Random Thoughts: Today I Celebrate Being Alive

Sixteen Candles
Molly Ringwald and Michael Schoeffling in "Sixteen Candles"

Hello folks, the title of my post isn’t meant to be anything philosophical. It’s simple really, today is my birthday πŸ™‚

I was hoping to post my Inglourious Basterds review but I didn’t have enough time to finish it, and I kind of want to watch Adaptation that just arrived from Netflix. I realize there aren’t too many movies about birthdays. The most famous one is probably Sixteen Candles, that 1984 John Hughes classic about a girl whose 16th birthday didn’t turn out to be exactly what she expected. I guess I can relate. Nearly a couple of decades ago, I lost my mother on exactly my 16th birthday. In fact, one minute I was in the kitchen cutting cakes to bring to school the next day (it’s a cultural tradition where I came from), and the next we’re in the emergency room. Suffice to say, there was no candles nor cake that day, let alone some cute boy like Michael Schoeffling sitting across from me 😦

In any case, now that I think about it, there was one flick about birthdays that I remember liking. It’s called The Game, directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club), about a wealthy businessman who gets a strange birthday present from his rebellious brother which turns out to be a live-action game that consumes his life. It starred Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, prior to his critically-acclaimed projects and Oscar win as he didn’t get top billing in the posters. If it had been released now, he’d surely be featured equally as Douglas.

Check out the trailer:

It’s a gripping mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. One twist after another kept you guessing the entire time, it’s like a giant puzzle packaged in a nifty thrill ride. Sure, it’s got plot holes the size of Texas, but Fincher’s a gifted filmmaker that pulls you just so that you’re willing to suspend your disbelief. But beneath all the action and bizarre sequences, it carries a message about appreciating one’s life and that the best things in life money can’t buy. Not a bad birthday message, don’t you think?

19 thoughts on “Random Thoughts: Today I Celebrate Being Alive

  1. Samantha

    Oh man, The Game is a freaky, freaky movie. I’m sorry to hear that your birthday has some negative connotations … but hope it’s a happy one, anyway. πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah, freaky is the word… but it’s like Fight Club freaky, which is a good thing in my book πŸ™‚

      Hey, I hope I didn’t sound like a gloomy gus, things happen for a reason y’know, I choose to just count my blessings!

      1. Samantha

        Not gloomy. You’re definitely a cheerful person, far as I can tell. Still, that seems like the kind of thing that will always color the day for you, at least a little bit.

        1. Yeah, I guess you can never “get over” your mother’s passing, but I definitely cherished the short years I spent with her. Cheerful? He..he.. only on my good days πŸ˜‰

  2. Samantha

    Also, re: birthday movies, Harold & Maude is not “all about a birthday,” but a birthday is extremely significant. I always thought this was some lame movie that hipsters all claimed, and then I watched it. Incredible. Truly a celebration of life.

  3. Andrea

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! When I see you I will wish you in person.

    I LOVE the Game!! One of my favorites but I can never remember it until someone brings it up.

    Dong…dong…where is my automobile…AUTOMOBILE!! Lake …big lake

    1. Thank you, Andrea! I’m leaving early today as a present to myself πŸ™‚ Glad you like The Game, too, I might watch it again one of these days.

  4. Some days I swear I’m the only person who likes THE GAME. Another, much lighter, birthday movie is 13 GOING ON 30.

    Happy Birthday! here’s to Hope, Happiness, and Hit Counts.

    1. @ Katie + Hatter, thanks for the well wishes.

      @ Hatter Ha.. nothing like hit counts that makes a blogger’s day, ain’t it? πŸ™‚

      I haven’t seen that Jen Garner movie. As for The Game, do you think a lot of people hate it, Hatter? The plot twists are reminiscent of Fight Club which people seem to love, even if they’re kinda far-fetched.

  5. PrairieGirl

    Hey Ruth, hope the rest of your birthday was great! I liked The Game. I’ve only seen it on TV, but it grabs you and just pulls you in, although that’s one gift I’m glad I was NOT the recipient of.
    And I thought 16 Candles would be WAY beneath me since I only saw it recently, but by the end I was really chuckling and charmed. Now I’m wondering what you’ll have in store for us on FC for Valentines Day – good luck with your “homemade” dinner πŸ˜‰

  6. Vony

    Hey.. I didn’t forget your birthday, tried to call you a couple of times :P.. Happy birthday my dearest friend, you are trully a bleesings to me and Tom for the past 8 years . I owe you a big birthday dinner πŸ™‚ Hope you had a great birthday.. God Bless you..

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