Friday, April 18, 2008

Need rental movie titles!

I have taken three long unfit weeks off from the gym.

Next week, with shrunken, atrophied muscles, I'm heading back to my early-morning routine. Yes, you can expect some whining.

Please, please, please. I need DVD titles for my iPod. To fake me out on the Elliptical time. So I don't realize how long I've been stepping. (I never claimed brilliance!)

I'm looking for humorous and/or fast-paced. No dramas as they inhibit my endorphins.

Here are a few movies that have worked: Love Actually, The Shawshank Redemption, Grosse Pointe Blank

Movies that have not worked: How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Pieces of April, Last Dance Drama, Purple Violets

Also, does anyone know of a decent program that converts DVDs to iPod format?

So, to summarize this extremely important-to-my-health post:

1. Please suggest humorous and/or fast-paced movies for gym viewing.

2. Please suggest a software program that converts DVDs to an iPod format.

I'm begging ya....


Mrs. Annie said...

I am totally unequipped to doing anything with an ipod other than turn it on (thank God for teenagers!).

Movie suggestions: My mind is completely blank. I know I've seen a funny movie...I know I have...

~Virginia~ said...

hairspray (the most current release with john travolta)! enchanted! really good face paced movies. happy movie watching and happy friday!

Cameron Williams said...

Shawshank makes your list of happy movies? Have you forgotten the Brooks scene? How about some sillier Stiller/Wilson movies like Starky and Hutch or Zoolander? Those always work for me.

I was unaware that there were any programs that could covert DVD movies for IPOD use. If you find one, let me know!

By the way, I'm home with a sick daughter right now, in case you thought I was blogging when I should be teaching...

Larramie said...

Alternative suggestion: A home gym with flatscreen HDTV that's all yours! *VBG*

Barrie said...

Hey Cameron! Until you mentioned it, I hadn't made the possible blogging/teaching time connection! Sorry you have a sickie at home. :(

Shawshank was supposed to be my example of a fast-paced movie, not humourous. Although, in reality, it's not overly fast-paced either.

And, look, I commented on your comment!

brian_ohio said...

I second 'Enchanted', that's a good movie. How about 'Wedding Crashers' or 'Night at the Museum'. I've heard good things about 'I am Legend' but haven't seen it myself. 'National Treasure' is good or '1408' or 'Transformers'. Is that enough?

spyscribbler said...

Five Best DVD Ripping Tools

I haven't been watching movies lately, except the ones out. But one of those five above was supposedly good at ripping DVD to iPod.

Shelli said...

I love my iPod, but I didn't know you could watch DVDs on it! Wow! I mostly listen to podcasts.

Hmm...My husband and I rent DVDs all the time. As far as movies, my mind is blank at the moment. We love to rent good TV programs...24, Lost, Battlestar Gallactica are all fast-paced.

Beth said...

You can put movies on an ipod? Oh God, I'm so behind the times!

The Tomball Three said...

I loved:

10 Things I Hate About You
Why Did I Get Married
Legally Blonde

Beth said...

PS- I haven't gotten my book yet. Have you had a chance to send it. I hope it didn't get lost.

Mary said...

Suggestions for gym viewing:

Michael Clayton
Nancy Drew
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

And a wild card: The Transporter

(The Shawshank Redemption is one of my all time faves, and makes me wonder if Master and Commander might work for you.)

Linda McLaughlin said...


I have no idea how to get a DVD onto an iPod. I can't even get my MP3 player to play music, LOL.

Haven't seen any movies lately, but I'll echo the recommendation for ENCHANTED. Its adorable.

For fast-paced, how about THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. It's got a great soundtrack, too. A couple of my fave comedies are MISS CONGENIALITY, BLAZING SADDLES, and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.


Don Mills Diva said...

I can't suggest any software but I love Election with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick - funny, clever and fast-paced.

Sustenance Scout said...

I'm no help on either front, Barrie! Just stopping by to say congrats on getting back to the gym, sending off book #2, and being interviewed! Also a big hug for being mom of the year. I've been there, and know I'll be there again someday, staring at that mislaid homework assignment, forgotten textbook, etc. Nothing like mommy guilt to keep us going...! K.

Kathy K said...

Juno is out! The last Die Hard movie was GREAT - lots of action and funny. (The Mac guy was very good in it.) I agree with the Enchanted suggestion - I missed it in the theaters but had a fun family movie night with that one. A friend of my daughter brought over 50 First Dates and it was very cute. Any of the Bourne movies.

Anonymous said...

A couple of oldies-but-goodies for me would be Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile and Raiders of the Lost Arc. Newer movies? Enchanted. Adorable. The Shrek movies are all very funny - for adults, not just kids. Also, any of the Pirate's movies... I mean, come on, Johnny Depp on your iPod? Can't go wrong there. ;-)

alex keto said...

For the literary minded, "The Man Who Would Be King" is a great adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling story of the same title. Sean Connery and Michael Caine go off to conqueror a kingdom in Afghanistan around 1900.

For one of the great movies, there is "Breaker Morant," an Australian film about Australian soldiers being charged with murder during the Boer War in South Africa.

For pure laughs, "The Three Musketeers" with Michael York and Richard Harris. Screenplay by George MacDonald Fraser who wrote the Flashman series of books

Charles Gramlich said...

I don't even own one of those new fangled gadgets.

J.K. Mahal said...

I recommend:

Keeping the Faith
Notting Hill
Bend it Like Beckham
13 Going on 30
Music and Lyrics
The Horatio Hornblower series on A&E

I also like working out to Sports Night, which is only a half-hour each episode, but it's a good half-hour.

Elizabeth said...

Well done getting the book out!!!
Going to the gym makes me fat.
I get hungry and come home and eat too much.
I suppose it's good for one.......
all best wishes

Mary Ann said...

I think I know all the lines in Shawshank Redemption! (But I still wish there were five more minutes at the end, to see their faces, hear a few words.) Oh but I digress.

The Heist (the one with Pierce Brosnan not the movie by the same name with Danny DiVito) because it's fast-paced, easy to follow, and sexy enough to motivate re the elliptical...

Jessica Burkhart said...

There's even a YouTube vid that shows you how! :)

Angela said...

Have fun!
I have been going once a week for like a month!
You can do it!

Bina said...

Okay, I have to say Transformers is a good choice.

How about "Good Luck Chuck" I laughed so hard at that movie!

I am Legend

10 Things I Hate About You is also such a great movie!

Beth said...

I am so behind in my movie viewing. Someone suggested The Internet Movie Database (
It helps!
Good luck!

alex keto said...

I've got nothing intelligent to say, just dropped by