Thursday, April 18, 2013

A-Z Geek (P): The Favourites

During the April A-Z Challenge, I’m posting six days a week, following the letters of the alphabet. I will share all the movies, books and games I watched, read and played--all the influences that turned me into the geeky person and writer I am today.


MOVIES
The Princess Bride (1987): This is my most favourite movie of all time. It’s one of the few movies that are better than the book.

The Philadelphia Experiment (1984): As many of you know by now, I love time travel stories and this one does not disappoint. Not an all time favourite, but great anyway.

Pitch Black (2000): Another favourite. If you want to see how character arcs work, then watch this.
(I can’t help myself, I have to analyse everything I see and read).

BOOKS
The Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey (1968): These stories consist of many books and I’ve read all the ones written by Anne. I believe some time ago her son took over and has written more. What’s not to love about dragons?

This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti (1986): A story about angels and demons and faith. A truly brilliant read. Yet another favourite.

GAMES
Portal (2007) and Portal 2 (2011): wow, oh wow, a new type of puzzle solving game with a sense of humour. Sheer brilliance. I completed both and hope the third one will come out soon. Spoiler: There is no cake!

Pong, the first console game I ever played. It’s amazing how engaging two rectangles and a circle on the screen can be. You can now play it for free online.


What are some of your all time favourites?

#AtoZChallenge

47 comments:

  1. Some great choices. The Princess Bride has the best lines of just about any movie ever made including the all time greatest, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Who says a line can be over used?

    I did not like this Present Darkness. All my friends read it before me and raved about, but I didn't.

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    1. The movie is genius!! And yes, that's the best line, as well as "As you wish".

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  2. I love The Princess Bride. I was just commenting on another blog that I really liked the beginning of the movie (most people like movie endings)when Westley kept saying "as you wish" whenever Buttercup demanded something.

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    1. My hubby says, "As you wish," and my heart melts every time.

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  3. Princess Bride is a pretty amazing movie. Very quotable.

    mood
    Moody Writing

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  4. Like so many others, I too adore The Princess Bride. I love almost anything filled with fantasy and magic, especially when it has a sprinkling of humour too.
    Pitch Black was pretty cool too... but maybe that's just because it's got the very sexy Vin Diesel in it!
    My number one P movie is Practical Magic which I'm going to be talking about over on my blog today :D
    Suzy Turner, YA Author

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  5. Pong and The Princess Bride are both classics. Loved Pitch Black.

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  6. Yes, we both picked The Princess Bride! Pitch Black was great as well. That movie surprised me.
    Pong was my first video game. My brother and I played it for hours.
    Really wild how much we have in common!

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  7. I've not read, watched or plated any of those. I'm beginning to suspect I may not be a geek.

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    1. I believe there's a little bit of geek in all of us. We just have to find your geek :)

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  8. I've never tried Portal but now I want to.

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  9. I love, love, LOVE the Pern series by McCaffrey. Such a fantastic series! And I finally watched the Princess Bride last year - what a great movie! :)

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  10. Princess Bride is one of mine and my children's all time favorites. For some reason, we like to watch it around Valentine's Day. The other's unfortunately, I'm not familiar.

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  11. Okay. I am officially interested in 'The Philadelphia Experiment.' Thanks!

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    1. It's probably considered an 'old' story now, but I still loved it and for some reason it stuck with me for all these years.

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    2. Was nosing around. It's based on what some speculate was a true story. There's a documentary.

      I remember reading, 'This Present Darkness,' coming on twenty years now? Tal really left an impression on my imagination.

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    3. I think I read This Present Darkness in the 90s, along with the sequel, Piercing the Darkness.

      And yes, there was a huge conspiracy thing behind the Experiment. I remember I used to watch that Mysteries show hosted my Leonard Nimoy and I think it featured on that once.

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  12. I really wish they would make films out of PERN since the rights were sold a year or two ago!

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    1. Yeah, I got all excited when you mentioned that on HollywoodSpy. It would make the best movie!!!

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  13. Princess Bride, now that's a classic. My husband and about every other man I know can quote that almost verbatim.

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  14. The Princess Bride is the only one of these I know. You have me very curious about the rest now.

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  15. Everybody loves Princess Bride today--well, always. It has universal appeal.

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  16. I love Princess Bride. :) So many funny lines.

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  17. Princess Bride is awesome. So glad it made your list.

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  18. You can't go wrong with Princess Bride.

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  19. Pitch Black is a really cool movie. I've seen it quite a few times.

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  20. Oh i love the Pern novels! Wish I had gotten to meet Anne McCaffrey in person. I did get to meet her son Todd, though.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  21. Oh, I agree, the PERN novels are excellent. Fantastic descriptions and wonderful DRAGONS!

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  22. I've never seen The Princess Bride. I will add it to my watch list. :-) Pitch Black--excellent movie, just excellent. I like the Riddick movies.

    Thanks for a walk down memory lane. This is such a neat idea for the A to Z. :-)

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    1. Riddick is such a cool character. I believe another movie is in the making. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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  23. I never imagined how much people love Princess Bride, hahaha. Cool.

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  24. The Princess Bride is my most favorite movie after Dirty Dancing!

    Nas

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  25. But of course the Princess Bride! It would be inconceivable not to mention it. :))

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    1. "I do not think that word means what you think it means" ;)
      It's about time I watched the movie again.

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  26. Pong.... I'd almost forgotten about that one, Lynda! Yes, it's the first computer game I ever played too. I must have been, what, 6?

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    1. The home version of Pong was first released for the Christmas season of 1975 apparently. Yikes, that was a long time ago... ;)

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  27. Princess Bride and PERN, both wonderful 'P' choices. ^_^

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  28. Congrats on keeping up the challenge. That is awesome..

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  29. Princess Bride is one of my all time favorites too! I love it! Plus Pong, forget about it! Timeless game!
    Shawn at Laughing at Life 2

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  30. I really enjoyed the Peretti series and Pong! I played it for hours, even when I wasn't there :-) What a great game. Thanks for the memory.

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  31. I LOVE The Princess Bride and "This Present Darkness." One of my favorite movies, and Frank Peretti's books are just fantastic. They've definitely made me think of the spiritual side of the world in a different way... and they're a great example of what prayer can do (also a "P" word for today! :) ).

    Jaimie at Living in the Light
    A to Z Ambassador

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  32. Princess Bride is amazing. Will try Portal.

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    1. I didn't think you were into games, Rachna :)

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  33. Years ago my cousin sat me down and told me I HAD to watch The Princess Bride. He kept saying Mawage and laughing before the movie started. I absolutely loved it. Loved it. It too is one of my favorite movies of all time. What's not to like about it?

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