A Sure Way to Make Me Feel Old, Part IV

Released five years ago this year:
  • Bolt
  • The Dark Knight
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • In Bruges
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Iron Man
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Milk
  • Quantum of Solace
  • WALL-E

Ten years ago:
  • Elf
  • Finding Nemo
  • Kill Bill: Volume 1
  • Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life
  • A League of Ordinary Gentlemen
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  • Lost in Translation
  • Monster
  • X2: X-Men United
Fifteen years ago:
  • Armageddon
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Lost in Space
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Sphere
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • The Truman Show
  • U. S. Marshals
  • Wag the Dog
Twenty years ago:
  • The Fugitive
  • Groundhog Day
  • Jurassic Park
  • Needful Things
  • The Pelican Brief
  • The Piano
  • The Remains of the Day
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  • Schindler's List
  • Sleepless in Seattle
And, finally, twenty-five years ago:
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchauesn
  • Beetlejuice
  • Die Hard
  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • Gorillas in the Mist
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Mystic Pizza
  • Rain Man
  • Twins
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Beyond that I just won't look.

A Sure Way to Make Me Feel Old, Part III

Released five years ago this year:
  • Beowulf
  • Bridge to Terebithia
  • Enchanted
  • The Golden Compass
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Ratatouille
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Stardust
  • Transformers (the first one)

Ten years ago:
  • The Bourne Identity
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Ice Age
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Men in Black II
  • Minority Report
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Trek: Nemesis
  • Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones
Fifteen years ago:
  • Austin Powers (the first)
  • Face/Off
  • The Fifth Element
  • Gattaca
  • Good Will Hunting
  • L. A. Confidential
  • Men In Black
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Starship Troopers
  • Titanic
Twenty years ago:
  • Aladdin
  • Alien 3
  • Army of Darkness
  • Basic Instinct
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • A Few Good Men
  • A League of Their Own
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • Wayne's World
And, finally, twenty-five years ago:
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Hellraiser
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Predator
  • The Princess Bride
  • Robocop
  • Spaceballs
  • The Untouchables
Beyond that I just won't look.

A Sure Way to Make Me Feel Old, Part II

(A little late, but better than never)

Released five years ago this year:
  • 300
  • Cars
  • Casino Royale
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • The Illusionist
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • The Prestige
  • Superman Returns
  • V for Vendetta
  • X-Men: The Last Stand

Ten years ago:
  • Amélie
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Fellowship of the Ring
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • Spirited Away
  • Shrek

Fifteen years ago:
  • The English Patient
  • Fargo
  • Independence Day
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Mars Attacks!
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Scream
  • Sling Blade
  • Trainspotting
  • Twister

Twenty years ago:
  • The Addams Family
  • Barton Fink
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Cape Fear
  • Hook
  • JFK
  • Point Break
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Costner version)
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

And, finally, twenty-five years ago:
  • Aliens
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Crocodile Dundee
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Highlander
  • Labyrinth
  • The Name of the Rose
  • Platoon
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Stand By Me
  • Top Gun

Beyond that I just won't look.

A snippet from my classic

Roy stood over his apparatus in dismay. The latest experiment was yet another in a long string of failures, and there was nothing new to be learned from this one. He sat on a stool, slowly put his elbows on the table and lowered his head into his hands.

It was in that pose that George found him. George was his Consideratór and was getting close to being done with him. Perhaps another talk was warranted, George thought. But it was close to getting to be decision time.

"Hello, Roy."

Roy looked up. He wanted to be left alone; he wanted to walk away from all this. Something compelled him to stay. He simply said, "George" in reply.

"D'you want to talk about it?"

Roy sighed. "What's left? I've done everything now, and I'm no closer to the solution than I was when I started."

George suppressed a reaction to the unintended pun and took a few steps closer to the lab bench. A crunch underfoot told him he had just destroyed a pipette. At the sound, Roy slumped lower in his seat.

"Couldn't you have trained me more completely?" he asked.

George paused a moment before answering. "As your Consideratór, I am allowed to say that we trained as well as we could train you."

"But not well enough to complete this," Roy replied, waving a hand over the lab bench.

George nodded. "The stupidest farmer grows the biggest potatoes. And your potatoes are so very, very big, Roy."

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I tried out the What Should I Read Next? website, and put in Cryptonomicon, The Final Empire, Paladin of Souls, Anansi Boys, The Sharing Knife, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and the Illuminatus! Trilogy. Here's what it recommended:

  • The Cobweb - Neal Stephenson, J. Frederick George
  • Interface - Neal Stephenson, Frederick George
  • Idoru - William Gibson
  • Time Out of Joint - Philip K. Dick
  • Inversions - Iain M. Banks
  • Broken Angels - Richard K. Morgan, Todd McLaren
  • Heavy Weather - Bruce Sterling
  • Cetaganda - Bujold Lois McMaster
  • The Anubis Gates - Tim Powers
  • A Deepness in the Sky - Vernor Vinge

In addition to those, my friends on ifMUD also recommended: Stephenson's Zodiac, Powers' The Drawing of the Dark, Egan's Schild's Ladder and Diaspora, Stross's Singularity Sky, Zindell's Neverness and A Requiem for Homo Sapiens, and Reynolds' Revelation Space

Thank you all! I'm looking forward to reading these.


A Sure Way to Make Me Feel Old

Released five years ago this year:
  • Batman Begins
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • King Kong
  • Madagascar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • War of the Worlds
  • Wedding Crashers

Ten years ago:
  • Cast Away
  • Gladiator
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Meet the Parents
  • Mission: Impossible II
  • The Perfect Storm
  • Scary Movie
  • What Lies Beneath
  • What Women Want
  • X-Men

Fifteen years ago:
  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
  • Batman Forever
  • Casper
  • Crimson Tide
  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance
  • GoldenEye
  • Jumanji
  • Pocahontas
  • Se7en
  • Waterworld

Twenty years ago:
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Dick Tracy
  • Die Hard 2
  • Ghost
  • Home Alone
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Kindergarten Cop
  • Pretty Woman
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Total Recall

And, finally, twenty-five years ago:
  • Back to the Future
  • Brazil
  • Cocoon
  • The Color Purple
  • The Goonies
  • The Jewel of the Nile
  • Out of Africa
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II
  • Rocky IV
  • Witness

Beyond that I just won't look.

Film Quiz

I thought it might be fun to do one of these again: guess which film these screenshots are from. Comments are screened, so you can guess as many as you like. I tried to put in a mix of easy & hard ones this time.

[Edited to add: I'll update the post with correctly-guessed titles, and eventually reveal all answers]

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As a reminder, this year's interactive fiction comp ends tomorrow at midnight EST, so get your votes in!