A meme again … from Blackbird

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

1. Started your own blog. This was my first, but I’ve had six others, three are what I’d loosely call ‘active’.

2. Slept under the stars. Of course. It’s over-rated.

3. Played in a band – or musical. Hmmm, I was in various orchestras and ensembles at school and played the role of Herr Hans in Dracula Spectacular in about Year 8.

4. Visited Hawaii. Nope. No desire to whatsoever.

5. Watched a meteor shower. That sounds pretty cool.

6. Given more than you can afford to charity. Nope. That would just be silly.

7. Been to Disneyland/world. Disneyland in 1976. The big bad wolf came up and grabbed me just as we walked through the front gates so there were a lot of tears. Then, at the end of the day, when Tinkerbell flies into the castle, I made the family stand there waiting for her to come back out. She never did. More tears.

8. Climbed a mountain. Does Mt Kosciusko count?

9. Held a praying mantis. Surely a childhood right of passage.

10. Sang a solo. Briefly. At an acting course I did one school holidays. The teacher said he liked someone with guts, which I took to mean I was absolute crap.

11. Bungee jumped. Something I am more than happy to never ever do. Ever.

12. Visited Paris.

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea. Wait, while I was at sea? Yes. From the shore? Oh yes.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. I used to (and still to, just don’t have the time or clean space) love doing cross-stitch.

15. Adopted a child. Hmm, I’m adopted, does that count?

16. Had food poisoning. Once. I thought I was going to die. I still can’t eat the offending food and the incident was about six years ago.

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.

18. Grown your own vegetables. Tomatoes, herbs, citrus.

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France. Was under-whelmed.

20. Slept on an overnight train.

21. Had a pillow fight. Probably at some slumber party or other.

22. Hitchhiked. Are you kidding?

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb. They’re not cuddly at all.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Run a Marathon.

28. Ridden a Gondola in Venice. But I’ve been the Venice.

29. Seen a total eclipse. Didn’t we have one of those a few months ago?

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. Oh come on.

31. Hit a home run. I played softball. I was so hopeless at it I was always put in the outfield where I could daydream about being at home reading a book.

32. Been on a cruise. No thank you.

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person. I was 3 or 4. All I remember is the noise of it and being damp.

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.

35. Seen an Amish community.

36. Taught yourself a new language.

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person. Went to the top on the last day it was open to the public.

39. Gone rock climbing. No thank you. My brother is a rock climber and loves it. I fail to see the attraction.

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David.

41. Sung karaoke. This is my idea of living hell.

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt. I don’t even know what this is – I’ve seen the blowhole in Kiama hundreds of times.

43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant. Ah, no.

44. Visited Africa. OH I dream of going to Africa.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.

46. Been transported in an ambulance. With Oscar in the back when he was transferred from Royal North Shore to Sydney Children’s when he was 10 days old. In the front of one when they transferred Oscar from Mona Vale to Sydney Children’s with severe croup on the night of the day he turned one.

47. Had your portrait painted. Get real.

48. Gone deep sea fishing. Never. I get awfully seasick.

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person. Could have stayed in there for hours.

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling. At Byron Bay we went snorkelling off the coast. Sure, it was amazing but I got so seasick.

52. Kissed in the rain.

53. Played in the mud.

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre. I remember going with mum and dad and falling asleep in the back of uor station wagon.

55. Been in a movie. In my dreams.

56. Visited the Great Wall of China.

57. Started a business.Sort of. Badly.

58. Taken a martial arts class.

59. Visited Russia.

60. Served at a soup kitchen.

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies.

62. Gone whale watching. Does dolphin watching count?

63. Gotten flowers for no reason.

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma. I’d like to but have always been pregnant, breast-feeding or some other issue.

65. Gone sky diving. I would LOVE to go sky diving.

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.

67. Bounced a check. Several.

68. Flown in a helicopter. One of the most exhilarating experiences of my life.

69. Saved a favourite childhood toy. I still have my teddie…

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.

71. Eaten Caviar. But these things don’t move me as you would think they would.

72. Pieced a quilt. Oh how I yearn to be able to do quilting. Seriously.

73. Stood in Times Square. Again, when I was about 3-4. Got my fingers jammed in a train on the subway too and held up peak-hour services because of it apparently. Mum said my screaming silenced the whole carriage and platform.

74. Toured the Everglades.

75. Been fired from a job. There’s still time!

76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London. Again, when I was 3-4.

77. Broken a bone. My right arm. Twice.

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle. Yes, around a race track. I think we got up to about 140 km/h, but it felt like 200. Another exhilarating experience.

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.

80. Published a book.

81. Visited the Vatican. I have many opinions about this. As I do the decision to put spires on St Mary’s Cathedral for something like $20 million dollars when we have such poverty in our own communities let alone the world as a whole.

82. Bought a brand new car.

83. Walked in Jerusalem.

84. Had your picture in the newspaper.Twice in the Sydney Morning Herald and once in the Manly Daily.

85. Read the entire Bible. I’ve tried. There are sections I have read many many times.

86. Visited the White House.

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. Do yabbies count?

88. Had chickenpox. No, and both my children have.

89. Saved someone’s life. Not that I wouldn’t…

90. Sat on a jury.

91. Met someone famous. Several. I have worked as a journalist remember.

92. Joined a book club. I would love to have a local book club.

93. Lost a loved one. Both my nans.

94. Had a baby. Four.

95. Seen the Alamo in person. I think so – again, when we lived in the States when I was little.

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake.

97. Been involved in a law suit.

98. Owned a cell phone.But I rarely answer it. It makes me nervous.

99. Been stung by a bee. Many times. I am highly allergic.

A series of questions

From All & Sundry

  1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? End up at hospital with a full blown anxiety attack
  2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I can’t remember them so does that count? I’m pretty sure it was to lose weight and I did that for a few weeks. This year is – again – to get fit and lose weight. SNORE.
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My husband’s cousin gave birth to a 5kg baby. My cousin had a baby in the back of an ambulance on the side of the road two days before Christmas. The story is even better when you consider her mum is a midwife, her husband an emergency department doctor and she an emergency department senior nurse.
  4. Did anyone close to you die? No, but there was a lot death around.
  5. What countries did you visit? Haha. Hahahaha.
  6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Confidence in my abilities.
  7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Well the day I hallucinated demonic Peter Rabbits jumping off the bathroom walls and wanted to rip all my clothes off and go swimming in the ocean and ended up at hospital was pretty memorable. Oscar coming home with his spelling list which he had got all right. Listening to Jasper sing the songs from various movies to himself all the time. Grover baiting his older brother. Felix asking me about what is master-bating.
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Resigning.
  9. What was your biggest failure? I still haven’t made a batch of tomato relish that I’m happy with.
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I think we’ve covered that. And I slice the top of my thumb off the other day cutting up onions for another attempt at tomato relish.
  11. What was the best thing you bought? I am pretty darn stoked with my wide mouthed funnel (for filling jam jars) and one of those wooden hand held lemon juicers, that has been quite a revolution for me. Chef would undoubtedly say our massive tele.
  12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? What? In our house? On a world scale? In our house I would have to say that Chef has exceeded my wildest dreams this year. There have been presents, there has been taking charge, there has been a presence that I’ve not seen before. I love him more each and every year we are together.
  13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Oscar’s ongoing attitude of a head wobble and a ‘ner ner’ as an answer back to me at pretty much any request, and the new meltdowns from him which involve anger and frustration on his part on a scale I’ve never seen in him before.
  14. Where did most of your money go? Food.
  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The chance to be ‘just’ a mum
  16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Pink’sRockstar. She sure is.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    a) happier or sadder? happier
    b) thinner or fatter? fatter. sniff
    c) richer or poorer? about the same
  18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Reading stories to the boys at bedtime
  19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Procrastinated
  20. How did you spend Christmas? With Chef, the boys, my mum, brother and his girlfriend. It was an absolute delight.
  21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Over and over and over again.
  22. What was your favourite TV program? Are you kidding? Project Runway (the Australian one was awful), ANTM, Australian Idol, I discovered Gossip Girl late in the year (and am solidly loving it even though I keep forgetting to watch it), Grand Designs, Top Chef.
  23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hate is such a strong word.
  24. What was the best book you read? We have to talk about Kevin was quite disturbing. I only read two books this year so you know, we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here.
  25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Justine Clarke – children’s music for the whole family
  26. What did you want and get? An acoustic guitar and a new baking dish. More shelving, a new dishwasher and oven, a new extended deck and outdoor furniture for it (which is actually indoor furniture and where we now live). But most importantly, sanity and the restoration of my relationship with my Mum to what it was probably 10 years ago.
  27. What did you want and not get? A lotto win?
  28. What was your favourite film of this year? Oh SO many – I thought Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall were freaking hilarious. It’s all high-brow over here.
  29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Went to brunch at my favourite cafe, hung out with Chef and the boys, had Chef cook me dinner. I was 36 this year.
  30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Financial security
  31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Boring. Predictable.
  32. What kept you sane? They’re called Zoloft and Epilum.
  33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I know this is a little left field, but I’m going through a bit of a Jason Schwartzman phase.
  34. What political issue stirred you the most? Oh if the US Presidential Race didn’t stir you then you really must be cement
  35. Who did you miss? The Ds – who returned to the States largely under duress. I miss them every single day. L and R – our dear friends who returned from their stint in the UK but had a lot of family dramas with L’s Dad’s health and R finishing his MBA so we didn’t see them at all.
  36. Who was the best new person you met? L, the mum of one of Felix’s friends. I hope we keep in touch even though we’re moving schools this year.
  37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Family is everything. Your health is everything. Love is everything. Slow down.
  38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

    It was the dancing chicken
    dancing chicken
    Eyes are poppin’, lips are lickin’
    When you see that dancing chicken dance
    dancing chicken
    Wings are flappin’, legs are kickin’
    Grease the plate to stop it stickin’
    Catch the chicken if you get the chance
    And dance

    The Dancing Chicken, Justine Clarke

A meme again … from Blackbird

  1. Political show – The Daily Show. Not only do I find John Stewart extraordinarily sexy I find it deeply reassuring that there is a populace in America who can laugh at themselves
  2. Picnic food – I do a wicked chicken salad.
  3. Mixed drink – Gin and tonic, although I haven’t had one in years as well, gin and mental health do not get on.
  4. U.S. President – I am beyond excitement about the era we are – as a world – about to enter into with Barack Obama leading the US. I often wonder what the Clinton administration would have truly achieved had more of the American people been ready for change.
  5. Kind of student to teach – I sometimes dally in the idea of retraining to be an English teacher – to be one of those high school teachers students remember decades later as the one who changed their life. Yeah, no tickets on myself over here.
  6. Hobby you do or wish you still did – I cook. Bake primarily, but cook in general. I am very good although I doubt myself daily. I really wish I could sew. Correction, I wish I had the patience to sew.
  7. Sports commentator – It’s really lame, but Bruce McAlveny does it for me most of the time. I can also actually enjoy cricket if Kerry O’Keefe is commentating. I quite enjoy the banter between commentators on the cricket.
  8. Sport to watch on TV – Well ice skating of course, it’s just so 1980s. The Olympics but only some of it – Greco Roman wrestling is kinda skeevy. I am quite partial to watching a day or day-night match of cricket and I like watching the AFL except if Carlton is ahead and then the other team start catching up and it all just gets too stressful.
  9. Animal to have as a pet – Cats, except the one we have and I absolutely love our fish.
  10. Halloween costume you have worn – I don’t do Halloween. It annoys me immensley that it’s becoming more popular in Australia. I mean, you don’t see the country embracing Chinese New Year and handing me red envelopes of money do you? When we lived in Waco, Texas I went as Tinkerbell.
  11. Kind of dessert – If I had my way all meals would be a dessert, preferably fruit based – a crumble, a pie, stewed/poached, you name it. I do have quite a weakness for a decent citron tart.
  12. Comic strip – s shit me to tears.
  13. Style or make of footwear – let’s just say I have champagne taste on a beer budget.
  14. Ice cream flavor – choc peanut butter, but only from Baskin Robbins (they are, I believe, the only place to get it in Australia) and otherwise, well, I don’t do ice cream.
  15. College or university president – I might be an over-achiever but come on. I was coordinator for our University’s orientation week, if that counts?
  16. Internet news source – I am addicted to the Sydney Morning Herald website, even though I find it lacking. The Australian site is better but I just find it so hard on the eye. It never occurs to me to visit a TV station’s online news source or a CNN or Fox or any such thing.
  17. Vacation spot – oh well, is the sky the limit? I dream of taking the family on a proper African safari – you know, for weeks on end. That and a trip to Antarctica. I yearn to return to Italy (I was there over the New Year of 89/90). Y.E.A.R.N. I would LOVE to travel through the US, doing the major cities for a few weeks each, drive up the West coast, camp in some of the big national parks and then just live in New York for a few months. Then we’d move on to Canada and maybe live somewhere up there for a couple of years. I’d also love to do Croatia and that region – apparently it is relatively untouched by tourism and just beautiful. New Zealand would be good in terms of a camping nature holiday. How’s that for starters?
  18. Wine – whatever is under the stairs – we did a wine club for a while and then had two more children which (finally) brought my drinking under control so we’re just working our way through that. Otherwise it is sparkling shiraz for around $15 a bottle. If you’re offering you could buy me a bottle of Piper Hiedsick champagne.
  19. Way to waste time instead of working – I found once I had kids I rarely wasted time at work – I just wanted to get it done and get out again.
  20. Student excuse for late work – I don’t turn things in late.
  21. Reality show – oh my – America’s Next Top Model (the Australian version was LAME-O – I am hoping the arrival of Sarah Murdoch will fix it and that they GET RID of that bloke who is the Oz version of Jay) never fails to keep me amused and my penchant for Australian Idol is well known but my absolute favourites are Project Runway (the Australian version was awful) and both the American and Australian versions of So You Think You Can Dance.
  22. Jewellery on a man – a wedding ring. Anything else bothers me. Unless they’re one of those cool blokes who can carry off some sort of surfer chain (no gold or silver – bleuch) and those cool chunky rings.
  23. Pizza topping – something very simple – like some tomato sauce topped with prosciutto and maybe some gorgonzola or goats cheese and then some fresh basil sprinkled over once cooked, or sometimes just the freshest most thinly sliced mushrooms. But let’s face it, if it’s pizza I’ll eat it.
  24. Children’s movie – just one!?! and are we just talking animation? If so, I love both the Toy Story films, think Monster’s Inc. is fantastic, find no end of amusement in the Ice Age movies but my current absolute favourite is Hoodwinked. If we’re talking ‘normal’ films then I have quite the soft spot for Nanny McPhee, The Water Horse and oh, so many others!
  25. Celebrity you wish would retire – Michael Cain makes my neck itch and in fact the skin covering my entire body crawl.

A meme

I haven’t done one of these for so long and this one was relatively straight forward so I figured it was a goer.

That and the other two posts I have in my drafts folder talk about trying to buy clothes and being on the rag.

That’s OK, you can thank me later.

This comes from Blackbird, who got it from Ingrid, whose blog I was not aware of and am now satisfyingly addicted to.

In fact, before we get meme-ing, take a look at this, which I found on Ingrid’s blog too.

Hell, forget talking about how Carefree tampons are so.much.better than Libra, let’s just swipe content from other blogs and be done with it.

Anyway, this made me laugh out loud, but then again, the mere sight of Ricky Gervais makes me smile so having him talk generally ends with me snorting.

The meme

  1. birkenstocks or designer shoes – birkenstocks were my designer shoes until I developed Birkenstock arch AND ankle
  2. outside or inside – totally depends on the season
  3. hoping or planning – always planning, then hoping
  4. carrots or peas – peas peas peas and then some carrots
  5. cheese or chocolate – used to be cheese, now chocolate
  6. wristwatch or intuition – I can pick the time to within about three minutes by intuition. This however is no excuse for my perpetual lateness.
  7. milk or juice – bleuch
  8. creating or viewing – imagining creating but too busy viewing
  9. walking or running – totally depends on mood and how close to maximum density I am
  10. bouncing or rigid – doing what!?!
  11. cozy or breezy – cozy
  12. fancy or hearty – hearty. Fancy makes me nervous
  13. chuckle or guffaw – either, I am a proud snorter.
  14. whisper or announce – what? ‘I’m coming’? Am I meant to be reading sexual innuendo into all these???
  15. lick or bite – OH COME ON
  16. snuggle or grope – and here I was thinking talking about my period was going to be inappropriate
  17. sing or listen – oh, at the top of my lungs people, at the top of my lungs
  18. kiss or hug – I’m more of a hugger actually. I have family who want me to kiss them on the lips and it makes me all skeevy.
  19. wonder or discover – oh both, in equal doses
  20. anticipate or achieve – my school motto was strive for the highest. I still live by it. So achieve I guess.


A few of the blogs I follow with a level of due obsession that if I applied it to my life or career I would have been living in that house on the headland at Whale Beach years ago are doing a movie meme which is kinda like that book one from ages ago. It’s a long and arduous list and while I heart those blogs sometimes more than my own offspring even I was skimming in parts.

So here is 1 – 100. The next 150 is coming. I should confess I got bored with this around the 70s…
For the full list in one hit visit Joke or Poppy.

  1. The Godfather (1972) M’eh
  2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Apparently neither Joke nor Poppy have seen this, which I find astouding as I am just waiting for it to appear on Stuff White People Like. I have never interviewed anyone who did not include this as one of their all time favourite movies.
  3. The Godfather: Part II (1974) M’eh
  4. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) Something I’m sure I’ve tried to watch as part of the whole era I wanted to be a film critic and or movie director and was trying to get my head around all the classics in all the different genres. I have no time for Westerns. No.time.
  5. Pulp Fiction (1994) I hadn’t seen this for years – probably about a decade – and then watched it the other week. God it’s good.
  6. Schindler’s List (1993) YOu know, every now and then I love a movie that will trigger a good couple of dark days for my brain, but this I just couldn’t come at. I’m still bleak from seeing The Diary of Anne Frank in 1988.
  7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Started to and then either forgot I was watching it or fell asleep.
  8. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) OMG I could watch any of the Star Wars movie any or indeed every day and never tire of it. No wonder I have only bred boys.
  9. Casablanca (1942) Yes but can’t really remember it. I do remember, on watching it feeling a bit, ‘is that it?’.
  10. Seven Samurai (1954) Nope.
  11. Star Wars (1977) See 8. My Dad took my brother to see this and I begged to go with them. I was four and a half. I cried at the start because it was so loud and the cinema so cold and then fell asleep.
  12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Why aren’t these (or the Star Wars ones) listed in order? Loved all of these and haven’t read the books. Never will. Made me want to be a cinematographer.
  13. 12 Angry Men (1957) Nope.
  14. Rear Window (1954) The whole Alfred Hitchcock thing leaves me a little cold, but I think I liked this, it was a long time ago.
  15. Goodfellas (1990) Yep Ray Liotta is scary
  16. Cidade de Deus (2002) Two cicadas? Sounds noisy.
  17. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Of course, OMG, the crush I had on Harrison Ford from this was only compounded by him in that movie about the Amish.
  18. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) See 12.
  19. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) And again I say, I don’t do Westerns. See 4.
  20. The Usual Suspects (1995) Awesome.
  21. Psycho (1960) I think I watched this and was far more creeped out by him than the murder scene.
  22. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Nuh.
  23. Fight Club (1999) Well this movie triggered my absolute allconsuming obsession with Chuck Palahnuick. One of the reasons I haven’t even started trying to write a book is because I know it won’t come marginally close to his brilliance.
  24. Citizen Kane (1941) I think I saw this and loved it.
  25. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Fabulous although would probably not need to watch it for at least another decade or so
  26. North by Northwest (1959) OMG, love this movie. Oh, and it’s a Hitchcock, maybe my Hitchcock apathy is misplaced…
  27. Memento (2000) I’m sorry, Guy Pearce will always be Daphne’s husband Mike Young.
  28. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Of course, see 12. and 18.
  29. Sunset Blvd. (1950) Gloria Swanson is very creepy and unhinged and wide-eyed as you had to be in 1950
  30. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) For the first time a few months ago and did I cry.like.a.baby. Oh yessiree I did.
  31. The Matrix (1999) Awesome – although I still don’t get it.
  32. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) a long time ago now…
  33. There Will Be Blood (2007) Nope.
  34. Se7en (1995) Love.this.movie.
  35. Apocalypse Now (1979) I believe so – in my early 20s when I was at the height of my righteous indignation on behalf of Vietnam Vets.
  36. Taxi Driver (1976) Creeped me right out.
  37. American Beauty (1999) Seriously I would watch Kevin Spacey cut his toenails and be captivated.
  38. Léon (1994) Who?
  39. Vertigo (1958) Wow, for someone not into Hitchcock films I seem to have seen quite a few of them…
  40. Amelie (2001) Tried to. It just annoyed me in its Frenchness.
  41. American History X (1998) I think I tried to watch this because I was meant to.
  42. No Country for Old Men (2007) Not yet, dying to.
  43. The Departed (2006) See 42.
  44. Paths of Glory (1957) Nope.
  45. M (1931) Is after L but before N
  46. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Watched this at school and just adored it. Still do. About the only reason I wish I’d had a girl was to call her Scout.
  47. Chinatown (1974) Did that have Jane Fonda in it and involve some atomic meltdown? Maybe.
  48. The Third Man (1949) Is that like being a third wheel?
  49. Leben der Anderen, Das (2006) The Lives of Others I struggle with foreign films at the best of times
  50. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Awesome
  51. A Clockwork Orange (1971) Nope. The only Stanley Kubrick film I’ve seen is Eyes Wide Shut and what a motherlode of tripe that was.
  52. Alien (1979) Love a good space horror movie
  53. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Noe
  54. Laberinto del fauno, El (2006) Who?
  55. The Shining (1980) Maybe? I went through a horror phase many years ago and since having kids just can’t do it. I watched the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and that family and that house still haunt my mind. Stupid.
  56. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) Spirited Away This was meant to be brilliant. I started to watch it but got distracted by life.
  57. The Pianist (2002) Can Holly Hunter or Sam Neill do anything wrong? I have some thoughts about Harvery Keitel – a man who seems to love playing men who hate women while simultaneously being able to get his kit off. I saw him in full frontal nudity flight in something and now struggle to come at anything with him in it for that nubby little penis he owns.
  58. Double Indemnity (1944)
  59. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Of course. Many times. Hilarious.
  60. Forrest Gump (1994) While the personification of white bread on white bread shits me to tears, I tend to have a soft spot for many of his films. Like I do for plastic white bread.
  61. Saving Private Ryan (1998) The best thing about this movie is the final battle.
  62. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) One of the few ‘old’ war movies I have seen, remembered and loved.
  63. L.A. Confidential (1997) I think I started to watch it but found it trying so hard to be an indie film. Also see 27.
  64. Boot, Das (1981) Nope.
  65. Requiem for a Dream (2000) GOD – is sounds like when a workmate you don’t particularly like strikes up a conversation with you that starts with, ‘I had this dream last night…’
  66. Reservoir Dogs (1992) Of course. My ear still hurts in sympathy. So.much.blood. But again, See 57.
  67. Untergang, Der (2004) Understudy to the Der Ubergang perhaps?
  68. Aliens (1986) I have a feeling this was better than the original?
  69. The Maltese Falcon (1941) Maybe
  70. Raging Bull (1980) Did that star Robert de Niro or Al Pacino? I get those two confused all.the.time
  71. Metropolis (1927) It was made in 1927. Did they have penicillin then?
  72. Rashômon (1950) Who?
  73. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Again what’s with the order? I think so. Is that the one with the guy made from mercury?
  74. Modern Times (1936) Nope
  75. Hotel Rwanda (2004) Tried to
  76. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Of course – and I heart MGM musicals. HEART them. And I hate that saying.
  77. Sin City (2005) OMG – tried to watch this and my eyes were bleeding within minutes
  78. Rebecca (1940) Yep – OH the ANGST
  79. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Is that the one with the apes and the big stone thingy?
  80. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957) What?
  81. All About Eve (1950) Nope
  82. Some Like It Hot (1959) Loved it
  83. City Lights (1931) Nope
  84. Amadeus (1984) Of course – at the height of me wanting to be an orchestra conductor
  85. Vita è bella, La (1997) Nope. Just a heads up on me and foreign films – I ‘did’ them from about 1994 to 1996.
  86. On the Waterfront (1954) As opposed to Down the mine
  87. The Great Escape (1963) Sort of missed the Steve McQueen thing and James Garner shits me beyond tears
  88. Touch of Evil (1958) nope
  89. The Prestige (2006) nope – For a moment I thought this was The Presidio…
  90. The Elephant Man (1980) I don’t think I saw this version – the b&W one with him covered in a hessian sack I’ve seen. Still damaged from it.
  91. Jaws (1975) Love.it.
  92. Full Metal Jacket (1987) Maybe, although I could be thinking of the other big Vietnam movie with Charlie Sheen.
  93. The Sting (1973) Maybe.
  94. Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988) Was that called Cinema Paradiso on Australian release? If so, yes and I loved it – one of the few foreign films I adore and would watch again and again
  95. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) I’ve never even heard of this
  96. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Nope
  97. The Apartment (1960)
  98. Braveheart (1995) OMG – what woman has not watched this and had very impure thoughts about Mel Gibson. One of my favourite films of all time.
  99. Blade Runner (1982) Loved it from recollection
  100. The Great Dictator (1940) That seems a bit pre-emptory in 1940
  101. 101. Strangers on a Train (1951) Phew, an Alfred Hitchcock I haven’t heard of let alone seen
  102. Batman Begins (2005) I avoid these with a level of dedication that some would say is impressive
  103. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Maybe
  104. Ladri di biciclette (1948) Bicycle Thieves – Surely they could have aimed a little higher.
  105. Salaire de la peur, Le (1953) Wages of Fear – Sounds like my reaction to my pay packet every fortnight
  106. High Noon (1952) Again with the Western.
  107. Ran (1985) Sequel to Walk?
  108. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) See 8. and 11.
  109. The Big Sleep (1946) doesn’t sound promising
  110. The Wizard of Oz (1939) Only about a hundred times
  111. Notorious (1946)
  112. Back to the Future (1985) Natch
  113. Fargo (1996) One of my all time favourite movies. I am one of the many very predictable female bloggers who would turn for Frances McDormand
  114. Oldboy (2003)
  115. Unforgiven (1992)
  116. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) I must have – from recollection this one was a bit of a dud
  117. Donnie Darko (2001) – SO GOOD. SO GOOD. SO GOOD. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it, go, watch it. The start of my moderate obsession with Jake Gyllenhaal
  118. Ratatouille (2007) This week. It was OK but I mean, at the end of the day, it’s about a rat. Ack.
  119. Mononoke-hime (1997) I really should have indicated my apathy to foreign films a long time ago shouldn’t I…
  120. Cool Hand Luke (1967) I tried. See 87.
  121. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) Yep. Awesome
  122. Yojimbo (1961)
  123. Per qualche dollaro in più (1965)
  124. The Green Mile (1999) That’s the electric chair one with White Bread on White Bread?
  125. Million Dollar Baby (2004) Nope – started to and the first ‘thud’ of fist hitting flesh I almost lost my breakfast. I don’t do boxing films.
  126. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Would like to
  127. Notti di Cabiria, Le (1957)
  128. Gladiator (2000) I have weird mixed emotions about Russell Crowe. But I liked this.
  129. Battaglia di Algeri, La (1966) The Battle of Algiers.
  130. Annie Hall (1977) Wow, we’re at 130 and this is the first Woody Allen film and I still haven’t seen this
  131. Die Hard (1988) I lust badly after Bruce Willis and love all the Die Hard films. All of them.
  132. Into the Wild (2007)
  133. Ben-Hur (1959) I went through my epic phase in the late 80s, so it’s been a while.
  134. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  135. The Sixth Sense (1999) It still freaks me out a bit – particularly that dead girl who appears in the tent.
  136. It Happened One Night (1934)
  137. The General (1927)
  138. Platoon (1986) OH this is the one, not Full Metal Jacket.
  139. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
  140. Life of Brian (1979) Natch
  141. The Killing (1956)
  142. Smultronstället (1957) Wild Strawberries
  143. Amores perros (2000) Love’s a B’tch
  144. Finding Nemo (2003) Only about eleventy gagillion times
  145. Diaboliques, Les (1955)
  146. The Incredibles (2004) See 144.
  147. V for Vendetta (2005)
  148. The Wild Bunch (1969)
  149. Heat (1995)
  150. Children of Men (2006)
  151. Brief Encounter (1945)
  152. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  153. Juno (2007) I kinda don’t want to because of how much everyone is loving it. It sounds to me like a movie of Dawson’s Creek, where teenagers are far too coherent and pithy.
  154. The Princess Bride (1987) Always to be confused with The Never-Ending Story but yes, a good one
  155. 8½ (1963) the precursor to 91/2weeks?
  156. The Graduate (1967) I got bored
  157. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
  158. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) On my list
  159. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  160. The Big Lebowski (1998) What is not to love in a Coen Brothers movie?
  161. Crash (2004/I)
  162. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  163. Stand by Me (1986) I thought it was compulsory to watch this?
  164. Gandhi (1982) I only just re-watched this the other day.
  165. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  166. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) one of the first ‘old’ movies I ever saw. Delicious.
  167. Snatch. (2000)
  168. Harvey (1950)
  169. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) From recollection it’s even more brutal than the first
  170. The African Queen (1951) A long time ago
  171. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  172. The Thing (1982)
  173. Trainspotting (1996) Probably should be compulsory viewing in schools to dissuade children from illicit drug-taking. Am still horrified from the shitting-the-sheets and damaged from the dead baby
  174. Gone with the Wind (1939) Yeah but you know what? Didn’t like it much. Vivien Leigh shits me.
  175. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  176. Wo hu cang long (2000) Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Watched this with some relos, one of which we came to learn had always watched foreign films with the voices dubbed into English rather than with subtitles.
  177. Belle et la bête, La (1946)
  178. The Gold Rush (1925)
  179. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Adored this movie
  180. Groundhog Day (1993) I believe I peed my pants the first time I saw the groundhog and Bill Murray in the ute scene. I love this movie. I have almost forgiven Bill Murray for Lost in Translation.
  181. The Conversation (1974)
  182. American Gangster (2007)
  183. Scarface (1983) Saw this for the first time a few months ago.
  184. Patton (1970)
  185. Duck Soup (1933)
  186. Toy Story (1995) See 144. and 146. I would say that this fights with Monsters Inc for being my favourite Pixar movie
  187. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
  188. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  189. Twelve Monkeys (1995) Weird and good all rolled into one
  190. The Terminator (1984) Yup
  191. Cabinet des Dr. Caligari., Das (1920)
  192. Sleuth (1972)
  193. The Hustler (1961)
  194. Umberto D. (1952)
  195. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  196. Stalker (1979)
  197. Glory (1989)
  198. Ed Wood (1994) Is Johnny Depp not the acting master of our generation?
  199. King Kong (1933)
  200. Grindhouse (2007)
  201. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) This is one of those films I think I’ve seen but am not entirely sure.
  202. The Exorcist (1973) It is just as scary every time you see it
  203. The Lion King (1994) See 144., 146. and 186.
  204. Hotaru no haka (1988)
  205. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) I tried
  206. Spartacus (1960) See 133
  207. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
  208. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
  209. The Lost Weekend (1945)
  210. Stalag 17 (1953)
  211. Magnolia (1999) – OMG possibly the worst film I have ever seen. Seriously.
  212. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
  213. Lola rennt (1998) Run Lola Run One of the last foreign films I watched
  214. In the Heat of the Night (1967) Maybe, but at least 15 years ago.
  215. The Philadelphia Story (1940) One of my favourite films of all time.
  216. Frankenstein (1931) A long time ago
  217. Out of the Past (1947)
  218. Big Fish (2003) I’ve always wanted to see this.
  219. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
  220. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  221. Casino (1995) Fabulous
  222. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Scary and weird
  223. Toy Story 2 (1999) See 144., 146., 186. and 203.
  224. Mystic River (2003) How upsetting is this movie?
  225. Du rififi chez les hommes (1955)
  226. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  227. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
  228. Hot Fuzz (2007)
  229. A Christmas Story (1983)
  230. Ikiru (1952)
  231. Mou gaan dou (2002)
  232. Manhattan (1979)
  233. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  234. Young Frankenstein (1974)
  235. Dial M for Murder (1954) Again with the Hitchcock
  236. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  237. Rope (1948)
  238. Once (2006) One of my favourite movies of all time
  239. Roman Holiday (1953) Adore it
  240. Quatre cents coups, Les (1959) The 400 Blows
  241. The Searchers (1956)
  242. In Cold Blood (1967)
  243. Ying xiong (2002)
  244. His Girl Friday (1940)
  245. Shaun of the Dead (2004) Can’t really be bothered with zombies
  246. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) You know how I’d watch Kevin Space clip his toenails? I’d let Johnny Depp clip them and abandon the dead nails on the floor.
  247. Samouraï, Le (1967)
  248. Strada, La (1954)
  249. Harold and Maude (1971)
  250. Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972) Aguire, The Wrath of God

No Dirty Dancing? No Grease? No Saturday Night Live?
No What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Titanic, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail?
No Leathal Weapon, Tequila Sunrise?
No Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, The Nun’s Story, Funny Face, Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
No Barefoot in the Park? Barbarella? No The Way We Were, Funny Girl, Yentl?
No Fatal Attraction? Good Morning Vietnam?
No Driving Miss Daisy? Nine t0 Five? Mrs Doubtfire?
No Boogie Nights?
No Easter Parade, Meet me in St Louis, Little Women?
No Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure?

What would you have included?