What is your Mount Rushmore of…?

I like this way of framing the “who is your favourite” or “who is the GOAT?” It’s like your top essentials in any category. I feel like this has to be answered in two ways: the greatest in your critical opinion and your favourites. For example, to be critical and honest about who has proven themselves in, say, pro wrestling history, for me it would have to be Flair, Hogan, Andre, and Stone Cold. If I separate my preferences from my critical thinking, these four have proven themselves to be at the top before anyone else. But as for my favourites, it would be Piper, Hart, Savage, and the fourth would be a tough toss-up between Hogan, Andre, Punk, and Sammartino.

So here is my Mount Rushmore for the following movie categories:


  • Critically: The Godfather (1972), Citizen Kane (1941), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Favs: Life Is Beautiful (1997), There Will Be Blood (2007), Rocky (1976), Dumb and Dumber (1994)


  • Critically: Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett
  • Favs: Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson


  • Critically: Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando
  • Favs: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brad Pitt, Kurt Russell, Charlie Chaplin


  • Critically: Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch
  • Favs: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Coen Brothers


  • Critically: Seven Samurai (1954, Japan), 8½ (1963, Italy), City of God (2002, Brazil), M (1931, Germany)
  • Favs: Life is Beautiful (1997, Italy), Downfall (2004, Germany), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Italy), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Mexico)


  • Critically: Spirited Away, (2001), Pinocchio (1940), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Inside Out (2015)
  • Favs: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Dumbo (1941), Finding Nemo (2003), Toy Story 2 (1999)

Congratulations The Godfather. This is your week. Again.


And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Diane Keaton as Kay Adams in The Godfather.

Best Actor: Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Rocky.

Best Quote:It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.” — Malcolm McDowell as Alex in A Clockwork Orange.

I’d love to hear any of your Mount Rushmores. Any category. Pretty please??

The Sweet, Painful Sound of Music

Our family is about to face some painful adjustments. Thankfully this isn’t anything having to do with disease or distress. It’s actually something we’ve brought upon ourselves. So here is what the von Trapps did paralleled with what we’re doing:

Change of household operations.

The von Trapps (in the movie anyway) had a very strict father who got them to march to a whistle and answer to a roll call. He had a set of non-negotiable guidelines for how to sit, eat, and interact at the dining room table. And for some reason he didn’t want his kids wearing play clothes, especially the kind made out of curtains. But some of these practices would change, most notably the whistle use. The changes we’re about to make don’t have anything to do with marching, playing outdoors, or our dining table. However, the changes to our day-to-day operations are going to be very hard to adjust to, just like it was for the Baron. We’re taking counsel from a third party and the challenges before us are all uphill. But if the von Trapps can adjust, so can we.

A new person in the house.

We’ve already done this with the addition of two international students, and we could even count Leah in this since she made her own adjustment to become vegan. So I think we got the von Trapps on this one.

Enter a talent show as family singers.

Nope. Although we could almost do a band with the vocal and instrumental talents of most of the family, this isn’t the direction we’re heading. And much to my dismay will not be pursuing the “Lonely Goatherd” marionette act either.

Flee to the mountains!

The real life family caught a train; they didn’t head for the hills. Had they done that, given where the house was located, they would have ended up in Germany near Hitler’s own mountain retreat. But let’s go with the movie’s story and say they did flee to Switzerland this way. It would have been uncomfortable, to say the least. There are some habits we’ll have to change that will, at times, seem as cold and arduous as a mountain hike in the Alps. But we’ll make it.

Take a public stand and resist the Nazis.

Sadly, this aspect of the story isn’t as foreign and “long ago in the past” as it was when I first watched the movie as a kid.

Embrace a new life 

The changes we are facing are a result of enlisting the help of a consultant who is going to help us become more in control of our day-to-day lives, our personal affairs, finances, etc. We are working towards a promised land akin to what Switzerland was to Maria, the Baron, and the kids. There are definitely some frosting-on-the cake incentives we’re working on for ourselves, but it’s the new way of life we’re pushing for. Please send happy thoughts and pixie dust our way. Flying ain’t easy.

Congratulations The Sound of Music. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate.

Best Quote:A boy’s best friend is his mother.” — Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in Psycho.

It was super hard to pick the nominees this past week. There are so many great ones, and I decided to pit TSOM and BAT against each other because I knew they’d beat the others. In fact, each decade has so many great options I think we’ll do this series again next year.

If I remember of course…