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AFI’s Top 100 (or “My movie to-do list”)

Posted in To Do List by aulecteur on January 16, 2014

This is the AFI’s list of the 100 best movies of the last 100 years, give or take. Actually, this is the 10th anniversary edition released in 2007 (I think they edited the list just so they could add Lord of the Rings…nerds. Whatever). I’m gonna go ahead and cross out the ones I’ve seen and will be left with an education of sorts. Practically all of the films on this list are pre-1980s — so pre-me. And since I’m pretty sure life imitates art, it’s important to see seminal works for yourself.

CITIZEN KANE

THE GODFATHER

CASABLANCA

RAGING BULL

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

GONE WITH THE WIND

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

SCHINDLER’S LIST

VERTIGO

THE WIZARD OF OZ

CITY LIGHTS

THE SEARCHERS

STAR WARS

PSYCHO

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

SUNSET BLVD.

THE GRADUATE

THE GENERAL

ON THE WATERFRONT

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

CHINATOWN

SOME LIKE IT HOT

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

HIGH NOON

ALL ABOUT EVE

DOUBLE INDEMNITY

APOCALYPSE NOW

THE MALTESE FALCON

THE GODFATHER PART II

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

ANNIE HALL

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

DR. STRANGELOVE

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

KING KONG

BONNIE AND CLYDE

MIDNIGHT COWBOY

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

SHANE

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

REAR WINDOW

INTOLERANCE

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

WEST SIDE STORY

TAXI DRIVER

THE DEER HUNTER

M*A*S*H

NORTH BY NORTHWEST

JAWS

ROCKY

THE GOLD RUSH

NASHVILLE

DUCK SOUP

SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

CABARET

NETWORK

THE AFRICAN QUEEN

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

UNFORGIVEN

TOOTSIE

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

FORREST GUMP

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

MODERN TIMES

THE WILD BUNCH

THE APARTMENT

SPARTACUS

SUNRISE

TITANIC

EASY RIDER

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

PLATOON

12 ANGRY MEN

BRINGING UP BABY

THE SIXTH SENSE

SWING TIME

SOPHIE’S CHOICE

GOODFELLAS

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

PULP FICTION

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

DO THE RIGHT THING

BLADE RUNNER

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

TOY STORY

BEN-HUR

Okay, now that I’m at the bottom of the list and have fully read and absorbed it, I’ll say there are a lot of movies missing from this list – and the Sixth Sense? Does this movie hold up over time? I’d have to rewatch it to find out, and I’m not going to do that. I’m just not.

Also, I should mention, this all started because I revealed recently that I’ve never seen Shawshank Redemption. I’ve heard it’s good but I assumed it was a horribly heavy movie like Shindler’s List – which is amazing and noticeably missing from the list…). But I’ve since learned that it has a happy ending and lumping it in with Shinder’s List isn’t logical.

My first movie will therefore be Shawshank Redemption. And then probably make it a Godfather night. Godfather I, Godfather II, and a repeat showing of Sophia dying from Godfather III.

(p.s. my count is 31 out of 100)

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2014 Reading List

Posted in To Do List by aulecteur on January 9, 2014

Buzzfeed’s 16 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year inspired this reading list for 2014.

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  •  This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Plus I decided after seeing Catching Fire that I wanted to read the Hunger Games trilogy – I need to know what happens next!

And, on her most recent visit, Stockdale bought me a book (Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger) and we’re gonna book club it.

So, I present the 2014 Reading List.

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My Staycation

Posted in To Do List by aulecteur on August 28, 2013

I started my staycation on Friday. I’m off from work for 10 glorious days. So far:

Friday night: Drinks with KO

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Saturday: Greekfest and fireworks with ED, JO-H, AW, PU

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Sunday: Art-Is-In and pride parade with LG, ZD, SF

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Monday: Terrible errands but got it all done and welcomed HA home

Tuesday: Nordik Spa and billiards with HA, BA, AW (a variety of pools today)

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Holiday Hit List: Brenda’s Cream of Mushroom Soup

Posted in Food, To Do List by aulecteur on January 4, 2013

This is Brenda’s Cream of Mushroom Soup. I don’t care for cream soups so omit the cream and it’s just fine and dandy like sour candy. I can’t wait to have this soup at lunch this winter.

This batch is part of my Holiday Hit List!

1 oz butter
1 small onion
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
3 ¾ cup chicken stock
1 lb mushrooms
5 oz (5/8th cup) 35% cream

Quantities to triple the recipe. It’s a good soup. People want to make a lot.
3 oz
1 large
9 tbsp
1 tsp
¾ tsp
¾ tsp
1/4 tsp
9 cups water + 3 jiggers of Bovril
1 ½ lb white + 16 oz Baby Bella
½ cup 35% cream, ½ cup 1%milk + 1/2 c flour

Melt butter, fry finely chopped onions till translucent. Remove from heat,
stir in flour, salt, pepper, oregano and cayenne pepper to make a smooth
paste.

Gradually stir in stock. Stir in mushrooms.

Return to heat, to boil. Stir constantly. Reduce to low. Simmer 30 minutes.

Remove mushrooms and puree with immersion blender. Stir in cream. Add ½
tsp lemon juice and ½ tsp white wine vinegar.

Serve.

Soup can be made ahead to just before cream addition.

Holiday Hit List

Posted in To Do List by aulecteur on January 3, 2013

First posted December 26, 2012

Introducing my Holiday Hit List of things to do and get done over this holiday break. 

Astrix* means this one’s DONE!

– watch the Godfather movies
– go to the science and tech museum sex exhibit*
– go to national art gallery*
– clear out my room*
– sally ann stuff
– return empties*
– put up ribba shelves
– get bike
– paint cloudscape
– buy a new bed*
– make soup (mushroom, squash, chicken)*
– make freezer burritos*

I had to clear out my room before Christmas, in anticipation of all the new stuff coming in, and I returned my empties. Tomorrow I’m making soup. Friday is the sex exhibit. Saturday is bed shopping. Sunday sounds like a Godfather day.

UPDATE – Thursday Jan 3:

The above schedule didn’t unroll exactly as planned but everything is getting done. Well, sort of. I’ve made soup and burritos, been to the gallery and museum, I bought a bed (to arrive soon!), and I finally have the screws to put up my Ribba shelves (why doesn’t Ikea include the screws??). But I have yet to watch The Godfather movies, get my new bike, and I probably won’t get around to painting a cloudscape anytime too soon – though I did finally paint my side table after over a year. (Not on the list. Bonus points?)

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I still need to do a second and maybe third coat and as you can see I have to let it dry on my counter height dining table so my cat JR doesn’t climb all over it. But I’m counting this in the Done column.

Three days left to my holidays, I see good things happening on Saturday. Wish me luck!

 

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Holiday Hit List: Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Posted in Food, To Do List by aulecteur on January 3, 2013

I have a Holiday Hit List – things to do over the holidays. Now that the chaos of Christmas is behind me, I’m getting to it. On the list is preparing quick grab meals for the winter. I’m making two soups and a bunch of freezer burritos. The first soup is Mom’s Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, originally from It’s All About Food apparently. Credit where credit is due.

I ruined this soup when I first made it. I figure I burned the spices during the toasting step. So watch out if attempting. It’s a truly rewarding endeavor. It’s a tasty tasty soup.

EDIT: I attempted the soup again and it turned out splendidly. Really watch the spices; do that step on low heat, maybe even off the burner completely. The picture is from the successful second attempt.

Butternut Squash Soup

Serves 4

Cooked squash is much easier to peel than raw squash. If you don’t have time to roast
it, cut it in half, place both halves on a plate or baking dish, and cover them with plastic
wrap. Pop them in the microwave for about 10 minutes, then peel them with your fingers
once they are cool enough to handle.

1 medium butternut or acorn squash
1-2 Tbsp. (15-30 mL) canola or olive oil or butter
1 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. (15 mL) curry powder or paste, or to taste
1 tart apple, chopped (Granny Smith)
1 Tbsp. (15 mL) grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 cups (750 mL) chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup (250 mL) milk, evaporated milk, half and half or 35% cream (optional)
Salt and pepper
1-2 Tbsp pure Maple Syrup

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place it cut side down in a
roasting pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray and bake for 40-45 minutes or
until very tender. Set aside until it’s cool enough to handle. (You can cook the squash up
to 2 days in advance; keep it covered in the fridge until you need it or freeze it for a later
use.)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat and sauté the onion until soft.
Add the curry paste, apple, ginger and garlic and cook for a few more minutes, until the
apples start to soften. Peel the skin off the cooked squash using a vegetable peeler or your
fingers, and cut it into chunks. Add it to the soup with the stock and bring it to a simmer.
Reduce the heat and cook for about 10 minutes.

Purée the soup in a blender, or use a hand-held immersion blender to purée it right in the
pot until it’s as chunky or as smooth as you like. Return the soup to the stovetop, add the
milk or cream (if using), season with salt and pepper, and stir until it’s heated through.
Make sure you don’t boil it at this point, or the milk may curdle. Finish with the maple
syrup before serving.

From It’s about Food (via my mom)

What do you want to do today?

Posted in To Do List by aulecteur on September 5, 2012

1. Learn to skate
2. Try rock climbing
3. Take a spinning class
4. Build something with my hands
5. Shoot a gun
6. Finish Crime and Punishment

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