Sunday, August 07, 2011

TD Emily: August 7, Update A

This morning a low pressure front came down and swept her off her feet – it was a whirlwind romance ;-) (puns always intended, giggle). Once Emily left the vicinity of the Gulf Stream she lost most of her convection (the only convective areas that lingered were over the Gulf Stream and southern Florida). She’s been whisked away into the Atlantic and was last seen heading off into the sunrise (!) at around 31N, 23W, moving NE at a rapid 17mph. The NHC’s last advisory was at 5pm today, when wind speed was 30mph, central pressure 1011mb. This is my last entry on Emily. Really, I mean it this time. I’m sure she will be quite happy out there.

Thanks for all the replies to the movie quiz yesterday! Apparently I’ve wasted more time watching movies than some of you. ;-) Gary from Florida was the fastest on the buzzer, but from the replies I received I don’t think anyone got all the references in yesterday’s entry so here’s a list (taglines courtesy of IMDB):

Breakin’ 2: Electric Bugaloo (1984) – sequel to some breakdancing film. Ok, I didn’t actually see this one but as soon as I’ve finished this I’ll be looking for a copy to watch now I’ve read the tagline: “A developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center. The local breakdancers try to stop it.” I can't wait.

The Terminator (1984) – James Cameron film, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator. I’ve seen it but here’s the tagline anyway: “A human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor; Kyle Reese is sent to stop it.” Jim from Florida said “Terminators 1 through 12”… hee hee, it does feel like that!

Harry Potter movies (“cloak of invisibility”) (2001-2011) - I think collectively this franchise is worth over $15BN. The author, J. K. Rowling, is the richest author of all time. In addition to breaking all sorts of records, Harry Potter has been responsible for the New York Times beginning a Children’s Book List. Just in case you recently arrived from another planet and haven’t heard of the Harry Potter franchise, here’s the tagline from the first movie: “Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”

The Sound of Music (“raindrops on roses”) (1965) – Starring Julie Andrews. Fabulous movie (musical) based on a true story. You can even do The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg, Austria (also the birthplace of Mozart). The tagline: “A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.”

Chocolat (2000) – Gary (who named it yesterday but hasn’t seen it), it’s a lovely, romantic movie with Johnny Depp and some other people. Tagline: “A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.” I'm sure you'll enjoy it. ;-)

Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963) – Thanks to Bob in Florida for getting this one… because apparently this is a movie that even I didn’t know about! (and yet somehow managed to reference, so now I’ll have to watch it!). (Bob, it better be good!). Stars Jack Lemmon. Tagline: “A love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiancé and give him a chance.”

My Fair Lady (“mostly on the plane”) (1964) – Starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. Fabulous movie (musical). Screenplay written by Alan Jay Lerner, who also wrote a book on the musical, based on a play (Pygmalion) by George Bernard Shaw, based on the classic Greek myth of Pygmalion. The IMDB tagline says “A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.”

North-By-Northwest (1959) – A classic Alfred Hitchcock movie starring Cary Grant. Really good stuff. Tagline: “A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.”

Good Night and Good Luck (2005) – A George Clooney movie… director, writer, and actor. Based on a true story. Some random trivia from IMDB: Precisely every 23 minutes (the standard running time of TV shows from the 1950s), the film is punctuated by a jazz song performed by Dianne Reeves. The tagline is “Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.”

And of course, the ever-present Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) – Fabulous movie (musical). I sure hope you’ve all seen this one! The tagline (as if you need it): "King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles." Obviously based on a true story. ;-)

That’s it until the next blob materializes.

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