The Sunday Geekery is brought to you by the letter ‘C’ includes Making Christmas List

The Sunday Geekery is brought to you by the letter ‘C’  includes Making Christmas List

For years I have threatened to watch as many movies as I could from AFI’s top 100. Since the release of our favorite local film critic’s alphabet of all times greats I’ve decided to make it happen! For each letter, I will watch Mark Burger’s pick, an AFI pick, and my own pick.

Mark Burger’s C: Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane
This is a pretty darn good movie. I must admit, with a very few seconds learning that we were going on a journey for the meaning of Rosebud, I was pretty certain I knew what it was. I was off – I thought it a person, not an item, but was dead right about the time period of his life. I assume that is because so many stories, movies, and television shows have been inspired by the film. I’ve seen it before, just in different versions. In the end, I’m not sure I’m supposed to love or hate Kane. I suppose that makes him human. Like movies of its time, it is a little slow and a touch on the long side. If you’ve not seen it, it is worth a watch none the less. I give Citizen Kane a B+.

AFI’s C: Casablanca

CasablancaOK. I’m going to say it, publicly, where people can see and it question my character – I do not like this movie. My first issue was my inability to understand the actors, the accents felt like a foreign language and I had to listen really hard. I finally gave up and turned on the subtitles (lol). There are two types of movies I don’t really care for, those that deal with war directly and those that are heavy romances. In this case, a double negative just equaled more negative for me. I was generally bored, disinterested in the characters fate and not curious about their back stories. I’m going to apologize to those that love it and get it, but for me – Casablanca is a D.

Suedre’s Pick: A Christmas Story

AChristmasStoryI didn’t really want to pick another 80s comedy (there’s quite a few on the list); however, I suspect I’ve seen this movie no less than 50 times. Some holiday seasons I’ve seen it more than once in a day on TBS’ Christmas Story Marathon. In addition, I might have a leg lamp, Ralphie, and Ralphie’s dad Christmas ornaments. Clearly, this movie is something special and just can’t be ignored. There’s just something about this family’s dynamics that really speaks to me. That and I totally get Ralphie!

A close second choice, Christmas Vacation. That family dynamic is one I can really identify with. Ha!

Wanna see the rest of the alphabet? A ~ B ~ …..

Making Christmas

Well it’s about time I updated my Making Christmas List! It’s changed quite a bit. I’ve added a few things, removed a few and FINISHED a few!

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If you haven’t heard of it, it a weekly link-up party to work through that big “things I need to make before Christmas list”. The things on the list don’t have to be Christmas flavored, just something you’re working on over the next two months. Each week you post your progress and join the link up. It’s already made it to week 4, but don’t let that stop you, hop right in!

This week it is hosted by M-R @ Quilt Matters, she’s showing off a fantastic use of dimensional flying geese to make a Christmas card holder. What a great idea!

My List:

  • My daughter’s Halloween costume  DONE!
  • All the accessories for her Halloween costumeDONE!
  • Creative Paperclay® tip & project (2) IN PROGRESS
  • Thread painting samples/tutorial (including requested mario mushroom)
  • Christmas themed lap quilt (maybe 2) IN PROGRESS
  • Small post card sized fiber pieces for gifts (4)
  • Attend Craft Show as guest Dec 4th
  • Beat the cat pattern
  • Quilting Bee Snowman Block
  • Friend’s Minnie Mouse Blocks
  • Prepare and print art wall hanging
  • Get started on my next TWO major bed size art quilts

Here’s a list of all the blogger’s hosting, be sure to stop by and check them out!

Rebecca @ Making Rebecca Lynne ~ Kristy @ Quiet Play ~ M-R @ Quilt Matters ~ Soma @ Whims and Fancies ~ Fiona @ Celtic Thistle Stitches ~ Nat @ Made in Home ~ Erin @ Missy Mac Creations ~ Lucy @ Charm About You

Did I mention, there will be prizes! Grab a button, link up and get to work. Christmas is coming fast!


  1. I just checked out the AFI’s top 100 films and was interested to see, as a film major I have seen them all except Network and All the Presidents Men. I now know what I need to watch this holiday season. Thanks.

  2. It’s just not Christmas without Christmas Vacation! I don’t think a Christmas has gone by that i haven’t watched it at least twice! I’ll even watch it on tv when it comes on, even though i have it on dvd! Now i want to throw on some Christmas movies!
    Lot’s of fun stuff on your list! Can’t wait for the thread painting!!

  3. I’m not keen on Casablanca but I LOVE the bit where they sing La Marseillaise! and it sounds like a foreign language to me too but so do most films! I’m looking forward to seeing more makes from your list – I was about to say I’m intrigued by your ‘beat the cat’ pattern but I’ve just realised you mean you want to beat ‘the cat pattern’ 🙂

  4. I haven’t seen Citzine Cane, I don’t like Casablanca either, and I LOVE A Christmas Story. It isn’t Christmas time without that movie on in the background for a least a month leading up to Christmas.

    Thread painting sounds like fun – can’t wait to see your make. Looks like lots of good stuff coming up 🙂

  5. I love Casablanca! But then I like romantic films and Humphrey Bogart is one of my most favourite actors!!! I haven’t watched Citizen Cane in years, it’s probably time I watched it again. Good on you for getting on with your Christmas list.


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