One movie meme

by Richard on May 13, 2008

Ben Myers has started a one movie meme. I’ll play!

1. One movie that made you laugh
Groundhog Day

2. One movie that made you cry

Only kidding!

The Elephant Man

3. One movie you loved when you were a child
Jason and the Argonauts

4. One movie you’ve seen more than once
Dark Star

5. One movie you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it
An Officer and a Gentleman

6. One movie you hated

7. One movie that scared you

8. One movie that bored you

9. One movie that made you happy
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

10. One movie that made you miserable
Hotel Rwanda

11. One movie you weren’t brave enough to see
Can’t remember the title: something like “Swedish Nymphos”. I was 13, and some friends had a dare about trying to get into the cinema. I bottled it. The others got turned away at the door.

12. One movie character you’ve fallen in love with

13. The last movie you saw

14. The next movie you hope to see
Atonement is the next thing on our rental list.

I’d like to tag all my internet friends. You know who you are!

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }


dh 05.13.08 at 6:26 pm

11 - RAMBO


James 05.13.08 at 9:34 pm

Fair enough although I think Atonement is overrated.

dh - did Passion of the Christ seriously make you cry?


dh 05.13.08 at 9:49 pm

James, while I’m so thankfrul that Jesus died on the cross, I don’t know how anyone could not cry to see our Lord and Savior die on the cross. If one understands how much Christ went through at the Crusifixion then one can truly understand that one should cry when seeing Christ die on the cross. When one reads the account of what Christ went through in Scripture then one can understand that whatever movie with regard to Christ’s death would make Christians cry. The emotion of crying at the site of Jesus dying on the cross is not one of being sad that Jesus died because it was necessary but one of the emotional feeling of the pain that Jesus felt on the cross. For me I can’t help but cry when one looks at the facts of the pain Jesus experienced on the cross. Beyond just the physical pain, there is also the pain of having sin on Him on the cross and God the Father having Him go through this and Jesus following His Father’s will aka “Not my will but thy will be done.” in conjunction with “My God, My God why has thou forsaken Me.”


dh 05.13.08 at 9:53 pm

One thing I also forgot to say was the emotional crying of the incredible love for what Christ had to go through for us to have the way of Salvation made available to us. I can’t help but cry that at the love Christ has for us. He didn’t have to make a way of Salvation for us. He could have lefts us “dead in our tresspass of sins” with no way of Salvation at all and be eternal damned. However, “…because of His love for us Christ died for us.” Then we have the experience of joy know that Christ has risen from the dead to more than offset the observance of pain Christ experienced on the cross. For me Christ’s death and resurrection is the classic tear jurker for me.


Beth 05.14.08 at 5:23 am

1. One movie that made you laugh
Big Trouble in Little China

2. One movie that made you cry

3. One movie you loved when you were a child
Lord of the Rings (the Ralph Bakshi version)

4. One movie you’ve seen more than once

5. One movie you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

6. One movie you hated

7. One movie that scared you

8. One movie that bored you
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

9. One movie that made you happy

10. One movie that made you miserable
I [heart] Huckabees

11. One movie you weren’t brave enough to see
Schindler’s List

12. One movie character you’ve fallen in love with
V [Hugo Weaving] in V for Vendetta

13. The last movie you saw
Enter the Dragon

14. The next movie you hope to see
Iron Man


Kim 05.14.08 at 7:55 am

My list is over at F&T. DH’s 2 was my 6. Those were actors, DH.


Beth 05.14.08 at 10:52 am

Kim, I think you’re a little unfair on dh!

Your movie that made you cry was “Schindler’s List” - why? Those are just actors, you know, they’ll get up and wander about Hollywood again once filming’s over! But you cry because what they’re representing was real, and beyond tragic.

You may not have liked TPOTC, and you may have found that there was too much in it that detracted from a real meditation on Christ’s death. Fair enough. But I’m not sure it’s fair to tease dh because he was moved by being reminded of Christ’s sufferings. Note that he says he would cry at “whatever movie” depicting the crucifixion - not necessarily on its own merits but because it acts as a reminder.

But maybe I’m reacting too seriously to a tongue-in-cheek comment :)


dh 05.14.08 at 3:11 pm

Beth, thanks for you kind response. You are such an encouragement to me. You and I have truly come a long way.

Kim, I’m sure it was tongue and cheek. I hope so. Okay, Kim was it tongue and cheek? Beth and I need to know. :)

P.S. Iron Man will not disappoint. Even my wife who is not into comic book movies liked it. I put in on the same level as the very first Batman. It was that good. Maybe even better than that. I guarantee I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t like that movie. :)

I’m still trying to find out how TPOTC detracted from the real meditation on Christ’s death. I do know there was some poetic license like the crow, a demon represented as a child in a womb, no representation of the story after the Crucifixion, etc. but we cannot deny that Christ suffered a tragic and violent death. If the poetic license on it was a little much for people and that is what people are reacting to then “fair enough”. We’ll move on. :)


James 05.14.08 at 5:46 pm

dh, TPOTC made me cry but possibly for different reasons to you :) Its down to individual tastes I suppose but I found the it a little sentimental. Heres mine:

1. This is Spinal Tap
2. Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring (well – sort of)
3. Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark
4. Once Upon a Time in America
5. The Girl Next Door
6. Troy
7. The Shinning
8. Anything by Ingmar Bergman
9. Cinema Paradiso
10. Enduring Love (trust me the title is misleading)
11. Saw
12. Vesper Lynd
13. Theorem
14. Indiana Jones 4


Beth 05.14.08 at 6:03 pm

I’m SO with you on Ingmar Bergman, James - give me a good laser-gun-fest any day over the existential navel-gazing! And you got to see Indiana Jones 4 already? It sucks being British sometimes! Is it any good?

dh, I’m glad to hear that Iron Man is worth watching. I just have to find someone to go with - most of my friends are far too highbrow.


dh 05.14.08 at 6:15 pm

James, “Spinal Tap”!!! Wonderful movie!!!! I have to agree with you. That movie is an “11″. Yes “11″ not “a 10″ because “11″ is a higher number than “10″. :)


dh 05.14.08 at 6:21 pm

Beth, I’ll pray that you find someone to go with or maybe you can try to “pull some teeth” with your “highbrow friends”. I will be shocked if your “highbrow friends” wouldn’t like the movie. However, I obviously don’t know your friends. ;) :)


Richard 05.14.08 at 6:29 pm

I have to admit, when I read “maybe you can try to ‘pull…”, I wondered what was coming next!


Beth 05.14.08 at 7:11 pm

Hehe - so did I! If anyone wants to pray for me to pull - preferably a tall blond with a Mensa-level IQ, a South African accent and an athletic predisposition, please, please do so. I beg you. ;)


dh 05.14.08 at 7:23 pm

Beth, I had no vulgar ideas in mind at all with the post and am very taken back by the last two replied by Richard and yourself. That was not my intent. I’m kind of shocked that so-called fellow Christians would have this in mind on this conversation. I think an apology by both Richard and you is in order. I’m kind of seriously offended. I know that wasn’t the intent but the fact remains that I am. I’m serious. Also, the fact that your female and you mention “tall blond” in your desires makes me very sad in light of Scripture in Romans 1. I will continue to pray for you. We all are tempted to sin and that means we need to keep our desires in check.


Kim 05.14.08 at 7:42 pm

Beth and DH,

What, me tease? ;)


j 05.14.08 at 8:05 pm

“1. One movie that made you laugh
Groundhog Day”

“He might be OK…Well, no. Probably not now.”


Beth 05.14.08 at 8:16 pm

Woah, dh… Calm down. Are you seriously against the idea that I might find a partner at some point in my life? (Note, at this point, that “blond” is the male form of the adjective, and “blonde” is the female - one of those rare words in English that still has a gender distinction.) Really, now. Don’t be offended at a little harmless humour. I don’t know what connotations you have for “pull”, but to me it just means finding a mutual attraction with someone - which is something I’m sure that all of us single people hope will happen some day. I certainly wouldn’t ask anyone to pray for me to have a one-night stand or anything else offensive, and I hope that when you consider it you would know that I would never make such a suggestion to you! Whereas I have no problem with asking you to pray that some day we will all find a person with whom we can be happy, fulfilled, and maybe be blessed with a loving family.

If you still want me to apologise after this clarification, I will gladly do so - but I would reiterate that I really didn’t mean anything “vulgar” in the sense you suggest.


dh 05.14.08 at 8:32 pm

Beth, I will pray that you will find a husband to have a loving family with. I’m still trying to find out what Richard was think with regard to what he thought would come after pull. I couldn’t come up with anything but what I came up with. I’m sorry I connotated something wrong on “blond”.

Oh well, all this “tenseness” could be associated with being the sole gay in the office today. We are a fmaily business of 4 people and I’m the only one here. I have no problem with it but it has it own set of “stresses”. If I “projected” those “stresses” in this conversation, I’m so sorry. :( Beth, let bygones be bygones? :)


Paul Martin 05.14.08 at 8:45 pm

“Oh well, all this “tenseness” could be associated with being the sole gay in the office today”

I assume you meant “guy” dh. I had never imagines you as the Dafydd of this board - “the only gay in the office.” Brit humour by the way!


Richard 05.14.08 at 8:50 pm

Rest assured, I didn’t think I was being vulgar. But for a moment I really did think you were suggesting that Beth might go to the cinema alone and try to ‘pull’ there. Apologies if I’ve upset you.

>>“all this “tenseness” could be associated with being the sole gay in the office”
I think this might be a misprunt?

And I hope you appreciate my self-restraint at this point… ;)


Richard 05.14.08 at 8:51 pm

You beat me to it Paul.

I wonder if ‘Little Britain’ has made it to America?


Beth 05.14.08 at 9:07 pm

Bygones, of course! I think this was a problem of different nations’ versions of English - in British English, “pull” doesn’t have to have an object - “I pulled at the wedding reception” would mean “I met someone at the wedding reception, and I’m interested in him and I think he’s interested in me”! I can see how, if you didn’t know that idiom, it would look like Richard and I were being pretty obscene :)

Sorry to hear about your bad day at the office, dh… I hope it’s better tomorrow!


dh 05.14.08 at 9:26 pm

Oh gees, Paul. I wish this day would be over. I’m not “gay” and am very happily married for 5 years. I meant guy. :( Richard I do appreciate your constraint.

Richard, I’m still trying to figure out where did you get the idea for a moment on the “pull” thing. That still implied that I was being vulgar in my word usage. However, apologies accepted. Again thanks for the restraint. :)


dh 05.14.08 at 9:33 pm

Wow, Beth. Thanks for the understanding, patience and clarifications. I’m still just a poor old American just trying to find his “way home” on this “language thang”. I’m sure yo old “English chaps” readin this thread are “getting a kick out of” this “poor old American” with the word “pull”. I have never heard of that type of word use for the word or idiom before.

Beth, thanks for the care and understanding. I’m not having a “bad day” of sorts just a little stressful. Does that even makes sense? Can a person have a good day but stressful day? If so that is what I’m having.

P.S. Pray for our company. We are a Christian family company that needs sales. Any prayers you can send our way would be appreciated. :) Love ya in the Lord, Beth. DH


Paul Martin 05.14.08 at 10:07 pm

dh I think this is a case of our being two people divided by one language. You have not been vulgar but have played into our Brit sense of humour.


dh 05.14.08 at 10:23 pm

Well Paul, like they say que sera, sera. I’m sure that the language use works the other way between the “lake”. Yep, I definitely played into that “Brit sense of humor”. One thing I appreciate is good Brit humor. I might not appreicate this one. However, overal I do appreciate it. I hoped you enjoyed a little fun at my expense.


Beth 05.14.08 at 10:55 pm

I’m so glad we cleared it all up - I was quite upset to think that I’d hurt you, dh.

Yup, I definitely understand the good stressful day - for me, it’s Mondays and Tuesdays, when I do most of my teaching! Not a spare minute, lots of stress with my students’ exams coming up, but they’re probably my favourite days of the week.

And of course I will pray for your company, and for you.



dh 05.15.08 at 2:57 pm

Beth, thank you so much for your prayers. I’m still enbarrassed and sorry for drawing attention and over emotional to something that was nothing. I know that I said I had a stressful but good day. I guess when honesty boils down I really had a bad day. All by myself at the office, emotional up and downs of thinking there would be a US$10,000.00 order that came for nothing, may have to spend US$750.00 on 2 toilets, my lawn mower is broke that requires either welding on the handlebars or buying a new one that will cost US$400.00 and we really need all new faucets in our house.

I guess I need to claim the promises in God’s Word where it says “My God shall supply all our NEEDS according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” in conjunction with the parable of the sparrow. Just speaking with you right now and your encouragement and prayers seems to help a little. Hopefully today will be a better day. :)


James 05.15.08 at 6:10 pm

Nice one dh - these vulgar statments may start off as a joke but they ultimately lead to sin and depravity…


Beth 05.15.08 at 6:36 pm

James, we may not all agree on where vulgar statements lead. But I know where snide, sarcastic ones lead - to hurting the listener and diminishing the speaker.


Beth 05.15.08 at 6:38 pm

dh, I’m really sorry to hear that things aren’t going so well. You’re in my continued prayers, of course. It seems to me that if there’s anyone who is good at finding strength from prayer and from their relationship with God, that person is you. :)


dh 05.15.08 at 7:35 pm

Beth, that was one of the most touching and kind words ever said to me on this site and one of the nicest comments ever in my blogging history. I had a really good Vietnemese buffet lunch that was great. The Lord told me to go get Pho’ and that did my heart some good. On the walk back to the office I stopped by and did business at the local Christian coffee house. It seems God has answered your prayers for me. :) I’m still the only one in the office today yet refreshed. :)

James, I totally agree with you that vulgar statements lead to sin and depravity. In fact we agree probably more than some on this site. However, I don’t believe that being vulgar was any of the intent with Beth or Richard. I may be nieve, but the idiom between the “lakes” makes clear and sense to me that vulgarity was not the intent. The gay part? I totally agree with you was over the top but we all have went on in that it didn’t involve Richard or Beth. James, I look forward to have some good discussions with others together on future posts. I think it might be interesting to see your “take on things”. :)


dh 05.27.08 at 3:29 pm

Beth, I never stated earlier that God answered some more of your prayers for me. The cost to fix my lawn mower turned out to be only $22.00. I found a a local distributor for the manufacturer of my mower and they had the part. It seems that anytime I have a problem they will have any part. :) We found a good deal in the fixing of our toilets and faucets all for $750.00 in labor as opposed to only that price for the toilets. Also, he said he would do the kitchen faucet for the same as one of the bath faucets a $200.00 savings. :)

The only remaining answer to your prayers that I have Faith will be answered is more government contracts. Please have me in your prayers on that one. I pray that tall of these answers to prayer increase your Faith as it has in mine. May God bless you. May God sharpen your Faith as He has lately in mine. LOL in the Lord, DH

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