Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

around the world in 80 days cantiflasItem #496 on my list of things not to do: Sit alone in a hot air balloon with a smiley fellow who has a creepy mustache and offers me alcohol.

Really though, that manservant’s mustache is out of control. Somebody needs to put a stop to this unseemly display. I will personally go in, frame by frame, and color in the missing middle of that borderline illegal mustache. Unacceptable.

Around the World in 80 Days is a film based on Jules Verne’s classic novel of the same name that I have never read and will probably never read because I’m part of the Harry Potter generation that has become accustomed to fast-paced, fifth-grade reading level literature and is no longer willing to dedicate attention span to anything lacking fantasy, dystopian, or superhero elements. (I joke — I’m also part of the generation that enjoys expressing fury over topics we haven’t seriously studied or sincerely care about.)

In the spirit of a true disclaimer, though, I literally set a personal record for the number of times I tried to watch a movie but fell asleep. I can’t help it—Around the World in 80 Days has gorgeous cinematography and a mesmerizing overture that brings peace to my soul and crushing weight to my eyelids. Plus it’s three hours long.

This epic film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, beating out other critically acclaimed movies like Friendly Persuasion and The Ten Commandments. It stars David Niven (The Bishop’s Wife) and Cantiflas, a famous Latin American comedian from who apparently has some mad bull-fighting skills. It also features Robert Newton (Treasure Island) in his last role as Detective Fix as well as Shirley MacLaine as a not-so-Indian Indian princess.

The producer, Michael Todd, is also credited for inventing the idea of “cameo” roles for this movie. He convinced over 30 famous actors to make appearances in Around the World in 80 Days, including Frank Sinatra (Take Me Out to the Ball Game), Cesar Romero (Now You See Him, Now You Don’t), Glynis Johns (The Court Jester), Buster Keaton (The General), and more.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Unless you’re Colonel Mustard, you really shouldn’t have a mustache.

around the world in eighty days movie

Travelling around the world may not be for everybody, but Mr. Fogg is a great example of setting a goal and acting immediately and systematically to achieve it.

My wife was just telling me that she thinks new year resolutions get a bad rap, but God wants us to improve, and if that’s a way we can improve then we should keep on trying. I agree with her. This new year is the perfect time to start fresh or renew the goals you know will help you become the person you want to become.

May 2016 be the year all of us arrive at our destinations.

And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.” — Mosiah 4:27

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