Monday, June 25, 2007

John Hughes Movies

What would the 80's have been like without John Hughes? His movies capture teenage life in the 80's perfectly.

So what are your favorite John Hughes movies? (we can figure movies he wrote or directed into the list, see IMDB link above)

My List:

1. The Breakfast Club-Nobody and I mean NOBODY was as cool as John Bender. DID I STUTTER?

2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off-Well, maybe Ferris comes close to being as cool.

3. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles-What a fantastic movie this is. John Candy's best for sure. Funny and touching at the same time.

4. Sixteen Candles-Grandma Helen: Oh Sam, let me take a look at you. Fred, she's gotten her boobies.
Grandpa Fred: I better get my magnifying glass. Ha Ha Ha.
Grandma Helen: Oh, and they are so PERKY.

Samantha: I can't believe my grandmother actually felt me up.

5. Some Kind of Wonderful-Mary Stuart Masterson and Lea Thompson in the same movie? Yowza!

What's your Top Five?

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Game Shows

I'm sure you all heard last week was Bob Barker's last episode of The Price is Right. So today we are discussing Top Five Game Shows: A Bob Barker Tribute List.

My List:

1. The Price is Right-An obvious choice. But seriously, can any other show match the excitement of Plinko? the cut-throat competition of the contestant who bids $351 after the contestant before him bid $350? the hilarious boos that ensue after a contestant fails to spin the wheel a full 360 degrees on the Showcase Showdown? the shockingly coy contestant who gets to reach directly in to Bob's pocket for a $100 bill after bidding an exact amount? Game shows can get no better.

2. Win, Lose, or Draw-My favorite as a kid. What a great idea for a show, b-list celebs get together and play charades by drawing instead of acting it out. And the set was had couches and a coffee table like they were right there in your living room.

3. The Newlywed Game-I'm telling you, the urban legend of the lady who gave a saucy answer to the question "where's the most uncomfortable place you've ever had sex?" really did happen, I saw it on a game show bloopers program once.

4. Stump the Schwab-You probably don't know this one. It's a sport trivia game show where contestants try to stump the head of ESPN's research department. Geeky, I know.

5. Hollywood Squares-What a great idea for a show, c-list celebs give scripted yet hilarious answers to trivia questions and the contestant has to either agree or disagree to get their X or O on the life-size tic-tac-toe board ... genius. Although I will say when I was a kid and had a huge crush on Punky Brewser I watched the show for an entire week and she only got chose once. What a gyp. (on an unrelated note, Punky Brewster is still hot)

What's your Top Five?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Board Games

No matter how advanced computers get, no matter how realistic and intense the XBox becomes, no matter how popular poker board games will always be around. We all have memories of the board games we used to play with our friends and families and we all have fond (and some not so fond) memories of them.

So what are your favorite board games?

My List:

1. Monopoly-Although I'm usually subject to Monopoly ass-whippings from my wife who employs the "buy everything you land on" strategy, this is a classic game built on the very concept our great country was founded upon-gluttonous capitalism. My two favorite aspects of the game are the deal-making you can do with other players and the game modifications you can utilize to shorten the game.

2. Jenga-I know, not technically a board game I'm going to count this one. I don't think there's a better game to play with a bunch of people at a party where copious amounts of alcohol are being consumed.

3. Trivial Pursuit-This one would've probably been #1 on my list if not for the fact that every time I've tried to play "team" TP it's been one of the most frustrating experiences in my life because team members do nothing but bicker about which answer to say.

4. Sorry!-Basically a kid's game. I used to play this game for hours with my grandma.

5. Stratego-This game falls in to the Risk/Axis and Allies area of nerdy board games. It's a one-on-one capture-the-flag game where you strategically deploy your army trying to protect your flag.

Big ups to A Mulder for this week's list.

What's your Top Five?

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Guilty Pleasures

Our first genre-crossing Top Five can include movies, TV shows, books, whatever. We all know that there is a lot of crap permeating pop culture. Britney Spears, The Bachelor, Cosmo Magazine, there is enough garbage out there to fill all of the landfills in Jersey. And the fact is, we all have a little bit we love. What guilty pleasures do you have when it comes to pop culture?

My list:

1. Made-This reality show on MTV is one of my favs. I can watch marathons of it all day long. High school kids are transformed from shy geeks to prom queens, athletes, musicians, whatever. At one point every kid breaks down, cries and quits. But they always find a way to succeed in the end. So inspiring.

2. Poker TV Shows-Contrary to what they might tell you, you won't learn a whole lot about how to be a successful poker play from watching it on TV. Regardless, I can watch the same World Series of Poker episodes over and over again.

3. Kelly Clarkson-A jazz bass player digging a pop star from American Idol? You bet. That girl rocks.

4. Shopping Malls-As much as I hate corporate fashion stores and chain restaurants there's nothing like a good mall to help you get stuff done in a short amount of time. And with a baby? fuggetaboutit

5. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy-This Will Farell movie is about as dumb as it gets but I love it. I have so many lines memorized but hardly anyone gets it when I say one.

What's your Top Five?