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March 11, 2014

"This Situation Absolutely Requires a Really Futile and Stupid Gesture"

The Epicurean Dealmaker:

Growing wealth and income inequality around the world is engendering serious sociopolitical conflict, but attacking the wrong people for the wrong reasons with the wrong arguments will do nothing to address it.

Bonus points for quoting Animal House

March 07, 2014

"The Endless Summer poster is 50 years old, and it hasn’t aged a minute."

The movie, the poster, the title: it's all just romantic as heck.

Even more so as I get older.

March 02, 2014

"The Oscar Front-Runners Are All About One Thing"

Mostly right.

We want everything to get back to normal. We want employment to return at the end of a recession. We want the American government to work again. None of it seems too much to ask, but obviously it is. 

How about a lot less American government?

"This Guy’s Impressions Of Celebrity Oscar Presenters Are Unbelievably Real"

Impressions of actors at the Oscars.

I don't know about "unbelievably real" but they are pretty good. 

February 28, 2014

"Thief: The Ultimate Dude Movie"

I've already plugged it, but I'll do it again: it's a fine movie. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it highly. It includes Willie Nelson delivering one of my all-time favorite lines:

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?

February 19, 2014

"The real story of the economics of 'Elysium'"

I haven't seen that movie, but this seems like an apt analysis

February 15, 2014

"The 50 Best Manly Movie Quotes"

Led by--who else--Dirty Harry.

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.)

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