Ah, movies. Each of them tiny, two-hour slices of the lives we wish we could lead, if only our days were scripted by rooms full of jerks and acted out by beautiful weirdos. One man has chosen to take that wish into his own hands, bringing his Up dream of flying a house into the air with balloons to life. (If you’re wondering why he didn’t chose to recreate the closet from Clueless if he was going to recreate something from a movie, I have to tell you that I have not been able to find the answer.) From SlashFilm:

Jonathan Trappe has a simple goal: fly across the Atlantic. Something that happens dozens of times per day by multiple airlines might not seem like a big deal, but Trappe wants to do it alone and in a boat lifted only by balloons. He’s a professional Cluster Balloonist, similar to Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up. Recently, just for fun, Trappe duplicated Carl’s feat by taking a small house up in the air tethered only by balloons. That might sound impressive, but his previous trips across the English Channel and the Alps are slightly better.

You can visit Jonathan Trappe’s site for more information about his upcoming Up house flight, as well as photos from his previous Up house flight, if you want to go down the rabbit hole of reading about Jonathan Trappe and his life, which I may or may not suggest depending on how much time you have and whether or not you’re caught up on Slate’s Dear Prudence column. But for the rest of us: What dumb stunt from a movie do you wish you could do if you had the time and resources and iron will?! Jurassic Park: The Real Park? (NO.) Cher’s closet from Clueless? Take care of a secluded hotel for the winter season with your family? See dead people? It’s possible that I immediately, right from the start, got away from the point of the game. Turn into a half-bug? Kiss Michael Cera? WHICH IS IT?!

Comments (34)
  1. Oh man living the plot to How to Steal a Million seems like it would be so much fun. I would also accept having a dance battle, either in the West Side Story or the Step it Up varieties. Dance Battles, guys! I hope Tilda will be my second.

  2. Make a sassy one-piece out of a shiny raincoat and do cartwheels around the city.

  3. It’s funny, I was just talking about how I can’t believe it’s almost 2013 and Cher’s closet is not yet a basic appliance available in every modern home.

    But to play the game, I’d have to say every meal they eat at Hogwarts. Or Hogwarts as a real place, in general.

  4. I’d like to drive.

  5. I regularly dream of destroying entire suburban town with the fury of my psychic tumult a la Carrie…

    I mean, what?! I never had that thought ever. Never ever.

    Something something Remember the Titans something something believe in myself like those wonderful athletes.

  6. Click remote so I could rewind and remind you to mention a Click remote in this post!

  7. Let’s just hope Jonathan Trappe stops at the balloon house, and doesn’t try to further emulate his hero by kidnapping a young boy and fleeing to South America.

  8. I wish I could Multiplicity myself. Barring that, I wish I could Roll Bounce.

  9. What kind of cancer does this kid have?

  10. I’d also like to rig some sweepstakes like in Real Genius.

  11. I wish I was in Eat, Pray, Love…not so I could eat, pray, and love, but so I could go up to Julia Roberts’ character and shake her and say stuff like, “Grow up.” and “You’re bugging everybody!”

  12. i want to observe a crime that causes me to go into hiding, as a nun. but more deeply. i want them to love me so much that they ask me back to teach their music class to kids in overalls and lauren hill.

  13. Road House was on last night. I think I just want to hang out with Sam Elliott.

  14. Baron Munchausen!

  15. CLEARLY Face/Off is the correct answer. ALL OF FACE/OFF.

  16. I’d be a stormtrooper and ensure order across the galaxy!

    “Look sir. Droids.” — me!

    • But you would have the worst aim of all time.

      Seriously, in the only Star Wars films I am willing to acknowledge, the Storm Troopers have the absolute worst aim.

  17. I would like to go into dreams like in Inception, but it would be more for crazy surreal party fun times, and not the whole possible death/crime/haunted past thing.

  18. Isn’t really the only legitimate answer to have absolutely anything Matrix’d into your brain?

    “I know kung fu.”
    “I am fluent in Cantonese.”
    “I now have the capacity to prepare any dish from any number or regional cuisines or combination thereof.”

  19. Well Jonathan Trappe basically took mine, so I’ll say Toy Story because I have a special stuffed corgi I love, and I would really enjoy an adorable little dog that never pooped or chewed my shoes. Not that I don’t also love my real dog, but wouldn’t that be great?

  20. The bit in Angels and Demons where Ewan McGregor steals a helicopter, apparently flies it to space, explodes the antimatter at a safe distance from Earth, parachutes down on his priesty capey thing, then becomes Pope (almost). All while still learning how to do an Irish accent.

  21. Can I just be Katherine Hepburn in Philadelphia Story? I will also accept Myrna Loy in the Thin Man movies.

  22. I want to steal the Declaration of Independence.

  23. I’d put Nick Cage in a wickerman in by back garden, not to burn it just to watch him in it when I go to the toilet.

  24. “Two chicks at the same time, man.”

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