Thursday, March 15, 2012

March Movie Madness

It’s time for March Madness!  I love basketball – non-stop action, shouting, elbowing, cursing.  What’s not to love?  And the NCAA tournament showcases the best of the best.  Last year I was laid up post-surgery from an extremely painful herniated disc and watched all the basketball a girl could possibly want (and then some).  I knew who I wanted in my brackets (but, really, did ANYONE see Virginia Commonwealth coming?  Does anyone even know where they came from?).  I’m sure all of you had UConn, but how many of you thought Florida would fall to Butler (I know Butler’s had a strong program these past few years, but, really? Florida??  Sorry, but this Gator Girl bled Orange and Blue all the way, baby.)

Anyway, this year I’m entered in a different bracket.  And, no, it’s not nerdy.  OK, maybe just a little.  It’s the March Movie Madness2 bracket, or MMM2 as we cool cats like to call it (#MMM2 for all you tweeps).  See, here’s what happened.  I’ve been trolling reading around the blogosphere lately, and came across this pretty cool site: (the author is a professor named Clay Morgan – get it? Hehehehe).  Not only does Clay teach political science and social studies, but he also enjoys mixing in a bit of pop culture from time to time.  I guess they all kind of merge together quite nicely, don’t they?  So, he came up with this clever idea to hold a tournament randomly pitting movie protagonists against other movie protagonists.  I’m not gonna lie here; I really have no idea how he came up with this stuff or even why, but it sounded kind of fun to me so I submitted an idea for a character and, voila, my guy got picked!  Because he’s awesome, of course.  I mean, who hasn’t felt akin to Jeff Jefferies (um, that’s the name of Jimmy Stewart’s character in “Rear Window” – you know, the Hitchcock flick where Stewart is laid up in his room for a couple of weeks ‘cause he broke his leg and he starts watching the goings-on of his neighbors and becomes convinced that one of his neighbors has killed his wife?) Come on, are you seriously going to tell me that you haven’t peeked out your windows when you hear a commotion next door and wondered what the heck your neighbors are up to now?  I can’t be the only one here, can I?  (Maybe basketball wasn’t the only thing I was watching last year after my surgery…I’ll never tell.)

Since I’ve slept since then, I have no idea what all I wrote in defense of why Jeff Jefferies is the ultimate movie protagonist – something about him representing the inner Mrs. Kravits in all of us, I’m sure – but I’m convinced I’m on to something big here.  OK, maybe he might not fare too well if he goes up against, say, Harry Potter or Indiana Jones (man, why didn’t I nominate one of those guys??)  And he’s not badass like Linda Hamilton’s character in Terminator (again, epic fail on my part), but, in true Hitchcock style, he causes us all to think – not just about what evil lurks in others, but what dark thoughts do we harbor within ourselves about our fellow man?  And you know we all do it.  Judge unfairly, that is.  Or are we being unfair?  Isn’t that the point?

So, take a moment and head over to and vote for me, would ya?  (You know I’m watching….)

*Oh, and FYI:  VCU is located in Richmond, VA.  I looked it up.  ‘Cause I’m smart like that.


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  3. I had some neighbors in Orlando way back when. They were very gregarious and thus it was not uncommon to hear all manner of things coming from their rather humble abode.

    And yes, I will admit that curiosity would at times overcome me and I'd peep out the windows to see what the commotion was about. They were always having fun!

    Well, one day I went out to get a beer and as I stepped outside the night was lit with flashing police car lights as well as from an ambulance.

    I went back inside and peered through my curtains into the night. A chill came over me.

    An hour later I strolled to my watering hole and went behind their home. As I passed an open, lighted room window, I naturally peeped in.

    Blood splatters were everywhere! Cops were taking pictures. I stood mesmerized taking in the gore. Finally, a cop saw me and shooed me away like a fly.

    I found out subsequent that the man had murdered his lover and chopped him up. Then he shot himself.

    It just goes to show that you never know what the heck is REALLY going on with your neighbors.

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  6. Thanks again, Heather! And Sylvia, thanks so much for stopping by! Have fun with the Challenge! Jeremy, you have officially creeped me out! I'm sure your book will be a success - you have some pretty interesting material!