March 25, 2014

Stuff and things going on with me…

Hi!  Things have been busy busy, as usual, and I just wanted to kind of catch up with you over here on the blog.  If you follow me on instagram or twitter, you may have seen a lot of these updates – most of the photos in this post are straight from instagram… Here are things!

There are a couple new interviews with me that you can read if you’re interested in my design process or other random things I talked out – one on Tin Can Knits, and another on Infinite Twist.

Unbroken hat!

Do you know about the Holla Knits knit-a-long that’s happening right now?  It’s kind of amazing – you automatically get one free pattern of your choice per Holla Knits item that you finish for the KAL, and then you also get entered into drawings to win bigger prizes at the end.  You can knit any Holla Knits garment or accessory (which includes my Unbroken hat, above), and the lists of pattern prizes are here.  The KAL runs through May 2nd, so you still have plenty of time to join in!  (The action happens in the ravelry group over here!)

Just shipped out TWO trunk shows to LA shops for the upcoming LA Yarn Crawl, along with fat stacks of promo postcards. LA crawlers, look out for my stuff!

If you’re in the LA area, I will have TWO trunk shows up at shops during the LA Yarn Crawl!  A Coloring Book show at Needle in a Haystack, and a general Leethal Knits show at Knit Culture (with coupon giveaways!).

Mikkey!

I released a new pattern, like 3 weeks ago, but I’m waiting to officially blog it until I finish the Bulk Trio ebook of all 3 patterns together, which should have been done by now but it’s not yet.  So, soon, that will be done, and then I’ll tell you allllll about Mikkey!

Mikkey!

I worked a really exciting and weird freelance gig doing crafty things for a commercial – I can’t show or tell you anything about that yet, but that’s a major reason I got off track on other things and you haven’t heard from me for awhile.

Currently knitting up a prototype of a sweater that I designed. Whoa. This is a BIG deal to me; I kind of thought I might try designing a sweater like in another couple years, but then this idea just happened and now I'm knitting it!! (The hot pink stripe

I designed a sweater!  This was one of those things where I had multiple in-progress designs that were supposed to be higher priority, but… I got this idea and I just couldn’t let it go!  I think it had something to do with getting my mind off everything else while working on that commercial, it like opened my mind up to new ideas that I wasn’t really supposed to be thinking about, but the inspiration struck and I spent some time driving to and from that gig and thinking about the sweater, and then I didn’t want to leave it with just notes to get back to in six months that I might not ever get back to because the energy may pass and never return… So I wrote up the pattern, and knit up a prototype version and the pattern is basically done now!  It’s a classic leethal-style any-gauge, custom made to your measurements design, so I made the prototype in a quick bulky gauge to try it all out.  My plan is to knit up the official sample in worsted weight over the next couple months, while focusing on other higher priority designs, and then once that’s knit I’ll get it out to testers, give them plenty of time, and plan on releasing the pattern around late summer / early fall.

Finished my bulky sweater prototype! The design is for any weight, so I'll be making the main sample in worsted; wanted to work everything out in a quick gauge first to kind of make sure it would go as intended, and it totally worked! This is a mystery sh

I spent a few days completely designing a hat that I was really excited about, and then when it was finished it turned out to be UGLY.  Damn.  So I threw that out the window.  (That’s it below – looked great in progress, but the finished piece was a huge failure.  Alas.)

Garter stitch + slip stitches in beautiful @infinitetwist handspun!

I’m slowly still working on the colorwork shawl for the Betiko Collection, and feeling crazy guilty about how long it’s taking, as I keep getting distracted by other things… but it will be released eventually.  It’s more of a spring design anyway  ;)

bechdel fest drawing

In non leethal knits things… I started a new tumblr, which will be a media-watching project starting soon-ish (maybe April 1st, or maybe a bit later, not sure yet) – Bechdel Fest.  Right now, you can check it out to see content related to the underrepresentation of women in film and television (and also of POC) as I just kind of set it up for the project.  When I start, I will be watching only movies and TV shows either made by women or featuring female main characters, for a month or so – see the about page to read the details of the project.  (It doesn’t actually have to do with the Bechdel Test, that’s just a punny name for the project/blog.)

Built to Spill - Keep it Like a Secret Waitresses, the - Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul Belle and Sebastian - This is Just a Modern Rock Song New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies

Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell Kinks, the - Kinks-Size Le Tigre - Feminist Sweepstakes Nina Simone - The Best of Nina Simone Mountain Goats, the - We Shall all be Healed

Speaking of projects, my 500 records in 2014 plan is going pretty well – I’m currently up to 119 (once I add the two I listened to this morning).  Pretty good!  And I’m having fun listening to more vinyl, getting more in the habit of putting on records, and I love how the flickr set is looking!

Rainbow records!!

It’s Pete’s spring break right now, so we’ve caught up on some movies in the theater – I really liked Frozen!  We had a friend stay at our house, which motivated some house projects, like our rainbow record shelf above, and getting our library room in order, so that’s neat! I can’t think of any other updates so now I’m just telling you things randomly :-p  So okay that’s all for now!

Filed under: knit-a-longs,knitting,lots of links,movies,music,personal — leethal @ 9:01 pm

January 19, 2012

Happy 2012! Here’s what’s up in leethal land…

How’s your 2012 going so far?  Mine is off to a slooooow start, but I feel like it’s just about to start taking off!  I wanted to jump in here after my long delay with kind of a catch-up post, with some stuff I’ve been up to so far this year, and random bits and news and things I wanted to share with you.

no-sew tee projects

First, Portlanders: I’ll be teaching a couple of free Library classes on making my no-sew recycled t-shirt bags, plus other things with the t-shirt leftover scraps (like the cuffs above), which you can see some more photos of over here.  The first class is this Saturday (the 21st) at the Capitol Hill branch, and the next one will be on February 18th at the Albina branch – check out my info page here for details and library links.

black sheep black sheep

And then a bit of leethal news – I wanted to let you know how much I ended up raising for Heifer… $110!!  Thanks to all who bought stuff in December, you are awesome!

Heifer thank you

And now moving on to what I’ve been up to… One thing I did on an impulse a few days ago, a kind of mixing things up for the new year new project-ish thing…. I started a tumblr!  I figure, I’ve always been terrible at little posts here on do stuff! – I’ve gone through phases of trying to regularly post small things like recipes, thrifty scores, mixes, etc… but it never sticks and I always go back to my long posts.

my new tumblr

So, I thought, how about I break it up?  Keep this blog as it is, but really try to do more tutorials and valuable content, and stick all that little content over on the tumblr.  I’m thinking of it as a halfway point between this blog and twitter – the posts will be more permanent than tweets, but much less of a big deal than the leethal blog.  My plan is to rarely even mention knit design over there, or even crafts in general – all valuable crafty content will be for here on do stuff! (so if that’s all you care about, you don’t need to follow both) – and to just use tumblr for silly personal stuff, assorted photos of things I’m doing, movies, books, music, food… we’ll just see where it goes, I don’t even know what to expect!

new (used) DVD stack amazing bow!

And now speaking of movies and music… I have a couple long term project updates.  Remember a year ago, when I decided to try to watch 365 movies in 2011?  Well, I did it!  JUST!  I watched my 364th and 365th movies on New Year’s Eve and just barely succeeded.  The list is a little embarrassing, but remember, I watch most movies while working, so I can’t give 100% attention to the screen, meaning I make silly choices a lot of the time, especially if I know I’m working on a pattern that needs some focus.  The questionable movies on the list weren’t really watched, they were just kind of background noise.  You understand, hehe.  Anyway, it was a fun project, but I’m happy to not have to count movies anymore and be more free to get sucked into TV shows whenever I want.  (So much TV to catch up with!  First up, probably Downton Abbey!  Not that I didn’t watch TV shows in 2011, but I just had to space them out and couldn’t keep up with everything.)

our record collection!

And my other project… well, you probably remember back in the summer when I went through that massive record organization project.  Chronological order!  Damn, it was a ton of work, and it was nerdy fun to do, but it was so not practical.  Cataloging and sorting our collection like that made Pete and I much more active about collecting records, like too much so, but hey, Portland has amazing shops that need our support, right?

our record collection!

So, once they were all organized, the collection started rapidly growing larger, and it became overwhelming, the thought of adding all the new LPs in their chronological spots.  So they just accumulated, and at the beginning of this year, the motivation kicked us and we spent a couple days immersed in re-organizing once again.

our record collection!

This time, alphabetical!  Sigh of relief!  So much easier to add new stacks where they belong and keep it all in order!  And, if you compare the photos of our collection from July and the current shots, you’ll notice how vinyl has almost completely taken over our shelving unit.  Love it!

our records! our record collection!

Another random fun thing I wanted to mention is that Pete has gotten suuuuper into Pinterest since joining a couple days ago.  If you have any interest in men’s fashion, or neat nature/science photos, you may want to follow his boards.

Pinterest screenshot

And then the last thing I wanted to mention… even though it annoys me that there’s no iPad app or functioning website and everything is through the iPhone app, I still like the idea of instagram and I’ve started using it a bit more.  I’m _leethal_ over there if you’re an instagrammer (instagrammar?)…

snow in portland! snow in portland!

Okay I think those are all the things I wanted to mention.  Happy 2012 all!

Filed under: home stuff,movies,music,personal,photos,portland stuff,random stuff — leethal @ 7:00 am

January 1, 2011

2011, my year of movies!

Happy new year everyone!  One of many things I want to try hard at this year is to watch more films instead of tv shows – I consume a ton of media, while knitting, while editing photos and my website, while doing other crafty things, etc, and most of it tends to be tv shows because it’s so easy to start a show and just go with it… for weeks at a time… even if it’s not a particularly good show…  I never stoop to reality tv (well except for Project Runway), and most of the shows I get hooked on are decent quality (most, not all), but I really wish I fit more good movies into my media consumption.

So, new project for 2011!  I am going to try to watch 365 movies this year, and I will keep track of every single one!  This blog post will be my list for the year – I’ll edit it a couple times a week or so, to update it with what I’ve watched.  It will include films seen in the theater, but most of what I watch is while working at home, so the quality of films will vary depending on how much I need to focus on what I’m doing at the same time.  I plan to re-watch lots of old favorites and films I’ve seen but only partly remember – I figure re-watching good or decent movies is better for my brain than watching (or re-watching) bad or only semi-decent tv.

I may include notes sometimes – just like whether I liked it or not – and date watched… and just for fun, to keep track of what’s what, I’ll be including some symbol coding when applicable:

** = seen in the theater
∞ = had already seen it more than once, aka old favorite
•• = had already seen it at some point but didn’t remember it well
BMB = bad movie bingo!

and, after each movie: (date – day of the year), so (1/20 – 20) means January 20, which is the 20th day of the year.

And now, the list!

365.  Crazy, Stupid, Love. (12/31 – 365)

364.  The Descendants (12/31 – 365)**

363.  Diner (12/30 – 364)

362.  The Doom Generation (12/27 – 361)

361.  Presumed Innocent (12/27 – 361)

360.  CQ (12/26 – 360)

359.  Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (12/26 – 360)**  (I had zero expectations for this, which I went to with my parents, and it was actually a super fun time, hah!)

358.  Love Actually (12/23 – 357)∞  (holiday season classic, of course)

357.  We Bought a Zoo (12/23 – 357)**

356.  Kick-Ass (12/22 – 356)••

355.  Scrooged (12/20 – 354)

354.  Let Me In (12/17 – 351)

353.  Bad Santa (12/16 – 350)

352.  Cradle Will Rock (12/15 – 349)

351.  Beauty and the Beast (12/15 – 349)••

350.  Cannibal! The Musical (12/14 – 348)

349.  Hunger (12/13 – 347)  (wow, so intense)

348.  Death Becomes Her (12/13 – 347)••  (half-watched this because I remembered liking it when I was a kid. silly.)

347.  Limitless (12/12 – 346)  (this premise had so much potential, but it just sucked so hard, bummer)

346.  You’ve Got Mail (12/11 – 345)••  (I should probably mark this as ∞ because I’ve seen it more times than I’d like to admit, for some strange reason…)

345.  Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (12/10 – 344)••  (remembered loving this movie in college – yes, still good stuff)

344.  In Bruges (12/08 – 342)  (took me long enough to see this one, liked it a lot)

343.  Hot Rod (12/08 – 342)••  (cool beans)

342.  The Freshman (12/08 – 342)••

341.  The Door in the Floor (12/07 – 341)  (maybe I saw this long ago… I don’t remember for sure because it was so boring and unmemorable)

340.  Spanglish (12/06 – 340)••

339.  In Good Company (12/05 – 339)••

338.  The Safety of Objects (12/05 – 339)

337.  Friday Night Lights (12/03 – 337)

336.  Black Snake Moan (12/01 – 335)

335.  Drive Me Crazy (11/25 – 329)••

334.  Dancer in the Dark (11/25 – 329)••

333.  Breaking the Waves (11/23 – 327)••

332.  The Town (11/23 – 327)

331.  Never Been Kissed (11/22 – 326)••

330.  Dick (11/22 – 326)••

329.  Outbreak (11/21 – 325)

328.  Heaven (11/19 – 323)

327.  Cloverfield (11/18 – 322)••

326.  Life During Wartime (11/17 – 321)

325.  Stake Land (11/15 – 319)

324.  Contagion (11/13 – 317)**

323.  Timecop (11/11 – 315)

322.  Rear Window (11/09 – 313)**

321.  Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (11/08 – 312)

320.  I Love You, Man (11/08 – 312)∞ (with commentary)

319.  Zero Effect (11/05 – 309)

318.  Prelude to a Kiss (11/05 – 309)

317.  Monsters, Inc. (11/04 – 308)••

316.  The Pixar Story (11/04 – 308)

315.  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox (11/03 – 307)

314.  Strange Days (11/03 – 307)

313.  Winnebago Man (11/02 – 306)

312.  Pandorum (11/02 – 306)

311.  Bill Cunningham New York (11/02 – 306) (loved it!!)

310.  My Dinner with Andre (11/01 – 305)

309.  House on Haunted Hill (1959) (11/01 – 305)

308.  Superstar (10/31 – 304) (the Andy Warhol documentary, inspiration for Halloween)

307.  Carnival of Souls (10/30 – 303)

306.  Red State (10/30 – 303)

305.  Attack the Block (10/29 – 302)** (excellent!!)

304.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes (10/29 – 302)**

303.  True Stories (10/27 – 300)

302.  Lake Mungo (10/26 – 299)

301.  Philadelphia (10/26 – 299)••

300.  The Next Three Days (10/25 – 298) (ohmygod how can these modern day action movies be so boring?!)

299.  Monsters (10/24 – 297)

298.  The Puffy Chair (10/24 – 297)

297.  The Ward (10/23 – 296)

296.  The 39 Steps (10/23 – 296)

295.  Criminal (10/22 – 295)

294.  Brothers (10/21 – 294)

293.  Home Room (10/21 – 294)

292.  Office Killer (10/20 – 293) (being a huge Cindy Sherman fan, as soon as I discovered that this movie existed and was immediately watchable I had to watch it immediately. fun stuff.)

291.  Parenthood (10/18 – 291)••

290.  Coal Miner’s Daughter (10/18 – 291)

289.  The Ghost Writer (10/18 – 291)

288.  Brief Encounter (10/16 – 289) (loved this!)

287.  Heavenly Creatures (10/16 – 289)

286.  Southland Tales (10/16 – 289) (wow so bad)

285.  House (10/15 – 288) (this movie was amazing. seriously.)

284.  28 Weeks Later (10/15 – 288)••

283.  28 Days Later (10/14 – 287)••

282.  Shaun of the Dead (10/14 – 287)** (so fun to see this in the theater!)

281.  Session 9 (10/12 – 285)

280.  Blood Diamond (10/09 – 282)

279.  Manic (10/09 – 282)

278.  The Perfect Host (10/09 – 282)

277.  Don’t Bother to Knock (10/08 – 281)

276.  Case 39 (10/06 – 279)

275.  The Future (10/04 – 277)**

274.  Tree of Life (10/01 – 274)**

273.  Dance of the Dead (9/30 – 273)

272.  The Chosen (9/30 – 273)

271.  Insomnia (9/29 – 272)

270.  The Usual Suspects (9/29 – 272)••

269.  Don Juan DeMarco (9/29 – 272)••

268.  The Brave One (9/28 – 271)

267.  New Waterford Girl (9/28 – 271)

266.  Death to Smoochy (9/28 – 271)••

265.  Alexandra’s Project (9/27 – 270)

264.  Cry-Baby (9/27 – 270)••

263.  House of 1000 Corpses (9/26 – 269)  (blech)

262.  Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (9/26 – 269)••

261.  Rain Man (9/25 – 268)••

260.  Ponyo (9/25 – 268)

259.  Mammoth (9/24 – 267)  (love Michelle Williams and Gael García Bernal both so much, but damn, this was brutal)

258.  She-Devil (9/24 – 267)

257.  The Sting (9/24 – 267)

256.  Cold Weather (9/23 – 266)

255.  The Million Dollar Hotel (9/23 – 266)

254.  Casino (9/19 – 262)

253.  Serious Moonlight (9/18 – 261)  (because adrienne shelly wrote it)

252.  I’ll Take You There (9/18 – 261)  (love adrienne shelly!)

251.  Searching for Bobby Fischer (9/15 – 258)

250.  Elizabethtown (9/13 – 256)•• (rewatched because i remembered nothing from my first half-watch years ago and needed to revisit after reading My Year of Flops – Rabin started with this review, then changed his attitude at the end of the book in review #2 of the same film.  yeah it was pretty bad…)

249.  Awakenings (9/12 – 255)

248.  28 Days (9/10 – 253)••

247.  Point of No Return (9/08 – 251)

246.  Edmond (9/06 – 249)

245.  The Cry of the Owl (9/06 – 249)

244.  The Incredible Shrinking Woman (9/05 – 248)

243.  Apollo 13 (9/05 – 248)••

242.  Beautiful Creatures (9/04 – 247)

241.  The Secret of My Success (9/04 – 247)

240.  You Again (9/04 – 247)  (I’ll basically watch anything with Kristen Bell)

239.  Hulk (9/02 – 245)

238.  Tapeheads (8/31 – 243)

237.  TrollHunter / Trolljegeren (8/30 – 242)**  (fun time!)

236.  Radio Flyer (8/29 – 241)••  (had a weird memory of this movie from seeing it as a kid and watched it out of curiosity because of that)

235.  Crimes and Misdemeanors (8/29 – 241)

234.  Super 8 (8/28 – 240)**  (loved it!)

233.  Kalifornia (8/28 – 240)

232.  Mrs. Doubtfire (8/28 – 240)••

231.  Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (8/27 – 239)  (read the first three books, so that influenced my view of the movie, but it was still excellent! visually amazing!)

230.  The Morning After (8/27 – 239)

229.  Missing (8/25 – 237)

228.  Everything Must Go (8/21 – 233)**

227.  The Man Who Fell To Earth (8/20 – 232)

226.  City Island (8/20 – 232)

225.  Network (8/20 – 232)

224.  Welcome to Collinwood (8/17 – 229)

223.  The Shape of Things (8/16 – 228)

222.  Better Off Dead (8/11 – 223)••

221.  The Italian Job (2003) (8/09 – 221)

220.  Drop Dead Gorgeous (8/08 – 220)••

219.  Scream 4 (8/08 – 220)

218.  Muriel’s Wedding (8/06 – 218)

217.  River’s Edge (8/05 – 217)

216.  The River Wild (8/05 – 217)

215.  London to Brighton (8/05 – 217)

214.  Temple Grandin (8/04 – 216)  (loved it!)

213.  Capturing the Friedmans (8/03 – 215)

212.  X-Men: First Class (8/02 – 214)**

211.  The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (8/02 – 214)

210.  The Long Kiss Goodnight (7/31 – 212)••

209.  Superman Returns (7/31 – 212)

208.  Dude, Where’s My Car? (7/27 – 208)••

207.  Happy Accidents (7/26 – 207)

206.  Benny & Joon (7/25 – 206)∞

205.  Open Water (7/24 – 205)

204.  The Outsiders (7/24 – 205)••

203.  Camille (7/24 – 205)

202.  Emma (7/23 – 204)

201.  Superman II (7/23 – 204)••

200.  10 Things I Hate About You (7/22 – 203)∞

199.  8mm (7/22 – 203)

198.  Lonesome Jim (7/22 – 203)

197.  All Good Things (7/21 – 202)

196.  Strictly Ballroom (7/20 – 201)

195.  Four Rooms (7/19 – 200)

194.  Shutter Island (7/18 – 199)•• (think I liked this even better after a second viewing!)

193.  Skyline (7/18 – 199)

192.  Win Win (7/17 – 198)** (loved it!)191.  The Thing (7/17 – 198)

190.  Contact (7/14 – 195)••

189.  Hanna (7/14 – 195)**

188.  Conspiracy Theory (7/14 – 195)•• (saw this when it came out, in high school, but didn’t remember it at all – wow terrible)

187.  Red Dragon (7/12 – 193)

186.  Revenge of the Nerds (7/12 – 193)

185.  Blue Valentine (7/10 – 191)

184.  Just One of the Guys (7/10 – 191)

183.  Book of Love (7/10 – 191)

182.  Barry Munday (7/09 – 190)

181.  Meek’s Cutoff (7/08 – 189)**

180.  Speed 2: Cruise Control (7/07 – 188)••BMB  (I think I saw this when it came out, when I was in high school, but of course it’s completely unmemorable and we thought it would make for some fun bingo)

179.  Accepted (7/07 – 188)

178.  Super High Me (7/07 – 188)

177.  Creepshow (7/05 – 186)••

176.  The Bourne Identity (7/05 – 186)••

175.  A Hard Day’s Night (7/04 – 185)

174.  Fritz the Cat (7/02 – 183)

173.  The Silence of the Lambs (7/01 – 182)••

172.  Southern Belles (7/01 – 182)  (I really love Anna Faris… this movie was just okay, not good, but she was great)

171.  Tape (6/30 – 181)••

170.  Gentlemen Broncos (6/28 – 179)

169.  The Italian Job (1969) (6/28 – 179)**

168.  Aaah! Zombies!! (6/25 – 176)

167.  Some Girl (6/25 – 176)

166.  Who’s the Caboose? (6/24 – 175)

165.  Pulp Fiction (6/24 – 175)••

164.  Babe: Pig in the City (6/23 – 174)

163.  Get Over It (6/22 – 173)

162.  Meet Bill (6/22 – 173)

161.  Source Code (6/20 – 171)**

160.  Sleeping Dogs Lie (6/12 – 163)

159.  It’s Kind of a Funny Story (6/11 – 162)

158.  Intermission (6/11 – 162)

157.  Incendiary (6/11 – 162)

156.  SubUrbia (6/09 – 160)••

155.  According to Spencer (6/09 – 160)

154.  Jack Goes Boating (6/08 – 159)

153.  Wonder Boys (6/08 – 159)

152.  The Open Road (6/08 – 159)

151.  The Verdict (6/07 – 158)

150.  Ten Inch Hero (6/06 – 157)

149.  My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (6/06 – 157)

148.  Loser (6/06 – 157)••

147.  Scorched (6/06 – 157)

146.  The House of Yes (6/03 – 154)••

145.  Two Hands (6/03 – 154)

144.  The Cable Guy (6/02 – 153)••

143.  The People I’ve Slept With (6/02 – 153)

142.  Cedar Rapids (5/31 – 151)**

141.  Cave of Forgotten Dreams (5/31 – 151)**  (so glad we saw it in 3D!)

140.  Bridesmaids (5/17 – 137)**  (gosh I love Kristen Wiig so much)

139.  The Botany of Desire (5/16 – 136)

138.  Best in Show (5/14 – 134)∞

137.  Four Lions (5/13 – 133)

136.  Paul (5/12 – 132)**  (best part = Kristen Wiig)

135.  Extract (5/11 – 131)  (best parts = Kristen Wiig + Mila Kunis)

134.  Fun with Dick and Jane (5/11 – 131)••

133.  The Education of Shelby Knox (5/09 – 129) (I kind of live-blogged this one on pinterest because of the rage that needed to be let out)

132.  Leaves of Grass (5/07 – 127)

131.  The Strangers (4/29 – 119)

130.  Dead and Breakfast (4/28 – 118)

129.  Best Laid Plans (4/27 – 117)

128.  In Her Shoes (4/23 – 113)••

127.  Chasing Liberty (4/22 – 112)••BMB

126.  With Honors (4/22 – 112)••

125.  Freeway (4/22 – 112)

124.  Morning Glory (4/21 – 111)

123.  The Lookout (4/18 – 108)

122.  Six O’Clock News (4/18 – 108)

121.  Amelie (4/17 – 107)∞  (this is definitely one of my favorite films, but somehow I hadn’t watched in at least 5 years, more I think – how’d that happen?? so good!)

120.  Sherman’s March (4/16 – 106)

119.  Clueless (4/14 – 104)∞

118.  High Fidelity (4/14 – 104)∞

117.  Party Girl (4/12 – 102)

116.  Empire Records (4/11 – 101)∞

115.  A History of Violence (4/09 – 99)

114.  The Killing (4/09 – 99)

113.  Get Shorty (4/07 – 97)

112.  A Dirty Shame (4/07 – 97)

111.  Reservoir Dogs (4/06 – 96)••  (I almost watched 5 Tarantino films 5 days in a row, but missed it by a day, oh well)

110.  Meet Me in St. Louis (4/04 – 94)

109.  White Oleander (4/04 – 94)

108.  Beneath the Dark (4/04 – 94)

107.  Jackie Brown (4/04 – 94)

106.  Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (4/03 – 93)

105.  Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (4/02 – 92)••

104.  Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (4/02 – 92)

103.  Death Proof (4/01 – 91)

102.  The Last Word (4/01 – 91)

101.  Black Swan (3/31 – 90)**

100.  Alone in the Dark (3/29 – 88)BMB

99.  Leaving Las Vegas (3/29 – 88)••

98.  Flawless (3/29 – 88)

97.  Laura (3/27 – 86)

96.  Planet Terror (3/26 – 85)

95.  Tank Girl (3/25 – 84) (wow so bad)

94.  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (3/25 – 84)

93.  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (3/25 – 84)

92.  Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (3/22 – 81)•• (watched with RiffTrax, and I use the word “watched” loosely here – I probably shouldn’t even count this, but I was in the same room as the tv the whole time it was playing)

91.  The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste) (3/21 – 80)**

90.  Don’t You Forget About Me (3/21 – 80)  (made me want to re-watch every John Hughes film)

89.  Frozen (3/21 – 80)

88.  Eagle vs Shark (3/20 – 79)••

87.  Zack and Miri Make A Porno (3/20 – 79)••

86.  Pump Up the Volume (3/19 – 78)∞

85.  Joe Versus the Volcano (3/18 – 77)

84.  Resurrected (3/18 – 77)

83.  Splice (3/15 – 74)

82.  Phoebe in Wonderland (3/14 – 73)

81.  The Nines (3/13 – 72)

80.  Somewhere (3/11 – 70)**

79.  Kicking and Screaming (3/11 – 70) (by Noah Baumbach from 1995, not the Will Ferrell soccer movie)

78.  It’s All About Love (3/10 – 69) (as recommended by the book My Year of Flops)

77.  King of California (3/10 – 69)

76.  Short Cuts (3/06 – 65)

75.  Dogtooth (3/05 – 64)

74.  Hounddog (3/05 – 64)

73.  Edgeplay (3/05 – 64)

72.  The Runaways (3/05 – 64)

71.  Mystery Team (3/03 – 62)

70.  Keith (3/03 – 62)

69.  Daybreakers (3/02 – 61)

68.  Superbad (3/01 – 60)∞

67.  I Love You Phillip Morris (3/01 – 60)**

66.  Hard Eight (2/28 – 59)••

65.  The Elephant Man (2/28 – 59)

64.  Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (2/28 – 59)

63.  Big Night (2/27 – 58)

62.  127 Hours (2/26 – 57)**

61.  Henry Fool (2/25 – 56)

60.  The Young Victoria (2/24 – 55)

59.  Popeye (2/24 – 55) (I needed something really stupid after finishing that last one, and this was indeed really stupid)

58.  Deliver Us from Evil (2/24 – 55)

57.  The Importance of Being Earnest (2/23 – 54)

56.  The King’s Speech (2/23 – 54)**

55.  Right at Your Door (2/23 – 54)

54.  Mamma Mia! (2/23 – 54)

53.  Dear Zachary (2/22 – 53) (I finished this one about an hour before writing this and I still feel completely physically beat up)

52.  Bridget Jones’s Diary (2/21 – 52)•• (I’ll quote myself on twitter as I was watching this: “can i just be a girl and tell you i’m watching a very silly movie for 1 reason and there is not nearly enough of him”)

51.  Moulin Rouge (2/20 – 51)∞

50.  The Saddest Music in the World (2/20 – 51) (need to give this another watch sometime when I’m in the right mood, as I was distracted and couldn’t really take it in)

49.  Red Riding Trilogy: Part 3: 1983 (2/20 – 51)

48.  Beautiful Girls (2/18 – 49)••

47.  Dazed and Confused (2/17 – 48)∞ (every time I watch this, it’s better than I remembered it being, somehow)

46.  Red Riding Trilogy: Part 2: 1980 (2/16 – 47) (watched part 1 a couple months ago)

45.  The Pick-up Artist (2/16 – 47)

44.  Zodiac (2/15 – 46)••

43.  Saved! (2/15 – 46)∞

42.  Zombieland (2/15 – 46)∞ (saw it about a year ago, or less, in the theater, loved it so much I had to give it a re-watch, so it counts as an old favorite I think)

41.  Blackout (2/14 – 45)

40.  The Trotsky (2/14 – 45)

39.  Fearless (2/14 – 45)••

38.  Easy A (2/11 – 42)

37.  The Social Network (2/10 – 41)**

36.  Every Little Step (2/10 – 41)

35.  Stigmata (2/07 – 38)••

34.  The Thing Called Love (2/07 – 38)

33.  The Independent (2/06 – 37)

32.  In America (2/05 – 36)••

31.  Poison Ivy (2/05 – 36)

30.  True Grit (2/04 – 35)**

29.  Man on Wire (2/01 – 32)

28.  Devil in a Blue Dress (1/31 – 31)

27.  Grass (1/30 – 30)

26.  Moog (1/29 – 29)

25.  Identity (1/27 – 27)••

24.  Y Tu Mamá También (1/26 – 26)

23.  Paris, Texas (1/25 – 25)

22.  The Others (1/24 – 24)••

21.  Pizza (1/23 – 23)

20.  Encounters at the End of the World (1/21 – 21) (So good!!)

19.  Remains of the Day (1/20 – 20)

18.  A League of Their Own (1/18 – 18)••

17.  What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1/18 – 18)

16.  Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1/17 – 17)  (I can’t believe I had never seen this! Wacky!)

15.  Drop Dead Fred (1/17 – 17)  (This was another of those… remembered liking it when I was a kid, curious, it’s on instant, eh why not?)

14.  Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (1/15 – 15)  (Wow.)

13.  A Star Is Born (1/14 – 14)  (1954 one)

12.  Sweetgrass (1/12 – 12)

11.  Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (1/12 – 12)**

10.  The Sound of Music (1/09 – 9)∞

9.  Delirious (1/09 – 9) (I had vague memories of liking and/or being weirded out by this movie when I was a kid, so when it came up on instant, I half-watched it out of curiosity… pretty bad…)

8.  Down with Love (1/07 – 7)∞

7.  Poltergeist (1/06 – 6)

6.  Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (1/06 – 6)  (I didn’t know anything about Joan Rivers before watching this – now I’m a big fan!)

5.  Back to the Future part III (1/05 – 5)••

4.  Hannah and Her Sisters (1/04 – 4)

3.  Back to the Future part II (1/03 – 3)••

2.  Back to the Future (1/02 – 2)∞  (we had to re-watch it since Pete got me the game for xmas and it’s SUPER fun!)

1.  The Red Shoes (1/01 – 1)

So that’ll be updated all throughout the year, and I’ll probably do new posts occasionally referring to it…  Most of what I watch at home is from Netflix, and mostly on instant, so if you’re an instant user, you could follow along to see recommendations, and please go ahead and comment with your recommendations for me!

Just to finish off, since it is the 1st of 2011, I made a quick list of my personal favorites of 2010 – just my favorite films that were released in ’10 that I’ve seen, which leaves out tons of good movies.  Our theaters are all third run, so most of the movies that were released in the last few months aren’t even out yet for us, and there are lots that we missed in the theater and are now in the DVD queue.  So, with that said, my top 5, as of right now without much thought put into it:

 

  • 1.  Never Let Me Go
  • 2.  Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • 3.  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • 4.  Inception
  • 5.  can’t decide… Toy Story 3 / Youth in Revolt

And winner for my number 1 absolute worst film of 2010:  The Expendables (long story about why we saw it in the first place).

Ok so that’s that.  Wish me luck, and tell me what I should watch!

Filed under: movies,personal — leethal @ 8:26 pm

December 24, 2008

bad movie bingo!! for sale now!

update 2/10/09: the official bad movie bingo website has just gone up!  badmoviebingo.net!

bad movie bingo!

ok if you follow me on twitter you’ve been hearing about this for a long time now, and i wanted to release it much earlier, but i’m happy to at least have it up by xmas (barely!) so you could play it during the holiday if you want to.

bad movie bingo! bad movie bingo!

bad movie bingo is a game that pete invented, and then pete and i together made it a reality!  i’m so so so happy that it is totally done now and i can play it, instead of partly playing it while trying to come up with more cliches to fill in all the boxes.  i think we did a pretty good job, and pete is great at coming up with movie cliches, so it’s really fun just reading the boxes.

bad movie bingo!

the game comes in two different versions: romantic comedy and action/horror, and you can make as many reusable cards as you want for any number of players.  also included are building instructions, playing instructions, and an envelope to hold the game cards.  above you can see what you need to make the game, in addition to the pdf file of course, and a printer – you need paper and/or cardstock, scissors (and a paper cutter helps), clear, glossy packing tape, a glue stick or 2-sided tape, and optional thin cardboard (like cereal boxes).  and to play, you just need the cards and dry erase markers for each player.

bad movie bingo!

if you wanted to make this game as a super last-minute xmas present, or a new years gift, you could include dry erase markers with it for a complete game set!  i gave the game to each of my brothers and my parents as an early present yesterday, and they all really loved it.  we played it last night (on the movie jason x) and it was super duper fun!!  ben totally won with 5 bingos at the end, and i had zero!!  it all depends where the boxes fall…

so, the pdf file costs only $2!  quite a deal i must say, for hours and hours of endless fun.  i wanted to keep the price low so that everyone who wants it can get it and the fun can spread to all!

it will be sold through pete’s website normally, but i don’t have time to get it up there for a few days, so for now, this is the only place to get it.  the way it works is that you buy it by clicking the link below and i email you the pdf file (which is 6.7mb) as quickly as possible.  i’ll try to get it to you within a couple hours, especially if you get it tonight, but i can’t really guarantee anything quicker than 24 hours.  i’ll be flying back to portland tomorrow (xmas day) so i won’t be online between about 4pm and 10pm ish probably.

ok, click here to buy:

happy holidays!! hope everyone is having a fabulous week! and, enjoy!!

update 2/10/09: the official bad movie bingo website has just gone up!  badmoviebingo.net!  check it out and comment or email us with your recommendations so we can add them to the list!

Filed under: movies,random stuff,self-publishing — leethal @ 6:51 pm
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