The farmer has it figured out…

When my son was a toddler I bought him a book for Christmas called The Farmer. It was often our bedtime reading material: a widower farmer living alone goes through continual events of struggle, loss, and disappointment. In between these events, however, he is a man of faith, persistence, hard work, and goodness. He’s a real take-time-to-smell-the-roses kind of guy who is also a good Samaritan, even in the middle of his own trials. And in the end… well, I can’t spoil it for you. You can borrow Lukey’s copy if you’re interested in reading it.

I loved that book.

I love that book.

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in my 45 years on this earth (over 46 if we count time spent in the womb, though I question just how much I could have learned in there) is that there are seasons of life. Times when it’s clear and cool. Times when it’s grey. Times when it’s storming. Even times when everything is covered in fog. Right now we’re enjoying a beautiful summer with a healthy amount of rain. But we all know, especially for those of us living north of the 42nd parallel, that winter is coming. It always does.

Maybe your season of life right now is horrifying like in I Know What You Did Last Summer. Or depending on which part of the movie, it could be full of love, hurt, heartache, or bliss like in 500 Days of Summer. Or perhaps you’re frustrated or living through a series of misadventures that only seem funny to other people watching you, like in Summer Rental. Either way, be like the Farmer. Enjoy the wonderful things in life. Be faithful. Prayerful. Work hard. And when it’s tough, tuck your shoulder in and push through. Seasons pass. But we can always trust that beautiful things are created through each one of them.

Congratulations 500 Days of Summer. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Zooey Deschanel as Summer in 500 Days of Summer.

Best Actor: John Candy (yes, the same actor who received this honour last week) as Jack Chester in Summer Rental.

Best Quote:We should have a plan. Angela Lansbury always had a plan.” — Hellen Shivers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) in I Know What You Did Last Summer.

I should clarify that though the votes online pointed to Summer Rental as the winner, offline votes were made that resulted in 500DOS being the clear winner. Happy summer everyone.


Pick your movie of the week: Summer Titles! (July 7-13/17)

I think we can say that we are officially in the middle of summer now. Which of the following movies with the word “summer” in its title would you choose for our movie of the week?

Summer Rental (1985)

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

500 Days of Summer (2009)

Greatest Movies Set in Canada

TOP 12! Numbers 9-12 are all ones I haven’t seen, which explains why they are in the position they are. They make the list because of the amount of times I’ve heard them described as good, great, awesome, etc. I simply ordered them according to their IMDb score. And in this 150th year it is my goal to watch all four of these movies before Jan 1/2018.

Numbers 1-8 are ranked according to my own opinion, which just has to be right.

12. Bon Cop Bad Cop (2006, 7.0)
11. One Week (2008, 7.1)
9. TIE: The Red Violin (1998, 7.7) and
 Brokeback Mountain (2005, 7.7)

8. The Shipping News (2001)
Anne of Green Gables (1985)
6. Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)
5. Maudie (2016)
4. Canadian Bacon (1995)
3. The Grand Seduction (2013)
2. Strange Brew (1983)
1. Incendies (2010)

Happy Birthday Canada.

And congratulations Canadian Bacon. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Rhea Perlman as Honey in Canadian Bacon.

Best Actor: John Candy as Sheriff Bud Boomer in Canadian Bacon.

Best Quote: Time for a quotable top ten.


Top ten great lines from Strange Brew:

10. DOUG: “I am your father, Luke. Give in to the dark side of the force, you knob.”
BOB: “He saw Jedi 17 times, eh.”

9. “Jeez, two minutes for elbowing!”

8. “I was the last one left after the nuclear holocaust, eh. The whole world had been destroyed, like U.S. blew up Russia and Russia blew up U.S. and Canada. Fortunately, I had been offworld at the time. There wasn’t much to do. All the bowling alleys and donut shops had been wrecked. So’s I spent most of my time looking for beer.”

7. “If I didn’t have puke breath, I’d kiss you.”

6. “He’s gonna take a leak! Get outta the way!”

5. “He was already dead when I killed him.”

4. “Yeah. OK, well, uh, we found, uh, this mouse in a bottle of YOUR BEER, eh. Like, we was at a party and, uh, a friend of ours – a COP – had some, and HE PUKED. And he said, uh, come here and get free beer or, uh, he’ll press charges.”

3. “Well these are, like, referee skates. At least figure skaters know how to skate eh?”

2. “Somebody horked our clothes!”

1. “Take off or I’ll do the steamroller on you.”