Describe Parenthood Using Only Movie Titles

Describe Parenthood Using Only Movie Titles

Earlier this week, I tried something different on my facebook page, and invited friends to describe parenthood using only the titles of movies. My friends really came through, and the results were hilarious.

Many addressed the general chaos of living in a house with kids

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Armageddon
  • Flying Circus
  • How to Train your Dragon
  • Into the Wild
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Sharknado
  • Sudden impact
  • The Crying Game
  • The Fast and the Furious
  • The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
  • The Greatest Show on Earth
  • The Hunger Games
  • Toy Story
  • Transformers
  • War and Peace
  • War of the Worlds
  • We Bought a Zoo

And the way they can be little monsters

  • Aliens
  • Animal House
  • Monsters, inc.
  • Psycho
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Ruthless people

There were allusions to the fact that there are no easy answers in parenting

  • Adaptation
  • Catch-22
  • It’s Complicated
  • Mission Impossible
  • Spies Like Us

The way it consumes our whole lives

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • From Dusk ‘Til Dawn
  • Six Days Seven Nights
  • The Theory of Everything

And it’s impact on our social lives

  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

The exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and brain drain

  • Altered States
  • Clueless
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Groundhog Day
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • The Neverending Story
  • Waiting to Exhale

The fraying last nerve

  • Big Girls Don’t Cry
  • Despicable Me
  • Drive Angry

Sure, they can be naughty

  • Catching Fire
  • I Can Do Bad All By Myself
  • I Love Trouble
  • Liar, Liar
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • The Invention of Lying
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Throw Momma From The Train

But they’re our little mini-mes

  • Identity Theft
  • The Imitation Game

Then there’s the high cost of raising children

  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Money Pit

The things you keep hearing yourself say, over and over again

  • Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
  • PS I love you
  • Scream

And of course, the joy of parenting

  • All that Heaven Allows
  • As Good As It Gets
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Love Actually
  • Twice Blessed


What were your favorites?

And, what would you add?

Must See Movies lists the following 102 must see movies… I’m really quite surprized by how few of these movies I’ve seen – or even heard of.

  1. saw it “2001: a space odyssey“(1968) Stanley Kubrick – If you haven’t seen this movie – do so. Yes it’s boring and it doesn’t make sense. You just really need to know this movie to keep up with conversations and cultural references.
  2. The 400 Blows” (1959) Francois Truffaut – never even heard of it.
  3. 8 1/2” (1963) Federico Fellini – not familiar with the movie, but Federico Fellini is synonomous with art flick
  4. Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (1972) Werner Herzog – I haven’t seen this movie and I don’t know if I ever will. I’ve had some bad experiences with Wener Herzog – images I will never get out of my head – I can’t stand the sound of his voice either. yeech! gives me the creeps.
  5. saw it “Alien” (1979) Ridley Scott – of course you must see this movie, but the sequel “Aliens” was better. The last one was a waste of time.
  6. All About Eve” (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz – it’s on my list
  7. Annie Hall” (1977) Woody Allen – also on my list
  8. saw it “Apocalypse Now” (1979) Francis Ford Coppola – Classic Vietnam war movie – think “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning; it smells like victory” In this movie Marlon Brandow gives us a sneak peek at how creepy he will become.
  9. saw it “Bambi” (1942) Disney – see it
  10. The Battleship Potemkin” (1925) Sergei Eisenstein – on my list.
  11. The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) William Wyler – haven’t seen it
  12. The Big Red One” (1980) Samuel Fuller – haven’t seen it
  13. The Bicycle Thief” (1949) Vittorio De Sica – haven’t seen it.
  14. The Big Sleep” (1946) Howard Hawks – haven’t seen it
  15. Blade Runner” (1982) Ridley Scott – haven’t seen it
  16. Blowup” (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni – haven’t seen it
  17. saw it “Blue Velvet” (1986) David Lynch – wish I hadn’t seen it – very unfortunate. I love Isabella Roselini and Kyle MacLachlan – but they took me places I didn’t want to go.
  18. Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) Arthur Penn – havent seen it
  19. Breathless” (1959 Jean-Luc Godard – haven’t seen it
  20. Bringing Up Baby” (1938) Howard Hawks – haven’t seen it although I love Katherine Hepburn and intend to see the movie soon.
  21. Carrie” (1975) Brian DePalma – haven’t seen it – really not into horror flicks
  22. saw it “Casablanca” (1942) Michael Curtiz – this is one of those movies I’ve seen a million times. love it.
  23. Un Chien Andalou” (1928) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali – Salvador Dali as director – curious – suspect it may take a great deal of patience to watch one of his movies.
  24. Children of Paradise” / “Les Enfants du Paradis” (1945) Marcel Carne – haven’t seen it
  25. Chinatown” (1974) Roman Polanski – haven’t seen it
  26. saw it “Citizen Kane” (1941) Orson Welles – must see. if you have not seen this movie do so right away
  27. saw it “A Clockwork Orange” (1971) Stanley Kubrick – another movie I wish I had not seen. Not just because I’ll never get those 2 hours back, but because I’ll never get those images out of my head.
  28. saw it “The Crying Game” (1992) Neil Jordan – there was a lot of buzz when the movie came out because of the twist at the end and the controversial subject matter. Take away the twist and the controversy and the story doesn’t stand
  29. The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951) Robert Wise – haven’t seen it
  30. Days of Heaven” (1978) Terence Malick – haven’t seen it
  31. saw it “Dirty Harry” (1971) Don Siegel – I grew up with four brothers – this movie was played many times in my presence, although I don’t think I could tell you the plot because I wasn’t paying all that much attention
  32. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (1972) Luis Bunuel – haven’t seen it
  33. Do the Right Thing” (1989) Spike Lee – haven’t seen it
  34. La Dolce Vita” (1960) Federico Fellini – haven’t seen it
  35. Double Indemnity” (1944) Billy Wilder – haven’t seen it
  36. Dr. Strangelove” (1964) Stanley Kubrick – havent seen it – although I intend to soon.
  37. Duck Soup” (1933) Leo McCarey – haven’t seen it
  38. E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) Steven Spielberg – always wanted to see this one – actually surprizes me that I haven’t managed to accomplish that yet.
  39. Easy Rider” (1969) Dennis Hopper – haven’t seen it – Dennis Hopper was ruined for me in Blue Velvet see #17
  40. saw it “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) Irvin Kershner – my husband is the world’s biggest Star Wars Geek – of course I’ve seen this one.
  41. The Exorcist” (1973) William Friedkin – haven’t seen it
  42. saw it “Fargo” (1995) Joel & Ethan Coen – funny and disturbing
  43. saw it “Fight Club” (1999) David Fincher – brilliant
  44. Frankenstein” (1931) James Whale – haven’t seen it.
  45. The General” (1927) Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman – havent seen it
  46. Saw all three”The Godfather,” “The Godfather, Part II” (1972, 1974) Francis Ford Coppola – but for some reason, I have the hardest time staying awake through them. It’s like a pavolvian response, when the theme song starts playing my eyelids start getting droopy.
  47. Gone With the Wind” (1939) Victor Fleming – still haven’t seen it
  48. saw it “GoodFellas” (1990) Martin Scorsese – this is one of my husband’s all time favorite movies – so yes, I’ve seen this many times.
  49. saw it “The Graduate” (1967) Mike Nichols – classic love triangle with the older lady twist
  50. Halloween” (1978) John Carpenter – have not seen it
  51. A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) Richard Lester – have not seen it
  52. Intolerance” (1916) D.W. Griffith – have not seen it
  53. It’s a Gift” (1934) Norman Z. McLeod – have not seen it
  54. saw it “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) Frank Capra – Christmas tradition – every Christmas for as long as I can remember.
  55. saw it “Jaws” (1975) Steven Spielberg – just that da dum sound scares me
  56. The Lady Eve” (1941) Preston Sturges – have not seen it
  57. Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) David Lean – have not seen it
  58. M” (1931) Fritz Lang – have not seen it
  59. Mad Max 2” / “The Road Warrior” (1981) George Miller – have not seen it
  60. The Maltese Falcon” (1941) John Huston – have not seen it
  61. The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) John Frankenheimer – have not seen it – and we have it here at the house, I should take care of that.
  62. Metropolis” (1926) Fritz Lang – have not seen it
  63. Modern Times” (1936) Charles Chaplin – have not seen it
  64. saw it “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam – if you have a sense of humor you must see this movie. If you do not have a sense of humor stay away from this movie.
  65. Nashville” (1975) Robert Altman – have not seen it
  66. The Night of the Hunter” (1955) Charles Laughton – have not seen it
  67. Night of the Living Dead” (1968) George Romero – have not seen it
  68. North by Northwest” (1959) Alfred Hitchcock – have not seen it
  69. Nosferatu” (1922) F.W. Murnau – have not seen it
  70. On the Waterfront” (1954) Elia Kazan – have not seen it
  71. Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968) Sergio Leone – have not seen it
  72. Out of the Past” (1947) Jacques Tournier – have not seen it
  73. Persona” (1966) Ingmar Bergman – have not seen it
  74. Pink Flamingos” (1972) John Waters – have not seen it
  75. Psycho” (1960) Alfred Hitchcock – have not seen it
  76. saw it “Pulp Fiction” (1994) Quentin Tarantino – this is great movie making – Quentine Tarantino is brilliant behind the camera, I wish he would not insist on getting in front of the camera in all of his movies.
  77. Rashomon” (1950) Akira Kurosawa – have not seen it
  78. Rear Window” (1954) Alfred Hitchcock – have not seen it
  79. Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) Nicholas Ray – have not seen it
  80. Red River” (1948) Howard Hawks – have not seen it
  81. Repulsion” (1965) Roman Polanski – have not seen it
  82. The Rules of the Game” (1939) Jean Renoir – have not seen it
  83. Scarface” (1932) Howard Hawks – have not seen it
  84. The Scarlet Empress” (1934) Josef von Sternberg – have not seen it
  85. saw it “Schindler’s List” (1993) Steven Spielberg – very touching movie – well made, moving, riveting
  86. The Searchers” (1956) John Ford – have not seen it
  87. The Seven Samurai” (1954) Akira Kurosawa – have not seen it
  88. Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly – have not seen it
  89. Some Like It Hot” (1959) Billy Wilder – have not seen it
  90. A Star Is Born” (1954) George Cukor – have not seen it
  91. A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) Elia Kazan – have not seen it
  92. Sunset Boulevard” (1950) Billy Wilder – have not seen it
  93. Taxi Driver” (1976) Martin Scorsese – have not seen it
  94. The Third Man” (1949) Carol Reed – have not seen it
  95. Tokyo Story” (1953) Yasujiro Ozu – have not seen it
  96. Touch of Evil” (1958) Orson Welles – have not seen it
  97. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) John Huston – have not seen it
  98. Trouble in Paradise” (1932) Ernst Lubitsch – have not seen it
  99. Vertigo” (1958) Alfred Hitchcock – have not seen it
  100. West Side Story” (1961) Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise – have not seen it
  101. The Wild Bunch” (1969) Sam Peckinpah – have not seen it
  102. saw it “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) Victor Fleming – I can quote the lines right along with the movie. An American Classic.

22/102 – looks like I’ve got some work to do.

Deep Sea 3D

Deep Sea 3D

I got off work a little early today so I met up with Mr.H at Uptown Espresso (highly recommended by the way). We putzed around Belltown for a while trying to decide what to do and then wandered over to the Pacific Science Center to check it out. As it turns out, the displays were all closed (apparently some kind of kids camp/overnighter going on) so we decided to check out the IMAX instead.deep sea 3d
The film was narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, and Danny Elfman did the music. I am seldom disappointed by any movie scored by Danny Elfman.

I had never been to an IMAX film before – the size of the screen is astounding. And this one was 3D, so they handed us funky little glasses as we entered the theater. It took a little bit for my eyes to adjust to the 3D, but the film was stunning. I was completely riveted, although there were a few moments where I wished we were sharing this with my 6 year old nephew (I can just picture him with his mouth wide open in amazement). I usually complain that films are too long, but this one is 45 minutes. At the end we both though “that’s it?” We wanted more. All in all, I would recommend the film.

"War of the Worlds" & "Murderball"

We watched two movies tonight. The first was “War of the Worlds” with Tom Cruise. The movie was exactly what I expected it to be – but Spielberg is so skilled with tension and pacing, it kept me rivited throughout.

The second movie was really interesting. “Murderball” is a documentary about parapalegic rugby and the lives of the players on the American and Canadian teams. This is more than a warm fuzzy “people in wheelchairs are people too” movie. These guys are fascinating, and as you get to know more about the players and their life stories, you get so much more caught up in the rivalry between the teams which takes an interesting turn at the Olympics in Greece. Great film – I’m going to watch for these guys at the next Olympics.


I loved this movie.

After the death of his mother, Damian is obsessed with saints and martyrs, and visits with them, asking each if they know his mum, Saint Maureen.

Damian builds himself a castle/rocket ship out of boxes down by the train tracks and a bag of money falls from the sky. Damian’s brother Anthony thinks they should invest the money in real estate and tries to get the brokers to take him seriously while Damian tries desperately to drum up some poor people to do good to.

All of this takes place during the countdown to the change over to the Euro, which would render cash in pounds worthless.

The photography was stunning and the music magical. The movie is best through the first 20 minutes, it loses some of it’s grace but deftly manages tension during the climax, and the ending is a flight of fancy fitting only to Damian. Alix Etel in the lead turns in a great performance, he has heartbreaker written all over him.