09 September 2005

Bad Movie Night

Bad Movie (n): A movie that is bad. This isn't bad in the sense of a Hollywood cookie-cutter script with beautiful people speaking trite lines; what we're talking about here is a movie that is truly bad. A bad movie can have high production values or be done on a shoe-string; it can have big name actors or no acting at all. Sometimes the movie knows that it is going to be bad, while other times it is trying to be good (but failing). A bad movie is a movie you watch and think: "I can't believe they made this."

Bad Movie Night (n): On the second Friday of every month, a group convenes to enjoy a meal and watch an aforementioned "Bad Movie". One of the attendees is chosen as the "sponsor", and this person is responsible for bringing a bad movie that they love. The movie can't be just a movie that they think is bad; it has to be a movie that they really enjoy, and that the majority of the planet thinks is bad.

Bad is a subjective thing; and a bad movie can definitely be enjoyed as such when viewed from the right frame of mind. If you think that a movie is going to be bad before watching it, you are rarely disappointed.

Some of the selections so far:

  • Some Like It Hot
  • Godzilla 2000
  • Condorman
  • Shaolin Soccer
  • Zorro, the Gay Blade
  • Short Circuit 2
  • (This Is) Spinal Tap
  • They Call Me Trinity
  • The Princess Bride

    N.B. There is currently some debate over what the rules should be regarding "cult" films, as several of the above (Tap, Bride) could definitely fall into that category. The difference between a "bad" movie and a "cult" movie is hard to quantify. One suggestion has been that "a cult movie is a bad movie that a majority of people (or close to it) now enjoy." However, even given such a definition there is no rule in place to prohibit cult films from the experience.

    It's great fun, and a good excuse to get together with friends on a regular basis.

    - Mike (& Corinne)

  • 03 September 2005

    Bushdorfs in Seattle

    Corinne's Aunt Patsy and Uncle Jim were in Seattle (from Columbus, OH) for a brief trip, so we decided to take the train up to spend a day with them. We don't get to see them very often!

    Patsy, Andrea, Shane and Jim enjoying breakfast with us in West Seattle.

    We found a 'dahlia show' listed in the local paper, so we decided to check it out.

    Andrea, Corinne and Patsy in the dahlia fields.

    I had some fun taking closeup shots of the flowers. Here's one of several butterflies we encountered.

    We encountered a plethora of bees in the fields as well, as you can imagine.

    Corinne seems to be pretty excited about this particular flower...

    After a brief trip to the Glass Museum in Tacoma, Jim gives Leif a hand down the steps.

    Sisters, enjoying each others company at dinner.

    A fun weekend!

    - Mike (& Corinne)