About troycarruthers

I am a franchise owner/technician specializing in mobile auto paint and tire rim repair. I live in New Brunswick, Canada, with my wife and children whom I love even more than movies.

Pick your movie of the week: 70’s Comedies (Sept 22-28/19)

You have to love the movies that some how pull off being funny both 40+ years ago AND today. Which of the following classic 70’s comedies made you laugh most? Which would you say is most classic? Which do you pick for our movie of the week?

Blazing Saddles (1974)

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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Ranked Stephen King Adaptations

Yesterday, Friday the 13th, I came to the realization that of all the movies made that were adapted from Stephen King novels I have seen… 13! So this week I’d like to rank them according to my own preference. See if you’d rank them similarly:

  1. Needful Things (1993) — Kirk, I know this is one you really liked, but I was not a fan at all. Seemed more like a late October after-school YTV movie.
  2. Hearts in Atlantis (2003) — I thought I’d like this movie better, but it almost seemed like a psychic’s evangelism tool.
  3. Christine (1983) — I love the premise of this story, but thought the movie was dull. It was trying to be scary and gory in a cool 80’s way, but ended up doing it in simply an acceptable—and forgettable—way.
  4. Delores Claiborne (1995) — Now we’re getting to the ones I enjoyed. I don’t remember much about this movie, but I do remember liking the story and the performances.
  5. The Running Man (1987) — I’m sure it too was a lame 80’s action movie, but it was a lot of fun watching this with my friends when I was in junior high. Great storyline!
  6. Maximum Overdrive (1986) — Like Christine, this movie also involved possessed motor vehicles and tried to be 80’s cool. But this one succeeded.
  7. 1408 (2007) — Super scary! I loved it! Samuel Leroy Jackson and John Cusack were both awesome in it.
  8. The Green Mile (1999) — I don’t think I liked this movie as much as most people I know, and I really hated one scene in particular (Ask me sometime and I’ll tell you.). But I did like it a lot, and no one can deny that it makes you feel a wide variety of emotions and think about a wide variety of thoughts.
  9. Misery (1990) — Excellent movie. Again, another great plot set up by arguably the greatest writer and storyteller of our time.
  10. It (2017) — I loved it. Looking forward to Chapter 2.
  11. Stand By Me (1986) — Classic status. Of all the movies that made an impact on me in my teen years, this one sits near the top.
  12. The Shining (1980) — I do believe it is the greatest horror movie ever made.
  13. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) — Can’t argue with this #1 pick, can you? Happy 25th birthday TSR!

Stephen King adaptations I’ve yet to see, but am interested in:

  • Carrie (1976, 2013)
  • Creep Show (1982)
  • Cujo (1983)
  • Children of the Corn (1984)
  • Firestarter (1984)
  • Silver Bullet (1985)
  • Creepshow 2 (1987)
  • The Lawnmower Man (1992)
  • Thinner (1996)
  • The Mist (2007)

Congratulations The Green Mile. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Laura Linney as Annabeth Markum in Mystic River.

Best Actor: Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela in Invictus.

Best Quote: I think this boy’s cheese has done slid off his cracker.” — Brent Briscoe as Bill Dodge in The Green Mile

 

And a happy birthday to King Stephen himself, who turns 72 next weekend.

Pick your movie of the week: 25 Years of Shawshank! (Sept 15-21/19)

This Tuesday, Sept 10, will mark exactly 25 years since The Shawshank Redemption was released in theaters. Back when I first started to pay attention to the IMDb top 250 list in 2009, this movie was in the #1 spot and had been in that position for a year. It’s still in that spot today, 11 years later!

Therefore, we are going to honour this modern classic by drawing our nominees from its director and two main characters. Here they are; take your pick:

The Green Mile (1999)
Frank Darabont, Director

Mystic River (2003)
Tim Robbins as Dave Boyle

Invictus (2009)
Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela

Of Beauties and Beasties

If you liked Beauty and the Beast (1991), perhaps you’ll enjoy these movies that all have some similar pretty-vs-ugly themes:

 

French Kiss (1995) — This definitely fits in the “Forgotten Films of 1995” category. I remember really enjoying this one and laughing out loud more than once. The beast in this case is just a man, but his character and demeanour is seen just as undesirable as an unrefined creature in the eyes of the main character. You learn to love him faster than she does, but that’s the point, isn’t it?

Shallow Hal (2001) — Many saw this one as a real stinker, but you still may enjoy it seeing as the premise is original, the moral admirable, and that it has Jack Black. And in this one, it’s interesting to talk about who or what the beast is.

Jerry Maguire (1997) — There’s no question here who the beast is and who the beauty is, but considering the former is Tom freaking Cruise, it’s obviously not his looks that makes him beastly. It’s a completely inner transformation, which is what we all like most in the Disney film anyway. Most of us are unsatisfied with the prince’s outer transformation into human form. Geez we’re judgy!

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) — I like this one because it presents a couple of beasts and we decide as the story progresses which one we like more and which one we think is more like a Gaston.

The Shape of Water (2017) — Though I like Beauty and the Beast better, one thing this movie does better: their beast is uglier and your journey to actually appreciating the character, having positive feelings toward him, and rooting for him has a greater obstacle to overcome. You are faced with a more genuine fear and repulsiveness, so a more genuine transformation happens in you than that of B&B. The beast doesn’t transform, you the viewer does. NOW before you start saying, “Nuh-uh! I like B&B better!” keep in mind the first eight words of this paragraph!

The Phantom of the Opera (1925, 2004) — The 1925 version is fun considering its an old silent film that has vague familiarity in our collective consciousness. It’s not life changing, but fun. The 2004 version is one I love, though mainly for the music. The movie itself is a slog at times, but those songs! And the emotion! The Phantom hardly seems like a beast considering it’s Gerard freaking Butler with—as Billy Crystal would describe—a dinner plate glued to his face. But talking about what was beautiful or beastly about any or all of the characters is always an interesting discussion.

King Kong (1933) — If you liked B&B and/or Phantom of the Opera, you really should see this one (…and yes, watch the 1933 version!). I mean, it even has as that memorable movie quote, “Oh no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.”

Congratulations Beauty and the Beast. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Drew Barrymore as Danielle (or Comtesse Nicole de Lancret?) in Ever After: A Cinderella Story. This was Joy’s pick.

Best Actor: Christian Bale as Laurie in Little Women. Also Joy’s pick.

Best Quote:Here’s where she meets Prince Charming, but she won’t discover that it’s him ‘til Chapter Three.” — Paige O’Hara as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. You guessed it, Joy’s pick. But I concur with all of these.

I love you Joybells!

Pick your movie of the week: Joy! (Sept 8-14/19)

My wife is, as you all know, one of the greatest people in the world. She’s kind, supportive, loving, positive, compassionate, selfless, and hot. Today is not our anniversary, nor her birthday. It’s simply a great time to focus on the one and only Joybells. Her favourite movie of all time is Anne of Green Gables (1985), though where that is not a theatrically released film, let’s take a look at her other 3 top favourites. Pick the one you think should be our movie of the week:

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Little Women (1994)

Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

A pic is worth a thousand texts

I don’t use my phone a lot when it comes to taking pictures, other than for business. I take before-and-after shots of repairs, snap a key tag so I can get the info off it later, etc. But once in a while I see something I want to remember, or send to someone, etc. I’ve not had my current phone for very long, but scrolling through the few pics on it I thought the following would be fun to share.

 

First of all, I stumbled upon this beauty in a Saint John parking lot. earlier this summer. I’ve seen a lot of old cars, but none like this one. The spare tire wrap with “Ford Motor Company” on it and the “trunk space” especially caught my eye.

 

It happened again. That chocolate bunny took my real tooth, then this replacement one just came loose and fell out. I was eating a garlic finger and realized something else was in my mouth. I took it out and my first thought was, Holy cow! Someone’s fake tooth got into my garlic finger!

 

I wasn’t planning on sharing work stuff, but I loved the dramatic change in this one. So… here you go.

 

 

This was either intended to be sent to my brother for the Leafs or to my sister for the Diet Coke. Either way, it didn’t get sent. But I think I was having a nice Saturday matinee at home. Might have been Jackie Brown (1997). Very good movie.

 

 

Joy and I like to go to McDonald’s for a coffee and play Yahtzee. This was a roll I got and I had to send it to my sisters. You see, when we were kids our mom and her sisters decided to teach us Contract Rummy. They did their best to explain the object and rules of the game, but we didn’t understand. Then they uttered the fateful “Let’s just play a few rounds. You’ll catch on.” If anyone is teaching you a game, I’m sure you know by now not to believe that crock! At the end of those rounds one of my aunts would look at the hand I had and say, “Oh my goodness, you could’ve gone out Troy!! LOOK AT THIS! I wish I had this hand!” Deuces were wild, so this would be followed by showing the other sisters my hand and saying, “Look at the twos! Look at the TWOOOOOOOOOS!” Hence, the pic was taken.

For those of you who might not know her, this is Twila. The meanest cat—and maybe oldest—in Sussex and surrounding areas. But she loves snuggling with me, and if no one else is in the house, she lets me put her up on my chest and snuggle like that. And when I saw her  self-snuggling one lazy weekend, I just had to capture it.

 

Lukey took this pic for me. It’s been another great summer of NWE wrestling in good ol’ Miramichi. Would you believe my daughters have no interest in going to this?? Well, they’re missing out on Precious Preston getting his butt whooped by El Fuego Dragon, so, their loss.

 

 

 

I love this picture. Each “mouth mask” is perfect for each of my nieces. And it almost looks like my brother has his own mouth mask: a big blonde beard.

 

 

 

Congratulations The Next Karate Kid. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Hilary Swank as Julie Pierce in The Next Karate Kid.

Best Actor: I choose Arnold Schwarzenegger because his performance as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin was so over the top it deserves the nod.

Best Quote: “If I go any faster this thing will turn into a flying Cuisinart and we’ll all be diced into oblivion!” — Michael Caine as Hoagie in Jaws: the Revenge.

I really thought Jaws: the Revenge would be our movie of the week seeing as it is far worse than the other two. Still, all three are pretty awful, and the votes likely had more to do with which one would be most bearable to watch. I mean, who wants J:TR to be the movie of the week?? I was looking at the plot outline of The Next Karate Kid on Wikipedia and my favourite part was this: “When Julie survives almost being hit by a car by jumping into a tiger position…”

Pick your movie of the week: Bad Sequels (Sept 1-7/19)

This past week I heard that there will be new sequels coming soon to theaters including ones for 101 Dalmations, Maleficent, Kingsmen, and The Matrix. It’s always hard to tell whether it will be another stinker like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or a home run like Mad Max: Fury Road. Time will tell, but until then, let’s pick a king of smelly sequels. The following are not only all terrible, but like Crystal Skull, they are all also fourth installment movies. Which one do you believe receives the vote for worst sequel? (NOTE: As always, you don’t need to have seen them. Choose yours any way you like.)

Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

The Next Karate Kid (1994)

Batman & Robin (1997)