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May 30, 2015

"21 Things You Never Noticed In “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”"

A fine movie now made just a teensy bit better.

May 28, 2015

"Diane Keaton: 'I Don't Agree There's a Lack of Female Roles"

This needed to be said. Good for her.

"I was lucky," she says. Keaton made a name for herself during a decade of great '70s comedies and dramas. Are today's young actresses, all coming of age in the superhero era, less fortunate? "No! Not at all! Are you kidding?" she bursts. "I don't agree that there's a lack of female roles. To me, it just seems as if everything's expanding and there are many more opportunities. When you consider everything that's happened with television, YouTube, social media, all the different ways that stories are being told — no, I think if anything, it's a much better time. Everybody should be taking advantage of it!

May 24, 2015

"A Non-Comprehensive List Of Celebrities Who Self-Identify As Nerds"

Longer than I would have guessed.

May 23, 2015

"Films Focused on Education Reform"

A list of movies that could well offer hope to those who worry about the current state of our K-12 schools.

I've only seen The New Public, which I liked. My family has also seen Waiting for Superman, which they liked.

I look forward to seeing If You Build It, which will be available from Amazon in June.

May 22, 2015

"DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood"

Based on my very small--so far--sample, these interviews seem to be a bit above the usual celebrity chats.

May 17, 2015

"25 great closing lines in films"

Casablanca's and two dozen others.

May 16, 2015

"The 10 best edited films of all time"

I don't know anything about editing, but there are some fine films on this list.

May 09, 2015

"Surely you can’t be serious: An oral history of Airplane!"

Long, but fun, article on the very funny movie, Airplane!

Abrahams: If you’d told us at the time that it’d still be this popular, I’m not sure we would’ve believed you. I don’t even think we were thinking about that. I think we were just thinking, “Hey, wow, we made a movie!” We thought it was funny, but that it’s lasted this long? No. A couple of months ago, I was at a party somewhere, and a boy came up to me who was, like, 8 or 10 years old, and he said, “Oh, I really liked Airplane! I thought it was really funny!” And I said, “How was it that you came to see it?” And he said, “Well, my grandfather made me watch it.” [Laughs.] If you’d told us in 1980 that the grandkids of the audience would be the ones who’d keep the movie going, it would’ve been very gratifying. But I don’t think we ever anticipated it. And it’s one of the great thrills, I think, of all of our lives that it still remains well known.

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

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