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March 06, 2015

"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?"

February 08, 2015

"The 10 Best Scenes from Michael Mann's Movies"

Some great scenes--most with video--from some fine movies. My favorites would be the one from Thief and the two from Heat.

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


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!!"

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