Posted in Movies

My Movie Stats

Three movies that made me cry (where I actually made sobbing noises and snot ran out of my nose)

Mr. Holland’s Opus
Imitation of Life
Madame X

Three movies that gave me nightmares

Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
I was 7 and my parents took me to see the stupid thing. That whole muddy and creepy-looking Joseph Cotten scene, and headless Bruce Dern terrified me for what seemed like years. I would sleep with the covers over my head.

Night of the Living Dead

I went with my cousins Ricky and Jeff when I was 15. It was on a double bill with Gruesome Twosome. I had knots in my stomach the whole time. Then we had to walk home in the dark.

Berserk

That creepy movie with Joan Crawford. Nightmares for weeks.

Three movies I’ve never seen

Ghostbusters
The Godfather
Caddyshack

Three movies I walked out of

Squirm

I seriously almost threw up. I had to go to the lobby twice. I finally said fuck it and left. I was 19 and it was the initial release of the movie.

Bladerunner

Idk, I just got bored

The Legend of Boggy Creek

It was just stupid

Three movies that made me queasy and almost throw up.

Squirm

See above

Saw

I hated that movie so much. That stupid puppet thing. I wanted to leave, but I was with friends and didn’t want to look like a big baby.

Blood Feast

Three movies I’ve seen more than 50 times

Meet Me in St. Louis
Diamonds are Forever
Night of the Living Dead

Three movies that were supposed to be sad in parts, but I laughed and made fun of them (in the movie theater)

The Promise (1979)

My friend Sherry and I guffawed like hyenas

Terms of Endearment

The Debra Winger death scene

Steel Magnolias

Same as above, just insert Julia Roberts

Three movies that I absolutely detest

The Notebook

You’d seriously have to bribe me big time to watch that thing again

Ocean’s 11 (remake with George Clooney)

I just hate it

Erin Brockovich

Three movies that I went to see every day for 2 weeks +

The Poseidon Adventure

I was going through my I’m in love with Gene Hackman phase

The Towering Inferno

The Sting

I was going through my I’m in love with Robert Redford phase

Three R or X rated movies that I got into even though I was underage and without a parent or guardian

Midnight Cowboy

I was 12. I just bought a ticket and nobody said anything.

The Exorcist

My dad wouldn’t take me. I was 14 and had the beginnings of a mustache. So, I decided to try it on my own. Again, the just let me in no questions asked.

Magnum Force

I was 15.

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Posted in music

Convenient Music

I love my Amazon Echo. I pay the $3.99 a month for unlimited songs (for the most part) via Amazon. I love how specific it is. I can say play jazz from 1957 to 1963 and it will do it. You can even do it by month and genre. The only thing is that if different versions of a song are out there, it might play the song 2 or 3 times in a row. I’ve had that happen.

There are all kinds of games you can play on it, but I’m already over that. I use it mostly for music, or as the occasional timer.

I also have the iTunes music subscription. There are more obscure songs available on it. I can link the phone to the Echo to play them, but it seems like the sound quality isn’t as good.

I don’t really use Pandora anymore. Ads after every 4 or 5 songs. I don’t feel like paying for the no ads version. I have those other two subscriptions, so it’s pointless.

There are so many ways to listen to music nowadays. I even still bring out the vinyl every once in a while. Especially for jazz.

But, it’s just so convenient to say Alexa, play so and so…

I like all kinds of music. So, I go through phases. One week it might be nothing but metal; or the Beatles; or Jimi Hendrix. Sometimes I mix it up. I have playlists of my favorite songs. Sometimes I’ll listen to that. It all depends on mood, or what I’m doing. If I’m reading, crime, pulp, or murder mysteries I’ll listen to CSI music.

I remember how back in the day, I would sit around for hours waiting for my favorite songs to come on the radio, so I could record them on my tape recorder. The kind with a microphone. You had to be quiet as not to pick up background noise. I remember having cassettes of music with my mom, or sister talking in the background. Or somebody coughing or sneezing. When the straight from radio to cassette came out I was so excited. No background noise.

Now, it’s all so convenient. Younger people don’t know how good the have it.

But, I must admit, it was more personal and adventurous back them. I would get so excited when a song I liked came on the radio. Now, I can just tell some device to play it. Convenience kind of takes the fun and mystery out of it.