The Way We Were

Call it a guilty pleasure, but sometimes I just want to drink a glass of wine (or two, or three) and watch something schmaltzy. A few nights ago it was 1973’s The Way We Were, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Barabara Streisand. The film, which ranks #6 on AFI’s list of 100 […]

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Whatever Happened to Baby Trog?

Note: This entry was written for the 2017 Movie Scientist Blogathon. Trog, made in 1970 on a budget of roughly $25 and using a leftover ape costume from 2001, tells the story of a Troglodyte discovered living in a minimally obscured cave in the contemporary English countryside by three spelunkers. Understandably upset by this home […]

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Okay, so, even if I was a serious critic who wrote objective reviews instead of a hobbyist hack, there’s no way I could write an objective review about this one. I guilted my kids into watching it tonight, and it was pretty epic. What guy my age (50) doesn’t want to introduce this to his […]

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The Gumball Rally

Three reasons: 1. The cars. With all due respect to The Dead Milkmen, now that’s a bitchin’ Camaro. And a bitchin’ Shelby Cobra, and a bitchin’ Ferrari Daytona, and a bitchin’. . . 2. The cultural impact. Per the Wiki entry, “There are annual Gumball Rallies in Michigan, Florida, and California,” and “in 2010, a […]

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

I missed seeing Fast Times at Ridgemont High in the theater. I was fifteen at the time, and although I have seen bits and pieces over the years, until tonight I had never seen the film in its entirety.  As part of TCM/Fathom Events classic film series, I finally got to see it on the […]

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Philadelphia Story (Re-Watch)

Connections are the only thing that really matter in life, and one’s happiness is directly proportional to the quantity and quality of these connections. The big cosmic joke on us is that forming deep, meaningful connections with other people turns out to be really, really hard. It’s not just that men are from Mars and […]

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Lost in Translation (re-watch)

Lost in Translation was the subject of my second blog entry four years ago when I first started blogging. I re-watched it the other day, and it made me want to write about it again. In my original entry, I compared Lost in Translation to Ozu’s Tokyo Story (speaking of great movies), and I think […]

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