two hours of my life I'll never get back.

Well, it finally happened. I finally found a movie that made me say, "well THAT's two hours of my life I'll never get back."

Beastly is about Kyle, a conceited jerk who thinks he's God's gift to high school. He plays a prank on a fellow high school student, Kendra, who unbeknown to him is a witch. Kendra teaches him a lesson by putting a curse on him making him as beastly on the outside as he is on the inside. He has one year to find someone to love him or stay like that forever.

Hoakey I know, but believe me, I went in with low expectations knowing it was probably targeted to tweens and teens. It had all the great makings of a nice, fluffy movie - so-so plot, fun characters, good moral - and...nuthin'.

See what you think:

Watched any movies that make you wish you could get the two hours back?


quotes: cary grant movies

Name the Cary Grant movie:

1. Do you shave or shower first?

2. I have an infuriating lack of talent for doing simple things.
You probably don't do them right, that's why.

3. I bluffed the Old Man out of the last pot. With a pair of deuces.
What's so depressing about that?
Well, I mean, if I can do it, what are the Russians doing to him?

4. Oh no! Not my zappatos.

5. I don't like the way Teddy Roosevelt is looking at me.

6. It's not a nice thing to do. People wouldn't understand. He wouldn't understand. What I mean is... Well... This is developing into a very bad habit!

7. Ready boot, let's scoot!


the hudsucker proxy

the year: 1994

the genre: quirky Coen Brothers comedy

the cast: Tim Robbins (Norville Barnes); Paul Newman (Sidney J. Mussburger); Jennifer Jason Leigh (Amy Archer); Charles Durning (Waring Hudsucker)

the plot: When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money. They decide to appoint a moron to run the company so that when the stock falls low enough they can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room and is wacky enough to drive any company to ruin. But soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries.

don't miss: this scene:

did you know: based on the time it took the secretary to read War and Peace and Anna Karenina (based on the calculation of 4 minutes per page, 8 hours a day) it took at least 18 days for those in the Creative Bullpen to come up with a name for Norville's invention.

extra bonus points: if you know they play on words in the movie title. (Hint: It has to do with another Paul Newman movie.)

listen for: "You know - for kids!"


quotes: audrey hepburn movies

Name the Audrey Hepburn movie:

1. I've been trying to write her a poem, but I can't seem to finish it. What rhymes with "glass"?

2. Duval, please! I can't hear myself think, and I'm trying to think in French!

3. Please, monsieur, is the news good or bad?
That depends. Is this your wife?
It looks like her.
Then I regret to inform you that it looks bad.
Then there IS another man!
There is. And I regret to say that he looks good.

4. Do they still really have prizes in Cracker Jack boxes?
Oh yes.
That's nice to know... It gives one a feeling of solidarity, almost of continuity with the past, that sort of thing.

5. All right, get set for the story of my life.
Fiction or non-fiction?

6. Okay, you're the boss. Just do as I tell you.

7. Is this the elevator?
This is my ROOM!


the andy williams show

For Christmas my mom got me the Best of the Andy Williams Show DVD set.

Boy, do I love me some schmaltzy entertainment! And while a little Lawrence Welk will do in a pinch, this is high-quality, big name schmaltz. (sigh.)

Extra points if you know what movie this song came from:

Regular performers on the show included: The Osmonds (Andy's dad heard them sing and recommended that his son give them a listen - they appeared many times on the show), Bobby Darrin, Jonathan Winters, and okay, I had to throw in another Bobby Darrin.

The show ran from 1959 to 1971. The last two years, it was moved up a time slot, so it changed a bit to target younger viewers. I have to say I like the older shows, but it was fun to see The Carpenters, The Jackson 5, and Aretha Franklin, and Dusty Springfield (below) - even if some of the costumes are a little...yes, well.


tammy and the doctor

the year: 1963

the genre: comedy

the cast: Sandra Dee (Tammy); Peter Fonda (Dr. Mark Cheswick); Beulah Bondi (Annie Call); Reginald Owen (Jason Tripp); Alice Pearce (Millie Baxter)

the plot: When Mrs. Call's heart condition acts up, Tammy tags along in the trip to Los Angeles for the surgery. Since there are no guest quarters in the hospital, Tammy gets a job in the hospital as a nurse's assistant, and catches the attention of handsome young resident Dr. Cheswick.

count: how many times Tammy ends up back with custodial duties.

don't miss: Reginald Owen as Mr. Tripp - you may recognize him as Admiral Boom from Mary Poppins.

extra bonus points: if you know why smarmy Dr. Hassler (below, left) looks familiar.

did you know: when Tammy mixes up ID bracelets on the babies in the nursery, she identifies one of them as "Bernard Schwartz", the real name of Tony Curtis, then one of Universal's biggest stars.


tammy tell me true

the year: 1961

the genre: comedy

the cast: Sandra Dee (Tammy); John Gavin (Tom Freeman); Beulah Bondi (Mrs. Annie Call)

the plot: Heartbroken because Pete (who's away at college) fails to answer her letters, Tammy decides to go to college herself. After moving the Ellen B. downriver to Seminola College, she gains admission as a special student and, to pay her expenses, takes a job as companion to Mrs. Call, a wealthy eccentric.

don't miss: Stefanie Powers' screen debut.