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Total Recallections


If people had total recall of every memory stamped on their brain:

– School would be over very quickly.
– phone books could be shared between a lot of people.
– Lost and Found areas wouldn’t have so much stuff in them.
– saying “I forgot.” would be a crappier excuse than it is now.

-computer apps and memo books for remembering stuff would be gone.
-“belated birthday cards” wouldn’t be very popular.
– a lot of movies and tv shows would look very copied … more than they do now. “This is the same as episode 52 of The Rockford Files, episode 129 of Barnaby Jones, and episode 5 of Cannon!

– sports stats would only be for newbies.
– no one would make mistakes singing National Anthems … unintentionally.
– the jean jacket with the  patch on it saying “Don’t eat yellow snow“, that I left behind a rock on Mt. Rundle in Banff when I was 11 years old, wouldn’t still be behind that rock.

– déjà vu would be clinically verifiable.
– people would probably know exactly when they lost their memory.
– I would know exactly how many Big Macs I’ve eaten in my lifetime.
– memory sticks would still be popular.

– the rhetorical question “How many times have I told you … ” wouldn’t have to be uttered … “I’ve told you 34,094 times … ” would be more popular.
– grudges might last longer.
– trivial bets would have to be more trivial.
– being born would be kind of a weird memory.


… History would still repeat itself … because total recall wouldn’t mean people would be any smarter.

Remembering mistakes is different than learning from them.


note: I’m glad I don’t have total recall of all my memories … otherwise I would never snap my fingers, look skyward blankly with a furrowed brow, or slap my head.

double note:I remember everything I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday” … or maybe only a little stuff that happened yesterday … or I think happened yesterday possibly only a little.
(if you remember/know what record/song/artist that quote is from, please let me know. You’re only hint is Meatloaf on this one.)


Today #203

Today my morning consisted of sitting in a hotspring bath and buying a helium balloon: life’s tough like that sometimes.

A Novelty Piece


I have written this sentence only using words that appear in the dictionary.

It is not as hard as you think.


note: I may do a post using only words that appear in songs one day … or maybe movies.

double note: I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man’s destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth. I have tried to shed some gleams of light on the shadow of man startled by his anguish.
Marcel Marceau

Stick to your day job pantomime boy!

triple note: I would never make fun of Harpo Marx.

quadruple note: childbirth must not be in the dictionary: too many contractions.


Today #168

Today started out rough, but became smooth. It must have been the “sandpaper of time” at work.

Movie Extras



What motivates people to be movie extras?


I guess if you do it regularly, it’s pretty lucrative.
I wonder who’s appeared the most times as an extra. They must be pretty good at pretend eating in pretend restaurants and pretend walking down streets … or maybe the walking is real and the streets are pretend … or something like that.

You didn’t stick out in any of those 2,000 movies. You are amazing! Spielberg is on the phone for you.

Being Discovered

From “extra” to “bit part” to “supporting role” to “box office superstar“.

I wonder how many Star Wars’ stormtroopers are now big stars. I mean the old stormtroopers, not the “Once Were Warriors” guy that is every stormtrooper now.

Digital effects must have hurt the movie extra business: exotic locations have probably suffered too.

Being Part of the Magical Movie Experience

Fair enough.
I guess if you love movies, but don’t have the time or skills to do any other movie related stuff, it’s a pretty easy way to participate
… except you’re probably moving in on the guy with 2,000 movies under his belt’s territory. That guy’s a genius!

By Chance and Had Nothing Better to Do

A friend of mine was in an “Ernest” movie. He was just part of a mob walking in a parade or something.
He’s still impressing people with that story … and threatening to go to Hollywood.


For some people it’s nice to know that a little piece of them will live on in a movie … except for that guy in the 2,000 movies, over 2,000 pieces of him will live on in 2,000 movies … hopefully they weren’t all crap.
He’s playing the odds I guess.

My Take

I’d like to be a movie extra for another reason.
I want to say stuff like ” That sugarcane that tasted good, That cinnamon that’s Hollywood” and get paid for it while pretending to eat something somewhere behind someone who is also pretending to be doing something somewhere in front of me.

… but I’d never even pretend to be in the same league as that guy who’s been in 2,000 movies. That guy is the butter on the popcorn.


note: Are extras in a sci-fi movie extra-terrestrial extras?

double note: I have no idea who has been an extra in the most movies: the 2,000 number is pure fiction. I make stuff up sometimes; I’m like that.

triple note: having not ever been … or never been an extra I just assume they say stuff like in REM‘s video “Imitation of Life“.

quadruple note: If you don’t know the “Once Were Warriors” film, it’s great. If you don’t know the “Ernest” movies, well … I congratulate you.

quintuple note: I’ve put my name in for a samurai movie, but so far no word yet. There’s always Bollywood!






I bet trainspotters were really disappointed with the movie.

note: I bet heroin addicts are disappointed with that wrestling show Smackdown too.

double note: If heroin addicts were boatspotters, they’d be looking for the old Chinese ones.

triple note: My friend is a planespotter. I keep asking him why he sits around at the airport watching planes when he could be at home watching TV.

quadruple note: I could keep going on about this, but I’ve got a train to watch.





If I had to choose between being a “movie villain” or a “comic book villain”, I’d want to be a comic book villain because they don’t seem to die.

I guess a comic book villain in a movie would be the best.

note: Superman came from another planet and only had super human strength on earth. Maybe on another planet I could really kick some serious ass.


Voice Actors


When movies and TV shows are dubbed into another language voice actors are used.

If I was a voice actor, I’d want to translate Mr. Bean because I wouldn’t have to work that hard.

note: In the Spanish version of “Terminator 2“, the Terminator says, “Sayonara Baby” instead of “Hasta la vista Baby“.    (seriously) 

I’m sure in some language the Terminator says, ” Catcha later dude“.




Asteroid B-612 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

When I was a kid, some things just blew my tiny little mind.

Disneyland, The Planet of the Apes, Where The Wild Things Are, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Dr. Seuss.

Before I even knew what a box was, these other people had been thinking outside of it for a long time.


And some were thinking inside it.

 “This is only his box. The sheep you asked for is inside.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.


Maybe there is no “thinking outside the box” after all.

Just some people have bigger boxes than others.

note: I think my box is full of crayons (and they are all the same colour).



Movie Scores

I like lyrics, but some movie scores stick in my brain: Mission Impossible, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Godfather, Cool Hand Luke, The Great Escape; and more recently Spy Kids and Harry Potter.

Is it because these movies were really popular or were the scores really good?

I don’t know.

With my luck: if I had a score following me around, it would probably be Friday the 13th or Jaws!!