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Movie Montage Monday: I Want Candy

Candy Montage

It’s Movie Montage Monday! And I’m using “Monday” loosely because I’m just barely sneaking today’s collection of montages in before midnight. I ran into some–um–let’s call them technical difficulties while pulling some of these clips together.

I’ve been on a major sugar kick lately, so today’s theme is all about candy. I’ve been sneaking Haribo Gummi Raspberries, Caramel Creams, and Cadbury Dairy Milk bars over the past few weeks in combination with copious amounts of Rock Star energy drink because I’ve been under a lot of stress. Basically any day now my heart is going to explode.

Anyway, onto the montages!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Who can take tomorrow and dip it in a dream, separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream? The Candy Man can. You know what else the candy man does? Creep me the hell out.

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Chocolat makes me crave chocolate every time I watch it.

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Garfield’s Halloween Adventure

Required viewing for me every Halloween. They don’t make specials like this anymore.

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Marie Antoinette

And here’s the fabulous candy, champagne and shoes montage from Marie Antoinette that inspired today’s theme, appropriately set to Bow Wow Wow:


Edit: I so wanted to include the brief but fantastic Honeyduke’s candy shop scene from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but upon further examination I had to rule it out because it’s not technically a montage. I have to adhere to my own silly rules, you know.

What the hell is Movie Montage Monday?

Every Monday I come up with a new theme and post a series of related movie montages. There’s no real reason for it, I just really like montages. Also it’s kind of a challenge to myself to see how long I can keep it going. I’m bound to run out of themes eventually, right?

Hostess Going Out of Business (Or Why the Turtle Pudding Pies Comeback Won’t Happen)

Hostess Going Out of Business

Things are not going well for the pre-processing purveyors of Twinkies and Wonder Bread. Hostess Brands is hemorrhaging money, or as MassLive reports:

Hostess Brands Inc. has warned states nationwide that it may close its operations and lay off all employees this summer.

In Connecticut, the company has notified the state that it may lay off all 187 workers and close its five locations by July 6, including 57 employees at the 23 Thompson Road operation in East Windsor.

Hostess, the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Court protection from creditors in January. It sent the WARN notices last week to all states where it has operations, employing 18,500 workers, company spokesman Erik Halvorson said.

The notices were “to alert employees that a sale or wind down of the company is possible,” he said.

You know, we can blame a lot of things for why Hostess is bankrupt–economic woes, hiring that annoying Chocolate Rain guy Tay Zonday to sing about chocolate creme-filled Twinkies, Americans who are more health conscious, food products that can potentially survive a Nuclear Holocaust

But let’s get real–it’s because Hostess stopped manufacturing Turtle Pudding Pies.

Turtle Pudding Pies

And now that the company is going under, we may never see the Turtle Pudding Pies comeback that I and millions of other TMNT fans a handful of other fatties have been dreaming about for the past fifteen years, which really is unfortunate considering there’s going to be a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film next year and a new Nick cartoon in a few months.

Hostess, if you’re reading this, the time to act is now!

10 Unusual Wines that Geeks Would Love

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, any one of these wines would make an awesome gift to present to that special geek in your life:

Wines for Gamers

Player 1 by 8-bit Vintners

“Player 1″ was created by an actual gamer, and comes from the winemaking region of Walla Walla, Washington.  Owner/gamer Mike James says, “My wine is for anyone who spent time trying to save a princess or fit odd shaped blocks together. We may have never met, but we have more in common than we ever knew. So blow out that old Contra cartridge, give the NES a good dust off, and pour yourself a glass.”  Sadly, 8-bit Vintners has closed up shop, but you can still purchase the wine on Ebay and other places (if you know where to look).

Player 1 - Wines for Gamers

Boss Monster by Woot Cellars

This 2007 zinfandel from Woot Cellars is representative of every terrible boss you’ve ever encountered in a video game (though I think he looks vaguely reminiscent of Phantoon from Super Metroid).  “Boss Monster” is a limited edition wine that is only sometimes available via Wine.Woot.  If you like wine and enjoy getting a good deal, you might want to sign up for Wine.Woot’s deal-a-day style offers.

Boss Monster - Wines for Gamers

Stunlock, nOOb, & Gamer Window  by GamerWine

GamerWine is available in three varieties with relatable names: Stunlock, a rich red; nOOB, a full-bodied Merlot; and Gamer Window, a smooth Pinot Grigio.  Suggested pairings:  Hot Pockets, Pizza Rolls and Cheetos.

Stunlock, n00b, Gamer Window - Wines for Gamers

Wines for Fantasy Film Buffs

The Bottle of Wits by Alamo Drafthouse

“The Bottle of Wits” is a new line of signature wines by Alamo Drafthouse inspired by everyone’s favorite 80′s fantasy film, The Princess Bride, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  The line includes both red and white varieties: “As You Wish White,” a light, golden medium-bodied California blend, and “Inconceivable Cab,” a 2009 vintage California Cabernet.  The wine will go for sale online starting February 14, 2012.

The Bottle of Wits - Wines for Fantasy Film Buffs

Wines for Horror Fans

Zombie Zin by Chateau Diana Winery

From Chateau Diana Winery in Healdsburg, California comes “Zombie Zinfandel” that is blood-red in color and described as “horridly rich in concentrated fruit flavors with a finish that never dies!” Clever.  And here I thought the only zombies with mohawks were from Tirisfal Glades.

Zombie Zin - Wines for Horror Fans

Return of the Living Red by Redheads Studio

“Return of the Living Red” is a red wine from Redheads Studio (I see what they did there), which is a small winery in South Australia. The wine is dark garnet in color, full-bodied, with flavors of currants and blackberries.  The gruesome (but awesome) packaging was designed by Mash.

Return of the Living Red - Wines for Horror Fans

Killibinbin by Brothers in Arms

This collection of “killer” wines is by Brothers in Arms of the Metalia vineyard, also in South Australia (side note: why does Australia have all the cool wines?).  The labels were designed after vintage horror movie posters to play up the “kill” part of the wine’s name.

Killabinbin - Wines for Horror Fans


Vampire, Dracula & Trueblood by Vampire Vineyards

When it comes to vampire-themed wines, Vampire Vineyards pretty much has the market cornered.  The vineyard’s full line includes Vampire, Dracula, Trueblood, and Chateau du Vammpire.  There’s even red Vampire Vodka, and the company is also branching out into other vampire-themed beverages  like soda, coffee and energy drinks.  Thanks to the popularity of Twilight, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, etc, it’s no surprise that this type of blatant pandering has also been very successful for the company (just read their nauseating About Us page).

Vampire Wines - Wines for Horror Fans


Wines for Techies

USB Port by Peltier Station

A zinfandel dessert wine, “USB Port” (get it?) has a rich, sweet flavor that balances chocolate with ruby cherry and spice. Sounds delicious.  Just don’t try to plug it into your laptop.

USB Port - Wines for Techies

 Educated Guess by Roots Run Deep

This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the flagship wine of Roots Run Deep winery, who would like you to make an “educated guess” about which wine to choose.  The very technical, smart-looking label depicts actual winemaking formula strings that chemists would use.

Educated Guess - Wines for Techies