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Friday, October 24, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 85

This one is a movie that I had not seen until very recently. It was always one of those oversights, like, "Why have I not seen this movie?" Once I read that it was named the greatest science-fiction movie of all-time by Rotten Tomatoes, it pushed it over the edge. E.T. was a must-watch. It was even a must-enjoy. If I didn't like it, people would undoubtedly say, "How can you not like E.T.?" Fortunately, I did like it.

Science-fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison in 1982.

Starring: Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, C. Thomas Howell, and Pat Welsh.

Tune in Monday for number eighty-four!

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Marry!

Recently, with very little fanfare and hubbub, Neil Patrick Harris married his longtime partner, David Burtka, in Italy. It really came out of nowhere, with NPH's above tweet as the first acknowledgement of the news. Congrats to the both! They're the best.

Duck Tales. Literally.

The famous Duck Tales television show has a famous Duck Tales theme song. Fortunately, because the world is just really an amazing place, someone has recreated the Duck Tales theme song. With actual ducks. It's spe-quack-ular! I'm sorry. I'll see myself out. But you can check out the original Duck Tales theme song and see how it compares below!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 86

A sports comedy about golf with an all-star cast? Sign me up! I fully expected to enjoy this movie when I saw it and, unsurprisingly, I did. The ongoing story lines are just truly marvelous, but the adventures of Bill Murray just might top the whole thing. It's a great example of a quintessential comedy and undoubtedly deserving of the eighty-sixth spot.

Sports comedy directed by Harold Ramis and written by Douglas Kenney, Harold Ramis, and Brian Doyle-Murray in 1980.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Bill Murray, and Sarah Holcomb.

Tune in tomorrow for number eighty-five!

Parks and Recreation: Make-A-Wish

This is one of the few times I remember seeing a Make-A-Wish Foundation wish come true without it being a publicized athlete. This time, Joshua Ritter was flown to Los Angeles where he spent the day on the set of Parks and Recreation with Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, and others. The Hollywood Reporter has the full story, but there were some interesting highlights I found worth sharing.
  • Joshua performed a rap he wrote based on Amy Poehler's Sarah Palin rap from SNL and Poehler liked it so much, she recorded it on her phone.
  • Aziz came in to the set even though it was his day off.
  • Joshua raised over one hundred thousand dollars for the St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Pretty cool! They're such a down-to-earth cast, it seems.

This Week's Entertainment by David

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 87

The quintessential Alfred Hitchcock movie. Suspenseful, riveting, innovative, James Stewart. This movie has been parodied time and again (ahem, Castle), but every single representation only evokes the same feeling of amazement that this movie provides. A true masterpiece of its time and in future cinematic relations.

Suspense mystery directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes in 1954.

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, and Judith Evelyn.

Tune in tomorrow for number eighty-six!