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Play it again, Sam (and again and again)

content discovered on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in big ideas, fandom, lists and compilations, movie industry, sociology and politics, trends

...Going back to the same pop-culture fare for seconds, thirds, and thirtieths isn't so abnormal. If anything, my re-consumption habits are tame compared to some of you, who have havereadHarry Pottermore than 10 times,watchedFridaymore than 100 times, and spent more of your waking life withThe West Wingthan Aaron Sorkin. Musicologists estimate that for every hour of music-listening in the typical person's lifetime, 54 minutes are spent with songs we've already heard. Forget the next big thing. We're all ...

Love is Strange

content discovered on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in drama, friends, urban living

There was a line in Love is Strange that stood out for me because it spoke directly to my experience. John Lithgow says something along the lines of how you learn more about a person than you'd like to when you're forced to live with them. I was already friends with Max when I moved in with him during my sojourn in Columbus, and we're still friends today, but without getting into too many details, there were definitely times when we got on each other's nerves. Part of it had to do with the fact that I wa...


content discovered on Monday, September 15, 2014 in advertisements, classic cinema, comedy, movie makers, movie stars, romance, world events

Ninotchka seen on TV @ TCM 9.10.14I think it was sometime in the mid-to-late 90s. At least, I'm fairly sure it was around then. I don't remember if I was channel surfing and discovered it by accident or if I knew about it in advance. I distinctly remember seeing it though: PBS aired a bunch of Greta Garbo silents. They may have been clips or they may have been full-length films; I don't recall.The point is that I remember watching them on TV and being mesmerized by them. Part of it has to do with the w...


content discovered on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in comedy, horror, movie makers

Gremlinsseen on TV @ Ovation9.9.14Okay, first things first:- They can't be exposed to bright light. Okay, that would explain the large pupils. (And you probably thought that was just so they would look cuter, right?) But direct exposure to sunlight kills them? Assuming the mogwai evolved on Earth - which is not at all certain, but let's assume it for now - this kinda flies directly in the face of all we know about solar radiation and its effect on all life on Earth. But we don't know where mogwai come fr...

Grand Illusion

content discovered on Saturday, September 06, 2014 in classic cinema, education, foreign cinema, outdoor venues, strangers, visual art, world events

The World War I in Classic Film Blogathon observes the centennial of the first World War through the films based on or inspired by it, hosted by Movies Silently and Silent-ology. For a complete list of participating blogs, visit the links at either site.Grand Illusionseen @ "Films on the Green Festival," Pier 1, Riverside Park, New York, NY7.18.14When I was in college, I took an art class whose specific name I don't remember, but I certainly recall the teacher. Julie was perhaps my favorite college instr...

Mickey (1918)

content discovered on Wednesday, September 03, 2014 in classic cinema, comedy, movie stars, silent films

Mickey(1918)seen online via YouTubeI had a vague understanding of who Mabel Normand was prior to reading Jeanine Basinger's book Silent Stars, but of course I had never seen any of her films. I knew she was an early comedic actress of note. That was about it. I doubt that even casual film fans know who she was, since she's not talked about as often as much as the big three of Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd.A former model, Normand first rose to prominence in films with actor/producer Mack Sennett, first at DW ...

Back to school links

content discovered on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 in books, movie industry, movie stars, rip, silent films

I don't have too much more to add to the things everyone else has already said about the death of Lauren Bacall last month. I regret to say that outside of her movies with Humphrey Bogart, I haven't seen much of her other films. For instance, I saw How to Marry a Millionaire long ago, during my video store days. I think I saw Young Man with a Horn recently, but I don't remember. That's about it. I suspect the movies with Bogey are so iconic, loom so large in people's memories, that it's easy to forget th...

Stranger Than Paradise

content discovered on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in blog a thons, books, comedy, movie industry, movie makers

The 1984-a-Thon is an event celebrating the films of the year 1984, presented by Forgotten Films. For a complete list of participating blogs, visit the host site.Stranger Than Paradiseseen online via YouTubeThe first time I saw Stranger Than Paradise was during my video store days, in the mid-to-late-90s, which is when I was getting deep into independent cinema. Obviously, it was the perfect time for this. The 90s explosion in indie film, from sex, lies and videotape in 1989 to the rise of the Sundance F...

Requiem for the video store, part 3: It's dead,...

content discovered on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in friends, home video, jobs, movie stars, neighborhoods, urban living

...There was a mythos that everybody was an asshole there — like you would get serious attitude from the clerks. I’m a very jovial and gregarious person, and I didn’t play it like that. I talked about all the movies and all the staff really got along. When I was there, there was never any attitude that wasn’t fun. But I’d make mix tapes and always wind up playing them too loud. The customers would complain — they’re trying to pick a movie and the music’s blasting. All my connections today come from that ...


content discovered on Sunday, August 24, 2014 in action adventure, blog a thons, horror, movie makers

The Spielberg Blogathon is an event devoted to the career of the titular producer-writer-director, hosted by Outspoken Freckled, Citizen Screenings It Rains... You Get Wet. For a complete listing of participating blogs, visit the links at the host sites.The Blind Spot is an ongoing series hosted by The Matinee in which bloggers watch and write about movies they've never seen before. For a list of past entries,visit the home site. Jawsseen on TV @ AMC8.20.14This was a totally last-minute post! When I w...

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