Archive for the ‘Movies’ category

Is your house famous?

An excellent and easy-to-use mashup from Box Office Quant pinpoints the locations where scenes from more than a thousand movies were shot. How else would I have ever known that a scene from Jaws II was filmed mere miles from where I grew up? Or that the slumber party scene in Grease, one of my […]

Spoiler alert: the boy lives . . . again.

What is best in life?

The canonical answer. For the rest of us, it is a bit more complex. I worried about this question almost constantly when I was a child. Should I strive for intellectual grandeur? Should I try to get political or physical power over others? Should I find someone who loves me in return, or just try […]

Porcelain God

I wrote something way serious but I opted instead to write something odd and maybe slightly dumb and scrapped the serious thing. Farewell, serious thing! So instead. Long about 1991 Newsweek ran a small piece about a scene in Thelma and Louise that lasts, I don’t know, certainly under fifteen seconds. In this scene, Thelma […]

Censorship is a Funny Thing

In the past few weeks, my roommate and I have watched a couple of movies that got their directors banned from making films in their home countries. We didn’t set out to do it; it’s just what we like, I guess. It seems a bit extreme to me, not just to ban the film itself, […]

An Entertainment

A delicious linguification! Morgan & Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date

Harry at midnight

It is exactly 3:21 a.m.  I am picking the last few kernels of popcorn from my teeth and wearing a homemade black t-shirt emblazoned with the words “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” on the front and “mischief managed” on the back. I am home earlier than last year. I don’t have kids […]

What do artists do?

Today I came across this article on Slate discussing the method by which Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line was filmed and edited. I can’t say it surprised me, exactly, since The Thin Red Line is sort of a mess, I suppose. But it was a film that touched me very deeply in an extremely […]

Twice bitten

Spoiler alert: post discusses Twilight series and movies. I know we’ve been here before…but I just saw Eclipse!  Last time, I wrote about the books.  Now let me indulge in the movie world. I went with a girlfriend to see Eclipse at D.C.’s Uptown Theater this week; we resignedly raised the average age a good […]

Obstruction

I wrote two long posts here in the past few hours. They were about something that has been happening to me recently, which is that I find myself limited in my paths through my neighborhood by various social forces—an ex’s children, whom I miss terribly and who hate me because they think I abandoned them, […]