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Film

June 01, 2014

"The 25 most inspiring movies of all time"

A lot of pictures here worthy of the adjective.

But they missed a few: Conrack, Juno, Charlie Wilson's War, Master and Commander, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Remember the Titans, The Chosen, and, of course, Stand and Deliver: "If you don't have the ganas, I will give it to you. Because I'm an expert."

May 18, 2014

"The Story Behind the Worst Movie on IMDb"

Yet another cautionary tale about the perils of vox populi reviews

April 13, 2014

"Slaves of the Red Carpet"

Goes some way toward explaining why so many actresses look so unattractive at the Hollywood awards shows

March 21, 2014

Two on guns

"Top 10 handguns in the U.S."

"This handy database offers scarily-specific details about guns used in movies".

March 13, 2014

Problems with romantic comedies

Big problems, for sure. I never, ever liked 'em.

"Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?" A whodunit with seven--count 'em, seven--suspects. 

"Why Are Romantic Comedies So Bad? The long decline from Katharine Hepburn to Katherine Heigl".

Also relevant: "5 Hollywood Secrets That Explain Why So Many Movies Suck".

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?

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