye to your two best friends. And I don’t mean your pals in the Winnebago”?

a) Principal Ed Rooney (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
b) Megamind (Megamind)
c) Dark Helmet (Spaceballs)
d) Shooter McGavin (Happy Gilmour)

12. Which classic western stunned audiences by having Henry Fonda play the role of a villain?

a) Stagecoach
b) A Fistful of Dollars
c) High Noon
d) Once Upon a Time in the West

13. What movie based on a Stephen King novel features a female villain named Annie Wilkes?

a) The Shawshank Redemption
b) Misery
c) Pet Sematary
d) Carrie

14. What name was given to the mechanical shark by Steven Spielberg when filming Jaws?

a) Charlotte
b) Karl
c) Barbara
d) Bruce

15. What villain’s prop was sold at an auction in 2011 for over $126,500?

a) The Wicked Witch of the West’s crystal ball (The Wizard of Oz)
b) Mr. Potter’s wheelchair (It’s a Wonderful Life)
c) Jason’s Mask (Friday the 13th)
d) Biff Tannen’s car (Back to the Future)

Good luck everyone!

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