Posts Tagged ‘John Williams’

What the #FF?!?: My First Guest Post!

Guess what?  I’m taking the day off!

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No, not that kind of day off…I’m guest posting for the very first time over at www.educlaytion.com!

Clay was kind enough to invite me over for the day to guest-post on his Friday Flick Face-OffIn the post, I wax nostalgic about my love for movie composer John Williams, and offer up three of my favorite Williams’-scored movies as contenders for his head-to-head-to-head battle. 

If you’re unfamiliar with my weekly “What the #FF?!?” post, I make a few shout-outs to the websites and bloggers who rock my socks, and give them a little love, via my site and Twitter

Clay’s been an awesome friend during my early days in blogging (which, okay…I still AM in my early days of blogging, this being the third month).  His writing style has a wonderfully witty voice, intermixed with humor, poignancy, and more knowledge than Wikipedia and Alex Trebek combined.  And hey, he also knows how to rock an 80’s sweater and hair style like no other.

Be sure to check out his Wiki-Wednesday feature, where he takes a variety of events that happened on a specific date and connects them all together…think like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but with no Footloosing, Kira Sedgwick-loving star.  He also can be found on Twitter.

Why don’t you join me over at www.educlaytion.com today and vote for your pick in the Friday Flick Face-Off?  Will it be Hook, featuring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman?  Or Jurassic Park, where the dinosaurs steal the show?  Or is it the baby of the bunch, Harry Potter the Sorcerer’s Stone?  Only YOU can decide the outcome!

Happy FF Friday!

The 12 Movies of Christmas

My favorite movie, of all time, is Home Alone.

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Not my favorite “Christmas” movie…my favorite movie…of all time.  You know, the one with Macaulay Caulkin, the robbers, and the house full of Mousetrap-like inventions?  Yep.  That one.  It’s held the title of my #1 Film, for many years now, beating out tough competitors like Shawshank Redemption, Hook and Clue.

I don’t place Home Alone at the top of my film queue for cinematic reasons.  No actors merited any Oscar Awards for their performances, and the only Oscar Nomination went to composer John Williams (and very rightly so).  It doesn’t stand amongst films like Braveheart, Memoirs of a Geisha, or Saving Private Ryan, but it does possess an immense amount of nostalgia for me.

Home Alone, for me, became the movie to watch during the Christmas season.  It was amongst the first movies I saw in theatres, and it eventually found a very special place in the life of my family.  Every year, we’d get so excited to pull it out of its VHS case (still have it), and even though the years took their toll on the video cassette, we didn’t seem to mind the faded color or distorted sound.  The lights would dim, the 21st Century Fox anthem would ring out, and the opening title would float into my ears, making me remember Christmases of ages past.

It’s a “quotable movie” for me.  I have a few that I can confidently sit down with and, word for word, re-enact the whole film.  My favorite scenes in the film are the ones which evoke memories of laughter with my family.  No Christmas season is complete without a viewing of Home Alone (and, Home Alone 2, while we’re at it).

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