As the Americans celebrate another successful harvest with football and food, we SurlyGurls would like to give thanks for these entertainment icons and their outstanding collection of contributions to the Pop Culture landscape.
The following purveyors of Pop have inspired us from a very young age and have had a huge impact on our love and appreciation of creative media. And for this; we give thanks!
Dinner and a Movie was the big birthday treat when I was growing up and my first trip to the movie theatre was for my 4th birthday – the movie was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I was all dressed up and dragging along my beloved E.T. doll. I love this movie. I could watch over and over. The friendship between Eliot and E.T. is beautiful, the film is touching and genuine and skilfully crafted. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want an adorable alien botanist as a friend! This one theatre trip ignited my passion for movies and the movie-going experience as a whole, despite the fact there may or may not have been a mini (major) emotional breakdown when E.T. gets sick.
Jaws was also hugely popular in my house growing up. Between my brother’s consequential obsession with sharks and me and my sister’s secret crush on Matt Hooper, that movie was in the VCR non-stop. It was responsible for three kids running around the house singing sea shanties and proclaiming we were going to need a bigger (insert just about anything and everything here).
Jurassic Park was another big movie-going experience for the family. We all piled into the car and drove over to the local movie theatre. We were there SUPER early in order to get tickets. We waited in line for over an hour, and then crammed into that packed and humid theatre. I mean, I remember the first time I saw the TRAILER for this movie!? A commercial!! It was during the Oscars and I thought I would die of anticipation long before the June 11th release date. I will never get sick of this movie. Ever! In fact, the scene when everyone first gets a glimpse of the Brachiosaurus eating from the treetops is so incredible; I still get goose bumps!
Ironically, I put off writing this article for a couple hours because Jurassic Park was on television… also on another side note; this movie still holds my record for most theatrical viewings.
My biggest thanks to Mr. Spielberg is probably for writing The Goonies. That movie is one of those classics from childhood that just kind of stays with you throughout your life. The people I met in college, and who became my best friends, and I were brought together by our love of that movie – it’s how we refer to ourselves. We really were a bunch of misfits and outcasts brought together to fight the evils of Journalism school. Having said that, the man has given us so many memorable, thought-provoking, emotionally-charged movies it’s incredible! E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was the first movie I ever saw in the theatre and the first character I ever fell in love with – this extraterrestrial creature was so sweet and kind and friendly. I had to sneak out of my house and defy my mother (which was a ballsy move back in the day) to see Jurassic Park – and it was worth it. Who else could make a ripple of water so terrifying? His work has to be some of the most iconic, quoted and referenced in the world.
Goonies never say die!
Booth and Brennan (and BABY!) are back for the premiere of the 7th season of ‘Bones!’
There is unrest in the SurlyGurls camp about the direction the show has been taking lately. Andrea is not impressed with how they used the death of Vincent Nigel Murray as a catalyst for Booth and Brennan to FINALLY get together. Whitney on the other hand thinks that anything that allows her characters to be together – as they should be – is just fine! However, we still both agree, it should have been Wendell!
We shall see how they handle the whole pregnancy thing tonight at 9 PM on Fox!
We have heard some news tonight that has sent us into a rage/depression spiral. Apparently, the major labels have decided to put an end to CD production by the end of 2012, possibly sooner. They will still keep fancy, expensive special editions, which is a mystery as only hardcore collectors purchase those now. A world without CD’s is not a world we want to live in, maybe it’s best that it’s scheduled to end next year after all.
Let us preface this rant by explaining something. We FUCKING LOVE music. Our T.V. and film passion is a little more all-consuming at the moment, but our entire friendship was built on a mutual love of rock and roll. Together we have seen approximately 550 bands ranging from local troubadours to worldwide sensations. We have no idea how much of our money has gone into collecting CD’s, buying concert tickets, and travel to and from music festivals all over North America.
We’ve been alive for a lot of changes in technology and we remember when the CD first came out. Oh boy was it exciting. Gone were the days of rewind, stop, play, rewind some more, stop, play, fast forward, stop etc… You would never have to wind the tape back into your cassette again. Not to mention, you wouldn’t have to listen to five songs, get up, flip it over and listen to the rest. It was new and shiny and easy.
Here is a list of our top Halloween movies to watch if you’re a big wussy like Whitney is. These are just a little scary, and sometimes it’s the acting, not the plot! These movies are just a good time had by all to watch. Again, they are in no particular order, just the order in which our brains remembered them.
Ghostbusters (1984) – Three out-of-work parapsychology professors decide to create their own ghost removal business.
Why it’s awesome – The dynamics between the four ghostbusters are amazing. Janine is the shit. Gozar was one of the scariest things we’d ever seen as kids. It’s the ultimate balance of the scary, funny and intelligent.
The Monster Squad (1987) – A group of kids who obsess over monsters get the chance to actually fight classic monsters.
Why it’s awesome – It’s full of loudmouth, smart-ass kids that we could 100% relate to! After over 20 years we still love yelling “Scary German Guy!” and “Wolfman’s got nards!”
Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Super slacker and his simpleton friend don’t realize the zombie apocalypse is happening right outside their front door.
Why it’s awesome – Their master plan is to hide out in a pub! They use records as weapons and lock a zombified Bill Nighy in a car. Not to mention the zombie beat down set to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen.
Evil Dead 2 (1987) – Dude and his girlfriend break into an “abandoned” cabin and unwittingly unleash evil.
Why it’s awesome – Two words: Bruce Campbell. This is one of the single greatest comedy, gross-out movies EVER!
Tucker and Dale Vs Evil (2010) – Two backwoods hicks buy a dilapidated shack in the woods and are terrorized by a group of college kids.
Why it’s awesome – The lovable bromance between Tucker and Dale, the ingenious role-reversal of the college kids and back woods hillbillies. Not to mention the ridiculous amounts of blood and brutally hilarious slaying of the characters.
If you decide to take a break from all the booze, candy and indecent costumes this Hallowe’en weekend, these are the big new comers at the cinemas this week. If you’re looking for some new scary movies to celebrate your All Hallow’s Eve, you’re out of luck. Instead you get a narcissistic cartoon cat with some fairly inappropriate dialogue considering its supposed to be for children.
“Time Is Money.”
Directing: Andrew Niccol
Writing: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde,
Immortality is up for sale in a future in which humans are engineered to stop aging at the age of 25, but only live for one year after. The wealthy live forever, the destitute struggle for every last minute and one couple rises up against the system.
Price of Admission will get you a damn sexy cast in something that looks like a somewhat unsuccessful marriage of ‘GATTACA’ and ‘Logan’s Run’.
Running Time · 109 min
Genre · Crime / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Rated · PG-13
THE RUM DIARY
“One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix Well.”
Directing: Bruce Robinson
Writing: Bruce Robinson (screenplay), Hunter S. Thompson (novel),
Starring: Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli
Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, this movie chronicles the adventures of Paul Kemp, a young American journalist working for one of Puerto Rico’s newspapers. It doesn’t take long before he adopts the rum-saturated lifestyle of the island and finds himself in with some less than reputable locals.
Price of Admission will get you Johnny Depp revisiting his role as Hunter S. Thompson.
Running Time · 120 min
Genre · Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Rated · 14A
So the premieres are few and far between these days, but tonight is going to be a good one! And it’s all about NBC!
At 8 PM we have the return of everyone’s favourite nerd herder, ‘Chuck’. To be honest, if this were season two we’d be having a premiere party complete with Subway and pocket protectors. However, after last season we are kind of falling out of love with our adorable, unlikely spy. Unless of course they pull out all the stops and FINALLY go with Andrea’s idea of an intersect virus that makes Morgan evil. That we would love to see!
Then, at 9 PM is the official premiere of ‘Grimm’. We know you know we love this show already. But it goes without saying, we’ll be watching it again tonight. It’s just so good, and with the premiere on tonight that mean it’s only one week until the next episode! We can’t wait to see what happens!