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Film

January 14, 2015

"'A Very Particular Set of Skills': Revisiting the Amazing Taken Speech"

I thought Taken was entertaining--and it's intersting that Taken 3, slammed by the critics, opened well this past weekend--but comparing Liam Neeson's noted speech in it to Churchill and Martin Luther King, Jr. is a bit much

January 10, 2015

"The Rapid Decline of the Movie Quotation"

Yes, in this respect, they don't make 'em like they used to.

But try to list similarly memorable snatches of dialogue from movies of the last 15 years or so, and you’re gonna need a bigger boat. When the Radio Times in Britain compiled the 50 greatest film quotations in September, only two from this millennium made the cut.

But 2008's "Some men just want to watch the world burn" is pretty good and increasingly relevant.

December 26, 2014

"See 67 Celebrities’ High-School Yearbook Photos"

I draw two conclusions: 1) there's hope for rather unattractive high school kids, and 2) money spent on wardrobe, hair, and makeup does make a difference.

See also "Famous TV Show Casts: Before They Were Famous".

December 17, 2014

"The 10 Most Inspirational Teachers in Film"

If only the real world were like the movies

Sigh.

December 08, 2014

"[S]ome movies and shows I like currently streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video"

I can't speak to the TV shows--I've seen almost none of them--but I second the movies Michael Greenspan lists. Some of the fine movies listed are Airplane!, The Big Chill, Broadcast News, Clueless, Galaxy Quest, Love and Death(!), Manhattan, Good Will Hunting, Rounders(!!), Searching for Bobby Fischer(!!!), Sling Blade, Three Days of the Condor--"How do you know they'll print it?"--Annie Hall, Kramer v. Kramer, Sleeper, and Serpico.

And special double-bonus credit for The Boys from Brazil. Through the years my wife and I have occasionally imitated the unintentionally comic Sir Larry, doing his best to be a proud Nazi Nazi hunter,--thanks, Doug--exclaiming "I may leaf here today empteeee-handed. But you, you are not goink anyvhere!!"

December 07, 2014

"The Most Famous Movie Set In Every State"

Some really good ones listed here.

November 30, 2014

"The Internet Movie Firearms Database"

Ever see a movie with a gun in it and wonder . . . hmm, what type of gun was that? 

This is the page for you.

November 19, 2014

Does art belong to the artist or to the audience?

You decide: "The Star Wars George Lucas Doesn't Want You To See".

November 08, 2014

"Finally, a Trailer For Furious 7"

Michelle Rodriguez calls the trailer a "cargasm".

You better believe it.

November 07, 2014

"Why Robert Duvall Is an Even Better Actor Than You Think"

Not true for me since I think he's absolutely superb, one of our three or four best. But this is right: "We need to cherish him now before we lose him."

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