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April 16, 2015

"Don't You Forget About Me: The John Hughes I Knew"

P. J. O'Rourke pays tribute to the "wit, wisdom, and politics of his friend John Hughes".

April 13, 2015

"We Are Ready to Believe You!"

John Podhoretz uses simple economics to explain an important part of what's happening in today's colleges: if you pay good money to people to solve problems, they have a vested interest in making the problems bigger

Ed Driscoll drolly sums this up by referring to their interest in protecting "their phony-baloney jobs". If you don't understand that reference, see this clip

April 12, 2015

"142 Behind-The-Scenes Photos Reveal Blade Runner's Miniature World"

Blade Runner is cool.

April 11, 2015

"The 10 Best Films of the 1970s"

Not a dud in the bunch. Way better than almost all of the recent stuff I've seen. (But that could be yet another sign that I'm offically a Cranky Old Man.)

April 10, 2015

"Why '6 degrees of Kevin Bacon' is brilliant — and why it should be renamed"

It turns out--the author has crunched the numbers--that Kevin Bacon is not the Center of the Hollywood Universe.

March 06, 2015

"The Four Quadrant Technique That Makes Drive Such a Beautiful Movie"

I liked Drive, so I found this 3.5 minute discussion interesting.

"Famous Movie Locations You Can Visit In Real Life"

When I lived in L.A.--if I had known Die Hard was coming--I'd have visited Nakatomi Plaza.

March 03, 2015

"Why Oscar winners live longer than nominees"

Actually, they don't. Meet "immortal time bias."

February 28, 2015

"How Does the Film Industry Actually Make Money?"

Adam Davidson, New York Times:

The reason a majority of movie studios still turn a profit most years is that they have found ways to, as they say, monetize the ancillary stream by selling pay-TV and overseas rights, creating tie-in video games, amusement-park rides and so forth. And the big hits, rare as they may be, pay for a lot of flops. Still, the profits are not huge. Matthew Lieberman, a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, expects growth over the coming years to be somewhere around 0.6 percent.

February 22, 2015

"The Most-Thanked Names in Oscar History"

"God is a giveaway at No. 6. Can you guess the top 5?"

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