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The Eighties Dude: Villain or Just Misunderstood

Cover of "Valley Girl"

Cover of Valley Girl

After watching Valley Girl twice in the past week (oh – btw I have it on DVD too) I started thinking about the 80’s movie guy who we loved to hate.  Remember him?  The hot guy who thinks he’s all that and treats everyone around him like garbage.  You just want to jump through the scream and knock them out!

I’ve known a few of them in my lifetime and I’m sure you have too.

Let’s examine THAT 80’s GUY:

  • Valley Girl: Tommy.  Julie’s conceited, no-good boyfriend who stomps on everyone like a spoiled child when Julie breaks up with him and wants to move on to greener pastures.  He also sleeps with her “loose” friend and makes her feel even worse.  VILLAIN.
  • Some Kind of WonderfulHardy Jenns.  Hardy is a stuck-up, rich, poor example of a man.  He takes the girl from the other side of the tracks, makes her “famous”, then makes her feel like sh** under his shoe by turning everyone against her.  Nice guy that Hardy.  VILLAIN.
  • Pretty In PinkSteff.  Steff is another rich boy who comes between his friend and an outcast from the poor side of town.  He treats people like dirt but the truth comes out in the end.  VILLAIN.
  • Weird ScienceWhere do I start?  Chet – Wyatt’s brother.  Gross, disgusting and just a greedy human being.  Ian & Max.  The good-looking, cool boys who have the girls, leave the girls and lose the girls.  Part Villain, part MISUNDERSTOOD.
  • Back To SchoolChas.  Can you say A-hole?  The swim team star who gets off by being deceptive and condescending to poor Jason.  VILLAIN.
  • The Breakfast Club: John Bender.  Bad boy turned around – but not before causing some emotional drama.  MISUNDERSTOOD.
  • Just One of the GuysGreg Tolan.  I hated this guy.  A muscle-head sadist who picked on the weak.  VILLAIN.
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Here’s a twist.  A villainess.  Natalie Sands.  Rich bitch Natalie gets served up a big dose of her own medicine.  I love her coming-out party.  VILLAINESS.

Did I forget any?  I’m sure I did.  Who is your favorite 80’s movie villain or villainess?

© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.  Republished 2011.

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French Movies or Movies About France? I’m In!

Cover of "The Chorus (Les Choristes)"

Cover of The Chorus (Les Choristes)

If you want to see spectacular special effects watch and American movie, but if you want a story, a plot, a movie of yesteryear then you should watch French.

My husband and I are drawn to foreign movies for so many reasons:

  1. They’re free of Hollywood assholes that seem to monopolize bored people’s lives.
  2. The story line is so much more interesting.
  3. It’s just not the same old sh**.

I speak 5 languages but mon mari speaks one – English – and he’s never been put-off by subtitles.  It’s something you get accustomed to – it becomes an art to watching movies.

I’ve seen so many but you be the judge.

Let me know if you have any questions….  Enjoy!

© 2011  J. H-M and CultureChoc2010

My DVD Collection

Cover of "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"

Cover of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Over the years I have amassed quite a VHS and DVD collection.  Some movies I watch over and over and some collect dust on the shelves where they live.  We have On Demand, Netflix, Netflix Watch Instantly and every movie channel on DTV‘s lineup but still there is never anything to watch.

When I am in desperate need to watch a movie and I can’t bear to watch the Netflix that I’ve had since August, I turn to my trusty collection of films.

  • 2 Days In Paris:  One of my favorite Parisian depictions.
  • Fast Times At Ridgemont High:  An 80’s classic that will never get old.
  • The Devil Wears Prada:  Brutal but great!
  • Amélie:  Typiquement français.
  • L’Auberge Espagnole:  Reminds me of my year abroad.
  • Friday:  An hysterical, acquired taste.
  • Next Friday:  Loving Craig and Dada.
  • Friday After Next:  Again.  It cracks me up.
  • Soul Plane:  Out of control comedy.
  • Laurel Canyon:  Makes me want to move to California with a Whiskey Sour in hand and explore my naughtier side.
  • The Breakfast Club:  Classic John Hughes.
  • Weird Science:  Kelly was so hot and the boys were so not.
  • Sixteen Candles:  Love it!
  • Just One of the Guys:  Typical 80’s.
  • Stripes:  Bill Murray is genius.
  • Gotcha:  Another classic 80’s.
  • Hollywood Knights:  Newbaum!
  • La Vie En Rose:  Great movie!
  • The Pope of Greenwich Village:  A classic.
  • The Good Thief:  Ahhh the south of France.
  • Moonstruck:  John’s fave.
  • Gigi:  One of the few musicals I love.
  • Les Parapluies de Cherbourg:  Ditto.  Catherine Deneuve – so young.
  • Scary Movie:  I just crack up.
  • Scream:  Stupid but never tiring.
  • Running With Scissors:  Bizarre.
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun:  SJP before Sex….
  • Jawbreaker:  Mean Girls part one.
  • Murder By Death:  Classic spoof.
  • Valley Girl:  80’s in the Valley – awesome.
  • Fraternity Vacation:  Love this!
  • Heaven Help Us:  Another great flick!  Kevin Dillon and Andrew McCarthy.
  • Dream On Seasons 1 & 2:  Martin Tupper rocks.
  • Weeds:  Nancy rocks in a dysfunctional screwed up way….
  • Sex And The City – The Series:  Always great to watch when I’m home sick and feeling better.
  • Nip/Tuck:  Christian – need I say more?
  • Not Another Teen Movie:  Bwhahahahahaha!

These are just a few – there are so many more.
What do you have in your DVD collection?

© 2011  J. H-M and CultureChoc2010

    The Eighties Dude: Villain or Just Misunderstood

    Cover of "Valley Girl"

    Cover of Valley Girl

    After watching Valley Girl twice in the past week (oh – btw I have it on DVD too) I started thinking about the 80’s movie guy who we loved to hate.  Remember him?  The hot guy who thinks he’s all that and treats everyone around him like garbage.  You just want to jump through the scream and knock them out!

    I’ve known a few of them in my lifetime and I’m sure you have too.

    Let’s examine THAT 80’s GUY:

    • Valley Girl: Tommy.  Julie’s conceited, no-good boyfriend who stomps on everyone like a spoiled child when Julie breaks up with him and wants to move on to greener pastures.  He also sleeps with her “loose” friend and makes her feel even worse.  VILLAIN.
    • Some Kind of Wonderful: Hardy Jenns.  Hardy is a stuck-up, rich, poor example of a man.  He takes the girl from the other side of the tracks, makes her “famous”, then makes her feel like sh** under his shoe by turning everyone against her.  Nice guy that Hardy.  VILLAIN.
    • Pretty In Pink: Steff.  Steff is another rich boy who comes between his friend and an outcast from the poor side of town.  He treats people like dirt but the truth comes out in the end.  VILLAIN.
    • Weird Science: Where do I start?  Chet – Wyatt’s brother.  Gross, disgusting and just a greedy human being.  Ian & Max.  The good-looking, cool boys who have the girls, leave the girls and lose the girls.  Part Villain, part MISUNDERSTOOD.
    • Back To School: Chas.  Can you say A-hole?  The swim team star who gets off by being deceptive and condescending to poor Jason.  VILLAIN.
    • The Breakfast Club: John Bender.  Bad boy turned around – but not before causing some emotional drama.  MISUNDERSTOOD.
    • Just One of the Guys: Greg Tolan.  I hated this guy.  A muscle-head sadist who picked on the weak.  VILLAIN.
    • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Here’s a twist.  A villainess.  Natalie Sands.  Rich bitch Natalie gets served up a big dose of her own medicine.  I love her coming-out party.  VILLAINESS.

    Did I forget any?  I’m sure I did.  Who is your favorite 80’s movie villain or villainess?

    © 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

    Thanksgiving – It’s What’s Cooking

    Cover of "What's Cooking?"

    Cover of What's Cooking?

    My favorite Thanksgiving movie is What’s Cooking.  If you haven’t seen it I suggest you rent it, buy it or borrow it from a friend.

    It celebrates the ethnic fare of four families of different backgrounds in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving Day.  The movie goes much deeper than food but the food twists really interest me.

    Depending on the heritage these families included rice, tamales, macaroni and cheese and all the other wonderful authentic dishes.

    I am an Italian – Lithuanian American.  My mom was Italian so I basically grew up with Italian food, customs and language.  I never rejected my Lithuanian side but aside from a few Lithuanian customs that my dad still follows, I grew up Italian-American.

    Since my mom passed away I host ALL the holidays for both friends and family.  It’s not that I don’t get invited anywhere, I do – but my dad refuses to go to anyone’s house for dinner.  I know he wouldn’t mind if I did but I don’t want to leave him on the holidays.  After losing a parent, you realize how important family is.

    I never liked turkey growing up.  I couldn’t stand to look at the whole bird sitting there, dead on the table.  My mom would remove any meat from the turkey and put it in a dish for me (it’s a mental thing – I know) so I didn’t have to take it from the animal centerpiece.

    Stuffing inside the bird was also a no-no for me.  Yuk!  So Mommy made me a casserole dish full of stuffing that I guarded with my life and enjoyed thoroughly.  Gravy was another taboo food if it contained giblets, neck bones, etc.  Never!

    When I finally moved out and started making my own turkey – that I grew to enjoy – but I couldn’t bear to touch the raw, goose-pimply, sometimes hairy bird – and forget about sticking my hand inside it to remove the bag with the gross stuff.  My boyfriend, now husband, got that job.

    Finally at 43 I can clean, cook and eat a turkey for Thanksgiving.  My phobias have not completely disappeared but I guess I deal with them better.

    I always try to keep a little Italian in my American Feast of Thanks.  I prepare the usual suspects:  turkey, gravy (with no gross stuff), mashed potatoes and an array of vegetables to rival the biggest celebrations.

    On the last Thursday of the month we will also be feasting on…

    I must say that I love the Italian fusion in my Thanksgiving dinner.  Wait until Christmas!

    Do you have any ethnocentric food traditions?  What are they?  Do tell….

    © 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.