Monday, April 30, 2012

Frankenstein (1931)

AFI #87 (1998 list)

Notable quotes:
"He's alive! He's alive! In the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God!"

Notable scenes:
Frankenstein playing with Maria (especially Maria's naivete).
Opening scene with Edward Van Sloan providing the disclaimer.

The ending left me feeling uneasy. Clearly he was unfit for society and was an unnatural creature, but did he deserve to be engulfed in flames? Frankenstein's monster was still an innocent.

Friday, April 27, 2012

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

AFI #54

Notable quotes:
"All's fair in love and war."
"You still think it's beautiful to die for your country. The first bombardment taught us better. When it comes to dying for country, it's better not to die at all"
"Wasn't worth your trouble, he's dead."

Notable scenes:
End scene with the butterfly. (Nearly wept then).
Scene when Mueller tactlessly asks Kemmerich for his boots after Kemmerich has been amputated.
Paul's passionate speech to the students when he returns home.
The scene with the French girls (obviously because I could understand them).

Friday, April 13, 2012

Something to look forward to...

Post-exam to do list:
1. Movies, movies, movies...
a. Finish AFI (about a couple dozen left).
b. Empire (100)
c. Empire (500)
d. Time
e. Every other fucking movie out there.
2. Tennis.
3. Catch up on 5 years worth of books (War and Peace, A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables, Huckleberry Finn, The Alchemist, and others--perhaps start A Song of Ice and Fire series).
4. Catch up on my TV shows.
5. Catch up on my YouTube videos.
6. Sleep the fuck in.
7. Go for a couple of Costco runs.
8. Apply for jobs (!!!!!!!).
9. Re-watch the Royal Wedding (for the umpteenth time).
10. Play with the kiddos (especially important!).
11. Lead a more healthy and active lifestyle.