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After a crazy day of storms yesterday, today is really beautiful! Crazy windy and a little too cool to open the windows, but nice all the same.

Mrs CB is currently performing in the final show of her play. Glad she will be beginning her spring break without that particular committment. While she is acting away, I am making my first meal in the Le Creuset- my chicken breast for burritos. Chicken, chili-ready tomatoes, onions, roasted red peppers-slow baking away. Smells delicious!! I'll add corn for the last half-hour and then shred up the chicken. Serve with tortillas, avacado and sharp Cabot cheddar. And possibly some tequila.

Also gonna TRON it tonight. Looking around for the original TRON got me thinking about some of the movies I watched growing up that I REALLY want to see again. So I worked my Google-Fu and have copies of the following coming to me. won't link properly, but you can look them up there if you wish:

1. "The Runner Stumbles"- As some of you know, I have a unique fascination with nuns. I think this is why. A Young Kathleen Quinlan plays a hot, HOT nun, people!! Nuns + Affairs + Murder = Big impression on a young CB's mind. I used to skip school when I knew it was gonna be on (days before VCRs). Why couldn't my Catholic school have had hot nuns like Sister Rita? Best thing is it introduced me to KQ and I have followed her career over the decades.

2. "Something for Joey"- As a college football lover, I remember watching this on TV and just sobbing with both happiness and sadness. And JoePa on TV? What could be wrong? I remember when Joey's hair grew in curly after his chemo. And Beastmaster was so adorable as big brother John. Loved this movie!

3. "Something Evil"- An early Spielberg film, I distinctly remember 2 things about this movie: Young Johnny Whitaker and Evil Redness in a mason jar. This flick used to freak me out more than "The Others" and that movie was FREAKY!!Seriously! I can't even look at a jar of homemade strawberry jam without thinking of this movie.

and finally...the ultimate film from my childhood. I remember not wanting to go watch 4th of July fireworks because this movie was on. And it was the Bicentennial!!

4. "Crowhaven Farm"- Witches, boards, large rocks, Hope Lange!!! My supernatural loving baby dyke self was in heaven with this movie. Or was that hell...mwahahahahaha. I must have watched this thing 20 times growing up. I still remember a few key scenes, but I am most anxious to watch the entire thing in it's 70ish badness. I blames this for my love of Salem witchcraft lore. And The Wednesday Witch book by Ruth Chew for which my search continues.

So peeps, what are some movies that you enjoyed watching as a kid that you would love to see again?

Date: 2011-04-17 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Runner Stumbles

I remember this one! Dick Van Dyke was in it! I also remember Change of Habit with Mary Tyler Moore as a nun, and ELVIS as a ghetto doctor. HILARIOUS.

Did you ever see The Devils? It is a really over the top film with Vanessa Redgrave as a crazy nun. Classic crazy 70s.

You already know how much Valley of the Dolls scarred influenced me. I remember being very struck by this sci-fi film called The Mind of Mr. Soames, with Terence Stamp as a man who's been in a coma since infancy. I don't think I've seen it since I was about 10 or 11, so I would be interested in seeing it again, to see if it holds up well.

And then there was a crazy horror film called Psychomania, or the Death Wheelers about this motorcycle gang who makes a deal with the devil for eternal life. And they worship frogs. At least this is what I remember.

Date: 2011-04-17 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can't remember having seen he Devils but I probably did. I went on a search for this "dark" movie we were shown in elementary school called "80 Steps to Jonah". In my mind, the lead character, Jonah,equaled the outlawishness of Marjoe Gortner in When You Coming Back, Red Ryder? .

It was a fucking child's film with baby Joannie from Happy Days and Eddie from Cortship of Eddie's Father and the Outlaw Jonah? Played by freaking Wayne Newton! I have yet to forgive myself for that one.

Date: 2011-04-17 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My mind has gone blank on childhood films for the minute but I must comment on your appreciation for Kathleen Quinlan, because I have adored that woman for years. I don't remember ever seeing her as a nun, however, so I think it's off to Amazon I go.

BTW The Wednesday Witch is on Amazon, if you don't mind second-hand.

Date: 2011-04-17 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Kathleen Quinlan is the bomb!

I am looking at Amazon for those books. Just wish I could finad all of the ones I want in the same storefront. Thanks for the tip.

Date: 2011-04-17 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We didn't have movies or television when I was a kid. ;)

Date: 2011-04-18 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You know what, Cabby... I haven't seen any of these movies. Not a one! Isn't that amazing? I'm kind of glad, because now I can see these movies fresh!

Gerat about Mrs CB... I feel like I haven't seen any photos yet, I haven't missed any, have I?

Oh... you know we have a five day weekend coming up - we always have Good Friday, Easter Sat and Sun and Easter Monday off, but they announced that because Anzac Day is on Monday they are giving us the Tuesday too... so five days off for all of Australia. So I am thinking that I might have a movie bonanza! And I definitely like the idea of going back through old movies that I loved. I think I often revisit stuff that I love... old Doctor Who eps or old Time Tunnel eps or tellie things, but old movies that I loved... haven't thought about that for a while... but I reckon I might now!

A brilliant update. Inspiring!

Date: 2011-04-18 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm disappointed in myself that I haven't seen any of these movies, because they all sound pretty darned cool.

When I stop to think about it, I didn't watch many movies (aside from maybe "The Sound of Music" and "101 Dalmatians") when I was a kid, and was more influenced as an early teen by coming of age flicks like "Little Darlings" and "Goonies." I also remember one starring Sally Field called "Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring," that stayed with me. I also recall one starring Goldie Hawn called "Butterflies are Free" that my mother and I watched about four thousand times. There was also a cartoon movie about cats called "Gay Purree" that for some reason I was over the moon about. I suspect I wouldn't be if I watched it now. "Paper Moon" I could've watched again and again, though I know for a fact the book was *much* better. There's another one called "Resurrection," starring Ellen Burstyn that has stayed with me to this day, particularly the way it ended. But I was a little older when that one came out, I'm thinking around 1980.

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