A Movie Meme

(image from here)

I found this prompt meme at coffee, classics, & craziness and I’m joining in! Yay!


#1 Use a different movie for each prompt
#2 Add photos and/or explanations of how your choices fit the prompts
#3 Tag a few friends to play along

Let’s see what we got.

1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree — movie that involves agriculture

OH NO. Okay… Hmm. WAIT! My husband just HANDED ME the most obvious answer. The Martian, a space movie which I love, all about a guy who survives on Mars by growing potatoes. (It’s much, much more interesting than I make it sound there.)

Home to a really good line about humanity and the world:

“Every human being has a basic instinct: to help each other out. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.”

2. Turtledoves — movie about a long-lasting relationship

Back in 2007 this movie ripped my heart out, stamped on it, put it back in, then kicked it upwards through my brain and out my head.

I speak of course of Atonement, the tale of a doomed romance and some beautiful, beautiful dresses. In the end, Robbie and Cecilia can’t survive World War II or the British class system. (Yeah, the British class system, not Briony, is the villain of this story.) But Briony ensures via her writing that they have a long-lasting relationship anyway, and I cry.

3. French Hens — movie that takes place in France

Okay, it’s a toss-up between two movies here, both based on works by Victor Hugo: Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables. And… despite the fact that it has virtually nothing at all to do with the book… I think Hunchback juuuust takes it, because it’s a gorgeous, interesting, progressive-for-Disney film, and I love it.

I can’t even choose one shot from this movie so just have the opening one. And hey! The titular church didn’t burn down this year! It’s still there!

4. Calling Birds — movie where people talk on the phone

Okay, I’m gonna stretch the definition of “phone” a bit here and show you something from The Phantom Menace:

Qui-Gon’s space phone (commlink, sorry) is actually a Gillette Ladies Sensor Excel Razor, or a close approximation of. THIS MOVIE COST 115 MILLION DOLLARS. I love it.

5. Golden Rings — movie with multiple romances

There could only ever be one choice here.

I’m sorry I knoooooow Love Actually probably isn’t really all that great as a movie and it’s so cheesy and corny and up-itself but I love it. It’s like a warm Christmas hug. (And I don’t even really like Christmas, so…)

6. Geese A-laying — movie with a birth or that features babies

So before there was Baby Yoda, there was this equally adorable fella:

And I think his presence is enough to qualify Guardians of the Galaxy 2 as a film that features babies. No births though, unless you count the birth of a god or the birthing chamber stuff on the gold planet or various “rebirths” of characters. Wait… GOTG2 is surprisingly birth-metaphors-heavy actually. Who knew.

7. Swans A-swimming — movie where someone goes swimming

Okay, so maybe this isn’t so much “someone goes swimming” as it is “someone tries to swim and nearly drowns” but…

I can still remember the music from that bit in Fellowship of the Ring after all this time. My god, the last quarter of that movie kicks all kind of ass and tramples on my feelings, I love it so.

“I made a promise, Mr. Frodo. A promise. Don’t you leave him, Samwise Gamgee. And I don’t mean to. I don’t mean to.”

8. Maids A-milking — movie with cows

Okay, this can only be Children of Men. (A film that I very nearly put at #6.) Why? At the film’s pivotal moment we get this beautiful, striking scene featuring a whole lotta cows.

I think it’s meant to be reminiscent of Mary in the manger. And I love it so much. Please watch Children of Men, it’s so harrowing but so good, it’s amazing, I promise.

9. Ladies Dancing — movie with a dance scene

AM I GONNA DO IT? YEAH I’M GONNA DO IT. I’m gonna put Spider-Man 3 in here. Yes, that one.

But not for that dance scene… or even that one. You know the much-derided ones I mean. The one I like is this one:

Harry Osborn (in his various incarnations) is my Second Favourite Fictional Character Of All Time, and Mary Jane is pretty high up the list as well, so it was nice to see them have a moment of happiness before one of them dies. Honestly, that’s it. (I unapologetically love Spider-Man 3, even if only for Harry. I admit it. I’m sorry. No wait, no I’m not.)

10. Lords A-leaping — movie about athletes

Aw dang… I’m not good at this genre. But I do really like Noel Clarke’s Fast Girls and no-one else seems to have seen it, so I’m putting it here. I really need to watch it again actually. It suffers from Unnecessary Forced Heterosexual Romance In An Almost All-Woman Film Syndrome but eh, what doesn’t.

(Yeah, the Noel Clarke from Doctor Who. And yes, that is a pre-mega-fame Lily James.)

11. Pipers Piping — movie with someone playing a musical instrument

Wait, NOW I can get Les Miserables in here. During the very start of the “Drink With Me” scene Grantaire (my First Favourite Fictional Character of all time) starts running his hands over a broken piano.

It doesn’t make any sound of course, but that’s so much more poignant than if it had.

12. Drummers Drumming — movie with characters in the military

I don’t really get to go to the cinema much these days but one film I did see this year was Tolkien, which kinda delves in a little into how Tolkien’s experiences in the First World War inspired his writings.

It didn’t get very good reviews, to my surprise, and I suppose the dispute with Tolkien’s descendants definitely didn’t help, but I liked it. It definitely didn’t shy away when depicting the horrors of World War I.

And that’s that…

You should definitely do this meme if you want to! In fact, please do!

@xingshining challenged me to list my ten favourite movies as gifs! But alas the tumblr gif system Does Not Work for me, it doesn’t load properly no matter what I do. So here are ten favourite movies as gifs that I myself made!

(And I tag anyone who wants to do it!)

tagged by @starklinqs a couplea days ago to list
6 films You Can Watch Anytime! (Which strikes me as significantly different to 6 *favourite* films, but OH MAN THIS IS STILL HARD TO NARROW DOWN)

1) The Producers (1968) aka “this is how you ACTUALLY do satire”. Its sexism is problematic – actually it’s a total pain – but it’s still my favourite film of all time I think.

2) The Emperor’s New Groove, which hopefully needs no explanation, I put it on whenever I need a good laugh

3) Apollo 13, there is pretty much nothing I don’t love about this movie

4) Ghostbusters (2016) what a god damn awesome movie full of funny ladies

5) Mad Max Fury Road, god it’s a feast for the eyes ON TOP OF all the other amazing things about it

I tag whoever wants to do it! :)

@taiey tagged me to list 10 favourite female characters! Okay, here goes, in no order!

  1. Amy Pond (Doctor Who)
  2. Martha Jones (Doctor Who)
  3. Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man)
  4. Ursula Ditkovich (Spider-Man Trilogy)
  5. Briony Tallis (Atonement)
  6. Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings)
  7. Amy Santiago (Brooklyn 99)
  8. Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones)
  9. Beru Lars (Star Wars)
  10. Marceline (Adventure Time)

I tag anyone who wants to do it!

Ooh, I was tagged by youngbelle!

1. Ninjas or robots? ROBOTS please

2. Describe your happy place. Somewhere with my friends and family around that also had ice cream, chocolate and sun. Disneyworld maybe. Let’s say Disneyworld

3. Coffee or tea? I hate both. I am a bad Brit

4. Would you go to the movies alone? ABSOLUTELY, I don’t understand the stigma against it

5. What superpower would you have? The ability to stop time would be great for a while but I suspect it’d drive you mad. I’ll take force-fields! That covers invisibility and phasing and flying and all sorts, that sounds fun.

I need to work on my Photoshop colouring so I’m going to make my own little meme, yay. I reckon I’m gonna make picspams/gifsets ooooof: (note that ‘show’ covers movies as well)

-Show/character/ship/episode + emotions
-Show/character/ship/episode + negative space
-Show/character/ship/episode + rainbow
-Show/character/ship/episode + faceless
-Show/character/ship/episode + eight favourite caps
-Show/character/ship/episode + all one colour (give me a colour!)
-Character + favourite oufits
-Character + best moments
-Show + underappreciated character or characters
-Show + scenery and objects

Give me suggestions if you would! My askbox is here! Otherwise I will just think up my own stuff, but that’s not as fun

Meme time

That one where you put your iTunes on shuffle, post 20 song lyrics and make people guess them. :p Stolen from just about everybody.

1. I don’t have the time for a drink from the cup / Let’s rest for a while til the sun rises up –Bring On The Wonder, Susan Enan -guessed by fairfax_verde

2. When the night has come / And the land is dark –Stand by Me, Ben E King -guessed by threnody

3. I only dream of you / my beautiful

4. And if I could on through the tears and the laughter / would it be beautiful or just a beautiful disaster? –Beautiful Disaster, Kelly Clarkson -guessed by glinda_penguin

5. If it’s said / you are dead / you will get the worst reviews you ever read! –It’s Bad Luck To Say Good Luck On Opening Night, The Producers -guessed by aefallen

6. Hey Jean don’t rock the boat / when you can’t swim

7. Flowers for ladies of high fashion to wear / She made artifical flowers –Artifical Flowers, The Beautiful South -guessed by glinda_penguin

8. Save us from the man with the hex / Save us from his evil curse

9. Don’t say you love me, say you like me –I Wanna Be Free, The Monkees -guessed by lallyloo

10. It’s never enough / no matter how many times I try to tell you this is love

11. I’m ready now / Turn my world upside down

12. Starry nights, city lights coming down over me –Are We The Waiting, Green Day -guessed by marcella_riddle

13. You know it’s all I’m thinking of / ooh, hey, it’s like wow

14. You cannot cheat the reaper’s reap and that is the end of that / that is the end of that –Time Honoured Tradition, The Kaiser Chiefs -guessed by arwen_kenobi

15. Just to see what we came to be / what are you afraid of

16. Let me love you / let me rescue you

17. When the world and I were young, just yesterday / love was such a simple game a child could play –Shades Of Grey, The Monkees -guessed by lallyloo

18. I’m crying in the hoosegow / you’re in Rio getting laid! –Betrayed, The Producers -guessed by aefallen

19. I can stop the pain if I will it all away / if I will it all away –Whisper, Evanesence -guessed by marcella_riddle

20. So I’m counting my tears / til I get over you

‘Guess the fandom’ meme

This looks like fun- Summarize 10 of your fandoms in one sentence, then see who on your friends’ list can guess each fandom.

(Okay, not all of them are ‘fandoms’ as such, but they’re all shows/films/books that I have an interest in, put it that way. :p)

(also, if anyone gets 8 and 9, I’ll be very impressed.)

1. Potentially mentally-ill policeman annoys his colleagues. [Life on Mars -guessed by livii]

2. Young woman abandons boyfriend for a man with a far cooler mode of transport. [Doctor Who- guessed by livii]

3. Troubled young man picks the wrong (or the right, depending on whom you listen to) father figure to look up to. [Star Wars- guessed by livii]

4. Young woman develops an unhealthy fascination for a bloke with masks and swords. [V for Vendetta- guessed by livii]

5. A man discovers that his love of colourful tights is preventing him from getting the girl. [Spider-Man- guessed by livii]

6. A bitten-off finger saves the world. [Lord of the Rings- guessed by livii]

7. Woman is entangled romantically with three men: she becomes engaged to one, nearly marries another, and feeds the third to a giant squid. [Pirates of the Carribbean- guessed by livii]

8. Young man has difficulty digging himself out of hole. [Holes- guessed by elyim]

9. Boy attempts to enslave a race of small creatures. [Pokemon- guessed by elyim

10. The lives and loves of a group of students in Scotland: who will snog who? [Harry Potter -guessed by elyim, glinda_penguin and wild_huntress]