An Assortment of Analogies For Our Presidential Choice This Election Cycle

Thursday 3 November 2016
  • Taking a flight while sitting between 8-year-old twins who were not given any in-flight entertainment options, in a seat that doesn’t recline
    Taking a flight with Amelia Earhart
  • A bowl of soup where the recipe called for 2 teaspoons of salt but where the chef instead made it with 2 Tablespoons of salt
    A piece of T-bone steak containing botulism, e-coli, and hepatitis A
  • Getting bit by a mosquito
    Getting bit by a mosquito carrying malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile Virus
  • Microsoft’s Clippy popping up on your screen and asking, “It looks like you’re trying to delete some e-mails. Can I help you with that?”
    The blue screen of death
  • Being stuck in an elevator while easy listening versions of Miley Cyrus and Drake songs play on a loop
    Being stuck in an elevator with Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, and Hannibal Lecter
  • Investing in a Samsung Galaxy 7
    Hoping to turn a quick buck, investing in the Samsung Galaxy 7, by pre-purchasing 1,000 units at 70% retail cost and storing them in your studio apartment
  • Being forced to walk with your family and relatives thousands of miles across the country to relocate on a piece of inhospitable land, only to later be told you’ll have to move again and never having full confidence that some day it might all be taken away anyway
    Having to take a cab instead of an Uber
  • The bike lane ending so now you have to “share the road”
    Driving the bus in the movie Speed, in that scene where the bus has to jump across an unfinished bridge, except the entire country is riding on the bus and there is actually no other side of the bridge for the bus to land on

top movies of the decade!

Thursday 31 December 2009

Hey — I thought I’d give you one more quick post before we hit 2010:

Since you already got my list of 30 favorite movies of the decade, I thought I’d point to a few others out there on the web.  Enjoy!

We Are Movie Geeks: Top 100 of the Decade

Daily Kos: Best films of the decade, top 10 (bonus 7)

U.K. Times Online: 100 Best of the Decade Top 100 Movies of the Decade

my favorite movies of the 2000s, #23 and #24

Sunday 20 December 2009

And thus I continue with my 25 favorite movies of the 2000’s first decade.

#25: (500) Days of Summer (2009)

#24: FLOW: For Love Of Water (2008)
You’ll see more documentaries on my list, but just because this movie is at #24 doesn’t mean you should overlook it.  It tells the story of all things water.  It tells how corporations are raping the ground water and bottling it for big cash (not to mention how destructive all that plastic is).  It tells how in certain countries, water became a private entity, such that collecting rain water for personal use was illegal (thanks World Bank)!  It makes you realize just important water is (in case you didn’t realize it) and how much people in the U.S. take it for granted, and how if we continue to take it for granted, there could be horrible repercussions to pay.  It truly is a love poem for water, and you need to see it!  (I asked for it for Christmas, so maybe you can borrow it sometime soon.)

On a side note, the NY Times has been doing a great series about toxic water in the U.S.  Check out the various articles here.  (There are lots of great links to information for your local water supply anywhere in the U.S., so check it out if you have some time today or in the near future.)

#23: In The Bedroom (2001)
Because it’s been a good length of time since I saw this movie, I don’t remember it too much, but I do remember the awe I felt during and after watching it.  I saw this movie when I was still under 20 and early into my “serious” movie viewing, and it just hit me pretty hard.  You can get the synopsis somewhere else, but I will say it’s an intimate look at an adult family and how being dealt with unforeseen occurrences can change things more than you would ever believe.  Great performances from all involved!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow!

my 25 favorite movies of the 2000s’ first decade

Saturday 19 December 2009

Whether you believe and realize it or not, we are only a few short days away from beginning a new decade!  It’s hard to believe we are 10 years beyond all the Y2K fiasco and the days of the 1900s.  While the end of a year is always a good time to make a list, the end of a decade seems even better to me, especially for something like movies.

According to my records, I have watched 328 feature-length films make in the decade of the 00’s (which some are calling the “naughts”).  That list is early decade heavy, as I’ve only seen 10 movies thus far made in 2009.  (All my years and information are based on that given on the Internet Movie DataBase.)  That being said, a more complete list might be made in a few years when I’ve had a chance to catch up further on recent movies in a way similar to what I’ve done for movies of the earlier part of the decade.

(Upon thinking about how many movies I might have watched in the past decade, it’s easy to calculate from the above stats that I’ve averaged about 2.7 movies a month.  However, as that only accounts for “recent” movies and not older movies watched during that time, I’ve watched far more than 328 movies that last ten years, upping my average a number I cannot count.  However, since my records indicate I’ve watched 725 movies in my life, I’d guess I’ve watched more than half of those in the past 10 years.  But I digress…)

So, I wanted to share with you in the remaining days of this decade my 25 favorite movies of the past 10 years.  I must note that this list only contains movies I’ve seen, which may not include some you would put on your list.

Before I jump off with #25 today (and continue on with about two every day through the end of the year, with a few surprise lists included, too, to keep you on your toes), here are a few notable movies you won’t see on my list simply because I haven’t seen them yet!

Avatar, Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), Der Untergang (Downfall), Inglourious Basterds, Napoleon Dynamite, Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Spirited Away), Sin City, Up, V for Vendetta, WALL-E, and any of the Bourne series
(You can see a list of every movie I have seen here: peliculas de eric)

I’d love to have comments along the way, too!

And now,  without any further ado, let the list begin!

#25: (500) Days of Summer (2009)
The only movie of the year to make my list, I enjoyed this movie for a few reasons.  Firstly, the script is like no other, both funny and true-to-life.  It’s a love story told all out of joint, non-chronologically, focusing on the ups and downs of a relationship and recognizing there are tons of feelings that accompany anyone who strives for love.  Some might call it “post-modern” in it’s approach to storytelling, which I of course fell in love with!  Plus, it stars the lovely Zooey Deschanel (a lovely actress AND singer — you’ll see her again on the list!) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt of 3rd Rock from the Sun fame, who was perfect for his role.  It’s optimistic without being (overly) sappy, at least for this viewer, and I’d love to see more creatively written “love stories” like this one.