Saturday, April 5, 2008

Solitary Smiles

There'sWee Tiny Sock something awfully nice about finding a sweet card and a Wee Tiny Sock in the mailbox at the end of a long week. The card shows Pooh Bear and Piglet hand in hand and the legend "My very favorite things are small things." Thank you, Val, I love my new sock! I am indeed a fan of Scout's Swag yarns. Happily, despite the colorway name, Kill Bill, the sock hasn't tried anything murderous. I'm keeping it away from sharp pointy objects, though.

Speaking of guilty pleasure movies (pretty much Tarantino's entire oeuvre), it would seem my movie meme selections indeed are among the Most Obscure Movies of All Time. Now I have a new reason for being slightly embarrassed about liking them. Or an explanation for why I'm the only one laughing in the movie theater. Here's the restored list in all its awful glory.

1. "I am not a sissy!"
Lance in Undercover Brother (2002). The Man tries to derail a black candidate's presidential campaign by demeaning black culture. So rude, so funny, yet not a bit mean-spirited. Pure fantasy, right?
Not identified.

2. "Arthur! What an Englishman you are."
Duchess of Richmond in Waterloo (1970). Great spectacle, including dazzling, never-equaled zooms.
Not identified.

3. "Id! Id! Id! Id!"
Dr. Morbius in Forbidden Planet (1956). What guilty pleasures are all about, in cheesy b/w. There's an excellent hommage in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Identified by: Risa

4. "Akita! Akita!"
Just about the entire cast in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970). Simply the greatest dino-bikini flick ever. The excellent hommages in Jurassic Park caused solitary laughing in the movie theater.
Not identified.

5. "Chicken good."
Leelo in The Fifth Element (1997). Directed by Luc Besson, costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier. 'Nuff said.
Identified by: Eileene

6. "People of Valencia! I bring you bread!"
Rodrigo Díaz in El Cid (1961). Good Muslims and bad Muslims, good Christians and bad Christians, with hints of what European arts and science owe to Arab culture. More fun and 'way less self-righteous than Kingdom of Heaven.
Not identified.

7. "Break the conga line."
Mel Bakersfield in Airport (1970). A worthy progenitor of Airplane! and many, many others.
Identified by: Risa

8. "I used to design for gods."
Edna Mode in The Incredibles (2004). Fabulously nostalgic in color palette, soundtrack, and family-oriented story.
Identified by: Carla

9. "You can add Sebastian's name to my list of playmates."
Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946). Luminous black-and-white, juicy noir story, and the Nazis receive just desserts in the end. A Hitchcock film with Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains in a tragic triangle.
Not identified.

10. "As long as the lady is paying for it, why not take the vicuña?"
Salesman in Sunset Boulevard (1950). Overlook the howlingly bad framing device and instead enjoy how ostentatiously scrumptious vicuña looks in b/w. Although in film noir, those who play must pay.
Identified by: Eileene

For various reasons, I spent 'way too much time on teh Internets this week. At least now there's a new Ravelry group, UCC Ravelers, to show for it. Plus I saw the Fabio and Happy Hooker books that mysteriously appeared and disappeared in my Ravelry library on April Fool's Day. But I never before noticed the library shelves have lights, very classy (official screenshot by Mary-Heather).

Julie has organized a fundraiser to mark the first anniversary of Ravelry, Ravelraiser '08. Proceeds go toward a new Ravelry server – and there are eye-popping prizes.


CrazyFiberLady said...

Aw what a sweet little sock. Don't be embarassed by that collection of films. Now that I see the movies they came from, I've enjoyed most of those as well! The Incredibles is shown regularly in my household and I've always enjoyed Sunset Boulevard while Fifth Element is a regular part of a Bruce Willis film festival :)

Rena said...

I am glad that you enjoyed the sock! Also I really don't think your film collection is odd at all. I haven't seen the Incredibles yet I will have to check it out. Have a great week.

Kim said...

YOur selection of movie quotes are excellent. I have a terrible memeory for movie quotes except for maybe Godfather 1&2, Goodfellas & Repo Man and a couple other flicks. I did see Undercover Brother & thought it was hilarious. Love the bee stripe tiny sock!