Today is #NationalChocolateCakeDay, so of course the first thing that came to mind for me was how The Outsiders would eat chocolate cake for breakfast.
Sidenote: Please don’t reboot this movie, Hollywood. You’re not going to find a cast that matches the star power of these “Greasers”.
A movie becomes memorable by appealing to the several senses of its audience. A great line that tickles you funny. An emotional scene that pulls your heart strings. Or that thing that got your sweet-tooth senses tingling.
Here’s a list of scenes that stick with you, thanks to something tasty.
“Come with me, and you’ll be…”
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, 1971
This song will be stuck in your head for the next week. You’re welcome.
“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”
The Godfather, 1972
If you grew up in Italian kitchens like I did, you’re picking up cannolis wherever you see them. As you do so, without question this exact scene runs through your head every time.
“The 5 cent one?!”
Once Upon a Time in America, 1984
Strong lesson in picking up dessert before a date.
You should see how strong I am when in a similar a situation and Reese’s peanut butter cup is just out of my reach.
Is it weird that thing I remember most from this movie, outside of the Rufio chants and Dustin Hoffman’s ticking mustache, are the frosting pies? Literally just frosting in a pie crust…Just me?
“I’ve gotta know what a $5 shake tastes like.”
Pulp Fiction, 1994
Of my 5 favorite lines from Pulp Fiction, 2 have to do with food. This one, and the “Royale with cheese.”
“Lieutenant Dan, ICE CREAM!”
Forrest Gump, 1994
If you happen to ever get Dairy Queen with me, I will more than likely do an incredible impression of this and either make you laugh…or embarrass the hell out of you.
“Wait for the cream…”
Inglorious Basterds, 2009
Christoph Waltz set the bar pretty high for himself when Quentin Tarantino introduced him to American cinema audiences with Inglorious Basterds. His “Hans Landa” will go down as an all-time movie villain and he won an Oscar for it. He also made eating strudel way more suspenseful than it needed to be.
“Who’s got the throat slitter?”
The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014
The Mendl’s cakes play a HUGE role in this film, and look absolutely delicious. Thankfully there’s a “How-To” video for making them yourself.
“Chocolate lava cake is not just undercooked chocolate cake.”
Chef is one of my favorite films in recent years. It actually inspired me to do my Food Truck Challenge this past summer. And now our list has come full circle because CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE.
Note: American Pie, Matilda, and Stand By Me were left off because those scenes only make you lose your appetite.
Do some more memorable scenes come to mind? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter.
The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania for the WWF Title.
Microsoft released Windows 3.0.
The Berlin Wall was destroyed, East and West Germany reunify into single Germany.
The first ever Web Page was written.
Muppets creator Jim Henson passed away at the age of 53.
And here’s what happened in Movies, Music and Sports…
Home Alone, Pretty Woman, Back to the Future Part III, My Blue Heaven, Air America, Gremlins 2, Another 48 Hours, Cry-Baby, The Freshman, Green Card, Cadillac Man, Bird on a Wire, Look Who’s Talking Too, Alice, Coupe de Ville, The Nasty Girl, Kindergarten Cop, Mermaids, Men at Work, Three Men and a Little Lady, AND…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Total Recall, Die Hard 2, Darkman, Dick Tracy, Hard To Kill, Captain America, Predator 2, RoboCop 2, Marked For Death, Days of Thunder, Death Warrant, Rocky V, Quigley Down Under, Revenge, Peacemaker, Young Guns II, The Ambulance, The Rookie, It AND…
Dances With Wolves, Edward Scissorhands, The Godfather Part III, Ghost, Miller’s Crossing, Awakenings, Misery, The Hunt For Red October, Presumed Innocent, The Krays, State of Grace, Lord of the Flies, Memphis Belle, King of New York, Avalon, Reversal of Fortunes, Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael, Life Is Sweet, Henry & June, Havana, AND…
The 63rd Academy Awards
Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves
Robert De Niro, Awakenings
Gerard DePardieu, Cyrano de Bergerac
Richard Harris, The Field
Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune – Winner
(Reversal of Fortune was the only time Jeremy Irons was nominated for an Oscar)
Best Supporting Actor
Andy Garcia, The Godfather Part III
Graham Greene, Dances with Wolves
Al Pacino, Dick Tracy
Bruce Davison, Longtime Companion
Joe Pesci, Goodfellas – Winner
(Joe Pesci was nominated once more in 1980 for Raging Bull)
Anjelica Huston, The Grifters
Julia Roberts, Working Girl
Meryl Streep, Postcards From the Edge
Joanne Woodward, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
Kathy Bates, Misery – Winner
(Kathy Bates was nominated twice more for Primary Colors and About Schmidt )
Best Supporting Actress
Annette Bening, The Grifters
Lorraine Bracco, Goodfellas
Diane Ladd, Wild at Heart
Mary McDonnell, Dances with Wolves
Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost – Winner
(Whoopi Goldberg was nominated once before in 1985 for The Color Purple)
The Godfather Part III
Dances with Wolves – Winner
(Dances with Wolves won 7 of the 12 Oscars it was nominated for)
Hip Hop Albums
Billboard Year-End Top 25 Songs
01. “Hold On” – Wilson Phillips
02. “It Must Have Been Love” – Roxette
03. “Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinead O’Connor
04. “Poison” – Bell Biv DeVoe
05. “Vogue” – Madonna
06. “Vision of Love” – Mariah Carey
07. “Another Day in Paradise” – Phil Collins
08. “Hold On” – En Vogue
09. “Cradle of Love” – Billy Idol
10. “Blaze of Glory” – Jon Bon Jovi
11. “Do Me!” – Bell Biv DeVoe
12. “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” – Michael Bolton
13. “Pump Up the Jam” – Technotronic
14. “Opposites Attract” – Paula Abdul and The Wild Pair
15. “Escapade” – Janet Jackson
16. “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You” – Heart
17. “Close to You” – Maxi Priest
18. “Black Velvet” – Alannah Myles
19. “Release Me” – Wilson Phillips
20. “Don’t Know Much” – Linda Ronstadt
21. “All Around the World” – Lisa Stansfield
22. “I Wanna Be Rich” – Calloway
23. “Rub You the Right Way” – Johnny Gill
24. “She Ain’t Worth It” – Glenn Medeiros and Bobby Brown
25. “If Wishes Came True” – Sweet Sensation
Average: Eddie Murray (LAD) – .330
Hits: Willie McGee (STL & OAK) – 199
Home Runs: Cecil Fielder (DET) – 51
RBI: Cecil Fielder (DET) – 132
OPS: Rickey Henderson (OAK) – 1.016
Stolen Bases: Vince Coleman (STL) – 77
Wins: Bob Welch (OAK) – 27
ERA: Roger Clemens (BOS) – 1.93
Strikeouts: David Cone (NYM) – 233
Complete Games: Ramon Martinez (LAD) – 12
Shutouts: Mike Morgan (LAD), Bruce Hurst (SD), Dave Stewart (OAK) & Roger Clemens (BOS) – 4
Saves: Bobby Thigpen (CHW) – 57
AL – Rickey Henderson (OAK)
NL – Barry Bonds (PIT)
AL – Bob Welch (OAK)
NL – Doug Drabek (PIT)
Rookie of the Year
AL – Sandy Alomar (CLE)
NL – David Justice (ATL)
Cincinnati Reds sweep Oakland Athletics (4-0)
(1) UNLV, (4) Arkansas, (3) Duke and (4) Georgia Tech
(1) UNLV over (3) Duke 103-73
Points Per Game: Michael Jordan (CHI) – 33.6
Rebounds Per Game: Hakeem Olajuwon (HOU) – 14.0
Assists Per Game: John Stockton (UTAH) – 14.5
Charles Barkley (PHI)
Patrick Ewing (NY)
Magic Johnson (LAL)
Michael Jordan (CHI)
Karl Malone (UTAH)
MVP – Magic Johnson (LAL)
Rookie of the Year – David Robinson (SA)
Detroit Pistons over Portland Trailblazers (4-1)
Heisman Trophy – Ty Detmer, BYU
(2) Georgia Tech was awarded the National Championship after defeating Nebraska in the Citrus Bowl 45-21
I understand not everybody is into basketball, or even sports for that matter. So for the past few years (with the help of some awesome people), I have released a TV Madness bracket for the masses to vote on. Dexter vs. The Wire, Friends vs. How I Met Your Mother, Breaking Bad vs. Mad Men, Game of Thrones vs. The Walking Dead…It was a good time.
This year we’re switching things up and moving from the small screen to the silver screen. Movies from several genres and eras…there’s certainly something for everyone. We’ve also added 2 Play-In Games to expand the field to 68, much like the NCAA Tournament. Voting for the Play-In Games will start HERE tomorrow (3/25) morning. The REAL THING will begin 3/26 and voting will be open till 11 PM CST each day.
Obviously everything is subjective with the seedings, but let’s take a closer look at each region for you to start making your picks!
The De Niro/Brando Region
This is a very Drama filled region, and not the kind you get in Mean Girls. Most of these films have ranked high in the typical “all-time” lists, and are likely the ones that “Shawshank” you when they are played on AMC…
(For future reference, being “Shawshanked” happens when you catch a film on TV and no matter the point you tune into, or what time it is, you have to finish the film.)
(1) The Godfather
Matchup To Watch:
(3) Pulp Fiction vs. (14) Fight Club
The Willis/Statham Region
Like Explosions? Gunfights? Epic oneliners?…What do you mean “No”? Get the hell out of here!
(1) Die Hard
Matchup To Watch:
(8) Top Gun vs. (9) The Matrix
The Belushi/Murray Region
This is the kind of “funny” Henry Hill was referring to when he pissed off Pesci in Goodfellas. Had to give John and Bill the region’s title considering they star in 4 of the above films.
(1) Animal House
Matchup To Watch:
(7) Anchorman vs. (1) The Big Lebowski
The Harrison Ford/Clooney Region
This region is a fun mix for fans of adventure, fantasy, and other miscellaneous awesomeness. Yes, I understand “Harrison Ford” is the only one to get his full name in a region…but when have you ever referred to him by just his first or last name? He also stars in the Top 2 seeds.
(1) Star Wars
Matchup to Watch:
(7) Toy Story vs. (10) The Lego movie
Check in tomorrow morning (3/25) as voting for the Play-In games will begin. Votes on Twitter directed to @Mike_PiFF03 with the hashtag #MovieMadness will also be counted. Feel free to fill out your own copy of the bracket and Tweet it to me to be shared.