Yep, I am breaking the rules. I am jumping almost two weeks ahead… well not ahead, but to today. I haven’t done many of Fandango’s Who Won the Week challenges but I had to post today.
My winner for the week is the state of Iowa, specifically the city of Dyersville. After years of talk and planning and hoping… the first major league baseball game ever played in Iowa happened. But it wasn’t just a regular ballgame. This was a scene from a movie played out.
‘The New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox met in the corn fields of Dyersville to play the Field of Dreams game. Old time uniforms, a audience of Iowan fans and a visit from the film’s star all made for a mgical night. No, I was not one of the lucky ones to get a ticket, but we did catch most of the end of the game on TV. It was so cool to see the homers disappear between the rows of corn.
Some of the best news was later on when I heard not only the game would be played again next year, but it was the highest watched ball game in the last 16 years on TV. So cool.
My winner for the week… the Field of Dreams.
Written for Fandango’s Who Won the Week (FWWTW) – August 15
I hear the word pristine, and I can’t help but head back to my youth. The movie The Breakfast Club spoke for my generation and many more to follow. A timeless tale of stereotypes and the stress of teen life. It was a scene with Bender giving Clair a hard time and she flipped him the bird. His reply, “Obscene finger gestures from such a pristine girl.”
The movie had me relating with Allison (Ally Sheedy) who was desperately trying to be herself but fitting in nowhere. And Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) who was under a lot of pressure to get good grades. I was incredibly shy and wanted to belong somewhere and was in the shadow of my sister’s good grades.
The prom queen (Molly Ringwald) and the jock (Emilio Estevez) were not in my league. I was awful at sports, very uncoordinated, and like I said, I was shy, not a social butterfly. And I was far from Bender’s (Judd Nelson) character as I was the daughter of a cop and walked a straight and narrow line.
I have watched the movie numerous times and still today feel a wave of emotions from the film. It was quality film making and helped launch the members of the “Brat pack” into stardom. I randomly still quote lines from the movie and can pretty much follow along with the dialog now if I watch it. If you have not seen this John Hughes gem… I recommend you watch it!
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – pristine
REO Speedwagon, Ray Charles, Rupaul, Rascal Flatts… R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., Radar Love, Raspberry Beret, Rebel Yell… Rhythm, radio, recorder, roadies… really want to relax with one of these.
I earlier mentioned my love of musicals during the letter F… this is one of my all-time favorites, Rent! The music is good, the story is heartbreaking but good. I have seen the movie and a touring stage production. Both have their own merits and are better in their own way. Just don’t ask me to pick a favorite.
By far my favorite part is when they go into the diner and sing “La Vie Boheme.” A close second is the introduction to Angel – “Today for You.” And you can’t dismiss the opening and closing song of the musical, “Seasons of Love.” It is all good, music, dance, acting… now I must get out my DVD!
Kiss, Kenny Loggins, Kid Rock, Katy Perry… Keep Pushin’, Killer Queen, Kiss You All Over, Katmandu… Kettle drum, Koto, Key, kazoo… Keenly awesome collections.
I struggled a little with a K artist, song or music term to use for this one. I have decided since on occasion it happens to be on late night television and I do love her singing I will go with Kelly Clarkson. I am still not so sure I like her for her interviewing skills. But I love the energy she brings to every performance,
I will admit we had the DVD To Justin From Kelly in our movie library for a time. Whether my daughter will admit it or not, she, as a kid, thought it was a good movie. I barely remember it actually, but want to say it had some good music in it for a “teen movie.”
Fats Domino, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, Fall Out Boy… Faithfully, Fat Bottom Girls, Flowers On The Wall, F***ing Perfect… French horn, forte, fugue, flute… fun and fantastic finds.
What is your favorite type of film? I had seen the big music productions from the fifties, but it was when a movie about a group of high school kids hit the big screen I really connected. The movie was Fame. I saw the movie several times, read the book and then they did a TV series that ran from January 7, 1982 to 1987 and I would tune in weekly.
I was not a dancer, a musician or an actor want to be, but I did love words and had dreams of writing song lyrics someday. And I had the biggest crush on Lee Curreri who played Bruno Martelli. He was actually the first person I wrote a fan letter to… and he actually sent back an autographed picture. At 16 years old I was over the moon!
The show did not focus solely on aspiring performers, but kids in high school and all that comes with that too. But they did have musical numbers and dancing every episode… I loved the show! And I will share a clip from one episode where Lee/Bruno sang a song I loved, “Be My Music.” Incidentally it was cowritten by Lee Curreri and Ethan Hurt.
Way back when my mind was affected… I would never look at the word “trouble” the same way again. Travis Tritt tried to alter my view in 1992 but The Music Man kept me locked in with “a capitol T and that rhymes with P and that stands for “pool.””
Here is the Trouble song from The Music Man…
And Travis Tritt’s attempt to sway me…
For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – trouble
I learned a couple of things today. First of all, Scalawag is not just a term pirates used. It was also a derogatory term used after the Civil War by Southerners towards those in the South that were working with the Northerners trying to reunite the country. I always just thought it was a term for someone like a scoundrel or rascal.
But that is not all I learned. I learned that Kirk Douglas wrote (along with Robert Louis Stevenson and two others), directed and starred in the 1973 movie Scalawag. Never heard of it? Neither had I, but I see according to IMDB it was made in Yugoslavia and only got a 5.1 out of 10 rating.
And I did a search for a quote with the word in it. Leave it to George Carlin to come up with something, “I went through the usual stages: imp, rascal, scalawag, whippersnapper. And, of course, after than it’s just a small step to full blown sociopath.”
I hope you learned a little something today too.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – scalawag
“Karen will you hurry up, we are going to miss the previews.” Sarah was standing at the door waiting for her roommate to get ready to go to the movies.
The apartment phone began to ring. “Sarah, can you get that? It might be Tom.”
“Hello?” she said with a sigh. It was not Tom; it was someone selling car warranties. “Let’s go Karen. It wasn’t Tom by the way.”
“Ok, be there in a second.” There were some noises coming from Karen’s room. “Here I come.”
The two women left the apartment and got into Sarah’s car. She may have gone a little fast to the theater, but Karen said it was ok, because there were no cops around. They pulled into the parking lot 7 minutes until start time. Sarah said, “You get the popcorn and pop and I will get our tickets.”
Finishing in their lines at about the same time, they headed to the theater. They flew open the door, found their seats and the lights almost instantly went down. Karen smiled and turned to Sarah, “See, plenty of time. It was perfect timing.” Sarah rolled her eyes in the dark.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – preview
The movie theater was packed. JoAnn turned to Shaun and asked, “Are you sure you want to be here for the debut of the movie?”
Shaun shook his head and said, “My brother got a bit part in it, I have to see how good or bad he did. He said he did something only I would notice, said the director had no problems with it.”
The two of them entered the theater and got in line. After tickets and popcorn, they were ready for the show. Shaun whispered to JoAnn, “He said it is like the first ten minutes of the movie.”
When Shaun’s brother came on screen he immediately laughed. JoAnn was puzzled but waited to ask after the movie what his brother Nick had done. “Ok, what was so funny? I didn’t see anyone else laugh.”
“It goes back to our childhood and I never thought I would ever see it again.”
JoAnn still looked puzzled and said, “Well…”
“It was the shirt he was wearing. It said N & S Ranch. We always fought over who’s initial was first at our ranch when we played cowboys and Indians, and since I was older, I usually won. This time he won, with letters 2 foot tall.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – debut
She turned to her mom and asked, “What does Donkey mean, ‘onions have layers, ogres have layers?’”
Her mom looked at her daughter and said, “It means there is more than meets the eye. Shrek is a complicated character as most people are and there are many layers of his personality that make up the whole ogre. Do you understand?”
“Kind of like how your tummy has rolls in it, that’s layers?”
Her mom cringed and then laughed a little, “That is a different kind of layer honey. It’s more like you like to spend time with both me and your Dad. But you also like to play with your friends. You like to sit quiet and read… those a just a few of your layers.”
“I have layers too?” she asked. “Oh, I know… it is like the cake you made last week that had three layers of frosting. That was yummy layers!”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – layer