As our way of closing out 2015, we’d like to play a little game we started a few years ago. Can you describe the events of your past year using only movie titles?
You may use movies from any year. Only the words and phrases in the title are important, not the plot or content of the actual films. Here’s a look at what we did the past three years:
Some of our participants chose to explain their rationale, while others leave it for you to interpret what they meant.
‘The Money Pit’
‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’
‘Here We Go Again’
‘The Endless Summer’
‘On the Road’
‘Little Miss Sunshine’
‘Same Time Next Year’
‘Planes. Trains & Automobiles’
M. Enois Duarte
‘Dating Games People Play’
‘The Ugly Truth’
‘Life As We Know It’
‘Under the Tuscan Sun’
‘The Money Pit’
‘Silver Linings Playbook’
‘9 to 5’
‘Dead Poets Society’
‘Lean on Me’
‘Vacation’ (Went to the Calgary Expo.)
‘Dawn of the Dead’ (Met a bunch of ‘Walking Dead’ cast members there.)
‘They Call Me Bruce’ (Also met Bruce Timm!)
‘Wagons East’ (Drove back home to Winnipeg.)
‘Joy’ (Bought a puppy!)
‘Fargo’ (Had to drive south to get him.)
“Chewie…we’re home.” (Okay, so this one is actually a movie quote, but
that’s what I named him so I’m bending the rules here.)
‘Flesh and Bone’ (Puppies have sharp pointy teeth.)
‘I’m a Cyborg But That’s OK’ (Long story, but let’s just say I can now
control my phone, TV, stereo, etc. with my eyebrow…for real!)
‘The Princess Bride’
‘Back to the Future Part II’
‘The Lawnmower Man’
No further titles or explanation needed.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
‘Marriage: Year One’
‘The Anniversary Party’
‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’
2015 marked my first full year of marriage, so I’m obviously going to lead off with that, and I’ll have to think of something more clever when we do this recap next year since no one’s gotten around to making a movie titled ‘Marriage: Year Two’ quite yet. For whatever reason, I seem to have decided that learning to replace light fixtures (many, many light fixtures) deserves second-billing in this list. I’ve gotten marginally more handy since getting hitched!
In February, we flew out to Phoenix to visit my grandmother for her eightieth birthday. There are dozens of films titled ‘Phoenix’, so I’ll let you choose which one I’m highlighting here.
I was a particularly voracious gamer in 2015, having finished close to forty different games, and I’m lucky enough to have married someone who doesn’t just put up with that addiction but encourages it. We play quite a few co-op games together, and Maggie routinely crushes me in ‘Mario Kart’ and all things ‘Forza’.
We took my kid brother to his first concert ever, and it also marked Maggie’s first time seeing Weird Al. I’d give you a tally of how many times I’ve seen Al perform or have met him over the years, but I’ve sincerely lost track.
Maggie and I celebrated our first anniversary in September with a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, making a movie tie-in for this Roundtable just about the easiest thing in the world.
It’s been such an amazing year, and I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us!
‘Year One’ (Children turned 1-year-old.)
‘The Big Chill’
‘Buried’ (The brutal winter left me digging out for months.)
‘Double Impact’ (Twins are a handful.)
‘The Visit’ (Took the boys to meet their great-grandmother.)
‘Houseguest’ (A friend from out of town had an extended stay with us while her father was very ill.)
‘School Daze’ (The kids attend pre-preschool.)
‘Big’ (They grow so fast!)
‘Men at Work’
‘It Might Get Loud’ (Home theater upgrades.)
That’s it for us this year. We’ll be back on Monday with more new posts. In the meantime, play along with this game in the Comments.
Happy New Year to all our readers!