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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Random Thoughts Tuesday: Movie and TV edition

Randomness! Please turn off your cell phones, no talking and remove all screaming babies. Let's all go to the lobby, let's all go to the lobby, let's all go to the lo-o-obyyyyy, and get ourselves a snack.


*Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was funny, but NOTHING like the book. I was terribly disappointed because of this. Other than the name of the town, nothing was the same! Why did they even call it Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? They could have called it The Food Machine and it would have been more accurate. I've loved that book since I was a child. I hate when they bastardize an amazing book.

*I wish all movies came with cartoons in front of them.

*G Force was weirdly funny. I'm kind of sick of all the fart jokes in kids movies though. Come on!

*Half a million feet of film was shot for Gone With the Wind. It was cut down to 20,000 feet. I'd love to see some of the stuff they cut.

*Mr. HH and I just saw the new Star Trek movie and while I liked it, I didn't like the whole time travel bit. Also, where was William Shatner?

*During the haunted forest scene in The Wizard of Oz, several actors playing the Winged Monkeys were injured when the piano wires suspending them snapped, dropping them several feet to the floor of the sound stage.

*I'm so excited that the new fall TV season has started. New Bones! New Office! New Everything! Except Chuck. March 2010? What up NBC????

*In the Brady Bunch, they only ever fired up the BBQ grill that is seen in nearly every episode, once.

*I so wanted to be Marcia Brady when I was little.

*Werner Klemperer and John Banner who played the German soldiers Klink and Schultz on Hogan's Heroes, were, in fact, both Jewish. Werner Klemperer fled Nazi Germany and served in the U.S. military during World War II. John Banner spent time in a concentration camp, but was released and fled the country. Robert Clary (LeBeau) also spent years in a concentration camp as a child.

*Hogan's Heroes was my favorite show when I was a kid. Isn't that an odd show for a little girl to love? I never missed it though.

*Nick Nolte, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Jack Nicholson all turned down the role of Indiana Jones. Tom Selleck was originally cast, but had to drop out due to conflicts with Magnum, PI. It wouldn't be the same without Harrison Ford.

*We own more than 500 DVD's. Some have never been opened. Mr. HH has a problem.

*Before Indy was born Mr. HH and I used to go to the movies 2-3 times a week.

*"Vader" as in "Darth Vader" is Dutch for "father". "Darth" is not a Dutch word though. Talk about a spoiler!

*When Mr. HH was stationed at Ft. Stewart, GA (shudder), we would go to Savannah on a Saturday morning and watch 3-5 movies back to back. There were 2 multi-plexes right next to each other and we always had plenty of choices. Between movies, we'd run over to the mall across the street and get something to eat at the food court.

*Star Wars was the first film to make over $300,000,000.

*The TV show M*A*S*H lasted 8 years longer than the Korean war.

*My dad never missed an episode of M*A*S*H. He was devastated when the show ended in 1983.

*I had an aunt (by marriage, thank goodness) who thought the people eaten in the movie JAWS were actually eaten. By a real shark. Just for the movie. She and my uncle divorced after just a few years of marriage.


Amber Page Writes said...

Yeesh. Can you imagine Nick Nolte as Indiana Jones (shudders)? I hate that man. Is that heresy?

We used to see lots of movies too. Then Tori was born. Now the only movies we see are the ones that play on our home television screen...sigh.

Stoppin' by from the Un-Mom linky loo!

Yankee Girl said...

My dad loved MASH too, and as a result, so do I. I love catching it on reruns, and if I happen to find a marathon I will stay up all night watching it. It always brings back memories of watching it with my dad when i was little, sitting on his lap and eating peanuts.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I agree! I was waiting for Shatner to pop up somewhere in the movie.

Anonymous said...

There was an actual person who committed suicide in the original Wizard of Oz release. It was in the forest scene. You see him drop and hang in the background. They cut him out of the updated release years later.

The Crazy Coxes said...

Wow! You are the movie/tv queen!

I just discovered TV a few weeks ago! ;)
I made the hubs sit on the bed and watch seven episodes of "Say Yes to the Dress." I say that's a good start.

Happy Random Tuesday!

Cole said...

I'm totally addicted to Bones! I want Booth and Brennan to get together, but then I don't. Anyhoo, I gave you a blog award so head on over to my place and check it out :)

I am Harriet said...

I'm with ya on that joke thing.
The Brady's did manage to mow their artificial lawn.
Have a great RTT!

otin said...

This is the kind of post where I get frustrated trying to comment on because I have opinions and interest in almost every topic!! I hated the new Star Trek Movie! I think that they did a great job with the cast and set it up for a great sequel, but the movie was too mish mosh!

I always wanted to DO Marcia Brady! LMAO!

The episodes when MASH was a good show only outlasted the war by 3 years! haha!

LOVED Hogan's Heroes!

Captain Dumbass said...

This was an AWESOME RTT. Seriously. I remember my wife and seeing everything that came out pre-kids.


Snooker said...

I'm with Otin... too many things to comment on. Let's just say that I love the Movie Queen part of you. :)

When I was between 5 and 10 I would watch reruns of Hogan's Heroes and M*A*S*H back to back almost every day. Does that make me a child of humorous wars?

As for over 500 DVD's ... ahem, I resemble that remark.

♥ Braja said...

I got scared at the Brady Bunch and monkeys with piano wires being in the same post.....


Krystal said...

I was a flying monkey for my school's play of Wizard of Oz - go ahead, you can laugh now!

Becca said...

I never read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, so I really enjoyed the movie on its own.

My parents bought their first VCR for no other reason than to record the final episode of MASH. I think I might have joined the army as a result of overexposure to that show. All I know is that I not happy to find out I wouldn't be hanging around in a bathrobe playing practical jokes all day.

If I were stationed at Ft. Stewart, I would probably watch movies all day too!!

Emily said...

Was your aunt Jessica Simpson? (haha...just kidding!)
500 DVDs...and I thought our 20 was a lot! ;)
I'm pumped for Fall TV too...except Lost. January 2010. WTH is up with that?!

Anonymous said...

Have you been to the new BX/PX mall at Ramstein yet? They have a four plex movie theater!

I loved Hogan's Heroes as a kid too! And M*A*S*H. I cried when it ended (still get teary eyed when I see it).

We're going to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs this weekend. I didn't even know it was a book. I may have to find it after we see the movie.

How are you getting new TV shows?

S3XinthePantry said...

I hate when they ruin books when turned into film.

I double love it when they get it right.

What is it about Marcia...? She was like an "IT GIRL" or something!!

Your aunt reminds me of my bff's g'ma who thought that the whole moon landing was just a performance in a TV studio - no one could EVER change her mind. We weren't going to fool her with that "rocketship to the moon hoax"

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