Line(s) of the Day #TheWinnerTakesItAll

ABBA Winner takes it all

I don’t wanna talk
About things we’ve gone through
Though it’s hurting me
Now it’s history.
I’ve played all my cards
And that’s what you’ve done too
Nothing more to say
No more ace to play

Taken from the incredibly powerful ballad The Winner Takes it All by Swedish group Abba, from their seventh studio album Super Trouper. Although denied by its songwriter Björn Ulvaeus, the emotive lyrics are widely believed to reflect the break up of his marriage to fellow band member Agnetha Fältskog.

Gr8at: Impressive Foreign Language Songs

After my recent Songs to Lighten your Mood and Make you Smile post, I thought I’d highlight my love of songs sung in a different language. My fluency in Spanish is clearly reflected, but there are others from different languages too and all have been carefully chosen. Even if you don’t translate the lyrics, you should definitely listen to them to appreciate their skills in rhythm, tone and melody. Is there one that stands out most for you? What artists do you like that sing in a non-English language?

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Line(s) of the Day #TheGodfatherII

The Godfather 2

There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in the masterpiece that is The Godfather II (1974). Among its many accolades, it was the first sequel to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Film Quizzes: Birthday Parties

As it was my birthday last week, and a party on the weekend, I just had to put up a themed quiz to celebrate. Below are six films featuring highly distinctive, and let’s be honest, mostly disastrous, birthday parties. Ever been to a horrible party? How will you do?

Film Quizzes - Birthday Parties Film 1  (1960s)

Film Quizzes - Birthday Parties Film 2 (1980s)

Film Quizzes - Birthday Parties Film 3 (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Birthday Parties Film 4 (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Birthday Parties Film 5 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Birthday Parties Film 6 (2000s)

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Line(s) of the Day #Tangled


Rapunzel: I’ve been looking out of a window for eighteen years, dreaming about what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it’s not everything I dreamed it would be?
Flynn Rider: It will be.
Rapunzel: And what if it is? What do I do then?
Flynn Rider: Well,that’s the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream.

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi in the animated retelling of Rapunzel in Tangled (2011).

Line(s) of the Day #Everybreathyoutake

The-Police-Every-Breath-You-6867 (2)

Since you’ve gone I been lost without a trace
I dream at night I can only see your face
I look around but it’s you I can’t replace
I feel so cold and I long for your embrace

Taken from The Police’s most famous song, Every Breath you Take, from their fifth (and final) studio album Synchronicity (1983). The song topped the UK and US charts (the latter for eight weeks), is regularly voted in best ever songs polls and is believed to generate about a third of Sting’s music publishing income.

Line(s) of the Day #Seinfeld

Elaine George and Jerry

Elaine: Married women don’t “get together”. They have affairs.
George: Oh my God, an affair. That’s so adult. It’s like with stockings and martinis, and William Holden. On the other hand it probably wouldn’t cost me any money.

Julia Louis Dreyfus and Jason Alexander in the gloriously brilliant sitcom Seinfeld (1989 – 1998). You can find my reasons for it being the best sitcom ever here.

Gr8at: The Far Side

My fondness of cartoons will already be pretty well known I’m sure. I’ve done several posts on Calvin and Hobbes, as well as recent ones on Dilbert and Cyanide and Happiness. About time for another selection, this time from the talent that is Gary Larson and his Far Side collection. Are you a fan of comic strips in general?

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Film Quizzes: Alexs

I wasn’t expecting any further posts to come out of my Songs to Lighten your Mood and Make you Smile but surprises certainly come in many forms. In the comments section at the bottom of the piece I was lightheartedly discussing with awesome blogger Table9Mutant ideas for random posts, and voila. This most definitely qualifies as random. Alexs in films are undoubtedly a mixed bag of genders, genres and nationalities. How many of the 12 do you think you can work out? Are there many memorable characters with your name on the big screen?

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 1 (1970s)

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 2 (1980s)

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 4 (1980s)

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 3 (1980s)

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 5 (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 6 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 7 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 8 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 9 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 10 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 11 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Movie Alexs Film 12 (2000s)

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Things to See: Bond in Motion

With the latest James Bond film Spectre being released later this year, the timing of The National Film Museum’s Bond in Motion was wonderfully timed. Quite unsurprisingly, it has been extended. After all, the films are the longest continually running and the third-highest grossing film series to date, which started in 1962 with Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as Bond.

Bond is known for many things. His immaculate appearance. The beautiful women he regularly seduces. His humorous one liners and legendary introduction. Not to mention his love of a Martini, his armed combat skills and his incorporation of gadgets. And who can forget his love of the finest sports cars and alternative getaway vehicles?

Silver smooth

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