Sunday, March 30, 2008

Movies, Books, TV and more

I am updating the movie list from my last blog...since then I have seen: "The Third Man," "Rebbecca," "Double Indemnity," and "Cinema Paradiso." I enjoyed the last one the best. That leaves only 28 films from the IMBD top 100 I have yet to see... (although I have the distinct feeling these are all "boy" flicks....I think women would have a different idea of good cinema...don't you?)
I'm also working on reading the TIME top 100 books of the 20th century. I have about 30 of those books yet to go..."Augy March" burned me out... but I need to get back at it.
I'm currently enamored of David Cook and Brooke White on American Idol. No, I don't want them to win-that would ruin them...but I'd like them to stay as long as possible as I love to watch them do their things.
Okay- off to read blogs, view widgets and keep up on all the latest trends in technology!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Stolen Ideas are the Best!

I stole this from Carrie ( who stole this from Nicholas...ain't it fun? Take the top 100 movies from IMBD and bold the ones you've seen.

1. The Godfather (1972)
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
6. Schindler's List (1993)
7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
8. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
9. Casablanca (1942)

10. The Seven Samurai (1954)
11. Star Wars (1977)
12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
13. 12 Angry Men (1957)
14. Rear Window (1954)
15. Goodfellas (1990)

16. City of God (2002)
17. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
18. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

19. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
20. The Usual Suspects (1995)
21. Psycho (1960)
22. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
23. Fight Club (1999)
24. Citizen Kane (1941)
25. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
26. North by Northwest (1959)

27. Memento (2000)
28. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
29. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
30. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
31. The Matrix (1999)
32. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

33. There Will Be Blood (2007)
34. Se7en (1995)
35. Apocalypse Now (1979)
36. Taxi Driver (1976)
37. American Beauty (1999)

38. Léon (1994)
39. Vertigo (1958)
40. Amélie (2001)

41. American History X (1998)
42. The Departed (2006) (LOVED THIS ONE)
43. No Country for Old Men (2007)
44. Paths of Glory (1957)
45. M (1931)
46. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
47. Chinatown (1974)

48. The Third Man (1949)
49. The Lives of Others (2006)
50. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
51. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
52. Alien (1979)
53. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
54. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
55. The Shining (1980)

56. Spirited Away (2001)
57. The Pianist (2002)
58. Double Indemnity (1944)
59. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
60. Forrest Gump (1994)
61. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
62. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

63. L.A. Confidential (1997)
64. Das Boot (1981)
65. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
66. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
67. Downfall (2004)
68. Aliens (1986)
69. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
70. Raging Bull (1980)
71. Metropolis (1927)

72. Rashômon (1950)
73. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
74. Modern Times (1936)
75. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
76. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
77. Sin City (2005)
78. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
79. Rebecca (1940)
80. The Seventh Seal (1957)
81. All About Eve (1950)
82. Some Like It Hot (1959)

83. City Lights (1931)
84. Amadeus (1984)
85. On the Waterfront (1954)
86. Life is Beautiful (1997)
87. The Great Escape (1963)
88. Touch of Evil (1958)
89. The Prestige (2006)
90. The Elephant Man (1980)
91. Jaws (1975)
92. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
93. The Sting (1973)

94. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
95. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
96. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

97. The Apartment (1960)
98. Braveheart (1995)
99. The Great Dictator (1940)
100. Blade Runner (1982)

I have to be honest. I'm really not this cool. I live with a movie buff and watch most of these second hand. Carrie-I think I've watched more than you.

Spring has Sprung

There was a silly dittie from my childhood.
"Spring has sprung,
the grass is ris...
I wonder where the burdies is?"

After the world's longest winter with record amounts of snow, today is a blessing. The first day of spring and the birds are back, singing and marking their territories. There are still thick piles of snow on the ground, but the sun is out and I see grass. Never mind the forecast calling for seven inches of snow. It's Spring!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Web Marketing

For those of you kind enough to follow my Sunday words on talesofthetrade.blogspot. Thank you. But I am no longer doing the Sunday spot. It was simply too much in my already hectic world. I hope to try again later, but for now this was the right choice for me.
Someone asked me if I was on Facebook. The answer is no. Why? (For those of you who don't know, Facebook is a social networking site originally started for college students, but recently opened for the general public.) Places like Facebook and Myspace are great for finding friends and people with interests in common. Savvy PR people have invaded these sites to build on their Internet presence and sell their products.
Personally I believe Myspace is geared toward 13 year olds. Facebook geared more toward 10 to 23 year olds. While I would love for people from these age groups to read my books-you know you want to read my books, they're cool- I'm not sure I want to befriend them. That's just a little creepy. Besides, if I spend all my time on two or three blogs, myspace, facebook, this website, chat rooms, forums, etc. When would I have time to write books and live my "real" life?
The biggest thing in Internet marketing is having something to say. Something besides buy my book. Most of what I have to say is in my books. the rest is on this blog. But that doesn't mean I won't visit a chat room or two...because what I really want to know is what you have to say.