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Feb252013

4 of the Mightiest Minions in Movies #atozchallenge #monday #movie #meme

As the number of 2013 Blogging from A to Z Challenge participants continue to grow (811 blogs are signed up at the time of this writing), I wouldn’t be surprised if we reached 2,000 by April 1st.

All of the A to Z co-hosts have drafted our own mini teams of volunteers to help us manage the administrative tasks that keep this worldwide marathon running as smooth as possible. In the name of the my personal Mighty Madlab Minion team of helpers and the upcoming animated sequel “Despicable Me 2,” the theme for this week’s Monday Movie Meme is: Mighty Minions.

Share on your blog or in the comments section, movies featuring memorable assistants. These characters are either personal assistants or office assistants who excel in their duties. The most memorable assistants in film can also include those who are likely to not receive a letter of  recommendation for a job well done -- since they’re work performance leaves much to be desired, for one reason or another. Remember to link back to this post and visit the blogs of fellow Monday Movie Meme participants. Here are my selections for this week’s Mighty Minions theme.

Sex and the City: The Movie
Louise (played by Jennifer Hudson) is a tell-it-like-it-is kind of assistant whose organizational skills, sense of humor and quick thinking capabilities netted her lots of perks -- the kind that don’t show up in a standard benefits package. She not only had the ability to (sorta) drink on the job -- but her boss Carrie Bradshaw even footed the bill for afternoon cocktails! A strong work ethic was so memorable that Carrie started addressing her by the nickname “St. Louise” and outfitting this southern gal with her very own luxury handbags.

Love Actually
One of the ten love stories in this romantic comedy features a secretary who unabashedly flirts with her married boss. It seems to be working for her, since the boss starts giving her extra attention, among other things, because he thinks she only has eyes for him. I bet this design executive would have a change of heart if he found out that she’s just a flat out skank who answers the door in her underwear and would also be quick to pounce on the Prime Minister, if given the chance to do so.

The Dark Knight Rises
Alfred Pennyworth’s loyalty to Bruce Wayne was so strong that he went above and beyond his duties as a butler, to protect our hero’s best interests at heart. This is a guy who is willing to put his relationship with Batman -- and his job -- on the line if it means keeping Wayne out of trouble.

Pride
Bernie Mac plays a janitor named Elston who becomes an assistant a swim team coach named Jim. Oddly enough, Elston doesn’t care for Jim much when the coach sets out to revamp a recreation center that is in the dumps. Hmm...I don’t understand it -- how can you get mad at the guy who just upgraded your position?!! C’mon!

Minion Badge designed by Jeremy [Retro-Zombie] HawkinsNow without further ado, I also bring you MY Mighty Minions team...

Sydney Aaliyah
We’ve been acquainted for nearly a year now, after becoming Tweeps in April 2012. She also gave me the Versatile Blogger Award, in the Spring that year and I listed her as one of my gains while reflecting on many A to Z Challenge experiences.

I’m excited that Sydney Aaliyah has joined my team of minions because it gives me a chance to work closely with someone I am familiar with while we both meet new people in the process.

Sheila Siler at Sheila Scribbles  
A strong sense of humor was what stood out to me while reading Sheila’s offer to volunteer for this year’s challenge. The fact that she doesn’t even mind being called a “minion” in public was one of the things that caught my attention first. Our good communication, however, is why I look forward to working with her from here on out. Sheila seems to get me, in that, we tend to have an understanding of how the mighty minions team will operate -- and she’s always pleased by my wacky jokes and related attempts to spice up our A to Z Challenge participant review-slash-enforcement engine.

Tami Von Zalez at Thrift Shop Commando
I like her avatar, which is what drew me to drafting her for my mighty minions team. Since then, it’s been nice to learn that, like Sheila, Tami also gets me, the code words/language and conduct that we adopted for our team. In fact, it is because of her that I’ve been contemplating possible mighty minion swag items to pimp out their spaces. I think its going to be fun working with Tami!

and M.J. Joachim

Thanks to A to Z co-host Tina Downey at Life is Good, M. J. became a recent addition to this mini alphabet squad that I’m heading up. I have no idea how she’s going to complete the April challenge with five blogs of her own to manage, so it will be nice to watch M.J. exercise her multitasking skills across those blogs and minion duties.

Who are some of the most memorable assistants that YOU have seen in movies?

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The Devil Wears Prada

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

I'd be remiss if I didn't toss in the most obvious and greatest minion that ever existed on film:

Igor: from Frankenstein
Otto: Harry Dean Stanton's right hand man-in-training from the movie Repo Man
Simon Phoenix: Wesley Snipes in the movie Demolition Man
Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield: John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson goons in Pulp Fiction
Richter: Michael Ironside's character in Total Recall (1990)

Awesome Monday meme! *thumbs up!*

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhermanturnip

Batman's Alfred is seriously a very memorable minion.
Can't forget "You had me at hello" from Jerry Magurie. Talk about a loyal secretary.
Poison Ivy had Bane in one of the many Batman movies.

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Brown

Honored to be a minion.
I am looking forward to seeing Johnny Depp as Tonto to Armie Hammers Lone Ranger.

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSydney Aaliyah Michelle

The first assistant that came to mind since I recently re-watched Iron Man while doing some unpleasant chores is Pepper. Talk about loyalty and an almost impossible job. And I love the chemistry between her and Robert Downey Jr. who I will freely admit I have a total crush on...

Nice intro to your team. Thanks for the shout-out, that was a nice surprise!


Tina @ Life is Good
Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Herman,

You've taken things back a few years this week, with Demolition Man and Repo Man! I can't remember the last time I watched Wesley Snipes in something and now I sooo want to have a blast-from-the-past movie night :) Also, I'm diggin' the Total Recall and Pulp Fiction selections. Your list is rockin'...thanks for playing along!

Angela,

If all secretaries had that kind of pull, I bet the employment rates would be up in the office sector, lol. Good choices.

Sydney,

When I noticed you volunteered to join any of the co-hosts, I knew I had to have you on MY team and am so glad you came aboard :) -- Tonto is a fitting choice for this week's meme and although I didn't see Lone Ranger, I'd say anyone would be lucky to have Johnny Depp as their sidekick!

Tina,

OMG this is exactly why I like doing the meme, especially when more people join in....Pepper is one of, if not the most loyal assistants that I've ever seen in a movie. She should get a raise and a complimentary massage for all that she puts up with to aid Tony Stark. Your pick for this week's "minion" meme is a Great one! I couldn't not shout you out after you helped to round out my team. Also, thanks for checking out my minions intro. This year's A to Z is going to rock!

February 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterNicole

Robin,

Your pick is one of the best choices for this week's meme! I thought about The Devil Wears Prada briefly while writing this post but didn't want to mention it on my list because I still haven't seen the movie yet. It's going to have to go on my ever-growing to-watch Blockbuster queue. Thank you for playing along with me this week :)

February 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterNicole

Nicole,
Sorry for being so brief with my first comment. Last week my comment didn't take at all, so I was hesitant to type forever. I really enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada. It is a great movie. And it definitely meets the "minion" factor you were looking for here...

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Psyched you are one of the leaders this year! I'm supporting Arlee as one of his "minions" and am psyched to get back in the blogging groove after a very long hiatus.

I hope all is well with you. I was totally thinking of you during the Oscars with Ben Affleck on stage! Gotta get back to visiting and catch up on my Madlab! :)

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlana

Robin,

I understand your hesitation in typing forever and can relate, as I've done the same every now and then, when concerned about whether my comments would take or not on blogs that I read. You wouldn't believe....sometimes, my own comments don't show up here....on my own blog, go figure! It's nuts and I've read through the help and support sections to try to find solutions but have come up short, as there isn't much of any help listed. I like the fact that Maryl Streep is limitless in the roles that she takes on. That's one of the few reasons that The Devil Wears Prada caught my attention when it came out. I'll have to muster up the energy and time to watch it one of these days :)

Alana,

It's so great to have you here! I've been checking Writercize a few times here and there since your return from the hiatus and am glad you're back in the swing of blogging :)

Funny thing is, I was just thinking about you on Friday while I was running some errands. Your so kind with the whole Oscars thing and I'm so glad that Ben Affleck won, as well as Adele for her Skyfall song. I wish I didn't fall asleep that night. I missed the whole show and ended up having to catch up on all the happenings via entertainment news shows and the internet.

March 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterNicole

Minions are the best part of Despicable Me. I did apply to be a minion, and didn't get picked, but I'm not the slightest bit upset.:)

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIce Girl

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