Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pop Song of the Week: “One Night in Bangkok”

How about a nice game of chess?

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Last Dance with MaryJane?

I'm beginning to realize why people get so cynical about drug users.

The same female friend who swore up and down last year that she was never smoking marijuana again because she was so worried about flunking a drug test has admitted to me recently that she has smoked marijuana since that time. She also recently claimed to have quit -- but not until after she got a ticket for marijuana possession.

The funny thing is that I have known enough people -- both "respectable" and not so respectable -- who have smoked the stuff that I should have known better. But since the person in question is also a friend, I let my idealism blind me to factors a more cynical me would have picked up on.

I would like to believe that the woman is on the right path now. But for how long?

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Movie Song of the Week: “Babysitting Blues”

It's been one of those months and almost everyone I know has some form of the blues. So why not post this song from 1987's Adventures in Babysitting?

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Literary Quote I Like

“Feudalism and socialism,” sneered Emil. “As if those were the only choices. A science-fiction writer has a duty, I think, to be progressive. He should be seeking to invent new systems, not glorifying old ones that have become archaic.”

Yolanda shrugged and looked at her feet. “I would have said that his only obligation is to stimulate thought,” she said. “To inspire the reader to consider existing realities in new ways.”
--Robert Rodi, Closet Case

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Trailer of the Week: Back to School (1986)

It's that time of year again.

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Fantasy Quote of the Week

“If you make some comment even obliquely alluding to menstruation or menopause and its effect on my judgment,” Murphy interrupted, “I will break your arm in eleven pieces.”
--Jim Butcher, Changes

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Science Fiction Quote of the Week

And the sun was big and fiery and merciless, and it was always in the sky and you couldn’t get away from it.
--Ray Bradbury, “The Rocket Man”

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Hey, I Remember This Show: F Troop

It was one of the most popular Western comedies of the 1960s as well as being a TV show which I suspect every member of my generation knew from years of syndicated reruns. I could not help being reminded of it during the Pistols 'N' Petticoats intro -- which may be the reason why that particular show failed to last more than a year -- it reminded viewers too much of then-current hit F Troop. Of course, that is just my theory. And if you do not like that theory -- I got others.

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Hey, I Don't Remember This Show: Pistols 'N' Petticoats

Hey, Ann Sheridan, star of 1942's George Washington Slept Here, had a TV show. She didn't have it for very long apparently but she did have one.

I must confess that the title made me expect something different than what the opening credits actually delivered but I guess that says more about me than it does the show.

Update: According to Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, the reason the show didn't last so long is because Ann Sheridan literally died during the first season. So please ignore any theorizing I might have done on another post. I did not mean to make light of such a serious subject.

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Movie Quote of the Week

It's not often you see a Mexican in a suit.
--Beth Grant, No Country for Old Men (2007)

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TV Quote of the Week

Don’t you worry about your grades, my dear. What you have is far more appealing than anything in the Finno-Ugric rune cycles.
--Peter Cellier, She-Wolf of London, “What’s Got Into Them?”

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Buscando Trabajo de Nuevo: Parte XVIII

My sister spent most of her birthday celebration kvetching about her new job but deep down it seemed obvious that she was glad to be working. Besides, as one who once worked a retail position similar to my sister's current job, I must admit that it's kinda hard to hold that type of job and not kvetch. In private, at least.

Me? I'm still searching. It's been over a year since I got laid off so I suspect I'll have to renew my application.

I've been trying to resist commenting on the job situation but I will say this: I don't think God will look too kindly upon the type of employers who are using this time to take advantage of people.

In other news, a young person in my training class complained about how the "old" people were taking up the good jobs that would normally be open to people his age. (He was in his late teens.) Ironically, the last time I spoke to a fortysomething co-worker who had also been laid off by my former employer, she gave the impression that all the good jobs were going to the young folks and that people her age were being passed over because they were "over-qualified." That just goes to show it's always something.

Perhaps it would be easier to acknowledge that no one group is getting off scot-free in this economy. Except for employers. And I'm sure they have their troubles too.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pop Song of the Week: “Allentown”

Today most of the forms one needs to fill out are on the Internet but apart from that, it's eerie how much of this song still rings true.

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Song Quote of the Week

On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?
--Jim Steinman, “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)”

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Movie Song of the Week: “In Dreams”

Dean Stockwell and the late Dennis Hopper show us all why director David Lynch was never a big fan of karaoke night in a number from 1986's Blue Velvet.

I hope you all -- well, I am not quite sure “enjoy it” are the best words to use here but if you can think of better ones, I would be glad to hear them...

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To Boldly Go Where We Have Been Before


I liked Star Trek: The Original Series well enough when I was in my teens and I liked the Star Trek movies very much when I was in my twenties. But I never loved the series the way others seemed to love the series and I never got the appeal of watching certain episodes over and over again even though I had a number of favorite episodes I did not mind seeing more than once.

When the new Star Trek movie by Alias creator J.J. Abrams came out last summer, I found myself somewhat surprised by my indifference toward the new movie. Even my mother -- who was never much of a science fiction fan, much less a Star Trek aficionada -- was more interested in the new movie and while I will not pretend that watching the new movie was the equivalent of pulling out my fingernails, I cannot really pretend that it revived my interest in the series. At best it was a watchable -- but not particularly memorable -- movie which was good for an occasional Saturday night rental -- but not much else.

Why should this matter?

Because last year's Star Trek movie made enough money to already provoke rumors of a sequel. And while I must admit that I would rather see yet another Star Trek movie than another Hot Tub Time Machine or 40 Year Virgin, I cannot help but wonder about the projects that we will never see because of Hollywood's insistence that successful sci-fi = Star Trek. Or Star Wars. Or X-Files. Or any idea that has already been done before.

For example, what would be wrong with a new sci-fi movie that is not part of the Star Trek universe? (Or for that matter, the Star Wars universe, the X-Files universe, etc.)

Why not adapt a novel from author Philip Jose Farmer's classic Riverworld series? Or Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land? Or Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light? Or better yet, some original sci-fi idea.

As much as I liked Star Trek, there is something about the endless chain of sequels, spin-offs and remakes of that series that turns me off. After all, the main appeal of science fiction has always been that of an universe where anything can happen. So why do so many fans of that genre seem to prefer going to the same old places over and over again? I will admit that Star Trek was one of the better sci-fi series to air on TV and I will even admit that Star Trek the movie was one of the better movies to come out last year.

But it was not that good.

And even if it were, is not it time to try something new? Or should we choose to boldly go where everyone and his cousin has already gone before?

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Trailer of the Week: Raising Arizona (1987)

Remember way back when when actor Nicolas Cage still made good movies?

Remember when Holly Hunter still made good movies?

Remember when John Goodman still -- er, you know.

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Hey, I Remember This Show: The Cisco Kid

Many of my older cousins just loved this show. Unfortunately, the closest I ever got to getting involved with it was agreeing to wear a straw hat like Pancho's every Halloween -- and even then the main reason I wore it had more to do with my parents' not being able to afford store-bought costumes than any actual interest in the show.

That said, I cannot help but wonder if I was a bit hasty in judging it. Moreover, I wonder what author O. Henry -- the creator of the Cisco Kid -- would think of this version of his character. I would like to think he is flattered.

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Hey, I Don't Remember This Show: The High Chaparral

According to the IMDB, this series was one of the first Western TV shows to feature Hispanic actors actually playing Hispanic characters -- apart from, of course, The Cisco Kid -- so naturally I never watched it.

Okay, to be fair, I was not a big fan of Westerns when I was growing up and while I would not have minded seeing a TV show with Hispanic characters when I was growing up, the only such show I remember watching on a regular basis when this show was on the air (1967-1971) was I Love Lucy.

I suspect such a failing is my loss since Argentine-born actress Linda Cristal -- who played Victoria -- was quite the looker in her day and the rest of the cast does not seem so bad either.

If I was more politically correct, I could say something snarky about the fact that the show was set in 19th century Arizona but then some of my favorite celebrities -- Linda Ronstadt, for example -- hail from Arizona -- and anyway, it is not fair to blame a show made in the late 1960s for the politics of the 21st century. Especially when the politics of so many TV shows of the 21st century leave much to be desired.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

2009

Adam (2009)
Adventureland (2009)
All About Steve (2009)
Avatar (2009)
Bolt (2009)
Cloudy with a Case of Meatballs (2009)
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
Coraline (2009)
Crossing Over (2009)
District 9 (2009)
Downloading Nancy (2009)
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Extract (2009)
Gamer (2009)
Grey Gardens (2009)
Knowing (2009)
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
Paper Heart (2009)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Solomon Kane (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
Sunshine Cleaning (2009)
The Box (2009)
The Girlfriend Experience (2009)
The Invention of Lying (2009)
The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
The Proposal (2009)
Up (2009)
Watchmen (2009)

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2008

An American Carol (2008)
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)
Burn After Reading (2008)
Eagle Eye (2008)
Get Smart (2008)
Ghost Town (2008)
Gran Torino (2008)
Hancock (2008)
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
Igor (2008)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Iron Man (2008)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Marley & Me (2008)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Swing Vote (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Happening (2008)
The House Bunny (2008)
The Spirit (2008)
The Wrestler (2008)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
WALL·E (2008)
Wanted (2008)
Yes Man (2008)

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2007

Beowulf (2007)
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Death at a Funeral (2007)
88 Minutes (2007)
Enchanted (2007)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Hairspray (2007)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
In the Land of Women (2007)
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
License to Wed (2007)
Lucky You (2007)
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)
Music and Lyrics (2007)
No Reservations (2007)
Norbit (2007)
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Perfect Stranger (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Planet Terror (2007)
Premonition (2007)
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Ratatouille (2007)
Spiderman 3 (2007)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Waitress (2007)

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, La Filósofa de Felícula!

It's MaryAnn Johanson's birthday today. I hope the coming year is better for her than the last one.

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Movie Quote of the Week

When you’re broke, you’re not supposed to have nerves.
--Glenda Farrell, Kansas City Princess (1934)

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TV Quote of the Week

What? Are there two suns?
--Rainn Wilson, The Office (US), “Business Trip”

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Thoughts on the Movie Lists: Parte I

1. Gracias a Dios they're almost over. After the next three lists, I'll be officially done with these lists until next January.

2. Who knew I saw so many bad movies?

3. As embarrassing as the number of bad movies I've seen is, it's even more embarrassing to note how often the more important movies I've seen rarely come up the first time I make a movie list.

4. Once again I must note that my movie lists are of all the theatrical movies I've literally seen that were released within a certain year. They are not lists of all the good movies I've seen from a certain year. Nor of the best movies to be released during a certain year. And they're not even my favorite movies of a certain year. They're just attempts on my part to publicly sort out all the movies I have seen as opposed to all the movies I haven't yet seen.

5. Yes, I am embarrassed by the number of good movies that should be on these lists but aren't. I hope to remedy that in the future.

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2006

American Dreamz (2006)
Aquamarine (2006)
Art School Confidential (2006)
Ask the Dust (2006)
Bandidas (2006)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
A. Part I
Casino Royale (2006)
Catch and Release (2006)
Charlotte's Web (2006)
Deck the Halls (2006)
Failure to Launch (2006)
Happy Feet (2006)
Hoodwinked (2006)
Idiocracy (2006)
Inside Man (2006)
Lady in the Water (2006)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
A. Part I
B. Part II
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Night at the Museum (2006)
Over the Hedge (2006)
Penelope (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Poseidon (2006)
RV (2006)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Superman Returns (2006)
Ten Items or Less (2006)
The Black Dahlia (2006)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
The Good Shepherd (2006)
The Grudge 2 (2006)
The Holiday (2006)
The Last Kiss (2006)
The Night Listener (2006)
The Pink Panther (2006)
The Prestige (2006)
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
V for Vendetta (2006)
World Trade Center (2006)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Yo Soy Boricua! Pa' Que Tú Lo Sepas! (I'm Puerto Rican, Just So You Know!) (2006)

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2005

A History of Violence (2005)
Batman Begins (2005)
Bewitched (2005)
Bride and Prejudice (2005)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Chicken Little (2005)
Constantine (2005)
Dark Water (2005)
Derailed (2005)
Fantastic Four (2005)
Junebug (2005)
Just Like Heaven (2005)
King Kong (2005)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Land of the Dead (2005)
Lassie (2005)
Lord of War (2005)
Mission: Impossible III (2005)
Monster-in-Law (2005)
Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)
Must Love Dogs (2005)
Rent (2005)
Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Sahara (2005)
Serenity (2005)
Sin City (2005)
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005)
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
The Family Stone (2005)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
The Ice Harvest (2005)
The Interpreter (2005)
The Island (2005)
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
The Weather Man (2005)
The Wedding Date (2005)
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
Tortilla Heaven (2005)
Transamerica (2005)
War of the Worlds (2005)
White Noise (2005)
Winter Passing (2005)

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2004

A Day Without a Mexican (2004)
After the Sunset (2004)
Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
Birth (2004)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Closer (2004)
Collateral (2004)
Connie and Carla (2004)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Dear Frankie (2004)
D.E.B.S (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eulogy (2004)
Garden State (2004)
Hellboy (2004)
Home on the Range (2004)
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
I, Robot (2004)
In Good Company (2004)
Layer Cake (2004)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Little Black Book (2004)
Millions (2004)
National Treasure (2004)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Open Water (2004)
Saving Face (2004)
Shall We Dance (2004)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shrek 2 (2004)
Silver City (2004)
Spanglish (2004)
Spiderman 2 (2004)
Surviving Christmas (2004)
Taxi (2004)
Team America: World Police (2004)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The Grudge (2004)
The Incredibles (2004)
The Ladykillers (2004)
The Polar Express (2004)
The Stepford Wives (2004)
The Terminal (2004)
The Village (2004)
Van Helsing (2004)

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

2003

Bringing Down the House (2003)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Daredevil (2003)
Darkness Falls (2003)
Down with Love (2003)
Elf (2003)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Freaky Friday (2003)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Haute Tension (High Tension) (2003)
Hulk (2003)
Identity (2003)
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Johnny English (2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. I (2003)
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Love Actually (2003)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Paycheck (2003)
Pieces of April (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Runaway Jury (2003)
Shanghai Knights (2003)
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
The Core (2003)
The Human Stain (2003)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
The Medallion (2003)
The Missing (2003)
The Rundown (2003)
Timeline (2003)
Uptown Girls (2003)
View from the Top (2003)
Willard (2003)
X2 (2003)

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2002

About a Boy (2002)
Adaptation (2002)
Attack of the Clones (2002)
Big Trouble (2002)
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Changing Lanes (2002)
Chicago (2002)
Die Another Day (2002)
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
Femme Fatale (2002)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Ice Age (2002)
Insomnia (2002)
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
Max (2002)
May (2002)
Minority Report (2002)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
One Hour Photo (2002)
Orange County (2002)
Panic Room (2002)
Phone Booth (2002)
Resident Evil (2002)
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Signs (2002)
S1m0ne (2002)
Spiderman (2002)
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Tadpole (2002)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
The Ring (2002)
The Road to Perdition (2002)
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
The Time Machine (2002)
The Tuxedo (2002)
28 Days Later (2002)

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2001

A Knight's Tale (2001)
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
America's Sweethearts (2001)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Bandits (2001)
Blow (2001)
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Cats and Dogs (2001)
Corky Romano (2001)
Crazy/Beautiful (2001)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Don't Say a Word (2001)
Evolution (2001)
From Hell (2001)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Heartbreakers (2001)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Joy Ride (2001)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Just Visiting (2001)
Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amélie) (2001)
Le Pacte des Loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf) (2001)
Legally Blonde (2001)
Lovely & Amazing (2001)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
No Such Thing (2001)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Session 9 (2001)
Shrek (2001)
Spy Game (2001)
Spy Kids (2001)
Sugar & Spice (2001)
Swordfish (2001)
The Center of the World (2001)
The Glass House (2001)
The Majestic (2001)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
The Others (2001)
The Tailor of Panama (2001)
Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
Tortilla Soup (2001)

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pop Song of the Week: “No More Words”

Terri Nunn of Berlin was always such a Bonnie lass.

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2000

Bring It On (2000)
Cast Away (2000)
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Chicken Run (2000)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Final Destination (2000)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Hollow Man (2000)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Little Nicky (2000)
Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
Meet the Parents (2000)
Memento (2000)
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Nurse Betty (2000)
O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000)
Psycho Beach Party (2000)
Reindeer Games (2000)
Return to Me (2000)
Shanghai Noon (2000)
State and Main (2000)
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
The Art of War (2000)
The Beach (2000)
The Cell (2000)
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
The Family Man (2000)
The Gift (2000)
The Patriot (2000)
The Road to El Dorado (2000)
The 6th Day (2000)
The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
Traffic (2000)
28 Days (2000)
Unbreakable (2000)
Vertical Limit (2000)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
What Women Want (2000)
What's Cooking? (2000)
Where the Heart Is (2000)
X-Men (2000)
You Can Count on Me (2000)

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1999

American Beauty (1999)
Analyze This (1999)
Anywhere But Here (1999)
Arlington Road (1999)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Blast from the Past (1999)
Bowfinger (1999)
Cruel Intentions (1999)
Dogma (1999)
Double Jeopardy (1999)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Election (1999)
eXistenZ (1999)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Fight Club (1999)
Forces of Nature (1999)
Go (1999)
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Inspector Gadget (1999)
Magnolia (1999)
Man of the Century (1999)
Man on the Moon (1999)
Mumford (1999)
Mystery Men (1999)
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Notting Hill (1999)
Payback (1999)
Ravenous (1999)
Scream 3 (1999)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Stuart Little (1999)
Tarzan (1999)
Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
The Bachelor (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The General's Daughter (1999)
The Green Mile (1999)
The Haunting (1999)
The Iron Giant (1999)
The Love Letter (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
The Mummy (1999)
The Ninth Gate (1999)
The Out-of-Towners (1999)
The Phantom Menace (1999)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Story of Us (1999)
The 13th Warrior (1999)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Three Kings (1999)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Wild Wild West (1999)

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1998

A Bug's Life (1998)
A Simple Plan (1998)
Antz (1998)
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
Blade (1998)
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
Bulworth (1998)
City of Angels (1998)
Deep Impact (1998)
Deep Rising (1998)
Ever After (1998)
Fallen (1998)
Godzilla (1998)
Holy Man (1998)
Homegrown (1998)
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
Killing Time (1998)
Last Night (1998)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) (1998)
Lost in Space (1998)
Mafia! (1998)
Mercury Rising (1998)
Mulan (1998)
Music from Another Room (1998)
Out of Sight (1998)
Pleasantville (1998)
Psycho (1998)
Rush Hour (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Snake Eyes (1998)
Strangeland (1998)
The Avengers (1998)
The Big Hit (1998)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Faculty (1998)
The Object of My Affection (1998)
The Truman Show (1998)
The X-Files (1998)
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Twilight (1998)
Vampire$ (1998)
What Dreams May Come (1998)
You've Got Mail (1998)

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Movie Song of the Week: “Die Fledermaus Overture”

Esther Williams performs to a medley of various tunes including the above-mentioned number from Strauss in a big musical numbers from 1944's Bathing Beauty. Let's see today's swimsuit models top this!

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1997

A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) (1997)
Absolute Power (1997)
Addicted to Love (1997)
Air Force One (1997)
Alien Resurrection (1997)
Amistad (1997)
Anaconda (1997)
Anastasia (1997)
As Good as It Gets (1997)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Chasing Amy (1997)
Clockwatchers (1997)
Con Air (1997)
Face/Off (1997)
FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
Fierce Creatures (1997)
Flubber (1997)
Gattaca (1997)
Gone Fishin' (1997)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Hercules (1997)
Hoodlum (1997)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
In & Out (1997)
Jackie Brown (1997)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Liar Liar (1997)
Meet Wally Sparks (1997)
Men in Black (1997)
Mrs. Brown (1997)
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Nightwatch (1997)
Out to Sea (1997)
Scream 2 (1997)
Selena (1997)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Suicide Kings (1997)
Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood (1997)
The Bridges of Madison County (1997)
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Game (1997)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
The Rainmaker (1997)
The Saint (1997)
The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
Titanic (1997)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Volcano (1997)
Wag the Dog (1997)

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1996

A Time to Kill (1996)
Courage Under Fire (1996)
Eraser (1996)
Executive Decision (1996)
Extreme Measures (1996)
Fargo (1996)
Flirting with Disaster (1996)
Freeway (1996)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Independence Day (1996)
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Kingpin (1996)
Kissed (1996)
Lone Star (1996)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Michael (1996)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Ransom (1996)
Scream (1996)
Space Jam (1996)
Striptease (1996)
The Birdcage (1996)
The Cable Guy (1996)
The Craft (1996)
The Crucible (1996)
The First Wives Club (1996)
The Frighteners (1996)
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
The Rock (1996)
The Whole Wide World (1996)
Twister (1996)

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1995

Across the Moon (1995)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Assassins (1995)
Babe (1995)
Batman Forever (1995)
Casino (1995)
Clueless (1995)
Crimson Tide (1995)
Desperado (1995)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995)
Four Rooms (1995)
Get Shorty (1995)
GoldenEye (1995)
Higher Learning (1995)
Home for the Holidays (1995)
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
Jumanji (1995)
Mallrats (1995)
My Family (1995)
Pocahontas (1995)
Se7en (1995)
The Last Supper (1995)
The Prophecy (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
Toy Story (1995)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
While You Were Sleeping (1995)

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Trailer of the Week: Airplane! (1980)

It looks like I picked the wrong week to keep posting movie trailers.

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1994

A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Baby's Day Out (1994)
Ed Wood (1994)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Holy Matrimony (1994)
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Léon (The Professional) (1994)
Maverick (1994)
Milk Money (1994)
Mother's Boys (1994)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Shallow Grave (1994)
Stargate (1994)
The Client (1994)
The Flintstones (1994)
The Lion King (1994)
The Mask (1994)
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
True Lies (1994)
Wolf (1994)

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1993

Addams Family Values (1993)
Army of Darkness (1993)
Carlito's Way (1993)
Dave (1993)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Dennis the Menace (1993)
Falling Down (1993)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
In the Line of Fire (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Last Action Hero (1993)
Leprechaun (1993)
Malice (1993)
Philadelphia (1993)
Point of No Return (1993)
Sirens (1993)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
The Fugitive (1993)
The Man Without a Face (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

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1992

A Few Good Men (1992)
Aladdin (1992)
Alien³ (1992)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Batman Returns (1992)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Como Agua para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) (1992)
Cool World (1992)
Death Becomes Her (1992)
El Mariachi (1992)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Noises Off... (1992)
Raising Cain (1992)
Stay Tuned (1992)
The Crying Game (1992)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Waterdance (1992)
Under Siege (1992)
Unforgiven (1992)
White Men Can't Jump (1992)

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Mi Hermana!

It's my favorite sister's birthday today. I hope she enjoys it.

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1991

Backdraft (1991)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Cape Fear (1991)
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Dutch (1991)
Hook (1991)
Hudson Hawk (1991)
JFK (1991)
Jungle Fever (1991)
Mississippi Masala (1991)
Only the Lonely (1991)
Operation Condor (1991)
Other People's Money (1991)
Soapdish (1991)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
The Addams Family (1991)
The Fisher King (1991)
The Hard Way (1991)
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
The Rapture (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Terminator II: Judgment Day (1991)
What About Bob? (1991)

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1990

Arachnophobia (1990)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Days of Thunder (1990)
Dick Tracy (1990)
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Ghost (1990)
Goodfellas (1990)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Home Alone (1990)
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Nikita (La Femme Nikita) (1990)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Quick Change (1990)
Quigley Down Under (1990)
Revenge (1990)
The Freshman (1990)
The Godfather, Part III (1990)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
3 Men and a Little Lady (1990)
Total Recall (1990)
Tremors (1990)
Trust (1990)
Young Guns II (1990)

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1989

Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Batman (1989)
Black Rain (1989)
Blue Steel (1989)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Glory (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Licence to Kill (1989)
Look Who's Talking (1989)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Parenthood (1989)
The 'Burbs (1989)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Tall Guy (1989)
The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
A. Part I
B. Part II
The War of the Roses (1989)
Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Hey, I Remember This Show: Ryan's Hope

On a lighter note, here's the 1976 intro for one of my sister's favorite soap operas.

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Hey, I Don't Remember This Show: Friday the 13th

I really did not want to post this the day before my sister's birthday but hey, it is that day. And I actually did not watch this show when it first came out -- perhaps because I was all burnt-out on horror shows at the time.

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Movie Quote of the Week

This is not America?
--Gerald Mohr, Gilda (1946)

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TV Quote of the Week

She's the only person in the world who loves me. I think that's nice. I don’t have feeling about anything, but if I could have feelings at all, I’d have them for Deb.
--Michael C. Hall, Dexter, “Dexter”

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1988

A Fish Named Wanda (1988)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Big Top Pee-wee (1988)
Biloxi Blues (1988)
Coming to America (1988)
Die Hard (1988)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
For Keeps? (1988)
Frantic (1988)
Little Nikita (1988)
Married to the Mob (1988)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Red Heat (1988)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The Lady in White (1988)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
They Live (1988)
Twins (1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
Without a Clue (1988)
Working Girl (1988)

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1987

A Night on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
Baby Boom (1987)
Back to the Beach (1987)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Born in East L.A. (1987)
Dead of Winter (1987)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Dragnet (1987)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
House of Games (1987)
La Bamba (1987)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Making Mr. Right (1987)
Near Dark (1987)
No Way Out (1987)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Predator (1987)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
Radio Days (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
RoboCop (1987)
Roxanne (1987)
Stakeout (1987)
Street Smart (1987)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
The Bedroom Window (1987)
The Living Daylights (1987)
The Pick-up Artist (1987)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Running Man (1987)
The Secret of My Suce$s (1987)
The Untouchables (1987)
3 Men and a Baby (1987)

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1986

Aliens (1986)
Back to School (1986)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Black Moon Rising (1986)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Gung Ho (1986)
Half Moon Street (1986)
Highlander (1986)
Lucas (1986)
Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)
Off Beat (1986)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Ruthless People (1986)
Short Circuit (1986)
Something Wild (1986)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
The Fly (1986)
The Fringe Dwellers (1986)
The Golden Child (1986)
The Money Pit (1986)
The Name of the Rose (1986)
Three Amigos! (1986)

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

1985

A View to a Kill (1985)
Back to the Future (1985)
Brazil (1985)
Cat's Eye (1985)
Commando (1985)
European Vacation (1985)
Fright Night (1985)
Into the Night (1985)
Just One of the Guys (1985)
La Tumba del Mojado (1985)
Ladyhawke (1985)
Legend (1985)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdrome (1985)
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Rustler's Rhapsody (1985)
Silverado (1985)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Bride (1985)
The Sure Thing (1985)
Witness (1985)

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1984

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Bachelor Party (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Blood Simple (1984)
Body Double (1984)
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984)
Cloak & Dagger (1984)
Footloose (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Rhinestone (1984)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Splash (1984)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
The Brother from Another Planet (1984)
The Company of Wolves (1984)
The River (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
Top Secret! (1984)

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1983

Baby It's You (1983)
Blue Thunder (1983)
Cujo (1983)
Educating Rita (1983)
El Norte (1983)
Flashdance (1983)
High Road to China (1983)
Losin' It (1983)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Octopussy (1983)
Psycho II (1983)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Risky Business
Scarface (1983)
Sudden Impact (1983)
Superman III (1983)
The Dead Zone (1983)
The Osterman Weekend (1983)
The Survivors (1983)
Trading Places (1983)
Videodrome (1983)
WarGames (1983)

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

1982

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
Cat People (1982)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Creepshow (1982)
Deathtrap (1982)
Diner (1982)
Endangered Species (1982)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
First Blood (1982)
48 Hrs. (1982)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Missing (1982)
Night Shift (1982)
Personal Best (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)
Rocky III (1982)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Swamp Thing (1982)
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
The Thing (1982)
The Verdict (1982)
The World According to Garp (1982)
Things Are Tough All Over (1982)
Tootsie (1982)
Young Doctors in Love (1982)

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1981

...All the Marbles (1981)
American Pop (1981)
Arthur (1981)
Back Roads (1981)
Barrio de Campeones (1981)
Blow Out (1981)
Buddy, Buddy (1981)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Cutter's Way (1981)
Das Boot (1981)
Deadly Blessing (1981)
Dragonslayer (1981)
Escape from New York (1981)
Excalibur (1981)
Eyewitness (1981)
Fear No Evil (1981)
First Monday in October (1981)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Gallipoli (1981)
Ghost Story (1981)
Halloween II (1981)
Heavy Metal (1981)
High Risk (1981)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Modern Problems (1981)
Nice Dreams (1981)
Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)
Outland (1981)
Private Lessons (1981)
Raggedy Man (1981)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Reds (1981)
Road Games (1981)
Scanners (1981)
Southern Comfort (1981)
Stripes (1981)
Taps (1981)
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)
The Boogens (1981)
The Howling (1981)
Thief (1981)
Time Bandits (1981)
Under the Rainbow (1981)

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1980

Airplane! (1980)
Alligator (1980)
Any Which Way You Can (1980)
Altered States (1980)
Border Cop (1980)
Caddyshack (1980)
Bronco Billy (1980)
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980)
Christmas Evil (1980)
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Don't Answer the Phone (1980)
Dressed to Kill (1980)
Fade to Black (1980)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Galaxina (1980)
Home Movies (1980)
How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980)
Inside Moves (1980)
Little Miss Marker (1980)
Motel Hell (1980)
My Bodyguard (1980)
Nine to Five (1980)
Oh, God! Book II (1980)
Ordinary People (1980)
Popeye (1980)
Private Benjamin (1980)
Seems Like Old Times (1980)
Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
Somewhere in Time (1980)
Stir Crazy (1980)
Superman II (1980)
Terror Train (1980)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Dogs of War (1980)
The Elephant Man (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Fog (1980)
The Formula (1980)
The Island (1980)
The Shining (1980)
The Silent Scream (1980)
Urban Cowboy (1980)
Xanadu (1980)

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pop Song of the Week: “Summer Wine”

Yet another reason to be careful what you drink and with whom you drink it.

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1979

Alien (1979)
All That Jazz (1979)
Americathon (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Being There (1979)
Dracula (1979)
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Hair (1979)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Life of Brian (1979)
Moonraker (1979)
Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979)
1941 (1979)
Phantasm (1979)
Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)
Scavenger Hunt (1979)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
10 (1979)
The Amityville Horror (1979)
The Black Hole (1979)
The Brood (1979)
The China Syndrome (1979)
The Great Santini (1979)
The Jerk (1979)
The Lady in Red (1979)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
The Rose (1979)
The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
The Villain (1979)
The Warriors (1979)
Time After Time (1979)
When a Stranger Calls (1979)

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1978

California Suite (1978)
Capricorn One (1978)
Coma (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Death on the Nile (1978)
FM (1978)
Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
Foul Play (1978)
Grease (1978)
A. Part I
B. Part II
Halloween (1978)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Hooper (1978)
Interiors (1978)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Jaws 2 (1978)
Magic (1978)
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
Patrick (1978)
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978)
Superman (1978)
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
The Cheap Detective (1978)
The Driver (1978)
The End (1978)
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
The Medusa Touch (1978)
The Silent Partner (1978)
Up in Smoke (1978)

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1977

A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
High Anxiety (1977)
Oh, God! (1977)
Orca (1977)
Raw Deal (1977)
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
Suspiria (1977)
Telefon (1977)
The Deep (1977)
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
The White Buffalo (1977)
The World's Greatest Lover (1977)
Wizards (1977)

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Movie Song of the Week: “Summer Nights”

And now a happy song from one of my sister's favorite movies. It's tempting to call this my generation's version of “I Remember It Well” for reasons that should become obvious after you all have viewed the videos. But it works just as well without the Gigi references.

First, a version for my sister and my various English-speaking relatives and acquaintances:



And now, a version for my bilingual relatives:

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Recuerdos: Parte I


This photo has haunted me ever since I saw it on another site. Not because I have that many fond memories of Nine 1/2 Weeks, but because I actually know someone in real life who used to look like that woman in the picture (i.e. Kim Basinger) when she was younger -- and I never realized how much she used to look that way until after I saw the photo.

There are other reasons the photo haunts me but that is all I will admit to at this time. Suffice to say that while there are obvious differences between Kim Basinger's character in the movie and the woman I know, it is not a coincidence that I found myself drawn to that photo. The woman I know has had a sad life too. But she will never admit it to most people.

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A Dream of Fall or a Dream of...

I dreamt last Saturday night about being on a mountain road trying to pass a truck and getting too close to the edge of the road each time I tried to do so. Almost as if I had no control over my vehicle.

The next day I slipped and fell while taking a shower. Fortunately, I was not hurt but I cannot help but wonder whether that was the disaster my dream was anticipating -- or whether there is something far worse waiting for me in the near-future.

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1976

Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)
All the President's Men (1976)
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Carrie (1976)
Family Plot (1976)
Futureworld (1976)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
King Kong (1976)
Logan's Run (1976)
Marathon Man (1976)
Massacre at Central High (1976)
Murder by Death (1976)
Network (1976)
Norman...Is That You? (1976)
Silent Movie (1976)
Silver Streak (1976)
The Front (1976)
The Gumball Rally (1976)
The Omen (1976)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
The Shootist (1976)
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

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1975

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1975)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Jaws (1975)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Race with the Devil (1975)
The Hindenburg (1975)
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Stepford Wives (1975)
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Tommy (1975)

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1974

Black Christmas (1974)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
Dark Star (1974)
Earthquake (1974)
For Pete's Sake (1974)
S*P*Y*S (1974)
The Front Page (1974)
The Godfather, Part II (1974)
The Great Gatsby (1974)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Mutations aka The Freakmaker (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

R.I.P. Patricia Neal

Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal, star of Hud and The Day the Earth Stood Still, has took her last bow earlier today at age 84.

She will be missed.

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100 More Sci-Fi Books One Must Read

Yet another list, this time courtesy of Lynn of Violins and Starships, who got it from here. As usual, the ones I've read already are in bold. I'll be charitable and forego commentary beyond that point. I must admit, however, that I'm surprised Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is on neither of these lists. Is that supposed to be an omen or something?

Update: Oops! It's technically less than a hundred. I must have been really preoccupied yesterday not to pick up on that. My math is usually much better than that. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.

1. The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
2. I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
3. Cities in Flight – James Blish
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
5. The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
6. Babel-17 – Samuel R. Delany
7. Lord of Light – Roger Zelazny
8. The Fifth Head of Cerberus – Gene Wolfe
9. Gateway – Frederik Pohl
10. The Rediscovery of Man – Cordwainer Smith
11. Last and First Men – Olaf Stapledon
12. Earth Abides – George R. Stewart
13. Martian Time-Slip – Philip K. Dick
14. The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester
15. Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner
16. The Dispossessed – Ursula K. Le Guin
17. The Drowned World – J. G. Ballard
18. The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut
19. Emphyrio – Jack Vance
20. A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick
21. Star Maker – Olaf Stapledon
22. Behold the Man – Michael Moorcock
23. The Book of Skulls – Robert Silverberg
24. The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells
25. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
26. Ubik – Philip K. Dick
27. Timescape – Gregory Benford
28. More Than Human – Theodore Sturgeon
29. Man Plus – Frederik Pohl
30. A Case of Conscience – James Blish
31. The Centauri Device – M. John Harrison
32. Dr. Bloodmoney – Philip K. Dick
33. Non-Stop – Brian Aldiss
34. The Fountains of Paradise – Arthur C. Clarke
35. Pavane – Keith Roberts
36. Now Wait for Last Year – Philip K. Dick
37. Nova – Samuel R. Delany
38. The First Men in the Moon – H. G. Wells
39. The City and the Stars – Arthur C. Clarke
40. Blood Music – Greg Bear
41. Jem – Frederik Pohl
42. Bring the Jubilee – Ward Moore
43. VALIS – Philip K. Dick
44. The Lathe of Heaven – Ursula K. Le Guin
45. The Complete Roderick – John Sladek
46. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said – Philip K. Dick
47. The Invisible Man – H. G. Wells
48. Grass – Sheri S. Tepper
49. A Fall of Moondust – Arthur C. Clarke
50. Eon – Greg Bear
51. The Shrinking Man – Richard Matheson
52. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch – Philip K. Dick
53. The Dancers at the End of Time – Michael Moorcock
54. The Space Merchants – Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth
55. Time Out of Joint – Philip K. Dick
56. Downward to the Earth – Robert Silverberg
57. The Simulacra – Philip K. Dick
58. The Penultimate Truth – Philip K. Dick
59. Dying Inside – Robert Silverberg
60. Ringworld – Larry Niven
61. The Child Garden – Geoff Ryman
62. Mission of Gravity – Hal Clement
63. A Maze of Death – Philip K. Dick
64. Tau Zero – Poul Anderson
65. Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke
66. Life During Wartime – Lucius Shepard
67. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang – Kate Wilhelm
68. Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
69. Dark Benediction – Walter M. Miller, Jr.
70. Mockingbird – Walter Tevis
71. Dune – Frank Herbert
72. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein
73. The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick
74. Inverted World – Christopher Priest
75. Cat’s Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
76. The Island of Dr. Moreau - H. G. Wells
77. Childhood’s End - Arthur C. Clarke
78. The Time Machine - H. G. Wells
79. Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany
80. Helliconia - Brian Aldiss
81. Food of the Gods - H. G. Wells
82. The Body Snatchers - Jack Finney
83. The Female Man - Joanna Russ
84. Arslan - M. J. Engh

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1973

And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)
Arnold (1973)
Badge 373 (1973)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Captain Kronos -- Vampire Hunter (1973)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973)
Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973)
Live and Let Die (1973)
Sisters (1973)
The Crazies (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Final Programme (1973)
The Sting (1973)
Theatre of Blood (1973)

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1972

Asylum (1972)
Boxcar Bertha (1972)
Cabaret (1972)
A. Part I
B. Part II
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
Fear in the Night (1972)
Frenzy (1972)
Last House on the Left (1972)
Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
The Candidate (1972)
The Chinese Connection (1972)
The Cowboys (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
What's Up, Doc? (1972)

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1971

Billy Jack (1971)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)
Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Klute (1971)
Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Play Misty for Me (1971)
Shaft (1971)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
The Beguiled (1971)
The Hospital (1971)
The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
They Might Be Giants (1971)

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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Trailer of the Week: Grease (1978)

It's my sister's birthday next week and this was one of her favorite movies when she was younger. It's no coincidence that this was one of the first movies our family bought on VHS.

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Quote of the Week

Because I don't take my clothes off, and I'm nobody's girlfriend. The writers are new to the whole tough girl thing, and they don't know what to do with [me]. We've got the dude who's strong, so what do we do with the chick who's strong? We kill her. Eventually they'll get used to it, and maybe Salt will change a thing or two.
--Michelle Rodriguez, in response to a question about why she's always getting killed off in her screen roles

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1970

And Soon the Darkness (1970)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Equinox (1970)
House of Dark Shadows (1970)
Julius Caesar (1970)
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
MASH (1970)
Patton (1970)
Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
The Out of Towners (1970)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
Watermelon Man (1970)
What Do You Say to a Naked Lady? (1970)

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1969

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Easy Rider (1969)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Sweet Charity (1969)
Take the Money and Run (1969)
The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
Viva Max (1969)

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1968

Barbarella (1968)
Bullitt (1968)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
La Mariée Était en Noir (The Bride Wore Black) (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Pretty Poison (1968)
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
The Lion in Winter (1968)
The Producers (1968)
Yellow Submarine (1968)

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Hey, I Remember This Show: Remington Steele

Poor Laura Holt. If only she had thought to change her name to Honey West.

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Hey, I Don't Remember This Show: Honey West

So this is what actress Anne Francis did after Forbidden Planet. At least, it's what she did for one season.

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1967

A Guide for the Married Man (1967)
Bedazzled (1967)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Casino Royale (1967)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
The Graduate (1967)
The Jungle Book (1967)
Torture Garden (1967)
You Only Live Twice (1967)

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1966

A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Arabesque (1966)
Batman (1966)
Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)
El Dorado (1966)
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
The Trouble with Angels (1966)

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1965

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
Dr. Zhivago (1965)
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
That Darn Cat! (1965)
The Collector (1965)
The Great Race (1965)
Thunderball (1965)

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Movie Quote of the Week

Oh, don’t ask me why Wall Street geniuses do anything.
--Raymond Massey, The Woman in the Window (1944)

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TV Quote of the Week

The next few months are going to be quite a ride, and I think we're all going to learn something about ourselves in the process. You'll learn you're a pathetic schmuck, if it hasn't sunk in already.
--Mark Metcalf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Lessons”

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1964

A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Goldfinger (1964)
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (1964)
Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
Strait-Jacket (1964)
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
The Three Lives of Thomasina (1964)
The Train (1964)
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

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1963

Beach Party (1963)
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Charade (1963)
55 Days at Peking (1963)
From Russia, with Love (1963)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Mc Lintock! (1963)
Move Over, Darling (1963)
Son of Flubber (1963)
The Birds (1963)
The Haunting (1963)
The Old Dark House (1963)
The Pink Panther (1963)
13 Frightened Girls! (1963)

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1962

Carnival of Souls (1962)
Dr. No (1962)
Gypsy (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)
The Music Man (1962)
Zotz! (1962)

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Pop Song of the Week: “Hey Pretty (Drive-By 2001 Mix)”

Poe plays up her resemblance to Carrie Bradshaw in order to indulge in a little -- ahem -- auto-eroticism.

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1961

Barabbas (1961)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
El Cid (1961)
Flower Drum Song (1961)
Homicidal (1961)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
One Hundred and One Dalmations (1961)
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
The Innocents (1961)
Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
West Side Story (1961)

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1960

Inherit the Wind (1960)
Psycho (1960)
The Time Machine (1960)
13 Ghosts (1960)
Village of the Damned (1960)

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1959

A Bucket of Blood (1959)
North by Northwest (1959)
Our Man in Havana (1959)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959)
The Tingler (1959)
The Young Philadelphians (1959)

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Movie Song of the Week: “The White Virgin of the Nile”

Actress Marilyn Maxwell plays the title character of this number, which has been taken from the 1958 Jerry Lewis movie Rock-a-Bye Baby. Her character, of course, is not to be confused with a similar character which has been portrayed by Claudette Colbert and Elizabeth Taylor. However, I doubt Ms. Maxwell will not be flattered by the obvious comparison -- even if she does appear to be auditioning for a part in Robert Altman's Popeye.


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