Beethoven (1992) movie drinking game

Ya’ll know that drinking games makes nostalgia movies even better! Here are the rules for Beethoven drinking game. Drink every time…

  1. Beethoven makes a fucking mess
  2. Beethoven eats food off a plate
  3. Tim encounters bullies
  4. Ryce is sexually frustrated
  5. Sad music plays
  6. Beethoven is played by an obvious puppet
  7. Dogs are in cages
  8. David Duchovny is a yuppy
  9. Beethoven saves someone
  10. Henchmen say something stupid
  11. Dr. Varnick is evil

While re-watching this childhood classic I noted something crazy: The age difference between Bonnie Hunt and her on-screen daughter Nicholle Tom is 16 years while the age difference between her and Charles Grodin her on-screen husband is 26 years! She is 31 and he is 57.

AFI List update!

Ok people, we’re in the home stretch! Altogether, yes I’ve watched over 100 of the combined AFI’s 100 GREATEST AMERICAN MOVIES OF ALL TIME  (say it in Kanye’s voice) and the 10th Anniversary List. But that still puts me at 102/123 of the combined list. Follow along as I power through the final 21 (yes, I need cheerleaders). Here they are folks:

  1. Doctor Zhivago
  2. The General
  3. The Bridge on the River Kwai 
  4. The Best Years of Our Lives
  5. Shane 
  6. Intolerance 
  7. MASH
  8. Nashville
  9. Unforgiven
  10. The Wild Bunch
  11. 12 Angry Men
  12. The French Connection
  13. The Last Picture Show
  14. Yankee Doodle Dandy
  15. Mutiny on the Bounty
  16. Dances with Wolves
  17. An American in Paris
  18. The Manchurian Candidate
  19. Rebel Without a Cause
  20. Amadeus
  21. The Birth of a Nation

Got any tips? What order should I watch them in? Which one should I save for last? Leave a comment below 🙂



Christmas Movies on Netflix

Title explains it all folks:

Scrooged, White Christmas, Love Actually, A Very Murray Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas with the Kranks, Fireplace, Ernest Saves Christmas, The Ref,


On Netflix streaming:

  • The Ref
    • Starring Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey
    • If your a cynical type, like dark comedies, and don’t particularly enjoy the holidays, then this movie is right up your alley
    • Seriously, watch it.
  • White Christmas
    • 1954 version starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney
    • So Christmasy it’ll make you barf eggnog all over the tree
  • Scrooged
    • Modern take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
    • Starring Bill Murray
  • Love Actually
    • British Christmas
    • Hella famous people: Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant,  Thomas Brodie-Sangster, etc.
    • RIP Alan Rickman
  • Miracle on 34th Street
    • 1994 version starring ya girl Mara Wilson
    • Also that old dude from Jurassic Park
  • Fireplace for your home
    • If plot and dialogue aren’t your thing, put on the fireplace
    • Comes in classic and birchwood editions
    • Great for during Christmas parties
    • I can’t believe there is a IMDb page for this
    • 5 stars on Netflix…
  • Fireplace and Melodies for the Holidays
    • Oh snap! Someone outdid just fireplace!
    • No IMDb 😦
    • Think about whoever cashed in on this movie idea and marvel
  • Ernest Saves Christmas
    • Ernest and his crazy antics
    • I haven’t seen this but the thumbnail looks promising
    • 3 1/2 stars so probably not as bad as I imagine
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
    • 3 1/2 stars average rating
  • Happy Christmas
    • Starring Anna Kendrick
    • Same director as Drinking Buddies
    • 4 stars
  • Tree Man
    • Documentary about a Canadian man who sells Christmas trees in NYC
    • Haven’t seen it but has a little over 3 stars

In conclusion, not much that I’ve actually seen is available for streaming. Everything else has 2 stars or less average rating. Here are others that you might want to gamble with:

  • The Three Dogateers
    • Three dogs save Christmas
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday
    • Has nothing to do with Christmas but it’s in the Holiday favorites section of Netflix soooo
    • Why hasn’t this man aged?
    • Omg Joe Manganiello is in it?
    • And Alia Shawkat?


First half of 2016

Wow we are already halfway into 2016 and I haven’t even posted yet. I guess that makes me the worst blogger ever. Without further ado…this is what Netflix and I have been up to lately:

Game of Thrones

Netflix summary: Originally airing on HBO, this live-action fantasy series — based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels — charts the violent efforts of competing noble families to gain control of the vacant Westeros throne.

★★★★ Holy shit you guys! I watched the first season of GOT but then stopped either because I couldn’t remember who everyone was by the second season, or because Khal Drogo died and I was like “what’s the point of this show anymore?” (I now follow Jason Momoa’s instagram account to sustain me) Anyway, after a lot of hype from friends, I decided to catch up. In the month of April I watched the ENTIRE six seasons. Basically back-to-back as soon as I got off work until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. I had to scroll super fast through social media to avoid spoilers. Pretty sure my muscles atrophied that month. But yes basically it is THE BEST thing to ever happen to me. The only real question I have is: how have you people been dealing with watching only one episode per week??


Age of Adaline

Netflix summary: After 29-year-old Adaline recovers from a nearly lethal accident, she inexplicably stops growing older. As the years stretch on and on, Adaline keeps her secret to herself — till she meets a man who changes her life.

★★★★ I’m not really into romantic movies but this one stands out. The cinematography, the costumes, Blake Lively’s beautiful fucking face, and most importantly the writing…all fantastic, IMHO. I didn’t even know this movie existed until Netflix was like “Yoooo watch dis.” Thanks Netflix! (Also free on Hulu and Amazon Prime but shhh don’t tell my bf). There are already quite a few movies out that that hypothesize on what it’d be like to not age (for example Tuck Everlasting) or age weird (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). This movie was somehow more gut-wrenching for me. To be honest I watched it three times last week; what can I say, I’m in the target audience. #29yearoldwhitegirl


All the President’s Men

Netflix summary: The film that launched a thousand journalism school students, All the President’s Men chronicles how the work of reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) contributed to the public downfall of President Richard M. Nixon. The duo connected a Washington, D.C., hotel break-in with a Nixon “dirty tricks” team assigned to discredit Democratic rivals, launching a series of tense events that forced Nixon to resign.

★★★★ Watched as part of my desperate effort to finish the Top 100 AFI list. It’s the third movie on the list with Dustin Hoffman (that I’ve seen) so clearly AFI loves the shit out of Dustin Hoffman. A suspenseful look into Watergate. Couldn’t stop saying “I am not a crook” in a Nixon voice the entire time.


Sullivan’s Travels

Netflix summary: Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou? a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan hits the road disguised as a hobo. En route to enlightenment, he meets a lovely but no-nonsense young woman and more trouble than he ever dreamed of.

★★★★ Was a little put off by the fact that Veronica Lake’s character doesn’t have a name and is simply referred to as “the girl” both in movie and in credits. But there was some good old fashioned comedy and the movie makes a good point about comedy being just as important as drama.


A Place in the Sun

Netflix summary: Dirt-poor George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) lands himself a factory job thanks to a well-to-do uncle’s largesse and has a tryst with co-worker Alice (Shelley Winters) to combat his loneliness. But he forgets the uncultured Alice when he becomes smitten with a stunning socialite (Elizabeth Taylor). Alice can’t forget George, however, because she’s expecting his baby. Their dilemma sets off a course of events that can only end in tragedy.

★★★★ Also on the AFI list, this movie does a fantastic job with suspense. Both me and my real-life boyfriend did a lot of yelling at George: “What about Alice, George! Don’t do that George!” Real-life boyfriend does not like how many downer movies are on the AFI list…and this movie is one of them. BUT if you’re like “what was the big deal about Elizabeth Taylor?” then you can find out because she’s 19 in this movie and va-va-voom!



Netflix summary: This inventive drama charts the disintegrating relationship between newly married twentysomething Justine and her sister, Claire, just as Earth hurtles toward certain collision with a newly discovered planet.

★★★★ Having watched this in the dead of a Washington state winter, I can attest to identifying heavily with the emotions, if not the actions, of the main characters in this movie. Stunningly beautiful set!

A24 Films

[Number of movies rated as of 12/21/2015 is 1572]

I’ve been waiting for Amy to come out for a while since I missed it in theaters. The previews for other A24 films had me intrigued so I picked up The End of the Tour as well. I might have to go down a A24 rabbit hole now….



Netflix summary: Though singer Amy Winehouse released only two albums during her brief and stormy career, she left an indelible mark on pop music. This affecting documentary recounts her meteoric rise to fame and the addictions that ended her life at age 27.

★★★★ With interviews from friends and family, this movie shows us a more complete version of Amy Winehouse than other biographical films that have come out about her life. It reveals just how damaging being famous can be.


The End of the Tour

Netflix summary: In 1996, “Rolling Stone” reporter David Lipsky accompanied acclaimed author David Foster Wallace on a five-day promotional tour, which is chronicled in this affecting drama that focuses on the bond they form through casual and profound discussions.

★★★★ This movie would probably be uninteresting to someone who isn’t an English lit major or a big reader. I’ve had Infinite Jest sitting on my bookshelf for years now and this movie just might be the inspiration I’ve needed to pick it up.

Free Willy

If you were born, as I was, in the mid-80s, perhaps you will recollect this nugget of pure cinematic gold: Free Willy. It was released in 1993, the same year as The Sandlot, Cool Runnings, Groundhog Day, Hocus Pocus, Homeward Bound, Jurassic Park, Look Who’s Talking Now, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Once Upon a Forest, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Surf Ninjas, The Three Musketeers, Coneheads, We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, and So I Married an Axe Murderer; all of which loom over my childhood like influential guardian angels, ensuring my development into a conscientious, upright human being (other, less notable films released that year include The Piano, Philadelphia, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Schindler’s List). It was the 90s, a time of environmentalist propaganda foisted on upon our innocent selves (think Ferngully). We loved it.

Ah, Free Willy. It’s a classic tale of a boy and his whale. Blond, twelve-year-old orphan Jesse is running the streets like a mad ruffian until he gets busted vandalizing the tank of Willy, resident Killer Whale. Luckily a Social Worker brings him to his new foster parents: Annie and Glenn Greenwood. Jesse-the-asshole shows his gratitude through loving dialogue:

Glenn: So what is it you’re into, Jesse?
Jesse: I’m not into talking while I’m eating!

Glenn: It’s pretty late, I think you should go up to bed, Son.
Jesse: I’m not your son.
Glenn: Yeah I know that.

Annie probably has a line in there somewhere but I was too distracted by the giant jean camel toe that is her existence. Mostly you wonder why they aren’t beating the assholiness out of Jesse. But I digress. Meanwhile, Dwight-the-Social-Worker sets Jesse up working for the company that serves as stand-in for SeaWorld, replete with villainous business owner slash would-be whale assassin by the name of Mr. Dial.

While cleaning up the graffiti on the Orca’s cage, Jesse gets to know Willy, who is also somewhat of a hooligan (Willy too disregards authority). Randolph, the obligatory Native American, lets Jesse in on the sad truth: Willy has also been separated from his mother and longs to return to her. A friendship is born: Jesse plays the harmonica to Willy and in return, Willy saves Jesse from drowning. Soon Jesse is able to connect with this whale on a level he’s never had with a human being. Which is why it cuts us to the core when Willy, overwhelmed and stricken with stage-fright, puts the kibosh on the show for which Jesse and Willy have been training. You can almost hear Willy saying “I ain’t no sellout.” Mr. Dial, a modern-day Ahab, decides to take drastic measures to solve this problem: Kill the whale.

Randolph: Dial is trying to collect the insurance money. Willy’s worth a million dollars.
Jesse: A million dollars? Randolph let’s free him!
Randolph: What?
Jesse: Let’s free Willy! We can take him by the bay, and put him back in the water.
Randolph: I don’t like this job anyways!

Soon we’re on a rip-roaring adventure with Jesse, Willy, and the gang as they make a mad dash for the shore. Mr. Dial is right behind them. After fisticuffs between the gang and Mr. Dial’s gangsters, Willy is released into the bay. But wait! Mr. Dial in his infinite foresight, already had fishing vessels in the bay! Just before Willy makes a gravity-defying leap over a solid stone jetty, Jesse cries “Don’t forget me, okay? I won’t forget you.” And Willy is off to his real mother, something that can never happen for Jesse. In the final scene we cut to the Orca party montage. Willy and Mom are splashing along to “Will You Be There” by Michael Jackson as the credits roll.