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February 09, 2014

"40 Movies That Define Los Angeles"

Some movies I really like--Chinatown, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Blade Runner, Point Break, The Player, Pulp Fiction, Speed, Clueless, and Heat--on this list.

January 17, 2014

"Meet The Real Life Ricky Bobby"

"Kyle Marcelli races sports cars and is an obvious fan of Will Ferrell and Talladega Nights. Instead of just saying this in an interview, he decided to express it verbally to a camera."

January 16, 2014

Oscar nominations: score one for math over "experts"

The Oscar nominations have been announced. (Link fixed now. Thanks, Ted.) Esquire's statistics and "intimidating equations"--don't ask me to defend either--ranked ten movies on their chances of getting a Best Picture nomination. Nine of them did. (The exception was Inside Llewyn Davis. Also interesting, as we'll see in a second: their eleventh ranked movie, far below the top ten, Saving Mr. Banks, didn't get nominated.)

The L.A. Times's panel of experts only got eight of their top ten for Best Picture correct. They also missed on Inside Llewyn Davis but they missed--6 out of 6 experts voting for--on Saving Mr. Banks.

So--marginally perhaps--math outperformed the experts this year. 

(The expert panel, on the rest of the categories, overestimated Saving Mr. Banks and Oprah. Interesting.)

January 08, 2014

"The Film Business: Even Now, Nobody Knows Anything"

An argument that thirty years later, William Goldman is still right on the money.

December 25, 2013

"30 Jewish Movies To Watch On Christmas"

I recommend #9, The Chosen. Wonderful movie for all ages and religions. 

December 21, 2013

Two on music in the movies

"30 Great Music Moments In Movies". Peter Gabriel--#9--is a great couple of minutes. 

"16 concert films (and one concert series) by famous directors".

December 19, 2013

A typical big problem in 21st century America

The Twihards and the Hunger Gamers have some issues: "Will ‘Hunger Games’ Fans and ‘Twilight’ Fans Ever Get Along?"

November 03, 2013

"Watch This 4-Year-Old Nail The Courtroom Speech From 'A Few Good Men'”

"You can't handle the cute."

(How long do you think it took to get the kid to memorize it?)

October 24, 2013

"A Scientific Guide to the Perfect First Date"

I don't know about the science, but this article made me think of one of my favorite movie quotes of all time.

Lie to no one. If there 's somebody close to you, you'll ruin it with a lie. If they're a stranger, who the fuck are they you gotta lie to them?

October 08, 2013



One excellent bit is at about 46:11 in. Referring to Mayor Koch's plans to renew Times Square--when he took office it was a crime-ridden cesspool--an activist says, "We know that the ultimate purpose of that project is to get rid of poor people in Midtown Manhattan and we're not leaving." 

The film then cuts to Koch who says when they started to change 42nd Street, ". . . the one block brought in $5 million in taxes annually. And we said it should bring in $800 million. And you use those monies to provide services for poor people. But the nuts don't understand that."

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