Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Fix for My X-Wing Chest Box

Last weekend, I wore my X-Wing Pilot costume for the first time in public. Our local Rebel Legion base was at Marscon in Williamsburg. I haven't submitted it yet as an official costume, and I don't even have photos of it yet, but I wanted to see what still needed to be altered. As it turns out, EVERYTHING was too big on me! I guess I'm not as big as I think I am! :)

The one problem I've fixed just now is keeping the chest box hose attached to the flight suit. I tried using a magnet on the inside of my flight suit, but my magnet wasn't as strong as the magnet built into the end of the hose adapter, so it kept falling off. During the day, I just tucked the end of the hose into my belt.

I thought about drilling some small holes into the adapter and just sewing it right to the flight suit. But inspiration struck me last night while I was falling asleep.

I dug out some snaps this afternoon and the Five Second Fix pen I bought to fix one of Mom's Christmas decorations. I glued (or plastic welded) four snap backs to the end of the hose adapter, and I've sewn the other snap sides to the flight suit where the hose will attach.

There are plenty of pictures of Mark Hamill in his X-Wing costume online for reference, but the hose attaches to the flight suit on the left side chest pocket. It can be a little fiddly, and you'll need to make sure you're not sewing through the back side of the pocket.

To get the other side of the snaps lined up right, sew on one back to the suit. Snap it to the hose. With a red Sharpie marker, mark the other three snap backs on the hose, then rub the hose onto the pocket. The red ink will rub onto the suit and you'll have marks where the other snap backs need to be attached.

I know some people on Amazon (okay, a lot of people) have left bad reviews of the Five Second Fix. Personally, I've used it a few times and think it's pretty good. It doesn't dry up after you've opened the pen, the way Super or Krazy Glue seems to do. This is holding pretty tightly right now, just plastic and thin metal.

I think the trick is this: obviously use it to attach the backs of the snaps. Once you've got the plastic weld cured, go around the edge of each snap with it again, and then hit each snap again with the blue light. Supposedly, five seconds will cure it, but I've found it takes double that time.

I've also used it on a frosted glass-type plastic snow man that had a broken arm. The Super Glue I tried first just didn't hold, but as soon as I hit it with the Five Second Fix and the blue light, his little arm wasn't budging.

But back to the chest box hose, I need another day of wearing it to really know how well this will hold, but I've got a good feeling about this.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Felt Like Making A Weird List

I like to lurk on IMDB whenever I see a new (or old) movie. I think their trivia, goofs and discussion boards are very interesting. And I see a lot of people have lists of different types of movies. For some reason, I decided I needed a movie list of my own.

Call me crazy but I decided to make a list of all the movies (both theater released and made for TV) I can remember seeing over the last 42 years. I don't know why I did this, and they are in no particular order, but I think I got pretty damn close to all of them.

The ones I've crossed through are time wasters. The ones I've made bold are ones I recommend.

30 Days of Night
The Explorers
Son In Law
Encino Man
Edge of Tomorrow
Summer School
Gone in Sixty Seconds
Get Carter (2000)
Blast from the Past
The Ladies Man
Undercover Brother
Twilight of the Golds
Baby Boom
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Major Payne
German or Russian movie about were-animals, called something like "Daywalkers," "Nightwalkers" or something along those lines 
The Happening
Twelve Monkeys
Labor Day
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
I, Frankenstein
One Good Cop
Guardians of the Galaxy
Howard & Kumar Go To White Castle
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
The Avengers (2012)
Hatfields & McCoys
Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1998)
Psycho III
Of Mice and Men (1992)
Holiday Heart
Queen of the Damned
Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels
Escape from Alcatraz
Stir Crazy
The Avengers (1998)
Bambi (animated)
Batman: The Movie
Batman Returns
Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (animated)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (animated)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (animated)
The Justice League: The Movie
Justice League: The New Frontier (animated)
The Blues Brothers
Captain America: The First Avenger

The Coneheads
Drop Dead Fred
The Eraser
Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th: Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Friday the 13th: The New Blood (1988)
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th (1986)
Friday the 13th: Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Ghostbusters 2
Green Lantern
The Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Planet Hulk (animated)
Iron Giant (animated)
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 3
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws 4

The Little Mermaid (animated)
My Stepmother’s an Alien
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Freddy vs. Jason
Freddy’s Dead; The Final Nightmare
Pete’s Dragon (original)
Predator 2
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Saving Mr. Banks
Sin City
Superman II
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
Superman III
Superman IV: Quest For Peace
Superman Returns
Robocop (original)
Robocop (2014)
Robocop II
Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 3

The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man Strikes Back
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek: The Final Frontier
Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Trek
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Wars Ep I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Ep II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Ep III: The Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Ep IV: A New Hope
(both versions: when Han shot first and when Greedo shot first, and all the re-edited one with the new scenes)
Star Wars Ep V: The Empire Strikes Back (both versions: original and the re-edited one with the new scenes)
Star Wars Ep VI: Return of the Jedi (both versions: original and the re-edited one with the new scenes)
Star Wars Revelations
Top Gun
The Saint
Real Genius
The Ghost and the Darkness
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
King Kong (1976)
King Kong (2005)

King Kong vs. Godzilla
King Kong Lives
Kate & Leopold
The Fountain
The Wrestler
Grudge Match

Independence Day
Jurassic Park
Midnight Run
Godzilla (1954) 
Godzilla: King of Monsters (1956) 
Godzilla (1998)
Godzilla (2014)
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Dracula (original)
Dracula (1992)
Ice Spiders
Sharknado 2: The Second One
Mega Shark vs. Mechashark
2 Headed Shark Attack
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Waxwork (1988)
Halloween (2007)
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (2009)
Halloween: Resurrection
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Meyers
Halloween 5
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Friday After Next
Next Friday
The Terminator
Terminator II: Judgment Day
Terminator III: Rise of the Machines
Terminator Salvation
Universal Solider

X-Men II
X-Men III: The Last Stand
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: First Class
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Wolverine

What About Bob?
Groundhog Day
Blazing Saddles

Wayne’s World
Wayne’s World 2
The Outsiders
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Lincoln vs. Zombies

The World is Not Enough
Casino Royale
Quantum of Solace
From Russia With Love
Dr. No
License to Kill
The Living Daylights
A View to a Kill
Die Another Day
The Man With the Golden Gun
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
You Only Live Twice
Joe Versus the Volcano
The Money Pit
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
When Harry Met Sally
Broken Arrow
The Green Mile
Evan Almighty
Bruce Almighty
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Good Morning, Vietnam
Catch Me If You Can
Apollo 13
Forrest Gump
A League of Their Own
City Slickers
Turner & Hooch
The 'Burbs
Back to the Future
Back to the Future II
Back to the Future III
Teen Wolf
Stuart Little
Milo & Otis
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Father of the Bride (1991)
Father of the Bride 2
All of Me
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Red Dawn (1984)
The Breakfast Club
Pretty In Pink
The Pick Up Artist
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
The Soloist
Tropic Thunder
The Fugitive

U.S. Marshals
Natural Born Killers
Chances Are
Johnny Be Good
Weird Science
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Singing In The Rain
Gone With the Wind
Driving Miss Daisy
Due Date
Dead Snow
Dead Snow 2
The A-Team
For Your Eyes Only
Never Say Never Again
The Spy Who Loved Me
Diamonds Are Forever
Tomorrow Never Dies
War of the Worlds
Minority Report

Mission: Impossible (1996)
Interview With the Vampire

Far and Away
Days of Thunder
Rain Man

Hairspray (2007)
Wild Hogs
Ladder 49
Stand By Me

The Punisher (2004)
The Punisher (1989)
Ghost Rider
The Crow
Rapid Fire
Get Shorty
Pulp Fiction
Look Who’s Talking
Look Who’s Talking Too
G.I. Joe
The Expendables
16 Blocks
Tears of the Sun
The Village
The Story of Us
The Sixth Sense

The Fifth Element
The Jackal
Die Hard
Live Free or Die Hard
Loaded Weapon 1
Death Becomes Her
The Last Boy Scout
The Lone Ranger
Dark Shadows

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Public Enemies
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Corpse Bride (animated)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Astronaut’s Wife
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Benny & Joon
Edward Scissorhands
Real Steel
The Prestige
Van Helsing
Street Smart
Noises Off

In The Gloaming
Pretty Woman
Sleeping With the Enemy

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
The Watchmen
White Noise
Penthouse North

Desperate Measures
Jackie Brown
The Paper
Much Ado About Nothing
Pacific Heights

The Dream Team
Gung Ho
Johnny Dangerously
Mr. Mom
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
The Addams Family
Road Trip
Addams Family Values
Up A Creek
Men in Black
Men In Black 2
I Am Legend
I, Robot
Wild Wild West
Enemy of the State
Independence Day
Six Degrees of Separation
The Devil’s Advocate
Carlito’s Way

The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
Analyze This
Cop Land

Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein (remake)
The Bride of Frankenstein
The Untouchables

The Devil’s Rejects
House of 1000 Corpses
The Hangover
Cowboys and Aliens
Shaun of the Dead
Chasing Amy
Mall Rats
The Naked Gun
The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Dracula: Dead and Loving It!
Hot Shots
Hot Shots Part Duex
Superhero Movie
Scary Movie
Scary Movie 2
Scary Movie 3
Scary Movie 4
Wrongfully Accused
The Aviator
The Perfect Storm
Delores Claiborne
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Air Force One
Mars Attacks!
Hamlet (1990)
The Wolfman (remake)
Indian Summer
Big Top Pee Wee
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Blades of Glory
Napoleon Dynamite
Old School

Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me
Shrek (animated)
Shrek 2 (animated)
Billy Madison
Happy Gilmore
Animal House
So I Married An Axe Murderer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Regarding Henry
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Working Girl
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Fantastic Four (1994)
Fantastic Four (2005)
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Not Another Teen Movie
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Blind Dating
The Book of Eli
American Gangster
Man on Fire
Training Day
Heart Condition
The Hunt for Red October
Malcolm X
Rocky Balboa
A Bug’s Life (animated)
Antz (animated)
Judge Dredd
Demolition Man
Rocky V
Rambo III
Rocky IV
Rambo: First Blood Part II
First Blood
Rocky III
Rocky II
The Dictator
Leon: The Professional
Time Cop
Dangerous Minds
Married to the Mob
The Nightmare Before Christmas (animated)
The Bucket List
The Shining
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Pet Sematary
Maximum Overdrive
Young Guns
Young Guns II
Shawshank Redemption
The Stand (miniseries)
Creepshow 2

Planet of the Apes (1968)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Renaissance Man
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Frankenweenie (2012) (animated)
Cabin Boy
Hotel Transylvania (animated)
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
50 First Dates
Encino Man
White Chicks
The Waterboy
The Hot Chick
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Ooze
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
The Goonies
The Golden Compass
The Invasion
Moulin Rouge!
The Princess Bride
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music (remake)
Needful Things
LA Stories
The Jerk
Mrs. Doubtfire
The Toy
Brewster’s Millions
National Lampoon's Las Vegas Vacation
National Lampoon's Winter Holiday/Christmas Vacation
Funny Farm
Three Amigos
Spies Like Us
National Lampoon's European Vacation
National Lampoon’s Vacation
Modern Problems
Little Miss Sunshine
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Monsters Inc. (animated)
Oh Brother Where Art Thou
King Ralph
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Get Smart
Who’s Harry Crumb?
Dirty Dancing
Cool Runnings
Home Alone
Uncle Buck
The Great Outdoors
My Girl
Armed & Dangerous
American Pie
Best in Show
Dumb & Dumber
Kick Ass
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live action)
Liar Liar
The Dead Pool
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Venture: When Nature Calls
Peggy Sue Got Married
Fatal Instinct
8 MM
Snake Eyes
City of Angels
Con Air
The Rock
Leaving Las Vegas
Honeymoon in Vegas
Raising Arizona
Romeo & Juliet (1968)
Jeremiah Johnson
The Karate Kid (original)
Fright Night (2011)
Fright Night (1985)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Monkey Shines
The Thomas Crown Affair (remake)
The Lawnmower Man
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
Epic Movie
Super Troopers
Balls of Fury
Joe Dirt
Tommy Boy
Black Sheep
The Adventures of Tintin (animated)
Kindergarten Cop
Total Recall
Red Heat
World War Z
Burn After Reading
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Meet Joe Black
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Hell Boy
Law Abiding Citizen
Meet the Spartans
Mad Max
House on Haunted Hill

Kill Bill, Vol 1
Kill Bill, Vol. 2
Reservoir Dogs
What's Love Got to Do With It?
From Dusk Till Dawn
The Wedding Singer
Steel Magnolias (original)
Vampire in Brooklyn
Dr. Dolittle (2001)
The Nutty Professor (1996)
Mulan (animated)
Beverly Hills Cop
Coming to America
Pink Floyd The Wall
Carrie (1976)
Carrie (2002)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Monty Python's The Life of Brian
History of the World: Part 1
Show Girls
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Young Frankenstein
The Patriot
Lethal Weapon 3
Conspiracy Theory
Mary Reilly
The Pelican Brief
Miss Congeniality
28 Days Later
Red Eye
The Pirate Movie
Juwanna Man
What A Girl Wants
Walk The Line
Some Like It Hot
Beowulf (animated)
A Mighty Heart
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Girl, Interrupted
Great Balls of Fire
There's Something About Mary
The Mask
The Heartbreak Kid
The Day After Tomorrow
Enemy Mine
Bubble Boy
Bad Santa
My Blue Heaven
Down Periscope
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
As Good As It Gets
Sling Blade
Mr. Woodcock
Time Bandits
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar

Point Break (original)
Road House
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Blade II
Silver Bullet
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Animatrix
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
The Prince of Pennsylvania
Gran Torino
Dirty Harry
J. Edgar
Hollow Man
Untamed Heart
Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing 2
The Dark Crystal
The Wizard Of Oz
Return to Oz
The Wiz
The League of Extraordinary Gentleman
A Walk to Remember
The Omen
Damien: Omen II
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Jungle Book (animated)
Up In Smoke
The Doors
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers
Cannonball Run
Smokey and the Bandit

Big Fish
The Silence of the Lambs
Sin City
Underworld (2003)
The People Under The Stairs
The Ring (US version)
Bebe's Kids (animated)
King Pin
Rush Hour
Rush Hour 2
16 Candles
A Christmas Story
An American Werewolf in London
An American Werewolf in Paris
Evil Dead
Army of Darkness
Can’t Buy Me Love
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Don’t Tell Her It’s Me
Flash Gordon
Flight of the Navigator
Flowers in the Attic (1987)
Flowers in the Attic (2013)
The Fly (1986)
Poltergiest (original)
Short Circuit
Throw Momma From The Train
Top Secret!
Troop Beverly Hills
M*A*S*H (movie)
M*A*S*H--"Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" (series finale)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Wiz
Dances With Wolves
Fried Green Tomatoes

Single White Female
Office Space
The Birdcage
The Flintstones
Biloxi Blues
The Kennedys (mini series)
Killing Kennedy
Killing Lincoln
Of Mice and Men (1992)
The Sandlot
Hot Fuzz
Captain America (1979)
Captain America: Death Too Soon
The Death of the Incredible Hulk
The Mummy (1999)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Me, Myself & Irene
Shallow Hal
In the Custody of Strangers
Men at Work
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Poseidon Adventure (2005)
Poseidon (2006)
The Phantom
American Sniper
Paul Blart, Mall Cop
Captain Ron
The Time Traveler's Wife
Heartbreak Hotel
Three Men and a Baby
Red Heat
The Transporter
The Heartbreak Kid

Dick Tracy
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Harry and the Hendersons
Saving Silverman
American Pie
American Pie 2
Ice Age (animated)
The Day After
Monkey Shines
The Jungle Book (1967)
Eddie Murphy: Delirious
Eddie Murphy: Raw
Funny About Love
He-Man & The Masters of the Universe
The Adventures of the Wilderness Family
Malcolm X
GI Jane
City of Angels
The Rock
The Scarlet Letter (1979)
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Major League
Hot Shots
Hot Shots Part Deux
The Game
Falling Down
Super Shark
Jason’s Lyric
Needful Things
Meteor Man
Not Without My Daughter
Safe House
The Cutting Edge
If You Could See What I Hear
Ghost Ship
Bastard Out of Carolina
Gangster Squad
True Grit (2010)
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Joe's Apartment
Master and Commander
Ernest Goes to Camp
Beverly Hillbillies
Ice Age: Continental Drift (animated)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Why Me?
They Live
Ed and His Dead Mother
On Deadly Ground
Under Siege
The People Under the Stairs
Hard to Kill
Gracie's Choice
The Simpsons: The Movie
Sister Act
One Fine Day
Rise of the Guardians
The Deliberate Stranger
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
This Means War
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Being Elmo
At First Sight
Water World
Return to Mayberry
Rescue From Gilligan's Island
A Very Brady Christmas
For the Love of Benji
Eddie & The Cruisers II: Eddie Lives
Private Benjamin
The Justice League of America (1997)
Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Son of Batman
Batman: City of Scars
Superman & Batman: Apocalypse
Creature From the Black Lagoon
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!
Orca (Oh God, this was a super sad movie....You just need to see it for yourself. If you've got kids, don't let them watch this. This is not the documentary about orcas that aired on CNN. It's an animal attack movie from 1977. I did know that when I started watching it.)
Employee of the Month
San Andreas
Mercury Rising
The Hitcher
Care Bears: The Movie
Flubber (original)
Blue Lagoon
Marilyn: The Secret Life of Marilyn (first episode of the mini series)
The Aviator
Craig Ferguson: I'm Here To Help
Kevin Hart: I'm a Grown Little Man
Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain
Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny
Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy
Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint
The Wolf of Wall Street
Ghost Adventures: The Beginning
Orange County
Taken 2
Taken 3
Revenge of the Nerds
Return of the Six-Million Dollar Man
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (animated)
Wonder Woman (tv movie from 1977)
A Million Ways To Die In The West
Sorority Boys
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (remake)
Joker Rising
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
The Three Stooges (2000)
Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing
The Unknown Marx Brothers
I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later
Yes Man
Shaft (remake)
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
The Queen 
I Am Chris Farley
Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest
Hercules (2014)
The Birds II: Land's End
Impractical Jokers Practically Live Tour Special
Straight Outta Compton
Jurassic World
Back Into Time
Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood
Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map
Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters
Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos
Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special
Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself 
Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie 
Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again 
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Shanghai Noon
The Exorcist
Godzilla: Final War 
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Craig Ferguson: Does This Need To Be Said?
Craig Ferguson: A Wee Bit o Revolution
The Equalizer
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Star Trek: Of Gods and Men
Star Trek: Renegades 
Proof of Life 
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original) 
Peter Pan (2014 remake for TV)
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Rise of the Zombies
Three Men and a Baby
Love Story
The Dead 2: India
Mad Love
Home Fries 
Wilder Napalm 
Paranormal Activity 3 
Man of Steel
Piranha DD
Doctor Who (tv movie with #8)
Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 
Airplane II: The Sequel
Terminator: Genesys
Z For Zachariah: Damn it, I really wanted to like this one. Chris Pine is in it.
Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever
The Joy Luck Club 
The Revanant
Super Duper Alice Cooper
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story
A Haunted House
Zombie Apocalypse 
Purple Rain 
Zombie Resurrection
Captain America: Civil War
The Lego Movie
Child's Play
The Bourne Identity 
Friday the 13th: Part VI: Jason Lives 
X-Men: Apocalypse
Wes Craven's New Nightmare
Jason Goes to Hell 
Hardcore Henry
Central Intelligence 
Munster, Go Home! 
Police Academy
Aspen Extreme 
Car 54, Where Are You?

Sharknado: The Fourth Awakens
The Long Kiss Goodnight
In the Custody of Strangers
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Son of Godzilla
Highway to Hell
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
The Fly (1958)
Scream Blacula Scream
Batman: The Killing Joke
The Finest Hours
Child's Play 2 
Killing Reagan 
Child's Play 3 
Bride of Chucky 
The Mad Monster (on Mystery Science Theater 3000) 
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
One of the Resident Evil movies, but I don't know which one. 
Thunderbird 6 

I figure that's about 1,099 movies, give or take, which means I see about 26 movies a year.

I figure I'll come back to this list and continue to update it whenever I see something new.

Shrimp Tacos/53 Recipes Down

This is another one in the series of recipes that I knew Shane wouldn't want to try. Like the others, it comes from Just a Bunch of Recipes.

Shrimp, Old Bay Seasoning, red cabbage...what's not to like, right?

What did I learn from this recipe?
I didn't like it. At all.

There's nothing wrong with the recipe. I think I just didn't like the combination of ingredients. I don't know, it just didn't taste good.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Five Minute Stir Fry Noodles/54 Recipes Down

I figured this would be a sure-fire lunch for us, because Shane ate a lot of Ramen as a college student. In fact, he couldn't wait for me to make this for us today, so much so that he was cooking with me today. Like the other recent recipes, this one also comes from Just a Bunch of Recipes.
What did I learn from this recipe?
I'm not a Ramen fan at all, but because it's a food (not an alcohol) recipe, I had to make it. I don't like the broth Ramen makes, and if I make it, I typically drain it and eat just the noodles. This recipe actually calls for that.

I had hoped the noodles would have been a little on the crispy side, because of frying them, if even only for 30 seconds. However, I think they turned out a little mushy.

Shane, however, thought they were great and he loved this recipe. I think I'll be making this again for him.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Grilled Lox and Fontina Sandwich/52 Recipes Down

I knew right away that Shane wasn’t going to be interested in lox, so this was my breakfast this morning. It comes from Just a Bunch of Recipes.

For some damn reason, no matter what I did to my frying pan, the bread kept sticking to it and the outer layer would tear off. I don’t know why, because I’ve used that pan for grilled sandwiches before. Sam did recommend a heavy white bread, and I was using regular grocery store brand white bread. However, it had been previously frozen bread, but I pulled that loaf out of the freezer days ago and it’s been fine for everything else.

I also swapped out Gouda for Fontina, as all the Fontina cheese was gone.

What did I learn from this recipe?…gawd…I loved it. 

My husband will never want to try this sandwich, and he’s not a picky eater, but I know he’ll never try it. I’m fine with that, because it means I won’t have to worry about anyone using up the lox I can buy at the store, before I have a chance to eat any of it. J

Make this. It’s fantastic. That’s all I need to say.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mashed Potato Tacos/51 Recipes Down

I’ve decided to knock out a few quick recipes for myself, because I know there are certain ones my husband won’t eat. Case in point: Mashed Potato Tacos. I read the recipe to him and all he said was, “No. If there’s no beed in it, it’s not a taco.”

He was actually quite happy with this frozen pizza for supper tonight,  while I had two of these tacos. Normally I wouldn’t make two different meals, but seriously, these are super easy. They come from Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts.

What did I learn from this recipe?
I had forgotten to get the sour cream for these the last time I was at the store. But, I had a jar of salsa Verde instead and these tacos actually needed the extra spice (I also added a little minced garlic to the potatoes). I think with sour cream, these tacos would have been like shoving a cloud into your mouth: mealy and soft. There was really nothing to set the various flavors apart, save the salsa. It was a lot like a bean burrito.

And unfortunately, there was no texture to these either, even with some porchini and truffle potato chips. Now, part of that might have been my own doing. Sam recommended folding them in half to eat. Judging from the picture, it would be more like rolling them into a traditional taco shell shape. I actually rolled them, again like a burrito, to eat them, to keep the potato chips inside.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Artichoke-y Red Pepper Dip/50 Recipes Down

Yesterday was New Year's Eve, and for the party we went to, I made Sam's Artichoke-y Red Pepper dip from Just a Bunch of Recipes.

This was meant to be made in the oven and then served. However, I prepped this in the late morning and stashed it in the refrigerator for a few hours, and then transferred it to my Crock Pot on low for a few hours before the party. When we got to the party, I cranked the pot up to high.

What did I learn from this recipe?
Amazingly enough, I was not impressed at all with this dip. Sadly, it tasted fairly bland as a dip. I served it with bagel chips.

It is a chunky dip, and I even added hearts of palm to it. But really, it's not so much of a dip as it would be a topping.

In fact, I think this would be so much better suited as a topping for some sort of pasta.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Got a 14 Point Buck

I went to Wal-Mart the other day to scope out the marked down Christmas decorations. There wasn't a lot left, but I spotted a small silver glittered deer head. It was made of plastic and had a small metal loop on the back of the neck for hanging.

All of a sudden, I knew it had to come home with me.

I got a scrap of pine from the garage, and cut it into an oval. Shane routed the edges for me, and I did a quick sanding job on it. Then I stained it with the same stuff I bought for Mom's china cabinet. I even did three coats of clear paint on it. The wood itself, like I said, was scrap, so it was a little rough, but that was okay.

I used some epoxy and screws to attach the deer and plaque together, and added a saw tooth picture hanger on the back.

This is going to be a Christmas decoration for next year, and it's actually pretty small, as you can see by the four slot toaster behind it.

I'm not sure why I went with a plaque that size, because I really could have gone smaller than that, but I like this little project. There were some errors I made while making it that were easily fixed.

For one, I actually tried attaching the head with the hanger upside down on the back. And the epoxy alone wasn't enough to hold everything together, so that's why I had add the screws. That was Shane's idea and a good one. I drilled the holes through the back of the wood, epoxied the head on again, and held the two pieces together while Shane added the screws. I had to go with 1.25" long screws in order to get through the wood and the plastic.

Coconut Macaroons/49 Recipes Down

Because tonight is New Year's Eve here in the States and my husband is home, we actually have plans tonight with friends. Shane wants something a little more typical (think chips and dip) to take with us. I did make a dip from Just a Bunch of Recipes. Once I know how that turned out, I'll post the results here.

However, I needed to make something else, so I bused out Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts, and made Sam's Coconut Macaroons.

What did I learn from this recipe?
Sam made his with just two ingredients. I decided I wanted to double the recipe and added just a touch of chocolate in them. I bought chocolate sprinkles (not chocolate chips) and added about 1/4 cup of them to the recipe. Once baked, they taste like Mounds candy bars. The nice thing is, the sprinkles, probably because they are so small, didn't melt into everything like chips probably would have. You can still see the intact sprinkles.

However, these suckers are incredibly sweet and sugary! Not that I'm complaining, but damn! We'll need Shane's chips and dip to cut through the sugar. Another note: they are incredibly sticky.

One change I noted that I needed to make was the baking time. Sam said to bake them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. The edges of my macaroons came out a little darker, on the first batch, than I would have liked, so I shortened the baking time to 13 minutes. I could have easily gone to 12 minutes and that might have been a little better yet.

But I am pretty happy with how these turned out. I usually can't make cookies to save my life (probably an error in my cooking temperature or my ingredient temperatures), but I think these are right on the money.

Not a Sam The Cooking Guy Recipe, But it Should Be

Before we left on our Christmas trip, we were watching some pizza episode of a restaurant show on The Travel Channel. I don't even remember what show it was. But they were talking about innovative and original pizzas around the country, and one of them caught my attention.

The narrator talked about the white clam pizza, which was first made famous by Frank Pepe of Pepe's Pizzeria in New Haven, CT. The recipe wasn't given but the ingredients were mentioned just enough for me to jot them down. "Frank Pepe originated the New Haven-style thin crust pizza which he baked in bread ovens fired by coke. Coke is a byproduct of coal and it was used extensively until the late 1960's when it became unavailable and hence coal was then put into use to fire the oven.

"Pepe's signature pizza, the White Clam Pizza, was most likely an organic inspiration by Frank Pepe; an idea born from the fact that Pepe's also served raw little neck clams from Rhode Island, on the half shell, as an appetizer."

Last night, I took my own crack at it. There is probably a lot more to the Pepe version of this pizza than what was revealed, but I was fairly impressed with how my version turned out. The thing is, I think I have been more inspired by Sam the Cooking Guy than I have by any other cook. A year ago, before I started using his cookbooks and really paying attention to him, I would have had to look this recipe up online first. This time, I just jumped right in without an actual recipe.

Right off hand, this should really be made in a wood fire oven or on a grill. However, it was windy last night and I didn't feel like standing outside to grill a pizza. so, I wimped out and made in the oven.


  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough--Shane didn't want to try this pizza, so I cut the rectangular roll-out pizza dough I bought right down the middle and turned it into two smaller, different pizzas.
  • 4 large cloves garlic--I used store-bought minced garlic.
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive
  • ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese--I thought for sure that I had Parmesan cheese, but I didn't, so I had to substitute some sliced Fontina cheese instead.
  • 1 can of clams, drained

    Position a rack in lowest position of oven; preheat to 350°F.  Roll out the dough on to your baking sheet. The dough I bought came rolled up on parchment paper, and it was recommended to use that paper on the baking sheet while it was being baked.

    Brush the top of the dough with the olive oil. Top the dough and olive oil with your cheese, and then spread the minced garlic over that. Scatter the clams over the cheese. Just so you know, if you've never opened a can of clams, they are kind of stinky. However, once they come out of the oven, that smell is gone. 

    Put the pizza in the oven and bake until the crust is crispy and golden and the cheese is melted, 15-17 minutes, or whatever your dough calls for.

    Like I mentioned above, I was quite happy with how this turned out. I do think the Parmesan would have been better than the Fontina, because Parmesan tastes salty to me. That would have paired well, naturally, with the clams. But overall, this needed a light cheese, both in taste and in color. The whole pizza itself had a very light taste. Because it's got just a few toppings and no traditional pizza sauce on it, it's not a heavy thing to eat.