I sat down to write last night just a few hours after the horrific events at the Boston Marathon. And I realized that I have absolutely nothing to say. The act of terrorism has left me so stunned and empty that I’m speechless. So rather than offering up empty platitudes or waxing on about my own selfish angst over it, there’s no article today. Writing will resume tomorrow.
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Here are ten screen stills from films that have appeared in the American Film Institute’s Top 100 list. There have been two incarnations of the list- 1997 and 2007. Films from both the 1997 and 2007 list make an appearance in this quiz. You can find the full list by going here, to the Wikipedia page. And those are the only clues I’m offering to you before you take the Tightly Cropped Screen Shot Quiz. Can you guess which AFI Top 100 film these images came from? The answer key is at the bottom.
Back in December, I introduced a series here called Iron Director. In the first edition, I compared two directors who I became obsessed with last year- Francois Truffaut and Rainer Werner Wolfcastle, er… Fassbinder. I’m about due for another one of these entries. Lately, the question that’s been bouncing around my skull is “Who is the best director working today?”. It’s not an easy question to answer. There are tons of worthy candidates. The two names (or three, I suppose) that come to my mind instantly are Martin Scorsese and the tag team of Joel and Ethan Coen. If either Scorsese or the Coen Brothers have a movie in the theaters, I’m going to see it. It’s guaranteed. Unlike last time, when there were holes in my viewing experience for the two respective directors, I’ve seen everything the Coens have ever made except for one. The gaps for Scorsese are very minimal. So let’s take a look: Continue reading
When Jean de Crevecoeur penned Letters from an American Farmer in 1782, he took something of an anthropological approach, describing the economy, the world, and the daily trappings of the 18th century American farmer. What Crevecoeur did not foresee, however, was that such a high percentage of farmers would become serial killers. Just look at this list of horror movies that feature murderous farmers: Continue reading
I decided to revisit the South Park Studio (www.sp-studio.de) because I had so much fun the last time I used it to replicate famous movie and TV characters. This time, I’ve focused on the last ten years of movies, with heavy emphasis on several of the best picture contenders in the upcoming awards season. Enjoy!
Dicky Eklund, The Fighter
Capturing the teeth of a crack addict wasn’t easy.
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The other day, I found a Sesame Street spoof of Mad Men, and it made my day. Fascinated by the concept, I kept digging and digging and unearthed several more Sesame Street spoofs, many of which came via Alistair Cookie, host of Monsterpiece Theater. Pardon my lack of originality here- none of this is my content, nor am I going to say anything special about any of it. I guess I’m just shocked that Sesame Street has spoofed all of these Hollywood movies and TV shows and felt the need to share.
Best line: “Good work, sycophants”. I can’t wait to hear my 3 year old nephew drop “sycophants” on me.
It’s rare, but occasionally my love of baseball and love of movies can meet. With the playoffs about to begin, it led me to think- what movie would best represent each playoff team’s respective season? Continue reading
Labor Day weekend has presented me with the opportunity to compare and contrast two pivotal films whose plot revolves around raising a child that isn’t your own- Francois Truffaut’s Wild Child/L’Enfant Sauvage and David M. Evans’ sweeping epic from 1996, First Kid. First, let’s note the ways in which they are similar.